Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Baylor Alumni Network

Lifelong Learning Courses Offered

Winter 2016 Courses

LL1601 Abraham Lincoln: Rail Splitter to Rushmore
  • Tuesday, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 5
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Ave.

Join former National Park Service guides Sean Todd and Debbie Davendonis-Todd for a journey into the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Using four key moments from his life, class members will delve into the rise of Lincoln from his humble beginnings to America's 16th president. In particular, see how experiences in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois prepared Lincoln for leadership. The course will set his early life and career in the context of mid-19th century politics and culture.

LL1602 Bob Anne’s Book Club
  • Thursday, 10:30-Noon
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Baylor's Bob Anne Senter once again will review four books. These selections have a Texas connection ranging from the Texas oilfields to the White House and from World War II to outer space. Participants will meet once a month with the following schedule:

  • Jan. 14: The Big Rich by Bryan Burrough
  • Feb.11: Getting Better All The Time by Liz Carpenter
  • March 10: The Price of Valor by Dr. David A. Smith
  • April 14: The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
LL1603 Memory: How We Remember and Why We Forget
  • Thursday, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

We rely on memory every moment of every day, but just how reliable is our memory? Back by popular demand, Dr. Chuck Weaver, Baylor professor and chair of psychology and neuroscience, will lead the discussion on the science behind human memory, examine how it works, and why it sometimes doesn't. Then we will get tips on what we can do about it.

LL1604 All Blood Runs Red: the Allies Fight the Great War
  • Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8 (3 sessions of 2 hours each)
  • Pipkin Center, Austin Avenue Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Ave.

On the occasion of the centennial of World War I (1914-1918), three Baylor professors and scholars who specialize in the history of three key countries--Britain, Russia and the United States--that faced off against the Central Powers will present a history of the experience of each nation in the conflict. Dr. Joe Stubenrauch will speak from the British perspective, Dr. Julie deGraffenried from the Russian position, and Dr. Stephen Sloan from the point of the United States.

LL1605 Four Attorneys, Four Legal Subjects
  • Wednesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Ave.

This is an opportunity to increase your knowledge on several aspects of the law, including information on the legislative process in Austin. Four distinguished Waco attorneys will share their expertise in their areas of special interest.

  • Jan. 27, Danny Palmer: The State of Your Estate
  • Feb. 24, Elisa Dillard Rainey: Texas Elder Law
  • March 23, Jim Dunnam: Behind the Scenes at the Texas Legislature
  • April 27, Matt Morrison: The Rest of the Story--McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case
LL1606 Comparative Judaism in North America
  • Tuesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Ave.

In this course, Rabbi Laura Harari will give us a look into the various movements of Judaism in North America that exist today. We will reflect on their history, what helped shape them, and how they find expression currently.

LL1607 Immigration: A Global Conversation
  • Wednesday, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 3, 10, 17 (3 sessions of 2 hours each)
  • Pipkin Center, Austin Avenue Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Ave.

There is no doubt that immigration stimulates heated debates, but the United States is not the only country engaging in such conversations. Macarena Hernandez, Baylor's Fred Hartman Distinguished Professor of Journalism, will examine the issues of global immigration as we take a look at immigration conversations happening in the U.S. and other countries throughout the American and the European Union.

LL1608 You Can’t Trust Water
  • Monday, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 15, 22, 29, March 7
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Ave.

This course will take you under water (figuratively, of course) to learn more about the water resources of Texas and Central Texas. The emphasis will be on groundwater and topics will include: fracking, arsenic regulations and threatened salamanders. Dr. Joe Yelderman, Baylor geology professor, will discuss groundwater conservation districts, local springs, the Brazos River Alluvium aquifer and the Trinity aquifer along with random thoughts and idle speculations that come to mind during the course.

LL1609 The Science of Sleep
  • Thursday, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 18, 25, March 3, 10
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Dr. Michael Scullin, director of Baylor's Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, will provide an introduction to what it means to sleep soundly. Covered topics will include the psychological benefits of good sleep, how sleep loss affects the brain and cognition, changes in sleep that occur with aging, the prevalence and causes of sleep disorders in America, and scientifically validated tips for improving your sleep.

LL1610 U.S. Foreign Policy and Geopolitics of the Middle East
  • Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • March 16, 23, 30 (3 sessions of 2 hours each)
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Ave.

The Middle East is a region of constant flux and shifting attitudes. Dr. David Oualaalou addresses the geopolitical landscape with a nuclear Iran at the core of a volatile Middle East situation. He will look at how such circumstances will certainly shape geopolitics and international relations as the 21st century unfolds.

LL1611 It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
  • Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • March 17, 24, 31 (3 sessions of 2 hours each)
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Ave.

This will be a listen-and-look at the swing music that kept the nation's feet moving for much of the last century. Channel 25 news anchor and vocalist Ann Harder, guitarist Kenny Frazier, bass and keyboardist Ken Harris, and guitarist Bob Lott perform dozens of jazz favorites such as "Blue Skies," "Route 66" and "Ain't Misbehaving." They also will offer brief histories of these gems from The Great American Songbook.

LL1612 Awakening to Kate Chopin's The Awakening
  • Thursday, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • April 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Pipkin Center, Austin Avenue Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Ave.

Kate Chapin's The Awakening allows readers to enter the 1890s Creole world of Edna Pontellier, a young, passionate wife and mother who is on a journey of self-discovery in New Orleans. The groundbreaking and controversial novel secured Chapin's recognition as America's first significant female novelist. After a focus on biographical and social influences on Chapin, participants will read approximately 45 pages per week. Diane Hamilton, retired English teacher, will lead the discussion of this American classic that should prove both eye-opening and entertaining as we explore women's issues and literary traditions. (You will need to provide your own book.)