As well as our popular array of language, computing, craft, fitness and cooking categories, we have added a raft of new interest courses to inspire, extend and delight.
A sample of 2014's offerings:
Think Talks - Gold Coin Entrance Fee
Called on to be fresh, riveting and original, these speakers will ignite your curiosity and challenge your perspective on matters of substance, before responding to your comments and questions from the floor. Next session Tuesday 20 May 7:30 PM: Beyond the State - New Zealand houses from modest to modern. With Bill McKay from University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning. Please pre-register.
Brain Fit For Life
Always losing your keys and forgetting names? Brain Fit For Life will teach you how your brain works and how to protect your memory. This popular course is hosted by Dr Allison Lamont, founder and clinician at the Auckland Memory Clinic.
Tuesday Morn Meditation
Enjoy the physical, emotional and spiritual boost of meditation and start your day in calmness.
African Dance for Adults
African dances are rhythmic and vigorous, fun and expressive. Join Laure Tso for an exploration of movement whilst exercising and shedding stress at the same time.
NZ Architecture Series
Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Head (Student Relations) in the School of Architecture and Planning. Bill will deliver a series of three lectures examining development of the NZ house, maori architecture and war memorials.
An Introduction to Latin
Latin lies at the roots of Western civilisation. Even after the imperial era, it was adopted in medieval Europe as the language of education, culture and religion. Numerous learned words were borrowed from it by scholars into English. Learn the basics and add to your understanding of our linguistic and cultural heritage. With Nigel Dickey, MA.
The Silk Road: A History
With Priscilla Lowry. A thrilling journey through history seeing how the Silk Road developed, as it crossed continents with their diverse terrain, people and cultures, attracting trade and philosophies, thieves and adventurers, leaving tombs and treasures to be uncovered.
The Origin Of Language
Did language begin on the African savannah 2 million years ago, or much later when man began to express himself symbolically 50,000 years ago? This course will first examine current theories of the origin of spoken language and then focus on the origins, development and spread of the Indo-European languages in Europe (which includes English), from both a linguistic and an historical/anthropological perspective.