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Public University takes lifelong learning to a deeper level by offering six to eight-week online courses by some of the nation’s most engaging faculty. Limited class sizes, structured teaching, and engaging dialogue without grades or tests make learning fun and stress-free. Public University classes are offered virtually and are always free to members. Nonmembers pay a small registration fee.

How to register for a free class using your membership number.

2022 Spring Semester Classes 

Unless stated otherwise, all Classes take place online via Zoom.

  • HND Office Hours - January
    Jan 20, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
    A monthly meet and greet with HND staff where we answer your questions, share information on upcoming events, and explain how to take advantage of membership benefits. Office hours are open to anyone interested in HND programs and events! Drop-in anytime from noon-1PM.
  • End of Life Duties
    Sun, Jan 23
    End of Life Duties
    Jan 23, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    End of Life Duties
    This is a 2-hour virtual class using the Zoom platform. Is there a moral imperative to have a will and advance directive?
  • Viva Humanities! Embracing Your Inner Scholar
    Jan 24, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Viva Humanities!
    This is an 8-week virtual class using the Zoom platform. In this course, you will enrich your humanities experiences and develop personal plans and strategies to experience more of the richness of human cultural history and artistic achievements.
  • Popular v. Critical Success
    Wed, Jan 26
    Popular v. Critical Success
    Jan 26, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Popular v. Critical Success
    This is a 10-week virtual class using the Zoom platform. National Book Award winners and public reception.
  • Ethical Explorations
    Wed, Jan 26
    Ethical Explorations
    Jan 26, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Ethical Explorations
    This is a 5-week virtual class using the Zoom platform. This is an interactive, discussion-based course.
  • Learning From Indigenous Elders
    Tue, Feb 01
    Learning From Indigenous Elders
    Feb 01, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
    Learning From Indigenous Elders
    This is a 7-week virtual class using the Zoom platform. Important tribal stories, songs and cultural perspectives.
  • Race and Allyship—A Course for White People
    Feb 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Race and Allyship
    This is a 10-week online class using the Zoom platform. This course is for if you are ready to be compassionately challenged to name and identify ways to untether your daily and collective life from the systems of white supremacy in the U.S.
  • Nonviolent Communication Intensive for Allyship
    Sun, Feb 20
    Nonviolent Communication Intensive
    Feb 20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Nonviolent Communication Intensive
    This is a 10-week online class using the Zoom platform. This course is for anyone who is ready to learn how to transform fear, paralysis, and defensiveness into actionable empathic listening and allyship in their everyday lives.
  • Contested Histories, Conflicted Space
    Thu, Feb 24
    Contested Histories, Conflicted Space
    Feb 24, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST
    Contested Histories, Conflicted Space
    This is a 10-week virtual class using the Zoom platform. We can better understand the world today by studying the provocative people and events of the past.
  • Introduction to Norse Mythology
    Fri, Mar 04
    Introduction to Norse Mythology
    Mar 04, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Introduction to Norse Mythology
    This is a 4-week virtual lecture series using the Zoom platform. A series of four lectures about Norse Mythology over a four-week period.
  • Constitution 101
    Wed, Mar 09
    Constitution 101
    Mar 09, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST
    Constitution 101
    This is a 6-week virtual civic education class using the Zoom platform.
  • Publics and Counter-Publics: Contemporary Social Issues and Movements
    Mar 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    Publics and Counter-Publics
    This is a 6-week virtual class using the Zoom platform. This course will be structured around key contemporary issues and the social movements that have initiated and organized around them.