NEW EIN WEB POSTINGS FOR January
Under MANAGING YOUR LLI
A Visit with Simone de Beauvoir
– SPARK, Kansas City, Missouri
Aspects of Asia – Lyceum, New
In the Stars – LLI, Harrisonburg, VA
Lecture Series – LIRA, Massachusetts
Curriculum Resources X – Compiled
Themed Lecture Series – OLLI,
Ann Arbor, MI
Lunch & Learn Lecture Series –
LIR, Athens, GA
Classic Films – ILR, Bergen CC,
Under LLI NEWS
LLI News for January
Under LLI CONGRATULATIONS
LLI Congratulations for January
In each EIN newsletter you will find several new books and web sites
suitable for help in planning LLI courses. Every six months we compile
these resources and put them into one document. This is easily downloadable
for use by LLI Curriculum Committees. This month we are posting Curriculum
Resources X. The past nine Curriculum Resources Compilations are still
available on our web site under the MANAGING YOUR LLI section. If you
download them and put them in a binder for the Committee they will have
a wealth of resources to help plan new courses.
INTERGENERATIONAL HELP FOR IAUTA
Stan Miller, President of the International Association of Universities
of the Third Age (IAUTA) is asking for help from the U.S. LLIs. Here’s
what he has to say.
“IAUTA in it role as an agency of development for older learners
throughout the world is very conscious of the increasing importance
of dialogue and partnerships across the generations. Through its network
of contacts, the Association is aware that much excellent work is already
being done in this field. As one way of supporting such activity, IAUTA
is proposing to seek out and collate information on inter-generational
activities currently being undertaken or planned. Your assistance in
this IAUTA led investigation would be greatly appreciated so that the
eventual dissemination of the information can be as inclusive as possible.
I would be most grateful to receive details of any such work of which
you are aware in the form of responses to the following questions:
1. Country and organization involved?
2. Is this a current, planned or past intergenerational activity?
3. What activities are undertaken?
4. How many people participate and in which age-groups?
5. How is this activity financed?
Please add any other relevant information, including views you have
on the value of this activity. The information you provide will be used
as the basis for a summary report to be published by IAUTA in its Newsletter
and on its Website (www.aiuta.org).
It will also inform future policy and planning in respect of IAUTA projects
and conferences. IAUTA will guarantee not to publish information about
named individuals without their express permission.”
Thank you for your cooperation. Stanley Miller, President of IAUTA-
IN THE STARS
Be sure to read the wonderful article written by Chris Edwards, a member
of the James Madison University Lifelong Learning Institute, that EIN
had posted this month. It really sums up the value of lifelong learning
for older adults.
MARGE & CEDAR CREST
Here is an excellent example of how one woman is helping to expand lifelong
learning. Marge Wyngaarden was an active member of the Bergen Community
College ILR in New Jersey for many years. She then moved to the Cedar
Crest Retirement Community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey where she promptly
started a new ILR last year. They are now at the stage where they produce
a lovely color brochure offering an interesting array of stimulating
courses, including courses on Sunday. Fall 2007 saw such courses as
the History of Islam and the Arab World, Essence of Ethics, Chinese
Written Language, History of American Women, and Astronomy, just to
name a few. Well done Marge!
THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AT LIRA
In lieu of exchanging holiday gifts, members of the Learning in Retirement
Association at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, donated new
books for distribution by Community Teamwork, Inc of Lowell. This agency
serves families in shelters and oversees many child care programs in
the City. Each book is marked with a bookplate, designed by member Jean
Dettman, denoting that it is a gift from LIRA. Along with books suitable
for children, ages three through teens, members also donated much needed
hats and mittens for children up to 12 years old.
The Adult Learning Program at the University of Connecticut in Hartford
has made significant progress in attracting new members. In the year
to come they want to build on that success, and have developed two new
efforts to meet that goal. First, they taped a half hour TV show for
viewing on Public Access TV stations. One of the members moderated it
and four ALPers formed the panel. Stretch Your Mind was the
title of the program, and all members are being asked to let their friends
know when the show is being aired. The second thing they have done is
to offer one course at Duncaster Retirement Community in nearby Bloomfield.
They are hoping to attract more members from that community to try their
courses and join them. The Play’s the Thing is the course
that was given at Duncaster.
USING COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina has reached
into the community to find resources for their courses. A Tribute
to the Movers and Shakers of Hilton Head Island is a five week
program with speakers who were instrumental in the development of the
Island. Each will speak about their contribution in making Hilton Head
the wonderful paradise it is today. On six Mondays LLHHI’s Travel
and Learn program will feature intrepid travelers who happen to
live on the Island. They will each speak about their experiences in
such diverse locations as Russia, Bhutan, The Black Sea, Europe’s
Christmas Markets, Circumnavigating South America and Cycle Travels
around the world.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan
in Ann Arbor was one of the co-sponsors of “What Are You Doing
with the Rest of Your Life?: Finding Fulfilling Work in Life’s
Second Half.” The conference consisted of a dinner, a talk and
a facilitated discussion by a consultant who provides training for universities,
foundations, and other organizations serving people over 50, as well
as serving as a coach for older career changers.
As an additional benefit to members, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, has developed a DVD Lending
Library. New DVD’s are constantly being added and some of the
topics now available are Greek Civilization, Famous Greeks, The History
of Ancient Egypt, The Helenistic Age, Physics, Economics, From Yao to
Mao, The Joy of Science and Alexander the Great.
The Curriculum Committee of the IRP in New York City is developing the
position of “Research Coordinator” to assist study leaders.
Responsibilities might include Internet and library research and the
development of study group materials, Web sites and classroom presentations.
Such collaborations might be valuable for members who have special research
skills or who are not yet ready to take on a lead position in a study
Our thanks go out to Martie Klee, EIN liaison at the Lifetime Learning
Institute at Northern Virginia Community College for her promotion of
the Elderhostel Institute Network in their program newsletter. She informed
the members about their relationship with EIN and discussed the wealth
of information to be found on our web site. Thank you, Martie.
CELL PHONES IN CLASS
The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Bergen Community College
in New Jersey has found one way to deal with this distraction. If a
member starts talking on their cell phone in class, one of the instructors
suggested pointing to the offender and saying that the New World’s
first purpose-built mental hospital, built in 1770, stands in Colonial
Williamsburg and it was intended for people who talked into their hands.
This should stop the offender right way.
The L.I.F.E. program at Mount Saint Mary College in New York celebrated
the holidays in grand style. First they held their Annual Holiday Tea.
Homemade tea sandwiches and sweets were served along with a variety
of teas. Next they visited Radio City Music Hall and enjoyed the Christmas
Spectacular with the Rockettes. Finally they took part in a Holiday
Cooky Walk. Members brought 4-6 dozen of their favorite cookie and thanks
to the swap, everyone went home with a wide assortment of cookies. Money
raised from these activities went to fund the L.I.F.E. refreshment table.
YOUTUBE, MYSPACE & FACEBOOK
Members of the L.I.F.E. program at Mount Saint Mary College in New York
will learn about these popular web sites this month. YouTube is a video-sharing
web site. MySpace is a social networking web site with a user-submitted
network and Facebook is also a social network that connects people with
friends and others who work, study and live around them.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of N. Florida
in Jacksonville recently challenged its participants to help increase
membership. According to their Vice Chair, Jim Whitmire, they had a
wonderful first year as an organization, enough to get the Osher Foundation
to gift them $100k, and to get through a lot of the first year mistakes
that kill new efforts. Their classes are growing in number and variety
every semester, and they have had several successful social activities
and trips with many more on the planning board. They have also successfully
passed the 450 mark in membership. He goes on to say that it is clear
that they need to do something different to keep the momentum going.
He believes they have wrung most of the juice out of the yellow brochures
they’ve been distributing around town and the ads and stories
that have run in their local newspapers. Informal surveys are telling
them that most of their new members come via word of mouth from an existing
member. So, he issued a challenge to each and every member. They had
a social event at 5:30 pm on Dec. 7 – a wine and cheese party
at UNF Arena followed by the Ospreys’ basketball game against
William and Mary. He challenged everyone to come and bring a guest!
The event was held in the basketball facility which can hold a lot of
people so they could host any number. It was a great opportunity to
tell friends about OLLI at UNF and help attract some new members.
NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War, by Nathaniel
Philbrick. This was chosen by the NY Times as one of the ten best books
The Mayflower Papers: Selected Writings of Colonial New England,
edited by Nathaniel and Thomas Philbrick.
Both of these books were published in paperback by Penguin in spring,
In My Blood: Six Generations of Madness and Desire in an American
Family, by John Sedgwick. This extensively researched, highly readable
“family biography” interweaves the author’s own story
with that of his once-eminent Massachusetts family.
Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America,
by Cullen Murphy. Murphy looks at how the Roman Empire confronted a
number of key challenges – or failed to, gleaning important lessons
for our own “empire.”
NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES
HIMSELF: WALT WHITMAN AND "LEAVES OF GRASS"
An exhibition from the Library of Congress American Treasures commemorating
the publication of "Leaves of Grass" in 1855. It traces the
different occupations and preparations that led Whitman to become the
author of 'Leaves of Grass,' as well as his
subsequent evolution as a poet.. Features a biography, with images of
books, letters, manuscripts, photographs, and related items. Includes
letters from individuals such as Oscar Wilde and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Article about the July 2005 discovery of a new planet in the outer solar
system. ... The planet, which hasn't been officially named yet ... [is
located] more or less in the Kuiper Belt, a dark realm beyond Neptune
where thousands of small icy bodies orbit the
sun. Includes photos, an artist's concept of the planet, and audio of
the story. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
A site promoting the scientific robustness of the contemporary theory
of biological evolution. It seeks to engage the religious communities
in support of research on and education about evolution. Includes discussions
of dissenting views, such as intelligent design and creationism. Also
find full-text versions of related major federal court decisions. Developed
as part of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion from the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, DIVISION OF
This museum has one of the largest and most significant paleontology
collections in the world. This collection contains an estimated five
million fossil specimens, including over three hundred thousand fossil
vertebrates, collected over 125 years. This site features more than
8,000 images of the specimens and more than a thousand images of old
photographs, letters, and field notebooks.
That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed.
Elderhostel Institute Network
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner