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Aug. 11, 2005

UI Senior College Sets Fall Class Schedule

The University of Iowa's Senior College begins its fall 2005 term Aug. 31 by 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.

Registration deadline for the first class is August 17. Registration for all courses is now underway:

--"Controversial Issues in Traditional and Non-Traditional Health Care Therapies" Meets August 31, September 7, 14 and 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Galagan Auditorium in the Dental Science Building. Registration deadline is August 17.

Herbal medicine, drug therapies, fad diets -- this course examines some of the most curious questions in today's health care realm. The recent popularity of herbal medicine has produced confusion and conflict among health care providers and consumers alike. Participants will discuss whether herbs and dietary supplements are an effective way to achieve better health or if they're simply a marketing ploy. The class will also explore women's health and drug therapies such as estrogen replacement, as well as strategies that help men live longer, healthier lives. Particular attention will be paid to prostate and heart disease, stroke and hormonal changes. Finally, the session turns to hot topics in nutrition, including the popular weight-loss diets Atkins and the Zone. Participants will discuss strategies that focus on long-term weight reduction. Other topics include food safety, sports nutrition, vegetarianism, and possible connections between diet and disease.

Instructor Karen Baker is a UI associate professor of oral pathology and medicine who holds a master's degree in clinical pharmacy and therapeutics. In addition to directing an in-house pharmacy and drug therapy consultation center for university faculty, staff, students and patients, she also teaches courses in dental therapeutics and the evaluation of dental homecare products. Her research interests include the study of new treatments for oral infections and head and neck pain. She is currently evaluating soda pop's impact on enamel erosion.

--"Philosophy and the Arts" Meets Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Lecture Room 1 in Van Allen Hall. Registration deadline is August 25.

What is beauty? What makes a creation art? How do artworks express feeling and emotion? Western philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle pondered such questions -- and launched a philosophical study of the arts. In this session, participants will examine the course of this school of thought, from its development in antiquity to its revival in the 18th century and into modern times. Among the arts are painting, sculpture, music, dance, drama and poetry; indeed, one of the philosophical issues is just what should be included in the notion of art. The course will pose traditional questions such as these, and if time allows, class members may select other discussion topics from a provided list.

Instructor Laird Addis retired in 2004 after 41 years on the UI philosophy faculty -- including a year as Fulbright professor in the Netherlands. His four books and many articles cover philosophical topics of the mind, social sciences, music and other topics. Cornell University reissued his latest book, Of Mind and Music, in paperback last year. Also a musician, Addis played bass clarinet and double bass for many years with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and double bass with the UI Symphony Orchestra and the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra. He still plays with the Iowa City Community String Orchestra and plans to return to composing, a talent he first cultivated as a UI music student in the 1950s.

--"The European Union" Meets Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12 and 19 from 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. in Room 101 in the Becker Communications Building. Registration deadline is September 14.

It's one of the most important world developments since World War II, yet many Americans know very little about the organization of countries known as the European Union. Here, participants will examine the EU's history before considering some general characteristics of contemporary Europe. Next, the course will highlight specific EU institutions, such as the impending European Constitution, and what membership means to countries. In particular, our instructor will focus on how EU membership has been especially beneficial to Ireland and what impact new member Poland has on the group, as well as what benefits it might gain. Participants will also discuss the countries that are currently seeking membership and the possible future influences that the EU could have on world politics.

Instructor Jerry Croft is professor emeritus of geography at Oklahoma State University and currently an adjunct geography professor who teaches courses in international studies at the UI's International Center. In the past two years, he's traveled extensively in Poland with his daughter, Jennifer, who is a Fulbright scholar. Croft felt 30 years ago that the European Economic Community might someday be called the United States of Europe.

--"Saturday Afternoon Movie Serials" Meets Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Lecture Room 1 in Van Allen Hall. Registration deadline is September 20.

From 1912 to 1956, Hollywood churned out 500 movie serials. Week after week, audiences cheered their heroes and booed their villains, captivated by this bygone era of cinema. Our course will bring back the thrill of a great cliffhanger during a Saturday matinee. We begin with Pearl White, Ruth Roland and all the silent stars of the serials before the advent of sound in the 1930s -- a development that ushered in a new crop of celebrities, including John Wayne, Clyde Beatty and Buster Crabbe. We'll explore the pulp heroes of the '30s, characters such as "The Spider," "The Shadow" and "Tarzan," as well as comic strip characters such as "Dick Tracy," "Flash Gordon" and "Superman." We'll also consider how television changed the tastes of the public as the 1940s drew to a close. Attendees will enjoy film clips from many silent and sound serials and discuss the directors, stuntmen, stars, and movie poster art.

Instructor Martin Kelly has collected movie memorabilia for more than 40 years and specializes in westerns, serials and mysteries. Recently, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library asked him to be a guest curator for its two-month exhibit "Holly Cowboys," which drew more than 8,000 visitors and proved to be one of the most successful winter exhibits in Hoover history. Kelly has also presented programs for the last two years for Humanities Iowa.

--"International Literature Today" meets Thursdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Room 215 in Phillips Hall. Registration deadline is Sept. 22.

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.

--"Diseases of Lifestyle Choice" This class will be offered in two groups meeting for two classes. Please register for only one group. Group A meets Oct. 31 and Nov. 7. Group B meets Nov. 2 and 9. Both groups meet in Room 1000 in the Med Labs Pathology Learning Center. Registration deadline for both groups is October 17.

Human disease is the consequence of an individual's encounter with an injurious agent,  and the wide spectrum of illnesses can be traced back to two broad sources: genetics and the environment. While genetic diseases such as hemophilia and sickle cell anemia produce mutant genes and abnormal proteins that one cannot avoid, acquired diseases such as emphysema and viral hepatitis are often the result of conscious lifestyle choices. Tobacco and alcohol abuse, unprotected casual sex, drug dependence, poor dietary habits, unrestrained weight gain and lack of exercise are all examples of choices that expose individuals to harmful environmental disease agents. Working in small groups, participants will examine and discuss archived human organs that demonstrate some of the major diseases of both lifestyle and genetics.

Instructor Richard G. Lynch is professor emeritus of pathology and immunology who received his training from Washington University in St. Louis and was a faculty member there until his appointment as professor and head of the UI pathology department. During his tenure at Iowa (1981-2004), he published more than 175 research articles, served as interim dean of the College of Medicine, and secured the NIH funding for a cancer center at the university.

--"The Power of Enduring Ideas" Meets Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 140, Schaeffer Hall. Registration deadline is Oct. 18.

Books that capture our imagination and leave imprints on our consciousness are at the heart of this four-week course. Walden, Tragedy of the Commons, Mountains Beyond Mountains and And the Waters Turned to Blood -- all are books that have endured through their insightful essays, scholarship or research findings. You'll have the opportunity to explore, analyze, discuss and debate the major ideas contained in these classics and reach your own conclusions as to why they've stood the test of time. Employing improvisation, comparison, dramatization and visual representation, you'll be encouraged to participate, argue and explore the central premise or contention of these classical thoughts and ideas. Class participation is critical to this course. Everyone should try to read And the Waters Turned to Blood by Rodney Barker and Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, as well as two of the following five: Walden by Henry David Thoreau; An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen; A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold; The Tragedy of the Commons by Garrett Hardin; and Small is Beautiful by Eric Schumacher.

Instructor "Raj" Rajagopal joined the UI geography department in 1979 and has overseen the work of more than 60 master's and doctoral students. In addition, he has organized workshops and seminars on numerous topics, including the environment, technology, policy, problem solving, creativity and innovation for people from all walks of life. He has also served as a panelist or keynote speaker for several regional, national and international organizations, foundations, and governmental agencies.

--The class "Digital Photography" is already filled.

To register or for more information, contact Jane Kirsch at the UI Alumni Association at 319-335-3294 or, see the Senior College Web site at Classes are open to any retired person.

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