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DavidsonLearns: Just Bring Your Curiosity

by | Nov 15, 2019 | DavidsonLearns, News

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Are you an opera buff—or would you like to be? Been wondering about the Electoral College? Maybe you’d like to know more about world religions. Courses on these and many other topics are on the list for DavidsonLearns 2020 winter and spring terms, to be posted beginning Monday, November 25. Course registration for DavidsonLearns members opens at 10 a.m., Monday, December 2.

If you are not yet a DavidsonLearns member, you’ll find step-by-step directions for membership and course registration on the website. The $30 membership fee is good for 12 months from the date you join. Course fees, which average about $55, are due at time of registration. All are welcome, and scholarships are available.

With a varied curriculum developed in response to community enthusiasm for adult learning, DavidsonLearns courses cover a wide array of compelling topics, taught by faculty who craft their content and expertise specifically for adults and retirees. Classes range in size from five to 50 students, and formats include traditional lecture, small-group discussion, workshop, guest lecturers, and field trips.

Course content reflects the scientific, political, technological, and cultural topics of our era, as well as more timeless themes of the human endeavor across history, the arts, archeology, literature, and religion. No grades!

DavidsonLearns also sponsors events with community partners—often in St. Alban’s sanctuary. These Spotlight Events are listed at, and include theater previews, musical performances, post-show talkbacks, public lectures, field trips to regional cultural attractions and more.

Here are just a few of our upcoming courses, listing the instructors for each — check Current Courses on website for the full list on November 25.

Winter/Spring Term

Contemplating Rodin — Lia Newman

Beyond Inspiration, Pity, and Charity: Exploring Disability Studies — Ann Fox

The Cold War — Thomas Rynne

Seeing & Hearing Opera through La Bohème — Jacquelyn Culpepper

Religion and the American Presidency — John Kuykendall

The Making of a Modern Greek Tragedy — Stephen Kaliski, Anita Tripathi

Romare Bearden — C. Shaw Smith

Depictions of Race on Film — Maggie McCarthy

Beginning Genealogy — Chris Ritz

World Religions — Rob Spach

The Historical Origins of Modern Medicine — Joe Konen

Democracy’s Enduring Quirk: The Electoral College — Mark Washburn

Seneca Falls to Suffrage — Sally McMillen

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