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September 2010 Archives

Ever look around and realize you now know full well the meaning of phrases like "Youth is wasted on the young," and "If I only knew then what I know now," and "Hindsight is 20/20"?

If so, you're certainly not alone. As we get older, most of us discover one of the great age-acquired wisdoms of the world: that maybe we DIDN'T actually know everything when we were in college.

So maybe you majored in French lit, but secretly yearned to argue passionately about politics and foreign relations. Or perhaps you were elbow-deep in frog carcasses in biology class, and couldn't take the courses in ancient history you would have liked. Or even (shudder to think it) you may have, accidentally (but only once, of course), fallen asleep during that history of Western religion course...only to become intrigued by that very subject matter as an adult.

Whatever the reason, you can now head back into the classroom for a crash course in topics you always wished you had studied (or wished you had paid more attention to) with LearningLife's new 101 series of courses.

Sampler clip to share!

Thank you to everyone who came out to this season's Sampler, and all of our wonderful instructors! One YouTube clip to share: watch as Western Music 101 instructor Daniel Freeman provides a comic "dramatic interpretation"of Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the water), to the delight of the audience.

Daniel Freeman will be teaching two fall LearningLife courses: Western Music 101 and a short course on Bizet's Carmen.

MinnPost on "Birth of Jazz"

MinnPost's Pamela Espeland: "I like the idea of a physicist playing 78s and talking about Louis Armstrong, Sydney Bechet and Bessie Smith." Check out her blog post about our Birth of Jazz class, taught by theoretical physicist Johan Dirks!