2017-05-18 / Arts & Entertainment News

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda.

Rogues, Rebels & Roughriders
1-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24
Fee: $18
Instructor: Dr. Ronald C. Suciu

The opening decade of the last century turned a page in American history. The acquisition of the Hawaiian Islands, the Spanish American War, the Boxer Rebellion and the Philippine insurrection initiated a new role for the United States, a two-ocean world power. The story behind the events leading to military involvement, colonization, subjugation and the Panama Canal was fueled by industrialization and a philosophy infused with a notion of Manifest Destiny. The actors included missionaries, pirates, painters and presidents. The stage is cluttered with sunken ships, cowboys, a deposed queen, a doomed dynasty and a new national identity. The third session, on May 24, will be held at the Military Heritage Museum at Fisherman’s Village.

• May 24 – An Asian colony, a bloody bar, an ego trip to WWI and a path to World War II.

Medical Qigong: Enhancing
our Health and Vitality
10 a.m.-noon
Choose from May 25, June 13,
or July 20
Fee: $20
Instructor: Annette Franks

Qigong is often referred to as “Meditation in Motion.” This class focuses on Vitality Enhancement Methods and Integral Qigong Practices that are designed to increase joy, improve physical balance and heart health, increase immune function and improve our health, mental focus and energy. Wear comfortable clothes for ease of motion. No prior Qigong experience is necessary. It’s educational also and an excellent way to be proactive in our own healthcare and optimized healthy longevity.

Old Movies – New Relevance
1-3 p.m.
Thursday, May 25, June 1, 8 and 15
Fee: $17 for the four film series
or $5 per film
Moderator: Sandy Price

The unprecedented political climate in America isn’t new to Hollywood. Four films made between 1974 and 1981 look at previously unthinkable events or situations that lead to new norms. From misplaced idealism in “Reds” to conspiracy theories proven true in “The Parallax View,” from high government malfeasance in “All the President’s Men” to rogue CIA plots in “Three Days of the Condor,” directors and screenwriters have anticipated many events now unfolding. See the movies and then join the discussion about their relevance decades after their release.

• Thursday, May 25, “Reds”
• Thursday, June 1, “The Parallax View”
• Thursday, June 8, “All the
President’s Men”
• Thursday, June 15, “Three Days of

the Condor”

Make Your Story Last Forever
1- 2:30 p.m.
Monday, June 5
Fee: $18
Instructor: James Abraham

Your story or novel is your life. Share your life with people who matter — your children, your grandkids, your siblings, former co-workers, service comrades and your school friends. Your story is an inspiration to your descendants and a reflection of your generation. Learn some tips to produce a memoir of who you are and to find your writing voice.

Getting the Most Out of Your Brain
10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 6
Fee: $18
Instructor: Cindi Ryerson

This lecture will help you learn about your brain and what you can do to help your memory. Learn about the four pillars of brain maintenance and how you can unlock the secrets to successful aging. Practice some memory strategies that can work for you. Experience a sampling of unique brain activities.

Digital Photography Exposed I
9-11 a.m.
Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21 and 28
Fee: $65
Instructor: Spencer Pullen

Anyone with a digital camera is welcome in this course where participants will learn the fundamentals of photography

— ISO, aperture, shutter speed — and how they work together to create an image; the equipment available to help photographers in diverse situations; and explore the facilitator’s recommendations for buying or upgrading cameras and accessories. Using a DSLR camera, he will demonstrate techniques. The class will make two field trips to capture images, which will be shared and discussed in class following the first location shoot. An optional workbook is available for $20, payable to the instructor.

Temples, Tombs and
Hieroglyphics: Ancient Egypt,
the Old Kingdom
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 8
Fee: Non-members, $45,
including a catered lunch;
members, $10 lunch fee
Instructor: Dr. Steven Derfler

The Old Kingdom of Egypt (III-VI Dynasties, 2700-2300 B.C.E.) saw the rise in monumental funerary architecture; designed as tributes to the deceased. This class traces the development of pyramid technology from Saqqara to Meidum to Giza. The greatness of Ancient Egypt finds its roots in the Age of the Pyramids. Explore some of humankind’s greatest architectural achievements that are more than 4,000 years old. Join us to discover temples, tombs and hieroglyphics.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are held in the FGCU facility at Herald Court Centre, 117 Herald Court in downtown Punta Gorda. Parking is free in the adjacent parking garage. To register, call 505- 0130 or visit https://registerra.fgcu.edu. ¦

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