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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 feature 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 intellectual resources of the University for those who seek knowledge, academic engagement, and personal development.

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

Courses, Seminars, Immersions

Here Lies: Twin Cities Cemeteries and Their Residents

Start Date: October 26, 2018 | One-Day Immersion
Instructor: Doug Ohman
This immersion bridges the past with the present to celebrate the landscape, architecture, and stories of four Twin Cities’ cemeteries and the lives of those who played a significant role in the history of the two cities. Travelling by bus, we’ll tour Lakewood, Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial, Oakland, and Calvary Cemeteries. Throughout the day, we’ll learn about the lives of those who now rest in these sacred places and how they helped to create the communities many of us live in today.

Fresco Painting: History and Hands-on Practice

Start Date: November 5, 2018  | Short Course
Instructor: Gretchen Wagener Burau
From the brothels of Pompeii to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the history of fresco painting is replete with stories of tragedies and triumphs. The oldest known painting medium, fresco means fresh in Italian and refers to the process by which water-based pigments are applied to freshly applied plaster. This hands-on course introduces participants to the history, materials, techniques, and processes of fresco painting and restoration. 

Hate Speech as a Crime Against Humanity: The Nuremberg Trial of Julius Streicher

Start Date: November 7, 2018 | Short Course
Instructor: George Sheets
Julius Streicher was among the “major war criminals” brought to trial before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Unlike most of his co-defendants, Streicher never held an official position in the German military or government during the Nazi era, though he was an ardent member of the Nazi Party. This course examines Streicher’s trial and is the third in a series of popular courses on “Famous Trials” taught by Professor Emeritus George Sheets.

Genomes: Understanding Your Body's Ancestry 

Start Date: November 26, 2018 | Short Course
Instructor: David Matthes
It’s complicated, but grasshoppers and elephants are built from the same arrangement of just four chemical bases. How? A little (and huge) thing called genomes. In this course participants will not only learn about ancestry and genomes, they also will learn to interpret their own human genome sequence. Take the plunge and discover the amazing world residing within nearly every cell of your body.

The St. Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Start Date: November 28, 2018 | Short Course
Instructor: Dave Page
The ties between Fitzgerald’s life in St. Paul and much of his short fiction are evident—the author’s deep connection to the city giving him some of his best material. This course delves into those stories, some virtually unknown, others literary classics. Taught by Fitzgerald scholar Dave Page, each class session will begin with an illustrated lecture, followed by a discussion of related works. 

Genomes: Understanding Your Body’s Ancestry

Start Date: March 25, 2019 | Short Course
Instructor: David Matthes
It’s complicated, but grasshoppers and elephants are built from the same arrangement of just four chemical bases. How? A little (and huge) thing called genomes. In this course participants will not only learn about ancestry and genomes, they also will learn to interpret their own human genome sequence. Take the plunge and discover the amazing world residing within nearly every cell of your body.

Registration

There are four ways to register:

1. Online by selecting the course title

2. By phone if you're paying by credit card: 612-624-4000 

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

4. Via mail by sending the completed form to:

CCAPS Registration Center
353 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

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