CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Jan. 15,
Photos (top to bottom): Donald
A. Gurnett, professor of physics and astronomy; Pamela White Trimpe, curator
of painting and sculpture at the UI Museum of Art; Richard C. Caplan, a professor
emeritus of dermatology, and the Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical
Humanities; Tom Davis, retired music professor and Hawkeye Marching Band director.
NEWS EDITORS: Higher-resolution images for these images are available here.
UI Senior College Program Offers Classes For Retirees
University of Iowa is sponsoring a Senior College program this spring, a new
venue for learning in retirement.
The program begins Friday, Jan. 25 and continues through
May, featuring classes in astronomy, art, music and the world of Sherlock
Holmes. Senior College is a joint project of the UI Alumni Association, the
UI Emeritus Faculty Association, and the UI Retirees Association (the Grey
Taught by both emeritus faculty and current UI faculty,
Senior College offers short-term, low-cost classes for retirees an others
in the area who want to enrich their knowledge in a wide range of subjects.
The UI Alumni Association is coordinating registration for the classes, which
are $30 each. The classes include:
-- "A Tour of the Solar System" with Donald A. Gurnett,
professor of physics and astronomy, 2:30 p.m. Fridays starting Jan. 25 and
continuing Feb. 1, 8 and 22 in Lecture Room 1, Van Allen Hall at the UI. Pre-registration
deadline is Jan. 21. Gurnett will take participants on a tour of the solar
system, through the eyes of spacecraft that have visited all of the planets
to the space age, which began with the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, very little
was known about most of these objects, Gurnett says. Venus was thought to
be very much like Earth, with a warm moist climate; and Mars was widely believed
to have vegetation, and possibly even intelligent life.
"The space age produced a total revolution in our
understanding of the solar system, and a much deeper appreciation of our unique
environment here on Earth. Many of the discoveries are truly astounding and
totally unexpected, such as the surface temperature of Venus, which is above
the melting point of lead, and the atmosphere of Saturn's large moon Titan,
which is precipitating hydrocarbons," he said.
-- "March Madness: Understanding Modern Art" taught
by Pamela White Trimpe, curator of painting and sculpture at the UI Museum
of Art. The class begins at 3 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the UI Museum of Art.
Pre-registration deadline is Feb. 22. In this course, the class will consider
and critically analyze art's relevancy to modern life.
Presentations and discussions will focus on the ethics
involved in political and provocative displays; the intersection of law and
art and its communal, national and international dimensions; and the basics
of collecting art -- both for individuals and for institutions. The UI Museum
of Art collection will be used for gallery tours to illustrate and further
elaborate on the themes presented in
the lectures. Highlights include a special session on the Jackson Pollock
painting "Mural" and its history at the UI.
-- "Exploring the World of Sherlock Holmes" meets
10 a.m. Fridays: April 5, 12, 19, 26, at the Oakdale Campus Auditorium in
Coralville. Pre-registration deadline is Friday, March 29. Teaching the course
is local Holmes authority and writer Richard C. Caplan, a professor emeritus
of dermatology, and the program in biomedical ethics and medical humanities.
He is an authority on Sherlock Holmes, and recently published a book-length
manuscript on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective.
This mini-course will employ a mixture of short lectures
and group discussion to introduce the writings that constitute "the canon"
that concerns the well-known detective. For each session the class will prepare
by reading Holmes short stories. In addition to the stories, students will
learn more about the life and writings of the detective's inventor, Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle, and the Victorian-Edwardian world in which he lived and worked.
The class will also examine applications of Sherlock's image and activities
in the world of scholarship and commerce. Registrants will also be urged to
attend the semi-annual meeting of the Iowa City Sherlock Holmes Society, known
as "The Younger Stamfords," to take place in late April.
"Having Fun with Music Theory 101" meets at 10 a.m. Fridays starting
May 3 and continuing May 10, 17, and 24 at Parkview Church, 15 Foster Road
in Iowa City. Pre-registration deadline is April 26. Retired music professor
and Hawkeye Marching Band Director Tom Davis will help attendees to learn
about what they are hearing when they listen to music. He will review the
basics of music, such as key signatures, scale construction, intervals, scale
degrees, chord constructions and functions, the circle of fourths and chord
progressions. The class will also examine modes, melodic and harmonic construction
and analyses, and even how to "juice-up" a standard chord progression.
To register or for more information, contact the UI
Alumni Association at (319) 335-3245 or see the Senior College website at
Registration is also available online at the Senior College site.