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Last modified: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

IU's Mini University combines summer vacation and college courses

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Current events and millennia-old remains. British royalty and religious liberty. Bothersome germs and beautiful jazz. At Mini University, Indiana University's nationally recognized learning vacation at the Bloomington campus June 19-24, adults of all ages will learn about these and many other topics.

"Mini U" participants attend up to 15 non-credit mini-courses that they choose from more than 100 offerings, all taught by some of IU's finest faculty members. Each course lasts approximately 75 minutes and allows attendees to learn in a relaxed setting without the pressure of exams.

This year's diverse course offerings include "Artie Shaw: A Life in Music" (taught by jazz legend David Baker), "Mummies, Neanderthals and Beyond: New Data from Old Bones," "Deconstructing Catastrophe: Understanding the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster," "A Look at the European Union and Its Effect on the U.S.," "The British Monarchy: Past, Present and Predictions," "One Nation Under God?: Recent Developments in Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations" and "The Kinsey Institute in the Spotlight."

In addition to the courses, the week includes a picnic, films, a theater trip and social gatherings. Attendees also can enjoy IU Bloomington's pools, tennis courts and other recreational facilities and attractions.

In 2002, Frommer's Budget Travel magazine chose Mini University as one of the nine best learning vacations in the United States. Frommer's also included Mini University in learning-vacation articles that appeared on in February 2004 and on the Frommer's Web site in February 2005. In addition, Mini University has garnered attention from Indianapolis Monthly magazine and other publications.

Registration for Mini University is open to all adults, not just IU alumni, and qualified teachers may be eligible to receive continuing renewal units for attending Mini U. The registration fee is $195 per person. On-campus lodging is available at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel & Conference Center, conveniently located adjacent to class locations. To request a registration brochure, visit or call 800-824-3044.

Founded in 1972, Mini University is sponsored by the IU Alumni Association and IU Bloomington Continuing Studies.

The Indiana University Alumni Association serves the university and its more than 466,000 living graduates through programs, services and communications. One of the nation's largest alumni organizations, the IUAA strives daily to connect alumni and serve IU. For more information, visit or call 800-824-3044.

Indiana University Bloomington Continuing Studies provides degree and lifelong-learning programs for adults that draw upon the unique resources of IU Bloomington. For more information, visit or call 812-855-4991.