Mini College was created in 2009 as an educational event held each June for KU alumni, their spouses and other inquisitive adults.
Until the pandemic, Mini College allowed attendees to come to the Lawrence campus to listen to lectures by excellent professors and participate in tours and discussions. In 2021 it is going virtual. Some of KU’s best educators will present two thought-provoking lectures per week online for the first four Tuesdays in June. The talks will be given live, with opportunities for questions and answers. The presentations also will be recorded for later viewing by those who miss the original lectures.
Mini College’s creator was Jessica Proctor Beeson, c’05, who then worked in the dean’s office of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. In 2016, the University was forced to stop sponsoring Mini College due to budget cuts. Since then, it has been an all-volunteer effort by a small group of dedicated alumni in cooperation with the University.
The lecturers, too, volunteer their time and knowledge, appreciative of the attentiveness of a mature and inquiring audience.