From science to Shakespeare, Noncredit courses announced

By David Porreca

The impact of science and technology on everyday life will be the subject of an eight-week lecture-and-discussion series beginning Oct. 1, one of the many noncredit offerings open to adults this fall at the UI.

"Creating Important Everyday Applications Out of Extraordinary Discoveries: The World of Science and Technology" will meet 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 1 to Nov. 19 at 1005 Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

The series will feature presentations on the nature of multi- disciplinary research, molecular and electronic nanostructures, imaging and visualization at the Beckman Institute, human and computer interaction, intelligent behavior in biological and human- made systems, virtual reality, complex systems research and the role of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Sponsored by the UI's Office of Continuing Education and Public Service, noncredit courses are presented in a noncompetitive, informal atmosphere. There are no exams or grades; instructors are selected from the university faculty. Students must enroll and pay all necessary fees before the first meeting of each course. Fees range from $49 to $289. Discounts are available to retirees 62 or older.

Other fall series and courses include:
* "Learn Illinois," a nine-week series on the state's history, culture, sociology, economics and landscape, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9 to Nov. 11 (no class Sept. 23), 407 Levis Faculty Center.
* "Layers in the Loop: A History of Architecture in Chicago," 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 24 (one class meeting on Saturday, Oct. 19), 302 Architecture Building.
* "Presidential Elections: A Journey From Past to Present," an eight- week course on the major factors that have influenced American presidential elections, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 18 to Nov. 6, 390 Lincoln Hall.
*"The Plants and Animals of Allerton Park," 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 21 to Nov. 9, Allerton Park Information Center.
* "Allerton Experience: Retrospective on 'The Allerton Legacy,' " 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 21 to Nov. 9, Allerton Park Information Center.
* "Brush Up Your Shakespeare!," a look at eight of Shakespeare's greatest plays, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 25 to Nov. 13, 1038 Foreign Languages Building.
* "Strategies for Retirement," a four-week course about preparing for a secure retirement, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 3 to 24, 120 Commerce West Building.
* "Comets, Collisions and Creation," an eight-week course about comets and their roles as planetary building blocks, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 7 to Nov. 25, 144 Bevier Hall.
* " 'You Know My Methods, Watson': The Great Detectives," an eight- week survey and critique of the visual representation of classic fictional detectives in film and on television, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 15 to Dec. 3, 59A English Building.

Additional courses will be offered on greenhouse and indoor gardening, traditional Chinese medicine, creative dance for children, classic Viennese instrumental music, jazz appreciation, beginning piano for adults, computer imaging, collage and construction in art, castable materials, creative watercolor techniques, life drawing, introductory photography, oil painting, industrial design for high school students, introduction to the Macintosh computer, publishing on the World Wide Web, and introductions to French, German, Irish Gaelic and Italian.

Catalogs listing all noncredit courses are available from the UI Extramural Programs Division. More information about noncredit courses, series and registration is available from the Office of Statewide Programming, 333-6305.


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