Senior University Class Highlights – August 2022

Hawaiian Shirt

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Thursday, August 11

Painters and Patrons: The Little-Known Art of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

After a brief introduction to Ethiopia, the class will learn about the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, one of the world’s oldest Christian churches. This will especially focus on why Ethiopian Orthodox Churches are often painted from floor to ceiling, and the three kinds of paintings found in churches: manuscript illuminations, icons, and mural paintings. And because these traditional forms of art are alive and well in Ethiopia, the class will be introduced to some of the painters who produce them and the patrons who commission these works and why they give them to churches.

2:00 pm, MJ Wicks Wellness Center

Friday, August 19

When Death Is Welcome: Hastening Dying Ethically, Legally, and with Palliative Support

The class will begin with a brief but comprehensive review of legally permissible ways for a patient to hasten death, including their major respective advantages and disadvantages to patient and family. Ethical arguments – some readily accepted, some highly controversial – will then be explored, particularly those about several of the less well-known or understood options. Special attention will be given to options for hastening death for those who wish to avoid living into the final stages of progressive dementia (including Alzheimer’s).

2:00 pm, Zoom

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Thursday, August 25

Art of the Aloha Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938–1951

Join Gwen Whiting, Lead Exhibitions Curator at the Washington State History Museum, for this talk about the travelling exhibit by Dale Hope, Art of the Aloha Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938–1951. This exhibition of sixty objects, including original textile artwork, production sketches and swatches, advertisements, and vintage shirts tells the story of an early innovator, John “Keoni” Meigs, in an industry that has left an indelible mark on fashion in the United States and the world.

2:00 pm, MJ Wicks Wellness Center

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