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46th annual Mini University sold out

For Immediate Release Jun 7, 2017
President Michael A. McRobbie stands on a podium to speak to a crowd of attendees in Alumni Hall.
President Michael A. McRobbie speaks during last year’s Mini University opening convocation.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Mini University, a weeklong learning vacation sponsored by the Indiana University Alumni Association, is sold out for its 46th annual program June 11 to 16 on the IU Bloomington campus.

“Mini University 2017 is poised to be another huge success. Our highly regarded adult-learning vacation sold out in only three weeks,” said Betsy Watson, co-director of Mini University. “This year’s curriculum features 113 faculty presenters engaged in teaching 107 classes on topics from 15th-century music to the 21st-century U.S. Supreme Court and everything in between.

“The 550 lucky participants are in for a great week of intellectual stimulation on our beautiful campus. It’s also a fun way to kindle – or rekindle – friendships with fellow lifelong learners from across the country.”

A conference check-in and brief orientation will take place the afternoon of Sunday, June 11. That evening, a welcome dinner at the Indiana Memorial Union Tudor Room helps kick off the week. Classes begin Monday, June 12.

Mini University courses are taught by IU Bloomington’s finest teaching faculty. Courses convene in the Indiana Memorial Union and at special locations, such as the Lilly Library. Participants are also invited to participate in tours, films and social gatherings.

Mini U started in 1972 with about 75 “students” experiencing a unique educational vacation program for adults. Participants brought their families, lived for the week in a college dormitory, and attended a variety of lectures and courses while their kids attended a children’s program at the former Shawnee Bluffs camp on Lake Monroe.

Today, Mini U draws educators, retirees and other lifelong learners to the heart of the IU Bloomington campus for what has been ranked by Frommer’s Budget Travel as one of the best learning vacations in the country.

The IU Alumni Association is a global alumni organization that brings some 660,000 IU graduates together to support one another and Indiana University throughout their lives. The IUAA activates IU’s powerful network through live events, webinars, scholarship programs and seriously fun traditions.

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