Selim Center Announces February and March Programs for Those 50 and Older

The University of St. Thomas Selim Center for Learning in Later Years has announced its February and March schedule of educational programs and short courses that are tailored for those 50 and older.

The Selim Center is offering a set of programs in February and March, and a second set that will run March through June.

The programs range from a one-time dinner discussion to six-session short courses that meet weekly. The courses are designed to be affordable, with fees ranging from $15 to $70.

Here’s an overview of the upcoming offerings:

Lectures: These popular short courses are taught by faculty and community experts. Topics and speakers are: “The First Christian Centuries: The Origins and Development of Early Christianity” with Dr. Kenneth Snyder; “Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography” with Rabbi Sharon Stiefel;  and “Constructive Communication in a Conflicted Culture” with Dr. Michael Klein.

Learning for Life: “What Happy Couples Do: Making Relationships Better Through Rituals of Connection” will be held Tuesday evening, Feb. 7. The seminar is taught by St. Thomas professors Dr. Carol Bruess and Dr. Anna Kudak, authors of three books about healthy relationships.

Online Courses: Two courses, both dealing with music, are available anytime between now and April 15. “World Music” is taught by Dr. Christopher Kachian and “Let’s Hear It for the Girls” is taught by Susan Anderson-Benson.

Other Programs: The Selim Center also offers one-to-one peer consultation services and a program that allows those 50 and older to attend regular undergraduate academic courses on a space-available basis. The fee is $35 per course.

For more information, including a schedule of programs that will be offered between March and June, call the center, (651) 962-5188, or visit the center's website.