Learn for the fun of it at Purdue Calumet’s ’Friday University’ Sept. 28

Are you interested in learning creative money making ideas? How about a scholarly assessment of the Obama-Romney presidential contest? How to improve your digital photography? What about how exercise can help slow age-related strength and muscle mass loss?

Those and other topics will highlight Purdue University Calumet third annual ‘Friday University’ series of classes, scheduled Sept. 21 and 28 on campus.

During ‘Friday University,’ Purdue Calumet will offer 15, single day non-credit courses of interest geared to adults with a desire to learn.

All classes are taught by Purdue Calumet faculty members. The instruction is offered for personal enrichment—no tests, no homework, no grades.

“These ‘Friday University’ classes have proven very popular with area residents who are interested in lifelong learning and personal enrichment,” Purdue Calumet Associate Director of University Events Sheryl Corey said.

Each class is two hours in length and is offered at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m., either Sept. 21 or 28.

A $50, one-day registration fee covers enrollment in two classes, continental breakfast and lunch between classes. Individuals can register to attend both days of four classes for $90.

Following is the complete ‘Friday University’ course schedule:

Friday, Sept. 21 – 10 am to noon

  • “101 Ways to Incorporate Computers in Your Daily Routines” – Participants will be exposed to useful computer applications and learn helpful computer software tools, as well as gain access to a host of free, daily life open source application programs.
  • “Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter: Sex After 50” – Participants will learn how life changes require development of new sexual life behaviors. Additionally, media, advertising and drug company messages that promise quick solutions will be examined.
  • “The Historical Role of the Grassy Knoll” – Attendees will explore the persistence of conspiracy culture in contemporary America by focusing on elements of our political culture that drive and judge conspiracy thinking.
  • “The Basics of Digital Photography” – Registrants will gain insights about setting selections and composition. An on-campus photo shoot and PhotoShop workshop are included. Participants should bring their own camera.

Friday, Sept. 21 – 1 pm to 3 pm

  • “Creativity in Generating Money Making Ideas” – Participants will learn about developing creative business ideas and products that can lead to real money-making, business-start-up opportunities.
  • “Creating a Master Race in America: The Eugenics Movement” – Registrants will examine the controversial movement to improve a population’s genetic composition and create a master race via immigration restriction, sterilization, birth control and Nazi racial policy contributions.
  • “All About 3D” – Attendees will learn about how 3D works and its use in emerging technologies, including how, combined with computer simulation 3D is used to address real world issues and challenges. Demonstrations will be held in Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation.
  • “A Peep at the Past: Samuel Pepys’ Diaries” – Participants will gain a glimpse of 17th century London and Restoration England through Samuel Pepys’ diaries, written during 1660-69.

Friday, Sept. 28 – 10 a.m. to noon

  • “Experiencing ‘The Mall’: American History as Witnessed by the Great Memorials from Lincoln to FDR” – A perspective of U.S. history will be provided from the memorials along “The Mall” in Washington, D.C. Hints on achieving a satisfying historical experience when visiting these monuments will be provided.
  • “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Participants will gain insights about author Rebecca Skloot’s poignant book about the story of Lacks and her family of poor, southern tobacco farmers against the backdrop of groundbreaking gains in human biomedical research.
  • “Sarcopenia & Aging: If Your Muscles Snooze, Your Body Will Lose.” – Sarcopenia relates to the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength. Attendees will learn how exercising can help slow the effects of sarcopenia.

Friday, Sept. 28 – 1p.m to 3 p.m.

  • “Why Shakespeare: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern May be Dead, but Shakespeare is Alive!” – Participants will examine ‘Hamlet’ and ‘The Merchant of Venice’, including film segments, to identify themes and motifs that enable Shakespeare to remain relevant.
  • “The U.S. Presidential Contest 2012: Down to the Wire” – Attendees will gain a scholarly assessment from two Purdue Calumet professors about the Obama-Romney presidential race. Electoral College maps, campaign funding and media impact will be examined.
  • “Cancer Cell Research: The Scientific Legacy of Henrietta Lacks” – Cancer cell research advanced through the life of Henrietta Lacks will be examined. Attendees will learn about progress in cancer and AIDS treatment, the polio vaccine and the effect of zero gravity on cells.
  • “Wine Tasting” (3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) – Participants will learn about and sample wines from Italy and the United States, as well as learn how to pair wine with appetizers, entrees and desserts. (An additional $10 lab fee will be charged. Space is limited and expected to fill quickly).

Due to limited seating, class registrations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals can register and obtain other information by phoning Purdue Calumet’s Office of Advancement at 219/989-2915, emailing pac@calumet.purdue.edu or visiting on line www.purduecal.edu/back-to-school