Continued Learning @ UE Courses

The University of Evansville is offering the following online courses through our Continued Learning at UE program in Fall 2020. Complete the registration form to become a member and secure your spot in a course today.

Course Dates

September 2 - September 30

9:00 a.m.

Manner, Marriage, and Mobility in Austen - $30

Instructor: Kristina Hochwender, PhD

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the most beloved authors in English literature. In the 200 years since her death, her books and life have grown into whole industries, and she has become a cultural touchstone with few parallels. 2005’s blockbuster adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (to give just one example) earned over 100 million dollars; the Jane Austen Society of North America boasts thousands of members; and whether they're killing zombies or heading to college, Austen’s characters have spawned enough parallel lives to populate a small village. In this course, we will read three novels that span Austen’s writing career: Lady Susan, an early epistolary novel, Emma, written at the height of Austen’s powers, and Persuasion, her last completed novel. In doing so, we will consider issues central to all of Austen’s works: the social imperative of marriage, the unsettling problem of rootless or mobile women, and the reliance upon manner to know and to negotiate one’s place in the world.

October 7 - November 4

9:00 a.m.

Reading the American Short Story II - $30

Instructor: Dr. Mark Cirino, Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair of English and Department Chair

We will Zoom our way through twelve magnificent American short stories from some of literature’s greatest luminaries, beginning in the middle of the nineteenth century and moving to contemporary examples. Through our readings, we will discuss aspects of plot, theme, and language, and appreciate the artistry of some of the finest writers America has produced.

We will not re-examine any of the stories we discussed in this summer’s version of this class, nor will our conversation assume you have taken that course. Everyone is welcome!

The goal of this course is to expand your knowledge and enrich your soul and create a vibrant online community of curious readers and conversationalists.

11:00 a.m.

The Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’, 1968-1998 - $30

Instructor: Daniel Gahan, PhD

This course will examine the causes and patterns of the inter-ethnic/religious violence which occurred in Northern Ireland between the 1960s and the 1990s. It will also pay attention to the peace process which developed between 1993 and 1998 and which still stands as a shining example to the world of how peace can be built between old enemies.

The purpose of the course is to consider the nature of this particular conflict and to do so with a comparative perspective in mind. Other countries which deal with similar problems to those of Northern Ireland include Israel/Palestine, South Africa, Canada, and the United States. In this sense our course belongs to the field of history but it also will take the vantage point of the political scientist.


Article (on JSTOR): Simon Prince, “Do What the Afro-Americans Are Doing: Black Power and the Start of the Northern Ireland Troubles”, Journal of Contemporary History 50:3 (July 2015), 516-535

Film: Voices from the Grave: Brendan Hughes

Film: Children of the Troubles

Youtube Interview with former US Senator George Mitchell (architect of the peace process of 1998)

Instructor Daniel Gahan was born in Birmingham, England, but spent his childhood and college years in Ireland. He came to the USA in 1977. His degrees are from the National University of Ireland (B.A.), Loyola of Chicago (MA) and the University of Kansas (Ph. D). He has been a member of the history faculty at UE since 1986. His teaching areas included 18th and 19th century Europe and early America. His research specialty is in the area of Ireland and the Irish in rural America and most of his publications have been related to the Irish rebellion of 1798 and the Irish in rural America.

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Office Location:
Room 311, Graves Hall

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT