Emeritus Society Courses - Spring 2019

The goal of the Emeritus Society is to provide stimulating noncredit opportunities for adult learners of all ages. The Society provides a learning environment that affirms the unique attributes that the adult learner brings to the classroom—delight in the joy of learning, intellectual savvy, and substantial life experience. Students are encouraged and supported in pursuing their intellectual interests with like-minded peers. Our college-level courses are designed to satisfy a hunger for intellectual nourishment without the pressure of tests and grades. You can download the print version of Emeritus Society courses here.

We invite you to be among them.

Spring Community Lecture
An Afro-Mediterranean World? Libyans, Egyptians, and Ethiopians in Greco-Roman History and Literature

Africans were an inextricable part of the Greco-Roman world. While the popularity of Greek culture and the longevity and innovations of the Roman empire tend to loom large in our understanding of the ancient Mediterranean world, the region was surprisingly culturally diverse.  Read More.

Monday, March 25
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Cost: Free, but for planning purposes registration is required.

Taught by Omar H. Ali, Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History at UNC Greensboro. 


The Big Picture in American Art

As painters grappled with the big questions of what defines the United States and how to express that definition as a picture in a static medium, some artists literally thought big.  Read More

Mondays, 2:00—3:30 pm
January 28 —March 11 (no class March 4)
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Cost: $100

Taught by Andrew Wasserman (Ph.D., Stony Brook University), Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History. 


OVERLORD: The Invasion of Normandy and the Liberation of France

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Europe and the beginning of the final stage of the Second World War in Europe.  The invasion of France was the most complex military operation of all time. Read More.

Mondays, 10:30 am—noon
January 21 — February 25
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Cost: $100

Taught by Ron Cassell (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Associate Professor Emeritus of History, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


The New American Ethnic Experience: From Melting Pot to Multiracial Tapestry

The United States is a nation of immigrants. Yet today we grapple with immigration issues, racism, intolerance, uncertainty, and a confused national identity. Recently the Census Bureau projected that by 2045, whites will become a minority for the first time, comprising less than half the population (49.7 percent), with Hispanics 24.6 percent, Blacks 13.1 percent, Asians 7.9 percent, and 3.8 percent multiracial.   Read More.

Tuesdays, 2:00—3:30 pm
January 22—February 26
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Cost: $100

Taught by Anthony Fragola (M.P.W., University of Southern California), Professor Emeritus of Media Studies at UNC Greensboro.

Beethoven: His Life and Works

To the man (or woman) “on the street,” Beethoven is considered the greatest “classical” composer of all time—and for good reason.  He was a revolutionary composer living during revolutionary times.  His compositions and dominating musical personality altered the course of music across the entire 19th century.  Read More.

Fridays, 2:30—4:00 pm
February 8—March 29 (no class March 8 and March 15)
UNC Greensboro School of Music

Cost: $100

Taught by Greg Carroll (Ph.D., University of Iowa), Associate Professor of Music. 

Globalization in a Fractured World

Globalization is not a one-way street.  It is not even a two-way street. The term encompasses an ever-changing set of complex multi-tiered interactions across national borders in which any one relationship affects, and is affected, by all the others.  From Cuban cigars to German cars, every aspect of daily life is subject to multinational cross-pressures. The effects are not equal; responses are not uniform. Read More.

Thursdays, 2:00—3:30 pm
January 24—February 28
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Cost: $100

Taught by David Olson (Ph.D., University of California, Berkley), Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Co-Director of the Parliamentary Center for Central Europe at UNC Greensboro. 

Minds, Brains, Selves

What causes conscious awareness? Could a mind exist apart from a physical body? Will machines ever become conscious? In this course we will explore difficult yet fascinating questions such as these as we learn about major explanatory theories of consciousness. Read more.

Wednesdays, 2:00—3:30 pm
March 20—April 24
Christ United Methodist Church

Cost: $100

Taught by Frances Bottenberg (Ph.D., Stony Brook University, Lecturer in Philosophy. She has research and teaching interests in philosophy of mind, phenomenology, philosophy of art, and philosophy of education. 


Biblicial Literature: The Solomonic Trilogy

Who was Solomon, son of David? The brilliant offspring of a scandalous marriage to a notorious beauty? The clever young prince who outsmarted his enemies to rule with penetrating wisdom? The builder of the greatest temple of the age, and the most exalted of its preachers? The maker of one thousand (and five!) songs and the collector of three thousand proverbs? The one-man Royal Society dedicated to finding out the nature of things and to summing all knowledge? Or was he the romancer of a prodigious harem, the knower of a thousand women who trusted none, the old fool whose lust for life seduced him into cults of death, and the embittered pessimist who gazed into the abyss until it gazed back?  Read More.

Tuesdays, 10:00—11:30 am
March 12—April 30 (no class March 19 and April 16)
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Cost: $100

Taught by Christopher Hodgkins (M.A. and PhD, University of Chicago), Professor of English and Atlantic World Studies.  

Post-Soviet Russian Cinema

This course is based on six Russian films made since the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991; each film is set contemporaneously in the time in which it was made. This is not strictly speaking a film class because we are not overly concerned with issues of the director’s style, cinematography, etc. in these films (although those issues may certainly come up and are welcome as part of our class discussion); rather, our focus will be on what these films illustrate about Russian society and politics in the post-Soviet period.   Read More.

Tuesdays, 1:30—4:30 pm
March 19—April 30 (no class April 16)
RED Cinemas

Cost: $100

Taught by Jeff Jones (Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill), Associate Professor of History.  


Rome Circa 1600

This class will look at the visual arts in Rome at the beginning of the seventeenth century, at what is the beginning of the Baroque period.  We will talk about the revived ambitions of the papacy and its last run at pan-European influence, and the arts projects undertaken in Rome to bolster that political program.   Read More.

Mondays, 9:30—11:00 am
March 18—April  29 (no class March 25)
UNC Greensboro School of Music

Cost: $100

Taught by Lawrence Jenkens (Ph.D., New York University), Interim Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and former Head of the UNCG Art Department. 


Special Events: Eat Your Words

George Smiley is to the fictional superspy what Philip Marlowe is to the popular gumshoe, and Rooster Cogburn to the Western lawman: that is, a genre hero for grown-ups, his character deepened by a third dimension of moral ambiguity, realism, regret, and longing. In Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, former MI-6 operative John le Carré (David Cornwell) raised the novel of espionage to high art, maturing it beyond the heart-racing and sexually sophomoric entertainments of Ian Fleming—and entertaining they are!—into the realm of reportorial detail and literary complexity.   Read More.

Tuesday, 12:00—2:00 pm
April 16
Greensboro Country Club

Cost: $40

Taught by Christopher Hodgkins (M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago), Professor of English and Atlantic World Studies.  


Special Events: The Profs Do The Movies

Pictures at a Revolution: Three Movies Nominated for Best Picture of 1967 

By the 1960s the Hollywood in which a handful of major studio chieftains controlled virtually the entire motion picture business was dying.  Their typical products – Westerns, war movies, historical epics, and musicals – were becoming predictable and stale, especially when contrasted with the innovative films being made in Europe.  The Production Code – the system of movie censorship that was instituted in the 1930s – was on its last legs. Movies are: In the Heat of the Night, The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde.  Read More.

Sundays, 1:30—5:00 pm
January 20 — In the Heat of the Night
February 17 — The Graduate
March 3 — Bonnie and Clyde
UNC Greensboro School of Music

Cost: $15 each

Taught by Keith Cushman (Ph.D., Princeton University), Professor Emeritus of English, and Ron Cassell (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Associate Professor Emeritus of History, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


Study Abroad

May 19 to 29, 2019

We go in search of history and of a better understanding of this ancient, vast and strategically located nation.  Dr. Jeff Jones, Associate Professor of History, will lead participants on this 10-day tour of Poland with stops in Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk. Itinerary highlights include The Warsaw Uprising Museum, The Wawel Royal Complex; The World War II Museum, The National Maritime Museum, The European Solidarity Center and Malbork Castle along with terrific food and excellent accommodations. As an added value, Dr. Jones will give periodic lectures on Poland and her role in the history of Western Europe. Click here for the full itinerary. 

For more details call Studio Traveler at 336.312.5654

July 10 to 19, 2019 

Inspired by the region’s rich and varied literary traditions, we visit Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen on this 9-day trip led by Dr. Hepzibah Roskelly, English Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and Composition.  A sampling of itinerary highlights includes The Viking Museum, The Norwegian Folk Museum, The Ibsen Museum, The Louisiana Art Museum, The Danish Design Museum and the ABBA Museum, as well as New Nordic cuisine and charming accommodations. Throughout the trip, Dr. Roskelly will facilitate discussions designed to increase the group’s understanding of the heart and soul of Scandinavia.  Click here for the full itinerary.

For more details call Studio Traveler at 336.312.5654

Registration Information

The Emeritus Society is open to men and women of all ages and educational backgrounds. The Society is a self-supporting arm of the University. Class fees, not tax dollars, are used to meet costs of the program. Classes are $100 per course. Additional courses are $75. Retired UNCG faculty and staff may subtract $25 from their total course fee. This discount is for six week courses only and cannot be taken on fees for events, workshops or trips. You are registered only when payment is received. Register early to avoid inconvenience. Late registrants could miss important announcements such as last-minute changes in location. Instructors may not have enough materials for those registering late. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. If the class you want is filled, we keep a waiting list. Partial registrations to attend portions of the classes cannot be accepted. Detailed information on class location and parking will be supplied upon confirmation

To Register

  • Online
  • Mail
    Fill out the registration form. Include check payable to “UNCG” or MC/Visa information. To assure accurate registration, it is suggested that only one person be registered per form. Mail to: UNCG Emeritus Society Division of Online Learning Becher-Weaver Building 915 Northridge Street P.O. Box 26170 Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
  • Phone
    Call (336) 315-7044 to register with your credit card. Outside Greensboro, call (866) 334-2255.