Georgetown University Learning Community
Short non-credit courses
on the Georgetown University Campus, for persons ‘55 or better.’
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.
(and their spouses) of
The Association of Main-Campus
The DC Alumni Club, The GU Library Associates, and present or past GU Learning Community faculty, are exempt from fees.
For registration, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Classes will be held on the University Main Campus.
For a map of entrances to buildings used, click here.
After each course, please complete
form for that course.
Schedule of Courses, Spring, 2015
Arms Control and Global Security
Pierce S. Corden, former
division chief in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Deputy
Executive Chairman of the U.N. Special Commission (for Iraq), and currently
visiting scholar at the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at
the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Murray Room, Fifth Floor,
United States foreign and security policy
and commitments, as embodied in the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, are
intended to establish a global order for a nuclear-weapons-free world, and
“general and complete disarmament under strict and effective
This course will consider the unique threats posed by nuclear weapons
– weapons of mass destruction – their numbers and spread, and the
possibility of terrorist acquisition.
We will review the complex of international treaties and other
measures established since the end of World War II that seek to move the
world to a more sustainable security framework, and discuss prospects for
further progress in reaching this objective.
From the Wright
Brothers to the Moon, Mars, and Beyond
John P. Sheahan
had a 32-year career
at NASA, including work on projects ranging from Apollo to the International
Space Station. Following retirement
from NASA, he was on the staff of the George Mason University School of
Public Policy for several years.
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12, 19, 26.
The Murray Room, Fifth Floor, Lauinger
This four-part course will focus on the
momentous changes that have taken place in the aerospace sector in just over
120 years, their impact on society, the story behind early aviation
milestones, the “Cold War,” and the subsequent “Space
Race.” It will also cover the uncertain state of space activities
today, as well as the challenges and rewards of exploring space in the
and William Faulkner
Lilly, Professor of English,
Emeritus, SUNY, Oneonta.
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
March 10, 17, and 24.
McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall
Most readers believe that the book that
launched the modernist trend is James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922). Within a few years, Virginia Woolf and William
Faulkner presented novels that reflect the techniques of Ulysses transformed by their two different cultures, England and
the American South. The course will examine Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927) and
Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury
(1929). The first class will focus on To
the Lighthouse; the second and third on The Sound and the Fury. The Modern Library’s ranking of the
one hundred finest modern novels in English lists Ulysses as number one, with the latter two among the top fifteen.
Germany and Europe.
Karl H. Cerny, Professor of Government, Emeritus.
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
April 14, 21, 28.
McShain Lounge, McCarthy
By now it has become
commonplace to note that Germany is the leader of Europe. But how well and effectively does it
lead? In successive sessions, the
leadership of Germany will be examined in its economic, military, and
Ecology in National Parks.
Associate Professor of Biology, Emeritus.
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:00
April 8, 15, 22.
Murray Room, Fifth Floor, Lauinger Library
Visitors to national parks in
the US and other countries have opportunities to observe natural ecological
systems. In this course, we will discuss research on these ecosystems with a
particular focus on species interactions, the role of natural disturbances,
trophic cascades (food-chain regulation), and the impact of invasive species.
We will consider case studies that include fires, bears and wolves in
Yellowstone, large herbivores and grasses in the Serengeti ecosystem,
mountain lions in Zion, sea otters in Alaskan kelp forests, endangered and
invasive species in the Channel Islands (CA), and Rock Creek as an urban
What’s Love Got to Do with It? The Politics
of the Marriage Game and the Passions of Courtly Love in Renaissance Italy.
Deborah Ross Warin, Director of the Renaissance Company and
former Director of Continuing Education of Georgetown University
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00
April 9, 16, 23.
Murray Room, Fifth Floor, Lauinger Library
"And yet, to say the
truth, reason and love keep little company together
Shakespeare’s line from A
Midsummer Night’s Dream sums
up the prevailing attitude toward love and marriage during the Italian
Renaissance. Marriage was far too important a decision to be left to the
deceits of passion. "Reason" was the truth behind marital alliances
– alliances that could unite princely families, secure treaties, or
promise fortune and prosperity to ambitious families seeking to upgrade their
arriviste status from merchant
class to nobility. At the same time, the medieval tradition of courtly love,
the passion for the ideal, unattainable lady, continued to flourish in the
cultural life of the Renaissance while the fruits of attainable passion
populated the courts and the country with illegitimate children. When
Neo-Platonism swept the peninsula in the mid 1400’s, a new dynamic was
added to this courtly love tradition, creating a flourish of artistic,
literary and philosophical activity. In this course, we will look at these
influences, their effect on the politics and culture of the period, and the
hidden stories behind the works that often display the dichotomy between
principles and practice.
To access the
registration form, please click here.
After the last session of each course,
please complete a course-evaluation
for that course.
registration opens two days after Labor Day.
registration opens two days after New Year’s Day.
open for about four weeks, although specific courses may be filled sooner, or
be open longer.
If you have questions, please
or telephone The
Center for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) at
Click here to view a short
video of part of a lecture given by Professor Emerita Joan Holmer on October
31, 2008 in a GU LC course:
to Shakespeare: Textual, Theatrical, and Thematic."
(Viewing the video
requires the "quick time video player".
Click here for a free
download of the QTVP program.)
Prior-semester GU LC course programs
Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall
2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring
2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010, Fall
2009, Spring 2009, Fall
Fall 2007, Spring 2007,
Fall 2006, Fall
2005 and Spring 2006
Opinions expressed by GULC instructors
are their own and do not necessarily reflect opinions of Georgetown
University, the Association of Main-Campus Retired Faculty, the DC Alumni
Club, the Library Associates, or the School for Continuing and