Hannan Center for Lifelong Learning

Fall 2017

Generously sponsored by Morgan Stanley

Classes begin Monday, September 11 
Classes end Friday, December 15


Registration Fee:  $5.00

Class/Workshop Fees:  $5.00 Per Class or Workshop (unless otherwise indicated).

Fine Arts Class & Theater Class supply fee:  $10.00

Late & Final Registration: September 11 – 15 ($5.00 Late Registration Fee)

Registration Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Register/questions: Pat Baldwin in Room 305, (313) 833-1300 ext. 15

[Scholarships are available for qualifying participants]


Payable to: The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation

There is a $35 charge for returned checks


Yoga:  Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increased flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing     Class size: 10 minimum/30 maximum        Instructor: Gail Twitty
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am             Room:  Lower Level

Belly Dance:  A Middle-Eastern dance fitness class that will get your body moving.  You can expect to learn Tribal, Egyptian, Lebanese, and North African dance style and technique.  Benefits include strengthening and toning your body and relaxing your mind. Participants can purchase course materials from instructor.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing   Class size: 10 minimum/20 maximum     Instructor:  Stephanie Carr
Time:  11:45 am—12:45 pm                 Room:  Lower Level




Contemporary Societal Issues Workshop: The New Urban Crisis  This workshop is a collaborative workshop with with undergraduate students enrolled in a community-based writing course at Wayne State University. Participants will meet once a week for eight weeks with WSU students to read, discuss, and write about issues facing America’s cities. Topics of conversation and study include gentrification, racial and economic stratification, and urban development. Through the reading of contemporary research and commentary and conduct of primary research, participants from both the Hannan Center and WSU will collaborate to create new knowledge and to consider social strategies that engage the issues facing our region.

Dates: Wednesdays, September 27 through November 15  Time: 11:30am – 12:45pm
Location: Kayrod Gallery
Class size: 10 minimum/25 maximum  *$10 Materials Fee

Tai Chi:   Provides an opportunity for participants to learn the ancient Chinese form of moving meditation and relaxation while creating balance between the mind and body. The flowing dance-like movements are able to improve muscular strength, flexibility, joint movement, balance, and cardio-respiratory fitness.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing   Class size: 10 minimum/30 maximum   Instructor: Bobby Calhoun
Time: 10:15am-11:15am                      Room:  Lower Level

Zumba Gold:   A dance fitness class that will get your body moving to Latin and other genres of music. You can expect to hear fun & festive music that will inspire you to dance, walk in place and move your hips and arms while standing or sitting in a chair. The benefits include improving your physical & psychological health.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing Class size:  10 minimum/30 maximum Instructor:  Sheila Girard
Time:  11:30 am—12:30 pm                Room:  Lower Level



Art and Design 101:   This class is for beginners and for those who want to review basic exercises in drawing, collage, and color design.

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm      Class size: 9 minimum/15 maximum           Instructor:  Nancy Wolfe
Room:  Lower Level

Theatre:   This class will provide the opportunity to explore aspects of theatre performance and production.  Through various theatre techniques, such as improvisation, oral history and storytelling, the group will develop and share their creativity with an audience.

Time:   10:15 am—11:45 am       Class size:  6 Minimum—10 Maximum         Instructor:  Assata Haki
Room:  3rd floor conference room      Supply fee per term:  $10.00



Gentle Yoga:   Gentle yoga for all levels of abilities. We will do seated and standing poses, with floorwork being optional. Plenty of helpful modifications will be suggested.  Gain flexibility, balance, range of motion and even muscular strength.

Course duration:  12 weeks (6 weeks, 1 week off, 6 weeks)

Time: 10:15 am-11:15 am   Class size: 10 minimum/20 maximum    Instructor: Dr. Nia-Avelina Aguirre
Room:  Lower Level

Fine Arts:   Learn the skill of printmaking, collage, figure drawing, mandala making, and painting self-portraits. Students are able to learn and create in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere that welcomes all who are interested in self-expression and using their imaginations.

Time: 12:30 pm-3:00 pm        Class size: 10 minimum  20 maximum            Instructor: James Puntigam
Room:  Lower Level                         Supply fee per term:  $10.00



Life-Writing 101: A Literary Journey to Self-Expression

Mondays, September 18 through October 16 (no class October 9)
Instructor: Pat Baldwin, Director of HCLL and Volunteer Services, Hannan Foundation
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm    Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room

This four-week workshop will explore the life review process. Participants will examine their past by writing about events in their life.  Materials needed: Notebook and pen

Class Size:  8 min/15 max

Intro to Stand Up Comedy

Tuesdays, September 12 through October 17
Instructor: Joel Fragomeni, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle
Time: 1pm – 3 pm
Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room

This six-week workshop will give participants the opportunity to try their hand at stand up comedy. Stand up can be a fun way to socialize, improve mood, share life experiences, and explore talents that may not have been brought to light before. During this workshop, participants will explore the art of joke writing, learn methods for delivering material, experience performing in front of an audience, and learn about the history and art that makes stand up unique. At the completion of this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to perform a five-minute routine for family and friends at Hannan for the Hannan Showcase.  Participants will also have the opportunity to see a show at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle as part of their learning experience.

Class Size: 5 min/12 max

*Please note: Participants who sign up for this class are expected to attend all sessions. The nature of the program is progressive and each session is important to the learning process.


Lunch and Learn – Making History from the Landscape: Selected Detroit Neighborhoods

Mondays, November 6 – November 27
Instructor: Dr. Caroline Campbell, Professor of African American Studies, Wayne State University
Time: 12pm – 2 pm
Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room

This four-week seminar will provide a historical overview of Detroit communities and three longstanding Detroit neighborhoods: Corktown, Conant Gardens, and Brush Park. This course will consider diverse populations as how they created a footprint on the land of each community. In each session we will examine each neighborhood’s success stories as well as responses to various socio-economic shifts, including decline, depopulation, Detroit’s bankruptcy, and other contemporary challenges. Orlin Jones, one of the authors of Conant Gardens: A Black Urban Community 1925-1950 will be a guess speaker.

Please note: Participants can bring lunch or purchase in the Hannan Cafe, if desired

Class Size: 10 min/30 max



Detroit Medical Center (DMC) comes to Hannan the first Wednesday of every month to offer FREE blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings, plus the opportunity to ask questions of a health care professional.

Dates:  First Wednesday of the month   Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am    Location:  Lower Level

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