The Enrichment Program connects the intellectually curious adult to DU's outstanding faculty, facilities and programming, and Denver's rich cultural community through non−credit classes. With adult education offered through short courses, lectures, seminars, weekend intensives, and evening classes, you can explore a wide range of subjects: from history and contemporary issues to science, literature and the arts−without the pressures of exams, grades or admission requirements.
Lifelong learning in the Enrichment Program allows you to discover a new interest or reengage in an old one, discuss favorite subjects with peers and scholars, explore current events, or deepen appreciation of the arts. Center your studies on what interests you. Whatever your motivation, this innovative, non-credit program is sure to stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity−all for the love of learning!
Dr. Andy Fine is a primary care/internal medicine physician in Denver who enjoys the blend of mountain activities and the diversity of Denver's restaurant and cultural offerings. He seeks out Enrichment Program classes to "learn about new things and have discussions with thoughtful, reflective people."
What attracted you to the Enrichment Program in the first place?
The Enrichment Program is a cultural and educational gem that is unique in Denver. It offers a wide range of practical and thoughtful courses, cerebral without being overly academic, enhanced by vigorous class discussion.
What motivates you to be a lifelong learner?
Curiosity. Part of the thrill of being alive is that there are always new things to think and learn about. As new interests or ideas emerge, I am curious to understand how these affect my life and my community.
Why do you enjoy taking Enrichment courses?
We get access to the best DU faculty for affordable prices in a relaxed setting. We are there to learn and enjoy, without having to focus on essays or grades.
What has been your favorite Enrichment course?
"Truth, Beauty, and Justice." We realized that each of us has a different experience of, and definition for, these three things, and our conceptions of them changed as we heard each other, and some of the best thinkers through the ages, reflect on what these terms mean.
Are you a person with an insatiable curiosity who just can't stop learning? We're counting on it! In fact, we discover a number of other adults just like you each year—approximately 1,500 to be exact. People who love coming to the University of Denver's beautiful campus to immerse themselves for a few weeks in a topic of special interest. People intent on learning new skills in a weekend workshop. People who thrive on our collaborative courses that include a special concert or event. People who simply enjoy an opportunity to think deep thoughts. And certainly people who've dreamed of taking courses without the stress of grades, exams and admission requirements!
This winter/spring term marks the end of our ninth year of offering noncredit Enrichment courses, and we think we've put together another appealing curriculum highlighted by nearly 50 course offerings representing more than 15 subject areas. We hope you agree.
Note in particular our new collaborations with three Denver institutions that couldn't be more different: The Tattered Cover Book Store, Slow Food Denver and The Cheeky Monk Cafe. With the help of The Tattered Cover, we're excited to host best-selling author Michael Pollan on the DU campus to discuss his latest book about, what else, food. In keeping with the theme, we've partner with Slow Food Denver to learn how good, clean and fair food makes a difference. Enrolled students not only get to eat at the table of Denver's Fuel Cafe but also earn a reserved spot at Pollan's lecture. But wait—are Belgian brews more to your liking? We've got you covered. While discovering the art, history and culture of Bruges, also learn about the region's famous beer. Conclude with a traditional Belgian dinner, complete with beer tastings, at Denver's Cheeky Monk Cafe. We guarantee you'll be booking a flight in no time!
With courses from the art of Georgia O'Keefe and the literature of Jane Austen, to the genius of filmmaker Chuck Jones and the operatic works of Gilbert and Sullivan, our traditional collaborations with cultural institutions including Denver Art Museum, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Colorado Symphony, Opera Colorado and Colorado Ballet also do not disappoint. Nor does our selection of courses highlighted within Faculty Showcase. Learn about Colorado's own legislative process, get a Middle East update, discuss controversial bio-medical issues, or start writing that novel you've always wanted to write. You could even discover the surprising connection between law and science fiction.
Whichever course, or courses, you choose to take, we'll do our best to see that you come away satisfied, better informed and yearning for more Enrichment Program courses. We officially and enthusiastically invite you to Stimulate Your Mind...Reawaken Your Curiosity...Simply for the love of learning! Enroll and enjoy.
Michael McGuire, Interim Dean
Director's note: A special thank you to Jim Davis for his enduring support and enthusiasm for the Enrichment Program over the last 10 years. Among the many contributions, we'll greatly miss his ability to compose witty course titles. Salut!