Courses

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.


March 14-28, 2023, Willis Building Conference Room
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.


February 17, 2023 to March 10, 2023, Greenville Museum of Art
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!


March 23-24, 2023, Willis Building Conference Room
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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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."


Tuesday, February 28, 2023, Willis Building Auditorium
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.


Tuesday, March 28, 2023, Willis Building Auditorium
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.


Thursday, March 30, 2023, Willis Building Auditorium
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.


Monday, February 20, 2023, Willis Building Auditorium
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!


Friday, March 31, 2023, Willis Building Auditorium
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.


Tuesday, February 21, 2023, Online Class, ECU
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).


April 17, 2023 to May 1, 2023, Willis Building Auditorium
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.


Friday, February 17, 2023, ECU Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building
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!


Tuesday, February 14, 2023, Firefly Wine Shop