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RaySociety announces spring classes and events for lifelong learners

January 28, 2014

Drake University’s RaySociety is offering 31 informative and thought-provoking classes for lifelong learners this spring. Courses range from one to five sessions and are taught by current and retired Drake faculty as well as community leaders.

A highlight of this term will be “Women of Worth,” a course featuring 12 Des Moines businesswomen who will describe their entrepreneurial journey (three speakers per session). The series begins on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. in the RaySociety classroom in the Dial Center on Drake’s campus, Room 101.

Other favorite spring courses include:
• Murky Waters: Water Quality Issues in Iowa, four sessions
• History of Jazz, four sessions
• The Ancient Art of Storytelling, one free single session
• Faculty Research at Drake University, four sessions
• Agribusiness—it’s no longer your Grandpa’s farm, four sessions
• The Golden Age of Radio (Science Fiction & Horror), four sessions
• Behind Closed Doors: The Iowa Department of Corrections, four sessions

The RaySociety takes its name from two distinguished Drake alumni: former Iowa Gov. Robert Ray, who also served as the University’s president, and Billie Ray, former teacher and first lady of Iowa. The society’s motto is ‘expand your mind, extend your network.’

Annual membership in the RaySociety is available to people of all ages and backgrounds for $50. Classes typically cost $30 each, but there are several free options as well as community events and socials.

For more information about the RaySociety, and to see the complete list of course offerings along with the events and socials planned for Spring 2014, please visit www.drake.edu/raysociety or contact Rena Wilson at rena.wilson@drake.edu or 515-271-2120.