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SPRING 2016 Seminars

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Haverhill Campus, Hartleb Technology Center, Room 103A

REGISTRATION:
Please call Enrollment Services directly at 978-556-3700 to register for a CoOL Seminar.

Students may also register online or in person. Students will receive a guest parking pass along with a confirmation letter and campus map via postal mail approximately one-two weeks prior to a seminar’s start date.

Important NECC Parking Policy Information:

Please note that it is required that all students/visitors of NECC have a guest parking pass posted on the left hand side dashboard of their car when attending the college or a parking ticket may be issued. Guest parking passes along with a confirmation letter and campus map will be mailed out to registered students approximately one-two weeks prior to a seminar’s start date. If for any reason you need additional information regarding parking or a guest parking permit, please contact Christine DeRosa at cderosa@necc.mass.edu (e-mail is the preferred method of contact) or at 978-659-1225. Thank you!

Spring 2016 Seminars

Pride and Prejudice: “I am all astonishment!”

In this seminar, we will read and discuss Jane Austen’s wonderful novel, Pride and Prejudice. We will explore the novel and the life and society of the author. Students should have a copy of any edition of the Pride and Prejudice text. In the first session, students will engage in introductions and talk about Jane Austen (no reading required for the first session) and receive a syllabus of reading. The reading of the text is divided into five sections. Students who have already read the text are asked to not give away any of the plot.

Seminar Leader: Barbara Stachniewicz

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Jan. 27 – March 2

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 114

Cost: $30

CRN: 333  Course Number: COOL1099 Section: HA

Yoga/Meditation

Yoga and meditation help us to join our body and mind. They have real concrete benefits to us as we age.  We will practice both. Students should purchase the following textbook that will be used throughout both seminar sessions: Lilias! YOGA Your Guide to Enhancing Body, Mind, and Spirit in Midlife and Beyond, by Lilias Folan, approximately $16.95 on Amazon.com.

Seminar Leader: George Medelinskas

Course One Information

Dates/Time: Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Jan. 28 – March 3

Location: Haverhill, D Building, Room 154 (Dance Studio)

Cost: $30

CRN: 334 Course Number: COOL1094 Section: HB

Course Two Information – SOLD OUT!

Dates/Time: Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 31 – May 5

Location: Haverhill, D Building, Room 154 (Dance Studio)

Cost: $30

CRN: 261 Course Number: COOL1094 Section: HA

Gems: Nature’s mysterious gifts – Cancelled due to low enrollment!

Why do humans consider these rocks so precious?  Explore gem geology, mineralogy, history, legends and the uses these beauties have in jewelry, art objects and industry.

Seminar Leaders: Judy Flieder and Barbara Keller

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 28-May 9 (no class 4/18)

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 110

Cost: $30

CRN: 237  Course Number: COOL1093 Section: HA

The Middle East – A Primer – SOLD OUT!

Back by popular demand!  This seminar will better your knowledge about this important part of our world and help you understand the issues and causes of the continuing conflicts.

Seminar Leader: Michael Franz with guest lectures by Dr. Ligia Domenech & Dr. Stephen Russell

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Mondays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 28-May 9 (no class 4/18)

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 115

Cost: $30

CRN: 239 Course Number: COOL1091 Section: HA

Romania: More than just Dracula

Experience Romanian culture through music, dance, customs and crafts. Explore the historical influences of the different regions.

Seminar Leaders: Arline Ferguson, Chuck Jones (media), Dorina Nimigean

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 28-May 9 (no class 4/18)

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 107

Cost: $30

CRN: 241 Course Number: COOL1082 Section: HA

Beginning Tai-Chi Chuan

Internationally, the most practiced Tai Chi form is Yang Style Short Form. Join us to learn this series of 24 movements often called “moving meditation.”

Seminar Leader: Allen Drelick

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., March 29-May 3

Location: Haverhill, D Building, Room 154 (Dance Studio)

Cost: $30

CRN: 347 Course Number: COOL1084 Section: HA

Six Innovations that made the Modern World

Beginning with the work of Steven Johnson’s “How we got to now” explore and expand his discussion of technological innovations that brought us to now.

Seminar Leaders: Ben Coughlin and Betty Lee

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 29-May 3

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 107

Cost: $30

CRN: 249 Course Number: COOL1095 Section: HA

Haverhill: Past, Present and Future

Haverhill has come a long way since its Shoe City roots.  Join us for an exploration of this city. Guest speakers will offer perspectives on topics such as city history, urban renewal and current and future projects.

Seminar Leaders: Nancy Clark and Anita Purcell

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 29-May 3

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 120

Cost: $30

CRN: 252 Course Number: COOL1096 Section: HA

Learn to Paint with Watercolors – SOLD OUT!

Basic watercolor techniques will be taught by this artist. Beginners and experienced artists welcome. A list of supplies that students should bring to the first class is below:

List of supplies:

  • 11×14 watercolor tablet. This tablet is sealed on all sides so paper won’t buckle when wet.
    140 lb. D’Arches; Strathmore; Windsor Newton
  • Get the best you can afford: Michael’s and Hobby Lobby for watercolor sets or, single tubes: Cadmium yellow, Cadmium red, Alizarin crimson, Ultramarine blue, Cerulean blue, Burnt sienna, Ivory black, VanDyke brown, Spring green.
  • Brushes are extremely important: 3 round brushes to start with. Number 6; 8; 10.  Choose Golden Talkon watercolor brushes. (Grumbacher Golden Edge at Michael’s)
  • Drawing Board for paper support; Terry towel; Large palette with large divided trays of mixing (Avoid smaller pallets.); Masking tape; Paper towels; #2 drawing pencil and Magic eraser; 2 oversize water containers; Wipes for hands and table clean up.

Seminar Leader: Susan Hebenstreit

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 30-May 4

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 107

Cost: $30

CRN: 254 Course Number: COOL1097 Section: HA

Gardening with Perennials

Learn how to grow perennials and which ones are best for our area. We may even swap perennial plants. Reading outside class is required.

Seminar Leader: Ruth Young

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 30-May 4

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 114

Cost: $30

CRN: 255 Course Number: COOL1037 Section: HA

The Power of Art and More

Using Simon Schama’s work, we will explore artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Turner at “make or break” turning points in their lives that effectively altered the course of art itself. The course covers art from the 17th C. thru the 19th C., with a focus on the Netherlands–including two museum visits. One field trip will be to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). There will be an extra charge for this field trip ($18 for non-members, $5 for PEM members and please note that no library passes can be used for this visit). The second field trip will be a virtual one and will take place online in one of the seminar meeting dates.

Seminar Leader: Jeanne Fonda
 
Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 30-May 4

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 115

Cost: $30

CRN: 256 Course Number: COOL1024 Section: HA

Senior Theater

Discover your hidden acting talent.  No memorization, as we will read a one act play and participate in improvisation while having fun!

Seminar Leader: John Proctor

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 31-May 5

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 107 (NOTE: The new course location)

Cost: $30

CRN: 257 Course Number: COOL1075 Section: HA

Worry Less – Live More

Back by popular demand! We all worry about things occasionally. This seminar will offer powerful and effective techniques on managing worry behaviors so we can live our lives well.

Seminar Leader: Tom Ellis

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., March 31 – May 5

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 115

Cost: $30

CRN: 274 Course Number: COOL1090 Section: HA

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