Courses At A Glance

Great Readings Discussion Group

Collaborations at the Cutting-Edge

Small Claims, Big Results

Paints, Pigments and Dyes: Art Conservation and Preservation

Monkeys and Rodents and Bears, Oh My! Exploring the Animal Mind FULL

Understanding the World

Ethical Tourism

So You Want to Be a Mediator?

Water Aerobics

Social--Men's Basketball Game, Drake vs. Bradley

It's a Mad, Mad Media World! Mass Communications in a Global Society

After The Storm: Assessing the Implications of the 2016 Elections

Social--Women's Basketball Game, Drake vs. Wichita State

The Role of White Americans in Understanding and Dismantling Racism FULL

Don't Tell the PC Police: The Actual Histor of Some Uncomfortable Subjects in American History

Politics in the Age of Enlightenment: How the 18th Century Changed Western Politics Forever

Ballet Production 101

Say What?!  The Costs and Benefits of Having (and Voicing) a Public Opinion

Beautiful, Simple, and Profound: Final Development and Testing of General Relativity

Lunching with Iowa’s Most Notable Presenters XIV

A Drake Observatory Sampler

Is It Just Us? Or, Justice in Policing and in the Community

WWI: Iowa and the American Expeditionary Force FULL

Social—The Old Maid and the Thief/ Alice Ryley

Bach to Bolero: The Evolution of the Modern Symphony Orchestra FULL

Starting a Garden and Seeing the Results

Design and Décor Through the Ages

Our Renewable Electric Energy Future

Introduction to Mah Jongg FULL

Event: More Than a Store: A Tour of Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa

Corporate Des Moines: Five Leading Views

Patterns of Revolution: The French Revolution as a Case Study

Event—Meredith Test Garden Tour FULL

Event - An Afternoon at Brenton Arboretum FULL

Social—Annual Meeting and Year-End Celebration

Event—The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Workshop and Show Experience

Event—Mission Control: The Des Moines Register’s Newsroom FULL

Monsters in Early German Cinema

Genetic Genealogy

Being a Pro in Des Moines: An Inside Perspective on Local Professional Sports Franchises

Compassionate Caregivers: Healthcare Perspectives & Prescriptions

Great Readings Discussion Group with Bruce Martin
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month starting Jan. 10, meets year-round 7–8:30 p.m.
Room 111, Howard Hall, Drake University
Bruce Martin will lead the discussion of various “great readings.” These readings will come from an anthology of literary selections by authors from various time periods and cultures. The spring term will include fiction by Juno Diaz, Jennifer Egan, and Richard Ford, plus non-fiction selections by Henry Steele Commager and Sigmund Freud. The anthology is available upon request for $35. You can order your copy by calling the instructor at 288-3427 or by emailing

*A fee for reading materials is payable to the instructor.

Bruce Martin is professor emeritus, English, and the Ellis & Nelle Levitt Professor of English at Drake. He taught at Drake from 1967 to 2006, offering courses mostly in 19th and 20th century British literature and in literary theory. In 1986–1987, he held a Fulbright lectureship at the National University of Singapore, where he later served as visiting professor of English. Subsequently he was awarded Fulbright lectureships to South Korea and Madagascar. He is now contentedly retired and actively involved in reading for pleasure, travel, and various musical activities.

Collaborations at the Cutting-Edge: Commissioning and Performing New Music for Violin and Electronics with Sarah Plum
Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 10–11:30 a.m.
Turner Jazz Center, Harmon Fine Arts Center, Drake University

Since 2011 Sarah Plum has commissioned, premiered and performed more than a dozen pieces for violin alone, violin with fixed media and violin with live electronics in concerts throughout the U.S. and abroad. The centerpiece of this class will be live performances of 8-10 of these pieces. The class will also contain a short historical overview of the new field of live electronics including pertinent software, such as Max MSP and Ableton live, and a behind the scenes look at creating and performing ground-breaking pieces in today’s new music world.

Sarah Plum, is associate professor of violin and viola at Drake University. A Michigan native, Sarah began her performing career by winning the first prize at the International Stulberg Competition in 1984. Since then she has been sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians in the US and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for concerts of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Plum is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she received a BM and MM. She earned her DMA from SUNY Stony Brook.

Small Claims, Big Results: An Introduction to Polk County Small Claims Court with Kristy Rasmussen, Joe Harrison, Becky Goettsch, Ron Richards, Dan Flaherty, Dr. Janice Landy, Jeff Lipman, Moderated by Candy Morgan, retired Assistant Polk County Attorney
Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 2–3:30 p.m.
Legal Clinic Courtroom, 2400 University Ave.,Drake University

COST $30 / LIMIT 80

SESSION 1—Thursday, Feb. 2   Small Claims Overview
Joe Harrison, Program Coordinator, District Court Mediation Program, Kristy Rasmussen, Trial Court Supervisor, Polk County Clerk of the District Court
An overview of the small claims court process including forms and paperwork for filing a small claim; making the transition to electronic filing; use of mediation encouraged by the magistrates in Polk County. Why do we have mediation for claims in Polk County and how does it work? Why does it work? Who are the mediators? What are their qualifications to be a mediator? What disputes qualify for Small Claims resolution? Where do I look for information to file a claim?

SESSION 2—Thursday, Feb. 9   Resolution of Landlord / Tenant Disputes
Becky Goettsch, Magistrate Lt. Ron Richards, Sheriff’s Office, Joe Harrison, Program Coordinator, District Court Mediation Program Kristy Rasmussen, Trial Court Supervisor, Polk County Clerk of the District Court
An overview of the court process to resolve landlord/tenant disputes over payment of rent and conditions. What actions permit a landlord to evict a tenant? What remedies does a dissatisfied tenant have? How do these disputes get resolved? How often are people evicted to the street? What does the Sheriff's Office do to reduce the pain of eviction? What happens to school aged children in eviction?

SESSION 3—Thursday, Feb. 16   Mental Health and Substance Abuse Commitments
Dan Flaherty, Assistant County Attorney, Dr. Janice Landy, Section Chief, Behavioral Health Broadlawns Medical Center, Jeff Lipman, Magistrate, Kristy Rasmussen, Trial Court Supervisor, Polk County Clerk of the District Court
An overview of the process for committing family members or others if they are mentally ill and need treatment. We will review the process for court ordered treatment for substance abusers. What does a family do to get court ordered treatment for their relative? What are the protections for an individual who does not need or require treatment? What does a physician look for in the evaluation process? How does the availability of beds effect the court's decision? Who helps families through this difficult time?

SESSION 4—Thursday, Feb. 23   Variety of Disputes
Joe Harrison, Program Coordinator, District Court Mediation Program, Kristy Rasmussen, Trial Court Supervisor, Polk County Clerk of the District Court
An overview of the claims process demonstrating the variety of potential claims. How are civil infractions handled? What are examples of other claims? Debt collection; neighborhood disputes; automatic traffic enforcement.

Paints, Pigments and Dyes: Art Conservation and Preservation with Maura Lyons and Mark Vitha
Mondays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 2–3:30 p.m.
Room 203, Meredith Hall, Drake University
COST $30 / LIMIT 35
This course has its roots in a National Science Foundation workshop titled “Art and Chemistry”. The instructors – a husband and wife team – attended the workshop in 2010. Like the workshop, this RaySociety class will examine the intersections of art and chemistry, with specific focus on the medium of painting. It is grounded in the questions of what art history can learn from chemical studies of artworks, and how knowledge of art history can guide chemical inquiries. Topics include the materials and processes of art making; the authentication, restoration, and conservation of art; and the historical circumstances in which specific artworks were created. The course will include lecture, discussion, case studies of famous paintings, and laboratory experiments.

Maura Lyons is a professor of art history at Drake University. Her scholarly interests include the architecture of Drake University, early American Art, and Civil War imagery. She has organized several exhibitions at Drake’s Anderson Gallery related to her scholarship. She has also published numerous peer reviewed articles and a book titled William Dunlap and the Construction of an American Art History.

Mark Vitha is a Windsor Professor of Science in the chemistry department at Drake University. His area of specialty is analytical chemistry. He is the editor of The Chemical Analysis Series published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. He has published several articles in the scientific literature, co-edited two books, and has recently published a textbook titled Chromatography: Principles and Instrumentation.

FULL Monkeys and Rodents and Bears, Oh My! Exploring the Animal Mind with Michael Renner
Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 10–11:30 a.m.
Room 203, Meredith Hall, Drake University
COST $50 ($30 registration fee + $20 tour fee) LIMIT 35
Every couple of years, Time magazine runs a cover story with the title “Can Animals Think?” Why do they do this? Because when they do, it is always the biggest-selling issue of the year. Professor Michael Renner has studied the animal mind since the 1970’s and will help class members consider some of the questions that are spurring new research in animal cognition, including mental maps, communication, animal friendships, and his personal favorite topics, curiosity and the improvement of captive animal management through techniques known as environmental enrichment. The final meeting of the course will occur at the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative, 4200 SE 44th Ave., Des Moines.

Michael J. Renner earned his PhD in biological psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and also has degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Boise State University. He joined the faculty at Drake in 2009, where he is a professor of biology, psychology, and environmental science and policy. He also coordinates Drake’s new concentration in zoo and conservation science. His current research is focused on improving the captive management of endangered species in zoo environments and bonobo conservation in Rwanda.

Understanding the World with David Kaufman
Session 1: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 9:30-11 a.m.
Session 2: Wednesday, Mar. 8, 9:30-11 a.m. 
Session 3: Wednesday, Apr. 5, 9:30-11 a.m. 
Session 4: Wednesday, May 10, 9:30–11 a.m.
Temple B’nai Jeshurun, 5101 Grand Ave., Des Moines
COST $30 / LIMIT 100
Rabbi David Kaufman will lead a monthly discussion of current world events with an emphasis on the Middle East. With the world changing around us, there will always be plenty of interesting new develop.m.ents to discuss. Rabbi Kaufman will give his analysis of these topics and invite questions and comments from the class. David Kaufman has been the rabbi of Temple B’nai Jeshurun, a Reform Jewish congregation in Des Moines, since May 2003. Rabbi Kaufman received his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2001. He holds master’s degrees in Hebrew literature from HUC-JIR and in the history of Judaism from Duke University. Rabbi Kaufman did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a double major in religious studies and political science.

Ethical Tourism with Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera
Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22 1:30–3 p.m.
Room 203, Meredith Hall, Drake University
COST $30 / LIMIT 35
As the tourism industry flourishes, the need to be conscious about the "footprint" we leave on the places we visit has become urgent. Ethical tourism is an attempt to reduce the impact your vacation has on the environment, locals, and the community you visit. Responsible travel plans and organized vacations give back to the community rather than exploiting and misusing local resources. In this series, we will learn about the many ways people can travel while making a conscious effort to respect fragile ecosystems and minimal water supplies while uplifting the local community. In so doing we will explore topics such as ecotourism, voluntourism, bargaining, and going local.

Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera is a professor of anthropology at Drake University. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, she migrated with her family to Los Angeles as a child. Her experiences as a Mexican immigrant and a fronteriza, having lived on the U.S.-Mexico border, shaped her curiosity about cultural differences, race, and issues of identity. Her research is focused on indigeneity, immigration, ethnicity, citizenship and belonging, and youth.

So You Want to Be a Mediator? 10 Steps to Being a Peacemaker in Your Home, Office, Place of Worship, and Community with Richard Calkins
Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 20, 22, 27, Mar. 1 10 a.m.–Noon
Legal Clinic Courtroom, 2400 University Ave., Drake University
COST $30 / LIMIT 80
This course not only explains what mediation is and how it is implemented in the courts, but how you can become a mediator or peacemaker and impact those around you in all phases of your life. This course is not only lecture, but hands-on training, so you will actually have a chance to mediate a case.

Dick Calkins was past dean of Drake University Law School, 1980-1988. He graduated from Dartmouth College and Northwestern Law School, was a law clerk to a federal circuit court judge and had his own law firm in Chicago, Burditt & Calkins, practicing primarily antitrust law. He has written five books, two on mediation. He has completed over 2000 mediations and trained nearly 1000 lawyers and students from around the world – from Australia, India, Ukraine and Brazil – on mediation.

Water Aerobics with Jo Berry
Fridays, Feb. 24–May 12 (No class on Mar. 17 or Apr. 28) 10–11 a.m.
Bell Center Pool, 1421 27th St., Drake University
COST $30 / LIMIT 25
“Come on in—the water’s fine!” In this 10-session course you will enjoy high - and low - impact water aerobics. Everyone participates at his or her own level. We will be highly entertained with a variety of accompanying music to our exercises, games, dance, beach ball volleyball, and socializing. Don’t forget to bring a towel and your swimsuit. You do not need to know how to swim to participate in this class.

Jo Berry has been on the staff at Mercy Wellness Center and is a certified water aerobics instructor. She has taught all levels of water exercise to a range of ages. She and her husband are avid Drake basketball fans, and are involved in their community through theater and other endeavors.

Social—Men’s Basketball Game Drake vs. Bradley
Saturday, Feb. 25 12:00 noon
Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave., Drake University
Registration Deadline: Feb. 15
Plan to join us at 12:00 noon in the Knapp Center racquetball courts where we will enjoy lunch before tip-off of the men’s basketball team, led by Ray Giacoletti, at 1:00 p.m.. Drake Women’s Basketball Coach, Jennie Baranczyk, will join us to present a “Chalk Talk” on recruiting, opponent previews, a scouting report, and a description of day-to-day operations. Tickets (blue back seats, upper bowl) are priced at $10 each. Pre-game pasta meal will cost $10 per person for a total of $20 payable in advance to the RaySociety office.

It’s a Mad, Mad Media World! Mass Communications in a Global Society with David Wright
Wednesdays, Mar. 1, 8, 22, 29 (no class on Mar. 15) 1:30–3 p.m.
Parents Hall South, Olmsted Center, Drake University
COST $30 / LIMIT 100
E-books, Tablet Magazines, Streaming Media, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat. What is going on with mass media today? Join us for a four-week journey into the turbulent world of mass media from a global perspective. We’ll explore the past, present, and future of how we communicate around the world. The timing is perfect as we will look back on the past election cycle and how media played a role in the election of our president.

David Wright is associate professor of Digital Media Production in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. David has taught in SJMC for nearly 30 years and has taught a variety of courses for the RaySociety. His passion is the study of new media platforms for mass communication.

After The Storm: Assessing the Implications of the 2016 Elections with Rachel Paine Caufield
Thursdays, Mar. 2, 9, 23 (no class on Mar. 16) 2–3:30 p.m.
Conference Rooms 312, 313, Olmsted Center,Drake University
COST $30/ LIMIT 100
The 2016 elections will be remembered as one of the most unpredictable and negative periods in American electoral history. How does the 2016 cycle reflect broader changes in American politics, and what can we expect going forward? This course will focus on a broad systemic understanding of what happened in 2016 and how it may portend trends for the future of elections and governance. Short pre-course readings will be suggested.

Rachel Paine Caufield joined Drake’s Department of Political Science in 2001. She teaches courses on American politics and directs the Iowa Caucus Project, coordinating candidate visits and media events on campus, and enhancing student engagement in the electoral process. She is the author of The Iowa Caucus (2016).

Social—Women’s Basketball Game, Drake vs. Wichita State
Saturday, Mar. 4 1 p.m.
Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave., Drake University
Registration Deadline: Feb. 15
Please join us at 1:00 p.m. in the Knapp Center racquetball courts for a light lunch and a short presentation from Drake Athletics Archivist, Hope Grebner, before heading to the stands to support our Drake women’s basketball team, led by coach Jennie Baranczyk. A sampling of hardy winter soup, salad, crunchy bread, and dessert will be served. Tipoff is at 2:00 p.m. Reserved seating game tickets (blue back seats, lower bowl) will cost $5 each. Pre-game meal will cost $10 for a total of $15 per person, payable in advance to the RaySociety office.

FULL  The Role of White Americans in Understanding and Dismantling Racism with Amy Knudsen, Wanda Everage, Carol Spaulding-Kruse
Mondays, Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27 1:30–3 p.m.
Room 203, Meredith Hall, Drake University
COST $30 / LIMIT 35
Overt racism is widely rejected in the US and many white people assume that racism today is largely about ugly words and direct acts of racial hostility. Yet, without delving deeper, listening carefully, opening our hearts, and challenging ourselves, we miss much of the reality of our colleagues, neighbors, and fellow citizens and how racism plays out in their lives and the lives of their loved ones every single day. This RaySociety class attempts to help us understand how well-meaning white people can be part of the problem and how we can grow in understanding ourselves and our culture, and take an active role in combatting and dismantling racism’s impact on human lives and our society.

Session 1—Monday, Mar. 6 Amy Knudsen: Implicit Bias and its Role in our Lives
Implicit bias refers to attitudes and/or stereotypes we carry that can be conscious or unconscious, and often we are not aware they exist. In this session we will discuss what implicit bias is, and how it impacts our interactions with others. Through a series of interactive activities, we will explore our own experiences and how these impact the way we view the world, decision-making, and interaction with others.

Session 2—Monday, Mar. 13 Amy Knudsen: White Privilege, What it is, How it Works, and its Role in Combatting Racism
Merriam-Webster defines privilege as “a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others”. In this session we will explore privilege, especially white privilege, from a historical perspective and its impact on our lives today. We will explore this topic through interactive discussion and by hearing from individuals on their journey to understanding and living with privilege.

Amy Knudsen has a BA in sociology and an MA in applied sociology from the University of Massachusetts/Boston. She has been an adjunct faculty member of the Study of Culture and Society department teaching sociology at Drake for the past five years. Amy teaches a variety of courses including Race, Gender and Poverty, Poverty and Society and Intimate Relations. Amy has over 25 years’ experience in human services and she has served on numerous boards and coalitions locally and at the state and national level.

Session 3—Monday, Mar. 20 Wanda Everage: What’s On Your Mind?
This session will feature a panel of local African-Americans representing multigenerational perspectives, to engage the class in meaningful dialogue as we explore: What’s On Your Mind? What have you wanted to ask, but not been certain how to ask it or to whom you should address your questions or concerns? How are perceptions different from one generation to the next? How does knowledge of these differences and/or similarities contribute to thoughtful actions? We believe a learning environment that encourages asking questions and listening to others can foster better understanding and hopefully result in additional productive ways of dismantling racism. Class participation will be invaluable.

Wanda Everage, retired vice provost for Student Affairs and Academic Excellence at Drake University, is a former middle school teacher and high school vice principal in the Des Moines Public Schools. She is a human relations, conflict management, and diversity facilitator and has served as one of five members on the Iowa Board of Parole. She received her BA from Drake University in sociology and her master’s degree in educational administration as well as her PhD in higher education from Iowa State University.

Session 4—Monday, Mar. 27 Carol Spaulding-Kruse: Move From Awareness to Action
The goal of this final session is to bring together your learning as well as new or lingering questions participants may have from the first three sessions. Together, we will explore where you experienced insights and break-throughs in thinking, concepts you may still be thinking through, and areas where participants may not all share the same understanding or viewpoints (this is okay!). Participants will leave with an idea for a “change piece” to move from awareness to action.

Carol Spaulding-Kruse came to Drake in 1996, after earning her PhD in English from the University of Iowa. She teaches a First Year Seminar titled “Talking With the Enemy: Dialogue in a Polarized Age,” in which students participate in sustained dialogue (not debate) on controversial social issues. She also teaches courses in American Multicultural Literature, Creative Writing, and Community Writing, and directs the Writing Internship program at Drake and is founder and executive director of the Drake Community Press.

Don’t Tell the PC Police: The Actual History of Some Uncomfortable Subjects in American History with Peter Taggart
Tuesdays Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28 1:30–3 p.m.
CHANGE OF LOCATION   Parents Hall South, Olmsted Center, Drake University
COST $30 / LIMIT 35
We will diligently go after some of the more controversial subjects in American history and see how the politically correct or accepted narrative which is promoted today actually stands up to historical events. To name a few: Euro–Americans and Amerindians; slavery; race; ecology; immigration; religion, and maybe some suggestions from the class. Seating will allow for uncomfortable squirming as we abandon "presentism" and let history speak—whatever it has to say.

Peter Taggart earned an MA in history from Drake University. For over a decade he served as an adjunct professor of history at Simpson College where his students highly rate his lectures and rarely throw things. Taggart has given numerous lectures on historical topics for a variety of civic organizations. For twenty-five years, Taggart has been the owner of Solutions For Business specializing in turning around small and medium sized businesses. He has taught several RaySociety courses in the past.

Politics in the Age of Enlightenment: How the 18th Century Changed Western Politics Forever with Paul Morris
Thursdays, Mar. 9, 16, 23, 30 10–11:30 a.m.
Temple B’nai Jeshurun, 5101 Grand Ave., Des Moines
COST $30/ LIMIT 100
The European Enlightenment affected all aspects of 18th century culture, including philosophy, mathematics, natural science, politics, economics, literature, and the fine arts. This course discusses the politics of the years from 1688 to 1793 in terms of this much broader background. Topics include the emergence of two strains of democratic thought, the Enlightened Despots and the continuing strength of monarchy on the Continent. The course ends as the Enlightenment did, with the French Revolution and the Romantic Movement.

Paul Morris holds degrees in economics, business administration, management science, and history. He taught statistics and quantitative methods at Northeastern University and subsequently served as the chief information technology officer at Tufts, Emory, and Drake Universities. He has taught several courses for the RaySociety.

Ballet Production 101 with Serkan Usta and Lori Grooters
Fridays, Mar. 24, 31, Apr. 7 1:30–3 p.m.
Temple B’nai Jeshurun, 5101 Grand Ave., Des Moines
Friday, Apr. 14 6–9 p.m. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 E Walnut St., Des Moines
COST $30 / LIMIT 100
Participants will examine the history of ballet, discover what it takes to become a professional ballet dancer, and learn what is required to stage a full-length ballet with live music. The class will culminate in a dress rehearsal of the Ballet Des Moines production of Snow White at the Civic Center with live music provided by the Des Moines Community Orchestra.

Serkan Usta joined Ballet Des Moines as artistic director in July 2005. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey and received his early classical training at the Ballet Conservatory in Istanbul. Upon moving to the United States in 1991, he furthered his dance education at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC and the School of San Francisco Ballet. Usta has been featured in the roles of Champion Roper in Rodeo, Dartanian from Three Musketeers, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Basilio in Don Quixote and Prince Albrecht in Giselle. Usta produced and co-choreographed Snow White. He also currently trains Ballet Des Moines’ resident company of professional and pre-professional dancers.

Lori Grooters joined Ballet Des Moines as ballet mistress in July of 2005. Her ballet training included study with Ballet Iowa, Boston Ballet School, School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Lori assists in training BDM's resident company of professional and pre-professional dancers. She is a Des Moines native and former soloist with Tulsa Ballet.

Say What?! The Costs and Benefits of Having (and Voicing) a Public Opinion with Matthew Mitchell
Tuesday, Mar. 28 10–11:30 a.m.
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University
Should you actually say “that” in polite company?! There may be great personal and professional risks in publicly sharing your opinion… but, to whom much is given, much is expected—right?! In this class, we will explore the costs and benefits of giving voice to our opinions. Topics include moral courage, substantiation, etiquette, and even taboos. Class will be engaging, so come prepared to practice sharing your own opinions in a safe and supportive environment!

Matthew Mitchell was changed after teaching his first RaySociety class about globalization in 2016. That class inspired Mitchell to examine his own closely held opinions…and he’s grateful for it! When he isn’t chasing after his three children, he serves as associate professor of International Business and Strategy at Drake University.

Beautiful, Simple, and Profound: Final Development and Testing of General Relativity with Sam Wormley
Mondays, Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24 10–11:30 a.m.
Room 203, Meredith Hall, Drake University
COST $30/ LIMIT 35
Session 1: Final Develop.m.ent and Testing GR
Session 2: Classical Tests of Relativity
Session 3: Modern Tests of Relativity
Session 4: Detection of Gravitational Waves Included in this course will be the Hilbert-Einstein collaboration and rivalry, the Emmy Noether-Einstein collaboration, and the drama of the solar eclipse expeditions and rivalry to prove Einstein right or wrong. Classical and Modern tests of relativity will be presented at a lay level.

Sam Wormley is a retired associate scientist and principal investigator, CNDE/IPRT/AL at Iowa State University. He has been an adjunct professor of astronomy at Marshalltown Community College for the past 17 years and he has taught several popular RaySociety courses.

Lunching with Iowa’s Most Notable Presenters XIV* with Kellie Markey, LifeFlight, Jackie Norris, John Sarcone
Tuesdays, Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25 Noon–1:30 p.m.
Legal Clinic Courtroom, 2400 Univerisity Ave., Drake University

COST $30 / LIMIT 100 

*You are welcome to bring a sack lunch; lunches are provided for presenters only.

SESSION 1—Tuesday, Apr. 4 Kellie Markey: Victim Services for Survivors of Sex Trafficking
Dorothy's House opened in January 2016 to provide a safe place for teens and youth survivors of sex trafficking and sexploitation. Dorothy's House provides four pillars of care including physical health, mental well-being, spiritual recovery and life/job skills based firmly on the foundation of a home where everyone is treated with dignity, compassion, respect, and love.

Kellie Markey, after a successful career in marketing that ended at eBay, began volunteering as a way to connect to the community. That experience led to becoming a foster parent for teen girls in crisis. While foster parenting, Kellie flipped homes for a living and when she walked into the property that became Dorothy's House in 2013, the home actually told her what she'd be doing for the foreseeable future.

SESSION 2—Tuesday, Apr. 11 LifeFlight: Dedicated to Providing the Best Outcome – Every Patient, Every Time
Since 1979 LifeFlight has been providing quality, rapid air transport for critically-ill and injured patients. The ability to stabilize and transport patients as quickly as possible is critical, which is why LifeFlight and its crew can be instrumental during life-threatening situations. In addition to providing transport from an emergency scene, LifeFlight also transports between hospitals if a patient is in need of specialized medical or surgical treatment. LifeFlight was the first air ambulance service in central Iowa and since that time has continued to grow and specialize in order to provide the most experienced and specialized care available for our community.

SESSION 3—Tuesday, Apr. 18 Jackie Norris: My Unfinished Quest to Empower People and Organizations
Join Jackie for a conversation that takes you on her life's journey—beginning as a lowly paid intern wandering the halls of Congress all the way to serving as a trusted advisor to a President and First Lady in the White House....with a few wonderful stops in between. Our conversation will highlight key lessons learned along the way in Jackie’s quest to empower individuals to use their voice and be the change they want to see in the world.

Jackie Norris currently serves as President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa. She is an innovative and seasoned leader, having served in notable positions such as senior advisor to presidential candidate Barack Obama, White House Chief of Staff for Michelle Obama and Executive Director of Points of Light. With experience in nonprofit and academia as well as the national and statewide political arenas, Jackie has created, developed, and managed numerous strategic campaigns and initiatives from inception to implementation, always with a focus on service and volunteerism.

SESSION 4—Tuesday, Apr. 25 John Sarcone: The Workings of the Polk County Attorney’s Office
Join us for an overview of the many responsibilities of the county attorney’s office including criminal, civil and juvenile litigation, jury duty, restorative justice, and fine collections. In an effort to show how all law enforcement agencies work together, we will work through a criminal case. You will see how violators of the law are prosecuted and how our system works to keep the public safe and secure.

John Sarcone graduated from Drake University Law School and was admitted to the Iowa Bar in June 1975. He served as a staff attorney with the Polk County Offender Advocate Office representing indigent defendants in criminal cases. He tried numerous felony and indictable misdemeanor cases.He also served as a staff attorney in the Environmental Law Division of the Attorney General's Office taking charge of the Environmental Law Division in 1983. John assumed the responsibilities of County Attorney in January 1991 and was re-elected in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014.

A Drake Observatory Sampler with Herb Schwartz
Tuesdays, Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25 2:30–4 p.m.
Drake Municipal Observatory, on the grounds of the Waveland Golf Course, 4908 University Ave., Des Moines
COST $30/ LIMIT 70
This series will include four lectures given at the Drake Municipal Observatory. You will be introduced to some specific astronomical topics, a bit of Drake trivia, and you’ll learn about a young, local scientist that Des Moines can be proud of. Gravity (without Sandra Bullock), and the story of OUR star and how it works will be the astronomy topics. Dr. Daniel Morehouse, his comet, and his observatory will lead the series, a discussion about the findings of a very talented, local scientist, who is recognized internationally, will end it.

Herb Schwartz is presently observatory lecturer for Drake University. He started in astronomy at age 14, cutting grass to buy his first telescope. Now, more than 50 years later, after three universities, three science centers, and more than 1000 original programs, he still “bubbles with excitement” learning about new discoveries and sharing them with the public.

Is It Just Us? Or, Justice in Policing and in the Community with Samantha O’Hara, Denise Leifker, David Lorenzen, Allan Tunks, Kim Wadding
Wednesdays, Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26 2–3:30 p.m.
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University
COST $30 / LIMIT 100
After the release of the May 2015 Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, building trust and legitimacy has been at the forefront of many community and academic discussions. Specifically, the Report recommended that law enforcement culture embrace a guardian mindset and adopt aspects of procedural justice and community policing. Around this same time, a group of former law enforcement officers and trainers formed Blue Courage which “is a way of being, a philosophy that inspires one to embody the noblest of character and unquestioned devotion.” This class will expose learners to concepts of procedural justice and community policing, and will include presentations on Blue Courage training while highlighting policing and research issues.

Samantha O’Hara is an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, teaching at Simpson College since 2013. She holds a PhD in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She was an instructor at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy from 2009 to 2012, following a ten-year stint at the US Probation Office. She also taught part-time at UNI from 1996 to 1998, and at DMACC from 2008 to 2013. Samantha, with Denise Leifker, is currently involved in a national consortium of researchers evaluating a law enforcement training program.

Order of guest speakers is yet to be determined

Denise Leifker is an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, teaching at Simpson College since 2014. She holds a PhD in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Denise worked in the criminal justice arena for many years, with experience working for US Probation, Sutter County (California) Probation, and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). David Lorenzen, is the chief of the Motor Vehicle Division of the Iowa Department of Transportation with over 38 years in law enforcement, 33 years with the MVE and five years with the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. He was president of the Iowa Peace Officers Association for two terms and has held board positions as well. David has taught Blue Courage courses in 2016 to local, county, and state law enforcement personnel.

Allan Tunks is assistant chief of the Des Moines Police Department, with 27 years of service to the agency. After graduating from Hoover High School in Des Moines, he attended Drake University and received a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in public administration. Allan has also attended the FBI National Academy and Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police. Currently, he is the commander of the Operations Division overseeing Patrol Operations, Metro STAR, Neighborhood Based Service Delivery, Traffic Section, and School Resource Officers.

Kim B. Wadding is a retired chief of police for the city of Dubuque. He served in a variety of command positions during his 31 years in law enforcement, including chief of police for the city of Newton. He graduated from Upper Iowa University majoring in public administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for Police Executives. Currently, he serves as the assistant director for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. He has also served as a national accreditation assessor with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement and is actively involved in the development of Blue Courage.

FULL  WWI: Iowa and the American Expeditionary Force with Thomas Schwartz, Michael Vogt, Jack Lufkin, Tim Lane
Thursdays, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27 10–11:30 a.m.
Location varies by session
COST $30 / LIMIT 40
It has been 100 years since the battles of WWI. The Great War, lasted four years, (1914 to 1918), but events initiated by that conflict have resonated throughout Europe and the rest of the world ever since. It would be difficult to overstate the significance of the centennial commemorative efforts related to that period. At the time, Iowa played a leading role in both humanitarian and military efforts. This series of presentations will detail “the man that fed the world,” Merle Hay’s female counterpart, the deadliest month in American history, African Americans in the war, the Iowa statue to Isis, and James Norman Hall, perhaps the most interesting doughboy of all.

SESSION 1—Thursday, Apr. 6 Thomas Schwartz: The Great Humanitarian – Hoover to the Rescue
Location: State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust, Des Moines

Thomas F. Schwartz is director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum. Previously he served as the Illinois State Historian, the chief historian for exhibits and content at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and director of research at the Lincoln Collection in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Schwartz attended the University of Illinois where he received a BA, MA, and PhD in history and international relations.

SESSION 2—Thursday, Apr. 13 Michael Vogt: Camp Dodge and the Great War
Location: Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

Michael Vogt is curator for the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge. He earned a BA and MA from the University of Northern Iowa. Mike has received additional training through the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, the US Army Center of Military History, and The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies. He has published articles on Iowa and military history.

SESSION 3—Thursday, Apr. 20 Jack Lufkin: Fort Des Moines and African Americans in the War
Location: Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center, 75 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines

Jack Lufkin is the history curator at the Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center. He holds a master’s degree in history from Iowa State University and has published numerous articles about World War I and curated displays about World War I at the State Historical Museum, from which he is retired. Jack also served as an adjunct at Drake University where he taught a museum class for the Art and Design department.

SESSION 4—Thursday, Apr. 27 Tim Lane: The Great Plague: Public Health and WWI
Location: State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust, Des Moines

Tim Lane is a nationally recognized consultant on healthy communities and a former planner with the Iowa Department of Public Health. He created the Ride Right program for RAGBRAI that became the template for the National Tour Directors Association. He has contributed research to various books, written hundreds of articles and is currently working on his first mystery.

Social—The Old Maid and the Thief / Alice Ryley Presented by Drake University Opera Theatre
Friday, Apr. 7
6:00 p.m.—Reception: Levitt Hall, Old Main 2nd floor, Drake University
6:15 p.m.—pre-performance talk
7:30 p.m.—performance in Sheslow Auditorium (doors open at 7 p.m.)
COST $20 ($10 ticket + $10 reception) / LIMIT 35
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 20
The Drake Opera Theater is excited to present a delightful evening of American opera. The double bill of Menotti’s comic opera, The Old Maid and the Thief paired with the first Iowa performance of Michael Ching’s beautiful one-act opera Alice Ryley is sure to leave a lasting impression long after the last notes are sung. In a twisted tale of infatuation, assumptions and thievery, Menotti’s fast-paced and melodramatic opera buffa exemplifies exactly how “the devil couldn’t do what a woman can: make a thief of an honest man!” Based on a true story, Alice Ryley takes you to 1730’s Savannah and includes a story of an ill-fated Irish indentured servant. This production is directed by Ann Cravero and accompanied by the chamber orchestra under the direction of Rome native, Maestro Stefano Vignati. Please join us for a light reception and a captivating pre-performance talk in Levitt Hall.

FULL   Bach to Bolero: The Evolution of the Modern Symphony Orchestra
Thursdays, Apr. 20, 27, May 4, 11 6–7:30 p.m.
Temple for Performing Arts, 4th floor Recital Hall, 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines
COST $30 / LIMIT 60
Musicians from the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will present a 4-week series on the history of the symphony orchestra. Broken down into the four major sections of the orchestra (Strings, Winds, Brass, and Percussion), guest speakers will provide insight into the who’s, what’s, and where’s that transformed a group of mix-matched musicians into the modern symphony orchestra we know today. All class participants are invited to attend a dress rehearsal with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra on Friday May 12, 2017, from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the Civic Center. Please check-in through the marked West Lobby Doors where you will be escorted to the concert hall. The culmination of this course will be the opportunity for class participants to attend the performance of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s Season Finale: American Gothic and Bolero on Saturday May 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Civic Center. Your ticket to one of the final performances is compliments of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. If you are not a current Des Moines Symphony season ticket holder, please contact Mackenzie Sheehan at 515-280-4004, to arrange for your complimentary ticket for the May 13 or May 14 performance.

SESSION 1—Thursday, Apr. 20 The String Section, “The Orchestral Core”
A member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s string section will speak on the formation of the symphony orchestra’s core instrument section. This discussion will include which composers contributed to the formation of the string section as well as highlights from the baroque period of musical history that established strings as the fundamental section of the symphony orchestra. Musical examples from this repertoire will be offered by way of recordings and live demonstration on their instrument.

SESSION 2—Thursday, Apr. 27 The Wind Section, “Orchestral Classicism”
A member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s wind section will speak on the addition of winds to the symphony orchestra’s instrumentation. This discussion will include which composers contributed to the develop.m.ent of the wind section as well as highlights from the classical period of musical history that established winds as a standardized section of the symphony orchestra. Musical examples from this repertoire will be offered by way of recordings and live demonstration on their instrument.

SESSION 3—Thursday, May 4 The Brass Section, “Orchestral Power”
A member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s brass section will speak on the addition of brass to the symphony orchestra’s instrumentation. This discussion will include which composers contributed to the develop.m.ent of the brass section as well ashighlights from the romantic period of musical history that established brass as a standardized section of the symphony orchestra. Musical examples from this repertoire will be offered by way of recordings and live demonstration on their instrument.

SESSION 4—Thursday, May 11 The Percussion Section, “Crash, Boom, Bang!”
A member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s percussion section will speak on which percussion instruments are common to the symphony orchestra’s instrumentation, as well as unique percussion instruments that have been used at times. This discussion will include which composers contributed to the develop.m.ent of the percussion section as well as highlights from the 20th century period of musical history that established percussion as a new source of orchestral color for the modern symphony orchestra. Musical examples from this repertoire will be offered by way of recordings.

Starting a Garden and Seeing the Results with Nancy Eichmann
Fridays, Apr. 21, 28, May 19 1:30–3 p.m.
Location varies by session
COST $30 / LIMIT 35

SESSION 1—Friday, Apr. 21 Raising Vegetables in a Home Garden or Patio Containers
Location: Room 203, Meredith Hall, Drake University
Learn the basics of raising vegetables in a home garden, raised bed garden, or containers from a Polk County master gardener. We will cover the basics of starting plants from seed inside and outside, transplanting seedlings, and maintaining a healthy garden during the growing season. From choosing plants that are easy to grow to managing pests that can damage your produce, you will go home with a simple plan to get started.
Nancy Eichmann completed the Certified Master Gardener program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in 2014. In 2015 she became an employee of Iowa State University Extension & Outreach - Polk County as customer service coordinator and has recently transitioned to a new position as horticulture education and master gardener program coordinator.?

SESSION 2—Friday, Apr. 28 Tour of Des Moines City Greenhouse
Location: 2501 Maury Street, Des Moines
Julie Hempel, City of Des Moines horticulturist, will lead us through the city of Des Moines greenhouse and show us what will be “popping up” in city gardens this year.

SESSION 3—Friday, May 19 Tour of Shetland Run
Location: 13921 Lakeshore Drive, Clive Dr.
Bob Shaw welcomes us to Shetland Run, a half-acre garden that began in 1991. It is named for the Shetland sheepdogs (Shelties) who reside on the grounds. It features mature trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, and a mixture of perennial and annual flowers, with extensive hardscape of limestone and granite. A 5,500 gallon water feature with cascading falls was added in 2003. The garden was included in the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens in 2012.

Design and Décor Through the Ages with Christa Pirl
Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 1:30–3 p.m.
Parents Hall South, Olmsted Center Drake University
COST $30 / LIMIT 80
This is an introductory survey class of European and American interior and furniture styles from the baroque period through mid-century modernism. Participants will learn the basics of why styles developed including social and economic factors. Key people and places will be discussed, such as Versailles and Walter Gropius. We will review simple ways to identify each style, such as leg shape on a chair.

Christa Pirl received a BFA in interior design at Parsons School of Design and an MA in decorative art history at Sotheby’s Institute, both in New York City. In addition to running her own interior design and antiques firm since 2005, Christa regularly lectures and writes about the history of design.

Our Renewable Electric Energy Future with John Boorman
Tuesdays May 2, 9, 16, 23 10-11:30 a.m.
Room 203, Meredith Hall, Drake University
COST $30 /LIMIT 35
Many people know that Iowa is on track to reach 40% of our power from wind energy. How did we achieve this? Where do we go from here? In this series we will take a deep dive into renewable energy in the state of Iowa, the nation, and around the world. We will explore renewable energy as a response to climate change, the policies that support renewables, and the future of electric transportation.This series will encompass four sessions: • Why Embrace Renewable Energy? • Iowa’s Wind Energy, History, and Future • Solar Energy • Our Electric Transportation Future

John Boorman is a degreed mechanical engineer with an MBA from Drake. He has enjoyed a 20-year career in the energy sector, from oil and gas to wind energy. He is the vice president of the Iowa Wind Energy Association, the industry’s advocacy organization. John has met with numerous local, state, and federal officials to advance wind energy interests in the state of Iowa, and around the nation.

Introduction to Mah Jongg with Margie Davidson
Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 1–3 p.m.
Wesley Acres Theater Room, 3520 Grand Ave., Des Moines
COST $38 ($30 registration, $8 Mah Jongg card)
Do you want to challenge and exercise your brain by learning a new game? Mah Jongg is a fascinating rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. It is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation, and involves a certain degree of chance. This class will follow the National Mah Jongg League rules for the four player table game, which uses a card of standard hands that are changed annually. Learners will work with experienced players during each class session as they learn rules, strategies, and all the challenging aspects of this game.

Margie Davidson spent most of her career in teaching and human services professions. She retired four years ago after 23 years at Drake University. Always a gamer, Margie included in her retirement plans learning Mah Jongg, which she did in a RaySociety class in 2012. Not to her surprise, she became enchanted with both playing and helping others learn the intricacies of the game. Margie has taught Mah Jongg with Des Moines Community Education and has assisted colleagues in teaching it in other venues in the greater Des Moines community.

Event: More Than a Store: A Tour of Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa
Wednesday, May 3 1:30 – 3 p.m.
5355 NW 86th Street, Johnston
Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa has been serving the community since 1955. Their mission has remained the same: improve the quality of life for all individuals by providing skills training and helping people find jobs. Over time, they have emerged as a leader in workforce development for central Iowans. As you tour the corporate headquarters in Johnston, you will learn why they are so much more than a store. The tour includes information on the training opportunities, computer recycling, (online shopping site), Career Connection Center, and the massive warehouse that supplies the 19 retail stores in Central Iowa. Refreshments will be served and there is plenty of free parking.

Corporate Des Moines: Five Leading Views with Timothy Haight, Marta Codina, Doyle Karr, Mike Lovell, Larry Zimpleman
Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun. 1 10–11:30 a.m.
Parents Hall South, Olmsted Center, Drake University
COST $30 / LIMIT 100

SESSION 1—Thursday, May 4 Timothy V. Haight: John Deere’s Company
Who was John Deere, what did he build and why did he build it? How did he transform the prairie into the breadbasket of the world? From village blacksmith and sodbuster to global icon, we will trace the history of John Deere and his company from implement dealer in 1837 to global leader in agricultural machinery manufacturing and how it changed agriculture and with it, the landscapeforever. We also will focus on how Deere & Company became one of the most respected companies in the Fortune 500 today.
Timothy V. Haight recently retired as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Deere & Company and Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel of John Deere Financial. He grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa, was educated at the University of Iowa, practiced law in Omaha, Nebraska for 16 years and then moved in-house, finishing his career after 16 years with Deere & Company.

SESSION 2—Thursday, May 11 Marta A. Codina: Engagement and Learning Through Times of Change at Wells Fargo
Engage your team and all things are possible! Wells Fargo has gone through some changes over the past few months. How your team responds to change is the key to success. How do you do it during tumultuous times? Why is it important to keep the team informed and be transparent with communication? Learn about our experience!
Marta A. Codina is a 36-year veteran of the financial services industry. A native of Cuba, she started her career as a teller during high school in Houston, Texas. In 1994 she came to Iowa to join U.S. Bank and worked there for nine years as a regional manager leading the retail banking division. She joined Wells Fargo in 2001 where she has served as a regional develop.m.ent manager, overseeing sales strategies and the mortgage production sales force for western Iowa. Marta currently serves as a regional banking area president for Wells Fargo Bank, overseeing western Iowa retail banking operations.

SESSION 3—Thursday, May 18 Doyle Karr: The Business of Agriculture at DuPont Pioneer
How an Iowa teenager’s curiosity in biology led to the creation of what is today a leading agricultural seed company doing business in more than 90 countries. We will look at the company that Henry A. Wallace founded in Johnston, Iowa, 90 years ago and its current operations as part of DuPont. And we will look at the new products and services being developed with the annual DuPont investment of more than $1 billion in agricultural R&D. Questions about GMOs and other advanced plant breeding tools that DuPont Pioneer is using to better serve its customers around the world are welcome.
Doyle Karr is the director of DuPont Biotechnology Public Policy. His role includes the develop.m.ent and implementation of company-wide strategies with the goal of increasing the levels of use of current DuPont products. He joined DuPont Pioneer in 1989 with the marketing communications group for North American operations. He earned a BS from the University of Illinois in journalism and agriculture and was raised on a small farm in central Illinois.

SESSION 4—Thursday, May 25 Mike Lovell: How Meredith is Navigating Digital Disruption
This session will discuss how the Internet and develop.m.ent of the digital media economy is evolving, and the specific steps that Meredith Corporation, a 115-year-old magazine and television broadcaster, is taking to compete.
Mike Lovell is Investor Relations and International Director at Meredith. He leads the investor relations and international licensing functions. As head of investor relations, Mike sets strategy for and handles all aspects of shareholder and analyst interaction. As head of Meredith International, Mike finds, vets, and closes agreements with foreign media companies that represent Meredith’s brands abroad.

SESSION 5—Thursday, Jun. 1 Larry Zimpleman: Principal Financial Group – Pathway to Becoming a Global Asset Manager
This class will discuss the history of Principal Financial Group with a special focus on its demutualization and becoming a public company in 2001. The overall focus will be the strategic changes needed to shift from being a US based insurance company to a global asset management company.
Larry Zimpleman is a 45-year employee of Principal. He started as an actuarial intern in 1971 and became the 14th CEO in 2008. Besides his career at Principal, Larry served as chair of the Financial Services Roundtable and chair of the Iowa Business Council. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Drake University.

Patterns of Revolution: The French Revolution as a Case Study with Phil Parks
Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25 2–3:30 p.m.
Temple B’nai Jeshurun, 5101 Grand Ave., Des Moines
COST $30/ LIMIT 100
The French Revolution tore French society asunder, slaughtered its king, queen and powerful nobles and later even the revolutionaries themselves were killed. Revolutionary zeal spread throughout Europe and wars plagued the continent for three decades. When the turmoil ended with the fall of Napoleon and the restoration of monarchies, European rulers tried to return to the “good old days”. They ignored the causes of the revolutions which festered for decades resulting in even more revolutions in 1830 and 1848. The French Revolution has become the model for studying all revolutions. The goal of this course is to understand that revolutions are violent, unpredictable and futile.

Phil Parks earned both a BA and an MA in history at Drake University. He taught for more than 30 years in the Des Moines Public Schools, having held tenure positions at Roosevelt, Hoover, and the Central Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth. Since his retirement, he has enjoyed offering lectures at the Polk County Senior Centers and the Iowa Genealogical Society. He has taught several popular courses for the RaySociety.

FULL  Event—Meredith Test Garden Tour
GROUP 1—Friday, May 5, 1:30–2:30 p.m. 
GROUP 2—Friday, May 12, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
1716 Locust Street, Des Moines
COST FREE / LIMIT 30 per tour
Visit this downtown treasure of early summer bloom located at the corner of 15th and Grand. Learn about the many different gardens within the garden and enjoy the rich variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs. The tour begins at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to last one hour. Street (meter) parking is available on 15th Street, Grand, and Locust. Don’t forget your umbrella if it should be raining!

FULL   Event—An Afternoon at Brenton Arboretum with Melissa Burdick and Andy Schmitz
Wednesday, May 10, 1–3 p.m. (Group 1)
Thursday, Jun. 1, 1–3 p.m. (Group 2)
25141 260th Street, Dallas Center, Iowa
COST FREE / LIMIT 35 per tour
Enjoy exploring the delightful 143-acre Brenton Arboretum located just west of Des Moines near Dallas Center, Iowa. Founded in 1997 by J.C. (Buz) and Sue Brenton on part of the original Brenton homestead of 1853, the arboretum is a natural treasure with over 2,000 trees and shrubs, walking paths, prairies, streams, a small lake, bridges, and a pavilion for picnics and events. We will begin in the visitor center and learn about the special collections of oaks, elms, native Iowa trees and shrubs, and many unique species. Then, we will take a walking tour to experience the diversity and tranquility of the arboretum. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes for walking on grass as well as gravel paths. Feel free to come early and picnic in the green-roofed pavilion before the afternoon program and to stay afterwards and continue your exploration on foot or by car.

Melissa Burdick is executive director at The Brenton Arboretum. Prior to taking on this role, she was director of horticulture at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha for three years and curator of herbaceous collections at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Virginia for eight years. Melissa grew up in Alabama and earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape design from Auburn University. She also earned a master’s in public horticulture from the Longwood Program at the University of Delaware.

Andy Schmitz has been the director of horticulture and general manager of the Brenton Arboretum for 18 years. He oversees all horticultural aspects of the 143-acre arboretum, where the first trees were planted in 1997, including planting and curating over 2,500 woody accessioned plants, establishing and maintaining over 30 acres of restored prairie, and caring for a 1000 sq. ft. green roof. He enjoys observing trees in their native habitats while collecting seed to grow trees and shrubs to enhance the arboretum’s collections. Though he has collected around the Midwest, his particular focus is on collecting the native Iowa woody plants for the arboretum’s Iowa collection.

Social—Annual Meeting and Year-End Celebration
Wednesday, May 17 2–4 p.m.
Location to be announced
It is time again for us to reflect back on a wonderful year. Come and enjoy our year-in-review slide show recognizing the many instructors and volunteers who have contributed to the success of our program. A reception of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres will follow a short business meeting and recognition ceremony. All RaySociety members, guests, instructors, and prospective members are welcome. There is no charge for this special event. Watch for your invitation to arrive in late April and be sure note the location and RSVP with your plans to attend.

Event—The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Workshop and Show Experience with Des Moines Performing Arts
Saturday, May 20 12:30–5 p.m.
Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut Street
COST $60–workshop and performance ticket $5–workshop only (for those who already have a ticket to the performance)
Please note that a ticket to the Des Moines engagement of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is required to participate in this event.
MINIMUM 20 participants
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 31 Des Moines Performing Arts is offering a pre-show experience with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Play. This production is adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel of the same name. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

FULL   Event—Mission Control: The Des Moines Register’s Newsroom
Wednesday, May 24 1:30–3 p.m.
400 Locust Street, Suite 500, Des Moines
Experience an exclusive tour through the Des Moines Register's newsroom and offices at Capital Square. Reorganized in the fall of 2014, the newsroom is centered around teams of reporters focused on government accountability, quality-of-life issues, communities, sports, entertainment and culture, and voices. This visit will include stops in the three-wall green screen video studio, Mission Control, RAGBRAI and the paper's Design Studio.

Monsters in Early German Cinema with Carl Johnson
Mondays, Jun. 5, 12, 19, 26 1–3:30 p.m.
Sessions 1, 2, 4 are in Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University
Session 3 location is yet to be announced
COST $30 / LIMIT 100
The German film industry in the 1920s was both highly regarded and influential. This course will examine four silent films from that period (Nosferatu, The Golem, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Faust) and discuss how they were the precedents for countless Hollywood films involving Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, mad scientists, Svengali-like manipulators, and even the Devil.

Carl Johnson grew up north of San Francisco and went to college at UCLA, where he received his BA in music education. Returning to the bay area, he taught high school instrumental and vocal music (as well as some English classes) for 19 years. His family moved to Urbandale, Iowa, in 1992. He earned his master’s in instrumental conducting from Drake University in 1994. He has taught at all grade levels (K–adult) and currently directs the Des Moines Community Orchestra.

Genetic Genealogy with Bob Haskins
Tuesday, Jun. 6 1:30–3 p.m.
Parents Hall South, Olmsted Center, Drake University
This overview presentation will focus on application of the dynamic field of genetics to genealogical research. In support of this goal, a brief history along with the basic science behind the field will be provided in an attempt to demystify it. A case study based on experience in exploring a portion of Bob’s family’s heritage will be included as a practical demonstration of this new tool. Specifically, this example shows how genetic testing can be used to connect a 17th century ancestor “across the pond” to a specific location. In addition, recommendations and resources for using this technique will be provided for beginners and active participants with the goal of enhancing their research.

Bob Haskins brings an interesting background to the topic of genetic genealogy. His science degree from the University of Iowa combined with 37 years working in the information technology field, plus researching his family history for the past 25 years, makes this DNA hobbyist the right person to expand our knowledge of genetic genealogy. Bob has been involved in using DNA testing to enhance his genealogical research for more than 10 years.

Being a Pro in Des Moines: An Inside Perspective on Local Professional Sports Franchises with Matt Swim, Sam Bernabe, Todd Frederickson
Wednesdays, Jun. 7, 14, 21, 10–11:30 a.m.
Location varies by session
COST $30 / LIMIT 35
Many of us have dreamed about someday becoming a professional athlete. Our local professional sports franchises offer “the lucky few” the opportunity to “live their dream”. In this series, we look inside three very distinct and different local sports franchises where we will learn that the Iowa Cubs, Iowa Wild, and Iowa Barnstormers approach their mission in very different ways. Join us as we learn more about the players, coaches and staff, the affiliations kept by professional teams, the marketing efforts necessary to build interest in the local community, and the goals and mission of each franchise.

SESSION 1—Wednesday, June 7 Iowa Barnstormers
Location: Wells Fargo Arena, 233 Center St., Des Moines
We will learn about the Barnstormers and the game they play. We will see the arena floor set up for arena football. The Barnstormers are a member of the IFL (Indoor Football League). We will learn just what makes this franchise tick and how it fits into the Des Moines sports scene.

Matt Swim
is assistant general manager and sales manager of Iowa Barnstormers. A graduate of Iowa State University, Matt is responsible for aspects of the Iowa Barnstormers sales department including the sale of seasons ticket packages and corporate sponsorship, hiring and managing of Barnstormers sales staff, and providing exceptional service to all patrons. Additionally, Matt will assist with the marketing and promotion efforts of the Iowa Barnstormers in central Iowa.

SESSION 2—Wednesday, June 14 Iowa Cubs
Location: Iowa Cub Club, Principal Park, 1 Line Dr., Des Moines
We will experience Principal Park and learn more about the inner working of the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate of the National League’s Chicago Cubs. We will learn how this franchise is one phone call away from the majors, and how it fits into our local community. Lunch in the Cub Club Restaurant is optional following this session.

Sam Bernabe
serves as the Iowa Cubs president and general manager. He has worked for the Iowa Cubs for 31 seasons. He became president and part-owner of the club in 1999. His duties include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the ball club, but he serves in many different capacities on boards and committees across the country. He has been honored and recognized with many awards over the years, most notably his very recent selection as Baseball America’s Minor League Executive of the Year.

SESSION 3—Wednesday, June 21 Iowa Wild
Room 203, Meredith Hall, Drake University
We will learn about bringing talented hockey hopefuls to Des Moines via the Iowa Wild, the top affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild. Hear how one goes about marketing professional hockey to Iowans, and, among other things, what it takes to put ice into Wells Fargo Arena.

Todd Frederickson, has been president of the Iowa Wild Hockey Team since 2013. Under his leadership, the Wild has averaged nearly 6,000 fans per game garnering numerous awards and recognition. Before joining the AHL, Frederickson has spent time with both the Atlanta Falcons organization and the Chicago Wolves. Frederickson is a native of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan and a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Compassionate Caregivers: Healthcare Perspectives & Prescriptions with Mindi Feilmeier, Thomas Green, Kari Smith, Rebecca Shaw
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jun. 13, 15, 20, 22 1:30—3 p.m.
COST $30 / LIMIT 75
Des Moines University, 3200 Grand Ave., Des Moines
Des Moines University clinical faculty will share intriguing insights from their professional experience as healthcare providers and researchers. How do we improve patient care? How do our bodies heal? How can we reach across the globe to expand medical knowledge? The series features expert clinicians from all three DMU colleges: Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatric Medicine & Surgery, and Health Science.

SESSION 1—Tuesday, Jun. 13  Mindi Feilmeier: Medical Tradition vs. Evidence Based Medicine: Is what we are doing really right?
Dr. Mindi Feilmeier, DP.m., FACFAS, will discuss strategies to use evidence based medicine to change care paradigms and give the patient the best outcome every time. Mindi Feilmeier, DP.m., FACFAS is an assistant professor and clinical faculty member at Des Moines University. Dr. Feilmeier is board certified in foot and rearfoot/ankle reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Her research emphasis is on outcomes of common surgical procedures of the foot and ankle as well as increasing the understanding of common foot deformities, such as bunions.

SESSION 2—Thursday, Jun. 15  Thomas Green: Sprains, Fractures, and Wounds: A Peek into Emergency Medicine
Dr. Thomas Green, DO, MPH, FACOEP, FACEP will weave scientific information about injuries and the human body with stories and images from his career in emergency medicine. Thomas Green is currently the associate dean for clinical affairs at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine (where he oversees 440 students in their 3rd and 4th year of medical training). In addition, he is also the interim chief academic officer of the HEARTLand Network OPTI (which is the graduate medical education division for Des Moines University). Dr. Green is a board-certified emergency medicine Physician who practices part-time at Broadlawns Medical Center.

SESSION 3—Tuesday, Jun. 20  Kari Smith: Keeping Control: Core Stability and the Bladder
Dr. Kari Smith, DPT, BCB-P.m.D presents information on exercise and its impact on healthy aging, with a focus on building core strength to promote balance and bladder control. Kari Smith is an associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Des Moines University. She is also the PT Clinic Manager and continues to practice in the Physical Therapy Clinic at Des Moines University. She has earned a doctorate in physical therapy from Des Moines University. Her areas of expertise include pelvic health, orthopedics, and health promotion.

SESSION 4—Thursday, Jun. 22  Rebecca Shaw: Global Health: Teaching and Learning Through Service
Dr. Rebecca Shaw, MD, FACOG, will share stories from her experiences serving communities abroad, and the value of a global health perspective. Rebecca Shaw, MD, FACOG, is assistant professor, Department of Specialty Medicine, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology at DMU. She holds a clinical position at UnityPoint Health at the Lakeview campus in West Des Moines. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and an examiner and writer for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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University News
June 26, 2017
Eric Saylor, professor of music history at Drake University, has published a new book that seeks to redeem a style of music that he says is gravely misunderstood and sorely underrated.