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Immaculata University Announces November Workshops

Immaculata University will offer on-campus undergraduate workshops for personal and professional development during the month of November.
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, November 7, from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m., for an overview of the process of creating works of art and a "hands-on" exploration of the techniques employed. On Saturday, November 8, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 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 or $180 for non-credit.
Forensics and Fiction. Author Jonathan McGoran – a.k.a. D. H. Dublin – explores the integration of forensic science into mystery fiction. This lively, humorous, and informative course discusses how to construct a plot around forensic techniques, how to create obstacles to forensic discovery, and how to avoid repetition while writing a series. Students learn how to utilize a variety of forensic techniques and forensic evidence to write mystery fiction that is compelling and accessible. Writing as D. H. Dublin, Jonathan McGoran is the author of Body Trace, Blood Poison, and the soon-to-be released Hard Frost. Jonathan McGoran instructs this workshop on Friday, November 7, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 8, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit or $180 for non-credit.
ENGINEERING SOCIETY: THE HISTORY OF EUGENICS. This is an introduction to the history of the American eugenics movement in the twentieth century. The course integrates primary sources such as film, photographs, and letters into the broader study of twentieth century race, gender, law, and science. Sarah Trembanis, PhD, leads this class on Friday, November 7, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit or $180 for non-credit.
STRESS REDUCTION AND HEALING THROUGH IMAGERY. In this workshop, participants learn how to combine breathing, relaxation, and interactive imagery to cope with specific challenges of daily stress, including work stress, fatigue, insomnia, muscle tension, and reactivity. Participants will be able to solve problems utilizing a more relaxed, focused state of mind, and they acquire skills that promote improved immune functioning. This workshop includes a review of imagery and relaxation theory and techniques and guided exercises. Miriam Franco, LCSW, PsyD, leads this class on Friday, November 7, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit or $180 for non-credit.
PIUS XIII AND THE HOLOCAUST. Few topics in the history of the Catholic Church in the modern period are more controversial than the question of the alleged "silence" of Pope Pius XIII during the Holocaust. Both his defenders and accusers tend toward passion, often mixed with ideology. This course explores how Pope Pius XIII responded to the horrors of Europe during the early years of his pontificate. Students delve into the historiography of the debate to form their own opinions concerning this complex question. John Ahtes instructs this class on Saturdays, November 8 and 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit or $180 for non-credit.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART II. This seminar surveys the nineteenth century section of the European collection including artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Bonnard, and Vuillard. Students explore art created in the transitional period leading up to and including the Industrial Age in Europe. Students are introduced to various styles of painting as well as to the changes in approach to subject matter. The class meets at Immaculata on Friday, November 14, from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m., for an overview of the art to be experienced. On Saturday, November 15, students meet at the entrance to the museum at 9:30 a.m. Justin Duffus leads this class. The cost is $400 for one credit or $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, November 14, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit or $180 for non-credit.
SINGING FROM WITHIN. This course provides a supportive atmosphere for developing and enhancing the natural singing voice. Through vocal warm-ups and improvisation structures, skills are developed to free inhibitions and broaden expression. The healing potential of the voice will be explored. Lynn Miller, MA, CMT, leads this class on Saturday, November 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and continues on Sunday, November 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit or $180 for non-credit.
THE HIGH COST OF PERFECTIONISM. The perfectionist often is plagued with inner fear, anxiety, anger or worry because situations and people are not good enough. This workshop explores the nature of perfectionism and helps participants to differentiate between perfectionism and the pursuit of excellence. Self tests and proven strategies are offered to break free from the constraints of perfectionism so that positive risks can be taken. Peter Rondinaro, Ph.D., leads this workshop on Friday, November 21, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $400 for one credit or $180 for non-credit.
YOUR BODY´S WISDOM. Students explore expressive movement and dance as a means of restoring energy and releasing stress. A variety of world music recordings, supportive body postures, journaling, and simple drawing increase body awareness and stress reduction. Beginners use breath as a vehicle to calm the mind during meditation. Jeanie Ruland Matteson, MA, CEA, instructs this class on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 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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