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FALL 2017 Seminars

CoOL Second Fall Session begins October 17.

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The CoOL Seminar Showcase
Learn more about seminars.  Open to the public. Dates TBD.

Parking: Showcase attendees can park in either the Technology Center PP (permit parking lot) or VP (visitor parking lot) as Public Safety has been notified of the event and will NOT ticket cars without a permit on the afternoon of the Showcase.

Click Here for a Haverhill Campus map.

TO REGISTER (online registration for fall is not yet available):
Please call Enrollment Services directly at 978-556-3700 to register for a CoOL Seminar.

UPDATED INFO ON LOCATIONS FOR SEMINARS & PARKING PASS INFORMATION:

Approximately one week prior to a seminar’s start date, students will be mailed a letter confirming their seminar attendance along with a campus map and parking permit, if applicable.

Over the summer of 2017, the department of community education relocated to the Opportunity Works building (HOW) of NECC’s Haverhill campus. Starting in the fall 2017 semester, the majority of seminars (unless otherwise noted) will take place at NECC’s Haverhill Opportunity Works (HOW) building. Parking permits will NOT be needed to park at this location. There is ample parking in both a parking lot right outside the NECC entrance of the building (approximately 30 spaces) as well as an additional lot that runs the length of the building (approximately 55 spaces).

For seminars that take place in other buildings on NECC’s Haverhill campus, students will still receive a guest parking pass. Parking passes should be displayed on the driver’s side dashboard.

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 978-556-3064 (please note the new phone number). Thank you!

Session 1 Seminars: September – Mid-October

Monday Lecture

Join us for a different lecture/topic each week.  Outside speakers will give a presentation with time for discussion. Topics include Renaissance architecture, Shakespeare, Reconstruction after the Civil war and more.

Seminar Leaders: Nancy Clark

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 11-Oct. 16 (no class 10/9)

Location: Haverhill, HOW building, Room 105

Cost: $30

CRN: 662  Course Number: COOL1118 Section: OWA

Audio Storytelling: How to Record and Share Your Stories

Together we will explore different types of audio programs and podcasts. Students will create two types of short audio programs: a personal essay or story and an interview with a classmate.

Seminar Leader: Tiffany Begin-Stearns

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 11-Oct. 16 (no class 10/9) – NOTE: This seminar is also being offered in Session 2, later in the semester.

Location: Offsite at the HC Media Studio 101 at Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill – NOTE: New address as of summer 2017!

Cost: $30

CRN: 663 Course Number: COOL1119 Section: OA

More Historic New England

Immerse yourself in the history of New England as we explore the work of Historic New England. Learn about the Hurricane of 1938, Newbury history, basket making. Tours include the Rocky Hill Meeting House and the Historic NE collections storage facility.

Seminar Leader: Sarah Jaworski

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 12-Oct. 10

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 113

Cost: $30

CRN: 664  Course Number: COOL1120 Section: OWA

The Moderns and Mrs. Dalloway

We will read and discuss the Modern novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. We will cover Modern novels and writers generally and watch some of the film starring Vanessa Redgrave. Students will need a copy of the novel–any edition is fine.

Seminar Leader: Barbara Stachniewicz

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 12-Oct. 10

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 105

Cost: $30

CRN: 665 Course Number: COOL1121 Section: OWA

Genetic Engineering

The seminar will cover how genetic engineering is done, and the beneficial and or/dangerous results of manipulating the genes of living organisms including humans.

Seminar Leader: Ruth Young

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 13-Oct. 11

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 113

Cost: $30

CRN: 666 Course Number: COOL1122 Section: OWA

Now and Zen

What is Zen? What is Now? How can it be useful in my everyday life today? Can it help me with aging? Explore this fascinating mindset with the goal of putting it into daily practice.

Seminar Leader: George Medelinskas

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 13-Oct. 11

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 105

Cost: $30

CRN: 667 Course Number: COOL1123 Section: OWA

What is Comedy?

What makes something funny?  We will try to find out while we watch and discuss various types of comedy: slapstick, sit-com, stand-up, romantic comedy and more. Destress and have a really good laugh. “Now that’s funny!”

Seminar Leader: Judy Flieder

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 14-Oct. 12

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 105

Cost: $30

CRN: 668 Course Number: COOL1124 Section: OWA

“Worry Less, Live More”

We all worry about things occasionally. This course 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., Sept. 14-Oct. 12

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 113

Cost: $30

CRN: 669 Course Number: COOL1090 Section: OWA

Session 2 Seminars: Late October – November

Einstein: The Man and a Non-scientist’s Guide to his Big Ideas – Jerry Bourdon

After examining the life of the genius Time magazine named the “Person of the Century” in 1999, we’ll explore, from a non-scientist’s perspective, the ideas that make Einstein one of history’s greatest scientists.

Seminar Leaders: Jerry Bourdon

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oct. 23-Nov. 20

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 105

Cost: $30

CRN: 670 Course Number: COOL1114 Section: OWA

Tai-Chi for Health

This popular program was developed for the Arthritis Foundation and includes a warm-up for the joints followed by QiGong meditation to blend your mind with your Chi. (Sun Form for balance and strength.)

Seminar Leader: Allen Drelick

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oct. 23-Nov. 20

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

Cost: $30

CRN: 671 Course Number: COOL1111 Section: HB

Global Weather

Weather, from whence does it come and whither does it go? Is a local puzzle that is explained globally using commonsense concepts.

Seminar Leaders: Arthur Yarranton

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oct. 17-Nov. 14

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 105

Cost: $30

CRN: 672 Course Number: COOL1125 Section: OWA

Artists the Critics Love to Hate

Each week we will explore the lives and works of two beloved but critically scorned artists such as Andrew Wyeth or Norman Rockwell and yes, even Renoir. By contemplating their styles to those of more acclaimed painters, we’ll debate the criteria for “good” vs. “bad” art.

Seminar Leaders: Barbara Keller

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oct. 17-Nov. 14

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 113

Cost: $30

CRN: 673 Course Number: COOL1126 Section: OWA

Who are They? A Look at Vice Presidential Spouses from Abigail Adams to Karen Pence

This seminar takes its name from Rich Padova’s latest book, which is set for release in September at NECC. Participants will be required to read a set of chapters each week which will form the basis for our discussions. You will receive a free copy of the book in advance.

Seminar Leader: Richard Padova

Course Information

Dates/Time: Fridays, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 20-Nov. 3

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 105
(Note: This seminar’s days of the week, dates, time and number of weeks has been updated from what was originally offered. The seminar will now take place for 3 weeks, not five, and will be held on Fridays, not Wednesdays, from 2:30-4:30)

Cost: $20
(Note: The lower cost rate to accommodate for the course being 3 weeks, not 5 weeks, in length.)

CRN: 674 Course Number: COOL1127 Section: OWA

Senior Theater

Students with a desire to express his or her acting talents will read and perform an original one act play (no memorization required) in a stress-free environment.

Seminar Leader: John Proctor

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oct. 18-Nov. 15

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 113 OR, if available, another designated space to be announced

Cost: $30

CRN: 675 Course Number: COOL1075 Section: HB

Non-traditional Healing

Specific energy healing therapies will be discussed such as herbalism, naturopathic principles and Reiki as well as the impact of belief and spirituality on healing.

Seminar Leader: Mark Palermo

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oct. 19-Nov. 16

Location: Haverhill, HOW Building, Room 105

Cost: $30

CRN: 676 Course Number: COOL1128 Section: OWA

Audio Storytelling: How to Record and Share Your Stories

Together we will explore different types of programs and podcasts.  Students will create two types of short audio programs: A personal essay or story and an interview with a classmate.

Seminar Leader: Tiffany Begin-Stearns

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oct. 19-Nov. 16 – NOTE: This seminar is also being offered in Session 1, earlier in the semester.

Location: Offsite at the HC Media Studio 101 at Harbor Place, 2 Merrimack St., Haverhill – NOTE: New address as of summer 2017!

Cost: $30

CRN: 677 Course Number: COOL1119 Section: OB

Registration

For information on how to register for any of these upcoming seminars, please visit our registration page.

Contact

Do you have questions, ideas for seminar topics, or want more information? Please visit our Contact page for details.