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Spring 2016

  • Geologic Resources and the Evolution of Societies in Western Europe
  • Birth of the Modern: Paris, New York and the Age of Abstraction (1848-1948)
  • Three Great Myths: Oedipus, Persephone, and Dionysus
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • From Freud to Facebook: 100 Years of Psychotherapy in America
  • Thomas Jefferson: Integrity in the Individual Life adn the Meaning of "Greatness"
  • Knowing and Enjoying the Connecticut River

  • Fall 2015

  • Connecticut Impressionism, Florence Griswold Museum
  • Picasso and Truth
  • Passing by the Dragon: Four Stories by Flannery O’Connor
  • Waka, Haiku, and Tanka: Japan’s Minimalist Poetry, Old and New
  • The Science and Art of Meditation
  • Notes from the Field: A Writer's Workshop
  • The Mystery Novel: A Captivating Read

  • Spring 2015

  • Psyche and Science: Conversations about Parallel Roads to the Mysteries of Life, Time, and the Cosmos
  • Happily Ever After
  • A Perfect Omelet
  • The Sewing Machine and the Typewriter: A Very Short History of Work in America
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust, Parts I and II
  • Three Operatic Femmes Fatales: Carmen, Dalila, Salome
  • Inventing America: How Art and Literature Shaped American Identity
  • Due Process of Law
  • All Aboard! The Romance of Trains

  • Fall 2014

  • Epidemics: Past and Present
  • Henri Matisse: From Fauve to Modernist Art
  • Hyphenated Americans: Contemporary Stories of Lives Lived Between Two Cultures
  • Crime and Punishment: A Mystery Tour
  • Exploring the Challenges of Personal Finance
  • "Painting for the People": Lithography in France in the 19th Century
  • Keeping your Nerve: A Fiction-Writing Course
  • All About Food: Healthy Cooking
  • Travel with a Geologist: Hephaestus' Realm, Poseidon's Trench, and Apollo's Temple

  • Spring 2014

  • Clarifying the Mysteries of the Self
  • Parsing Camille, the Heroine Harlot, from Life to Stage, Song and Film
  • Retirement as Reinvention
  • The Poetry of Memory: A Reading and Writing Workshop
  • The Nibelungenlied (Song of the Nibelungs) of Love and Death and Heroes
  • How to Get Into Print and Get the Most Out of It: A Freelancer's Guide to Publishing
  • Return Journeys: Second-Generation Americans Explore "Home" and Identity
  • Exploring the Natural History of the Lower Connecticut River

  • Fall 2013

  • Film Studies at Wesleyan: Definition and Demonstration
  • Science and the Currents of Modernism
  • Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec
  • From Abstraction to Post-Modernism: American Prints, 1950's -1980's
  • The First Amendment
  • Appreciating and Writing Travel Literature
  • All About Food: Ethnic Cuisine
  • Mystery Thursdays: Five Characters in Search of a Culprit
  • The Art and Science of Meditation

  • Spring 2013

  • Middletown's Architectural Heritage
  • The Housatonic Valley
  • Adventures in Opinion Writing
  • The Cycle of Life - A Rite de Passage for the Elder Passage
  • The Issue of Succession: Shakespeare's History Plays-Kingship under Elizabeth I
  • Exploring the Challenges of Personal Finance

  • Fall 2012

  • The Paintings of Paul Cezanne 1839-1906: Classicism Rejected and Renewed
  • Picturing America: Highlights of 20th-Century Photography
  • Positive Psychology
  • All About Food: Enlightened Eating
  • Murder Under the Midnight Sun
  • Taiwan: The Crisis of Identity and Ownership
  • King Lear

  • Spring 2012

  • Germs Are Us
  • Exploring the Challenges of Personal Finance
  • Machiavelli Revisited: Arch Villian, Immoral Politician, Father of Political Science?
  • The Book of Job
  • Legacies in Words: An Introduction to Memoir Writing
  • The Saturday Institute for Lifelong Learning: Rolling on the Connecticut River
  • Happily Ever After

  • Fall 2011

  • I Love a Mystery
  • The Paintings of Vincent van Gogh: Images for Life
  • Dürer, Rembrandt, Picasso: Reconsidering the Masters at the Davison Art Center
  • Shakespeare’s Cleopatra, Egypt’s Harlot Queen?
  • Art and Geology of Old Volcanic Massifs in Connecticut
  • " People don't do such things!"-Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler
  • Civil War Narratives Come Alive

  • Spring 2011

  • Legacies in Words: An Introduction to Memoir Writing
  • Life's Great Transitions and Four Essential Dialogues
  • Exploring the Mysteries of Finance
  • Positive Psychology
  • Life Is But a Dream
  • Germs Are Us
  • Brownstone Stories: Quarries and Dinosaurs

  • Fall 2010

  • Middletown History Day
  • The "Home Front" in Revolutionary Connecticut
  • Geology and Art
  • The Infectious Microbe
  • Food, Culture, and Identity
  • Deciphering Gauguin
  • Hamlet’s Soliloquies: Method and Madness