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Personal Development

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Immerse yourself in the restorative and meditative Japanese practice of forest bathing as Melanie Choukas-Bradley introduces its history and how-tos. She also shares tips on how to conduct your own forest-bathing walks using the environments around you, including your own backyard.

Tuesday, April 13 to June 1, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET (Performance on Tuesday, June 8, 2021)

If you’ve always wanted to learn the language and elements of musical notation and composition or are a singer or instrumentalist who has never mastered reading music, here’s the perfect opportunity. In an interactive course leading to a performance, conductor Ernest Johnson guides participants 55 and older in developing the foundation every musician needs.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Chris Gardner, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Pursuit of Happyness, talks about his real-life rags-to-riches story, and his blueprint for building a dream-come-true life—even during uncertainty.

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Living life like an economist, constantly weighing the costs and benefits of choices in order to arrive at the rational decision that makes the best use of resources, is not an easy thing to do. Economist Brian O’Roark moves through the decisions of life—from finding love to planning for retirement—inspired by the songs of the Beatles. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET

In recent decades it has become acceptable to believe that greed is good and can be a productive force for good. But does the capitalist model for accumulating wealth force us to choose between the useful and the good? Steven M. Emmanuel asserts that the Buddha speaks directly to the benefits and the dangers of wealth acquisition as it pertains to happiness.