Community courses at SAU include theology, church life

By Anne Marie Amacher

An opportunity for adults to take a short class from among a variety of subject choices is available through the annual CommUniversity to be held Sundays in February at St. Ambrose University in Davenport.

CommUniversity was founded in 1979 and has offered courses on the St. Ambrose campus since 1980. The classes are taught by local experts, including faculty from Quad-City area colleges and universities, staff from museums and libraries, representatives from various religious groups and private citizens.

Participants can choose from 41 different courses. Subject areas include theology and church life, public affairs, arts and humanities, personal enrichment and regional studies.

Some of the offerings include Celtic Spirituality, Ancient Egyptian Religion, Art of American Gravestone, Book Binding, Basic Spanish, Beginning Knitting and Forgotten Founders of the Quad Cities.

The four-week program begins Feb. 5 in the Galvin Fine Arts Center with keynote speaker Mark Russell Smith, music director and conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Classes are held each Sunday in February from 2-4 p.m. across the St. Ambrose campus.

Cost for the four-week course is $35 and is non refundable (unless the class is cancelled).

Sponsors for the event include St. Ambrose University, Augustana College, Quad City Times, The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus, Humanities Iowa, Illinois Humanities Council and Putnam Museum. Grants were received by the Riverboat Development Authority and Scott County Regional Authority.

For more information call Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., at (309) 794-8900 or visit www.communiversity.org for a complete schedule and registration form. Deadline to register is Jan. 31.

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