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By: Meg Kimmel

Added: August 3, 2020

Fall 2020 Course Announcement 

Fall 2020 Course List
Beginning Genealogy
Instructor: Christopher J. Ritz, PhD


Interested in doing your own genealogical research? Trace your family history with an expert! This course is for beginners or for those who have dabbled in genealogy but have not made much progress.

Tuesdays — Sep. 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 6
1:00 PM–3:00 PM
Connections & Conflicts in Humanities: The Body
Instructor: Scott Denham, PhD


Study the connections and conflicts in the humanities under the broad theme of the body.  The lecture-based course runs parallel to Davidson College’s Humanities Program and is based primarily on public faculty lectures, as well as on other college-sponsored public events. The approximately 20 course lectures and events will be fully online and remote.

Wednesdays — Aug. 19; Sep. 2, 16, 30; Oct. 14, 28; Nov. 11; Dec. 2, 16
3:00 PM–4:30 PM
The Evolution of US Trade Policy
Instructor: Joe Papovich


Dollars, euros, yuan — and integrity. Trace the history of the modern international trading system to the present day. Is there such a thing as a “level playing field”? Learn how the US has and is protecting itself against fairly and unfairly traded imports.

Thursdays — Sep. 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
2:30 PM–4:00 PM
The Future of the American Health Care System
Instructor: Joe Konen, MD, MSPH


Talk about timely. The health care needs of the American people are complex. The clamor about accessibility, affordability, and accountability cries for evolution, if not revolution, of our current system. Review the origins of the US health care system, the stakeholders involved, and the proposed emerging strategies.

Tuesdays — Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10
7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Scarlet A+: Revisiting Nathaniel Hawthorne
Instructor: Tony Abbott, PhD


Remember Hester Prynne? Revisit your knowledge and understanding, possibly acquired long ago in high school, of what is viewed as the first great American novel. Learn about Hawthorne’s life. Read and discuss the six remarkable short stories that led up to and illuminate The Scarlet Letter.

Thursdays — Sep. 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15
10:00 AM–11:30 AM
The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
Instructor: Deborah Fosberg Nelson, MA


A clash of ideologies, a breeding ground for WWII, the Spanish Civil War holds pivotal importance in the history of several countries. Explore events leading to deep divisions within Spanish society, resulting in a civil war within a civil war and the defeat of the Republic. 

Mondays — Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9
1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Understanding Visual Forms in Film, Television, and Beyond
Instructor: Maggie McCarthy, PhD


More than meets the eye: In our increasingly digital world, images have become an omnipresent mode of conveying meaning.  Let’s look at how they are constructed, framed, stylized, edited, etc. and at the larger social, cultural, or historical context in which they appear.

Tuesdays — Oct. 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17
4:00 PM–5:30 PM

Welcome to a different kind of Fall Term!
Like many educational enterprises across the nation, DavidsonLearns is putting the health and welfare of our learners and volunteers first, offering an online curriculum in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
DavidsonLearns instructors are embracing this opportunity, and we expect our online curriculum will continue to expand until it is safe to meet again in person.

Zoom — your new best friend
Since all DavidsonLearns courses and Spotlight Events this fall will be delivered online via the free Zoom online meeting platform, we will have trained facilitators to help you before and during courses to troubleshoot technical problems, access the course, and participate in the online sessions.

  • Each course will have a dedicated facilitator.

  • Each course will have an orientation session one day prior to your first class. We will be sending more information about Zoom, but for now, rest assured.

Fall Term course offerings
Your Fall Term includes seven courses to choose among. If you are a current DavidsonLearns member, look over the course offerings below and make your plans to register, beginning 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 10.
Because we have only seven courses this term, we ask you to limit yourself to one course initially, but feel free to sign up for more courses on August 17 if there is space available.
How to register
If you are not yet a member or need to renew your membership, follow the Membership/Registration guidelines here: DavidsonLearns. Note that a 12-month membership is $30, and courses typically run from $55 to $66.
Don’t forget that DavidsonLearns will continue to sponsor Spotlight Events with community partners, online for now, that vary from theater previews, to musical performances, to  public lectures, and more. Upcoming Spotlight Events are listed here.
While much has changed in our daily lives, DavidsonLearns is enthusiastic about and connecting with our community of learners and teachers this fall — we can’t wait to “see” you!

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