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Popular CommUniversity enters 35th year

January  06, 2014

CommUniversity, which offers the community four weeks of Sunday afternoon classes every February, is entering its 35th year in 2014. This year nine members of Augustana's faculty and staff are participating, along with teachers from other local colleges and local experts in various fields.

More than 500 students take classes in everything from arts to philosophy to personal development. Classes cost $40. Sessions are held at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. Online registration is available.

Dr. Jason Mahn's "Reel Theology" will study some staples of Christian theology by examining their depictions in contemporary popular film.

Sr. Roberta Bussan, Catholic ministry coordinator, will offer " The Rule of St. Benedict for Today's World," presenting the origin of monasticism and of the Holy Rule, written by Benedict over 1,500 years ago.

Dr. Todd Cleveland's "Contemporary Africa: Understandings and Misunderstandings" will explore contemporary Africa, examine why so many misperceptions circulate about the continent, seek to better understand the historical roots of Africa's many challenges and consider the continent's plight going forward.

Dr. Stephen Klien's "Political Rhetoric 101: Study for the Midterms!" will offer basic skills for navigating political speeches, ads, and news coverage as the 2014 midterm elections approach.

Dr. Umme Al-wazedi's " Women and/in Islam," will examine the portrayal of women in Islamic discourse, with its strong emphasis on female conduct and appearance.

Professor Jeff Coussens will offer "Audition 101" to help prospective actors understand the expectations of the audition process and learn techniques to improve performance.

Dr. Karin Youngberg will offer "Elizabeth Regina," a look at how Elizabeth Tudor became Queen of England against long odds, using her poetry, letters, speeches, and images.

Lisa Huntsha, librarian and archivist at the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, will offer "Preserving Your Family Treasures, "exploring the basics of archival preservation, plus tips and tricks, proper storage, organization, and ways to mitigate risk.

Farah Marklevits, English instructor, will lead "Standing in Place," an introduction to writing memoir.

CommUniversity is annual non-profit event coordinated by a board of directors comprised of individuals from local colleges, churches, libraries and other community organizations. Katie Hanson, Augustana assistant professor, serves as president of the CommUniversity board and the Augustana education department handles registrations.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833