Due to COVID-19, Senior College will look a little different this year – it’s going virtual.
Senior College, designed for those 50 and older, is offered to adults of all ages.
It is a lecture series offered each fall and spring, with a short course offering in the winter. Established in 2006, Senior College, which typically takes place at the Alexandria Technical and Community College, offered its first set of courses in 2007.
Faculty from Minnesota’s colleges and universities give lectures on a variety of topics – from history, political science and economics, science and literature, to philosophy, art and current affairs.
Senior College aims to “bring the liberal arts to life” by offering informative and stimulating college-level learning without the pressures of tests, grades or degrees.
The fall season will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 29.
Lectures during this series will take place via Zoom. Students can join the group from any device with internet access that has audio – whether computer, laptop, tablet or cell phone.
A trial run will be offered before the season begins to assure that all students are set up and acquainted with Zoom and participation controls.
The live lectures will take place from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. College-level scholars from around Minnesota and beyond will be conducting the lectures.
Here’s a look at the fall 2020 lectures:
The new green revolution for Africa – Bill Moseley, Macalester College.
The year(s) of the whistleblower – Heidi Kitrosser, University of Minnesota Law School.
Economic implications of COVID-19 – Louis Johnston, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
Health care policy – Claire Haeg, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
Immune system response to viral infections – Rachel Johnson, University of Minnesota Morris
In search of Krazy Kat – Michael Tisserand, author of KRAZY, a New York Times notable book.
Election 2020 preview – David Schultz, Hamline University.
Border crisis? Central American immigration in historical perspective – Brian Larkin, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
All the news that’s fit to ignore: Changing audiences for political information online and offline – Benjamin Toff, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and University of Minnesota.
What’s next on the docket for net neutrality? – Christopher Terry, University of Minnesota.
Geopolitics and global governance – Tom Hanson, University of Minnesota Duluth.
The Trump Administration in Latin America: The Return of the Monroe Doctrine – Gary Prevost, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
Why we need poetry – Joyce Sutphen, Gustavus Adolphus and Minnesota Poet Laureate.
My love affair with Willa Cather – Annette Atkins, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
Admission for the lecture series is by season membership only. A single per person membership is $95 and covers all 14 lectures. Registration is required. For more information, call 320-762-4510 or 888-234-1313 or visit the website alextech.edu/SeniorCollege.