Continued Learning @ UE Courses

The University of Evansville is offering the following courses through our Continued Learning at UE program in Fall 2023. Classes meet on Wednesdays or Thursdays for five weeks. Complete the registration form to secure your spot today.

Special Events

Fall Luncheon

Register Now for Fall Luncheon

Price: $12
Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center

Wednesdays, September 20 – October 19 (unless otherwise noted)

Chaucer’s Dream Visions

Register Now for Chaucer’s Dream Visions

Price: $55
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: University Library, LI 203
Instructor(s): Sara Petrosillo, PhD

Although Chaucer’s most famous work remains The Canterbury Tales, an unfinished collection of stories told by imagined travelers on pilgrimage, it often overshadows his earlier “Dream Visions”: poetic tales grappling with love, loss, illness, insomnia, fate, and the power and limits of language. Chaucer’s earliest narrative “Dream Vision” The Book of the Duchess, written on the death of John of Gaunt’s beloved wife Blanche of Lancaster, is a gem of Middle English poetry that loses much of its beauty and meaning when read only in modern English translation. The course will therefore instruct its participants on reading The Book of the Duchess in the original Middle English with step-by-step guidance on pronunciation and Chaucer’s famous poetic syntax. Learners will come to understand and appreciate modern English in a new way after immersion in the language’s poetical and philosophical beginnings.

Materials/Readings: Chaucer, The Book of the Duchess, available in Middle English online, or scanned by the professor, or in the complete Norton edition, Dream Visions and Other Poems Geoffrey Chaucer, ISBN 978-0-393-92588-3

Sara Petrosillo received her BA in English and Italian Literature from Colby College, and her PhD in English from the University of California, Davis. Her scholarship focuses on medieval literature and feminism, and she has published articles on medieval poetry and drama in the Journal for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory, Medieval Feminist Forum, and in a 2018 essay collection, Animal Languages in the Middle Ages: Representations of Interspecies Communication (Palgrave-Macmillan). Her book about the cultural influence of falconry on medieval reading practices, Hawking Women: Falconry, Gender, and Control in Medieval Literary Culture, was released in 2023. She teaches first year seminars, the first half of the British literature survey, world classics, renaissance and 17th century writers, the Romantics, and medieval literature. She also chairs and teaches the introductory class to the Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies program. She received UE’s Exemplary Teacher Award in 2021

Fairy Tales and Society

Register Now for Fairy Tales and Society

Price: $55
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: University Library, LI 203
Instructor(s): Danielle Williams

Fairy tales have become a bedtime story for children and “happily ever after” a goal to achieve as adults. But fairy tales began as cautionary tales for children and young adults. How and why society has altered fairy tales from their original stories offers an interesting glimpse into how and why society has changed through the past four centuries. How cultures interpret fairy tales now, and how fairy tales change to reflect society, sheds light into what society values.

Materials/Readings: The Classic Fairy Tales Ed. Maria Tatar ISBN: 0-393-97277-1

Danielle Williams is the Technical Services Librarian at the University of Evansville Library. She has taught several FYS classes, including Fairy Tales and Society, Politics and Privacy, and American Food History.

The Hobby of Royals, Part II: What’s in the News: the Who, What, When, Why, and Where of Stamps

Register Now for The Hobby of Royals, Part II: What’s in the News: the Who, What, When, Why, and Where of Stamps

Price: $55
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: University Library, LI 203
Instructor(s): John Bizal, MD and Guy Sides, MS, RPH

Postage stamps have primarily been used to pre-pay for the movement and delivery of mail; they do however chronical the changes in rulers, colonization, expansion, and consolidation of countries throughout the world. As these actions occurred, postal authorities across the world issued postage stamps to facilitate the mail service within and across these new and changing boundaries. The study of historical postal issues provides lessons in the evolution of monarchies, colonization, and influence through-out the world.

The objective of this program is to use postage stamps as a sort of “news service” to report on the actions of various European governments’ major transitions and expansions during the 19th and 20th century. The five sessions and descriptions are:

  • Who Owned All Those Colonies? Discussing the great colonizers through their postage stamps.
  • What is the History of Postal Services? Provide the historical evolution of the British and United States postal services.
  • When Did We Have All Those Monarchs? Use postage stamps to provide the history of various monarchies.
  • Why Are There So Many Types of Stamps? Review and explain the development and use of the various types of stamps from definitives to first day issues.
  • Where Did All Those Countries Go? Use stamps to show the colonies and countries that have been lost to history.

At the end of each session, there will be a brief (10 to 15 minutes) discussion of some of the technical aspects of stamp collecting such as paper types and printing methods.

Materials/Readings: None

Dr. Bizal and Mr. Sides are both avid stamp collectors. Dr. Bizal has a world-wide collection, and Mr. Sides’ focus is on U.S. and Great Britain stamps. In addition, their effort is supported by the Evansville Stamp Club, which has been an active group for almost 100 years.

Painting with the Masters

Course Full

Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Krannert 2nd Floor, FA 204
Instructor(s): Michelle Peterlin

This class will be a brief art history and technique study of the following artists followed by a hands-on painting lesson using the specific artist’s method.

Edger Degas
Paul Gauguin
Mary Casset
Pablo Picasso
Camille Pissarro

Materials/Readings: Students should bring either canvas or watercolor paper sized around 8 x 11 or 9 x 12 inches. Acrylic or watercolor paints (tube paints, not cake recommended), a water container, a roll of toilet paper, brushes and a pencil. Oil paint is not allowed.

Michelle Vezina Peterlin has been a professional artist for over 30 years. She exhibits her work in juried shows nationally and is an elected member of the Rhode Art League. She is a member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, Arts Council of Southwest Indiana and the New Harmony Artists' Guild. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor's in Studio Painting.

The First World War

Course Full

Date: Thursday
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: University Library, LI 203
Instructor(s): James MacLeod, PhD

Covers the causes, nature, and consequences of the First World War, with a focus on the personal/social/cultural/literary aspects rather than strictly military history.

Materials/Readings: Martin Gilbert, The First World War. A Complete History (1994); Jon Silkin (ed), The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (1996 edition)

Dr James MacLeod chairs the Department of History, Politics, and Social Change at UE, and has taught courses in WW2 since 1995. He is the author of Evansville in World War Two, which was published in 2015, and The Cartoons of Evansville’s Karl Kae Knecht, published in February 2017. In 2016 he wrote and co-produced a 2-part documentary on Evansville in World War II for WNIN PBS titled Evansville at War. In 2000, he published a book on 19th-century British religion, The Second Disruption, and has also written over 30 other scholarly publications. He has delivered hundreds of public lectures, has won many awards for his teaching and scholarship, and was UE’s Outstanding Teacher in 2009. In 2021 he received the Indiana Historical Society’s Hubert Hawkins History Award in recognition of his distinguished service and career in local history. His next book is a history of the city for the History Press entitled Lost Evansville, to be published Fall 2023.