James Madison University

Session A Course Descriptions

February 3 – March 7

S14A1 Full of Sound and Music, Signifying Healing  

(Note different schedule)
Day/Time:  Mondays, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  
Dates:  February 3, 10, 17
Location: Sunnyside Retirement Community, Highlands Building, Activity Room

Description: This course will provide a brief overview of sound, music, and healing throughout history in different cultures and include documentation from medical abstracts to the application of therapeutic music. (This is not a course about music therapy.)  The instructor, who has been a musician-in-residence at the University of Virginia Hospital, will demonstrate with live harp music the choices of appropriate music for patients.

Suggested reading:  The Healing Power of Sound, by Mitchell Gaynor, M. D.

Instructor:  Virginia Redhead Bethune, Certified Music Practitioner, is a harpist who provides music in performance and entertainment, for worship, and at the bedside.  A longtime pianist and organist, she began playing the harp at age 60.  She has provided therapeutic music at Rockingham Memorial Hospital for six years and is currently developing a Musician-in-Residence position there and at Augusta Health.

S14A2 Observing the Valley Night Sky

Day/Time:  Mondays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Dates:  February 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10  (Note later start date)
Location: John C. Wells Planetarium, Miller Hall, East Grace St., Harrisonburg

Description: Our ancestors were adept at decoding the sky to determine their position on the surface of the planet, to track the passage of time, and to ascertain when winter was approaching. Today, astrophysicists have learned our universe is filled with billions of galaxies, each of which can hold billions of stars. We now know that planets around these stars are common. Is the discovery of life on one of these planets next? Join us at the John C. Wells Planetarium to learn more about these discoveries, as well as how you can use the constellations to find your way around the night sky.

Instructor:  Shanil Virani is director of the state-of-the-art hybrid John C. Wells Planetarium and a faculty member in the JMU Department of Physics and Astronomy.  At Yale, Shanil studied supermassive black holes lurking at the centers of galaxies in the nearby and distant universe.  Shanil also spent over five years as part of the Science/ACIS Operations Team of the Chandra X-ray Observatory.  In 2013 he was appointed a Solar System Ambassador by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to communicate the excitement of its space exploration missions and recent discoveries.

S14A3 Conflict? Who? Me?

Day/Time:  Monday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Dates:  February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3
Location: Eastern Mennonite University Library, Lower Level, JAMAR room, parking pass provided

Description: Anyone who does not have some conflict in life is…not breathing!  Conflict is not only normal; it is also a great catalyst for finding win/win solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.  Every great innovation and social advancement was born out of conflict.  Yet as human beings, we tend either to shy away from or plunge headlong into conflicts and then fail to get the results we want with partners, friends, children or colleagues.  In this course, we will explore the nature of conflicts and root causes; personality styles and how to use yours for creative, life-enhancing outcomes; the role of needs and feelings; deep listening; and the importance of dignity for transforming relationships. This will be an interactive, experiential class that provides real skills to enhance our relationships.

Required materials:  The Friendly Style Profile: A Guide through Calm and Storm, by S. Gilmore and P. Farleigh, approximately $12.00, payable to the instructor at the first class.

Instructor:  Marilyn Raatz is a teacher, trained mediator, and facilitator who focuses on everyday interpersonal peacemaking.  With a background in human relations, she has trained with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Training for Change, Public Conversation Project, and Boston University School of Theology. She is now working on an M.A. at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.

S14A5 Beginning Bridge 

Class Full
(Limited to 12 participants, selected by lottery)
Day/Time:  Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Dates:  February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4
Location: Sunnyside Retirement Community, Highlands Building, Blue Ridge Room
Participants for this class will be chosen by lottery.  Do not enclose payment with registration form.  Payment will be requested at the time of notification.

Description: Come learn the rudiments of bridge: basic point counting and beginning bids, along with simple conventions and responses to those bids.  If you have never played before or if you have not played for a long time and would like a refresher, this course is for you!

Instructor:  Carol Anne Van Duyn is a retired elementary and pre-school teacher who has a lifelong love of bridge.  She has been playing since she was a young adult and would like to help others develop a love for the game.

S14A6 Introduction to Tea Culture 

(Limited to 12 participants, selected by lottery)
Day/Time:  Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Dates:  February 4, 11, 18   (Note different schedule)
Location: Bridgewater Retirement Community, Houff Community Center, Smith Room, Bridgewater
Participants for this class will be chosen by lottery.  Do not enclose payment with registration form.  Payment will be requested at the time of notification.

Description: Join us in experiencing the world’s second most popular drink (after water).  We will explore legends about its discovery and a mystery behind its name. We will taste tea prepared according to the ancient techniques recorded in the eighth-century Chinese book Classics of Tea.  Other topics will include the terroir of tea, the five major types of tea, tea’s characteristics, and its importance to body and mind.  We will learn who was responsible for spreading the custom of tea drinking and sneaking the tea plant out of China.  We will learn what black tea really is and why we mix other flavors with tea.

Instructor:  Olivia Oldaker has been working with tea for the past 15 years: sampling many different teas, researching tea history and origins, and studying the cultural aspects of tea.  Her background in sociology and landscape architecture helped her develop a holistic approach in presenting tea for the audience.  She has taught tea culture for the past three years

S14A7 Greek Archaeology and Dining

Class Full
Day/Time:  Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Dates:  February 4, 11, 18, 2, March 4
Location: National College, Room 201, 1515 Country Club Rd., Harrisonburg

Description: This class will explore some of the major sites of ancient Greece: on the mainland Athens, Corinth, Olympia, and Delphi; in the islands Naxos, Delos, and Santorini. Our exploration will be primarily archaeological, historical, and mythological, although we will also explore some aspects of today’s Greece.  Each session will include a sampling of food that one would likely encounter in Greece. This course seeks to provide an exciting glimpse into an ancient culture of diverse and creative people as it is preserved in modern Greece.

Instructor: Michael L. Allain holds a Ph.D. in Classics from The Ohio State University. He retired from Spotswood High School as a Latin teacher in 2006 and has taught a variety of courses, such as Greek, Latin, history, and literature at JMU since the mid-1980s. He continues to teach a general humanities course on Ancient Greece and Rome in the Department of History at JMU.

S14A8 Environmental Chemistry 

Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
Dates:  February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5
Location: National College, Room 201, 1515 Country Club Rd., Harrisonburg

Description: This class will introduce students to the concepts of the earth’s evolution, biogeochemical cycles, and the development of the earth's atmosphere. The sulfur cycle will serve as an example to demonstrate how overloading a natural system in equilibrium (the pre-industrial sulfur cycle) can result in unanticipated changes (acid rain), and create problems that require solution to maintain the quality of life we currently enjoy. The Montreal Protocol will illustrate how public policy can prevent a potential environmental disaster. The overall goal is for students to gain a better appreciation for the practice of science by understanding how the earth became what it is today and how fragile that balance is.

Instructor:  Richard Foust is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at James Madison University. He teaches environmental chemistry in traditional classroom settings, by satellite television, and as an Internet class. He also maintains an environmental chemistry website (http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~doetqp-p/courses/env440/env440_2/).

S14A9 The Best Books for Children from Pre-K through Middle School

Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  (Note different time)
Dates:  February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5
Location: Blue Ridge Hall, room 333, 601 University Blvd., Harrisonburg

Description: So many children’s books are published each year that choosing the best one for that special young person becomes difficult at best.  This class will focus on books that children will like and books that would make terrific gifts for children.  A list of the best of the year, as well as internet resources, will be provided.  As a group, we will read and discuss one novel: Wonder, by R. J. Palacio (Random House, 2012).

Suggested reading:  Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, Random House, 2012.

Instructor:  Joan Kindig has served on the Caldecott, Newbery, and other award committees for the American Library Association.  She teaches Reading Education and Children’s and Adolescent Literature at JMU.  She has overseen the Virginia Readers’ Choice committee for the Commonwealth of Virginia and is on the editorial board of Capitol Choices, a noted book selection committee.  Its annual list of noteworthy books can be found at www.capitolchoices.org.

S14A10 The Bible: Interpretation Issues

Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Dates:  February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5
Location: Bridgewater Retirement Community, Houff Community Center, Mack B Room, (Smith Room Feb. 19 only), Bridgewater

Description: The area of Biblical studies has undergone revolutionary changes in the past two centuries.  Modern science, literary and historical studies, and archaeology have provided the fuel for these changes.  The course will introduce materials to help readers understand this revolution and to accept or reject it.  Topics will include the Creation Story, the Flood Story, the Kingdoms of David and Solomon, the Prophet Isaiah, Deuteronomistic History, Apocalyptic literature, the Nativity stories, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Resurrection.  Prototype: Joshua – the sun stood still!

Suggested reading:  Is the Bible Correct? And Other Essays, by Robert McFadden. 

Instructor:  LLI member Robert McFadden received advanced degrees from Bethany Theological Seminary and Boston University.  He has participated in National Endowment for the Humanities seminars and taught for 40 years at Juniata College and Bridgewater College.  A member of the Church of the Brethren, he has lived in Bridgewater since 1961.

S14A11 Tai Chi / Yoga Fusion

Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Dates:  February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5
Location: RMH Wellness Center, 2500 Wellness Dr., Harrisonburg

Description: Tai Chi and Yoga are both based on ancient forms of martial arts.  While different in practice, they share the same outcome of diversity of movement, and harmony between mind and body.  This class will be primarily a movement class focusing on breath, posture, balance, strength, and coordination.  Tai Chi/Yoga fusion is for all levels and backgrounds and is also being offered in B & C sessions. 

Instructor:  Gwynn Harrison earned a M.S. Degree in Physical Education from West Virginia University and has been a college swimming coach.  For the past nine years Gwynn has been a group fitness instructor at the RMH Wellness Center.

S14A12 Understanding Generational Differences

Day/Time:  Thursdays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Dates:  February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6
Location: National College, Room 201, 1515 Country Club Rd., Harrisonburg

Description: Are you sometimes perplexed by the attitudes and behavior of people - including family members - from other generations?  Generational theory was originally offered as a model for describing cycles in American history, but it also has implications for explaining why interactions between members of differing generations are often difficult.  We will discuss the four basic generational types and their current manifestations.  Then we will explore the applications of this theory to improving communication and mutual respect across generational boundaries.

Suggested reading:  Generations: The History of America’s Future, by William Strauss and Neil Howe.

InstructorEd Piper recently retired after 16 years as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waynesboro.  Prior to that, he was Dean of Academic Services at Mary Washington College and Professor of Psychology at West Virginia Wesleyan College.  He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and religion from the University of Chicago.

S14A13 Carl Jung: Prophet or Heretic? 

Day/Time:  Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Dates:  February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6
Location: National College, Room 201, 1515 Country Club Rd., Harrisonburg

Description: This course provides an opportunity to identify and explore primary concepts of Carl Jung and how they are relevant to us today.  Among those analytic ideas will be the structure of the psyche, the collective unconscious, complexes, archetypes, anima and animus, individuation and neurosis, and typology.  We will seek to understand each of these concepts so class members can decide whether they believe Carl Jung was a prophet or a heretic.

Suggested reading:  Jungian Psychology Unplugged: My Life as an Elephant, by Daryl Sharp, Inner City Books.  Digesting Jung: Food for the Journey, by Daryl Sharp, Inner City Books.  Memories, Dreams, Reflections, ed. by Aniela Jaffe, Random House or Vintage Books.

Instructor:  Pamela Beverage, Ed.D., LPC, has completed several years of post-doctoral studies in Jungian psychology.  Currently she is an analytic candidate at the Centre for Research and Study in Depth Psychology According to C. G. Jung and Marie Louise VonFranz in Switzerland.  She has facilitated group discussions for more than 35 years.

S14NHB   New Horizons Concert Band

Day/Time:  Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Dates:  January 16 – May 1, excluding March 13
Location:  TBD, JMU Campus
Cost:  $130 for the entire 15 weeks or pro-rated per semester

DescriptionNew Horizons Music programs provide entry points to music-making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who have been inactive for a long time.  Small group instruction and practice allow members to develop or redevelop their skills and to play band arrangements.  The cost of instruments varies and rent-to-own programs are available at stores around town.  The New Horizons concept of making music provides a non-intimidating environment for you to begin or to resume playing an instrument.  It offers you the chance to play the instrument you have always dreamed about and to progress at your own rate.  You can even practice with the band for a couple of weeks free before you commit!

Instructor:  Will Dabback holds degrees in music education from West Chester University and the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music (M.M., 2000, Ph.D. 2007).  He served as an instructor and conductor of the New Horizons program at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, which was the first such program in the country.  He currently teaches at JMU.

S14A14 Money Matters - Exploring Personal Investments

Day/Time:  Fridays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Dates:  February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7
Location: National College, Room 201, 1515 Country Club Rd., Harrisonburg

Description: This seminar covers topics of concern to investors as they journey from their professional to their post-retirement lives. “Focus on Retirement” surveys the changing financial landscape so investors can determine what factors will impact retirement income needs. “Living Your Way” guides investors in creating a retirement income game plan that incorporates sound investment strategies. “Fixed Income Investing” explains varied investment options while “Securing a Legacy” addresses estate issues such as personal trusts, retirement plan distributions and insurance policies.  “Women and Wealth” explores the importance of financial planning for women in terms of cash management/savings, asset allocation, and portfolio rebalancing. This class is solely informational and does not represent financial advice.

InstructorA former university instructor and non-profit coordinator, Alysia Davis became interested in financial markets due to her undergraduate major in economics.  These and later studies provided insight into analyses of women’s financial success during her master’s program in Public Policy at the University of Rochester and her doctoral studies in Women’s and Gender Studies at Emory University. 

S14A15 Basic Italian for the Traveler

Class Full
Day/Time:  Fridays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Dates:  February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7
Location: National College, Room 206, 1515 Country Club Rd., Harrisonburg

Description: This course introduces the fundamental elements of the Italian language within a cultural context. Emphasis is on the development of basic speaking and listening skills by using simple exchanges common in daily life. Upon completion, students should be able to ask and answer simple questions useful in traveling, such as those pertinent at a restaurant, museum, or train station.

InstructorGian Frongia obtained his degree in Italian Language and Culture from Universita di Pisa. For many years he taught Italian in Mexico at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of the Italian Embassy and at Universidad La Salle. He has taught at JMU since 2008 and is currently a graduate student pursuing an M. A. in Education at Eastern Mennonite University.

S14A16   Gandhi & Nonviolence

Day/Time: Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Dates:  February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7
Location: National College, Room 201, 1515 Country Club Rd., Harrisonburg

Description: This course will focus on Mahatma Gandhi’s life, including what and who influenced Gandhi’s commitment to nonviolence and how he developed his concept of active nonviolence. It will explore civil disobedience and its importance to Gandhian principles as well as Gandhi's influence on contemporary leaders and social movements. Each class will provide opportunity for group discussion of the Gandhian phenomenon.

Suggested reading:  Gandhi, An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, by Mohandas K. Gandhi, Beacon Press.

Instructor:  Gary Race brings a lifelong personal and professional commitment to nonviolent approaches to social justice to his role as the director of JMU’s Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence.  A number of other qualified speakers will join Gary in teaching this course.