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Cockefair Chair Spring 2017 Courses

What We Learn From EpiPens: Tension Between Pharmaceutical Access and Pharmaceutical Innovation
Ann Marie, Marciarille, Associate Professor, School of Law
Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
January 31 and February 7
UMKC Administrative Center, Plaza Room
$25 ($35 with parking permits)

This mini-course tours the world of pharmaceutical pricing and drug access in the U.S. The pricing system and industry structure have significant implications for innovation, access and public health. We will consider the effect of rising co-insurance obligations under the Affordable Care Act; various categories of pharmaceuticals experiencing price spikes and how this intersects with pharmaceutical patents; and how other countries are grappling with pharmaceutical price spikes.  Our focus will be to understand a system in considerable tension between two core American values; innovation and access.


Classic Style to Corporate Influence: Cinematic Development in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Mitch Brian, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
February 14, 21, and March 7
UMKC Administrative Center, Plaza Room
$40 ($55 with parking permits)

In the first session, Prof. Brian will take a “Shot by Shot and Minute by Minute” approach to examining film grammar and exploring close readings of scenes. The second session will discuss the New Wave and New American Cinema to show how the Classic Hollywood Style was discovered and disrupted by filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s. In the last session, “Cinematic Conversations,” he will look at how late 20th and early 21st century filmmakers incorporate pastiche, homage and straight-up theft in the age of corporate cinema.


U.S.- Cuban Relations: Past, Present and Future
Dennis Merrill, Ph.D., Curators’ Professor, Department of History
Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
March 15 and 22 and April 5
UMKC Administrative Center, Plaza Room
$40 ($55 with parking permits)

An expert in the Latin American history and author of Negotiating Paradise: U.S. Tourism and Empire in the 20th Century Latin America, Prof. Merrill will trace the complex, problematic history of U.S.-Cuban cultural, economic and political relations. The course begins with the 19th century, runs through the Castro Revolution, and ends with the analysis of the historic moment: the normalization of diplomatic relations and resurgence of interest among American in visiting Cuba. Merrill will draw not only on his considerable research and scholarship on the history of U.S. relations with Cuba, but also on his recent experiences in teaching a study abroad course in Cuba.


Jane Austen in the 21st Century
Jennifer Frangos, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature
Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
April 12, 19, 26 and May 3
UMKC Administrative Center, Plaza Room
$50 ($70 with parking permits)

An expert on Jane Austen and editor of the journal The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Prof. Frangos will discuss the extraordinary influence and popularity of a beloved female writer who wrote at a time when women were rarely published. Marking the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, 2017 is an appropriate time to reflect on Austen’s accomplishments and lasting impact. Though the course focuses primarily on Pride and Prejudice (1813), Emma (1816), and Persuasion (1817), we will also draw on Austen’s other work, including her juvenilia and unpublished manuscripts, and look to biography, film adaptations, knock-offs and continuations to explore her continuing appeal.


Parking:  Registrants may purchase parking permits at $5 per course session. Parking is available in the UMKC Cherry Street Parking Garage, located at 50th and Cherry streets. Metered parking (without a permit) is on Level 5. Handicapped spaces available with a permit in front of and behind the Administrative Center.

No shuttle will run to and from the garage to the Administrative Center. For evening courses, parking is available with a permit behind the Administrative Center. Permits are mailed to registrants before each course.

Inclement weather policy: If the Kansas City, Missouri, School District is closed, scheduled Cockefair course sessions will not meet.

Enrollment:  Call 816-235-2736 to register by phone. Relay Missouri: 800-735-2966 (TTY)
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UMKC College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education Noncredit Registration
Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair Courses: Fall 2016
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