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Three-week Courses


Each three-week course is $45. All courses meet in the Kaul Hall Forum Classroom unless other- wise specified.


Mysterious Offerings: Icelandic Mysteries
Presenter: Meredith Baird
Tuesdays, September 17th, 24th, and October 1st from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

“We come from the land of the ice and snow, From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.”
− Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin.

Icelandic mystery fiction offers an intriguing insight into the police procedures, laws, and social issues facing detectives in this island nation of 340,500 people. The pervasive culture of the Icelandic sagas, Viking heritage, witches, local beliefs in elves and “hidden folk” can add an unexpected angle to these mysteries. The unique geographical features of this island - volcanos, glaciers, waterfalls - provide a strong atmospheric element.

Join us as we read and discuss three character-driven mystery novels including one set in World War II and two set in modern Iceland. Because this course will be heavily discussion-based, class size will be limited to 25.

Book Discussion List:

  • September 17: Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (may be listed under Yrsa in the library)
  • September 24: Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath
  • October 1: The Shadow District by Arnaldur Indridason (may be listed under Arnaldur in the library)

100 Years of Women in Government and Politics
Presenter: Marrea Walker-Smith, MA ’06
Wednesdays, October 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This course embarks on a journey from the women’s suffrage movement to the 2018 historic win for women in politics. Participants will examine the movement to get women involved in politics, discuss policies which infringe upon women’s rights, and reflect on how these issues will impact the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Specifically, participants will leave the course with the knowledge and motivation to run for office, support candidates, or advocate for women issues.

 The Honored Society—A History of the Mafia
Presenter: Joseph J. Hylan, Esq.
Thursdays, October 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The course will trace the violent history and ferocious heritage of the Mafia. For over one hundred years, the Mafia has cast a sinister shadow over the United States: from gambling to prostitution, from political corruption to loan sharking, from labor racketeering to extortion, from the distribution of illicit drugs to murder.

The course will review the various mobsters whose demonic geniuses have guided the organization throughout the years. The course will consider the Honored Society’s brutal and bloody history: from the Black Hand of the 1890s and the 1900s to the violent warfare of the Five Families throughout the 20th Century to its expansion as a billion-dollar international power.

Hands-on Art Class 

Presenter: Anne Leith, MFA
Tuesdays, October 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join artist Anne Leith, MFA, Adjunct Professor at Rosemont College, for a relaxed yet educa- tional drawing class. We will explore a wide range of drawing techniques. The subject matter will be playful, with a focus on personal exploration in image making.

The tuition for this course is $60 to cover the cost of art supplies. Art supplies will be provided.

 The Buildings of Athenian Acropolis
Presenter: Nick Eiteljorg, PhD
Wednesdays, October 30th, November 6th, and 13th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The buildings of the Acropolis still standing were constructed in a rather short span from the middle of the Fifth Century B.C.E. to the end of that century. They represent the pinnacle of Greek architecture; however, not simply because they survived but because they each have particular qualities that make them standards that still inspire. We will spend time on each of the buildings, trying to understand what makes them so interesting and innovative as well as what made them so special to the ancient Athenians.

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