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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The Evolution of Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (discussion)

John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Ave., Des Moines

Join us as Ludwig Gutmann, UI clinical professor of neurology, discusses the many complex features of this illness, including impairment of motor abilities, compulsive shopping and gambling, and memory loss. Gutmann will also present the new, effective treatments that have accompanied an increased understanding of the disease's dynamics. In our current era, Parkinson's disease has become a prime example of a treatable disorder with strong genetic roots. Evolving therapies have dramatically changed the course of the illness and the lives of affected patients.

Learn more and register by noon on Thursday, April 2, by clicking here.

Protecting our Farmers

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (discussion)

John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Ave., Des Moines

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous occupations in the U.S., with an occupational fatality rate six times higher than the general workforce. Farmers and their families are also at risk for chronic diseases of the lungs, skin, and joints. Join us as Diane Rohlman, associate professor in occupational and environmental health and graduate program director in agricultural safety and health, discusses how the University of Iowa works to protect farmers, who are among Iowa's most valuable commodities.

Learn more and register by noon on Monday, April 20, by clicking here.

Corridor Collaboration: Preserving Cedar Rapids' History

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m. (reception), 7 p.m. (discussion)

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids

The flood of 2008 wreaked $3 billion worth of damage on Cedar Rapids. The disaster claimed homes, facilities, and cultural resources, while threatening to destroy many of the city's treasured artifacts. Floodwaters soaked a priceless collection of 5,000 phonograph records, which spanned 80 years of Czech and Slovak music, while mud and rust took a toll on some of the African American Museum of Iowa's precious keepsakes. If not for a partnership between local museums and the University of Iowa Libraries, many of Cedar Rapids' valuable relics may have perished.

Listen while panelists, including representatives from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and the African American Museum of Iowa, display and discuss the restored items while detailing how these organizations united to preserve pieces of Cedar Rapids' history.

Learn more and register by noon on Tuesday, April 21, by clicking here.

Myths About Sexual Assault: Facts vs. Fiction

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (discussion)

South Room, Iowa Memorial Union
125 N. Madison St., Iowa City

Widespread misunderstandings about sexual violence arise from popular culture's perception of intimate partner violence. Join Pamela Terrill, a sexual assault nurse examiner and Johnson County Sexual Assault Response Team (JCSART) coordinator, and Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) Assistant Director Karen Siler as they dismantle some of these myths during an interactive discussion.

Click here to learn more and register by noon on Monday, June 8.

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