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Join us for free courses and hear from our experts in the field who are instructing learners in this virtual environment. Designed to be easily accessible and provide immediate impact to students looking to learn or exploring courses during these unique times, below are upcoming free, live, instructor-led sessions. Click on the course below for more information and to register. Advance registration is required.

August 24, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
The Death of Non-Proliferation: Session 2. 20th Century Agreements
Description: Second part of a 4-part series will go over the 20th century’s arms control and nonproliferation treaties, from the limited test ban treaty to New START. By going over the major agreements in detail, the seminar will look at the technical aspects of verification while also highlight the diplomatic events which led to agreements either working or failing. The seminar will end by giving a comprehensive overview of where arms control and nonproliferation agreements stood in 2016.
Presented by Instructor, Alessandro Regio: An international security analyst based in Washington, DC., Alessandro’s focus is on security cooperation and Transatlantic diplomacy. He has a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies and Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science and Certificate in European Studies from the University of Washington.

August 25, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
21st Century Environmentalism: What? Why? And What’s Next?: Session 2: Politics Behind Environmentalism
Description: Second part of a 6-part series will cover environmental political history of the United States, national and global policies approaches to solving environmental crisis, and lessons learnt on what governments can do to improve the environmental outlook.
Presented by Instructor, Darina Regio: An international security and development professional based in Washington, DC. Darina has over seven years’ experience on issues of global strategic threats, authoritarian states, and private sector leadership in advancing democracy. Darina holds a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies, Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies, and an International Development Certificate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a Bachelor of Asian and African Studies from the State St. Petersburg University.

August 31, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
The Death of Non-Proliferation: Session 3. Disintegration 2018-2020
Description: Third part of a 4-part series will go over contemporary developments in arms control and nonproliferation treaty disintegration, including the abandonment of the INF Treaty and Open Skies Treaty, as well as go over the current renewal process of New START. It will also dive into the political aspect of renewal and disintegration, including efforts within Congress and from U.S. allies.
Presented by Instructor, Alessandro Regio: An international security analyst based in Washington, DC., Alessandro’s focus is on security cooperation and Transatlantic diplomacy. He has a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies and Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science and Certificate in European Studies from the University of Washington.

September 1, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
21st Century Environmentalism: What? Why? And What’s Next?: Session 3: Ethics and Justice
Description: This third part of a 6-part series will go over contemporary developments in arms control and nonproliferation treaty disintegration, including the abandonment of the INF Treaty and Open Skies Treaty, as well as go over the current renewal process of New START. It will also dive into the political aspect of renewal and disintegration, including efforts within Congress and from U.S. allies.
Presented by Instructor, Darina Regio: An international security and development professional based in Washington, DC. Darina has over seven years’ experience on issues of global strategic threats, authoritarian states, and private sector leadership in advancing democracy. Darina holds a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies, Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies, and an International Development Certificate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a Bachelor of Asian and African Studies from the State St. Petersburg University.

September 4, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
The Death of Non-Proliferation: Session 4: The Future of Arms Control
Description: Fourth part of a 4-part series will look forward to where arms control and nonproliferation regimes will be in 2021 and beyond. It will assess the current political state of the field as well as outline possible avenues going forward. It will also address “rogue” nuclear programs such as the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs and what the U.S. and international community is doing to control their spread.
Presented by Instructor, Alessandro Regio: An international security analyst based in Washington, DC., Alessandro’s focus is on security cooperation and Transatlantic diplomacy. He has a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies and Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science and Certificate in European Studies from the University of Washington.

September 8, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
21st Century Environmentalism: Session 4. Climate Refugees
Description: Fourth part of a 6-part series will cover the topics of climate refugees, underlying causes of environmental migration, existing legal protections, and projection for the future.
Presented by Instructor, Darina Regio: An international security and development professional based in Washington, DC. Darina has over seven years’ experience on issues of global strategic threats, authoritarian states, and private sector leadership in advancing democracy. Darina holds a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies, Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies, and an International Development Certificate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a Bachelor of Asian and African Studies from the State St. Petersburg University.

September 15, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
21st Century Environmentalism: Session 5. Technological Advancement
Description: Fifth part of a 6-part series will cover the main technological solutions to solving the environmental issues and climate adaptation.
Presented by Instructor, Darina Regio: An international security and development professional based in Washington, DC. Darina has over seven years’ experience on issues of global strategic threats, authoritarian states, and private sector leadership in advancing democracy. Darina holds a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies, Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies, and an International Development Certificate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a Bachelor of Asian and African Studies from the State St. Petersburg University.

September 22, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
21st Century Environmentalism: Session 6. Solutions and Who is Responsible
Description: The final part of a 6-part series will delve into why environmentalism is a difficult concept to deal with and what are the responsibilities that the individuals, governments, and the private sector have for solving the environmental crisis.
Presented by Instructor, Darina Regio: An international security and development professional based in Washington, DC. Darina has over seven years’ experience on issues of global strategic threats, authoritarian states, and private sector leadership in advancing democracy. Darina holds a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies, Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies, and an International Development Certificate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a Bachelor of Asian and African Studies from the State St. Petersburg University.

PREVIOUS (or full) COURSES

August 18, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
21st Century Environmentalism: What? Why? And What’s Next?: Session 1. History, Challenges, and Myths
Description: First part of a series intended to introduce students to the main aspects of environmental movements, policies, and solutions. This session will cover the history of environmental movements worldwide, introduce terminology, main environmental issues the world is facing right now, such as climate change, global deforestation, increasing lack of access to clean water, industrial toxins, etc., as well as main myths of environmentalism.
Presented by Instructor, Darina Regio: An international security and development professional based in Washington, DC. Darina has over seven years’ experience on issues of global strategic threats, authoritarian states, and private sector leadership in advancing democracy. Darina holds a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies, Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies, and an International Development Certificate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a Bachelor of Asian and African Studies from the State St. Petersburg University.

August 17, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
The Death of Non-Proliferation: Session 1. History of the Bomb
Description: First part of a series which will evaluate the current state of affairs for arms control and nonproliferation regimes between the U.S. and Russia and ask the central question, “why are these regimes disintegrating?” This session will cover the technical, social, and political events which culminated in the development of the first atomic bombs.
Presented by Instructor, Alessandro Regio: An international security analyst based in Washington, DC., Alessandro’s focus is on security cooperation and Transatlantic diplomacy. He has a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies and Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science and Certificate in European Studies from the University of Washington.

June 22, 6:15pm – 7:45pm FULL: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Gentle Yoga & Pilates for Flexibility and Strength
Description: Hatha Yoga (in the Iyengar style). The class will incorporate poses that will include stretching, balance and mobility. Pilates is incorporated for core strength. The course is designed for all body types and levels of flexibility and strength.
Presented by Instructor, Marna Hanneman: Marna has been teaching for Bellevue College for more than 15 years. She teaches Gentle Yoga and Pilates for Flexibility and Strength for the Personal Enrichment Program and Gentle Yoga (on a chair) for the TELOS Program.

June 23, 7:00pm – 8:30pm FULL: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method
Description: Reset your neck, back and mood into comfort. Spending too much time online or sitting? Feeling stiff or in pain? Come experience and learn about the Feldenkrais Method, an effective and efficient way to change your habits so you move easier, feel calmer and become more ready to cope with new challenges and opportunities.
Presented by Instructor, Irene Pasternack: Instructor Irene Pasternack is a Feldenkrais Method practitioner in Bellevue, and works with adults and children interested in learning how to keep themselves out of pain and improve skills in learning favorite activities. She has used the Feldenkrais Method in her own self-development, starting with recovering from a herniated disc in her 40s, to learning to ice-skate at age 60, and just completed her first season on a synchronized ice-skating team.

June 25, 4:00pm – 6:00pm FULL: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Documenting History with Your Own Photography: COVID-19 Close to Home
Description: Photography is the most important art for documenting history. Consider the photographs you have seen these days of the 1918 Pandemic. We have a unique opportunity and even responsibility to record the COVID-19 pandemic right in our our neighborhoods and communities right now.
Presented by Instructor, Ray Pfortner: Ray has worked in photography for over 3 decades – as an educator, photography and book editor, consultant and photographer. He has been a Fellow of the North American Nature Photography Association since 2003 and received the Margin of Excellence Award at Bellevue College in 2008. Ray’s own photographer is represented by Getty Images. He has a BS in Biology from Yale and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke.

June 26, 10:00am – 11:30am FULL: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Painting & Drawing
Description: My duty is to guide every student through the technical difficulties in the process of representation. I use to support this needs, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign with my WACOM tablet. I use zoom then I share the screen of photoshop and open two windows (the actual picture) and (the draw in process of the student). Then I work in real time with colors and lines.
Presented by Instructor, Sami Ariaz Bolanos: Sami grew up between Perú and Italy with fine arts academies in Carrara and Genova.

July 8, 1:00pm – 3:00pm FULL: REGISTRATION CLOSED
Self-Defense Essentials
Description: Every would-be attacker needs two things. Recognize them. Learn about ploys and manipulations, and how to thwart them. Practice decisive strikes to vital targets. Assess your risks, and plan around them. Understand the connections between awareness, threats, and our media environment. Come prepared to challenge yourself — emPOWERment doesn’t get more fun.
Presented by Instructor, Joanne Factor: Joanne has been teaching safety and self-defense for over 24 years. She’s worked with middle-age and older women concerned with going out and about, younger women looking to travel and date, health care workers concerned with giving their best while staying safe on home visits, girls off to college, girls navigating high school, middle school girls wanting to baby-sit and take the bus by themselves, female veterans dealing with chronic PTSD, abused women looking to make safer choices, LGBTQ folks wanting to keep our community safer, homeless women, and women in transitional and low-income housing.

July 14, 10:00am – 11:30am
Create!…on Your iPad
Description: In this fun, interactive, class, you’ll be introduced to the creative tools for your iPad’s large canvass.
Presented by Instructor, Paul Schmid: In 6 years at Apple Bellevue Square, Paul Schmid taught 1000s to get the most from their Apple devices while having fun. At Bellevue College, Paul teaches “Do More with Your iPhone!” and the very popular EnJoy Shakepeare classes, where students read the play, . . . Have More Fun with Your iPhone. And the very popular Enjoy Shakepeare, Your Multimedia Bookclub.

July 29, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Enjoy Shakespeare – The World’s Greatest Drama Made Fun
Description: In this introductory session you’ll get a taste of the popular Enjoy Shakespeare Series. Have fun. Make new friends. See Shakespeare anew! We’ll watch clips from world-class cinematic productions of Shakespeare’s plays with great actors like Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Jeremey Irons and Ben Wishaw. We’ll read excerpts from the play (in modern English and the original.) And we’ll discuss the play’s universal themes and symbols. Be there!
Presented by Instructor, Paul Schmid: A long-time resident of Bellevue, Instructor Paul Schmid and his wife, Tina, have three daughters. They love Bellevue’s schools, parks and the KCLS library system. They greatly enjoy sharing in Bellevue College’s Community Education. They love the outdoors and traveling anywhere and everywhere in the world. Paul is a passionate teacher, and, in addition leads groups in reading and enjoying everything Shakespeare ever wrote, he teaches a class to help people do more and have more fun on their iPad, iPhone and Mac.

 

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Last Updated August 20, 2020