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MiniU for everyone interested in life-long learning

[MiniU 2009. A guided tour of Agnes Etherington Art Centre.]       MiniU 2009. A guided tour of Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Anyone interested in opportunities for hands-on learning and insight into leading-edge university research is invited to the educational sessions at MiniU May 28 - 30 on the Queen’s campus.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to be immersed among inquisitive people from the community with a passion for learning,” says Melanie McEwen, Alumni Education & Outreach Manager and organizer of the third-annual MiniU. “Like the faculty and staff experts leading the sessions, the people who attend MiniU are life-long learners who want to continue expanding their minds.”

Participants in this year’s MiniU have a huge range of interesting topics and sessions to choose from including:
• Taking a 4.5 billion year “trip through time” at the Miller Museum of Geology
• Discussing the political economy of climate change
• Learning why everything you know (or think you know) about crime is wrong
• Studying the arts and science of mental illness
• Questioning why a surveillance culture is the new normal
• Taking a critical look at youth crime in Canada
• Exploring the significance of the medicine wheel in aboriginal culture
• Touring the Anatomy Learning Centre, an extensive collection of preserved human body parts

“For many people, it’s a chance to learn about the advances in knowledge that have taken place in the years since they were in school,” says Ms McEwen. “With almost 40 faculty and staff experts generously volunteering to share their expertise, and direct access to some of the university’s most fascinating resources, MiniU is an open door to discover Queen’s many treasures.”

MiniU participants can also venture beyond the campus while still benefitting from Queen’s expertise by taking part in a number of field trips, including:
• A tour of Queen’s scientific field stations at Lake Opinicon, led by renowned zoologist Bruce Tufts
• A Kingston geology field trip with Mark Badham, curator of the Miller Museum of Geology

Registration is required for all of the educational sessions, along with a fee of $25/session. Day and weekend passes which include multiple sessions and meals are also available.

More information on MiniU, including a full programme and registration details is available at www.queensu.ca/alumni

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