Open University

Open University

Ever wonder what goes on in today’s college classrooms? Now is your chance to excite your curiosity. A few times each semester, LIU Post's renowned faculty of scholars and scientists open their classrooms to visitors and alumni to explore a particular topic or trend. The public is invited to audit, for a nominal fee, up to two lessons per semester from a select grouping of scientific, historical, humanities and artistic courses. No examinations or papers are required, no grade is assigned, and no credit is granted for the class.

Fall 2014 Schedule:

“What’s the Verdict? Medical malpractice: what can go wrong will go wrong”
Class Description:
Students will explore the world of health care malpractice. They will learn about the elements of a negligence case and the stages of a lawsuit then hear about real world cases from a horror in the operating room to a series of mishaps in the Emergency Department which left a patient injured for life. A fictitious case will be presented where students will decide whether to settle or take to trial. 

Your Professor:
Linda Vila, Esq., is an experienced health care lawyer who has managed hundreds of medical malpractice cases from incident to settlement. She has served as senior counsel for several large New York health care organizations and provides consulting expertise in the areas of legal, corporate and regulatory compliance as well as risk management. An assistant professor of health care and public administration, Professor Vila teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in in health law, health care management and health care ethics.
Date:
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
7:10 to 9 p.m., Library, Room 389
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
5:45 to 8:15 p.m., Kahn Discovery Center, Room 122
Registration is a must.

 

"Flattening the Earth: A Cartographic Art and Science"
Class Description:
For hundreds of years, cartographers have puzzled over how to draw the round Earth on a flat map. The history of map projections includes not only efforts by the best of scientists and mathematicians, but also propaganda of rubes and charlatans proposing they had invented the best of all possible map displays. This lecture explores the elegance and usefulness of methods that accomplish this changeover from round to flat, and the beauty of the resulting maps. 

Your Professor
:
Patrick Kennelly, Ph.D., is a professor of geography and editor of Cartographic Perspectives, a journal dedicated to the study and practice of cartography in all its diversity. He also serves on the Editorial Board of The Cartographic Journal (published by the British Cartographic Society) and as a Cartographic Editor for the Journal of Maps. He has published dozens of research and technology articles in international academic journals, technical reports, and scientific proceedings.

Date:
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
6:20 p.m. to 9 p.m., Library, Room 227
Registration is a must.

 

“Machiavelli to Marx: The Origins of Modern Political Life"
Class Description:
This class examines the origins of, and developments that have led to, our modern political institutions. With ancient political philosophy, the aim was to bring about the excellent political community. But it was also believed that this could be only attained by luck or chance. Machiavelli makes a radical break with both aspects of this way of thinking about politics

by introducing new modes and orders. We shall follow through Machiavelli’s new modes and orders learning up to Marx, who ambitiously reenvisions the goal of politics and the political institutions that will secure the goal.

Your Professor:
Shawn Welnak, Ph.D. is an associate professor of philosophy at LIU Post and founder of the Institute for the Study of Democracy and Liberalism. A dynamic teacher and scholar, Dr. Welnak specializes in Greek and Islamic Political Philosophy. As an active scholar versed in both Greek and Arabic languages, he has presented his work across the country, and most recently in Paris. Dr. Welnak’s captivating teaching style is shown through his student evaluations which regularly rank him among the top professors at LIU.

Date:
Wednesday, Oct. 8 or Nov. 12, 2014
11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., Humanities Hall, Room 207
Registration is a must.

 

“The Analytics of Love: Research Methods”
Class Description:
What is your definition of love? On a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate the love of a mother versus the love of chocolate? This class explores methods to collect, analyze and present data to help solve administrative problems in the workplace. Using the abstract concept of “love,” Professor Williams puts a fun spin on the topic of measuring thoughts and the tools used to help scholars more easily understand different methods of research, basic data gathering and budget efficiency.

Your Professor
:
Christopher Williams, J.D., is university director of Public Policy, Government & Foundation Relations at Long Island University and an adjunct professor of public administration. Professor Williams is the former Special Deputy Inspector General and Senior Investigative Attorney for New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He also is the recipient of the New York State Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service in law-related education.

Date:
Thursday, Oct. 2 or Oct. 9, 2014
6:10 to 8 p.m., Humanities Hall, Room 221
Registration is a must.

 

“Vertebrate Paleontology: Pre-Historic Life”
Class Description:
Learn about paleobiology and the processes of vertebrate evolution from ancient fishes to extinct mammals through geological time. Enjoy a transformative lecture about extinction and environmental implications.

Your Professor
:
William Schutt is a professor of biology and a world-renowned expert on vampire bats and other creatures of the night. With a bachelor’s degree from LIU Post and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, Dr. Schutt is a research associate-in-residence at the American Museum of Natural History. He is the author of the book, “Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures” and the novel, “draculae,” a World War II eco-thriller. Never one to shy away from the dark side of the natural world, Dr. Schutt is currently working on a book about the natural history of cannibalism.

Date:
Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Fall 2014 Semester
12:30 to 1:50 p.m., Life Science, Room 359
Registration is a must.

 

“History of Visual Communications: From Sumerians to Selfies - what we really mean if we really look"
Class Description:

In an ever growing visual world what are we trying to say? Maybe history has the answers. From the beginning we found the easiest way to communicate was through images. Today we speak globally through these images - come see what our images are saying and how they are bringing the world closer. Bring your sense of humor to class.

Your Professor
:
Patrick Aievoli, M.A., founding director of the Interactive Multimedia Arts Graduate Program, is called a "pioneer of new media" by Dr. Frank Romano, RIT Kodak Chair. Professor Aievoli is a former senior designer and print promotion manager at the McGraw-Hill Book Company and today consults for some of the metro area’s largest new media companies. He is the author of “on enterFrame” and “Support the Aesthetic through Metaphorical Thinking” and the Long Island Press column, “EdTech.”

Date
: Tuesday, Oct. 27 or Thursday, Oct. 29, 2014 (select one)
5 to 6:20 p.m., Humanities Hall, Room 220
Registration is a must.

 

“European Political Theory”
Class Description:
This wide-ranging, survey course explores critical concepts such as the state, citizen's rights, justice, power, legitimacy, human nature, and the origins of human society. Discover how great thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, and Machiavelli, have impacted our modern political landscape.

Your Professor
:
Michael Soupios, Ph.D., is a dynamic professor of political science and holds a record nine university degrees: one bachelor’s degree, four master’s degrees (three from LIU Post), and four doctorates in history, political science, philosophy and religion. Find out why the author of the book "The Ten Golden Rules to Leadership" (coming this November) is one of the most engaging political scientists in the nation! According to Dr. Soupios, “My prime objective in the classroom is to encourage students to investigate ideas, to reconsider their own premises, and above all, to examine life, no matter how inconvenient or intimidating that examination might become.”

Date: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the Fall Semester
Tu/Th 9:30 - 10:50 a.m., Humanities Hall, Room 384
M/W 2 - 3:20 p.m., Humanities Hall, Room 122
Registration is a must.

Registration

Cost: $50 for one session; (free for LIU alumni)
Register: 5 days in advance of class
516-299-4003 or email ce-post@liu.edu
Payment: Check or Credit Card
Notes: Auditors are silent participants in class and may join in discussions only at the discretion of the instructor; you may audit up to two classes per Fall semester.