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
Classes will be held on the Georgetown University Main
For a map showing entrances to buildings used, click here.
For more-detailed directions to McShain,
Courses Fall, 2014
Asian Religions and Christianity
James A. Wiseman, O.S.B.,
Professor of Theology, Emeritus, The Catholic University of America, and Abbot,
St. Anselm’s Abbey, Washington, D.C.
– 3:30 p.m.; October 14, 21, 28.
McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall.
The three class sessions will
give a basic introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Chinese traditions
of Daoism and Confucianism. We will also look at the ways in which one or
another of these traditions intrigued and challenged Christian writers like
Thomas Merton and Henri Le Saux and how they can
also intrigue and challenge ourselves.
Development of Italian Renaissance Thought: Paintings and Sculptures as Narrative
Associate Professor of Italian, Emerita; former Chair of the Italian
Department and Curricular Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics,
1:00-2:30, p.m.; Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5.
The Murray Room, Fifth Floor, Lauinger Library.
This course will
trace the development of Renaissance thought from a theocentric to the
anthropocentric worldview ushered in by the humanists through the literary,
historical and philosophical analysis of a selected group of works of art by
Giotto, Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Botticelli, Michelangelo,
Leonardo, Raffaello, and others. A packet of selected readings will be
distributed to participants.
Faith, and Teilhard de Chardin
John F. Haught,
Distinguished Research Professor of Theology
October 28. 12:30 – 2:00 p.m..
The Murray Room, Fifth Floor,
After a brief
summary of some of the major issues in science and theology, this lecture will
introduce participants to the Jesuit geologist and religious thinker Teilhard
de Chardin (1881-1955). Then it will reflect on the relevance this great
thinker may still have to contemporary discussions on the relationship of the
natural sciences to biblically-based religious thought.
Masterworks of English Modernist Poetry
Professor of English, Emeritus; former Chair of the English Department.
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Nov. 5, 12, 19.
McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall.
We will discuss a
small number of major lyric poems by William Butler Yeats (including
"Easter 1916" and "Sailing to Byzantium"); T.S. Eliot
(including "Sweeney Among the Nightingales" and "The Love Song
of J. Alfred Prufrock"); and Robert Lowell
("Skunk Hour"). Texts will be provided in the first class.
Navigating the Narratives of Genesis
Rabbi Harold S.
White, Senior Advisor, Program for
Jewish Civilization, Office of the President.
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Nov. 11, 18, 25.
The Philodemic Room, Second floor, Healy Hall.
The course will
cover three areas: first, the
Creation and Garden of Eden narratives; second, the Noah narrative; third,
the ten generations between Adam and Abraham, including the Cain and Abel
narrative, the Tower of Babel narrative, and the call of Abraham as the first
A Sixth Course is Expected to be
information on that course will be provided here when it becomes available.
Participants may register for that course separately.
registration opens two days after Labor Day.
registration opens two days after New Year’s Day.
is open for about four weeks, although specific courses may be filled sooner,
or be open longer.
To access the
registration form, please click here.
After the last session of each course, please complete a course-evaluation
form for that course.
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
32, 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