Lifelong learning is a breeze at Stranmillis
This month Stranmillis University College launches its new Autumn Lifelong Learning programme. Day and evening classes range from history to ethics, wine appreciation and genealogy.
History is deeply embedded on our historic campus with a particular focus on Irish and local history and archaeology in response to popular demand.
This month sees the launch of a 10-week evening course, The Road to the 1916 Rising, by myself as resident historian. On the same theme, Dr Eoin Clarke's Women of the Revolution looks at the impact of such figures as Countess Markievicz and the Tyrone Methodist poetess Alice Milligan. On social history, Dr Des O'Reilly explores Great Irish Estates and Demesnes.
For those who prefer to explore the past on foot, why not try our popular Old Belfast heritage walking course, or Plunkett Campbell's popular tour of the linen houses of the Bann Valley?
Fresh from his recent digs in ancient Carrickfergus, archaeologist Ruairi O'Baoill offers several courses on Ulster archaeology, as well as Irish Archaeological Discoveries - including the priceless Broighter Gold Collar, unearthed near Limavady.
There is a host of language classes, from Arabic to Italian, while, for literary buffs, Anne Taylor discusses the novels of EM Forster. Visual arts feature strongly, with sketching, painting, felt-making and the history of renaissance art, among others.
Retired physician Professor Dennis Johnston asks How Drugs Work.
Other options include global climate change, computer awareness, pilates and yoga.
For further details, contact Suvi or Zoe on 028 9038 4345, or visit the Stranmillis website at www.stran.ac.uk
DR EAMON PHOENIX
Head of Lifelong Learning, Stranmillis University College