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Jan. 3, 2005

UI Senior College Sets Spring Class Schedule

Registration for the spring term of Senior College at the University of Iowa is now under way, with classes starting in February. Senior College is offering eight courses for retirees who want to enrich their knowledge in subjects ranging from opera to basketball.

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 also provides support and coordinates registration for the classes, which are $30 per course.

This spring's classes include:

-"Round Ball Roundup: The World of College Basketball" meets Mondays Feb. 7-28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Karro Athletics Hall of Fame in Iowa City. Registration deadline is Jan. 31. Instructor Sam Alford, recently retired from the Iowa men's basketball staff, will cover scouting, preparation and recruiting, as well as offensive and defensive philosophies, NCAA rules and the media's influence on sports. The demands that competition makes on a student-athlete -- including weight training, nutrition, travel and the rigors of the game day routine -- will generate class discussion. Additional time will explore the role of academics in college basketball, relationships among university faculty and coaches, and the importance of community participation. Coaches, players, and sports medicine experts will visit the class as guest speakers.

- "How Philosophy Freed Itself From Religion" meets Tuesdays Feb. 1, 8, 22 and March 1 from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Room 112 of Macbride Hall on the UI Campus. Registration deadline is Jan. 25. Instructor Phillip Cummins, UI professor emeritus of philosophy will examine how philosophy ceased to be part of theology and became an autonomous discipline, with special attention paid to the progression of events that led thinkers such as Kant to conclude that sound philosophy serves its purpose best when separated from matters of faith.

-"The Aging Heart" is scheduled on Thursdays March 3 to 24 from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. in the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF), Room 2189. Registration deadline is Feb. 24. Offered on the heels of National Heart Month, this health-conscious series will examine the most common ills of the heart and their treatments. Three UI cardiology experts, Wayne Richenbacher, Donald Brown and Richard Kerber, will help participants understand chest pains that can mimic or signal an acute heart attack, surgical solutions to opening blocked coronary vessels and the politics and long-term prognosis of heart transplant surgery.

-"A Survey of Operas" meets Fridays March 4 to April 1 from 10 a.m.-noon at Parkview Church in Iowa City. Registration deadline is Feb. 25. Noted local opera enthusiast Arthur Canter will review and discuss a selection of Shakespearean plays arranged for opera, highlighting both their merits and weaknesses. As time permits, participants will experience and critically analyze operatic recordings from several productions.

-"The Devonian Fossil Gorge: A Window on Iowa's Ancient Tropical Seas" is scheduled for Wednesdays April 6-27 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. in Trowbridge Hall, Room 125. Registration deadline is March 30. Through exploring one of Iowa City-Coralville's most treasured locales, participants will discover new insights into the state's geological evolution and maturity. A combination of lectures and field trips, this course will take attendees on a trek to the rich, fossilized Devonian limestone found around Coralville Lake. The final two meetings will be at the Coralville Dam in the U.S. Corps of Engineers' Visitor Center theatre and will include a walking tour of the rocky Devonian Fossil Gorge. Instructor is Brian F. Glenister, professor emeritus of geology in the UI's geoscience department.

-"Page to Stage with the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival" meets Fridays April 1, 8, 15, 2-4:30 p.m. at the Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City. Registration deadline is March 25. Join Riverside Theatre founders Jody Hovland and Ron Clark, along with Shakespeare Festival artistic staff, for a three-week, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the popular summer program as well as individual sessions on the two plays featured in the 2005 lineup: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare and The Imaginary Invalid by Molière.

-"Some Challenges in Medical Ethics" meets Fridays April 8 to 29 from 10 a.m. to noon at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1300 Melrose Ave. in University Heights. Registration deadline is April 1. This course will employ an active discussion format to explore the ethical reasoning and implications behind news-making medical topics such as stem cell research, cloning, informed consent, patients' "rights," conflicts of interest and surrogate decision-making. Instructor Richard Caplan, a professor emeritus in the UI's dermatology department and biomedical ethics and medical humanities program, will offer specific problems from published sources, designed to prompt personal and group reflection and discussion that clarifies values and arrives at reasoned judgments.

- "Images of Iowa" is scheduled for Fridays May 6 to 27 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the UI's Lindquist Center, Room N104. Registration deadline is April 29. In this multimedia course, attendees will explore images of Iowa found in a variety of artistic endeavors over the past 100-plus years. Besides arriving at a greater understanding of the factors that cultivate Iowa's predominant "identity," participants will also explore avenues that present an entirely different view of our land between the rivers. Instructor Thomas Dean is special assistant to UI President David Skorton and adjunct assistant professor of literature, science, and the arts.

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

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Al Hood at 319-335-5021

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