The Learning Curve is pleased to welcome you to another semester full of intriguing ideas, interesting classmates and instructors who delight in sharing their knowledge with others. Through music, visual art, literature, history and more we will continue to explore the human experience. As we learn together, the stories of those who came before us inspire and inform the stories yet to come.

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Join us in 2023 to increase your understanding of a favorite subject or discover something new. Sample the delectable dishes at Vivace Restaurant during our Food for Thought lunch lecture series, take your seat at the LOFT Cinema, visit the UA Center for Creative Photography and enjoy the convenience of classes offered at the Hampton Inn.

The Learning Curve Library offers access to recorded sessions of classes taught in previous semesters that can be viewed at your convenience.

If you have questions about any of the programs or need assistance with registration, please call 520-777-5817 or send your question to info@thelearningcurvetucson.com. We’ll be glad to help

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Now in our 21st year of connecting those who love to teach with those who love to learn…

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Join us in 2023

The Golden Repertoire of Schubert, Brahms, and Debussy

The Golden Repertoire of Schubert, Brahms, and Debussy

Immerse yourself in the glorious works of Schubert, Brahms and Debussy in this series combining lectures with performances by the instructor.

Wednesdays, Jan 11 – Feb 22
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Instructor: Alexander Tentser

In Person
Black, White and Shades of Gray: Classic Fine Art Photography of the 20th Century

Black, White and Shades of Gray: Classic Fine Art Photography of the 20th Century

Individually made from negatives in the dark room, modern black and white photography established a new art form. Revisit famous images by legendary photographers and discover hidden gems in four lectures plus a visit to the UA Center for Creative Photography.

Thursdays Jan 12 - Feb 2
1:30-3:30pm

Instructor: Mike Dominguez

In Person
And the Beat Goes On... The Saga of Television and American Rock and Roll

And the Beat Goes On… The Saga of Television and American Rock and Roll

Television and Rock and Roll – a match made in heaven! We’ll chronicle three decades of American Pop Music from the Rock and Roll of the 1950s to the Rhythm and Blues of Motown of the 1960s to Disco of the 1970s.

Tuesdays: Jan 17 - Mar 7
10:00 am - noon

Instructor: Richard T. Hanson

In Person
British Adventurers and Explorers

British Adventurers and Explorers

Sir Francis Drake, Captain James Cook and others set out to explore faraway territories and played an important part in the expansion of the British Empire. Hear their stories and examine their motivations in this armchair journey of discovery.

Wednesdays, Feb 1 – Feb 22
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: Richard A. Cosgrove

In Person
Making it Real: Writing a New Way into the World

Making it Real: Writing a New Way into the World

Expand your narrative writing style, write across genres, explore rich sensory language and see your own stories in a new light in this 6 week writing workshop.

Tuesdays, Feb 7 – Mar 14
10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Instructor: Molly McKasson

In Person
The Secret Language of Versailles

The Secret Language of Versailles

Explore unknown rooms and easily missed details that hold the key to truly understanding this magnificent palace, its intriguing occupants and its continuing significance.

Wednesdays Feb 8 - Mar 1
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Kevin Justus

In Person
Spelunking through Prehistory: The Archaeology of Caves and Rock Shelters

Spelunking through Prehistory: The Archaeology of Caves and Rock Shelters

Explore human prehistory, archeological methodology and theory through the lens of caves and rock shelters as you learn about some of the world’s most spectacular archeological discoveries.

Thursdays Feb 9 – Mar 23
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: Matthew J. Rowe

In Person
Reading Between the Lines

Reading Between the Lines

Examine the unique voice of contemporary Irish playwrights, including John Millington Synge, Sean O’Casey, Samuel Beckett and Conor McPherson.

Thursdays, Feb 9 - Mar 2
1:30 - 3:30 pm

Instructor: Cynthia Meier

In Person
The Creative Intersection of Art and Theatre

The Creative Intersection of Art and Theatre

Explore the influence of the fine arts on the theater and vice versa in the 16th – 19th centuries and consider the cultural context and the exchange of ideas that shaped both disciplines.

Wednesdays, Mar 8 – 29
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Kevin Justus

In Person
Discovering The American Soundtrack Through the Lens of Jazz

Discovering The American Soundtrack Through the Lens of Jazz

Through a mix of live performance and recorded samples, take a journey through time as we experience music, gain different levels of understanding, and realize the “power of now” in Jazz Music.

Thursdays, Mar 9 - 30
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Khris Dodge

In Person
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.

– Register for each session individually –

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Discover and discuss these often-overlooked treasures in a series of lectures that will expand your understanding of and appreciation for the giants of American literature.

Friday Feb 3
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person
Willa Cather

Willa Cather

Discover and discuss these often-overlooked treasures in a series of lectures that will expand your understanding of and appreciation for the giants of American literature.

Friday Mar 3
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person
Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Discover and discuss these often-overlooked treasures in a series of lectures that will expand your understanding of and appreciation for the giants of American literature.

Friday Apr 7
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person
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 - Arizona’s Natural Landmarks - Feb 3

Food For Thought – Arizona’s Natural Landmarks – Feb 3

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Learn about the region’s natural wonders and better understand the processes that shape the mountains, canyons, valleys and volcanoes of Arizona.

Friday, Feb 3
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Instructor: David Yetman

In Person
Food For Thought - Arizona’s Natural Landmarks - Feb 6

Food For Thought – Arizona’s Natural Landmarks – Feb 6

Learn about the region’s natural wonders and better understand the processes that shape the mountains, canyons, valleys and volcanoes of Arizona.

Monday, Feb 6
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: David Yetman

In Person
Food for Thought - Ancient Foodways of the Southwest

Food for Thought – Ancient Foodways of the Southwest

Learn how ancient foods native to the Tucson area continue to shape how we eat and how we think about food as you learn why Tucson has always been a city of gastronomy.

Monday, March 6
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Mark Bahti

In Person
Food for Thought - The Forgotten Botanist

Food for Thought – The Forgotten Botanist

Take a visual journey with Sara Plummer Lemmon, the 1880s botanist and artist for whom Mount Lemmon is named, as she moved west in 1870, taught herself botany, and, after marrying John Gill Lemmon, discovered and illustrated many Arizona plant species.

Monday, April 3
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Wynne Brown

In Person