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Registration open for fifth year of Mini College

Thursday, May 2, 2013

LAWRENCE – In its fifth year at the University of Kansas, Mini College continues to grow while incorporating new opportunities for lifelong learners.

Mini College, established and hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers a week of multidisciplinary classes, social events and extracurricular opportunities on the Lawrence campus, open to alumni and non-alumni. KU will host Mini College June 3 through June 6. The only requirement is a passion for continued learning.

The range of courses has expanded to nearly campuswide, with offerings from several faculty in the College, and from partners including the School of Architecture, Planning and Design, the School of Business, the School of Education, the KU Libraries and the Dole Institute of Politics. The College has sought new collaborations each year for Mini College to give participants a greater variety of course options, allowing them to further explore and expand their knowledge base during the week.

Courses available this year include:

  • Biography of  a City: London (Humanities and Western Civilization)
  • Americans in Paris, Part Deux: The Jazz Age (English)
  • Prosciutto, Mozzarella, and Parmigiano: Building Blocks of Italian Cooking (Italian)
  • Myths and Realities of Dementia (Psychology)
  • Struggle Over Social Security (Sociology)
  • One Renegade Cell: Understanding Cancer (Molecular Biosciences)
  • How the Internet Changed the World (Geography)
  • Stand and Deliver: Stand-up Comedy (Theatre)

This year will also include a Dean’s Panel, for the first time featuring the deans of nearly every school at KU.

For those who want the full student experience, Mini College partners with the KU scholarship halls to provide housing. In Margaret Amini Scholarship Hall, guests stay in suites with two sleeping rooms, a common room and a bathroom, which can accommodate up to four people. Full suites can be booked for $400. For $200 guests can select a half-suite and will be matched with a roommate of the same gender. Half-suite guests will each have a private sleeping room and will share the common room and bathroom.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a graduation party at the end of the week, this year held at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. With food, music, dancing, awards and revelry, the students can celebrate their week in a beautiful landmark and enjoy downtown Lawrence.

Registration for Mini College is now open. Registration is $250 and includes all classes, light breakfasts, all lunches and two dinners. Visit the Mini College site to register today. For more information contact (785) 864-1767 or email.

Mini College is a program developed through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which encourages learning without boundaries in its more than 50 departments, programs and centers. Through innovative research and teaching, the College emphasizes interdisciplinary education, global awareness and experiential learning. The College is KU's broadest, most diverse academic unit.