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Communiversity Announces New Partnership with the Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum

Adding to Communiversity’s existing partnerships is the nonprofit dedicated to providing community enrichment in the historic former Andrew Carnegie library.

Date: 12/18/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Cassie Lipp

UC ingot   A new partnership brings two Communiversity courses to residents of Columbia Tusculum, this winter: Astrology 101: Cast Your Own Horoscope and Medical Marijuana: The Health Care Professional’s Perspective. Both courses will meet in the historic Carnegie Center building.

“The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum is very excited to partner with UC Communiversity and bring their varied courses to our community,” said Dinese Young, executive director of the Carnegie Center. “Our mission is to provide a community gathering place for learning, sharing and celebrating.”

front view of the Carnegie Center, a brick building with steps that lead to a main entrance

The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum was built in 1906 as a gift from Andrew Carnegie to the people of Columbia Tusculum. It served as a public library until 1959 when it was sold for private use. In 1993 the building was restored by individuals, community organizations and Cincinnati and reopened as a nonprofit community center.

“UC’s Communiversity has provided learning opportunities for community members with a wide diversity of interests for years. Our facility and neighborhood will be a great place for synergy of the two organizations’ missions,” Young said.

In Astrology 101, students you will learn how to create their own horoscopes based on their moment of birth, explore the history of Western astrology and how it has changed over time and work using simplified methods to cast a horoscope. This class is taught by Alisa Strauss, an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology at UC with years of experience researching and teaching religious practices around the world at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This includes teaching methods of divination (a.k.a. fortune telling) including tarot, runes and astrology.

Astrology 101 takes place on Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The course fee is $39.

Students of Medical Marijuana: The Health Care Professional’s Perspective will have the opportunity to discuss questions with local clinical pharmacist and award-winning author Cathy Rosenbaum. The topics covered include qualifying medical conditions, doctors who are allowed to recommend cannabis, monitoring growers and dispensaries, potential side effects and drug interactions, and safety concerns for patients and caregivers.

Rosenbaum will review the history and legal landscape of medical marijuana in Ohio and the United States; discuss pharmaceutical mechanisms of action for the two main cannabinoids, THC and CBD; list routes of administration; and describe the role of the physician, pharmacist and nurse in managing medical marijuana.

The course provides two continuing-education contact hours for registered nurses or 0.2 CEUs for Ohio licensed pharmacists.

Medical Marijuana: The Health Care Professional’s Perspective takes place on March 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. The course fee is $35.

Other programs hosted by the Carnegie Center include Playhouse in the Park: Off the Hill performances, ballroom and swing dance classes, community parties, concerts, weddings and an annual wine tasting. Visit for more information.

Communiversity offers fun and innovative continuing education courses to enrich the lives of those around Cincinnati and beyond. With locations both on UC Victory Parkway Campus and around Cincinnati, Communiversity makes it easy for working professionals, retirees and other lifelong learners to develop new skills and hobbies.

To register for Communiversity yoga classes, visit our website or call (513) 556-6932 and press 2. UC faculty and staff are eligible for a 50% discount on select Communiversity courses. See our FAQs page for more details.

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