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Fall 2011 Charlotte County Adult Lectures & Short Courses At Herald Court Centre 117 Herald Court, Suite 211 Punta Gorda, FL 33950 941-505-0130

The Renaissance Academy Of Florida Gulf Coast University 117 Herald Court, Suite 211 Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Register Online: Website: Email: Phone (941) 505-0130 John J. Guerra Interim Executive Director, Continuing Education and The Renaissance Academy

Nancy Staub Program Assistant

Richard A. Ramos Student Advising Assistant

John Van Hook, Jr. Program Coordinator

HOW TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES! ONLINE – Use a credit card to safely and securely register online at or BY PHONE – Use a credit card to register by calling: (941) 505-0130 BY MAIL – See address below: Florida Gulf Coast University Herald Court Centre 117 Herald Court, Suite 211 Punta Gorda, FL. 33950 Come visit us and register for class in person! The Renaissance Academy is the University’s and region’s premier lifelong learning program for adults, seniors and retirees. It is based on the premise that learning should never cease, that keeping the mind intellectually, creatively and culturally active fundamentally enriches and invigorates lives. There are no exams or grades, just learning for the joy of learning with friends and neighbors.

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DIRECTIONS: From the South:

From the North:

1. Take I-75 N toward Tampa 2. Take the US-17 S exit, Exit 164 toward Punta Gorda, FL 0.4 mi. 3. Turn left onto US-17 S/Duncan Rd. Continue to follow US-17S. 2.3 mi. 4. Turn left onto Taylor Road/ CR-765A. 0.0 mi. 5. Turn left onto Herald Ct. 6. 117 Herald Ct. is on the right. or 1. Take US-41 N toward Tampa 2. Turn left at Herald Ct 3. Destination will be on the left

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I-75S to toward Naples Take exit 164 (Punta Gorda/Arcadia) .23 mi. Turn left on Duncan Rd. (US-17 S) .79 mi. Continue on US-17 S 1.32 mi. Turn Left on Taylor Rd. (CR-765A) 249 ft. Turn Left on Herald Ct 367 ft. Arrive at 117 Herald Ct., Punta Gorda, on the right. Take US-41 S toward Naples Turn left at W Olympia Ave Take the 2nd left onto Taylor St Take the 1st right onto Herald Ct

CONFIRMATION POLICY: Except for Special Programs (course numbers which begin with “SP”) and limited enrollment courses (as specified herein), please consider yourself confirmed for all courses for which you register. You will receive confirmation for all “SP” and limited enrollment courses. Early enrollment is strongly recommended for such courses as they tend to fill quickly. All Renaissance Academy courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. CANCELLATION POLICY: If a class is canceled, you will be notified by phone and issued a full refund within 30 business days. If you wish to withdraw from a class, please notify the Renaissance Academy at 941-505-0130 no later than 5:00 pm three (3) business days prior to the first session of the class in order to receive a refund. Individuals who cancel after the start of the class will not receive a refund. Unless otherwise stated, a fourteen (14) business day notice is required for refunds on all special programs (SP). DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: Most Renaissance Academy locations are handicapped-accessible. Please call the Academy’s office before the start of your first class if you require additional information on handicapped-accessible parking or wheel chair-accessible restrooms and classrooms. PARKING at Herald Court Centre is FREE and located in the adjacent easily accessible, lighted parking garage. The views, analyses, findings and opinions expressed by Renaissance Academy instructors are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the Renaissance Academy or Florida Gulf Coast University. In all of its operations, including admissions, employment, and access to its programs and services, Florida Gulf Coast University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, creed, national origin, disability, marital status, disabled veteran status or age.

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Success Camp for Writers Course #


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September 15, 22, 29; Thursday 1 – 2:30 p.m. 6 $60 October 6, 2011 Trying to finish your book, poetry or memoirs? Why not get help from an expert in a cooperative, nurturing environment? James Abraham, literary critic, book editor and publisher, will lead a four-week writing group toward completion of the participants' works. All group members will have an opportunity to read from their work and enjoy suggestions from other writers in a collegial and fun setting designed to facilitate constructive and meaningful feedback.  September 15, 2011 – Character Development and Story Focus  September 22, 2011 – Plot Development, Pacing, and Rhythm  September 29, 2011 – Environment, Dialogue, and Meaning  October 6, 2011 – Point of View, Perspective, and Proportion Instructor: Mr. James Abraham – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

Be a Better Digital Photographer Course #


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October 3, 10, 17, 24, Monday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 12 $120 31; November 7, 2011 Home computers and digital cameras revolutionized how professional and amateur photographers capture, process and share images. Participants will learn to use these tools to become better digital photographers; how digital cameras work; the proper way to use them; how to choose a digital camera for purchase; the variances of natural and artificial lighting; and the elements of good composition. Course Requirements: Neither a digital nor film camera is necessary to participate in this course. However, participants are encouraged to bring either style of camera, if they own one. Instructor: Mr. Chuck Crafton – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

East Coast Swing Course #


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October 4, 11, 18, 25; Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m. 6 $60 November 1, 8, 2011 Swing is a group of dances generally developed concurrently with the evolution of jazz music, although certain forms of Swing predate the jazz movement. While a partner is unnecessary for class instruction, couples typically dance East Coast Swing. Depending upon the tempo of the music, couples can dance at either a moderate or a fast pace. The instructor will teach a variety of patterns so students can ―do‖ the Swing at a variety of tempos. The Swing is fun to dance either in a ballroom setting or at a nightclub, as it does not use a lot of room on the dance floor. Swing is fun to dance and is very popular again. Course Requirements: Students should wear comfortable shoes. No sneakers or flip-flops, please. Instructor: Ms. Ann Lamberti – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

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Medicare Made Simple Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0198 October 4, 2011 Tuesday 10 - 11:30 a.m. 1.5 $15 For the layperson, sorting out the Parts and Plans available through Medicare to create a personalized plan is a daunting task. First-time enrollees approaching 65 and existing beneficiaries seeking to change plans during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (October 15, 2011 through December 7, 2011) will benefit by attending this lecture. Learn the 10 most important Medicare concepts, the differences between the Parts and Plans, and factors to consider in making the best choices for your situation. Instructor: Mr. Ralph Temple – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Course # HC0188

Dates October 5, 12, 14, 2011

Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee Wednesday & 9 – 11 a.m. 6 $60 Friday Originally titled The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s work is now known simply as Julius Caesar. Based on true events in Roman history and one of several plays drawing on ancient Rome written by Shakespeare, the play portrays the 44 BC conspiracy to assassinate Caesar. However, Caesar is not the play’s central character. Rather, the principle assassin and the leader of the conspiracy, Marcus Brutus, is the play’s protagonist. Dr. Robert Willis, will lead a discussion of Brutus’ role and the play’s central psychological drama and the conflict between the demands of honor, patriotism, and friendship. Course Materials: Participants should visit to access, read, and print, for use in class, the Wikipedia entry, Julius Caesar (play). To read the full text, visit for an ―act by act‖ version of Shakespeare’s play. Instructor: Robert J. Willis, Ph.D. – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

Ballroom Dance: Cuban Cha-Cha-Cha Course # HC0204

Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee October 6, 13, 20, 27; Thursday 2 – 3:30 p.m. 9 $90 November 3, 10, 2011 Course Description: Come and join us in dancing the Cuban Cha-Cha-Cha. You will learn the beginning steps in the ballroom version of this energetic dance, known for its steady beat, a dance that is both fun to do, and sensual. No experience is necessary and singles are allowed. Just bring a smile and a comfortable pair of dancing shoes. See you on the dance floor. Instructor: John La Coste. Ph.D. – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

FOUR STEPS TO LIVING LIFE WITH PURPOSE AND DIGNITY Course # Dates Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0194 October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011 Thursday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 8 $45 Learning the basics of palliative and end of life care before the need arises will allow the patient and loved ones to focus on maximizing quality of life during a difficult period. In this four-session symposium, experts from Tidewell and the community will provide you and your family members with

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the information needed to make informed decisions should the need arise. Each session will include a question and answer period at the end of the presentation and lunch for all participants.  October 6, 2011 o Topic 1 Facing Death: 30 minutes; Topic 2 Medical Concerns: 30 minutes  October 13, 2011 o Topic 1 Legal & Practical Concerns: 30 minutes; Topic 2 Understanding Medical Directives: 30 minutes  October 20, 2011 – Exploring Hospice: 60 minutes  October 27, 2011 o Topic 1 Final Arrangements: 30 minutes; Topic 2 Grief and Loss: 30 minutes Instructor: Varies with session and topic.

The 5 Excellencies: Our Body/Mind Connection Course # HC0213

Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee October 12, 19, 26; Wednesday 10 – 11:30 a.m. 9 $90 November 2, 9, 16, 2011 Know yourself in an entirely new way as you explore and recreate your interior landscape through writing calligraphy, poetry, drawing/painting, tai chi and the healing arts. The Man of the 5 Excellencies, Cheng Man-Ch’ing, wrote ―It is the joy of continuous growth, of helping to develop in ourselves and others the talents and abilities with which we were born‖. Each class will begin with a short Tai Chi session with Sharon Fultz. Please wear comfortable clothes.  October 12 – ―Writing with Pizzaz‖: Be inspired to understand easy to remember principles for writing quickly, and concisely with Gordon Bower, a freelance photo journalist.  October 19 –"Seeing as an Artist Sees" and learning to express yourself in a language different from the written language //is//will be the topic addressed by Charles Peck, a local artist and mural painter.  October 26 – ―The Art of Beautiful Handwriting‖: Explore the ancient craft of calligraphy. Using hands-on exercises, experience the transformation of line, shape and space into an art form, with retired educator, Elinor Thompson.  November 2 – ―Simple Rhythms‖: Singing, songwriting, guitar playing attorney Michael Haymans will entertain and educate using a combination of poetry, words, and music  November 9 – ―In Perfect Balance‖: Sandy Pond, a local artist, potter, and licensed massage therapist will guide us through a session to deepen the awareness of our Energetic self using Polarity Therapy.  November 16 – ―Meditation in Motion‖: We will tie it all together with the movement of Tai Chi. The understanding of tai chi as meditation in motion. The chi gong which is standing meditation. The Wu chi which is the stillness before the movement begins. Sharon Fultz, Tai Chi practitioner and instructor since 1995 leads us to reweaving the tapestry of our interior landscape Course Materials: You will need a 16x20 inch sketch pad, an ebony pencil, a kneaded eraser, a looseleaf journal, and a felt tip pen with a calligraphic point. John's Pennywise Books at Burnt Store Plaza will offer participants a 10% discount. Simply mention this course. Facilitator: Ms. Sharon Fultz instructor biographies begin on page 12.

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Florida During the “Age of Discovery” Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0201 October 13, 2011 Thursday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 2 $20 Beginning in April 1513 and continuing until the 1550s, a succession of conquistadores explored, claimed, and settled La Florida for the Spanish Empire. The most famous of those conquistadores were Juan Ponce de Leon, Pamphilo de Narvaez, and Hernando de Soto. Those conquistadores led expeditions that hacked their way through the dense woods and swampy marshlands of La Florida. Leading Spanish armies wearing steel armor, equipped with powerful firearms, and supported by fierce war dogs, they subjugated the ferocious natives then inhabiting today’s Florida. Listen and engage in the discussion as instructor Winifred Roberts recounts the lives, commissions, and journey of each of these brave explorers. Instructor: Ms. Winifred Roberts – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

Massage Therapy: It Feels Good and is Good for You Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0185 October 18, 2011 Tuesday 10 – 11:30 a.m. 1.5 $15 In 460 B.C.E., Hippocrates the Greek physician and the ―father of Western medicine,‖ wrote of therapeutic massage, "The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing." Today, as a part of mainstream medicine, the health benefits of massage therapy have been proven by scientific research and clinical practice. Beginning with a discussion of human anatomy and physiology relevant to massage therapy, the seminar will progress to a live demonstration of massage therapy techniques. Together, the two elements of the seminar promote an increased understanding of the mechanical, physiological, and reflex effects of massage therapy and the role it can play in wellness. Instructor: Ms. Betty Bruer – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

It’s Your Turf Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0205 October 25, 2011 Tuesday 10 – 11:30 a.m. 1.5 $15 Turf is a word used to identify an area of grass maintained for recreational or decorative purposes. This class discusses the different turf grasses that grow in Southwest Florida, and how to properly care for and manage them. In addition, the class covers insect and disease problems associated with turf grasses. Instructor: Mr. Ralph Mitchell – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

The JFK Assassination: Who, Why, and How? Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0192 October 26, 2011 Wednesday 10-11:30 a.m. 1.5 $15 This course explores the events surrounding the November 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in their historical context seeking to answer ―Who, Why, and How.‖ With instructor Jack Rabito leading the discussion, participants will examine the question of, who wanted JFK dead. To aid in the discussion, Mr. Rabito will recreate that day in Dallas, TX, with the help of a research copy of the Abraham Zapruder film. Memorabilia from the assassination will be on display. Instructor: Mr. Jack Rabito – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

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Ants! Ants! Ants! Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0206 November 1, 2011 Tuesday 10 – 11:30 a.m. 1.5 $15 This class focuses on the ants found in and around our homes and how to treat ants with baits and pesticides. An estimated 22,000 species of ants have colonized almost every landmass on Earth, with the exceptions of Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands. Ants may form 15–25% of the terrestrial animal biomass. Their success in so many environments has been attributed to their social organization and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Instructor: Fred Santana, Ph.D. – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

Homer’s Odyssey Course # Dates Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0189 November 2, 9, & 16, 2011 Wednesday 9 – 11 a.m. 6 $60 ―We drove the sharp end of the beam into the monster's eye, and bearing upon it with all my weight I kept turning it round and round as though I were boring a hole in a ship's plank with an auger…Even thus did we bore the red hot beam into his eye…‖ Odysseus recounts his and his men’s blinding of and escape from the Cyclops Polyphemus in Homer’s Classical Greek poem, Odyssey. Cursed by Poseidon, for blinding his son the Cyclops Polyphemus, Odysseus must endure contrary winds sent by Aeolus, the master of the winds; overcome the enchanting song of the Sirens; imprisonment as her lover by the witch-goddess Circe; and other temptations and mistakes in judgment during his journey home following the Greek victory in the Trojan War. Join Dr. Robert Willis in discussing the decade long homeward bound voyage of Odysseus described in Homer’s archetypal poem. Course Materials: Participants should access and read the ―Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia entry, the Odyssey, at and consider printing the entry Odyssey for use in class. A full text translation, by Samuel Butler, is available at Instructor: Robert J Willis, Ph.D. – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

Hola Español (Spanish 1) Course # HC0200

Dates Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Wednesday 1 – 2:30 p.m. 9 $90 December 7, 2011 Do you want to do something good for your brain and have fun at the same time? Why not take Hola Español, an interactive Spanish class that is fun, free of stress, homework, grammar, verb conjugation and all the boring aspects of learning a language. Hola Español is for those who want to learn Spanish for their personal pleasure. The focus is on games, activities, conversation, and exercising communication channels in the brain. Bring a friend and begin to hablar Español. Materials Fee: A $15 materials fee is payable to the instructor during the first session. The fee purchases a binder of lessons, games and practice pages, and a DVD. Instructor: Ms. Ellen Chene – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

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America’s Secret War in Southeast Asia Course # Dates Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0196 November 7, 14, 21, 2011 Monday 10 – 11:30 a.m. 4.5 $45 Although the United States denied its existence for decades, MACSOG, Military Assistance Command, Studies and Observation Group, conducted covert operations throughout Southeast Asia. Commissioned in January 1964 MACSOG conducted a variety of clandestine missions using Army Green Berets, Navy SEALS, and Air Force, Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) personnel until disbanded in May 1972. Sergeant Major Jordan, who served in MACSOG, pulls back the curtain to reveal some of the controversial work carried out by this highly secretive military command. Instructor: Sergeant Major Martin Jordan, USA (Ret.) – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

History of Jazz in America Course # HC0203

Dates Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee November 14, 21, 28; Monday 1 – 2:30 p.m. 7.5 $75 December 5, 12, 2011 Originating at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States, jazz spans diverse sub-genres from Ragtime to 2000s-era fusion. Jazz critic Joachim Berendt defines jazz as a "form of art music which originated in the United States through the confrontation of blacks with European music," characterized by, "a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role." Dr. Robert Peterson traces the History of Jazz in America from its nineteenth century origins into the 21st century.  November 14 – ―Jass‖ the early years—Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dixieland, Louis Armstrong, Bix Biederbeke  November 21 – Jazz in the 1920/30’s—swing era Benny Goodman, Harry James, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller  November 28 – The big band era—Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Artie Shaw; also the singers of that era—Billie Holliday, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra  December 5 – Bebop—Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins  December 12 – New Eras—Dave Brubeck, Brazilian music Instructor: Robert Peterson, Ph.D. – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

History of Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0212 November 8, 2011 Thursday 10 – 11:30 a.m. 1.5 $15 Mr. McMillan examines the history of Guantanamo Bay, from its discovery in 1494 by Christopher Columbus through its early use as a Naval Base by the United States to the current issues involving its use as a prison for terrorists bent on destroying the United States. The presentation also covers issues such as water boarding and Miranda Rights for terrorists. In addition, McMillan outlines his visit to Guantanamo while Counsel to Senator Kenneth Keating and the resulting evolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Instructor: Mr. Robert McMillan – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

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Palms for SW Florida Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction HC0207 November 8, 2011 Tuesday 10 – 11:30 a.m. 1.5 Southwest Florida’s signature plant species, palms are among the best known and most extensively cultivated plant families. The lecture discusses how to grow and care for the ubiquitous palms of Southwest Florida. Instructor: Ms. Donna Worthely – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

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DNA and Family History Course # Dates Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0208 November 8, 15, 2011 Tuesday 2 – 4 p.m. 4 $40 Learn how DNA is changing the face of family history research - genealogy. In this course, you will learn how DNA tests are conducted, what types of tests are done for ancestry, and which companies offer reputable testing options. You will learn about DNA family associations, maternal and paternal extended ancestry, and the importance of the Human Genome Project to health and ancestry. Instructor: Ellsworth John La Coste, Ph.D. – please see instructor biographies on page 12.

The JFK Assassination: Beyond Zapruder and the Warren Commission Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0193 November 9, 2011 Wednesday 10 – 11:30 a.m. 1.5 $15 The question of what really happened in Dealey Plaza resonates in the American psyche as surely as the echoes of gunfire reverberated through the concrete canyons of Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Mr. Jack Rabito explores the ―hidden facts‖ about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on that fateful morning nearly 48 years ago. Going beyond that ―day of infamy‖ and the Warren Commission report on the assassination, Mr. Rabito examines the ―hidden story‖ within the news story. Rabito ―will offer startling information…for the first time, indicating disguise and deception in the assassination‖ of President Kennedy, in a thought provoking, historical presentation. Instructor: Mr. Jack Rabito – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

“Forgotten War” – Korean War Memories of Ron Freedman Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0197 November 10, 2011 Thursday 10 – 11:30 a.m. 1.5 $15 Korean War veteran Ron Freedman offers participants a firsthand account of what some call the ―Forgotten War.‖ Initially labeled a ―police action,‖ by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, Freedman recounts his experiences on the frontlines of what became an East/West ―proxy war.‖ In addition, he describes the countryside and the South Korean people he encountered behind the frontlines of this struggle between Communist North Korea and Democratic South Korea supported. Instructor: Mr. Ronald Freedman – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

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Surf the Internet: Tips & Tricks Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0211 November 10, 2011 Thursday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 2 $20 This lecture-style presentation is for students who already possess a basic knowledge of Internet surfing, but who want to improve their skills and enrich their online experience. Learn how to make the most of your time on the Internet. The web can be a powerful tool if you know how to use it. In addition to visits to some of the most useful and interesting sites on the Internet topics covered in class will include:  Internet security  Search engines  Browser options  Free email opportunities Instructor: Mr. John J. Guerra – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

The Strange Dream-life of Robert Louis Stevenson Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HC0195 November 15, 2011 Tuesday 10 – 11:30 a.m. 1.5 $15 Dr. Jekyll and his demonic alter ego Mr. Hyde were both born in the dreams of author Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson was a vivid dreamer, who took advantage of his dreams in his writings, the primary topic of Dr. Sharon Whitehill’s lecture. After examining Stevenson’s dream-life, she explores the dream phenomenon, a topic few understand but fascinating to most of us. Instructor: Sharon Whitehill, Ph.D. – instructor biographies begin on page 12.

The Art and Science of Persuasion and Influence Course # Date Day of Week Time Hours of Instruction Fee HCP052 November 17, 2011 Thursday 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. 3 $30 In this course, students will learn about new psychological techniques of persuasion and influence that go beyond the classic Carnegie approach of ―How to Win Friends and Influence People.‖ Find out how to negotiate successfully, win arguments, and protect yourself from manipulation. 1. Basic Principles of Persuasion and Influence: The course begins with the history and basic psychological principles of persuasion and influence and how they are used every day by advertisers, salespeople, politicians, and others. 2. Conversational Techniques & Language: Learn the covert conversational hypnotic techniques of Dr. Milton Ericson and how precise language skills can enhance your influence over others. 3. Become a Master of Persuasion: This lecture will discuss specific nonverbal techniques to enable you to become a master persuader in presentation and relationships. Instructor: Alex Crandall, M.D. instructor biographies begin on page 12.

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Instructor Biographies Mr. James Abraham is a graduate of Oberlin University and an award-winning former journalist. He has worked as an editorial writer, city editor, reporter and columnist for several newspapers, most recently the Charlotte Sun, Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Florida Weekly. Ms. Betty Bruer earned an Education BA from Florida Gulf Coast University and later earned a license from the State of Florida as a massage therapist. Since earning her massage therapy license, Betty has provided more than 20,000 hours of therapeutic massage and completed over 300 hours of continuing education in massage therapy Ms. Ellen Chene is a bilingual trainer with a MA in Adult Education and Training and a BA in Psychology. She has lived in Spain, Venezuela, and Mexico and has taught Spanish at continuing education centers and for private corporations. Mr. Chuck Crafton is a longtime photographer and instructor with over sixty years of experience with various cameras and darkroom experience. He switched completely from film to digital photography eight years ago. Alex Crandall, M.D. is a retired psychiatrist with 35 years of experience in therapy, research and teaching. Ms. Sharon Fultz is a Tai Chi practitioner and has been an instructor since 1995. Mr. John Guerra is a graduate of Columbia University, former Wall Street merchant banker, and the FGCU Director of Continuing Education Mr. Ron Freedman was a 2nd Lt. serving with the 48th Field Artillery attached to the 7th Infantry Division during the waning days of the Korean War. In July 1953 Freedman was assigned as a regimental forward artillery observer, supporting U.S. troops during the Battle of Pork Chop Hill, the war’s last battle. Wounded during the fighting, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for gallantry in action against the enemy. Sergeant Major Martin Jordan, USA (Ret.) retired after serving 22 years in the United States Army. During his career, he served two tours in Vietnam, three tours in Latin America, with MACSOG and with the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Special Forces Groups in both operational and staff assignments. John La Coste, Ph.D. is an accomplished genealogist and ballroom dancer. A USA Dance ballroom dance instructor, he has taught ballroom dance for more than 21 years. With more than 30 years of experience as a genealogist, Dr. La Coste has published seven books. In addition, he is a USA Dance ballroom dance instructor with 21 years of dance instruction experience. 12 8-30-2011 Revision

Ms. Ann Lamberti has been teaching ballroom dance for 30 years. From Palm Beach to Hollywood FL, she instructed for Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire Studios. Mr. Robert McMillan was named by President George Bush to the Board of the Panama Canal Commission. Robert also served as an Assistant to Richard M. Nixon, and Counsel to U.S. Senator Kenneth B. Keating where he was directly involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Mr. Ralph Mitchell is the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, Charlotte County Extension Director and Horticulture Agent. Robert Peterson, Ph.D. grew up in Kansas City and enjoyed many of the jazz greats who got their start in Kansas City. He played jazz professionally for a few years. Mr. Jack Rabito is a forty- year broadcast news veteran and JFK historian, researcher, movie consultant, and author. He interviewed many involved in the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Ms. Winifred Roberts enjoys studying and researching American and Native American history. Her enthusiasm grew as she researched her own ancestry. Her focus is on the Calusa Indians and early Spanish history in Florida. Fred Santana, Ph.D. is an Entomologist with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, Sarasota County Extension Service. Mr. Ralph Temple is a Chartered Life Underwriter with over forty years of experience in the area of member health and life insurance programs. He currently provides advisory services especially for retirees and baby boomers. Sharon Whitehill, Ph.D. earned her doctoral degree in Victorian literature, before spending more than 30 years as a professor of English. The author of four books, Dr. Whitehill says she finds teaching adults more satisfying ―than I could have dreamed.‖ Robert J Willis, Ph.D. earned his English MA from the University of Scranton, PA and his Ph.D. in English from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Then, Dr. Willis joined the faculty of the University of Maryland as an adjunct professor, teaching in Korea and Okinawa for two years. After serving as Professor of English, Emeritus at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, joined the faculty at Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he taught classical literature and business writing. Ms. Donna Worthely is a Master Gardener with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, Charlotte County Extension Service. 13 8-30-2011 Revision

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Renaissance Academy Charlotte County Fall 2011 Lectures & Short Courses  

The Renaissance Academy's Charlotte County branch, located at Herald Court Centre in Punta Gorda opened in October 2010. The Renaissance Aca...

Renaissance Academy Charlotte County Fall 2011 Lectures & Short Courses  

The Renaissance Academy's Charlotte County branch, located at Herald Court Centre in Punta Gorda opened in October 2010. The Renaissance Aca...