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Continue learning JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer where you can learn the saga, the symbols, and heroism that inspires us today.

Special Notes:
Due to the popularity of this course, it is being offered three times this school year: once as a middle school course (45 minutes) and twice as a high school course (55 minutes). Choose the section that best serves your student.

This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if there are open seats.

Total classes: 12

Class dates: 
Mondays from January 16 to April 17, 2023 (No class Feb. 20 and April 3)
Starting time: 
1:00 pm Eastern (12:00 Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: 1 full semester credit Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $187 if you register on or before November 15. $207 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: Considered by many to be the greatest books of the 20th century, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction. Over the course of two semesters, we will examine The Hobbit and the three books of The Lord of the Rings in depth. We will answer the questions

What are the Christian elements in these stories?

How does this saga show us how to combat sin and be heroic in our own lives?

What are the deeper meanings and symbols in Tolkien's overall mythology?

How did Tolkien himself view his own work?

Why did he call The Lord of the Rings "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work"?

This course will be a complete immersion in the beauty and mystery of Middle Earth. And it will be a real adventure! We will rely not only on the texts of the books themselves, but also on supplementary material, such as selections from The Letters of JRR Tolkien and The Silmarillion. Join Bilbo and Frodo on an epic adventure of classes that you won't want to miss!

Course outline:

Each week we will read and study our ways through these books! We will study The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in the first semester The Two Towers & The Return of the King in the second semester.

Course materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (any edition). Additional material provided free as PDF files by the instructor.

Homework: Quizzes and Final Project. This will be a challenging course - but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework per week.

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Starts Starts: 1/16/2023 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/17/2023 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 19 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 29 seats
 
Learn how to argue! There’s an art to it! Students will learn the fundamentals of debate and argumentation and will participate in two one-on-one classroom debates and one small group class discussion. This class is needed in the internet age - now more than ever!

Special notes:
Course materials provided free by the instructor.

Total classes: 12


Class dates/time:

Tuesdays, January 17 to April 18, 2023 (No class Feb. 21 and April 4)

4:00 pm Eastern (3:00 Central 2:00 Mountain 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Debate, Speech, or Communications

Fee: $197 if you register on or before July 15. $217 after July 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: How can young people learn to argue reasonably for what they believe in a world that’s filled with angry arguments? In this course, students will learn the art of argumentation and “forensics” and will be challenged to hone their skills of presentation and oral communication as they participate in a number of exercises, including a Mock Presidential Debate and Mini Debates on issues that affect our faith and culture. This course is both fun and challenging!

Course outline:

Introduction - What is Debate?

Critique of Famous Debates

Preparation for First Debate

First Live Classroom Debate - Part I

First Live Classroom Debate - Part II

Errors of Logic and Argumentation

Heresies of the Internet - Combox and Social Media Debates

Second Live Classroom Debate - Part I

Second Live Classroom Debate - Part II

Changing Sides - Understanding the Opposition

Small Group Discussion - Part I

Small Group Discussion - Part II

Course materials: Handouts in the form of PDF files provided free by the instructor.

Homework: Assignments and readings and debate prep. Two hours per week on average.

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Starts Starts: 1/17/2023 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/18/2023 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 7 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Did you know that it is reported that upon being introduced to Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862, Abraham Lincoln fondly commented she was "the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war." Register for this course and learn why Uncle Tom’s Cabin remains a classic of American literature and history, showing 19th century America and the institution of slavery from the inside.

Special Notes:
This course includes a writing component. Mr. O’Brien has recorded an audiobook version of this novel, which he will make available free to students.

Total classes: 12

Class dates: Tuesdays, January 17 to April 18, 2023 (No class Feb. 21 and April 4)

Starting time: 1:00 pm Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration:
45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 7th and 8th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester Literature or American History

Fee: $187 if you register on or before July 15. $207 after July 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: Learn about literature, slavery, and history from this classic novel! Literature brings history to life in a way that textbooks never can! In this course, we will work our way through the classic anti-slavery novel that helped inspire the abolitionists and that helped pave the way for the Civil War.

IMPORTANT! Note that Harriet Beecher Stowe uses the “N word” throughout this book, as she is presenting, in her fictional dialogue, the way people used to talk about Blacks (and sometimes, sadly, still do). This word appears many times in the novel (and in the audiobook production of the novel), and is shown, in context, to be ugly and racist. Be aware that your child will be exposed to this word.

Course Outline:

Introduction

Chapters 1-4

Chapters 2-8

Chapters 9-12

Chapters 13-16

Chapters 17-20

Chapters 21-24

Chapters 25-28

Chapters 29-32

Chapters 33-36

Chapters 37-40

Chapters 40-45

Course Materials: This book is in the public domain and is available at various places on the internet or you may purchase a copy - Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe - ISBN-10: 1508480125 / ISBN-13: 978-1508480129 (
https://amzn.to/33yV7sF). Mr. O’Brien will make his audiobook performance of this novel available on Moodle.

Homework: The homework for each class will include the reading assignment for the week (approximately one hour) and frequent quizzes with at least one reflection paper.


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Starts Starts: 1/17/2023 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/18/2023 1:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 17 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
UPDATE: This time slot has filled. This course is also available on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM EASTERN.

Learn how to argue! There’s an art to it! Students will learn the fundamentals of debate and argumentation and will participate in two one-on-one classroom debates and one small group class discussion. This class is needed in the internet age - now more than ever!

Special notes:
Course materials provided free by the instructor.

Total classes: 12

Class dates: Wednesdays, January 18 to April 19, 2023 (No class Feb. 22 and April 5)

Starting time: 1:00 pm Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Debate, Speech, or Communications

Fee: $197 if you register on or before July 15. $217 after July 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: How can young people learn to argue reasonably for what they believe in a world that’s filled with angry arguments? In this course, students will learn the art of argumentation and “forensics” and will be challenged to hone their skills of presentation and oral communication as they participate in a number of exercises, including a Mock Presidential Debate and Mini Debates on issues that affect our faith and culture. This course is both fun and challenging!

Course outline:

Introduction - What is Debate?

Critique of Famous Debates

Preparation for First Debate

First Live Classroom Debate - Part I

First Live Classroom Debate - Part II

Errors of Logic and Argumentation

Heresies of the Internet - Combox and Social Media Debates

Second Live Classroom Debate - Part I

Second Live Classroom Debate - Part II

Changing Sides - Understanding the Opposition

Small Group Discussion - Part I

Small Group Discussion - Part II

Course materials: Handouts in the form of PDF files provided free by the instructor.

Homework: Assignments and readings and debate prep. Two hours per week on average.

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Starts Starts: 1/18/2023 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/19/2023 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Class full
 
Continue learning JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer where you can learn the saga, the symbols, and heroism that inspires us today.

Special Notes:
Due to the popularity of this course, it is being offered three times this school year: once as a middle school course (45 minutes) and twice as a high school course (55 minutes). Choose the section that best serves your student.

This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if there are open seats.

Total classes: 12

Class dates: Wednesdays, January 18 to April 19, 2023 (No class Feb. 22 and April 5)

Starting time:
10:00 am Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: 1 full semester credit Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $187 if you register on or before November 15. $207 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: Considered by many to be the greatest books of the 20th century, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction. Over the course of two semesters, we will examine The Hobbit and the three books of The Lord of the Rings in depth. We will answer the questions

What are the Christian elements in these stories?

How does this saga show us how to combat sin and be heroic in our own lives?

What are the deeper meanings and symbols in Tolkien's overall mythology?

How did Tolkien himself view his own work?

Why did he call The Lord of the Rings "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work"?

This course will be a complete immersion in the beauty and mystery of Middle Earth. And it will be a real adventure! We will rely not only on the texts of the books themselves, but also on supplementary material, such as selections from The Letters of JRR Tolkien and The Silmarillion. Join Bilbo and Frodo on an epic adventure of classes that you won't want to miss!

Course outline:

Each week we will read and study our ways through these books! We will study The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in the first semester The Two Towers & The Return of the King in the second semester.

Course materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (any edition). Additional material provided free as PDF files by the instructor.

Homework: Quizzes and Final Project. This will be a challenging course - but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework per week.

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Starts Starts: 1/18/2023 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 4/19/2023 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 21 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 29 seats
 
Continue learning JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer where you can learn the saga, the symbols, and heroism that inspires us today.

Special Notes:
Due to the popularity of this course, it is being offered three times this school year: once as a middle school course (45 minutes) and twice as a high school course (55 minutes). Choose the section that best serves your student.

This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if there are open seats.

Total classes: 12

Class dates: Wednesdays, January 18 to April 19, 2023 (No class Feb. 22 and April 5)

Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central 2:00 Mountain 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: 1 full semester credit Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: Considered by many to be the greatest books of the 20th century, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction. Over the course of two semesters, we will examine The Hobbit and the three books of The Lord of the Rings in depth. We will answer the questions

What are the Christian elements in these stories?

How does this saga show us how to combat sin and be heroic in our own lives?

What are the deeper meanings and symbols in Tolkien's overall mythology?

How did Tolkien himself view his own work?

Why did he call The Lord of the Rings "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work"?

This course will be a complete immersion in the beauty and mystery of Middle Earth. And it will be a real adventure! We will rely not only on the texts of the books themselves, but also on supplementary material, such as selections from The Letters of JRR Tolkien and The Silmarillion. Join Bilbo and Frodo on an epic adventure of classes that you won't want to miss!

Course outline:

Each week we will read and study our ways through these books! We will study The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in the first semester The Two Towers & The Return of the King in the second semester.

Course materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (any edition). Additional material provided free as PDF files by the instructor.

Homework: Quizzes and Final Project. This will be a challenging course - but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework per week.

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Starts Starts: 1/18/2023 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/19/2023 4:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 4 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 29 seats
 
Register today to learn literature, American history, and the virtues of the pioneers - and have fun at the same time! We will spend two semesters reading the entire Little House series.

Special notes:
This is a 2-part course. Students will enjoy the course more if they have taken Part One in the fall, though this is not required.

Class dates: Mondays, January 23 to April 24, 2023 (No class Feb. 20 and April 3)

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Total classes: 12

Duration: 45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade.

Suggested credit: 1 full semester credit Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: We will make our way through some of the best works of children’s literature ever written, reading the books in order of publication over two semesters. Mr. O’Brien will emphasize the literary aspect of the books (themes, characters, setting, etc.) as well as the historical and cultural values they convey - including lessons on Christian virtue.

Course outline:

Each week we will read and study our ways through these books!

Part Two (Spring Semester)

By the Shores of Silver Lake

The Long Winter

Little Town on the Prairie

These Happy Golden Years

The First Four Years

Course materials: The Little House on the Prairie series, which can be purchased as a box set,
https://amzn.to/3OajVs8

Homework: Weekly quizzes, plus about two hours of reading per week.


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Starts Starts: 1/23/2023 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/24/2023 3:15 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 17 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 29 seats
 
Become scripturally literate and learn how to enjoy your Bible as you read and discuss the Old and New Testaments, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring God’s word to life! Learn how God’s word is indeed “living” and how everything, even in the Old Testament, points to Jesus.

Special Notes:
Students do NOT need to have taken Living Scripture, Parts One through Seven. This course will pick up with where we left off in the Bible at the end of Living Scripture Seven. Students are welcome to join the course in any given semester, as we slowly work our way through the entire Bible!

Total classes: 12

Class dates: Mondays, Jan. 23 to April 24, 2023 (No class Feb. 20 and April 3)

Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific),

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None.

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade.

Suggested credit: One full semester Theology or Scripture

Fee: $197 if you register on or before July 15. $217 after July 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” said St. Jerome.

The aim of this course is to remedy the Scriptural illiteracy of the average Catholic, even the average devout Catholic. We will read and discuss various sections of the Bible throughout the Semester, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring God’s word to life in us and to reveal to us how everything in God’s word is indeed “living” and how everything, even in the Old Testament, points to Jesus.

Peter Kreeft says that you don’t read the Bible the Bible reads you. He also says that the Bible is “God’s love letter to us.” In this course, we will learn to read that “love letter” from God and we will end up being moved by it.

Course outline: We will read five readings from Scripture daily, including selections from:

An Old Testament Historical book - beginning in Exodus

A Psalm

An Old Testament Wisdom or Prophetic book - beginning with Sirach

A New Testament Epistle or non-Gospel reading - beginning with Ephesians

A Gospel

Mr. O’Brien will post a brief daily video lecture commenting on one or more of that day’s readings. We will then, during our live Monday gatherings, discuss the readings that made the biggest impression on us throughout the previous week.

Course materials: The Holy Bible, any translation, but we will especially focus on the variety of translations and interlinear versions available online.

Homework: Five rather short daily readings from Scripture, plus view a daily video from Mr. O’Brien of five to ten minutes to watch and comment upon the video. Plan to spend an hour a day for homework.

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Starts Starts: 1/23/2023 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/24/2023 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 21 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
Study serious literature this summer… or not! In this course, we’ll learn why humor is important and its place in great literature. Meet Mr. O’Brien here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr29R3yCM68

Total classes: 6
Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2023.
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern / 9:00 Central / 8:00 Mountain / 7:00 Pacific
Duration: 45 minutes per class
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th Grade
Suggested credit: ½ semester Literature or English
Fee: $102 if you register on or before April 15, 2023. $122 if you register after April 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)
Instructor: Kevin O’Brien
Course description: From light verse (funny poems) to the works of the American Humorists from funny plays to comedies with serious themes, we will examine the role of humor in literature - and in life! Our Final Project will be a fun poem, story, play, or video that each student will make, to be shared in class.
Course outline:
Introduction
Funny Poems and Songs
Mark Twain and American Humor
Humor on Stage: from Gilbert & Sullivan to Vaudeville and Beyond
Stand-up Comedy as a form of Literature
Final Project Highlights
Course materials: PDFs provided free by the instructor.
Homework: Reading assignments and a Final Project (graded by the instructor). Expect about an hour for each class per day.

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Starts Starts: 5/8/2023 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 5/17/2023 10:45 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 21 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
In this high school course, students will go deep into Tolkien’s Catholic faith and its impact on his writing. Meet Mr. O’Brien here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvZyFXaDFRY.

Total Classes:
6
Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, May 15, 16, 17 & May 22, 23, 24, 2023
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 am Mountain 8:30 am Pacific)
Duration: 55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested credit: ½ semester Literature
Fee: $102 if you register on or before April 15, 2023. $122 if you register after April 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)
Instructor: Kevin O’Brien
Course description: JRR Tolkien was able to create the most popular work of literature of the 20th century, The Lord of the Rings, out of the depth of his spiritual insight and because of his profound Catholic faith. This course will examine Tolkien’s spirituality by reading his letters, by studying his life story, and by examining the works he created. We will thereby learn, through Tolkien’s example, how faith and personal sanctity can and should play itself out in the life and works of every Christian. This course will be more than an examination of JRR Tolkien it will also be a glimpse into the power of God’s grace working through an artist and his art.
Course outline: These are the general subjects we will be covering, but they are subject to change or re-arrangement.
Intro - Tolkien’s Life
His Friendships
Mythopoeia and Fairy Stories
Themes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Subcreation
The Long Defeat and the Glimpse of Final Victory
Course materials: The Letters of JRR Tolkien (
https://amzn.to/3UWHHwl) Tree and Leaf (https://amzn.to/3CrZoNc) and PDFs provided by the instructor.
Homework: Students will be expected to complete the assigned reading for each class meeting as well as interaction and questions for each class a Final Exam will also be assigned. Estimated homework time: about an hour per day outside of class.


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Starts Starts: 5/15/2023 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 5/24/2023 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Join us in this course where we’ll not only learn about the Saints, but also meet them in person. Well, actually, we’ll meet the saints as presented by Mr. Kevin O’Brien. Visit Mr. O’Brien here, https://youtu.be/MsQBWT_XoGA.

Total Classes:
6
Class Dates: Mon, Tues., Wed., July 10, 11, 12 & July 17, 18, 19, 2023.
Starting Time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 am Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes per class
Prerequisite: None
Suggested Grade Level: 6th to 8th Grade
Suggested Credit: ½ semester credit Literature or Theology
Fee: $102 if you register on or before April 15, 2023. $122 if you register after April 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)
Instructor: Kevin O’Brien
Course Description: Mr. O’Brien is known for his portrayals of famous saints, both on EWTN’s The Journey Home and in one-man stage shows that he has performed around the world. In this course, Mr. O’Brien will portray a different saint every day! Students will “interview” each saint live in class by asking him questions, based on their study and research. Our Final Project will feature each student portraying his or her favorite saint - either live on webcam, or in a written paper.
Course Outline:
Introduction
Meet St. Paul
Meet St. Francis
Meet St. Genesius
Meet Fr. Delp
Meet Your Favorite Saint! (Final Project Highlights)
Course Materials: PDFs provided free by the instructor.
Homework: Research outside of class and Final Project. Plan on about an hour of homework per day.

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Starts Starts: 7/10/2023 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 7/19/2023 10:45 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
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