August 19, 2019
 
 
 Courses - Monday AM
 
 Course Schedule - 8 week courses unless otherwise noted 
 
 
1. CHAIR YOGA—BEGINNING PRACTICE
Students use straightbacked chairs for support as they move in gentle, modified yoga
movements. The class consists of seated poses and modified standing poses using chairs as needed for stability. No floorwork exercises. Increased flexibility, strength, and range of motion can result from gentle movement through simple poses. Students should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Limit 35.

Linda Gibson
9:30—10:30 A.M. Monday, Starts Sept. 9
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Eaton Hall
3003 Northland Drive (78757)
 

2. TATTING—AN ELEGANT, INEXPENSIVE HANDICRAFT
Tatting produces durable, beautiful lace for edgings, collars, bookmarks, ornaments, even jewelry. Once you learn the basic technique of constructing knots and loops, it is fun, economical and portable. Websites such as www.tattedtreasures.com provide many examples and inspiration. Beginners should call the instructor at 512-345-1256 regarding materials.
Limit 12.
 
Jo Saunders
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Sept. 9
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)
 
 
3. SPANISH UPPER LEVEL—CONVERSATION/BOOK CLUB
This course is conducted entirely in Spanish, and it is designed for persons with some proficiency in the language. During the first hour, the students present informally on any topic followed by a short discussion, a basic grammar review and discussion of an advanced grammar topic. During the second hour the instructor guides a discussion based on the preassigned readings for the week. Questions based on the reading are then discussed, bringing attention to grammatical and idiomatic phrases.
Note: This course is integrated with an ongoing year-long Spanish program. Attempts are made to have a new project coincide with the LLI term. Limit 30. 
 
Mary Fischer
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Sept. 9
Genesis Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
1507 Wilshire Boulevard (78722)
 

4. A HISTORY OF INFORMATION SHARING: WRITING, LIBRARIES, 
    BOOKS AND COMPUTERS
Five lectures will cover the social and technological history of the evolution of shared information from early history to the present. After a glance at the ancient and
medieval worlds, we concentrate on the origin of printing and the creation of a new print world. We will then explore how computers and digitization have changed how we find information and use it. Our sixth and last class takes place at the new downtown Austin Central Library where we will have a guided tour of one of the newest libraries in the United States. 
Please bring $5 for handouts. Our instructor is a retired librarian with long experience in public, university, and corporate libraries. Limit 20. 6 classes.
 
 
Olga Bornstein Wise
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Sept. 9
Highland Park Baptist Church, Room 225
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
 
 
5. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND RELIGION—LATIN AMERICAN LIBERATION THEOLOGY
People interested in religion, history, or Latin America will enjoy this eye-opening exploration of Latin American Liberation Theology, an approach to Christianity that was viewed
as very controversial in the 1970s but is now supported by Pope Francis and other world religious leaders. Over 50 years ago, the Second Conference of Latin American Bishops declared that the poor should take center stage in Christian theological reflections,
and that the cultural, economic, and political realities of Latin American and Caribbean societies should (must) shape their religious thinking and practice. This course will be an introduction to the issues and challenges that Liberation Theology has addressed since the early 1970s, against the backdrop of five centuries of colonial and neocolonial history. Our text, which students should get, will be Bingemer, Maria Clara: Latin American Theology.  Roots and Branches, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016, available in paperback. Further readings and videos will be shown and made available at our class website: http://www.voith-usa.com/social.justice.html. Our instructor holds graduate degrees in History of Evangelization in Latin America and in History and Ethnohistory, and brings his own experience working on the front lines of the Liberation Theology movement in South America. Limit 20.
 
José A. Gomes Moreira
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Sept. 9
Highland Park Baptist Church, Room 203
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
 
 
6. ETYMOLOGY—THE SOMETIMES STRANGE AND FUNNY
    ORIGIN OF ENGLISH WORDS
English is a relatively new language with roots in many older ones such as Latin, Greek and German. We constantly adopt new words, some made up and others adapted from earlier words or expressions. In this class, we will look at the origin of selected words to better understand our language. We will explore both common and uncommon words. Everyone will learn some new ones. We’ll also look at origins of place names and answer questions such as: what’s the relationship between the state and the country of Georgia, what’s the Island in Rhode Island, what is the longest place name in the United States, and where are the islands of San Serriffe. 6 classes. Limit 50.
 
Ezra Lippincott
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Sept. 9
Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Drive (78757)
 

7. BEGINNING BRIDGE
This course is for people who have never played bridge, or those who may have played some in the
past but want a refresher or update. We will use the book
Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction by Audrey Grant, available on Amazon or other places. In class you will play example hands from the book,
and for each example hand, explanations of techniques for  bidding and play are given in this book. It is recommended that you obtain a copy. Limit 20.
 

Jack Graham
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Sept. 9
Renaissance-Austin
11279 Taylor Draper Lane (78759)
 
 
8. TED TALKS DISCUSSION GROUP
(PLEASE NOTE: The classroom for this class is up a full set of stairs; there is no elevator.
It is repeated on Thursday P.M. in a downstairs meeting room.)
 
Does a wide range of viewpoints stimulate you? Then TED Talks is for you! With its agenda to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation, TED is a non-profit global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. Devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, audio/visual presentations (20 minutes or less), TED Talks cover a wide variety of topics, from science to business to global issues, a clearinghouse of free knowledge from a range of inspired thinkers and a community of curious individuals willing to engage with ideas and with each other. Participants view 3-4 TED Talks per week outside of class (web access/internet connection required); then gather in class to discuss these ideas. NOTE: TED Talks are not shown in class. In preparation for the first class, participants should view the following three TED Talks. Go to the website (https://www.ted.com/) and search for these presenters and titles: Sal Khan “Let's use video to reinvent education”; Atul Gawande “How do we heal medicine?”; and David Christian “The
history of our world in 18 minutes”. For specific questions, please email the facilitator, Michelle d’Arcy, at tedlliaustin@gmail.com. Limit 20.

Michelle d’Arcy
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Sept. 9
St. Luke United Methodist Church,
Upstairs Classroom 3
1306 West Lynn Street (78703)
 
 
9. T’AI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS—BEGINNING PRACTICE
The first six movements of the form are a gentle, easy-to-learn t’ai chi introduction. This t’ai chi form was designed by a physician for people who are older and have joint problems. Students can expect to enhance balance, build strength and improve coordination. The class consists of warm-ups, t’ai chi practice, and instruction on safe movement. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting
clothing and flexible-soled shoes. Limit 35.
 
 
Linda Gibson
10:30—11:30 A.M. Monday, Starts Sept. 9
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Eaton Hall
3003 Northland Drive (78757)