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June 28, 2005
Contact: Jim Peters, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-9142.

KU Osher Lifelong Learning offers 2 summer courses on art, history of devil


LAWRENCE-- The University of Kansas Continuing Education's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering two noncredit classes next month on the varied topics of contemporary, regional art and the history of the devil in religious thought.

The classes are:

• Emerging Trends in Regional Contemporary Art
A three-session course at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo., will meet on three successive Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. beginning July 7. Transportation will be provided from Lawrence to Kansas City by KU Continuing Education and Brandon Woods Retirement Community. For more information call toll free (877) 404-5823 or visit http://www.kuce.org/lifelonglearning.

The course will explore current trends in the art world and study how traditional art forms are changing. James Brinsfield, a Kansas City artist, will present his work and discuss contemporary art in the greater context of art history, specifically in Kansas City.

Maria Park, a visiting artist and assistant professor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will discuss ideas that have inspired her work and will share her thoughts about painting contemporary art.

Participants also will take a walking tour of select art galleries in the Crossroads District, a revived downtown neighborhood that is the center of Kansas City's art world.

" Participants will have a unique opportunity to delve into all aspects of contemporary art," said Marvin Hunt, assistant dean of KU Continuing Education. "They will study at a world-class museum, hear lectures from local studio artists, and visit an eclectic array of galleries in one of Kansas City's most historic neighborhoods."

• The History of the Devil in Religious Tradition
S. Daniel Breslauer, professor emeritus of religious studies at KU, will give a three-session course on successive Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. starting July 13 at the Brandon Woods center, 1501 Inverness Drive in Lawrence.

The idea of a devil or Satan is uniquely developed in Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. The story of the devil as a personality begins in Babylonian and Persian mythology even before the Hebrew Bible. Each session will focus on the history and definition of the devil in one of the three religions.

Modernity will be considered, first from the perspective of how the scientific method undermined the earlier mythic views, and then how and why those mythic images became increasingly dominant at the end of the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st century.

For information about the courses, visit http://www.kuce.org/lifelonglearning. For information on how to join the institute or enroll in a specific course, call toll-free (877) 404-KUCE (5823) or (785) 864-KUCE (5823).

The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco selected KU in 2004 as a site for this nationally prominent program focusing on opening the doors of the university to the general public. The KU program, which replaced an earlier program called "KU and Lawrence," offered its first courses in 2004. In addition, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute participants receive a 20 percent discount on classes in art education at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

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