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December 6, 1994


Ask Dennis Dailey -- Beginning this week, KU professor Dennis Dailey will answer Journal-World readers' questions about sex and relationships. To ask a question, send it to

Fans of Kansas University professor Dennis Dailey can go to a place of worship to catch his lectures about sex.

Dailey will teach an informal version of his popular course, "Human Sexuality in Everyday Life," this spring at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread.

ECM asked Dailey to teach the course after KU officials decided to offer Dailey's class only in the fall semester. The ECM course won't be hampered by traditional academic requirements. There will be no tests or required reading. Of course, no one can earn college credit, either.

"This is one that has to do with learning rather than proving it all," Dailey, professor of social welfare, said Monday in an interview.

The class will begin Feb. 1. It's scheduled to run nine weeks, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Participants -- it's open to anyone in the community -- will pay a fee.

"I wouldn't be surprised that they got 10 registrations and had to cancel it," the nationally recognized sexologist said. "Nor would I be surprised if they got 200," the maximum allowed.

At KU, enrollment in Dailey's class this fall semester stands at 500. He's taught this human sexuality class for more than 10 years.

However, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences decided recently to reduce its financial support of the course. In response, the School of Social Welfare elected to offer the class once a year.

Dailey said the goal of his human sexuality course was to help students overcome barriers to information about sexuality and relationships.

"So ... they can escape some of the craziness that happens to people in relationships," said Dailey, who believes there's a shortage of quality sex-education instruction.

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