Georgetown University Learning Community
Short non-credit courses
on the Georgetown University Campus,
for persons ‘55 or
Preregistration is required. Class-size will be
Parking ($3/hour) in the South Parking Garage,
entered from Canal Road.
Registration fees are $30 for one
course, $50 for two or more courses.
members (and their spouses) of
of Main-Campus Retired Faculty, The DC Alumni Club, The GU
and present or past GU Learning Community faculty,
exempt from fees.
For registration, please scroll to the bottom of
This Semester, all classes will be held in
The Murray Room, Fifth Floor, Lauinger Library.
Trafficking and Modern Slavery
Ellen Henderson, Professor of Biology,
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.; Feb. 26, March 5 and 12.
Most of us thought that slavery was stopped by the Civil
War. However, slavery and the
trafficking of humans occur more often now than at any time in history. Human trafficking is now the
second largest money-maker among illicit international criminal activities
(up there with arms trafficking and drug trafficking). Internationally it is estimated that
there are about 27 million slaves.
They are in bonded labor, agricultural servitude, domestic servitude
and sex slavery. This short
course will look first at the international situation and the role of the
U.S. government in efforts to prevent global trafficking, then at U.S.
domestic trafficking/slavery, and finally at the Washington D.C. regional
situation as D.C. is a hotspot for many forms of trafficking, especially in
domestic minor sex trafficking.
We will examine the role of NGOs in efforts to prevent trafficking and
to rescue and rehabilitate freed slaves.
Scott Fitzgerald: More Than Ever
Lilly, Professor of English, Emeritus, SUNY Binghamton
March 13, 20, 27
For the first class we will read
(again!) The Great Gatsby (1925), followed by his story, "The
Rich Boy" (1926). For the second class we will discuss the story,
"Babylon Revisited" (1931) and Book I of Tender Is the Night
(1934). The last class will focus on Books II and III. Much biographical
information about Fitzgerald's life, as well as the two short stories, are available online.
The Social Impact of
the Internet Now and in the Future
Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center’s
Project on The Internet and American Life and Former Managing Editor, U.S.
News and World Report
Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.; March 18, 25 and April 1
The lectures for this course will explore the rise and impact
of the internet (the spread of broadband connectivity and the creation of
social media, such as blogging, Facebook, and Twitter); the development of
“mobile life” (the rise of mobile connections, such as smart
phones and tablets, and how that has changed social interaction and expectations);
and the future of the internet (studies from the Pew Research Center about
the social impact of digital technology in the coming age).
Bastards' and ‘Learned Ladies:'
Politics, and Imagination in the Italian Renaissance Court
Ross Warin, Director of the Renaissance Company and
former Director of Continuing
Education of Georgetown University
Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.;
March 27, April 3 and 10
In the middle of the quattrocentro, Milan, Mantua,
Ferrara, Urbino, Rimini and Pesaro were ruled
by "golden bastards" and "learned ladies" who,
through the sophistication of their patronage and their keen political
instincts, were responsible for much of the great art and literature we
identify with the Italian Renaissance. These golden bastards were
illegitimate princes, classically-educated colorful condottieri, who spouted
Plato and Homer while they ruthlessly battled and plotted against one
another. The women were equally educated in the new humanistic learning and
used their intellectual and rhetorical sophistication for cultural and
political ends – ruling, negotiating treaties, resolving disputes while
patronizing the artists and scholars who would shape the public image of
their rule and our own ideas about the age.
Ecological Perspective on the Chesapeake Bay
Sze, Associate Professor of Biology, Emeritus.
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.; April 2, 9, 16
Chesapeake Bay is polluted by an excess of plant nutrients from urban
discharges and farm runoff. After a general introduction to
eutrophication in aquatic environments, we will consider conditions in the
Chesapeake Bay estuary, emphasizing the importance of seagrasses
and oysters, indicators of Bay health, and challenges for the Bay’s
from Galileo and Darwin about the Science/Theology Interface
L. Currie, S.J., Director, Jesuit Commons and former President of the
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.; April 15, 22, and 29
The relationship between science and theology/religion has
been developed quietly in individual lives, dramatically in historic moments,
sweepingly by historians, shrilly by protagonists of each persuasion, and
reflectively by both scientists and theologians. The Galileo Case is often presented as
the prime example of an irrevocable conflict between science and theology,
with black and white interpretations of what in fact was a complex mix of
philosophical, theological, historical, cultural, political and personal
issues. We will briefly examine
what we can learn today from each perspective.
Darwin’s background and life story exemplify a more
complex interaction between science and theology, or better between
scientists and their particular understanding of theology/religion. Georgetown’s own John Haught has
led the way in moving beyond the conflict seen by Darwin and many of his
supporters to a constructive dialogue between evolution and theology.
Thus the stories of both Galileo and Darwin offer two
fascinating chapters in intellectual history and help us reflect on the
relationship between science and theology/religion today.
Resources (both provide references for further
Haught, John F.,
Science and Faith: a New Introduction. Paulist
Press, 2012. Especially chapter 3
Fantoli, Annibale, The
Case of Galileo. University
of Notre Dame Press, 2012.
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please complete a course-evaluation form
for that course.
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video of part of a lecture given by Professor Emerita Joan Holmer on October
32, 2008 in a GU LC course:
to Shakespeare: Textual, Theatrical, and Thematic."
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