The mission of Senior College is to provide high-quality educational opportunities for seniors. Courses cover a wide variety of topics in the humanities, sciences, and the arts and are taught by emeritus and current University of Iowa faculty members and others.
Senior College is run by a committee of retired UI faculty and staff members. The volunteer committee works in cooperation with the Association of Emeritus Faculty and the University of Iowa Retirees Association and contracts with the Center for Advancement to host this webpage and handle registration.
Nine different courses are being offered from August through early December. Some courses have more than the traditional four sessions, and some meet for less than two hours. The fee for each course is $30. Please review all courses before registering. Detailed information about each course and instructor can be found by clicking on the "More" arrow in the gray box and is also available in the course catalog (PDF) below.
Two of this fall's classes will meet in person, and the others will be offered by videoconferencing, using Zoom. Information on Zoom can be found in the Zoom Guide (PDF) below.
Once you have made your selections, use the "Register Now" button below. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours.
If you have questions about course registration or would like to receive email updates for future sessions of Senior College, please contact the UI Center for Advancement at 319-467-3893 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSTRUCTOR: Timothy Hankewich
Ring-a-ding-ding! Join us for an overview of the music and career of Frank Sinatra. Discussions will include his early, formative years with Tommy Dorsey, his artistic development during World War II, his cinematic achievements, and finally the pinnacle of his career during his years in Las Vegas with the Rat Pack.
INSTRUCTOR: The 2021-2022 season marks Timothy Hankewich's 16th year as music director of Orchestra Iowa. Recent guest appearances have included performances with the Victoria Symphony as well as a tour throughout the Czech Republic and Slovakia with the Moravian Philharmonic and the Slovak State Orchestra. Previously Hankewich was the resident conductor of the Kansas City Symphony.
Registration for Course 1 is now closed.
INSTRUCTOR: Anna Barker
The 200th anniversary of Fyodor Dostoevsky's birth will be the focus of this fall's UI Main Library Gallery exhibition "From Revolutionary Outcast to a Man of God: Dostoevsky at 200" curated by Anna Barker. This five-week course will complement the exhibition and offer an in-depth reading of Dostoevsky's final masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov. We will consider Dostoevsky's life, including his imprisonment and years of hard labor in Siberia, his gambling addiction, and his marriages, and will follow his literary development from early publications, Poor Folk and The Double, to Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and Demons. For our reading of The Brothers Karamazov, the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation is recommended.
INSTRUCTOR: Anna Barker is an adjunct assistant professor of Russian and comparative literature at the UI. Her interests include Russian cultural history, Russian literature, and 19th-century European literature, art, and music. She has organized several literary celebrations, including public readings of Don Quixote, Moby-Dick, and War and Peace.
Registration for Course 2 is now closed.
INSTRUCTOR: Don Patterson
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This course is designed to enhance students' appreciation for and understanding of Big Ten football. The evolution of this ultimate team sport will be addressed, but more time will be dedicated to how the game is organized and played. Terminology will be explained, and students will learn about game strategy and the development of specific game plans. A look at the world of analytics will offer valuable insights, rarely available to fans, into the science of winning. Finally, analysis of selected video from the previous Hawkeye game and a brief preview of the upcoming game will be provided.
INSTRUCTOR: Don Patterson, the only assistant coach who was at the UI for all of Hayden Fry's 20 legendary years, coached Division I football for 37 years. As head coach at Western Illinois University, he led the Leathernecks to their only #1 national ranking. He is now a radio and TV analyst for college football.
Registration for Course 3 is now closed.
INSTRUCTOR: Evan Hilsabeck
Dates: Mondays, October 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth Street, Coralville
Registration Deadline: Registration is now closed
Class Limit: 150
During the first decades of the 20th century, new, stunningly beautiful theaters—including most of the 41 houses that shimmer near Times Square today—were rising almost monthly in New York City. This course will unravel Broadway's little-known history, including the now-lost theaters and early entrepreneurs of the 19th century, the development of vaudeville, the rise of powerful theatrical promoters such as the Shubert brothers, and the 50-year life of one of Broadway's grandest theaters, the Casino. The pre-1940 first Golden Age of Broadway, when promoters engaged in a battle for bigger houses, brighter stars, and more captivating shows, will also be explored.
INSTRUCTOR: Evan Hilsabeck, managing director at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, is a lifelong collector of artifacts related to Broadway's forgotten history. He is passionate about the stories hidden in the dusty playbills, photographs, faded press clippings, and archival documents of New York's early Broadway theaters.
Registration for Course 4 is now closed.
INSTRUCTOR: Jeffrey Dawson
Although public health principles and initiatives have existed for centuries, the COVID-19 pandemic has recently raised interest in public health as a field. In this course, we will briefly review the history of public health and then highlight several significant activities in the five departments of the UI College of Public Health: Community and Behavioral Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Management and Policy, and Occupational and Environmental Health. We will show how multidisciplinary approaches are used to address important health issues such as COVID-19, other infectious diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, rural health, aging, and driver safety.
INSTRUCTOR: Jeffrey Dawson, associate dean for faculty affairs and professor of biostatistics in the UI College of Public Health, received his doctoral degree from Harvard University. He has collaborated with UI faculty members across the health sciences and in engineering, education, law, and business.
Registration for Course 5 is now closed.
INSTRUCTOR: Carol Scott-Conner
The senses of sight, hearing and balance, taste, smell, and touch, along with other senses of the skin and joints, are vital windows on our world. Each session will begin with a detailed discussion of the anatomy (structure) and physiology (how things work) of a particular sense organ, offering information that is not only inherently fascinating but clinically relevant. Comparative anatomy will be used to show examples of adaptation to varied environments. We will also discuss how things can go wrong and how disorders are treated.
INSTRUCTOR: Carol Scott-Conner, MD PhD, is professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Iowa. She is a recipient of the Honored Member award from the American Association of Clinical Anatomy and is a founding member of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.
Registration for Course 6 is now closed.
INSTRUCTOR: Chris Jones
This interactive course will focus on watershed science, water-quality monitoring, and factors important for Iowa, the Corn Belt, and the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. A geologic history of Iowa and its landscapes will lay the groundwork for a discussion about how Iowa was transformed to a working landscape since 1840. Issues related to municipal drinking water, such as nitrate impairments in the Des Moines River, biodiversity of streams, and rural groundwater will be covered. Students will learn how scientists delineate a watershed, techniques for water monitoring, and the water-quality parameters that are important for the integrity of surface water and groundwater.
INSTRUCTOR: Chris Jones is a research engineer with IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa. He manages IIHR’s water-quality sensor network, deployed at 60 Iowa sites. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Montana State University and previously worked at the Des Moines Water Works and the Iowa Soybean Association.
Registration for Course 7 is now closed.
INSTRUCTOR: Lauren Lessing
Although frequently characterized as polar opposites, art and science are bound together. We will focus on artworks from the collection of the UI's Stanley Museum of Art ranging from the Neolithic period to the 20th century to uncover how artists, like scientists, use investigation and experimentation to innovate and discover; how technological innovations have made new forms of art possible; and how scientific discoveries have changed the ways that we see and represent the world around us. From the development of ceramic and bronze to the invention of photography and electric power to cosmologies stemming from physics and psychology, science has driven the history of art.
INSTRUCTOR: Lauren Lessing, the director of the UI Stanley Museum of Art, holds a PhD in art history from Indiana University and has taught and published on a wide range of subjects related to the art and material culture of the United States from the 17th century to the present.
INSTRUCTOR: Kelley Donham, Thomas Toms, David Osterberg, Robert Mutel, Joel Donham
Electric vehicles are here! What kinds are there, and how do they work? How does a consumer choose one, and what are the negatives and positives of owning and living with them? Are they a solution to our climate-change crisis? In addition to learning about electric cars for personal use, students will learn about other electric vehicles used for public and private transportation systems, such as buses, garbage trucks, and delivery vehicles.
INSTRUCTORS: Kelley Donham is professor emeritus in the UI College of Public Health. Thomas Toms is a retired electrical engineer who has worked in the energy production and transmission systems industry. David Osterberg is an environmental public policy specialist and professor emeritus in the UI College of Public Health. Robert Mutel is professor emeritus in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy. Joel Donham is an environmental engineer and planner for the nonprofit company the Center for Transportation and the Environment.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the UI Center for Advancement in advance at 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973.
Emil Rinderspacher, Chair
Tom Rocklin, Vice Chair
H. Dee Hoover