Fifty and Better

 “Fifty and Better” is designed for members of our community who are 50 years of age and older and want to continue learning – just for the enjoyment and stimulation of pursuing knowledge and social engagement through interactive courses and extracurricular activities. 

 

University level courses -- no exams, and no homework -- the curriculum is designed to address the interests of our local community members.  Summer Session One courses will be offered June 1-June 26 virtually (online) using Zoom.  Students taking Lecture courses will be able to communicate with faculty via the chat function.  Students enrolling in a Seminar course that accompanies a Lecture course will be able to use their cameras and microphones (Seminar courses will be limited to 15 students each.)

 

Class Schedule

Summer 2020 Virtual (Online) Session: June 1- June 26

 

50+ 906 Vocal Trios During the Folk Music Revival with Cary Ginell, M.A.

Mondays, 10am-12pm
Meeting Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22
Online, Zoom platform

Course Description:
When the Kingston Trio recorded their monster hit “Tom Dooley” in 1958, it signaled the beginning of a tradition in the so-called ‘folk music revival.” All over the country, similarly constructed clean-cut trios attempted to duplicate the Kingstons’ success. Each would develop their own distinctive styles, achieving success on the record and touring circuit, until the craze for folk music was derailed by the Beatles and the British Invasion in the mid-1960s. We will look at the most popular and influential of these groups, two of which actually preceded the Kingstons on the recording scene. The groups covered will be the Kingston Trio, The Easy Riders, The Tarriers, The Limeliters, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Journeymen, and The New Lost City Ramblers. In this course, we’ll look at the different ways they adapted traditional material to suit their respective styles. 

Bio: 
Cary Ginell is a Grammy-nominated writer and author of 12 books on American music. After a 30-year career in radio, he has spent the last 20 years as a public speaker, talking about music in classrooms, at conferences, and on cruise ships. Cary brings a lifelong passion for the recording industry to his work and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on his specialty, western swing. Currently, Cary is serving as President of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, an international organization of music scholars and world-renowned institutions. He holds a master’s degree in Folklore from UCLA and a bachelor’s in Radio/TV/Film from Cal State University Northridge.

50+ 907 Suburban Nation: 1800-present with David Parsons, Ph.D.

Mondays & Tuesdays, 1-2pm
Meeting Dates: June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
Online, Zoom platform

Course Description:
The suburbs are ripe spaces in the American cultural imagination, conjuring images of sprawling housing tracts with endless rows of seemingly identical single-family units, "big box" retail stores, giant sport-utility vehicles and, perhaps above all, a stifling cultural homogeneity. In the 21st century, however, the American suburbs emerge as much more complex and diverse spaces than these stereotypical images suggest. In this course, we will consider the history of suburban living in all its dimensions, exploring the ways that race, gender, sexuality, class, politics, labor issues, political expression, and ideas of public space take on particular resonance in suburban contexts. How are suburbs related to other types of social spaces? How do suburbs function in relation to national mythology? What is the future of suburban life?

Bio: 

David Parsons, Ph.D., received his doctorate in History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is a professor and writer whose work focuses on the political, social, and cultural history of 20th century America. He has taught courses in U.S. history at CUNY and New York University, and hosts a long running weekly podcast on history and politics called The Nostalgia Trap. His book “Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era” explores links between the civilian peace movement and the American military
50+ 907A Suburban Nation: 1800-present Seminar with David Parsons, Ph.D.

Wednesdays, 1-2pm 
Meeting Dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24
Online, Zoom platform

CLOSED-- the course is FULLY ENROLLED but if you would like to be added to the waitlist please send an email to fab@callutheran.edu.

Course Description:
Must be enrolled in the Suburban Nation Lecture on Mondays/Tuesdays in order to enroll in the seminar.

Bio:
David Parsons, Ph.D., received his Doctorate in History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is a professor and writer whose work focuses on the political, social, and cultural history of 20th century America. He has taught courses in U.S. history at CUNY and New York University, and hosts a long-running weekly podcast on history and politics called The Nostalgia Trap. His book, Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era, explores links between the civilian peace movement and the American military.

50+ 908 Physics for Poets: Our Place in the Universe with Robert Piccioni, Ph.D.

Mondays & Wednesdays, 3-4pm 
Meeting Dates: June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
Online, Zoom platform

Course Description:
Explore key properties of our universe and the remarkable way in which humanity fits into the grand cosmic scheme. We examine the birth, expansion, size, age, and composition of our universe. We will also inspect the birth, life, and spectacular demise of stars. Finally, we discover the special properties of our universe, of stars, of Earth, and of DNA that enable life. Those who fear physics or are allergic to math are most welcome!

Bio:
B.S. Caltech, Ph.D. Stanford, in High-Energy physics. Research faculty member at Harvard and Stanford.  Principal in 8 high-tech companies. Author of 50+ books. Instructor for 12+ years at Osher Institutes at UCLA and CSUCI, where students voted Robert “Teacher of the Year”.

50+ 909 The Science Behind Pandemics with Paloma Vargas, Ph.D.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10-11am
Meeting Dates: June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
Online, Zoom platform

Course Description:
The Novel Coronavirus has upended life as we know it. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes CoVID-19, spread across the globe and reached pandemic status with a quickness not seen since the 1918 flu pandemic. To better understand how we reach pandemic status for any disease, we must first understand the basics of microbiology and distribution/control of disease. This course will provide a brief overview of microbiology and virus biology including information on the mechanisms used by viruses to adapt in response to the evolutionary pressures faced within the host. The latter part of the course will specifically review the case of CoVID-19 in the U.S.  We will delve into the dynamics that make specific populations more vulnerable to CoVID-19. A background in science is NOT needed for this course. 

Bio:
Dr. Paloma Vargas is an Assistant Professor of Biology and the Director of Hispanic-Serving Institute (HSI) Initiatives at California Lutheran University. Dr. Vargas received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at El Paso after transferring from El Paso Community College. Dr Vargas received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Medical and Molecular Parasitology from New York University where she studied parasitic amoeba. As an IRACDA Postdoctoral Research fellow at Northwestern University she studied the bacterial pathogen, Legionella pneumophila (Lpn). Dr. Vargas now leads her own lab at Cal Lutheran studying infectious diseases and has over 15 years of experience in molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology.  Dr. Vargas has been teaching at the K-20 level for the last 10 years.

50+ 909A The Science Behind Pandemics Seminar with Paloma Vargas, Ph.D. 

Thursdays, 10-11am
Meeting Dates: June 4, 11, 18, 25
Online, Zoom platform

Course Description:
Must be enrolled in the Science Behind Pandemics lecture on Tuesdays/Wednesdays in order to enroll in the seminar. A background in science is NOT needed for this course. 

Bio:
Dr. Paloma Vargas is an Assistant Professor of Biology and the Director of Hispanic-Serving Institute (HSI) Initiatives at California Lutheran University. Dr. Vargas received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at El Paso after transferring from El Paso Community College. Dr Vargas received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Medical and Molecular Parasitology from New York University where she studied parasitic amoeba. As an IRACDA Postdoctoral Research fellow at Northwestern University she studied the bacterial pathogen, Legionella pneumophila (Lpn). Dr. Vargas now leads her own lab at Cal Lutheran studying infectious diseases and has over 15 years of experience in molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology.  Dr. Vargas has been teaching at the K-20 level for the last 10 years.

50+ 910 The Art of the Impressionists with Katherine Zoraster, M.A.

Fridays, 10-12pm
Meeting Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26
Online, Zoom platform

Course Description:
The Impressionists, widely loved and prominently displayed, were actually revolutionaries of their time. In this course, we look at how they rebelled against the standards of the day to emerge as some of the most influential and beloved artists of all time. We explore their style and inspirations as well as look into their intertwined lives, the world in which they lived and painted, and their lasting impact on the next generation of artists.

Bio:
Katherine E. Zoraster is an Art Historian and a Professor of Art History at several local colleges specializing in Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. She graduated with a double major in English Literature and Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following her undergraduate degree, she received a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Art History from the California State University at Northridge.                                                     

In addition to the courses Katherine teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute through UCLA Extension and California State University at Channel Islands, she also works as an Adjunct Professor of Art History at Moorpark College and an Art History Instructor for the full-time program at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts. Katherine also serves as a commissioner for the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission and volunteers at the Burbank Animal Shelter. In her free time Katherine is an avid runner and travels extensively.

50+ 910A The Art of the Impressionists Seminar with Katherine Zoraster, M.A.

Fridays, 1-2pm
Meeting Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26
Online, Zoom platform-- CLOSED

Course Description:
Must be enrolled in the Art of the Impressionists lecture on Fridays in order to enroll in the seminar.

Bio:
Katherine E. Zoraster is an Art Historian and a Professor of Art History at several local colleges specializing in Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. She graduated with a double major in English Literature and Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following her undergraduate degree, she received a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Art History from the California State University at Northridge.                                                     

In addition to the courses Katherine teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute through UCLA Extension and California State University at Channel Islands, she also works as an Adjunct Professor of Art History at Moorpark College and an Art History Instructor for the full-time program at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts. Katherine also serves as a commissioner for the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission and volunteers at the Burbank Animal Shelter. In her free time Katherine is an avid runner and travels extensively.

Future Dates:
  • Summer 2020 Session Two: July 27 -- August 21
  • Fall 2020 Session: September 14 -- October 24 (tentative)
  • Fall 2020 Session Two: TBD 
Registration & Payment

Summer 2020 Virtual (Online) Session Costs

  • $20 per Lecture course (communicate with instructors during lectures using chat function in Zoom)

  • $20 per Seminar course (discussion-based seminar accompanying lecture courses using cameras and microphones in Zoom, enrollment limited to 15 students to provide space for a healthy discussion)

  • Registration opens at 10am on May 14 (Registration closes on May 27).

Registration:

Please click on the button below to submit your registration form online:

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Payment Options:

If you are paying by credit card or check, please choose that option on the registration form and you will be prompted to move to the self-service payment screen. Submit your credit card information or your checking information and your payment will be processed. Once you have entered all of your payment information, please make certain to click submit on the final page. 

Please note that American Express is not accepted.

If you have questions regarding registration or payment, please send an email to fab@callutheran.edu.

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Registration & Payment Deadlines:

For the Summer Session One 2020 Virtual (Online) Session, registration must occur by May 27. Students may register in advance of submitting payment, however, final payment is due by June 5. 

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please feel free to contact us at fab@callutheran.edu. You may also click on the “Contact Us” tab for additional information.  

Class Waitlists:
All waitlisted Seminar courses are monitored by the staff. If space permits, students will be selected for enrollment based on date of recorded waitlist (first come, first serve). Students will be notified if space becomes available. If we do not receive a response, the space will be provided to the next individual on the waitlist. 

Refunds:
If for any reason a Fifty and Better course is cancelled, a full refund will be issued. For the Summer Session One 2020 Virtual (Online) Session, a full refund will also be issued if we receive notification of the student’s personal cancellation by 5pm on June 5.

Contact Us

Contact Information:
Phone: (805) 493-3928
Email: fab@callutheran.edu 

Location: (physical office is currently closed due to Governor's state-wide orders)
For all Fifty and Better programming, please visit us at:
132 Faculty Street, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
https://www.callutheran.edu/map/benson-house 

Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
(We are closed for chapel hour on Thursday from 11:15am-12:15pm)

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