Past Programs

The Selim Center provides a new line-up of programming each semester.  Here is a list of some past programs offered by the Center to provide prospective students with a sampling of the types of learning we regularly offer.

  • The Civil War (a five-year series taking place in Fall Semester; the final year of 1865 was taught in Fall 2015)
  • History of the First World War
  • Architecture of the Twin Cities
  • Exploring the Music of Three Great Jazz Composers:  Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck"
  • Classical Music Exploration & Appreciation
  • Reading Seamus Heaney
  • Financial & Legal Strategies for Later Years
  • Pathways to God
  • Telling the American Story in Short Moments
  • China's Foreign Policy:  Dangerous or Not?
  • Music of the Holidays
  • Bus Day Trips (students are accompanied by an instructor who provides a lecture on a specific topic related to the destination as well as guide services; previous trips have gone to Stillwater, New Ulm, St. John's University, the North Loop of Minneapolis/Target Field, and Owatonna)
  • Looking & Listening:  How Film and Music Work Together
  • Murder & Love:  Shakespeare as Storyteller
  • Theology and Beauty
  • Climate Change-What Do We Really Know?
  • A Century of Total War, 1914-2014
  • Unlocking Latin American Culture
  • The Search for God in 20th and 21st Century Film
  • 20th Century Presidential Decisions:  Good, Bad, Debatable
  • Jazz-Invention & Evolution:  8 Musicians Who Created Our American Art Form
  • The State of the News Media
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Planning Effectively for an Aging Minnesota: Demographic Trends and Projections
  • Fostering Cultural Intelligence and Awareness
  • Words that Changed America
  • Exploring Dante's "Divine Comedy"
  • English Sampler Series
  • Empires & Cities of the Middle East
  • World War II - The World's Defining Conflict
  • Global Challenges, Sustainable Solutions
  • Exploring the Biblical Images of God
  • Untangling the Web
  • Nordeast (sampler series exploring the people, places, architecture and artists of Northeast Minneapolis)
  • Shakespeare: Start to Finish
  • Focus on World Religions: Three Religions, Three Perspectives
  • Luke, the Gospel of Mercy and Forgiveness
  • Art History Sampler Series
  • Political Campaigns: The Ethics of Gaining Power Over Others
  • Talkin' about Jazz
  • The Face of Poverty: the Widow, the Orphan and the Stranger
  • Is ISIS Islamic?
  • Putin's Power Game at Home and Abroad
  • Culture Stew Series
  • The Stories "Stuff" Tells: A Material Culture Approach to American History
  • Arcane Mysteries: A Study of World Mythology
  • The Science of Natural Disasters
  • Music Sampler Series
  • Ireland at 100: A Century of Creativity
  • A Political Junkie's Guide to the 2016 Electons
  • The Tudors: Monarchs and People in 16th-century England
  • Writers' Workshop
  • How the "Long" 1960s Changed Us
  • South Pacific: an American Classic

This is just a sampling of some of the program titles offered by the Selim Center.  For more information, please contact the Center by e-mail (selimcenter@stthomas.edu) or phone (651-962-5188).