Continued Learning @ UE Courses

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

Special Events

Spring Luncheon

Register Now for Spring Luncheon

Price: $12
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall Room 252

1ST SESSION: February 15 – March 22 (no classes week of March 8)

Reading John Steinbeck

Register Now for Reading John Steinbeck

Price: $45
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: University Library, LI 203 and Online – Zoom
Instructor(s): Mark Cirino, PhD

To appreciate John Steinbeck, one of the great 20th-century American writers, we will read two of his books and discuss the beauty of the language as well as the power and relevance of their themes. We will read The Long Valley and Of Mice and Men as representative works from Steinbeck’s career. Readers familiar with Steinbeck are welcome, as are those who would be reading him for the first time.


  • Of Mice and Men (Penguin, Steinbeck Centennial Edition)
  • The Long Valley (Penguin Classics)
Mark Cirino received his PhD at the Graduate Center-CUNY. Of his eight books about American literature as writer or editor, his most recent is One True Sentence: Writers & Readers on Hemingway’s Art (2022), with Michael Von Cannon. He serves as the General Editor for Kent State University Press's “Reading Hemingway” series, for which he wrote the volume on Across the River and into the Trees (2016) and co-edited Reading Winner Take Nothing (2021) with former UE student Susan Vandagriff. Dr. Cirino is the host of the popular Hemingway Society-sponsored podcast, One True Podcast.

Maximizing Interpersonal Relationships

Register Now for Maximizing Interpersonal Relationships

Price: $45
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: University Library, LI 203
Instructor(s): Douglas Stamps, PhD

The objective of this course is to provide essential skills to improve your interactions with others and maximize outcomes in your life. The course covers many life skills, such as understanding and interacting with people with different social styles, understanding nonverbal communications, negotiating with others, and managing your time. Social styles describe how people behave in normal and stressful situations, what people value, and what people expect from others. Nonverbal communications help people learn how to interpret what is said and not said. Topics in negotiations include the structure of negotiations, a description of collaborative and competitive negotiation strategies, and when to choose one strategy over the other. Time management helps people to accomplish meaningful goals in life.

Materials/Readings: None

Douglas Stamps has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Evansville since 1995. He earned his BS from the University of Evansville, MS from MIT, and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, all in mechanical engineering. He teaches elements of organizational behavior in his senior-level Professional Practice course. He is the recipient of the 2001 University of Evansville Outstanding Teacher Award, the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education IL/IN Section Outstanding Teaching Award, one of the 10 national finalists for the 2010 Inspire Integrity Award from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the 2013 United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher Award.

American Food

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Price: $45
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: University Library, Morris Conference Rm, LI 209
Instructor(s): Danielle Williams

Discuss American food in the broader context of American society, with emphasis on immigrant impact on American food, and how traditional American foods have impacted cuisine around the world.

Materials/Readings: The American Plate Libby H. O’Connell ISBN: 978-1-4926-0302-3; handouts

Danielle Williams is a librarian at the University of Evansville Library. She has worked at UE for over 20 years and has taught courses throughout her tenure at UE. While not a historian through profession, she has always had a keen interest in history, and has taught food history in America, Fairy Tales, and politics and privacy.

Classical Music since 1945

Register Now for Classical Music since 1945

Price: $45
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: University Library, LI 203
Instructor(s): Charles du Preez, DMA

This class will take the student on a journey of classical music since 1945, covering various genres, composers, and trends. Further reading and listening will be made available for deeper investigation into the subject.

Materials/Readings: Readings will be provided, selected from a range of essays, book chapters, and other sources. Additional material will be suggested.

Charles du Preez is a clarinetist and bass clarinetist hailing from rural Nebraska and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Evansville. He received degrees from the University of Arizona (DMA), The California Institute of the Arts (MFA), and Nebraska Wesleyan University (BA). His DMA lecture recital and accompanying 222-page document “Listener-Based Analysis of Electroacoustic Music” includes a select chronology of analytical methods of electroacoustic music and the analyses of two pieces for electroacoustic bass clarinet.  He has performed with the Tucson Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Chamberhood (part of Arizona Friends of Chamber Music), and the Arizona Symphonic Winds. He has also competed as a finalist in the International Clarinet Association Orchestral Audition Competition, and performed at the San Luis Potosi Opera Festival, the American Single Reed Summit, and the Pierre Monteux Festival. Current projects include the flute/clarinet duo B245 with his partner Christine Lanza and collaborating with Tucson-based composer/organist Josh Nichols.

Painting with the Masters: The Modernists, Part III

Register Now for Painting with the Masters: The Modernists, Part III

Price: $45
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 one artist per session followed by a hands-on painting lesson using the specific artist’s method.

Materials/Readings: any art materials/paint/paper/canvas/ etc. NO OIL PAINT 

Michelle Vezina Peterlin is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she studied under legendary painters John Grillo and Leonard Gongora and received a degree in painting. She was born and raised in Gardner, Massachusetts. Currently, she resides with her husband in Evansville, IN. She has been a professional artist for over 30 years and currently exhibits her work throughout the United States.

2nd SESSION: April 5 – May 3

A Virtual Tour of Israel

Register Now for A Virtual Tour of Israel

Price: $45
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: University Library, LI 203
Instructor(s): The Kandel Sisters

What makes Israel the single holiest destination on planet earth? What draws more than three million people toward this tiny nation every year? Is it the beauty? Certainly, in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, this once barren desert now blossoms in spectacular fashion. Is it the history? Without question, no other spot on earth has captured the attention of the world for so many years. Is it the sites, smells, sounds, treasures, and exotic foods of a modern land that somehow remains mystifyingly ancient but also amazingly current? Join us on a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land bringing familiar passages in your Bible to life. In this course we will experience Nazareth, Bethlehem, the Western Wall, the Dead Sea, Qumran, the Via Delarosa and more. We will unpack the history of Israel becoming a nation, but also look at what the future may hold.

Materials/Readings: The Bible; The Stones Cry Out, Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jerusalem in Prophecy by Randall Price; Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg; Carta’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem by Israel Ariel and Chaim Richman; Against All Odds Israel Survives, DVD series published by Questar

The Kandel Sisters: Kris, Karen, Kathie, and Linda are sisters who are a little north of middle age and a bit south of rigor mortis. They write and speak together and have indie published three devotionals: Take a Deep Breath…It’s Christmas, Catch Your Breath…It’s a New Beginning, The Resurrection…It’s Breathtaking. Their most recent book, Get on Your Knee Replacements and Pray, launched in April 2019, and was published by FaithWords, a division of Hachette Publishing. All four are graduates of Malone University, Canton, Ohio, with degrees in education. They have over 100 years of combined teaching experiences. All are moms, grandmothers, and Bible teachers.

Journaling is Fun!

Register Now for Journaling is Fun!

Price: $45
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Online – Zoom
Instructor(s): Sherrill Rayford, PhD

Express yourself with the joy of Journal writing. This engaging Journaling class provides time for you to write, share, and communicate using the power of words. So, select your favorite pen, notebook, purchase that beautiful Journal you desire, or use the technology format you prefer. If you want to connect with or discover the fun in Journal writing, join this virtual community of writers.

Materials/Readings: Journal or spiral notebook with paper, pen or pencil, laptop or desktop computer, Zoom/ Internet access

Sherrill Rayford is a lifelong practicing writer. She wrote a teaching memoir, writes devotionals, and podcasts. Prior, she taught secondary writing classes, and she is one of the faculty members in the UE School of Education.

The Golden Age of Islamic Culture

Register Now for The Golden Age of Islamic Culture

Price: $45
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: University Library, LI 203
Instructor(s): Michael Austin, PhD

We will read one full-length novel, Children of the Alley by the Egyptian Nobel Prize winning author Naguib Mahfouz, along with excerpts from prose and poetry written during the Golden Age of the Islamic World (about 800-1300 CE). Lessons will focus on The Thousand and One Arabian Nights, The Conference of the Birds, and the poems of Rumi.

Michael Austin, PhD. is the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Evansville. Before moving to Evansville, he was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University (Kansas), and before that, Dean of Graduate Studies at Shepherd University (West Virginia) where he taught composition, world literature, and British literature. He is the author of several textbooks and works of literary criticism.

Bird Lovers II

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Price: $45
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Koch Center, Room 100
Instructor(s): Sharon Sorenson

Each of the first four sessions of the Bird Lovers' Class will be devoted to profiling birds, describing their respective behaviors and habitats. Each session will also address ways by which to meet those birds' needs, including the necessity for providing both natural and man-made nesting/roosting sites, offering moving water, supporting natural food supplies, and selecting the most appropriate native plants. The final session will offer suggestions for attracting birds to small spaces, including typical urban yards as well as pots-and-patio spaces. Participants will better understand and appreciate specific bird species and their needs, especially in terms of conservation.

Materials/Readings: None required

Sharon Sorenson has been a passionate birder since an early age and has gardened for birds for over 35 years. She's authored 23 books, including Planting Native to Attract Birds to Your Yard and two broader references, Birds in the Yard Month by Month and How Birds Behave. Recipient of the Earl Brooks Award for the Advancement of Conservation of Natural Resources in Indiana, Sorenson has been writing a biweekly "For the Birds" newspaper column since 2002, has conducted nearly 150 birding workshops and lectures, posts timely videos on her Bird Watching YouTube channel, and for 15 years has taught a popular monthly birding class free to the public at Evansville Central Library. Find her almost daily Facebook posts about birds and their habitats at SharonSorensonBirdLady.

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