ALUMNI ACADEMY Class Descriptions
Attend one of our Common Intellectual Experience (CIE) classes with current UC Faculty for a sampling of what our students are learning today.
The Invention of Childhood with Jon Volkmer, Ph.D.
Friday at 9:00 am
Most people today view childhood as a magical time, full of wonder, enchantment and the wisdom of innocence. English Romanticism, particularly the poetry of William Wordsworth, helped create this conception. The poem known as “Tintern Abbey” is one of the great expressions of the positive impact of imagination and play on a person’s development. In our mini-seminar, we’ll take a close look at “Tintern Abbey” in its construction and imagery, draw out its powerful declarations of what it means to be human and how, as Wordsworth paradoxically puts it in another poem, “the child is father of the man.”
Will the Real Savage Please Stand Up? with Gabrielle Principé, Ph.D.
Friday at 10:00 am
In “Of Cannibals,” sixteen-century French essayist Michel de Montaigne gives an account of the supposedly barbarian natives of the New World. While purely an armchair traveler, Montaigne’s essay shows the profound consequences for our deepest-held beliefs that result from pondering the cultures of others. It challenges our tendency to assume the superiority of our own beliefs and practices, and invites us to consider the ever-present possibility that our beliefs might be wrong. In this session, we’ll consider how “Of Cannibals” spurs students to rigorously evaluate their own beliefs and practices against alternatives and whether this sort of exercise best prepares our students to succeed and thrive.
Dialogue on the Benefits of Liberal Arts Education led bY Dr. Paul Stern
Friday at 11:00 am
Liberal education is under attack: “It costs too much.” “It’s inefficient.” “It’s useless.” We hear these charges made ever more frequently by more and more people. Is there any persuasive defense against them? As alumni of a liberal arts college you need to ask whether the kind of education you had deserves to survive.
Sappho: Fragments of the Past with Ellen Dawley, Ph.D.
Saturday at 9:30 am
How much can we really tell about people of the past from the works they leave behind? The Greek Lyric poet Sappho (600BC) is known today from reputation and from fragments of lines, which have been arranged and rearranged by modern scholars in search of their meaning and beauty. Where should we begin and where should we stop? In addition, should Sappho serve as the token female voice from the past? How does she fare compared to the heroes of the Epic of Gilgamesh? In this class, we’ll examine some of Sappho’s fragments and see what we we’re willing to unearth.
Should We Teach Like Socrates? with Robert Dawley, Ph.D.
Saturday at 10:30 am
Euthyphro is a young man who is convinced he can discern right from wrong. However, when challenged by Socrates, Euthyphro repeatedly fails to come up with a compelling explanation. In CIE, students enter, not unlike Euthphryo, with thoughts that they too can discern right from wrong. However, they encounter authors and classmates, who hold, with equal certainty, very different views of what is right. Here these students must justify to themselves and to others, why they are certain that they know the right, and consider that perhaps they may not yet fully know it and that it might be a difficult thing to know with certainty. In this class, you’ll get to see if you can do better than Euthyphro and we’ll consider whether the kind of education undertaken here is what the College should engage in.
Don’t miss these special sessions led by members of the Class of 1963 who are celebrating their 50th Reunion:
Making a Difference: Improving Our World One UC Alum at a Time
Friday at 4:00 pm
Join members of the 50th Reunion class of 1963 for a panel discussion led by classmates who are contributing to the greater societal good through their work in medicine, law and volunteer efforts. Panelists include: Geoff Bloom ’63, Toby Gelfand, Ph.D. ’63, Charles Haeussner, M.D. ’63, and Kay (O’Donnell) Jorgensen ’63. Moderated by Phil Brackin, M.D.
How to Make Each Day a Little Brighter: Thoughts from the “Laugh Doctor” Clifford Kuhn, M.D. ’63
Saturday at 11:30 am
Dr. Kuhn will lead us in an overview of his HA HA HA Prescription, a three-phase formula for unleashing the transformative healing power humor can provide in nearly every situation. A book signing of his latest work, It All Starts with a Smile: 7 Steps to Being Happier Right Now, will follow.
INTERACTIVE OFFERINGS AND CLASSES
Whether you’re interested in trying your hand at painting, yoga or new dance moves, here’s your chance to experience something new.
E-State of Mind: Plan like You’ve Never Planned Before
Friday at 8:00 am
Don’t miss this session if you’re looking for an update on estate and tax planning in the current environment.
Friday at 8:30 am
This class is great for first-timers through experts. A certified yoga instructor will guide you through stretches and breathing techniques that fit your level of practice. Please bring your own mat or towel.
Career Services Today and Tomorrow
Saturday at 10:30 am
Join us for an update on current Career Services practices and plans for the future. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input on new initiatives including an Extern Program. All are welcome!
Splash of Art Painting Class cancelled
Dance Class led by Roger Lee ’10
Saturday at 11:00 am
Participants of all ages are invited to join alumnus and owner of Roger Lee Dance, LLC for “Dance 101.” Students will learn the basics of dance movement including rhythm, coordination, style, stamina and posture. Featured music will include hits from the ’60s to today by major artists such as: James Brown, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Prince, Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and more!
Tap Performance & Book Signing with Brian Riordan ’95 & his mother, Vicki Riordan
Saturday at 3:00 pm
Alumnus, Brian Riordan '95, and his mother, Vicki, will lead an engaging discussion of their powerful and emotional book, Encore Performance: How One Woman’s Passion Helped a Town Tap Into Happiness. Recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning, this story reminds us all that it's never too late to live the life you want. Vicki is the creator and artistic director of Vicki's Tap Pups, a once small local tap class in Harrisburg, PA that she created to support her two boys while receiving no child support. After her son, Brian, started to work with her in 2006, they have turned the program into America's largest adult-only tap group with over 500 women and men with an average age of 57. Vicki will demonstrate key tap steps and provide tap instruction for the audience. A signing of their book will follow.
To learn more about the book and this program, check out this video.