Continued Learning @ UE Courses

The University of Evansville is offering the following courses through our Continued Learning at UE program in Spring 2019. Complete the registration form to become a member and secure your spot in a course today.

Session I

March 20-April 17

  • 9:00 a.m.
    British Roots of American Political Thought - $30

    Americans often pride themselves on the novelty and uniqueness of the political ideas and structures created by the Founders. The basic freedoms we associate with the United States, such as freedom of religion, speech, press, the independence of the state from church authority existed nowhere in Europe to the degree that they did in the young American republic. The notion of a limited government, preserved by the checks and balances of the new Constitution, is thought to protect the new republic from the authoritarian rule so much more prevalent in European nations of the day.

    Yet such claims of American exceptionalism overlook the fact that almost all of the ideas from which the Founders drew had their roots in European, especially British, writers and their ideas. The notion that the state, for example, owes its authority to consent was extensively developed by English writers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. The ideas of religious liberty and toleration were main themes of Locke’s Letter on Toleration. James Madison’s discussion of the role of factions and parties in undermining constitutional republics owes much to Scottish Enlightenment figures, especially David Hume. And Thomas Paine, whose ideas played an important role in both the American and French revolutions, was an Englishman, born in the Midlands and a resident of Grantham while working as an excise collector for the English government. His writings on behalf of both the American and French Revolutions suggested to many that the Age of Reason should be called the Age of Paine. His attacks on the idea of monarchy, his attack on the political authority of religion in The Age of Reason, and his defense of freedom in The Rights of Man are hallmarks of the new age.

    In this class we will read and discuss some of the writings of Locke, Paine, Madison and Hume with the intent of demonstrating how very European early American political ideas were.

    Instructor: Dr. Dick Connolley, Emeriti Faculty, Philosophy

  • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    A Walk through Evansville Black History 1812-1968 - $30

    A survey of events and personalities which shaped the African American experience in Evansville Indiana.

    Recommended readings:

    • "All we ask is a Fair Trial" 1987. Dr. Darrell Bigham
    • "The Negro in Indiana before 1900" 1985. Emma Thornbrough
    • "Blacks in Indiana in the 20th Century" 1990. Emma Thornbrough
    • "The History of Evansville Blacks" 1974. Dallas Sprinkles
    • "The Indiana Slave Narratives" 1938. WPA Publication of the Writer's Project
    • Files of the Evansville Courier, the Evansville Press, and the Evansville Journal 1871-present
    • Our Times Newspaper 1983-present

    Instructor: Mr. Kelley Coures, Executive Director of the Department of Metropolitan Development, City of Evansville

    Newspaper clippings about Black history
  • 4:00 p.m.
    Volunteers Do It for Free - $30

    In a competing world for time, treasure, and talent, this course will explore charitable causes, and the immediate and long-term impact they are making in our world. In this five-week course we will learn about current social issues our world is facing, charitable causes and the ways to support them. Identify personal drivers for philanthropic activities. Examine ethical and fiscal responsibilities charities should have to benefactors and supporters. Meet community members to learn their personal stories of how they are impacting the community through philanthropic work and volunteer activities. Participants will not only gain insights to giving through inspiration, but mine for charitable outcomes and impact when choosing giving opportunities.

    Materials/readings suggested for the course

    • Nicole Bouchard Boles, How to Be an EVERYDAY Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community, and World - at No Cost! (Workman Publishing, Nov 12, 2009)
    • Robert D. Lupton, Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It) (HarperCollins, Oct 2, 2012)

    Jennifer Evans, Development Director for the Evansville Zoological Society, Inc. Jennifer is an enthusiastic community leader and volunteer, who has participated in projects and causes that includes:

    • Mickey’s Kingdom Park Planning Committee Co-Chair
    • Evansville Promise Zone Planning Committee and Reducing Violent Crimes Developer
    • North Main Street Mural Project Lead
    • Jacobsville Neighborhood Quality of Life Plan and Department of Justice BYRNE Criminal Justice Innovation Program
    • Evansville Streets Alive!
    • North Main Complete Street Project
    • Young Leaders United Benefit Battle

Session II

  • May 1-May 29
    9:00 a.m.
    Reading Willa Cather - $30

    One hundred years ago, Willa Cather was asking questions about immigration, gender, race, and class that are still terribly relevant today. In her best work, the so-called “Prairie Trilogy,” she dramatized characters grappling with these issues in some of the most haunting language in all of American literature. In our course, we will read two short novels of the trilogy—O Pioneers! (1913) and My Antonía (1918). We will read these works carefully and discuss issues of language, theme, character, and plot.

    Instructor: Dr. Mark Cirino, Associate Professor of English and Endowed Chair

  • May 1, 8, 15, and 22
    2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Fun and Easy Fabric Printing - $30

    In this 4-session class we will work with paints and printmaking techniques to create unique patterns and designs on fabric. In addition to making monoprints with gel plates, we will use soy wax resist, and print with stamps, stencils, and some unusual tools. Come ready to play, experiment, and have fun!

    Instructor: Lynda Heines

  • May 1-May 29
    4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    Norman Rockwell, his life, models, wives and art - $30

    This course will detail the history of the one of the most beloved American artists, Norman Rockwell. We will explore his early career in New York, training, working techniques, his personal and family life and impact on the 3 communities he lived in during his active years. You will also get to understand Rockwell through the eyes of a contemporary professional artist.

    Instructor: Michelle Peterlin will be your guide. She is a former member of the Rockwell Museum curatorial staff and has been a professional artist for 30 years.

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Room 233, Graves Hall

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