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Aug. 7, 2007

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute At UI Announces Fall Courses

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Iowa Center on Aging has released its fall schedule of courses, with sessions on dance, film, literature, art and photography.

OLLI courses provide unique learning opportunities for all adults age 50 and older. There are no education or experience requirements to enroll, and there are no course tests or grades.

Following is the fall OLLI schedule:

-- "Shall We Dance?" 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 19 to Nov. 7, Wickham Elementary School in Coralville: Learn the different forms of ballroom dance, including the waltz, rumba, tango and cha-cha, as well as the history of ballroom dance, costuming, where to use your skills and more.

-- "Exposed Plots and Concealed Identities: Mastering Hitchcock," 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 20 to Oct. 25, Room 1117 in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the University of Iowa health sciences campus: Master the language of film by studying Alfred Hitchcock's classics "Vertigo," "Rear Window" and "North By Northwest." Course sessions will alternate between film screenings and class discussions.

-- "The Civically Engaged Reader, Part I," 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays Oct. 11 to Nov. 15, Room 2174 in the Westlawn building on the UI health sciences campus: Read and reflect on a diverse collection of readings about civic activity. Selected writings include the work of Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Jr., Walt Whitman and Robert Frost.

-- "Behind the Scenes at the UI Museum of Art: A Background," 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 4 to 18, UI Museum of Art: Engage in new ways of viewing art, using various strategies that strengthen one's ability to understand an artist's work. Also, gain an insider's view of the organizational challenges and artistic considerations of keeping an art museum vital and vibrant.

-- "Taming Technology: An Intro to Digital Photography," 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, or 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8 to Nov. 13, in River Room III at the Iowa Memorial Union: Gain an overview of digital camera technology and its manual functions, and look at your photos with a fresh perspective by incorporating creative projects, discussions on technique and critiques of students' work.

Detailed course descriptions, course fees and registration information are available online at For a free brochure on the OLLI fall schedule, contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is a program of the Center on Aging and is affiliated with the national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, designated and funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco. There are currently 115 Osher institutes in 48 states. For more information, visit

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well being of older people. For more information, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,