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Release: Jan. 21, 2003

University of Iowa Senior College sets spring class schedule

The University of Iowa's Senior College begins its spring term in February, offering several courses in art, history, science and literature.

Senior College offers short-term, low-cost classes for retirees and others in the area who want to enrich their knowledge in a wide range of subjects. 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 Gray Hawks). The UI Alumni Association coordinates registration for the classes, which are $30 each for four sessions.

This spring's classes include:

-"Shakespeare: Making Love and Making War" meets Fridays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 3 5 p.m. in Van Allen Hall, Lecture Room 1. Registration deadline is Jan. 31. Taught by Miriam Gilbert, UI professor of English, this class explores how Shakespeare combines the stories of love and war, and how he used these opposing notions in comedies, histories and tragedies.

"Gandhian Thought: Applications for the 21st Century" meets Fridays Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in the Seamans Center, Room 3315. Registration deadline is Jan. 31. In this course, Tom Walz, professor emeritus of social work at the UI, will review basic concepts and principles of Gandhian thought, which include concepts derived from Gandhi’s life experiences and writings and from the writings of his proteges.

-"March Madness II: Rural Artistry" taught by Pamela White Trimpe, curator of painting and sculpture at the UI Museum of Art, and Kathleen A. Edwards, curator of prints, drawings and photographs and new media at the UI Museum of Art. The class meets Fridays on March 7, 14, 21, 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the UI Museum of Art. Registration deadline is Feb. 28. The subject matter for this course will be drawn from “Celebrating the Farm,” presented at the UI Museum of Art from March 7 through May 4, 2003. This project consists of three nostalgic exhibitions reflecting rural life as it once existed: "Remembering the Family Farm: 150 Years of American Prints"; "Farming Life in Iowa: Photographs of A.M. Wettach," features photographs taken by this Iowan while employed by the Farm Services Administration in the 1930s and 1940s; and "Rural Visions: Paintings by Marvin Cone."

-"Global Change and Sustainable Development" meets Mondays April 7, 14, 21, 28 from 10 a.m. to noon in 301 Lindquist Center South. Registration deadline is March 31. The instructor is Jerald Schnoor, the Allen S. Henry chair professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UI and the co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. This course will consider climate change, biodiversity, poverty, and health and what to do about these issues. Specific problems related to these topics–such as population growth, water quality, atmospheric quality, greenhouse gases and climate change, continued clearing of land for agriculture, lake and ocean pollution, and species extinction.

--" Medicine and Literature" meets Fridays April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Van Allen Hall, Room 169. Registration deadline is March 28. Richard Caplan, professor emeritus in the dermatology department and the Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities teaches this course. The seminar intends for students to enlarge their intellectual and emotional exploration of important health issues, including terminal illness, reproductive medicine, neonatal care, chronic pain and disability, and others. Aimed at both healthcare professionals and the general public, the class will address the art of medicine through fine literature.

-"Pharaonic Egypt: Life and Death on the Nile" will be presented Fridays May 2, 9, 16, 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Parkview Church, 15 Foster Road in Iowa City. Registration deadline is April 25. Instructor Ruth Williams, who participated in a Smithsonian tour of Egypt, will offer an overview of Pharaonic Egypt from the traditional first ruler, Menes, to the end of the New Kingdom and the last of the Rammesside pharaohs.

--"A Hundred Good Stories: Vignettes Which Make Iowa City History Come Alive" will meet Fridays: May 2, 9, 16, 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Van Allen Hall, Lecture Room 1 Registration deadline is April 25. From body snatching in Oakland Cemetery and pioneer lynch mob rule, to the more serious side of building a vital community as the hub of eastern Iowa, this review of Iowa City’s history will be crisp, fun, and informative. Instructor: Robert Hibbs, a local author and historian, will tell the stories of towering intellects, colorful characters, and noted local citizens.

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.