Salt: Nature’s Most Edible Rock

 

Presenter: Ken Johnson

Class Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 13

Class Time: 9:30-11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building

Format: Hybrid

Cost: $5

Class Description: Salt is a crystalline mineral, also known as rock salt or halite (NaCl, or sodium chloride). Dissolved NaCl is present in vast quantities in seawater and, when sea water evaporates, layers of halite crystallize from the brine and can form massive deposits of rock salt. Western Oklahoma was the site of such deposition about 275 million years ago, and thus vast reserves of salt are present below the state’s land surface (locally this salt is dissolved by ground water and emerges in salt flats, such as Great Salt Plains in Alfalfa County). Historically, salt has been used as a trade item and as currency; at times it was worth its weight in gold. Although salt was scraped from salt flats in prehistoric times, the earliest processing of salt involved evaporating sea water or water from salt springs, and recovering the salt. Later, mining of underground deposits enabled recovery of large quantities of salt for use and trade. Salt is essential for human and animal life, is used for seasoning and preserving foods, and is the most edible of rocks or minerals. It also is one of the most widely used minerals in manufacturing and industrial processes.

The Early Renaissance in Florence

 

Presenter: Allison Palmer

Class Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 22

Class Time: 9:30-11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building

Format: Hybrid

Cost: $5

Class Description: This class will focus on the art created in Florence during the 1400s, at a time when the merchant class and the thriving civic and religious community organizations sponsored one of the most vibrant art cultures in all of Europe. Highlights will include Brunelleschi’s cathedral dome, Michelozzo’s Medici Palace, Ghiberti and Donatello’s bronze sculptures, and Botticelli’s
mythological paintings.

“The Operetta”: The Musical Theatre Genre that Flourished from the Mid-1850s Through the Early 1900s

 

Presenter: Marvin Beck

Class Dates: Tuesday, Nov. 17

Class Time: 9:30-11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building

Format: In-Person

Cost: $5

Class Description: We will introduce, discuss, watch and listen to the works of the masters, including Jacques Offenbach, Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehar, Gilbert and Sullivan, Victor Herbert, Rudolf Friml and Sigmund Romberg – a taste of some of the most beautiful music of that, or any other, era. This will become the outline for a series of future seminars that will allow us to explore and fully experience the spectacular realm of “The Operetta.”

The Fountain of Youth: Want A Sip?

 

Presenter: Ralph Doty

Class Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 13

Class Time: 9:30-11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building

Format: Hybrid

Cost: $5

Class Description: Recent studies have revealed the mechanisms of aging; is it possible to slow the process down, or even reverse it? A number of scientists think so, and are at work right now on projects designed to eliminate the diseases of old age, or even old age itself. Find out what’s going on in this new and exciting branch of science.

Karma

 

Presenter: Haven Tobias

Class Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 6

Class Time: 9:30-11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building

Format: Hybrid

Cost: $5

Class Description: We’re all familiar with the bumper sticker "My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma." But seriously folks, your dogma flattened my karma by translating it as fate. Let’s explore the hows, whys and wherefores of Karma.