Minerva Term

Ursinus invites you to take a class with Minerva!
The college is launching a pilot for its Minerva Term in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the founding of Ursinus.

Named for Minerva Weinberger, Ursinus’s first admitted female student, graduate and valedictorian, this day-long event is an opportunity to take a course taught by Ursinus professors and fulfill Ursinus’s commitment to lifelong learning. This is a pilot for a week-long program planned for 2020.


Date:   Sunday, April 14

Time:   9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost:   Free for current students, faculty and staff;
            $120 for alumni and members of the public.

No advance preparation is required. Meals are included.
Space is limited. Register below.
Email minerva@ursinus.edu with any questions.

Choose between one of two classes:

The Promise and Peril of Genome Editing

Co-taught by Professor of Biology Rebecca Lyczak and Professor of Politics Paul Stern.

In this workshop, participants will grapple with the implications of recent scientific advances, which only a few years ago were relegated to the realm of science fiction. With the advent of CRISPR technology, the genomes of every living thing can now be edited to produce desired effects. Is this the end of all human disease and the advent of a brave new world? Participants will learn the science behind this technology, explore the ethics of its use and discuss the philosophic roots of modern science that has led to this moment. Lyczak brings expertise in genetics and the literature surrounding these issues. She teaches portions of this content in her capstone course Molecular Genetics. Stern teaches the core course of the Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good in which he examines the philosophic premises of modern science as well as reflections on the ethics of modern scientific developments such as genome editing.

The Word Becomes You: Documentary Theater

Taught by Professor of Theater Domenick Scudera

Explore the possibilities of documentary theater and create your own. This workshop will provide an overview of the history, theories and practices of documentary theater and inspire participants to create their own short documentary theater pieces. It will include a discussion, small group work and a theater creation exercise using Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Participants will not only understand the work of this meaningful theater practice intellectually, they will also “become” the words through performance. The workshop is a modified version of a unit from Scudera’s Community-Based Theater and Civic Engagement course developed with a grant from Project Pericles. A version of the workshop is also used as the final, group project in his Intro to Theater course. He has directed a production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.


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