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Senior University June 2021 Class Sneak Preview

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Wednesday, June 2

From the Crater to the Courtroom

Learn about the history of volcano hazard management in Washington State, and go to the summit of Rainier to explore the largest subterranean ice cave network in the world.

11:00 am, Zoom Lecture

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Meeting ID: 446 640 9145
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Wednesday, June 2

Language Development in Infancy

This class will provide an introduction to how human infants learn language. The lecture will touch on questions like: How do babies perceive the language sounds they hear? How do they know what sounds go together to form words? How do they learn what words refer to? And, Is there anything we can do to facilitate early language development?

2:00 pm, Zoom Lecture

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Meeting ID: 961 6327 1117
Passcode: 994767


Thursdays, June 3, June 10, June 17, & June 24

Dance for All Levels

This four-part dance class series will include movement that is designed to increase strength and mobility as well as coordination and balance. The goal is joyful movement that leaves you feeling better than when you started. We will dance to classical music, jazz, swing and popular hits from the 50s and 60s.

10:00 am, Zoom

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Thursday, June 3

Nutrition for Healthy Aging Series: Better Breakfasts and Sandwich-Free Lunches

Dinner for breakfast? While it might seem strange, starting your day with a whole food, non-sugary choice may be better for your body all day. Today, you will learn about various non-traditional breakfast options and other choices for lunch besides a sandwich and why that is important.

3:00 pm, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 875 8652 4938
Passcode: 845170


Friday, June 4

Social Inequality Lecture Series: Race 101

Is race “real?” What is systemic racism? Is it desirable to be “color blind” when it comes to race? Is it possible to avoid being racist in a racist society? In this class we’ll explore each of these topics, and briefly touch on the consequences of organizing our social hierarchy around race (i.e., white supremacy).
10:00 am, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 836 3329 4621 
Passcode: 845170


Wednesday, June 9 & June 23

Tai Ji (Tai Chi) Practice and Philosophy

This is a two-part class in Tai Ji (Tai Chi) fundamentals of practice and philosophy. Classes will allow students to learn about self-cultivation through Tai Ji practice. Students will learn several Tai Ji forms including: 5 Moving Forces Tai Ji, and Tai Ji Quan 24. Students will also learn basic principles of Qi circulation through major meridians. Combined theory and practice will give students a good foundation for self-care.

10:00 am, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 897 3849 2732
Passcode: 845170


Wednesday, June 9

Medicare Basics

Description: Whether you are new 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 Medicare health plan.

11:00 am, Zoom

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

Presented by Laurie Casas, Only Senior Options
laurie@Onlysenioroptions.com, Phone: 253-651-4169


Wednesday, June 9

Colin Powell: Imperfect Patriot

For the past three decades, Colin Powell has been among America’s most trusted and admired leaders. Professor Matthews will discuss his new biography of Powell which demonstrates that his decades-long development as an exemplary subordinate is crucial to understanding his astonishing rise from a working-class immigrant neighborhood to the highest echelons of military and political power.

Once an aimless, ambitionless teenager who barely graduated from college, Powell became an extraordinarily effective and staunchly loyal subordinate to many powerful superiors who, in turn, helped to advance his career. By the time Powell became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he had developed into the consummate follower – motivated, competent, composed, honorable, and independent.

The quality of Powell’s followership faltered at times, however, while in Vietnam, during the Iran-Contra scandal, and after he became George W. Bush’s secretary of state. Powell proved a fallible patriot, and in the course of a long and distinguished career he made some grave and consequential errors in judgment.

Imperfect Patriot is the fascinating story of Powell’s professional life and of what we can learn from both his good and bad followership.

2:00 pm, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
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Wednesday, June 9

Setting the Stage: The Presence and Significance of Lifespan Play, Performance, and Creativity

We will overview theory and research on the value of play and performance across the lifespan and participants will engage in a few interactive activities. Then the group will hold space to reflect and offer questions and insights.

4:00 pm, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
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Thursday, June 10

Music and Religion: Islam

The narrow images of Islam and of Muslims that most of us see on the evening news rarely correspond with the ways in which the world’s over one billion Muslims see themselves. This talk offers a brief introduction to Islam, the world’s fastest-growing religion, and then takes us on a tour of the musical sounds and contexts of Lebanon, Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, and elsewhere. How do the issues important to Muslims—such as the tension between sacred and secular, or public vs. private—manifest in music? What makes Islamic music—and music performed by Muslims—so beautiful to listen to?

2:00 pm, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
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Wednesday, June 16

Music and Religion: Buddhism

Buddhism describes a set of traditions found across Asia that have developed for 2500 years. The Buddha (“The Enlightened One”) lived in the 5th and 6th century BCE; after his death, his followers chose to chant as a way to help them remember his teachings even as the faith itself split into various factions. Chant, in general, is one of the earliest forms of information technology. Associated with the Mantrayana (“Sacred Sounds”) Buddhist sect, chant works in conjunction with gestures and visual representations of cosmology. In this talk, we will explore just how sacred sound connects with sacred philosophy.

2:00 pm, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 817 1101 1027
Passcode: 845170


Thursday, June 17

Common Washington Birds

Join us for a look at 30 of the most common bird species that are found throughout the year in Washington State. Lots of fun facts on each species. This class is suitable for anyone who loves birds.

2:00 pm, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
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Tuesday, June 22

Medicare Basics

Description: Whether you are new 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 Medicare health plan.

3:30 pm, Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Presented by Laurie Casas, Only Senior Options
laurie@Onlysenioroptions.com, Phone: 253-651-4169


Wednesday, June 23

Literary League Book Club— Firefly Lane

Join us as we discuss Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

About the book: Inseparable best friends Kate and Tully, two young women who, despite their very different lives, have vowed to be there for each other forever, have been true to their promise for thirty years, until events and choices in their lives tear them apart.

FTJ residents can check out a copy of the book from the shelved plastic tote in Bascom.

3:00 pm, Zoom Discussion

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Meeting ID: 838 6275 2332
Passcode: 845170


Wednesday, June 23

Collaborative Storytelling

This class will offer a series of interactive group games and activities to encourage creativity and collaboration. Together, the class will create characters, stories, and hopefully a few happy endings. No experience or previous participation in the series is required to join this class. Everyone is welcome! 

4:00 pm, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
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Thursday, June 24

Great Decisions Discussion: China’s Role in Africa

The Covid-19 crisis has put a massive strain on what was growing a positive economic and political relationship between China and the continent of Africa. As Chinese President Xi Jinping’s centerpiece “Belt and Road initiative” continues to expand Chinese power, the response to the spread of Covid-19, as well as the African government’s growing debt to China, has seen pushback. What are some of the growing economic and political issues between China and Africa?

3:00 pm, Zoom Discussion

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Meeting ID: 837 1594 4172
Passcode: 845170


Friday, June 25

Creating Dynamic Compositions

Students will receive a lecture on 20 different ways to create dynamic compositions through the lens of art and graphic design. Given a fundamental understanding of typography, this course will focus on Image Making, Systems Thinking and the Design Process. The development of verbal articulation, conceptual skills, as well as, understanding communicative and aesthetic relationships in visual problem solving will be stressed.

11:00 am, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
Passcode: 845170


Wednesday, June 30

Science of Covid-19 Part I: The Biology of SARS Cov2

The first of this two-lecture series will invite participants to think about the nature of viruses and their unique biology. We will learn about biological features of the virus important in understanding infection and transmission. Participants need to come prepared to participate since lectures will be interactive using both the Zoom Chat and Google Slides!
10:00 am, Zoom Lecture

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Wednesday, June 30

Music and Religion: Judaism

Music and sound are used in various ways by members of Jewish communities in North America and abroad. From classical composition to chant to wedding band music, the sounds of Judaism are deeply interwoven with the people who follow the religion. In the most important religious settings, Jewish music is vocal music. Outside of that context, there is Jewish music for all kinds of contexts; Hebrew is not a requirement for singing (or playing)! Is it possible to have non-religious music in a religious context? It is—especially during the wedding, one of the most important life-cycle rites in Jewish culture.

2:00 pm, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 817 1101 1027
Passcode: 845170

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