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?

At a glance

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

When: Winter/spring 2018

Questions? Contact Jessica Courtier at or 608-890-3626

New Plant Discoveries and Landscape Designs: Renaissance Gardens Past and Present

Feb 1-22

Take a virtual tour of contemporary re-created Renaissance gardens and learn how new and old world discoveries of edible, medicinal, and decorative plants in the 16th and 17th centuries revolutionized horticultural practice and spurred scientific inquiry across Western Europe.

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

Feb 6-27

Using Cook's three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, we investigate what 18th century scientific expeditions hoped to accomplish, how they were carried out, and what kinds of new knowledge they yielded.

Sketchbooks and Art Journals: The Artist's Best Friends

Feb 21-Apr 11

Use a variety of materials in sketchbooks and journals to experiment with new techniques, do warm-up exercises, solve problems, create studies for future paintings, or capture ideas and feelings on the fly.

Odyssey through Turkey

Mar 7-28

Turkey is a bridge between Europe and Asia; learn about its Byzantine and Ottoman monuments, Cappadocia's rock-cut churches and subterranean villages, Greco-Roman jewels of the Aegean Coast, and the Southern Coast's ancient Lycian cities.

The War on Evolution: Why Does It Continue?

Mar 11

An Eloquence and Eminence talk by Ronald Numbers.

Tuesday Morning Booktalks: Journeys Without End

Apr 3-17

Join other book lovers for exciting discussions of world literature. Includes discussion of Seasons of Migration to the North by Tayib Saleh, The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, and The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami.

Evolution: Origins and Contemporary Questions

Apr 5-26

Explore the history of the idea of evolution, the significance of the Galápagos Islands in their historical and contemporary settings, and cutting-edge research on the evolutionary history of human life.

Writers’ Institute Pathways to Publication conference

Apr 12-15

4 days of education, entertainment, and writing inspiration.

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