Mini University provides a learning vacation for students of all ages

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom colleague Jaclyn Lansbery:

As a recent graduate, I am not ready to jump back into the classroom anytime soon. But give me a few years, and I’ll start to miss the newness that comes with the first week of the semester – finding your “spot” in the classroom, feeling out your professor’s approach to grading and starting fresh with a new group of people.

For those who want to experience that first-week rush, the IU Alumni Association and IU Lifelong Learning are sponsoring the 43rd Mini University, giving people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to take five days of classes taught by IU faculty, right here on the beautiful Bloomington campus.

Participants from the 2013 Mini University on the IU Bloomington campus.

Participants from the 2013 Mini University on the IU Bloomington campus.

From June 9 to 13, registered participants can take courses in a variety of topics: arts; business and technology; education, health and human development; humanities; international affairs; and science.

Participants will also be able to mingle with fellow classmates while attending a picnic, a faculty reception at the university president’s house on campus, a film at the IU Cinema, a play at the Wells-Metz Theatre and an informal graduation ceremony at the end of the week.

“Mini University is a summer-learning oasis,” said Jeanne Madison, IU Lifelong Learning director of Mini University. “Hundreds of adults will immerse themselves in the intellectually stimulating teachings of the finest faculty at IU, gaining emerging knowledge on topics of domestic and international importance, the arts, and social and natural sciences. Participants form lasting friendships at Mini University as they foster their joy for learning with their peers and the IU Bloomington community.”

A conference check-in and brief orientation will take place in the late afternoon on Sunday, June 8. On Sunday evening, a welcome dinner at the Indiana Memorial Union Tudor Room will kick off the week. Courses convene in the Indiana Memorial Union and at special locations, such as the Lilly Library and the IU Cinema.

Mini U started in 1972 with about 75 “students” experiencing a unique educational vacation program for adults. Participants brought their families, lived for the week in a college dormitory, and attended a variety of lectures and courses while their kids attended a children’s program at the former Shawnee Bluffs camp on Lake Monroe.

Today, Mini U draws educators, retirees and other lifelong learners to the heart of the IU Bloomington campus for what has been ranked by Frommer’s Budget Travel as one of the best learning vacations in the country.

Interested in attending? Schedule and registration details, as well as complete list of classes, are available online.

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