• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-04-2022 to 10-04-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 08:30 AM-11:30 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Lisa Alzo, MFA nonfiction writing, author and genealogist
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    Ever wonder where you’ve come from or why certain traditions have remained in your family through the years? Each of us has a story to tell, a rich past to explore. Don’t know where to begin? Then this is the course for you! We'll cover the basics of how to investigate your family’s history using both traditional research methods and the Internet... read more
    Ever wonder where you’ve come from or why certain traditions have remained in your family through the years? Each of us has a story to tell, a rich past to explore. Don’t know where to begin? Then this is the course for you! We'll cover the basics of how to investigate your family’s history using both traditional research methods and the Internet including • Where to begin and what records are the most useful in genealogical research • What information can be uncovered in unusual places or sources • How to put together a family tree and DNA testing to begin your search • Online resources you can use to get started
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-04-2022 to 10-04-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 12:00 PM-03:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Lisa Alzo, MFA nonfiction writing, author and genealogist
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    When researching family history, we often uncover so much information that our research produces nothing but boring lists. This course will demonstrate how to bring your family tree to life by placing family stories in historical context. You will learn: how to bring your family tree to life by placing your own family stories in historical context, how to... read more
    When researching family history, we often uncover so much information that our research produces nothing but boring lists. This course will demonstrate how to bring your family tree to life by placing family stories in historical context. You will learn: how to bring your family tree to life by placing your own family stories in historical context, how to organize material and break down your writing tasks into small manageable pieces, effective ways to illustrate where your family fits in with local, national and world history.
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  • Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 10-12-2022 to 10-19-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 01:00 PM-03:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Kaye Lindauer, MS, MLS, MDIV, former instructor, Syracuse University, workshop leader, Special Studies faculty, Chautauqua Institution
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    While reflecting on the myth of Echo and Narcissus, the cause of narcissism will be explored. A deeper understanding of oneself, others, and this cultural phenomena will be gained through references to Jungian... read more
    While reflecting on the myth of Echo and Narcissus, the cause of narcissism will be explored. A deeper understanding of oneself, others, and this cultural phenomena will be gained through references to Jungian psychology.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-13-2022 to 10-13-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Laura Nicholls, retired art educator
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    Unless we have been fortunate enough to have visited this world renowned center of art, fashion, food and culture, we need to rely on looking at photographs, watching films and dreaming! Paris has been fully documented since the advent of photography–and there are three photographers that stand out in these glorious representations of life in this city of... read more
    Unless we have been fortunate enough to have visited this world renowned center of art, fashion, food and culture, we need to rely on looking at photographs, watching films and dreaming! Paris has been fully documented since the advent of photography–and there are three photographers that stand out in these glorious representations of life in this city of love, culture and light. Eugčne Atget (1857-1927). Beginning with the advent of the printed photographic image, Atget was a pioneer of documentary photography, recording Parisian architecture, as well as street scenes before their disappearance due to modernization. Robert Doisneau (1912-1994) photographed Parisian streets, as well as their residents, in a playful manner, often mingling social classes within contemporary settings and cafes. He also created images that recognized Parisian ‘young love.’ Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 - 2004) Long interested in Modern as well as Renaissance art, Cartier-Bresson was considered a master of candid photography, capturing intimate and decisive moments. Join us as we take a delightful sojourn along. the streets of Paris looking through the eyes, and lenses, of three masterful French photographers.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-13-2022 to 10-13-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:00 PM-02:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Lisa McCall, certified reiki practitioner, certified angel card reader, and trained certified spiritual Intuitive
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    Discover the power of flowers and crystals. Flowers and crystals as well as many herbs have natural healing aspects. Learn about some of the remedies they were and still are being used for. We'll also review some recipes that you can make at... read more
    Discover the power of flowers and crystals. Flowers and crystals as well as many herbs have natural healing aspects. Learn about some of the remedies they were and still are being used for. We'll also review some recipes that you can make at home.
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  • Sessions: 3
    Class Date(s): 10-18-2022 to 11-01-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Donald Bridy
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    Sherlock Holmes represents a worldwide phenomenon in more than 70 languages and is described by Guinness as the most portrayed human character in film and TV history. What were the major influences on the stories? Victorian society, Scotland Yard, early detective fiction? Was there a real life model for Holmes? Conan Doyle’s professor Dr. Joseph Bell?... read more
    Sherlock Holmes represents a worldwide phenomenon in more than 70 languages and is described by Guinness as the most portrayed human character in film and TV history. What were the major influences on the stories? Victorian society, Scotland Yard, early detective fiction? Was there a real life model for Holmes? Conan Doyle’s professor Dr. Joseph Bell? Doyle himself? What are major incarnations of Holmes in stage/movies/TV, science fiction, children’s cartoons, even wartime propaganda? What are Sherlockian societies? Class will include vintage illustrations, video clips and cartoons; and discussion of a selected story. The goal is a better understanding and appreciation of this phenomenon.
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  • Sessions: 5
    Class Date(s): 10-19-2022 to 11-16-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Charles Coon, MA, retired social studies teacher; adjunct professor of history Onondaga Community College and SUNY Cortland
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    Abolition of slavery in the Americas is a large, complicated, and long story (as history tends to be) and these four sessions will be an overview of various elements of abolition that make up that story. This course will look at abolition in the United States, the Caribbean Islands, and Brazil. Rebellion and resistance on the part of the slaves themselves... read more
    Abolition of slavery in the Americas is a large, complicated, and long story (as history tends to be) and these four sessions will be an overview of various elements of abolition that make up that story. This course will look at abolition in the United States, the Caribbean Islands, and Brazil. Rebellion and resistance on the part of the slaves themselves led the abolition movement from the institution's earliest days. Tragically, with the singular exception of the Haitian Rebellion in the late 1700s, most ended in devastating failure. Fleeing slavery was an important part of the movement too, with Maroon colonies creating refuges for runaway slaves. In the 18th and the 19th centuries abolitionists – black and white – actively fought the abolition battle throughout the Americas and in Europe. By the mid-1800s it had become an archaic institution, but there were millions of whites who failed to recognize that fact.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-24-2022 to 10-24-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 12:30 PM-02:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Grant Reeher, Professor of Political Science, and Director, Campbell Public Affairs Institute, Syracuse University
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    This session offers a wide-ranging discussion of the political and cultural conditions currently surrounding guns in America. It is organized around some uncomfortable and underappreciated truths and the debunking of some commonly held myths about both guns and crime. The presenter will also examine the political challenges involved in addressing this... read more
    This session offers a wide-ranging discussion of the political and cultural conditions currently surrounding guns in America. It is organized around some uncomfortable and underappreciated truths and the debunking of some commonly held myths about both guns and crime. The presenter will also examine the political challenges involved in addressing this issue. Time will be reserved for questions from participants.
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  • Sessions: 4
    Class Date(s): 10-25-2022 to 11-15-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 02:00 PM-04:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Tom Henry, M.S.
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    We will continue our look into the lives and times of the remarkable group of women who became First Lady of the US. As we approach more modern times, the visibility and public role of the First Lady would become much more part of the expectation of this very important unelected position. All of them would have their own way of filling the new and... read more
    We will continue our look into the lives and times of the remarkable group of women who became First Lady of the US. As we approach more modern times, the visibility and public role of the First Lady would become much more part of the expectation of this very important unelected position. All of them would have their own way of filling the new and developing role. Let's have some fun as we learn more about these fascinating women.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 11-02-2022 to 11-02-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 02:00 PM-04:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Tom Henry, M.S.
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 11-09-2022 to 11-09-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: National Parks Conservation Association Staff
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    Ken Burns called our National Parks “America’s Best Idea,” and they have become more popular than ever over the past few years. Our guests will provide a general overview of these national treasures, explain the NPCA’s advocacy mission, then discuss more recent challenges and successes in protecting, preserving and enhancing the National Parks... read more
    Ken Burns called our National Parks “America’s Best Idea,” and they have become more popular than ever over the past few years. Our guests will provide a general overview of these national treasures, explain the NPCA’s advocacy mission, then discuss more recent challenges and successes in protecting, preserving and enhancing the National Parks System. Get an inside view of what goes on behind the scenes as well as what you can do to support the natural, cultural, and historic resources the parks aim to safeguard for future generations.
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  • Sessions: 4
    Class Date(s): 11-21-2022 to 12-12-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 02:00 PM-04:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Tom Henry, M.S.
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    The transition into the 20th Century saw tremendous economic, social and cultural changes in the country and in the Presidency. The President would become a critical international figure, economic leader, and rallying point for dramatic reforms in the nation. We will continue to examine how the office of the Chief Executive and the men in it tried to adjust... read more
    The transition into the 20th Century saw tremendous economic, social and cultural changes in the country and in the Presidency. The President would become a critical international figure, economic leader, and rallying point for dramatic reforms in the nation. We will continue to examine how the office of the Chief Executive and the men in it tried to adjust their leadership role in the new times. There is no need to have been in previous sessions to enjoy this one. Join us as we continue this fascinating and fun journey!
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 11-30-2022 to 11-30-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 02:00 PM-04:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Tom Henry, M.S.
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    Karl and Tom continue their annual adventures, this time heading to the unique environment of the Channel Islands, the stunning California coast and Pinnacles National Park, one of our newest and least known Parks. We will also spend some time in the Santa Fe region just for fun. Come along for pictures, stories and another good... read more
    Karl and Tom continue their annual adventures, this time heading to the unique environment of the Channel Islands, the stunning California coast and Pinnacles National Park, one of our newest and least known Parks. We will also spend some time in the Santa Fe region just for fun. Come along for pictures, stories and another good time!
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  • Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 12-01-2022 to 12-08-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:00 PM-02:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Stuart Spiegel
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    Join us for the 7th year of this course, a review of environmental issues of importance during 2022. Among the topics will be the Supreme Court’s decision impacting the regulation of CO2 emissions at coal-fired plants, the Clean Water Act’s 50th Anniversary, the drought in the American West, and its effect on water resources, ongoing climate change... read more
    Join us for the 7th year of this course, a review of environmental issues of importance during 2022. Among the topics will be the Supreme Court’s decision impacting the regulation of CO2 emissions at coal-fired plants, the Clean Water Act’s 50th Anniversary, the drought in the American West, and its effect on water resources, ongoing climate change activities, and other topics. Events which may occur before the course date may impact the direction of the course, which will consist of two sessions.
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  • Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 12-02-2022 to 12-09-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 12:00 PM-02:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Kaye Lindauer, MS, MLS, MDIV, former instructor, Syracuse University, workshop leader, Special Studies faculty, Chautauqua Institution
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    The gods and goddesses of Crete along with the Minoan culture say much about the human imagination. Images will accompany commentary on the myths, ancient religious beliefs and cultural practices. This is an island that created much of Greek culture and our western... read more
    The gods and goddesses of Crete along with the Minoan culture say much about the human imagination. Images will accompany commentary on the myths, ancient religious beliefs and cultural practices. This is an island that created much of Greek culture and our western heritage.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 12-15-2022 to 12-15-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Laura Nicholls, retired art educator
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    In 1900 a 20-year-old Pablo Picasso came to Paris, the avant-garde art center of Europe. There he was surrounded by exciting artistic developments and began to break away from his traditional classic artistic training learned in his native Spain. Picasso’s ‘Blue Period’ is the period between 1901 and 1904, when he painted essentially monochromatic... read more
    In 1900 a 20-year-old Pablo Picasso came to Paris, the avant-garde art center of Europe. There he was surrounded by exciting artistic developments and began to break away from his traditional classic artistic training learned in his native Spain. Picasso’s ‘Blue Period’ is the period between 1901 and 1904, when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green. These somber works were created at a time when Picasso had no fixed studio and little artistic success. His paintings, therefore reflected personal experiences of poverty and instability–depicting beggars, street urchins, the old and frail, and the blind. Join us as we explore this earliest period of Pablo Picasso’s creative journey, as well as the influences and cultural, emotional and artistic experiences that led to his choices of color.
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