ILR Course Descriptions - Spring 2022

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Of Viruses, Vaccines and Variants

Dr. Steven Spilatro, Chair, Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Marietta College

This course will provide an overview of the biology of viruses, Covid-19, functioning of our immune system, vaccine technology, and other topics that two years ago were of little interest to most people.

Day & Time: Mondays, 3-5 p.m.

Dates: March 14—May 2, 2022

Location: Thomas 124

Price: $30


Comedy in Theory and Practice

Dr. Bev Hogue, McCoy Professor of English, Marietta College

Comedy surrounds us, but how does it work? We will examine some common theories of comedy and analyze examples in order to gain a better understanding of why comedy suffuses culture and how it functions in communication.

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m.

Dates: March 15—May 3 , 2022

Location: McDonough Auditorium   Thomas 124 on April 26)

Price: $30


Artificial Intelligence in Everyday Life

Dr. Ted Goertzel, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

Every time we do a Google search, read our Facebook news feed, ask for directions on our smart phone, or talk with a computer on a telephone, we are interacting with an artificial intelligence. We will soon be talking to an AI when we order fast food at the drive-in window. These artificial intelligences know a lot about us; this is your chance to learn more about them. We will do some exercises on the computer, taking advantage of some of the free online courses on artificial intelligence. We will even have the opportunity to interact with an online counselor. Then we will share experiences and ask questions of our (human) instructor. [No homework is required.]

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m.

Dates: March 16—May 4, 2022

Location: Zoom

Price: $30


Promoting Mental Health in Everyday Life

Dr. Michael A. Williams, Sr., LPC, Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marietta College

Navigating mental health issues can be challenging regardless of what phase of life we are in. This course aims to provide relevant information on common mental health issues experienced by those who are aging, tips and strategies for those who are providing care to an aging or aged person, and guidance for planning the future no matter where the attendees or their loved ones happen to be right now.

This course can be taken in-person, McDonough Auditorium or online via Zoom. Please be sure you are registering for your preferred method of delivery.

Day & Time: Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.

Dates: March 17-April 7

Location: McDonough Auditorium

Price: $20 (four classes)


Exoplanets 2022

Dr. Ann Bragg, Associate Professor of Physics, Director of the Anderson Hancock Planetarium

Last December, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) finally launched! One key science goal for the JWST is the study of exoplanet atmospheres. In this course, we will consider how astronomers have been discovering planets outside our Solar System, what we know about these planets, how they compare to the planets within our Solar System, and how the JWST will help us understand them better. Along the way, we will consider whether or when we might discover evidence of alien life.

Day & Time: Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.

Dates: April 14-May 5, 2022

Location: Planetarium

Price: $20 (four classes starting April 14)


Eastern European History

James Moon, a lifelong student of history

Please join me in an overview of Eastern European history. I am sure many of you are like me and received little to no education on the history of a vast area of Eastern Europe. We will travel from the Baltic (North Sea) to the Balkans. On our historical journey, we will start off in Poland, then cover the Baltic states. Next, we will move south to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Then we will move to their neighbor Hungary. From here we will travel to Romania and Bulgaria. To further understand Eastern Europe, we will look at the Hapsburg Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and Russia’s role in the history of these countries plus the remaining Balkan states. Two overarching factors in the history of this region are the ethnic origins of the people and their religions.

Day & Time: Fridays, 3-5 p.m.

Dates: March 18-May 6, 2022

Location: Zoom

Price: $20