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FALL 2015 Seminars

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Haverhill Campus, Hartleb Technology Center, Room 103B

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 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 or at 978-659-1225. Thank you!

Fall 2015 Seminars

Romania: Beyond the Dracula Legend – Please Note: This seminar has been cancelled as of 9/4

Come experience Romanian culture through music, dance folk customs and crafts.  Each week explore how history has influenced a different region of this beautiful country.  Your seminar leaders who arranged the 2014 performance of dance and music from Northern Romania look forward to sharing more about this fascinating land.

Seminar Leader: Arline Ferguson,  Dorina Nimigean & Chuck Jones


Fabulous Femmes 

We will delve into the biographies and times of women leaders, scientists and artists whose extraordinary lives of courage and conviction inspire us all.  We are expanding the popular “Fabulous First Ladies” format to study fascinating, accomplished women from all fields.  Volunteers choose their favorites to present to the class.

Seminar Leader: Barbara Keller/Anita Purcell

Course Information

Dates/Time: Mondays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 28 to Nov. 16 (no class Oct. 12 & Nov. 9)

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 115

Cost: $30

CRN: 657  Course Number: COOL1083 Section: HA

Vatican City’s Art & Architecture

What artistic treasures lie within those walls in Italy?  After a brief look at the history of that part of Ancient Rome that became known as Vatican City, we will learn about the art housed in its museums and explore the architectural wonders of this tiny city-state.

Seminar Leader: Ben Coughlin/Betty Lee

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Sept. 29 – Nov. 3

Location: Riverwalk, LRW-Room 321

Cost: $30

CRN: 660 Course Number: COOL1074 Section: RWA

Beginning Tai-Chi Chuan – NOTE: This seminar is full and can no longer accept registrations.

We will be learning the Yang Style, Short Form, internationally the most practiced Tai Chi form.  Tai Chi is a very slow set of 24 movements which increase flexibility for the entire body.  It is considered “moving meditation” involving thought and intent as you experience calming, relaxing exercise.

Seminar Leader: Marc Mannheimer

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Sept. 29 – Nov. 3

Location: Haverhill, Dance Studio/D Building, Room 154

Cost: $30

CRN: 662 Course Number: COOL1084 Section: HA

Entering the House of Mirth

Read and discuss the wonderful American novel “The House of Mirth” by Edith Wharton.  We will discuss the world the author inhabited (paying particular attention to her time in Lenox, MA) as well as the one she created.  Learners will need a copy of the novel – any edition is fine.

Seminar Leader: Barbara Stachniewicz

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 29 – Nov. 3

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 117

Cost: $30

CRN: 663 Course Number: COOL1085 Section: HA

Discover More of Historic New England

Immerse yourself in New England history.  Experts in the field will present topics such as fashion, etiquette and African American history.  Classes are led by staff from Historic New England.  They will share a treasure trove of knowledge about how our regional predecessors lived.

Seminar Leader: Sarah Jaworski

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 29 – Nov. 3

Location:  Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 215

Cost: $30

CRN: 664 Course Number: COOL1068 Section: HA

Perspectives on Death and Dying

Learners will read Leo Tolstoy’s “Death of Ivan Ilyich” and Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie” to see how attitudes toward death are influenced by different times, beliefs and cultures.  Taking a sociological viewpoint, we will study how concepts of death have developed and changed.

Seminar Leader: Bonnie Pearlman

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 29 – Nov. 3

Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 216

Cost: $30

CRN: 665 Course Number: COOL1086 Section: HA

Keep Your Brain Fit

How do we keep our brains fit as we age?  New research gives us many clues on how to do this.  In this class, we will look at that research, try some of it out, and come up with our own individual plans for keeping our brains active and healthy.

Seminar Leader: George Medelinskas

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 30 – Nov. 4

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 115

Cost: $30

CRN: 666 Course Number: COOL1087 Section: HA

Get Rid of That Clutter

Achieve serenity by eliminating that clutter in your closets, attic, cellar and garage.  Discover methods to discard, sell or donate possessions so that having only what you need brings you joy.  Text: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.

Seminar Leader: Ruth Young

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 30 – Nov. 4

Location: Haverhill, Building C, Room 117

Cost: $30

CRN: 667 Course Number: COOL1088 Section: HA

Try Classic Painting

Using acrylic paints, experiment using brush techniques, color mixing and glazing like the old masters did.  Beginners and experienced artists welcome. Supplies to bring to the first class:  Set of acrylic paints (may be purchased at Amazon, or an Art Supply or Craft store); Brushes small, medium , and a large angular shader  (synthetic are best); 2″ wash brush for large areas; #6 and # 8 Bright; #10 round; 2 – 11×17 canvases or canvas board; Heavy water color paper if you have it.

Seminar Leader: Susan Hebenstreit

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sept. 30 – Nov. 4

Location: Haverhill, E Building, Room 159B (NOTE: Change in room location as of 10/1/15)

Cost: $30

CRN: 668 Course Number: COOL1089 Section: HA

Worry Less – Live More

As humans, we are wired to worry.  Worry allows humans to protect themselves and those they love.  Unfortunately, for some, worrying can get  in the way of living a fulfilling life.  We will cover various types of worrying styles and draw upon powerful and effective tools for managing worry behaviors.

Seminar Leader: Tom Ellis

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oct. 1 – Nov. 5

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 114

Cost: $30

CRN: 669 Course Number: COOL1090 Section: HA

The Middle East – A Mystery Still- NOTE: This seminar is full and can no longer accept registrations.

Why does trouble in the Middle East seem never ending?  Does the news about Isis leave you asking “why?”  This primer class put the struggles among various religious factions and countries in context.  Explore the Ottoman Empire and Islam, examining historical and contemporary forces that underlie the conflicts.

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

Course Information

Dates/Time:  Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oct. 1 – Nov. 5

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 115

Cost: $30

CRN: 670 Course Number: COOL1091 Section: HA

Holistic Health and Herbs

If you are a person who takes responsibility for your own health, this seminar will teach you about herbs and their role in health, so that you are able to make informed decisions about their use.

Seminar Leader: Mark Palermo

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Oct. 1 – Nov. 5

Location: Haverhill, Spurk/C Building, Room 117

Cost: $30

CRN: 671 Course Number: COOL1092 Section: HA


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