Learning Club events


Islam 101
Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at the Winona County History Center.

Much misunderstanding and misinformation about Islam has been conveyed in recent past. This presentation will be an attempt to clarify some of the misunderstandings, correct the misinformation and to place Islam in the proper perspective among the Abrahamic religions, through an open forum of questions and answers. Ahmed El Afandi taught at Winona State University from 1968 until his retirement in 2007, and then taught on an adjunct basis for three years. Born in Egypt, he has lived in the U.S. since 1959. He traveled and lived in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Jordan, Iraq, and has traveled in most European countries. Afandi established the Islamic Center of Winona in 1992 and has been active in it since.

Arts participation in Winona for ages 55-plus
Monday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the Winona County History Center.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) in Winona has three unique workshops coming up this spring and summer. These workshops focus on learning a skill and building community through arts participation for people ages 55-and-up. MCA was selected as one of 15 organizations in the state to be a part of the Seeding Vitality Minnesota initiative funded by Aroha Philanthropies. Thanks to the grant funds, all workshops are free: Stories that Move, Multi-Generational Collage, and The Ways of Watercolor.

A trip to China
Thursday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at the Winona County History Center.

Ann Rethlefsen, professor emerita from the college of education at Winona State University, had the extraordinary opportunity to visit China not once, but twice. She will share her two journeys in a photographic essay combining both of her trips. Ever grateful to the Chinese government, these trips have been made possible with obvious subsidizing. This colorful and ancient country continues to amaze her each time.


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