SeniorUThe Winona State University Retiree Center will offer spring 2016 classes through Senior University.

Senior University is open to all people of retirement age in the Winona community. The program is a series of non-credit short courses that are peer-led by WSU faculty, retirees, and community experts. The goal is to provide intellectual and cultural stimulation and growth for lifelong learners. Courses cover current events, history, philosophy, science, art, poetry, and literature.

The first class for spring 2016 is “Poetic Poles: Whitman and Dickinson” with instructor Emilio DeGrazia from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 26-Feb. 23. The course will examine Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson through a close reading of representative works. Participants will explore how the poets’ visions of what is important in life radically differ, diverge and possibly converge. DeGrazia is a WSU professor emeritus and a former Winona Poet Laureate. He began publishing poetry and creative prose in 1973 and founded Great River Review.

Additional spring 2016 courses include: “The Sistine Chapel, Touchstone of the Renaissance: History, Art, Meaning” with instructor Dominic Ricciotti; “Follow Wildflowers Through a Bluffland’s Spring” with instructor Dave Palmquist; “Adventures Through the Gender Spectrum” with instructors Jamie Ann Meyers and Mary Jo Klinker; “Spring Birding” with instructors Eric Nelson and Julie McCormick; “A Renaissance Man at the Dawn of the Modern Age: The Essays of Michel de Montaigne” with instructor Rosine Tenenbaum; and “Exploring Printmaking” with instructor Mary Coughlan.

Registration is available online at

For more information contact Jessica Kauphusman at 507-457-5565 or visit the Senior University website.

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