Continued Learning @ UE Courses

The University of Evansville is offering the following online courses through our Continued Learning at UE program in Spring 2021. Complete the registration form to secure your spot in a course today.

February 3 – March 3, 2021

New Perspectives on British Identity - $30

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.
Instructors: Dr. Sophie Baldock, Dr. Nicola Boyle, Dr. David Green

This course, offered by members of the Dept. of British Studies at Harlaxton College, considers a series of perspectives on Britain past and present. Through a range of engaging historical, political and cultural examples it explores key moments in the evolution of Britain and changing conceptions of its identity. The course concludes with a discussion of the vexed question of what it means to be British today.

Materials/readings suggested for the course:

  • Extracts from Nick Groom, The Union Jack: The Story of the British Flag
  • Extracts from Gerald of Wales, The History and Topography of Ireland; The Journey through Wales and the Description of Wales
  • A selection of passages from the plays of William Shakespeare
  • A selection of poems by Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra
  • Essays and book extracts by writers such as Zadie Smith, David Olusoga, Afua Hirsch and Andrew Marr.

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March 17 – April 14, 2021

A Gambol through American Poetry, Part I - $30

Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m.
Instructor: Dr. Mark Cirino, Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair of English & Department Chair

In just five Zoom classes, we will read a healthy sampling of the American poetry written during the first half of the nineteenth century. We will make sure we read the canonical (in other words “dead white male”) writers like Bryant, Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Whittier, Poe, and Whitman, while also including neglected poets, some of whom better represent the breadth and diversity of early nineteenth-century America.

While we focus on this specific era in American literature, we will also consider broader themes about poetry, art, and the culture out of which these poems sprung. We will also speak more generally about reading, interpreting, and speaking about poetry. This class is designed to accommodate both devoted poetry readers and those who find it impenetrable and consider themselves “bad” at reading it.

Ultimately, the goal of this course is to expand your knowledge and enrich your soul and create a supportive online community of curious readers and conversationalists.

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Legal and Constitutional Interpretation: The Interface of Law, Morality and Political Philosophy - $30

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Dr. William R. (Dick) Connolly

The objective of the course is to critically examine contemporary theories of law and legal interpretation and the interface of morality, political philosophy and constitutional interpretation. We will discuss a variety of topics about law, including international law, the justification of the Nuremberg Trials and the International Criminal Court as well as a number of issues in US constitutional law, especially as regards religious liberty and privacy. Class discussion will focus on examination of important legal cases in these areas. The purpose of these discussions is to enable exploration of their own ideas about these important issues.

Materials/readings suggested for the course:

In addition to reading materials on the various cases we will discuss, there are a number of essays available online to guide our readings and discussions. At the beginning of the course, we will view the 1961 film, Judgement at Nuremberg. The film will be shown on campus, with appropriate health precautions. Those who are uncomfortable with this may rent the DVD from the library and watch it in the safety of your home. If you do not remember it, the film is a terrific, fictionalized portrayal of the trials of the German judges at the end of WWII. The cast alone makes the film worth watching. (Spencer Tracy, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Maximillian Schell, Richard Widmark, Werner Klemperer (aka Col. Klink) and a barely pubescent William Shatner.) Our discussion will focus on the legal justification of the trials in the light of philosophical theories of law.

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Room 311, Graves Hall

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