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Nov. 30, 2007

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UI announces spring courses

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Iowa Center on Aging has released its spring schedule of courses, with sessions on national security, wine, history, art and literature.

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 OLLI spring schedule:

--"'Battle for the Pentagon Papers,'" pre-performance discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Room 2166 of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF); performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Hancher Auditorium.

Join UI College of Law faculty members Randall Bezanson and Tung Yin on Jan. 23 for a discussion on how constitutional rights, national security, and the role of journalism affect people's personal lives and national affairs. On Jan. 30, the L.A. Theatre Works production of "Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers" will be performed at Hancher Auditorium.

--"Behind the Scenes at the UIMA: Off the Beaten Path," 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 7-21, UI Museum of Art.

Participants can get an inside look at the exhibition, "Robert Wilson: The VOOM Portraits," learn about building a museum collection and mounting an exhibition, and view the UI Museum of Art's African collection.

--"Gandhian Thought: Applications for the 21st Century," 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 28 to April 10, Room 2189 MERF.

Participants will explore the historical, cultural and personal developmental factors that appear to have influenced Mahatma Gandhi and his thinking.

--"The Civically Engaged Reader," 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, March 25 to April 29, Room 5159 Westlawn.

Visitors can 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, Abraham Lincoln, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Robert Frost.

--"Behind the Scenes at the UIMA: Special Collections," 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays April 3-17, UI Museum of Art.

Jeff Martin, UIMA collections manager, will discuss what it takes to install an art exhibit, how to manage loans of works of art from other institutions, and conservation issues. Visitors can experience the museum's ceramics collection  and view highlighted pieces from the European and American painting collections.

--"Art: Collecting, Framing and Selling," 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays April 26 to May 9, various locations.

Participants can learn all they need to know about art, from framing and preservation to strategies for collecting and researching, as well as visit the home of Mary Lea Kruse, owner of Artists Concepts Ltd., to learn about art collecting. David Dennis will discuss how to properly preserve and frame personal art pieces at Chait Galleries. And during a tour of the UI Art Building, Rijn Templeton will offer useful tips on researching art.

--"University Treasures," 9 to 10:30 a.m., Mondays March 31 to April 28, various locations.

During this series of mini-tours on the UI campus, participants can discover a treasure trove of rare books, special collections, archives and chambers.

--"Own Your Future: Setting Your Inner Compass," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, Room 1289 Carver Biomedical Research Building.

Participants can gain information and insight through guided activities and open discussions led by facilitators. This one-day workshop is for soon-to-be and current retirees who want to gain a clear vision for the future they want for themselves.

--"Wines of Iowa II," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays May 28 to June 25, various locations.

Back by popular demand, this class will take participants to wineries around the state. Each daytrip includes a lunch, wine tasting, class and winery tour. Chartered bus transportation with film viewing, air conditioning and on-board lavatories will be provided.

Detailed course descriptions, course fees and registration information are available online at For a free brochure on the OLLI spring schedule, contact Julie Bobitt at 319-384-4222 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. More information is available at

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, Health Science Relations, 319-335-8032,