Quincy University announces POLIS spring schedule; first class is Wednesday

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

Spring 2023 Class Schedule:

  • Feb. 15 – “The Renaissance” – Patrick Hotle and Sam Swisher.
  • Feb. 24 – Environmental History: “Confederate Worms on the Riverfront: The Plantation Regime, Environment, and Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Louisiana, 1864.” – J. Matthew Ward.
  • Feb. 28 – “Murder or Suicide: The Death of Democracy in the Weimar German Republic and the Rise of Adolph Hitler” – Wendell Mauter.
  • March 3 & 10 – “Between Binaries: Love, Sex, and Apocalypse in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra” – Jayme Peacock.
  • March 7 – “Weighted Voting” — Nathan Averbeck.
  • March 9 – “Coffee: A Popular Beverage” – Alfred F. Pogge.
  • March 21 & 28 – “The Common Good in World History” – Padraic Rohan.
  • March 24 – “Two Hot Topics in the U.S. Supreme Court: Affirmative Action and Freedom of Expression/Free Speech – James L. Palmer.
  • March 30 – “The Basics of the Illinois Criminal Justice System, from Arrest to Trial.” – Christopher Pratt, Deputy Chief Public Defender for Adams County.
  • April 4 – “Kruschev to Putin – Patrick Hotle.
  • April 6, 11 & 20 – “The Japanese-American Experience in the Second World War” – Wendell Mauter.
  • April 14 – “The Classical Musician’s Life: Diplomatic Music Making” – Christine Damm.
  • April 18 & 25 – “Determining Truth in Othello” – Maurine Magliocco.
  • April 19 – Bus trip to Holocaust Museum, St. Louis
  • April 28 – “Working in a New World: Labor in Colonial America, 1609-1776 – J. Matthew Ward.
  • May 2 – “Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five” – Michael Keller.
  • May 4 – “Bystander Intervention” – John Schafer
  • May 5 – “Development of Nationalism in China” – Saul Terence Thomas

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

For the POLIS bus trip to the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum on April 19, the bus coach will leave QU’s North Campus at 8:30 a.m. and return by 5:30 p.m. The cost for transportation, lunch and tour is $65 per person.

To be added to the POLIS mailing list and receive a brochure describing all spring 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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