Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

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Lifelong Learning Courses Offered

Fall 2016 Courses

LL1613 Iran’s Nuclear Agreement and the Inevitable Shift of the Geopolitical Landscape in the Middle East
  • Wednesday, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 19
  • Pipkin Center, Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Avenue

What will the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East look like in the coming years now that an agreement over Iran's nuclear program has been reached with the West? The answer is anyone's guess. In this course with Dr. David Oualaalou, we explore the various scenarios of what and how Iran will further expand its sphere of in uence (militarily, economically and diplomatically). This expansion, supported by Russia and China, will have a direct impact on the regional/global political landscape.

LL1614 History of Medicine
  • Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Pipkin Center, Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Avenue
  • Class limited to 20 students

Dr. Watson Arnold, a native Wacoan, will follow the development of medicine from witch doctors to scientic marvels while studying Hippocrates, Galen and Versalius. He will discuss the development of the Germ Theory by Pasteur, Koch and Lister and the rise of organized medicine. The nal class will probe the social aspects of medical practice up to the Affordable Care Act as well as the decline and fall of medical hegemony.

LL1615 Drawing from Observation for Beginners
  • Monday, 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3
  • Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Drawing Studio # 173
  • Class limited to 18 students

In this course, Prof. Greg Lewallen will introduce basic techniques that will help students draw more accurately from their own observations. This will replicate the Drawing from Observation for Beginners course that is offered to Baylor students and will begin with geometric squares and rectangles before moving on to more challenging models.

LL1616 In the Running
  • Tuesday, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4
  • Pipkin Center, Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Avenue

The political parties are in disarray and divided into factions. The campaigns are characterized by slander and personal attacks on both sides. Hot-topic issues under debate include foreign policy, interpretation of the Constitution, states rights, immigration, trade and the environment. No, this is not 2016. Dr. David Smith, senior lecturer in the history department of the Baylor College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss political campaigns in 1800, 1824, 1860 and 1912 as a reminder that our current campaign is nothing new.

LL1617 Why Classical Music is Relevant
  • Tuesday, 2-4 p.m.
  • Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 (3 sessions of 2 hours)
  • Pipkin Center, Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Avenue

As you talk and listen to classical music in this class, Dr. Gary Mortenson, dean of the Baylor School of Music, will share knowledge about the lives of some of history's most famous composers, speak briefly about form in music and share background on some of the stories surrounding select masterpieces from the Western Music historical tradition.

LL1618 Your Financial Journey
  • Wednesday, 2-4 p.m.
  • Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 (3 sessions of 2 hours)
  • Wells Fargo Board Room,1105 Wooded Acres, Suite 600
  • Class limited to 12 students

This three-part course will be presented by Charles J. Lewis, who was recognized by the 2016 Financial Times' annual ranking as one of 37 from Wells Fargo in the top 400 Financial advisors in the nation. He will help us decide where we are going Financially, list the obstacles we need to avoid, map our journey by effectively using the tax-deferred accounts and opportunities available to us and our family, and drive us safely through life’s changes by helping to protect ourselves with basic estate planning documents. He will also identify some of the nancial challenges we will face and provide alternative strategies to help meet many investment and retirement needs.

LL1619 Too Much of a Good Thing: Are You Addicted to your Smartphone?
  • Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6
  • Pipkin Center, Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Avenue

Suggested reading: Dr. Roberts book, Too Much of a Good Thing

In this course Dr. Jim Roberts, The Ben Williams Professor in Marketing, returns to LLL to address the impact our fascination with technology, especially smartphones, has on our relationships. A recent Baylor study indicates that cellphones are damaging romantic relationships and leading to higher levels of depression. The word "phubbing," a term coined in the early 2010s, is used to describe the habit of ignoring people or surroundings in a social situation by focusing on one's cell phone. Phones would not be addictive if they weren’t so indispensable, and we need to learn what boundaries to enforce.

LL1620 Another View of the Zoo
  • Monday, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 N. 4th Street, Waco

The popular behind-the-scenes look at Cameron Park Zoo will allow you to see and learn about the conservation, education, veterinary care and animal husbandry programs at the zoo. Students will need to wear comfortable shoes and clothing as they will be visiting animal holding areas. Passenger carts will be available to transport students throughout the zoo during the class.

LL1621 The Book of Revelation in its Historical Setting
  • Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Pipkin Center, Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Avenue

A year ago, Dr. Joel Weaver, senior lecturer at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, opened our eyes to a new understanding of the Book of Revelation, which sometimes appears strange and foreign to modern readers. This session will add more information about historical and cultural settings that will aid in unlocking the meaning of Revelation.

LL1622 Crisis of ISIS and Other Developments in the Middle East
  • Monday, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 10. 17,24,31
  • Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Avenue

The world's most volatile region is constantly on the front pages of our newspapers. Dr. Lynn Tatum of Baylor's Honors College will deliver a four-week course with topics snatched from the headlines. ISIS, Iraq, Israel and Iran will be covered, and that is only the "I's." The discussion will cover the key players, key events and key issues in our attempt to understand what in the world is going on in the Middle East.

LL1623 Introduction to Travel Photography
  • Tuesday, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 15
  • Pipkin Center, Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Avenue

Dr. Clark Baker, associate professor in the Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media, has worked as a commercial, editorial and documentary photographer in Australia and the United States, in addition to spending three years in advertising. In this photography class he will demonstrate how we can discover, uncover and reveal with a camera what we are seeing.

LL1624 Great Trials in History
  • Wednesday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. (3 sessions of 2 hours)
  • Oct. 26, Nov. 16, 30
  • Umphrey Law Center

Baylor Law School Master Teacher Jerry Powell, The Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence at Baylor Law School, lectures on some of the most important and interesting trials in history. This class begins in October with State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial. How accurate was the play and movie Inherit the Wind? We will learn about trial’s key gures, including the high school science teacher as well as the legal and political personalities--William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow.