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Masters Series, an adult education program of the Pasadena Senior Center, is designed to increase understanding of national and international issues, the arts, other cultures, the community, and the individual. With a focus on “understanding,” courses are presented by local university faculty and experts. Each term provides a wonderful opportunity for learning and discussion.

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Highlighting Pasadena

Winter Term of the Masters Series

Tuesdays, January 21 - March 3, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Members Full Series: $90
Individual Lecture: $15


How well do you know Pasadena? Growing out of a tourist reputation founded on perfect winter weather, Pasadena has proved fertile ground for excellence in arts, science, architecture, and culture. Join us as we explore the life of local artist Jean Mannheim, a major contributor to the early Arroyo Seco artist colony in Pasadena; Learn about the behind the scenes creation of the annual Rose Parade and it’s beautiful floats; Understand how ArtCenter is educating designers who design solutions that we really need; Explore a dynamic time in Pasadena’s history when the population grew from less than five thousand to over 76,000 people; Discuss the rich and complex history of African Americans in Pasadena. These interesting and surprising aspects of this small but complex city will be explored. Register for individual lectures available January 30, 2020.

For more information, contact Annie Laskey at (626) 685-6702 or

Richard Reitzell

January 21

The Life and Art of Pasadena Painter Jean Mannheim

Richard Reitzell

Author of From a Versatile Brush: The Life and Art of Jean Mannheim

Jean Mannheim, a major contributor to the early Arroyo Seco artist colony in Pasadena. Born in Germany, trained in Paris, and touched by the American Midwest, Jean Mannheim settled in Pasadena in 1908 and quickly became a major figure in California’s art community. While the focus will be on Jean Mannheim other noted artists of Pasadena's Arroyo Seco scene and the impact of the group on Pasadena will be discussed as Mr. Reitzell shares experiences in researching and writing his book.

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January 28

Building a Rose Parade Float

Tim Estes

Fiesta Parade Floats (FPF) is the premier builder of parade floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade. FPF boasts an impressive track record with the highest award win rate in the Rose Parade float building industry. Learn about this unique business from its president, Tim Estes, who has personally overseen the construction of over 500 Rose Parade floats.

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February 4

Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses Parade

Tournament of Roses Parade Committee

The Tournament of Roses Parade was created in 1890 as a way to show off the bounty of flowers available in Pasadena in the winter. Now in its 131st year, the parade is unrivaled and world famous. Learn about the past, present, and future of this iconic annual event.

Geoff Wardle

February 11

Designing Compelling Transportation for an Unpredictable World

Geoff Wardle

Disruptive forces are dramatically reshaping how we move ourselves and goods around. Wardle will explain how we should design solutions that we really need and how ArtCenter is educating designers to do this.

Brad Macneil

February 18

Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890–1930

Brad MacNeil

The curator of Pasadena Museum of History’s current exhibition, Starting Anew, Brad Macneil will share how and why the exhibit was created. The exhibit explores a dynamic time in Pasadena’s history when the population of the city grew from less than five thousand to over seventy-six thousand people. During those four decades, many of the iconic characteristics that we identify with Pasadena today came to be.

Adrian Panton

February 25

African-American History in Pasadena

Adrian K. Panton

Pasadena Museum of History volunteer and researcher Adrian Panton will give an illustrated talk about the rich and complex history of African-American population in Pasadena. Using historic photos from the PMH archives, many provided by families of early African-American residents in the city, Mr. Panton will present stories about individuals, families, and historic events related to Black history in the Crown City.

Michael Oddou

March 3

The Gamble House: Inspirations and Realization

Michael Oddou

Explore the Arts and Crafts Movement and the West’s fascination with Japanese design, both stylistically reflected in The Gamble House. It will also consider architects Charles and Henry Greene and the Gamble Family in the context of turn-of-the century Pasadena. Also included will be a virtual tour, discussing themes and craftsmanship.

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