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2015 Fall Courses

AFFAIRS OF THE HEART:
LOVE STORIES IN CLASSICAL NOVELS AND FILMS

Come explore classical novels and films whose major framework is romantic relationships between men and women. Look at themes of seduction in 18th century novels, the impact of women's voices, choices and longings in 19th century novels, and the importance of cultural context as integral to romantic relationships in several 20th century novels. Participants will also view and discuss clips from classic romantic films such as Casablanca, Dr. Zhivago, Age of Innocence, and The Way We Were, as well as any suggestions the class may have. Perhaps we will even give a nod to Nicholas Sparks' novels and films. In what ways might they be or become classics?

Date: Tuesdays | October 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: Scholastica Learning Center 106
Instructor: Dr. Janis Hausmann

REDISCOVERING MARY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
In honor of The Month of the Rosary, we focus a course on Mary. Sadly, after Vatican II attention shifted away from Our Lady. Together we will explore the Marian traditions and discuss how we shre the gift of Mary with others today.

Date: Wednesdays | October 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Library 205
Instructor: Dr. Helen Ciernick

PSYCHOLOGY OF HAPPINESS
Ever wondered what makes people happy? Ever heard or said "money can't buy you happiness?" We may have theories on the topic of happiness, but do they match up with what research has found? In this course, Dr. Ferris will present the summary of the research on what life experiences are good predictors of happiness and those unrelated to happiness. You just may be surprised, one way or another!

Date: Thursdays | October 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Location: Scholastica Learning Center 106
Instructor: Dr. Alan Ferris

CATCHING THE BIG ONE:
FISHING IN THE MISSOURI RIVER
This three-session course will meet once in the clsasroom before heading out to the beautiful Missouri River for hands-on experiences through guided tours with MMC's professional fisherman! All you need is a basic rod and reel and fishing license - everything else will be provided!

Date: Thursdays | October 6, 13, 20
Time: 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: Library 205
Instructor: Dr. Erin Riibe

REQUIEM: A MUSICAL STUDY
Come explore the mass for the dead in its musical forms from the plainchant melody of the early church to the grand musical forms of the Romantic era, to the new settings of contemporary composers. This class will include listening, viewing clips of performances, and looking at musical examples from various composers and time periods.

Date: Wednesdays | October 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: Bede Hall 230
Instructor: Dr. Kenneth Tice

 

VISIO DIVINA WITH THE SAINT JOHN'S BIBLE

Visio Divina (Latin for "divine seeing") builds on the beautiful Benedictine tradition of Lectio Divina (Latin for "divine reading"), a process of scripture reading, meditation and prayer. The addition of a fourth component, 'see' God's word come alive on the page through the use of hand-drawn illuminations of The Saint John's Bible.

These sessions will prepare those for an opportunity to experience a three-hour Visio Divina session being offered through the Benedictine Peace Center Saturday, October 31 from 9 to Noon at the Sacred Heart Monastery.

Date: Tuesday, October 20 & Monday, October 26
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Bede Hall 117