Wesleyan has prepared some wonderful Summer classes that will take place using Zoom video conferencing. If you are interested in attending any of these Summer courses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your class(es) of interest. The Zoom meeting link and additional instructions will be distributed to interested participants. These classes will be FREE for you to enjoy!
Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 11:00am
Instructor(s): Dr. Chenny Gan '02 associate professor of music, and husband Ernst Takacs
This course will be a fun and informal wandering through some of the natural, cultural, and culinary treasures of the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City of Salzburg, Austria. From our home in Bavaria, and while safely practicing social distancing, we will give some fun highlights into the real everyday culture of Salzburg—from its people, history, food and drink specialties, scenic sights, the von Trapp family, Mozart and more! For part of the course, we plan to drive over the border to Salzburg and give course participants some “real live” impressions of daily living there and show how Austrians are coping in the current situation.
Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 at 1:30pm
Instructor: President Vivia Fowler
Required Materials: Study Bible
From Eve to Lydia, and from the Ephraim Levite's concubine to the woman caught in adultery, biblical narratives about women provide a unique framework for a study of the Bible. In four short sessions students will examine stories of women in Genesis and Judges, women in the Gospels, and women in early Christianity. Each session begins with background on the biblical story and ends with a first-person monologue. All are welcome.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7, 9, 14, and 16 at 11:00am
Instructor: Dr. Tyler Schwaller, assistant professor of religious studies
This course will introduce the basic histories, main ideas, traditions and practices, and varieties of some of the world's non-Abrahamic religions. We will give particular attention to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Yoruba religion, indigenous religions of North America, and new religious movements. The class will also take up critical questions of interreligious engagement and consider the prospects of religious pluralism.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 21, 23, 28, 30 at 1:30pm
Instructor: Dr. Richard Davies, retired United Methodist minister
We will consider various topics from the mythology of ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Session one will look at love and romance. Session two will review some ghost stories. In session three we will see the popularity of Hercules as a god in the centuries before and after Jesus, and will examine the possibility that a New Testament passage, Philippians 2:6-11 (which may have been an ancient congregational hymn) was a Christian response to Hercules. Session four is open for suggestions, but will probably review an ancient “soap opera.”
President Fowler will begin WALL’s 10th Anniversary year with a history of Wesleyan College including academics, traditions and, of course, a glimpse into the future.
Tuesdays, Sept 8, 15, 22, 29; 10am Dr. Vivia Fowler
How are humans and bacteria related? Positive or negative? All kinds of microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites) live around us and/or within us. Humans and bacteria live together in a complex relationship. What happens if one of the two is not cooperating?
Tuesdays, Sept 8, 15, 22, 29; 3:00 Dr. Henna Iqbal
What questions do you have about the history of Christianity? In Part 1 we will discuss the first 1,100 years of Christianity. How the Bible came to be: Did early Christian leaders plot to keep secret stuff out of the Bible? We’ll focus on three early leaders from the years before Constantine and we’ll explore Christianity and Empire: Council of Nicaea, Augustine, etc. We’ll end with the big split between East (Orthodox) and West (Catholic) and explore Coptic and other Churches. Next spring we’ll pick up with the next 1000 years…. Bring your questions.
Thursdays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1;
10pm Mr. Richard Davies
For five glorious years, Hollywood films enjoyed a freedom of expression that ended with the strict enforcement of the censorship code in mid-1934 and was not to be seen for several decades thereafter. Sex in particular was shockingly overt, treated with sophistication in some cases, bordering on burlesque in others. Everything from robust feminism to societal muckraking to the evils and delights of alcohol and drugs were to be found in these early talking pictures, often referred to as “pre-Codes.” We will view and examine four of these films, featuring such stars as Barbara Stanwyck, Mae West, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Joan Blondell, Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer and Lionel Barrymore.
Thursdays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1;
1– 3:30pm Mr. Robert Fieldsteel
This course is being taught in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. It will examine the various issues of concern for women around the world as they have and continue to work toward access to their rights and equality in connection to voting and political participation. The first part of the course (Dr. Donmoyer) will explore the development of the United States women’s movement focusing on the 1800s-1900s culminating with the 19th amendment & women’s right to vote. The second half of the course (Dr. Donovan) will examine the extent of women’s political participation around the world. Whereas the first half focuses on the individual women, organizations, and varied forms of protest, advocacy, and activism that came together to change our world, the second will explore issues in a variety of different countries related to the goal of improving the representation of women in politics.
Wednesdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30;
3pm Drs. Diedra Donmoyer and Barbara Donovan
Water is essential for life, but the availability and quality of water is a challenge for developed nations like the US and for underdeveloped nations around the globe. Water quality has been highlighted by lead contamination in Flint, Michigan and a recent study indicating the presence of hazardous chemicals in community water supplies across the nation. This course will examine the chemical and physical properties of water, using hands on testing of water in a laboratory setting. The course will also unpack the diversity of contaminants that have found their way into US drinking water, local and federal safeguards on water quality and health effects of long-term exposure to common water contaminants through the use of case studies.
Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28;
11pm Dr. Holly Boettger-Tong
Rabbi Rubenstein returns to share the history of Judaism in a two-part course, beginning with Unearthing Jewish Scripture. He’ll share the stories of King David and King Solomon, describe the era of the Divided Kingdom and the Destruction of first Temple ending Part 1 with the Prophets and Prophecy.
Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22, 29;
1:30pm Rabbi Rubenstein
In the second part of our examination of British royal families, we will focus on three influential English queens of the Renaissance era who were bound together by blood: Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor, and Elizabeth Tudor (Elizabeth I) - this last will be discussed in two sessions. Each of these three women was a powerful queen in her own right, with a political and religious agenda that she fervently pursued. And while we might want to focus on the third in this group, Elizabeth I, who is renowned as a brilliant and extraordinary sovereign, her story cannot be told without first understanding the remarkable lives of two of the queens who preceded her, the first as her mother and the second as her sister.
Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22, 29; 11:00 Dr. Jan Lewis
Wesleyan College Confucius Institute faculty return to share the history of the remarkable Soong Sisters.
Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, December 3;
1:30pm Wesleyan Confucius Institute Staff
Great Explorations and Expeditions Part 2 presents a chronological sequence of mankind’s gained geographical knowledge of the world. We look at “what was known” by the various generations of explorers, and then at how mankind went about unlearning and re-learning.
Part 2 will start with a review of last year’s class which began with mankind’s dispersion across the planet, the Ancient Greeks, the Age of Discovery, and finally to Columbus’ 1st Voyage, which outside the birth of Jesus Christ was perhaps the most impactful and significant event in human history.
New material will begin with Columbus’ 2nd 3rd, and 4th voyages – any of which would make a great, adventure book. We will discuss other Spanish explorers to include – Vasco Balboa, Hernando Cortes, Ponce de Leon, Hernando de Soto, and several lesser knowns. Several Portuguese explorers played a very significant part of the early Age of Discovery to include Pedro Cabral and Vasco Da Gama’s 2nd voyage. Great Explorers will conclude with Amerigo Vespucci and Ferdinand Magellan’s famous circumnavigation of the earth from 1519 - 1522.
Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, December 1
2–3:15pm Mr. Sloan Oliver
Wednesdays, November 4, 11, 18; 12/2;
11pm Ms. Alice Bailey
NOTICE: Because of the COVID19 virus, class dates and times are subject to change or suspension.
If you are interested in attending any of these Summer courses, please email email@example.com with your class(es) of interest. The Zoom meeting link and additional instructions will be distributed to interested participants.
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