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What Science Has Learned About the Human
    Condition– OLLI, Ann Arbor, MI

British U3As
Two Stimulating Courses – IRP, New York City
Not Just Oil – LLI, Edison College, Punta Gorda, FL
Golden Eagles Fitness Program – CLR, Rock Valley, IL
Variety Within a Topic – LIR, Oshkosh, WI
A New IAUTA Web Site
LLI News for March
LLI Congratulations for March

Welcome to the Shoreline Institute of Lifelong Learning in Guilford, CT. This is a new program stemming from the joint collaboration of the Guilford Parks, Recreation & Seniors Services and the Madison Senior Services. We welcome them to the Elderhostel Institute Network. See their contact information under Connecticut on the EIN web site.

Be sure to check out the LLI Congratulations/Celebrations Column that is posted each month. It contains celebratory news and special events from programs all across the Network.

Members of the Institute for Continuing Learning at Young Harris College in Georgia were wondering how they could express their appreciation for all the support given them by the college. Among the suggestions were the following: Members can support the IDEAS (Intellectual, Development and Enrichment through the Arts and Sciences) programs; attend the intercollegiate athletic events; enjoy the College’s instrumental band programs, spread the “good word” about YHC to friends and relatives; and support the College through financial gifts. If your program is looking for ideas, think about ones similar to those above.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, formerly BILL, is developing new educational partners. They are in discussions with Bennington College and Southern Vermont University as well as one college in New York State. They have also met with the Provost of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. This is all part of their new outreach effort to increase their course offerings by 20% . Along with new partners, OLLI also expects to have five courses videotaped and one video lecture taped from their Distinguished Speaker Series by this fall, as they endeavor to reach people who cannot attend classes. They are also acquiring new cultural partners and agreements have been reached with 19 cultural organizations so far. The results have yielded additional courses for OLLI. In addition there will be free advertisements in movie theaters, more venues for their activities, discounts for various cultural activities and other benefits.

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Georgia, Huntsville are indulging in their love of other languages with the following courses: Intermediate/Advanced French – Beginner/Intermediate Russian – Beginning German - Intermediate/Advanced German – Beginning Spanish – French 1 – Elementary Spanish – Conversational Spanish – Intermediate Spanish

The Adult Learning Institute at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, New York has come up with a unique way to raise money for their program this month. Their project is entitled “Hidden Treasure: Have Your Antiques and Collectibles Appraised.” They will utilize the services of three outstanding experts in the field who will give the appraisals. There is a charge of $5.00 for one item, $8.00 for two items and $10.00 for three items. Members are encouraged to publicize the event as the public is invited to bring along their treasures as well. As part of the event, they will raffle three prizes donated by ALI members, one of which is worth $545. Members will each be receiving two chance books to sell and the drawing will take place during the event.

Lifelong Learning at Regis College in Massachusetts offered members varied January Intersessions. Among them was: A Beginners Guide to Digital Photography – Using Free and Easy Digital Imaging Software – From the Grape to the Table – Table Wines by Taste – Soft Pastel and The Ultimate Theatrical Experience.

U3A’s in the United Kingdom have a program called Shared Learning Projects where members from U3As all over the country come together to learn together, usually in conjunction with a particular museum or other public institution. Early last year they began a shared project at the Foundling Museum on the grounds of the original Foundling Hospital. The hospital, for abandoned children, was established in 1739. After an orientation, the large group broke into pairs and began attempting to trace 208 children. They met quarterly to report their progress, which was slow given the handwritten nature of the records and all the interesting side items they discovered. In June they presented their findings to the Museum and the results of that work are now included in an illustrated publication at the Museum.

Senior College at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center has announced a goal of 100% participation, or $280,000, in the Hutchinson Center Expansion Campaign. Last September the Board of Trustees of the Senior College presented a $20,000 check to the Expansion Campaign. To date $37,000 of the $280,000 have been raised

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama Huntsville invited members of the OLLI program at Auburn University to join them in a program about Ralph Peters, a well known novelist and essayist. In return the OLLI Auburn program invited the OLLI UAH program to come over for a lecture by Thomas Friedman, the author of The World is Flat. Even though the trip necessitated an overnight, it was enjoyed by one and all.

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University in North Carolina took an interesting course recently entitled “SwanSongs: Last Works of Baroque, Classical and Romantic Composers.” They studied the music and mythology of the last days of famous composers from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Pieces to be studied included Bach’s The Art of Fugue, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Seasons, Beethoven’s late string quartets, Schubert’s Schwanengesang, and Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, among others.

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College in Arizona have taken part in Intergenerational Discussions with students from the Advanced Placement classes at Prescott High School. They covered foreign and domestic policy issues chosen by the students. This program is a repeat of an earlier one that was highly successful.

The Cultural Events Committee at the Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Educations (IRPE) at Brooklyn College in New York has been very busy. Last semester they offered reduced prices or free tickets to such venues as the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, chamber music concerts, free movies, performances at Juilliard, and various college plays.

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks recently explored some of the historic and current salient topics in the North. They discussed a different topic each of the four weeks. These included perceptions of the North, Alaska Native Land Claims, and native cultures and social pathologies, especially alcohol abuse and addiction in the North.

The Encore Center for Lifelong Enrichment at North Carolina State University in Raleigh allows members to bring a friend, free of charge, to a colloquium or one session of a six-week class in order for them to experience first-hand, the stimulating atmosphere of Encore. Of course this often leads to new members, which is the goal of the program.

Members of Learning in Retirement, Inc. Athens, Georgia have a chance to join the Athens Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) for a special price. The SLA opens doors to all facets of community life. It enables participants to know Athens and give back to the community where they see a need and where they want to help. The SLA steering committee annually creates programs that take participants to various locations to get an inside look at community government, business, education, health services, human services, arts, humanities, and the University of Georgia. The program meets for eight consecutive weeks from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the special fee of $75 covers morning coffee, supplies, catered lunches and some transportation. The SLA program is sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Athens Community Council of Aging.

Lobbying the 21st Century is the title of a course being given during the spring semester at the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University, Naples, FL. Participants will explore the current status of lobbying (and lobbyists) in 2008. Among the topics to be reviewed are, How do you become a lobbyist? What is the role of a lobbyist? How can a person influence legislators and legislation? What is the status of political fundraising and lobbying? What about the recent scandals involving lobbyists? Is lobbying really necessary? Should lobbying be banned? They will also learn about the history of lobbying and how the system currently works.

MSU for Seniors at Minnesota State University in Mankato offered members a chance to learn more about writing their autobiographies and memoirs. Each participant had several opportunities to bring drafts of writing to class for workshop sessions. They evaluated how strategies of composition can enhance forms of autobiographical writing. They also looked not only at how a text works but also at what it might mean to different readers. The workshops were designed to draw participants from a variety of backgrounds and academic fields; each participant had a chance not only to contribute writing to the workshop sessions, but to join in reading and critiquing other participants’ writing, and complete a portfolio of polished autobiography and memoir. The last class gave members to a chance to share their finished stories with each other.

The Lifetime Learning Institute at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale has come up with a novel way to honor volunteers and other hard-working members. Spotlight Minute will be a new feature at their monthly Forum lectures/meetings. Each month several volunteers will be singled out for their contribution to LLI during the meeting following the break in the Forum.

Members of the IRP in New York City recently looked at “Conservatism in America.” Barry Goldwater's 1964 defeat was viewed as confirmation of the end of American conservatism. Ronald Reagan's 1980 election ushered in a new era of conservative political dominance. This course focused on the 1963 1980 period and examined the factors that produced this result. The approach was topical rather than chronological, assessing the extent to which the conservative ascendancy resulted from the limitations of liberalism as well as the triumphs of conservatism. Among other topics, they examined the effects of the civil rights and black power movements, the Vietnam War, the economic malaise of the 1970s, the rise of the religious right, and the rebirth of a conservative intellectual movement. Readings averaged 35 pages per week.

                          NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES
Thanks to the OMNILORE program at California State University in Dominquez Hills for the following suggestions.

Grayson, by Lynne Cox is a true-life account of an extraordinary ocean adventure. When the author was 17, she trained for marathon swimming off the coast of Seal Beach. A lost baby whale (she named him Grayson) became her underwater companion. This is the story of her determination to reunite the baby with his mother.

Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations, by Georgina Howell, makes use of letters, diaries and Bell’s publications to tell the story of one of Britain’s most famous travelers. Bell’s life covered 1868-1926, and in that life she was known as an explorer, travel writer, translator of Sufi verse, scholar and spy.

Mother Tongue, by Bill Bryson, provides insight into both British and American English, showing how the language evolved with uncertain grammar, spelling, and pronunciation.



Biographical material about Adolph Sax, the Belgian-born inventor of the saxophone. Describes his "agitated childhood" (which included many serious accidents), how his father manufactured musical instruments, his move to Paris, his invention of the saxophone, and the importance of the saxophone to jazz music. From the city of Dinant, Belgium, birthplace of Sax.

Biographical essay about Benjamin Banneker, author, scientist, mathematician, farmer, astronomer, publisher and urban planner [who] was descended from enslaved Africans, an indentured English servant, and free men and women of color. Discusses accomplishments and key events in his life, and includes a related essay on Banneker's "Almanac," and letters to and from Banneker and Thomas Jefferson. Part of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) "Africans in America" website and TV series.

This presentation, originally created by a history professor for an entry-level university course, has the goal of providing a "learning environment for students to learn historical thinking skills while studying one of the most important events in world history, the conquest of Mexico" by the Spaniards. It includes material for teachers and students, maps, primary sources documents, and a brief timeline (1492-1521). Part of the American Historical Association's teaching and learning materials collection.

This walk takes you to some of the most important and interesting scientific sites in Oxford [England], from the time of the founding of the University in the 13th century ... to advancements in modern science such as the development of penicillin. Click on the map to learn about the work of such people as Edmond Halley (of Halley's comet) and Stephen Hawking. From the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford.

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

“One's first step in wisdom is to question everything –
and one's last is to come to terms with everything.”

…Georg Christoph Lichtenberg




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