Second Act Special Interest

American Music from the Revolutionary War through Early Jazz

Gain a new perspective on American history by listening to and learning about American popular, sacred, and serious art music from the Colonial Era through the 1920s. Special attention will be paid to the influence of war music from “Yankee Doodle” and early military bands of the Revolutionary War, through popular songs of the Civil War, and precursors of jazz from World War I. Margaret Montet, M.M., M.L.S.

Newtown Campus/ $89 / RMUSC 8004 C01/
6 Wed, 9/24-10/29, 6:30-8:30 pm
Approved Hours: 12 (Act 48)

Archaeology – Becoming Human: The Quest to Uncover Human Origins

The story of the quest for human origins is a fascinating one. This course examines the breakthroughs responsible for our modern interpretation of our species origins. From a worldwide hoax, eccentric characters and presumptions to scientific advances, we will investigate the history of key discoveries. This program is designed to be entertaining and informative. It encourages an exchange of ideas by introducing participants to topics from a “hands-on” approach through personal interaction with prehistoric artifacts and is filled exploring humorous stories lively conversation, film clips and PowerPoint presentations. Matthew Bielecki, B.S., B.A.

Newtown Campus/ $89/ RCEGN 8111 C01
4 Thu, 10/2-10/23, 6:30-8:30pm
Pennswood Village/ $89/ RCEGN 8111 PV1
4 Tu, 9/2-9/23, 10am-12pm

American Constitutional History: A Citizens’ Guide to the U.S. Constitution

This course will begin with an examination of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation in order to establish the historical origins of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution will then be discussed with an emphasis upon key issues presented during the Constitutional Convention and the manner in which these issues were resolved by the Framers. The course will then examine the historical development of U.S. Constitutional Law via an analysis of major Supreme Court decisions, and conclude with a consideration of contemporary Constitutional issues. Dr. Frank Schwartz

Newtown Campus/$89/RCEGN 8698/C01
6 Wed, 9/10-10/15, 7-9 pm
Pennswood Village/$89/RCEGN 8698/PV1
6 Wed, 9/10-10/15, 10am-12pm

Learning to Use Your Digital Camera

This class is designed for those who own a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera or an advanced Point and Shoot camera (those with full manual controls). Students will learn basic digital photography theory and will learn how to set the controls on their camera so that they are able to intelligently use the camera under most lighting conditions. Note: this course is not for those who own a basic point and shoot camera, as there are no user controls available. James J. Grimes, M.Ed.

Newtown Campus/ $49 / RFNRT 8015 C01 & C02
C01 Wed, 10/8, 10am-1 pm
C02 Wed, 11/12, 10am-1 pm

“My Mother is a Fish”: Family and Class in William Faulkners’ AS I LAY DYING

Faulkner’s novel depicts the extreme, even grotesque struggles of the hardscrabble Bundren family to bury their mother/wife according to her final request. Is the difficult and sometimes dangerous journey an heroic act of humanity or a travesty? Is the family dynamic appalling or hilarious? We will examine 2 short stories and AS I LAY DYING as Faulkner’s illustration of the toll taken on community, family, and individual moral sensibility by the post-Reconstruction South’s growing estrangement from tradition and personal contact with the land. Jo Ellen Winters

Pennswood Village/$99/ RCEGN 8384/ CPV1
7 Mon, 9/15-10/27, 10 am-12 pm

Watercolor – Awash with Color

This course is for the beginner to intermediate watercolor artist who wants to achieve sparkling highlights and luscious wet washes in this transparent, luminous medium. Expect a fun and supportive atmosphere as you explore painting washes, glazing, wet into wet, dry-brush and texturing techniques. Emphasis will be on promoting creativity and the realization and appreciation of the individual vision of each artist. A materials list will be provided. You are encouraged to bring your own photographic reference materials. We will also work from still life set-ups. Jo-Ann Osnoe, B.F.A.

Pennswood Village/ $79/ RFNRT 8021 CPV1
5 Sat, 9/6-10/4, 9 am-12 pm