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Noncredit Continuing Education Winter & Spring 2015 Courses

NOTE: Room numbers are posted in each building lobby on the day of class.

Directors’ Series: Howard Hawks ★NEW!★
Howard Hawkes was a multi-talented filmmaker whose films subverted every genre, from 1932's "Scarface" to "Bringing Up Baby," and from "Rio Bravo" to "The Big Sleep". He remains one of the most influential directors you've never heard of, and his style has since been woven into the fabric of modern filmmaking. This course will explore the life and art of Howard Hawks, and how his films have become the template for many genre films today. You will also explore how Hawks successfully avoided the over-sentimentality of classical Hollywood films, and never shied away from bringing realism to the screen in an era when the Hollywood ratings system was just beginning. $99** (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 7pm-9pm, Apr 22-May 20
   XE-262 6354   #4771 Oakland Mills High School

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A Discussion of Architectural Styles
Discover the styles of American buildings, with a Baltimore perspective, from colonial times to the modern era. This course will feature many examples from the Classical 1821 Catholic Cathedral to the Charles Center high rises of the Mid-Century Modern movement. Architect Robert Gisriel, AIA, will be your pictorial guide, describing the historical events, new technology and visual features that define these various styles. $69** (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon 7pm-9pm, Feb 23-Mar 2
   XE-586 6595 #9800 Gateway Campus

Mon 7pm-9pm, May 11-May 18 **This section is $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
   XE-586 6946   #4623 Gateway Campus

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Exploring European River Capitals
Budapest, Vienna, and Prague are three of Europe's most fascinating river capitals. If you are planning a trip to this area of the world or are an armchair traveler, join Olga Campora, a native of the Czech Republic with extensive educational and travel experience, on a virtual journey to these locations. Learn basic phrases, greetings, money exchange, as well as culture, customs and shopping tips for all three cities. You'll benefit from an insider's view of these capitals and walk away with knowledge that goes beyond tourism. $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 6:30pm-8pm, Apr 15-May 6
   XE-212 6514   #5581 Centennial High School

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Genealogy: Discovering Your Roots
Those who have been doing genealogy research for years are most likely thrilled at all of the new resources available and the ease of genealogy software. However, if you are just starting out, where do you begin? Or, did “life” get in the way of your genealogy and you’d like a refresher course? Let the past guide you to discover your ancestry’ Some of the best as you learn how to access information through texts and web sites. As a Maryland resident, you also have easy access to the world’s greatest genealogical collections. A Saturday field trip (TBA) will be scheduled. Transportation and a minimum entrance fee is student’s responsibility. Instructor: Dottie Aleshire. $139** (includes $40 in fees*)
►Tue 7pm-9pm, Apr 14-Jun 2
   XE-335 6926   #4606 Gateway Campus

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Genealogy Beyond the Basics
If you’ve exhausted the usual record search and still haven’t found that missing link to the next generation, it’s time to evaluate your sources and discover some new ones. This intermediate course will introduce you to some underused genealogy resources and will help to refine your strategies for problem solving. To give students a better insight into how to solve his/her individual genealogy problems, students will read specific case studies and offer strategies to resolve certain genealogical challenges. Instructor Dottie Aleshire will offer a “one-on-one” session with each student to assist with difficult research problems. $89** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu 7pm-9pm, Mar 5-Mar 26
   XE-585 6553 #0743 Centennial High School

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Genealogy on the Internet
Do you consider yourself computer savvy? If so, and you're also interested in your family's genealogy, this course is for you. You'll learn to be a smart researcher and use the "good" online resources to solve your research problems, the "bad" ones to view critically, and the "ugly" ones to recognize for what they are: dangerous to your genealogical health! Instructor: Dottie Aleshire $89** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu 7pm-9pm, May 28-Jun 18
   XE-515 6513   #8606 Gateway Campus

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A Family Affair

This family reunion and oral history course is designed to lay the groundwork for planning a family reunion. Participants will be taught how to plan a one- to three-day reunion, interview relatives for valuable family history, work with a committee, create a budget, and arrange activities for all age groups. Also, discover ways to share family anecdotes, history through photographs, family bibles, and create a family tree. Instructor: Nathania Branch Miles. $30** (fee based, no waivers)
Wed 6:30pm-9:30pm, Apr 8
   XE-617 M1616   #5477 Laurel College Center
Wed 6:30pm-9:30pm, Jun 3
   XE-617 M1647   #5816 Laurel College Center

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The Family Newsletter
This workshop teaches the fundamentals of writing a family newsletter to share family information, post reunion news, and keep the lines of communication open between the generations. Topics will include: using this document to share family history and genealogical finds, querying the family on genealogical road blocks, and corresponding via the internet or written forms. $30** (fee based, no waivers)
Wed 6:30pm-9:30pm, Apr 15
   XE-207 M1615   #5476 Laurel College Center

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Lingua Latina: Story of the World’s Most Successful Language

In this course, you will learn about the history of the Latin language, the basis of English. It is designed as an introduction to the remarkable story of how Latin grew and spread. During the class sessions, you will chart the expansion of Latin in the Classical world, its renewed importance during the Renaissance and its survival into modern times. It is not your high school language course! Instructor Bill McGowan is both a historian and a scholar of classical languages. $99** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu 7pm-9pm, Apr 23-May 21
   XE-167 6913   #4583 Wilde Lake High School

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The Arab World 
Begin to understand the history, culture, geography, and religion of the Arab world. Instructor Melodee Baines has a Ph.D. in international studies, is a Morocco expert and has lived in several Arab countries including Egypt and Jordan. Let her share her expertise and extensive experiences, while you gain knowledge of the Arabic alphabet, the foods, and the various customs of the Arab people. Should you ever have an opportunity to travel to that area of the world, the information gained form this course will prove invaluable. $99** (includes $45 in fees*)
Tue 7pm-9pm, Apr 14-May 12
   XE-213 6947   #4587 Centennial High School

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Course Notes
*Fees not eligible for waiver.
**Neither XE courses nor their fees are eligible for waiver.
(S) =  Supplies needed. Instructor will provide list at first class.
(T) =  Textbook recommended or required. Purchase at HCC Bookstore or online before first class.




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