Immaculata University Announces February Workshops

IRISH-AMERICAN FICTION. This course features authors who represent the oldest ethnic tradition in American literature. Discussion includes short selections by John O´Hara, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mary Gordon, William Kennedy, and others. This one-credit course is offered on Thursdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit and $180 for non-credit.
THE PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS. This workshop highlights the nation´s oldest museum and art school displaying American art. Designed by Frank Furness, the museum was founded in 1805. The collection, surveying American art from the late 1700´s to the 20th century, consists of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper ranging from colonial masters such as Robert Feke, John Singleton Copley, and Benjamin West to major contemporary artists including Richard Diebenkorn, Red Grooms, and Faith Ringgold. Students meet on campus Friday evening, February 6, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., for an overview of the process of creating works of art and a "hands-on" exploration of the techniques employed. On Saturday, February 7, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the class meets at the entrance to the museum. Students arrange for their own transportation and pay the admission fee. The cost is $400 for one credit and $180 for non-credit.
INTERVIEWING SKILLS. Students become familiar with types of interview questions, theories of persuasion, and nonverbal communication. As they prepare for and participate in mock interviews and public speaking exercises, students will arrive at an actual interview with confidence. This one-credit workshop is offered on Friday, February 6, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and concludes on Saturday, February 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit and $180 for non-credit.
AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY II. American Philosophy II focuses on classical American philosophers and the rise of pragmatism. In addition to reading works by the pragmatists C.S. Pierce, William James, and John Dewey, students consider key writings of Ruth Benedict and Ayn Rand. This course is offered on Tuesdays, February 9, 16, 23, and March 9, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit and $180 for non-credit.
INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING. This one-credit weekend course will introduce students to basic printmaking techniques. Students will have the opportunity to learn stamp printing and relief printing and to explore examples from artists throughout art history who have engaged in this medium. Class is held on Friday, February 13, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and concludes on Saturday, February 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit and $180 for non-credit.
PERSONAL INVESTING. Students analyze the process of establishing and achieving personal investment objectives. They explore basic theory and practical techniques for personal investment. Topics include determining objectives and risk tolerance, measurements of risk and return, industry and company analysis, and characteristics of equities, mutual funds and other investment vehicles. Upon completion of this course, students are better equipped to set appropriate financial goals and make investment choices that are consistent with their objectives. This one-credit course is held on Friday, February 20, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. and concludes on Saturday, February 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit and $180 for non-credit.
LISTENING SKILLS. Why are some people more effective in their professional relationships? Effective listening may be the key. This practical workshop teaches how to use active listening to ensure understanding, decode hidden messages, resolve conflict, respond with empathy, work better with others, and become a more valuable professional. This class is held on Saturdays, February 21 and 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit and $180 for non-credit.
MARY: DOCTRINE AND DEVOTION. This course examines Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, Mother of the Redeemed. It includes the topics of Mary in Scripture, Mary in Doctrine, and Mary in liturgical and private devotion. This one-credit workshop is held on Saturdays, February 21 and March 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit and $180 for non-credit.
THE LEGEND OF DUFFY´S CUT. This course explores the history, folklore, and archaeology of Duffy´s Cut, a mass grave of Irish workers dating from 1832 and located near Immaculata. This site has been investigated by a team from Immaculata´s History Department and was granted an official State Historical Marker by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Students explore the site´s importance in the story of Irish immigration to Pennsylvania, experience the local railroad lore, learn about the ghastly ghost stories from the site, and observe first-hand the investigative techniques used by the History Department team. The course includes a visit to the site of the historical marker. William Watson, Ph.D., leads this course on Friday, February 27, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, February 28, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit or $180 for non-credit.
For further information about these courses, please contact the College of
LifeLong Learning at 610-647-4400, ext. 3238.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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