FOND DU LAC, Wis. – For the past two spring semesters, Marian University has held open classes for members of the public at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Courses included “American History Up Close: History of America from 1400 to 1865 in Objects and Artifacts” and “The Big History of the Upper Midwest and Wisconsin.” The open classes were taught by Dr. Rick Whaley, associate professor at Marian University, and Herman Bender, independent researcher, historical consultant and writer.
“Presenting through the open class concept has allowed us to give something of value back to the community,” said Whaley. “Marian University offers a variety of new courses and programs, and offers a quality educational experience for both students and the public. We are grateful to Marian University and the Fond du Lac Public Library for their support in offering these courses to the public.”
“Two of Marian’s core values are Community and Learning, and these courses are an example of Marian’s commitment to the Fond du Lac community,” said Dr. Sheryl Ayala, interim vice president for Academic Affairs.
The courses featured history lessons through the use of artifacts and antiquities, and allowed attendees to not only discuss history, but truly experience it.
Dr. Rick Whaley has been teaching for more than 43 years, and currently serves as an associate professor of history at Marian University. Bender is a writer and researcher, and has been published by presses of both Oxford University and Cambridge University. Bender is also the founder and first president of the Mid-America Geographic Foundation and a leader of the Hanwakan Center for Prehistoric Astronomy, Cosmology and Cultural Landscape Studies, Inc.