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Sept. 28, 2007

Register now for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute fall courses

Enrollment remains open for three fall courses being offered to older adults through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Iowa Center on Aging.

"Behind the Scenes at the UI Museum of Art: A Background" will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 4-18. Sessions will be held at the UI Museum of Art (UIMA), located at 150 North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. The cost is $30 per person. Dale Fisher, the museum's director of education, will introduce strategies for viewing art to strengthen students' understanding of art. UIMA Director Howard Collinson will provide an inside view of the museum's organizational challenges and artistic considerations of keeping the museum vital and vibrant. Students also will have the opportunity to view and discuss Jackson Pollock's "Mural" and John Freyer's "Big Boy," as well as the museum's 20th century European and American painting collections.

"Taming Technology: An Intro to Digital Photography," will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, or 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8 through Nov. 13, in River Room III at the Iowa Memorial Union. The cost is $55 per person plus small photo processing fees. Instructor Sarah O'Brien, a recent graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop and currently a photographer with the Daily Iowan newspaper, will provide an overview of digital camera technology and its manual functions. Students also will learn to look at photography with a fresh perspective by incorporating creative projects, discussions on technique, and critiques of their own and fellow students' work.

"The Civically Engaged Reader, Part I," will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays Oct. 11 through Nov. 15, in Room 2174 in the Westlawn building on the UI health sciences campus. The class cost is $53 plus a $27 book fee. Instructor April Freely, a graduate student in the UI Nonfiction Writing Program, will lead this discussion series. Students will read and reflect on a diverse collection of readings from writers such as Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Jr., Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. The readings are organized thematically to illuminate four principal activities of civically engaged life: associating, serving, giving and leading. Part I will focus on associating and serving. (Part II, to be offered in the OLLI spring schedule, will cover giving and leading.)

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.

Detailed course descriptions, course fees and registration information are available online at or 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,