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Lifelong Learning Institute February Classes


February is the perfect month to treat yourself and learn something new by enrolling in a Lifelong Learning Institute class. Whether you are looking to learn to invest, dance, or to expand your knowledge of other cultures, you will find a class to suit your interest. 

In eight short weeks, professional dance instructor, Debby Hasson, will teach students the moves to the tango, cha-cha & rumba. In “An Intro to Ballroom and Latin Dancing,” students will also learn simple ways to dance the swing, foxtrot and waltz. With over 30 years of experience teaching dancers of all levels, Hasson will introduce her students to the most popular social dances of today. She is nationally certified with many championships to her credit.

“An Intro to Ballroom and Latin Dancing” will be held on Mondays, Feb. 13 – Apr. 3 and the cost is $65. One class will be offered from 2 – 3 p.m. and another will be offered from 6 – 7 p.m. 

“Income Investing for Retirees” will teach students how to capitalize and increase income from investments. This class will help students to learn what happens to investments during a various interest rate environments. The instructor is Melanie Granville Nichols, CFP®. Nichols holds a Master of Trust and Wealth Management degree.

“Income Investing for Retirees” will be held at The Pine Crest Inn and the cost is $15. Class will be Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Thursday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. – noon. 

Join lively and animated Spanish instructor Mercedes Saulsbury in “Spanish Beginning Conversation” to learn basic Spanish fundamentals of conversation while being exposed to Spanish culture. Instructor Saulsbury is a native of Madrid, Spain, studied languages at the Berlitz School, and is a favorite among students.

“Spanish Beginning Conversation” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 6 – Mar. 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. The cost is $60 plus text. 

“Spring Book Club” will meet on the third Friday of each month, Jan. 27 – May 12 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Wood Reading Room in Boyd Library. In February, The Summer Before the War, a novel by Helen Simonson will be discussed.

“ARTalk Great Art Series: The Early Renaissance” is a new course that explores works of art from the early Renaissance. Guest instructor, Anarie Terezo, regularly teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Widener University. Join Terezo to focus on the importance of Florence at the start of the Renaissance. Proto- (Giotto) and Early Renaissance works will be reviewed. Learn about Ghiberti’s doors, Brunelleschi’s dome and other landmark works by Masaccio, Masolino, Donatello and della Francesca.

“ARTalk Great Art Series: The Early Renaissance” will be offered on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. The cost is $25. 

A two-part series, “Malcolm X – Once in a Lifetime” is a new class that will take students directly into a Manhattan Courtroom where three men are on trial for the assassination of Malcom X. Peter Yellin, the attorney who defended one of the killers, will discuss the horrifying events leading up to his murder in the Audubon Ballroom in New York City, the failure on the part of the government to investigate and pursue those responsible for ordering his death, and the important legacy the man left behind.

“Malcolm X – Once in a Lifetime” will be held on Tuesday Feb. 21 and 28 from 1 – 3 p.m. The cost is $20 or free with valid student ID.

“The Civil War You Never Knew” is a new class that will answer questions as, “What is the mythical connection between baseball and Ft. Sumter?,” “Whose law clerk was the first Union officer to die in the Civil War?,” “What was signed in Troy, NY that doomed the British ships of the line in the Civil War?,” and “What really killed “Stonewall” Jackson?” In a series of talks, Dr. Matt Farina will

discuss some of the fascinating lesser known stories behind the Civil War. 

“The Civil War You Never Knew” will meet on Feb. 23, Mar. 9, Mar. 23 and Apr. 6 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. The cost is $25. 

“Islam: Past, Present and Future” explores the life and times of the Prophet Mohammed and explains why Islam is more than a religion, but an ideology, and why it’s been at odds with Christianity and Judaism since the 600s. Learn how, when and why Islam took root and has prospered in the United States and around the world despite many radical atrocities. Further explained is the appeal of Islam versus Christianity and why Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Migration and demographic trends and conversations the instructor has had with Muslims in nearly 80 countries will show what we can expect from Islam in the future.

“Islam: Past, Present and Future” instructor was the deputy assistant secretary for international operations in the Clinton Administration, a former trade negotiator between Israel and Egypt after the Israeli-Egyptian War in the early 1980s, and a consultant to Middle East and African governments. Class will meet Friday, Feb. 3, 10, and 17 from 9 – 11 a.m. The cost is $25.

“Introduction to Islam in the Modern World” introduces basic concepts of the religion of Islam and the ideology of Islamism. Topics include Islamic history, The Quran, the breadth of Muslim cultures and civilizations, and the ideologies pronounced by Islamists. Participants will be able to delineate the differences between Islam, Islamist ideology, and violent radical Islamist (VRI) groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda, understand the Quranic-based tenets of the religion of Islam, identify the foundations of Islamism and the radical forms in use today, and formulate solutions for countering VRIs.

“Introduction to Islam in the Modern World” instructor Jason Criss Howk is a Major (Retired) U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer who holds a M.A. in Middle East and South Asia Studies, from the Naval Postgraduate School. Class will meet Feb. 1 – Apr. 12 on Wednesdays from 9 – 11 a.m. No class, Feb. 15 and Mar. 15. The cost is $45. 

“Introduction to the Modern Middle East” introduces students to the culture, politics, and security issues of the broader Middle East. Topics include the shift from Empire to the modern nation-states after the Great War; the Israel/Palestine issues; the rise of Islamism; major conflicts in the region; and the current chaos from the Syrian civil war and the Islamic State. Upon completion, students will be able to describe key security, political, and cultural issues in a region that stretches from Morocco to India. 

“Introduction to the Modern Middle East” will meet Feb. 1 – Apr. 12 on Wednesdays from 2 – 4 p.m. No class, Feb. 15 and Mar. 15. The cost is $45. 


Seats are still available for these classes. To register in person, come by the Sandhills Community College Continuing Education office located on the first floor of Van Dusen Hall. You may also register by phone with a credit card at (910) 695-3980. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

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