EIN July Newsletter



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FRIENDS AND FAMILY OPPORTUNITY – A BENEFIT OF BELONGING TO EIN
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!
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SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Institutes at the Auburn University, along with University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and University of Alabama-Huntsville, are sponsoring a Southeast Regional conference for institutes for learning in retirement (lifelong learning institutes), from July 31-August 1. All interested ILR administrators and members are welcome. All information is available at

www.auburn.edu/outreach/opo

. Planners have grant underwriting, so have been able to keep the registration fee to just $40. This will cover all meeting costs, a lunch and an evening reception. The cost of lodging is not included, but is available at a special conference fee. Those interested in more information should email Mary Quinn Burkhart directly at

burkhmq@auburn.edu

, or call her 334-844-3102.

FAREWELL TO PAMELA LEMAY
Pamela LeMay, longtime director of the Creative Retirement Institute at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington is retiring after nearly 16 years at the helm. She will continue working at the college on a part-time basis as director of three other programs - Prior Learning Assessment, College in the High School, and Business Week. Along with that, she and her husband have a trip to Spain/Portugal planned for late September thru mid October. We’ll miss you Pam but wish you all the best.

NEW YORK TIMES HONORS QUEST CENTENARIAN
Ruth Proskauer Smith, an active member of the QUEST Program in New York City will be 101 years old in August and she’s still going strong. In April, the New York Times devoted a large article in their Metro section to Mrs. Smith and her life. She teaches a class every Tuesday at QUEST about the United States Supreme Court, and runs a “tight ship” when coordinating and presenting that day’s lecture. Along with that, as a member of the Quest Acting Class, she played a lead role in their year-end performance. You can read the entire article, along with her memories about former Governor Al Smith, buying her Dakota apartment from the actress Lillian Gish, and learn her secret to longevity and more at

www.nytimes.com/nyregion

. The article is entitled “All Rise! A Centenarian Will Analyze the Supreme Court.”

ANNUAL WISCONSIN STATE-WIDE MEETING
The PLATO program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison will be the host this coming September 25-27, 2008 to the annual Wisconsin state-wide meeting of lifelong learning institutes.



NEBRASKA OLLI AWARDED GRANT
The University of Nebraska -Lincoln OLLI program has been awarded a Million Dollar Endowment to the UNL foundation and a $50,000 dollar bridge grant to supplement the interest of the million dollars and the dues income from the now over 600 members. Congratulations to the program and to Deanna Eversoll in particular. It was her initiative starting back in 1988 that eventually launched the SAGE program (Sharing Across Generations for Enrichment) in 1992, which evolved into the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. As Deanna says, it’s wonderful to know that the program now has the financial foundation to serve many generations to come.

THANK YOU
Thank you to the Learning in Retirement Association (LIRA) program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell for their kind invitation to present an Intersession Program last month. Despite the hot weather and lack of air conditioning, 20 intrepid learners turned out to hear me talk about EIN, lifelong learning in the United States and around the world, and about my book, Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years.

20TH ANNIVERSARY ART FESTIVAL
The McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement will be celebrating its 20th anniversary from August 2009 to June 2010. To celebrate this landmark, the Committee for the 20th Anniversary of MILR plans to hold an Art Festival to showcase the work of their creative members in the artistic and cultural community of Montreal. The underlying theme proposed for this event is “The Colours and Shades of McGill.” The Art Festival will be curated by the owner of a local gallery. Members are invited to send their CV and samples of their work to the Committee.

A TOUCH OF SCANDINAVIA
Members of the Lyceum program in Binghamton, New York recently enjoyed an evening of Swedish food and history. After partaking of a traditional Swedish smorgasbord, attendees listened to a brief history of the Vikings, the notorious sea raiders who ruled the northern coastal regions of Europe in the 9th and 10th centuries.

CARPOOLING
In an attempt to save money on gas, members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina can arrange carpools by calling the OLLI office to set it up. Something for everyone to think about.

WHO DONE IT?
This spring, members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College in New Hampshire spent four weeks examining Who Done It? An Historical Survey of Detective Fiction. They were introduced to the early practitioners such as Poe and Doyle, who shaped the form of detective fiction, and to the 20th Century writers such as Christie and Hammett, who established its direction. This survey also investigated the conventions, practices and techniques of detective fiction in all its glory.

WISE AT THE ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
Last fall, 25 students from WISE (Assumption College, MA) got a closer look at both the interior architecture of the American Antiquarian Society and its collection of materials. The course featured a series of lectures by the museum staff, tours of its stacks and a tour of the 2002 state-of-the-art addition to the building. A hands-on workshop allowed participants to work with the library’s original materials.

ORGAN CONCERT
Members of the Institute for Continuing Learning at Young Harris College in Georgia enjoyed a classical concert of organ and instruments, given by long-time member, Bob Wolfersteig and some of his musical friends. A Doctor of Music, Fulbright Scholar and winner of the National Organ-playing Contest, he and his wife Eloise are noted in ICL for the six Organ Crawls and lecture recitals they have lead.

SPIRITUALITY FOR THE LATER YEARS
This past spring, members of the new Shoreline Institute of Lifelong Learning in Guilford, CT addressed successful aging through such essential tasks as embracing sorrow, savoring blessedness, nurturing intimacy, re-imagining work and taking on the mystery. Each of the four sessions included a presentation, time for personal reflection, and group dialogue.

WEEKEND EXCURSIONS
Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina are very busy on the weekends. Some of their activities include Waccamaw, Birding at Hobcaw, Lowcountry Excursions to Sandy Island, a Gullah Rice Festival at Parkersville Park, Pawleys Island, a visit to the Art Works Spring Exhibit Receptions a POPS Concert, tea at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange, a trip to the First Flush Festival at the Charleston Tea Plantation, and a trip to the opera to enjoy Die Fledermaus.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
Members of the Academy for Lifelong Learning in Saratoga Springs, NY took part in a “morning after” reviews of the new PBS Jane Austen Masterpiece films.
Round table discussions about the HBO mini-series John Adams would also provide stimulating discussions.

L.I.F.E. DRUM SERIES
Thanks to a grant from NYSMF, this past spring the L.I.F.E. program at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York continued a free series of exciting, percussion programs by percussionist Jeff Haynes. Along with classes, end-of-month concerts were held on the campus. In March the programs featured the enchanted sounds of Brazil with Samba and Bossa Nova rhythms. Jeff took participants beyond the drums and rhythms, however, on a percussive journey to Brazil to experience various instruments, music and history. They learned first-hand how this genre connects with others. The program in April featured the Klezmer. Klezmer is the music of Jewish culture that celebrates life, love and invites the world to dance. Drumming is the driving force in the music and Jeff showed the attendees how to bring the many different rhythmic patterns to bear with this genre.

THE NAKED QUAKER
Members of the ILEAD program at Dartmouth University in New Hampshire recently enjoyed a wine and cheese lecture event entitled The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England. The author of this new book by the same name, Diane Rapaport, brought history to life with true court case - amusing, poignant, and sometimes shocking – about our feisty colonial ancestors.

NEW SUMMER SEMESTER
For the first time, several courses will be offered in June at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College in Massachusetts. Three courses are scheduled at this time; other courses are being developed. Each course is scheduled to meet four times. The three courses are When Heavenly Bodies Cross Paths; US/Latin American relationships: Challenges and Opportunities in an Election Year; Berkshire Cultural Attractions: An Inside View.

A UNIQUE LOOK AT IRAQ
Members of the Chemeketa Center for Learning in Retirement in Woodburn, Oregon, in cooperation with the Woodburn Public Library gave the community a chance to learn more about Iraq through the program, Night of a Thousand Starts and other Portraits of Iraq. Photojournalist Joel Preston Smith presented his collection taken during a stay in Iraq.


HISTORY COURSES
At the Furman University Learning in Retirement program in South Carolina, History courses are very popular. During this past winter they offered the following courses: Historical Shaping of Jesus; History of Jazz; Planters, Slaves and the Civil War; German History, 19th & 20th Centuries; History of English Cathedrals; America in the 1930s; Great Jewish Philosophers.



MASTER LEADERS PLAQUE
The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York has come up with an excellent way to honor Study Group Leaders. Those who have led 15 or more classes will have their names added to the Master Leaders Plaque which was unveiled last December. The plaque will occupy a place of honor at the program for all to see.


BEFORE THE DAWN
This past winter members of the QUEST program in New York City were treated to a fascinating discussion with the author of Before the Dawn. This book received a 2007 Science-in-Society Journalism Award. The author has drawn on new findings to present the first portrait of a special and hitherto mysterious group of human ancestors – the ancestral human population that lived in Africa 50,000 years ago and from whom everyone in the world today is descended.


OUR ULTIMATE BELIEFS
What’s worth living for? We don’t often ask that question out loud or discuss it with our family and friends. But members of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the University of South Florida in Sarasota-Manatee took on this formidable task. Using a round-table discussion format, they sought to articulate their personal beliefs through sharing and spiritual practices. They did class exercises in meditation ritual, contemplation, nature, and self-reflection. There were several guest speakers and they also examined religious writings within the context of the class.



ONLINE COURSES
The OLLI-JILL program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville offered an online nutrition and fitness course this past spring. BeSmart was a pilot online course that gave members a chance to experience an asynchronous online course and to investigate all the commonly used online course tools as the participants explored and discussed current research in the areas of nutrition and fitness. Participants could take the course whenever they wanted it, at their leisure. It was designed so they could start whenever they wished and complete any of the assignments that interested them. There was no charge for the course, but participants had to be members of OLLI-JILL to participate.

CONTRA DANCING
This past winter, members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama in Huntsville enjoyed a new activity. The evening began with dinner at a local restaurant, after which the group drove to a local church for a fun evening of instruction and activity in the art of Contra dancing.

A SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP IS BORN
Learning in Retirement in Athens, Georgia recently developed a new Special Interest Group (SIG) based on a course that ended last fall. Two-thirds of the class just didn’t want to let go of the subject, String of Pearls: Writing Your Life Story. So now the course has evolved into a SIG writing group that meets monthly to provide mutual support as participants reach for the mutual but also individual goal of writing their autobiography. Members listen to snippets of each other’s writing (3-4 pages) and then critique the writer, commenting on good points, pointing out elements of confusion, and offering suggestions. As the group grows, smaller groups will be formed so that everyone has a chance to read his or her piece and receive the input, encouragement and support so necessary to stay motivated and keep the process moving.

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER
A wealthy philanthropist friend of yours wishes to honor you by hosting a luxurious diner party and you are invited to bring several guests of your choice. You may decide to invite legends of the past, heroes of today and/or leaders in business or the arts. Of course, you are expected to introduce your guests to other participants. Furthermore, you have the choice of a restaurant anywhere in the world where you wish this event to take place, including your choice of menu, as well as appropriate conversation of common interest. This is how members of the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement in Montreal spent the last five weeks. Participants introduced each guest, discussed their fame or notoriety, their contribution to humanity and personal details of their lives. They also stated why each personality was chosen. Finally they told the group their choice of a locale for the dinner party, including the menu and wine selections.

U3A’S AND MUSIC
Just like our programs, the U3As in the UK embrace the study of music in all forms, and have even developed a music appreciation network throughout the country. A quick look through their curriculum bulletin Sources shows the following: Opera Appreciation – Singing and Music Making – Music Workshop – Chamber Music – Musical Composition – Lend Me Your Ears – Music Lovers Everywhere – The Same Song Sheet – Listening to French Song – Exploring Music – What’s the Score – Listening to Music – Music From 1900 – Vintage Brass – Singing for Pleasure – Oompah Pah! – Passion for Opera – A Ring for All Ages – Playing Music – Hand Bell Ringing – That’s Jazz – All That Jazz – the Jazz Group – Music Performance – Jazz Outings.

NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES


Thanks to the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement in Montreal for these suggestions, taken from their Winter, 2008 newsletter.

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, by Stephen Greenblatt. Written by a noted Shakespearian scholar, this is a wonderfully researched and readable account of how Shakespeare’s experiences inform his works.
Hons and Rebels, by Jessica Mitford. This classic memoir is still the best introduction to this remarkable family.
What Do Muslims Believe?, by Ziauddin Sardar. A clear and dispassionate answer to most of our questions. Tells us what most Muslims have in common and explains where they diverge.
Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolutions, by Simon Schama. A brilliant, lively, and moving account of an important chapter in American and Canadian history.

NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES


NUCLEAR POWER 2010


Background and updates about this "joint government/industry cost-shared effort to identify sites for new nuclear power plants, develop and bring to market advanced nuclear plant technologies, evaluate the business case for building new nuclear power plants, and demonstrate untested regulatory processes." Includes a fact sheet, press releases, current events and projects, and a deployment scorecard listing new applications, permits issued, and related data on new reactor activity. From the U.S. Department of Energy.


ALTERNATIVE FUELS & ADVANCED VEHICLES DATA CENTER


The website for this center (formerly known as the Alternative Fuels Data Center), includes information about alternate fuels (such as biodiesel, electricity, hydrogen, ethanol, natural gas and propane), vehicle conversions, emissions, fuel economy, hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, idle reduction, and similar topics. Includes a fueling station locator, laws, news, events, and more. From the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY: TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY R&D CENTER


Background and updates about transportation research at this national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. Provides fact sheets, publications, and other material about topics such as fuel cells, hybrid electric vehicles, powertrains, vehicle recycling, heavy vehicle idling and fuel use, combustion and emissions control sensors, modeling and computing, and materials and manufacturing. Includes links to related government websites.



RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH: CONFLICTS OF INTEREST


This teaching module aims to instruct the reader how to define the different types of conflicts of interest that arise during scientific and medical research at universities, "and also identify conflicts of interest at the individual, institutional, and IRB [Institutional Review Board] levels." Includes case studies about a "promising new drug" and an "entrepreneurial anthropologist" with expert commentary and annotations, and a foundation text about types of conflicts of interest. From Columbia University.



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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