NEW EIN WEB POSTINGS FOR MAY
Under MANAGING YOUR LLI
An Elderquest Update
Amazing Survival Stories – BILL – Western MA
Fall 2006 Survey Results – LIR - Athens, GA
How to Become Informed About Nearly Everything – OLLI – UMICH, Ann Arbor
Mondays at the IRP – IRP – New York City
Saturday Lecture Series – Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head, SC
2006 Fiscal Highlights – Lifetime Learning Institute of N. Virginia

Under UPCOMING CONFERENCES
New England/East Regional Conference Update
Midwest Registration Form

LLI News
LLI News for May

Under LLI CELEBRATIONS
LLI Celebrations & Congratulations for May

UPDATE ON NEW ENGLAND/EAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE

EIN would like to call your attention to the new posting under UPCOMING CONFERENCES that gives details of the fast-approaching New England/East Regional Conference being held from June 3-5, 2007 at the SOAR program in Potsdam, New York. The update discusses some of the very exciting workshops being planned for the conference as well as an outstanding pre-conference program. This is your chance to meet and mingle with LLI members far and near. So don’t delay. Sign up now at their conference web site – www.potsdam.edu/SOAR/conference, or contact the conference coordinator, Nancy Hess at hessnl@potsdam.edu. Time is running out.

UPDATE ON MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Learning-Leadership-Innovation, the regional Midwest Regional Lifelong Learning Conference planned for this coming August 19-21, 2007, at the Institute for Continued Learning, Roosevelt University in Shaumburg, IL has attracted a lot of attention across the country. Attend and share your knowledge with others. To register for the conference, submit a presentation proposal, or to get all the details please visit the EIN web site and look under Upcoming Conferences.

NEW AFFILIATE WELCOME
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Connecticut in Waterbury is an academic cooperative that provides mature adults with opportunities for intellectual development, cultural stimulation and social interaction. Their programs are centered around classes developed and taught by members who volunteer their time and talents to share their knowledge and interests with other members. The OLLI program also sponsors special events featuring noted authors, scholars and experts in respected professional fields. EIN and all the affiliated LLIs welcome you!

LIFELONG LEARNING MONTH
Thanks to the efforts of Jo-Ellen Unger, director of the Academy for Lifelong Learning in Saratoga Springs, NY, September 2007 has been declared Lifelong Learning Month in the state of New York. The resolution was passed by both the assembly and the senate of New York State. Other New York State Lifelong Learning Institutes might think about planning a special public event to call attention to Lifelong Learning Institutes during September. Jo-Ellen also says that since 2007 - 2008 will be ALR's fifteenth anniversary year and they have chosen the theme of Celebrate Diversity!, they are planning a free open-to-the-public event during Lifelong Learning Month (September) focusing on the culture, art, language and food of China. They would be very interested in hearing of other Lifelong Learning Month activities planned by other LLIs. You can contact Jo-Ellen at
jo-ellen.unger@esc.edu

ATTENTION OLLIS
Please check your listing on the EIN web site to make sure we have your most current contact information and new name if applicable. EIN has no way of knowing if anything has changed unless you tell us. With the latest round of Osher funding there may be some of you who are now Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. You want to make sure that the 80,000+ visitors to the Elderhostel site every month see your correct information.

A NEW HOME FOR QUEST
Thanks to Quest member Barbara Blakemore for this submission.
On January 3, 2007, QUEST, along with our host, City College's Center for Worker Education, moved into new facilities at 25 Broadway, in the financial district of Lower Manhattan. We left Tribeca reluctantly (after all, 99 Hudson Street had been our home for the first twelve years of our life), but when that building was slated to be converted to apartments, City College snapped up the 7th floor of the elegant old Cunard Building and invited us to share it with them. (The arrangement is the same as it was at 99 Hudson; the space is ours until 3 P.M., their's in the late afternoon and evening.)

Our initial apprehension about moving (why is the prospect of change always so discomfiting?) began to dissolve once we saw our new school. There was SPACE, newly reconfigured to serve the needs of students whatever their age: light-filled classrooms, each equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technological equipment; and auditorium; a large lunchroom with our own refrigerator, microwave and coffee machine; a computer lab; quarters for our busy volunteer office staff; brand new restroom facilities (and probably other amenities we haven't even discovered yet!) There is excellent transportation - numerous subway and bus lines converge on the Wall Street area. The neighborhood is chock-a-block with restaurants, from take-out places to more leisurely sit-down spots. And there are small museums (The National Museum of the American Indian, the Finance Museum, and Federal Hall, to name just three), which can be visited during lunchtime or following afternoon class. (In fact one enterprising Quester has inaugurated a new course based on visits to these museums and a study of their history and collections.) Are we happy with our new digs? Yes, indeed!

OPTOMETRISTS IN COURT – LLI COLLABORATION
Thanks to Ed Aqua for contributing this information.
For the first time in the history of optometric schools, students are being immersed in a medical malpractice environment. Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry is currently heading up a research project, made possible by one of the many coveted Presidential Faculty Research and Development Grants, which gives optometry students experience in dealing with medical malpractice lawsuits. The project, known as “Optometrist in Court,” is a collaborative effort among the College of Optometry, Shepard Broad Law Center , and the Life-Long Learning Institute.

The project hinges on a faux-malpractice lawsuit filed by a virtual patient against an entire firm of optometrists. The case is being resolved not only by the optometry and law students involved, but also with the help of a real Broward County court judge. For the trial, NSU’s optometry students are taking on the roles of both patient and doctor, serving as plaintiffs, witnesses, as well as, doctors in the defense. The law students, naturally posing as licensed attorneys, are prosecuting and defending the case, while the Life-Long Learning Institute’s students are serving as the deliberating jury members. The trial began on March 14, and was held in the mock court room within the Shepard Broad Law Center.

This was a very exciting project that spanned three weeks of events with the members of the Lifelong Learning Institute constituting the 20 person jury panel from which 6 jurors and 2 alternates were chosen. The “trial” and a review of the jury process, held in the third week, was videoed as a learning tool. It has been these types of collaborations which have made our program noted across the campus

LLI BENEFIT
Members of the ILR at Bergen Community College in New Jersey enjoy a special benefit of membership – they can take part in the Dental Hygiene Clinic. This on-campus program is open to those with a BCC student ID. There is a minimal charge for the services.

READ ACROSS AMERICA
Members of the Senior College at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center took part in this national program by reading in small groups to the kindergarteners, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders in nearby schools. The children’s response was great, the love genuine, and members felt this was the perfect way to spark a child’s interest in something that can last a lifetime.

LEARNING CLUB TOURS LOCAL NON-PROFIT
Members of the Learning Club at Winona State University in Minnesota toured Winona ORC Industries. ORC Industries has been part of the community since 1973 and their motto “Where abilities and disabilities become possibilities,” reflects their mission. After the tour members listened to a brief talk about the goals of the organization.

ARTS & SMARTS
Since the Lifetime Learning Institute at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale is so close to Washington D.C. they offer members Arts & Smarts tours. In February they visited the Luce Foundation Center for American Art. In March their tour took them to the Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C.’s first art museum. April saw them at the American Portrait Gallery and this month they will go to the Museum of the American Indian. Finally, in July they will tour the Phillips Gallery.

OLLI BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW HOME
Nearly 100 people attended the University of Southern Maine’s “Big Dig” last fall. The groundbreaking for the Wishcamper Center, which will house the Muskie School and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, is a four-story facility which will be part of a new gateway to the Portland Campus of USM. The building is scheduled to be completed in time for classes in the fall of 2008.

COMPUTER TALKS
The OMNILORE program at California State University, Dominquez Hills offers members a way to upgrade their computer skills. Members recently learned about PowerPoint and how to spruce up their presentations. Along with that they took a quick look at the new GPS systems and some of the special features that come with this technology.

MURDER AT DESMOND
Members of the L.I.F. E. program at Mount Saint Mary College-Desmond Campus, in Newburgh, NY took part in a murder mystery game this past winter. It was the re-creation of the 1927 film classic, The Cat and the Canary with a twist. The ending was changed and members had to solve it. The first two classes were preparation for the big event. Class three took place after the murder and the reading of the will. Refreshments and costumes were part of the third class. The class was limited to 14, but anyone who wanted could register to attend the third class as the audience.

RETIREMENT ISSUES FOR MEN
Upon retiring, a man faces not only a whole new set of opportunities, but also must confront a number of serious problems. His career behind him, he can undertake new activities, new hobbies, new lifestyles. But after the initial euphoria, he must find what is meaningful in his life. This class, given by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College in Arizona focused on some of the special issues a man faces when he retires and how to deal with these issues. Participants shared their experiences, their goals, their joy and their concerns.

EVENING LECTURES
The Lifelong Learning Institute, Inc. at Edison College in Punta Gorda, Florida offered their 2007 Distinguished Lecture Series on the 4th Wednesdays of January, February and March from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics for the lectures were The Role of Public Broadcasting: Past, Present and Future – Charlotte Country Today and Tomorrow – Iraq Four Years Later.

PR FOR THE IRPE
The Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education (IRPE) at Brooklyn College in New York have been enjoying favorable publicity on several fronts. They were visited by their local cable television station which taped a class on prize winning novels. They had several feature articles in the local newspaper including one entitled “Young at Heart.” Finally one of their newer members, who writes a weekly column for another local newspaper has been busy placing articles about the IRPE. On another note, members of the IRPE recently viewed Al Gore’s Oscar winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

CLASS LOCATIONS
Members of the Lifetime Learning Institute at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale are used to taking classes in assorted locations around their community. Classes are held in churches, libraries, theatres, historic houses, retirement villages, parks, community centers, senior centers, government centers, botanical gardens, ranger stations, and on campus, in all approximately 17-20 locations.

ALL ESTABLISHES FOUNDATION
The Academy for Lifelong Learning at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee has recently established the Jim Bausch Foundation in honor of Jim’s many contributions to the formation and development of their program. For the most part, this fund will be used for curricular opportunities that will address one of Jim’s dreams for the Academy, the financial ability to attract well-versed and well-known teachers or speakers who are knowledgeable in the implications and nuances of our growing global society. It is hoped that although Jim’s precious presence has been lost, through this Foundation, they can balance some of that loss by doing what they can to keep alive his dreams for the Academy.

NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES
Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate, by Michael D. Yates. The road trip is a staple of modern American literature. But nowhere in American literature, until now, has an economist hit the road, observing and interpreting the extraordinary range and spectacle of U.S. life, revealing its conflicts and contradictions with humor and insight. The author was professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for many years. What he has to say reveals much, beyond the statistics and case studies, about the day-to-day lives of ordinary working-class people on the bottom rung of the ladder. He brings a fresh perspective to the broadening debate on how class works in America today.

Thanks to the OMNILORE program at the University of California Dominquez Hills for these suggestions.
The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books that Mattered Most to Them, edited by Roxanne J Coady and Joy Johannessen.
And Still We Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner City Students, by Miles Corwin.
A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walther J. Miller Jr.

NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES
THE MEDIEVAL SCIENCE PAGE - http://members.aol.com/mcnelis/medsci_index.html
This site features annotated links to Internet resources worldwide which deal with aspects of medieval science, both in Western and other cultures. Topics include animals, astronomy,
botany, mathematics, and other subjects. This site was designed, and is intended, for collegiate-level (adult) viewers. From a medieval British literature professor and journal editor.

LIFE IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND: A COMPENDIUM OF COMMON KNOWLEDGE, 1558-1603 – http://renaissance.dm.net/compendium/
Information about Elizabethan England from a living history perspective. This is not a series of essays or articles, but rather bites of Elizabethan life. ... It is primarily social history, not political or military. Includes information about games, food, money, religion, fashion, education, and more. Also includes links to related sites.

MIND AND BODY: RENE DESCARTES TO WILLIAM JAMES -
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/Mind/Table.html

This essay traces major contributions to theories of mind, body and their relationship. Starting with Descartes ... we will note the way in which 17th and 18th century ideas developed in direct response to the Cartesian challenge, and then relate 19th century mind/brain theorizing to progress in understanding the brain as the 'organ of mind' and the mind as a powerful source of physical illness and cure. From a psychology professor.

AFRICAN AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY AND CULTURES -
http://www.anthro.uiuc.edu/faculty/cfennell/bookmark3.html

This web site is designed to provide convenient access to online presentations and resources concerning the subjects of African American archaeology, history and cultures, and broader subjects of African diaspora archaeology. Includes links to bibliographies, research institutes, and heritage sites. From a University of Illinois anthropology professor.

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

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”
…Herbert Spencer







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