Continued Learning @ UE Courses

The University of Evansville is offering the following courses through our Continued Learning at UE program. Complete the registration form to become a member and secure your spot in a course today.

Spring 2018

Session I

March 21-April 18

  • 9:00 a.m.
    Faulkner Without Fear - $30

    In this course, we will read just a small fraction of William Faulkner's fiction, but we will do so carefully and thoughtfully. After reading a couple of short stories, we will spend most of our time reading and discussing Faulkner's modernist masterpiece, As I Lay Dying (1930), which will introduce us to Faulkner's themes and techniques that marked his career as the greatest novelist in the history of American literature.

    This course welcomes people who love Faulkner, hate Faulkner, and -- especially -- those who have always been curious about him, but were intimidated by his reputation as a "confusing" or "difficult" writer. As Faulkner himself said, "the basest of all things is to be afraid," so we will be brave, curious, and enthusiastic readers of some of Faulkner's finest and most enduring work.

    Instructor: Dr. Mark Cirino, Associate Professor, English and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature.

  • 11:00 a.m.
    Mixed Subject Painting - $30

    We will be studying composition and working from still-lifes and also some plain air outdoors. Please bring your choice of canvas, paperwork, acrylic, gauche or watercolor paints. Pastels are welcome too. No oil paints please.

    Instructor: Michelle Peterlin, local artist

  • 2:00 p.m.
    I’m Not There-Yet: Writing Your Way Through Life’s Transitions - $30

    Based on Writing Through Transitions, by Leia Francisco, in which I am certified, and my own work with A Living, Breathing Story, this course assists people who are navigating (or anticipate navigating) any kind of transition in their lives. It will consist of five 90-minute sessions that include discussion and writing strategies, as well as additional writing to be done in between sessions to deepen the self-exploration and discovery process.

    Please bring own journal (paper or electronic, except cell phones)

    Instructor: Barbara Stahura, CJF

  • 4:00 p.m.
    Living in Retirement in Today’s Changing Environment - $30

    Saving and planning for retirement is one of the most important financial moves you can make.

    Whether you are nearing retirement or retired, you need to continuously plan for it, so you may live the way you want to during retirement. During the “Living in Retirement in Today’s Changing Environment,” course, you will learn to address your personal wealth planning journey through the following topics:

    Financial Planning in Today’s Environment; Planning for a Comfortable Retirement; Retirement Plan Distributions: Know your Options; IRA Distribution Planning; A Taxpayers’ Guide to Charitable Giving

    Instructor: Bryan Ruder, AAMS, AIF, Financial Advisor

Session II

May 2-May 30

  • 9:00 a.m.
    Ancient Epicureans, Stoics and Skeptics - $30

    While the study of ancient philosophy tends to suggest abstract ponderous readings in Plato and Aristotle, much of ancient philosophy is practical and accessible. In the later years of Hellenistic Greece and the Roman period, philosophy turned away from the speculations of Plato and Aristotle to focus on the practical aims of leading the virtuous and happy life in a dramatically changing world. During this period, philosophy was dominated by epicureans, stoics and skeptics. The writings of these philosophers aimed to give practical advice on how to lead the happy and virtuous life. The ideas of these philosophers have been immensely influential in Western thought and have ready application in today’s complex world. Their ideas have significantly influenced, for example, the recent movement in psychotherapy called Rational Emotive Therapy. In the class we will read, discuss and respond in writing to the works which define these ancient traditions.

    The writings of the principal thinkers of this period are readily available on line as well as in inexpensive paperback editions. The readings from the epicurean tradition will be from Epicurus and Lucretius, the stoic tradition will be represented by The Handbook (The Encheiridion) of Epictetus and The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, and the skeptical tradition will be represented by Sextus Empiricus and his Outlines of Pyrrhonism.

    Instructor: Dr. William R. (Dick) Connolly, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy.

  • 11:00 a.m.
    Assembling a Poetry Collection (Chapbook) - $30

    Assemble your own collection of poetry for submission or other personal goals. For this five-week course, explore poems for inspiration as you write, collect, and edit your own poetry into a chapbook. Aided by literary models and group discussion, learn how to create a finished collection of your work. The class will meet on May 2, 9, 23, and 30, with the fifth class period conducted as an individual conference with the instructor, scheduled during the second half of the session, to critique and shape your personal poetry collection.

    Objective: By the end of the five-week course, you should have a draft, in some stage of completion, to bind into an artistic collection of poetry.

    Materials: Readings for inspiration will be provided by the instructor. Bring paper and pen or laptop computer.

    Instructor: Julia Gregg, columnist for the Evansville Courier and Press, is a consultant and writer

  • 4:00 p.m.
    Flavors of Latin America - $40

    This course offers a cultural exploration through food and cooking. Food and cooking from diverse regions of Spanish America will be the springboard to studying Latin American ideology and socio-cultural practices. Due to space restrictions, the cap for this course is set at 6 participants.

    Instructor: Dr. Diana Rodriquez Quevedo, Associate Professor of Spanish

Additional courses for Session II to be announced.

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