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.
Schedule of Courses Fall, 2015
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The History and Development of the Big East Conference
This course will be led by a team who lived through
Big East history
Georgetown University retired Assistant Athletic Director for Finance,
Francis X. Rienzo, Georgetown University Athletic Director Emeritus
Joseph Lang, GU
retired Athletic Director and current Associate Athletic Director, University
of the District of Columbia (UDC)
GU former Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator,
currently Athletic Director, UDC
GU Sailing Coach (10 national and one international sailing championships),
whose recent master’s thesis is on the history and development of the
NCAA and the Big East as it relates to Georgetown University
Georgetown University Athletic Director.
10:30-12:00 a.m.; October 7, 14, 21
The Murray Room,
Fifth Floor, Lauinger Library.
course will focus on the creation and evolution of the Big East Conference
from an idea for a new league which emerged in the mid/late 1970’s and
developed through several phases to the current basketball-centered
conference in which Georgetown is a leader. Special interest will be given to
the importance of the Conference as an all-sports conference and to Title IX
and the impact of women’s sports on the development of the Conference.
Time permitting, the course will also touch on the
John Milton's Paradise Lost: Books 1, 4, and 9
Jason Rosenblatt, Emeritus Professor of English, has
written extensively on seventeenth-century English literature. He is a past
president of the Milton Society of America and is its 2015 Honored Scholar.
a.m.-12:00p.m., October 15, 22, 29,
Large McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall.
We will be reading three books of Milton's
great twelve-book epic. For the first session, which will cover book 1,
please pay especially close attention to: the opening invocation (lines
1-26), the portrayal of Satan, and the epic similes (e.g., regarding Satan's
spear and shield, the fallen legions compared to autumn leaves, the devils
trooping to Pandemonium [Milton's invented word] compared to bees in
Chardin and Big History: A Look Inside
John F. Haught is Distinguished Research Professor in
of Theology, Georgetown University. Professor Haught has written
extensively on the thought of Teilhard de Chardin and on the relationship
between religion and science.
23, at 10:30 a.m.
Large McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall.
A few historians and
scientists are trying these days to connect human history to the longer
scientific story of the universe. They call their project Big History. Big
History is new because the scientific story of the universe is new. There is
an inside cosmic story, however, that needs to be told along with the outside
version. Big History requires a widening and deepening of its survey of the
cosmic story, similar to what Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was
calling for early in the 20th century but which in his writings remained
incomplete. This lecture will list and discuss essential requirements that
Teilhard would have insisted on in any truly Big History in the future.
Religious, Political & Civic Themes
in 14th Century Sienese Art
Serafina Hager is Associate Professor, emerita; former Chair
of the Italian Department and Curricular Dean of the Faculty of Languages and
Linguistics of Georgetown University.
She is currently Director of the Italian Research Institute,
1:30-3:00 p.m., October 22, 29, November 5,
The Murray Room, Fifth
Floor, Lauinger Library.
The course is an
introduction to 14th century Sienese art
that reflects a more secular vision of the divine and a very strong civic
message. During the Guelph rule
of the Nine (1285-1355), with economic growth and urbanization, we witness
great artistic activity. We will
analyze the historical, philosophical, and literary context in selected works
of Duccio di Buoninsegna,
Simone Martini, and Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
The History of the Jesuits
John O'Malley, S.J., is University Professor at
Georgetown in the Theology Department. A church historian by trade, he has
written extensively on the history of the Jesuits. His best known book in
that regard is The First Jesuits (Harvard, 1993), now in 13 languages.
a.m.-12:00 p.m., Oct. 28, Nov. 4, The
Murray Room, Fifth Floor, Lauinger Library
The course will
consist of two lectures. October 28: How
the Jesuits originally got into education, and so what for today? Looked at from one perspective, the
Jesuits should not have begun to operate schools, but they did. Why? Why are they still in the business
today? November 4: The Suppression
of the Jesuits. In 1773 Pope
Clement XIV suppressed the Jesuits and ordered all their properties
confiscated. What led him to take this unprecedented move? That should have been the end of the
Society of Jesus, but it was not. What happened?
the Healthcare System: What
You Need to Know to be Your Own Best Advocate
MaryAnn Griffin, MSW, is the former Division Director
of Aging and Adult Services for the City of Alexandria, Virginia. She has had a 30+ year career in aging
and healthcare venues, including managing physician practices, ambulatory
care, hospice, and home health.
10:30-12:00 p.m., November 5, 12, 19,
The Murray Room,
Fifth Floor, Lauinger Library.
Medicare is the
primary health insurance for most older Americans,
55 million to be exact. With
10,000 of us turning age 65 every day, it is a pretty sure bet that we will
have an encounter with some aspect of the healthcare system. Yet even though so many of us depend
on Medicare, few among us really understand the Medicare alphabet, rules for
home health, for rehab stays, prescription drug coverage, selecting the right
“Medigap” plan or the newest, the
Hospital Observation Status. The class will also focus on a
panoply of broad health-related issues such as when/how to use long
term care insurance, identifying a patient advocate, how to select a home
care agency, surrogate decision making and more. We will also look at assisted living
facilities and what payment sources there are to cover the cost, deciding on a
Continuing Care Retirement Community to assure “care for life,”
or, if deciding to remain in the community, what supports there are, such as
joining a Village and the community-based services that are available. This course will help to make sense of
all aspects of the complex healthcare system so that class participants can
become astute, educated advocates for themselves and their family members in
navigating the system and managing their care.
Prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures
Anthony Tambasco is
Professor Emeritus in the Theology Department and former Associate Dean of
Liberal Studies at Georgetown University.
1:30-3:00 p.m., November 3, 10, 17,
The Makom Room, Leavey Center.
The course will give an overview of the
history and teaching of some of the important prophets whose writings have been preserved in books of the Bible. The major goals
of the course are (1) to show that prophets need to be understood foremost as
speaking to their present circumstances and less about predicting the future;
(2) to draw out messages of both judgment and hope that still speak to us
today; (3) to show how Christians might read these texts in distinctive ways,
but in ways that promote Jewish/Christian relations. It would be helpful to
bring a Bible to the course.
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