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Fall 2017 Courses

The Cosmos: A History of Modern Astronomy, Professor Darin Hayton.

6 Wednesdays, September 27 - November 1, 2017, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the  Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut).  The invention of the telescope in the early 17th century made it possible for astronomers to see things that had never been seen before.  This course will look at how new observations —from Galileo’s discovery of the moons of Jupiter to Hubble’s discovery of the expanding universe—challenged accepted ideas about the size, age and the very nature of the universe. 

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first class.

A Selective History of 19th Century American Entomology, Professor Greg Cowper.

6 Wednesdays, October 4 - November 8, 2017, 6:15 - 7:45 PM. Fishtown Community Branch of the Free Library, 1217 East Montgomery Ave.  This class will examine the field of Entomology, the study of insects, through the lens of 19th Century America, and chronologically explore the entomologists, their work, the science, and the insects that were influential in this important era of discovery.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first class.

The Science Behind Global Warming, Professor Kevin Cannon.

6 Mondays, October 16 – November 27, 2017 , 6:30 - 7:45 PM. Falls of Schuylkill Neighborhood Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 3501 Midvale Avenue (at Warden Drive).   This course explores the science that is associated with global warming, and examines the evidence pointing to ongoing global warming and the modeling techniques used to predict the warming trend.  The course will present relevant scientific information to help participants make informed public policy choices.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first class.

 

Past Courses

Winter / Spring 2017 Courses

Plants under Glass: The history, management and practical applications of greenhouses, Professor Karen Snetselaar.

6 Tuesdays, January 17 - February 21, 2017, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.). Learn all about greenhouses – types, uses and their history. Different kinds of greenhouses will be considered, including conservatories used for botanical plant collections and greenhouses for the production of food.  Practical solutions for home gardeners, such as cold frames and other season-extenders, will also be discussed.  

This course requires preregistration and is currently full.

A Physics Smorgasbord: Topics in Contemporary Physics, Professor Paul J. Angiolillo.

6 Mondays, January 23 - March 6, 2017, 6:30 - 7:45 PM. Falls of Schuylkill Neighborhood Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 3501 Midvale Avenue (at Warden Drive). Learn about the latest advances in physics, including evidence of the Higgs boson, new extrasolar planets and the discovery of exotic states of matter.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first class.

Viruses from the Inside Out, Professor Joseph B. Rucker.

6 Wednesdays, January 25 - March 1, 2017, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). This course will be a biochemist’s view of how  viruses work.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first class.

Evolution: Process and Pattern, Professor Jason Downs.

8 Saturdays, January 28 - March 18, 2017, 10:30 AM to Noon. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia.

This course will provide a deeper understanding of the concept of evolution and how evolutionary processes have shaped the history of life.

This course requires preregistration and is currently full.

Trees of Philadelphia, Professor David Hewitt.

6 Tuesdays, March 28 - May 2, 2017, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.).

This course will provide an overview of our urban forest, with a focus on the trees of Philadelphia.  There will be in-depth discussion of tree species including identification, physiology, growth and ecology.

This course requires preregistration and is currently full.

Molecular Medicine and You, Professor Michael McCann.

6 Wednesdays, March 29 – May 3, 2017, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). This course will examine the field of molecular medicine and how it has - and will - continue to impact human health.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first class.

 

 

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