Humanities Seminars Offer Lifelong Learning

The Humanities Seminars program at the UA allows adult learners to study the arts without stressing about their grades.
Sept. 8, 2010
Paula Fan
Paula Fan
Albrecht Classen
Albrecht Classen
Thomas Miller
Thomas Miller

Lifelong learners have the chance to study letters, arts and sciences in six courses being presented this fall by current and former professors at the University of Arizona. 

The series of courses, part of the UA's Humanities Seminars program, will center on heroic poetry, French art, social movements and other happenings. 

And the program does not have graded exams or term papers – just the pleasure of learning.

Registration is now open for the six adult education courses in the program, which is offered by the UA's College of Humanities.

Each class will meet once a week in the Dorothy Rubel Room of the Helen S. Schaefer Building over the course of 10 weeks. Course fees are $185 and, to register, students can mail in the online form.

This fall, the Humanities Seminars program's offerings begin Sept. 27 and will run through Dec. 6. They are: 

The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters: Goya and the Modern Dilemma will be taught by Malcolm Compitello, the head of the UA's Spanish and Portuguese department. The course will explore the context that formed artist Francisco Goya's world view and how that view is reflected in his work.

"My God: I'd rather go to Paris than Heaven": French Art 1780-1886 will examine movements in French art history between 1780 and 1886. These movements include classicism, romanticism, realism and impressionism. The course will be taught by Sarah Moore, an associate professor in the School of Art.

The Rise and Fall of the Hero: War, Blood and Humanity in the Heroic Epic will study the lasting impact of heroic epic poems, such as The Aeneid and Beowulf, and why the themes of epics continue to resonate with readers. Albrecht Classen, a German studies professor, will teach the course.

Theatres of Song: Lieder of Schubert and Schumann will be jointly taught by English professor Peter Medine and Paula Fan, a professor in the School of Music. Medine will analyze German song and poetry, and Fan will perform. The course will discuss the evolution of poetry into song.

Rebellious Men, Revolutionary Women: Twentieth Century Ireland will be taught by retired English professor and Ireland native Ann Weekes, who will discuss the historical context of 20th century Irish literature. The course will focus on how historical background shaped the literary themes of rebellion and revolution.

Changing Minds/Changing Worlds: The Politics and Poetry of the 60s will feature speakers from the UA Poetry Center along with UA English instructor Thomas Miller. Miller, who also serves as the UA's associate provost for faculty affairs, will be among those to speak about how social movements of the 1960s, including environmentalism and feminism, affected expression during that decade. The course will also involve studying the work of Gary Snyder, Alan Ginsburg and other noteworthy writers of the 1960s who visited the UA Poetry Center.