Top university professors launch single-day “universities” for adult learners

day-university-adultBonnie Blank is about 40 years older than a traditional college student, but she hasn’t stopped going to class.

One Day University is an adult education program, offered throughout the country, that recruits top university professors to lecture at single-day learning opportunities. Through the program, Blank has been able to quench her thirst for learning without signing up for a full semester.

She plans to attend one such event Sunday at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The event is sponsored by The Inquirer.

As of Wednesday morning, 80 seats were still available for purchase. Founder and executive director Steven Schragis said those interested need to sign up by the close of business Friday.

The full-day event will last from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a lunch break at 1. Leading the hour-long lecture sessions will be 11 professors from Swarthmore College, Georgetown University, Brown University, American University, the University of Pennsylvania, and other colleges and universities.

Schragis said One Day University has a return rate of nearly 70 percent among students, and events in Philadelphia have been successful: The city “is one of the best groups. It’s an all-star team – no kidding.”

“The fact that these sessions are packed says that Philadelphia is the right place for an event like this,” said Leonard Steinhorn of American University. He will present his lecture “1968: The Extraordinary Events of a Memorable Year.”

(Next page: What the profs will teach; attendee reaction)


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