Greetings –

NEW EIN WEB POSTINGS FOR FEBRUARY

Under MANAGING YOUR LLI

Do Something Else! – SPARK, Kansas City, MO
Immigration Lecture Series – OLLI, Ann Arbor, MI
Community Service – A.L.L., Saratoga Springs, NY
LLI Saturday Classes – Across the Network
Alaska Geology & Archaeology – OLLI, Fairbanks, AK
Five New Elderquest Programs
New Horizons Band – OLLI, Durham, NC
Lunch & Learn – LIR, Athens, GA
Under LLI NEWS
LLI News for February
Under LLI CONGRATULATIONS
LLI Congratulations for February

LLI NEWS
In the LLI News Column each month you will find unique, outstanding courses from LLIs all across the Network. Be sure to check it out and see if one of your program courses has been chosen. This column makes an excellent resource with lots of new ideas for your Curriculum Committee. So don’t overlook it.

FIVE NEW ELDERQUEST PROGRAMS
Delighted by the nationwide success of his 2006 Elderquest programs (sponsored by the OLLI at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, originally offered at 19 Lifelong Learning Institutes around the country, and still running in more than a dozen), developer, Chuck Nicholas, is pleased to announce a whole new set of programs. This time they are not grant funded and that means, ironically, that it will cost a lot less for institutions to run them. See the article above for all details.

ILR DIRECTOR RETIRES
After almost 17 years at the helm of the ILR at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, Nancy Schweingruber has retired. Congratulations, Nancy and we wish you all the best.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University, Naples, FL offers classes in multiple locations. Not only are classes held on the campus of Hodges University in Naples, they are also held on the Fort Myers campus of Hedges University, at the Mooring Park Learning Center and the Homewood Residence Learning Center. If your program holds classes at other locations, let EIN know so we can maintain an up-to-date list. We get inquiries about other locations, especially those in retirement communities.

THANK YOU
Thanks to Craig Anderson, President of the Lifelong Learning Institute, Inc. in Punta Gorda, Florida for the article he wrote in their fall newsletter. “Our Elderhostel Connection” talked about how their program is part of a larger network of lifelong learning institutes. He also gave them some history on the lifelong learning movement, told them what EIN was all about and what we do, and also explained the difference between Elderhostel and the Elderhostel Institute Network. It was a very informative article that members were sure to find interesting.

MILR MEMBERS HONORED
Cheong Pak Chow, a member of the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement in Montreal has had an orchid named after him in honor of his 80th birthday. The Orchid Registrar of the Royal Horticultural Society announced that an orchid hybrid will be called the Phalaenopsis Cheong Pak Chow. An avid horticulturist, Mr. Pak Chow has been a member as well as a course moderator at MILR for more than 10 years. Congratulations, Mr. Pak Chow!

Mebbie Aikens, a member of the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement has been names 2007 Citizen of the Year by the Mount Royal Municipal Association. She was been awarded the Schofield Trophy. Mebbie not only volunteers for the Town of Mount Royal, but at her church, at annual book sales and at MILR as well. She also spends many evenings supporting local street kids. Congratulations, Mebbie!

OLD PHOTOS
Members of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Cape Cod Community College in Massachusetts are on a search for old photos of ALL members and events. These pictures will b e displayed for their 20th Anniversary celebration later this year.

BENEFIT OF MEMBERSHIP
Members of the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Bergen County Community College in New Jersey get to take advantage of the Dental Hygiene Clinic at a minimal charge. With the cost of dental cleanings so high, this is an excellent and very practical benefit of membership in the ILR.

NEW PROGRAM GETS GREAT FEEDBACK
The Stonewall Communities Lifelong Learning Institute at Wheelock College in Massachusetts, the first Gay/Lesbian LLI in the Network, has only been open less than a year, but already they are receiving wonderful feedback. People were most enthusiastic at their recent Open House and the program is off to a great start.

SENIOR GEOGRAPHY CHALLENGE
The Academy for Lifelong Learning at the University of S. Florida, Sarasota/Manatee offered members a real challenge last fall in the class, Senior Geography Challenge. Through the course, participants were presented with a variety of highly motivating, intellectually stimulating and challenging world and United States geography activities. All of the activities were designed to extend and enrich knowledge of geography in a relaxed, fun-filled classroom setting. Through the use of higher-order thinking skills, “ho hum starters,” brainteasers, riddles and terrific trivia, participants remained actively involved. Each session included individual, small group and full class instruction. Only a basic knowledge of geography was necessary for participants in this class which was ideal for anyone who enjoys geography, an intellectual challenge, and likes to have fun learning.

COMMITTEE ON TECHNOLOGY
The Board of Directors of the Lifetime Learning Institute at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale has formed a Technology Study Group. Their purpose is to stay abreast of today’s rapidly changing technology. The Committee’s charge is to assess the need to update the current equipment in the LLI office and the software being used. The Committee members will study other possible administrative improvements as well.

OLLI COOKBOOK
Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College in Arizona have produced a cookbook of their favorite recipes. It was written, compiled, designed and illustrated by members of OLLI with stories from members. To help debut the cookbook, “The Taste of OLLI,” a special tasting event was held last fall with samples from the cookbook.

FASHION, IDENTITY, AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Last fall, members of the IRP in New York City interested in fashion, social history, art, and popular culture took part in a study group around this topic. Since the advent of the twentieth century, traditions in apparel have changed dramatically for women, men, and children. Fashionable clothing has become accessible for every class, size, and lifestyle. Wars, depression, air travel, increased leisure time, and the movement of the center of high fashion from Paris to the United States have all influenced new styles. Participants studied the changes in the design, manufacture, and availability of clothing over the last hundred years, and speculated on what new trends may emerge. They also explored the influence of art and advertising on fashion. Discussions were supplemented with brief reports by participants. Two museum visits outside of class time also took place.

A.L.L. ANNUAL FUND
The Annual Fund of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York is being funded well beyond their expectations. The large number of members donating to the Fund is a strong indication of the value members place on the A.L.L. experience. In addition to supporting current operations with donations to the Annual Fund, members have been given the option of directing gifts to two special funds – the Endowment Fund and the Scholarship Fund. In 2008, their 15th Anniversary Year, they would like to focus on the benefits of increasing their Endowment Fund since the Scholarship Fund appears to be sufficiently financed. The Endowment Fund has the long-term objective of providing financial stability for A.L.L.

EYE-CATCHING BROCHURE
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has published an attractive, four-color brochure to encourage new members to join. The front of the brochure says, “Lifelong Learning is a Banquet. What’s on YOUR plate?”

LIR HELPS IN RESEARCH PROJECT
The Learning in Retirement, Inc. program in Athens, Georgia which is affiliated with the University of Georgia, is working with the UGA Department of Kinesiology and the Institute of Gerontology in conducting a research project to understand how living settings and physical function influence the number of steps taken per day.

WHOLE FOODS COOKING CLASSES
Members of the Lagniappe Studies Unlimited/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Louisiana State University had the opportunity to take a variety of Whole Foods cooking classes this past fall. The four-week course covered A Study of Cheese – A Study of Seafood – A Study of Olive Oil – Dinner by Whole Foods Market. All classes were held at the local Whole Foods Market and the last class was a dinner hosted by the Prepared Foods Team at Whole Foods.

LIR MEETS THE AUTHORS
Members of the Learning in Retirement, Inc. program in Athens, Georgia took part in a Meet the Authors series. Over the course of three weeks they got to meet and talk with Louis J. Boyd who wrote Kentucky Boy: The Top First Grade; Paige M. Cumming who wrote Under the Liberty Oak; and Gene Younts who wrote We Are What We Were: Memories of Rural North Carolina.

ORIGINS OF THE RUSSIAN INTELLIGENTSIA: THE ROAD TO UTOPIA
Last fall, members of the IRP in New York City looked at this unique subject. Under Tsar Nicholas First autocratic regime, an elite group of Russian intellectuals ("the intelligentsia") and activists laid the philosophical and political foundations for the revolutionary groups that were to emerge in the 1880's and 1890's and which led to the revolutions of 1905 and 1917. In this study group they read articles, mainly from Isaiah Berlin's Russian Thinkers. They also read Tom Stoppard's Utopia Trilogy, which is based on the lives and writings of these men, and, as an epilog, they read Turgenev's Fathers and Sons.

U3A RESOURCES
Thanks to the latest issue of the U3A newsletter, Signposts for the following resources:
You can enter what you're reading or your whole library into www.librarything.com. It's an easy, library-quality catalog. LibraryThing also connects you with people who read the same things. A sort of world-wide fan club for books and their authors and readers.

For International travelers: SERVAS is an international, non-profit and non-governmental organization that seeks to provide opportunities for meaningful personal contacts between people
of diverse cultures and backgrounds. It is a co-operative network of over 13,000 hosts and travelers who all share the goals of building world peace, goodwill, understanding, and mutual tolerance. Find them at www.servas.org.

NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES
Thanks to the OMNILORE program at California State University in Dominquez Hills for the following book ideas:
•  A Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion. This is a remarkable piece of nonfiction describing the author’s reactions and emotions after the sudden death of her husband. She shares her thoughts and her search for understanding.
•  A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini. The setting is Afghanistan. The book is about love and friendship and the meaning of family ties during a time of invasion and tyrannical governance. Most of all, it is a shocking revelation of the treatment of women throughout those years.
•  The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, by Thomas J. Friedman. The books shows the “surprising advances and ubiquity of the computer revolution in the world at large.” Think of “flat” as meaning “connected.” The author offers facts one can’t ignore, and Friedman is definitely a writer one can’t ignore either.
•  White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era, by Shelby Steele. The title says it all, indicating that white guilt has been exploited, resulting in a lack of progress in black achievement. A controversial book of prose that raises a number of questions.
•  Dawn?, by Elie Wiesel. The book is a night-to-dawn narrative centered on Elisha, a young holocaust survivor and Israeli freedom fighter, who is scheduled to assassinate an English officer in retribution for a British execution. What dilemmas does conflict bring us to? One reads the book feeling the same anguish and torn feelings as Elisha and the officer.

NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES
BBC EDUCATION: EVOLUTION
4000 million years of evolution crammed into one website. Includes the full text of Darwin's Origin of Species, with an illustrated guide, and essays on Darwin and his findings, including dissenting views to his ideas. Also find a brief bibliography, a transcript of a debate on Darwin, an artificial life game called Biotopia, and transcripts of BBC television documentaries on evolution.

THE SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD: DEVELOPMENT OF THE SALK POLIO VACCINE
This illustrated timeline presents events surrounding the development of the polio vaccine by Dr. Jonas Salk. Discusses early history of polio, the first major U.S. polio epidemic in 1916, the research of Salk and others to develop a polio vaccine, the March of Dimes polio vaccine fundraising campaign, and the drop in polio incidence since the first widespread use of Salk's vaccine in 1955.

PABLO PICASSO: OFFICIAL WEB SITE
Charming website for 20th century artist Pablo Picasso, known for his development of cubism, his blue and pink period works, his "Guernica" painting, and more. Features an illustrated timeline, a genealogy (showing his many loves), material about his studios (in France, Spain, and elsewhere), and illustrated essays about selected works. Also includes a list of exhibitions around the world.

ELECTION 08 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
News and analysis about the 2008 presidential election. Features material about candidates (with links to stories, photos, video and audio clips, and related websites), and the "Democratic Candidate Mashup," in which users build their own debate by selecting video clips from different candidates on topics such as Iraq, health care, and education. Also includes fundraising data, and a summary of where each candidate stands on selected issues. From Yahoo News.

That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed.
Elderhostel Institute Network
Nancy.merz-nordstrom@elderhostel.org
www.elderhostel.org/ein/intro.asp
617-457-5564

“Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education,
without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.”
… James A. Garfield, July 12, 1880








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