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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.
FASHIONED FROM HISTORY: WOMEN WIN THE RIGHT TO VOTE. Explore the struggle which earned women the right to vote in the United States. Probe the issues and arguments that surrounded the movement and which still reverberate today. See how the fashions of the day reflect the era by examining actual authentic costumes of the period. Paula McDevitt will instruct this class on Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, and 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The cost is $335 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
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. The course includes a visit to the site of the historical marker. William Watson, Ph.D., will lead this workshop on Friday, June 2, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $335 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
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 the structure and how do history, ideas, and religious belief impact upon it? Students are introduced to the
thoughts of well-known philosophers such as G.W.F. Hegel, F. Nietzche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and S. Kierkegaard to start discussion and analysis of the search for self. Stephanie Theodorou, Ph.D., will instruct this class on Friday, June 2, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $335 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
THE ECONOMY: HOW IT AFFECTS OUR LIVES. This course familiarizes students with the basic concepts, the language and analytical tools of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory related to everyday life. Students will use economic theory to explain the impact of current events and how these events will affect and shape our lives. Gregory Brown will lead this class on Friday, June 2, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, June 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $335 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
HISTORY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRISONS AND PUNISHMENT. This course offers a survey of corrections in Pennsylvania beginning with the Walnut Street Jail and including the experiment of solitary confinement and other forms of punishment up to today´s modern penal institutions. A tour of historic Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is part of the course for students to experience what Charles Dickens described as "the immense amount of torture and agony which this dreadful punishment inflicts upon the sufferers." Students meet on campus on Friday, June 2, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. for overview. On Saturday, June 3, students meet at the Eastern State Penitentiary at 9:00 a.m. On Sunday, June 4, students meet back on campus for lecture and perspective from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The cost is $335 for one credit or $160 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. James Erikson, MFA, MLS, will lead the class. This is a one-credit course that meets on Friday, June 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in Loyola Hall, then at the museum on Saturday, June 3, from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. The class then meets back on campus on Sunday, June 4, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $335 for one credit or $160 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. James Erikson, MFA, MLS, will lead the class. This is a one-credit course that meets on Friday, June 9, from 5:00 to
7:00 p.m. in Loyola Hall, then at the museum on Saturday, June 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The class then meets back on campus on Sunday, June 11, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $335 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
EXISTENTIALISM AND THE PROBLEM OF HUMAN MEANING. This course focuses on the application of existentialism for confronting human moral agency, creativity, and belief in a Transcendent God. Using Heidegger as a guide to what it means to "being in 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 lead this class on Friday, June 9, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $335 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
BASIC APA DOCUMENTATION AND RESEARCH SKILLS. This course focuses on basic skills needed for writing an effective research paper in APA format. Skills include paraphrasing, summarizing, and documenting source accurately. Within the context of a one-credit workshop, students can polish research writing skills without the added burden of assimilating actual course material. This course will be particularly beneficial for students majoring in business or social sciences. Mary Kate Boland will instruct this workshop on Wednesdays, June 14, 21, 28, and July 5, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $335 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
EXISTENTIALISM AND THE INTERPRETATION OF SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. In this 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, de Beauvoir, 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, Ph.D., will lead this class on Friday, June 16, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $335 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection between route 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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5.19.2006