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Winter / Spring 2017 Courses

Plants under Glass: The history, management and practical applications of greenhouses, Professor Karen Snetselaar.

6 Tuesdays, January 17 - February 21, 2017, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.). Learn all about greenhouses – types, uses and their history. Different kinds of greenhouses will be considered, including conservatories used for botanical plant collections and greenhouses for the production of food.  Practical solutions for home gardeners, such as cold frames and other season-extenders, will also be discussed.  

This course requires preregistration.

Preregistration opens on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Register online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

A Physics Smorgasbord: Topics in Contemporary Physics, Professor Paul Angelillo.

6 Mondays, January 23 - March 6, 2017, 6:30 - 7:45 PM. Falls of Schuylkill Neighborhood Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 3501 Midvale Avenue (at Warden Drive). Learn about the latest advances in physics, including evidence of the Higgs boson, new extrasolar planets and the discovery of exotic states of matter.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

Viruses from the Inside Out, Professor Joseph B. Rucker.

6 Wednesdays, January 25 - March 1, 2017, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). This course will be a biochemist’s view of how  viruses work.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

Evolution: Process and Pattern, Professor Jason Downs.

8 Saturdays, January 28 - March 18, 2017, 10:30 AM to Noon. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia.

This course will provide a deeper understanding of the concept of evolution and how evolutionary processes have shaped the history of life.

This course requires preregistration.

Preregistration opens on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Register online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

Trees of Philadelphia, Professor David Hewitt.

6 Tuesdays, March 28 - May 2, 2017, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St. (20th and Arch Sts.).

This course will provide an overview of our urban forest, with a focus on the trees of Philadelphia.  There will be in-depth discussion of tree species including identification, physiology, growth and ecology.

This course requires preregistration.

Preregistration opens on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Register online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

The Science Behind Global Warming, Professor Kevin Cannon.

6 Wednesdays, March 29 – May 3, 2017, 6:15 - 7:30 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut). This course explores the science that is associated with global warming, and examines the evidence pointing to ongoing global warming and the modeling techniques used to predict the warming trend. 

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

 

Past Courses

Fall 2016 Courses

The Cosmos: A History of Early Astronomy, Professor Darin Hayton.

6 Wednesdays, September 21-November 2, 2016, 6:15 - 7:45 PM. Independence Branch of the Free Library, 18 S. 7th Street (between Market and Chestnut).  The history of astronomy is a journey through foreign lands populated with cultures that struggled to understand the heavens, as we still struggle to do today. This course will explore some of these cultures to learn why they invested considerable time and effort in studying the heavens and the uses to which they put their knowledge of the stars and planets.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

FIELD COURSE

Wild City Plants, Professor Alfred E. Schuyler.

First class: Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:30 - 7:45 PM, at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. 5 Saturdays: September 24, October 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2016, 10AM - 1PM in different parts of Philadelphia. This field class will take 5 Saturday walks to different sites in Philadelphia and will focus on plants that grow wild in disturbed habitats and places densely populated by humans. 

This course requires preregistration and is limited to 25 students.

Pre-registration opens on Monday, September 12, 2016.

Register online here or call 215-763-6529 x23.

Location information will be provided at the first class.  Due to space limitations, preference will be given to people who can attend all 6 class meetings.

Urban Entomology, Professor Greg Cowper.

6 Mondays, October 17-November 21, 2016, 6:15 - 7:45 PM. Fishtown Community Branch of the Free Library, 1217 East Montgomery Ave.  An introduction to entomology – the study of insects – in the context of urban Philadelphia.  Insects collected around the city will provide a framework for discussing metamorphosis, morphology, classification and behavior.

No preregistration necessary. Register by attending the first course.

 

 

 

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