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  • All LearningLife courses that take place prior to August 31, 2020, have been canceled. In many cases, LearningLife’s canceled courses and seminars have been or are in the process of being rescheduled. Registered students will receive an email notification about new dates for their course(s). As always, the best way to stay apprised of LearningLife offerings, both rescheduled and new, is to read LearningLife News, our bimonthly newsletter. (If you have registered for a course in the past two years, you are subscribed!)

Inspired Learning for the Insatiable

LearningLife may best be described as inspired learning for the insatiable—the consummate seekers of the world. So why not cultivate your mind and approach learning on your own terms?! Intellectually challenging and personally enriching, LearningLife’s innovative portfolio of short courses, seminars, and one-day immersions features a range of topics and approaches to learning. Taught by University faculty, and scholars and professionals from the community, the program offers rich, meaningful experiences that highlight the minds, resources, and research of the University for those who seek knowledge, personal development, and academic and civic engagement.

LearningLife also is home to Encore Transitions, a series of courses designed to help you imagine and prepare for a vibrant, purpose-driven post-career life, and Headliners, a lively current event discussion series that highlights the recent work of University scholars and researchers.

Courses, Seminars, Immersions

Toni Morrison Tribute: The Class

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.

The Art of Ancient Greece

Start Date: September 22, 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.

A Golden Age of Cartography: Maps and Mapmakers Before 1800

Start Date: September 23 | 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. 

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

Start Date: September 24, 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!

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

Start Date: October 5, 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. 

Napa Valley Deep Dive

Start Date: October 14, 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.


There are four ways to register.

1. Online by selecting the course title

2. By phone if you're paying by credit card: 612-625-2900

3. By faxing the completed form to 612-624-5359

4. Via mail by sending the completed form to:

CCAPS Registration Center
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Saint Paul, MN 55108

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