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Alumni College opens its doors to the public

May 24, 2013

Cybercriminals, millennialism, terrorism, global climate change … and Mardi Gras history? Only in Louisiana during one weekend in June can the public take open college classes on these topics and also participate in special tours of the city, including a visit to churches of the Irish Channel and a look at the Sicilian side of New Orleans.

The classes are available through Loyola University New Orleans’ second annual “Alumni College: Experience Loyola Again” over a three-day weekend, June 7-9. There’s even a free app for the weekend—the Loyola Alumni College 2013 app available for download from the Apple app store.

Hosted by the Alumni Association and open to the public, the weekend includes classes taught by Loyola’s outstanding current and retired faculty and alumni, and will be grouped into tracks to help identify topics of particular interest. Four tracks are available with six sessions per track. A joint session on the final day—Sunday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m.—is taught by Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. His session explores the hot topic of health care during the class, “Shakespeare Had it Right: The Rising Cost of Health Care.”

Tracks include:

  • Global Issues, which explores social, political, economic and environmental issues, includes sessions such as: “Cybercriminals and Threats of the Information Age,” “Drugs, Terrorism and Democracy in the Americas” and “Global Climate Change: Ecological and Human Dimensions.”
  • Louisiana, a glimpse of the state’s history and culture, includes sessions such as “A Sociological Look at Gender and New Orleans Mardi Gras.” “Spirit of Louisiana: How New Orleanians Deal with Disasters” is a class uncovering how the Crescent City survived three major disasters with hard work and humor—Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and Roger Goodell’s Bounty-Gate—while the national media portrayed residents as needy and helpless.
  • Spirituality, a look at the extraordinary blend of theological insight and historical perspective, includes classes such as “Millennialism in the World’s Religions,” taught by Loyola’s millennialism expert Catherine Wessinger, Ph.D.
  • 101 Refresh, which includes introductory courses available to attendees covering American government, faith and politics, and social media. This track also features a piano open rehearsal of Chopin’s most beloved works, the mazurkas, performed by College of Music and Fine Arts Dean Donald Boomgaarden, Ph.D.

Friday’s extracurricular activities include a choice of field trips or on-campus, hands-on art classes. Choices include a tour of the Garden District and neighboring Irish Channel churches or a tour of Sicilian New Orleans. Art classes on campus include a private piano lesson with Boomgaarden or a sculpture class with Loyola professor Mark Grote.

Registration, which is open to the public, is available for $250 per person for the entire weekend or $125 per person to attend Saturday events only. Registration for young alumni from the 2003 to 2013 classes is $150 per person for the entire weekend or $70 per person for Saturday only. The cost includes session fees, meals (excluding a Friday dinner at Redemption) and parking. More information and registration is available online or call 504-861-5454.

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