The University of St. Thomas Center for Senior Citizens Education will offer six short courses this spring on the universitys St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.
The courses are designed especially for those 55 and older and are taught by faculty members and experts from the community. The cost per course ranges from $40 to $50. Scheduled this fall are:
"Jazz: Its History, Evolution and Performance” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays from March 13 to May 15 in Brady Educational Center on the St. Paul campus. The speakers, well-known in Twin Cities’ jazz circles, will trace the evolution of jazz from its African-American roots through ragtime, swing and modern jazz. Speaking will be Joan Griffith, Leigh Kamman, Dave Karr, Lucia Newell, Jeannie Peterson, Robert Robinson and Butch Thompson. The course will conclude with an evening jam session May 15 with local jazz artists. Cost is $50.
"Hunting the Divine Fox: Catholic Short Stories in the Second Half of the 20th Century” will be taught from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, March 14 to April 25, in Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis campus. The Rev. Jan Michael Joncas, a member of the St. Thomas theology faculty and a noted composer and musician, will review short stories written by Irish, English, European and American Catholic authors. Cost is $40, or $50 with materials.
"20th Century Americans Who Made a Difference” will be taught from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, March 15 to May 10, in Brady Educational Center on the St. Paul campus. Teaching the sessions will be Dr. Tom Mega, chair of the St. Thomas history department, and Dr. Steve Hatting, a member of the political science faculty who recentlty was selected Professor of the Year at St. Thomas. During the eight sessions they will look at 16 Americans who have made a difference in our political and legal systems, the way we conduct business, our attitudes about each other and the very way we live our lives. Cost is $40.
"Shakespeare in Love: The Real Story” will be taught from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, March 27 to May 15, in Brady Educational Center on the St. Paul campus. Dr. Michael Mikolojczak, chair of the St. Thomas English department, will examine Shakespeare’s comedic, tragic, problematic and ironic dramatizations of love, lust and passion. Cost is $40.
"Pivotal Presidential Elections That Changed American History” will be taught from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, March 28 to May 16, in Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis campus. Dr. George Woytanowitz, a member of St. Thomas’ history faculty, will examine six pivotal elections in American history and consider whether the upcoming election might be a seventh. The concluding session will bring together several local political scientists and election analysts to discuss the 2000 campaign. Cost is $40.
"Four Cultures — One God: Sacred and Secular Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages” will be taught from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, March 29 to May 17, in Brady Educational Center on the St. Paul campus. Dr. Michelle Nordtorp-Madson, a member of St. Thomas’ art history department and curator of its collections, will discuss four cultures — Jewish, Western European, Byzantine and Islamic — and how those cultures viewed art and architecture. Cost is $40.
The Center for Senior Citizens Education also offers one-to-one peer consultation services, called Senior Consulting Services, and a program that allows senior citizens to attend regular academic courses on free, space-available basis. That program, called Senior Citizens Go to College, is now in its 25th year at St. Thomas.
For more information about the short courses or other programs, call the center at (651) 962-5188.