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Learning through life: Program announces semester schedule

By Staff | Mar 6, 2020

Daniel Bennett, slated to teach "Election 2020," discussed the course as part of the Lifelong Learning session on Feb. 28. Toni Milbourne

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning program released its spring 2020 course schedule, during a reception in the Robert C. Byrd Center auditorium.

Karen Rice, director of the Lifelong Learning program, welcomed all who joined to hear brief descriptions from course facilitators, as well as to simply learn a bit about the program.

The program offers many choices in history, including those focusing on political history, the Constitution and on the upcoming election.

Daniel Bennett, slated to teach “Election 2020,” shared his reasoning for offering this course at this during this session.

“This is the most significant election in our lifetime,” Bennett said, mentioning the course is for anyone who may participate in the 2020 election, whether as a candidate and/or voter.

A variety of new courses, including “Films of the 1960s,” “Renaissance to Romanticism,”” Short Stories and Poetry: Genres of Focus for the Head and Heart” and “Civil War Medicine: Hollywood Version: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” will be featured this semester. Returning as a popular course will be The Contemporary American Theater Festival 2020 Season in Context, featuring Ed Herendeen and Peggy McKowen. Randy Tremba’s course, “Jesus (and Paul) Before Christianity,” will return in part two form.

“Language and Linguistics” will introduce course participants to the study of language, according to instructor Jim Bauman.

“The point of the class is to give you a background – an elementary tour of linguistics,” Bauman said.

Rice took a few moments to introduce the course on screen painting, because instructor Clare Chesavage was not able to attend the session kick-off. Rice explained that the art was very popular in Baltimore in the early 1900s where people painted their screens so that they could still see out their windows, but people on the street could not see in. She shared some examples of the artwork with the audience as well, adding that course attendees will create their own paintings.

Several self-improvement courses will once again be offered, including multiple retirement planning courses. Science-focused courses include psychology for today and spirit strengthening and conditioning. Popular hands-on workshops in the FASTEnER Lab will include MIG welding, jewelry casting, making paper and decorative woodworking.

Brown bag lunches will continue as part of the course program, meeting on Wednesdays twice a month. Topics will focus on Cyber Safety and Education, West Virginia State Parks VIPP Program, Healthy Eating for the Aging Adult and Sustainable Food Production, to name a few.

Day and overnight trips offer a wide range of cultural and historical experiences along the eastern seaboard and beyond. Trips offered this semester include the Philadelphia Flower Show, Jamestown and Yorktown, Arlington National Cemetry, Chincoteague and Wallop’s Island, the Kreeger Museum in Georgetown and the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay Kayak Tour. Lifelong learners may also take advantage of several international tours planned through Shepherd University. Descriptions of the trips may be found on the Lifelong Learner website.

The Lifelong Learning program consists of Brown Bag Lectures and six-week courses, although the length of some courses varies in duration. While some items are free, attendance generally requires an annual membership, starting at $85 annually plus class fees, including discounts for day excursions and free Brown Bag Lectures.

To register, visit www.shepherd.edu/lifelonglearning, or contact Karen Rice at krice@shepherd.edu or 304-876-5135.