LLI Sampler – Lifelong Learning Institute, VA
Tuesdays at the IRP – Institute for Retired Professionals, NY
The Illustration Arts – Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning, MA
Tech Thursdays – Academy for Lifelong Learning, MA
Friday & Saturday Lecture Series – McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement, Montreal
Curriculum Questionnaire Results – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, ME
The History of Learning in Retirement – Athens, GA
Videotaping Courses – Request from CALL, PA

Midwest Registration Form

LLI News
LLI News for February

June 3-5, 2007 – New England/East Regional LLI Conference – Potsdam, NY. “Soaring: Dreams to Adventures.” For more information visit the new conference web site at or email

August 19-21, 2007 – Midwest Regional LLI Conference – Schaumburg, IL. “Learning-Leadership-Innovation.” For more information visit or email The Registration Form for this conference can now be found on the EIN web site under LLI CONFERENCES/Upcoming Conferences/Midwest Conference.

Just a reminder to keep sending EIN your newsletters and course catalogs. Many of you do this by email or regular mail. We read every one and use the information to create our web postings each month on the EIN web site. You can send them to or to the Elderhostel Institute Network, 11 Avenue deLafayette, Boston, MA 02111.

On February 1st, 2007, Seniors Grand Central officially launched it’s new Seniors Internet Community web site, an online community built specifically for Baby Boomers, Active Adults, and Seniors. The Internet community located at was designed around the three core abilities all people use throughout their lives; Connection, Learning, and Exploration. Seniors Grand Central provides an extension to these 3 core abilities, and is built around the Natural Language we use everyday in an effort to make its’ technology incredibly easy to use. The web site’s features & services include Mail, Pen Pals, Video-based Learning, Chat, Dating, Discussion Groups, Journals/Blogs, Photo Galleries, Prescription Ordering, Games, and much more. The web site also addresses many visual accessibility issues with such tools as an On-Screen Magnifying Glass, Talking Menu System, and Text Enlarger. An On-screen Voice Box Reader for Mail and Chat is also currently planned for release. Seniors Grand Central offers a full spectrum of services with its members requirements, and requests placed as top priority. Since the website’s unofficial launch September 20th, 2006 it has gained a member base across 33 countries. In their new Learning Later section, LLI members will be welcome to participate on a regular basis with articles, photos and videos of your programs. Stay tuned for more details about this in the future. For more information about Seniors Grand Central visit their web site at - or email:

This is a repeat from last month so that programs which might not have been in session in January can be made aware of this excellent curriculum resource. (EIN)

For 20 of their 32 years of marriage and life partnership, journalists Lew Little, 73, and Mary Ellen Corbett, 65, have been fine-tuning a writing project they now call Save Our Stories (SOS). They want to see as much national emphasis placed on the gathering and preservation of life stories as there is on rehabilitation of historic structures. They believe the time is right for the 2007 introduction of their Save Our Stories News Service, an ink-on-paper and online supplemental service that can be successful only with the blessing and participation of America’s elders -- the folks the couple identifies as “our nation’s endangered historians.” The secret to success, Corbett and Little say, lies in the amazing synergy that grows out of interaction linking seniors with students and teachers. Their news service hopes to initially recruit scores of volunteer stringers (part-time correspondents) from all 50 states and, eventually, from throughout the world.

The couple’s concept is a product of their extensive backgrounds. Little was instrumental in the 1972 introduction of The Christian Science Monitor News Service (CSMNS), and he was CSMNS national sales manager from 2002-04. He began his career in 1952 as a sportswriter and then as a California newspaper editor who entered the syndication field 10 years later. His best-known “discovery” for major syndicates is the world’s most widely-distributed comic strip, Cartoonist Jim Davis’s Garfield, launched in 1978. Corbett had her first piece published at the ripe old age of 9. She has experience in weekly and daily newspapers, magazines, and teaching college level journalism. She and her husband published an award-winning Arizona weekly for five years in the 1990s. They began their SOS project in 1986.

Be sure to read their introductory story about SOS on the EIN web site under the MANAGING YOUR LLI section, and check out their new, under-construction website, This project would make an excellent course for all types of LLI writing courses, especially those that deal with life stories, memoirs, etc., so be sure to visit their web site soon to learn how your program can participate.

The keynote address given last November at the Maintaining Momentum conference at the McGill Learning in Retirement program (MILR) in Montreal focused on Swedish Learning Circles. “The Ins and Outs of Learning Circles” given by Walter Duszara, an Adult Education Advisor, told how he and about a dozen other Anglophone, adult educationists from Montreal had toured Europe, where they had been especially impressed by what they discovered in Scandinavia. There they found adult education modeled on the 19th century Folk High Schools founded by Bishop Grundvig in Denmark. These schools had spread throughout Scandinavia and he and his group were particularly impressed by their present day manifestation in Learning Circles in Sweden. These are non-formal, voluntary and available to anyone over the age of 18. By comparison with MILR, they are often residential and more concentrated in time, but share with MILR the commitment to peer learning and student control of the curriculum. Impressively, some 75% of Swedish people have benefited from Learning Circles.

The Brevard ElderLearning program in Cocoa, Florida is holding a day-long workshop this month about the value of lifelong learning for older adults. The program is open to the public at a cost of just $6 and will feature a brown bag lunch. Their promotional piece says “Challenging our minds is a definite way to stay younger mentally and stall the possible onset of age related dementia problems. There are so many ways to keep our minds alert and bright and still enjoy life. Our opening presenter, a “professional student in his 80s,” will give an overview of many opportunities that most people do not think of and are available at little or no cost. After that different presenters will talk about various programs offered at their institutions. The title of this program is taken from a book of the same name, written by Nancy Merz Nordstrom, our liaison from Elderhostel, (and used with her permission) on just this topic and autographed copies for sale will be available.”

Several programs utilize the support of local businesses to help offset the costly production and mailing of course catalogs. For instance, the ENCORE: Center for Lifelong Enrichment program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh devotes one page of their catalog to companies who have donated to their program. There are Platinum and Bronze sponsors, and all get space on this page. Another program that does the same thing is the Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning in Massachusetts. Half of the back page of their catalog is devoted to the acknowledgement of their sponsors. A great way to bring in extra funds and help promote local businesses.

Members of the Bradley University ILR in Peoria got a head start last month on the 2007 Peoria Reads events by discussing the 2007 choice, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and the two runners-up, Fahreneit 451 by Ray Bradbury; and Home Across the Road by Nance Peacock. They also read Mockingbird, the recent biography of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning on Cape Cod is creating a new gallery for displaying artwork in their common area. A hanging system has been installed and a committee has been formed to seek artists to contribute their work for exhibition. Any artwork for sale will donate a percentage of the profits to A.L.L. to support future projects.

Members of the Institute for Continuing Learning at Young Harris College in Georgia are being recruited for health communication research. The aim of this research is to learn more about the role of narrative and caregiver, care receiver and physician interaction in illness experience. Participants will have the opportunity to talk about their acute, terminal or catastrophic illness experiences in multiple times frames. Stories will be included in a reader that will be geared to medical students, medical sociologists, and communication scholars.

Members of the Lifetime Learning Institute at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, recently received a letter requesting a donation to the LLI 2007 Student Awards Program. The program awards scholarships to deserving students whose education will enable them to become valuable contributors to society. A program like this goes a long way toward proving the value of an LLI to its’ host college.

In October the OLLI Senior Players at the University of Southern Maine in Portland entertained members with several pieces from familiar and some less familiar plays. They also performed in the Biddeford City Theater in November by giving a performance designed to entice seniors from the area to become more involved in theater by showing how much fun it is and how easy it is for seniors to perform.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning on Cape Cod will soon have its own art gallery in their lovely new quarters. The gallery will feature the work of A.L.L. members on a circulating basis, and possibly the work of other artists as well. Many of these works will be for sale, with a portion of the profits going to A.L.L. to support future projects.

Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey. During his 24 years as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Harry Blackmun wrote many landmark opinions on an array of controversial issues. Although probably best known as the author of the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade in 1973, his legacy also includes notable opinions on sex discrimination, bankruptcy and the death penalty. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Linda Greenhouse traces the extraordinary life and career of this influential associate justice in considerable detail in her consistently engaging, enlightening, and very readable book.

The Last Voyage of Columbus, by Martin Dugard. In this book we find a figure who, while familiar, is more human and thus more interesting than the Christopher Columbus we know from history textbooks. Columbus is, in many ways, one of the most complex and enigmatic figures in human history. While certainly a man of vision, he was also stubborn to the point of absurdity; he was also a superb navigator and sailor who often had trouble with the sailors he led. As Dugard shows us in this remarkable book, while Columbus may have thought himself a failure, and while he remained virtually unremembered for a couple of centuries thereafter (Amerigo Vespucci was mistakenly credited with the discovery), the truth finally resurfaced. And amazingly, the wrecked ship in Panama tells us that Columbus may have come within 38 miles of seeing his goal, the Pacific Ocean.

Thanks to the January 2007 issue of “Signposts,” sent by the U3A International Group UK and U3AOnline Australia, for the following web sites.
Research: Worldcat - - is the world's largest network of library content and services, enabling you to search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.
History groups will find many interesting articles and plenty of speculation at - among them, a pithy explanation of how the Celtic festival of Samhain has been hijacked and turned into the consumer-driven charade known as 'Halloween'.
Current events: For an alternative view of current news click on this web site - You may even add your own comments on the contents for others to read.
European Studies/Current Affairs: A full news service is available from the website of the Council of Europe - - including Activities, full texts of legislation, Campaigns, Projects, Newsletters, and Press Releases.

That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed.
Elderhostel Institute Network

“Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive.
The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.”
…Ezra Pound




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