UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies has published its summer catalog, featuring over a hundred enlightening classes and enriching experiences. The catalog’s cover pictures a Badger-red door opening onto the Memorial Union Terrace, where a woman studies against a backdrop of sailboats on Lake Mendota. The scene beckons students of all ages who want to continue learning or to sharpen their professional skills.
Continuing Studies’ summer offerings include noncredit classes on a wide range of subjects. Art lovers can study Chinese brush painting, bookbinding, figure drawing, papermaking, or printmaking, among other disciplines. Dance classes range from ballet to tap, and music classes from jazz to Celtic styles. Those interested in languages can study French, German, Portuguese, or Spanish.
In the area of career development, Continuing Studies runs a weekly Job Search Support Group and a free workshop called “Career Change 101.” There are also classes in project management, servant leadership, and grant-writing. Professionals in behavioral health and wellness can learn about geriatric mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and substance abuse treatment.
Calling all adventurers
Along with classes, the summer catalog is chock-full of conferences, camps, and workshops. School of the Arts at Rhinelander allows participants to tap their creative potential in a unique Northwoods setting. The Write-by-the-Lake Writers’ Workshop and Retreat offers five days of professional instruction for creative writers of all levels. The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference provides cutting-edge techniques for distance educators and online trainers. And arts-oriented kids can learn from top educators at the Summer Music Clinic, Winds of Wisconsin High School Youth Wind Ensemble, and Summer High School Theatre Camp.
The catalog also proves that you don’t have to stay in Wisconsin for a UW-Madison experience. Adventurers can sign up for educational travel groups led by Continuing Studies, including forays into Northern Tanzania and Patagonia.
For those who prefer to stick close to home, UW-Madison offers many online classes. Writers need only open their laptops to take “How to Write Compelling Fiction” or “Writing Your TV Pilot.” Other online options include “Mediation Techniques for Managing Conflict,” “Forgiveness: A Pathway to Emotional Healing,” and “How Music Works.”
So what are you waiting for? Find the catalog around Madison in the April 16 issue of Isthmus and venture through the Badger-red door for a summer’s worth of lifelong learning.