New Web Postings For August

Long Range Planning at One LLI – A.L.L., Cape Cod, MA
An Overview of One Program – LIR Athens, GA
Pennsylvania Archaeology and Paleontology Series – CALL, State College, PA
QUEST’s First Decade – QUEST, New York City
Summer Programs – QUEST, New York City

LLI News
LLI News for August

LLI Celebrations for August

Lifelong Learning Institute, Indian River Community College, Ft. Pierce, FL
Lifelong Learning Institute, Indian River Community College Chastain Campus, Stuart, FL
Lifelong Learning Institute, Indian River Community College Mueller Campus, Vero Beach, FL
Lifelong Learning Institute, Indian River Community College St. Lucie West Campus, Port St. Lucie, FL
Lifelong Learning Institute, Indian River Community College Dixon Hendry Campus, Okeechobee, FL
Donovan Scholars, Council on Aging, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Institute for Lifelong Learning, University of North Carolina, Pembroke

Please review your listing on the EIN web site to make sure we have your correct name, contact information, etc. Some of you have changed since receiving OLLI grants and we don’t know about it. You can find your listing at - click on the FIND A LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE link and then go to your state. Send EIN an email if there are changes that need to be made – Thanks for your help with this.

Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years by Nancy Merz Nordstrom, is now in bookstores across the country as well as online. A guidebook for enriching the later years through lifelong learning in the classroom, on educational travel programs and through meaningful community service, Learning Later, Living Greater contains a wealth of quotes and first-person stories by lifelong learners from across the country. Watch your LLI email in September for a special opportunity - just for lifelong learning institutes - to purchase the book at a special price. For more information about the book be sure to visit

Forty-five members of the Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) at Assumption College in Massachusetts took part in an undergraduate Ethics course this past spring. Each member had volunteered for an interview with an Assumption College student who was enrolled in the Ethics course. Each of the students was assigned to a WISE member for the interview. From these interviews the students learned about the application of ethics in life choices and decisions. A reception was held for the students and their WISE partners. Each student presented the WISE member he or she had interviewed with the finished essay which the student had written as a result of the interview.

A year-long project between the U3As in Britain and the British Film Institute under the title of “Older Women in Films” led to an event at the National Film Theatre in London in May. Originally inspired by two U3A participants, members throughout the country reviewed films relevant to this topic. They analyzed almost 1,000 reviews to help create a study pack for future students and hopefully to influence the film industry to create more opportunities for older actresses and audiences with suitable scripts and realistic parts. At the May event, short presentations by a panel of experts in the film environment and in aging research were enthusiastically debated with a lively 200-strong audience. The general opinion seemed to be that, while some venerated actresses do keep the flag flying, the opportunities are very limited in terms of storylines and attitudes towards better and suitable character portrayal from middle age onwards. The audience felt that a sustained campaign to address the difficulties identified was very much in order, and further shared learning joint collaborations in this field may well follow this success. (Taken from U3A News, Summer 2006)

In July, the Lifelong Learning program at Coastal Carolina University presented How to Live Younger, Longer. Dr. John Cappello, a retired physician and pioneer in preventive medicine offered an introductory seminar to his planned course coming this fall on longevity and lifestyles as they relate to diet, exercise, and meditation. Introductory seminars are a great way to peak members interest and gauge success about new courses being planned for a future date.

The Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) at Assumption College in Massachusetts recently hosted, as part of their Guest Lecture Speakers Series, the former Governor and one-time Democratic Nominee for President of the United States, Michael S. Dukakis. He attracted a large crowd and it was a fitting end to the WISE scholastic year. The former Governor of Massachusetts was very interested in what WISE is all about, particularly since he had taught Seniors returning to school in Florida for several semesters in the past. He answered many questions from the audience and encouraged all those attending to get involved with the political process at the grass-roots level.

Citizens of the World: Readings in Human Rights, edited by Nancy Carr. A new anthology containing classic and contemporary selections from around the world illustrating the evolution of human rights.
Keeping Things Whole: Readings in Environmental Science. Drawing on multiple disciplines and including selections by writers who have influenced the way we think about our place in the natural world, this anthology contributes a unique perspective to the ongoing discussion of the problems faced by a world of increasing population and limited resources.

Both these books are available from the Great Books Foundation at or 800-225-5870.

The following list of reference books that “every reader needs,” is taken from the May, 2006 issue of the OMNILORE NEWS, published by the OMNILORE program at California State University, Dominquez Hills.
The Oxford Dictionary of Allusions – A slim volume that will explain the extra meaning or characteristic that an author hoped to conjure up in referring to a name or an event.
The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols – This goes into detail about symbols of literature, religion and national identity.
Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable – An excellent sourcebook on English usage and expression that also record the chief figures of the world’s mythologies as well as superstitions and customs of ancient and modern times.
Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia – It covers all aspects of literature, including short biographies of writers and poets, summaries of books and poems, and definitions of literary terms.
Dictionary of Theories: One Stop to More Than 5,000 Theories – This reference will appeal to nonfiction readers, especially in the fields of science, philosophy, psychology, politics, mathematics, the arts and linguistics.

Collection of hundreds of pieces written by author and New York Times columnist William Safire. Features an archive of his columns for The New York Times Op-Ed section, and a link to his New York Times Magazine column on language topics. Also includes a brief biography. William Safire, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since 1973, wrote his final column for the page on Jan. 24, 2005.

This well-organized site features breaking science news updated every 15 minutes, daily news stories, and a detailed directory of science and health news items. Links to original sources (mostly university research institutes and government agencies) are provided for all news items. Searchable, or browse by topics such as space, mind and brain, fossils, technology, aging, and robotics. The "encyclopedia" is based on reader-contributed content. From a science writer and editor.

This site is a companion to a Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBS) series that traveled to the countries that formed the empire created by Alexander the Great. The site features a description of the journey, a FAQ, a brief biography of Alexander, a teacher's guide, a bibliography, and links to related sites.

Collection of content from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on topics related to the field of genetics. Covers basic information about human genetics, genetic modification of animals, cloning, "designer babies," genetically modified (GM) food, and DNA as evidence in solving crimes. Includes interactive features and games.

This site is a companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series about Egypt's New Kingdom (1550-1212 B.C.). It features a timeline and information about pharaohs such as Ramesses II, Akhenaten, Tutankhamen, and Nefertiti. Also includes interactive features about ancient Egyptian life and hieroglyphic writing, and resources for teachers.

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

“We learn simply by the exposure of living,
and what we learn most natively is the tradition in which we live.”
…David Pierpont Gardner




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