The Office of Special Programs at UR is now offering new courses in the upcoming weeks including “Art Encounters” and “The Art of War.”

Art Encounters is designed to show students the different types of art forms available in the Rochester community.

According to the course description, this course is “designed to introduce students to a variety of art forms popular in our culture and to encourage critical thought about these experiences.”

The course will be divided into five different areas of exploration – theater, dance, music, gallery arts and film or television.

The class meets once a week on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning on Jan. 27 and ending on May 5. Students attend either different local art settings or meet on campus for discussion.

“The Art of War,” another class offered through the Office of Special Programs, looks at war through a literary lens, reading books such as Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” and Art Spiegelmans’ “Maus.”

In the class, students will question whether war can be represented through art, and what constitutes an accurate literary portrayal of war and violence.

This course will also meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Feb. 2 until April 27.

Both courses, like all other class offered through the Office of Special Programs, are non-credit courses and cost $475 and $425, respectively.

Informal discussion on careers in international education to be held today

The Career Center and the Center for Study Abroad will be holding an informal discussion on Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. in Lattimore 401 about different careers in international education and how to enter into one.

“We have a growing number of people from UR who have gone into careers in international education,” Assistant Dean and Director for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs Jacqueline Levine said.

“Something we find interesting is that we have students come back from abroad who met Americans who work overseas, and they ask ‘How did you get your job?'”

International education has two main branches – people who work with and help Americans that live abroad or wish to and people who assist students living abroad and who wish to come to the United States to study.

Another very common job in international education is working with international fellowships such as the Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarships.

The meeting will feature several speakers including Jarlath McGuckin, Marueen Brady and Joseph Sevigny who all work for the Institute for the International Education of Students.

Reporting by Madeline Woo.UR

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