Capturing Light
Mario SurianiHow many times have you seen an opportunity for a good picture, pulled out your camera and fired away only to be disappointed the image did not match your vision? Ths course will help you maximize the photography equipment you have. Learn to think like a photographer and understand that the equipment does not make the picture, the photographer does!

Date: Thursdays, Apr 3, 10, 24 and May 1
Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Location: Bede Hall 206
Instructor: Mario Suriani
Mario Suriani built a career as "the most famous photographer you never heard of." Based in New York City, Mario worked across a spectrum that included photo journalism, editorial and commercial photography from 1980 to 2000. Prior to 9-11, he relocated to Washington, DC where he worked for the US State Department until 2010. It was during that time Mario and his wife, Alex, came to Yankton for a brief vacation. They both recognized South Dakota as a special place and established Yankton as their home in 2008. Currently retired, Mario continues to produce images based on the vast palette that is South Dakota.

Authentic and Enduring Voices of the Holocaust
Dr. Jan HausmannThrough recent novels and films, most of us have become informed about the Holocaust of 1941-1945. But, this course will focus on the actual voices of its victims, its perpetrators, and its witnesses. Through discussions of literature, films, and historical references, participants will become even more familiar with the work and legacy of survivors, the impact of the Holocaust on survivor's families, and our own awareness and definition of genocide. We will also look at the causes of the Holocaust by becoming aware of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the social movement of eugenics, and issues of Anti-Semitism that had long been present in both Europe and the United States even prior to WWI. Some of these continue today.

Date: Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 22, 29
Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Location: Roncalli 114
Instructor: Dr. Jan Hausmann
Holocaust Studies has been an integral part of Dr. Jan Hausmann's research and courses since the spring of 2007 when she helped to organize an on-campus Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom HaShoah in the spring of 2007. She became part of the Holocaust Educators Network through a fourteen-day summer seminar in New York City in 2008. She then worked with Dakota Writing Project to present Holocaust Institutes to South Dakota middle-school and high-school teachers in the summers of 2009-2011. In the spring of 2012, she and eighteen other members of HEN spent ten days with a Holocaust survivor and visited concentration camps and Jewish landmarks in Poland and Israel.

Meet Pope Francis
Dr. Terry LaffertyPope Francis has captured the attention of the world in a short period of time. Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio and how did he come to be Pope? Come learn more about Pope Francis and three themes he has identified as central to his papacy; leadership with service, return to Gospel values, and mercy.

Date: Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 22, 29
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Bede Hall 118
Instructor: Dr. Terry Lafferty
Theresa (Terry) Lafferty is a native of Philadelphia, PA. She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a BA in American Civilization and an MS in Secondary Education. She continued her educational pursuits at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA, earning an MA in Theology with a focus on the Bible. Her doctoral degree comes from The Catholic University of America (CUA) with a concentration in Biblical Studies, specifically the Old Testament. She has twice traveled to the Holy Land. She has taught students of all ages and grades from Kindergarten through Masters students, and has taught in PA, NJ, DE, MD, MN, DC and SD. She is delighted to claim that her oldest student was 97 years young. She has taught undergraduate and graduate students at CUA, and is now in her second year as a professor in the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department at Mount Marty College.

Dr. Paul AndersWhen many people think of Islam, they immediately remember the 911 tragedy. But is there more to this Abrahamic religion than just the militant anti-American face of Muslim terrorism? In this class we will explore the history, theology, rituals, and practices of this great, and growing, world religion. We will investigate the rich culture that arose as part of its religious expression. Lastly, we will attempt to grasp the complexity and diversity that comprises the contemporary social and political realities of the Muslim world.

Date: Thursdays, April 3, 10, 24 and May 1
Time: 10:30 - 12:00pm
Location: Scholastica Learning Center (SLC) 108
Instructor: Dr. Paul Anders
Dr. Anders is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and chair of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department at Mount Marty College. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MDiv from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. Dr. Anders was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions grant to develop a pilot course entitled, "What is Authority?" Dr. Anders teaches Critical Thinking, Ethics, World Religions, Scripture, and Directed Studies courses at Mount Marty College. He also enjoys playing on the faculty intramural basketball and volleyball teams. Away from the college he enjoys traveling and working on remodeling projects around his house.

Bird-Watching Basics
 This course is an introduction to bird watching from how to use binoculars and a bird field guide to how to identify birds by shape, plumage, behavior, habitat preference, and voice. We will have two classroom sessions and two field sessions to introduce people to the constant variety and challenge of birding, as well as, the camaraderie of bird watching with a group of people.

Date: Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 22, 29
Time: 9:00 - 10:30am
Location: Scholastica Learning Center (SLC) 108
Instructor: Roger Dietrich
Born and raised in South Dakota, Roger earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from South Dakota State University in 1970 and earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1973. He returned to South Dakota in 1974 and has worked here in various positions until retiring from a career as a Clinic Administrator in December, 2010. He has been an active amateur photographer for years. Photography was his major interest and as he was taking more bird photos he knew he had to be able to identify the birds he was seeing. Eventually, this led to birding, which cut down on his photography as he was spending more time learning about birds. When he got his first digital camera he got back into photography and has combined the two hobbies since then. He enjoys birding in the area and also traveling to other locations around the country. He is a member of the South Dakota Ornithological Union, Dakota Birders, and the American Birding Association.

From the Box Score to the Bookstore: Sports in Literature
 In this four-session class, we will take a closer look at writings that are about sports or use sports as a window into humanity. We will look at fiction and non-fiction works, including historical accounts, biographies and autobiographies, as well as some non-traditional formats, such as poetry and spoken word.

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 9, 23, 30
Time: 10:30 - 12:00pm
Location: Scholastica Learning Center (SLC) 108
Instructor: James Cimburek
A 1994 graduate of Mount Marty College, James Cimburek has devoted his career to sports coverage. A 21-year newspaper veteran, all at the Yankton Press & Dakotan, he has won a national award, the Distinguished Service Award from the South Dakota High School Activities Association, two South Dakota Sportswriter of the Year awards and 40 state newspaper awards.