The Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran: Early Monastery on the Dead Sea
Who lived at Qumran and why did they leave their scrolls behind? What happened to the people who lived there? What is the value of the scrolls to those who read the Bible today? Has the discovery of the scrolls changed the way we read the Bible? What do these scrolls tell us about the community there and their view of the world? What rules governed those who live there? All these above questions will be addressed in fascinating study of this early Christian community.
Date: Tuesday, Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12
Time: 10:15 - 11:45 am
Location: Bede 205
Instructor: Dr. Terry Lafferty
Dr. Terry Lafferty, a Professor of Theology at Mount Marty College, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, St. Charles Borromeo s Seminary, and The Catholic University of America where she earned her doctoral degree in Theology with focus on the Bible. She has traveled to the Holy Land and the specific site at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Her past students have included all ages and all grades; she is happy to claim her oldest student was 97 years young
|Amazonian Rain Forest: Past, Present, Future
What are the geological changes that us the present configuration of this endangered rain forest? How extensive is its animal and plant diversity? Who are its native people? What about the future of this fragile ecosystem? Its importance for the survival of the planet? Dr. Buitrago grew up in this area and is passionate about what is happening there.
Date: Tuesdays, Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12
Time: 12:45 - 2:15 pm
Location: Scholastic Learning Center(SLC) 108
Instructor: Dr. Uriel Buitrago
Dr. Uriel Buitrago was born and raised in a small village by the Putumayo River in the Amazon Rainforest of Colombia. He completed primary school there and then did high school in Bogota and in a town near his village. In 1975 he studied at the National Pedagogic University in Bogota. His interest in fish biology then took him to the University of Colombia. In 1996 he came to the United States and did his doctoral work in zoology at Southern Illinois University. He is presently an assistant professor at MMC, teaching human anatomy, physiology, zoology, histology and a series of research seminars. The Amazon Rainforest remains one of his passionate research issues.
|Film Genres and American Culture
How have American Films revealed our national culture and/or created it? What do films tell us about ourselves as Americans? What are the genres that American spawned in the early years of Hollywood? Our comedies, westerns, musicals, and crime stories reveal more than "meets the eye", as they say. A film during each session will help us understand the issues these questions put before us.
Date: Thursday, Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 14
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Bede 118
Instructor: Sr. Cynthia Binder
Sr. Cynthia Binder, a native of Yankton and an alum of both Mount Marty High School and College, has taught French, English, and film classes at MMC for 55 years. She also has taught in MMC's two-year degree program at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp for the past 25 years. Her degrees are from Mount Marty College, University of South Dakota, New York University's Paris program, and Georgetown University. She has taken MMC students and adults from the surrounding area to Europe for many years for annual study abroad seminars. She has conducted film series on the MMC campus, particularly foreign films, and along with her film classes, has presented film series at the prison compound for 20 years.
|Great Faces, Great Places: Exploring and Traveling South Dakota
Bernie Hunhoff, editor and publisher of South Dakota Magazine, will share his insights and experiences of the culture and places of South Dakota. His love of the state and its people will come through clearly as he tells stories and shares pictures. He will talk about the diversity of cultures, geography, and life styles he has experienced in his travels which has widen his appreciation for the state in all its facets. In addition he has a wealth of pictures he has accumulated in his travels. We will come away with a broader and fuller view for the land we call home.
Date: Thursdays, Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 14
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: Scholastic Learning Center(SLC) 107
Instructor: Bernie Hunhoff
A graduate of Mont Marty College, Bernie has been in journalism most of his career, was born, raised, and still lives in Yankton, the mother city of Dakota Territory. He has served on many committees for public service and as a law maker in the state legislature. Because of his extensive background and awareness of the state he is able to represent the people in the legislature with an in-depth understanding of the issues and challenges.
|Stained Glass Workshop
Stained-glass making: a hands-on workshop for the interested in creating are objects using stained glass. Glass and glue the hours away! Create a stained glass project to give to a loved one or to create an environment of peace and delight in your home. Exercise the creativity and artist in you. Bring an open heart, a sense of humor, and little patience.
Date: Saturday, Nov 2 - Limited to 8 Participants (additional $20 materials)
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Sacred Heart Monestary Room M216-17
Instructor: Sr. Kathleen Courtney
A graduate of Mount Marty College, Sr. Kathleen Courtney did graduate work at Northern Illinois University and a Masters in Creation Spirituality at Holy Name University in Oakland, California. She has been in full-time retreat work for 12 years, presenting retreats for adults and for students preparing for their Confirmation. Drawing from the wisdom of Saint Benedict, she assists people in practical, creative ways to find God in prayer and work, in gracious hospitality and in ordinary daily living.
|Writers' Workshop: the Poet within, the poetry of Memory and Place
This workshop helps us to discover the stories we have to tell and the words to tell them. It is based on the belief that when we find the courage to explore our memories, we find the source for powerful, evocative writing. Using our daily lives and our varied experiences, we unearth our stories and discover how the places in which we find ourselves affect the way we experience the world. The workshop requires participants to be honest and specific. Please bring, paper a pen and the willingness to take risks.
Date: Wednesday, Nov 20 - Free for members only (annual membership is $25)
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Scholastic Learning Center 108
Instructor: Maria Mazziotti Gillan
A well-known and respected poet, Maria Mazziotti Gillan is director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. She is also the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ. She has received numerous awards including the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All The Lies Between Us. She has published 16 books, including The Weather of Old Seasons, The Place I Call Home and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life. With her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Visit her website and blog at www.mariagillan.com.