Beyond U

Fall 2018

Classes begin: Monday, September 10
Classes end: Friday, December 14

Special Registration for Current Participants: August 7 and 8 (By appointment only)

Regular Registration: August 27 – 28, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and August 29 – 31, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

[Scholarships are available for qualifying participants]


Payable to: Hannan Center

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



Meditation:  In this course we will explore the various techniques of meditation. Learn and develop the practical skills of mindfulness and meditation, including methods for (a) deepening concentration and (b) responding skillfully to physical pain, stress, and difficult emotions and thought patterns.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing     Class size: 10 min/30 max        Instructor: Vernice Daniels
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm             Room:  Lower Level


Sing Out! (Men’s Multi-Style Singing Group):  Come sing with us! Join in the joy of group singing as we sing great music from the Swing and Be-Bop eras, as well as Blues, Doo-wop and Motown. The instructor is Alina Morr from the Grammy-nominated jazz group Straight Ahead.

Requirements: All skill levels are welcome     Class size: 8 min/25 max        Instructor: Alina Morr
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm             Room:  Lower Level



Advanced Fitness: Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living. Handheld weights, exercise ball, elastic tubingwith handles and chairs are utilized.

Instructor: John Barber Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am   Room: Lower Level A
Class size: 15 minimum/30 maximum


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 and 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:   Be yourself and DO ART. Explore your possibilities in drawing, painting and collage. This course is for beginners and those who want to review working with the process in art-making. Course goals: working with a variety of materials to understand what is possible; gaining self-confidence; and learning about artists past and present.

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


Theater:   This class will provide the opportunity to explore aspects of theater performance and production.  Through various theater 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



Afro-Caribbean Dance:   An introduction to Afro Caribbean dance techniques and basic drum rhythms.  This class will also examine Afro Caribbean history and cultural practices.

Time: 9:00 am-10:00 am   Class size: 10 minimum/20 maximum    Instructor: Seycon Chea
Room:  Lower Level    Requirements: Wear comfortable clothing


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



X: A Novel – Book Discussion 

This book discussion group will examine the 2017-2018 GreatMichigan Read, X: A Novel, which through fiction examines the early life of Malcolm X.

Friday, November 9   / 10:00am – 2:00pm

Instructor: Professor M.L. Liebler, Department of English, Wayne State University

Location: Lower Level A   Class Size: 10 min/20 max

PLEASE NOTE: Lunch will not be provided. You MUST bring your own lunch.


Intro to Stand Up Comedy

Wednesdays, September 12 through October 17
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room

Instructor: Joel Fragomeni, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle

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.


Diversity and Inclusion in the LGBT Community

Friday, November 9
Instructor: Pat Baldwin, Director of Beyond U and Volunteer Services, Hannan Center
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm    Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room  Class Size: 6 min/15 max

Cost: FREE

Inclusion is a practice that enables full participation by eliminating implicit and explicit barriers. This workshop will review diversity,  inclusion, and ageism issues within the LGBT community and discuss attitudes and approaches for inclusion.

Materials Needed:  folder, notepad, pen/pencil


Techniques of Imaginative Writing – Intergenerational 

The Wayne State University-Hannan Intergenerational Workshop will be an inclusive and welcoming 6 week workshop combining WSU students and Hannan’s Beyond U participants. During the course, we will explore and experience all genres of creative writing (fiction, poetry, performance art and playwriting). We will do various writing prompts and have visits by special guest writers and artists from around the country. The purpose of these sessions will be to experience, discuss and creative new work during the term. No experience necessary. Come with an open mind, and be ready to have some creative fun while you learn creative writing techniques.

Schedule: Wednesdays, October 10 through November 14 | Time: 1:00 – 2:10 pm

Instructor: Professor M. L. Liebler, Department of English, Wayne State University

Location: Lower Level

Class Size: 10min/ 25 max

Supplies needed: Notebook and pen


Life-Writing 101

The Life Writing Workshop is a four week workshop that will take participants on a journey of their life experiences. Through various writing exercises, participants will learn the difference between reminisce and life review styles of writing. Through writing participants will uncover aspects of their lives that they never knew where part of them. Through writing about their life events, they will review their lives and through various exercises will form new perceptions.

Schedule: Tuesdays, September 18 through October 9 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Grandparents Interactive Session

On Behalf of My Daughter: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Over the past several decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of grandparents raising grandchildren. The US Census estimates that the number of individuals in custodial grandparent households was 40 million in 1980, 65 million in 2011 and 80 million by 2020.  This workshop examines grandparenting within a broad sociological context of gender and caregiving.  We will discuss three forms of grandparenting; custodial grandparents, co-resident grandparenting and non-custodial grandparenting.

This workshop is collaboration between the Hannan Center and SOAR.

Location: Hannan Center

Schedule: Wednesday, October 24   | Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Lunch will not be provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch.

Workshop Cost: Free


Film and Interactive Lecture at Society of Active Retirees (SOAR)

(Part of the Hannan/ SOAR exchange)

“Nothing But A Man” – A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.

Schedule: Thursday, October 25   |  Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Instructor:  M.L. Liebler

Location: Birmingham Temple   Transportation: Tentative

Cost: $5.00

PLEASE NOTE:  No food will be provided. You MUST bring your own lunch.