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professional enrichment possible through continuing education courses
Chamberlain, Education Editor
(217) 333-2894; firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Asian
cooking, Vietnam movies, Russian museums É and seafood, architecture,
opera, writing, Lincoln and the Amish.
These are among the subjects
being explored this spring semester through personal and professional
enrichment programs offered by the Office of Continuing Education at
the University of Illinois.
The programs, open to the
general public in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding community, are
offered in three categories: general noncredit courses, open to all
adults ages 18 and over; and Elderhostel and Senior Scholars programs,
intended for those over 55.
All of the courses and programs
are presented in a noncompetitive, informal atmosphere, with no exams
or grades. Instructors are selected primarily from the university faculty.
Classes meet at locations on the UI campus or in the Central Illinois
area. Prospective students are encouraged to enroll at the earliest
opportunity since some classes may fill quickly. Fees range between
$35 and $150.
Among the general noncredit
courses being offered:
"Quick and Simple Asian
Meals," a one-evening class on dishes that require 20 minutes or less
to prepare, such as "instant" Peking chicken, spicy pork with tofu,
beef and broccoli in oyster sauce, vegetable stir fry mix with chicken
stock, Asian salad and fried rice. Wednesday, Feb.28.
"Seafood Basics," a one-evening
class on the basics of selecting, preparing and storing seafood: fish,
mussels, lobsters, shrimps and scallops. Included will be lessons on
making seafood appetizers, as well as tips on seafood shopping in Champaign-Urbana.
Wednesday, March 7.
"Asian Eateries in Champaign,"
a one-day excursion to discover some of the "hidden" Asian eateries
and groceries in Champaign-Urbana. Participants are urged to come hungry.
Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
"ChicagoÕs Best Unexplored
Asian Restaurants," a one-day excursion to Chicago to check out some
of the cityÕs unexplored Asian eating establishments. Saturday, March
31, or Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. each day.
"Vietnam at the Movies,"
a five-week exploration of HollywoodÕs portrayal of the Vietnam War,
led by a professor of political science who is also a Navy veteran of
the conflict. The course will draw on popular movies about the war,
among them "The Green Berets," "Apocalypse Now," "Good Morning Vietnam,"
and "Born on the Fourth of July," as well as the personal stories of
veterans. Monday evenings starting March 19.
Your Life and Our Built Environment," a six-week series that looks beyond
the bricks, mortar, wood, steel and glass to explore how architecture
affects us emotionally, socially and intellectually. Participants will
look at how buildings meet their usersÕ needs and impact their sense
of privacy, security, social interaction, choices, image and efficiency.
Thursday evenings starting March 22.
"Successful Magazine Writing,"
a half-day seminar on how to write for magazines and get published.
The seminar will offer practical advice, along with real-life examples
and suggestions for jumpstarting a magazine-writing career. Saturday,
April 7, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
"Get Started! How to Launch
or Expand Your Free-lance Writing Business," a half-day sequel to "Successful
Magazine Writing," this seminar will deal with how to create a successful
writing career, from someone whoÕs been there and done it. Saturday,
April 28, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
"Enhancing the Enjoyment
of Classic ChildrenÕs Literature," a half-day workshop exploring how
to spark a love of classic literature in children. Saturday, April 21,
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Among the courses being
offered under the Elderhostel and Senior Scholars programs, for adults
55 and older:
"The State Hermitage Museum
of St. Petersburg, Russia," a mini-Elderhostel program intended for
those who have never attended an Elderhostel program. Participants will
get an insiderÕs view of the art of the State Hermitage Museum from
several of the museumÕs scholars, artists and educators. March 25 to
"Illinois and Lincoln Through
the Eyes of Carl Sandburg and Edgar Lee Masters," a program exploring
the life and works of Sandburg and Masters, with emphasis on Illinois
and Abraham Lincoln. The program will make use of the UIÕs collection
of Sandburg materials, the largest of its kind, and will feature an
overnight trip that will look at the life, times and legacy of these
great authors. April 29 to May 5.
"People of the Prairie --
The Illinois Amish," an up-close view of a simpler lifestyle that has
stood the test of time, with an emphasis on the Amish in Central Illinois,
the fourth largest Old Order Amish community in the nation. The program
will look at their history, religion, work, economy and family life,
and will include field trips to a farm, home and business, including
a meal in an Amish home. May 20 to 25.
"An American Opera: Street
Scene," a three-week program exploring an American opera by composer
Kurt Weill, who wrote notable songs such as "September Song," "Speak
Low" and "Mack the Knife." The program also will include a tour of Krannert
Center for the Performing Arts. Wednesday afternoons starting April
11, along with an evening performance of the opera on April 20.
For more information, or
to sign up for a course or program, contact the Continuing Education
office, either by phone, at (217) 333-7369, or e-mail, at email@example.com.