Quincy University announces POLIS fall schedule

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QUINCY — Quincy University’s Pursuit of Learning in Society released its fall semester class schedule. POLIS is an opportunity for lifelong learning for seniors. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming with cookies and coffee at break.

Fall 2022 Class Schedule:

  • Sept. 16 – “Constitutional Right of Privacy/Multifaceted Concept” – James Palmer, J.D.
  • Sept. 20 & 22 – “Rivers” – Mike Flanagan
  • Sept. 28 – “How to Read a Shakespearean Sonnet” – Dr. Maurine Magliocco.
  • Oct. 4 – “The Ultra James Shannon: Slavery, Religion, and the Coming of the Civil War in the West” – Dr. Scott Giltner.
  • Oct. 5 – POLIS Bus Tour: Travel Back in Time to Churchill Museum at Westminster College, Fulton, Mo.
  • Oct. 11 – “A Land of Possibility: Midwestern Utopian Communities” – Dr. Neil Wright.
  • Oct. 13 – “Three Quincy Families Affected by the American Civil War” – Beth Young.
  • Oct. 14 – “The Most Visited Monument in Washington, D.C., The Tomb of the Unknown” – James S. Miller, Retired Army Infantry officer and aviator.
  • Oct. 18 & 25 – “Virgil, Poet of the Pastoral World, the Farm, and the Roman Empire” – Dr. Joseph Messina.
  • Oct. 20 – “What is Critical Race Theory? – Dr. John Schafer, CPA.
  • Oct. 28 – “Slavery, the 1619 project, and the Politics of American History” – Dr. J. Matthew Ward.
  • Nov. 1, 8 & 15 – “Modern Russia: Peter the Great to Putin” – Dr. Patrick Hotle.
  • Nov. 3 & 10 – “Murder or Suicide: The Death of Democracy in the Weimar German Republic and the Rise of Adolf Hitler” – Dr. Wendell Mauter.
  • Nov. 4 – “Thinking Clearly about the Abortion Debate” – Dr. J.K. Miles.
  • Nov. 17 – “A Few Good Women (but first, a few bad ones)” – Dr. Vicky Eidson, CPA.
  • Nov. 29 & Dec. 6 – “Caste in India: From Origins to the present” – Dr. Meenal Mamdani, M.D.
  • Dec. 8 – “The Universe: Observation, Mathematics, and Postulation” – Bob Weirather, amateur astronomer, retired from Harris Corporation, former director of WQUB and POLIS.

All classes meet from 2-4 p.m. at North Campus, with signs to indicate directions to the individual classes. The cost of a POLIS membership is $15 per semester. Each two-hour class is $4 to attend. If individuals have never attended a POLIS course, they can attend one course free of charge.

The POLIS bus tour to Westminster College on Oct. 5 will allow members to travel back in time as they see and hear Winston Churchill deliver his famous “Iron Curtain” speech. Churchill came to Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., at the personal invitation of President Harry Truman. The trip includes a guided tour of the museum, lunch in the college cafeteria, then an opportunity to visit an historic church that was shipped to Missouri and then reassembled on campus. See a piece of the Berlin Wall. The bus leaves QU North Campus at 8 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. Cost for the bus, tour and lunch is $50 per person.

To be added to the POLIS mailing list and receive a brochure describing all fall classes plus a registration form, email polis@quincy.edu with a name and address, call 217-228-5594, or visit the POLIS webpage at www.quincy.edu/polis.

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