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NEW ENGLAND/EAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE UPDATE
Save the Date! The next New England/East Regional Conference
will be held June 3-5, 2007. Sponsored by the SOAR program, the conference
will be held at SUNY Potsdam in New York State. Stay tuned for many
more details as they become available.
NATIONAL LIFELONG LEARNING WEEK
New York Congressman John Sweeney with Jo-Ellen Unger, Executive Director
of the Academy for Learning in Retirement in Saratoga Springs, NY has
drafted a resolution to present to the Congress to establish the first
full week in September as national Lifelong Learning Week to "recognize
seniors, their teachers, and the institutions and programs involved
in lifelong learning."
Now, it's time for other lifelong learners to push this resolution forward.
Please call your member of congress and ask him/her to cosponsor the
resolution. Congressman Sweeney's office advises that congressmen respond
best when asked by their constituents. When enough cosponsors are gathered
the resolution will go forward. Please call today, so we will have this
in place by September. Kudos to Jo-Ellen Unger for working to make this
Want to attract Boomers to your LLI? Make your program the place to
be for entrepreneurial Boomers, when you offer the "Start Your
Own Business At 50 And Beyond" workshop, newly introduced by Bizstaters,
a business start-up training company specializing in the 50+ individual.
Jeff Williams, chief coach and trainer for Bizstarters, helps participants
answer the ten most commonly asked questions about starting a 50+ business.
For more details about how this program can help your LLI, contact Jeff
at firstname.lastname@example.org or
at 847-305-4626. Tell him you are an LLI with the Elderhostel Institute
ELDERHOSTEL INTRODUCES NEW ACTIVITY LEVELS
Beginning with the Fall 2006, U.S./Canada catalog Elderhostel is introducing
a new rating system that describes the degree of physical activity involved
in each and every program – from Active Outdoor to Liberal Arts
and Service Learning. The new system contains six levels, with Level
1 posing the fewest physical demands – such as being able to handle
your own baggage and carry a cafeteria tray – and Level 6 being
the most challenging – for example, strenuous biking, mountaineering,
backpacking and other athletic endeavors. This new listing is meant
only as a guide to help you understand the physical demands of a program.
Elderhostel welcomes all participants – especially those with
disabilities – to contact them about their specific needs as early
as possible in the registration process. They will work directly with
the program provider to ensure that arrangements can be made, if they
are not already in place, to accommodate accessibility challenges comfortably.
PROFILE OF A QUEST MEMBER
In 1950, Thelma Mielke was the only representative from Puerto Rico
to the UN. Now aged 91, and a long-time QUEST (NY City) member, Thelma
was a young diplomat when she became involved in the question of independence
for this Caribbean Island, which has been a US territory since 1898.
At that time, Thelma was attempting to encourage discussion of the subject
by offering documents in support of the nationalist cause. She also
wrote a letter to the then Secretary General of the UN, asking him to
intervene in the repression of the Puerto Rican movement. From then
on, her problems multiplied. Not only was she expelled from the UN,
she was interrogated many times by the FBI. Finally, she was asked to
appear before a Grand Jury, which found no wrongdoing on her part. Although
Thelma says, “I didn’t do anything grand,” she has
remained undaunted and has been active in many other causes throughout
ATTRACTING NEW MEMBERS
Senior Learning Unlimited at the University of California Davis is giving
their membership a chance to introduce a friend to the experience of
taking an SLU course. For one class fee, the member and friend can be
enrolled in selected classes – a 2-fer Special and an excellent
way to boost membership.
This coming fall the Academy for Learning in Retirement
at Empire State College in New York is giving members a chance to sponsor
a brand new member and BOTH will receive a $10.000 reduction in their
fall 2006 membership dues. There is no limit to how many new members
may be recruited by a current member. Another creative idea for enticing
new members to join!
This month the Academy for Learning in Retirement at Empire State College
in Saratoga Springs, New York is holding its first ever, 4-hour long,
all-member, Town Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to find ways
to increase membership without losing a sense of community and belonging,
to enhance curriculum, to fulfill the needs of today’s older learner
and to encourage all members to participate in the planning of the organization’s
future. The theme of the Town Meeting is Celebrating the Past and Planning
a Vision for the Future. The goal is to build a sense of community and
ownership among the general membership. After a brief introduction,
members will be meeting in small groups to discuss topics pertaining
to the future of ALR. In every group there will be at least one founding
member to share the history of the organization. All suggestions will
be welcome and considered. Then everyone will meet in one large facilitated
group to consider the suggestions and come up with a plan of action
for the Academy.
A UNIQUE APPROACH
The Furman University LIR in South Carolina has taken a unique approach
to long range planning. In a program entitled “Strategic Planning:
Creating Your Own Future in a Rapidly Changing World,” members
will learn a dynamic strategic planning methodology which has direct
application for themselves, family, communities and organizations. It
will also give them hand-on participation in the FULIR strategic planning
process. In a world characterized by rapidly changing conditions, greater
competition, scarce funding, diverse needs, and increasingly higher
standards of quality and excellence, FULIR must begin collectively to
address the key issues affection their future. Students will study the
issues, interact with other students, talk to key community stakeholders,
learn about other successful programs, discuss their ideas, creatively
look at the future, and help build FULIR into one of the finest Learning
in Retirement program in the region. In addition to class time, students
will also participate in surveys, interviews, research, special projects
and group work.
LLIS REACHING OUT
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of S. Maine
in Portland has been collecting new tooth brushes, tooth paste and children’s
vitamins for the children of the poorest of the poor who attend the
Safe Passage School in Guatemala City. The Safe Passage Program is the
Leadership Council’s Outreach project adopted as a year-long commitment
VIOLENCE, RELIGION AND LAW
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Utah, Salt
Lake City, is offering a two-part course this spring that looks at the
interrelation of both law and religion as allies in response to violence.
The first part will reflect primarily upon violence in international
relations. It will include a survey of weapons of mass destruction and
the response of religion and law. The course’s focus will extend
beyond national conflicts to include extra-national violence such as
terrorism. It will also examine civil wars and the particular problems
of internal strife and the role of third parties.
Every wonder what people wore 2,000 years ago, or how rugs came to be
made, or how fabrics are different today than they were in pioneer days?
All of these questions and more were addressed in a series of classes
on Fabrics at the Chemeketa Center for Learning in Retirement in Woodburn,
Oregon this past spring. In addition to exploring these questions, participants
took numerous field trips to find out the answers to many of these mysteries.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of S. Maine
in Portland has a Tuesday morning lecture series called SAGE. It is
open to the public and costs just $5. Topics have included Intersections
of Biology, Religion and History - Emotions or Logic: What Makes the
Best Decisions? - In Search of Beginnings, and Modern Trends in Jazz.
NEW SCHOOL PROFESSOR PUBLISHES BOOK
In A Nation by Design, published by Harvard University Press,
Aristide Zolberg, from the New School University in New York, explores
how American immigration policy from the colonial period to the present
has been a tool of nation building. He argues that social and economic
interest groups have manipulated immigration policy to serve their nationalist
needs since the time of early American history. Zolberg profiles the
shifting tides of opinion on immigration over the last few centuries,
examining how business, labor unions, lobbies, and ideologues have influenced
THE SPIRAL GRAIN OF THE UNIVERSE
This summer, members of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Carnegie
Mellon University in Pittsburgh will be examining the “Spiral
Grain of the Universe.” The world is spiral all the way from the
inside out. Spiral shape is used in a great variety of branches of science
and applied disciplines, including archeology, architecture, art, astronomy,
biochemistry, biology, botany, cosmology, chemistry, design, engineering,
economics, genetics, history, hydrodynamics, instrumentation, mathematics,
meditation, meteorology, music, mythology, philosophy, physics, religion,
sociology, technology, etc. This highly interactive course will review
a history of the development of the spiral concept of the universe and
its use in various branches of science and applied disciplines. No special
mathematics or science background is required.
END OF YEAR BARBEQUE
Learning in Retirement, Inc. at the University of Georgia, Athens is
holding their annual end-of-year barbeque this month. Members will enjoy
some foot-tapping bluegrass music along with a delicious meal. A fitting
conclusion to a very successful year!
U3A SHARED LEARNING PROJECTS
U3A programs in the United Kingdom like to come together and undertake
joint projects. For instance a group of programs in the greater London
area met for 12 weeks to work with the Museum of Garden History. They
developed information for visitors about the historical aspects of gardening,
botanists, gardens, trails and poetry. In Northern Ireland a group of
U3As worked with the Ulster Museum to develop three different projects
about history, science and contemporary local artists.
NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES
Thanks to the Institute for Retired Professional in NY City for these
On Matters Southern: Essays about Literature and Culture, 1964-2000,
Marion Montgomery. Edited by Michael M. Jordan; forward by Eugene D.
Genovese. The author discusses the importance of place in southern letters,
the differences between southern and northern fiction, and pays tribute
to Andrew Lytle, Madison Jones, M.E. Bradford, and Walker Percy.
Beyond Bond: Spies in Fiction and Film. Wesley A. Britton.
The author discusses the history of espionage in literature, film, and
other media, and examines the works of such authors and film directors
as Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, Tom Clancy, and Alfred Hitchcock.
Paradigms of Paranoia: The Culture of Conspiracy in Contemporary
American Fiction. Samuel Chase Coale. The author covers the works
of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Tim O'Brien,
and Paul Auster.
NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES
A READER'S COMPANION TO AMERICAN HISTORY: CONSCRIPTION -
An overview of the military draft in the United States from the American
Revolution through the 1980s (when compulsory draft registration was
instated). Includes a short bibliography. From the Houghton Mifflin
TAJ MAHAL: MEMORIAL TO LOVE –
Tells the story of the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum that immortalizes one
man's love for his wife and the splendor of an era. Includes information
on Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal, the Mughal dynasty, and architectural antecedents
(Humayun's tomb, Akbar's tomb at Sikandra, Itimad-ud-Dualah), and explores
the mystery surrounding its design. From the PBS site Treasures of the
THE ERIE CANAL: A BRIEF HISTORY - http://www.canals.state.ny.us/cculture/history/
The Erie Canal was the engineering marvel of the 19th Century. This
is an account of its planning and development, including the initial
idea from New York's then-Governor DeWitt Clinton, the canal's role
in increasing commerce and westward migration, and its designation as
a national heritage corridor. The site provides a link to a longer account
of this history and to the music for the Erie Canal song. From the New
York State Canal System.
BRITISH HISTORY ONLINE - http://www.british-history.ac.uk
A digital library of text and information about people, places and businesses
from the medieval and early modern period. Searchable, or browsable
by type of history (administrative, ecclesiastical, local, London, and
parliamentary), place, or source. The site includes items such as a
1550 map of London and House of Commons journals from the 16th and 17th
centuries. From the University of London.
DOUBLE-TONGUED WORD WRESTER - http://www.doubletongued.org
This site records words as they enter and leave the English language.
It focuses upon slang, jargon, and other niche categories which include
new, foreign, hybrid, archaic, obsolete, and rare words. Special attention
is paid to the lending and borrowing of words between the various Englishes
and other languages. Browse or search entries such as "spizerinctum,"
"standfirst," and "fourwalling." From a lexicographer
and editor of slang dictionaries.
That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed.
Elderhostel Institute Network
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
and the sweet serenity of books”