Pursuit of Learning in Society (POLIS)
A program that makes learning a lifetime experience
The Pursuit of Learning in Society (POLIS) organization, sponsored by Quincy University, allows active adults over 55 years of age to continue a lifetime of learning while relaxing in a comfortable academic setting with those your own age. Members are introduced to new subjects and ideas without the strain of outside study, paper writing, or test taking.
Members explore new topics and help design new courses while engaging in stimulating lectures and conversations with knowledgeable experts. Courses are designed to open your mind and stimulate thinking about variety of subjects; from Mathematics to Genetics, chose from a dozen or more courses that are attended by retirees and taught by university professors, field experts, religious leaders, and researchers.
(All classes are 2:00 to 4:00 pm at North Campus with the exception of bus tours)
- September 13 - Watercolor Paining - (Buechting)
- September 18 - Civil War in St. Louis - (Bus Tour)
- September 20 & 27 - Congressman Douglas - (Costigan)
- September 24 - Nursing in Quincy - (Dittmer)
- October 3 - True Grit - (Klein)
- October 4 - Faith & Reason - (Strudwick)
- October 8 - JFK Assassination - (Coffey)
- October 15 & 22 - Eastern Turkey - (Hotle)
- October 25 - Piedmont Blues - (Barnard)
- October 29 & 31 - Investing Part 2 - (McHone)
- November 1 - Making Tianjing Crepe - (Ye)
- November 5 - Grandparents - (Heilmann)
- November 8 - Human Rights - (Hayashi)
- November 12 - Human Evolution - (Pogge)
- November 15 - Unitarian Church Tour - (Manning)
- November 21 & 22 - History for Squares - (Datz)
- November 26 - Edward Coles - (Messina)
For details and descriptions, click HERE.
To download an application to mail in, click HERE
You can register by mail or register in person on Registration Day, Wednesday, September 4, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the POLIS office in room A222 located at the North Campus A-Building. Volunteers will be on hand to help members register or answer any questions. No appointment is necessary. Just show up.
The costs for classes and membership in POLIS is minimal. Membership for one semester is $15. Each session of a class costs only $3. You can attend one class or all of them,. Anyone who is of the right age can even come and audit one class for no charge
Quincy University North Campus, Room A222
Phone: (217) 228-5594
Board President (2010-2011): Dr. Mary Ann Klein
Quincy University POLIS Director: Bob Weirather, Room 222
217-228-5432 ext. 4003
To provide, at a modest cost, learning experiences for retired and semi-retired persons, regardless of previous educational background.
POLIS is a membership organization sponsored by Quincy University. It provides an opportunity for persons over 55 to continue a lifetime of learning in a relaxed atmosphere, without the strain of having to do outside study, write papers or take tests. Members plan, organize, and shape the curriculum, which includes Quincy University faculty and guest lecturers, discussion groups, seminars, and workshops.
POLIS offers courses for the Fall Semester and Spring Semester concurrent with Quincy University degree courses. Most classes are held at Quincy University's North Campus (North 18th Street and Seminary Road) with alternate locations for field classes.
Free parking is provided at the North Campus.
Recent POLIS offerings have included:
- Plea Agreement
- The Federal Idea
- Ancient Greece and Rome
- Country Blues
- Sultans of th Ottoman Empire
- Bald Eagles and River Birds
- What American Needs to Know About Islam