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ElderLearning Institute papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: ua2002-0030

Scope and Content

The collection contains meeting and board minutes, course descriptions, evaluations, course comments, papers detailing a trip to Oxford, England and publicity announcements regarding ElderLearning Institute.


  • 1997-2001


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the ElderLearning Institute papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Historical Note

The ElderLearning Institute (ELI) was founded in 1995 by Steve Benson, former producer for KUOM radio, and a group of retired faculty members, to offer no credit seminar courses to retirement-age people. The program is a part of University College and classes are taught by current and retired University professors, as well as community leaders. The courses are meant to foster lifelong learning and community involvement, without the rigors of usual university courses; there are no assignments or tests given in ELI courses. Courses cover a gamut of topics, including classic Scandinavian films, finance and investing, art collecting, astronomy, Plato's Republic, bio-ethics and drawing. ELI also offer trips to such places as Oxford, England, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and colonial Williamsburg, Virginia to offer unique learning experiences.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)


Collection contains the paper of the ElderLearning Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with detailed contents is available in University Archives.

Source of acquisition

Collection deposited in the archives on August 28, 2002 by Ann Traux.

Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.
ElderLearning Institute records
Karen Spilman
February 2005
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