NEW EIN WEB POSTINGS FOR FEBRUARY
Under MANAGING YOUR LLI
All About the Institute for Learning in Retirement
CALL Saturday Winter Lectures
Introspective Courses
Saturday Lecture Series
Serving Our College
The Wisdom of the Body

Under LLI NEWS
LLI News for February

Under LLI CONGRATULATIONS
LLI Congratulations for February

NEW AFFILIATES
EIN welcomes the following new programs:
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Pittsburgh, PA
Lifelong Learning Institute at SUNY Ulster, Ulster Community College, NY
RUALL/OLLI at Western Monmouth Higher Education, Rutgers University, NJ
RUALL/OLLI at the Executive Learning Center, Rutgers University, NJ

A MILESTONE!
We have passed the 350 mark for the first time ever in EIN history with 353 affiliated lifelong learning institutes. There is no doubt that EIN is North America’s largest and most respected educational network for older adults and still growing!

SATELLITE PROGRAMS
If your program has more than one location be sure to let EIN know about it! Check the web site to see if we already have the program listed. (www.elderhostel.org/ein/intro.asp). If not, send us all the contact information, including name, address, phone, fax, email and web site. The goal here is to let people know where your programs are located. Having them listed on the EIN/Elderhostel web site is the best way to do that since we get more than 80,000 visitors a month.

EIN MAKES THE NEWS
In December we spoke with Terry O. Roen, staff writer for the Orlando Sentinel. She was doing a piece on the development of lifelong learning programs in retirement communities. The article, Seniors Become Students Again, featuring information on EIN as well as mention of several Orlando-area LLIs, appeared on December 27, 2005 on the front page of the paper.

U3A NEWS
The latest issue of U3A News says that thirty different U3A teams from all across Great Britain took part in the annual U3A Swiss Teams Bridge Tournament. A day long event, two local U3As provide lunch and ensured that all the players were provided with hot and cold drinks throughout the day. U3As from all across Great Britain love to get together on a regular basis for special joint courses, workshops, tournaments, conferences, etc.

20th ANNIVERSARY CONGRATULATIONS
This month the Modesto Institute for Continued Learning (MICL) at Modesto Junior College will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a gala mid-afternoon event at the new Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center on the college's west campus. MICL is one of the first community college-chartered two-year institutes on the west coast. A history of MICL's early years has been written by MICL pioneer Marian Pettygrove, and will be distributed to members and guests. MICL is looking forward in the next couple of years to moving from its quarters in a converted campus warehouse to space in the campus' new classroom buildings. Congratulations MICL.

GREAT CONVERSATIONS
The Great Books Foundation has recently published a new anthology entitled Great Conversations 1. A wonderful LLI curriculum resource, this compilation includes fifteen selections and over 500 pages. It includes interdisciplinary readings ideal for semester-long college humanities and seminar classes, a thematic guide for reading selections across genres and disciplines, plus discussion guides for two full-length Penguin titles already available in their online bookstore, Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day and Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Great Conversations I is available through the Great Books Foundation at www.greatbooks.org or by calling 1-800-222-5870.

THE ELDERHOSTEL DIFFERENCE
At Elderhostel, we invite you to ask questions as you explore the educational travel opportunities available to you. We believe that the more you search, the more clearly you’ll see that Elderhostel offers remarkable learning adventures at exceptional value. But, does this “value” imply that Elderhostel skimps on accommodations and meals? Absolutely not. Not only is Elderhostel renowned for the educational excellence of our trips, we also offer you accommodations and meals that express the unique flavor of each corner of the world we explore. On an Elderhostel international program, for instance, you’ll stay in centrally located hotels, inns or conference centers and enjoy meals infused with local flavor. In our early days, Elderhostel often offered campus-based housing with cafeteria meals. Today, even as we maintain close ties with leading universities and cultural institutions around the world, we’ve upgraded our accommodations to offer comfortable rooms, private baths and optional single rooms.

BABY BOOMERS
Want to learn more about the Boomers? Try these resources courtesy of the Mid Atlantic workshop last September given by Rita Weimer (Duke ILR) and Beth Lazer (NC Center for Creative Retirement).
The Lives and Times of the Baby Boomers (2004) by M.E. Hughes, A.M. O’Rand
Bowling Alone: the Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000) by Robert Putnam.
Life After Work: What will those golden years bring? Harvard Magazine (2002) www.harvardmagazine.com/on-line/1102190.html
AARP research on the Boomers. www.aarp.org/research/reference/boomers

CREATIVE THINKING
The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has agreed to design, at not cost to the Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning (B.I.L.L.), a new informational brochure and to redesign their other publications to achieve an attractive, market-oriented format. Once the new material is produced, B.I.L.L. will use the information derived from their membership survey and the assistance of a marketing consultant, to initiate a targeted mail-marketing program. They will also work with the staff at MCLA to explore joint efforts to broaden membership in the area.

OLLI STUDIES PAGANS
Pagans: Ancient Times to Today, is the title of a course being held at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University in Virginia. This course explores the meaning, rituals and beliefs of paganism at various periods of ancient history through today. The course is secular, historical and non-theological in approach.

SOUNDING BOARD
The OMNILORE program at California State University, Dominguez Hills has a Sounding Board on its web site. This section gives members a chance to explore, challenge, question, respond, react and discuss. The topics are limitless, depending on the thread that the discussion takes. It’s a perfect place for members to discuss curriculum and all the other important components of a successful program.

OLLI ALASKA FIELD TRIPS
Members of the OLLI program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks like to travel around their state. During the summer of 2006 they will be visiting the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, Glacier Bay National Park, Prudhoe Bay, Lake Clark National Park and Nome. These field trips are sure to produce some interesting presentations.

OUR IMMIGRANT ANCESTORS
During Winterterm 2006, the Adult Learning Program in Hartford, CT is offering members a chance to study their heritage in six different sessions.. Members will explore the varying countries and cultures from which they came. They will also examine related topics, such as the food they remember from their immigrant families; holiday observances, problems with learning English; their families’ music, and the experience of arriving at Ellis Island. On a more general note, they will discuss early settlements in this country and what inspired the early settler to make the difficult journey to a new world. Finally, they will compare these people with later waves of immigrants and with today’s immigrants, including illegal immigrants.

MEET THE FACULTY
The Furman University Learning in Retirement program in SC offers its members a chance to meet the faculty and learn about their passions. Over eight weeks members will take part in discussions along with questions and answers on a variety of topics including brain function; feminism beyond the DaVinci Code; confronting the world through reading learning and teaching; changing maps for changing times; India; ancient baptismal practices; and Oedipus in Athens and America.

CONFERENCE CO-SPONSORS
The Lifelong Learning Society at Christopher Newport University in VA is proud to once again be co-sponsoring three popular CNU conferences in 2006. Forum on Aging in March, consists of numerous education workshops on topics of vital interest to older adults, their family members and caregivers. The second, the 25th Annual Writers’ Conference & Writing Contest will be held in April. Talented writers will conduct workshops in the areas of music, nonfiction, fiction, juvenile fiction, poetry and the business or writing. The third conference, the 9th Annual Gardening Symposium will take place in April too. Topics of the workshops address the many phases of successful gardening.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR NEW LEARNING CENTER
The Academy for Lifelong Learning on Cape Cod in MA is grateful to several businesses in the area who helped make their new Lifelong Learning Center a reality. The project was made possible thanks to financial support, not only from individual membership contributions, but by the generous support of a wide array of local businesses, family trusts and foundations including Cape Cod Cooperative Bank; Citizens Bank Foundation; Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation; Rogers & Gray Insurance; the Wilkens Family Foundation; and the Edwards Bank Kelly and Eliza Kelly Foundation, Inc. The Cape Cod Community College Foundation also aided immeasurably in the funding efforts.

NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES

Selected Letters of John Keats, edited by Grant F. Scott
Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-Three of the Worlds Best Poems, by Camille Paglia
Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred, by John Lukacs
Revisiting “The Waste Land,” by Lawrence Rainey

NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES

ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE, 1893-1933 - http://www.wpl.lib.oh.us/AntiSaloon/
"The Anti-Saloon League from 1893 to 1933 was a major force in American politics. Influencing the United States through the printed word and lobbying, they turned a moral crusade into a Constitutional amendment." This digital archive offers a background of the temperance movement, information about the leaders, and images of printed material such as cartoons, song lyrics, short stories, and encyclopedia entries. Also includes ideas for classroom activities. From the Westerville, Ohio, Public Library.

THIS SHALL BE THE LAND FOR WOMEN: THE STRUGGLE FOR WESTERN WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE, 1860-1922
http://www.autry-museum.org/explore/exhibits/suffrage/
This exhibit from the Women of the West Museum offers a chronology and introduction to the principal women involved in the women's suffrage movement in 10 Western states. Browse the exhibit through an interactive map or the list of biographies of the women. A Bibliography, timeline, and activities supplement the exhibit information.

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE)
http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Vice_President.htm
Constitutional origins of and structural changes in the office, its duties, and biographies of all vice presidents. A note in Gerald Ford's entry explains "the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution in 1967, allowing for the appointment and confirmation of a new vice president" if a vacancy should occur.

JULY 1942: UNITED WE STAND - http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/1942/
Explores the "patriotic conspiracy" of July 1942, when nearly five hundred "magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers." Includes background information on the campaign and the slogan "united we stand"; searchable and browsable images of covers; a timeline; related information on the Treasury Department, war bonds, and war savings stamps; an annotated gallery of other objects that featured the flag; and suggested reading. From the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

NARA: PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES - http://www.archives.gov/presidential_libraries/
The Presidential Library system is made up of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The site includes a history of the system, a description of holdings, and provides links to the sites for the libraries of George Herbert Walker Bush, Jimmy Carter, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry Truman, and for Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton materials.

IN PURSUIT OF LIFELONG LEARNING
Here are three more ways in which you can pursue lifelong learning on a daily basis.
1. Set aside a half hour every day to examine some of your fundamental beliefs about the world. Contrast them with opposing views. For example, why do you belong to one political party instead or another. And are your reasons for believing as you do your own or did you borrow them from friends and family in the process of growing up?
2. Outline the major events in your life as if it were a play. How many acts would there be and how would they be named? What would be the name of the play?
3. Write an essay (or make a list) describing what you think were the greatest errors and accomplishments of the 20th century. How can these lessons make life better in the 21st century?



That’s all for this month.

Nancy Merz Nordstrom, EIN Program Manager
Nancym@elderhostel.org
www.elderhostel.org/ein/intro.asp
(617) 457-5564

“In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.”
…Ralph Waldo Emerson



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