Bend in the River
Welcome to Bend in the River at Tunxis Community College. Bend in the River, a non-credit program of short courses and workshops, is for people who love to learn and experience new challenges. There are no exams to take or grades to worry about. Our courses are designed for intellectual stimulation and enrichment. They are taught by members of the Tunxis faculty and other experts in their fields.
The name, Tunxis, is loosely translated from the Native American Indian word meaning “the point where the river bends.” We hope that our program will inspire you to follow the river’s bend to new opportunities to learn and grow.
Top 10 Musical Masterpieces
Classical music offers something for everyone. And everyone should be familiar with the world’s top 10 musical masterpieces. We will introduce you to these great works, the composers who wrote them and the impact they’ve had on the musical art form.
Rebooting Your Life & Career
Are you entering a new life stage? Reconsidering what you want to do with your life? Come to this workshop to rediscover who you are and identify what you want to do with your career and life. In this workshop, you’ll identify your interests, skills and values, clarify what gives meaning to your life, and create plans for what steps you want to pursue next in your career and life.
Writing Your Memoir with Bessy Reyna
“I would like to invite people to join me in finding ways to bring out the stories they have kept hidden until now.” – Bessy Reyna
Acclaimed poet and former Hartford Courant columnist Bessy Rayna will lead a one-day workshop on memoir writing. Through guided discussions and exercises, Reyna will help you build a foundation that will support your efforts to explore and capture significant moments from your own life.
“I have done workshops with people who thought they couldn’t write and they haven’t stopped since the workshop,” says Reyna. “One participant has now written the story of his family and self-published a book for his children and grandchildren.”
Learning to Love Great Opera
For many people, listening to opera seems like a daunting task. This need not be the case! Join musician and educator Jeffrey Martin and discover what this historical musical genre has to offer. Martin will introduce you to some of the world’s great operas, exploring not only their intricate plots but also their musical qualities and historical significance. You will learn how to listen to, watch and love great opera.
Poetry Reading and Writing
Gain confidence in analyzing poetry, writing a poem, and presenting your work under the guidance of acclaimed poet and teacher John Stanizzi. This day-long workshop will explore several poems ranging from classic to contemporary. Through creative prompts, small group discussion and one-on-one coaching, you will have the opportunity to create your own draft of a potential poem or two and share it with the class.
April 18 (S); 9:30 AM-2:30 PM
(Please bring your lunch.)
Instructor: John L. Stanizzi has delighted readers and listeners throughout New England and beyond. A guest on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” Stanizzi is the author of “Ecstasy Among Ghosts,” now in its fourth printing, “Sleepwalking,” “Windows,” “Dance Against the Wall,” and “After the Bell.” Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, in 1998 Stanizzi was named The New England Poet of the Year by The New England Association of Teachers of English. He teaches English at Manchester Community College and Bacon Academy.
Academy Award Winners: Best Foreign Films
Join film professor Bob Kagan for an exploration of three European films that received Academy Awards in the best foreign film category. Each class features background material on the evening’s film, a look at how the director uses cinematography, sound and editing to tell a story, insights into the cultural context of the film and a lively post-film discussion.
The class will screen the 1997 classic“Anne Hall,” starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Many critics consider this to be Allen’s best movie; “Million Dollar Baby @2004),” which Clint Eastwood directed and starred in and which features Hilary Swank as an amateur boxer determined to go professional; and “Crash (2005)”which explores racial and ethnic stereotypes in contemporary America and features and ensemble cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle and Ryan Phillippe.
March 6, 13, 20 (F); 2-5PM
Fee: $25 for all three films, or, $10 per movie
Instructor: Bob Kagan is a professor of communication at Manchester Community College and Central Connecticut State University. He is the director of the International Film Series at Manchester Community College and also leads film discussions at The Wadsworth Atheneum and Real Art Ways in Hartford.
Learn how to complete a LinkedIn profile and leverage LinkedIn to improve your networking. Get the most from your profile and LinkedIn, the professionals’ online networking site. Author and instructor Carol Mon will teach you how to create a LinkedIn profile, search and make connections, and join groups and follow companies of interest.
Oct. 7 (T); 5 – 7 p.m.,
Beyond the Basics
You have a profile, you log on and make connections but you want to know what else you could be doing with LinkedIn. In “Beyond the Basics,” you will learn many of the features you can use to get more from your online networking. You will also learn how to sort your contacts, make introductions, forward profiles and get recommendations.
Oct. 21 (T); 5 – 7 p.m.
Instructor: Carol Mon has trained hundreds of people on how to use social media for business and fun. She is also the author of “A Guide to Networking for Introverts, From Icebreaking to Deal Making.” Mon is a corporate storyteller who relies heavily on networking for business development.
Learning to Live The Four Agreements
Are you living the life you were meant to live or do you allow fear, doubt and self-criticism to hold you back?
Learning to Live The Four Agreements is a day-long exploration based on the bestselling book by Don Miguel Ruiz. This workshop will show you how to bring The Four Agreements into your life and overcome the fears and beliefs that stand in your way. The Four Agreements are: Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best.
Nov. 1 (S); 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Crofton, a student of Don Miguel Ruiz, is also a teacher, coach and Reiki master with more than 25 years of instructional/facilitation experience. She is a published columnist, inspirational writer and motivational speaker.
An Invitation to Mindfulness
“The quality of care you give to others is related to the quality of care you give yourself.”—Sharon Gutterman
You have the inner capacity to deal with the stresses that life brings along your path. You also have the capacity to savor life’s joys. Learn how to practice mindfulness so that you can live a calmer, more satisfying life. This workshop will cover: present moment awareness, mindful meditation, stress management, body scan, mindful communication, mindful eating, and handling strong emotions
Nov. 15 (S); 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Room: 6 – 173
Instructor: Sharon Gutterman, Ph.D., teaches mindfulness practices to people from all walks of life in the United States and internationally. She trained in the highly successful Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program developed and taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.