Upcoming Senior University Programs
Programs take place at various locations on the IU Northwest campus in Gary, IN, unless otherwise specified. Portions of this program are possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Social Security Seminar
- 6 - 8 p.m., Monday, June 24
- Have you ever wondered how Social Security benefits are calculated and how much you will receive in payments when you retire? Then join us at this seminar and get a crash course in Social Security 101. It is never too early to know about your benefits. Learn about Retirement, Disability, Medicare, SSI, Widows Benefits, and more. Find out the easiest way to get a replacement Social Security or Medicare card. To get the most out of this learning experience, create a Social Security account at ssa.gov and bring your Retirement Estimates with you to the session.
- Orientation to Social Media
- 6 - 8 p.m., Thursday, June 27
- Interested in getting a comprehensive introduction to social media? Then this class is for you! Join a seasoned social media strategist for an informative presentation covering social platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Learn the basics of each platform and how to get started developing your own profiles, including privacy settings and social media etiquette. Offered in partnership with the Lakeshore Region Chapter of the IU Alumni Association.
- Remaining Safe in Times of Disaster: Emergency Preparedness for Seniors
- 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Fridays, July 12, 19, and 26
- This three-part program will explore the vulnerability of older adults to disaster and emergency events. Through the use of shared experiences, stories of survivors, and film footage, this workshop will highlight the value of disaster planning, the needed steps to prepare for emergency situations, and the specific tools required for a personal emergency response. Attendees will also engage in developing their own emergency plans.
- History of Jazz
- 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 31
- This two-part lecture will take place at the Crown Point Community Library and will trace the history of jazz music from the 1920s to the present time. We will do this by using CDs and videos to explain the different periods of jazz. New Orleans, swing, bebop, hard bop, modal, and electric jazz are some of the areas we will demonstrate and discuss. In some instances, students will get involved and instruments are provided. If you are interested in joining us along with jazz musician, IU Northwest instructor, and radio show host, Billy Foster, then reserve your seat today!
- Moonlight in Duneland: The History of the South Shore Line’s Marketing Campaign of the 1920s
- 10 a.m. - noon, Friday, August 2
- The Chicago, South Shore, and South Bend Railroad has served as a Calumet Region icon for over 100 years. During its Golden Age in the 1920s, the South Shore Line enjoyed financial success, as it transported record numbers of passengers between Chicago and South Bend. Much of that success was due to a vigorous marketing campaign to attract riders, including advertising, newsletters, maps and other printed materials, and, of course, the beloved South Shore Line posters. This session will detail the components of that marketing campaign and include the viewing of a number of original 1920s posters.
- Steelmakers and Steeltowns: An Historical Overview of East Chicago/Indiana Harbor and Gary
- 10 a.m. - noon, Tuesday, August 6
- Since the late 19th Century, the Calumet Region of Northwest Indiana has been known as the “Workshop of America”. In particular, north Lake County was the scene of hundreds of industries, from railroad car manufacturing to oil refining. It was the huge steel plants along the Lake Michigan shoreline, however, that became the symbols of the heavy industrial character of the region. Using historical photographs from the Calumet Regional Archives, this session will present an historical overview of the three largest players in the local steel industry in the early 20th century. In addition, the beginnings of their steel towns, serving as the homes of thousands of steel workers, will be examined.
- Populating the Region: The Calumet Region Mixing Bowl in the early 20th Century
- 10 a.m. - noon, Friday, August 9
- Since the time of the glaciers, Northwest Indiana has been a destination for a variety of peoples, ranging from Native Americans to Europeans to African-Americans to Mexicans and more. This presentation will be an historical overview of the “waves” of population groups locating in the Region, with emphasis on the late 19th century to the 1930s. Rather than serving as a “melting pot” during this period, we will see that the region’s variety of ethnic and racial groups formed more of a “mixing bowl” character, with over 50 different nationalities and races represented.
- Work-Study-Play: The History of the Gary Schools and William A. Wirt’s Platoon School Plan
- 10 a.m. - noon, Tuesday, August 13
- In the early 20th century, the City of Gary’s school system gained national and international fame as an innovative, progressive method of educating large numbers of students in an efficient and effective manner. Devised by Gary Schools Superintendent William A. Wirt, the Word-Study-Play system became known as a model for urban education in an industrial landscape. Professor Emeritus of History Ronald Cohen, author of Children of the Mill, will describe and analyze Wirt’s vision and its manifestation in Gary.
- Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight: A History of Gary’s Vee-Jay Records and Founder Vivian Carter
- 10 a.m. - noon, Friday, August 16
- Established in 1953 by Vivian Carter and James Bracken, Gary’s Vee-Jay Records became a pioneer record label for African-American recording artists. Signing such rhythm and blues legends as John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Jerry Butler, and Doo-Wop groups such as the Spaniels (who recorded the classic, “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight”), Vee-Jay paved the way for the success of the later label, Motown. In addition, the Beatles’ first records released in the United States were on the Vee-Jay label. Professor Emeritus of History James Lane will present the history of Vee-Jay and its rapid rise and fall during the 1950s and 1960s.
- An Overview of the Calumet Regional Archives
- 10 a.m. - noon, Tuesday, August 20
- This session will offer information on IU Northwest’s Calumet Regional Archives. Topics will include types of records sought/preserved, preservation techniques, and how to access materials.
Registration Required: If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please contact the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence via email at [[curesu]] or call (219) 980-6907.
Parking Permits: Parking permits are available through the IU Northwest Parking Permit Kiosks for a fee of $2 per day (exact change and credit cards accepted). Parking Permit Kiosks are located in parking lot 2 (north side of IU Northwest), in front of the John W. Anderson Library, and in parking lot 13 (near the Arts & Sciences building). Parking permits are not required for workshops that run on Fridays. Parking permits are required for disability parking spaces.