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Friday University 2015!

Join us for one or two days of info-packed Fridays

October 23rd & 30th

To register by phone or if you have questions please call: 219-989-2308 or email the events office.    Below are the courses offered this year.

Friday October 23rd  9:00am- 3:00pm $80.00

9:00am- 10:30am


Instructor: Tom Mihail

Suggesting that the Holocaust would not have been possible without a “them and us” mindset, this class explores the inevitability of disability for all people. The centerpiece of this compelling presentation is a video that traces the eugenics movement and documents genocide as its natural extension.  A longtime advocate for people with disabilities, Tom Mihail, Professor in the College of Education, has a well-deserved reputation as one of Purdue Calumet’s outstanding humanitarians and faculty.

The Music of Abraham Lincoln

Instructor: Angelo Cicco

This class employs the music of the 19th and 20th centuries as key historical artifacts to appreciate Lincoln’s life and American history at a critical juncture.  Examination of images of Lincoln and sheet music and song lyrics of the times will enhance our understanding of popular attitudes towards Lincoln and assist in chronicling his trajectory beginning with his election in 1860, his presidency, and his lasting legacy.  Angelo Cicco, a talented musician, has long been a fixture at Purdue Calumet as a student, instructor and academic advisor.  

Fakes in the Art World

Instructor: Kay Rowberg

Crime is crime but for some, there is something tantalizing and even romantic about the theft of great works of art. Ever wonder how experts determine whether a newly acquired piece of art or artifact is real or a forgery? Building upon her popular Friday U class “Inventing Color in Art,” Purdue’s Kathryn Rowberg exposes both the artists’ techniques in creating fakes and the latest technology used to identify forgeries. Hear accounts of how a few infamous artists, sleuthing scientists, and art conservators worked to uncover evidence of fraud.  



Here We Go Again: The Race for the Presidency

Instructors: Dr. Lisa Goodnight and Dr. Richard Rupp  

With over a year to go, the race for the Presidency is well underway. Republicans have high hopes of taking back the White House, while many Democrats are betting on Hillary Clinton—is there a credible contender in the wings? The 2016 election promises to be the most expensive in history. The ideological divides are stark. Come join Communication Professor Lisa Goodnight and Political Scientist Richard Rupp for a spirited and scholarly analysis of the candidates, the campaigns, the media, the debates, the money and much more.



Instructor: Dr. Saul Lerner

Returning to Friday U and his many loyal students, Saul Lerner leads a discussion of the nature, impact, and consequences of Nazi propaganda in Arab North Africa, the Middle East, and Soviet Muslim areas. To acomplish the major goals of Nazi Germany during World War II, the Nazis launched an enormous propaganda campaign in which tens of thousands of hours of broadcast time in Arabic and other languages were directed to Arab and Muslim regions and millions of pieces of propaganda documents were distributed. While most Arabs and Muslims did not undertake jihad against the Allies, Nazi propaganda was effective among some and fed intense anti-Jewish hatred that has persisted among many Muslims since World War II. 

Bridging Gaps Between What Governments & Markets Cannot Accomplish: Strengthening Civil Society–the ‘Third Rail’ of the Economy

Instructor: Dr. Jamaluddin Husain

 Come join Jamaluddin Husain, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Friday U alum, for a discussion of the vital role that Civil Society plays in the world today. With governments and markets unable to meet the needs of individuals the world over, this class traces the historical evolution and importance of Civil Society. While the good work of Civil Society is widely appreciated and supported, certain authoritarian governments see these groups and organizations as a threat to ruling regimes. Through lecture and small group discussions, students will be exposed to the value of Civil Society and their essential contributions. Dr. Husain will discuss examples of Civil Society here in the U.S. (where 50 million citizens continue to live below the poverty line) and around the globe. Students will examine ways in which they can support Civil Society and develop ACTION ITEMS for the greater human good. 


The Great Singers

Instructor: Mitchell Brown

Returning to the Friday U Bandstand, Mitchell Brown is back with a new look at the Great American Songbook. The class examines the evolution of various singing styles: the Blues and Torch Singers (Bessie Smith, Helen Morgan, Ruth Etting, Billie Holiday), the Crooners and Swingers (Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Keely Smith) and for Forces of Nature (Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, and Barbra Streisand.) Students will not be penalized for occasionally singing during class!

A Biblical History of Sex

Instructor: Dr. Dennis Barbour

We all know that to make a blockbuster film, you need two ingredients: violence and sex. While shying away from the violence, this class boldly examines Western attitudes towards sex, that Dr. Barbour argues, are shaped by the Bible. Topics for discussion include Original Sin (was it sex?), onanism, sodomy, intercourse, pornography, homosexuality and lesbianism. How do we interpret the graphically sexual Canticles, also called the Song of Songs, in which the female body is described in highly sexual terms? What did Jesus Christ have to say on the topic? And what about Apostle Paul’s commentary on sex within and beyond the bond of marriage? Dennis Barbour is a popular English professor at Purdue Calumet and a well known story-teller. Course Rating: PG-13.


Friday October 30th   9:00am- 3:00pm $80.00



Instructor: Joan Dorman

In Central Africa, there lies a country, smaller than the state of Maryland, yet victim to the genocide of over 800,000 human beings in the mid-1990s.  It was a genocide the West failed to prevent or engage.  The movie ‘Hotel Rwanda” realistically portrayed the horrors, but it was not until Purdue Calumet’s Joan Dorman toured Rwanda in 2011 that she fully appreciated  the scale of the carnage.  The wounds went to the heart of every citizen, and the scars are deep and disfiguring.  

 Joan Dorman, a popular member of the College of Nursing with expertise in marriage and family therapy, will share the hope and the vision for the future of Rwandan that the people willingly shared during her travels.  Joan visited schools, hospitals, an orphanage, markets, and remote villages.  She met with health care professionals, government officials, and people living throughout the country.  Rwanda is determined not to repeat the horrors of the past.  Everywhere she went, the people were welcoming, generous, and eager to earn approval.  Joan emerged from her Rwandan experience forever changed by the exposure to such devastation and inspired by the people’s determination to rebuild their lives and their country.  There is much to learn from the Rwanda experience.  

The Rhetoric of Political Campaigns

Instructor: Dr. Tom Roach

How do campaigns really work in America? Dr. Tom Roach combines both a scholarly eye and a practitioner’s expertise for an insider’s analysis of campaigns and elections. A three-step formula for running political campaigns will be presented with examples from actual campaigns. Step one is defining your candidate. Step two is raising issues. Step three is defining your opponent. Case studies from local and national campaigns will be used and attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and provide their own examples. Dr. Roach’s presentation is guided by his on-going research. Students will learn about survey and focus group research, advertising, and dealing with the news media. 


Mastering that Camera: Taking and Sharing
Great Photos (location in HTM)

Instructor: Kimberly Leverick 

You have taken pictures for many years with some success but now it’s time to take the next step and enhance those skill sets and amaze your friends—and grandchildren! Whether you have a high quality DSLR or you simply enjoy using your camera phone, this is the class for you. We’ll learn about all those camera button options and how to make the best use of lighting. For this course plan to bring in your equipment; a camera phone, point and shoot or your DSLR (or all three) and we will investigate simple ways to elevate your images with some in class lighting set ups, and weather permitting we will head outside to work with natural lighting. We will also discuss easier ways to organize and send all of those photos you’ve been taking. Purdue’s Kimberly Leverick is a gifted photographer and teaches photography, history of photography and art appreciation at The College of Lake County in Illinois.



The Origin of the Universe

Dr. Neeti Parashar

Come join Purdue Calumet’s internationally acclaimed physicist, Dr. Nettie Parashar, for an examination of the evolution of the universe from a scientific point of view. Without using any mathematics, students will examine the Big Bang Theory, Black Holes and Particle Accelerators. Dr. Parashar will share her contributions into the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson, better known as the “God Particle,” and the Large Hadron Collider, the largest scientific machine ever built. A gifted teacher and lecturer, Neeti Parashar was widely acknowledged as a major contributor to the 2013 award of the Noble Prize in Physics. And she’s right here on campus!

The Princess Bride: Wedding Traditions and Attire from Queen Victoria to the Duchess of Cambridge

Instructor: Dr. Debra Mancoff

Have you ever wondered why brides wear white? Or why lilies and orange blossom scent bridal bouquets? All these choices can be traced to the wedding of Queen Victoria to her beloved Prince Albert in 1840. Every item in a bride’s ensemble—from the crowning veil to the trailing train—tells a story, and this seminar will reveal the hidden meanings behind every pearl, every flower, and every scrap of lace. Looking at the attire and accessories chosen by the most famous “Princess Brides” of the past century—including Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Princess Diana—will shed light on our contemporary ideal of the perfect wedding, for bride and groom alike! Dr. Mancoff is Scholar-in Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago and joined Friday U last year with her presentation, “The Dress Code: The Decorum of Dress in the Downton Era.”


Gluten-Free Baking Without Specialty Ingredients (Location in HTM)

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Stankowski

Interested in baking gluten-free but don’t know how? Don’t have the xanthan gum, tapioca starch, or spelt flour in your kitchen? Then this is the class for you. In this hands-on class, Purdue Calumet’s very own award-winning baker Rebecca Stankowski will demonstrate the secrets to successful baking without wheat flour. Taught in the campus’s state-of-the-art kitchens, students will prepare two gluten-free recipes, and have the opportunity to sample several more. Each student will also receive a booklet on gluten-free recipes that use ingredients commonly found in most kitchen pantries.  Each participant will receive a gluten free cookbook. (Class size is limited to 24 students. There is an additional lab fee of $15 for this course) 



Richard Rodgers vs. Stephen Sondheim:
The History of the American Musical

Instructor: Mitchell Brown

Arguably the greatest of Broadway composers, there is no question that Rodgers and Sondheim exerted unrivaled influence on the forces shaping the American Musical. They approached their work in vastly different ways, but with many surprising similarities as well. By examining the work of these two geniuses, we discover a unique view into what made the American Musical the singular art form it is today.



Wine Tasting 101 (location in HTM)

Instructor: Mike Flannery, Hospitality & Tourism Management 

Back by popular demand, Purdue Calumet’s Executive Director of White Lodging Center for Hospitality and Tourism Management, Mike Flannery leads eager recruits in a wine tasting tour d’ force. Topics include the five S’s of Wine Tasting: Sight, Swirl, Smell, Sip, and Savor. Wines need not break the bank—great and affordable wines will be discussed.  The class will also feature Purdue’s Executive Chef Tim O’Donnell who will prepare a sampling of savory and sweet hors d’oeuvres and explain the secrets of pairing foods with the right wines. (There is an additional $12 lab fee for this class.)



Register for both days at a discounted rate of 140.00


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If you have questions or want to register by phone please call 219-989-2308.

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Alumni Affairs and Events Office

Secondary Contact

Date & Location

Date: 10/23/2015 to 10/30/2015
Location: Purdue University Calumet campus