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 this fall 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.

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Fall 2022

Love, Lies and Lunacy in the Work of William Shakespeare

Love, Lies and Lunacy in the Work of William Shakespeare

Join Shakespearean actors Cynthia Meier and Joe McGrath, as they focus on the themes of love, lies and lunacy in selected plays, using dramatic readings, video illustrations and classroom discussions. Examine scenes from Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Othello, Richard III, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Winter’s Tale and learn more about the tangles we humans can weave.

Thursdays: Oct 17 – Nov 14
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Cynthia Meier and Joseph McGrath

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From Hunter Gatherers to the Atomic Age

From Hunter Gatherers to the Atomic Age

Using archaeological and anthropological methods, theory, and findings, we’ll explore the development of human culture after the emergence from Africa and entrance to the Americas, as modern humans spread throughout the globe, commit to agriculture, and establish global civilizations.

Fridays, Oct 18 – Nov 22
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: Matthew J Rowe

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Victory and Defeat: Battles that Shaped British History

Victory and Defeat: Battles that Shaped British History

Consider some of the most important battles of British history, whether a victory or defeat. From the battle of Hastings in 1066, the most consequential battle of medieval England, to Waterloo, the final victory over Napoleon in 1815, and the Battle of Britain in 1940, the greatest air victory in British history, examine the context and outcome of significant conflicts that shaped Great Britain.

Wednesdays, Oct 23 – Nov 13
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Richard A. Cosgrove

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Writing Home

Writing Home

Explore memory and imagination in this multi-genre writing workshop including sample readings, writing exercises and assignments, group and instructor feedback, and discussion. We’ll explore where we start from, where we have been, where we are, where we are bound for in stories, essays, and poems.

Fridays, Oct 25 – Dec 6
1:30 – 4:30 pm

Instructor: Meg Files

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Jazz: A Festival of Sound

Jazz: A Festival of Sound

Discover new jazz artists who are carrying forward the traditions of Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Tito Puente, Oscar Peterson, and the many legendary musicians from New Orleans. We’ll learn about their artistic development as we also look at (and listen to) the jazz greats who influenced them.

Tuesdays, Oct 29 – Nov 19
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Instructor: Khris Dodge

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Field Notes: The Archeology and Culture of Ghana

Field Notes: The Archeology and Culture of Ghana

Dr. Rowe will be using firsthand materials to report on his experiences while living in Ghana and to provide a brief introduction to some of the historic and archaeological sites from Ghana and West Africa in this special session.

Friday, Dec 6
10:00 – noon

Instructor: Matthew J Rowe

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The Concluding Waltz— Art and Music from 1890-1945

The Concluding Waltz— Art and Music from 1890-1945

This six-week exploration of the cultural, social and political environment of the first forty years of the Twentieth Century, will include special attention to Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, as well as the careers of composers Richard Strauss, Gustave Mahler and Erich Korngold. While looking at and listening to such beautiful cultural achievements, we will also question the role of the arts in the disasters that were to come.

Wednesdays, Dec 11 – Jan 29
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: Kevin Justus

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Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

Take your seat in the Century Room, Tucson’s only dedicated jazz club, and enjoy a special performance for The Learning Curve presented by local jazz musicians. Hosted by Khris Dodge, this afternoon session will be the perfect way to continue your journey into jazz and prepare to ring in the New Year in style.

Sunday, Dec 29
4:00 – 6:00 pm

Instructor: Khris Dodge

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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.

– Register for each session individually –

William Faulkner

William Faulkner

The Tall Men (short story, 1950)

Friday, Oct 4
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

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Willa Cather

Willa Cather

Old Mrs. Harris: (novella, 1932)

Friday, Nov 1
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Christmas poetry (1852, 1863)

Friday, Dec 6
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

Clothes for a Summer Hotel (drama, 1980)

Friday, Jan 3
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 – The Secret Life of Dragonflies

Food for Thought – The Secret Life of Dragonflies

The dragonfly, in many parts of the world, symbolizes change. Delve into the fascinating world of these winged beauties and discover their role in the changing ecosystem of the Santa Cruz River.

Monday, Oct 7
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Instructor: Michael Bogan

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Food for Thought – Pages from a Park Ranger’s Journal

Food for Thought – Pages from a Park Ranger’s Journal

Celebrate our country’s greatest gifts – our stunning array of national parks. Hear tales of awe-inspiring moments, suspenseful episodes and more from a park ranger and author whose 25-year career with the National Park Service has taken her across our beautiful country. from sea to shining sea.

Monday, Nov 4
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Deb Liggett

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Food for Thought – A Granddaughter’s View of Eleanor Roosevelt - Dec 9

Food for Thought – A Granddaughter’s View of Eleanor Roosevelt – Dec 9

Nina Roosevelt Gibson shares memories of her famous grandmother in Growing Up Roosevelt. Stories of holiday celebrations, dinners with world leaders and intimate family moments will expand your understanding of Eleanor Roosevelt – perhaps the most famous woman of the 20th century.

Monday, Dec 9
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Nina Rosevelt Gibson

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Food for Thought – A Granddaughter’s View of Eleanor Roosevelt - Dec 16

Food for Thought – A Granddaughter’s View of Eleanor Roosevelt – Dec 16

Nina Roosevelt Gibson shares memories of her famous grandmother in Growing Up Roosevelt. Stories of holiday celebrations, dinners with world leaders and intimate family moments will expand your understanding of Eleanor Roosevelt – perhaps the most famous woman of the 20th century.

Monday, Dec 16
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Nina Rosevelt Gibson

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