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Course Catalog

Check out all 70 ways to exercise your mind!

We offer courses in 16 subject categories, led by our accomplished faculty.
Classes are held in numerous locations in the Sarasota/Manatee area at convenient times.

The classes at PSA are intimate, seminar-style courses, from 4 to 6 weeks long.
They are designed to meet the needs of people whose curiosity and intellect refuse to retire.

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Fall 2015
ART   F15A01-ARG My Five Year Old Could Have Painted That
4 weeks Tuesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  10/20/201511/10/2015
 •  Argosy University  •  $60
What is the definition of beauty? What is the definition of art? What determines our response to works of art? We will review some of the fundamental concepts in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, from ancient Greece to our times.
, October 20-November 10
A5
Andre Krauss
  F15A02-ARG Who Was Vincent Van Gogh?
4 weeks Tuesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  10/20/201511/10/2015
 •  Argosy University  •  $60
Rarely has a painter caught the public’s fancy as much as Van Gogh. Novels and movies have popularized his life while his work has been analyzed in scholarly publications. We shall discuss Van Gogh’s ideas as expressed in his art as well as in his words and we will separate fact from legend.
, October 20-November 10
A5
Andre Krauss
  F15A03-ARG The Technological Art Revolution
6 weeks Wednesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  10/21/201512/02/2015
 •  Argosy University  •  $85
(No class November 25th)
Since the Industrial Revolution, increasing numbers of artists have made art rooted in technology. This pushes the development of technology, challenges the establishment’s notions of art, and is great fun. We will explore the origins of technological art and examine fascinating contemporary examples.
, October 21-December 02
A2
Dave Gordon
  F15A04-LWR The Exotic Dream: 19th Century Orientalist Artists
6 weeks Thursdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/22/201512/03/2015
 •  State College of Florida - Lakewood Ranch  •  $85
(No class November 26th)
The Orientalists invented a pictorial language in painting that combined realistic renderings of Ottoman culture with escapist fiction of “exotic” lands and sensual intrigue. These six PowerPoint lectures will examine how their art influenced
, October 22-December 03
135
Kevin Costello
BALLET  F15B01-BAL The Sarasota Ballet’s 25th Anniversary Season
6 weeks Tuesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/20/201512/01/2015
 •  Sarasota Ballet  •  $85
(No class November 24th)
Delve into the rich and illustrious history of ballet as we illuminate the choreographers and ballets featured in The Sarasota Ballet’s 25th Anniversary Season. Let us lift the curtain on this incredible art form and show you that ballet is far from just pointe shoes and tutus. One class will be a backstage tour.
, October 20-December 01
Downtown Studio 20
Sara Sardelli
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Jason Webb
EARTH & BEYOND  F15E01-ARG The Science and Art of Forecasting Weather
4 weeks Tuesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/20/201511/10/2015
 •  Argosy University  •  $60
Become your own "meteorologist" using forecast models, weather satellites, and observations to understand changing weather patterns. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from the weather dangers that face us throughout the year.
, October 20-November 10
A2
Bob Harrigan
  F15E02-ARG Introduction to Florida’s Birds
4 weeks Wednesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/21/201511/11/2015
 •  Argosy University  •  $60
More than 600 species of birds have been recorded in Florida, and close to 300 different species in Sarasota County alone. Learn how to identify some of the most common birds by sound, behavior and habitat. One classroom session and three field trips.
, October 21-November 11
A5
Jeanne Dubi
HISTORY  F15H01-ARG Should We Continue to Celebrate Columbus Day in America?
6 weeks Mondays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  10/19/201511/30/2015
 •  Argosy University  •  $85
(No Class November 23rd)
There is a move afoot to drop the October holiday. We’ll dig into the question by studying the life of Columbus and his four voyages to the new world so you can draw your own conclusion.
, October 19-November 30
A2
Jay Davis
  F15H02-SFC Civil War Perspective
4 weeks Tuesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  10/20/201511/10/2015
 •  Senior Friendship Center  •  $60
A PowerPoint presentation with videos, music and sound effects covering the causes, beginnings, crucial events, and the legacy of the conflict. Why, what, when, who and how will be explored.
, October 20-November 10
Dwyer
George Stassa
IDEAS & SPIRITUALITY  F15I01-ARG The Bizarre and Mysterious Realm of the Paranormal in Religion
4 weeks Mondays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  10/19/201511/09/2015
 •  Argosy University  •  $60
One of the most fascinating aspects of religion is the occurrence of phenomena which are “paranormal” in nature - faith healing, incorruptible bodies, weeping icons, etc. In this course, explore some of these mysterious phenomena and the explanations offered by modern science.
, October 19-November 09
A5
James W. Johnson
  F15I02-ARG Mennonites and Amish: History, Belief and Life
4 weeks Mondays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  10/19/201511/16/2015
 •  Argosy University  •  $60
(No class November 2nd)
Who are those people riding three-wheeled bikes in Sarasota? Why do they dress that way? What is a Mennonite? Are Mennonites and Amish the same? These questions and more will be addressed in this informative and engaging look at Mennonite and Amish history and traditions.
, October 19-November 16
A5
J. David Yoder
LITERATURE  F15L01-ARG The Outsider In Fiction I: From Eastern Europe-Discontent & Alienation
6 weeks Wednesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  10/21/201512/02/2015
 •  Argosy University  •  $85
(No class November 25th)
Social discontent and individual alienation were common themes of most of the great writers from Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We will look closely at classics of short fiction by Nikolai Gogol, Feodor Dostoevsky and Joseph Conrad.
, October 21-December 02
A2
Len Blanchard
Ken Anderson
MEDIA  F15ME01-ARG The Power and Influence of the News Media
4 weeks Tuesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/20/201511/10/2015
 •  Argosy University  •  $60
TV News expert Sam Roberts explores the influence of the media on world affairs past and present, explains how news decisions are made and who makes those decisions, and discusses how advances in technology are changing news reporting.
, October 20-November 10
A5
Sam Roberts
MUSIC  F15M01-PRE War & Music
4 weeks Mondays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/19/201511/16/2015
 •  First Presbyterian Church  •  $60
(No class November 2nd)
More so than at any other time in history, world events dramatically shaped the musical output of 20th century composers. This course will look at the influence of geo-political events, particularly the 2nd World War, in shaping musical expressions over the past century.
, October 19-November 16
Forum
Justin Vibbard
George Nickson
  F15M02-CON The Symphonic Life III: Inside the Repertoire
6 weeks Mondays,  2:30 – 4:20 pm  •  10/19/201511/30/2015
 •  First Congregational United Church of Christ  •  $85
(No class November 23rd)
The third installment in the popular “Symphonic Life” series, this course will focus on symphonic repertoire from the Baroque period to the present day. Six professional musicians (B. Traba, A. Feder, G. Nickson, A. De Sorgo, J. Vibbard, and L. Cambis) from the Sarasota Orchestra delve into music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Contemporary periods of music history. Learn the history of many of the repertoire’s most beloved and enduring works and get special recommendations on works you should get to know! No previous class or knowledge of classical music required!!
, October 19-November 30
Chapel
Betsy Hudson Traba
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Adam De Sorgo
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Lena Cambis
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Abraham Feder
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Justin Vibbard
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George Nickson
THEATER & FILM  F15TH02-FST Behind the Scenes
6 weeks Thursdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  10/22/201512/03/2015
 •  Florida Studio Theatre  •  $85
(No class Nov 26)
This popular class takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the play creation process. From play selection, to initial concept, through the final performance, learn the “inside-scoop” on how a professional theater operates.
, October 22-December 03
Studio
Jason Cannon
  F15TH01-ARG Masterpieces of Post-War European Film
6 weeks Wednesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  10/21/201512/02/2015
 •  Argosy University  •  $85
(No class November 25th)
From the rubble of WWII came a number of remarkable films dealing with the war and its aftermath. We will examine a handful of great European films from Rome, Open City (1945) to The Third Man (1950) as historical documents and contributions to film history. Students are responsible for viewing films before each week’s discussion.
, October 21-December 02
A4
Stuart McDougal
  F15TH03-LWR All SMILES: A Brief History of British Comedy
6 weeks Thursdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  10/22/201512/03/2015
 •  State College of Florida - Lakewood Ranch  •  $85
(No class November 26th)
This seminar of six comedies lets us find enjoyment in the human comedy through great writing and acting. Participants will watch each film at home. Excerpts will be reviewed in class and each film discussed in its entirety. The Play List: The Horse’s Mouth 1958, Eric The Viking 1989, Much Ado About Nothing 1993, The Ideal Husband 1999, Death at a Funeral 2010, The Trip 2010.
, October 22-December 03
135
Kevin Costello
WRITING  F15W01-LIB Got Stories? Part III
6 weeks Thursdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  10/22/201512/03/2015
 •  N. Sarasota Public Library  •  $85
(No class November 26th)
This course will focus on refining prior work done in Parts I and II and developing new work. The class is open to students who have taken Part I and/or Part II and is limited to 10 students. Course will be held at North Sarasota Public Library.
Contact instructor for permission and directions; drcas72@gmail.com
, October 22-December 03
Cheryl A. Smith