Fall 2014 Class Schedule

Day of the WeekCourse Title Description Category Class Code
MondayRock & Roll Legends

Rock and roll emerged from the rhythm and blues music of the 1940s. In 1955, Bill Haley & His Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" was one of the first rock songs to reach a million in record sales.From Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Motown, Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the complete British invasion, we will look at the history, music, groups and founders of one of the most profound eras in music.Revisit the past and rediscover the legends of rock & roll.

 

Dates: Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Time Wilsey, B.A.
Registration deadline: Sept. 11
Cost: $48

History
F1410
MondayThe Art of Negotiating the Best Deal

What's the best way to ask for a price reduction, negotiate repair work or request a refund?This course is designed to improve negotiation skills in everyday life.Learn the keys and skills to improve your ability to get what you need.

 

Dates: Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ilio Andreuccetti, M.B.A.
Registration deadline: Sept. 18
Cost: $48

Personal Enrichment
F1411
Monday

iPad Workshop

Wish you could use your iPad more effectively?  This workshop helps you maximize your use and enjoyment from your iPad.  Learn to set up personal preferences, establish your Apple-ID, email account, and choose personal settings and defaults.  Explore iTunes and the App Store, social networks, and travel applications.Have fun with photos and enjoy entertainment options.Learn helpful and valuable tips and tricks.Students are required to bring an iPad to each class. 


Dates: Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17
Time: 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Wanda Schlafly, M.A.
Registration deadline: Oct. 9
Cost: $72

Technology
F1412
MondayThe Royals
Today, there are still 26 active monarchies in the world – emperors, emirs, kings and queens – who rule over more than 43 countries.One of the largest and most powerful is The Royal Family of the United Kingdom and the other commonwealth realms headed by Her Majesty the Queen.  This course will examine the people, structure, history,  responsibilities, and probable future of the Royals.

Dates: Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10       
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.

Registration deadline: Oct. 16
Cost: $48

History
F1413
MondayPopular Fiction

There's Literature, with a capital "L," and then there's the other kind: murder mysteries, westerns, romances, science fiction, fantasy, horror and thrillers.  Study how these well-known genres of popular fiction differ from literary fiction, and why it is good to read both kinds. During this course, we will read and analyze exemplary works and authors in each genre.


Dates: Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24   

Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Clare Walker, D.V.M., M.S.
Registration deadline: Oct. 16
Cost: $72

Literature
F1414
TuesdayMuseum Masterpieces: The Louvre

The Louvre Museum in Paris, France is one of the world's largest museums with 35,000 antiques and more than 9 million visitors each year. The Louvre is home to European, Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Islamic art. Our focus for the course will be key European paintings, prints and drawings of the masters from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century.  Learn the history of the Louvre and leave with an understanding for some of the treasures within this world-renowned museum.


Dates: Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14 
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  

Instructor: Nancy D'Agostino
Registration deadline: Sept. 12
Cost: $60

Art and Architecture
F1420
Tuesday
John Adams

History tends to focus on the more outspoken and colorful leaders in our early nation, yet John Adams' impact was epic. Adams, vice president to George Washington and second president of the United States, was simply dynamic. Discover the role he played in the establishment of our nation. Learn about his life and his influence, and how he successfully guided and governed 13 individually-minded sates into a cohesive union.


Dates: Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7    
Time: 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Stephan Pikul, M.B.A.

Registration deadline: Sept. 12
Cost: $48

History
F1421
TuesdayGenealogy: Beyond the Basics

Sooner or later, everyone who conducts genealogical research will get stuck or run into a brick wall.This course provides an overview of various techniques to get back on track. Recommended websites, advanced search techniques for documents, and breaking down the impossible searches are some areas that will be discussed. Students are encouraged to bring their genealogy search problems to class.


Dates: Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14  

Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Steve Szabados, M.B.A.
Registration deadline: Sept. 19
Cost: $48

Personal Enrichment
F1422
Tuesday
State of Politics in Illinois

Fascinating and frustrating are politics in Illinois,forever changing and forever staying the same. The governor's race is in full bloom and there will be major political issues that await the candidates this fall.We will review the political power Brokers, discuss the hot issues and forecast the "what ifs?" of Illinois politics from local to state office. 


Dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21   

Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: John Rose, M.A.
Registration deadline: Sept. 26
Cost: $48

Government
F1423
Tuesday
Irish Writers

There's more to Irish culture than the green-clad crowds who parade on St. Patrick's Day. Explore the ways in which Irish writers create powerful expressions of defiance and the wonderment through Irish story, poetry and song. Yeats, Joyce, Heaney, Synge, O'Casey, Trevor, Tóibín, Kinsella, Boland and Beckett are the Irish writers who demonstrate this wonderful richness. Come join us.  


Dates: Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11 
Time: 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Michael Casey, M.A.
Registration deadline: Oct. 10
Cost: $60 

Literature

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday
Positive Psychology & Happiness

Curious about lasting happiness?There is a scientific way to study happiness-it's called Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology focuses on individual and societal flourishing. This class is designed for those with a personal interest in understanding, investigating, and developing genuine happiness. Research results, experiential learning and happiness exercises will help cultivate Positive Psychology and maintain happiness.


Dates: Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11        
Time:  9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Terri Reasoner, Ph.D.
Registration deadline: Oct. 17
Cost: $48

Personal Enrichment
F1425
Tuesday
Italian for Travelers

Immerse yourself into the Italian culture and its diverse people.  Learn the basic Italian language to enhance your travel plans or just satisfy your curiosity.Travel and tourism tips will be presented as well as information about Europe's train system, motor coaches, taxis and private cars. Bellisimo!


Dates: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2  
Time
: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ilio Andreuccetti, M.B.A.
Registration deadline: Oct. 24
Cost: $72

Travel
F1426
TuesdayAtlas Shrugged

"Atlas Shrugged", a 1957 novel by Ayn Rand, deals with a frightening society in a collapsing United States economic system.  "Atlas Shrugged" is considered Rand's magnum opus.

Discuss the philosophy of Ayn Rand and what has been the impact of her philosophy on politics in the United States.  Review the economic and ethical ideas of "Atlas Shrugged" that continues to keep readers interested more than 50 years later.


Dates: Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: David Diamond, M.A.
Registration deadline: Oct. 31
Cost: $60

 

Government
F1427
TuesdayPoor Decisions that Changed History
Step back in history and ask the question, "What if…?"  Review decisions that may have changed the course of history relating to the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I and the Iraq War. The class is based on the book "The March of Folly, From Troy to Vietnam" by B. Tuchman and will challenge the conventional decisions of history.  

Dates: Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2   
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Instructor: David Diamond, M.A.
Registration deadline: Oct 31
Cost: $60

History
F1428
WednesdayCurrent Events

Politics, pop culture, the economy, foreign policy and social change are some of the topics presented in Current Events.  Lively discussions and active student participation are encouraged as today's current events are churned, probed and analyzed in these weekly forums. 


Dates: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.

Registration deadline: Sept. 15
Cost: $30

Personal Enrichment
F1430
WednesdayFrench for Travelers

Bonjour!  This course will immerse you into the French culture and to the people of France.  Learn the basic French language for travelers.  Whether planning a trip or just learning for fun, this course introduces common French language, travel and tourism tips around Paris and the rest of the country.

 
Dates: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.   
Instructor: Nancy Green, M.A.
Registration deadline: Sept. 15

Cost: $48

Travel
F1431
WednesdaySearching for Marquette

Learn about the life and journey of the 17th-century French Jesuit missionary-explorer, Jacques Marquette, through his journal excerpts, maps and images.  His cultural impact on the Midwest was tremendous.  Retrace Marquette's steps throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions. Discover Marquette's encounters and friendships with regional Native American tribes along his route. Examine factors, such as Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha" to the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall that elevated Marquette's status, from local explorer to national hero by the early 20th century.


Dates: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8

Time: 2:15 p.m. — 3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Ruth Nelson, M.A.
Registration deadline: Sept. 15
Cost: $48

History
F1432
WednesdayBring out your Inner Cezanne!

Join the fun in a relaxed atmosphere as we pay homage to the French artist Paul Cézanne. Learn the basics of painting with acrylic paints on canvas.   Beginners to advanced painters are welcome. Complete four paintings: a still life, landscape, seascape and a floral arrangement. Gain self-confidence in working with materials and developing your own painting style. All art materials will be provided by the instructor.

 
Dates: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  
Instructor: Nancy D'Agostino, B.A.
Registration deadline: Sept. 29

Cost: $72  

Art Supplies:  $30

Art and Architecture
F1433
Wednesday
FDR's Legacy to Truman's Presidency

Elected for an unprecedented fourth term, FDR proved to be one of the most gifted statesmen of the 20th Century. When FDR's presidency ended unexpectedly, Harry S. Truman assumed the presidency, only 82 days after becoming vice president.  How Truman rose to the task of ending World War II, the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan, the Korean War and the United States involvement in rebuilding Europe, is a remarkable story of character & courage.  


Dates: Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.     
Instructor: John Paranese, M.B.A.

Registration deadline: Oct. 13
Cost: $48

History
F1434
WednesdayHealth Care Advocacy: 101

Accidents, strokes, heart attack and dementia can happen at any age. Whether raising children or caring for aging parents, advocacy is a powerful tool. This class will discuss the health care issues in estate planning, explain your legal rights when working with health care professionals, and teach you how to advocate for yourself or an aging family member. 


Dates: Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19
Time: 2:15 – 3:45 p.m.     
Instructor: Mary Kay Furiasse, B.S.N., J.D., L.L.M.

Registration deadline: Oct. 13
Cost: $72

Personal Enrichment
F1435
Wednesday
The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights consists of the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. They represent the foundation for our federal, state and local laws.  Yet, what do they really mean and what are your rights?  This course will review the Bill of Rights and the amendments, what they are, how they have been applied by the courts and your rights under them.


Dates: Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3   
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.
Registration deadline: Nov. 3
Cost: $48

Government
F1436
Thursday
Privacy in America

The word "privacy" does not appear in the United States Constitution or in its amendments, yet, the Supreme Court recognizes a right to privacy.  From government to big business to junk mail, is our privacy under assault?  Are technological advances and the world we live in destroying traditional notions of privacy?  Can civil liberties and security co-exist?  This class will examine these questions and other privacy issues.


Dates: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9

Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.   
Instructor:  Patricia deRosset, J.D.
Registration deadline: Sept. 16
Cost: $48

Government
F1440
ThursdayPersonal Computers: Beyond the Basics

This interactive course is for students with limited personal computer experience. Make your life easier by learning how to organize files, folders and your desktop. Become confident installing and uninstalling software and doing basic PC troubleshooting. Hear about the importance of anti-virus software and how to use it. See tips for advanced email and calendar functions. Get an overview of Microsoft Office© products and using web apps with cloud computing.This course primarily uses the Windows 7 operating system. 


Dates: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9 
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Carrie Swift, M.A.
Registration deadline:Sept. 16 
Cost:  $48
Technology
F1441
ThursdayBrain Games: Techniques for Improving your Memory

A recent study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles found that people who played more brain games experienced significant improvement in memory and language skills in comparison to those who played fewer or none.  This fun course will focus on information about brain function and strategies of games to improve brain health and acuity.  References and handouts will be provided.


Dates: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9     
Time:10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Angeline Finnigan, B.A.
Registration deadline: Sept. 16
Cost: $48

Personal Enrichment
F1442
ThursdayBelief and Doubt in Modern Literature

Modern literature contains compelling images of spiritual quests that illumine our understanding of who we are and why.  Questions are raised about joy and pain, suffering and salvation, God's power and mystery, and the meaning of our living.  Identify issues of belief and doubt in short fiction and poetry. Authors John Updike, Graham Greene, Jorges Luis Borges, Denise Levertov, Andre Dubus and others will lead us over the terrain as we explore belief and doubt in modern literature.

Dates: Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 2:15 — 3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Michael Casey, M.A.
Registration Deadline: Sept. 23
Cost: $60

Literature
F1443
ThursdayChicago Architecture

Did you know that St. Procopius Abbey and the Water Tower Place were designed by the same architect?  Discover how, out of the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, the influential architecture of Chicago emerged, creating a magnet for great architects who have impacted the United States and beyond. Review building designs, structures and techniques used by architectural pioneers of the Chicago School.  Learn about the first modern skyscraper, and the classical, modern and postmodern architects who created Chicago's intriguing and provocative architectural designs. An optional tour of the St. Procopius Abbey may be arranged for registered students of this class.


Dates:Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23                 
Time:9:00 – 10:30 a.m.     
Instructor: Jennifer Scavone, M.A.  
Registration deadline: Sept. 30
Cost: $48                         

Art and Architecture
F1444
ThursdayAdobe Photoshop for Beginners

Photoshop introduces students to the basic concepts and skills of image manipulation through the Adobe Photoshop application program.  Related vocabulary, workspace, and basic program tools will be reviewed.  Students will work on class assignments and personal photos on a PC platform.


Dates:Oct. 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20 
Time:
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  
Instructor: Georgia Velisaris, M.A.
Registration deadline: Oct. 14     
Cost:  $72

Technology
F1445
ThursdayThe Internet: It's not Just for Surfing

Hop on the web and hone your searching strategies. Discover a multitude of social media sites, enjoy online entertainment and find e-learning opportunities. Learn about posting on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more! Keep in contact with distant friends through Skype and by sharing pictures. Discover a multitude of new things through online learning sites, web apps, e-books, blogs, podcasts and YouTube. No prior knowledge is required; just bring your sense of discovery!


Dates: Oct.16, 23, 30, Nov. 6       
Time:9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Carrie Swift, M.A.
Registration deadline: Oct. 14      
Cost: $48

Technology
F1446
Thursday
China, Southeast Asia and the United States

China is the most populous country in the world with 1.35 billion people. It has the second largest land area and is the world's largest exporter and importer of goods.  Southeast Asia is twice the population of the United States and continues to grow.Explore the history, economy, politics and challenges of the region.  What is America's relationship with China and to Southeast Asia individually and collectively?  Will China continue to evolve into a world superpower, or will communism be replaced with capitalism?  Explore these questions and much more.


Dates: Oct.16, 23, 30, Nov. 6   
Time:
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Instructor: Steve Nunes, Ph.D.
Registration deadline: Oct. 14                    
Cost: $48

History
F1447
ThursdayChicago: The First 100 Years

Chicago was once the fastest-growing city in the world. During the 19th century, Chicago grew from less than 3,000 to 1.7 million people. Learn about this fascinating history to share with family and friends. Review the birth of the village, Fort Dearborn, uncontrolled growth and the Great Chicago Fire culminating with the World's Columbian Exposition and Chicago's greatest year, 1893! 


Dates: Oct. 23, 30, Nov 6, 13
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: John Boda, B.A. 
Registration deadline: Oct. 14     
Cost: $60
History F1448
ThursdayHistory of Political Parties

The United States is a constitutional republic long dominated by two political parties.  This course will examine politics in the United States; the various political parties (Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Tea Party, Green, and others) and their differences as well as the future of political parties in the United States.

 

Dates: Oct. 30, Nov 6, 13, 20
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: John Rose, M.A. 
Registration deadline: Oct. 28     
Cost: $48
GovernmentF1449
Thursday
World Religions: Judaism

Judaism, considered one of the major world religions, spans more than 3,000 years. Judaic values, traditions and texts strongly influence Christianity and Islam as well as secular Western civil law. This course considers the history, beliefs and practices of Judaism today. An optional Sabbath to a local synagogue will be offered.


Dates: Oct. 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4        
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.    
Instructor: Alan Gorr Ph.D. 
Registration deadline: Oct. 14     
Cost: $60

Religion
F1450
Center for Lifelong Learning
BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY
Moser Center
1832 Centre Point Circle
Suite 102
Naperville, IL 60563
Ronald M. Finnigan
Director
Email: rfinnigan@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-1383