Schedule time for learning in the months ahead. Join our growing community of lifelong learners as you expand your understanding of a favorite topic or try something new. Enjoy a lecture and a gourmet lunch in our popular Food for Thought series, sample the local jazz scene, or explore art history.

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Spring 2024

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Let’s Face the Music and Dance!

Let’s Face the Music and Dance!

Celebrate the movie musicals that starred the greatest dancers of the 20th Century. We’ll explore the rich history of dance in movie musicals and toast the directors, choreographers, and stars who created dance works of art on film. Put on your dancin’ shoes! It’s lights, camera, action for an all singing, all dancing spectacular!

Tuesdays, Jan 9 – Feb 27
10:00 am - noon

Instructor: Richard T. Hanson

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Britain and the Middle East

Britain and the Middle East

Britain has had a long-standing connection to the Middle East in the modern era. The Ottoman Empire was long supported by Britain in the 19th century and the 1917 Balfour Declaration marked British interest in the politics and oil of the Middle East. The current conflict between Hamas and Israel is just the most recent event that has forced Britain’s choices in foreign policy.

Tuesdays, Feb 13 - Mar 5
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Richard A. Cosgrove

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Capturing Color and Light: Impressionism in Art and Music

Capturing Color and Light: Impressionism in Art and Music

Taken from the title of a Monet painting, the term was first used for the visual arts, but soon included the musical arts as well. Examine the use of the term Impressionism with a focus on painters, Monet and Renoir along with composers, Debussy and Ravel, all contemporaries of one another. Enjoy both visual and musical masterpieces as you learn about the social and political environment that influenced these cultural giants.

Wednesdays, Feb 21 – March 13
10:00 am - noon

Instructor: Kevin Justus

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Soundtrack of the Seventies

Soundtrack of the Seventies

Delve into the stories and sounds of lyric legends such as Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Carole King, Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and more with musician Khris Dodge and friends. Blending lecture and performance, these three sessions will focus on the music that defined a decade.

Khris Dodge, Executive Director of the Tucson Jazz Festival and conductor and Music Director for the Tucson Pops Orchestra.

Thursdays, March 7 – 21
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Khris Dodge

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The Culture, History and Archaeology of Ghana: Notes from the Field

The Culture, History and Archaeology of Ghana: Notes from the Field

Please join Dr. Matthew J. Rowe, instructor of the Learning Curve’s Tracking the Footsteps of Humanity, World Archaeology, In Search of the First Americans, and Spelunking Through Prehistory for a 2-hour talk on Ghanaian Culture, History, and Archaeology.

Friday, March 8
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Matthew J Rowe

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The Great Soliloquies of Shakespeare

The Great Soliloquies of Shakespeare

Listen in on the innermost thoughts of Shakespeare’s larger-than-life characters. Read beyond the famous first lines and take a closer look at the passages that continue to inspire us more than four hundred years after they were written.

Tuesdays, March 12 – Apr 2
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Cynthia Meier

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William Fry

Bookmarks: Literary Lectures

Move beyond the well-known works of great American authors to discover often overlooked treasures in this new series of monthly lectures by literature professor William Fry.

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Robert Frost

Robert Frost

Move beyond the well-known works of great American authors to discover and discuss often overlooked treasures in this series of monthly lectures by literature professor William Fry.

Robert Frost Selected Poetry

Friday, Mar 1
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

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O. Henry

O. Henry

Move beyond the well-known works of great American authors to discover and discuss often overlooked treasures in this series of monthly lectures by literature professor William Fry.

O. Henry Short stories including The Merry Month of May, The Pendulum and The Last Leaf.

Friday, Apr 5
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

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Vivace Restaurant

Food For Thought: a lunch lecture series

Nourish your intellect while you enjoy the delicious northern Italian dishes offered by Vivace Restaurant in this series featuring presenters from a variety of disciplines.

Food For Thought - From Olympia to the Olympics

Food For Thought – From Olympia to the Olympics

Let the games begin! Hear the stories of Greek gods, heroes, tyrants, and queens that fired the ancient competitions! Explore how these traditions led to the modern Olympic Games.

Monday, March 18
11:30 – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Alison Futrell

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Food For Thought - Remarkable Arizona Women - April 1

Food For Thought – Remarkable Arizona Women – April 1

Hear the stories of some of the state’s most fascinating figures—women from across Arizona, from many different backgrounds, and from various walks of life. These remarkable women broke through social, cultural, or political barriers to make contributions to society that still have an impact today.

Monday, April 1
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Wynne Brown

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Food For Thought - Remarkable Arizona Women - April 8

Food For Thought – Remarkable Arizona Women – April 8

Hear the stories of some of the state’s most fascinating figures—women from across Arizona, from many different backgrounds, and from various walks of life. These remarkable women broke through social, cultural, or political barriers to make contributions to society that still have an impact today.

Monday, April 8
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Wynne Brown

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