Courses

In today's age, having internet is critical to enjoying all the benefits of the newest gadgets; however, it can be incredibly frustrating when it doesn't work correctly. This exciting course will cover the differences between the three leading internet providers (Centurylink, Optimum, Metronet), how WiFi works, the best equipment to use, and how to always get the best connection at home. At the end of this course, there will be a question-and-answer portion to any tech-related questions.



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Discover the fascinating world of birds with over 200 species of exotic ducks, geese, swans, parrots, pheasants, cranes, flamingos and more! View Eastern North Carolina's native wildlife and wetlands from a new perspective atop the scenic Bird's Nest tree house. An educational program entitled "Bird Ecology and Biology" will be provided by our guide.



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This course introduces the religion of Islam in historic and contemporary perspectives. Participants will learn the basic terms of Islamic jurisprudence, leading them to an understanding of Islam and the beliefs and practices of Muslims. Course topics will include reasons for understanding Islam, the life and ministry of Muhammad, the Qur'an, the central beliefs and principal practices, status of women in Islam, Muslim community in history, Muslim personal and communal life, and diversity in Islam.



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People want to be healthy and happy. Instead they are stressed out, depressed, and feel isolated. Do you want to bring more joy and laughter into your life? Laughter Yoga is a revolutionary idea - simple and profound. Join us for a fun exercise and learning experience!



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In this workshop we will be working with collage to create post cards for loved ones. This will be a time to investigate curiosity and playfulness. Minimal skills are required. We will use simple tools such as glue, paper, and scissors to create cutout collage post cards. I hope that during our time together each one of you will be able to step into a world of curiosity with the use of collage to create a story, a sense of design, and a sense of communication. Collage is a great way to explore or express gender, nature, politics, and beauty. It's a sense of storytelling. I have included some images of playful postcards that I do each day. I consider it my spiritual practice to create post cards each day, sending them to loved ones as a way to stay connected and share my curiosity.



Let's start the discussion about Advance Care Planning together at this special Lunch and Learn event with Vicki T. Dougherty and Mary Lou Infinito. If you are over 18, you should have an end-of-life plan; do you? What kind of care would you like? Who should be involved in decision making about your health in case of an emergency? Who would you like to make decisions about your care on your behalf? And why is it so hard to talk about this? All of these questions are a part of an essential empowerment process that you will not want to miss. Participants will have the unique chance to learn more and select topics of interest which will be expanded upon in the two follow up workshops. You'll also have the opportunity to complete two essential forms: Health Care Power of Attorney and a Living Will.



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This class is a focused introduction to art quilting led by Marie Hamra at the Greenville Museumof Art's Education Building. You will create a memorial or family quilt pattern through differenttechniques such as applique, embellishments, and other quilting methods that allow room forcreative exploration and reflection. You will be able to leave with a customized art quilt that will havea lifetime full of memories.



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We all need cards for various life occasions, and they have become costly. Learn how to make high quality cards yourself with a little time and instruction! This knowledge will last a lifetime and a skill you can pass on and share with others! Show you care and stay connected!



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"This Private Tour introduces you to the Duke Lemur Center, its three-fold mission, and its residents-including approximately 17 of the amazing lemurs that call the DLC home, representing at least eight different species! The Private Tour is a personalized tour with one dedicated tour guide just for our group. Got an enthusiastic, lemur-loving person in your family that is sure to keep us busy with fantastic questions? What about a curious, nature-loving group of friends looking for a fun activity? This tour experience is perfect for any age range or familiarity with lemurs. The Duke Lemur Center requires mask be worn throughout the tour of the facility.*This tour will include a van ride to the research center, moderate amount of walking over terrain to view the exhibits. These are natural habitat locations, please be mindful- the terrain may not be dry, level-ground. Lunch will be provided in Durham.Bring a camera, mask, and appropriate walking shoes.



As we transition through the milestones of our life, we often think about what we would change. We like to remember our successes and memories most treasured., but failures also need to named and shared with others. Many families tell and re-tell the funny moments as children grow, leave home, and begin walking through their own milestones. Our professional lives also experience humor, disappointment, and important events leading to success or failure. There is something about the human spirit that wants to share stories, document, and preserve the story of our life. In this class, we review basic skills and technique in writing narrative nonfiction. Each week a different era in our lives will be emphasized. As we share our stories, there is gratification in knowing others have lived out their lives in similar ways. We also recognize the importance of diversity in the human story. A variety of tools and resources for self-publication will be presented during the final session(s) of the class.



Did you know that there are more than 30 works of public art in the Downtown Greenville area alone? Take a sight-seeing tour with Pitt County Arts Council Executive Director Holly Garriott and learn about the art, artists, history and more behind a selection of highly visible (and a few hidden) works. The tour, lasting approximately an hour, will depart from the Lifelong Learning Program's headquarters at the Willis Building. See the Five Points installation, learn about the secret squirrels hiding across the district, see a few DownEast Sculpture Exhibition installations, and get a preview of public art installations that are underway. Afterwards, please join us for a catered luncheon at Emerge Art Gallery, which showcases two galleries with rotating exhibitions and a sales gallery featuring local North Carolina artist!



The story of North Carolina has been recorded and interpreted by a variety of historians over the past four centuries. They have written about the native inhabitants of the region, the explorers and settlers who came to these shores, the social and political operatives who organized the colony and later state, and the many colorful characters who have participated in the evolution of our "Vale of Humility between two Mountains of Conceit." This class will consider a group of recorders and interpreters who are largely ignored: the mapmakers--cartographers, geographers, topographers, artists, draftsmen, publishers--whose work provides a fascinating view of North Carolina's history. Participants will view and discuss a variety of historic maps that tell North Carolina's story with a focus on the eastern region of the state and its unique geography, place names, and history.



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Many of us who are retired know someone who collected stamps at some time. We may have even inherited a collection from a relative. We may even have collected them ourselves. Boy Scouts can still earn a merit badge for stamp collecting.



In this three-hour workshop you will be guided and assisted through the process of making your very own, handmade drinking glass. Molten glass will be gathered from a 2100F furnace and participants will apply and melt in their choice of colors. You will then be guided through the process of inflating a bubble, shaping it into a cylinder, and ultimately finishing it by opening the top and finishing the shape of a nice cup.To finish your piece, it will be knocked off the pipe and the instructors will place the piece in a 900-degree oven to anneal.To prevent it from cracking, glass must be cooled slowly for at least 12 hours. Artwork made during a glass the workshop must cool in an annealing oven and will be available for pick-up later.



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Relax and stress down as you learn simplified movements that can be easily performed and enjoyed by beginners and appreciated by more experienced Tai Chi players. The course will consist of a series of 3 weekly classes that will lead you through meditation, vitality movements, breathing exercises, and five individual Tai Chi moves. The movements help strengthen the body, improve balance, increase energy and vitality, lower stress, and enhance inner peace.



The story of North Carolina has been recorded and interpreted by a variety of historians over the past four centuries. They have written about the native inhabitants of the region, the explorers and settlers who came to these shores, the social and political operatives who organized the colony and later state, and the many colorful characters who have participated in the evolution of our "Vale of Humility between two Mountains of Conceit."



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The Outer Banks of North Carolina is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic due to the numerous ships that have come to rest in the waters off our coast. Coastal Studies Institute's Assistant Director of Engagement and Outreach has explored a few of these shipwrecks. In this hour and a half course, the story of these shipwrecks will be told through images from John's dives and dives of other researchers. Come join us to learn more about why it's the Graveyard of the Atlantic and what shipwrecks lie off our coast.



In late March of 1925, Mr. Joseph Needleman was kidnapped from the local jail in Martin County and castrated by a mob of local citizens. Mr. Needleman was Jewish and falsely accused of rape. In this workshop, we will explore the events that led up to this shocking assault including the influence and impact of antisemitism and hate groups like the KKK.



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In this class we will discuss "Hell of a Book" by Jason Mott. This novel received the 2021 National Book Award-only the second novel by a North Carolina writer to receive this award. The author is coming to ECU for the Voyages of Discovery lecture series (7 pm on March 2, ECU Main Campus Student Center Ballroom). Please read the novel in advance of our class. Copies are available at ECU Dowdy Student Stores under ENGL 4230 and HNRS 2011, section 001.



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This class is designed to discuss the prophets of God and why God sent many prophets and Messengers. In the Holy Book Qur'an, God mentioned twenty-five messengers, and five of strong will. These five are Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (PBUH). In this class, we will review the life and mission of these five Prophets based on the Qur'anic stories.



In this two-hour class, you will learn the basics of preparing, hydrating, and creating a beautiful fresh flower arrangement in a fall pumpkin! This hands-on floral design workshop is fun and informative - no experience necessary! Whether alone, or with a friend, you will explore autumn florals, berries, and foliage to create a lovely centerpiece, which is yours to take home and enjoy. All fresh materials are included. Please feel free to bring your own hand clippers if you have them!



In this workshop we will be making beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs - pysanky. You will learn the method of batik dying also called wax-resist. You will also become familiarized with the wide range of Ukrainian folk art traditional patterns, designs and symbols, and their history. The designs are made with beeswax which is melted in the flame of a candle and applied to the egg using a tool called a kistka. The eggs are dipped into successively darker dyes. At the end of the process the beeswax is melted off to reveal the beautiful and colorful design. You may use the traditional patterns, or freestyle and make up your own design. Pysanky are fun, relaxing, and meditative to create. We will also talk about the symbols, which are all good wishes for good health, long life, strength and protection, and other good things. Bring a friend and share this special workshop with the Lifelong Learning Program and our partner, Friends of the School of Art and Design!



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What about living in a drab compound, where your schedule is set by others, your movement outside the compound is restricted, and you work hard for no pay? Sounds like prison. Why would anyone choose this life? I've spent time in Hindu, Thai, Trappist, and Zen monasteries in the US and other countries. I'll tell stories-some funny, all poignant-about monks and monasteries. I'll also tell you about almost getting beaten in the Zen monastery. The stories yield insight into deep and diverse spiritual paths.



This class is designed to discuss the prophets of God and why God sent many prophets and Messengers. In the Holy Book Qur'an, God mentioned twenty-five messengers, and five of strong will. These five are Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (PBUH). In this class, we will review the life and mission of these five Prophets based on the Qur'anic stories.



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This course is a sequel to the Universe Story. It will pick up "the story" with a focus on the human. We will consider the origin of some of our basic body parts and then acquaint ourselves with our immediate hominoid ancestors: Lucy (about 4-6 million years ago), Homo habilis (2 to 1.65 million years ago), Homo erectus (1.5 to 1.9 million years ago), Neanderthals (40,000 years ago). Our goal is to develop a better appreciation of our origins, our evolutionary history, so that we have a better understanding of our proper place in the Universe as humans (Homo Sapiens - 300,000 years ago to the present).



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Pharmaceutical research and manufacturing are a thriving industry in our region and state. East Carolina University is at the forefront of meeting the needs of this industry through education, research, and partnership. The Eastern Region Pharma Center, housed in ECU's new Life Sciences and Biotechnology building, is supported through funding from the Golden Leaf Foundation and the university. Working in partnership with 15 pharmaceutical companies and five regional community colleges, the center is a leader in workforce development for this growing industry.



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Are you curious about your roots? Join us for an engaging and informative beginning genealogy class focused on North Carolina resources



Treat your yourself to fun filled Valentine's Day wine tasting event. You'll enjoy a flight of wine paired with chocolates and a lovely charcuterie board. Sommelier Brenda Drake will share her love for wine with you at Firefly Wine Shop. Bring a friend, a date, or enjoy this event with LLP friends!



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Participants will see how USN &USMM crew lived, worked, and played. See how cargo was loaded onto vessels and observe military and economic interests of the time. Learn how politics caused marine causalities because of the sinking of the SS Marine Electric and others. Included is a study on ethics in Marine casualty investigations. This is a great class enhanced by eyewitness and documentary photographic accounts from the aforementioned time frame. Anyone with an interest in military, maritime, agricultural, history, and others will find this both informative and intriguing!



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Internet scams and viruses are more common and sophisticated than ever, and it can be hard to discern what is real and what may put your computer and accounts at risk. This course will go over ways to stay protected when browsing the internet, what to look for to spot a scam, and how to handle a scam should you come in contact with one on your device.