Greetings –

NEW EIN WEB POSTINGS FOR APRIL

Under MANAGING YOUR LLI
Mini Courses at Sacred Heart – LLI, Fairfield, CT
Moses Greeley Parker Lectures – LIRA, Lowell, MA
Failed Scientific Theories – OLLI, Pittsfield, MA
Even More Sigs – Across the Network
One Session Programs – ALP, Hartford, CT
Under NEW THIS MONTH
ASPEC Director Position Available
Under LLI NEWS
LLI News for April
Under LLI CONGRATULATIONS
LLI Congratulations for April


NEW AFFILIATES
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana

FAREWELL
This month we say goodbye to Sara Skaggs, who has been the Director of the Rock Valley College’s Center for Learning in Retirement in Rockford, Illinois for the last 15 years. Under Sara’s guidance, CLR has grown and is now a powerful draw within the community. Sara says “It’s time for me to see what’s on the other side.” Good luck, Sara. We will miss you.

ASPEC SEEKS NEW DIRECTOR

The ASPEC program at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida is looking for a new director. See the job description and all contact information under NEW THIS MONTH. If you know of anyone looking for such a position, pass the job description on to them. Thanks.

NOBEL PRIZE WINNER SPEAKS AT WISE PROGRAM
Participants at the Worcester Institute for Senior Educations (WISE) at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts were treated to a very special event last October. Dr. Craig Mello, who last year was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, which he shared with Dr. Andrew Fire of Stanford University, addressed the group along with a large audience from the college. He was greeted by the WISE president, followed by a warm welcome from Assumption College’s new President. Dr. Mello’s talk was aptly titled “How a Worm Won Five Nobel Prizes in Medicine.” Along with video and slides, he described his work with RNAi which resulted in a new technology which will help scientists to understand the causes of various diseases.

OLLI PRIVATE TOUR
Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University North Florida, Jacksonville will be touring the historic city of St. Augustine aboard the “OLLI Trolley”, a private trolley tour just for OLLI members. They will visit sites such as the Oldest House, Mission of Nombre de Dios, St. George Street and much more. After the one hour trolley tour attendees will head over to the Castillo de San Marcos fort for a guided one hour tour of this centuries old military installation.

BUSH’S FINAL YEAR
This spring, members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville are studying The Modern Presidency: George W. Bush’s Final Year in Office. With less than a year remaining in the current administration, this seminar will explore the transition of domestic and foreign policy matters in light of today’s presidential campaigns. This seminar is designed to increase the participant’s knowledge of the modern presidency and institutions at the top levels of the executive branch, and the processes by which a new president will be selected and installed. Along with that, his domestic and foreign policies, covering such topics as the relationships between the president, Congress, and the courts, the War on Terrorism, Iraq, the U.S. economy and the formal and informal powers and authorities available to the president will be studied.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS OUTREACH
Last fall, the Minnesota State University for Seniors (MSU) Corrections Club hosted a program to collect both male and female professional clothing items. The items were donated to the Minnesota correctional facility offenders who will be re-entering the job market. They also sold Corrections Club shirts, candy bars during the clothing drive.

IRP USES A BLOG TO BUILD CURRICULUM.
For 45 years (yes, 45 years!) students at the New School IRP have considered the curriculum to be the fulcrum of their program. During this time they have tried myriad approaches to reaching out
and encouraging students to submit study group proposals. Workshop, teas, brown bag lunches, class room announcements and small group meetings - all have had their days - but no single program has proven to be the ideal answer. "A combination seems to be most successful," according to Curriculum Co-chair Barbara Collins. The newest out-reach activity is a curriculum blog. A couple of months ago, IRP Board member Jan Adler sent an email to all IRP students:
"The IRP now has a blog called Study Groups in Progress where members can post ideas and look at what other people are thinking about. If you have an idea for a study group that you would like to
get feedback on, the blog is the perfect way to test the waters," Jan wrote. "You may be looking for ideas for readings, or whether other students might be interested in the topic you have in your mind and this is the perfect vehicle for doing that" he added. As of this writing, eight new topics and 36 responses appear on the blog - a good start. "And it does work" said IRP Director Michael Markowitz. "You can see ideas send out roots and watch them develop.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine are being called on to perhaps use their expertise out in the community. Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) is looking for people age 55 and older with significant professional experience to be volunteers in the RSVP Capacity Corps, a research and demonstration project funded by the National Council on Aging.
The goal is to recruit volunteers with skills that can help nonprofit organizations increase their capacity to meet their missions in the community. SMAA is currently looking for volunteers to work on projects in the area of Strategic Planning, Financial Planning, Marketing, Fundraising, Volunteer Development, Community Relations and Information Technology.

SENIOR THEATRE FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE 2008
The annual performance festival of senior theatre groups from all across the country will be coming to Baltimore from June 10-15, 2008. Pre-registration deadline is May 10th. Programs in the area of Baltimore might want to check this out. For more information contact Senior Theatre USA, 1508 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 – phone 314-421-0325 – www.seniortheatre.com

CELEBRATE PITTSBURGH
During the January Mini-Session, members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Pittsburgh spent three days celebrating Pittsburgh. Lectures given over the three days included Women Reformers in 19th Century Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh’s 150th Celebration in 1908: What Do Such Celebrations Tell Us About Us? – Early History of the Hill District – The History of Jewish Pittsburgh – Theater’s Place in Pittsburgh’s Cultural Development - Getting Around in Pittsburgh: An Exploration of Our Steps, Inclines, Trolleys and Bridges.

HOW TO RESOLVE CONFLICTS EFFECTIVELY
Earlier this year members of the Lifetime Learning Institute in Annandale, Virginia were treated to a program on conflict resolution. They learned about the various types of conflicts, skills needed for effective negotiating, ways to avoid conflicts, and promoting harmony. One of the sub-topics was on the different ways men and women tend to fight in a conflict situation.

SARATOGA READS
The Academy for Lifelong Learning in Saratoga Springs, NY is again taking part in Saratoga Reads. The book selection for this season is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. The Academy is a community partner with the Saratoga Reads organization and has, in the past, scheduled activities for their members and the public.

MEET THE MAYORS
The ILR at Bergen Community College in New Jersey recently entertained mayors from various communities throughout Bergen County. They addressed the members on their functions in their communities, what they hoped to accomplish, and what they see for the future of municipal government. Over the course of 9 weeks, two mayors each week talked about their jobs and their communities.

QUEEN VISITS LOCAL U3A
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visited and met members of the East Lothian U3A where they took part in celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the Lamp of Lothian Trust in Haddington. Members were able to explain something of the purpose and activities of the U3A to Her Majesty.

THE CHINESE LANGUAGE
Members of the L.I.F.E. program at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY are studying Chinese. This is a beginning level course in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) for students with little or no prior experience in the language. Reading and writing traditional characters will be introduced and practiced from the very beginning of the course. More emphasis will be given to the training of standard pronunciation, listening and comprehension, grammar, and conversational vocabulary usage. Chinese history and culture will also be introduced as it relates to each session.

INNOVATION THRIVES AT OMNILORE
The creativity capacity of members of the OMNILORE program at California State University in Dominquez Hills was evidenced in two Study/Discussion Groups that took place last summer. One of the groups, “Ayn Rand and Objectivism” used a new method of communication between classes. The coordinator established a Yahoo Group for the class members. It allowed the class to store documents, outlines, and presentations on an internet site and also enabled members to have continuing electronic discussion by sending blanket messages to the entire group. The second study group, “Appreciating the Fruit of the Vine,” decided to meet, not at the school, but in members homes so that in addition to giving presentations on various aspects of viticulture, they can also do wine-tasting to learn how to recognize the subtleties in various grape varietals. They even had a guest-expert come to the house to teach them about the growing wine industry in South Africa.

THE MARRANO HERITAGE: LITERATURE OF MASKED LANGUAGE
IRP members in New York City recently looked at this stimulating topic. Inquisition Spain spawned literature that manifested the split identities of Marranos and their children. Existential and spiritual duality hover as psychosocial background to Spinoza and others – neither Catholics nor Jews but some of both. For philosopher Yovel, La Celestina, the monumental and sparkly fifteenth century tragic comedy, is a paradigm of the masked language, distorted mirrors, and sneaky linguistic inversion that were associated with the Marranos and their special hybrid disposition. Celestina, the old whore, is herself a mediator between desire and consummation, but those very concepts suggest hidden innuendo. They dug into Yovel's arresting theories and, whether they agreed with him or not, they savored this bawdy classic. Reading 25 pages per week. Students are required to give brief summaries of assigned readings.

INDUSTRIAL TOURS
Industrial Tours is the name given to a program at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. This program tours local manufacturing facilities to see what is produced up close and personal. Participants recently visited a compressor manufacturing company.

CYDONIA AND THE FACE OF MARS
The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University, Naples, FL is offering its members a chance to study this unique topic during their spring semester. In July 1976, the NASA reconnaissance spacecraft “VIKING-1” photographed a series of images on the Planet Mars. In several shots an alarming image appeared which resembled that of a sphinx-like face staring into space. Some say this is proof that there was an intelligent race on Mars. Participants will also learn about the Cydonia Region that appears to have pyramids and structures close to the reputed “face.” They will discuss the possibilities of this intriguing discovery which still has scientists and researchers debating on what the “Face of Cydonia’ truly is…alien construction, or natural formations.

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE GROUP
Some of the members of the Encore Center for Lifetime Enrichment at North Carolina State University in Raleigh have formed the Encore Energy Independence Group to promote North Carolina energy independence. The group meets with public policy leaders and assists groups such as the NC Energy Office, the NC Solar Center, and the Triangle J Council of Governments on their projects and initiatives. The group is facilitated by a NC State professor.

NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES
Thanks to the McGill Learning in Retirement program in Montreal for these suggestions.
The Door, by Margaret Atwood is her latest book of poetry.
Murder in Amsterdam, by Ian Buruma, a highly respected journalist.
How Doctors Think, by Jerome Groopman, an important book.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan forces us to think seriously about the food we put on the table.
The Judgement of Paris, by Ross King is a detailed and meticulous art history that explores the decade that gave birth to Impressionism.

NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES
Imagining Ourselves: A Global Generation of Women
This online exhibition, based on a project begun in 2001, features "film, photography, music, poetry, and personal essays -- all responding to the question 'What Defines Your Generation of Women?'" Explore the exhibit by selecting a theme such as love, money, war and dialog, motherhood, and image and identity. Also includes material about activism opportunities. Available in several languages. From the International Museum of Women.

The Great Salmon Run: Competition Between Wild and Farmed Salmon
This 2007 report "examines economic and policy issues related to wild and farmed salmon in North America." Two trends are considered: "the rapid and sustained growth in world farmed salmon" and "a steep decline in the value of North American wild fisheries." Includes a summary and the full report, which cover topics such as salmon hatcheries, farming, consumption, marketing, and outlook. From the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Background: Salmon
Information about salmon and salmon fishing from the organization that is responsible for fisheries off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. "Chinook and coho salmon are the main salmon species managed." Topics include the fish, fishery and gear, and the current salmon season. From the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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


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