Keep on Learning Series

Keep on Learning at Wartburg is open to all residents of the Cedar Valley.  Classes meet Thursday mornings in the Heritage Room of Saemann Student Center, beginning with coffee at 9 a.m., followed by the presentation from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is not required. If you enjoy the first class and decide to continue, a $35 fee is payable at the second class.

More information is available by contacting the Wartburg College Alumni and Parent Relations Office, 319-352-8491 or

Parking is available in the lots and on the streets directly east of Saemann Student Center. Additional parking is located south of the Fine Arts Center (off First Avenue between Ninth and 10th Streets).

Keep on Learning is sponsored by:

Waverly Health Center
Harold Wohl

Sept. 8,15, 22, 29
American Rhetoric, American Reality – The Idea of Religious Freedom

Dr. Hal Wohl, professor emeritus of history at the University of Northern Iowa, will analyze the battles over religion and politics in America, where both liberals and conservatives claim the U.S. was born out of religious freedom.

I Am Malala

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
A Little Knight Reading: I Am Malala

A team of Wartburg College faculty and staff will explore the book, which is a remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of a fight for girls’ education, and the power of one person’s voice to inspire and change the world.

Dmitri Vorobiev

Nov. 3, 10, 17, and Dec. 1
Life is Too Short to Listen to Bad Music

Dmitri Vorobiev, assistant professor of piano at the University of Northern Iowa, will present a series of highly opinionated, funny, and educational lectures about “bad” music. This course will also explore why some composers are forgotten and others are remembered so well.

Frje Echeverria

JAN. 5, 12, 19, 26
Gallivanting Around Art History with a Present-Day Artist

Frje Echeverria, retired University of Northern Iowa art professor, will present this lavishly illustrated course and explore the continuum of visual art history and its place in our everyday lives.

Scott Cawelti

FEB. 2, 9, 16, 23
Four Landmark Spielberg Films

University of Northern Iowa professor emeritus Scott Cawelti will examine Steven Spielberg as a director—his filmography, his ongoing major contributions to world cinema, his stylistic and thematic hallmarks, and his ability to entertain so well.

Vicki Edelnant

March 2, 9, 16, 23
Introduction to Contemporary Jewish Culture

Vicki Edelnant, retired Wartburg Pathways Center director, introduces Jewish culture to those with little to no familiarity with Jewish traditions. Edelnant was raised in a Christian family and studied with a rabbi prior to marrying her Jewish husband 42 years ago.

Retrieving Freedom Service Dog

March 30, April 6, 13, 20
Service Dogs

Dr. Susan Vallem, Wartburg professor emerita of social work, and Scott Dewey of Retrieving Freedom, Inc., will explore how service dogs assist veterans as well as children with autism.