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Feb. 7, 2008

At A Glance

Archaeology activities for families at UI Museum of Natural History Feb. 15

The UI Museum of Natural History will host activities of the past from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. These include demonstrations in producing stone tools with ancient methods, a process known as flintknapping, and other archaeology activities including pottery and cordage making. Cordage describes any type of rope, string or twine, and in the past it was one of the most useful tools used by people in various native cultures. All activities are free and open to the public.

The UI Department of Anthropology's flintknapping group will demonstrate flintknapping in the Iowa Hall lobby. Other activities led by UI students will include making pottery similar to that found on Iowa archaeological sites, and making cordage out of natural materials. Visitors will also be able to take home information on the extensive cultural history of Iowa. For more information, call Sarah Horgen at 319-335-0606. For more information on the UI Museum of Natural History, see

Osher course on 'Gandhian Thought' begins Feb. 28

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI Center on Aging is offering "Gandhian Thought: Applications for the 21st Century" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, from Feb. 28 through April 10. (No class will be held on March 20.) Available to all adults age 50 and older, the course will explore the historical, cultural and personal factors that influenced Mahatma Gandhi and his thinking and how Gandhi's moral philosophy is relevant in addressing 21st century policy issues and daily living. Thomas Walz, a former director of the UI School of Social Work who has written about Gandhi, will be the instructor. Enrollment is $40 per person. Information and registration are available online by visiting or by contacting Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221.

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.