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Nov. 26, 2008

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute announces spring 2009 courses

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Iowa Center on Aging has announced its spring 2009 schedule of courses, with sessions on oral storytelling, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, 19th century photography, the Qur'an, reading and civic activity, digital photo albums, acting, Grant Wood, and Iowa City-area artists, plus two "behind-the-scenes" workshops prior to upcoming jazz concerts in partnership with Hancher Auditorium.

Following is the OLLI spring schedule:

--"Behind the Scenes with 'Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings Coltrane/Hartman,'" Saturday, Jan. 24.
--"Spoken Stories," Wednesdays Jan. 28 and March 4.
--"What's Your Story: Reading and Writing Nonfiction," Mondays Feb. 2 to March 30 (no class March 16).
--"Long Live the Prose Poem," Thursdays Feb. 12 to April 9.
--"Tell Me a Story: How to Begin, How to End," Sundays March 1-22.
--"Basic Tap Technique and Style," Mondays March 2 to April 6.
--"Nineteenth Century Photography: Types and Techniques," Wednesday, March 4.
--"The Message of the Noble Qur'an," Thursdays March 19 to April 23
--"Performance Poetry," Tuesdays March 31 to May 5.
--"Behind the Scenes with 'Richard Stoltzman, Salute to Benny Goodman,'" Thursday, April 2.
--"The Lie That Tells the Truth: The Art of Fiction," Mondays April 6 to May 4.
--"The Civically Engaged Reader," Tuesdays April 7-May 12.
--"Creating a Post-Bound Digital Photo Album," Wednesdays April 8-29.
--"Basics of Acting," Saturdays April 18 to May 2.
--"Grant Wood's Clear Lake Summer," Thursday, April 23.
--"Artists Studio Tours II: Creative Talent in the Iowa City Area," Tuesdays April 28, May 12 and 26.

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

Complete course schedules, registration information and descriptions and fees are available online at For a free brochure, contact Julie Bobitt at 319-384-4222 or

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