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Mini Courses in Arts, Humanities Open to Public

September 20, 2005 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill.  --- Norris University Center’s quarterly non-credit Mini Courses at Northwestern University have 14 new offerings this fall.

The courses, which are open to the public, have proven popular with Evanstonians. Evanston community members comprised 26 percent of Norris Mini Course registrations during spring 2005, and this summer they included about 40 percent of the total enrollment. Nearly half of the enrollment each quarter is composed of attendees outside of Northwestern.

Bartending, bead jewelry making and yoga for menopausal women are just a few of the new Norris Mini Courses that begin Oct. 5 at Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, or other Northwestern University Evanston campus locations.

Also new for the fall quarter are classes in clay holiday gift making; quilting; hip-hop dance techniques; traditional dances of West Africa; beginning and intermediate belly dancing; American sign language; Russian; acting and stage combat; turn-of-the-century Chicago history; screenwriting and filmmaking; and painting.

In addition to the 14 new courses this fall, there are dozens of other classes in arts and crafts, dance, wine appreciation, games (pool), languages, yoga, music and stage, photography, and writing and history.

A wide variety of non-credit recreational and educational courses are offered four times a year, in conjunction with Northwestern’s academic quarters. They are designed to offer intense individual attention while operating in a relaxed, informal environment. Most classes are held once a week in the evening, in an attempt to provide an escape from hectic daily academic or work routines.

Classes are taught by faculty and staff members from Northwestern or other area universities.

Courses last from two to eight weeks and range in price from $30 to $90 depending on the number of sessions and the subject. The cost of any necessary supplies is built into the class fee. Northwestern students, faculty and staff receive $5 off the list price of each class.

All payments must be made in person or via phone, fax or U.S. mail.

The fall class schedule is available on the Web at <http://www.minicourses.northwestern.edu/?schedule>.

For more information, call (847) 467-7112; e-mail Norris-mini-courses@northwestern.edu; or visit the Norris Mini Course homepage at <http://www.minicourses.northwestern.edu/>. To register, call (847) 491-2305.

Topics: Campus Life