Date: September 20, 2016
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Location:This year's Sample will be available in person and online!
In person: Continuing Education and Conference Center on the U of M St. Paul campus
Online: Live at the same time as the in person event
Registration: See sidebar to the right or call 612-624-4000. Please make sure to select your attendance preference when registering!
Join LearningLife and engage in a community of active learners. What if you could learn from - and question - some of the brightest minds the University of Minnesota has to offer? Taught by University faculty and scholars and professionals from the community, LearningLife's roster of short courses, seminars, and one-day immersions bring the world to your doorstep.
LearningLife Sampler Topics
Extreme-Weather Survivalists: The Wildlife of Antarctica
Antarctica is the highest, driest, coldest, windiest continent on the planet and home to some of the most interesting creatures known to science, yet it remains one of the least-explored places in the world. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean, our fifth-largest continent has no permanent human residents. So why should we care about Antarctic ecology? This course will illustrate how—no matter the distance—everyone on earth is inextricably connected to this land of ice and snow.
Instructor: Dr. Michelle LaRue
Of Barbers, Entrepreneurs, and Lawyers: Minnesota's Civil Rights Origins
The setting is late-19th-century Minnesota. The Civil War has ended and African-American men have been granted the right to vote by the 15th Amendment. But does access to the ballot box mean the end of discriminatory social restrictions? What “freedoms” exist and how does the state define “equality?” This course centers on the people, both “ordinary” (like former slave and early settler Jim Thompson), and famed (such as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W. E. B. Du Bois), who embodied and contributed to the slow but inexorable advancement of race relations in the state over time.
Instructor: Dr. William D. Green
The Improvisational Mindset
Want to nourish and sustain your mental health? Strengthen your mind-body connection? This immersion explores the tenets of improvisation and how, when well practiced, they can make you more flexible, effective, and empathetic. Improv can also help you deal with ambiguity, discover or uncover personal strengths, and move beyond perceived limitations. Reawaken your sense of play and experience firsthand, the significant link between in-the-moment thinking and mental health.
Instructor: Dr. Jim Robinson