Keep on Learning Series
Keep on Learning Series
Keep on Learning at Wartburg is open to all residents of the Cedar Valley. Classes meet on 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 of each session and decide to continue, a $30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Sept. 3,10,17, 24
MUSIC THROUGH THE AGES
Artistic director and CEO of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Jason Weinberger will explore a social history of music, tracing the evolution of the orchestra against the backdrop of social and political dynamics from the 16th century to the present.
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22
University of Northern Iowa professor emeritus Lynn Brant will discuss basic geology of the Earth including mineral resources, geological hazards, and topics of environmental interest, such as climate change, fracking, and mining.
Oct. 29 (one class only)
MUSIC AND THE WARTBURG CASTLE
Mike Sherer ’63 will discuss the musical legacy of the Wartburg Castle. From the medieval Meistersinger competitions to the list of stellar musicians who graced the Great Hall, this session will help the audience appreciate the rich musical tradition that resonated from the castle.
Nov. 5, 12, 19, and Dec. 3
A LITTLE KNIGHT READING: THE OTHER WES MOORE
A team of Wartburg College faculty and staff will lead this wide-ranging conversation about The Other Wes Moore, the book selected as this year’s common reading for all incoming students. Themes arising from the book include choice, opportunity, identity, crime and punishment, and race and racial stereotypes.
Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28
PRESIDENTIAL PARTNERSHIPS: AMERICAN PRESIDENTS AND FIRST LADIES
Graham Garner, vice president for marketing and communication, will engage others to discover a new perspective on history by learning about the influence first ladies had on the presidency. “Behind every great man is a great woman,” as the saying goes.
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
LETTERS HOME: EXPLORATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Dr. Charlie Figura, professor of physics and astronomy, will lead this session that will focus on the robotic and manned exploration of the Solar System. The course will investigate some of the science and engineering behind the missions and place the discoveries that were made in context with humanity’s larger quest for knowledge.
March 3, 10, 17, 24
THE SPIRIT LAKE MASSACRE OF 1857: A BROADER PERSPECTIVE
Artist Gary Kelley will lead a discussion about the infamous 1857 massacre of white settlers by renegade Sioux. He also will delve into the specific causes, and the leader of the massacre, Inkpaduta, one of the most vilified Sioux leaders of his generation.
March 31, April 14 and 28, May 5
SURPRISING TEXTS FROM THE BIBLE
Dr. Brian Jones, professor of religion, will discuss surprising Biblical topics including lusty angels and their giant offspring, monster battles, God as the architect, and the wisdom of Solomon and Hebrews.