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UA Humanities seminars: profound topics, no tests

The University of Arizona’s Humanities Seminars program presents learning opportunities for seniors this summer ranging from ancient myth to modern global environmental law. All of the four- or five-week courses are taught by UA professors.

Five perspectives on the core issues in environmental law will be taught by professors from the UA’s James E. Rogers College of Law. These will include how various aspects of water law, international trade, (invasive) species migration and climate change impact aspects of environmental law. Classes will meet Thursdays, May 2 to 30.

Also in May, Professor J. Pat Willerton will lead “Russia in Search of a National Idea” and will examine current political systems, institution building, elites and socioeconomic conditions in light of 1,000 years of the “Russian soul.” Classes meet Tuesdays, May 7 to 28.

“What’s the value of a ‘good’ argument?” Thomas Miller, professor of English, will define that and other aspects of classical rhetoric, ethics and politics, from Plato to the present in “For the Sake of Argument.” Classes meet Thursdays, June 6 to 27.

What was it like to be a Roman in the ancient world? David Soren, Regents Professor of anthropology, classics and art history will provide the answers in “Roman Archaeology: Myth and Reality.” Classes meet Mondays, July 8 to 29.

Dante’s “Paradiso,” the culmination of “Divine Comedy,” illustrates the perfect nature of the universe. Professor Fabian Alfie, head of the department of Italian and French, discusses the historical references in the work as well as the philosophical framework. Classes meet Wednesdays, July 10 to 31.

Peter Medine, professor of English, will lead a study of Shakespeare’s history plays from the period 1400-1420 that includes Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2 and Henry V. Classes meet Thursdays, Aug. 1 to 29.

Tuition ranges from $85 to $135.

All courses take place in the Dorothy Rubel Room in the Helen S. Schaefer Building at 1508 E. Helen St., one block north of Speedway Blvd. and three blocks west of Campbell Ave. Parking is available in the Highland Garage across the street from the classroom. For information on each course and a short video of the professors in action, go to For more information, call program coordinator Kerstin Miller at 626-7845.