History professor offers five noncredit courses

Professor of history William Robison, co-author of “The Tudors on Film and Television,” will offer five noncredit courses in three different locations in the next nine months. Each course meets weekly for six weeks. Admission is open to the public, and schoolteachers can earn up to 12 continuing learning units. The fee for each course is $80.

First up for fall 2014 is “Henry VIII and His Six Wives: Art, Film, Music, and Readings” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 30 to Nov. 4, at Southeastern’s Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, 9261 Florida Blvd., Walker. Each of the six sessions focuses on Henry and one of his wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr. Readings, period art, music and film excerpts will be part of the class.

The second course of the fall is “King Arthur and Robin Hood: Art, Film, Music and Readings” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 11 to Dec. 16, in Fayard Hall on Southeastern’s main campus, 1205 N. Oak St., Hammond. The course will examine how modern novels, films and television shows about King Arthur and Robin Hood relate to medieval legends and literature, how accurately they portray the world of the Middle Ages, how they reflect the culture of the times in which they were made and how they compare with one another with regard to artistic value.

The spring semester 2015 kicks off with “Shakespeare’s English Kings from the Hundred Years War to the Wars of the Roses” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 22 to Feb. 26, at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center, 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville. The six sessions include Richard II, Lancaster and York; Henry IV and the Battle of Shrewsbury; Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt; Henry VI, Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses; Richard III, Henry VII and the Battle of Bosworth; and Henry VIII and a flashback to King John.

Returning to a different location is “Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 24 to March 31, in Southeastern’s Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center.

The spring semester concludes with “Monster Movies and History” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 14 to May 19, in Southeastern’s Fayard Hall in Hammond. The course explores what “Frankenstein,” “The Mummy,” “King Kong,” “Godzilla,” “The War of the Worlds” and other monster movies reveal about history. The six sessions include Frankenstein, from Shelley to Karloff to Brooks and beyond; Egyptian archaeology and the curse of mummies; King Kong and the fear of the jungle; Godzilla and the atomic nightmare; The War of the Worlds and xenophobia; and a feast of cheese: bad monster movies. The class will feature readings and excerpts from numerous monster movies.

Register online at www.southeastern.edu/acad_research/programs/noncredit, by email at noncredit@southeastern.edu, by phone at (985) 549-2301, by fax at (985) 549-5078, by mail at SLU Box 10858, Hammond, LA 70402 or in person at 222 Mims Hall, 204 Azalea Circle, Hammond.

For information about the courses, contact Robison at wrobison@southeastern.edu.