Welcome back!

We are delighted to welcome you back to the classroom. As we find our way during these uncertain times, the health and safety of our treasured community remains our top priority. We will continue to require proof of vaccination and masks for all in-person events. Enrollment will be limited to enable social distancing.

This semester brings new opportunities to continue learning together. Through music, visual art, theatre, literature, history and more we will learn with each other, from each other and about each other as we explore the human experience. The stories of those who came before us inspire and inform the stories yet-to-come.

We offer worry-free registration. If your plans change, simply let us know before the class start date and we’ll process your refund promptly. Let us know after a class begins and we’ll issue a refund for the remaining sessions. Cancellation fees will be waived.

Join us this spring to increase your understanding of a favorite subject or discover something new. We can’t wait to connect with you again.

The Learning Curve Team

Now in our 20th year of connecting those who love to teach with those who love to learn…

Spring 2023 Courses

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

Food for Thought

A Lunch Series

Nourish your intellect while you savor the innovative New American cuisine at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort.

 Series Host: Paul Fisher, an accomplished researcher, performer and award-winning educator known for his unique introductions and informative lectures.

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