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End of Life: Live and Unscripted!
February 19

We’re excited to join forces with The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2) to bring you this decidedly unique (and important, and fun) learning experience. The evening includes social worker Brenda Hartman, medical doctor Ann McIntosh, and the T2P2 cast who are more than adept at using improv comedy theater to connect people with "hard-thinky stuff!"

Come see the magic that’s sparked when you tackle something difficult with two of the most powerful forces in the universe: knowledge and humor! Shazam!

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Courses, Seminars, Immersions

End of Life: Live and Unscripted!

Start Date: February 19, 2020 | Special Event
Instructors: The Theater of Public Policy, Brenda Hartman, Ann McIntosh
End-of-life care planning: It’s something we all know we should consider, but few of us do, at least in a proactive way. After all, the topic can be discomforting, even scary. But what if you paired end-of-life planning discussions with two of the most powerful forces in the universe: knowledge and humor? This unique live show with the Theater for Public Policy, social worker Brenda Hartman, and medical doctor Ann McIntosh uses both to help you dive into one of life’s most crucial conversations.

International Health Concepts: Ayurveda, The Science of Life

Start Date: March 14, 2020 | Short Course
Instructors: Vanashree Belgamwar, Lisa Philander, Jessica Rosenberg
This unique course will survey the basic principles of Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest holistic systems of medicine. The session includes an examination of these principles and how they may be used in your daily life, a tour of the College of Biological Sciences’ new Conservatory and its biodiverse collection of plant species from around the world (including those most commonly used in Ayurvedic practice), and a demonstration of beginning yoga activities and exercises (including chair yoga) that enhance your health, in keeping with Ayurvedic practice.  

Napa Valley Deep Dive

Start Date: March 17, 2020 | Short Course
Instructor: Leslee Miller
There’s a good reason Napa Valley is recognized internationally as one of the world's most reputable areas for wine growing and tourism. Join Sommelier Leslee Miller as you sip and study exceptional wines produced from a collection of grape varietals that have been grown in the region for more than 150 years. You’ll also explore the history of some of the pioneering producers and more recent, innovative makers of the region.

Toni Morrison Tribute: The Class

Start Date: April 2, 2020 | Short Course
Instructor: Toni McNaron
Taught by Professor Emerita Toni McNaron, this course celebrates the work of award-winning author Toni Morrison, including three novels that form a historical trilogy detailing the perpetual ills of slavery, and two nonfiction works that illuminate themes often investigated by the author.

From Marshall to Roberts: The Supreme Court and the Commerce Clause

Start Date: April 6, 2020 | Short Course
Instructor: Timothy R. Johnson
One of the most important powers held by the United States Congress is the power to regulate interstate commerce. But what is commerce and what is Congress allowed to regulate under Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution? This course with Dr. Timothy Johnson, a nationally recognized expert on the US Supreme Court, traces the Court's jurisprudence in this area of law and places the major cases in political and economic contexts.

Elizabeth Scheu Close: Minnesota’s First Modern Architect

Start Date: April 7, 2020 | Short Course
Instructor: Jane King Hession
Once described as a “diminutive woman in a hard hat,” Elizabeth “Lisl” Scheu Close was not only Minnesota’s first modern architect, she was a trailblazer throughout her 50-year career in the field. Offered in cooperation with the Goldstein Museum of Design and their exhibition of Close’s work, curator Jane King Hession will place Close’s career as an architect within the historical context of other women in the field. The course includes a visit to the exhibition as well as a walking tour of University Grove, where you’ll view 15 houses designed by Close.

Beating About the Bush: English Idioms and Other Wild and Woolly, Tongue-in-Cheek Phrases

Start Date: April 15, 2020 | Seminar
Instructor: Anatoly Liberman
Our mastery of everything is limited, and just as no one has encountered all the words of one's native language, no one understands all its idioms. But ask anyone in a seminar on language history and they will tell you that the study of the derivation of idioms is wildly entertaining. Join Professor Anatoly Liberman for this special preview of his recently completed dictionary of English idioms in which the meanings of such collocations and, more importantly, their origins are explained. Trust us: you’ll be thrilled to bits!

Don Giovanni

Start Date: April 22, 2020 | Short Course
Instructor: Daniel Freeman
First performed in Prague in 1787, Mozart’s Don Giovanni is considered by many modern critics to be the composer’s greatest operatic masterpiece. Based on literary treatments associated with the notorious libertine of fiction, Don Juan of Seville, and with a libretto written by Lorenzo da Ponte, the opera is often regarded as a weighty antidote to Mozart’s well-known comic operas. Offered in conjunction with the Minnesota Opera production.

The Art of Ancient Greece

Start Date: April 27, 2020 | Short Course
Instructor: Allan Kohl
This introduction to ancient Greek art begins with the Aegean cultures of the Minoans and Mycenaeans, then goes on to examine the development of Greek visual art through the Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. Through images of archaeological sites including Delphi, Olympia, and the Athenian Acropolis, as well as notable examples of sculpture and figurative vase painting, art historian Allan Kohl will trace the relationship of Greek art with philosophy, religion, politics, war, and international trade.

Votes for Women 100 Years Later: The Legacy of the 19th Amendment

Start Date: May 12, 2020 | One-session seminar, May 12, 2020
Instructor: Kathryn Pearson
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. As we commemorate this important milestone, we must also explore the 19th Amendment’s relevance to the equal-rights issues of today. In this seminar, Dr. Kathryn Pearson will trace women's political involvement leading up to the 19th Amendment and discuss women’s increased participation in politics and struggle for equal rights over the past 100 years.

Design Thinking

Start Date: June 24, 2020 | Short Course
Instructor: Virajita Singh
The emerging field of “Design Thinking” takes design concepts from professional realms such as architecture, film, fashion, and design, and applies them to broader society. The process, which focuses on deep listening, holistic thinking, creativity, collaboration, experimentation, and “user” experience and engagement, is used in a variety of fields as well as by individuals working toward expansive or specific goals. In this course, you’ll use the systematic steps of Design Thinking to advance your creative vision.

A Golden Age of Cartography: Maps and Mapmakers Before 1800 

Start Date: July 16, 2020 | Short Course
Instructor: Marguerite Ragnow
This course surveys the golden age of cartography, highlighting maps and mapmakers from the Middle Ages and ancient Rome to 18th-century America. Using rare and magnificent maps from the James Ford Bell Library’s collection, you’ll delve into the history, romance, and beauty of cartography and learn how ideas about the world have changed over time—not just on maps, but in the imagination as well. Offered in cooperation with the James Ford Bell Library.

Toni Morrison Tribute: The Class (Fall 2020)

Start Date: September 17, 2020 | Short Course
Instructor: Toni McNaron
Taught by Professor Emerita Toni McNaron, this course celebrates the work of award-winning author Toni Morrison, including three novels that form a historical trilogy detailing the perpetual ills of slavery, and two nonfiction works that illuminate themes often investigated by the author.


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