Registration Open For NC State’s Encore Spring Semester Courses, Trips

North Carolina State University’s Encore Center for Lifelong Enrichment, which offers a variety of non-credit programs for adults aged 50 and older, has begun registration for its spring 2010 courses, trips and events, which run from Jan. 19 to April 23.

Thirty-eight short courses and six lectures covering a wide range of topics in the liberal
arts and sciences are scheduled. Participants can learn about such diverse topics as Nietzsche vs. Christianity, astronomy, the musical brain, the Vatican, forensic engineering, the films of Ken Russell, the Robber Baron era, American musical traditions, and elements of design. An evening course on Shakespeare and the theme of love, power and redemption will also be offered.  A multi-day study trip to Paris will be offered in late April. Day trips will explore NC State’s fish farm, the Triangle’s water supply and a local Habitat for Humanity project. Cultural events include outings to the Carolina Ballet, the NC Symphony and the Durham Savoyard’s production of the Mikado.

Encore’s membership fee is $40 and runs from January through August 2010. The membership includes NC State benefits such as library privileges and discounts on campus cultural events. Most short courses are $45 each and trip and event prices vary. Call 919/515-5782 for a free catalog or visit Encore on the Web at

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