Monthly Archives: October 2016

Discover C.S. Lewis as an Academic, Apologist, and Artist

This fall, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. Discover a new interest or re-engage in an old one, deepen your appreciation of the arts, discuss favorite subjects with peers and scholars, gain new skills and try new things! Whatever your motivation, our enrichment programs are sure to stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity.
Course Spotlight: The Inkling Prophet of Oxford: C.S. Lewis as Academic, Apologist, and Artist
Thursdays, Oct. 27 & Nov. 3 | 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | $10

 

 

The imaginative fictions and compelling apologist writings of Clive Staples Lewis have captivated generations of readers. What is it about this self-described “very ordinary layman of the Church of England” that has inspired such a following across age groups, continents, and decades? What sort of mind can invent a children’s paradise like Narnia one day, and move a group of skeptics to Christian belief the next?

This course will grapple with these and other questions including: Lewis’s conversion and politics, his role in the legendary Oxford Inklings, the distinct features of his fiction and aesthetic vision, and the implications of his legacy over the second half of the twentieth century. While this brief course can only start these conversations, students will leave knowing how to dig deeper into his work and social and historical context for answers.

Danielle Christmas is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. While she primarily works on contemporary African-American and Jewish-American fiction and film, her own conversion story led her to the oeuvre and legacy of C.S. Lewis and has resulted in a lasting personal and professional interest.

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By |October 25th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Discover C.S. Lewis as an Academic, Apologist, and Artist

Understanding the Mysteries of Sleep

Engage in discussion with UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and physicians as they share their insights on the brain from a scientific, medical, and philosophical perspective.
Lecture Spotlight: Understanding the Mysteries of Sleep
Thursday, Oct. 27 | 7-8:30 pm | $10. Students free with an ID, please RSVP to Jill Conrad.

We spend nearly a third of our lives in sleep, yet many of the implications of sleep remain a mystery. Sleep is tied to a variety of body functions such as weight control, the immune system, and how we process the world. Dr. Vaughn will discuss the science of sleep including how our brains enter the sleep state, the different stages of sleep, and sleep disorders for which people seek care. Join us as we learn about the significance of sleep on our health and well-being.

About the Lecturer: Bradley Vaughn, MD, is a Professor of Neurology, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Adjunct Professor in Allied Health. He is the Medical Director for the UNC Sleep Center and has practiced in sleep medicine for over 25 years.

Learn more about the two remaining lectures, October 20 and 27.

Have questions about this series? Email Jill Conrad or call her at 919-962-2643.

By |October 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Understanding the Mysteries of Sleep

Celebrate Bob Dylan’s Storied Career at the Friday Center

This fall, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. Discover a new interest or re-engage in an old one, deepen your appreciation of the arts, discuss favorite subjects with peers and scholars, gain new skills and try new things! Whatever your motivation, our enrichment programs are sure to stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity.
Course Spotlight: Doomed to Love You: The Music of Bob Dylan Sung and Explained
Thursday, Oct. 27 | 10 am-Noon | $10

 

 

Coming on the heels of his groundbreaking Nobel Prize in literature, by becoming the first musician to win the literature category, we celebrate Bob Dylan’s storied musical career. Since his 1961 start in Greenwich Village, Bob Dylan has written over 500 songs and has gone through so many phases and transitions that seven different actors played him in the 2007 movie, I’m Not There. Mr. Dylan has released 37 studio albums, 12 albums in the bootleg series, and 11 live albums, poems, several books, and is, at 75 years old, still touring all over the world. In additional to his recent Nobel Prize in literature, Dylan has won countless Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and an Oscar, while receiving honorary degrees, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Polar Music Prize.

We celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th through songs (and singing along!) combined with brief academic notes from all phases: folk, protest, introspection, rock and roll, country, mid-life changes, Christian, post-Christian, and ongoing search for wisdom and meaning.

The Bob Dylan Regulars will perform: Peter White (UNC Biology), Marc Alperin (UNC Marine Sciences), Howard Lander (UNC Renaissance Computing Institute), George Michaels (Musician, Raleigh), David McKnight (North Carolina Writer and Musician, Durham), Marie Vanderbeck (Vocalist and Musician, Orange County), and other special guests . . . though Mr. Dylan himself is unlikely and will appear in spirit only.

About the Instructor: Peter White is an ecologist and a Professor in the Department of Biology at UNC – Chapel Hill.  He has been known to quote Bob Dylan in his lectures and posts Dylan quotes for studying, exams, and graduation on his class website. He plays music with friends in the Triangle Folk Jam every Monday night.

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By |October 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Celebrate Bob Dylan’s Storied Career at the Friday Center

Learn About Brain Surgery through the Ages

Each Thursday evening in October, engage in discussion with UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and physicians as they share their insights on the brain from a scientific, medical, and philosophical perspective.
Lecture Spotlight: Brain Surgery through the Ages
Thursday, Oct. 13 | 7-8:30 pm | $10, or the entire series for $30. Students free with an ID, please RSVP to Jill Conrad.In this lecture we will learn more about the brain and discuss advances in brain surgery such as stereotactic surgery (a minimally invasive form of surgical intervention), endoscopic brain surgery, treatment of cerebrovascular diseases including strokes and aneurysms of the brain, surgery for epilepsy, brain mapping, as well as the role for awake brain surgery. Join us as we look at where we have been and what may be in store as we hypothesize the brain surgery of the future.

About the Lecturer: Deanna Sasaki-Adams, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. She serves as an active member of the international division of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons to work to support the advancement of neurosurgical education globally.

Learn more about the entire lecture series and view the speaker list.

Have questions about this series? Email Jill Conrad or call her at 919-962-2643.

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Learn About Brain Surgery through the Ages

Stay Physically Active with our Daytime Courses

This fall, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. Discover a new interest or re-engage in an old one, deepen your appreciation of the arts, discuss favorite subjects with peers and scholars, gain new skills and try new things! Whatever your motivation, our enrichment programs are sure to stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity.
Course Spotlight: Move It or Lose It – How to Stay Physically Active throughout Your Lifespan
Thursday, Oct. 20 | 10 am-Noon | $10

 

 

As we grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Research shows that exercise can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. Not only is exercise good for the body, it’s also good for the mind, mood, and memory.

Whether you are generally healthy, managing an illness, or just becoming more sedentary while getting older, there are plenty of ways to get more active, improve confidence, and boost fitness. This course will describe the components of fitness, offer strategies for staying active and tips for falls prevention, and demonstrate simple flexibility and strength training exercises.

There will be plenty of information to take home, but be sure to come dressed to participate.

Instructor: Meg Pomerantz is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health Fitness Specialist and a Cancer Exercise Trainer. Meg earned her Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, and has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry. She served as the Aquatics Director and creator and Director of the Lifetime Fitness Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

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By |October 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on Stay Physically Active with our Daytime Courses

What’s the Big Idea? Starts Tonight

Each Thursday evening in October, engage in discussion with UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and physicians as they share their insights on the brain from a scientific, medical, and philosophical perspective.
Lecture Spotlight: Terra Incognita: Explorations of Consciousness
Thursday, Oct. 6 | 7-8:30 pm | $10, or the entire series for $30. Students free with an ID, please RSVP to Jill Conrad.

What is consciousness and how does it come about? In this lecture, consciousness in the brain will be explored, incorporating ideas from the basic neurosciences, clinical neurosciences, and philosophy. We will review various disorders of consciousness including vegetative state, coma, and brain death. Investigatory tools used to evaluate brain function in health and disease will also be discussed.

About the Lecturer: Albert Hinn, MD, is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences. He specializes in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology.

Learn more about the entire lecture series and view the speaker list.

Have questions about this series? Email Jill Conrad or call her at 919-962-2643.

 

By |October 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on What’s the Big Idea? Starts Tonight

Join us for Movies in the Morning

This fall, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. Discover a new interest or re-engage in an old one, deepen your appreciation of the arts, discuss favorite subjects with peers and scholars, gain new skills and try new things! Whatever your motivation, our enrichment programs are sure to stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity.
Course Spotlight: Movies in the Morning: The Maltese Falcon
Tuesday, Oct. 18 | 10 am-12:30 pm | $10

 

 

Join us as the Friday Center hosts a morning movie screening of the 1941 original film version of The Maltese Falcon followed by a discussion led by noted film professor, Kimball King.

Based on the novel of the same name, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as a private investigator and Mary Astor as his client. A classic tale of greed, murder, and manipulation, Bogart is caught in the intrigue of a jewel-encrusted statuette known as the Maltese Falcon.

Widely considered one of the most influential films of all time, it was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1989.

The post-film discussion will examine the novel and its transition from fiction to film.

Kimball King is professor emeritus of English and adjunct professor of dramatic art at UNC-Chapel Hill. He began and co-lectured one of the first film criticism courses in the United States in 1965.

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