A Trip Back in Time: Meet a 19th Century Iowan Through Journals
George Oxley was born in 1865 in Ohio and came to Iowa in a covered wagon with his parents, brothers, and sisters in 1882. His journals date from that year through 1899. He lived with his parents just outside of Atalissa, IA where the farm still stands. George also worked as a teacher in the Atalissa area and helped to develop the community through his business efforts and a strong religious commitment. George died in 1947 and is buried in the West Liberty cemetery with his parents and other family members.
George's journals transport us back in time and on the first session we will learn about Iowa prior to George's arrival, (geography and land formation) the early inhabitants of our state (Ioway and other Native Americans) and what enticed families like the Oxleys to take the risks involved in pioneering this new land.
Are You Ready?
We don’t like to think about it but dying is the inevitable result of our being born, a transition we all experience, but may put off developing our plan for this life event. We do not know if we will have time to pre-plan if we are diagnosed with a chronic illness or experience a sudden accident. In any event, you may be placing your loved ones in a difficult situation to make plans, not knowing your wishes or where important papers have been stored.
Now is the time to act, make plans, and discuss with loved ones where important papers are and have a discussion of the wishes you desire to be carried out. This class will emphasize what documents are important and what actions should be considered to adequately prepare your loved ones.
These sessions will focus on discussion and answering your questions.
Art of the UI Boyd Law Building
Take a guided, walking tour of the College of Law’s outstanding art collection including a review of the faculty portraits that line the building’s hallways.
Classic French Cuisine and Art, no transportation
demonstrating the preparation of two popular French recipes ,“Beef Bourguignon” made with stew meat, marinated in French Wine and cooked in the marinade, served with mushrooms and parsley potatoes. For dessert, we will enjoy “Tarte Tatin,” a delicious French apple pie where the apples are cooked in butter and caramel, then covered with homemade dough and baked in the oven - served with whipped cream.
To complete our day of French culture, we will tour The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art which possesses an extensive collection of French works. Our tour guide will provide exhibit highlights. You will have time to tour the permanent exhibits before heading home.
Controversial Topics in Islam: Women and Terrorism
This course will examine two “hot topics” with regard to Islam: women and terrorism. The goal of the class is to provide a brief introduction to issues concerning women, like the hijab, custody issues, and women’s rights. This course will also include a cursory examination of Islam and terrorism.
Cosmic Distrance Ladder
How do astronomers know the distances to objects in space? The ancients devised a method to know the Earth was round and the distance around it. Based upon that knowledge and the appearance of the Moon within the shadow of the Earth at lunar eclipse, the size of the Moon was known. Simple geometry of triangle proportions allowed calculations of the distances to the Moon and Sun. Because the Earth moves in a large near circular orbit, we see the nearest stars from slightly different directions during a year. Distances to the nearest stars can be calculated based upon that motion. We will discuss these techniques. But, simple geometry can only take us a relatively small distance out into space.
It will be helpful to imagine an extremely tall ladder reaching out into space. Each method we discuss is like a rung on the distance ladder. We will start out low close to Earth. We will build upon that method with another to add to distance and reach the next rung. You will see the important and sometimes very simple principles used to reach the next distance rungs. You might be surprised by how simple the ideas actually are. The final part of the journey up the ladder will allow us to discuss the farthest objects known, how and when the Universe might have started, and what might be in store for the future. This session is meant to be relaxed; your questions will be welcomed.
Country Music and Jazz
Want something a little country? If you like country-western music from the Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, and the Statler Brothers era of the 1960s and 70s, this is a session you'll enjoy. Bob will provide a variety of recordings from which you can select the music you'd like to hear and enjoy.
Diversity in the Americas: A Glimpse into Latin American Cinema
Do you know the differences in the language and culture in South America? Is traveling to South America one of your vacation destination spots? Would you like to be more informed about current Latin American cinema?
In this two-hour class you will be actively engaged in activities to provide you with an appreciation of the peoples living in the South American countries of: Argentina, Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Chile. The first hour will focus on uncommon facts and activities concerning the cultures. You will receive a handout on Spanish language differences among this group of countries. The second hour will be a visual treatise of modern Latin American films. You will get a glimpse and summary of what cultural values are embedded in the films, and receive a reference list to either rent or check the film out from local libraries.
Estate planning is not just for the very wealthy. The more modest one's estate is, the greater the need to arrange for its careful handling and disposition. Effective estate planning will lessen the financial and emotional burden your incapacity or death will bring to your loved ones. This session covers the need for estate planning, the consequences of dying without an estate plan, the estate planning documents that should be part of your estate plan, and the role of insurance by estate planning.
Feelings and Symptom Delay in Alzheimer's disease
Millions of individuals currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Given that there are no effective treatments, a large amount of research has concentrated on exploring factors that delay the onset of the disease. In this session, we will discuss different facts that have been found to delay the symptom onset of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, we will discuss feelings in those who have already developed Alzheimer’s disease symptoms.
Fossils of Iowa: 500 Million Years of Ecosystem Evolution
“Coralville” was named for the fossil reef rocks found in the area but how did reefs make it to Iowa? Paleontology provides us with windows into a geologic past when the Midwest was inhabited by very different plants and animals. Iowa has a rich fossil record that includes coral reefs, tropical rainforests, and extinct ice age mammals. This course will guide you through the last 500 million years of Iowa history including changes in geography and climate, species extinctions, and the establishment of modern ecosystems. The class will include guided field trips to important local sites.
French Cuisine and Art, with transportation
We will begin our day with Chef Valerie demonstrating the preparation of two popular French recipes ,“Beef Bourguignon” made with stew meat, marinated in French Wine and cooked in the marinade, served with mushrooms and parsley potatoes. For dessert, we will enjoy “Tarte Tatin,” a delicious French apple pie where the apples are cooked in butter and caramel, then covered with homemade dough and baked in the oven - served with whipped cream.
To complete our day of French culture, we will tour The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art which possesses an extensive collection of French works. Our tour guide will provide exhibit highlights. You will have time to tour the permanent exhibits before heading home.
Be functionally fit in body and mind and discover a new level of personal wellness, Ageless Grace® is a lifelong exercise program for comfort and ease!
Developed for the baby boomer generation to prevent physical disability and mental decline, Ageless Grace® is an exercise program based on the science of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain and nervous system to change structurally and functionally. During this popular three-week session you will learn the factors that cause the body to appear or feel as if it is aging: spinal flexibility; the three balance points of the body; oxygenation of the brain and bloodstream; cognitive function; agility; breathing; and upper body strength. Each class will be devoted to practicing seven of the 21 skills (tools) that address aging factors and that stimulate and utilize the five areas of the brain. The tools are practiced seated in a chair so that the core of the body is used and confidence is gained to safely practice the tools at home. Founder, Denise Medved, developed Ageless Grace® over a six-year period through the Western Caroline University Graduate School of Nursing Gerontology Program and through teaching movement classes in multiple departments of a Duke-affiliated hospital. Ageless Grace® is a prime example of how research findings can be applied in ways that are practical, realistic, fun, and easy for the individual to use in everyday life.
What is funeral preplanning? Can I preplan without prepaying? Do I have to be embalmed? Doesn't state law require a vault? Can I have a visitation and a service before body donation? Can cremated remains be divided to keep some, scatter some, and bury some? Answers to these questions and more will fill this session along with a tour of the funeral home, their schedule permitting.
We will meet at Lensing Funeral Home, 605 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City.
Getting to Know Your iPad
Please bring your iPad to the first class
The iPad is an excellent tool for many general computing needs. During the four sessions, you will receive both information and practice that will include:
*overview of the general features of an iPad;
*how to set up and use e-mail;
*how to search the web;
*review the standard applications included on an
iPad including calendars, contacts, maps,
photos, and music;
*how to use the iPad as an e-reader; and
*lastly, how to identify and secure other useful
This is a beginning-level course for those who have an iPad and have a basic understanding of its use.
Great Adult Love Stories in Dramatic Literature
Fortunately or unfortunately, maturity teaches “true romantics” that passion is both fleeting and constant in a marriage, and that romance can be fueled by hate as much as love. Adults know that lust and love are different, yet kissing cousins to each other. Many of us have experienced the line between adoration and subjugation wear thin. Most of us have been jealous of a dearly loved friend or sibling. And yet we go on craving love, dreaming of purity and passion with all the hopefulness, if not the blindness of any Juliet and Romeo. This class will celebrate what grownups know that Romeo and Juliet did not! We will revel in comedy and drama, love, lust, hate, marriage, idealization, jealousy, adultery, compassion, agape, and companionship. We will read and talk about Gurney’s Love Letters, Pinter’s Betrayal, Schnitzler’s La Ronde, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Shaw’s Pygmalion, Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Schiller’s Mary Stuart, and Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.
A suggested edition list will be available through UI LEAP on registration, but not required. Entertaining, accompanying films will be suggested for home viewing enjoyment.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. This ground-breaking rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is based loosely on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life, as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.
Presented by City Circle Acting Company, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Liz Tracey.
Maps and Their Impact on Politics, Countries, and Our Views
What are the facts and fictions concerning maps? In this session, you will learn a brief history of maps, have the opportunity to view great maps of the 17th century, learn map facts and fictions, and view new maps and globes in Professor Retish’s collection.
This class will explore thought provoking plays of historical significance considered classics of their genre and era. Often time’s plays that connect to a political or social climate of a playwright's era examine problems within societies while also introducing new forms of playwriting style and performance. For example, Moliere’s Tartuffe criticized and satirized the French clergy’s undue influence over Louis XIV’s government, through its hold on the Queen Mother, and also brought greater psychological realism to drama. Ionesco's’ one act, The Lesson, dissects the uses of meaningless language during indoctrination, torture, and totalitarianism and also pioneered “Theatre of the Absurd” dramatic style. The other plays explored will be Ibsen’s Enemy of the People, Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI, Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, Emily Mann’s Still Life: A Documentary, and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. The subjects of these plays include: corrupted religion, mob rule, Franco, Hitler, the Atom bomb, Vietnam, and Aids. The styles of theatre include: Commedia dell'Arte, Classic Realism, Epic Theatre, Absurdism, Contemporary Realism, Documentary Playwriting, and Post-modern storytelling. Each class will begin with a short lecture on historical and artistic context for that day’s assigned play, followed by class discussion of the play and its historical era. We will read parts of some of the plays aloud. If time allows, we will view some film adaptations of scenes from the plays.
A list of preferred editions will also be available through UI LEAP upon registration, and will make in-class readings more enjoyable, but the particular editions are not required. No experience with play reading or dramatic style is necessary for this class.
Picturing American Life: Genre Painting in American Art
This course will investigate the development of genre painting in American art. Genre paintings, depictions of everyday life, provide an opportunity to analyze developments in art, visual culture, and cultural contexts. We will consider work from the 18th to the 20th century with examples from a wide range of artists and styles.
Class participants will be familiarized with a category of American art that is traditionally overlooked in favor of more prestigious subject matter. This course will situate works into appropriate socio-political contexts and will provide a base from which participants can expand their knowledge of American art and genre scenes.
Plan a Road Trip
Feeling the need to hit the road? Using the Internet and free resources available online, participants will learn how to research a potential trip and make traveling cheaper, easier, and more fun. Participants will leave the class with a detailed understanding of research techniques and resources, freely available online, to plan a road trip. Class participants should have an email address and the login information with which to access their email.
Readings in Creative Non-Fiction
In his introduction to the Art of the Personal Essay anthology, Phillip Lopate states that, “The spectacle of baring the naked soul is meant to awaken the sympathy of the reader, who is apt to forgive the essayist’s self-absorption in return for the warmth of his or her candor. Some vulnerability is essential to the personal essay.” In this course, we’ll explore this idea of vulnerable candor in various “master” voices of the genre to discover and define the hallmarks of intimacy in nonfiction writing. How does one strike a balance between divulging too much and too little? What is the difference between intimacy and sensational confession? How can nonfiction, not based on the author’s experience, still develop intimacy? We’ll ask these questions and more through weekly readings and possible in-class writing exercises designed to inspire our own projects.
See the music-the ballets of George Balanchine
George Balanchine (1904-1983) was arguably the greatest choreographer in the western world. He made hundreds of ballets, several dozen of which survive and are masterpieces which demonstrate his consummate ability to combine the aural and visual into a unified aesthetic experience. His spiritual fathers were Tschaikovsky and the choreographer Marius Petipa; his mentor was Igor Stravinsky. Trained in pre-revolutionary Russia at the czar’s Imperial Theatre, he was an avant garde choreographer in post-revolutionary Soviet Union before becoming the choreographer for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1924.
Balanchine’s collaboration with Igor Stravinsky on Apollon Musagete in 1928 marks the rebirth of classical ballet. Coming to America in 1933, he founded the School of American Ballet and choreographed in many different venues before founding the Ballet Society in 1946, which became the New York City Ballet in 1948 and for which he was ballet master for 35 years. His oft-quoted remark “see the music” reflected his belief that the dance must serve the music, or, as he put it, the music creates the time or the “floor” upon which dance is created.
In this course, we will watch and listen to several of Balanchine’s masterpieces and discuss them with respect to the interaction of music and movement. It may be helpful to familiarize yourself with the music before the class in which the ballets will be presented. Recordings can be found at the Iowa City Public Library, the UI Rita Benton Music Library, or on YouTube.
Small Space Gardening
Limited space to garden? No space is too small to create a beautiful flower or edible garden. Learn how minimal growing space provides maximum opportunity to personalize your garden whether in pots, window boxes, raised beds, or small plots. Topics will include location options, space saving design ideas, planning to maximize the area, wise plant selection, planting and maintenance suggestions. Growing blooming plants, vegetables, and herbs will be discussed.
So You Always Wanted to Learn to Row!
Rowing, for exercise or sport, can be learned by individuals of all ages and no prior experience is necessary. Rowing is a fun, total-body exercise that challenges the body and mind in a team environment. This rowing experience might result in your joining the community-based rowing program.
During these exciting six sessions, you will learn rowing terminology, the basics of sweep rowing (one oar per person), practice basic rowing techniques on an erg (rowing machine), proceed to practice in a rowing tank, and finally spend time rowing on the Iowa River!
NOTE: Participants must be able to squat, get down on the ground and back up to a standing position, balance on one foot at a time, and grip the handle of an oar with two hands. Full range of motion at the hip, knee, ankle, wrist, elbow, and shoulder is important but some limitations may be able to be accommodated. If you are unable to swim, a low-profile inflatable belt or vest must be worn during water practices. Signing of a liability waiver through the rowing department will be required for this course.
There is a conversation happening all around, but many are being left out. This course will cover all the most popular social media applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, how to use them, and how they can improve the life, online and off, for students of all ages. Participants will leave the class with a basic understanding of safe and responsible use of social media, navigation of the most popular applications, and how to keep the conversation going.
Participants should have an email address and the login information with which to access their email.
The Art of Science
In this course, we will explore the history of scientific imagery as well as the historical intersections of art and science. Topics of discussion will include optics and the physics of light as it relates to the creation of art, cartography, and depictions of the natural world ranging from encyclopedia illustrations to wildlife photography. Class participants will gain a deeper understanding of the history of science as well as the history of art, and the myriad ways art and science are interrelated.
The European Union: A Supranational Political System
After the end of the Second World War, six western European countries led by France signed a treaty to establish a common market for coal and steel, the resources indispensable for modern warfare, with the idea that this would make a recurrence of war between France and Germany impossible.
In the next two decades the participants in the common market expanded it to other commodities creating a European Economic Community whose membership by 1981 had grown to include Great Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain. That led in 1992 to a new treaty establishing a political and economic European Union which today has 28 member states, a number of “supranational” governing institutions, and a common currency among 17 of these states. In this course, we will discuss the origins of the European Union, the political, economic, cultural and social forces that at first haltingly and then inexorably led to its expansion, the challenges it faces today, and its influence on the United States and the rest of the world.
The Global Citizen; World Link Exchange Student Presentations
Interested in learning about other cultures? Join us for an evening of cultural sharing with exchange students from around the world. Students are part of either the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX): An exchange program for high school students from countries of the former Soviet Union to live and study in the USA for one academic year while learning leadership skills designed to make improve their personal and career success or
Youth Exchange & Studies (YES): the YES Program is designed to provide opportunities for high school students from Muslim countries to study in the USA and for Americans to have a better understanding of the diversity of the World.
The Nazi Occupation of France and the Making of a Film Classic: Marcel Carne's Children of Paradise
This course will present one of the great works of world cinema, Marcel Carné’s Children of Paradise. Carné began making this film in 1943, one of the darkest moments of the Nazi Occupation of France. It was finally released in early 1945, just months after Allied forces liberated France. We will explore how the film, which was produced under tight censorship, tells a great love story that also purveys in oblique and veiled cinematic terms an ideology of resistance to the dictatorial powers that ruled France between 1940 and 1944.
The Underground Railroad Quilt Code: History, Mystery or Bunk?
Did quilts help guide escaped slaves to safety? Did different quilt blocks have specific meanings to slaves, perhaps based on their African past? Was the pattern of stitches and knots informative about routes to take, perhaps creating a topographical map? The most famous telling of a quilt code says that quilts were a vital part of the Underground Railroad, and their history with it was unwritten until very recently. Learn about popular quilt forms and blocks before and during the U.S. Civil War. Find out what role, if any, quilts played in guiding slaves to freedom. Discover the controversies surrounding the stories, and what historians believe based on the evidence.
Thousands of Photos? Get Them Organized with iPhoto
Through hands-on activities, you will develop/improve your understanding of iPhoto to organize photos and produce useful keepsakes on the Apple computer. The following are highlighted topics that will be reviewed each week.
*How to take good photos and
select the best photos to save
*What products can be used for
both traditional and digital photos
*Introduction to iPhoto.
*Learn how to import pictures from cameras and
*How do you label photos and organize them?
*Learn how to share photos with others.
*How can you edit and improve photos?
*What options do you have available to print
photos and create products?
*Learn how to make a calendar with iPhoto.
*Learn to create photo albums with iPhoto.
*How you can publish photos on the web?
Travel Writing: From Ordinary Observation to Extraordinary Essay
Taking a very loose definition of “travel,” this course will teach you how to craft your ordinary observations into exquisite essays. Whether your "travel" takes you to far-flung lands or just into your own backyard, we will learn craft techniques that shape our experiences into vivid and engaging writing. Henry James encouraged writers to be “someone on whom nothing is lost.” We’ll take his words to heart as we think about both broadening and focusing our gaze as observers. We’ll read and discuss different examples of personal essay, journalism, as well as classic and contemporary travel writing to inform and inspire our own work. Each class will focus on a different technique: sentence structure, metaphor, scene, voice, and revision. Writing will be shared in a curious and supportive class environment.
Uh, Oh, What Now?
What does someone do with herself when she’s cut loose from the workplace and dropped into retirement? Write a memoir, of course.
But how do you find a fresh angle on retirement/aging that would interest anyone? How do you tell the truth without alienating people you love? Is it permissible to drop topical essays between monthly retirement accounts and call it a memoir? How many publishers do you send proposals to before saying, “I quit. That’s enough rejection for one lifetime!”
In this 90 minute session, Marian will talk about how her journey of finding a life after retirement led to the expansion of a previous essay collection and eventually to the publication of Sixty-Something and Flying Solo: A Retiree Sorts it Out in Iowa. Bring questions and/or conundrums you’ve uncovered in your own retirement/memoir writing journeys and wisdom you’ve gleaned along the way.
Registrants will receive a bibliography of memoirs with various structures/tones/content found helpful; excerpts from Marian’s memoir to illustrate problems and solutions; and the query letter and proposal sent to potential publishers. Sixty-Something and Flying Solo: A Retiree Sorts it Out in Iowa may be purchased at Prairie Lights or on Amazon.
UI Law Library Raw Books
Tour the UI Law Library’s Rare Book Room, where you will have the opportunity to look at the library’s oldest book (1505), hear stories about the books, how they were made, and how they’re preserved.
Your Car Might Help You Drive More Safely
Have you seen television advertisements featuring car systems that provide driver assistance for maneuvers as automatic parallel parking?
In this one-session you will learn and have the opportunity to ask questions on the types of systems in cars being researched to help older drivers. This session will be followed by a tour of the research driving simulators.
The National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) is a center for driving simulation excellence located at the University of Iowa’s Oakdale Research Park Campus. The NADS facility is home to a range of simulators that offer varying levels of driving realism. NADS employees are a collection of experts unmatched in their experience working with all aspects of driving simulation.