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Senior University May 2021 Class Schedule

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Wednesdays, May 5, May 12, May 19, & May 26

The Personal Essay: Food, Family, Travel*

This 8-week class, running April 7 – May 26, will cover techniques for writing the personal narrative essay with a thematic focus on food, family and travel.  Registration is required for this class.  Please register with Jana at 253-756-6219 or at jwennstrom@franketobeyjones.com

11:00 am, Zoom Class


Wednesday, May 5

Ready. Set. Bake! Food as Culture, Communication, and British Identity in the Great British Baking Show*

How does the Great British Baking Show use food and the English countryside to convey a sense of modern British identity? This talk presents the results of an analysis of all seasons of the British food show to delve into how we use food to communicate, form our identities, and shape our relationships with others. Come enjoy a baked good while learning about the importance of culture, history, and landscape in this popular TV show.

2:00 pm, Wellness Center (You must be an FTJ resident and RSVP to attend, as seating is limited)


Thursday, May 6

Nutrition for Healthy Aging Series: All About Gluten and Being Gluten-Free

In this class, you will learn what gluten is, which grains have it, why it is a problem for many people, how to avoid it and other issues with grains beyond gluten.

3:00 pm, Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87586524938?pwd=UEVHbzgzazh4d0hJd1RGVWNSREpndz09
Meeting ID: 875 8652 4938
Passcode: 845170


Friday, May 7

Social Inequality Lecture Series: Gender 101

What is the difference between gender and sex? What does it mean that we are “socialized” into our gender? Are there really more than two genders? In this class we’ll explore each of these topics, and briefly touch on the consequences of organizing our social hierarchy around gender (i.e., patriarchy).

10:00 am, Zoom

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83633294621?pwd=UkVGY2FMTTdHc1lTbDFrYmdXSHZDZz09
Meeting ID: 836 3329 4621 
Passcode: 845170


Wednesday, May 12

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

Register in advance for this meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwufu-rqDwrEtFJEaaOMFERGyi8-u7CdvOa

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, May 12

DispatchHealth Presentation

House calls are back. Learn how DispatchHealth makes medical care at home quick, easy, and affordable.

2:00 pm, Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4816003295?pwd=aXpEZEZLbVpsMFpydGZNUGYwZmNEdz09
Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
Passcode: 845170


Thursday, May 13

Democratic Backsliding in Hungary and Poland: The Burden of the Past

In recent years, a rift has appeared within the European Union as Victor Orban’s Hungary and Poland under the Law and Justice Party have undertaken moves widely considered to be in violation of the Union’s democratic rules and norms. This development, with its focus on anti-immigration and nativism, resembles developments in other countries, including the United States. However, this conservative shift in Eastern Europe has its own trajectory related to the history of the region that has roots in an East European history dominated by empire, communism, and a difficult transition to liberal democracy in the 1990s.

11:00 am, Zoom

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4816003295?pwd=aXpEZEZLbVpsMFpydGZNUGYwZmNEdz09
Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
Passcode: 845170


Thursday, May 13

Going Viral: Disinformation and Misinformation During a Pandemic

Misinformation and disinformation are prevalent in our media and, particularly, on our social media feeds. The impact of the dissemination of this information can range from innocuous to life-threatening. During the pandemic a variety of conspiracy theories emerged about the origin and treatment of the virus. Indeed, falsehoods often travelled faster than the truth. In this lecture, we will evaluate instances of misinformation and disinformation during this public health crisis and what steps we can take to create a more responsible and truthful information ecosystem.

2:00 pm, Zoom

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https://plu-edu.zoom.us/j/91917242677
Meeting ID: 919 1724 2677


Friday, May 14

Four Ways of Looking at Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

“Beethoven’s Ninth” or even just “The Ninth” has been a monument in classical music since it premiered in 1824. No other symphony has its aura or its popularity- the “Ode to Joy” is the “European Anthem” and the symphony has been part of end-of-year rituals around the globe from Germany to Japan for a hundred years. 

In preparation for the broadcast of Symphony Tacoma’s online performance the following evening, we will consider this famous symphony through the lenses of history, theory, performance, and ethnomusicology. Why has this piece been studied, performed and idealized for nearly 200 years all over the world? How might Beethoven have thought about it as he composed it? How does it “work” so powerfully? In what ways was it a milestone in the development of the symphony as a genre? What functions does a piece like this have in society that have caused it to be so meaningful to so many for so long?

11:00 am, Zoom

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4816003295?pwd=aXpEZEZLbVpsMFpydGZNUGYwZmNEdz09
Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
Passcode: 845170


Monday, May 17

Champagne in the Global Economy: Luxury, Multinationals, and Intellectual Property

Which wine is most associated with celebration? Champagne, of course! But what is “Champagne”? Who makes it, why, where, and how it is shaped by politics, economics, and globalization? In this presentation, Pierre Ly will discuss how political economy, globalization, and multinational corporations, shape the idea of Champagne, but also those other, non-Champagne “sparkling wines” that the French region’s lawyers don’t want you to call Champagne.

11:00 am, Zoom Lecture

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https://pugetsound-edu.zoom.us/j/94242757663
Meeting ID: 942 4275 7663


Wednesday, May 19

Nazi Persecution of Jews

In this lecture, Dr. Griech-Polelle will trace some of the major incidences of Nazi persecution of the Jewish population, particularly in Germany from 1933-1938. She will also address some of the persecution of Jews during the war years, as Germany conquered new territories and attempted its “Final Solution” of the Jewish Question. Emphasis will also be on Jewish responses to the persecution.

2:00 pm, Zoom and Wellness Center (You must RSVP to attend and seating is limited)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4816003295?pwd=aXpEZEZLbVpsMFpydGZNUGYwZmNEdz09
Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
Passcode: 845170


Thursday, May 20

The Flavor Is in the Tongue of the Taster – Principles of Taste, Smell, and Flavor

What explains our preferences for certain flavors and dislike of others? An overview of the gustatory and olfactory systems provides clues to individual variability in food preferences. Incorporating the role of experience and memory allows for a more nuanced perspective on the flavors we like to eat.

11:00 am, Zoom

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https://washington.zoom.us/j/99531893190


Thursday, May 20

10 Great Birdwatching Spots of Washington

Washington State has a wide variety of habitats making it a wonderful place to watch birds. This class introduces you to some of the best locations to see birds and when to visit. We will talk about each site and what birds you can expect to see. If you are interested in watching birds, this is a must attend class.

2:00 pm, Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4816003295?pwd=aXpEZEZLbVpsMFpydGZNUGYwZmNEdz09
Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
Passcode: 845170


Tuesday, May 25

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
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItceGppz8vGNB5Gu5YiH8xAwxwrqlu7df4

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, May 26

Literary League Book Club— Martin Marten: A Novel

Join us as we discuss Martin Marten: A Novel by Brian Doyle

About the book: Dave is fourteen years old, eager, and headlong. He is about to start high school, which is scary and alluring. Martin is a pine marten, a small, muscled hunter of the deep woods. He is about to leave home for the first time, which is scary and thrilling. Both of these wild animals are setting off on adventures on their native Mount Hood in Oregon, and their lives, paths, and trails will cross, weave, and blend. Why not come with them as they set forth into the forest and crags of the mountain and into the bruising wilderness of love, life, family, friends, enemies, wonder, mystery, and good things to eat?
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


Thursday, May 27

Tell Me What You Eat and I’ll Tell You Who You Are

What is your favorite comfort food and why? The goal of this talk is to explore influences on food choice beyond taste and smell, including emotion, context, and culture. By incorporating research on food choice, we can explore insights into population health and wellness.

11:00 am, Zoom

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Thursday, May 27

Great Decisions Discussion: Struggles Over the Melting Arctic

U.S. President Donald Trump left many scratching their heads when it was rumored that he was looking to purchase the large island nation of Greenland from Denmark. While any potential deal seems highly unlikely, the event shows the changing opinion within the U.S. government toward engagement with the Arctic region. Because of climate change, large sheets of arctic ice are melting, exposing vast stores of natural gas and oil. With Russia and China already miles ahead with their Arctic strategies, can the U.S. catch up?

3:00 pm, Zoom Discussion

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83715944172?pwd=RHFVTmNuQWFJdnRIZ2NobTZpMUtVdz09
Meeting ID: 837 1594 4172
Passcode: 845170

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