Simpson University for Seniors

Simpson University for Seniors

Simpson University for Seniors is a series of month-long courses offered to adults of any age. Classes are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:20 – 11:20 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Owen Student Services Center on the Simpson University campus. The cost per course is $95 per person or $145 per married couple.

Participants can take classes in eight areas of study: history, science, literature, music and art, Bible, theology, and personal development. Space is limited, and students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is highly encouraged.

Check back in June for all new courses for 2017-18

  • Fall 2016 Courses

    September 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28

    10:20-11:20: A Wheel within a Wheel: The Book of Ezekiel: This course provides an introduction to the situation, language, and themes of the Book of Ezekiel, as well as an investigation into how it has been received by later readers. Presenter: Michael Lyons.

    11:30-12:30: Learning to Cope with Life’s Transitions: Whether the precipitating factor is the loss of health or wealth, divorce or rebellion of a child, a new location or vocation, transition can be a time of chaos and marginalization. A biblical worldview of autonomy, identity and fulfillment brings order and belonging in times of change. Presenter: Beth Dummer.

    October 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24

    10:20-11:20: The Minor Prophets: An overview of the last twelve books of the Old Testament called the Minor Prophets. These men were called by God to speak to their generations. However, their words contain timeless messages for us as well. Presenter: Glenn Schaefer.

    11:30-12:30: Growing up Under the Third Reich: A first-hand account of what it was like to be born in Berlin in the 30's and to grow up under the Nazi flag. Imagine what World War II was like for school children and their parents. The city was bombed from the air and then captured by the Russians in 1945. Experience it as the story is told in the first person. Presenter: Horst Christian.

    November 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23

    10:20-11:20: Outsmart Your iPhone: Your phone is not the boss of you: Remember when a blackberry was something you ate and a blue tooth was something you saw your dentist about? If your new smart phone has left you feeling not so smart, then this course is for you. The focus is exclusively on the iOS (iPhone) platform, so an iPhone or an iPad is required to get hands-on practice in class. Presenter: Ryan Belong.

    11:30-12:30: “God Wills It” – The Story of the Crusades: In 1095, Pope Urban II issued a call for Christian knights to redeem the Holy Land from the infidel Turks. The results were a bloody clash between the “Franks” and the “Turks,” the establishment of four Crusader States in “Outremer,” and an enduring enmity between Western “Christians” and Middle Eastern Muslims. This is the tragic story of the eight official crusades of the Crusader Era (1095 and 1291). Presenter: Don Claspill.

  • Spring 2017 Courses

    January 6, 9, 11, 13, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

    10:20-11:20: St. Paul: The Man and his Message. St. Paul is a figure in history that people perceive in a variety of ways. This course will discuss Paul and at least one of his letters in seeking to understand who he was and what he said. Presenter: Jack Painter.

    11:30-12:30 Healthy at Any Age: Mind, Body, and Spirit: This course will cover a fundamental approach to brain, body, and spirit health. Topics will include easy to follow exercises for the body and mind, innercise to uplift the spirit and reduce stress, and nutrition and meal planning ideas in a safe and fun setting created especially for adults in an effort to improve quality of life as we age. Presenter: Jami Hanna.

    February 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 22, 24

    10:20-11:20: Jane Austen: Wit, Wisdom, and World: An introduction and overview of noted English author Jane Austen through the study of three of her classic novels with particular focus on Pride and Prejudice. Featuring incisive social commentary seasoned with irony and wit, Austen's novels offer a variety of stories and characters that provide a window into living wisely and living well. Expect to read, discuss, and enjoy a great author. Presenter: Brian Larsen.

    11:30-12:30: Introduction to Biblical Archaeology: The scientific study of the material remains in the Holy Land that shed light on the historic, geographic and cultural context of the Bible. Archaeology—I dig it! Presenter: Glenn Schaefer.

    March 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24

    10:20-11:20: The Rise and Fall of the Two Greatest Civilizations of Central America: Although today most of Central America is called Mexico, the ancient culture by that name was overrun by the cruel and powerful Aztec civilization. As the Mexicas and other groups had driven off the less militaristic, but highly advanced Mayan culture, so they were made vassals of the Aztecs. And then the Spaniards appeared." Presenter: David Dummer.

    11:30-12:30: World War II: The Pacific Theater: World War II began with the Japanese invasion of China in 1937. Within five years the Japanese Empire had reached its maximum territorial extent, stretching from New Guinea to Alaska. This is the story of the rise and fall of the Japanese Empire (1930-1945) and of the titanic clash between Japanese militarism and American democracy. Presenter: Don Claspill.

    April 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28

    10:20-11:20: The History of Christianity in America: A survey of the Church in America from its beginnings in Europe to the present day. The focus will be on the people and influences that created the current religious scene. Presenter: Glenn Schaefer.

    11:30-12:30: Hello Islam! : An overview of the basic tenets, history, and modern state of Islam. It will include opportunities for students to process their thoughts and preconceptions of Islam and Muslims. If you'd like to be better equipped to engage with Muslims and understand the issues surrounding Islam, join us! This may bring the clarity you've hoped for! Presenter: Dawn Bulchandani.

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