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September 16, 2022

What Do You Know About 18% of the World’s Population?

Join University of Denver’s Enrichment Program to find out more!

How familiar are with the home to almost a fifth of the world’s population? Perhaps a considerable amount if you think about North America and Europe. However, the populations of those continents are still shy of equaling the population of the fourth-largest country in the world: China. China is home to more than 18% of the world’s population alone. Chinese is also the most popular language worldwide.

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With such a global presence, it’s mindboggling how misunderstood China is by Westerners. University of Denver’s Enrichment Program is shedding light on this superpower with several courses starting soon:

Chinese Foreign Policy: What the Future Holds 
Jing Sun, associate professor of political science, deciphers President Xi Jinping’s “Chinese Dream” and its global impact. Sun examines the roles that shape the country’s foreign policymaking and explores the catch-me-if-you-can game as societal forces like social media challenge the government’s monopoly of information control.
Four in-person sessions  
Mon., Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 

6:30–8:30 pm MT

Chinese Philosophy and Religion and Beyond

Sharon Coggan, retired founder of the Religions Studies Program at the University of Colorado Denver, uncovers the mysteries of the unique qualities of Chinese philosophy and religion. You’ll explore the classic Chinese philosophical movements including Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism, Legalism, Chinese logic, Neo-Confucianism, Neo-Taoism and Chinese Buddhism.
Four in-person sessions  
Tue., Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1  

7:00–9:00 pm MT

Exploring the Promise of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Artificial Intelligence Meets Ancient Wisdom

Chinese medicine is now garnering respect from the highest echelons of medicine, including Harvard Medical School and the National Institutes of Health. Joe Brady, a nationally board-certified practitioner of oriental medicine, delivers cutting-edge details about TCM and how advances in artificial intelligence are making it easier to study the effects of TCM on maintaining and improving health today.
Four Zoom sessions  
Tue., Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29  

6:30–8:30 pm MT

The Enrichment Program offers short courses in wide range of subjects. Some of the other course topics offered this fall include the History of Distilling in Colorado, Bruce Springsteen, Resilient Energy Systems, Vegan French Charcuterie and Historic Music of the American West. You can browse the full catalog here.

If you’re short on time, you can always join one of the one night lecture series. Topics include:

  • Between the lines: Photojournalism in the Crossfire: Join photojournalist Jan Sonnenmair as she shares the changing role and dangers of photojournalists covering civil unrest— from her side of the lens. Zoom; Mon., Sept. 19, 7-9pm MT
  • What’s in a name? Join sociolinguist Kathleen S. Guerra as she examines naming practices along with where, how and why certain associations are developed and maintained in proper names. In-person; Tue., Sept. 29, 7-9pm MT
  • Pin-up Grrrls: Join art history professor Maria Elena Buszek for a peek into the surprising evolution of the pin-up along with her research that connects the fine arts to popular culture. In-person; Mon., Oct. 3, 7-9pm MT
  • Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Join psychiatric nurse practitioner Bob Cragg as he examines opioids’ role in culture and medicine, how natural opiates compare to synthetics, opioid use disorder and treatments and how the current crisis came to be. Zoom; Wed., Nov. 2, 7-9pm MT

Join us this fall to expand your knowledge with Enrichment Program’s short courses, with options online and in-person.

The Enrichment Program connects the intellectually curious adult to the University of Denver’s outstanding faculty, facilities, and programming, and Denver’s rich cultural community through non-credit courses. Classes don’t have tests or grades; they simply offer learning for the love of learning.

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