Philosophy: truth, ‘post-truth’, and thinking skills – Autumn 2017

truth-166853_1920.jpgTo some ‘post truth’ means freedom from the tyranny of rationality and experts. To others it is another word for ‘lies’. Develop and practice philosophical skills to understand truth and post truth better and to evaluate claims that we now live in a ‘post truth age’. We will cover: 1. what we mean by ‘true’ in everyday language; 2. Definitions of ‘post truth’; 3. Different philosophical ways of understanding truth; 4. How the proponents of post truth and ‘fake news’ understand truth; 5. How to analyse arguments philosophically; 6. whether rationality is the opposite of emotion; 7. The relationship between argument and rhetoric; 8. how to apply the techniques of philosophical analysis to ‘post truth’ claims.

Tutor – Bettina Lange
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 1:15pm – 3:15pm, 11 meetings from 22 September 2017
Course Ref – C2337861

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Painting in watercolour – Autumn 2017

watercolour-paint-2322136_1920.jpgWhatever subject you are interested in painting, this class will help you to focus on developing your watercolour skills. You will be taught the principles of painting in watercolour and encouraged to develop them at your own pace and in your own style.

Tutor – Cheryl Wilbraham
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 11 meetings from 22 September 2017
Course Ref – C2337856

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

The tragedy of the Great War: causes, consequences & contrasting centenaries

Bravo, Belgium! - Punch (12 August 1914), page 143 - BLAlthough the Great War’s consequences are indisputable, its origins remain contentious. Re-evaluating each country’s role in the crisis, this course traces the political, social and economic causes of the conflict. Given the war’s contrasting memories and national narratives we will also ask, should we commemorate without reproach?

Tutor Mark Barnard
Starts Friday 19 May 2017
Time 10.00am-12.00pm
Duration 7 weeks
Location The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee £53.90 or FREE based on selected means tested benefits

To book a place call 01332 291805 or email derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

Botanical painting – Spring 2017

aRTisTThis course, which is for all levels of ability, will focus on helping you to develop the observational, drawing and painting skills necessary to depict plant life in detail or in a more expressive way. We will work from life and from photographs.

Tutor – Cheryl Wilbraham
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 13 January 2017
Course Ref – C2337153

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Painting in watercolour – Spring 2017

BrushesWhatever subject you are interested in painting, this class will help you to focus on developing your watercolour skills. You will be taught the principles of painting in watercolour and encouraged to develop them at your own pace and in your own style.

Tutor – Cheryl Wilbraham
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 11 meetings from 13 January 2017
Course Ref – C2337154

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Tai Chi and Health Qigong for health and relaxation – Spring 2017

Tai ChiThis beneficial way to exercise, combines body movements and mental stimulation. It also helps posture and co-ordination. The gentle slow movements energise the body without undue strain on joints and muscles. By practising regularly, students will achieve the means to relieve stress and tension, and introduce a sense of well-being.

Tutor – Janette Jackson
Fee £52.00 or Free
Venue – Darley Abbey Village Hall, Abbey Yard, Darley Abbey, Derby, DE22 1DS
Date – Friday 1:30pm – 3:00pm, 9 meetings from 3 February 2017
Course Ref – C2337194

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade – Spring 2017

Chateaux de LastoursIn 1209, the Church launched an extraordinary crusade against heresy in southern France. What followed was brutal even by medieval standards. This course explores the background to this traumatic intervention and asks: ‘What was the perceived heresy?’ How real was the threat to orthodoxy?’ before considering what the episode achieved.

Tutor – Richard Stone
Fee – £80.85 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 10 meetings from 20 January 2017
Course Ref – C2337151

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Tai Chi and Health Qigong for health and relaxation – Summer 2017

Tai Chi in ChinaThis beneficial way to exercise, combines body movement and mental stimulation. It also helps posture and co-ordination. The gentle slow movements energise the body without undue strain on joints and muscles. Through practising regularly, the student will achieve the means to relieve stress and tension, and introduce a sense of wellbeing.

Tutor – Janette Jackson
Fee £52.00 or Free
Venue – Darley Abbey Village Hall, Abbey Yard, Darley Abbey, Derby, DE22 1DS
Date – Friday 1:30pm – 3:00pm, 9 meetings from 28 April 2017
Course Ref – C2337195

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Discovering history and art in parish churches – Autumn 2016

Selmeston Parish ChurchOur parish churches are an incomparable treasure. We will follow their development from roots with pagan echoes into modern times, revealing insights to inform and enhance an appreciation of buildings that more than any other embody our collective heritage.

Tutor – Richard Stone
Fee – £80.85 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 10 meetings from 23 September 2016
Course Ref – C2336467

Online enrolment is available from 5 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Botanical illustration – Autumn 2016

botanical drawingThis course, which is for all levels of ability, will focus on helping you to develop the observational, drawing and painting skills necessary to depict plant life in detail or in a more expressive way. We will work from life and from photographs.

Tutor – Cheryl Wilbraham
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 23 September 2016
Course Ref – C2336472

Online enrolment is available from 5 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Painting in watercolour – Autumn 2016

PaintbrushesWhatever subject you are interested in painting, this class will help you to focus on developing your watercolour skills. You will be taught the principles of painting in watercolour and encouraged to develop them at your own pace and in your own style.

Tutor – Cheryl Wilbraham
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 11 meetings from 23 September 2016
Course Ref – C2336474

Online enrolment is available from 5 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Tai Chi and Qigong for health and relaxation – Autumn 2016

Guilin Tai Chi on LakeThis beneficial way to exercise combines body movement and mental stimulation. It also helps posture and co-ordination. The gentle and slow movements energise the body without undue strain on joints and muscles. Practised regularly it will help to relieve stress and tension and increase a sense of wellbeing.

Tutor – Janette Jackson
Fee – £80.85 or Free
Venue – Darley Abbey Village Hall, Abbey Yard, Darley Abbey, Derby, DE22 1DS
Date – Friday 1:30pm – 3:00pm, 14 meetings from 23 September 2016
Course Ref – C2336445

Online enrolment is available from 5 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Stone circles of the Peak (Derby WEA Day School Summer 2016)

Arbor Low Stone Circle
Tutor: Mike Attwell
Date: Friday 6th May 2016 10.00am – 12.00pm at The Mill
Field trip: Friday 13th May 2016 10.00am – 1.00pm (finish at Birchover)
Meeting place for Field Trip: Arbor Low car park at 10.00 am. Grid reference SK161636
Meeting place for transport sharing: The Mill at 9.15 am.
Fee: £10.00

The first session will introduce you to the stone circles of Derbyshire and place them in context in the later prehistoric period. This will be followed by a field trip to visit some of the best preserved sites.

To enrol for this day school please send payment to the WEA Derby Office:
All cheques payable to: WEA Derby Branch – please do NOT include with course fees.

The architecture of authority (Derby WEA Day School Summer 2016)

Elizabeth I
Tutor: Richard Stone
Date: Friday 20 May 2016 9.30am – 4.00pm (includes 30mins for lunch – please bring your own)
Fee: £16.00

How was administrative power constructed and expressed in Medieval and early-modern England? We will explore the architecture, art and artefacts of royal, episcopal, municipal and judicial authority from the coronation of Edward the Confessor to the official portraits of Elizabeth I

To enrol for this day school please send payment to the WEA Derby Office:
All cheques payable to: WEA Derby Branch – please do NOT include with course fees.

Eyam Field Trip (Derby WEA Day School Summer 2016)

Eyam tombstone

Tutor: Richard Stone
Date: Friday 22 July 2016 10.00 – 4.00pm.
Start at The Mill, Derby, until 11.30am, followed by coach to Eyam for lunch & guided walk. Return at 4pm
Fee: £16.00

350 years ago the Plague arrived in the Derbyshire Peak District village of Eyam. We will start at The Mill exploring the traumatic event and its context, followed by a visit to Eyam for a guided walk. (Either bring sandwiches or buy lunch in Eyam)

To enrol for this day school please send payment to the WEA Derby Office:
All cheques payable to: WEA Derby Branch – please do NOT include with course fees.