Winter/Spring 2014 Courses

LL1402 The Sumerians

  • Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • January 29, February 5, 12, 19
  • Columbus Avenue Center 1115 Columbus Avenue

The period of the Sumerians begins about 4500 B.C.E. and ends about 2000 B.C.E. Popular professor Dr. Henry Walbesser will discuss this first organized civilization of modern times created by humans and illustrate these remarkably creative people who invented the first written language, organized the first formal schools and the first bicameral congress, and produced the first written legal codes, moral ideals "farmer's almanac," and other more recent discoveries. The course also explores these creations and their legacy to the human cultures that followed.

LL1403 Mark Twain, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

  • Tuesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m
  • February 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Robinson Tower, Room #455, 700 S. University Parks Drive
  • Turn left exiting elevators 4th floor

When Confederate Forces fired on Fort Sumter in April 1861, thousands of patriotic southerners rushed to enlist for the Confederate cause, among them Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Clemens served as a second lieutenant in a Confederate militia-for two weeks. Then he deserted, fled west, and became Mark Twain. Dr. Joe Fulton will look at Twain's southern background, what he did during the Civil War, and how the war influenced his later classic works like Life on the Mississippi, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

LL1404 When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough

  • Thursday, 10:30-12 noon
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

This class will examine and juxtapose the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes and the book When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough: The Search for a Life That Matters by popular author Rabbi Harold Kushner. The search for a life that matters is what connects these two works-the ancient and the modern, and is a timeless theme. Join Rabbi Laura Harari for what promises to be an interesting exploration.

LL1405 What Would Jesus Drive? - The Ethics of Over-Consumption

  • Thursday, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • February 13, 20, 27, March 6
  • Robinson Tower, Room #455, 700 S. University Parks Drive
  • Turn left exiting elevators 4th floor

After teaching a very popular course on "Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don't Have," Dr. Jim Roberts returns to continue the discussion on the ethical and spiritual aspects of our lives as consumers, and respond to questions such as, "What does the way we spend our money and the possessions we cherish say about us?"

LL140 Exercising in the Golden Years

  • Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • March 19, 26, April 2, 9
  • 3V Health & Fitness Center, 9th & Washington
  • (parking in front and back)

Under the direction of Annie Bane, co-owner and manager of 3V Health & Fitness Center, you will learn how to increase your quality of life through exercise and proper nutrition. The why, how, and where will be addressed regarding exercise, and you need to bring your favorite snacks so they can be analyzed by a nutritionist. Annie is currently in Baylor's PhD program for Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Health Promotions and teaches human anatomy and weight control.

LL1407 Sons of Abraham: The Historical, Political, and Religious Background

  • Thursday, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • March 20, 27, April 3, 10
  • Robinson Tower, Room #455, 700 S. University Parks Drive
  • Turn left exiting elevators 4th floor

According to Jewish and Muslim tradition, Abraham sired two sons: Isaac, the son of the aged wife Sarah, became the ancestor of the Jews; Ishmael, the older brother borne by the Egyptian concubine Hagar, became the founding father of the Arabs. The offspring of these two "blood-brothers" are now locked in an intractable conflict. In this course Dr. Lynn Tatum will trace the religious, historical, political, cultural and social factors and have shaped this situation, beginning 4000 years ago until today's ongoing, "secret" negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

LL1408 Wild About Waco!

  • Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • April 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Meet at Four Different Sites: Dr Pepper Museum, Waco Mammoth Site, Lake Waco Wetlands, and TSTC for Aerospace Center

This course, led by Susan Morton from the Waco Tourist Information Center, allows participants to see their community through the eyes of a visitor. Attractions old and new will be visited and discussed, and topics will also include major annual events, specialty tours, and a look into the future.

Upon completion of this course, students will receive a certificate, t-shirt, Fun Facts notebook, and tickets to sponsoring attractions.

LL1409 Texas History through the Eyes of the Texas Rangers

  • Tuesday, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • April 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum,
  • Interstate 35 and University Parks Drive
  • (Class limited to 30 participants)

Due to a waiting list from the fall semester, this popular class is being offered again. Taught by the staff at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, this serves as a primer on the history of Texas as seen through the eyes of its most legendary law enforcement organization. Each session will be complemented by a short tour of one of the museum's four major galleries. Topics discussed will be the settlement of Texas, the war for independence, interactions with Native Americans, and famous criminal investigations.

LL1410 For God So Loved the Multiverse

  • Wednesday, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • April 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Room #455 Robinson Tower, 700 S. University Parks Drive
  • Turn left exiting elevators 4th floor

Physicist Dr. Gerald Cleaver will explain humankind's perception of physical reality that has progressed through several stages to the present univercentric stage. Within physics and cosmology, acceptance that our universe is but one of an almost uncountable number is growing, and we may well exist in what is called a "multiverse." This class will examine how humanity has passed through the prior paradigms and the implications of a shift to a "multiverse" view of creation.

LL1411 Living in the Sounds of Music

  • Thursday, 10:45-12:15 p.m.
  • April 3, 10, 17, 24
  • McCrary Music Building Treasure Room
  • (parking passes provided)

Led by Wiff Rudd, this class will be introduced to the various families of instruments, including Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion. Baylor students will speak, rehearse, and also perform during the sessions. A few optional "field" trips will be offered that will afford participants to sit side-by-side with music students in rehearsals with Baylor's bands and orchestras. A discussion and demonstration of improvisation and jazz combo playing will also be included.

LL1412 Women Artists, Impressionism to Today

  • Monday 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • April 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Hooper-Schaefer #149
  • (parking passes provided)

Back by popular demand, Dr. Karen Pope returns to present an illustrated survey of women artists from 1900 to present day, including Marie Bracquemond, Camille Claudel, Liubov Popova, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Georgia O'Keefe, Barbara Hepworth, Judy Chicago, Daryl Howard, and others.