New Web Postings For April
MANAGING YOUR LLI
a New Chapter
Unseen: Spring Learning Trips
American Presidents: A Thematic Study
Mirror of Its Time
Ties That Bind
& Astronomy at the IML
Boomers are Coming! The Boomers are Coming!
News for April
Under LLI CELEBRATIONS
Celebrations for April
WELCOME NEW AFFILIATES
EIN welcomes the following new programs, bringing our total
of affiliates up to 358.
• Lifelong Learning Institute at Armstrong Atlantic State University,
• Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Granite State College, Concord,
• Cedar Crest Institute for Learning in Retirement, Pompton Plains,
ABOUT THE EIN WEB POSTINGS
Every month EIN reads through all the newsletters, course catalogs and
other materials that are sent to us from the programs. We then select
items of interest, the latest news, and stimulating course ideas with
the idea that your program planners, curriculum committee members, etc.,
can benefit from reading what other programs are doing. So check out
all the articles, LLI News and other columns and articles that we post
each month. We hope we’re making your jobs easier.
The University of South Florida Senior Academy is looking for information
on database software for tracing students and class registrations. If
you use a particular program and find it helpful please email Linda
Abbot at email@example.com
with details. Thank you.
EIN was interviewed last month for an article that appeared in the Advocate
, a local Norwalk, CT newspaper, about the Lifetime Learners Program
at Norwalk Community College. We were able to give the reporter some
perspective on the history of the learning in retirement movement as
well as on its’ current state of affairs.
Two different reporters from the New York Times spoke with EIN last
month. The first was interested in the scope of lifelong learning for
older adults, and we spoke extensively about this topic. The second
was interested in new trends in LLI courses. We don’t have any
idea yet as to when the articles will run.
THE SECRET TO ELDERHOSTEL’S AMAZING DIVERSITY
Elderhostel works with renowned cultural and educational organizations,
and with exceptional instructors, academics and cultural resources who
provide access to unusual places – such as research facilities,
archives and private collections – not typically available to
tourists. Because of our strong allegiance with organizations that share
our educational philosophy – which include the Experiment in International
Living, Chinese American Educational Exchange, Trinity College of Hartford,
CT, Scandinavian Seminar, Alianza Cultural Uruguay, Amizade, Ltd., Caribbean
Volunteer Expeditions, Global Volunteers, OTS Foundation, Oceanic Society
Expeditions, El Porvenir, InterElder Association and Bermuda Biological
Station for Research, among many, many others – Elderhostel can
reach beyond the limits that would normally be imposed on a single organization.
That’s the secret to the unparalleled variety and breath of our
offerings, and the reason why Elderhostel is the world’s largest
provider of educational travel opportunities for adults who love to
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND THE BABY BOOMER GENERATION
Laura B. Wilson and Sharon P. Simson, both affiliated with the Legacy
College for Lifelong Learning in Maryland, have written a new book,
“Civic Engagement and the Baby Boomer Generation: Research, Policy
and Practice Perspectives.” There is a chapter devoted to civic
engagement and Lifelong Learning Institutes, and the authors hope that
the book will contribute to the future development of more LLIs. From
first-hand experience they know that LLIs make a huge difference in
the educational, social and civic lives of its members. The book is
available from the Haworth Press at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE ON THE BABY BOOMERS
PARADE’s December 11, 2005 issue invited readers to suggest new
language to substitute for such terms as “senior citizen”,
“elderly”, and “old”—labels likely to
be rejected by Boomers. Readers could also address related questions,
such as, “How would you define the meaning and purpose of this
stage of life?” and “What are your thoughts on society’s
expectations of, and attitudes towards, its older citizens?” Some
of the best ideas and comments may appear in a future issue of PARADE,
and be posted at Harvard’s web site www.ReinventingAging.org,
part the Harvard School of Public Health—MetLife Foundation Initiative
on Retirement and Civic Engagement. Information on how to submit ideas
and comments is available at www.parade.com.
To mark the Boomer Generation’s 60th birthday, the Harvard School
of Public Health—MetLife Foundation Initiative on Retirement and
Civic Engagement will launch a national media campaign to promote healthy
aging, reshape cultural attitudes toward the older years, and encourage
Boomers to volunteer their time, skills, and experience to help strengthen
local communities. The campaign will challenge the Hollywood creative
community to re-think current portrayals of older people in film and
television. This campaign would be a great time to promote your LLI
as a way to stay alert, healthy and connected.
THE RAPTURE OF MATURITY
An interesting and thoughtful new book has crossed our desk here at
EIN. “The Rapture of Maturity: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning,”
by Charles D. Hayes, is a wonderful reminder to adults in the September
of their days that they still have a chance to matter as human beings.
By continuing to examine our values, our motivations, and our common
beliefs, by exploring issues beyond the superficial level of popular
culture, and by teaching our grandchildren to do the same, older adults
can demonstrate to younger generations that we truly have something
going for us after all. The book is available at www.amazon.com.
RESOURCES FOR GRANDPARENTING
Here are three new resources for grandparents. All are available from
A Grandparent’s Book: Answers to a Grandchild’s Questions
– this book offers a unique opportunity for grandparents to create
a lasting story about themselves and their family.
Totally Cool Grandparenting: A Practical Handbook of Tips,
Hints, & Activities for the Modern Grandparent –
A guide for contemporary grandparents. It offers clear, upfront advice,
humor and time-tested tactics, gathered from dozens of interviews with
grandparents and grandkids.
Becoming a Grandmother: A Life Transition
– is a guide through a major life passage. Based on research in
the U.S., Britain, and Australia.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ILR
Just how important is the ILR program at Bluffton University in Ohio
to its’ members?
• When Roger and Judy’s first grandchild was scheduled to
be born by C-Section on a Wednesday during the 2006 winter term, Judy
told her daughter to call the doctor and change the date because Wednesday
was an ILR day. The birth was rescheduled, their granddaughter was born
on a Monday, and Roger and Judy were in class that Wednesday!
• Esther had never missed an ILR term in 15 years. Last fall,
shortly before her death in December, Esther attended an ILR art appreciation
course in her wheelchair, breathing with the aid of her portable oxygen
tank. An ILR member to the end! We will miss her.
• When Betty and H.W celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary,
their five sons presented a generous gift to the ILR because of the
importance of the program to their parents.
• Not one of the 89 moderators has ever received pay for teaching
a course for the ILR. They do it because they love to teach and because
they believe in the concept of lifelong learning. One moderator said,
“Teaching for the ILR is the most fun you can have in a classroom!”
Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of
S. Maine in Portland took part in a “Business Ethics” seminar
last month. The seminar, sponsored by USM’s Students in Free Enterprise
(SIFE), invited OLLI students to join them. The day’s primary
event was looking at a case study of the ethical implications that the
Bull Corporation faced when entering China. Is it ethical for a business
to re-locate outside the US? Does a corporation have responsibility
to the local standard of living? Does a corporation pay minimum wage
locally? The SIFE team looked for OLLI students to add a mature and
experienced point of view to discussions.
RECENT FINDING INSPIRE NEW LLI COURSE
Inspired by the recent discovery of Hebrew materials which anticipated
the coming of the Messiah in a manner similar to how Christianity anticipated
it, Senior College at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center will
offer a course entitled Common Elements of Judaism and Christianity.
THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST
Last month members of the Lifelong Learning program at Coastal Carolina
University in South Carolina took part in a program entitled The Best
and the Brightest CCU Honors Thesis Research. They heard 24 Honor’s
students present original research projects in the fields of Environmental
Sciences to Marine Science to History, Music and English. The accomplishments
of these students certainly enlightened and impressed the attendees.
Members of several LLIs have embraced the art of dance. For instance
the OLLI program at Yavapai College in Arizona is offering English Country
Dance. The Center for Lifelong Learning, Inc. in Fort Walton Beach,
Florida is offering both Irish Dancing and Tap Dancing for Fun.
VIRTUAL RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
Learning in Retirement, Inc. at the University of Georgia in Athens
is looking at an exciting new project patterned after Beacon Hill Village,
a “virtual” retirement community (www.beaconhillvillage.org
). The project, as presented, would be the development of a program
in Athens-Clarke County in which the basic idea is to design a program
to allow older adults to remain in their homes and avoid living in a
nursing home by providing services – in their homes – that
they need. LIR members could be both providers and consumers of these
services. LIR will be studying the feasibility of this project in the
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER SPEAKS AT LLI
Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent for the New
York Times, recently spoke at the Lifetime Learning Institute at Northern
Virginia Community College in Annandale. With recent nominations,
confirmation hearings, and major decisions in the offing over the next
few years, few topics could be more timely. Greenhouse is the author
of the recently published biography of the late Justice Harry Blackmum,
a book said to be unprecedented for its insights into little known aspects
of court life.
NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES
Thanks to the Institute for Retired Professionals in New York City for
supplying this list.
An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature;
edited by Danny L. Miller, Sharon Hatfield, and Gurney Norman. Discusses
such authors as Jesse Stuart, James Still, Jim Wayne Miller, Mary Lee
Settle, Cormac McCarthy, Jo Carson, and John Crowley.
Postcolonial Studies and Beyond, edited by Ania Loomba . .
. [et al.]. Contributors examine the key features of the ideologies
and history of colonialism, the relationship of colonial discourse to
literature, challenges to colonialism, and recent developments in post-colonial
theories and histories in the writings of contemporary theorists, including
Edward Said, Abdul JanMohamed, Homi Bhabha, and Gayatri Spivak.
Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, and Post-Holocaust America,
Rosenblatt, Louise Explores how reactions to several interlocking issues
became critical to black-Jewish relations such as the biblical Exodus,
the Holocaust, Zionism, and the state of Israel, as well as analyzing
the fiction of Bernard Malamud, Paule Marshall, Harper Lee, William
Melvin Kelley, Saul Bellow, John A. Williams, Lori Segal, Anna Deavere
Smith, Julius Lester, & Philip Roth.
NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES
ALEXANDER HAMILTON: THE MAN WHO MADE MODERN AMERICA
A companion to an exhibit from the New-York Historical Society, which
acquaints visitors with a statesman and visionary whose life inspired
discussion and controversy and shaped the America we live in two hundred
years after his death. Features a timeline, brief information on Hamilton's
contemporaries, and the "Hamilton Log" where each week, ...
[the site posts] a new excerpt of historical prose or recount[s] a pivotal
event from Hamilton's life.
DNA FROM THE BEGINNING - http://dnaftb.org/
An animated primer on the basics of DNA, genes, and heredity. Includes
images, animations of Mendelian and other principles, video interviews,
problems to solve, biographies, and related links.
CHILDE HASSAM: AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST -
This site is a companion to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
exhibit of works by painter Childe Hassam. Featured are Hassam's striking
portrayals of Boston, Paris, and New York and his nostalgic interpretations
of country sites in America and Europe. The site features a virtual
gallery, a chronology of Hassam's life, and an interactive feature for
families. Also includes an excerpt from a 1932 silent film on Hassam.
EVERYDAY MYSTERIES: FUN SCIENCE FACTS FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
This site provides answers to questions that deal with everyday phenomena
that we often take for granted, but ... can be explained scientifically.
... All of the questions presented on this Web site were asked by researchers
and answered by librarians from the Library's Science Reference Services.
That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed.
Elderhostel Institute Network
“If you would thoroughly know anything,
teach it to others”.…Tryon Edwards