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Current Classes

Winterim Classes

Nothing beats the winter blahs better than an invigorating dose of Senior College Winterim classes!! Check out the offerings below - there's sure to be something to peak your interest. All Winterim classes are free to the public so come and join us and see what all the fun is about.

Want a printed schedule of classes? Click here to download the Winterim Class Schedule.

Rural Health Care - A Tectonic Shift

The 1,350 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S., including 64 in Nebraska, are the cornerstone of health care in rural areas. But changing rural demographics, economic forces and technological change are combining to put severe financial stress on these institutions. What are the forces driving rural hospital closures and what will the rural health care landscape look like in the near future? This presentation explains the current crisis and presents some possible paths forward for rural health care. 

(Dr. Jenkins is Professor of Economics & John C. Marienau Fellow at UNK)

Making Sense of Opinion Polls

In election years, polls of public attitudes are everywhere. Which candidates are gaining or losing ground? Does the public support or not support impeachment? What do people think about abortion rights, gun rights and “Medicare for all”? Which polls are legit and which are not? How do we interpret the results? Sure, polls make great headlines, but how accurate are they? Who conducts these polls and how do they decide whom to ask?

Spring Semester Classes

With snow on the ground it's hard to believe that spring is just around the corner but it is! While you wait for the first spring flowers, consider taking one or more of the spring semester classes with your Senior College friends.

Click here to download the complete schedule and click here for registration information. Register either online or by mail beginning February 23rd.

Monday Morning Lectures

Spend you Monday Mornings exercising your mind. Starting March 9th and continuing every Monday morning (except March 23rd ) through April 20th we will present a special lecture at Kearney Public Library on a unique topic of interest. There is no pre-registration - admission to each lecture is $5.00 (cash/check/credit card) at the door.  The Lectures are open to Senior College Members and their guests.

There will be no lecture on March 23rd

Fun with Watercolor

Watercolor painting is painting with colored water. We will practice mixing colors and values, learn different techniques and move on to work with photos and still life, and even make a book. Students are asked to bring an 11" x 14" pad of watercolor paper and any artist's supplies they have.

T'ai Chi

Want to relax better, improve your balance, gain greater strength, achieve better coordination, cope better with stress, and sleep better? Give T'ai Chi a try! Have fun while you are helping yourself to a more active and enjoyable lifestyle.

This class is limited to 15 participants.

Ukulele Lessons

What do Warren Buffett, Neil Armstrong and Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson all have in common? They all play the ukulele!  This introductory class will teach basic ukulele skills including chord shapes, strum patterns and reading tablature. Ukuleles will be provided for the class but won’t be able to be taken home between classes.  Arrangements for a group order with Yandas Music can be arranged if you’d like to buy your own.

 Limited enrollment - Maximum 25

Six More Great Stories

These stories are, mainly, darn good reads. The stories will instruct us as we explore their styles, themes, subjects, authors and some of the literary and intellectual history that surrounds them. We will read Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”, Willa Cather’s “Eric Hermannson’s Soul” and “Paul’s Case”, William Faulkner’s “Red Leaves”, Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “Corazon’s Cafe” and James Baldwin’s “Going to Meet the Man.”  

This class will not meet on April 13

Keeping Your Memory Intact

Even though your brain may not respond as quickly or as clearly as it once did, there are intriguing challenges and stimulating activities that can help invigorate your mind by fine-tuning your brain power. The mind becomes your storehouse of memories and we will explore ways to enhance your ability to recall what is stored there.

Limited Enrollment - Maximum 25
This Class will not meet on March 24

The Classic Hollywood Era & Its Stars

We will study five Hollywood movies made during the Classic Hollywood Era (1930-1945) when the American studio system reached the peak of its economic and cultural power. The films made during this period are the single most important body of films in the history of the cinema, establishing the terms by which all movies made, before and after, would be seen. The class will include City Lights (1931), Camille (1936), Now, Voyager (1942), Casablanca (1943) and Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). After the first class meeting, participants will screen the films on their own for discussion at the following week’s class.

This class will not meet on March 24

The Evolution of American Capitalism

Contemporary American Capitalism is the result of a long evolutionary process shaped by historical events, legislation and fundamental changes in technology, culture, political organization and interpersonal relationships. This process has not ended as innovation and globalization continue to bring new challenges and new opportunities to our economic system. We journey from hunter/gatherer societies through Adam Smith, the Gilded Age, the Keynesian Revolution, Ayn Rand and Objectivism to Richard Thaler’s adaptive economics. We end the class by looking at the current state of the economy, an important topic in the upcoming election.

Maps and Mapping: How We Know Where Stuff Is

Finding your way across the earth’s surface is not an easy thing to do without a map. In this class we’ll investigate maps in their various forms - historic, humorous, imaginary, as pieces of art and as works of fancy. We’ll look at maps that changed history and how they have changed through time. (This is a repeat of a class that was taught Spring Semester, 2016.)

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