NEW EIN WEB POSTINGS FOR MARCH
Under MANAGING YOUR LLI
Portrait of a Saturday LLI –
LIFE Program, Cheyenne, WY
Learning Later, Living Greater Program
– Brevard ElderLearning Program, FL
A Description of the AIUTA International Organization
LLI Sampler – LLI, James Madison
Wednesdays at the IRP – Institute
for Retired Professionals, NY
Responses to Technology –
Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning, MA
Overview of WALLA Courses –
Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association, Inc. IN
Essay on Senior College –
Senior College, University of Maine Hutchinson Center, ME
How to Start a Senior Theatre
– Newsletter ArtAge Publications
Portrait of a Lifelong Learner –
IRP, New School, New York
– LLI Responses to Query from SAIL Program, TX
Under UPCOMING CONFERENCES
Presenters for Midwest Conference
– Institute for Continued Learning, IL
LLI News for March
UPDATE NE/EAST REGIONAL LLI CONFERENCE
On behalf of SUNY Potsdam and the Conference Committee, we invite you
to join us and other Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) leaders and members
from the Northeastern region and throughout the United States and Canada
as we celebrate learning at its best June 3-5, 2007.
What a great opportunity to share information regarding the successes
and challenges that are unique to our own LLI’s and how our dreams
have become our adventures. We invite our friends from the Elderhostel
Institute Network (EIN) as well as our Osher friends and we particularly
invite YOU. It is your presence and participation that
will make this conference invigorating and exciting.
This Conference is pleased to offer an optional pre-conference event
on Saturday, June 2, 2007 that will put a bounce in
your step and a “beat to your feet” as we host Music:
Follow the Beat to Well-Being. With the well-known Crane School
of Music located on the SUNY Potsdam Campus, it is an honor to offer
you an afternoon of musical and educational enjoyment which includes
a health component related to music provided by current and retired
faculty as well as members of our own Lifelong Learning Institute.
We are especially thrilled to announce that our Keynote Speaker will
be Nancy Merz-Nordstrom, Director of the Elderhostel Learning Network,
and more recently, author of “Learning Later, Living Greater:
The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years”. Nancy
will talk about the benefits of later-life learning and how it challenges
people to become involved in meaningful new avenues of productivity
including learning for the sheer joy of learning something new, educational
travel, volunteerism, civic action as well as staying mentally and spiritually
For more conference information and information about being a presenter
at this conference, please contact Nancy Hess at 315-267-2168 or email
her at firstname.lastname@example.org or
go to the conference web site –
UPDATE MIDWEST REGIONAL LLI CONFERENCE
To get an idea of the varied and interesting presentations that will
be offered at the Midwest Regional LLI conference, being sponsored by
the Institute for Continued Learning at Roosevelt University in Shaumburg,
IL this coming August 19-21, be sure to click on Upcoming
Conferences on the EIN web site, where an overview of what is going
to be offered, can be found.
SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT LATER-LIFE LEARNING
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, EIN director, is speaking on March 1st at the
orientation of a brand new LLI being hosted by Wheelock College in Boston.
Stonewall Communities in partnership with the College will soon launch
the nation’s first lifelong learning institute designed for and
by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults ages 50 and up. It
will, of course, be open to anyone who would like to join. She will
also be speaking at a workshop entitled Third Age: The Bonus Years,
being hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts University
near Boston in mid-June. The topic of her talk will be Learning
Later, Living Greater, which is also the title of her new book.
Both these opportunities will give Nancy the chance to talk about the
Elderhostel Institute Network, lifelong learning institutes, and the
spread of the learning in retirement movement around the world.
Welcome to the Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education (IRPE)
at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY. The IRPE is celebrating its 30th
anniversary this year. It is one of the largest organizations of its
kind in the country with a membership of about 1,000 people. The Institute
offers more than 65 courses in literature, language, history, politics,
health, and money management, as well as workshops in art, music, computer,
dance, yoga, and tai chi. Members may take as many courses as they wish.
Courses are taught by members who are experts in their fields, augmented
by retired Brooklyn College professors and guest lecturers from the
community. IRPE members can also attend many of Brooklyn College’s
lectures, concerts and other events. The Institute has an active travel
program which runs eight to ten trips a year, ranging from one-day tours
in or around New York City to three-day trips to more distant places
of cultural or historic interest.
ALL ABOUT AIUTA
Be sure to read the description of AIUTA that has just been posted on
the EIN web site. Stan Miller, a long-time U3A member in Great Britain
has been elected as the first English-speaking president of the International
Association of Universities of the Third Age (AIUTA). Similar in design
to the Elderhostel Institute Network, but on a more global scale, AIUTA
was established in 1976, primarily to take promote conferences and ongoing
research. EIN has had several long-distance conversations with Stan,
via the new SKYPE Network (a free Internet-based phone system), and
by email, about how LLIs in North America and those who belong to AIUTA
might work more closely together.
Nina Tumosan, at St. Louis University in Missouri has been recently
appointed as the North American liaison for AUITA. Should anyone have
any questions about how your program can participate in AUITA programs,
she can be reached at email@example.com.
She looks forward to hearing from you.
EU FUNDS OLDER ADULT LEARNING
The European Union is funding two programs designed to help older adults
become more computer literate. The first program, eLearning for Seniors,
(eLSe) will be tested by a group of older volunteers in Sweden, Germany,
Spain and the UK. Once it passes the testing phase it will be submitted
to the European Commission for final approval. The second project, Seniors
Training (SenTrain), and led by the University of ErlangenNurnberg,
will include older adults from the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic.
The outcome of SenTrain will be a short course of 10 lessons aimed at
providing training skills for seniors with a good grasp of technology
who have an interest in training other seniors wishing to improve their
computing skills. Both projects will be ready for widespread distribution
later in 2007.
NEW U3A WEB SITE
For those of you who enjoy learning about older adult learning in other
countries, the national organization of U3As in the UK now has a new
web site – www.u3a-info.co.uk
Check it out and see what’s happening in the UK.
WORLDCAT – LITERARY RESOURCE
Thanks to a recent issue of “Signposts,” edited by Tom Holloway
in the UK and Rick Swindell in Australia, for this useful information.
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. The URL is www.worldcat.org.
If you would like to get on the “Signposts” email list,
contact Tom Holloway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He would also be delighted to get snippets of information for inclusion
IRP DEATH COURSE GETS MEDIA ATTENTION
“Signing Up to Study Death,” by Lenore Skenazy, was the
title of a feature article that ran in the New York Sun on
February 12th. The article went into great detail about the course “Death:
Facing the Inevitable,” given at the Institute for Retired Professionals
in New York City this winter. So…if your program is giving an
unusual course, let your local media know. It’s great publicity.
Let EIN know too. We will be sure to give it space on our web site.
If your LLI offers foreign language instruction, this web site may be
of interest to the facilitators. Thanks to the February, 2007 issue
of U3A Signposts for publicizing this resource. along. http://www.language-learning-advisor.com/
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
The L.I.F.E. Program at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York
will be showing a slide presentation developed by Al Gore and based
on his Oscar-winning documentary of the same name. The presenter has
been trained to deliver this program which includes relevant slides
for this area of New York, and focuses on local and regional solutions
to the problem of global warming. This program is free to everyone.
GREAT DECISIONS AT WCTC
This winter the Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin is the
site of the Great Decisions lecture series, available as a live Internet
downlink feed from UM-Milwaukee’s Institute of World Affairs.
WCTC is pleased to be one of the Wisconsin outreach sites for this excellent
world affairs program developed by the Foreign Policy Association held
at various sites across the country. LIR members will be joining the
local community to learn about the major global issues of our times
form experts in US foreign policy and many other fields.
TRIBUTE CARDS FUND RAISING PROGRAM
The McGill Learning in Retirement program in Montreal has started a
Tribute Card Program. This program is intended to acknowledge special
events in people’s lives. Donations are being earmarked primarily
for development and training purposes by MILR.
SPEAK UP FOR A.L.L.
Members of the Academy for Lifelong Learning on Cape Cod, who want to
share their knowledge and expertise with other organizations on the
Cape are being recruited for the A.L.L. Speakers’ Bureau. This
is the perfect way to spread the word about your program within your
Commerce Unseen trips at the Bradley University ILR in Peoria are designed
to take members into unseen and sometimes overlooked businesses within
the community. Most trips are $20 and include van transportation, the
tour, and lunch. In January members visited the Peoria Police Department,
the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Simulator Lab, and
the Sacred Heart Church Renovation project.
NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES
The following summaries were taken from www.booksamillion.com
The Innocent Man, by John Grisham is his first work of nonfiction,
an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry. In the major
league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma
was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A’s, he said
goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big
league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad
arm and bad habits—drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show
signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his
mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa. In 1982, a 21-year-old
cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered,
and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons
that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend
Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with
With no physical evidence, the prosecution’s case was built on
junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis
Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was
sent to death row. If you believe that in America you are innocent until
proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death
penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice
system is fair, this book will infuriate you.
The World Is Flat , by Thomas L. Friedman, is his account
of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances
in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch
as never before. In The World Is Flat, Friedman at once shows “how
and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive” (Robert
Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers,
allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding
before their eyes. More than ever, The World Is Flat is an essential
update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated
by one of our most respected journalists.
NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES
SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/
Companion site to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series documenting
the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies
to its end in the Southern states and the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction.
Historical overviews, personal narratives, character spotlights, images,
and other materials highlight various aspects of the lives of slaves,
such as family, religion, and living conditions. Includes educational
materials and related reading, film and TV resources, and Web sites.
ARTHUR MILLER FILES - http://www.umich.edu/~amfiles/
Features some material by playwright Arthur Miller (1915-2005) from
his time as a University of Michigan student, along with analysis of
his published works, a biography, a chronology of his life, and links
further online resources. Created by University of Michigan students
as a scholarly analysis of Arthur Miller's works.
JEAN HERSHOLT: "THE COMPLETE ANDERSEN" -
This site bills itself as the most comprehensive edition of Andersen's
fairy tales in English (American) on the internet. Translated by Jean
Hersholt, the tales include the original 156 printed in Andersen's own
time plus the fairy tales found in his papers — and published
after his death. Also includes a link to biographical information about
Andersen. Searchable. From the Hans Christian Andersen Center of the
University of Southern Denmark.
That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed., Elderhostel Institute Network
www.elderhostel.org/ein/intro.asp - 617-457-5564
“The really educated person never graduates.” …Anonymous