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Summer Seminar Series

Education should be accessible to people regardless of income. This is in no way a radical idea to those involved in the Summer Seminar Series. That’s a series of free academic classes created for those who cannot afford traditional education. “Our project offers formal academic experiences to local un-housed, low income, and fixed income residents of our community who find access to such experiences otherwise difficult, if not impossible,” says Bill Ferrari, a teacher at Marist High School involved in organizing the seminar. This year’s series includes nine classes throughout the month of August taught by professors and alumni from the University of Oregon, University of Washington and Northwest Christian University. The seminars happening this week include Emeritus Prof. Alan Meyer from the UO’s Lundquist College of Business, on Aug. 10; Terry Maresca, MD, from the University of Washington School of Medicine, on Aug. 11; and Prof. Laura Holland from the UO American English Institute, on Aug. 15. “Each class will discuss the notion of community from a particular academic discipline’s perspective,” according to the Summer Seminar Series schedule.

All 2017 Summer Seminar Series classes take place from 11 am to noon in the Parish Center at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (1062 Charnelton Street). Classes span from Aug. 1 to Aug. 17. Visit summerseminar.marisths.org for more info and a full schedule. All seminars are FREE and include lunch.
— Meerah Powell