Cheryl Clark will lead a class on PLATO for the winter 2014 session at OLLI. People aren't reading much Plato these days. He seems to be the province of the professional philosophers. But his work has played a major role in the formation of our culture. Platonic Thought, Neo-Platonic Thought and other Greek philosophies were some of the intellectual foundations of Christian and early Jewish theologies.
Plato was the talented student of Socrates, and it was Plato's account of
Socrates' trial, especially Plato's defense, that received much attention.
Cheryl intends to cover some of Plato's early dialogues, setting the scene for the Republic and the Symposium. "The Last Days of Socrates" will be the text that the class uses. It is a paperback. The class format will be lecture and discussion.
Cheryl, a Southern Californian, spent a year in India, and then went on to receive a Bachelor’s and Masters from UCLA. She taught at California State University Long Beach for thirty-two years in the Philosophy Department.
She also has a Bachelor’s in mathematics.
But after reading a book by David Hume, the Scottish philosopher,
she fell in love with philosophy and hasn't ever regretted her love aff air. Cheryl has taught before at OLLI, most recently a course in
Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov. We are fortunate that her
love of philosophy will bring her here again.
By Kathy Winkenwerder
If you’ve never touched a computer before, the idea
of learning how to use one could be a little overwhelming,
but it doesn’t have to be.
In the computer lab, classes are structured so you can learn in small steps, helped along the
way by the instructors and class coaches. You can take the three PC classes in sequence or you can repeat one, which many of our students do, so you feel comfortable with the material before you go on to the next class.
In the VERY FIRST COMPUTER class you’ll fi rst learn all about the mouse, which is like the steering wheel of a car. It lets you tell your computer what you want it to do. You’ll practice by doing easy exercises and playing games. Later there will be sessions on the parts of a PC and their functions, and an introduction to browsing the Web and sending email.
To take the next class, INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER, you’ll either need a certificate of completion from VERY FIRST COMPUTER or already know the skills taught in that class. You’ll practice saving, cuttng and pasting, dragging and dropping, as well as managing
the windows on your desktop. You’ll learn more about how to find things on the Web, how to write an email, attach fi les to an email message and respond to email you receive.
Finally, when you’ve mastered the skills taught
in INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER, you’ll be ready for the ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER class. It features demonstrations, discussions, and practice of a wide variety of advanced PC
computer skills. You’ll learn more about email techniques, Web searches, how to get information from the Internet and copy it into a computer file, as well as how to download and install programs from the Web. You also will learn to use the control panel to change computer settings, and different ways of backing up your computer files.
When you’ve finished taking the ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER class, you’ll be well qualified to take any of the other PC classes taught in the computer lab.