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Senior University November 2021 Class Sneak Preview

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Wednesday, November 3

Bad Generals and Bad Admirals
This class previews Dr. Jeff Matthews’ forthcoming book Bad Generals, Bad Admirals: Unethical Leadership in the U.S. Military (University of Notre Dame Press, 2022.)

The book examines seven different types of unethical and criminal behavior, using both historic and contemporary case studies:  Insubordination, War Crimes, Obstruction of Justice, Sex Crimes, Toxic Leadership, Moral Cowardice, and Public Corruption.

2:00 pm, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
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Thursday, November 4

Nutrition for Healthy Aging Series: Basics of Probiotics and Prebiotics
This class goes beyond simply eating yogurt – in fact that might not be the best source! In this class you will hear lightly technical information about the value of strain-specific probiotics and prebiotics which is the food they like to consume. You will also learn that the key to gut health is not which brand of probiotics you take but improving the environment of the intestines to invite the beneficial species to stay.

3:00 pm, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 875 8652 4938
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Friday, November 5, November 12, & November 19

Writing Short Stories*
This class (October 8 – November 19) will focus on writing short fiction with an emphasis on the six primary elements of the fictional short story: plot, conflict, setting, character, point of view, and theme. Over seven weeks, students will draft, workshop, and revise one original work of short fiction.

11:00 am, Zoom (you must pre-register to receive the Zoom link)


Friday, November 5

Art Appreciation Lecture Series: Impressionism Versus Expressionism: Reactions to the Modern World*
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, Bristol View 1st Floor Gathering Room

You must register to attend.  Contact Jana Wennstrom to register at jwennstrom@franketobeyjones.com or at 253-756-6219.


Wednesday, November 10

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.

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

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

You must register to attend.  Contact Jana Wennstrom to register at jwennstrom@franketobeyjones.com or at 253-756-6219.


Wednesday, November 10

Living History Performance: I Am Always on the Women’s Side – Vignettes of the Civil War*
Though women’s voices are often lost amid the din of the battlefield, their stories are an integral part of our nation’s history.

Karen Haas has researched numerous diaries, letters, and songs written by women to create a program portraying women from differing walks of life and points of view. These vignettes bring a frequently neglected side of the Civil War to life: women striving to survive in a time of violence, turmoil, and societal change.

2:00 pm, Wellness Center (RSVP to attend)

You must register to attend.  Contact Jana Wennstrom to register at jwennstrom@franketobeyjones.com or at 253-756-6219.


Thursday, November 11

The Battle of Gettysburg: Memory and Myth*

This class covers highlights of the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place between July 1st and July 3rd, 1863. We will identify key features of each day of the battle, discuss Union and Confederate leadership, and confront popular myths. Was Confederate military leadership better than the Union? Were Confederate soldiers better fighters? Was the battle really the “turning point of the Civil War?”

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

You must register to attend.  Contact Jana Wennstrom to register at jwennstrom@franketobeyjones.com or at 253-756-6219.


Wednesday, November 17

Gender 201: Gender Identities
What does it mean to be nonbinary? Should we use special pronouns if people ask for them? How should we interact with Trans folks? In this class we’ll explore each of these topics, and briefly touch on the consequences of limiting our gender expressions to a strict gender binary.

10:00 am, Zoom

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Meeting ID: 481 600 3295
Passcode: 845170


Wednesday, November 17

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 jwennstrom@franketobeyjones.com or at 253-756-6219.


Wednesday, November 17

The German Catholic Church Leadership and the Persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany
This class will explore how the German Catholic Church leaders tended to react to various Nazi antisemitic acts and Nazi antisemitic legislation. We will explore how many Church leaders believed that Jews could defend themselves and were thus outside the “circle of concern” for the Church.

2:00 pm, Zoom


Thursday, November 18

Chat with Councilman John Hines*
Join Council Member John Hines to hear about what’s happening in the City of Tacoma and to bring specific concerns to the Councilman’s attention.
4:00 pm, Wellness Center

You must register to attend.  Contact Jana Wennstrom to register at jwennstrom@franketobeyjones.com or at 253-756-6219.


Tuesday, November 23

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
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, November 24

Literary League Book Club— The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
Join us as we discuss The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson
About the book: A sequel to Notes from a Small Island stands as the author’s tribute to his adopted country of England and describes his riotous return visit two decades later to rediscover the country, its people and its culture. In 1995, Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is The Road to Little Dribbling. Nothing is funnier than Bill Bryson on the road; prepare for the total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter.
FTJ residents can check out a copy of the book in the Bascom Library.

3:00 pm, Zoom Discussion

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Meeting ID: 838 6275 2332
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