Lifelong University - Just for the fun of it!

We regret to inform you that the 2020 spring Lifelong University courses have been canceled due to concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We thank you for your interest in the courses and we look forward to updating you with the fall courses very soon.
Refunds for these courses will be done the week of April 7th, 2020.

 For any information regarding the UNI Lifelong University courses contact Kelli McCarthy at



Do you want to learn more about biblical archaeology, aerospace, or the 2020 presidential election? Then UNI's Lifelong University is the program for you. Courses and class formats include four-week, three-week and one-time workshops.

UNI’s Lifelong University is one example of our commitment to serving Iowans of all ages. The program, geared toward the lifelong learner, will offer noncredit courses taught by retired and current UNI faculty and staff. The courses will be taught on campus or in the community on weekdays.

UNI offers a world-class university education, providing personalized experiences and creating a lifetime of opportunities. So come join us for the adventure, and take a class just for the fun of it!

Try the first class for FREE before deciding if you would like to continue with the rest of the classes. PLEASE still register to attend prior to the first class.

Biblical Archaeology: Its History and New Discoveries

This course examines the history of biblical archaeology from its beginnings in the nineteenth century A.D. to the present. It examines the contributions of the major archaeologists and the most important archaeological discoveries related to the Bible (Old and New Testaments). The class also examines how archaeologists excavate and interpret ancient artifacts. Portions of the class will feature new and unpublished biblical discoveries, some from the author’s excavations in the Holy Land.

Kenneth Atkinson, Professor of History
Tuesday, February 4, 11, 18, & 25
10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Diamond Event Center
Western Home Communities 


Aerospace: the Sky's No Limit

This course is designed to offer an introduction to the principles of flight, plus the concentrated histories of aviation and space flight. 

Week One-“Taking Off” – Through dialogue and class discussion we will assess the flight experiences of class members (in a typical group we will have a wide spectrum of experience, from pilots to those who have never flown.) This will enable the instructor to enlist the aid of the former and adjust the approach for the latter. After break, we will view “To Fly” by Smithsonian Air & Space.

Week Two-“Principles and Practices” – We will explore the basics of flight, thrust vs drag, lift vs gravity, pitch, roll and yaw. Flight instrumentation, navigation and weather will also be briefly addressed. A variety of handouts and brief hands-on activities will be utilized.

Week Three- “Aviation History: The Jet Age and Cold War” – Here we will also address the explosive growth of commercial aviation. Because this is the era the class members will have lived through, their input and reactions will be sought through dialogue and discussion.

Week Four-“Humans in Space” – A brief history of USSR Cosmonauts, NASA Astronauts, & International Space Voyagers. This session chronicles the highlights and tragedies of space exploration from its beginning to the latest expedition on the International Space Station.

Lt. Col. Steve Palmquist, C.A.P. (retired)
Tuesday, March 3, 10, 24, & 31
10:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
Diamond Event Center
Western Home Communities

Issues in the 2020 Presidential Election

Several different issues have begun to gel as the ones that may be among the most important to voters in the 2020 presidential election. This course will spend time going in depth on each of them, discussing the history of the issue in the US, a comparison with other countries, and the candidate’s positions on each. Topics covered will include healthcare, college tuition and debt, the national dev and deficit, and social security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Dr. Jayme Renfro
Monday, March 9, 16,  23, & 30
10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Diamond Event Center
Western Home Communities 


Four Excellent Lesser Known Scorsese Films

Though Martin Scorsese remains best known for his “mafia” films-Mean Streets, Casino, Goodfellas, The Irishman, he made multiple films in which he examines spirituality, guilt, sin, and redemption in radically different contexts. We will screen clips and discuss four of Martin Scorsese’s excellent lesser-known films with an eye to understanding the breadth of Scorsese’s cinematic vision: Last Temptation of Christ-Age of Innocence-Kundun-Silence.​

Scott Cawelti
Tuesday, April 7, 14, 21, & 28
9:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Performing Art Center
NewAldaya Lifescapes


Intro to Japanese Taiko

An introduction to the history, traditions and concepts of Japanese Taiko Drumming. Your registration fee includes a ticket to the 4:00 pm performance at Gallagher Bluedorn on Sunday, March 8th.

Matt Andreini
Monday, March 2nd
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Diamond Event Center
Western Home Communities

Location Addresses

Windcove Western Home
5300 S. Main St
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Diamond Event Center
5307 Careway Lane
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

NewAldaya Lifescapes​
​7511 University Avenue
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

UNI Greenhouse
UNI Campus

Registration Policies

Full refunds will be granted prior to the first day of each class. No refunds are allowed once the class has begun.

Minimum class size must be attained to hold class. If a class is canceled because of low enrollment, a refund will be granted. You will receive a letter indicating which class(es) you are enrolled in. The letter will verify your registration and remind you of the day, time and location of your class.


For More Information

Call University Events Coordination at 319-273-5141.

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