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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 14, 2003

Senior College Classes Continue Through January

University of Iowa's Senior College offers short-term, low-cost classes for retirees and others in the area who want to enrich their knowledge in a range of subjects, including opera, politics and geology.

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 soon include:

-"The World of Opera" meets Fridays Oct. 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at Parkview Church located at 15 Foster Road in Iowa City. This session offers a personal odyssey through two of the great masterpieces of opera-- Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov" and Mozart's "Don Giovanni." If time permits, the class will also consider Verdi's "Otello." Through audio and video recordings, selected readings, summaries and translations, the course will provide a detailed examination of the history, original sources and background of the operas. Highlights of each opera, including different artists in the same roles or different versions, will be presented in sequence to follow the storyline of the work. Participants don't need any opera experience or musical training to enjoy this course or participate in the discussions.

-"Seminar in Practical Politics" meets Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5 and 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. in Lindquist Center, Room 301. This session explores the practical realities involved in passing legislation, the importance of political party structure, the evolution of political parties evolved in Iowa, and others. The course also offers an in-depth discussion of local and state politics. Other topics include the impact that money and the presidential caucuses have on Iowa politics.

-"Travels with Two Old Geologists II-National Parks and More" will meet Jan. 5, 7, 12 and 14 from 10 a.m. to noon in Trowbridge Hall, Room 125. At last year's Senior College, UI professors Richard Baker and Keene Swett offered an intimate understanding of the Earth's structure and history by showcasing the unparalleled features and scenery found in many U.S. national parks, mountains, canyons, volcanoes, waterfalls and shorelines. Back by popular demand, this course will examine a new set of national parks and additional areas of scenic beauty to further explain the geologic relationships and phenomena that form our natural world.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Jan Rigotti, UI Alumni Association, 319-335-3245