Monday, April 2

Register for the New Sewanee Seminars Short Courses Offerings

The Center of Lifelong Learning at the University of the South is excited to announce five new courses, and one back by popular demand, open to all during the month of  April. The enrollment fee for each course is only $60 and includes six hours of formal learning time.
Contact Dan Backlund at <> for more information and to register for these exciting classes before they are full.
Jung for the “Jung”at Heart—Mondays, 3:30–5:30 p.m., April 2, 9, 16, and 23. In this course we will discuss C.G. Jung's most fascinating and unconventional ideas about symbolism. We will put those ideas into practice by analyzing our dreams, telling our fortunes, creating mandalas and other exercises. Enrollment limit is 12. Instructor: Al Bardi, Associate Professor of Psychology.
Better Balance in 2018—Wednesdays, 12:15–2:15 p.m., April 4, 11, 18 and 25. The class will help you to learn and practice various balance exercises to maintain a healthy aging process. Join us in this fitness, fun, and friends class to learn more about achieving Better Balance in 2018. Come dressed for activity in comfortable clothes and shoes. Seniors of all fitness levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The class will provide great tips, exercises, and information for all, from the couch potato to the already active. Instructor: Karen Gardner, Certified Personal Trainer.
Modern Astronomy: From the Moon to the Multiverse—Tuesdays, 3–5 p.m., April 10, 17 and 24. The three classes will cover the major topics in Astronomy today.
In Class 1, Our Solar System, we will discuss the latest findings regarding the planets (major and minor) and their moons, the Sun’s structure and the effects of solar weather on the Earth, and finally, the most likely places for the existence of extraterrestrial life will be considered.
In Class 2, Our Galaxy, we will examine the structure of the Milky Way and how dark matter and the large black hole at its center determine it. The various evolutionary paths of stars, especially, the Sun, will be discussed. Finally, the possibility of life on extra-solar planets will be investigated.
In Class 3, Our Universe, we will cover the large–scale structure of the Universe, in particular, its origin and evolution. Special attention will be given to the Cosmic Microwave Background, gravitational waves and dark energy. Finally, we will consider the anthropomorphism/multiverse debate. Instructor: Frank Hart, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy.
Late Bloomers: Gardening in the Second Half of Life—Mondays, 1–3 p.m., March 26, April 2, 9, and 16. We will cover having fun in the garden, garden tours here and abroad, some great gardening books to read, overcoming problems like deer, making your outdoor space look great, maintenance tips, sources for plants, people who can help you, and groups to join. We will visit some great gardens in the Sewanee area and talk about some of the best sources for purchasing great garden plants. Each participant should purchase a copy of “Late Bloomer: How to Garden with Comfort, Ease, and Simplicity in the Second Half of Life” by Jan Bills. Used and new books are available on Instructor: June Mays, Garden Designer.
Hit the Reset Button! (second offering)—Thursdays, 10 a.m.–noon, April 5, 12, 19 and 26. Studies are showing that a mindfulness meditation practice can have profound effects on the structure of the brain. One of the most significant is a study done in 2011 at Harvard by Sara Lazar and her team. The study showed increases in the cortical thickness in the hippocampus, which governs learning and memory, and decreases in brain cell volume in the amygdala, which is that part of the brain associated with fear, anxiety, and stress. This can make a significant impact of our tendency to be reactive and to continue old patterns of behavior whether they are helpful or not. Another consistent finding in the research literature is that greater self-compassion is linked to less anxiety and depression. Coupling a mindfulness practice with self–compassion can literally change our brain in ways that can allow us to change our response to life’s inherent stress and live in a state of equanimity. Instructors: Maryellen McCone and Richard Barrali.
Going to Pieces: An Introduction to Papercut Art—Tuesdays, 9 a.m.–noon, March 27 and April 3.For beginners to professional artists who would like to learn a new art skill. All materials – and inspiration – will be provided. After a brief history of paper cut art around the world, participants will create a piece of original art using archival and handmade papers. Enrollment limit is 12. Instructor: Kim Phillips, Franklin County Arts Guild Artist.