Personal Enrichment

UW-BSC Continuing Education offers a variety of non-credit personal enrichment courses for students and community members.

Personal Enrichment Classes

An Evening in Sri Lanka with UW-BSC’S Dr. Kirthi Premadasa

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Kirthi Premadasa was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University and worked as an academic for 13 years in Sri Lanka before migrating to the United States in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at UW-BSC.

Join Dr. Premadasa as he shares his native culture with you. Explore Sri Lankan cultural items while enjoying appetizers and beverages. A special Sri Lankan dinner will feature Kukul Mas Hodda (Sri Lankan Chicken Curry), Isso Badhuma (Tempered Shrimp), Ala Kirata (White Potato Curry), Luunu thakkali Sambole (Sri Lankan Onion and tomato Salad), Elawalu Batha (Sri Lankan Fried Rice), Wattalappan (Spiced Coconut Custard), and Ceylon Tea. Following dinner, Dr. Premadasa will share a lively presentation. Register now for your opportunity to learn more about a magical land gifted with sun-soaked beaches, historic temples, misty mountains, exotic spices, friendly people, and ancient civilizations.

Thursday, April 24 • 6:00-8:30 pm
Dining Hall, Lange Center
Fee: $22 per person (includes appetizers, dinner and program presentation)

Wisconsin History: From Discovery to Statehood

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Instructor: Mark Tully

This lecture series will explore the first 200 years of Wisconsin history –from its "discovery" by Jean Nicolet in 1634 up through our becoming the 30th state on May 29, 1848. We will discuss the early French explorers, the Indian Wars and military activity during the American Revolution, War of 1812 and Black Hawk War, the fur trade, early lead mining, and more. Maps, paintings, photographs and reproductions as well as actual artifacts of clothing and tools will help bring the stories of these people, places and events to life.

Tuesdays, April 22-May 27 (6 weeks) • 7:00-8:00 pm
Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Fee: $49

Writing Your Memoir: From Concept to Publication

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Instructor: Mark Tully, Author of more than 12 titles of historical non-fiction

Everyone has unique experiences and stories to tell, and in this course, local author and graphic designer Mark Tully will guide you through the steps of writing and publishing your own life story. Discussion will include: why you should write your memoir, your intended audience, writing styles and stylistic approaches, fundamentals of storytelling, exercises to get your creative juices flowing, basic document layout and formatting and word processing software options, as well as options for small-run publishing of your completed memoir!

Thursdays, April 24-May 29 • 6:30-8:00 pm
Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Fee: $99