Courses on photography, talking to animals and the history of summering in Pawleys Island lead off the summer at Coastal Carolina University's Lifelong Learning classes in July at the Waccamaw Higher Education Center.
Located at 160 Willbrook Boulevard in Litchfield, the center is just off U.S. 17 west of the Hampton Inn. For more information, course schedules or to register, call 349 4030, or visit the Web site at www.coastal.edu/outreach.
Dr. Doolittle Memorial Lecture - Humans' Place in the Animal Kingdom: Wednesday, July 5, 6 to 8:30 p.m., $20.
Dr. Doolittle became famous for his remarkable ability to "talk to the animals." Actually, talking to animals is easy; it's getting them to talk back that's the trick! Reid Johnson will review remarkable scientific research on the intellectual and abstract language abilities of animals, which ultimately leads to a surprising challenge to the definition of what it means to be "uniquely human."
The History of Photography: Thursdays, July 6 to July 27, 4 to 6 p.m., $45.
Award-winning photographer Dina Hall offers a compelling history of photography, focusing on significant eras in development of the medium: 500 BC to 1839; 1839 to 1900; 1900 to 1960; and 1960 to present day. Accompanied by experiments about the basic principles of light/optics and light sensitive materials, the course is primarily taught through slides.
How to Take Better Pictures: Thursdays, July 6 to July 27, 6 to 8 p.m., $45.
Whether you're an accomplished photographer or just stepping out with your first point-and-shoot, this course, taught by noted local photographer Chip Smith, will raise not only your understanding of photographic considerations and techniques but also the overall quality of your pictures. An excellent course for improving painters' source material.
Summering in Pawleys in 1850: Wednesdays, July 12 to Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, $40.
Sue Mushock-Myers shares the who, what, where and why of Pawleys Island, the oldest resort on the Eastern Atlantic coast, whose heyday was the 1850s, and there were only 15 houses, located about two acres apart.