2014-15 Keep on Learning

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 alumni@wartburg.edu.

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). Click here for a map of campus (PDF).

Dmitri
Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25
WHAT DO WE LISTEN FOR IN MUSIC?

Dmitri Vorobiev, assistant professor of piano at the University of Northern Iowa, will discuss the history of performing classical music. Participants will learn about various performance styles and hear demonstrations on the piano. Vorobiev’s goal is to have listeners be able to articulate how a performance touched their heart and appreciate the sound qualities of particular artists.
Hal
Oct. 2, 9, 23, 30
AMERICA BETRAYED

Dr. Hal Wohl, professor emeritus of history at the University of Northern Iowa, will explain how other nations have stolen the most precious secrets of the United States. The course will introduce the history of espionage in America by looking at the most famous and infamous spy stories.
Bible
Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4
THE SAINT JOHN’S BIBLE, ILLUMINATING THE WORD OF GOD
FOR A NEW MILLENNIUM

A team of Wartburg College faculty and staff will lead this engaging and informative session about The Saint John’s Bible, a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University and created by renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson. Participants will learn about the history of illuminated Bibles and how imagery can help with reflection of scripture.
Michael
JAN. 8, 15, 22, 29
ONE-ROOM SCHOOL HOUSES TO ONLINE EDUCATION
AND SCALY CREATURES

In the first two sessions, Dr. Michael Bechtel ’94, assistant professor of biology, will explore the evolution of the public education system. In the last two sessions, participants will learn about reptiles and amphibians so they can gain a greater appreciation of these amazing creatures.
Scott

FEB. 5, 12, 19, 26
CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S LATER MASTERPIECES

University of Northern Iowa professor emeritus Scott Cawelti will discuss the comic genius whose films entranced three generations of filmgoers and who bridged the silent and sound eras of film in his own unique fashion as well as his fall from grace and exile due to political pressure.

Stilwill
MARCH 5, 12, 19, 26
PLAYS OF GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

Chuck Stilwill, artistic director of the Waterloo Community Playhouse, will explore the families portrayed in the plays of George Bernard Shaw. Everyone will be able to identify with his hilarious situations and characters.
Don

APRIL 2, 16, 23, 30
FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD TO MASON CITY:
THE UNSINKABLE MEREDITH WILLSON
Don Meyer, director of development at Wartburg, will discuss the trials and successes of Meredith Willson, a musician, composer, movie producer, radio personality, and hometown hero who never forgot his boyhood home of Mason City.