Academy of Lifelong Learning Multi-Meeting Courses

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A multi-meeting course is a series of meetings scheduled for multiple dates, and is designed to investigate an in-depth topic. Each lesson builds upon the previous meeting’s content, with the end goal of developing a knowledge base or skill set regarding the topic of study. A one-time registration fee covers all meeting dates in the series, and participants should plan to attend all meetings to receive the full benefit of the course. Please register by the date specified to reserve your space. To register, complete and return the registration form or call 217-581-5114.

 

Calligraphy: Learning the Rhythmic Flourishes and Old-World Elegance of Writing

Date: Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26
Time: 4–5:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116
Presented by: Brett Bensley
Cost: Academy Member: $50; Non-member: $100
Register by: February 26, 2013

Learn the skills to make creative lettering for scrapbooking, letters, certificates, and a variety of occasions or everyday use. This skill can be used for making posters and signs. Imagine the excitement on people’s faces when they see wonderful calligraphy on a note or letter from you! All materials are included in the price of the class.

(limit 15 participants)

 


Meditation: A Tool Against Stress, Depression and Guilt

Date: Wednesdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10 & 17
Time: 5–6:30 p.m.
Location: SBLHS Education Center: Adams Room, March 20; Madison Room, March 27;
   Lincoln Room, April 3; Madison Room, April 10 & 17
Presented by: Jay Shinde
Cost: Academy Member: $40; Non-member: $80
Register by: March 13, 2013

Meditation is non-denominational, and can be tailored to a participant regardless of their spiritual path. With this thousand-year-old meditation technique, participants will learn to lead a calmer, richer, and quite possi- bly more meaningful life. Studies indicate that meditation is efficacious for stress relief, depression, anxiety, resentments, cravings, and addictions. Many studies suggest that meditation has a positive impact on life.

(limit 20 participants)

 


Let’s Learn Tai Chi                                                      

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
Time: 1:30–3 p.m.
Location: SBLHS Education Center: Washington Room, April 2 & 4; Lincoln Room, April 9;
   Washington Room, April 11; Lincoln Room, April 16 & 18
Presented by: Suzi Coffman
Cost: Academy Member: $40; Non-member: $80
Register by: March 26, 2013

Originating in China thousands of years ago, Tai Chi is extremely beneficial in promoting improved balance, flexibility and muscle tone. Tai Chi also aids in the relief of stress and improving overall health. Beginning students and those who want more experience with basic Tai Chi are welcome to join us for this fun and relaxing course.

(limit 20 participants)

 

 

How the Nineteenth Century Shaped the Policies of Abraham Lincoln

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 16, 18, 23, 25
Time: 4:30–6 p.m.
Location: EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116
Presented by: Tom Spencer
Cost: Academy Member: $40; Non-member: $80
Register by: April 9, 2013

Abraham Lincoln was, in many ways, the quintessential Nineteenth Century Midwestern American. This course will examine four distinct important topics in American history during the Nineteenth Century and how Abraham Lincoln was affected by or involved in each of them. Topics include: Abraham Lincoln and the Midwest Frontier; Abraham Lincoln and the Mexican War; Abraham Lincoln and the Expansion of Slavery; and Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

(limit 15 participants)

 

 

Expanding Your Tai Chi Skills

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 30, May 2, 7, 9, 21 & 23
Time: 1:30–3 p.m.
Location: SBLHS Education Center: Lincoln Room, April 30, May 2 & 21;
   Washington Room, May 7 & 23; Adams Room, May 9
Presented by: Jodi Sparks
Cost: Academy Member: $40; Non-member: $80
Register by: April 30, 2013

Take Tai Chi to the next level, including instruction and practice of ‘forms’ by combining a series of basic movements and incorporating them into a continuing ‘moving meditation.’ Learn the Sun Form, a flow form that is beneficial for balance, flexibility, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and more. Stu- dents need to have taken a basic Tai Chi course or have previous experience in Tai Chi. Class will not meet on May 14 & 16.

(limit 15 participants)

 


Spanish for Travel

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 4, 6, 11 & 13
Time: 4–5:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Blair Hall, Room 3108
Presented by: Jennifer Bryant
Cost: Academy Member: $40; Non-member: $80
Register by: May 24, 2013

Learn all the essential Spanish language you will need when traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. We will also cover cultural differences and suggested tips for travel. This course will be basic enough for the beginner, yet will be engaging for anyone needing a refresher course.

(limit 20 participants)

 


History and Craft of Bookbinding Restoration

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 16, 18, 23 & 25
Time: 1–2:30 p.m.
Location: SBLHS Education Center: Washington Room, July 16; Lincoln Room, July 18;
   Adams Room, July 23 & 25
Presented by: Robert Bertrand
Cost: Academy Member: $80; Non-member: $160
Register by: July 9, 2013

Explore the history of bound and printed material, and the common problems books encounter due to misuse and damage over time. Learn how a book is constructed, as well as how to repair it when it becomes damaged. Observe some restoration techniques and try some hands-on projects. All materials for the class will be provided.

(limit 15 participants)