From Guns in America to Mexican Superheroes – Learn from UA Experts This Fall

Aug. 13, 2019
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This fall, community members can learn about Brexit, guns in America, food writing, editing, language and the brain, and Mexican superheroes.

Offered by the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Community Classroom allows Tucson community members to take advantage of the varied expertise of our accomplished faculty, dive into the social sciences and liberal arts, learn new professional skills, and participate in enriching cultural immersion experiences.

Registration for the fall 2019 courses will open on Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. and details can be found at

Guns in America: Can We Have a Better Gun Debate?

Lifelong Learning Course
Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m.
The Loft Cinema
Tuition: $160

This course will provide a chance to study with UA sociologist Jennifer Carlson, one of the leading experts on U.S. gun politics. In this six-week course, Carlson will examine the relationship between gun rights and gun rules, between crime and self-defense, and between the past and present politics of guns.

The Craft of Editing in Professional Contexts
Professional Development Course
Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.
UA Campus
Tuition: $100

This course, which will be taught by UA English lecturer Kevin Cassell, will introduce participants to editing not as a mechanical activity governed by a set of grammatical rules, but as a craft designed to make a written text more eloquent, comprehensible, and engaging.

Mexica Superheroes, Demons, and Idols
Lifelong Learning Course
Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.
The Loft Cinema
Tuition: $135

In Mexico, fantastic heroes have represented people’s aspirations, fears, and hopes in different times and historical contexts. Professor Luis Coronado Guel will demonstrate the connection between history, society, and wrestlers. Students will enjoy popular and mass culture fragments, such as music, film, comics, and television shows.

Language, Mind, and Brain
Student-Community Course
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
10/17/2019 - 12/10/2019
UA ampus
Tuition: $250

This fall, community members can study with Noam Chomsky, a UA laureate linguistics professor and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair, who is considered the founder of modern linguistics. The course, co-taught by Linguistics Professors Thomas Bever and Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, will use language as a lens into the human mind and brain, and will explore the field of biolinguistics.

Why Brexit?
Lifelong Learning Course
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Dunbar Pavilion
Tuition: $135

Professor Kurzer, an expert in European politics, will provide an overview of how and why Brexit happened. The course will examine the interaction between post-war developments in British politics and the growth of the European Union. Kurzer will explain what is unique about the British story and why it is unlikely that another EU member state will leave the EU.

Savoring Story: A Food and Story Making Workshop
Cultural Immersion Experience
Friday, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Dunbar Pavilion
Tuition: $55

This workshop, led by teacher, writer, and artist Melani “Mele” Martinez, will explore the connections between food and language. Students will make food and create story, mingling the five senses in this hands-on, metaphor-building writing course.