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Treat Yourself to AACC's College 4-A Day Seminars

Sept. 10, 2010

      Say “Ole” to spending a Saturday immersed in Spain’s culture, boosting your brain power or gaining new insights into Maryland’s history and join one, two or all three of the fall College 4-A Day seminars at Anne Arundel Community College.

      Join other lifelong learners in a fun, stress-free and test-free educational atmosphere that includes a box lunch and a fashionable College 4-A Day T-shirt. Each seminar costs $79 and meets from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on AACC’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Advance registration is required.

      First up on Sept. 25 is a new offering, “Spain - Goya, Gaudi and Guernica” (CFD 309), taught by Maria Fernandez-Schirawski, Margaret Hanna, Loyd Luna and Anita Ramundo. Spend a day immersed in the atmosphere of the Iberian Peninsula. Explore the history, art, language, music, food and wines of Spain. Revel in the works of Goya, Picasso and Salvador Dali. Focus on the early Islamic conquest, master some words in this melodic language and savor delicious Spanish recipes and wine. Participants must be age 21 or older to enroll.

      Fernandez-Schirawski earned a doctorate in medieval history from the University of Virginia and will teach classes on the Crusades and the Byzantine Empire in winter 2011. Hanna is a longtime AACC Spanish instructor in lifelong learning classes and for seniors. Luna is a wine expert who enjoys traveling and ethnic cuisine. He has taught an AACC wine and spirits class for more than seven years and is an instructor with the college Peer Learning Partnership. Ramundo is a former art instructor who coordinates AACC noncredit art programming for adult learners and has a particular interest in all things Spanish.

      The Oct. 2 College 4-A Day seminar is for those who want to keep their minds alert and active at all stages of life. “Enhancing Brain Function” (COA 325) is led by Paul Schatzberg, who shares ways to maximize brain health and vitality through memory and learning-enhancement techniques. Gain stress management techniques and tips on foods that aid the brain. Best of all, find out what researchers know about ways to minimize the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.

      Schatzberg worked as a chemist at the former David Taylor Research Center in Annapolis. He earned a master’s degree in chemistry from Duke University in 1954 and a master's degree in 1985 from St. John’s College. In 1987, he won the research center’s Melville Award for distinguished scientific achievement.

      On Nov. 6, Luna is one of the instructors who will bring “The History of Maryland” (HRV 315) to life. Explore the state’s history from the early days of Charles Carroll to modern times. Discover Maryland’s diverse population, geography and points of interest. The seminar includes a Maryland wine-tasting segment so participants must be age 21 or older to enroll.

      For information and to register, visit or call 410-777-2121.