The 2017 Winter/Spring Catalog from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Continuing Studies provides a pathway to professional development and personal enrichment. It offers more than 200 face-to-face classes, online classes, conferences, workshops, lectures, and educational travel experiences—a wide range of accessible, affordable opportunities for developing a skill or exploring a topic.
The catalog appears in the Dec. 1 edition of Isthmus and is also available online. It features a Lifelong Learning Giveaway, which you can enter by Dec. 29 to win up to $100 off on a Continuing Studies class. Ten randomly selected winners will be notified no later than Jan. 13, 2017.
The Winter/Spring Catalog spotlights a special series of classes that focus on the natural world, inspired by the Wisconsin environmental pioneer Aldo Leopold. They include Aldo Leopold’s Legacy: The Land Ethic in Today’s World; Artful Observation: Nature Journaling at the Arboretum; Contemplative Walks with Nature; and Nature’s Music: Knowing the Natural World Through Sound.
“Some of the classes teach you tools to observe and document the world around you,” says Jeffrey S. Russell, dean of Continuing Studies. “Others shed light on Aldo Leopold’s life, world, and words. A special evening lecture series invites you to explore how his ideas about conservation have been used, expanded, and challenged in the nearly 70 years since his death.”
The Winter/Spring Catalog’s personal enrichment classes allow you to gain new proficiencies in art, music, dance, languages, writing, or to learn more about history and the humanities. You can reduce stress and find balance in your life with Living Well classes, or sign on for enlightening trips to China and the Spoleto Festival.
The career development classes provide continuing education for professionals in behavioral health, human resource management, life coaching, distance education, leadership and management, and other occupations. They also offer general instruction in communication, project management, and other skills relevant in most workplaces.
Those searching for a job or considering a career change can try the Job Search Support Group, Career Change 101, Tools for Purposeful Career Change, and other programs that help attendees clarify goals and develop strategies.
For more information about Continuing Studies classes for lifelong learners, see here or find the catalog in the Dec. 1-7 issue of Isthmus.