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Fall 2016 Courses

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

6 Wednesdays, September 21-November 2, 2016, 6:15 - 7:45 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut).  The history of astronomy is a journey through foreign lands populated with cultures that struggled to understand the heavens, as we still struggle to do today. This course will explore some of these cultures to learn why they invested considerable time and effort in studying the heavens and the uses to which they put their knowledge of the stars and planets.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

FIELD COURSE

Wild City Plants, Professor Alfred E. Schuyler.

First class: Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:30 - 7:45 PM, at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. 5 Saturdays: September 24, October 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2016, 10AM - 1PM in different parts of Philadelphia. This field class will take 5 Saturday walks to different sites in Philadelphia and will focus on plants that grow wild in disturbed habitats and places densely populated by humans. 

This course requires preregistration and is limited to 25 students.

Pre-registration opens on Monday, September 12, 2016.

Register online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

Location information will be provided at the first class.  Due to space limitations, preference will be given to people who can attend all 6 class meetings.

Urban Entomology, Professor Greg Cowper.

6 Mondays, October 17-November 21, 2016, 6:15 - 7:45 PM. Fishtown Community Branch of the Free Library, 1217 East Montgomery Ave.  An introduction to entomology – the study of insects – in the context of urban Philadelphia.  Insects collected around the city will provide a framework for discussing metamorphosis, morphology, classification and behavior.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

 

Past Courses

Spring 2016 Courses

Urban Plant Ecology, Professor David Hewitt.

6 Tuesdays, March 29 - May 3, 2016, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.). This course will cover the basics of plant ecology, with a focus on principles especially relevant to plants growing in urban (and sub-urban) areas in and around Philadelphia.

This course requires preregistration.

This course is full.

Add your name to the waitlist online here or call 215-763-6529, ext. 23.

Evolution in Action, Professor Mary Beth Davis.

6 Wednesdays, March 30 - May 4 2016, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). This course will examine case studies of the natural history of individual species and consider how information from molecular studies can provide insight into evolutionary change.  

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

 

Winter 2016 Courses

Agriculture for City Folks, Professor Karen Snetselaar.

6 Tuesdays, January 19 - February 23, 2016, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.). This course will provide an overview of agricultural practices and background on how food is grown and processed so we can make informed judgments about issues relating to food and farming.

This course requires preregistration.

This course is full.

Add your name to the waitlist online here or call 215-763-6529, ext. 23.

“If You Are What You Eat, Why Aren’t I A Cheeseburger?” Musings on Nutrition by a (Portly) Biochemist, Professor Michael McCann.

6 Wednesdays, January 20 - February 24, 2016, 6:30 - 7:45 PM. Falls of Schuylkill Neighborhood Branch of the Free Library, 3501 Midvale Avenue (at Warden Drive). This course will address some of the major issues related to human nutrition, including a discussion of ongoing areas of debate within the popular press.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

Biochemistry of Your Medicine Cabinet, Professor Joseph B. Rucker.

6 Wednesdays, January 27 - March 2, 2016, 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 common medicines work. Each week will focus on a different drug or class of drugs, how they were discovered, and how they act at the molecular and cellular level.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

Human Physiology, Professor Jason Downs.

8 Saturdays, January 30 to March 19, 2016, 10:30 AM to Noon. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia.

Human physiology is the study of human bodily functions and the mechanisms behind those functions. This course will approach the subject at multiple scales of biology—from the tiniest movement of ions across cell membranes to the transport of materials throughout the body to the behaviors that connect us to one another, to other species, and to our planet.

This course requires preregistration.

This course is full.

Add your name to the waitlist online here or call 215-763-6529, ext. 23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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