Lifelong Learning Courses

Summer 2020, June 8-24

Virtual Lifelong Learning at Wofford College

Register May 14-June 4, 2020

Register here

Introduction to Mind-Body Medicine

John Simmons
Mondays/June 8, 15, 22 at 10 a.m.
Maximum: 20 students

In this brief experience we will explore some of the biological underpinnings of mind-body medicine along with its benefits. There will be several examples by way of experiential exercises. No prior experience is needed.

Simmons is a retired family physician who is certified as a mind-body skills trainer by the Center for Mind Body Medicine. He has taught some 40 classes in meditation and mindfulness. In addition, he shares with those in his classes his own meditation/ mindfulness activity and shows how simple it can be. Simmons has taught classes on health and environment for the Department of Environmental Studies at Wofford for the past 10 years. He chairs the Advisory Committee for Lifelong Learning at Wofford.

Tech Tips and Best Practices for Today's Seniors

Bill Vicary
Mondays/June 8, 15, 22 at 10 a.m.
Maximum: 35 students

Have you ever wanted to know how to become a tech savvy senior? Being connected safely and effectively to family and friends is very important. Come join the fun and learn a few new ideas and tips how to become more “techy.” You will learn about connecting with friends and family, tech scams, saving on your cell and cable bill and “ICE” contact. Please have a smart phone, tablet and/or computer on hand during the class. Vicary will reference these as well as websites and apps that may help you later.

Vicary is an experienced instructor in Lifelong Learning classes. He has taught hundreds of older adults to be more proficient and confident in using technology.

A Matter of Balance

Julie Ward
Mondays/June 8, 15, 22 at 10 a.m.
No class size limit.

This gentle movement course is designed to improve posture and balance, build muscles and increase bone and core strength through exercises that are possible and painless. Exercises may be done sitting down or standing up. Participants of all fitness levels are welcome. Movements can be tailored individually to each learner’s comfort level. Please have a sturdy chair and loose, comfortable clothing along with a pair of sturdy shoes before accessing the class.

Note: Each Monday morning during the three-week term students who register for this class will be sent a link to access Ward’s exercise video, which they will be encouraged to exercise to three times a week. This will not be a live class and students can exercise on their schedule.

Ward has taught fitness classes for adults throughout the Upstate. She has been teaching classes with Lifelong Learning at Wofford for five years.

The French Revolution: Rousseau and the Social Contract

Dennis Wiseman
Mondays/June 8, 15, 22 at 1 p.m.
Maximum: 15 students

“All societies have social contracts explaining what society guarantees for me, what I guarantee for it.”

For these three discussions, we will examine three essays by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (The Discourse on the Arts and Sciences; The Discourse on Inequality; and The Social Contract) so that we may understand what drove the French to throw off monarchy in search of a society more reflective of popular will and desire. We surely will have in mind our own upcoming electoral moment of revolution. Wiseman will provide links to the text editions he will use. He also will direct participants to web resources for visual resources from noted painters, including Watteau, Greuze, Chardin and Fragonard.

Wiseman completed his doctorate in French at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on the cultural origins of the French Revolution of 1789. He was a professor of French at Wofford College and concluded his career as provost.

Pablo Neruda: the Nobel laureate poet who inspired novelists

Ana Maria Wiseman
Tuesdays/June 9, 16, 23 at 10 a.m.
Maximum: 12 students

We will enjoy some of Pablo Neruda’s beautiful poems, explore his fascinating biography and, most importantly, discover how this larger-than-life figure inspired others to write works of fiction about him. Works to be included are “A Long Petal of the Sea” by Isabel Allende, “The Postman” by Antonio Skarmeta, “The Neruda Case” by Roberto Ampuero and the film “Neruda” by Pablo Larrain.

Suggested books for reading: “The Postman” by Antonio Skaremeta ISBN-10: 0393330397 10.99 W. W. Norton and Co.; “The Neruda Case” by Roberto Ampuero, Riverhead Books $10.99; “A Long Petal of the Sea” by Isabel Allende, ISBN-10: 0593172051 $13.99.

Wiseman served as dean of international programs and associate professor of foreign languages at Wofford College. She has taught multiple courses with Lifelong Learning at Wofford and currently teaches at the School of Spanish at Middlebury College

The Visible Effects of the Invisible Virus

Micah Valentine
Tuesdays/June 9, 16, 23 at 10 a.m.
Maximum: 25 students

Living in a world transformed by COVID-19, we will discuss the impact of the virus on our stock market and economy. We will use current data as well as incorporate previous pandemic data to show what is different from the past and what is the same. This course will look at the data from the medical and the economic fields and how they intersect to influence our current reality and what implications this has for us in our personal finances.

Valentine is a native of South Carolina, a graduate of University of Louisville, been a professional financial adviser for eight years, married with three boys, a big Chicago Cubs fan and active in his church.

iPad Basics

Katherine Wakefield
Tuesdays/June 9, 16, 23 at 10 a.m.
Maximum: 10 students

This iPad class is for students who have some knowledge of using an iPad but want to be more knowledgeable and productive using it. Getting to know how to organize apps into groups and on the dock, learning what the iCloud is and how it can help, using Pages and working with other Apple products for using photos in emails. Participants should bring questions for the class to work through.

Wakefield has been in the tech world for 36 years. During that time, she has taught computer skills and provided IT support to many older adults. She also has taught herself coding languages and built websites. When she is not in the tech world, she enjoys kayak fishing.