This weekend: Loyola's Alumni College opens its doors to the public
Loyola press release - June 3, 2013
For one weekend only at Loyola University New Orleans this June, the public is invited to go back to college to experience classes on sculpture, Mardi Gras history, cybercriminals, millennialism, terrorism, global climate change and many other topics. Attendees can also take special tours, including a visit to Irish Channel churches and a look at the Sicilian side of New Orleans, and hear a special performance of the music of Chopin.
The classes and extracurricular activities are available through Loyola’s second annual “Alumni College: Experience Loyola Again,” which is being held over a three-day weekend, June 7-9. There’s even a free app for the weekend available for download.
Tickets, which are open to the public, are available at a special rate of two for the price of one—$250 for two people for the entire weekend experience or $125 for two people for Saturday only. Registration for young alumni from the 2003 to 2013 classes is also available at a two-for-one rate of $150 for two people for the entire weekend or $70 for two people for Saturday only. The cost includes session fees, meals (excluding a Friday dinner at Redemption) and parking. Call 504-861-5454 to receive the special rates.
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.”
- 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.” The “Spirit of Louisiana: How New Orleanians Deal with Disasters” class in this track uncovers 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, includes introductory courses available to attendees covering American government, faith and politics, and social media. This track also features an open piano 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.
More information on Alumni College is available online.