Academics

Westminster/Wesleyan University: Fall 2018 Schedule

Taught by Virginia Wesleyan faculty, the courses are offered on-site at no cost to those living at Westminster-Canterbury.

"Rhythm & Blues Tore Down the Walls of Segregation"
September 24 - October 15

Presented By: Steve Buckingham. is, a music producer, studio musician, and record company executive. Steve is a five-time Grammy winner with 27 number one singles to his credit. He has been awarded 11 Platinum and 19 Gold albums.

Course Description: Mr. Buckingham will address how music actually played a larger part than the courts, in fostering integration in the 1950s and '60s. He incorporates special edits of film, music, interviews and lectures.


Schedule

Monday, September 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Bayview Room.
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We will show a short film to introduce the course and the artists we will be discussing. This includes producer John Hammond who fostered integration in music in the 1930s; Elvis Presley; Ray Charles; and many more!”  

Monday, October 1st at 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Bayview Room.
"Ray Charles and Sam Cooke - Both of these iconic artists helped to create Rhythm & Blues.”

Monday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Bayview Room.
"Aretha Franklin – The Queen of Soul!”

Monday, October 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Bayview Room.
 "This class is centered around the film, "Freedom Songs," which encapsulates the role music played in integration.”

"Mere Christianity – and the adventure of the Christian Life"
September 19 - December 19

Presented By: Dr. Benson P. Fraser, Westminster-Canterbury Fellow for Religious Studies and Lifelong Learning.

Course Description: In his book Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis seeks to help his readers see religious faith with fresh eyes, he sees that the commitment to Christ results in a radical faith whose adherents might be likened to an underground community of listeners and followers existing in a foreign land or war zone, a place where evil seems to have the upper hand. Lewis helps us to hear messages of hope from a world outside our own. This class explores the classic text by this famous Oxford scholar.


Schedule

Wednesday, September 19th at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
"Mere Christianity -- Book One: Chapters 1-3, The Law of Human Nature”

Wednesday, September 26th at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
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Mere Christianity -- Book One: Chapters 4-5, What Lies Behind the Law of Human Nature”

Wednesday, October 3rd at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
"Mere Christianity -- Book Two: Chapters 1-3, The Rival Conceptions of God”

Wednesday, October 10th at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
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Mere Christianity -- Book Two: Chapters 4-5, The Perfect Penitent”

Wednesday, October 17th at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
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Mere Christianity -- Book Three: Chapters 1-3, Morality, Virtues and Social Morality”

Wednesday, October 31th at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
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Mere Christianity -- Book Three: Chapters 4-6, Sexual Morality and Christian Marriage”

Wednesday, November 7th at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
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Mere Christianity -- Book Three: Chapters 7-9, Forgiveness, The Great Sin and Charity”

Wednesday, November 14th at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
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Mere Christianity -- Book Three: Chapters 10-12, Hope and Faith”

Wednesday, November 28th at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
"Mere Christianity -- Book Four: Chapters 1-3, Making and Begetting, The Three-Personal God and Time and Beyond”

Wednesday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
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Mere Christianity -- Book Four: Chapters 4-6, Good Infection and other matters”

Wednesday, December 12th at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
"Mere Christianity -- Book Four: Chapters 7-9, Is Christianity Hard or Easy?”

Wednesday, December 19th at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
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Mere Christianity -- Book Four: Chapters 10-11, Nice People or New Men”

"Humor in scripture?"
October 3 & October 10

Presented By: Dr. Terrence Lindvall, C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair in Communication and Christian Thought and Professor of Communication.

Course Description: Are the scriptures of the Hebrew and Christian faith ever humorous?  Come and find out with the ever witty and well published scholar Dr. Terry Lindvall. This promises to be a lively and laughter filled two evenings and perhaps you will leave with a better understanding of Hebrew and Christian scriptures.


Schedule

Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Bayview Room.
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Humor and the Hebrew Bible: This course covers humor and satire in the Hebrew Bible and about the Hebrew Bible. It ranges from Sarah, the Mother of all Laughter, to the ironic, crusty minor prophets.”

Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Bayview Room
"Humor and the New Testament: This course surveys the humor of the Gospels and Jesus’ use of puns, irony and wit with his hearers. It also explores contemporary cultures spoofs and riddles of the Christian faith.”

"World War I: One Hundred Years After the Great War"
October 19 - November 9

Presented By: Dr. Sara Sewell, Executive Director of The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration and Discovery, Executive Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan and Professor of History.

Course Description: November 11, 2018 will mark one hundred years since the end of World War I. These four classes look back at the four years of the war and provides context to the events that took place then as well as relates their importance to us today.


Schedule

Friday October 19th at 10:00 a.m. in the 11th Floor Lounge.
"1914 & 1915: From Outbreak to a New Reality”

Friday, October 26th at 10:00 a.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
"1916: The War They Didn't Expect”

Friday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
"1917: Battlefronts and Home Fronts” 

Friday, November 9th at 10:00 a.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.  
"1918: The End of the War and Its Legacy”

"Women in Politics and the 2018 Election"
October 22, October 29, & November 5

Presented By: Dr. Leslie Caughell, Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department, Chair of the International Studies Program.

Course Description: An unprecedented number of women running for office in 2018. This has resulted in a slew of primary victories for female candidates. Many of the women who will be on ballots in November have the potential to achieve historic firsts if elected. However, how likely are each of these women to win? Dr. Caughell will discuss these issues in light of the coming election in November.


Schedule

Monday, October 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the 11th Floor Lounge. "See Jane run: We will talk about what drives women to run for office and what factors still make women less likely to run than their male counterparts.”

Monday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m. in the 11th Floor Lounge. "See Jane vote: Many pundits expect women voters to shape midterm election outcomes. We will discuss how female voters affect elections historically and how they have shaped special elections in 2017-18.”

Monday, November 5th at 2:00 p.m. in the 11th Floor Lounge. "Will Jane matter? In this last class, we will discuss what makes 2018 unique for women in America and what factors represent continuing trends. This class will provide a forum to talk about female voters in historical context, and to make predictions or observations about the role of women in American politics today.”

"Brain Health Matters"
November 12 & November 19

Presented By: Dr. Scott Sautter, Board Certified Neuropsychologist and Adjunct Professor at Virginia Wesleyan University.


Schedule

Monday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the 11th Floor Lounge.
 "Cross Train Your Brain”

Monday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the 11th Floor Lounge.     
 
"Salutogenesis of Brain Fitness”

"Detective Stories"
November 27 & December 4

Presented By: Dr. Dennis Bounds, Writer, Author, and Adjunct Professor at Virginia Wesleyan University.

Course Description: Detective stories have become part of our cultural landscape and they have an important social influence on our society. These two classes investigate Perry Mason one of the most enduring and powerful fictional detective ever created.


Schedule

Tuesday, November 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
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Perry Mason before Raymond Burr: The Books, Movies, Radio Series, & Comics”

Tuesday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m. in the Penthouse Lounge.
"Perry Mason on Television: The Two Television Series & The TV Movies”

"Playing Games Leads to Academic Success – Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy” or "Purchasing Educationally Stimulating Materials for Young People."
November 30

Presented By: Dr. Jayne Sullivan, Associate Professor of Education/Special Education.

Course Description: Students with strong social and emotional skills are more likely than their peers to succeed academically and professionally, according to a 20-year study that followed more than 750 children until age 25.  They need to learn to communicate with their peers rather than their machines. During this workshop we will go back to the basics by reviewing games that encourage children to share and take turns.


Schedule

Friday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. in the 11th Floor Lounge.