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Dec. 22, 2006

UI Senior College Sets Spring Class Schedule

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

Senior College offers short-term, low-cost classes taught by emeritus UI faculty, current UI faculty and experts in the community. Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson of the Iowa Writers Workshop will teach a class in June on the history of the Old Testament in the context of other ancient pieces of literature originating in the Mediterranean region.

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. Classes are open to any retired person.

This spring's classes from February to June 2007 include:

-- "Reality in Astronomy: Truth and Consequences," which meets 3-5 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 13 to March 6 in the Minnesota Room at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Registration deadline is Jan. 30.

--"Music for Non-Musicians," which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, Feb. 23 to March 23 (no class March 16) from Parkview Church, 15 Foster Road, Iowa City. Registration deadline is Feb. 9.

--"King Lear: Text and Performance," which meets 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. Fridays, March 2-30 (no class March 16) at Parkview Church in Iowa City. Registration deadline is Feb. 16.

--"Behind the Scenes at Hancher," which is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. April 4, 11, 16,and 19 at Hancher Auditorium. Registration deadline is Feb. 1.

--"Iowa Prairies and Forests," which meets from 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays, April 17 to May 8 at the Kent Park Conservation Education Center. Registration deadline is April 3.

--"Birds and Birding," which is scheduled from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, April 26 to May 17 (with optional bird walks at 8 a.m.) at the Kent Park, Conservation Education Center near Oxford. Registration deadline is April 12.

--"Controversial Issues in Traditional and Non-Traditional Healthcare Therapies," which meets 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays, May 23 to June 13 in the UI Dental Science Building, Galagan Auditorium B. Registration deadline is May 9.

--"Genesis in its Mediterranean Context," which is taught by Marilynne Robinson 2-4 p.m. Fridays, June 1-29 (no class on June 22) at Parkview Church in Iowa City. Registration deadline is May 18. 

To register or for a complete schedule, see the Senior College website at or contact Jane Kirsch at the UI Alumni Association at 319-335-3294. Classes tend to fill quickly, so register soon.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-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

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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