Free WALL Classes Available on Zoom this Summer for Alumnae and the Community

Wesleyan has prepared some wonderful Summer classes that will take place using Zoom video conferencing. If you are interested in attending any of these Summer courses, please email with your class(es) of interest. The Zoom meeting link and additional instructions will be distributed to interested participants. These classes will be FREE for you to enjoy!

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A Report on Austria from Germany

Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 11:00am
Instructor(s): Dr. Chenny Gan '02 associate professor of music, and husband Ernst Takacs

This course will be a fun and informal wandering through some of the natural, cultural, and culinary treasures of the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City of Salzburg, Austria.  From our home in Bavaria, and while safely practicing social distancing, we will give some fun highlights into the real everyday culture of Salzburg—from its people, history, food and drink specialties, scenic sights, the von Trapp family, Mozart and more! For part of the course, we plan to drive over the border to Salzburg and give course participants some “real live” impressions of daily living there and show how Austrians are coping in the current situation.

Blessed, Butchered, Bartered, and Betrothed: Women in the Bible

Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 at 1:30pm
Instructor: President Vivia Fowler
Required Materials: Study Bible

From Eve to Lydia, and from the Ephraim Levite's concubine to the woman caught in adultery, biblical narratives about women provide a unique framework for a study of the Bible. In four short sessions students will examine stories of women in Genesis and Judges, women in the Gospels, and women in early Christianity.  Each session begins with background on the biblical story and ends with a first-person monologue. All are welcome.

  • Session One: Leah's Story, Read Genesis 29-30
  • Session Two: Jephthah's Daughter, Read Judges 11
  • Session Three: The Samaritan Woman, Read John 4:1-42 and Luke 10:25-37
  • Session Four: I Commend to You Phoebe, Read Acts 16: 1-2

Religions of the World (Non-Abrahamic)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7, 9, 14, and 16 at 11:00am
Instructor: Dr. Tyler Schwaller, assistant professor of religious studies

This course will introduce the basic histories, main ideas, traditions and practices, and varieties of some of the world's non-Abrahamic religions. We will give particular attention to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Yoruba religion, indigenous religions of North America, and new religious movements. The class will also take up critical questions of interreligious engagement and consider the prospects of religious pluralism.

Topics in Classical Mythology

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 21, 23, 28, 30 at 1:30pm
Instructor: Dr. Richard Davies, retired United Methodist minister

We will consider various topics from the mythology of ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Session one will look at love and romance. Session two will review some ghost stories. In session three we will see the popularity of Hercules as a god in the centuries before and after Jesus, and will examine the possibility that a New Testament passage, Philippians 2:6-11 (which may have been an ancient congregational hymn) was a Christian response to Hercules. Session four is open for suggestions, but will probably review an ancient “soap opera.”


If you are interested in attending any of these Summer courses, please email with your class(es) of interest. The Zoom meeting link and additional instructions will be distributed to interested participants.

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