University of Minnesota Offers Unique Classes

University of Minnesota Offers Unique Classes Photo: KSTP-TV

November 11, 2018 01:15 PM

University of Minnesota officials hope to engage community members through a unique array of course offerings, including the physics of superheroes, obscure red wines and the forgotten gods of Scandinavia.

The courses are part of the LearningLife program in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Minnesota Daily reported.

Advertisement

The program aims to highlight "the knowledge, resources and everything that goes on in the university," said Program Director Anastasia Faunce.

"There's so much (at the university), it's like a microcosm of the world," she said. "There are so many people doing so many different things that we've got a wealth of research and scholars at our disposal."

The program features more than 70 courses, seminars and one-day immersions with varying fees.

"We really just try to do a full breadth of topics, and that way we're kind of feeding most people's needs," Faunce said.

The courses are led by faculty members who have special interests outside their fields.

"It's just fun, you get a different level of questions; you get some different levels of engagement," said James Kakalios, a physics professor who taught a seminar on superheroes in October.

Most student participants are community members, Faunce said. The program has some regular members who will bring their children or grandchildren to events, she said.


More from KSTP:

U of M Seeks 10,000 Families for Generational Study

University of Minnesota Launches New Summer Camp

Engineered Mouse Brings University of Minnesota $1M


"The demographic for LearningLife skews a bit older; it's not traditional degree-seeking student age," Faunce said.

Cynthia White, 68, said she regularly participates in the program because it allows her to interact with university professionals.

"Being able to take classes at the University of Minnesota, both known for its research as well as its academics, has been just a tremendous opportunity for me," White said.

Connect with KSTP


Join the conversation on our social media platforms. Share your comments on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Credits

The Associated Press

(Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Advertisement

Facebook: Bug may have allowed third-party apps access to user photos

Arraignment set for suspect in case of Minnesotan fatally stabbed in Netherlands

U of M Board of Regents to interview finalist for president position

U of M Board of Regents approves one-year extension for P.J. Fleck

Sen. Tina Smith to visit southern US border facilities

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

Advertisement