ELM Spring Classes for Seniors

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 9:30am

Marietta, GA 30006

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9:30 -10:30 am

Current Events

Howard Fields, PhD, Instructor (Class size - 25)

Do you have an opinion concerning what is going on in the world around you? Would you be willing to share with other people who may agree or disagree with you in a collegial environment? Then you would enjoy the session on “Current Events”. You can bring virtually any issue to the session and the folks there will listen and share their opinions. This is a place where controversial issues are discussed in a civil manner. Come and join.

9:30 - 11:00 am **90 Minute class**

Art of Literature

Jeff Plowman, Instructor (Class size - 25)

This class session we will cover four shorter novels from lesser-known, but high quality Southern authors.  Fred Chappell’s I Am One of You Forever, Josephine Humphries’s Rich in Love, Larry Brown’s Dirty Work, and Terry Kay’s To Dance with the White Dog are easy reads and cover a wide range of human experience, from growing up to dealing with loss and death.  While it may be that none of these works reach or aspire to the level of the (mythical) Great American Novel, each helps us not only see but also feel life from a different perspective, which is the essence of good literature.  Our time together will allow for spirited and fun discussions on storytelling, humor, and poignancy, among other topics.  Come join!  Come see!

10:45 - 11:45 am

Let’s Make Stuff Up

Josh Langston, Instructor (Class size - 25)

Join bestselling author Josh Langston, and try your hand at writing (or simply telling) stories of your very own. Josh will provide topics from which you can choose, or you can dream up your own. Writing tips and techniques will be shared at the start of each class, and participants will be asked to keep them in mind when working on their stories. Josh's classes are always fun, and if you've never taken one, you'll be in for a treat. His motto is: "If you're not laughing, you're not learning!”

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Predictably Irrational Consumer

Shai Robkin, Instructor (Class size - 30)

Why do we buy what we buy?  How do we budget?  What techniques do marketers employ to influence (some would say manipulate) our purchasing decisions?  We’ll explore answers to these and other questions from the perspective of groundbreaking behavioral economists.

1:00 - 2:00 pm

American History

Brandt Ross, Instructor (Class size - 40)

The Miracle of the American Revolution, The Barbary Wars, “The Ditch that changed our country”; Baseball stories: The “Real Natural”; Baseball players who went to war;  “Jackie and Mo”; “the Greatest Cowboy”; 4 remarkable women whom we hardly know; WW1 & 2 stories of valor.  All programs include folk guitar and contemporaneous songs for each program.

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Who Are You?  Introductory Class – Part ONE

Lisa Helmick, Instructor (Class size - 25)

What do you know about yourself?  Why do you have the interests, habits, skills, talents, and abilities you do?  How can you best use those traits to improve your own life but to also affect your relationships with others?  We will learn the strengths and weaknesses of our personality types and how to best “bring out the types needed” in various situations.  We will look at research that has to do with learning style (brain research), “birth order” influence, generational “inheritances”, and strengthening relationships in general.

1:00 - 3:00 pm (2 hours)

Quelques Conversations et Café au Lait

Dixie Whitman, Instructor (Class size - 5)

Conversations en français avec des points culturels. Note : Students should be comfortable with the conjugation of verbs, and the formation of adjectives, and adverbs.  In addition, class members should have a desire to put their knowledge to work.  This quarter we’ll be focusing on the art of conversation and comprehension.  And café au lait, whenever possible. We’ll begin with directed conversations and then use those patterns to create our own dialogs, all in the shadow of the great culture that is France.

Required textbook : French Conversation by Eliane Kurbegov (Premium Second Edition)  McGraw Hill and Recommended texbook: for those who are still learning verbs and conjugations French Verb Tenses by Trudie Maria Booth (Premium Third Edition)  McGraw Hill.

Both can be purchased online via Amazon.com or other retailers.

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Who Are You? Intermediate Class -- Part TWO

Lisa Helmick, Instructor (Class size - 25)

This class will be a continuation of “Who Are You? Part One” from the winter session. It would be to your advantage to have taken Part One. We will dive more deeply into the “composite” you, how you “act”, and the “real” you. We will delve more deeply into current research having to do with the impacts of environment, experience on who you are.  This will include an in-depth personality study and stress—how you are affected and how you can better cope. The purpose is to strengthen relationships in all facets of life.

You may register for as many Spring classes as you would like for a $50 registration fee. Classes are open to anyone, anywhere, who is 50 years of age or older.


All classes will be taught online using Zoom videoconferencing technology.

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