The University of St. Thomas Center for Senior Citizens’ Education will offer seven short courses this fall on the university’s campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The courses are designed especially for those 55 and older and are taught by faculty members and experts from the community. The cost per course ranges from $30 to $60, with most costing $50. Scheduled this fall are:

“The Face of the People of God: A History of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis” will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 11 to Nov. 6. in Brady Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus. A dozen priests, nuns, theologians and historians will examine the rich heritage of the 150-year-old archdiocese. Part II of this program will be offered in spring 2001. Cost is $50.

“Monks in Fact and Fiction” will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 25, in Brady Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus. Sister Vera Chester, C.S.J., theology professor emerita at the College of St. Catherine, will examine the lives, practices and history of monks and discuss the influence of monasticism. One of the series’ most popular speakers, Chester has done extensive study of world religions. Cost is $50.

“U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: New Challenges and New Opportunities” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Sept. 18 to Nov. 20, in Brady Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus. Political scientists from nine Minnesota universities, two retired ambassadors and a retired newspaper editor will examine the challenges confronting the United States in defining its international relations and foreign policy in the 21st century. Cost is $50.

“Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Drama of the Soul’s Choice” will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 19 to Oct. 31, in Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis campus. The program leader, Sister Mary Virginia Micka, C.S.J., is English professor emerita at St. Catherine and has taught and led spiritual retreats on the Commedia. Cost is $50.

“Opera: All the Arts in One” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Sept. 20 to Nov. 1, in Brady Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus. Offered in cooperation with the Minnesota Opera and the St. Thomas Office of the Endowed Chair in Humanities and Fine Arts, the series will feature eight professionals who will discuss this art form that has been growing more popular in the United States over the past decade. The $60 registration fee includes an Oct. 20 reception and live performance of The Barber of Seville.

“Cuba: Revolution at Our Doorstep” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Sept. 26 to Nov. 7, in Terrence Murphy Hall on the Minneapolis campus. Eleven speakers, including University of Havana and St. Thomas professors who have been involved in a joint educational exchange program this past year, will examine Cuba’s history, culture, religion, geography, politics and economic system. Cost is $50.

“The Present Position and Future Promise of Vatican II” will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8 and 15, in Brady Educational Center on the St. Thomas campus. The speaker will be Dr. James Shannon, former president of St. Thomas. In 1965, as a newly ordained auxiliary bishop, Shannon was a voting member of the fourth and final session of the Second Vatican Council in Rome. He will examine the process of implementing the council’s 16 documents, and why some of Vactican II’s teachings have taken root and some haven’t. Cost is $30.

The Center for Senior Citizens’ Education also offers one-to-one peer consultation services and a program that allows senior citizens to attend regular academic courses on free, space-available basis.

For more information about the short courses or other programs, call the center at (651) 962-5188.