Fall 2016 Courses and Special Events
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Josiah Bushnell Grinnell & the Iowa Underground Railroad

Behind the Scenes at DART Central Station

History of the Drake Observatory


Des Moines Art Center Theme Tours:
Heavy, Heavy Hangs Over Thy Head: Guns, Shootings and Shooters
Pacifier or Provocateur: The Artist as Activist
Artists in Iowa: Seen and Unseen

Introduction to the Des Moines Art Center: Art and Architecture


Iowa Century & Heritage Farms: 18,500 and Still Growing!

Putting on an Accent

Keep Your Balance!

The Cuban Revolution

COLORS in Your Life

Drones: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Revolutions of 19th Century Europe

Zoo University

Eating an Elephant in Small Bites: Downsizing for Seniors

DNA in Genealogical Research

Central Campus Tour & Lunch

History of Early Des Moines

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Tour

Behind the Scenes at the Des Moines International Airport

How to Avoid Getting Scammed

Building Selves:
Millennials Navigating Jobs, Family and Failure in Post-Recession


Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Des Moines Fire Department Headquarters Tour

Making Sense of Financial Products

The Cold War: America vs. Russia

Get Out, Get Wet, Get High:
Fun & Fitness in the Great Outdoors


The REAL Founding of Our Nation

You Can Use Pinterest

Three Generations of Wallaces: An Agriculture Legacy

Exotic Cruising on a Budget

Pendoodle Pen & Ink Drawing, Mandalas and Coloring

Discussing Current Issues

Wartime Rides the Rails

Seeing Double: Unique Double Houses in Des Moines

The Marathon Ends: A New President Is Elected

Happiness: Living More Fully

Science, Pseudoscience and the Limits of Science

Russia and the Romanov Dynasty

Des Moines Register Tour of Capital Square Offices

Let Your Story Be Your Legacy: Preserving Oral Histories

Sticks Design Studio Tour

Scandinavian Heritage in Iowa: Your Roots and Resources

Behind the Scenes: Des Moines Public Works and Wastewater Treatment

Healing Touch: Energy First Aid