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HARBOURSIDE NORTH

Courses, talks, events from January 2020 to June 2020

This list is regularly updated with last-minute changes. Changes from the published printed coursebook are indicated in RED. The most recent update to this list was made on January 22nd 2020. You can see a list of just the changes here.


SPECIAL EVENTS

WHIST DRIVES
Mosman Square Seniors Centre
Wednesdays 15 and 22 January 2020
Coffee and cakes at 10:00. Start playing at 10:30 (no charge!)
New and potential members welcome. No experience required. Come and join us, and meet new and old friends in a casual and friendly atmosphere.
Bookings: Lesley Duffill 9969 9546 leslieduffill@gmail.com

MORNING TEA
at The Art Gallery Mosman
Monday 3 February 2020 at 10:30
An introductory morning to U3A for members and friends and new and potential members. Come share your ideas, suggestions, and experiences of life in U3A! See and hear what U3A has in store for you in 2020.
For information contact Eve Klein: cyeve@tpg.com.au
or Lesley Duffill: leslieduffill@gmail.com

VISIT TO NAN TIEN TEMPLE AND EDUCATION INSTITUTE
UNANDERRA NSW
Wednesday 8 April 10:30 – 2:30
Cost $20 per head, includes delicious vegetarian lunch (no refunds).
The Nan Tien Temple, founded in 1965, is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. The architecture is distinctly Chinese, incorporating features of several types of Buddhism and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Across the highway (via a bridge), the Nan Tien Graduate School of Education, established in 2015, offers Buddhism studies, courses in health and wellbeing, meditation and mindfulness.<
Bookings essential, between 3 March and 3 April
judyharris2@bigpond.com or 0447 194 510
Payment by bank deposit, details available when booking:
Transport (using Opal card): The South Coast train departs from Central station (platform 25) at 08:13, arriving at Wollongong at 09:55. Bus no. 34 to the Temple leaves Wollongong station. Return to Central at about 16:30.
Arrival by car, to meet at the Temple at 10:30, is an option.


CASTLE COVE: WATERMARK RETIREMENT VILLAGE

8b Deepwater Rd off Eastern Valley Way. Parking available.
Venue coordinator: Barbara Boston 9417 2967 nboston@bigpond.net.au
Bookings are essential for all courses. We encourage you to book them online as part of our pilot project for online bookings (see further details at the front of this course book). Go to www.sydneyu3a.org, or alternatively email officemgr.sydneyu3a@gmail.com. Otherwise book through Venue Coordinator

SHORT COURSES

A HISTORY OF EARLY MUSIC: ROMANTIC AND BEFORE
Western classical music in Europe from the Dark Ages until the end of the 19th century included the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods.
Tuesday 4 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Graham Ball

A HISTORY OF 20th CENTURY MUSIC
A diverse range of musical styles was pioneered by composers ranging from Stravinsky to John Williams, including classical, jazz, film, country and rock and roll.
Tuesday 11 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Graham Ball

A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSICAL
The musicals of the western world, from Jacques Offenbach in the 18th century to the present, use combinations of songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance.
Tuesday 18 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Graham Ball

AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURE
An exploration of the development of our national agriculture from 1788 to the latest explanation of high-tech science of food and fibre production. (2 sessions)
Tuesdays 25 Feb and 3 Mar 10:30 – 12:30
Leader: Peter Sloane

OUR DYNAMIC EARTH
1. From the Big Bang to the Present – how did we get here and where are we going?
2. The Bountiful Planet – what are everyday things made of?
3. On a Solid Foundation – landscape, climate, and our geological history.
4. Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis – the whys and wherefores. (4 sessions)
Each Tuesday from 10 Mar 10:30 – 12:30
Leader: Garry Lowder

A TASTE OF OPERA
Each session will outline the composer’s life and career, the story of the opera and scenes from a filmed version.
1. Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers
2. Humperdink: Hansel and Gretel
Tuesdays 7 and 14 Apr 10:00 – 12:30
Leader: Nora Hinchen and John Flint

ROSSINI – PRODIGY, CELEBRITY AND WIT
A 19th Century musical genius, a wealthy celebrity in his early twenties, bon viveur, chef and raconteur. A look at his life and works, popular and not so well known.
Tuesdays 21 and 28 April 10:30 – 12:30
Leader: Nora Hinchen

SOME GEMS OF CLASSICAL CHINESE LITERATURE
China has a rich literary tradition, reaching back at least 3,000 years. Reading translated extracts from classical Chinese poetry, prose fiction and drama, this course explores the complexity and depth of China’s culture prior to 1911. (4 sessions)
Each Tuesday from 5 May 10:30-12:30
Leader: Bernice Lee

THE NOBEL PRIZE – ITS FOUNDER AND HIS LEGACY
The prestigious and valuable Nobel prizes are awarded at a glittering ceremony on Alfred Nobel’s birthday. We examine the life and character of the man who established the prize and look at the stories behind some of the winners. (2 sessions)
Tuesdays 2 and 9 Jun 10:30 – 12:30
Leader: Penny Bishop

RACHEL CARSON AND NATURE
Rachel Carson (1907-1964) celebrated how Nature is intricately and beautifully connected. She also feared for Nature. Why is her message so important to revisit as we confront a dangerous global future?
1. Celebrating Nature
2. Fearing for Nature (2 sessions)
Tuesdays 16 and 23 Jun 10:30 – 12:30
Leader: Janine Kitson

FULL SEMESTER COURSE

FRIDAY FILMS AT CASTLE COVE (24)
Classic movies presented with some analysis and background pertaining to cast, direction and production issues. (11 sessions)
1. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
2. Play Misty for Me (1971)
3. Duck soup (1933)
4. Gilda (1949)
Full program at first session
Alt Fridays from 7 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
Leader: Hugh Watson


CHATSWOOD: DOUGHERTY COMMUNITY CENTRE

7 Victor St. Parking available. Wheelchair access
Venue coordinators: Janet Douglas janet_away@yahoo.com (preferred) 0423 947 411 and Ursula Schappi ursulasch@bigpond.com (preferred) 0407 995 578
Bookings essential for all sessions with the listed persons below

SHORT COURSES

SPACE: THE NEW FRONTIER
Learn about recent developments in the challenges, preparation and prospects for space travel.
Tuesday 25 Feb 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Joan Scott
Bookings: Annemarie Moore mooreannemarie1948@gmaiil.com (preferred) or 0421 716 232

MIND YOUR MIND
With increasing longevity the incidence of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is rising. What can we do to manage it and lessen our personal risk?
Tuesday 3 Mar 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Christine Lopacinski
Bookings: Janice Gentle jlg436@bigpond.com (preferred) or 9439 3801

IRAN: THE ELEPHANT IN THE MOUNTAINS
A history of Iran: extraordinary civilisation with roots in the Iron Age; outstanding imperial power in the ancient world; conquered by Islam, to emerge today as the champion of the Shi’a, with ambitions for Middle Eastern hegemony. (4 sessions)
Alt Tuesdays from 10 Mar 10.30 – 12.30
Leader: Ian de Mellow
Bookings: Kathy Vern-Barnett kvernb@internode.on.net (preferred) or 0414 694 925

BUSH POETRY
The musical, informal nature of bush poetry is an excellent medium to express a range of emotions. Enjoy readings of Henry Lawson, Banjo Patterson and others.
Tuesday 17 Mar 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Christine Lopacinski
Bookings: Gaye Griffiths gaye.griffiths@gmail.com (preferred) or 9417 4037

SOME CURRENT ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN NSW
Considerations of effectiveness, efficiency, politics and changes in society result in changes in criminal laws and procedures. We discuss some prominent issues presently being addressed in NSW.
Friday 20 Mar 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Nicholas Cowdery AO QC
Bookings: Barbara Ellis, bellis58@bigpond.com (preferred) or 9416 3071

ESTONIA
This country is the precious and beloved homeland of my parents. It is smaller than Tasmania, but amazing in its survival, people, history and forward thinking.
Friday 3 Apr 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Anne Richardson
Bookings: Max Richardson annesil@hotmail.com (preferred) or message on 9419 8143

WHERE AUSTRALIA COLLIDES WITH ASIA
The epic voyages of Continent Australia: Joseph Banks, Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin which led to the landmark work On the Origin of Species.
Tuesday 14 Apr 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Ian Burnet
Bookings: Janice Gentle jlg436@bigpond.com (preferred) or 9439 3801

WILLOUGHBY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Meet at the Dougherty Centre and take a short walk to the Willoughby Historical Society Museum to learn some of the fascinating history of the Willoughby area.
Friday 24 Apr 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Paul Storm
Bookings: Janet Douglas janet_away@yahoo.com (preferred) or 9419 5603

HISTORY OF MORAL THOUGHT
Explore how humans in the east and west have decided what is “good” and what is “bad” by listening to Homer, Confucius, Aristotle, Buddha, Thomas Aquinas, Mohammed, Hobbes, Kant, Nietzsche, Sartre and others – not as serious as it sounds! (4 sessions)
Tuesdays from 28 Apr 10.30 – 12.30
Leader: Peter Nixon
Bookings: Ronda Broadbridge rbroadbr@tpg.com.au (preferred) or 9417 1943

HOW THE LIVES OF MEN ARE TREATED IN FICTION
Four novels written in different countries during the 20th Century. Are there similarities and/or differences in the lives of men described in
1. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
2. Goodbye Columbus – Phillip Roth
3. Waterland – Graham Swift
4. Dirt Music – Tim Winton (4 sessions)
Fridays from 8 May 1:30 – 3:30
Leader: Margaret Little
Bookings: Margaret Parker athena650@yahoo.com.au (preferred) or 9411 5529

TIME
Considers the different ways in which time has been measured throughout history.
Tuesday 2 Jun 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: David Malone
Bookings: Joy Martin joymartin@optusnet.com.au (preferred) or 9888 6465

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATIONS
An overview of the international space station and some earthly benefits that have come from research carried out in space.
Tuesday 9 Jun 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: David Malone
Bookings: Ronda Broadbridge rbroadbr@tpg.com.au (preferred) or 9417 1943

THE DNA REVOLUTION
The latest revolutionary advances in DNA research and gene editing and the many ethical issues that result from them.
Tuesday 16 Jun 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Kevin Murray
Bookings: Janet Douglas janet_away@yahoo.com (preferred) or 9419 5603

FULL SEMESTER COURSES

ADVANCED RECORDER
Treble, tenor, bass and descant players welcome. Basic sight-reading is essential. The emphasis is on playing musically. (10 sessions)
Alt Mondays from 3 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
Leader and bookings: Katie Lucy-Smith 8416 3266

DISCUSSION GROUP 1
Would you like to hear some interesting opinions? Do you want to air some of your own? This is a varied group who consider some of the issues of life and living that contribute to our modern existence. (12 sessions)
Alt Thursdays from 13 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Leader and bookings: Margaret Thomason 9488 8960

DISCUSSION GROUP 2
We are a small and friendly group who discuss both local and overseas events. We value all opinions and do not take ourselves too seriously. (11 sessions)
Alt Thursdays from 23 Jan 10:30 – 12:30
Leader and bookings: John Yates johnyates80@hotmail.com (preferred) or 0437 394 225

FRENCH FOR NEAR BEGINNERS
Can you remember a little high school French? If so, this course is for you. We will study basic phrases through topics such as likes and dislikes, hotel bookings and asking the way. This course focuses on conversation. (8 sessions)
Each Monday from 3 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
Leader and bookings: Bridget Miall 9411 7882

GERMAN FOR POST BEGINNERS
We cover simple conversation with some grammar practice. This course is for those who have completed at least one elementary German course. (14 sessions)
Thursdays from 5 Mar 1:00 – 3:00
Leader and bookings: Bettina Boss 0466 979 460

INTRODUCTORY SPANISH
Planning to travel to a Spanish speaking country? Near beginner? Then join Marta, a Spanish speaker from South America, to have fun learning Spanish. (10 sessions)
Mondays from 9 Mar 1.30 – 3.30
Leader and bookings: Marta Moreno: bettymenalabarca@hotmail.com (preferred) or 8541 8287

LEARN THE RECORDER
Have fun learning to play descant, treble or tenor recorders beautifully. A small knowledge of music and recorder playing is required. You will need a recorder, music stand and will have to buy the set Tutor (Enjoy the Recorder by Brian Bonsor). (10 sessions)
Alt Wednesdays from 29 Jan 10:30 – 12:30
Leader and bookings: Katie Lucy-Smith 8416 3266

THE CLASSICAL ERA IN MUSIC
This course is a freestanding sequel to last year’s Bach and Baroque course and will focus on the remarkable contributions of Haydn and Mozart to our music heritage. (10 sessions)
Alt Thursdays from 6 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Leader: John Hughes
Bookings: Jan Yeoman janyeoman@bigpond.com (preferred) or 9411 3457


CHATSWOOD NAN TIEN BUDDHIST TEMPLE LIBRARY

4 Spring Street Chatswood. Next door to Westfield.
Venue coordinator and bookings: Judy Harris JudyHarris2@bigpond.com or 0447 194 510
Bookings essential for all sessions

SHORT COURSES

MEDITATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE
Meditation is a practice to connect with ourselves and the world. For inner peace and joy, we need the ability to release stress and anxiety.
Thursday 27 Feb 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Ven Miao You

EXAMPLES OF ASIAN TEMPLES
The diverse architectural magnificence of Temples in Bhutan, Myanmar, China and other Asian countries will be explored.
Thursday 26 Mar 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Raymond Lee

GALLIPOLI AND ANZAC DAY
Unravelling the facts from the legends of the Dardanelles campaign. Share some insights and astonishing stories of diggers involved – and the Australian legacy.
Thursday 16 Apr 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Peter Allen

THE KYOTO MANIFESTO FOR GLOBAL ECONOMICS (II)
The power to heal a “fractured society” which lies in the depth of our humanity – our spirituality applied across all business and economic decisions.
Thursday 14 May 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Emeritus Prof Stephen Hill AM

THE TWELVE GODS AND GODDESSES OF FLOWERS AND CALLIGRAPHY
Stuart’s art, exhibited in many countries, depicts a specially chosen flower complemented by poetry and calligraphy. Each flower represents a character in Chinese history.
Thursday 11 Jun 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Sze Chiu Leung (Stuart Leung)


GREENWICH: THE BAYTREE RETIREMENT RESORT

6 Ulonga Ave (off Innes Rd)
Program coordinator: Lesley Duffill 9969 9546; leslieduffill@gmail.com
Venue coordinator: Andrew Caro 9433 8056
Bookings essential for all sessions with the listed persons below

SHORT COURSES

IRAN PAST and PRESENT
1. From Zorastrianism to Islam. This session traces Iran’s 2,500-year-old history to the beginning of the 20th century.
2. Iran in the 20th and 21st century. Fall of the Shah and the American Hostage crisis.
Tuesdays 4 and 11 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Leader: Cindy Davies Broadbent
Bookings: Lesley Duffill leslieduffill@gmail.com (preferred) or 9969 9546

CELEBRATING NATURE
Rachel Carson (1907-1964) feared Nature but celebrated how it is intricately and beautifully connected. As we confront a dangerous global future with abnormal weather events becoming the new norm, we ask why her message is so important to revisit?
Tuesdays 18 and 25 Feb 10.00 – 12:00
Leader: Janine Kitson
Bookings: Margaret Vermeesch 9433 8048

HISTORY OF THE MEASUREMENT OF TIME
The measurement of time from very early periods to atomic clocks, with some movies and sounds included.
Tuesday 3 Mar 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: David Malone
Bookings: Rosalind Lund-Conlon 9807 9956

HISTORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLASTICS
How the products we know today are processed and manufactured.
Tuesday 10 Mar 10.00 – 12.00
Speaker: David Malone
Bookings: Rosalind Lund-Conlon 9807 9956

INSIDE PINE GAP
Learn about the history of Pine Gap from an insider who served 18 years in Operations. Discover what Pine Gap does and why it is there.
Tuesday 17 Mar 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: David Rosenberg
Bookings: Diana Brooks 9433 8031

THE DEFENCE OF SYDNEY
From the first white settlement, NSW Governors established a plan to defend Sydney against capture by both the Spanish and Napoleon.
Tuesday 24 Mar 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Don Napper
Bookings: Mary Morrison 9433 8004

HISTORY OF COCKATOO ISLAND
Cockatoo Island was a prison for 70 years, first for convicts then a female reformatory and finally for petty criminals.
Tuesday 31 Mar 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Don Napper
Bookings: Mary Morrison 9433 8004

AUSTRALIAN POETS
Classic Australian poets and the social environment that produced them. From Patterson to Dawe.
Tuesday 7 Apr 10.00 – 12.00
Speaker: Terry Farrell
Bookings: Kate Caro 9433 8056

AMERICAN POETS
We will consider the different paths taken by T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost, and discuss what impact the modernist movement had on these two poets and their different response to it. (3 sessions)
Each Tuesday from 14 Apr 10.00 – 12.00
Leader: Terry Farrell
Bookings: Kate Caro 9433 8056

OPERA SERIES
Each session will consider an opera in the light of the composer’s life and career. The Operas discussed will be The Turk in Italy (Rossini), Il Seraglio (Mozart), Rigoletto (Verdi) and The Pearlfishers (Bizet). (4 sessions)
Each Tuesday from 5 May 10.00 – 12.30
Leaders: John Flint and Nora Hinchen
Bookings: Christine Blanks frblanks@bigpond.com (preferred) or 9436 3451

HUMANISM: AN ENLIGHTENED LIFE STANCE
Humanism holds that the best knowledge is obtained through science, and the best morality motivated by human welfare. With enlightenment comes the realisation that humans are responsible for their own welfare.
Tuesday 2 Jun 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Ian Bryce
Bookings: Mary Morrison 9433 8004

AUSTRALIAN SKEPTICS’ SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS
Australian Skeptics offers a large prize for real evidence of the paranormal or new science. We have investigated many dubious claims and activities, many challenging the laws of science.
Tuesday 9 Jun 10.00 – 12.00
Speaker: Ian Bryce
Bookings: Mary Morrison 9433 8004

TWO ANCIENT DISEASES
Malaria has impacted civilisations for centuries but there is no vaccine or reliable treatment. Polio is an equally ancient disease causing paralysis and suffering in countless patients. The development of a successful polio vaccine was a milestone in modern medicine.
Tuesdays 16 and 23 Jun 10.00 – 12.00
Leader: Penny Bishop
Bookings: Lesley Duffill leslieduffill@gmail.com (preferred) or 9969 9546

FULL SEMESTER COURSE

FRIDAY FILMS
Classic movies presented with some analysis and background pertaining to cast, direction and production issues.
14 Feb: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
28 Feb: Play Misty for Me (1971)
13 Mar: Duck Soup (1933)
27 Mar: Gilda (1946)
24 Apr: The Guilty (2018)
8 May: Penthouse (1933)
22 May: The Birds (1963)
5 Jun: Captain Blood (1935)
19 Jun: Kind Lady (1935)
3 Jul: From Here to Eternity (1953)
17 Jul: The Fortune Cookie (1966)
Alt Fridays from 14 Feb 10:00 – 12:00 (Coffee and cakes at 9:30)
Leader: Hugh Watson
Bookings: Margaret Vermeesch 9433 8048


HUNTERS HILL: C. A. FAIRLAND HALL

14 Church St Hunters Hill Ample street parking
Facebook: U3AHunters Hill
Venue coordinator and bookings: Judy Harris JudyHarris2@bigpond.com or 0447 194 510
Bookings are essential for all courses. We encourage you to book them online as part of our pilot project for online bookings (see further details at the front of this course book). Go to www.sydneyu3a.org or contact Judy Harris (details above)

Fairland Hall cannot be used for the U3A meetings for possibly the first 5 to 6 weeks of this U3A year.
An alternative meeting venue is being sought … check back regularly on this page for updated information.

SHORT COURSES

STORIES IN AUSTRALIAN STAINED GLASS
An illustrated lecture on Australia’s rich heritage of stained glass in churches, public buildings, institutions and residences. Examples from every state’s rural and urban areas.
Monday 20 Jan 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Dr Beverley Sherry
Replacement venue – the Boardroom of St Joseph’s College, Cnr Ryde Road and Mark Street, Hunters Hill

WHY WE AGE: UNDERSTAND THE BIOLOGY AND ACTION NEEDED TO IMPROVE OUR HEALTH
Our bodies contain billions of cells. Aging results from limitations in cell division and the side effects of this. Understand the mechanisms and positive actions you can take.
Monday 3 Feb 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Dr Judy Ford
Fairland Hall may not be available.
An alternative meeting venue is being sought … check back regularly on this page for updated information.

COCHLEAR IMPLANTS AND AUSTRALIAN LIONS HEARING DOGS
The latest amazing cochlear technologies and how “Sydney”, a Lions Hearing Dog, helps in the speaker’s daily life.
Monday 10 Feb 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Fay Yarroll (and Sydney)
Fairland Hall may not be available.
An alternative meeting venue is being sought … check back regularly on this page for updated information.

STEPHEN HAWKING – HIS LIFE, LEGACY AND PHYSICS
The world has lost an inspiring scientist, with a controversial private life, who illuminated the origins of the universe and shone at communicating this to the world.
Monday 17 Feb 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Ian Bryce
Fairland Hall may not be available.
An alternative meeting venue is being sought … check back regularly on this page for updated information.

DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS (15)
Ever wanted to draw? Develop a unique drawing style through studying the elements and principles of design. Learn the basic skills of relaxed “seeing and recording” while examining various drawing techniques. (6 sessions)
Each Friday from 21 Feb 10.30 – 12.30
Leader and bookings: Kate McClelland mclellands@ozemail.com.au 0413 388 959
Fairland Hall may not be available.
An alternative meeting venue is being sought … check back regularly on this page for updated information.

ET – WHERE ARE YOU?
The possibilities for life existing outside earth and our attempts to discover or make contact with them.
Monday 24 Feb 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Laurie Wilson
Fairland Hall may not be available.
An alternative meeting venue is being sought … check back regularly on this page for updated information.

SURVIVING AND THRIVING AS A FIRST TIME TOURIST IN JAPAN
Tokyo is superficially the same as other major cities. Visitors will find life there fascinating and different, reflecting the unique people and culture of Japan.
Monday 2 Mar 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Jeff Burgess
Fairland Hall may not be available.
An alternative meeting venue is being sought … check back regularly on this page for updated information.

PSYCHOLOGY: SOME KEY CONCEPTS
Who is the real father of psychology? What is the difference between psychology and psychiatry? Details of IQ tests, personality tests, psychosis, neurosis and psychotherapy.
Monday 9 Mar 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Dr Reinhard Ronnebeck

THE HEEL AND TOE OF THE ITALIAN BOOT
Puglia, Calabria and Basilicata: the history, environment and personalities of these southern regions of Italy, illustrated with images and film clips.
Mondays 16 and 23 Mar 10.30 – 12.30
Speakers: Nora Hinchen & John Flint OAM

SECRETS OF THE IN-GROUP
Six older women realise that without social media skills, they’re becoming irrelevant. Their book club doesn’t cut it anymore, it’s time to go virtual.
Monday 30 Mar 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Loretta Re

HISTORY OF ROYAL REHABILITATION CENTRE AT RYDE
Opened in 1902 as Weemala, for people with disabilities and a home for ‘incurables’, it has developed into a world-class treatment and training centre.
Monday 6 Apr 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Winsome Baker

HUMAN ORGAN REPLACEMENT
Organ transplantation is a highly effective treatment for advanced organ disease, with success rates in Australia among the highest in the world.
Monday 13 Apr 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Punchi (Das) Dassanayake

50 YEARS AT THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE – WHAT FUN
Our speaker will give an insight into her 30 years as Artistic Director at The Ensemble, Australia’s oldest independent theatre.
Monday 20 Apr 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Sandra Bates AM

MARITIME MUSEUM – HEROIC MEN AND FIGHTING SHIPS
In WWII, our Navy were sometimes outnumbered and outgunned, fighting until there was no more ammunition and often until the order to abandon ship was given.
Monday 27 Apr 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Merv Rosen

INSIDE PINE GAP
Learn about the history of Pine Gap from an insider who served 18 years in Operations. Discover what Pine Gap does and why it is there.
Monday 4 May 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: David Rosenberg

THESE TRUTHS – A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE USA UP TO THE CIVIL WAR
Relying on Jill Lepore’s research, we explore the origins of a divided nation from the American experiment based on political equality, natural rights and the sovereignty of the people. (4 sessions)
Each Monday from 11 May 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker: Peter Nixon

ETERNAL DESIGN: JAPANESE ART AND ARCHITECTURE THROUGH TIME
Japanese artists have blended traditional with modern to create timeless artistic expression. Kathryn will talk about Niigata to Naoshima and how artists created eternal design.
Monday 8 June 10.30 – 12.30
Speaker; Kathryn Hunyor


LANE COVE: LIVING AND LEARNING CENTRE

180 Longueville Rd
Venue coordinator: Robert Lynn 9433 8066
Bookings for all sessions through the persons listed below

FULL SEMESTER COURSES

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
A group centred on literary fiction. Our book for the first session is When the Night Comes by Favell Parrett.
Every 4th Monday from 6 Jan 10:30 – 12:30
Leader and bookings: Janice Gentle 9439 3801

DISCUSSION GROUP 1
Join this happy group to air your views and discuss a variety of interesting topics selected by group members.
Alt Thursdays from 6 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
Leader: Beatrice Blanks 8068 9393
Bookings: Val Kaley 9427 0786

DISCUSSION GROUP 2
Topical issues and ideas discussed in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Join us to continue learning and communicating with an active group.
Alt Mondays from 10 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
Leader and bookings: Barbara Meth 9438 5014

‘ISMS’ IN HISTORY
Examine a number of beliefs and practices that end in ‘ism’
1. 6 Feb: Scholasticism
2. 20 Feb: Monasticism
3. 5 Mar: Fanaticism and Fundamentalism
4. 19 Mar: Mercantilism
5. 2 Apr: Capitalism
6. 16 Apr: Darwinism
7. 30 Apr: Secularism
8. 14 May: Keynesianism
9. 28 May: Consumerism
10. 11 Jun: Feminism
11. 25 Jun: Militarism
Alt Thursdays from 6 Feb (note breaks) 1:30 – 3:30
Leader: Frank Wilson 8021 7059
Bookings: Ann Drysdale 9427 8435


THE MANORS OF MOSMAN RETIREMENT VILLAGE

6 Hale Rd Mosman (off Military Rd). Wheelchair access
Venue coordinator: Lesley Duffill leslieduffill@gmail.com 9969 9546
Bookings through the persons listed below

FULL SEMESTER COURSES

CONTINUE YOUR MEMOIR
This is a self-help course that will interest members who have been to a memoir or family story-writing class and are well into their project. Group feedback and activities form the basis of the course to encourage members to keep writing.
Alt Tuesdays from 4 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Leader and Bookings: Pamela Tilbrook 0413 377 212 pamelatilbrook@optusnet.com.au

LITERARY DISCUSSION GROUP
This friendly group meets once a fortnight to discuss a variety of demanding literature including poetry, drama and non-fiction. New members welcomed.
Alt Tuesdays from 11 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Leader: Mary Billing
Bookings: Elisabeth Kingsford Smith 9953 6993

TOPICAL ISSUES DISCUSSIONS
This is a group with a difference. You choose the topics and get your chance to decide the topics, both local and international. This is an opportunity to keep the mental engines running in a friendly, diverse and welcoming group.
Alt Wednesdays from 5 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Leader: Joan Castle
Bookings: Margaret Kropman 0434 839172


McMAHONS POINT COMMUNITY CENTRE

165 Blues Point Rd
Venue coordinator: Lesley Duffill 9969 9546 leslieduffill@gmail.com
Bookings through the persons listed below

FULL SEMESTER COURSES

BOOK GROUP
This group reads 10 novels per semester (both classics and modern) chosen by the members who enjoy a lively discussion on books read.
Alt Fridays from 7 Feb 10.00 – 12:00
Leader and bookings: Toni McLennan 9412 1585

WRITING POETRY (12)
This group explores the magic of poetry in its various forms through reading, appreciating and writing. We give and receive friendly, positive feedback. (10 sessions)
Alt Tuesdays from 4 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Leader and bookings: Geoff Lucas 9416 7717


McMAHONS POINT COMPUTER EDUCATION UNIT

McMahons Point Community Centre 165 Blues Point Rd
Venue Coordinator and bookings: Fay Smith computeru3a@gmail.com
Bookings essential for all courses. Please apply via email to Fay Smith providing following information: name; U3A member number; Phone contact; Course name and date
If you withdraw from a course, please advise ASAP so a reserve can take your place

SHORT COURSES

WINDOWS FILES 7, 8 AND 10 (6)
Find, save, move and rename files and folders on your hard drive or memory sticks. Learn more about storage, retrieval, file types and folders.
Monday 2 Mar OR Wednesday 4 Mar 9:30 – 12.30
Speaker: Margaret Kropman

WINDOWS CONTROLS (6)
Manage icons, move between windows, resize and move windows, find menus, use the Task Bar, change your home page. Suits Windows 7, 8 or 10.
Monday 9 Mar 9:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Margaret Kropman

iPAD/iPHONE (8)
Get to know your iPad/iPhone in the company of others under the guidance of our tutor. Please bring your device fully charged.
Wednesday 11 Mar 9:30 – 12:00
Wednesday 8 April 9:30 – 12:00
Speaker: Fay Smith

MANAGING PHOTOS (6)
From a camera or android phone, save photos on your computer then organise, perform simple edits, email. You will already be skilled at creating folders and moving files between folders. Suits Windows 7, 8, 10.
Monday 16 Mar OR Wednesday 1 Apr 9:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Margaret Kropman

TEXT FORMATTING (6)
Make your emails more interesting: learn how to use different fonts, indent text, number paragraphs and insert clip art. Suits Windows 7, 8, 10.
Monday 23 Mar 9:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Margaret Kropman

iTRAVEL (8)
Seminar format: learn the basics of travelling with technology, avoiding pitfalls and using your devices correctly; discussions with other group members.
Wednesday 25 Mar 9:30 – 12:00
Speaker: Fay Smith

ONLINE RETAIL (6)
Explore buying and selling on Gumtree, eBay, major online outlets and smaller vendors. Tips on security, privacy and payment. Suitable for Windows 7, 8, 10.
Monday 30 Mar 9:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Margaret Kropman


THE MELODY ROOM AT MOSMAN ART GALLERY

Cnr Myahgah Rd and Art Gallery Way. Parking available. Wheelchair access
Venue coordinator: Annika Tults 9882 3669 aktults@yahoo.com.au
Bookings with the listed persons below are essential

SHORT COURSES

AN INTRODUCTION TO SENSORY SCIENCE
How science and industry use the senses – smell, taste, touch, sight, hearing – to discover new information and develop new or better foods and beverages.
Thursday 6 Feb 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Greg Organ
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669

LESSONS OF LIFE – MEDIA, POLITICS AND PERSONAL
Leigh Hatcher reflects back on what he’s learnt through four decades of broadcast journalism, reporting politics and the personal ups and downs of life.
Thursday 13 Feb 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Leigh Hatcher
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669

ART: PAINTING AND SKETCHING (12)
Learn how to successfully manipulate colours, line and shape in a friendly group. Painting with acrylics, sketching with charcoal or pencil. All interested members are welcome. A small amount of theory will help develop skills to create both classical and abstract art.
Alt Tuesdays from 18 Feb 1:30 – 3:30
Leader and bookings: Külliki Poole 9451 3011; 0414 451 636

ARCHIPELAGO – A JOURNEY ACROSS INDONESIA
Indonesia is the most culturally diverse nation on the planet. With Ian’s experience of past travels and knowledge of its history, we journey across the Indonesian Archipelago.
Thursday 20 Feb 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Ian Burnet
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669

DEVELOPING YOUR MEMOIR
Your life is unique. How can you make your memoir or family history more interesting for readers? We use practical exercises to build a story step-by-step for future generations. Beginners welcome. (4 sessions)
Alt Tuesdays from 25 Feb 1:30 – 3:30
Leader and bookings: Jenny Rudd O’Neill jennyruddoneill@optusnet.com.au (preferred) or 9908 392

THE MALARIA ENIGMA
Malaria is an ancient disease but despite advances in medicine, there is still no reliable vaccine or cure.
Thursday 27 Feb 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Dr Penny Bishop
Bookings: Inez Glanger inez.glanger17@gmail.com 9960 1495

THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON HEALTH AND DISEASE
Increasing temperatures, rising seas and natural disasters are a feature of climate changes. We examine how these impact on the overall health of our community.
Thursday 5 Mar 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Dr Penny Bishop
Bookings: Inez Glanger inez.glanger17@gmail.com 9960 1495

SYMMETRY
Symmetry is a unifying mathematical concept that lies at the heart of many of the arts and sciences, including religious art, crystallography, biology, chemistry and physics.
Thursday 12 Mar 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Laurie Wilson
Bookings: Inez Glanger inez.glanger17@gmail.com 9960 1495

INDIA: ITS JOURNEY FROM ANCIENT CIVILISATION TO MODERN POLITICAL STATE
India has experienced ideas, beliefs and practices of a multitude of invaders over the centuries. It has also contributed significantly to world knowledge. Once the bedrock of British Empire, its culture, belief systems and ethno-linguistic diversity continue to perplex. (2 sessions)
Thursdays 19 and 26 Mar 1:30 – 3.30
Leader: Himanshu Jhala
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669

MY PAST LIFE – THE SOVIET EXPERIENCE
My life in the Soviet Union from postwar childhood until 1975. The predicament of the Jews and how they created jokes to survive physically and spiritually.
Thursday 2 Apr 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Frieda Belakhova
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669

ISLAMIC GOLDEN AGE
A survey of achievements of the Islamic Golden Age, covering a wide spectrum of achievements and their role in bridging the Ancient and Medieval worlds.
Thursday 9 Apr 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Tony McCurdy
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669

MUSIC, LEISURE AND PLEASURE IN 18th CENTURY LONDON
The Industrial Revolution transformed 18th century London and suddenly the new enriched middle class had time and money to indulge in leisure pursuits. How did they spend their free time?
Thursday 16 Apr 1:30 – 3:30
Speakers: Nora Hinchen and John Flint
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669

SIGNS AND SYMBOLS: THEIR HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
Symbols are a universal language and their use to portray a message, warning or information is an ancient method of expression, predating alphabets.
Thursday 23 Apr 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: John Flint
Bookings: Inez Glanger inez.glanger17@gmail.com 9960 1495

SOUTH AFRICA, SWAZILAND, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AND ZIMBABWE
Growing up in South Africa: an illustrated talk of the above regions.
Thursday 30 Apr 1:30 – 3.30
Speakers: Bobbie Kerstin, Mervian Dixon and Pam van Zyl
Bookings: Inez Glanger inez.glanger17@gmail.com 9960 1495

IRAN, PAST AND PRESENT
Iran existed 2500 years ago and was not always a Muslim country. We trace its history from The Ancient Persian Empire to the present day.
Thursday 7 May 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Cindy Broadbent
Bookings: Inez Glanger inez.glanger17@gmail.com 9960 1495

DIRTY SECRETS: OUR ASIO FILES
Well known Australians such as Michael Kirby, Anne Summers and David Stratton discover they have ASIO files and write about them.
Thursday 14 May 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Meredith Burgmann
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669

MADAGASCAR HISTORY AND WILDLIFE
Due to its isolation from other landmasses, Madagascar has plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Learn about its amazing wildlife and mixed history.
Thursday 21 May 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Margaret Szalay
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669

ASHOKA, HISTORY’S GREATEST EMPEROR
Ashoka ruled India’s greatest Empire. He started with brutality and war, but found Buddhism and redemption. Why was he exceptional and what has been his legacy?
Thursday 28 May 1:30 – 3:30
Leader: Terry Redmond
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669

DISRUPTION 2
Our modern world is experiencing massive changes with the introduction of new science and technology products and systems that are causing disruption to our lives.
Thursday 4 Jun 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Malcolm Raymond
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669

NAPOLEON AND THE AUSTRALIAN CONNECTION
A talk on the meteoric rises and falls of Napoleon’s career, with emphasis on the final years and their importance to Australia.
Thursday 11 Jun 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Geoff Davidson
Bookings: Inez Glanger inez.glanger17@gmail.com 9960 1495

THE PLANE THAT WENT AROUND THE WORLD THE WRONG WAY
The true story about a commercial PAN AM flight that was diverted on return from New Zealand due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Thursday 18 Jun 1:30 – 3:30
Speaker: Winsome Baker
Bookings: Annika Tults aktults@yahoo.com.au 9882 3669


MOSMAN ART GALLERY

Cnr Myahgah Rd and Art Gallery Way. Parking available. Wheelchair access
Venue coordinator: Eve Klein cyeve@tpg.com.au 9969 7994 (enquiries only)
No bookings required

SHORT COURSES

BEHIND THE LYRICS – THE SHOW MUST GO ON
The social and political histories and stories behind a few popular Twentieth Century show songs.
Monday 10 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Graham Spindler

BEHIND THE LYRICS – ALL THIS AND WWII
The social and political histories and stories behind some of the significant songs of WWII.
Monday 17 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Graham Spindler

THE EASY CAMINO
Pilgrim numbers on the Camino de Santiago have skyrocketed. We look at its history, significance and nature, and an easy walk along The Way.
Monday 24 Feb 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Graham Spindler

NATIONAL POPULISM
An exploration of the origins of the 21st Century revolt against Liberal Democracy. We need to look at Trump and Brexit but the influence of National Populism stretches much further. (5 sessions)
Each Monday from 2 Mar 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Peter Nixon

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY
A brief history of The Wilderness Society and the impact of their campaigns, including the New Laws For Nature campaign.
Monday 6 Apr 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: A member of the Wilderness Society

AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURE
An exploration of the development of our national agriculture from 1788 to the latest application of high-tech science to food and fibre production. (2 sessions)
Mondays 20 and 27 Apr 10:30 – 12:30
Leader: Peter Sloane

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTIONS
Mechanisation of cottage industries and their powering by steam engines was the first revolution. The second was based on science, resulting in electricity, pharmaceuticals and mass production. The third was the digital age and the fourth may be AI. (2 sessions)
Mondays 4 and 11 May 10:30 – 12:30
Leader: Emeritus Prof Don Napper

PSYCHOLOGY: SOME KEY CONCEPTS
The real father of psychology, the difference between psychology and psychiatry, IQ tests, personality tests, psychosis, neurosis, psychotherapy and more!
Monday 18 May 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Dr Reinhard Ronnebeck

THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO
Thinking of setting out on the great trek? Learn about the trials and tribulations of attempting this adventure.
Monday 25 May 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Fay Smith

ARTISTIC CONNECTIONS
Our Art Gallery guide will talk about connections of artists to family, place (particularly in Mosman) and time.
Monday 1 Jun 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Ruth McGeechan

THE A TO Z OF AGING
Aging starts at conception and without remedial actions, from 40 onwards it can all be downhill. Learn ‘what’ you should do, and ‘why’ in order to stay healthy.
Monday 15 Jun 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Dr Judy Ford

THE TASMAN MAP
Abel Tasman, the Dutch East India Company and the first Dutch discoveries of Australia.
Monday 22 Jun 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Ian Burnet

STORIES FROM THE MARITIME MUSEUM
Ken Warby, racing in the Spirit of Australia, still holds the world water speed record that he set in October 1978.
Monday 29 Jun 10:30 – 12:30
Speaker: Noel Phelan (Maritime Museum)


MOSMAN SQUARE SENIORS CENTRE

Next to Mosman Council Chambers off Military Rd Spit Junction
Parking available. Wheelchair access
Venue coordinators: Chris Serrano: christine.serrano165@gmail.com; Michael Suckling: mwsing@tpg.com.au
No bookings necessary

SHORT COURSES

SIR HUBERT WILKINS
Aviator, explorer, photographer, soldier. In the modern age of exploration and discovery, Sir Hubert topped the list, but who was he? (3 sessions)
Each Wednesday from 5 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Chris Beazley

THE FIRST FLEET: VOYAGES BACK TO ENGLAND
The transports and store ships needed to return. Scurvy stalked the ships. Tragedy was lurking in the shadows. For all that, the Lady Penrhyn’s voyage was a magical mystery tour of exotic places. Seen through the eyes of Arthur Bowes Smyth. (2 sessions)
Wednesdays 26 Feb and 4 Mar 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Malcolm Robertson

RELIGION AND SCIENTIFIC THINKING
The remarkable role of religion in scientific thinking and discovery; and the reverse…the role of scientific discovery in religion.
Wednesday 11 Mar 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Rachel Kohn

DNA: HOW DID IT BUILD YOU AND ME
The structure and function of DNA and genes and the process of Inheritance of human characteristics.
Wednesday 18 Mar 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Punchi Dassanayake

EPIGENETICS
Those factors outside of our genes, which influence not only our lives, but those of succeeding generations.
Wednesday 25 Mar 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Punchi Dassanayake

THESE TRUTHS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE USA
The origins and rise of a divided nation from the American experiment based on political equality, natural rights and the sovereignty of the people to the mighty state machine of today. (4 sessions)
Wednesdays from 1 Apr 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Peter Nixon

THE 7 LIVES OF EMPRESS JOSEPHINE
From obscurity on the island of Martinique to the heady heights of Napoleon’s Empire, Josephine overcame enormous odds and survived.
Wednesday 29 Apr 10:00 – 12:00
Leader: Terri Nixon

CAROLINE CHISHOLM
Caroline Chisholm was once on our $5 note. Far from being passé, she was really a harbinger of Modern Australia.
Wednesday 6 May 10:00 – 12:00
Leader: Sarah Goldman

MUSIC THAT HELPED WIN THE WAR
The role that music and songs played in helping to maintain morale at home and abroad during wartime.
Wednesday 13 May 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Graham Ball

THE SAVOY OPERAS
A tribute to the Victorian Era theatrical partnership of W.S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan and to the works they jointly created.
Wednesday 20 May 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Graham Ball

THE SURVIVOR’S STORY
Being blonde and blue eyed saved the speaker and her family from the Nazis in World War ll; the story of a family in Budapest and their journey to Australia.
Wednesday 27 May 10:00 – 12:00
Speaker: Kathy Bradley

STAGES OF AMERICA’S CHINA POLICY SINCE THE OPIUM WARS
1. America’s involvement in the opium trade and its consequences. Theodore Roosevelt and Japan.
2. The development of the “China Mirage”: Christian missionaries, the Soong family, Time magazine and the China Lobby.
3. The struggle for the “Heavenly Mandate”: Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong. Opposing American views and interests.
4. F D Roosevelt’s balancing act before, during and after World War ll. Korea and its consequences.
(4 sessions)
Wednesdays from 3 Jun 10:00 – 12:00
Leader: Terry Farrell


ROSEVILLE NEW CHURCH

4 Shirley Rd.
Venue coordinator: Sheila Caldwell 9498 1197

FULL SEMESTER COURSE

INTERMEDIATE RECORDER
Play the recorder with a keen group, meeting in a hall not far from Roseville station. New intermediate-level students are welcome. (11 sessions)
Alt Mondays from 10 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Leader and bookings: Sheila Caldwell 9498 1197 or Judy Faulkner 9416 4733


OUT THERE!

FULL SEMESTER COURSES

3rd FRIDAY LUNCH GROUP
We meet for lunch at restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines. We go everywhere in Sydney, except the North Shore. We try to book BYO wine venues where there is a small corkage charge, which attendees are required to pay.
3rd Friday of each month from 21 Feb
Leader and bookings: Sarah Fennamore 9955 1962 sfennamore@yahoo.com

FOOD FOR THOUGHT (12)
We meet to sample the cuisine of different nationalities all over Sydney. Friendliness, fun and food are the basis for finding out about different cultures.
Alt Fridays from 21 Feb
Leaders and bookings: Sissi Stewart sisken@bigpond.com (preferred) or 9908 2045; or Lyn Honey 9997 3292