Nourish Your Mind • Expert-led Workshops • No Pressure
We are excited to announce our Seventh Anniversary of Friday University. Over the years, nearly 1,000 students and dozens of faculty have spent Fridays together discussing everything from Pandas in China to Forgeries in the Art World. This year’s program features many Friday U favorites in addition to new faces, including a panel from The Times of Northwest Indiana, a PNW alum with expertise in Strategic Philanthropic Giving, and the past President of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Friday U alumni have suggested that PNW students be included on the program. Once again we listened, and students are on the program this year presenting on recent Study Abroad Trips to Cuba and Nicaragua.
A $90 registration fee for one Friday ($170 discounted rate for both Fridays) includes continental breakfast, two morning classes, lunch, and an afternoon class. Check-in and breakfast begins at 8:00 am in Alumni Hall, 3rd Floor of the Student Union & Library at the Hammond campus.
As always, there will be surprises and prizes along the way. See you in October!
- Registration is requested by October 2
- You will be contacted to confirm your registration.
- Walk-in registration is available but class availability is not guaranteed.
- No refunds will be made after the course begins.
- We reserve the right to cancel any class with low registration.
Friday, October 13 – 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Objectivity, Analysis and Discernment in the Age of Trump.
Instructors: Dr. Richard Rupp — Associate Professor of Political Science, Lisa Goodnight — Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Senior Dean of Students, and Dr. Prudence Gourguechon — Past President of the American Psychoanalytic Association
How do a political scientist, a scholar of communication, and a prominent psychiatrist maintain their professional objectivity when their personal values and beliefs are in conflict with the subjects of their analysis? While political commentators, media gurus, and pop psychologists are not expected to be “fair and balanced,” the professionals on this panel have been trained and schooled to objectively, dispassionately and rationally engage their chosen fields of inquiry. Maintaining this goal is challenging in the best of times, but these are not the best of times.
50 Shades of Color: The Fine Arts in Northwest Indiana
Instructor: Mrs. Judith Jacobi — Associate Vice Chancellor of University Art Collection and Special Programs
The Hammond Campus of Purdue University Northwest, like the Westville Campus, is now in possession of a magnificent art collection featuring abstract paintings and amazing sculptures thoughtfully placed throughout the buildings and grounds. Come join PNW’s Associate Vice Chancellor of University Art Collection, Judith Jacobi, for a guided tour. Judy will lead the class on a walk that will trace both the evolution and significance of the collection. Students will view more than 50 works of art, among them large bold abstracts, multi-media sculptures, and fine watercolors. View a contemporary spin on the traditional craft of painted eggs by Russian artist Gnady Troshkov. Contemplate a “quilt” whimsically comprised of discarded Chicago street signs. And be among the first public groups to see Winifred Godfrey’s monumental “Mayan Procession.” While not a strenuous hike, class participants should bring their walking shoes.
Friday, October 13 – 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
The Times Panel
Instructors: Mr. Chris White — Publisher at The Times of Northwest Indiana & News Team
You might hear about “fake news” from Washington, but there’s nothing fake about what The Times is reporting. The Media Company’s readership is soaring—fueled by mobile devices and social media—because readers want trusted regional news 24/7 from the news organization they have counted on for generations. Come meet The Times editors and reporters you have been reading for years. How do editors prioritize topics? How do journalists maintain their objectivity? How does the paper operate in the never-stop news cycle? The Times and the Region are charging forward
with game-changing projects like the South Shore rail expansion, transit-oriented development, environmental initiatives, and demands for better and more accountable government. These issues and more will fuel this first-ever Friday University guest panel.
The Aesthetics of Ruins: Old and New.
Instructor: Dr. Renee Conroy — Associate Professor of Philosophy
Political satirist P. J. O’Rourke observes, “Detroit’s industrial ruins are picturesque, like crumbling Rome in an 18th century etching.” There is substantive debate among academic aestheticians over whether O’Rourke’s claim should be taken literally.
In recent years, the disintegrating structures of the rust belt have inspired glossy coffee table books, organized tours, and international museum installations of a piece with those typical of canonical sites of ruination, such as Stonehenge and the Roman forum. In this class, we will explore recent cultural phenomena associated with “rust belt ruins,” considering how some dilapidated civic structures in places like Gary, Indiana and Detroit, Michigan put pressure on the standard philosophical view of ruin appreciation as a mode of aesthetic regard that is essentially connected to
age-value and the romantic sublime.
Lunch 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
Friday, October 13 – 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM
Adventures in Latin America
Instructor: Dr. Kenneth Kincaid, Associate Professor of History and Dr. Janet Davis, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Purdue University Northwest has a vibrant study abroad program that features yearly trips around the world. In the past two years, PNW faculty have led trips to Ghana, Oman, France, Spain, Great Britain, and Thailand. Study Abroad exposes students to an array of cultures and opportunities. Worlds open on these trips and new lives are launched. In recent years, PNW has made Latin America a focus of our interests.
Dr. Kenny Kincaid, Associate Professor of History, is recently back from Cuba with ten students (we haven’t lost one yet!) and Dr. Janet Davis, Assistant Professor of Nursing, spent a great week in June with a dozen nursing students in Granada, Nicaragua. Friday U Alumni have long asked for a class that includes younger PNW students. Well, this is the class for you! The faculty members will be joined by several students who will share their experiences and demonstrate the importance of travel at an early age. Friday U students will be encouraged to share their travel stories — we
need to keep these youngsters on the move!
A Taste of Thai
Instructor: Executive Chef Timothy O’Donnell
Additional $12 lab fee
Purdue Northwest’s award-winning chef, Timothy O’Donnell, will be joined by his top students in sharing the scintillating delights of fine Thai cuisine. Just back from a study abroad trip to Thailand, Chef O’Donnell and his students will explore the unique ingredients, elegant yet simple techniques, and the sometimes fiery recipes (no worries — there will be warning labels) of Thai cooking, one of the most distinctive of Southeast Asia.
You’ll learn to cook authentic versions of some of the country’s most popular recipes. Hosted in PNW’s state-of-the-art kitchens, Friday U students will be making Hot-and-Sour Shrimp Soup, Spring Rolls, Green Thai Curry with Chicken and Pad Thai. Yum Yum!
Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash
Instructor: Dr. Cathy Gillotti — Associate Professor of Communication
This year 1,500 students at Purdue University Northwest will be reading Edward Humes’ Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. This eye-popping book grapples with runaway individual and societal consumption, waste management, landfills, recycling, climate change and much more. Dr. Catherine Gillotti, Associate Professor of Communication, notes that Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “the first wealth is health.” As a specialist in health communication, Cathy will take Friday U students on a tour of Garbology focusing on the following questions:
What impacts do food manufacturing, packaging, and consumption have on our health? How does climate change impact our health? What is lurking in our landfills that is making us sick? What changes can we make to secure our personal wellness?
Students enrolling in this class are encouraged to have read the book and come to Friday U brimming with questions and commentary.
Friday, October 20 – 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Impact Investing: Unlocking New Resources for Northwest Indiana
Instructor: Mr. Ryan Strode — Director at Arabella Advisors, PNW Alumnus
Northwest Indiana has a robust philanthropic sector. How does the scale of resources available for improving the quality of life in our community compare to the challenges we work on every day? Impact investing — making for-profit investments that offer both a social and financial return — can help unlock exponentially more capital for good in northwest Indiana, contributing to economic development while strengthening the sustainability of the organizations we support. During this program we will explore impact investing in greater detail: what is it, how does it work, how can our assets help us achieve our mission?
Ryan Strode is a Senior Director at Arabella Advisors, where he plans and executes strategies for philanthropists and investors on environment-related projects. He holds an MA from the University of Chicago, is past president of Save the Dunes, and is a proud alumnus of Purdue University Northwest.
A Friday University First: Ballroom Dancing
Instructor: Dr. Vanessa Quinn — Professor of Biological Sciences
Kick up your heels and join Purdue Northwest biologist — and ballroom dancing coach — Dr. Vanessa Quinn on a tour of the great ballroom dancing styles. The magic happens in Alumni Hall. Vanessa will explore the history and significance of both international and American styles of dance. In the short space of 90 minutes, students will “master” the Foxtrot, Waltz, and Tango. No partner required. Dancing shoes encouraged. Awards for Best in Show, Best Legs, and, of course, The Dip.
Friday, October 20 – 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Post-Truth and Fake News: The New Logic of Political Belief
Instructor: Dr. John Rowan — Professor of Philosophy
Post-truth was the Oxford Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” for 2016. The concept is defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Despite the evident problems stemming from this approach, “post-truth” tactics seem to work — at least they did in 2016 — and the fact that examples of “fake news” ensue from it should not be surprising. So why are “post-truth” politics effective in contemporary American society? Are we experiencing an anti-Enlightenment? Can
anything be done about it, and if so, what? Professor John Rowan brings a sage philosopher’s eye to these Orwellian times and offers insights and explanations into the phenomena we are all experiencing.
The Future is Here: Science and Imagination at Purdue Northwest
Instructors: Professor Dr. Chenn Zhou —Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of Steel Manufacturing Simulation & Visualization Consortium, Director of Center for Innovation through Visualization & Simulation and Professor Jack Moreland, Senior Research Director
Come join the scientists and the researchers at Purdue University Northwest for a tour into the future. The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) is a nationally and internationally recognized institution that offers 21st Century technologies to create virtual worlds for innovative solutions that solve real-world problems. CIVS uses simulation to create real phenomena within a computer for predicting behaviors. Visualization allows CIVS to create 3-D imaging and virtual reality environments. Friday U students will be invited into the amazing CIVS Immersive Theater where they will see the 21st and even 22nd Century on display. Learn about the role PNW has played in modernizing the local steel industry’s blast furnace and the Center’s
impact on economic development and environmental quality in NWI and around the world.
Lobster Hormones: Real Science or Just Another Tasty Dinner?
Instructor: Dr. Chris Holford — Dean of The College of Engineering & Sciences
The American lobster (Homarus americanus) has become an iconic culinary delight. Would you believe that lobster meat was once was considered food for the paupers? This seminar will include an examination of the life history of lobsters, including the science behind reproduction, growth and development of these animals. The topic will also include a general discussion of the fishery, regulation of the lobster industry, and the role that science has played (or should have played) in these regulations. Whether you are interested in the science or just want to be the best informed guest at dinner, this seminar holds something for you.
Lunch 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
Friday, October 20 – 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM
Wine Tasting 101
Instructor: Professor Michael Flannery — Director of The White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Join Mike Flannery, Purdue University Northwest’s Director of The White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, for a Wine Tasting tour d’ force. Topics include the five S’s of Wine Tasting: Sight, Swirl, Smell, Sip, and Savor. In addition to sampling an array of wines, students will learn about pairing good wines with good food. Wines do not need to break the bank. Great and affordable wines will be discussed. Mike is no wine snob — but he knows good wine and how to enjoy the entire experience!
Is Shakespeare’s Merchant Of Venice Anti-Semitic?
Instructor: Mr. Mitchell Brown
The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakepeare’s supreme masterpieces. It is also one of his most controversial works. Over the centuries it has been used as an exemplar of racism as well as a plea for tolerance. Which is correct?
In this class, we will take the classic ‘Great Books’ approach, and do a close analysis of the text, and nothing but the text, to arrived at our conclusions. A wide-ranging discussion will allow us to see the play in all its complexity.
For this class to be most successful, the student will have read the play before the discussion. Any edition will work as long as it has good footnotes. The Folger Library edition is particularly recommended.
If the student is unable to read the play beforehand, a viewing of the 2004 film with Al Pacino is a good substitute. At the very least, reading through a thorough synopsis of the play is recommended.
Jazz: The 20th Century Theme Song for America
Instructor: Dr. Neil Nemeth — Associate Professor of Communication
Jazz has been described as America’s classical music and our country’s most significant contribution to the history of music. Other observers have called the 20th century “the jazz century.” This lecture will explore the history of jazz through its business practices, technological developments, and cultural/entertainment/political considerations. We will highlight the careers of some of the major performers and composers. We will also examine jazz in the present time and the prospects for the future. The instructor has taught jazz history at Purdue University Northwest and is a longtime fan of the music, having met many of the contemporary performers during the past 30 years. An optional book may be ordered on your own for the class: Ted Gioia, How to Listen to Jazz (New York: Basic Books, 2016). ISBN: 13-978-0-465-06089-4