EIN June Newsletter





Welcome to the Lifelong Learning Institute at Charlestown in Catonsville, Maryland. The program is housed at the Charlestown Community, Inc. an Erickson Community.

EIN is pleased to be able to offer all the members of the almost 400 programs affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute Network an exciting new, money-saving, learning opportunity. The Elderhostel Friends and Family program, which is NOT available to the general public, offers significant savings on selected Elderhostel programs. It’s that simple! To see the latest offerings, just click on the link above. From time to time, EIN will send all the LLI offices a quick email with new program offerings so be sure to watch for them. In turn, feel free to print them out and see that your members are made aware of them. They will thank you!

EIN recently received an email from Stan Miller, President of the International Association of Universities of the Third Age (IAUTA) stating that due to the political and economic upheaval in Italy, the conference originally scheduled to be held in Turin this year has been cancelled. Urgent attention is being given to the constitutional requirements of IAUTA that a general assembly be held in 2008, but there are no plans as of yet.


Mike Carter, who taught many Lifelong Learning courses for the OLLI program at Coastal Carolina University before relocating to the Greenville area and now returns to Georgetown County to conduct monthly workshops, is sponsoring a new lifelong learning portal. It’s designed to create an online Lifelong Learning community targeted, initially at least, at an exchange of ideas in the areas of science, philosophy and theology. All those interested are invited to join. Just go to:


and look through the content. If you would like to participate just go to the bottom of the page and look for Subscribe to: Posts. Just click on that link, click “o.k.” in the box that opens and you will be a member of the community. Join in the discussions, add your ideas and learn from the ideas of others as part of a new kind of learning outreach.

Be sure to check out the details on the EIN web site of the innovative summer institute being offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Program in Burlington, Vermont in late June.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Boston offers several courses, via video conferencing, to their satellite location, UMass Boston classrooms in Southern Massachusetts. Among the courses offered this spring are What’s Good to Eat? – From Cairo to Cape Town: Journey Across Africa – Was Abe Lincoln a Christian? – Why is the Cross so Important in the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John? – The Indigenous People of Australia: The History, Culture, and Social Issues of the Real People – Darwin, Evolution & Biology Today

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Maryland and its Center for Civic Literacy conducted a series of eight forums in association with the National Issues Forums Institute and the Kettering Foundation. The goal is to enable citizens to deliberate important issues that set the stage for them to act publicly in concert with others in reclaiming the public’s role in a democracy. The forums were on Ethnic Tension in the United States: How Can We Live and Work Together? Too Many Children Left Behind: How Do We Close the Achievement Gap? Crime and Punishment: Is Justice Being Served? The New Challenges of American Immigration: What Should We Do? News Media and Society: How to Restore the Public Trust. The Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future. Paying for Health Care in America: How Can We Make It More Affordable?

The Center for Civic Literacy/OLLI UMD also conducted a forum for fifteen civic leaders on Ethnic Tensions in the U.S.: How Can We Live and Work Together on April 23. Research from this forum will be used by the Kettering Foundation in its U.S. - Russia 4th New Dartmouth Conference in later 2008. This Conference first met in October 1960 and is the longest continuous bilateral dialogue among citizens of the Soviet Union, now Russia, and the United States.

Illinois State University’s Senior Professionals program had a great time with their Lunch Time Journey series this spring. Community life-long learners spent four lunch hours in April and May exploring four different countries, Russia, Ireland, Sweden and Israel. The Education Committee invites ethnic organizations, churches or community clubs to plan an ethnic lunch and then invites a speaker to lecture on the history, culture and current topics of the country. One session always includes a bus trip to a nearby restaurant for lunch and either a tour of a historical site or lecture. This is the third year for the program and they are already exploring where they will journey in 2009. This program gets filled up within three weeks of the brochure being mailed.

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina have been asked for their input by the University. CCU would like their assistance in determining if there is interest in a proposed undergraduate major in Graphic Design and a proposed graduate major in Professional and Creative Writing. The proposed undergraduate Graphic Design major will include the tools, technologies, creative processes, and design skills essential to prepare students for a professional career in Graphic Design. The proposed graduate Professional and Creative Writing program will include advanced and diverse training in the areas of creative writing, professional writing, and research. Along with diverse coursework, this program will allow specializations in fields such as technical, business, scientific, and legal writing to prepare students for professional careers as professional/technical writers, researchers, and teachers.

Members of the Minnesota State University for Seniors have been asked, via ballot, to vote on a possible program name change. Should the name remain the same or should it be changed to Mankato Area Lifelong Learners? The results? 75% of the members voted for the name change. For the most part, those who did not vote for the name change did so because of the acronym MALL. So from now on the program will be known as the Mankato Area Lifelong Learners.

For the first time a PLATO (University of Wisconsin, Madison) class offering required participants to bring a laptop computer to each session. The course centered around new genealogy software. Students learned how to load version 16 of the Family Tree Maker onto their computer. Within a short time, everyone was busy entering information about their families and working toward their genealogy goals. Later in the semester one session was spent at the Wisconsin State Historical Society. The class will continue in the coming semester with emphasis on continuing to learn features of Family Tree Maker and to explore many more sources of online genealogical research.

Last fall more than 13 members of the ILEAD program at Dartmouth University in New Hampshire, took the first free, full-length ILEAD course designed to help members develop an idea into a catalog ready course. Most participants left the class confident, competent, and ready to teach. The class generated 14 new catalog-ready courses.

Last month the new Shoreline Institute of Lifelong Learning on Connecticut hosted State Senator Ed Meyer. Senator Meyer shared his experiences as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice during the 1960s. Appointed by then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Ed investigated and prosecuted the Vito Genovese family of the Cosa Nostra. He also discussed the infiltration of organized crime into legitimate business then and now.

In August the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine will be moving into a new home in a brand new building, and, thanks to this new space, will begin holding classes five days a week. An OLLI Transition Team has been hard at work meeting regularly to anticipate the changes and make recommendations concerning the best way to handle them. The Advisory Board has been giving careful consideration to each of their recommendations. Everyone is working hard to assure that change at OLLI result in momentum that moves them in a positive direction, filled with excitement and possibilities.

Members of the Furman University Learning in Retirement program in South Carolina are not letting any possible phobias about science and math stop them. Among the courses being offered this spring are Geography and Archeology/Biblical World – Cosmology – Statistics – Galileo – The Universe – Aspects of Biology.

Recently, one of the members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, formerly Lagniappe Studies Unlimited, at Louisiana State University talked about the many Elderhostel programs he has attended. EIN was told that many of the OLLI students enjoy Elderhostel programs.

This past spring, members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College in Massachusetts took a course entitled Uncle Joe Stalin: Not Your Average Joe, Not Your Average Uncle. Participants examined the social forces that framed his early revolutionary years, the dramatic events of 1917 and the bloody civil war that followed. His rise to power, the tyranny he imposed on the country, WWII, the Cold War years and finally, the legacy he left following his death in 1953 were also discussed.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York will be participating in the Saratoga ArtsFest, a three-day celebration of the arts, including music, dance, fine art, film, theater and writing. This year it will take place throughout Saratoga from June 13-15. The Academy will be participating with an art show and readings of members’ original works. The ArtsFest will be a wonderful climax to their 15th Anniversary year!

This spring some of the members of the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Bluffton University in Ohio have been learning to play the Recorder, thanks to a four-week introductory course, complete with the history of the Recorder, basic notes, and simple songs. At the end of the course participants were treated to a guest performer from the Bluffton University faculty.

The QUEST program in New York City uses an excellent and very informational bookmark to help spread the word about their program. One side explains what the program is all about, where it is located, and who it is affiliated with. The other side of the bookmark contains information about the courses and gives some examples as well.

Members of the Chemeketa Center for Learning in Retirement in Oregon were treated to a new course this spring. Thanks to Brad Toliver, a member who goes to Mexico every winter to follow the sunshine that is missing in Oregon, they were brought up to date on the history of Mexico and some of the amazing art that comes from that country.

Expressing our well thought-out opinions and influencing others with our ideas are common desires. Increasingly we face the frustrations of ambiguous community programs, distorted civic directions, and the almost overwhelming burdens of healthcare system paperwork and interpretation. Even our interpersonal and organizational relationships benefit by our communicating with greater impact. To address these issues the members of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, took a course entitled Think, Write & Speak with Impact. They were taught easy-to-use strategies and tactics to enable them to present their ideas in a clear manner that will help ensure a positive reception.

The OLLI-JILL program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville is changing the format for nearly every course, bringing immediate benefits to the membership. Holding 90-minute sessions (without a break) instead of the previous two-hour sessions (with a break) answers the wishes of many participants who said they would appreciate the chance to continue discussions without interruption or loss of momentum. Because of this change they will have access to an excellent room, complete with the best equipment, and nearby parking.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama, Huntsville held it’s very own Antiques Road Show. Thirty of the members got the unique opportunity to receive a free, verbal appraisal for one personal item such as jewelry, furniture, artifacts, documents, books, stamps/coins, fossils, etc. from a local appraiser. He also selected various items as the most valuable, the most unusual and the oldest.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of S. Florida in Tampa offers members a way to gain self-confidence and develop a stimulating course. This hands-on workshop guides them through the process of shaping their idea into a class suitable for LIR, SeniorNet or any adult audience. Focus will be on course development, preparation and delivery. They will understand how adults learn, how to use common classroom tools, and what OLLI-USF resources are available to them. They will also learn how to prepare presentations, manage groups effectively and get their ideas across in an entertaining yet effective manner. Practice and feedback sessions will help them gain confidence and improve their course. The cost of admission is simply their idea for what they might teach, and their willingness to work at developing it in to a great class.


Thanks to the Omnilore Program at California State University, Dominquez Hills for the following suggestions.

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story, by Diane Ackerman, is a true story of wartime Poland, based on the diaries of Antonia Zabinski, the wife of Jan Zabinski who ran the Warsaw Zoo. This courageous couple sheltered over 300 Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, constantly risking the lives of themselves and their family.
War in Val D’Orcia: An Italian War Diary-1943-1944, by Iris Origo presents a daily record of living in Tuscany during the war. The author’s personal account gives a day to day picture of life in rural Italy.
Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life, by Ted Gup. His premise is that secrecy in the federal government, on college campuses, in courts and in the corporate world, is generally undercutting a central condition necessary in a democracy – the ability to know.


Arthur C. Clarke: The Science and the Fiction

An article and interview with science fiction author, futurist, and rocket enthusiast Arthur C. Clarke commemorating his 1945 predictions in his article "Extra-Terrestrial Relays: Can Rocket Stations Give World Wide Radio Coverage?" The article, published in the magazine Wireless World in 2005, describes how Clarke's "prediction of satellite communications has come true in ways.

Arthur C. Clarke

This 2000 article discusses the career of Arthur C. Clarke and considers how "for decades, the author of the science-fiction classics '2001: A Space Odyssey' and 'Childhood's End' has exhibited an uncanny ability to see the future." For example, the article notes that "in 1945 ... 12 years before Sputnik, Clarke predicted a global relay system of radio and television signals using geosynchronous satellites." From Salon.com.

The Ancient Americas

This exhibition "takes you on a journey through 13,000 years of human ingenuity and achievement in the western hemisphere, where hundreds of diverse societies thrived long before the arrival of Europeans." Features an exhibition overview, a FAQ about culture and the Americas, essays (about topics such as the Ice Age), interactive features, links to related collections, educational resources (including a glossary and reading materials), and more. From the Field Museum, Chicago.

Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA)

This is "a digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." Searchable; or browse material by title, place name, creator, type (such as texts and maps), date, or subjects such as daily life and customs, travel and transportation, and religion and festivals. Also includes educational modules and project background. From Rice University.

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




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