Upcoming Courses

Courses

This one-session workshop is an opportunity to get feedback on your short stories, novel chapters, memoir pages and other work. Receiving honest critique from real readers, led by a professional author and editor, is one of the best ways to grow as a writer. IMPORTANT: Your work must be submitted to the instructor by September 20, prior to the workshop on Oct. 1. *You are NOT required to submit to the workshop in order to attend. You're welcome to simply read and give feedback.

Instructor:
Laurie Dove, Author, Editor and Writing Coach


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Explore the birthplace of Wichita by touring the vicinity of the Little Arkansas.  Back in 1868, 9th and Waco was Wichita's downtown and the early heart of the community.  In the 1800s, its streetscape transitioned from log cabins and dugouts to Victorian homes covered in gingerbread detail.  In the twentieth century, the area has featured some of Wichita's fashionable residences and recreation along the little Arkansas.  Today it includes businesses that serve a range of ethnic and immigrant groups.  Join us as we explore Wichita's story through this rich and historic part of the city.

Instructor:
Dr. Jay Price, Chair & Professor, Department of History, Wichita State University


Register HERE for the Historic Walking Tour of Waco and Murdock on Saturday, October 22, 2022
Have you ever looked at a work of art and wondered how it was made? What materials and techniques were involved in the creation of great works? Where artists got their paints, pastels, pencils and inks before Amazon? When we know what artists endure to create a work our understanding and appreciation for the art- and the artist- is enhanced. We'll look at great paintings, drawings and prints through time, from cave paintings to today's art, and discuss how they were and are made. Come discover how Vermeer and others obtained, made and painted with that beautiful ultramarine blue.

Instructor:
Dan Kirchhefer, Artist, Professor Emeritus, Emporia State University


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One of the arguments made by the advocates of the Brexit movement in the United Kingdom, including Boris Johnson, was that Britain should reinvent itself as a "Global Britain," pursuing a truly global foreign and economic policy. Of course, this is not the first time that Britain has played such a global role. Join us as we examine the creation, development and consequences of a British Empire "on which the sun will never set" that, at one time, incorporated one-fourth of the globe's land surface. Along the way, we will meet the arrogant, quirky, intrepid and often bloody explorers and adventurers, heroes and villains, rascals and missionaries, poets and novelists, economists and engineers, and monarchs and statesmen who built and promoted the Pax Britannica of modern history. We will also discuss the empire's contemporary significance: What echoes of the empire exist today? What rhythms? What lessons?

Instructor:
Dr. John Dreifort, Professor of History, Wichita State University & Executive Secretary of the Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations


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Was Rembrandt an experimental etcher? Did Vermeer use a camera obscura? And how did van Gogh's use of color and impasto application of paint influence modern art? We'll learn how Rembrandt was inspired by the Bible, why Vermeer's reputation is based on just 34 paintings, and how Vincent van Gogh, in an artistic career of less than 10 years (three of which were spend learning to draw), became one of the most beloved and prized artists of all time. These questions and more will be discussed while viewing some of the most beautiful and significant paintings in the world. 

Instructor:
Dan Kirchhefer, Artist, Professor Emeritus, Emporia State University


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