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Aug. 29, 2003

Senior College Classes Begin Sept. 4

The University of Iowa's Senior College begins its fall term Sept. 4, offering short-term, low-cost classes for retirees and others in the area who want to enrich their knowledge in a wide range of subjects. The semester kicks off with "Football in Plain English" and continues with a ride down memory lane with a class about Western movies and serials.

Taught by emeritus UI faculty, current UI faculty and experts in the community, Senior College is a joint project of the UI Emeritus Faculty Association and the UI Retirees Association. The UI Alumni Association coordinates registration for the four-session classes, which are $30 each.

Classes starting in September include:

-"The Silver Screen Cowboys: A Ride Down Memory Lane" meets Thursdays on Sept. 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Van Allen Hall, Lecture Room 1 on the UI campus. This course offers an appreciation of the old Western movies and serials, from the heroes in white hats to the dark-clothed villains. Instructor Martin Kelly will examine the art of movie posters and lobby cards and view numerous movie clips from the silent era of the silver screen to the 1970s. Discussion topics will include the silent movies and the 1930s; Iowans who played a part in the Western movie genre; Western movie serials; singing cowboys, stuntmen, villains; and, Kelly's favorite-big budget Westerns. Kelly, a former local businessman and one-time director of the Iowa City Area Development Group, has collected movie memorabilia, particularly related to Westerns, serials, and mysteries, for more than 40 years. Last year, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library asked him to guest curate "Hollywood Cowboys," which attracted more than 8,000 visitors and proved to be one of the most successful winter exhibits in the museum's history.

-"Football in Plain English" meets Fridays, Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at Parkview Church, 15 Foster Road in Iowa City. This class is an opportunity to learn more about the game of football, adding to a fan's viewing enjoyment. This course will cover basic rules, formations, football terms, and strategies. Topics include "chalk talk, "the kickoff and football language; the "play book," the offense; "being defensive can be beautiful"; the rules and the fun of the game. Clayton Ringgenberg, a fellow retiree who will moderate the course along with two former college coaches, has been a coach, a player, and a football official. Guest speakers further enliven this popular course, which earned rave reviews last year. This course is full, but those interested can be put on a wait list.

- "Genes and Genomes: Science and Ethics in a Post-Sequence Era" meets Mondays on Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, and 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Lindquist Center, Room 301. For curious but non-scientific people, this seminar series offers a basic background on current genetics and genomics research. Starting with an outline of basic genetic principles, the Human Genome Project, DNA sequencing, and novel genetic findings, the course then looks at what such research is likely to teach us about the nature of humans, and the current and future applications of such discoveries.

How genetics affect human appearance and disorders such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease will also be covered, alongside issues such as the legal, ethical, and social implications of this exciting new area of scientific discovery. Although a biology or science background is not necessary to enjoy this course, some of the more in-depth discussions will also interest biology specialists.

Instructor Jeff Murray is a pediatrician and clinical geneticist and the former director of the Human Genome Center at the UI. Currently serving as director of the Craniofacial Anomalies Research Center, he has appointments in the UI Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Liberal Arts, and Public Health. He serves as chair of the Mammalian Genetics Review Committee at the National Institutes of Health, is a former member of a review panel on ethical and social issues of the human genome, and has testified three times before Congress on issues related to genetics.

The classes continue through January; other upcoming classes include:
-"International Literature Today" starting Oct. 14.
-"The World of Opera" starting Oct. 17.
-"Seminar in Practical Politics" starting Oct. 22.
-"History and Politics of Testing" starting Nov. 3.
-"Travels with Two Old Geologists II-National Parks and More" starting Jan. 5.

To register or for more information, contact Jan Rigotti at the UI Alumni Association at (319) 335-3245 and see the Senior College website at Registration is also available online at the Senior College site.

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

PROGRAM CONTACT: Jan Rigotti, UI Alumni Association, 319-335-3245

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,