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Our Amazing Constitution


with Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.

Calendar Apr 21, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

An introduction to the unique governmental system created by the U.S. Constitution of 1787. We will explore the principles and operation of the separation of powers, federalism, individual rights, and representative democracy—all original experiments at the time! We will also examine how and why it has been modified over the last two centuries, and the political crises we face today. This is the basic civics class that should be familiar to all American students, but which will be far more understandable and relevant to those who have lived under its umbrella for many decades. Current events and class discussions included. Pocket Constitutions will be supplied.

Instructor: Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.  Michael holds a BA in French and an MA in Political Science from the Univ. of Nevada, and a PhD in Political Science from the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, and was a Fulbright Scholar (graduate study in International Relations) at l’Université de Paris. He was a professor in the Department of Economics, History, and Political Science at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA for 30 years. He has found refuge in Anacortes for the last 20 years.

Understanding World Wide Religions


with Jim Barrett

Calendar Apr 21, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Religion impacts all of us every day: foreign policy, government decisions, social interactions, and the wars we fight. What is religion, why do people believe, where did it come from, and why don’t most people talk openly about it? What are the similarities, the differences, and the benefits to followers of the major religions? What trends can we identify? These and other questions will be discussed as well as your own experiences with religion, in this “no-judgment” course.

Instructor: Jim Barrett, Ed.D.  Jim received his BA from Western Washington Univ. and his masters and doctorate from the Univ. of Washington in Higher Education. He was employed by the UW for 32 years in several Health Science positions and retired as Director of the Dept. of Health Sciences Center for Educational Resources and as an affiliate professor in the Dept. of Medical Education. For the past twelve years he has researched and written on the subject of comparative religion.



with Bob Weathers

Calendar May 12, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Wellness, as defined in this course, is the integrated nurturing of all aspects of our lives and with the natural and built environments in which we live. This course examines relationships among and development of all of these, with emphasis on ways to change behavior for enhancement of well-being.

Instructor: Bob Weathers, Ed.D.  After getting a B.A. in Art from John Brown University, Bob earned a master’s in Physical Education from the University of Arkansas, and his doctorate in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. He then completed a post-doctoral program in the University of Minnesota’s Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene before taking a position at Seattle Pacific University in 1978. During the following 32 years at SPU, Bob led the exercise program and taught a variety of courses – primarily Exercise Physiology and Wellness.

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