Classes offered to seniors 55+

As part of its mission of lifelong learning, Hanover College will once again offer its popular series of enrichment learning opportunities for members of the local area who are 55 years of age and older. The program, begun in 2008, features non-credit classes taught by retired Hanover faculty and others in a variety of disciplines.

The first course of the 2013-14 academic year will be Digital Photography for Beginners taught by Paul Blume, retired professor of economics and business administration. Designed for those who already own a digital camera and want to learn more about its use, the course is also for those considering the purchase of a digital camera and how to use it.

Blume will address how digital cameras work, determinants of proper exposure, how to use various features of digital cameras, picture composition, an introduction to computer digital photo editing and how to create photos on Windows desktops and screen savers.

Each participant is urged to have a digital camera available to practice the topics covered in the class.

The class will meet Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., Sept. 24 through Oct. 22 in the Science Center, Room 114. The fee is $35 per person; the registration deadline is Sept. 6.

Retired professor of art James Shaffstall will offer a class on designing a collage. Problems such as pictorial design using a variety of materials, including found objects, will be addressed.

Participants will be required to supply their own working media and tools, such as cutting knives, scissors, adhesives, pictorial imagery, hard backing (e.g. cardboard, canvas board) and a sketchbook, 9x12 inches or larger.

The class will meet Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 23 through Oct. 21 in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts, Room 106. The fee is $35 per person; the registration deadline is Sept.16.

Many of the last decade’s most interesting films have come not from Hollywood, but from foreign countries. Geoffrey Weiss of The Rivers Institute will explore cinema from Europe, the Middle East and Asia (including India) in conjunction with the Department of Modern Languages’ International Film Series.              
The class will be held for four weeks in March and April, 2014.  Exact dates, times and location to be announced early in 2014. Fee: $35 per person.

Plato wrote his philosophical masterpiece, “The Republic” to try to point to a solution to the political problems of his time. What does the man (whom many see as the greatest mind ever produced by the West) have to say about the problems of our place and time? Jan Smucker, professor emeritus of philosophy, will read parts of “The Republic” with you to find out and apply it to our time.

The class will meet Tuesdays, from 2-4 p.m., March 18 through April 8, 2014, in the Duggan Library Conference Room. Fee: $35 per person.  Registration deadline: March 10, 2014

Enrollment for all classes is limited. To register, contact Patricia Schuring at (812) 866-7200.