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					CLASS CATALOG FALL 2009 World Religions
Class No: 01F09 Enrollment Limit: maximum 30 Dates: Wednesday September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am Location: Dial Center, room 101 Description: This course highlights the main features of five major religions: 1. Developments in Judaism after the Bible was Written - This session deals with what happened in the Jewish religion after the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD and how the contents of the Hebrew Bible, along with the concepts of the Rabbinic Judaism were established. It treats oral Torah, midrash, Mishnah and Talmud; some rituals and holidays; branches of the religion; and history of Sefardic and Ashkenasic Jews (including limits placed on them, the Crusades, ghettos, the Church’s views, pogroms and the Holocaust). 2. History of Christianity - Topics include how the New Testament and the papacy came into existence; Persecution of the Early Church; Christological controversies; St. Augustine’s influence on Christian thought; Pope Gregory the Great; Conflicts between kings and popes during the Holy Roman Empire; The split between the Catholic and Orthodox churches; The Medieval worldview; The Great Schism, with two and three popes; The Protestant Reformation and the Counter-Reformation; Impact of the 18th century Enlightenment and Theology in the 20 th century. 3. Islam - The session will present the life of Mohammed; Koran; Hadith (sayings of the Prophet); Shari’a (law); Five Pillars; schisms; Sufism; and movement into the world. If time allows, Muslim treatment of women, enemies and apostates. 4. Hinduism - Highlights of the religion, including its diversity, scriptures, belief in reincarnation and karma, Brahman and its many gods, and its concrete or dualist versions (represented by bhakti yoga) compared with its abstract or non-dualist versions (represented by raja yoga). 5. Buddhism - Highlights of the religion, including its basic beliefs (plus non-belief in God); the life, character and teachings of the Buddha (including the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path); and its two major branches: Theravada and Mahayana (including Bodhisattvas and Zen). Instructor: Roland Zimany, PhD Roland Zimany retired seven years ago as pastor of Luther Memorial Church in Des Moines. Prior to his years of service at Luther Memorial, he spent 13 years as Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. He has an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a Ph.D. in Religion from Duke.
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T’ai Chi Ch’uan
Class No: 02F09 (Introductory Level) Enrollment Limit: maximum 20 Dates: Every Thursday beginning September 17 thru December 10 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am Location: Bell Center, Multi-Purpose Room (1421 27 th Street & Forest) Class No: 03F09 (Continuing Level) Enrollment Limit: maximum 20 Dates: Every Thursday beginning September 17 thru December 10 Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 noon Location: Bell Center, Multi-Purpose Room (1421 27 th Street & Forest) Description: T’ai Chi Ch’uan is a body-mind practice demonstrated to improve overall health. Developed in China hundreds of years ago as a powerful martial art and method for enhancing health, T’ai Chi consists of a series of physical postures and movements requiring mind-body coordination. Research has shown that consistent practice greatly improves physical balance, increases strength and flexibility, enhances mental focus and concentration and calms the mind. An introductory class (02F09) and a continuing T’ai Chi class (03F09) will be offered. The introductory T’ai Chi class is designed for RaySociety participants who are interested in experiencing T’ai Chi for the first time or for those who have practiced some T’ai Chi and would like to review basic principles of T’ai Chi. The continuing class is for RaySociety participants who have had some experience practicing T’ai Chi and wish to continue their study and practice. Please note that the introductory class will meet from 10:00 - 11:00 am while the continuing class will meet from 11:00 - 12:00 noon on the dates identified above. Instructor: Judy Allen, Associate Professor of Psychology, Drake University Judy teaches courses in social psychology, ethnic conflict and peacemaking, ethics and science, and theories of consciousness. She taught psychology in China in 2005 and co-led the 2006 RaySociety China travel study seminar as well as the 2007 China travel study seminar for Drake students with Prof. Joseph Schneider. Judy studies Chen style T’ai Chi and Ch’i Kung, an energy cultivation practice, with Master Helen (Xiao-Rong) Wu of York University in Toronto, Canada, and Yang style T’ai Chi and meditation with Master Fong Ha, an I’Chuan and T’ai Chi master who lives and teaches in Berkeley, California. She has studied internal Chinese martial arts, including Yang style T’ai Chi, and kung fu with Sifu Jose’ Mendoza of Des Moines.

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Power-Up for the Time of your Life…
Class No: 04F09 Dates: Thursday September 17, 24, October 1, 8 Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm Location: Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic Courtroom (Southwest corner of 24th Street & University Avenue) Description: Power-up your life with a presentation that possesses the power to transform daily living from ordinary to extraordinary. Develop and experience the way you think about managing and monitoring your mind, attitudes and your heart. How do you handle and even benefit from adversity in your life? We will discuss re-defining success in your life, developing and cherishing friendships, the necessity of physical exercise, and determining what you want your real and living legacy to be. Instructor: Daniel Power, Neal and Bea Smith Distinguished Professor of Law and Clinical Education, Professor Emeritus, Law, Drake University Daniel Power developed Drake University’s Law School Legal Clinic beginning in 1971. Prior to joining the Drake faculty, he was general counsel to a U.S. House of Representatives congressional committee (1961 – 1965) and a Trial Attorney with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Introduction to Digital Photography
Class No: 05F09 Enrollment Limit: 18 Dates: Friday September 18, 25, October 2, 9 Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm Location: Meredith Hall, room 104 Special Requirements: This class will teach students how to use their digital cameras. Students are encouraged to bring their digital cameras to the sessions. Description: This class will provide practical, “hands-on” training for the use of digital cameras. The course will be an introduction to these technologies, and it will be suitable for beginners through intermediate users. Participants will be working at Macintosh workstations on software that will allow them to do minor adjustments to their images. The class will also include a discussion of the types of cameras and software available on the market today. Instructor: David Wright, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication David teaches web page design, introduction to mass communication, and multimedia for the web. He has taught black and white as well as color photography, and was a freelance photographer for newspapers in the north suburbs of Chicago. David has taught this popular course several times for the RaySociety and his classes always fill quickly!

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Religious Painting in Renaissance Italy from Leonardo da Vinci to Caravaggio
Class No: 06F09 Enrollment Limit: maximum 30 Dates: Wednesday September 23, 30, October 7, 14 Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm Location: Dial Center, room 101 Description: Paintings by Michelangelo, Titian, and the other major artists of the sixteenth century served specific functions within churches and other religious buildings. We will study some of these artists' major works in light of their original placement, meaning and style to see how each artist engages the viewer, and why he does so in that particular way. There will be four meetings: 1) The Early Renaissance, and Leonardo's invention of a new style. 2) The High Renaissance in Florence, Rome, and Venice: Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. 3) New expressive possibilities: Pontormo and Bronzino in Florence, and Correggio and Parmigianino in Parma. 4) The later sixteenth century: Tintoretto and Veronese in Venice, and Caravaggio in Rome. Instructor: Thomas Worthen, Associate Professor Emeritus, Art and Design, Drake University. Tom Worthen received a PhD in art history from the University of Iowa and taught in the Art Department at Drake from 1970 to 2005. He has written various articles on art in Italy, and organized an exhibition in 2006 for the Art Museum of the University of Iowa on the paintings of Jules Kirschenbaum. At present he is doing research on the sixteenth-century churches of Venice, where he lives half the year.

Economic Roundtable (& Brownbag Lunch)
Class No: 07F09 Enrollment Limit: maximum 35 Dates: Thursday September 24, October 8, October 29, November 12, December 10 Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Location: Aliber Hall, room 108 Description: Turmoil in the economic environment has created a very dynamic business and political climate. This program is designed to provide participants with a structured discussion forum relating to the changes in the economy. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to each meeting. Prior to each section, participants will get an e-mail detailing possible topics and events for discussion. Tom Root will provide an introduction and overview of the topic at the beginning of the session and then lead a discussion of the impact on retirees and society in general. Some likely topics for discussion will include: The end of the recession and whether or not there are signs of a recovery, the impact of the new policies from the Obama administration on the economy, the impact of new regulation in the financial services industry, changes in the lending environment, changes in the investing environment, investing strategies in the current economy, future economic policy, and the state of the Iowa and Des Moines economy.
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Instructor: Dr. Thomas Root, Associate Professor of Finance, Drake University Dr. Thomas Root holds four degrees including a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kansas, which he obtained in 1998. Dr. Root has spent the last eight years teaching in the primary area of finance in the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University. During this time he has demonstrated success as an instructor by earning the Graduate Teaching Award, an award voted on by the students. Prior to working at Drake, he taught at Loyola University Chicago, and The University of Kansas. Dr. Root has been published in numerous academic journals and is active in the academic community through his work as a presenter, discussant, and session chair at annual meetings of the Financial Management Association, the Midwest Finance Association, and the Financial Education Association. His academic work has resulted in his colleagues in the College of Business awarding Dr. Root the College’s Research Award. Additionally, he maintains a close connection to the private sector through consulting and his work in developing and delivering certificate programs to area businesses through Drake’s Center for Professional Studies. Dr. Root has also served on and chaired numerous committees in the College of Business and is currently the Chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee.

On Traveling to Cuba
Course No: 08F09 Enrollment Limit: maximum 30 Dates: Monday October 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am Location: Dial Center, room 101 Description: Cuba may be just off-shore, but it is still a complete mystery to most of us, including our government and media. However, a transition is taking place. The US may soon allow travel to Cuba. Jon is hoping to take a group to Cuba as soon as possible. This course will prepare you to travel to Cuba or just help you to better understand Cuba and its people. We will spend four weeks exploring Cuba's political and cultural situation. There will be a free-wheeling discussion of the Cuban perspective on economic rights, religion, the US Blockade, education, and other areas of interest to class participants. Instructor: Dr. Jon Torgerson, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy Jon has been to Cuba many times. During the last 25 years, he has taken five student groups and one non-student group to Cuba. He has participated in numerous conferences there and presented several papers at the University of Havana, including "Taking Economic Rights Seriously". Jon has recently retired from Drake as Professor Emeritus of Philosophy after thirty-seven successful years of teaching and research. Besides serving as department chair for nineteen years, he was also Director of the Humanities Center for three years, and Director of Environmental Studies for one year. He has published articles about Socrates, economic rights, the philosophy of time, the teaching of philosophy, and other areas. He also founded the Philosophy of Time Society in 1993. He taught a very successful RaySociety course entitled, “Cuba: Social Justice and Human Rights”, during the fall 2007 semester. In spring of 2008, he shared his passion for Socrates with us in a class called, “Socrates: Outwardly a Monster - All Beauty Within”. Last year, Jon taught two more very popular courses: God and the Problem of Evil and The Foundations of Western Scientific Thought.
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Why You Say It!
Class No: 09F09 Enrollment Limit: maximum 30 Dates: Monday October 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm Location: Dial Center, room 101 Description: There are literally hundreds of “phrases”, “idioms”, and “proverbs” that offer good sense guidelines for life based on collective folk wisdom from cultures thoughout the world that have been passed down for centuries. We will explore phrases and idioms that you are familiar with as well as many you may never have heard before. Class participation will be a critical element of this course. You will receive several web sites that will provide you with information about hundreds of idioms and you will be asked to share the information regarding the origination and meaning of those you choose. You may find many that you can introduce into your daily conversations! To get a feel for what it is we’ll be talking about, here are a few samples of popular idioms... “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.” It’s cold enough to freeze the … off of a brass monkey.” “The devil can quote scripture for his own purpose.” And there are so many more to learn about! Instructor: Donald K. Moon, Associate Professor Emeritus, Education, Drake University. Don taught social studies in junior high school and then moved to Boone, Iowa to become the Director of Audio-Visual Services for the Boone County Schools. In the summer of 1962 and 1963 he was invited to teach in the College of Education and in the fall of 1964 he became a member of the faculty in the College of Education and also held the administrative position as the Director of Education Media Service Television Service. His area of interest was the effective use of educational media materials in instruction. Don retired in 1996 and then stayed on for two years and continued to work as the coordinator of the Iowa Communication Network distance education program; primarily working with faculty who were preparing to teach on the network.

“How To Write Your Life”
Class No: 10F09 Enrollment Limit: maximum 30 Dates: Tuesday October 6, 13, 20 Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon Location: Dial Center, room 101 Description: Everyone has a unique tale to tell, an account of one’s life that will be treasured by friends, family, children and grandchildren. This workshop is designed for both experienced and inexperienced writers. We will cover getting started, searching one’s past, picking and choosing highlights, discovering a dominant theme or focus, choosing a framework, determining a title, developing a personal style, composing and editing the text, and finding a way to get the manuscript published. This workshop leads you through the steps, a “how to… experience”.

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Instructor: Dallas Freeman was born and raised in De Smet, South Dakota. Inspired to write and teach by a high school English teacher, Mr. Freeman earned a BA degree from Huron College and an MA degree from the University of South Dakota. After 40 years of teaching writing, literature, speech, history and theater, he and his wife Carla are now enjoying retirement. Proud parents of 3 children (one of whom is Leanne Freeman Miller, Associate Professor of Voice here at Drake), and proud grandparents of 10 grandchildren, they hope to pass on their love of literature, music, theater, opera and world travel to them. As a retiree, Dallas offers writing workshops and conducts readings to various groups and organizations. He authored his own autobiography, Mirth and Misery, which published in 2002.

Identity Theft: What Is Identity Theft? and How to Protect Yourself
Class No: 11F09 Enrollment Limit: maximum 30 Date: Tuesday October 6 (one session, free of charge) Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm Location: Dial Center, room 101 Description: This free one session class will explain the growing problem of identity theft. The variety of methods identity theft criminals use to steal your personal information and what the criminals attempt to do with the information. Preventive measures and suggestions will be offered on procedures an individual can take to protect personal identifying information. Informational material will be available with internet website addresses for additional information, credit reporting companies, governmental departments and agencies which maybe able to provide assistance if you think you are a victim of identity theft. Instructor: J. Kent Zickefoose graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and from the Des Moines Area Community College in 1990 with a Computer Language Certificate. He was employed by the State of Iowa for over 36 years retiring in 2002 as an Information Technology Specialist IV.

Thinking Outside the Box
Class No: 12F09 Enrollment Limit: maximum 15 Dates: Tuesday October13, 20, 27, November 3, 10 Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm Location: The Wesley House - United Methodist Campus Ministries Center, 2816 28th Street (SE corner of 28th Street & University Avenue) Description: Here is a simple problem: "Jane and John played 3 games of chess. Each of them won 2 games. How is this possible?" If you think inside the box, your response will probably be, "That's impossible." If you think outside the box (i.e., dismiss a false assumption) you will recognize the answer as exceedingly simple.

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In our five sessions, we will explore the following topics: #1 - Oct. 13: Inside the box (linear thinking-logic) & outside (lateral thinking-imagination) #2 - Oct. 20: What is a Person? #3 - Oct. 27: How Can we Judge Art? #4 - Nov. 3: What Can Guide Our Moral Decisions? #5 - Nov. 10: How Can We Converse Sensibly About Religion? REQUIREMENTS: (A) You are willing to participate freely in class discussions, (B) You have access to e-mail and a printer in which reading materials will be sent for each session, (C) You are willing to participate in a light, “get-acquainted” activity to begin each session. For more complete information, please visit the web site at: http://infoweb.drake.edu/philkeyworth/ If you have further questions, please contact the instructor via e-mail at don.keyworth@drake.edu or call the RaySociety office at 271-2120. Instructor: Donald R. Keyworth, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, Drake University. Don has taught at Drake for 52 years. His special interests are logic, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. His Zen wife of 55 years keeps him wondering with questions such as "Why do turtles circle the earth twice a year?" He believes firmly that philosophy is best done in open and respectful conversation with others who are willing to scrute the inscrutable.

Biological, Cultural, Social & Political Aspects of Human Reproduction
Class No: 13F09 Enrollment Limit: maximum 30 Dates: Thursday October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12 Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm Location: Dial Center, room 101 Description: Of the important contentious issues that concern modern human life those having to do with sexuality and reproduction are always near the top. Such things as stem cell research and cloning, abortion and sex education, medical advances and treatment and gay marriage are among these. Varying beliefs and attitudes elicit strong differences of opinion and efforts as concerning how these issues might be dealt with. This short course will be devoted to considerations of such things as the nature of life on earth, biological and behavioral requirements for life, aspects of sexual reproduction, sex determination and embryological life stages, application of results of behavioral research and relevant social, political and legal activities and consideration of possible means of reaching compromise positions when difficult choices are required. Primary activities will be instructor generated presentations and discussions of assorted readings (to be provided) augmented by guest presentations by representatives of Iowa Right to Life and Planned Parenthood of Central Iowa.

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Instructor: Gene A. Lucas, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Biology, Drake University Dr. Lucas has a long history at Drake University. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from Drake in Biology. His PhD in Genetics is from Iowa State University. Gene has taught at Drake in the field of Biology for over forty years. His special areas of interest are the Environment, Genetics and Evolution, and Human Behavior.

Native American Archaeology in Iowa and the Upper Midwest
Class No: 14F09 Enrollment Limit: maximum 30 Dates: Wednesday October 21, 28, November 4, 11 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am Location: Dial Center, room 101 Description: This class will involve verbal and media presentations on Native American archaeology and digs in which Dr. Gee has participated, including a variety of sites in Iowa and at Cahokia Mounds in Illinois. He will also include a presentation on the Jeffers Petroglyphs and the Pipestone quarry in southwest Minnesota. Recommended Reading: Iowa's Archaeological Past, Lynn M. Alex University of Iowa Press, 2000 Twelve Millennia: Archaeology of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, James Theler and Robert Boszhardt University of Iowa Press, 2003 Instructor: Rev. Dr. Fred Gee Fred Gee is a retired minister and a graduate of Drake University with advanced degrees from Lexington and McCormick Theological Seminaries. Archaeology has become his retirement avocation. He has earned certification as a Field Technician and Site Surveyor through the Iowa Archaeological Society and the Office of the State Archaeologist. He is a member of the Iowa Archaeological Society and the Central Iowa Chapter of the IAS as well as a member of the Board of IAS. He has participated in biblical archaeological excavations in Israel and Native American excavation projects in Iowa and Illinois. Dr. Gee’s three previous RaySociety courses, “Digging Up the Past”, “Bible Books Most of Us Never Knew”, and “Archaeology and the Bible” were each very well received.

Unsettled Law for Unsettling Issues
Class No: 15F09 Enrollment Limit: maximum 30 Dates: Tuesday October 27, November 3, 10, 17 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am Location: Dial Center, room 101 Description: This course will explore a variety of issues in Family Law arising out of changing societal practices. Issues to be considered include recognition of same sex marriage, parentage issues arising from surrogacy and post mortem conception, international adoption, and the rise in non-marital cohabitation (especially in the elderly). If time permits,

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it will include a brief workshop on effective negotiation techniques to resolve these and other issues. Instructor: Andrea Charlow, Professor of Law, Drake University Law School Andrea Charlow is a professor at Drake University Law School teaching courses in Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has an A.B. from Vassar College, a J.D. from Albany Law School, and an LLM from Columbia University Law School, where she was a Chamberlain Fellow. She practiced law with the firm of Hancock, Ryan, Shove, & Hust in Syracuse New York where she was a trial lawyer concentrating in family law and medical malpractice and products liability cases. She is former Chair of the Iowa Governor's Advisory Committee on Child Support Enforcement. She has served as Associate Dean at Drake Law School, Director of the Middleton Children's Rights Center, is Director of the Summer in France Program and is in charge of the law school web site. She has been interviewed on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," has published articles in the Yale Review of Law & Social Policy and the Family Law Quarterly and does workshops and lectures on Family Law and Negotiations.

Great Books Discussion Group
Class No: 16F09 Dates: Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month throughout the year (starting September 8 th) Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm Location: Medbury Hall, room 115 Cost: Free/No Charge Description: Dr. Bruce Martin will lead the discussion of various “Great Books”. There is no fee to participate, but as a RaySociety member, we ask that you sign-up when you register for other courses. The class has been studying excerpts from Great Conversations III, ISBN # 978-1-880323-17-5. The book is available online at Amazon.com (new or used) or you can call Borders or Barnes and Noble to see if they might have it in stock. Please contact Betty Grandquist at (515) 282-0321 or Laurie Jones (515) 274-1389 with any questions. The group will be looking at Middlemarch, by George Eliot, when they meet again starting the week of September 8 th. Instructor: Dr. Bruce Martin, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, English and Ellis and Nelle Levitt, Professor of English, Drake University.

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