Courses

Our goal is to enhance the intellectual, social, and cultural life of adults by providing challenging, diverse, and relevant courses on academic topics. Most of our classes are four to six weeks long and meet once a week for 1-1/2 or 2 hours. Our volunteer instructors are motivated by their desire to share their knowledge and facilitate thoughtful discussions on academic topics. 

 

We have two semesters: Fall and Winter/Spring. 

Fall 2019 Current Courses  ( * ordered by day)

If you would like to take a course that is full, please add your name to the waitlist, and we will contact you if a seat becomes available. Please do not contact the instructor directly.  

Basic Economic Thinking: How Freakonomics Will Change the Way You View the World

Unexpected insights may change the way you view the modern world! With an economics professor serving as a facilitator, discover how economic reasoning can clarify your thinking.  More details...

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Monday

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

$66

Dr. Ted Amato

September 9, 2019 - October 14, 2019

Introduction to Classical Chinese Poetry

Travel back in time for a glimpse at early Chinese culture, as expressed through poetry, with a professor, poet, and translator who has traveled, studied, and taught in China. More details...

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Monday

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

$55

September 16, 2019 - October 14, 2019

Dr. Gill Holland

Jazz Essentials

All that jazz! Explore the components and the structure of jazz, with a special look at two jazz concerts at Davidson College in the fall. More details...

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Monday

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

$55

Dr. Bill Lawing

September 23, 2019 - November 18, 2019

Beginning Genealogy Workshop

Interested in exploring your family tree? Reach for the first branch with this introduction to genealogical research. It’s suitable for those who have never tried genealogy … or who have dabbled in it but have not made much progress.  More details...

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Tuesday

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

$55

Dr. Christopher J. Ritz

September 10, 2019 - October 8, 2019

Art of Islam

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about an artistic tradition of immense beauty and profound meaning: the art associated with Islam and how that art relates to Islamic worldview and spirituality. More details...

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Tuesday

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

$55

Dr. Rizwan Zamir

September 10, 2019 - October 8, 2019

Memoir Writing Workshop: It's My Story and I'm Stickin' to It

Everybody has a story. This class will help you identify your life stories and how to shape and share them.  More details...

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Tuesday

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

$55

Jean Berg

September 17, 2019 - October 15, 2019

Community Engagement & Social Change

“Come on people now / smile on your brother…”

The world needs engaged community members who can work together to impact social issues. Learn how to work more effectively with communities and organizations to bring about social change. More details...

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CANCELLED

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4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

$55

Dr. Stacey Riemer

October 8, 2019 - November 5, 2019

American Indians and Politics

Why have American Indian nations/tribes sought for so long to protect their sovereignty? Explore the political relationships between American Indian nations/tribes and US governments (national, state, local) in both the past and present. More details...

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Tuesday

02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

$44

Dr. Ron Schmidt

October 15, 2019 - November 5, 2019

Birds and Bees: The Evolutionary Ecology of Animal Reproduction

Brilliant plumage like the tail of a peacock, crazy rhythmic dances performed by birds of paradise, violent clashes among male elephant seals — so much of the extraordinary beauty and fascinating behavior of the animal kingdom relates to finding a mate so that one's genes will pass on to the next generation. In this course, you will learn about the evolution of sexual reproduction and sex roles, male-male competition, female choice, sexual conflict, and mating systems. No materials need to be purchased.   More details...

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Tuesday

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

$55

October 15, 2019 - November 12, 2019

Dr. Mark Stanback

Connections and Conflicts in the Humanities: Revolution 

Study written works, musical compositions, paintings and sculptures, live performances, architecture, and film and digital media from around the globe in a team-taught interdisciplinary course with topics that fall under the broad theme of revolution. More details...

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Wednesday

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

$44

August 28, 2019 - April 29, 2020

Dr. Scott Denham

Gettysburg: The Fight that Changed America

Why is Gettysburg the battle of the Civil War? Let’s look at the days leading up to it, the three days of fighting, the aftermath of the battle, and the role of the battle in the historical consciousness of American history.  More details...

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Wednesday

7:00 PM - 09:00 PM

$66

Eric Hight

September 11, 2019 - October 16, 2019

Intermediate/Advanced Genealogy Workshop

Get ready for some serious digging into your family history. This workshop focuses on furthering your original research, breaking down “brick walls,” and determining your next steps. More details...

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Wednesday

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$55

Dr. Marilyn Rousseau

October 16, 2019 - November 13, 2019

Poetry of Mary Oliver

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?”

Look at the beautiful poetry of Mary Oliver, whose recent death reminded us how important she was and is both to our writing and to the growth and nurturing of our inner selves.   More details...

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Thursday

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

$55

Dr. Tony Abbott

September 12, 2019 - October 10, 2019

Rynne Lectures in International Affairs

Global hot spots — how are they shaping future policies about national security and diplomacy? Issues covered: Britain and the EU, US and the Middle East, Recent Trends in South America, Rise of Populism in Germany, and Russian Foreign Policy.  More details...

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Thursday

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

$55

Thomas Rynne

September 12, 2019 - October 10, 2019

Exploring Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

That impossible dream — “Don Quijote” has been labeled the first and the greatest European novel. Explore Cervantes’ insights into life, love, psychology, and 16th century Spain that lie behind the protagonist’s wild adventures. More details...

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Thursday

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$66

Dr. Deborah Nelson

September 19, 2019 - October 24, 2019

Race and Racism in American History

Is there a key to understanding anti-black racism in America? Explore the manifestations of racist thinking from 1619 to the present, using Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning as our guide. More details...

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Thursday

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

$55

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Dr. Mike Guasco (with Dr. Dan Aldridge)

October 3, 2019 - October 31, 2019

US Trade Policy: Its Continuing Evolution & Global Ramifications

Is your head spinning with news of exports, imports, tariffs, trade imbalances? Join a class led by a former member of the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President, to make some sense of it all. More details...

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Thusday

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

$44

Joe Papovich

October 17, 2019 - November 7, 2019

Contemporary Issues in Healthcare

How healthy is the current state of healthcare? In this course, we will look at a selection of pressing issues, tough problems, and possible solutions. More details...

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Friday

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

$55

Dr. Peter Enyeart

October 4, 2019 - November 1, 2019

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