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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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Winter 2017
ART   W17A01-ARG Woman: One of the Most Dominant Subjects in the History of Art
4 weeks Tuesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  01/10/201701/31/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
Portrayed in art as goddess, temptress, victim or avenger, the woman has been celebrated, adored (and adorned), worshiped, revered and even hated and brutalized. The one truth that has always been consistent throughout history: these representations have always been from the man’s point of view
, January 10-January 31
A6
Andre Krauss
  W17A02-EVG An Italian Affair: The Uffizi Gallery-Florence, Italy
6 weeks Thursdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  01/12/201702/23/2017
 •  Everglades University  •  $95
(No class February 16)
Avoiding the crowds and fast pace of most Uffizi tours, we will stroll leisurely through the world’s oldest museum. In these six lectures, we will view an unparalleled collection dating from the 13th- 19th centuries and investigate the back story of these masterpieces.
, January 12-February 23
310
Kevin Costello
  W17A03-EVG The Art of Picasso
6 weeks Thursdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  01/12/201702/23/2017
 •  Everglades University  •  $95
(No class February 16)
Picasso’s creative genius redefined the intentions of pictorial space and changed the history of art. This series of six lectures will examine his art and its continuing influence on the contemporary world.
, January 12-February 23
310
Kevin Costello
BALLET  W17B01-ARG The Sarasota Ballet in Depth: A Decade of Webb
6 weeks Tuesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  01/10/201702/14/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
Delve into the rich and illustrious history of ballet as we illuminate the choreographers and ballets featured in this year’s Sarasota Ballet 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.
, January 10-February 14
A11
Christopher Hird
CURRENT ISSUES  W17CI03-CAH The Supreme Court: 2016 Issues
4 weeks Tuesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  01/17/201702/07/2017
 •  Center for Arts & Humanity  •  $70
(This course is now closed.)
Analyze recent rulings on abortion, affirmative action, religious freedom, birth control, immigration, racial bias, and definition of “one man one vote”. Introductory lecture followed by robust “circle” discussion. Enrollment limited to 40..
, January 17-February 07
1st Floor Conference Room(s)
Bill Cotter
  W17CI01-ARG Discussing Controversial Issues
6 weeks Mondays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  01/09/201702/20/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(No class January 16 Martin Luther King Day)
What are the important political, social and economic issues of the day? Participant viewpoints are discussed as we engage in an informed debate. A class vote at the beginning and at the end will determine if any views have changed.

Note: No class January 16 Martin Luther King Day
, January 09-February 20
A6
Tom Dietrich
  W17CI02-ARG Locked Up: Justice Denied
6 weeks Wednesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  01/11/201702/15/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
Can you imagine going to prison for a crime you did not commit? Since 1992, over 350 people have been exonerated using DNA testing. Focusing on actual cases, we will explore wrongful conviction through films, memoirs and research.
, January 11-February 15
A6
Harriet Hendel
EARTH & BEYOND  W17E01-MUS An Earthbound Human’s Guide to the Universe
4 weeks Mondays,  6:30 – 8:30 pm  •  01/09/201702/06/2017
 •  South Florida Museum  •  $70
(No class January 16 Martin Luther King Day)
Designed for the backyard stargazer and armchair Master of the Universe. Each week combines a seasonal star talk with a discussion of astronomy’s big ideas. Discussions cover the Big Bang, stars & galaxies, our solar system and the search for life. This is an evening course at Bishop Planetarium, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205, 941 746-4131, Ext. 22.
, January 09-February 06
Bishop Planetarium
Jeff Rodgers
  W17E02-ARG Feathered Snowbirds of Southwest Florida
6 weeks Wednesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  01/11/201702/15/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(Sorry, this class is now closed.)
Southwest Florida is a hot-spot for snowbirds of the avian kind, bird species that migrate from more northerly latitudes to spend the winter here. This course will focus on our feathered friends who visit each winter, such as waterfowl and warblers, and how they got here through the phenomenon of migration. One classroom session followed by five field trips.

First class 9:30-11:30 a.m. Field trips 8:00-11:00 a.m.
, January 11-February 15
A11
Eileen Teel
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS  W17G01-ARG Revisiting the Reagan Presidency, 1981-1989
6 weeks Tuesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  01/10/201702/14/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
How did Reagan administration policies impact the U.S. and a rapidly changing world order? Offering a historical perspective on the Reagan era, this course looks at key people and policies, including free-market economics and deregulation, significant increases in military spending, and efforts to roll back communism. Discussion encouraged.
, January 10-February 14
A11
Al Eckes
  W17G02-ARG Courageous Presidential Decisions
4 weeks Wednesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  01/11/201702/01/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
During our nation’s history there were times when U.S. Presidents had to make unpopular decisions for the good of the nation. Learn which presidents put their country first in spite of political ramifications, party pressure and even running the risk of not being re-elected.
, January 11-February 01
A6
Ted Russell
HISTORY  W17H01-SFC The Sixties: Ten Tumultuous Years and You Were There
6 weeks Mondays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  01/09/201702/20/2017
 •  Senior Friendship Center  •  $95
(No class January 16 Martin Luther King Day)
Assassinations, flower children, civil rights, governmental protests, bra burning, the Beatles, LSD, presidential debates, the Berlin Wall, the Six Day War, and Vietnam are part of this decade. The Man on the Moon, the first Super Bowl and Charles Manson were there also.
, January 09-February 20
Dwyer
George Stassa
  W17H02-ARG Americans of Consequence
6 weeks Mondays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  01/09/201702/20/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(No class January 16 Martin Luther King Day)
Study the lives, contemporaries and historical context of some significant Americans: Josephine Baker, Mark Twain, Henry Clay, Samuel F. B. Morse. Personal Journals. Reading and vigorous class discussions.
, January 09-February 20
A6
Stan R. Nikkel
  W17H03-ARG Americans of Consequence
6 weeks Wednesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  01/11/201702/15/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(Course Closed)
Study the lives, contemporaries and historical context of some significant Americans: Josephine Baker, Mark Twain, Henry Clay, Samuel F. B. Morse. Personal Journals. Reading and vigorous class discussions.

Contact instructor nikkelstan@gmail.com for permission
, January 11-February 15
A6
Stan R. Nikkel
HUMAN BODY & MIND  W17HB01-ARG The Future of Our Minds
6 weeks Mondays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  01/09/201702/20/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(No class January 16 Martin Luther King Day)
Explore the aging brain in both health and disease. We will address the following questions: What can we normally expect? When should we become concerned? What can we do to help promote a healthy aging future?
, January 09-February 20
A11
Alan B. Grindal
IDEAS & SPIRITUALITY  W17I01-ARG Eastern World Religions: Part I – Historical Development
6 weeks Mondays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  01/09/201702/20/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(No class January 16 Martin Luther King Day)
Explore the three major monotheistic world Explore the four major world religions arising from India and China- Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism- in terms of their historical origins (including the lives and teachings of the Buddha, Confucius, and Lao-Tzu), their developmental phases, and main divisions.

, January 09-February 20
A11
James W. Johnson
LITERATURE  W17L03-ARG The Pleasures of Lyric Poetry
6 weeks Wednesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  01/11/201702/15/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
Come prepared to fall in love with poetry, with its sensuous shapes, rich resonant sounds, and often elusive meanings. This journey through several centuries of lyric poetry will enhance your enjoyment and understanding of an art form that is intimate, stimulating, and perennially challenging.
, January 11-February 15
A10
Stuart McDougal
  W17L01-ARG Montaigne’s Essays
6 weeks Mondays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  01/09/201702/20/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(No class January 16 Martin Luther King Day)
We will read a dozen of the Essays of the great Renaissance “philosopher” who invented the genre. His humor, liveliness and sagacity have made him one of the most loved, esteemed and read writers of French literature. Shakespeare and Emerson read him; we should too!
, January 09-February 20
A10
L. Davis Hammond
  W17L02-ARG Grace in the Devil’s Territory: The Short Fiction of Flannery O’Connor
6 weeks Tuesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  01/10/201702/14/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
No 20th-century practitioner of Southern Gothic fiction is more admired or more misunderstood than Flannery O’Connor. Bizarre, grotesque, and deeply flawed characters populate her stories, and horrific fates await them. Yet, when criticized for treating her characters so badly, she steadfastly maintained that all her stories have happy endings. We will examine 16 stories.
, January 10-February 14
A10
Phillip Buck
  W17L04-ARG Spy Games and Other International Intrigue
6 weeks Wednesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  01/11/201702/15/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
The intrigue is relevant to current American politics. We will read and discuss three acclaimed British works of fiction: The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad, and The Quiet American and Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene.
, January 11-February 15
A10
Len Blanchard
Ken Anderson
  W17L05-PRE Beware the Woman Scorned!
6 weeks Thursdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  01/12/201702/16/2017
 •  First Presbyterian Church  •  $95
Early Greek drama contains powerful depictions of women who defy the rules of their society and who behave boldly and, often, brutally. We will be reading and discussing some of the writings of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and other playwrights whose portrayals of females reveal a deep understanding and appreciation.
, January 12-February 16
Forum
Phyllis Jaffe
MEDIA  W17ME01-ARG Is the Media Doing Its Job?
4 weeks Tuesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  01/10/201701/31/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
(Sorry, this class is now closed.)
TV News expert Sam Roberts, by analyzing current news coverage and examples from the past, compares today’s network and cable news programs, discusses the constant conflict between the White House and the Press and presents questions of journalistic ethics.
, January 10-January 31
A11
Sam Roberts
MUSIC  W17M01-CON The Symphonic Life III: Inside the Repertoire
6 weeks Mondays,  2:30 – 4:20 pm  •  01/09/201702/20/2017
 •  First Congregational United Church of Christ  •  $95
(No class January 16 Martin Luther King Day)
The third installment in the popular “Symphonic Life” series, this course will focus on symphonic repertoire from the Baroque period to the present day. Professional musicians (B. Traba, G. Nickson, J. Vibbard, 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!
, January 09-February 20
Chapel
Betsy Hudson Traba
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Lena Cambis
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Justin Vibbard
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George Nickson
  W17M02-ARG Jazz Paradigm Shifters: Artists and Bands that Changed the Course of Jazz
6 weeks Wednesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  01/11/201702/15/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(Sorry, this class is now closed.)
Among jazz icons there have been several who transformed the trajectory of the music. Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman, Charlie Parker, and several others will be featured in this “deep dive” into their contributions and how they revolutionized jazz.
, January 11-February 15
A11
Henry Ettman
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY  W17ST01-ARG Challenging Conventional Wisdom With Serendipitous Science
6 weeks Tuesdays,  9:30 – 11:30 am  •  01/10/201702/14/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
From ‘why do we sleep’ to ‘what does it mean to remember’, from ‘why is water so weird’ to ‘how can a pollutant be crucial to heart health and cure erectile dysfunction’? We will examine some remarkable developments in science.
, January 10-February 14
A6
Arthur S. Kesten
  W17ST02-ARG Future Technology and Society
6 weeks Wednesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  01/11/201702/15/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
Each week we will explore a different cutting edge, emerging technology and examine how it may alter society. How might driverless cars transform our culture, in-home manufacturing affect work, new media technologies redefine sexual relations, ubiquitous cameras affect privacy and memory, etc.?
, January 11-February 15
A11
Dave Gordon
SPORTS  W17SP01-ARG Baseball, It's More Than Its Seams
6 weeks Tuesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  01/10/201702/14/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
Learn all about America’s pastime in a fun and interactive way with Sarasota Herald-Tribune sports columnist Doug Fernandes. The course will explore baseball’s history, its impact through film and literature, and how many of its changes through the years have mirrored those in our society.
, January 10-February 14
A6
Doug Fernandes
THEATER & FILM  W17TH01-ARG French Cinema
6 weeks Mondays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  01/09/201702/20/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(No class January 16 Martin Luther King Day)
French cinema is known for its innovative filmmakers. This class examines examples of this with selections from The Nouvelle Vague and today’s New Cinema. Analysis includes miseen- scene, poetic realism and film authorship. Students are asked to view films beforehand.
, January 09-February 20
A6
Patricia Regnier
  W17TH02-ARG Oscars So Bright
6 weeks Wednesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  01/11/201702/15/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $95
(Sorry, this class is now closed.)
Which film is “The Best”? Join critical evaluations of each movie nominated for Best Picture. Watch films every week in local theaters. Meet in class to learn and discuss the merits and movie magic of every Oscar contender competing for the 2017 Academy Award.
, January 11-February 15
A11
Marilyn Eckberg
  W17TH03-PRE On-Stage: The Magic of the Musical
4 weeks Wednesdays,  2:30 – 4:30 pm  •  01/11/201702/01/2017
 •  First Presbyterian Church  •  $70
An entertaining examination of the origins and development of the Broadway Musical. Today, only one major theater is actually ON Broadway! Not a “then they wrote”, but rather an analytical journey through the key moments that moved this particularly American art form from “Harrigan and Hart” to “Hamilton”.
, January 11-February 01
Forum
Jerry Bilik
TRAVEL  W17TR01-ARG Travel to Verona/Siena: Eyewitness Report
4 weeks Tuesdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  01/10/201701/31/2017
 •  Argosy University  •  $70
(Sorry this class has been canceled.)
Where to stay, dine, shop and how to get around in these small, safe towns with lots of history, art, and architecture. Tips from a 20-year traveler who recently checked out, personally, what she covers in this class.
, January 10-January 31
A10
Joanne Desmond
WRITING  W17WR01-EVG Along The Way
6 weeks Thursdays,  12:00 – 2:00 pm  •  01/12/201702/16/2017
 •  Everglades University  •  $95
Now is the time to share your stories with family and friends. Choose your medium: video, oral tape, literary, visual. Then travel through time as you transform nuggets of memory into a personal memoir in this enjoyable workshop of discovery.
, January 12-February 16
310
Elinor Rogosin