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Aug. 24, 2004

UI Senior College Sets Fall Class Schedule

The University of Iowa's Senior College begins its fall 2004 term Sept. 8, offering several courses for retirees who want to enrich their knowledge in a variety of subjects.

Senior College offers short-term, low-cost classes 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.

Registration is now underway for these classes:

-- "Taking the Mystery out of Medical Imaging: What Now and What of the Future?" meets Wednesdays Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Lindquist Center South, Room 301 on the UI campus, Registration deadline is Sept. 1. Internal pictures of the human body allow doctors to accurately diagnose and treat disease. But how do they collect such images? Here's your chance to find out how. Whether you're just curious or want to become a more knowledgeable patient, a team of radiologists at UI Hospitals and Clinics will explain the workings of several imaging methods over the course of this session. From Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to Computed Tomography (CT), each machine has a special knack for diagnosing certain conditions. Session leaders will explain why that is and will also share different bodily images taken by these complex machines.

Instructors are Dr. William Stanford, a professor in the UI Department of Radiology who has coordinated an expert panel to present eight specific subjects: Historical Aspects and Nuclear Imaging, with Drs. Tony Franken and Michael Graham and Ed Holtum, curator of the Martin Rare Book Room at the Hardin Library for Health Sciences; Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Body Applications, with Drs. Alan Stolpen and Wendy Smoker; Computed Tomography and Barium Studies, with Drs. Stanford and David Kuehn; and Neuro and Body Interventional Imaging and Future Expectations with Dr. John Chaloupka.

-- "Challenges in the Middle East" meets Tuesdays Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 10 to 11:50 a.m. at North Ridge Park Pavilion, south of Holiday Road between 12th Avenue and Highway 965 in Coralville. Registration deadline is Sept. 28. This four-week course addresses the Middle Eastern issues that the next U.S. president must face, including the age-old conflict between Israel and Palestine, as well as ongoing American operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Class discussions will consider how the Israeli-Palestinian relationship has changed over time; the needs of war-torn Afghanistan; and the continuing hostility and turmoil in Iraq, where a fledgling government is attempting to set a new course for the country. Instructor Rex Honey will explore the origin of these and other foreign policy challenges, as well as their current status and options for resolution.

Honey is a UI political geography professor with considerable experience living, lecturing, and researching in the Middle East. At the university, he regularly offers a course titled "Understanding the Middle East" and taught a Senior College session with that same name in 2002.

--"Herbert Hoover and the Hoover Presidency" meets Wednesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. at the Hoover Presidential Library Reading Room, West Branch. Registration deadline is Sept. 30. Long invoked as symbolic of political failure and anachronistic thinking, Herbert Hoover's career has more recently served as an uplifting story of American progress. This course will examine the reinterpretations of the Hoover presidency and provide a fuller understanding of the Iowa-born politician. Besides Hoover's changing historical image, lectures and discussions will cover his engineering and administrative accomplishments; recovery, relief, and reform; and finally, the years after his time in office. Students will also have the opportunity to tour the Hoover Library and Museum and view the library's film on the former president.

Instructor Ellis W. Hawley is a UI professor emeritus of American history who included an annual course on the New Era and the New Deal during his tenure at Iowa (1969 to 1994). Hawley has published a number of books, articles and essays on the Hoover period and is currently working on a volume tentatively titled "Herbert Hoover and the Search for a Non-Statist Progressivism, 1914-1933."

--"International Literature Today" meets Thursdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. in North Hall, Room 302, on the UI campus. Registration deadline is Sept. 30. Since its inception in 1967, the UI's International Writing Program-designed to introduce talented poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and nonfiction writers to American culture-has welcomed more than 1,000 participants from more than 115 countries. Along with providing them time and a congenial setting in which to produce literary work, the program also enables these writers to participate in American university life. During the class, students will meet eight resident-writers who will share their program experiences and their thoughts about world literature. Each week, two writers will read from and discuss their works, talk about the current state of literature in their home countries and answer questions.

--"Reflections of Pre- to Post-World War II Germany" meets Mondays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Van Allen Hall, Room 168, on the UI campus. Registration deadline is Oct. 25. In this series, participants will reflect on Germany and the experiences of her people before, during and after World War II. Topics will cover a brief history of the life of Adolph Hitler, the rise and fall of the Third Reich, the important cities of Germany at the time, the war in Europe from D-Day to VE-Day, war crimes committed by the Germans (including the infamous Nazi doctors) and both German and Allied prisoners of war. The session closes with a discussion of the Nuremberg war crime trials.

Instructor William H. Olin is an emeritus professor in the UI College of Dentistry who has traveled and lectured throughout the world. After two stints in the U.S. Army (1944 to 1945 and 1952 to 1954) spent in Germany, he developed an interest in the country that he has nurtured over the years.

--"History and Politics of Testing" meets Tuesdays Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lindquist Center South, Room 301, on the UI campus. Registration deadline is Oct. 25     Class limit: 80

Broken into four meetings, this course first considers the historical background of educational test development at the UI and why Iowa became a national center for testing. The second meeting offers general information about test development, including issues of fairness, the interpretation of test scores and trends in students' achievement levels. Meeting three covers the politics of testing, such as the use of tests in developing legislation, documenting educational change, and comparing schools, societies, and even countries. Special attention will be given to the "No Child Left Behind" Act, the most far-reaching federal education legislation in U.S. history. Finally, the course turns to a broad view of the subject, using tests for psychological assessment, measuring young students' achievements, college entrance and assessing the abilities of adults.

Instructor H.D. Hoover is an emeritus professor of statistics and educational measurement at the UI, where he served as an author of both the Iowa and Canadian Tests of Basic Skills for more than 35 years. He is a past president of the National Council on Measurement in Education, an advisor to the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, a past chair of the Directors of State Testing Programs and a former junior high teacher.

--"Troubled Elections of the 19th Century" meets Fridays Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, and 19 from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Van Allen Hall, Lecture Room 2, on the UI campus. Registration deadline is Oct. 22. Students will study four elections involving controversies that changed the makeup and execution of modern presidential elections, with each class offering insights into how a republic responds to uncertainty in its electoral process. The course begins with the 1800 election when a tie in the electoral vote (with Aaron Burr) brought Thomas Jefferson to the presidency -- but not until 36 ballots had been cast in the House of Representatives. Attention then turns to 1824, the year of a four-way race in which John Quincy Adams emerged victorious even though rival Andrew Jackson led in electoral voting. The next controversial year includes Abraham Lincoln, who in 1860 rode the strength of his electoral votes to become the 16th president despite drawing less than 40 percent of the popular vote. The course ends in 1876 when a special electoral commission declared Rutherford B. Hayes the winner-in the face of Samuel Tilden's popular-vote lead.

Instructor Richard Peters is a professor emeritus of education at Cornell College, where he taught for 16 years. Prior to that, he spent 24 years as a middle and high school history and social studies teacher. Peters also traveled to Egypt on a Fulbright scholarship and was twice a fellow with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

--"Geology of National Parks, Part III" meets Mondays and Wednesdays Jan, 3, 5, 10, and 12, 2005 from 10 a.m. to noon in Trowbridge Hall, Room 125, on the UI campus. Registration deadline is Dec. 27. "Part III" of this wildly successful session starts with a crash course in Earth's geology and geologic processes and continues with students learning about the unparalleled geological, biological and archaeological features and scenery found in many of the country's finest national parks. The course will examine a new set of national parks and additional areas of scenic beauty -- including Tibet -- to further explain the geologic relationships and phenomena that form our natural world. If time allows, the instructors will review a popular park students would like to hear about again.

Instructors are emeritus professors Richard Baker and Keene Swett, both retirees from the UI Department of Geology. Collectively, they encompass some 70-plus years of geological teaching at the universities of Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota and Edinburgh, Scotland. Together or separately, they have visited most of the major U.S. national parks and have led field trips and research expeditions to many others farther afield. While on active faculty at Iowa, they team-taught a course titled "Geology of the National Parks."

To register or for more information, contact Jane Kirsch at the UI Alumni Association at 319-335-3294 and see the Senior College website Senior College website at Registration is also available online at the Senior College site. Classes are open to any retired person.

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