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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. 

Winter/Spring 2019 Current Courses  ( * ordered by day)

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

21st Century Grandparenting in the United States

What’s your role?  Explore grandparenting in the 21st century – how have the roles of grandparents in America evolved, what constitutes effective grandparents, what legacy should grandparents leave behind for their grandchildren. More details...

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Monday

10:30AM - 12:00PM

$55

Dr. Colleen Thrailkill

January 28, 2010 - February 25, 2019

A Workshop on Creation in Milton’s Paradise Lost, Bks 7 & 8

Lovers of John Milton’s Paradise Lost — as well as those who have never read the greatest epic in the English language — can savor the unique language of Books 7 and 8 as we look at Milton’s use of the blank verse form. More details...

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Monday

2:00PM - 3:30PM

$55

March 04, 2019 - April 01, 2019

Dr. Gill Holland

World War I: The War to End All Wars

The Great War — World War I — was the seminal event of the 20th century. Look at the causes, the fighting, and the peace treaties of this conflict that left ten million soldiers and six million civilians dead.  More details...

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Monday

7:00PM - 9:00PM

$66

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Eric Hight

April 01, 2019 - May 06, 2019

International Affairs: Emerging Threats and Opportunities 

Global hot spots — how are they shaping future policies about national security and diplomacy? Issues covered: Rise of China, Britain and the EU, French Politics, Rise of Populism in Germany, Russian Foreign Policy, and U.S. Trade Policies.  More details...

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Tuesday

7:00PM - 8:30PM

$66

Thomas Rynne

January 22, 2019 - February 26, 2019

Vices in Biblical and Jewish Literature

Vices... then and now. This course surveys biblical, Talmudic, and medieval attitudes about behaviors considered vices; for example: adultery, prostitution, alcohol consumption, and gambling.  More details...

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Tuesday

11:00AM - 12:30PM

Rabbi Michael Shields

January 29, 2019 - February 26, 2019

$55

Understanding Persistent Racial Inequality

Race matters. Investigate why racial inequality continues to play a controversial role in our politics and look at several competing efforts to provide answers. More details...

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Tuesday

2:00PM - 3:30PM

$44

Dr. Ron Schmidt

February 12, 2019 - March 05, 2019

A Brief Introduction to Peace and Conflict Resolution

Give peace a chance! Explore conflicts at the community, national, and global level by considering causes – culture, identity, religion, gender, and economy – and by looking at intervention strategies. More details...

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Tuesday

02:00PM - 03:30PM

$66

Dr. Yves-Renée Jennings

March 12, 2019 - April 16, 2019

Global Trade and International Relations

Understand the dynamic interplay between global trade and highly charged international relations. Also explore how our trade, economic, and political relationships with China, Europe, and NAFTA affect our daily lives.  More details...

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Tuesday

6:30PM - 8:00PM

$66

Greg Knudson

March 19, 2019 - April 23, 2019

Presidents and First Ladies, 1930s–1990s

Discuss presidents and first ladies from the Roosevelts through the Clintons, focusing on their personal relationships, public roles, goals and policies, successes and failures, and liberalism and conservatism. More details...

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Tuesday

9:30AM - 11:00AM

Dr. Ralph Levering

$66

April 02, 2019 - May 07, 2019

Nutrition, Metabolism, and The Human Microbiome

Good germs? Bad germs? Delve into our current understanding of the vital role that the human microbiome – the bacteria that live in and on our bodies – plays in human nutrition, digestion, metabolism, and disease.  More details...

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Wednesday

2:00PM - 03:30 PM

$66

Dr. Mark J. Barsoum

January 23, 2019 - February 27, 2019

Intermediate Genealogy: Workshop

Climbing your family tree? You’ll get a boost from individualized help as you explore online and original sources to advance your genealogical research. More details...

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Wednesday

10:00AM - 12:30 PM

$55

Dr. Marilyn Rousseau

January 30, 2019 - February 27, 2019

“Everything Was the Same Until It Changed:” American Religion since 1960

Since the 1960s, both the diversity of religious options and the modes of presentation and organization have changed substantially; and increasingly, Americans describe their religious affiliation as “None.” Explore these changes and consider basic questions about the future of American religion.  More details...

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Wednesday

10:30AM - 12:00PM

$55

Dr. John W. Kuykendall

February 13, 2019 - March 13, 2019

Environmental History: Humanity's Footprint and Today's Policy 

Issues concerning sustainability are all around us. Let’s examine three pressing ones — feeding us, housing us in cities, and giving us power — and the overarching problem of climate change through the lens of environmental history.  More details...

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Wednesday

7:00PM-8:30PM

$55

Dr. David Martin

March 20, 2019 - April 17, 2019

The Human Side of Landmark Civil Rights Lawsuits 

Trailblazers from our region fought and won landmark Civil Rights cases and brought us closer to achieving civil justice. Let’s learn about them.  More details...

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Wednesday

02:00PM-03:30PM

$55

Jim Fuller

March 27, 2019 - April 24, 2019

The Three “D’s” of Mental Health in Aging: Dementia, Depression, and Delirium

Compare the conditions of dementia, delirium, and depression. Learn how they are diagnosed.  Understand their care, causes, and prevention strategies. More details...

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Thusday

2:00PM-3:30PM

$44

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Dr. David Pfohl 

January 31, 2019 - February 21, 2019

Corporate Governance and Shareholder Activism 

Corporations and their shareholders are major influencers in today’s hot-button social issues. Learn how they are governed now and how they were governed in the past and explore the rise of shareholder activism.  More details...

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Thusday

7:00PM-8:30PM

$66

Kayla J. Gillan

January 31, 2019 - March 07, 2019

The Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O'Connor is considered one of America's greatest fiction writers. We will study her life and theology and apply what we learn to the analysis of several short stories, mostly drawn from her second collection, “Everything That Rises Must Converge.”  More details...

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Thusday

10:00AM-11:30AM

$66

Dr. Tony Abbott

February 07, 2019 - March 14, 2019

Dwight Eisenhower and the 1950s in America

Good times? Span the 1950s: political and civil unease, economic prosperity, technical innovations, music, and the rise of suburbia. More details...

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Thursday

2:00PM - 3:30PM

$66

Dr. Julian Pleasants

March 14, 2019 - April 18, 2019

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