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Current Classes

2019 Fall Semester Classes

Fall classes are set to begin on September 16! Registration begins on August 25th.

Monday Morning Lectures

Senior College is offering a new event for this Fall. Starting September 16 and continuing every Monday morning (9:30) through October 21, we will present a special lecture at Kearney Public Library on a unique topic of interest. There will be no pre-registration - admission to each lecture is $5.00 (cash/check/credit card) at the door.  The Lectures are open to Senior College Members and their guests.

T'ai Chi

Want to relax better, improve your balance, gain greater strength, achieve better coordination, cope better with stress, and sleep better? Give T'ai Chi a try! Have fun while you are helping yourself to a more active and enjoyable lifestyle.

This class is limited to 15 participants.

Medical Issues for Seniors

Health care is changing fast: This class focuses on a wide variety of medical and societal topics of current interest presented by medical and health professionals. Join us for answers, questions, and discussion of a broad range of health topics!

 

The Arthurian Tradition on the Page and Screen

This class introduces a tradition–that of the Arthurian legend–from its beginnings in the Middle Ages through its resurgence in modern times. We will identify reasons for the enduring popularity of King Arthur and his entourage, but we will also take note of significant innovations introduced by modern revivalists. We will read from written texts of power and originality, but we will also study successful adaptations of the legend, and its pervasive presence in the general culture: Round Table Pizza, the Excalibur Hotel and Casino, Merlin’s Mufflers, and–in Kearney Nebraska–a street named Camelot Way 

Genealogy

Come learn how to trace your family roots. We start at the beginning and continue backwards. Working together helps all in class.

This class is limited to 15 participants
Participants must have basic computer skills

Journey Through the Nineteenth Century with Nebraska's Artist Explorers, Class III

Learn more about the brave, adventurous, creative artists who documented our western heritage. This class covers artists such as Jules Tavernier, Paul Frenzeny, and Charles Bird King – artists who were not covered in the Fall 2017 and 2018 classes. Artist explorer works from the MONA collection will be shown and discussed during this class. 

Attendance in Classes I and II is not needed to attend or enjoy Class III.

Medieval Britain - From Romans to Tudors

Medieval England will roughly cover the span between the end of Roman occupation up to the start of the Tudor dynasty. In this period, we see the Kingdom of England go from a backwater province to a substantial regional power in Western Europe. The course will focus on the Kings and Queens of England and the military challenges that they faced, including the Viking Invasions, Norman Conquest, Hundred Years’ War, and the War of the Roses. The history of Medieval England has inspired our culture from Shakespeare’s plays to George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. 

Rivers

Take this class and you can tell your friends you are learning about fluvial geomorphology. Phrases and terms like “base level”, “graded stream”, “discharge”, “laminar flow”, and other “stuff “ will expand your vocabulary. You will be able to discuss why the Atchafalaya may save New Orleans and why do you need to know about “The Waters Of The United States”? We’ll shoot the rapids of the science of rivers, meander through some history, paddle around in politics and law, and sail across some current issues. Bring your Life Jackets and come along for the ride!

TED Talks

Have you ever stumbled across a TED Talk on You Tube or listened to one on NPR? If so, you already know that the subjects can be serious or quirky, deeply emotional or highly intellectual. And you also know that no matter the subject, the talk is bound to get you thinking and anxious to talk with someone about it. For this series we shall examine "Emotional Intelligence" and "Artificial Intelligence".  So put on your “thinking cap” and join the adventure. 

A "Staycation" in Kearney

When somebody asks you what’s new in Kearney, are you stuck for an answer? Well, let’s take a morning to explore! Participants will meet at Pepper Jax Grill (1010 3rd Ave,) at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 19 and set out for tours of the Central Nebraska Veterans Home, Kearney Regional Airport, Xpansion and, finally, St. George Orthodox Christian Church to view their colorful renewed Iconography. We’ll return to Pepper Jax for a Philly Steak sandwich w/trimmings for lunch.

Space is limited to 14 participants.

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