Carnegie Mellon University

popular courses

December 20, 2019

Spotlight on Courses and Open Courses List!

Take another look at these courses! Members may register online or call the office. Prospects may call the office.

Spoghtlight on Courses!

Wed 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM; 4 sessions; starting 3/4/2020, ending 3/25/2020

There’s a thrill when catching a fish - a trout on a fly.  This course is about that thrill.  You will learn the basics of equipment, casting, fly selection, knots and reading the water. Object is, to catch a trout. Fly fishing was described by Dame Julia Berner in the 15th century.  In North America, we have a rich habitat and diverse insect life that support healthy trout populations.  There are other appealing aspects of trout fishing: equipment selection, stalking a fish, choosing the right fly, making the cast, playing the fish … and then releasing it to reproduce and fight another day.  And, it all takes place amid exquisite scenery because trout have the good sense to live in some of the most beautiful places on Earth.  The sport has adapted to lakes, farm ponds and the ocean. You can also learn the related arts of lying and embellishment.

Mon 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM; 6 sessions; starting 1/6/2020, ending 2/17/2020; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 1/20/2020)

This course will focus on medical topics that are currently in the news and on questions that participants may have regarding disease, medical treatment, or medical science. Dr. Fisher will invite guest speakers appropriate to the topics selected.

Thu 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM; 5 sessions; starting 1/9/2020, ending 2/6/2020

Pittsburgh has a rich tradition in professional baseball that originated in 1887 with the arrival of the Pittsburgh Alleghenies to the North Shore. The 20th century was highlighted by championships won not only by the Pirates but also by the Negro League teams representing Pittsburgh: the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords. In this course, the histories of these franchises will be joined with the histories of the Pittsburgh ballparks. Special attention will be paid to Hall of Fame players, batting champions, players whose numbers have been retired, and champion teams. A trip to PNC Park and/or a guest appearance by a Pittsburgh baseball authority will enhance the rich legacy of professional baseball in Pittsburgh, a legacy familiar to many Osher members.

Wed 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 3/4/2020, ending 4/15/2020; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/8/2020

Whether or not you’ve had previous acting experience, you are encouraged to enroll in this class. The workshop meets 6 times for 2-hour rehearsals and an evening performance on the date of the last class. Each class involves practical instructions, hands-on rehearsals, and acting suggestions. Thomas’s original one-act plays are written to give you a significant acting part, without having to memorize any lines. Selected plays are distributed at the first class where each member auditions for a role. You will act in a staged-reading play performance while holding your script, following stage blocking, and wearing a full costume. If you are aware of scheduled or potential conflicts during weeks 5 and 6, consider enrolling in a future class. Arrive 15 minutes early only for the first class for informal interaction. A PR form will be emailed to you. Please complete it and bring it with you.

Thu 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM; 4 sessions; starting 1/9/2020, ending 2/6/2020; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 1/16/2020)

This course will focus on the development of the female sleuth and her growing popularity. From Miss Silver and Miss Marple to the tough present day female sleuths, we will trace gender norms and their contraventions. The class will be a combination of lecture, video, and readings. Students will be expected to buy one paperback to read and discuss in class. This course is not a literature course.  I will be teaching as a sociologist and will not toss around literary terms or possibly even recognize them. My interest is in the application of sociological concepts to mystery fiction. My background in reading mysteries, starting with Nancy Drew and continuing to the present, will be combined with my background in sociology and my interest in gender. I invite people interested in that combination to join me in exploring these three strands even though your favorite author may never be mentioned.

Open Course List

Session One - January 6th-February 28th, 2020

ID Class Name Start Date End Date Num. of Sessions Daily Class Times
3166 A Knitting Circle (Barbara Gengler) 1/7/2020 2/4/2020 5 Tue 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
3201 A Short History of Happiness (Joseph Givvin) 1/6/2020 2/10/2020 5 Mon 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
3186 Aging Without Growing Old (Richard Kalla) 2/19/2020 2/19/2020 1 Wed 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3196 Agricultural Collectivization In A Russian Region (Charles Hier) 1/7/2020 2/11/2020 6 Tue 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
2962 America's Role In The 20th Century To Today (Arthur Goldberg-3) 1/16/2020 2/13/2020 5 Thu 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3191 An Introduction To Sikhism (Christine Asenjo) 1/6/2020 2/3/2020 4 Mon 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3212 Beginning Painting In Acrylics (Francine VandenBerg) 1/6/2020 2/17/2020 6 Mon 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2987 Being With John F. Kennedy  (Stephen Russell) 1/8/2020 2/5/2020 5 Wed 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3139 Bridge: Play of the Hand (John Olmsted) 1/9/2020 2/13/2020 6 Thu 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3171 City Of Asylum@Alphabet City: Pittsburgh Worldwide Hub Where Writers And Artists Convene (Anne Billiet Lackner) 2/25/2020 2/25/2020 1 Tue 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
3235 Continuing Painting In Acrylics (Francine VandenBerg) 1/6/2020 2/17/2020 6 Mon 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
3238 Creative Process of CMU's School of Drama Plays (Richard Block) 2/20/2020 4/23/2020 2 Thu 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
3020 Emerging Legal Issues (David DeFazio) 1/8/2020 2/12/2020 6 Wed 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
3135 Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Disease (Stephen Fisher) 1/6/2020 2/17/2020 6 Mon 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3155 Feeling Better—Therapeutic Exercise And Stretching Class (Mark Spanos) 1/7/2020 2/11/2020 6 Tue 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
3160 First Fridays At Redeemer (Ann Labounsky) 2/7/2020 4/3/2020 3 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
3216 Get Fit - A Fun Latin Cardio Workout (Connie Pollack) 1/8/2020 2/26/2020 8 Wed 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
3051 Gone With The Winds (James Gorton) 1/14/2020 2/11/2020 5 Tue 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3205 Grass Roots Organizing (Janis Ramey) 2/20/2020 2/20/2020 1 Thu 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3120 Great And Notable Novels Read And Revisited (Schinhofen;Rosenblum;Lazaroff; St Clair) 1/9/2020 3/19/2020 6 Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3222 Homer's Worlds: An Introduction To The Iliad (Karen Bowden Cooper) 1/9/2020 2/6/2020 5 Thu 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
3175 Host Family Program for International Students (Christine Asenjo) 2/18/2020 2/18/2020 1 Tue 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3114 Independent Art Study (Gary Bates) 1/10/2020 2/14/2020 6 Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3147 IRA Distribution Strategies (Bud Kahn) 1/10/2020 2/14/2020 5 Fri 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3111 It's Good To Be Queen! A Woman's Financial Reign (Roselyn Wilkinson) 1/7/2020 2/4/2020 5 Tue 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3117 Move It Or Lose It At Friends  (Elsa Limbach) 1/16/2020 2/20/2020 6 Thu 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
2881 National Aviary Veterinary Hospital Lecture And Tour (Pilar Fish) 2/26/2020 2/26/2020 1 Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3124 Neuromodulation: A Drug-Free Approach (Wendy Ye) 2/26/2020 2/26/2020 1 Wed 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
3137 Pleasures Of Poetry (Judith Robinson) 2/17/2020 2/24/2020 2 Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3119 Regenerative Medicine (Bryan N. Brown) 2/20/2020 2/20/2020 1 Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3188 Short Stories: Diversity In The Microcosm (Helen-Faye Rosenblum) 1/6/2020 2/17/2020 6 Mon 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
3218 Staying Healthy In A Toxic World (Patricia Spear Lemer) 1/8/2020 2/5/2020 5 Wed 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
3200 Such Friends: Max Perkins and Ernest Hemingway (Kathleen Dixon Donnelly) 2/20/2020 2/20/2020 1 Thu 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3211 Tai Chi Ch'uan - Long Form, First Half Of Section 2 (Judith Crow) 1/6/2020 2/24/2020 7 Mon 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
3181 Tamburitzan Kolo Dancing (George Schexnayder) 1/8/2020 2/12/2020 6 Wed 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
3142 The Art Of The City (Katie Trupiano) 1/27/2020 4/20/2020 3 Mon 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
3125 The Female Sleuth: Gender Norms and Mysteries (Phyllis Kitzerow) 1/9/2020 2/6/2020 4 Thu 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3226 The Genius Of Henry James, Encore (Carol Zisowitz) 1/7/2020 2/11/2020 6 Tue 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3189 The History of Professional Baseball in Pittsburg (Dave Fortun) 1/9/2020 2/6/2020 5 Thu 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3131 The History Of The Future: How To Learn From The Past (Nico Slate) 2/25/2020 2/27/2020 2 Tue 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
3227 The Power Of Exercise For Older Adults (Bill Presutti) 1/27/2020 2/10/2020 3 Mon 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3132 The Quark Gluon Plasma (Leonard Kisslinger) 2/18/2020 2/18/2020 1 Tue 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3192 Thinking Outside Of The Zoning Box (Beatrice Spolidoro) 2/18/2020 2/18/2020 1 Tue 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3164 Threats in Cyberspace (Randy Weinberg) 1/8/2020 2/5/2020 5 Wed 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3183 Universal Basic Income: What's It All About? (Donald Carter) 2/18/2020 2/18/2020 1 Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
3127 Verbal Self Defense For Women (Jackie Umans) 2/26/2020 2/26/2020 1 Wed 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Session 2 - March 3rd-April 24th, 2020

ID Class Name Start Date End Date Num. of Sessions Daily Class Times
3167 A Knitting Circle (Barbara Gengler) 3/3/2020 4/7/2020 6 Tue 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
3234 Beginning Painting In Acrylics (Francine VandenBerg) 3/2/2020 4/6/2020 6 Mon 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3232 Being Kind (Ron Symons) 3/18/2020 4/15/2020 5 Wed 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
3172 City Of Asylum@Alphabet City: Pittsburgh Worldwide Hub Where Writers And Artists Convene (Anne Billiet Lackner) 4/21/2020 4/21/2020 1 Tue 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
3148 Computer Vs. Humanity (James Morris) 3/3/2020 3/31/2020 5 Tue 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3136 Contemporary Comedic Genius: Jon Stewart  (Martin Marshall) 3/3/2020 4/14/2020 6 Tue 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3157 Create Trendy Jewelry (Gerry Florida) 4/13/2020 4/13/2020 1 Mon 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3113 Cruise Ship Accidents And Disasters (Benjamin Wechsler) 3/6/2020 4/24/2020 6 Fri 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3173 Decision Making (Rosa Averbach) 4/7/2020 4/21/2020 3 Tue 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3143 Embracing A Green Lifestyle (NancyMartin, Sarah Shea) 3/3/2020 3/31/2020 5 Tue 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3180 Enjoying the New Yorker (John & Maureen Brown) 3/2/2020 4/6/2020 6 Mon 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3207 Enrich Life With Improv Comedy! (Brian Gray, Chris Leone) 3/18/2020 4/15/2020 4 Wed 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3156 Feeling Better—Therapeutic Exercise And Stretching Class (Mark Spanos) 3/3/2020 4/7/2020 6 Tue 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
3146 Flares Of Memory (Linda Hurwitz) 3/9/2020 4/6/2020 5 Mon 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3174 Fly Fishing for Beginners (Michael Ginsburg, Steve Alber) 3/4/2020 3/25/2020 4 Wed 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
3149 From Arrest To Trial (Errol Miller) 3/5/2020 4/9/2020 6 Thu 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3217 Get Fit - A Fun Latin Cardio Workout (Connie Pollack) 3/4/2020 4/1/2020 5 Wed 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
3162 Golden Age Mysteries (Mark Banister) 3/5/2020 3/26/2020 4 Thu 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3197 Have You Ever Wanted To Act On Stage? (C.R. Thomas & Nancy Santangelo) 3/4/2020 4/15/2020 6 Wed 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3140 Improve Your Party Bridge Skills (John Olmsted) 3/3/2020 4/7/2020 6 Tue 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3115 Independent Art Study (Gary Bates) 3/6/2020 4/24/2020 6 Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3219 Intermediate French Conversation (Veronique Schreurs) 3/6/2020 4/3/2020 5 Fri 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
3204 Intro To Cryptic (British) Crossword Puzzles (Cherie Maharam) 3/6/2020 3/20/2020 3 Fri 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3210 Let's Play Duplicate Bridge! (Marcia Taylor) 4/1/2020 4/15/2020 3 Wed 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3206 Liberty and No Excise! (Denise Cummins, Tracie Liberatore) 4/14/2020 4/21/2020 2 Tue 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3118 Move It Or Lose It At Friends (Elsa Limbach) 3/12/2020 4/16/2020 6 Thu 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
3138 Naked to the Bone: A Brief History of Medical Imaging (Richard Daffner) 3/5/2020 4/2/2020 5 Thu 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3130 Professional Ethics And Architecture With Case Study (Omer Akin) 3/4/2020 4/1/2020 5 Wed 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3052 Respighi! (James Gorton) 3/3/2020 3/24/2020 4 Tue 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3126 Singing In A Choral Class (Connie Rapp) 3/5/2020 4/16/2020 6 Thu 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
3202 Six Steps to Becoming a More Logical Thinker (Joseph Givvin) 3/2/2020 4/6/2020 6 Mon 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
3193 Steelworker Litigation (Carl Frankel) 3/6/2020 4/3/2020 5 Fri 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
3215 Surviving Cyberwar (Charles Glassmire) 3/2/2020 3/30/2020 5 Mon 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
3182 Tamburitzan Kolo Dancing (George Schexnayder) 3/4/2020 4/8/2020 6 Wed 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
3134 The Birth Of America And Its Constitution (Arthur Goldberg-1) 3/5/2020 4/2/2020 5 Thu 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3128 Verbal Self Defense For Women (Jackie Umans) 4/15/2020 4/15/2020 1 Wed 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
3194 Wellness In An Energetic and Electromagnetic World  (Robert Brown) 3/4/2020 4/1/2020 5 Wed 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
3129 Writing For Fun And Exercising Your Imagination (Ruth Drescher) 3/4/2020 4/8/2020 6 Wed 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM