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WILL Announces New Fall Courses on the Mystery Novel, Picasso, Japanese Poetry and More

This Fall's WILL courses include a special one-day program at the Florence Griswold Museum, where this painting, "The Ledge October in Old Lyme" by Childe Hassam, is on display.

This Fall’s WILL courses include a special one-day program at the Florence Griswold Museum, where this painting, “The Ledge October in Old Lyme” by Childe Hassam, is on display.

Registration is now open for Fall courses through the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) in topics including art, literature, poetry and meditation. A special one-day program will take place at the Florence Griswold Museum, the internationally-known home of the Connecticut impressionists, on Nov. 14. It will coincide with the museum’s exhibition, The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape, drawing from its Hartford Steam Boiler Collection and that of ten partner institutions from around the state.

This marks the 10th semester of courses offered by WILL, an initiative that began in 2009. The program features short, intellectually stimulating and lively courses taught by current and retired members of the Wesleyan faculty, plus other members of the community. Courses are offered to all area residents at minimal cost, and are not part of a degree-granting program. Class sizes are kept small to allow for close interactions between instructors and students, and are designed to cover topics of particular interest to members of the community.

The Fall 2015 classes include:

Register online here, or print the registration card and mail to: Wesleyan University, Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning, 51 Lawn Ave., Middletown, Conn., 06459.

Meditation, Travel Literature, Ethnic Cuisine, 1st Amendment Topics of Fall 2013 WILL Courses

WILL uses the talents of current and retired faculty members, and local guest lecturers, to present a set of short, intellectually stimulating and lively courses to area residents.

WILL uses the talents of current and retired faculty members, and local guest lecturers, to present a set of short, intellectually stimulating and lively courses to area residents.

The Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) is offering eight short courses and one, all-day program during the Fall 2013 semester.

Enrollment will be open in early August.

WILL uses the talents of current and retired faculty members, and local guest lecturers, to present a set of short, intellectually stimulating and lively courses to area residents. These courses are offered at minimal cost, are not part of a degree-granting program, and are designed to present topics of particular interest to members of the Wesleyan and local communities. Special one-day courses on particular topics will be offered once each semester.

The schedule, instructors, dates, times and costs of the upcoming courses are:

“Full-Day Film Studies” will be taught by Wesleyan film faculty Jeanine Basinger, Steve Collins, Scott Higgins and Marc Longenecker from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Center for Film Studies. The cost is $125.

“Mystery Thursdays – Five Character in Search of a Culprit” will be taught by Andrew DeRocco from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3, 10 at the Wasch Center. The cost is $110.

“The First Amendment” will be taught by John Finn, professor of government, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29 in the Wasch Center. The cost is $90.

“Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec” will be taught by Rhea Higgins, a visiting instructor, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Nov. 4, 11, and 18 in the Butterfield Room at the Wasch Center. The cost is $70. 

Middletown’s Architectural Heritage Special Spring 2013 WILL Course

Six courses will be offered during the Spring 2013 Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning program.

Six courses will be offered during the Spring 2013 Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning program.

This spring, the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) will host courses on opinion writing, Shakespeare’s history plays under Elizabeth I, the basics of personal finance, experiencing eldership, exploring the Housatonic Valley and Middletown’s architectural heritage.

Now in its fifth semester, WILL’s objective is to use the talents of current and retired faculty and qualified community members to present a set of short, intellectually stimulating and lively courses to the Wesleyan community and area residents. These courses are offered at minimal cost, are not part of a degree-granting program, and are designed to offer topics of particular interest to members of the community.

A special feature for this coming semester is an all-day class on “Middletown’s Architectural Heritage.” The program will include lectures by Joe Siry, the Kenan Professor of the Humanities, professor and chair of the Art and Art History Department. Local architects Alain Munkittrick and Jeff Bianco will offer a a guided tour of some of the major architectural treasures at Wesleyan and in Middletown.

“We are fortunate to have local experts in the field or architecture who can enable us to see the significance and value of the remarkable treasures we drive by every day. They will serve to open our eyes and enrich our understanding of our surroundings,” said WILL director Karl Scheibe.

More information on the other Spring 2013 courses can be found at the links below:

Enrolled students will have access to the academic resources of Wesleyan University, including Olin Library. Classes are conveniently scheduled in the afternoons and early evenings.

Classes cost between $70 and $125. Register for a course online here. For more information, contact Amy Bello at 860-685-3005 or by e-mail at abello@wesleyan.edu.

Photography, Taiwan, King Lear Topics of Fall 2012 Lifelong Learning Courses

Wesleyan has been devoted to liberal learning since its founding in 1831. The Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning is the latest extension of this mission — a dedication to the improvement of human well-being by means of education throughout the course of life.

This fall, Wesleyan’s Institute for Lifelong Learning will offer courses on 20th-Century Photography, the paintings of Paul Cezanne, ethical eating practices, Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, promoting healthy psychology, Scandinavian culture and more.

The third year of courses begins Sept. 6 and most take place at the Susan B. and William Wasch Center for Retired Faculty at 51 Lawn Ave. in Middletown.

“Our objective is to use the talents of retired faculty members and current members of the Wesleyan faculty, plus others in our community who are similarly qualified, to present a set of short, intellectually stimulating and lively courses to area residents,” explains Karl Schiebe, director of Wasch Center for Retired Faculty.

Clare Rogan, curator of the Davison Art Center, will teach "Picturing America: Highlights of 20th Century Photography" Oct. 3, 10 and 17.

Clare Rogan, curator of the Davison Art Center, will teach “Picturing America: Highlights of 20th Century Photography” Oct. 3, 10 and 17.

These courses are offered at minimal cost, are not part of a degree-granting program, and are designed to offer topics of particular interest to members of the Wesleyan and local community.

In the course, “Picturing America: Highlights of 20th Century Photography,” students will discuss Alfred Stieglitz’s promotion of art photography from photo-secession to modernism, the f/64 group including Ansel Adams, and street photography of the 1960’s and 1970’s by Garry Winogrand and others.

In the course “All About Food: Enlightened Eating,” Wesleyan’s Executive Chef Brian Dagnall will explore the dynamics of food selection (shopping), food preparation (cooking), and food consumption (eating). Each class meeting will include a lecture/discussion component, cooking demonstration and food tasting.

And in “King Lear,” Gay Smith, professor of theater emerita, will look into three modern screenings of the play and question, “How does Lear, a character from Celtic Britain’s pagan past, speak to us today? Do the play’s terrifying scenes of war and torture parallel ours? Or is it the tale of a father who fatefully misjudges the children he wants to rely on in his retirement, that haunts us?”

Enrolled students will have access to the academic resources of Wesleyan including Olin Library. Classes are conveniently scheduled in the afternoons and early evenings.

The Fall 2012 classes are listed below. Click on the course title for more information.

For more information on WILL or to register, see this link.

Germs, Book of Job, Connecticut River Topics of Spring WILL Courses

Professor Emeritus William Firshein will teach a WILL course on germs. Firshein taught courses in biology, microbiology and molecular biology for 48 years at Wesleyan.

We live in a world of germs; multitudes of them live in our own bodies. While some cause many infectious diseases, they also help digesting and processing the food and fight off tooth decay. How is this possible?

During the Spring 2012 semester, William Firshein, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry emeritus, will discuss the myths and realities of these pathogens as part of the Wesleyan’s Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL). Germs are Us, is just one of the seven courses offered this spring by the institute, housed in the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty on Lawn Ave.

WILL provides educational opportunities outside of formal degree-granting programs to members of the broader community. WILL classes are taken for interest, not for credit. Classes are small with an informal atmosphere. Faculty include Wesleyan faculty, emeriti faculty, and similarly qualified members of the community.

The course offerings cover the arts, social sciences, literature, science and mathematics.

Other Spring 2012 WILL courses include:

Enrolled students will have access to the academic resources of Wesleyan University, including Olin Library. Classes are conveniently scheduled in the afternoons and early evenings. Parking is available and classrooms are accessible. Classes will be quite small, with a few exceptions, allowing close interactions between instructors and students.

To obtain a course order form and register by mail via check, call Elizabeth Dagnall at 860-685-3005 or e-mail edagnall@wesleyan.edu. You may also register and pay on-line. Sessions cost between $50 and $130.

Van Gogh, Civil War, Volcanic Massifs Topics of Lifelong Learning Courses

Wesleyan has been devoted to liberal learning since its founding in 1831. The Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning is the latest extension of this mission — a dedication to the improvement of human well-being by means of education throughout the course of life.

Enrollment for the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) Fall 2011 semester is open.

WILL is chartered to provide educational opportunities outside of formal degree-granting programs to members of the broader community. WILL classes are taken for interest, not for credit. Classes are small with an informal atmosphere.

Faculty include Wesleyan faculty, emeriti faculty, and similarly qualified members of the community. The courses are short, intellectually-stimulating and lively.

The course offerings cover the arts, social sciences, literature, science and mathematics.

Memoirs, Germs, Brownstone Topics of Spring WILL Courses

William Firshein, professor emeritus, will teach the course, Germs Are Us, starting April 25.

This spring, students of all ages will have the opportunity to see dinosaur tracks in Connecticut, discuss emerging infections, explore retirement planning options, or examine emotions, traits and institutions that promote healthy psychological functioning.

These course topics, among others, will be taught through The Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) this spring.

The course offerings cover the arts, social sciences, literature, science and mathematics. The spring courses include: Legacies in Words: An Introduction to Memoir Writing, Life’s Great Transitions and Four Essential Dialogues, Exploring the Mysteries of Finance, Positive Psychology, Life Is But a Dream, Germs Are Us, Brownstone Stories: Quarries and Dinosaurs.

WILL classes are taken for interest, not for credit.

Institute for Lifelong Learning Offers Non-Credit Classes

Wesleyan has been devoted to liberal learning since its founding in 1831. The Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning is the latest extension of this mission — a dedication to the improvement of human well-being by means of education throughout the course of life.

Students of all ages can benefit from liberal arts-based educational opportunities outside of a formal degree-granting program through the new Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL).

WILL classes are taken  for interest, not for credit. Classes will be small with an informal atmosphere.

“Everyone in the room–students and teacher–will be engaged in their subject out of pure curiosity,” says Karl Scheibe, director of the Susan B. and William K. Wasch Center for Retired Faculty. “The learning experience is likely to be more intensive than extensive.”

Scheibe, who is overseeing the new institute, says the courses are designed to appeal to Wesleyan alumni, p