Bob Anne Senter’s Book Club returns with four books about friendships. We are all indebted to our circle of friends and know the joys they bring to our lives. These books describe different avenues of friendship and also the circumstances that unite them: 12 Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent; Patsy and Me by Loretta Lynn; The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King, and A Dog Called Hope by Jason Morgan and Damien Lewis.
Photographer Sam Wilson will cover ways a photographer can connect with viewers by telling stories through, and by eliciting emotional responses to, photographic images. Students will take photographs in specific genre (portraits, nature, still life and so forth). Samples will be anonymously displayed for gentle critiques and discussions, leading to improving one’s photos. Students will need access to a camera or phone camera. This course will not cover technical details of photography.
Our connected digital world is becoming increasingly complicated and dangerous. Everything and everyone depends on technology that is interconnected to the world, either directly or indirectly. What can the average person do to protect themselves from cyber-attacks, loss of personally identifiable information (PII), and other exposures in our modern digital world? Keith Kooyman presents multiple ways to protect yourself.
Unfortunately, this class has been canceled.
Join Waco attorney Wesley J. Filer to learn generally about the judicial branch of the federal government and in particular about the U.S. Supreme Court. While most of the decisions by the Supreme Court are routine and attract little attention other than from the participants in the litigation, some are very controversial, have large impacts, and are politically charged. A better understanding of the Court is not only fascinating, but crucial to being a well-informed citizen.
Who said this? “The defense of religion, of democracy, and of good faith among nations is all the same fight.” Or, how about this? “Our government makes no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith, and I don’t care what it is.” Both are quotes from American presidents, who often play the role of preacher, pastor, and priest to the American people. Barry Hankins will discuss the faith of some of our presidents and how they deployed that faith both privately and publicly.
With new planets, stars and galaxies being discovered, the wonders of our Universe are at an all-time high. New telescopes and space vehicles are revealing mysteries never seen by mankind. Students will learn how the universe works as well as identify major constellations, nebulae, and black holes. Taught by Larry Smith, retired National Park Astronomy Ranger, the course will provide hands-on activities so that students may understand the “workings” of our Universe.
This class, led by Bill Pitts, is an introduction to the era of the eight classic Crusades in the Near East, 1095-1291, involving conflicts among the Islamic, Byzantine (East Roman), and Western European cultures. Jerusalem, taken by the Franks (first Crusade), was eventually lost to Saladin, prompting a crusade, led by Richard the Lionhearted. The fourth crusade seriously strained relations between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. Attention will also be given to the crusades in Spain, the role of the papacy, and consequences of the crusades.
These sessions, taught by Al Childs, will focus on topics particularly relevant for mature adults such as investments, budgeting, gifting, and handling broader family financial issues. Topics will include gifting to children (pre- and post-mortem), treating children equitably, and charitable giving. Final planning issues, such as durable powers of attorney, medical directives, organizing financial affairs, and distributing assets tax effectively and in consideration of family priorities will be discussed. Other issues will be covered that are relevant to the attendees.
This course, taught by Brad Livingstone, will concentrate on the Pacific Theater portion of WWII, particularly those events that occurred in 1945. Featured topics will include the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, the use of the “kamikaze,” the development of the Atomic Bomb and its use on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the (almost) unconditional surrender of the Japanese Empire to end WWII. The significance of these major war efforts led to the end of WWII after four years of bloody battles and millions of deaths of both military personnel and civilians.
Dr. Lynn Tatum, during the summer of 2022, is attending an intensive seminar centered in Israel. He is meeting with security officials, diplomatic officials, military leaders, Palestinian leaders, religious leaders, fellow academics, and Israeli and Palestinian politicians. His experiences are “up to date” and from “on-the-ground.” The course will cover the history of modern Israel, its politics, its problems, its challenges, and its hopes. There will be lots of discussion, a great deal of laughter, some good-natured arguing, and a learning experience for everyone!
This course taught by Dr. Tom Hanks and Professor Betsy Vardaman touches lightly upon the history of literature intended for children: Aesop's Fables, Mother Goose Rhymes, John Newbery's little books for children, the Volksmärchen (folk tales) of the Brothers Grimm, Perrault's stories intended for adults and adopted by children, 19th century dreadfully moralizing stories intended to regulate children's behavior in strict conformity to adult comfort (some of these are now comic), and modern fiction and poetry for children (and adults). Along with brief histories, the instructors will focus on delight.
Back by popular demand! Jon Singletary takes the Enneagram and breaks it down in ways that help us as individuals to recognize our personality type and hidden potential. You are not defined by your “number,” but it is helpful information for understanding yourself and others. For both newcomers to the subject and those who took the introductory course last fall, knowing more about your Enneagram number can lead to stronger relationships, reduced stress, and more productivity.
David W. Music will lead a survey of worship practices from the New Testament through the Medieval and Reformation churches, with consideration of the Old Testament background and recent worship forms.
Architectural historian Kenneth Hafertepe will discuss historic Waco buildings, analyzing the evolution of these buildings for religion, commerce, industry, education, and government over the years. As the award-winning author of numerous books on architecture, he is known for digging deep into the details of each structure to find the unique stories he shares with his readers and students. His previously published book, Historic Homes of Waco, Texas has received the Ron Tyler Award for Best Illustrated Book on Texas History and Culture from the Texas State Historical Association.