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Noncredit Continuing Education Summer & Fall 2014 Courses

Howard Community College and the Howard County Office on Aging offer courses designed for senior adult students of ages 60 and above. If you take classes at a Howard County Senior Center, you will be requested to fill out an emergency contact information sheet for the Howard County Office on Aging.

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

Greek and Roman Mythology ★NEW!★ 
The ancient Greeks and Romans are ... well, ancient history. However, their myths are alive and well in our lives today. If you know someone with a Midas touch, if the middle of your weekend is a Saturday, if your psyche is out of whack, if last spring’s narcissus made you sneeze, then you are in touch with ancient mythology. Instructor Barbara Mayo-Wells will explore a handful of ancient Greco-Roman myths, some sad, some uplifting, some preposterous, all still with us in one form or another. $40 (includes $20 in fees*)
Tue 1pm-3:30pm, Sep 30-Oct 7
#9130   XI 232 7759 Glenwood Community Center
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The Moravians ★NEW!★ 
This American History course explores the religious beliefs of the Moravians from the time of their founding in the 15th century to the 18th century in America. Topics include: the Moravian missionary outreach to the Native Americans; the role of their headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the involvement of Moravians in spying for General Washington during the American Revolution. Instructor: Roger Swartz. $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 1pm-3pm, Oct 22-Nov 12
#9122   XI 234 7761 The Bain Center
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Civil War History: Spies and Women Soldiers ★NEW!★ 
The Civil War produced many unsung heros of the battlefield and the war effort. In this course, students will examine the duties and actions of Civil War Spies and Women Soldiers. Topics will include famous spies, spymasters, spy rings of the Union and the Confederacy, and espionage methods used during the war. In addition, students will examine women soldiers during the Civil War, how they disguised themselves as men, what motivated them to join the war effort, what duties they performed in the service, and what happened to these women when they were discovered. Finally, we will review the famous women soldiers of the war and the impact that these women soldiers and spies had on the outcome of the war. $64 (includes $45 in fees*)
Mon 2pm-4pm, Nov 10-Dec 8
#8820   XI 220 7751 Glenwood Community Center
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Independence, 1774-1776 ★NEW!★ 
This course covers a pivotal time period in our nation’s early history. Topics include the Continental Congress, the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the close margin in the vote for independence. Instructor: Roger Swartz. $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 9:45am-11:45am, Sep 24-Oct 22 (No class Oct 15)
#9406   XI 233 7760 Glenwood Community Center
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Reconstruction, 1863-1877 ★NEW!★
This American History course investigates the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution and discusses the differences between Presidents Lincoln, Johnson and Congress during and after the Civil War. The class will discuss how the South and its Deomcratic party rejected these efforts and how Reconstruction ultimately failed in both the North and the South. Instructor: Roger Swartz $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 9:45am-11:45pm, Oct 29-Nov 26 (No class Nov 19)

#9125   XI 235 7762 Glenwood Community Center
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U.S. Presidents: Internationalism to Isolationism ★NEW!★
Join instructor Patrick Heline for the sixth in a series of courses on the U.S. Presidents. This course focuses on the U.S. Presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Herbert Hoover. The course will analyze their terms in office by examining the polices, programs and legacies of each President. $64 (includes $45 in fees*)
Fri 1:30pm-3:30pm, Sep 26-Oct 31 (No class Oct 17)
#8872   XI 229 7752 The Bain Center
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Politics, Culture and Society in the Weimar Republic ★NEW!★
This class focuses on Germany between World War I and the emergence of Hitlers Third Reich in 1933. Topics will include Germany’s defeat in the Great War and its impact on German psyche; Weimar democracy; modernism in art and architecture; Berlin’s cabaret culture and its political and social satire, anti-semitism and die neue Frau and German feminism. Join Lou Gimelli for a lively discussion on an often neglected area of German history and culture. $11** (fee based, no waivers)
Fri 10am-12pm, Nov 14
#8876   XE 210 7754 Gateway Campus
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American Popular Song ★NEW!★
This class presents an examination of the song writers, musicians, band leaders, and personalities who contributed to the standard era of American music (approximately 1930-1965). Each session will include numerous recordings and film clips that illustrate the characteristics of music from this era. Topics will include presentations and discussions to be drawn from the likes of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, and Harold Arlen, among others. Performances by artists such as Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Barbra Streisand, Glenn Miller, Fred Astaire and Artie Shaw will be presented. Instructor Steve Kramer has spent a lifetime developing knowledge, expertise and presentation skills in this era of music. $49** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu 10am-12pm, Oct 23-Nov 13
#9135   XE 190 7764 Ellicott City Senior Center
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History of Rock N Roll, 1950s ★NEW!★
Rock N Roll music “rocked” the music scene in the 1950s. This course will examine the influence of musicians like Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, and the impact of iconic music groups like Bill Haley and the Comets, the Platters and The Coasters. You will listen to different types of music and learn what makes each style unique. This class consists of lecture and listening to recorded musical selections. Instructor: Patrick Heline. $64 (includes $45 in fees*)
Mon 2pm-4pm, Oct 6-Nov 3
#8823   XI 228 7750 Glenwood Community Center
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The Estrogen Effect: Women in Art History 1593-1911 ★NEW!★
Louise Elisabeth Le Brun was a French painter and is recognized as the most important female painter of the 18th century. Berthe Morisot was described as one the “les trois grand dames” of Impressionism along with Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt. Female artists have been involved in creating art for generations. Many art forms dominated by women have been historically dismissed as craft, instead of being considered art. This course will explore some famous female artists and their contributions to the direction of art history from 1593-1911. Instructor: Ann Wiker $79 (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu 10am-12pm, Sep 11-Oct 16 (No class Oct 9)
#8803   XI 226 7745 Gateway Campus
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The Estrogen Effect 2: Women in Art History ★NEW!★
Marisol Escobar, Grace Hartigan and Elizabeth Catlett are some of the lesser known female artists whose work has effected and reflected the path of art history. They excelled in the art world when that was a struggle for female artists. Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro are two of the artists who helped bring this struggle to the attention of the world. The course will explore feminine vs. feminist art and why some female artists have been overlooked. Instructor: Ann Wiker. $79 (includes $40 in fees)
Thu 10am-12pm, Oct 30-Dec 11 )
#9405   XI 227 7746 Gateway Campus
(No class Nov 13 & Nov 27)
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Reading Art: Learning the Language of Symbols
Symbols in art are a universal language of objects, figures and colors that together tell a story. Join us in this two-session class as we decode works of art from antiquity to the present day. By unlocking the secrets of symbols, you can enhance your understanding and enjoyment on your next visit to an art museum. You might even learn something that will help you unravel the next Dan Brown thriller! $19** (fee based, no waivers)
Mon 1pm-3pm, Sep 22-Sep 29
#9132   XE 125 7756 Ellicott City Senior Center
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Roaring Twenties: Visions and Realities ★NEW!★
The Roaring Twenties, an iconic period in our history, marked the beginning of the modern era in painting and sculpture. It was the time of prohibition and bathtub gin, woman’s suffrage and the flapper, the Harlem Renaissance and the Lost Generation. From Gatsby to the Great Depression, artists captured the zeitgeist. Instructor: Dawn Hershberger. $11** (fee based, no waivers)
Mon 1pm-3pm, Oct 27
#9133   XE 215 7757 Ellicott City Senior Center
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Million Dollar Art Market ★NEW!★ 
Are you mystified when you read about a painting selling at auction for $142 million? Are you puzzled when collectors spend $12 million on a shark encased in cubes of formaldehyde? This course traces the beginning or the modern art market with the Scull auction of 1972, through the stock market driven collecting of the 80s and the dominance of the Japanese buyers at Impressionist auctions, to the current globalization of the art market. We will explore how the art market exploded and discuss whether the unregulated art market is sustainable. $11** (fee based, no waivers)
Mon 1pm-3pm, Nov 10-Nov 17
#9134   XE 214 7758 Ellicott City Senior Center
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Contemporary American Short Stories
Do you ever wonder who the up-and-coming fiction writers are? Reading the best short stories is a good place to start. In this five-week course, you will read and discuss short stories from the book, The Best American Short Stories of 2013 (editor Elizabeth Strout). Please bring a copy of the book with you to class and read The Semplica Girl Diaries by George Saunders before the first class session. Instructor: George Clack. $79 (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon 2pm-4pm, Sep 8-Oct 6
#5867   XI 153 7738 Gateway Campus
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Social Themes in Literature ★NEW!★
This course examines the social themes in four separate literary works, including two plays and two works of fiction. Bring your own perspective to each class session as you engage in lively discussion based on the readings. The works to be read in this class are The Fifth Child and Ben, in the World by Doris Lessing, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. Please note that the class meets every two weeks, to allow time to read the literary selections. Please read The Fifth Child before coming to the first class. You may purchase the books on your own or check them out of the library. Instructor Elaine Feder-Alford, Ph.D. has taught sociology at Towson University and Howard Community College. $69 (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu 1:30pm-3:30pm, Sep 18-Oct 30
#9131   XI 237 7763 Gateway Campus
(No class Sep 25, Oct 9 & Oct 23)
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Crossing Borders: Immigrant Fiction ★NEW!★
America is a nation of immigrants. “Given the history of the United Sates, all American fiction could be classified as immigrant,” says the Indian-American novelist Jhumpa Lahiri, whose family moved to the U.S. when she was two years old. In this course, we’ll explore aspects of the immigrant experience such as the tension between assimilation and alienation in a new land, by reading and discussing four works of fiction written from the viewpoint of immigrants to this country: Pnin (1956) by Vladamir Nabokov; Unaccustomed Earth (2008) by Jhumpa Lahiri; The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007) by Dinaw Mengestu; and Americanah (2013) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Please read Pnin before the first class, as it will be discussed at the first class session. Instructor George Clack has an M.A. in English. Please note that class meets every other week to allow time to read the books in between sessions. $69 (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon 2pm-4pm, Oct 20-Dec 1
#8877   XI 230 7753 Gateway Campus
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Administering Estates in Maryland
Sooner or later, you or a family member may need to administer an estate in Maryland. Smart planning and preparation can save you and your family time, money, and stress during one of the most difficult times in life. Join Byron E. Macfarlane, Register of Wills, to learn about the probate process in Maryland. He will present valuable information about types of estates, the role of the personal representative, the importance of having a will, how to register a will, required documents for opening and closing an estate, probate fees, and inheritance and estate taxes in Maryland. There will be time for questions and answers about estates at the end of the class. This is a free class. Space is limited, please register early. If you decide not to come to the class after you have registered, please call 443-518-4972 to free up a seat for someone else. Free.
Fri 10am-12pm, Oct 10
#5850   XE 389 7733 Gateway Campus
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Painting I for Senior Adults: Mixed Media
This course is for the beginning artist with less than one year of experience in painting. The instructor is a professional artist who will teach, encourage, and advise you as you learn to create original art works in acrylic or oils. Approximate supply cost: $100. Instructor will provide supply list at the first class. You will need to purchase supplies on your own. If you have more than a year of experience, please register for Painting Techniques: Level 2. Register early: class size limited. $90 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 1pm-3:30pm, Sep 17-Nov 5
#9264   XH 675 7765 The Bain Center
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Pottery: Form, Function, and Design
The instructor welcomes students of all levels to this class. You will enjoy the opportunity to shape your own creations as you work on a variety of projects. Learn about glazing, hand building, and advanced decorating techniques(s). The instructor is a professional potter. Limited enrollment; please register early! Instructor: Donna Lansman. $90 (includes $40 in fees*)
Fri 10am-12pm, Sep 12-Dec 5 (No class Sep 26 & Oct 17)
#5877   XI 655 7740 The Bain Center
Tue 10am-12pm, Sep 16-Nov 25 (No class Nov 11)
#5876   XI 655 7739 The Bain Center
Tue 10am-12pm, Dec 9-Feb 24 (No class Dec 23 & Dec 30)
#5878   XI 655 7741 The Bain Center
Fri 10am-12pm, Dec 12-Feb 27 (No class Dec 26 & Jan 2)
#5879   XI 655 7742 The Bain Center
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SWEAT (Senior Water Exercise and Aquatic Training)
Are you looking for a way to work out without a lot of impact on your joints? In this class you can improve physical fitness though exercise in a aquatic environment. A variety of workouts will be used in the shallow as well as the deep end of the pool. Swimming skill is not mandatory, but you should feel comfortable in the water. No tuition waivers for this course. $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Fri 9am-10am, Sep 12-Dec 12 (No class Nov 28)
#5846   XE 173 7729 Athletic & Fitness Center
Fri 10am-11am, Sep 12-Dec 12 (No class Nov 28)
#5847   XE 173 7730 Athletic & Fitness Center
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Senior Aquatic Wellness
Improve your fitness and health. Learn how to monitor your pulse rate, recognize heart rate zone and expand your range of motion. Classes meet in the HCC pool, located at the Athletic & Fitness Center. $145 (includes $89 in fees*)
Mon,Wed 9am-10am, Sep 8-Dec 15
#5880   ZB 432 7743 Athletic & Fitness Center
(No class Nov 24 & Nov 26)
Tue,Thu 10am-11am, Sep 9-Dec 16
#5881   ZB 432 7744 Athletic & Fitness Center
(No class Nov 25 & Nov 27)
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Deep Water Fitness
For mature adults seeking a total body workout to increase aerobic capacity, muscular endurance and flexibility without any impact or stress on the joints. Deep water training also offers improvements in balance and posture by creating a substantial challenge to the core muscles. Participants must be comfortable in deep water wearing flotation equipment that will be provided. No tuition waivers for this course. $135** (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon,Wed 10am-11am, Sep 8-Dec 15
#5849   XE 250 7732 Athletic & Fitness Center
(No class Nov 24 & Nov 26)
Tue,Thu 11am-12pm, Sep 9-Dec 16
#5848   XE 250 7731 Athletic & Fitness Center
(No class Nov 25 & Nov 27)
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Better Health and Wellness for Senior Adults
Learn how to improve your cardiovascular system, muscle strength and endurance, coordination and balance. The instructor will combine fitness training with health education to improve your health and wellness. $88 (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue,Thu 1pm-2:20pm, Sep 11-Nov 4 (No class Oct 24)
#5864   XH 752 7735 The Bain Center
Mon,Wed,Fri 9:30am-10:50am, Oct 1-Nov 7
#5863   XH 752 7734 The Bain Center
(No class Oct 17, Nov 27, Nov 29, Dec 23-Jan 3)
Mon,Wed,Fri 9:30am-10:50am, Nov 12-Dec 22
#5865   XH 752 7736 The Bain Center
(No class Nov 26 & Nov 28)
Tue,Thu 1pm-2:20pm, Nov 13-Jan 27
#5866   XH 752 7737 The Bain Center
(No class Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec 23, Dec 25, Dec 30 &  Jan 1)

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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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