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 Plugged-In Life of Teens and Tweens: What's the Impact?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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

Cedar Rapids Public Library - Downtown
450 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

Come hear Marcus Barlow, 14MPH, program coordinator in the Division of Child and Community Health at Child Health Specialty Clinics, discuss the impact of social media on the health, development, and mental well-being of adolescents. He'll share American Academy of Pediatrics research and policy statements, new technologies and social media sites accessed by teens, and strategies for fostering responsible, healthy use of social media.

Learn more and register by noon on Monday, March 2, by clicking here.

Sponsored by:

Cedar Rapids Public Library

Music, Media and Journalism: Surprisingly Bright Futures

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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

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

During his years as a Rolling Stone columnist and pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, UI journalism professor Don McLeese learned what it was like to cover a crumbling industry (major-label music) for another crumbling industry (print newspapers). Hear McLeese explain why he is convinced that musicians, journalists, and consumers alike have benefited from the digital revolution and that great work reaches far larger audiences than ever before. What's needed now is a way to make this delivery model both profitable and sustainable.

Learn more and register by noon on Monday, March 2, by clicking here.

Lessons from Cookie Monster

Sunday, March 8, 2015

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

Iowa Children's Museum
Coral Ridge Mall
1451 Coral Ridge Ave., Coralville

Worried about whether your children watch too much media—and what they're learning? Do you want them to be able to focus, set goals, and control their emotions? Join Deborah Linebarger, UI associate professor of education, for a discussion on such issues, including a new Sesame Street project that uses Cookie Monster to help preschoolers learn behavioral skills.

Learn more and register by noon on Thursday, March 5, by clicking here.

Sponsored by:

The Iowa Childrens Museum

The University for Iowa: A Legacy of Service and Engagement

Monday, March 9, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. (discussion); reception to follow

Join University of Iowa President Sally Mason, before her upcoming retirement, as she leads a journey through the university’s most significant milestones in advancing the lives of people at home and abroad.

This evening is a rare opportunity to hear, directly from the woman leading these efforts, how the UI has built a rich history based on improving Iowa for Iowans. Departing President Mason has served at the helm of many initiatives aligned with the UI’s broad mission of teaching, research, and service. That tradition contributes to an ultimate goal: to enhance communities through engagement.

Learn more and register by noon on Thursday, March 5, by clicking here.

Farewell to an American Treasure: An Evening with Jackson Pollock's Mural

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (CST)

Sioux City Art Center

The crown jewel of the University of Iowa Museum of Art collection, Mural ends its extended stay at the Sioux City Art Center on April 1, 2015. Arriving last July through the "Legacies for Iowa Collections Sharing Project," supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum family—and after two years of restoration and exhibition through the Getty Conservation Institute and Museum in Los Angeles—the famed painting has thrilled art lovers across western Iowa and beyond.

In early April, Mural leaves Sioux City for an international tour that begins in Venice, Italy, where it will appear in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection as part of the prestigious Venice Biennale 56th International Art Exhibition. After visits to several other major European cities, including London and Berlin, Mural will return home to the UI Museum of Art once the new building opens.

Come join the UI Alumni Association on Saturday, March 21, 2015, for an exclusive opportunity to view Mural one last time before its European voyage. We hope to see you at this special farewell event, which features a lecture and guided tour by Sean O'Harrow, director of the UI Museum of Art.

Free and open to the public. Please register by noon on Friday, March 13, here.

The Evolution of Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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

John & Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Avenue, 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 & Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Avenue, 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.

Myths About Sexual Assault: Facts vs. Fiction

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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

TBD, 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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