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Current Classes

Summer Semester Classes

It's beginning to feel like summer outside and Senior College has Summer Classes ready for you to enjoy!

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Ideologies, Identities and Alternate Realities: Political Parties in Transition

Two political parties that dominate American politics seem to be changing. We’ll begin with the origins of the two-party system in American politics, trace the changes in policy platforms and supporting coalitions over time, and dive into the values that make politics liberal, conservative, populist, plutocratic, democratic, social democratic and authoritarian all at the same time. As usual, we will strive for an open exchange of ideas that respects our differences while looking for ways to bridge them.

This class may be attended in person or accessed via Zoom.

Rich Stories from Buffalo County Townships

The Trails and Rails Museum would love to enrich your history of Buffalo County by exploring the 26 townships. We started out with 14 townships in 1885 and have evolved to 26 in 2021. We may give a few statistics but mostly we want to share the unique stories that we have heard from these townships that created this country.

Growing a City

Let’s take a look at Lexington, which has a population of 10,500 with 45% Hispanic, 35% White, 15% African and 5% Asian. Now, let’s add in that 65% are new immigrants from 43 different countries with no or limited English skills. Moreover, let’s consider that Lexington elected a blind man to be their Mayor, and the voters not only elected him once, but 7 times. Learn about these interesting facts and more as we explore Lexington.

Walking Park Tours

Wear comfortable shoes as we will do a walking tour through Harmon, Yanney, and Cottonmill Parks, learning about their histories as well as new features of the parks. When and how was the rock garden constructed? How tall is the Gottschalk Tower? What kind of fish are in the lake at Cottonmill? What plants are going in the new Gardens at Yanney Park? Tours will be led by various Park and Recreation Department staff.

RIP: Death and Cemetery Culture

Death plays a starring role in human society. In this class, we examine cultural practices regarding cemeteries and death in the United States and around the world. Among other topics, we will discuss issues of cemetery organization, structure and management, grave marker design, burial rituals and practices, funeral options, and dealing with death and grieving. Students for this class should be sufficiently mobile to participate in field trips to local cemeteries and should also be prepared to take photographs that they can send to faculty and perhaps other students.

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