The People's University
Lifelong Learning at Your Library!
| Andrew Carnegie called the public library “The People’s University," believing it to be an essential institution of learning for people of all ages. Today, the Ohio County Public Library seeks to continue to assist local residents in the pursuit of knowledge and education.
In keeping with the mission of public libraries as sanctuaries of free learning for all people, the Ohio County Public Library created The People’s University, a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts.
The People’s University features courses (taught by experts in each subject) that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in classic subjects such as history, music appreciation, philosophy, and literature. Patrons may attend as many classes as they wish. There are no tests of other requirements and all programs are free and open to the public.
▼ THE PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS
In October, 2010, the Ohio County Public Library launched the new People's University series at the Ohio County Public Library, with Dr. David Javersak, retired professor of history at West Liberty University, presenting a nine-class "History of Wheeling" at the library. That entire lecture series is available to view online by following the link below.
The People's University has presented lecture series on:
- The History of Wheeling (Fall 2010)
- World Geography (Spring 2011)
- American Literature (Summer 2011)
- Music Appreciation (Fall 2011)
- Government (Spring 2012)
- American History I: Pre-colonial, Colonial, and Founding periods (Fall 2012)
- Art History (Winter 2012/13)
- American History II: The Civil War & Statehood (Summer 2013)
- A Cartoon History of the United States (Fall 2013)
- World Philosophy (Winter 2013)
- Astronomy (Spring 2014)
- American History III: The Gilded Age Through the Jazz Age (Summer 2014)
- Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust (Fall/Winter 2014)
- The Civil War 1865 and the Lincoln Legacy (Spring 2015)
- Archaeology (Summer 2015)
- Biology, Regional Flora and Fauna (Fall 2015)
- Shakespeare (Spring 2016)
- Appalachian Music & Folklore (Summer 2016)
- The History of Wheeling Reprise (Fall 2016)
- The First World War (Spring 2017, details TBA)
See the Program Calendar.
Photos from A History of Wheeling, Class 1: Frontier Wheeling, A Clash of Cultures
February 2017 Program Calendar
Everything Old is New Again at the People's University!
New People's University: A History of Wheeling
November 01-December 20, 2016
The latest series in the People's University program at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will explore the history and culture of Wheeling, West Virginia. Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM, from November 1 through December 20 in the library's auditorium. The series, which will be presented entirely by Dr. David Javersak, is a new edition of the first ever and most popular People’s University series, first offered six years ago.
Classes begin on Tuesday, November 1 at 7 PM with Frontier Wheeling, the Clash of Cultures.
The remainder of the schedule for People’s University, A History of Wheeling:
Class 2 (November 8): Wheeling as an Entrepot
Class 3 (November 15): Wheeling as the Premier City of West Virginia
Class 4 (November 22): The Underside of Wheeling’s History
Class 5 (December 6): Wheeling’s Ethnic History
Class 6 (December 13): Contemporary Wheeling
Class 7 (December 20): Wheeling Streetscapes, Past & Present (Featuring Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps)
Instructor Dr. David Javersak is emeritus Dean of Liberal Arts and professor of history at West Liberty University, where he taught a very popular class on the History of Wheeling from which this series was adapted.
The People's University was created to help fulfill the library’s mission to be a sanctuary of free learning for all people. It is a program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts, through courses — taught by experts in each subject — that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in classic subjects such as science, history, philosophy, and literature. The program is free and open to the public. To rsvp for The People’s University A History of Wheeling, please call the library at 304-232-0244, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Reference Desk. Remember, classes are free and open to the public. There are no grades, and registration is not a commitment. You are welcome to attend all or only some classes. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit www.ohiocountylibrary.org.
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Photos from Appalachian Music & Folklore
Week 3, Doug Van Gundy
Scenes from People's University, Shakespeare, Spring 2016:
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