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Journeys & Discoveries

At a glance

What: Classes, workshops, and programs to help you discover the world.

When: Winter/spring 2018

Questions: Contact Jessica Courtier or call 608-890-3626

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Educational Travel

Experience breathtaking scenery and landmarks, behind-the-scenes insight from experienced guides, and world-class performances.

Languages & Culture

High-quality language and culture instruction in many world languages for conversation, travel, or business.

Journeys and Discoveries

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
― Ursula K. Le Guin

Explore the world with classes in history, art, languages, writing, and more

Journeys often have itineraries, yet we can rarely guess all that we’ll learn along the way.

Take Charles Darwin, for example. He visited the Galápagos Islands in 1835 as a naturalist on a five-year sea voyage. But it wasn’t until over 20 years later—in 1859—that he published On the Origin of Species, a text that fundamentally changed the way we understand the world.

Make some discoveries of your own this year. Whether you are learning a language for a trip abroad, exploring the world through a history class, or sharing an epiphany in a writing course, Continuing Studies can guide you.

Where will your journey take you?

Emeritus Faculty Lectures: Eloquence and Eminence

Award-winning lectures by retired UW faculty known for their teaching excellence and scholarship. Free, open to the public.

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Evolution: Origins and Contemporary Questions

Explore the history of the idea of evolution, the significance of the Galápagos Islands, and cutting-edge research on the evolutionary history of humans.

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Odyssey Through Turkey

Turkey has been a crossroads of major civilizations for thousands of years. Discover stories of local customs, gastronomy, and modern life.

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Scientific Exploration in the Enlightenment: Captain Cook’s Voyages to the Pacific Ocean, 1768-1779

Using Cook’s three voyages to the Pacific, investigate what scientific expeditions hoped to accomplish and what kinds of new knowledge they yielded.

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Sketchbooks and Art Journals: The Artist’s Best Friends

Use sketchbooks and journals to experiment with new techniques, do warm-up exercises, solve problems, and capture ideas and feelings on the fly.

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Tuesday Morning Booktalks

Join other book lovers at the downtown Madison Public Library for exciting discussions of world literature. Extensive handouts provided.

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Writers’ Institute Pathways to Publication Conference

UW-Madison’s annual Writers’ Institute is a weekend of inspiration, education, and networking for writers. Join us and bring your writing to life!

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