The Art of the iPhone   SOLDOUT!

Sessions:1  Class Time:  9:00 – 12:00, Wednesday, May 10

It’s a new age. The iPhone and iPad have provided us with a whole new way to make pictures. In this three-hour seminar you will learn how to create artistic photographs with your iPhone. You will also learn how to edit and process your images using your Apple “Photos” app. We will also briefly touch on posting on social media like Instagram, Tumbler, Pinterest, and Facebook. It’s been said that the best camera is the one you have with you. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you have a convenient and powerful tool for creating unique imagery. I will show you how to unlock this camera’s potential. With a rapidly growing number of photography apps, the possibilities are seemingly limitless. Be inspired wherever you are. Learn how the portability and connectivity of iPhones and iPads allow you to shoot, edit, and share your creations wherever you go. Join me for an inspiring day of shooting and processing the iPhone way.  Note: This workshop is for iPhone and iPad users.  Jan Armor is a commercial and fine art photographer with many years of experience in both the digital and traditional mediums. He has received grants and awards for environmental photography, and has taught at the Newport Art Museum, the Bristol Art Museum, and at the Portsmouth and Tiverton arts organizations. His website is www.armorphoto.com

Breathing Techniques

Sessions: 4  Class Time:  12:00 – 2:00, Thursdays 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 and 5/25

At one time or another, we may have found ourselves dealing with anxiety, fears, panic attacks, sadness, stress, sleep issues, or physical pain.  We may have tried a variety of paths to alleviate the condition, but when all else fails …… BREATHE!!  Besides being calming, the breath can also be energizing – giving you the ability to focus and concentrate on a sport, a performance, or an activity.  This interactive, relaxed, and enjoyable program can help you to increase lung capacity, build stamina and energy, exercise your lungs and heart, and come to the fullest essence of your being.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one.  This program may be fully experienced from the chair. Linda Morse has been a yoga and meditation practitioner most of her life, teaching for over fifteen years. Certified professionally through the Kripalu Center in MA, she owned and operated the Yoga Center in Melbourne, FL. With her relaxed and humorous approach to teaching, she hopes to inspire students in body, mind, and spirit.  She has taught with the OLLI at UNC Asheville, the OLLI at URI, Salve Regina, and the Edward King House.

Classic Redux: The House of Mirth (1905) by Edith Wharton  SOLDOUT!

Sessions: 2  Class Time:  10:00 – 12:00, Tuesdays 2/7 and 2/14

Pulitzer Prize winner Edith Wharton is one of the most important writers to be associated with Newport and The House of Mirth (1905) is Wharton’s first novel to feature the Newport Summer Colony. The book is a sharp portrait of the values and customs of American High Society and of the position of women at the turn of the 20th century. As usual, Eileen Warburton will provide background, biography, and historical context while guiding the discussion with questions and themes. We’ll spend some time looking at the impact of the Gilded Age on our own Bellevue Avenue neighborhood as well.Important: Participating students must commit to completely reading the chosen book in advance. [Signet Classic edition]  Eileen Warburton holds the PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and is the author of many books and articles, including the critically acclaimed 2004 biography of modern English novelist, John Fowles. She has taught literature at URI, BU, and Bryant. For the past twelve years, she has been the humanities scholar for 2nd Story Theatre in Warren, RI.

 The Day the Music Died

Sessions:  6  Class Time:  9:00 – 11:00, Fridays 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2 and 6/9

This six-week program will examine the events and music of the 1950’s that shaped our lives, including the Korean conflict, McCarthyism, the brewing unrest in Vietnam, and Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights movement.  We will also look at the birth of Rock and Roll (1951) and its demise, beginning on February 3, 1959 with the fatal plane crash that took the lives of Rock and Roll Musicians Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens, the tragic event referred to in the lyrics, “The Day the Music Died.” Through the use of a timeline (1950-1959), movie clips,  and videos, we will witness the events of those years and the music that impacted our lives and changed the world around us.  Brett Morse worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 40 years. He is a graduate of Bryant College, served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era, and is a certified yoga instructor.

Experiencing the Chakra Energy with Chair Yoga

Sessions:  6  Class Time:  9:00 – 11:00, Fridays 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2 and 6/9

Every aspect of who you are – physically, emotionally, and mentally – can be attributed to the balance or imbalance of your chakras. This program is a perfect way to begin exploring the chakras, the seven energy centers located along your spine from the sitz bones to the crown of the head. We will cover the basic characteristics and functions of each chakra and practice gentle yoga poses to stimulate and balance each energy center. This program is an invitation to a deep internal journey with wonderful rewards. No yoga experience is needed, nor any familiarity with the chakras. The practice will be in a chair setting.  Linda Morse has been a yoga and meditation practitioner most of her life, teaching for over fifteen years. Certified professionally through the Kripalu Center in MA, she owned and operated the Yoga Center in Melbourne, FL. With her relaxed and humorous approach to teaching, she hopes to inspire students in body, mind, and spirit.  She has taught with the OLLI at UNC Asheville, the OLLI at URI, Salve Regina, and the Edward King House.

The King – Elvis Presley

Sessions:  4  Class Time:  12:00 – 2:00, Thursdays 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 and 5/25

Elvis Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, rock and roll, blues and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music! He is also one of the most important pioneers in the development of rock and roll, as well as one of the most popular movie stars. Through the use of movie clips, videos, and interviews, we will explore, listen to, and watch this iconic musician. Come and join us as we together enjoy the music of the man who would become “The King” – Elvis Presley.  Brett Morse worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over forty years. He is a graduate of Bryant College, served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era, and is a certified yoga instructor.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Opera Eugene Onegin

Sessions:  4  Class Time:  1:00 – 3:00, Thursdays 3/30, 4/6, 4/13 and 4/20

Once approached about creating an opera loosely based on the Pushkin novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky became “inflamed…with the subject… What an infinity of poetry there is in Onegin.” Superbly crafted and intense with dramatically rich music, Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s lyric opera, tells the story of two lives haunted by youthful miscalculation, and of a third life wiped out in that process. The course will explore the source of the opera, which is Pushkin’s long poem; Tchaikovsky’s original treatment of the poem; the historical context of the opera, and the opera as a reflection of Tchaikovsky himself.  Pushkin’s text, Tchaikovsky’s libretto, and YouTube clips will be used to inform our exploration. Note:  This course is being offered in preparation for the optional Metropolitan Opera’s HD performance of Eugene Onegin on April  22nd  in Warwick. The class can “Meet Up” and enjoy an added enrichment to our opera appreciation.  Louis Mainelli served as a teacher and Math Department Chair for the Darien Public School System in Connecticut. He also taught at the MET School in Newport. He has taught opera courses for the OLLI at URI and for the Salve Regina Circle of Scholars program.

Politics, Economics and Medicine: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Sessions:  4  Class Time:  10:00 – 12:00, Wednesdays 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 and 5/3

In this course, we will examine the political origins behind two of the largest federal legislative achievements affecting health care: Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. We will try to predict where both are going in the future. We will also explore how much our free market economic system really applies to the present day health care industry. Finally, we will study the implications of a disease specific federal entitlement program under Medicare and how such a program influenced specific sectors of the health care in the United States.  Andrew S. Brem, M.D., was a full-time physician on the medical staff of Rhode Island Hospital for thirty years.  During his career, he also served on a number of boards and committees that focused on health care issues at the national level. Those committees included Medicare’s End Stage Renal Disease Networks (Regions 1 and 28), where he served terms both on the Board of Directors and as a Medical Review Board Chair (1982-2011). Dr. Brem also served as a consultant to the FDA’s Cardiovascular-Renal Drugs Advisory Committee (2000-2008).  He was on the Forum of ESRD Networks: Pediatric Clinical Performance Measures Sub-committee, Baltimore, MD (2001-2006).

Surviving Loss

Sessions:  3  Class Time: 12:45 – 2:45 – Fridays 4/7, 4/14 and /4/21

The Dalai Lama said, “Death is a natural part of life. We can choose to ignore it, or we can confront it. As a Buddhist, I view death as a natural process, a reality that I accept.  I see no point in worrying about it.” This deep and curious question comes to most of us in time. There is no one answer to the mystery of life. Sooner or later we will have to experience the loss of someone close to us. There are practices and beliefs that change the way in which we choose to accept this. I will explore our own experiences, our personal beliefs and consider ways in which we can continue to live well, and accept the new paradigm we will deal with in the future, or are already find ourselves living in.   Yvette Nachmias-Baeu is a writer. Her first book, A Reluctant Life, explores the process of grief. A student of Buddhism, she spent many years in the New York and San Francisco theater. Her dual interest in education encouraged her to start a school, which continues to this day. She spent nine years as the Administrative Director of the Brown University Master of Arts in Teaching program. Nachmias-Baeu also served as a psychiatric nurse at the New York Psychiatric Institute.

What Happens When You Die?

Class Time:  5:00 – 6:30, 3rd Thursday each month 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/16

This program began last March, and is conducted by the Rhode Island Chapter of the International Association for Near Death Studies (“IANDS”  at www.iands.org). The aim of the group is to explore and deepen our understanding of what has been learned about human consciousness from people who have had near-death experiences (“NDEs”) and have reported an amazing journey after they have been revived.  We will review and discuss actual documented experiences along with the findings of various researchers and scientists, all of whom have various theories about how this happens and what it can tell us about the transition from life as we know it, and what lies beyond. Some videos and guest speakers are utilized. This is not connected with any organized religion or religious belief. Some of the group’s current members include persons who have had NDEs, “after death” communications with loved ones, and related experiences of their own. There is no course fee required, but donations are accepted. Ben Riggs is a retired business executive who has served as chief executive of several manufacturing companies.  After graduating from Boston University, he served for seven years as a Naval Aviator, remaining in the Naval Reserve until retirement.  His knowledge and interest in NDEs evolved from the experiences of friends and family and subsequent participation with IANDS, which has included numerous national conferences, workshops, extensive study, and close collaboration with leading experts in the field.