2013-14 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).

Jason
SEPT.. 5, 12, 19, 26
MOZART, MENDELSSOHN, MAHLER, AND THE PATH TO MODERNITY

Jason Weinberger, artistic director and CEO of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, is known for exceptionally committed performances, incisive and engaging programming, and extensive
community engagement. In this session, he will explore the path to modernity through the work and lives of three prodigies: Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Mahler. Works by Mozart and Mahler are included in the orchestra’s 2013-14 season.
Ken
OCT. 3, 10, 17, 24
EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS, AND VOLCANOES

Dr. Ken De Nault, a geologist and professor emeritus at the University of Northern Iowa, will lead this discussion of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. He will explore the causes and consequences of these events and review scientific advances in prediction and warning systems. During his travels to 87 countries and all world continents, De Nault has climbed active volcanoes and visited earthquake and tsunami sites.
Figura
OCT. 31, NOV. 7, 14, 21
NUCLEAR POWER: HISTORY & FUTURE

Dr. Charles Figura, Wartburg College professor of physics, will investigate the development of nuclear power. Weekly topics will include a history and context of nuclear power, physics and engineering of nuclear reactors, nuclear waste and catastrophes, and alternatives for the future.
Helen
JAN. 9, 16, 23, 30
FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA: WHAT NEXT?

Helen Leong, an attorney in Waverly who also teaches classes at Wartburg College, will consider how the First Amendment guarantees the right of free speech in the American legal system. She will outline legal aspects of free speech and then focus on the arts and free speech, media and free speech, and campaign  nance laws as they relate to free speech.
Terry
FEB. 6, 13, 20, 27
THE CIVIL WAR: 150 YEARS LATER

Dr. Terry Lindell, Wartburg College professor of history, has focused recent research on Iowans in the Civil War and serves on the State Historical Society’s advisory commission on the Civil War Sesquicentennial. He will use period photographs, Civil War music, and video clips to illustrate presentations on Civil War background, major battles, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the turning tide that led to Union victory.
Kent
MARCH 6, 13, 20, 27
GRANT WOOD AND THE LEGACY OF IOWA ARTISTS

Kent Shankle, executive director of the Waterloo Center for the Arts, will reflect on the life, legacy and lithography of Iowa’s best-known artist, whose work is part of the the WCA collection. Shankle will discuss Wood’s upbringing in rural Anamosa, his friendships, and influences on his art.
Stephen
APRIL 3, 17, 24, MAY1
WILD FLOWERS AND TAMED FLOWERS

Dr. Stephen Main, Wartburg College professor emeritus of biology, will introduce the geological and biological interactions that have produced beautiful scenery in the earth’s temperate regions, explore Iowa wildflowers , discuss the look-alike prairie and alpine  owers, and take participants on an illustrated tour of botanical gardens around the world.