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Share your hobby with others during IAP 2003

How about sharing your hobby with the rest of MIT? Independent Activities Period offers the perfect opportunity to talk about your special interest to an audience that chooses to listen.

From Jan. 6-31, hundreds of MIT community members will bring their favorite authors, actors, recipes, activities and skills to campus to share their joy and satisfaction with the rest of the community. The eclectic course selection in past years has included medieval cooking demonstrations, investigating the properties of Silly Putty, building loudspeakers, and a how-to guide for becoming a disc jockey.

"Teaching an IAP activity is a great way to meet community members you might not normally have contact with in your day-to-day MIT life," said Associate Dean Julie Norman, head of the Academic Resource Center, which organizes IAP. "It's an opportunity to help them discover something new by sharing your hobby or expertise. So spread your contagious enthusiasm and introduce others to your area of interest."

Any MIT affiliate can create an activity, either independently or together with his or her department, club or living group. Interested people should post their activities directly on the IAP web site. An MIT personal certificate is required.

Activities posted by Friday, Nov. 1 will make it into the printed version of the IAP 2003 guide, which will be distributed the first week of December.

Preregistration for credit subjects begins Dec. 2; students should preregister using WebSIS.

For more information about listing an IAP activity, contact the Academic Resource Center at 253-1668 or

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 9, 2002.

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