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January St. Petersburg
The Thrill of Flight
January 12-17, 2014 To fly, to soar into the heavens has captivated people since Icarus mythologically put on wings and flew toward the sun. Learn about the many ways flight has impacted our lives and see what’s behind the thrill (a mixture of excitement and fear) that almost everyone experiences the first time they feel the rush of takeoff and look out the window of an airliner at the receding earth below. Return to the beginning of scheduled air travel when in January 1914, the very first airliner flew from St. Petersburg to Tampa. Explore the world’s largest private collection of vintage aircraft. Tour the award-winning Tampa International and a small private airport. Hear pilots and flight experts bring to life the history of aviation and the triumphs of famous aviators and speculate on the future of flight.
Comic Geniuses: Kaye and Fine, Caesar and Coca, Reiner and Brooks
January 12-17, 2014
So much of the humor we enjoy was inspired by some of the 20th century’s comic greats. We’ll recall the genius of three teams who achieved legendary status in movies, Broadway and TV. Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine were born in Brooklyn and attended Thomas Jefferson High, but took very different paths until they met in an off-Broadway show and created a duo act. Learn about them and two other classic comedic troupes in this non-stop laugh riot.
From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart, Everyman of Film, 1950s Musicals
January 19-24, 2014
Political Satire from Mark Twain to Jon Stewart Political satire focuses on the foibles of politicians and allows us to inject humor into what is frequently not very humorous. Through lectures, writings and TV clips, we’ll examine some of the best American political satirists.
Everyman of Film: Lemmon, Eastwood, and Hanks Through their films, these three actors became symbols of the American man at his best. They were pillars of moral courage and defenders of traditional values. Learn about their lives and gain appreciation for the "Everyman" image in their films.
Shall We Dance: Musicals of the 1950s The 1950s brought new sophistication to musical theatre. Strong books heightened with words and music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Lowe, Loesser, Styne, gave new focus to choreography by Robbins and Fosse. Lectures, film clips, live music.Accommodations, dining hall and classrooms all within our Continuing Education Conference Center; short distance between each.
The French Experience
January 26-31, 2014
Bienvenue! Welcome to France — without the travails of international travel. Explore the great French culture through its art, architecture, music, literature and cuisine. Learn about the great age of French cathedrals, the inventiveness of novelists such as Flaubert and Zola, and the stage works of Molière. Survey the wine regions and then take part in a wine tasting session. End the week with an authentic French meal.