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Immaculata University Announces June Workshops

Immaculata University will offer on-campus undergraduate workshops for personal and professional development during the month of June.
INTRODUCTION TO THE EXISTENTIAL SEARCH FOR SELF. This course explores what influence history has on our assessment of who we are. Does subjectivity – "the locus of the self-hood" – have a structure? What is this structure and how do history, ideas, and religious belief impact upon it? Students are introduced to the thought of well-known philosophers such as G.W.F. Hegel, F. Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and S. Kierkegaard to start discussion and analysis of the search for self. Stephanie Theodorou, Ph.D., leads this class on Friday, June 1, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, June 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $355 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
NAVIGATING RETIREMENT. This course addresses challenges older people face in determining future life options. Students survey the aging population nationally and statewide and discuss a trend analysis of this population´s health status. Through case studies, students determine social and health needs of the aging person and evaluate options available in their community by completing a plan of care. Nancy Clarke will lead this class on Friday, June 8, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $355 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
EXISTENTIALISM AND THE PROBLEM OF HUMAN MEANING. This course focuses on the implications of existentialism for confronting human moral agency, creativity, and belief in a Transcendent God. Using Heidegger as a guide to what it means to "begin the world," students explore how Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, along with contemporary theologians like Paul Tillich, wage an existential battle for the human soul which must have "the courage to be." Stephanie Theodorou, Ph.D., will instruct this class on Friday, June 8, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, June 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $355 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART. This seminar explores the expansive collection of American art at the PMA. Since its founding in 1876, the museum has acquired major examples of decorative arts, painting, and sculpture. In addition to works by Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, PMA´s American collections include furniture and silver by early Philadelphia craftsmen and extensive holdings of Pennsylvania German art. Diane Grimes, MA, MFA, will lead the class. This is a one-credit course that meets on Friday, June 8, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m in Loyola Hall, then at the museum on Saturday, June 9, from 9:30 am to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $355 for one credit or $170 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 located near Immaculata, dating from 1832. This site has been investigated by a team from Immaculata´s history department and was recently 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. This course includes a visit to the site of the historical marker. William Watson, Ph.D., will lead this course on Friday, June 8, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $355 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
EXISTENTIALISM AND THE INTERPRETATION OF SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. In this third part of the journey into existentialism and the problem of meaning, students trace contemporary developments as expressed by a few well-known "masters/mistresses of doubt" including Freud, Nietzsche, deBeauvoir, Ricoeur and Foucault. What kind of meaning, hope, and desire do humans express in texts, dreams, discourses or institutions? Students discuss how some of these thinkers explore the hidden truth veiled in apparent truth in domains such as feminism, religion and the creation of social institutions. Stephanie Theodorou, PhD, will lead this final segment on Friday, June 15, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $355 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM. This seminar explores the impact of Wyeth art upon the Brandywine Valley. Exhibiting American art in a 19th century grist mill, the Brandywine River Museum is internationally known for its unparalleled collection of American illustration, still life, and landscape painting. Diane Grimes, MA, MFA, will lead the class. This is a one-credit course that meets on Friday, June 15, from 5:00 to
8:30 p.m., in Loyola Hall, then at the museum on Saturday, June 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $355 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS IN FILM. Join this dynamic class exploring personality disorders as expressed in contemporary film. Students compare and contrast specific movie character portrayals to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). Character portrayals of (Axis II) personality disorders will be investigated, including antisocial, borderline and narcissistic personality disorders. Learn DSM IV diagnoses from a new and interactive perspective – the movies. Tracy Hill will instruct this class on Friday, June 15, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $355 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
INVESTIGATIVE PROCEDURES. In this course, students are introduced to interviewing methods and the development of informants and cooperating witnesses in criminal cases. Students learn to appreciate the importance of forensics, surveillance, wiretapping and listening devices which are tools to establishing probable cause. The importance of liaison with local and federal agencies is stressed. Carl S. Wallace will instruct this class on Friday, June 22, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $355 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
WORLD CULTURES. This course introduces the main features of non-western civilizations and traditions. Students whose course work has focused on western civilization learn to appreciate diversity in a global community. Jeffrey Short, Ph.D., leads this class on Saturdays, June 23 and 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $355 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
For further information about these courses, please contact the College of
LifeLong Learning at 610-647-4400, ext. 3241.
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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