Fall 09

John Schwarz's picture

Political Ideologies

This poltical theory course will be an overview of political system-types we call "ideologies." The course will explain what an ideology is and also explain and define specific, major ideologies.

There will be an initial defining of the concept of ideology and setting up general categories of issues they address in order to understand given ones. Then individual ideologies will be reviewed and explained. The major ideologies to be addressed are: Democracy, Liberalism, Capitalism, Social Democracy, Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Totalitarian, Authoritarian, Monarchy, Libertarian, and Anarchism. The review will include looking at key similarities and differences, with emphasis on governing structures and economic systems.

Prerequisites: Very basic understanding of governments, economics, political principles. Emphasis on lecture and discussion. Suggested readings, none required. No assignments, but instructor willing to evaluate any written work students want to submit.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Amundson Hall 104 University of Minnesota campus Minneapolis, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
John M. Schwarz has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Cornell University. In his time as a PhD student in the Government Department he passed the PhD qualify exam in political theory. His main studies were in political economy and political theory. His research focused on health systems, public policy, and employee benefits. He is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. He spent 11 years in banking working for Wells Fargo/Norwest in finance and control. He is a longtime Minnesota political activist with the bulk of his efforts involving health. He testifies frequently at the legislature about health system issues and he was an appointed member of a legislative health care study group in 2007; he was lead author of its final report.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
(651) 442-8899
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
50
Time/Location
Class times: 
Mon, 11/02/2009 - 18:30 - 20:00
Mon, 11/09/2009 - 18:30 - 20:00
Mon, 11/16/2009 - 18:30 - 20:00
Address: 
Amundson Hall 104 University of Minnesota campus Minneapolis, MN
United States
Additional class location information: 
Amundson Hall 104 U of MN campus
Political Ideologies
John Schwarz's picture

Understanding Research Studies

“Studies are only as good as their methodology.”

We are bombarded with academic papers, research institute studies, surveys, government reports, studies from various other organizations, e.g. non-profits, political parties, etc., comments from pundits in the media, and articles of all sorts in print and on-line media that rely on presenting empirical data to present conclusions every day. It can be very difficult to understand many of these reports, particularly the formal studies of academics, research institutes, and government that aim to demonstrate causation.

It’s said that “knowledge is power,” but little attention has been given to the power in being a “creator of knowledge.” Authors of studies are creators of knowledge. We examine the “creation of knowledge.”

This course will present a basic primer on methodology issues in order to increase the student’s ability to understand and evaluate studies they encounter in their daily lives. It will be presented in common language and without engaging in studying the math of statistics. The course will look at these issues form a conceptual standpoint: What are the methodological issues, what do they try to get, strengths and weaknesses, and applicability to given approaches in given contexts?

Overviews of these topics will be presented: Information sources, quantitative vs. qualitative, identifying relevant factors—variables, margin of error, confidence intervals, correlation, causation, polls and survey methods, and “the scientific method.” Real factual reports in the public domain will be the main source of illustrating these issues. Prerequisites: None. Suggested readings, none required. No assignments, but instructor willing to evaluate any written work students want to submit.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

127 Ford Hall U of MN, East bank St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
John M. Schwarz has a Master’s degree in Political Science from Cornell University. In his time as a PhD student in the Government Department he passed the PhD qualify exam in political theory. His main studies were in political economy and political theory. Understanding research methods is critical to scholarship, and in both his undergraduate and graduate education, he took courses in studying research methodology. His research focused on health systems, public policy, and employee benefits. He is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. He spent 11 years in banking working for Wells Fargo/Norwest in finance and control. He is a longtime Minnesota political activist with the bulk of his efforts involving health systems. He testifies frequently at the legislature about health system issues and he was an appointed member of a legislative health care study group in 2007; he was lead author of its final report.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
(651) 442-8899
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
50
Time/Location
Class times: 
Tue, 11/03/2009 - 06:30 - 20:00
Tue, 11/10/2009 - 06:30 - 20:00
Tue, 11/17/2009 - 06:30 - 20:00
Address: 
127 Ford Hall U of MN, East bank St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN
United States
44° 58' 47.874" N, 93° 15' 49.8096" W
Additional class location information: 
127 Ford Hall U of MN, East bank
Understanding Research Studies
WJR's picture

Designing for a Changing Future: Economic Stability Through Local Interdependence

People everywhere are seeking responses to the urgent problems of today--environmental degradation, growing scarcity of resources, especially oil, and an unregulated market economy that makes fabulous wealth for some and increasing financial and economic insecurity, if not poverty, for most. One response is the new emphasis on building a local economy--food and energy production and support for local businesses--to decrease the need for oil and production of CO2 and to increase community independence. But what can "independence" really mean in a world that relies on sophisticated technology, huge corporations to provide jobs and most consumer goods, and an educational system that prepares young people only to join the global economy?

This class will analyze this concept of "community independence." It will evaluate the essential needs of any community and then construct a framework within which these needs might be addressed through personal growth, creative thinking, investment, and cooperative work. It will offer specific ideas for evaluation in terms of their contribution to community independence.

Half of class time will be devoted to class discussion of ideas presented and ideas forthcoming from class.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center Room216
On Grant and Snelling for directions: 651 696 6888
St Paul, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Educated in physics at University of Munich; formerly researcher in applied energy concepts at University of Minnesota and federal Bureau of Mines, former energy consultant to government, industry, and community organizations; now an independent energy entrepreneur and inventor, and part-time farmer.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
651-633-4410
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
20
Time/Location
Class times: 
Mon, 11/16/2009 - 18:30 - 20:30
Additional class time information: 
This class will be offered this time only. The class may run longer than 8:30 if people wish to stay longer to discuss
Address: 
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center Room216
On Grant and Snelling for directions: 651 696 6888
St Paul, MN
United States
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jeffmiller's picture

The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx & Frederick Engels

Students will read the Communist Manifesto, then attend the class to discuss
its contents, including relevance for today, guided by a prepared list of
discussion questions.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

MayDay Bookstore
301 Cedar Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
United States
Phone: 612-333-4719
Facilitator's experience: 
Have conducted a class on the Communist Manifesto about 10 different times over the past 30 years.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-871-6065
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
20
Time/Location
Class times: 
Fri, 10/09/2009 - 19:00 - Fri, 11/27/2009 - 19:00
Additional class time information: 
Class meets 2nd and 4th Fridays of October & November, 2009 (four sessions)
Address: 
MayDay Bookstore
301 Cedar Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
United States
Phone: 612-333-4719
44° 58' 16.7268" N, 93° 14' 49.9848" W
Working Democracy is a rank-and-file workers group advocating "economic self-government, of, by, and for the workers."
jtanzman's picture

Winter Bike Commuting and Maintenance

Learn techniques about how to effectively ride your bike in the winter! Winter is cold but biking through the winter is doable. Learn skills to push how much you can ride in the cold weather!

Winter is also brutal on your bicycle. The roads get slippery, the bike lanes are icy, and the salt corrodes your brakes and gears. Learn some maintenance tips for keeping your bicycle running smoothly throughout the winter.

This is a THREE WEEK class; week 1 will be focused solely on commuting tips and ideas for how to ride in the winter. Weeks 2 and 3 will be about bike maintenance and some tips on how to keep your bike running smoothly and safely during the winter.

Schedule: Thursday evenings, October 22-November 5, 6:30-9:00pm.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Sibley Bike Depot
712 University Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Lots of experience fixing bikes and teaching EXCO bike classes
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-232-2737
Class maximum size: 
20
Time/Location
Class times: 
Thu, 10/22/2009 - 18:30 - Thu, 11/05/2009 - 21:00
Address: 
Sibley Bike Depot
712 University Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
United States
44° 57' 20.2428" N, 93° 7' 49.9404" W
bikes
exco's picture

Reporting 101

You’ve always wanted to get into writing and reporting, but you need some
basic skills. In this two-part session Gary Gilson teaches the basics of
identifying and developing a story idea, digging, cultivating sources,
organizing the material, identifying a lead and writing clearly, cogently and
engagingly. And on deadline.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Twin Cities Daily Planet offices
2600 E Franklin Ave, Suite #2
Minneapolis, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Gary Gilson began his career as a general assignment newspaper reporter at the Minneapolis Star for three years, then worked for 25 years as a broadcast journalist in New York, Los Angeles and the Twin Cities, in both public and commercial television. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
(612) 341-9357
Time/Location
Class times: 
Thu, 09/24/2009 - 18:30 - Thu, 10/01/2009 - 20:30
Address: 
Twin Cities Daily Planet offices
2600 E Franklin Ave, Suite #2
Minneapolis, MN
United States
44° 57' 47.3436" N, 93° 14' 1.9536" W
Additional class location information: 
(Enter through the back of the Wells Fargo building)
exco
Mary Beth's picture

Learn to Play Recorder or Flute!

This class is designed for beginner and intermediate recorder, flute or oboe players who are interested in learning the fundamentals of performance and chamber music. Students will have the opportunity to perform as soloists as well as in small chamber ensembles and large recorder choirs. No previous experience is necessary. Please bring a flute, oboe or plastic/wooden soprano recorder to the first class.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

University of Minnesota-Ferguson Hall Minneapolis, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
I have played the recorder for seventeen years and have taught it for three years. I have two degrees in music performance as a clarinetist and music educator.
Class minimum size: 
3
Class maximum size: 
15
Time/Location
Class times: 
Repeats every week until Thu Nov 19 2009 except Thu Oct 15 2009.
Thu, 10/01/2009 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 10/08/2009 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 10/22/2009 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 10/29/2009 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 11/05/2009 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 11/12/2009 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 11/19/2009 - 18:00 - 19:00
Additional class time information: 
Room within Ferguson Hall TBA
Address: 
University of Minnesota-Ferguson Hall Minneapolis, MN
United States
44° 58' 38.9352" N, 93° 15' 51.6636" W
Additional class location information: 
Please bring a soprano recorder (plastic or wooden) to each class.
Music Performance Course
jtanzman's picture

***REGISTRATION CLOSED *** Basic Bike Maintenance at Sibley Bike Depot (October)

***REGISTRATION CLOSED*** we'll offer another class in November.

This class is designed as a complete introduction to the basics of maintaining your bicycle yourself. Learning to fix your own bike can save you money, ensure access to reliable transportation, and be a rewarding personal experience to understand how your vehicle functions. You aren’t expected to know anything beforehand – the only thing you need to bring is yourself, your bike if you want, and a creative desire to learn!

Participants are encouraged to attend regularly, as each week builds upon skills and theories developed in previous sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bicycle to work on; however, shop bicycles will also be available for tutorial and repair.

Class Schedule: September 13-27 - Three consecutive Sunday afternoons 4:15-6:30pm

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Sibley Bike Depot
712 University Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
United States
Phone: 651-222-2080
Facilitator's experience: 
I love bikes and I love teaching people how to fix bikes
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-232-2737
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sun, 10/11/2009 - 16:15 - Sun, 11/01/2009 - 18:30
Address: 
Sibley Bike Depot
712 University Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
United States
Phone: 651-222-2080
44° 57' 20.2428" N, 93° 7' 49.9404" W
Bike Maintenance
gregg.lind's picture

Bits and Bites -- Programming First Steps

Do you think that programmers are born with keyboards in their hands? Programmers are made, not born -- you too can code with the best of them. If you're interested in breaking down the barriers and mystique around programming, join us! Learn to code in a chill, non-judgmental environment.

Your facilitators, Gregg and Amanda, come from non-traditional programming backgrounds, and used to be N00bs. We have no patience for alpha geeks, macho baloney, and geek superiority.

Our big project is a web application that allows you to play a "Choose Your Own Adventure" that you write yourself! (example: http://cyoa.lind-beil.net/).

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
[email protected]

Location

Bedlam Theatre
1501 S. 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN
United States
Phone: 612-341-1038
Facilitator's experience: 
Gregg is a professional programmer (in mostly Python) with 8 years of programming experience. He has worked on diverse open and closed-source scientific programming projects. His programming blog is at writeonly.wordpress.com. Amanda works as a GIS specialist for the Noise Division of the MAC. She uses UNIX and Python on her work regularly.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
651.222.1329
612.709.4542
Class minimum size: 
1
Class maximum size: 
12
Time/Location
Class times: 
Repeats every week until Wed Nov 11 2009 except Wed Oct 28 2009, Wed Oct 28 2009.
Wed, 09/30/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Wed, 10/07/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Wed, 10/21/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Wed, 11/04/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Wed, 11/11/2009 - 19:00 - 21:00
Additional class time information: 
Online session is also available at other times. Optional labs will be available as well.
Address: 
Bedlam Theatre
1501 S. 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN
United States
Phone: 612-341-1038
44° 58' 7.8816" N, 93° 15' 3.348" W
Learn to program in Python in a low-pressure, friendly environment.
exco's picture

stepping across the gaps- [Being in] Becoming culturally competent in the human services field

This course seeks to continue the dialogue and action steps for human
services workers working across lines of race, class, sexuality, politics and
religion to discern a shared set of values and ethics to inform a culturally
competent practice. It is assumed that we will not ever arrive at competence
but continually strive towards it evaluating our practice in context of the
people and families we work with (our clients), our colleagues and our higher
ideals. Special attention will be paid to the NASW Code of Ethics as well as
other Codes of Ethics (NACSW for instance). Of special interest is whether
(and how) we as human service workers (or foster parents!) in the social,
youth and family work fields are able to harmonize our different ethical, and
religious standards to overcome institutional and personal oppression along
lines of racial, class, sexual, political and religious difference.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Gathering point
2021 East Hennepin Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Close to 20 years expereince in human services working with many diverse groups. A commitment to social justice. A willingness to ask and explore these questions with others. I have facilitated Talking Cirlces around issues of race for the Race Exhiubit at the Scinece Museum of MN and in other contexts.
Time/Location
Class times: 
Thu, 10/01/2009 - 19:00 - Sun, 11/08/2009 - 20:30
Additional class time information: 
Thsi class could meet every other week or every week (or on another day) depending on the desires and scheduel of attenders. Facilitator is flexible.
Address: 
Gathering point
2021 East Hennepin Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN
United States
44° 59' 30.5916" N, 93° 13' 25.104" W
exco
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