Register by Oct. 18 for Purdue Calumet’s ‘Friday University’ Oct. 25, Nov. 1 & 8

Friday University

Cuba, nuclear proliferation, the ‘God Particle’ and new norms in higher education are among the topics to be presented during Purdue University Calumet’s fourth annual Friday University, Oct. 25, Nov. 1 & 8 on campus.

Eight, non-credit classes

Eight, single session, non-credit classes are scheduled for adult learners of all ages. The classes aim to provide personal enrichment and intellectual nourishment in an interesting format without tests, homework, grades or educational pre-requisites.

Classes are taught by Purdue Calumet faculty members.

“Our ‘Friday University’ program has proven very popular with area residents who are interested in gaining topical insights from faculty scholars,” Purdue Calumet Associate Director of University Events Sheryl Corey said.

Each class is two hours in length. Two afternoon classes are scheduled Oct. 25 and again Nov. 8. Morning and afternoon class sessions are planned for Nov. 1.

Fees & Schedule

Registration cost is $50 for Oct. 25 and Nov. 8 sessions, including class materials and a light snack, and $65 Nov. 1, including materials and lunch. Due to limited seating, registration is requested by Oct. 18.

Following is the complete ‘Friday University’ course schedule:

Friday, Oct. 25 – 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • “From Opera to Operetta to Musical” (Instructor: Mitchell Brown) – From Verdi to Gilbert & Sullivan to Sondheim and Lloyd Webber, participants will learn how 18th and 19th century opera morphed into operetta and eventually the Broadway musical.

Friday, Oct. 25 — 3 pm to 5 pm

  • “Global Entertainment Media” (Instructor: Lee Arts, professor of communication) – The globalization of media will be examined with particular focus on film, anime and television genres. Participants will learn about cultural diversity, while glimpsing at international reality television shows.

Friday, Nov. 1 – 10 a.m. to noon (Choose one)

  • “New Norms in Higher Education” (Instructor: Thomas Keon, Purdue Calumet chancellor) – Long the envy of the world, American higher education finds itself having to adapt and recalibrate in response to a changing world. Participants will learn about challenges and opportunities facing college campuses, students, parents, business leaders and society.
  •  “Cuba: Past, Present, Future (Instructor: Kathy Tobin, associate professor of Latin American Studies) – The author of the book, ‘Of God and Cuba,’ will discuss the nation under Fidel Castro’s leadership, the Cold War and emerging post-Cold War.

Friday, Nov. 1 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Choose one)

  • “The God Particle Saga” (Instructor: Neeti Parashar, professor of physics)Purdue Calumet’s internationally renowned physicist, who participated in the discovery of the Higgs boson particle—the God Particle—leads participants on a journey from the beginning of the universe through the present and future.
  •  “Decisions Have Consequences” (Instructor: Richard Rupp, associate professor of political science) – Attendees will examine the evolution of nuclear proliferation, including production of the first atomic bombs during World War II’s Manhattan Project, and America’s roles and responsibilities in a dangerous world.

Friday, Nov. 8 – 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Both classes below relate to Purdue Calumet’s One Book/One University 2013 book selection, ‘The Shallows’, by Nicholas Carr.

  •  “Why We Have No Time to Hurry: A Literacy Assessment of ‘The Shallows’” (Instructor: Karen Bishop Morris, assistant professor of English) – Attendees will participate in an effort to understand how the brain produces the mind by using connections between language theories and practices. Participants also will learn what is revealed about speech, visual stimuli and other cognitive processes.

Friday, Nov. 8 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

  • “Metaphors for Computing (Instructor: Daniel Punday, professor of English) – An examination of our relationship with computers will fuel discussion that builds on author Carr’s study of ‘The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains.”

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 us or visiting us on line.