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Classes are offered online or in-person and are labeled accordingly. 

 

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. Free to members, non-members pay a small registration fee.

 

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2022 Spring Semester Classes

Online Using Zoom

Online
  • Chautauqua & Chat with historical figures Walt Whitman, Josiah Henson, and Richard Wright
    Jan 29, 4:00 PM CST – Jan 31, 7:00 PM CST
    ONLINE event via Zoom
    In this webinar series you will learn about three historical figures: the father of free verse poetry, an abolitionist minister, and originator of the phrase "Black Power"
  • The Constitution and Presidential Power with David Adler
    Jan 30, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    The enduring debate on the nature and scope of presidential power.
  • Dearly Departed: Write Your Own Obituary with Ann Crews Melton
    Feb 02, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CST
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    A two-part writing workshop where you will be invited to reflect on a life well (and still to be) lived.
  • The Humanities Are Calling! with Brian Palecek
    Sun, Feb 05
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Feb 05, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM CST
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    A lively symposium in four sessions for friends of the humanities who want to be effective advocates.
  • Chautauqua & Chat with historical figures Kasturba Gandhi, Frances Perkins, and Michael Mooney
    Feb 05, 4:00 PM CST – Feb 07, 7:00 PM CST
    ONLINE event via Zoom
    In this webinar series you will learn about three historical figures: Gandhi's wife, the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet, and the leader of a massive 1880's miners strike
  • Contested Histories in Remembering Americana with Raffi Andonian
    Feb 08, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CST
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    What makes historic sites, monuments, curriculums, publications, films, and symbols so controversial?
  • Romanticism in Short Fiction: Naturally, Worth a Read with April van Buren
    Feb 16, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Fascinating, strange and sometimes terrifying late 18th (and early 19th) century stories.
  • The Beauty of Being Wrong with David Bjerklie
    Sun, Feb 19
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Feb 19, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM CST
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Intellectual humility is linked to a long list of potential benefits, personal as well as social.
  • Deserts to Mountaintops book event featuring authors Lonna Whiting, Ruth Hetland and Sue Muraida
    Feb 19, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST
    ONLINE event via Zoom
    This book chronicles 22 women's voices and their unique journey from the desert of self-abandonment to the mountaintop of self-love. Each chapter focuses on one woman’s specific story.
  • The Messiness of Human Nature with Serge Danielson-Francois
    Feb 20, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST
    ONLINE class via Zoom
    Let’s write a contemporary interpretation of Federalist 51!