Senior University January Class Sneak Preview

Beethoven painting

Friday, January 7, January 14, January 21, & January 28

Great Courses – Food: A Cultural Culinary History*

In Food: A Cultural Culinary History, award-winning Professor Ken Albala of the University of the Pacific puts this extraordinary subject on the table, taking you on an enthralling journey into the human relationship to food. With this innovative course, you’ll travel the world discovering fascinating food lore and culture of all regions and eras—as an eye-opening lesson in history as well as a unique window on what we eat today. Incorporating extensive study of historical recipes, food preparation techniques from around the world, and activities you can try at home, these 36 colorful lectures take you through the entire spectrum of food history, from the cuisine of ancient Egypt to the great flowering of European cookery in the Middle Ages, and from the celebrity chefs of 18th-century France to our own Zagat- and Michelin-rated restaurant culture.

10:00 am, Bristol View 1st Floor Gathering Room

Friday, January 7

Art Appreciation Lecture Series: Impressionism Versus Expressionism: Reactions to the Modern World – Part 2*

The goal of modern art (according to modern art critic and poet Baudelaire) is to be infused with the idea of modernity, to depict contemporary manners, and to speak for the modern time and place. For Baudelaire, “Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent…” Impressionism captures impressions of the external, like the shifting of light, or transitory moments from modern life. Expressionism expresses the internal experience of the modern world, like the anxiety and alienation of urban life. Post-Impressionist artists were inspired by Impressionism but developed their own individual styles. We will discuss several notable figures.

2:00 pm, MJ Wicks Wellness Center

You must register to attend.  Contact Jana Wennstrom to register at or at 253-756-6219.

Monday, January 10

Brain Training with Linda Terry*

Cognitive trainer Linda Terry helps people of all ages fine tune their thinking skills. Her work features fun, interactive brain exercises and practical lifestyle options to raise brain awareness.

1:00 pm, Bristol View 1st Floor Gathering Room

You must register to attend.  Contact Jana Wennstrom to register at or at 253-756-6219.

Wednesday, January 12

Beloved Moments from Beethoven’s Immortal String Quartet Legacy*

Geoffrey Block is a musicologist and author of Experiencing Beethoven: A Listener’s Companion. This Professor Block will present an overview of Beethoven’s sixteen string quartets, which traversed the breadth of his entire compositional life. Block will focus on his favorite passages, passages he calls “Beloved Moments from Beethoven’s Immortal String Quartet Legacy,” unpacking the techniques and beloved moments of Beethoven’s quartets and highlighting what makes them special and memorable.

2:00 pm, MJ Wicks Wellness Center

You must register to attend.  Contact Jana Wennstrom to register at or at 253-756-6219.

Thursday, January 13, January 20, & January 27

Self-Care: Practice, Patience, and Positivity*

What is all this talk about “self-care” and how do I do it without spending a fortune at the spa every week? Join this three-part series to learn about self-care and tap into artistic practices that engage your mind, body and spirit. Together we’ll explore the science and art of self-care, enjoying time to restore, create and connect!

11:00 am, Bristol View 1st Floor Gathering Room

Thursday, January 13, January 20, & January 27

Great Courses: Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory*

While all of us have an amazing capacity for memory, there are plenty of times when it seems to fail us.

In just six engaging and interactive lectures, you’ll explore the real research (not the fads) on how memory functions—and then apply these findings to help you make better use of the memory abilities you have. By tapping into a series of scientifically proven strategies, tricks, and techniques, and by practicing them through dynamic exercises, you’ll emerge from the end of this short course with the ability to process information more effectively and to increase your chance of remembering almost anything you want.

2:00 pm, Tobey Jones Parlor

Wednesday, January 19

Genealogy: Beyond Ancestry* is one of the largest genealogy databases on the internet today, and they have the advertising dollars to make themselves known.  However, there are many, many other online resources (most of them free) that can supplement the information you have on your family and fill in the missing puzzle pieces.  We’ll talk about census records, vital records, online newspapers, state archives and libraries, cemetery records, military records, and more.

2:00 pm, MJ Wicks Wellness Center

You must register to attend.  Contact Jana Wennstrom to register at or at 253-756-6219.

Tuesday, January 25

Medicare Basics*

Whether you are new to Medicare, getting ready to turn 65, or already enrolled in a Medicare health plan, you’ll need to make important decisions at enrollment time and then during AEP (Annual Enrollment period) each year.  Come learn the A,B,C, & D’s of Medicare, overview and difference between Medicare supplement insurance and Medicare advantage plans, overview of and what to look for when choosing prescription drug plans and tips for your first year on a Medicare health plan.

3:30 pm, Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Presented by Laurie Casas, Only Senior Options,, Phone: 253-651-4169

Wednesday, January 26

Literary League Book Club— Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know*

Join us as we discuss Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell

About the book: Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt.

Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

2:00 pm, Bristol View 1st Floor Gathering Room

Friday, January 28

French Art 1880-1914

Examine French art history in the last quarter of the 1800s including Post-Impressionism, Pont-Aven School, Symbolism, Les Nabis and Fauvism. Learn how these new art styles were an avant-guard reaction to previous art movements. Explore the paintings of Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Sérusier, Matisse and other artists. At the start of the “Belle Époque” the visual arts flourished and numerous masterpieces gained extensive recognition. These “fin de siècle” art styles ranged from large color shapes to the tiny dots of pointillism, during this last quarter of the 19th century and beyond.

2:00 pm, Zoom

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