UNI Lifelong University announces fall 2015 courses

Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Kelli McCarthy, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 319-273-5141,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Lifelong University will offer six noncredit classes this fall to be taught by retired and current UNI professors. Courses are formatted into four-week, three-week and one-time workshops. The Western Home Communities and New Aldaya Lifescapes are now partners of Lifelong University, providing space and funding for the services offered through the program.

"An Overview of Computer Programming with Scratch," instructed by Ben Schafter, associate professor of computer science, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3 at Wright Hall, Room 112. Participants ages eight to 18 will learn about computer programming and computational thinking while using Scratch for interactive art, animated storytelling and game development.

"The Book of Genesis: A Literary Historical Analysis" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at Windcove, Western Home Communities. Instructor John Burnight, assistant professor of religion, will explore various scholarly theories about the biblical book of Genesis, its relationship to Mesopotamian and Egyptian literature and religion, and the literary artistry of its authors and editors.

"Four Late Charlie Chaplin Masterpieces," instructed by Scott Cawelti, emeritus professor of English, will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at New Aldaya's Performing Arts Center. Participants will watch four Charles Chaplin films, "Modern Times," "The Great Dictator," "Monsieur Verdoux" and "Limelight," and discuss Chaplin's approach, techniques, themes and what makes these films masterpieces.

"Joyful Movement and Health" will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at Windcove, Western Home Communities. Jennifer Waldron, professor of health, physical education and leisure studies, will instruct the course. Participants will learn how to engage their senses, listen to their bodies and utilize different components of movement such as agility, flexibility, stability and strength.

"Religion and Violence: Views from Several Faiths" will be from noon to 2 p.m., Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 12 and 19 at Windcove, Western Home Communities. Panel members from Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths will discuss how their religions respond to theological and moral questions related to violence. For a list of panel members, visit

"Write a Christmas/Holiday Letter People will Love to Read," instructed by Kimberly Groninga, adjunct instructor in the Department of Languages and Literatures, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Windcove, Western Home Communities. Participants will look at examples of typical Christmas letters and try some techniques for writing.

Course fees are $40, which covers parking passes and course handouts. For more information or to register, visit or call University Events Coordination at 319-273-5141.