Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars is an 11-week program that meets three afternoons per week and features academic lectures by university faculty and local experts on a variety of topics. While the format is lecture style, the afternoons are informal and interactive with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topics of the day. The Senior Scholars Council, an elected group of volunteers, helps with the program’s administration and participates in planning the classes. 

Sign up for the full year, the full semester, or for a single day. 

Senior Scholars course cost for the full semester:
Member of Lifelong Learning cost: $249
Nonmember: $276

Senior Scholars course cost for one day per week:
Member of Lifelong Learning cost: $122
Nonmember: $143
Click on the individual courses below.

Senior Scholars is supported by a generous gift from the Jane and Jon Outcalt Foundation.

Browse Senior Scholars Documents & Lecture Powerpoints

Allison Monroe
Wednesdays, January 8-29|1:30-3:30 p.m.
Peter Haas
Tuesdays, February 4-March 3|1:30-3:30 p.m.

In Greco-Roman times, Judeans were already considered outsiders and were often mocked or depicted in derogatory terms. Although this was true of many conquered people, in the case of Jewry that attitude was taken up in the Early Church and was turned into a theological category.

Andrew Roth
Wednesdays, February 5-March 4|1:30-3:30 p.m.

Is there such a thing as "the American Story" or are there many American stories? If so, what are they?  How do they combine to create the American narrative binding us together as a nation and as a people? More fundamentally, in these fractious times why is how we answer these questions important?

Dario Gasparini
Thursdays, February 6-March 5|1:30-3:30 p.m.

Iconic historic examples of buildings, bridges, and tunnels will be discussed from the context of structural materials, engineering concepts, and construction processes. These perspectives provide a deeper understanding and appreciation for our built infrastructure and for the work of builders and structural engineers.

Barbara Green
Tuesdays, March 17-April 21|1:30-3:30 p.m.

When the countries of central and eastern Europe emerged from Soviet control, it was thought that Poland and Hungary were two of the three countries (Czechoslovakia being the third) with the best chance to emerge as fully functioning liberal democratic states. They had a deserved reputation for democratic progress.

John Grabowski
Wednesdays, March 18-April 22|1:30-3:30 p.m.

Before the advent of fast, reliable air transport, “the only way to cross” an ocean was by ship.   This course will examine travel by ship from the seventeenth century to the present.   It is a story of immigration, travel adventures, disaster, design, and of an industry that transformed the world.

Jeffrey Ullom
Thursdays, March 19-April 23|1:30-3:30 p.m.

American theater has an inferiority complex, but is it deserved?  In this course, we’ll look at the founding of theater in the United States and how it was used to reflect American society with all of its trials and tribulations.  Furthermore, we will study how artists began to find their own voice and create a distinct form of theater that is “