Emeritus Society Fall 2022

  • Emeritus Society Fall 2022

About the Emeritus Society

The goal of the Emeritus Society is to provide stimulating noncredit opportunities for adult learners of all ages. The program provides a learning environment that affirms the unique attributes that the adult learner brings to the classroom – delight in the joy of learning, intellectual savvy, and substantive life experience. Students are encouraged and supported in pursuing their intellectual interests with like-minded peers. Our college-level courses are designed to satisfy a hunger for intellectual nourishment without the pressure of tests and grades.

This spring the program is excited to offer courses and lectures taught by outstanding UNC Greensboro noted for their scholarship and engaging classroom style. We hope you will find one or more of interest and join us.


Please be sure that the email address you provide is current. That email will be used to send you a course confirmation with more details and invite you to enter Zoom meetings (if applicable). In the weeks before classes start, you will be sent an introduction to Zoom materials. In addition, staff will be available a half-hour before the first class for orientation help. 

Emeritus Society courses are open to people of all ages and educational backgrounds. The program is a self-supporting arm of the University. Class fees, not tax dollars, are used to meet costs for the program. Each course costs $140.

You are registered only when payment is received. Register early to avoid inconvenience. Late registrants could miss important announcements such as last-minute changes in location. Instructors may not have enough materials for those registering late. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. If the class you want is filled, we keep a waiting list. Partial registrations to attend portions of the classes cannot be accepted. Detailed information on class location and parking will be supplied upon confirmation.

Please note: The charge will appear on your statement as being from Emeritus Society or SERVE, Inc.


To receive a refund, a written request must be received (emeritus@serve.org) prior to the first class meeting. A $5 processing fee will be deducted from the refund. Cancellation requests received after the first class meeting but before the second meeting will receive a full refund minus a $15 cancellation fee.


If you experience any issues registering please call (336) 740-0211 or email us at emeritus@serve.org.


    Emeritus Society Kick Off

    Towards Global History of Science:  From Afro-Eurasia to the Americas

    Course Details

    Dr. Ali will share an encompassing (sweeping, majestic!) history of science through the biographies of half a dozen figures across Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas

    Tuesday, 11:00 am–noon

    September 6

    Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

    No Charge, but Registration is Requested

    Omar H. Ali is Dean of Lloyd International Honors College at UNC Greensboro. He received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University after graduating from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A world historian with a focus on the global African Diaspora, he is a former Carnegie Foundation North Carolina Professor of the Year and was inducted into the national scientific research honors society Sigma Xi in 2022. He has served as a Research Associate in UNC Greensboro's Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative, led by Dr. Nadja Cech, with whom he regularly teaches a seminar entitled "How do we know what we know?: Power, Epistemology, and Methodology."

     Total Art: Everything and Everywhere

    Course Details

    As 19th-century western societies moved away from traditional economies and toward those offered by industrialization, their arts were pushed into a state of crisis.  Was culture to be pulled into becoming part of the dazzling but ahistorical technological solutions that were everywhere transforming life, or should it remain apart, the standard bearer of centuries of tradition?   Join the shocks that were landing daily or remain a serene refuge?  Or might not some take the best practices from both and fuse them into new forms of expression?  Well, we all know how the debate came out, but shall we examine the splendid major battles?

    Framing the study:
    Gesamptkunstwerk; Aesthetic Movement; English Arts and Crafts; American Arts and Crafts; Art Nouveau; Glasgow School; Jugendstil; Deutscher Werkbund;
    Secession; Futurism

        1. Introduction: The Way We Were Shocked to Pieces             
        2. Aestheticism: Seeing Beyond the Masses
        3. Arts and Crafts: Everything Old is New Again
        4. Art Nouveau: Nature on Steroids
        5. Glasgow: Spooks in Scotland - Germany and Austria: The Teutonic Take
        6. Fate Shows Her Cards:  The Future Revealed

      Mondays, 2:00–3:30 pm

      September 19–October 24

      Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

      Richard Gantt (MS, UNC Chapel Hill, MFA, UNC Greensboro) is retired from the UNC Greensboro Department of Art where he taught art history for more than 30 years. His many research interests include architecture, landscape, and urban design of 17th century France, and 17th and 18th-century architecture, urban planning, and nationalist agendas in early modern London.

       Fascism, Then and Now

      Course Details
      “Fascism” and “fascist” have resurfaced in the vocabulary of American political discourse.  More and more, these terms are being used to characterize the values and visions of various public figures and political action groups (and not always as terms of opprobrium).  Is there sufficient justification for this?  What exactly is meant by such characterizations?  To answer these questions, we will look in this class at the origins, leading ideas, and history of 20th-century fascism, primarily in post-World War I Italy and Germany but elsewhere as well.  We will try to see if indeed the circumstances which contributed to the rise of fascism in those countries and elsewhere have present-day analogues in the United States (and elsewhere).  And further, 1) whether or not proposals, policies, and processes espoused by various contemporary figures and groups are indeed “fascist” and 2) whether there is a fascist future for the United States (and/or other countries).
          1. What is Fascism?  Backgrounds, Contexts, and Philosophical formulations
          2. Fascism in practice: Italy
          3. Fascism in practice: Germany
          4. Fascism in practice: Other Manifestations
          5. Fascism in Contemporary Politics
          6. Fascism in the Future?

      Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30 am

      September 27–November 1

      Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

      Stephen Ruzicka (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is a Professor of History at UNC Greensboro. He is the recipient of the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. As an ancient historian, he writes about the 4th century B.C., but he likes to talk about everything.

       Europe & the Modern World

      Course Details

      This course looks at the history of Europe from a global perspective beginning around the time of the French Revolution in 1789 and continuing into the twenty-first century. We will focus primarily on Great Britain, France, Germany, and Russia and how these countries have interacted with each other and the rest of the world. European nations frequently appear in current events, so our primary question will be, “Why does Europe still matter?”

          1. Representation
          2. Exploitation
          3. Total War
          4. Germany
          5. Genocide
          6. Human Rights

        Tuesdays, 12:00–1:30 pm

        September 20–November 1 (no class October 11) 

        Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

        Joseph A. Ross (Ph.D., UNC Greensboro) is a lecturer in UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History at Wake Forest University. He has received teaching support from the Mellon Foundation Initiative, UNCG’s University Teaching & Learning Commons, and UNC’s Summer School.

         Emerging Trends in Aging Research

        Course Details

        In the next 50 years, what will aging look like? The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060. Soon the number of elders (65 million) is expected to surpass that of children age 13 and under (58 million) for the first time in history. What lies ahead, as society responds to this unprecedented demographic shift? This course explores current and future trends in aging. Our topics will include:

            1. Generations- Are they real?
            2. Longevity and the New Map of Life- How to make the most of 100 years?
            3. Diversity- Are the faces of aging changing?
            4. Ecotherapy- A realistic alternative to traditional medicine?
            5. Brain Health- Will a public health approach prevent dementia?
            6. Participant Choice (Technology, Age-Friendly, Care and Family, Work and Retirement, Sexual Health, Choice in Navigating Loss)

          Wednesdays, 2:00–3:30 pm

          September 28–November 9 (no class October 5)

          Christ United Methodist Church

          Elise Eifert (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro) is the Director of the UNCG Gerontology program. Her research interests focus on how individuals transition into a family caregiver role, and how that transition affects identity and their use of home and community-based services. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, craft beer, and listening to live music.

          Chantelle Caro (Ph.D., University of South Florida) is an assistant professor in the Gerontology program. Her research interests include quality of life among older adults, sexual activity and health, intergenerational relationships and health, and social networks in later life.

           Rock Music: History and Analysis

          Course Details

          Many of us grew up listening to rock and pop music on the radio. We all have our favorite performers. Some prefer a country style.  Some lean toward the blues.  Some like it loud and heavy. But how and when did rock music actually come into being? More importantly, as one of the most popular forms of music in the 20th century, how does it fit into the American cultural landscape? This series will provide a brief look into rock music’s origins and development. We will explore its diverse history. We will learn how to identify its stylistic characteristics.  We will discuss its social, cultural, and political implications, and we will situate key performers and visionaries into historical contexts. In short, we will learn that Rock Music history is American history.  (Note: Course may contain offensive language and material.  It’s rock and roll!)

              1. Rock Roots and the Renegades of the 1950s
              2. The 1960s – Transition and Invasion
              3. The 1960s – Soul-town
              4. The 1960s – Peace, Love, and Exploration
              5. The 1970s – Looking Backward and Forward
              6. The 1980s and Beyond

            Thursdays, 10:00–11:30 am

            September 29–November 3 

            Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

            Brian Carter (DMA, University of Michigan) is a Lecturer at the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Music. Prior to recently returning to his home of Greensboro, he was a professional opera and classical concert singer, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Music at Washington State University where he specialized in Vocal Studies and Literature, and History of Rock Music. 

             Health News

            Course Details

            We make decisions every day about medical issues that affect us.  We are bombarded with advice about what we should do: what we should eat, which preventive medications we should take, etc. It’s difficult to know what information is trustworthy and what is exaggerated or even “fake news.” The goal of this class is to discuss some of the recent developments in biomedical science and health and to understand how those developments affect our own lives.  The topics will depend on recent advances and will also depend on the interests of the participants in the class.  Likely topics include new cancer tests and treatments; assessing the threat of viral diseases, such as monkeypox; strategies for reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and for treating the disease; and recent progress in transplanting animal organs into human patients.  For most topics, the Cannons will provide (via email) a recent article from the New York Times or a similar source, for participants to read.

            No expertise in science or medicine is needed in order to join the discussion. Participants must provide a working email address. 

            Thursdays, 2:00–3:30 pm

            September 22–November 3 (no class October 13)

            Christ United Methodist Church

            Janne Cannon (Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill) is a Professor Emerita of Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Her research and teaching at UNC-CH focused on genetics and on infectious diseases.  After retiring from UNC-CH, she taught a course for several years on “Plagues” for undergraduates in the Honors Program at UNCG; she also teaches courses on science and health for the Shepherd’s Center and the UNCG Emeritus Society.

            Rob Cannon (Ph.D., University of Delaware) is a Professor Emeritus of Biology at UNCG. His research and teaching were focused on microbiology, immunology, and virology.  He also taught for the Honors Program and was graduate director for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Program.  This fall will mark 50 years of teaching at UNCG for him. He’s a private pilot and dreams of being the Chief Test Passenger for Boom Supersonic when they come to Greensboro. 


             The Modern History of Ukraine

            Course Details

            Located in the heart of central Europe, Ukraine, which means “frontier region” or “borderlands,” has been a contested part of the world for many years. This course will examine its modern history, looking briefly at its early roots, focusing on its historical relationship with Russia and the rise of Ukrainian nationalism in the 19th century; the defining tragedies of the Soviet period such as the famine (Holodomor) of the early 1930s and World War II; and the eventual rise of independent Ukraine and the challenges it has faced in the last three decades, with a focus on the current conflict underway there. 

                1. Background: Kyivan Rus and After
                2. The Rise of Ukrainian Nationalism
                3. Soviet Ukraine: Holodomor (1932-33)
                4. World War II in Soviet Ukraine (1941-1945)
                5. The End of Soviet Ukraine & Post-Soviet Ukraine
                6. Conflict & War in Ukraine (2014-2022)

              Thursdays, 2:00–3:30 pm

              October 13–November 17 

              Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

              Jeff Jones, a native of the mountains who grew up in nearby Liberty, NC,  completed his Ph.D. in 2000 at UNC-Chapel Hill and is currently an Associate Professor of Russian-Soviet and contemporary world history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His first book is entitled Everyday Life and the ‘Reconstruction’ of Soviet Russia During and After the Great Patriotic War, 1943-1948, and he is currently completing a book entitled Smoke, Mirrors and Memories: Varying Views of the Soviet-Afghan War, 1979-1989, forthcoming in 2023. Jones traveled through Ukraine many times in the 1990s and lived there doing research in Kyiv, Ukraine for six weeks during the summer of 2015.


               Schubert: His Life and Music

              Course Details

              A few years ago, NY Times music critic, Anthony Tommasini, published his top-ten ranking of “classical music” composers.  It began with Bach, followed by Beethoven, Mozart—and Schubert!  Sadly, Schubert’s short life was lived in relative obscurity due to Beethoven’s prominence in the musical world of Vienna.  Schubert was blessed with the constant support of a group of educated, dedicated friends.  After his death, other composers recognized his genius and were influenced by his musical lyricism and spontaneity.  Born 225 years ago in 1797 near Lichtenthal—a tiny village outside Vienna—it is an appropriate year to celebrate this composer, his music, and his life. 

                  1. Songs
                  2. Chamber Music
                  3. Sacred Music
                  4. Piano Music
                  5. Song Cycles
                  6. Symphonies

                Fridays, 2:30–4:00 pm

                September 30–November 4 

                UNCG Music Building

                Dr. Greg Carroll is Professor Emeritus in the UNCG School of Music where he taught music theory, composition, history and literature from 1981-2020.  He graduated with a  BA in music at St. John’s University (MN), and MM and PhD in Composition/Theory at the University of Iowa.  Prior to coming to UNCG he taught at The University of Iowa and Indiana State.  He was the first winner of the Outstanding Teacher Award in the School of Music in 1995 and the first recipient of UNCG’s Excellence in Online Education Award in 2010.  Greg continues to scholarly engage with the Greensboro musical community, giving lectures for the Eastern Music Festival and the Greensboro Symphony.

                 ONLINE ZOOM COURSE

                There’s No Place Like Home

                Course Details

                Home is complicated. Whether it’s longed for or escaped from, whether lived in or imagined in dreams, home and its contradictions have fired the imaginations of writers from Homer to the Allman Brothers. We’ll unpack some of the complications and contradictions about home by reading writers from a wide spectrum of American life.  We’ll hear from musicians too, and perhaps begin a piece of writing ourselves by the end of the class.

                    1. Dorothy’s Dilemma:  Concepts of home
                    2. Home as Lost and Found: Immigrant experiences
                    3. Home as Idea: Preserving and defending home
                    4. Home as Escape: To stay or to leave
                    5. Oh, give me a home: The music of place
                    6. You can’t take it with you: Home as funny

                  From Hungry Hearts: Stories of the Jewish-American Immigrant Experience, Anzia Yezierska
                  From Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
                  From The Affairs of the Falcons,  Melissa Rivero
                  The Yellow House, Sarah Broome
                  A Land More Kind than Home, Wiley Cash
                  You Can’t Take it With You, George Kaufman and Moss Hart

                  Selected poems and speeches

                  Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

                  September 21 - November 2 (no class October 5)

                  In-Person & Zoom

                  September 21 will meet in person at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 10:00 am–12:00 pm, with a Zoom option available.  

                  All other classes will be held on Zoom only.

                  Hephzibah Roskelly (Ph.D., University of Louisville) is Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and Composition. She is the recipient of the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award and the UNC Board of Governor’s Teaching Excellence Award.


                  Adverse Weather and Class Cancellations

                  When the university closes due to adverse weather (such as ice and/or snow, or other conditions) Emeritus Society classes are cancelled as well. Details can be found on the UNCG homepage (www.uncg.edu) or by dialing one of the following numbers:

                  Adverse Weather Line (336-334-4400)

                  Campus Switchboard (336-334-5000)

                  Details are also available on the Triad’s four television stations: WFMY-TV (News 2), WGHP-TV (Fox 8), WXII-TV (News Channel 12) and WXLV (ABC 45). Some area radio stations also have information.

                  When the university decides to remain open but Emeritus Society classes are cancelled, you will be notified of the cancellation by Serve, Inc.

                  $ 140.00

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