Principia Lifelong Learning online seminars are four weeks in length. In addition to online independent study, the class meets with the instructor once a week. These sessions are live—both the instructor and students are online at the same time, just as if you were all together in a traditional classroom.
The seminar materials, on the other hand, are available 24/7. Access them at your convenience from anywhere in the world. No special software is needed, just broadband access to the Internet. Before the seminar begins, we'll show you what to expect, how to log in, and how to use the system, so you'll be fully prepared for the first day of class.
Pete SpottsScience reporter for The Christian Science Monitor
Pete Spotts joined the Monitor staff in 1976 and has been covering science for the publication for nearly 20 years. Pete is a recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science Journalism Award and had been awarded science-journalism fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
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About the Seminar
Take a brief trip back in time to look at the history of climate-change research (yes, it predates Al Gore—by a lot). Learn about how the climate system works and explore the various ways humans have adapted, and continue to adapt, to a changing climate. And explore the tools researchers use to expand their still-imperfect understanding of this complex system. Then, examine the ways research is used—and abused—in the political debates about global warming.
Class runs May 9–30
Live class sessions meet Thursday evenings 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (CT), beginning May 9.
Everyone has a story to tell. How will you tell yours? This four-week writing workshop offers the opportunity to identify your life’s ordinary and extraordinary moments and write about them as segments of a larger work or as stand-alone pieces.
The seminar includes reading brief excerpts from published works within this popular genre and the chance to contribute to a class-compiled reading list of favorite memoirs. Explore, discover, organize, and jumpstart your own memoir.
Author and former editor in Principia's Publications Office
Class runs September 10–October 1
Live class sessions meet Tuesday evenings 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (CDT), beginning September 10.
Electrified "plug-in" vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and others that can run just on electricity all or most of the time are selling even better than the familiar gas-electric hybrid Toyota Prius did when it was first introduced more than a decade ago.
Find out why most of the world's major automakers are making huge investments in electric drive vehicles. Find out the advantages, costs, savings, winners, and losers—and why you will probably be “driving electric” in a few years.
Mark ClaytonEnergy, environment, and cybersecurity for The Christian Science Monitor
Mark Clayton has written about energy and the environment from the Monitor's Boston bureau since 2003 and cyber-security since 2008. His reporting won a 2005 honorable mention for Best Energy Writing from the National Press Foundation and 2009 recognition from the Society of Environmental Journalists
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Class runs September 12–October 3
Live class sessions meet Thursday evenings 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (CT), beginning September 12.
This four-week seminar divides the short, six-chapter letter of Galatians into four classes in order to discover why it’s considered Paul’s most spirited defense of his teachings.
Some of Paul’s biggest theological themes—sin, grace, and the law—will be explored, including how they influenced Martin Luther and led to the Protestant Reformation and eventually to Mary Baker Eddy’s discovery of Christian Science. Learn how Paul takes an Old Testament story and reinterprets it in light of Christ Jesus’ life and teachings, providing a lesson in Scriptural application.
Madelon Maupin majored in religion at Principia College and earned an MA in Theological Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2008. She is a regular contributor to The Christian Science Journal and Sentinel and gives talks throughout the country on the Old and New Testament
Class runs October 8–29
Live class sessions meet Tuesday evenings 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (CDT), beginning October 8.
During her long life, Mary Baker Eddy was the presiding figure in several unusual households that linked group living with spiritual mission. The convergence of economic, strategic, and religious forces led to several experiments in which Mrs. Eddy reconstituted her own family experience as she built a working Christian community. These experiments were born, at first, of necessity, and later established with more intention and planning.
This four-week seminar introduces lessons learned from these households. Connect with the historical time period and learn more about these households, from Lynn to Chestnut Hill.
Mike HamiltonPrincipia College Religion Faculty
ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary
MDiv, Boston University School of Theology
BA, San Francisco State University
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Class runs October 10–31
Live class sessions meet Thursday evenings 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (CT), beginning October 12.