Friday, September 11, 2009

free learnin'!!

the libraries have a super-cool program where msvu and smu take ordinary classes to the masses, letting joe and jane public sit in on the course held at the library. here's an overview i wrote for CC - i went to the civil rights one wednesday and it was great:

Now that U-Haulifax is settling down to normal, the non-students amongst us might be feeling a bit jealous of all that learning going on. Worry not: our friend the public library is stepping up with free courses to enlighten our minds without lightening our wallets.
The library links up with Mount Saint Vincent and Saint Mary’s universities to offer “Classes for the Masses,” free courses along the lines of what students are shelling out fat tuition cheques for. For most of them, you don’t even need to register: just bring your lunch and learn.
This fall, you can take the Study of Short Fiction, an introduction to brief writing. It’s at the Alderney Gate library on Tuesdays at noon, starting Sept. 15. Reaching for Revolution: The Civil Rights Movement, Black Power and Black Liberation will look at the struggle for equality in Canada and the U.S. It’s at the Spring Garden Road Library Wednesdays at noon, starting Sept. 9.
On Thursdays starting Sept. 10 at the Spring Garden Road Library, you can learn about Canadian Literature After 1920. It’s an introduction to the fiction, prose and poetry written in Canada since 1920 studied in critical and historical context, including the novels As for Me and My House by Sinclair Ross and Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood.
In October, the Mount looks at Love and Death Around the World at the Keshen Goodman branch on Fridays at 2 p.m., starting Oct. 2. How do different cultures understand these basic human experiences? Find out when professor Jennifer Dimoff explores a variety of approaches in religion, myth, literature, visual culture, film and popular culture.
Economics for Everyone should be a helpful class. Developed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, it covers the history of the economy, capitalism and markets, investment, capitalism and the environment, the role of government and globalization.
Instructor Angella MacEwen is a research associate with the CCPA Nova Scotia, and she’ll be your guide. You need to register for this one: call 490-5745. It’s at Alderney Gate on Thursday at noon, starting Sept. 10 and running until Nov. 26.
Finally, the Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia (SCANS) is offering a free course on the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms at the Tantallon Public Library. The series begins in October.
Go to for a full listing. All of the classes are continuous, but if you miss the first, you can probably catch up quickly.
Jon Tattrie stole the U-Haulifax joke from his friend Allison.
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