Lifelong Learning


Learning is a lifetime process, not something that ends with graduation. The UI Alumni Association, along with various partners across campus, is committed to providing enrichment through Lifelong Learning programs. Each year, at events held in cities across Iowa, UI faculty and staff share their knowledge and experience with alumni and friends of the university. Topics range from health issues and current events to career development.

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What is Precedented and Unprecedented in American Politics

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Time: 7 p.m.

History and precedent help shape how we as a people approach issues of the day. On the other hand, in a world of accelerating change, the past may not provide a helpful guide. Some challenges simply have few precedents. Former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach, who served for three decades on Capitol Hill and now teaches law at the University of Iowa, will lead a discussion to review several lessons of our past that may be helpful in understanding what the country faces today. Leach will then reference some of the unprecedented challenges before us and underscore why greater mutual understanding at home and abroad has never been more important.

James A. Leach joined the College of Law in 2013 after serving most recently as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Leach is best known for his 30 years of service as a representative in Congress where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Following his time in Congress, he was a professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and interim director of the Institute of Politics and lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He holds 14 honorary degrees, has earned decorations from two foreign governments, and is the recipient of the Wayne Morse Integrity in Politics Award, the United Nations Association's Adlai Stevenson Award, the Sierra Club's Edgar Wayburn Award, the Norman Borlaug Public Service Award, and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Medal.

This lecture is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are encouraged.

Click here to pre-register by noon on Tuesday, June 14.

50 Years of Star Trek

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Time: 6 p.m.

Join us to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek through a University of Iowa Libraries exhibition of rare materials documenting the history of Trek and Trekkers. With a focus on the original series cast on television and in film, the exhibition highlights the early years of the franchise and illustrates the key role fans played in shaping its future.

Peter Balestrieri, curator for the Star Trek exhibit, will give visitors a tour of the gallery that includes the program from the first Star Trek convention, the first Star Trek fanzine, and a wide variety of fan-produced materials.

The exhibition also covers the 1980s movie era, with rare documents, photographs, memos, and production materials from UI alumnus Nicholas Meyer, director of Star Trek II and Star Trek VI, and writer of Star Trek II, Star Trek IV, and Star Trek VI.

This is a prime opportunity to experience the history of Star Trek in a way that wouldn't be possible anywhere else.

This tour is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are encouraged.

Click here to pre-register by noon on Wednesday, June 29.

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