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Senior learning program offered at Quincy University

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Quincy University is offering a program to keep seniors active and social.

Pursuit of Learning in Society (POLIS) is an opportunity for lifelong learning for men and women 55 and older.

The atmosphere is casual and welcoming with no tests, plus cookies and coffee at break.

Registration is Wednesday, January 15 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Quincy University's North Campus on 18th Street.

The cost is $15 per semester, plus $4 for each course.

Seniors are allowed to sign up for as many classes they would like, from a variety of topics including history and literature.

POLIS Board Member Larry Ruemmler says the program provides an environment for older people to interact with each other in a social setting.

"There's some people that are widowed or widowers and it also gives the people who live alone the opportunity to get out have a place to go to. They get to meet with other people, so there is that socialization factor as well as the fun of learning," Ruemmler said.

If you cannot make it to the registration on QU's campus Wedenesday call (217) 228-5594 to speak with a coordinator about signing up.

Spring Class Schedule:

  • January 29 – “The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to Barack Obama” –John C. Schafer, Ph.D.
  • January 31 – “Polygamy in America” – Judith Abbot, J.D.
  • February 5 – “A SPECStacular way for PUPILS to REAL EYES” – Dr. Dinita Cooley, O.D.
  • February 12– “Andrew Wyeth and Family: A Proud Family Tradition of American Art” – Carol Nichols
  • February 18 – “Adventures of a Citizen-Scientist with Earthwatch Institute” – Susan Asher
  • February 21 – “Elvis Presley: The Making of a Music Icon” – Christine Damm D.M.A.
  • February 27 – “1960: A Retrospective” – Dr. Justin P. Coffey, Ph.D.
  • March 3 – “21st Century Genetics” – Lee Enger, Ph.D.
  • March 19 and 26 – “The Peculiar Institution Part II: The Fall of American Slavery” – Scott E. Giltner, Ph.D.
  • March 20 – “Constitutionalization of Criminal Procedure/ Incorporation Doctrine” –Jim Palmer, J.D.
  • March 25 – “Roles of WomenDuring the American Civil War” – Beth Young
  • March 27 and April 3– “Murder or Suicide? The Collapse of Democracy in the German Weimar Republic and the Rise of Adolf Hitler” – Wendell Mauter, Ph.D.
  • March 31 – “Conversations Regarding Advanced Directives in the Elderly” – Dr. David Lockhart, M.D.
  • April 1 and 8 – “Life on the Mississippi — and a Few Others” – Mike Flanagan
  • April 7 and 14 – “Caste in India: From Origins to the Present” –Dr. Meenal Mamdani, M.D.
  • April 15 – POLIS Bus Tour to Missouri History Museum and Favazza’a Restaurant “On the Hill” in St. Louis
  • April 21 and 28 – “Ukraine and the Struggle for Freedom” – Siobhan Doucette, Ph.D.
  • April 23 – “a Few Good Women 9but first, a few bad ones)” – Vicky Eidson, CPA
  • May 1 – Annual Meeting and Party

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