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LGBTQIA+ Dialogue

Invite friends, family, allies and anyone looking to engage in healthy conversation to these courses. Please note: All STLCC classes are Safe Space learning environments.

A Transgender Experience: Comprehensive Discussion

Through tales of personal experience, film critiquing and discussions, discover some of the debunked myths and trans experiences in the past and present. Explore the foundational ideas illuminating the complexity of gender in general and specifically for trans people through terminology, history, etiquette and policy advocacy.
CLTR-701 | 4 sessions | $39.50 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P01 W 6-9 p.m. | Stephanie Thurmer
Jan. 27 – Feb. 17 | Online

Queer Dialogue: Learning the Alphabet: What is LGBTQIA?

These ABCs may not be as easy as 1, 2, 3! Learn what the letters stand for and how they have impacted communities for over 40 years. The additions to the LGBT community have grown in numbers and represent more than those that identify as “gay.” Discuss how you can be an ally in your community and support your friends, neighbors, family and loved ones.
CLTR-701 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P06 Th 6-8 p.m. | Stephanie Thurmer
Feb. 4 | Online

Queer Dialogue: Proper Pronouns: Trans Inclusive Vocabulary

Gender neutral? Gender inclusive? “They”/”Them”/”He”/”She” … these are all words that have become part of our vocabulary, but what do they really mean? Why is it so important? Learn about the ever-changing vocabulary that is bringing many questions to the table. Explore the use of proper pronouns as well as how and when to use them.
CLTR-701 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P07 Th 6-8 p.m. | Stephanie Thurmer
Feb. 11 | Online

Queer Dialogue: Worry About TransFat! Not TransPeople

What is “transphobia”? Is letting transgender people use their identified restroom really putting predators in our bathrooms? Discover some of the controversial debates over the years, the legislations passed, the fears in the community and truth behind it all.
CLTR-701 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P08 Th 6-8 p.m. | Stephanie Thurmer
Feb. 18 | Online

Queer Dialogue: Trans-lation: Love in the Trans-Community

You can’t be transgender and be gay ... right? Discover unique relationships within the transgender community, the difference between gender and sexuality and if they are “fluid.”
CLTR-701 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P09 Th 6-8 p.m. | Stephanie Thurmer
Feb. 25 | Online

Current Events and Topics

Growing With Your Happiness

In the current environment that we are living in, everyone is looking for their own happiness. Everyone wants to be happy! Most people don’t know where to find happiness or how to start their journey. In the last few decades, psychological scientific research has discovered elements of happiness and the strategies that one can take to increase their happiness. A real increase in one’s own happiness is attainable and can be permanent if one is willing to do the work required. The findings of the research and how to apply them will be discussed.
CLTR-765 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P01 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Jan Worley
Feb. 9 | Online

Stranger Danger! Sex Trafficking Minors in Our Backyards!

Sex trafficking is a $150 billion industry annually worldwide with $975 million coming from the U.S. alone. Each year, approximately 199,000 incidences occur in this country, branding the U.S. as one of the worst countries for human trafficking. This year, Missouri ranked seventh in the country. Discover the truth about the hidden, but highly profitable, human and sex trafficking industry and its prevalence nationwide, especially in Missouri.
CLTR-701 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P05 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Julie Copp
Feb. 25 | Online
P04 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Julie Copp
March 25 | Online

Gone In A Flash! Trafficking Myths and Perceptions

What is human trafficking? What is sex trafficking? Discuss myths and perceptions that have defined the industry for decades and how to debunk them. Learn how to recognize red flags and how some of our past fears are actually aiding traffickers in exploiting more victims. The windowless white van is not the only thing to look out for!
CLTR-701 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P03 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Julie Copp
April 20 | Online 

Travel and History

Exploring Mackinac Island: A Travelogue

Mackinac Island is one of the few places in the United States that banned vehicles during the past century. As such, the destination has developed into a quiet island during the winter and bustling tourist destination during the summer. Learn the French and American history of the area as well as the importance of the Straits of Mackinac connecting Great Lakes Michigan and Huron.
CLTR-701 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P10 Th 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
Jan. 28 | Online

A History of Ireland: A Travelogue

Many people in St. Louis have roots connecting back to the Emerald Isle. Through local tour directors, discover the history of the Celts, the Claddagh, Clew Bay and more!
CLTR-702 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P03 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
Feb. 9 | Online

¡Viva México! A Travelogue

From college professor to Mexico resident to missionary! Embark on a journey to Mexico through a first-person account that highlights the various aspects of human communication, culture shock and its effects.
CLTR-702 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P01 W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Julie Copp
March 10 | Online

History of the Hill: A Discussion With Joseph DeGregorio

Explore the history of the Hill from its origins to present time. You’ll hear Hill-connected stories, learn history about the “Divas” of the Hill, discover recipes (e.g., Carduni) and more. A Hill native and local tour guide will discuss the award-winning film documentary, “The Hill, America’s Last Little Italy,” and discuss its strong traditions and ties to the Italian-American neighborhoods around the country. Discussions of the newly released book, “The Hill, St. Louis’s Italian Neighborhood,” will also elaborate on the neighborhood’s roots.
CLTR-705 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P01 F noon-2 p.m. | Joseph DeGregorio
May 7 | FP-D, 215


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