The Tudors, King Arthur, Robin Hood, and monster movies, offered through non-credit courses at Southeastern

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By: Tonya Lowentritt

HAMMOND – If you love the Tudors, King Arthur, Robin Hood, and monster movies, Non-Credit Programs at Southeastern Louisiana University has a deal for you in 2014-15.

Professor of History William Robison, co-author of "The Tudors on Film and Television," will offer six non-credit courses in three different locations in the next nine months. Each course meets weekly for six weeks. Admission is open to the public, and school teachers can earn up to 12 continuing learning units. The fee for each course is $80.

First up for fall 2014 is "Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots: Art, Film, Music, and Readings" scheduled at 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Aug. 19 – Sept. 23 at Southeastern's St Tammany Center, 21454 Koop Drive in Mandeville.

The six sessions include Rulers in Waiting to 1558; Rivalry, Religion, and Rebellion 1558-68; Prisoner, Plotters, and Puritans 1568-78; Priests, Plots, Execution, and Armada 1578-88; Elizabeth and James VI 1588-1603; and English and Scottish Culture 1558-1603.

The course will include discussions, readings, period art and music, as well as film excerpts, and more.

The second course is "Henry VIII and His Six Wives: Art, Film, Music, and Readings" at 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 30-Nov. 4 at Southeastern's Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, 9261 Florida Boulevard in Walker. Each of the six sessions focuses on Henry and one of his wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr. Readings, period art, music and film excerpts will be part of the class.

The final course of the fall is "King Arthur and Robin Hood: Art, Film, Music and Readings" at 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 11 – Dec. 16 in Fayard Hall on Southeastern's main campus, 1205 North Oak Street in Hammond. The course will examine how modern novels, films, and television shows about King Arthur and Robin Hood relate to medieval legends and literature, how accurately they portray the world of the Middle Ages, how they reflect the culture of the times in which they were made, and how they compare to one another with regard to artistic value.

The spring semester 2015 kicks off with "Shakespeare's English Kings from the Hundred Years War to the Wars of the Roses" at 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 22 – Feb. 26 at Southeastern's St. Tammany Center. The six sessions include Richard II, Lancaster, and York; Henry IV and the Battle of Shrewsbury; Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt; Henry VI, Edward IV, and the Wars of the Roses; Richard III, Henry VII, and the Battle of Bosworth; and Henry VIII and a Flashback to King John.

Returning to a different location is "Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots" at 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 24 - March 31 in Southeastern's Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center.

The spring semester concludes with "Monster Movies and History" at 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, April 14 - May 19, in Southeastern's Fayard Hall in Hammond. The course explores what Frankenstein, the Mummy, King Kong, Godzilla, The War of the Worlds, and other monster movies reveal about history. The six sessions include Frankenstein from Shelley to Karloff to Brooks and Beyond; Egyptian Archaeology and the Curse of Mummies; King Kong and the Fear of the Jungle; Godzilla and the Atomic Nightmare; The War of the Worlds and Xenophobia; and A Feast of Cheese: Bad Monster Movies. The class will feature readings and excerpts from numerous monster movies.

Register online at; by email at; by phone at 985-549-2301; by fax at 985-549-5078; by mail at SLU Box 10858, Hammond LA 70402; or in person at 222 Mims Hall, 204 Azalea Circle, Hammond.

For more information about the courses, contact Robison at


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