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Sept. 20, 2012

COPY BY:    Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@mail.wtamu.edu

WTAMU’s ELS Class to Examine Renaissance Europe

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s Eternal Learning Series (ELS) will examine how the Renaissance attempted to fashion a positive “humanistic” view with a fall course on “Orations on the Dignity of Man: Men, Ideas and Ideals in Renaissance Europe” beginning Oct. 10 at the Amarillo Center.

ELS is offered through WTAMU’s Office of Continuing Education for adult learners interested in challenging, innovative topics with stimulating and spirited discussions. The class will meet Wednesdays from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Oct. 10-31 in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. No homework or grades will be given. The deadline to register for the course is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Dr. David Baum, director of the Remnant Trust at WTAMU, will lead the class. He will look at the Renaissance ‘humanistic” view of society, religion, art and politics and how those efforts worked. ELS students also will examine the role Giovanni Pico, Machiavelli, Thomas More, Michelangelo, Michel Montaigne and Shakespeare played during this cultural movement.

Baum oversees Remnant Trust-focused courses at WTAMU and promotes the Remnant Trust through outreach programs across the Texas Panhandle. He earned his Ph.D. at Yale and has held teaching positions at various universities including New York University and the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani. He currently serves a joint appointment as the John W. Ryan Scholar in Residence at the Remnant Trust and as a professor of humanities at WTAMU.  

The cost for the course is $50. For more information about registration or other course offerings, call the WTAMU Office of Continuing Education at 806-651-2037.



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