NEW EIN WEB POSTINGS FOR AUGUST
Under MANAGING YOUR LLI
Class Representatives – ILEAD Program,
A History of SOAR – SOAR Program,
ILEAD Summer Program – ILEAD
Some Answers to a Question, Lyceum
Culture by Design – Lifelong
Learners, Fairfield, CT
Under UPCOMING CONFERENCES
Positive Aging Conference Announcement
Positive Aging Conference
LLI News for August
Under LLI CELEBRATIONS
LLI Celebrations & Congratulations
NEW AFFILIATES WELCOME
Please welcome the following programs to the Network.
Lifetime Learning Institute, SUNY New Paltz, New York
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of N. Florida, Jacksonville
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Stonewall Communities Lifelong Learning Institute, Wheelock College,
POSITIVE AGING CONFERENCE
Be sure to check the new postings under UPCOMING CONFERENCES for information
on the Positive Aging Conference being held December 6 - 8, 2007 at
Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Many national organizations
are involved including AARP, Generations United, and the American Society
on Aging. For lots more information go to the conference web site at
FORMER WISE DIRECTOR STARTS NEW COMPANY
Charlene L. Martin, Ed.D., the former Dean of Continuing Education at
Assumption College in Worcester, MA and the founding director of the
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE), the first Lifelong
Learning Institute in Central Massachusetts is using her expertise as
a specialist in older adult learning in a new and different way. She
has established her company, Pathfinders Retirement Innovations, after
almost thirty years of experience in the field of continuing education
and older adult education. Dr. Martin presents seminars around the country
on issues pertaining to older adults and the Boomer retirement and also
assists institutions of higher education in the design of learning opportunities
for older adults. Recent seminars include "What do Boomers Want?
Programming Tips for the Retirement Revolution" and "A Boomer's
Midlife Guide to the New Retirement." If your program is interested
in learning more about the coming wave of Baby Boomers and what you
need to do to attract them to your program you may want to contact Charlene.
More information may be found at www.pathfindersretirement.com
ALL SPEAKERS BUREAU
The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Empire State College in Saratoga
Springs, New York has a Speakers Bureau standing ready to help churches,
social, professional and retirement groups fill their program slots
with an interesting and informative program about the Academy. They
ask members to recommend the Speakers Bureau to organizations they are
familiar with in order to help spread the word about ALL.
Lifelong Learners at Coastal Carolina University enjoy a program called
the Moveable Feast, a literary luncheon. This month participants
will enjoy a special program with Pulitzer-prize winning journalist
and historian Hank Klibanof discussing the book he co-authored with
Gene Roberts entitled The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights
Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. This is the story
of how America awakened to its race problem and how the press came to
understand the importance of the civil rights struggle. The Race Beat
is an unprecedented account of one of the most volatile periods in our
CREATIVE FUND RAISING
The MSU for Seniors program in Mankato, MN took advantage of a special
opportunity to raise funds during the holiday season. According to Anita
Dittrich, the MSU Office Manager, the local Barnes & Noble Booksellers
offered clubs in the community an opportunity to serve their book-buying
customers by gift-wrapping their purchases. Barnes & Noble furnished
the wrapping paper and tape, clubs furnished the 'manpower.' There was
NO CHARGE for the gift-wrapping, but donations were appreciated! Hardly
any customers went away without dropping SOMETHING in the 'money basket,'
and all the money was kept by the participating club. Some gave more,
some gave less, but overall the donation rate was very gratifying. As
you may expect, many clubs were eager to participate, there was a waiting
list to be able to participate, and the closer to Christmas it got,
the more giftwrapping needed to be done! Thanks to this effort, the
MSU for Seniors coffers were $109.32 richer. It’s not too early
to contact a Barnes and Noble and see if your program can do something
HOW MUSIC SHAPED THE CONFEDERACY
This course, given at the Lifelong Learning program at Coastal Carolina
University last month, explored the music most popular among Confederate
soldiers, particularly the sentimental ballads, and considered the questions
"What distinguished Southern from Northern cultural consciousness
in the mid-nineteenth century?" How were these differences revealed
in the songs sung by soldiers during the Civil War?
BERGEN ILR COURSE LEADS TO BOOK
Since 2003 the ILR at Bergen Community College in New Jersey has been
running a very popular course entitled “Influential Characters
Who NEVER Existed.” From that course the instructor, Dr. Allan
Lazar, has developed a book, “101 Most Influential People That
Never Lived,” which has now been published by Harper Publishing.
Congratulations to Dr. Lazar. The book is available at both local and
Our thanks to the July 2007 issue of the U3A newsletter, “Signposts”
for this resource. A teachers resource website - 3,000 Lesson Plans
can be found and downloaded at HOTCHALK. Lots of good ideas to be found
The Harry Potter class of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rochester
Institute of Technology in New York recently threw a Saturday morning
party to celebrate the release of the last novel in the series. The
class, on the myths, legends and themes in Harry Potter, has been running
for eight years, covering one chapter a week. Members have also watched
the films together, listened to the books on tape and even celebrated
Harry's birthday every July 31. A story about this unique course appeared
July 22nd in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the local newspaper.
Over this last year the ILEAD program at Dartmouth College in Hanover,
New Hampshire conducted a member survey, the results of which were printed
in their Winter/Spring 2007 newsletter. Here is the first section (other
sections will appear in later newsletters) of the survey results –
Who We Are - Our organization is 62% female with 73%
of the members residing in New Hampshire. Relative to age, 65% are at
least 70 with 24% of those at least 80. More than half the members have
education beyond the bachelors level. Most members are retired, but
8% are still working. More than half the members have been involved
with ILEAD more than five year. Over 90% of members travel to class
by personal vehicle. Approximately half the members make a 20 mile or
more round-trip to class.
Be sure to check out Prime Times, the online newsletter of
the LLI at Bard College in New York. It is an excellent example of how
to keep in touch with your tech savvy members while saving money at
the same time. You can find the newsletter at www.bard.edu/lli
MORE CURRICULUM IDEAS
Check out the new 40+ page Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University
of Maryland fall 2007 catalog. There are three types of courses for
Lifelong learning for the sake of learning courses.
Lifelong learning with a passionate purpose courses.
Lifelong learning to create new career paths courses.
To view the catalog please visit www.hhp.umd.edu/health_services/osher
U3A & OPEN UNIVERSITY EXPLORE JOINT ACTIVITY
A ground-breaking agreement between the U3A and the Open University
(OU) program in Great Britain is expected to lead to joint efforts to
make learning available, and a smoother pathway for those who wish to
learn both with the U3A and with the OU. The U3As in Britain already
benefit from the OUs Flash Meeting technology, which allows for conference
calling over the Internet and is used extensively by the AIUTA organization.
Now the OU is encouraging U3A members to use its OpenLearn collection
of free online learning materials and to report on their usefulness
for U3A group activity. The future possibilities could help learners
in both organizations. Possible areas of future cooperation include
exchanges of information and expertise about online and distance learning,
and joint research projects and funding bids. (Taken from summer
2007 U3A News)
NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES
Members of the McGill ILR in Montreal are, according to their most recent
newsletter, reading the following books:
The Book of Longing, by Leonard Cohen - A delightful collection
of previously unpublished poems and various other writings, enhanced
by playful and provocative drawings by the author.
Empire, by Niall Ferguson. Ferguson, who is generally acknowledged
to be the leader of the current crop of British historians, subtitles
his book, The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and
the Lessons for Global Power. He examines the costs and consequences,
both good and bad, of British imperialism.
The Victorian House, by Judith Flanders – A fascinating
upstairs downstairs, room by room guide to the typical upper middle
class Victorian house. Wonderful insights into Victorian life.
London: A Short History, by A.N. Wilson. Not to be missed for
those planning a trip to London. It has been said of Wilson that he’s
incapable of writing a dull sentence.
NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES
BEFORE VICTORIA: EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF THE BRITISH ROMANTIC
ERA - http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/victoria/
This online exhibit features essays on some of the intrepid revolutionary
women who lived in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when women
could not join professions and married women had no rights to property
or to their own children. Offers illustrated topical essays on Mary
Wollstonecraft and other writers, artists, travelers, and women of the
Romantic era. Includes a reading list. From the New York Public Library.
FIRST LADIES' GALLERY - http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/firstladies/
This site from the White House presents brief biographies of the current
and past First Ladies. Some profiles include images. Also provides a
link to information about life in the White House.
HISTORY EXPLORER: A TIMELINE OF STORIES FROM OUR EXHIBITS,
COLLECTIONS, AND PROGRAMS - http://americanhistory.si.edu/explorer/
This interactive timeline from the Smithsonian National Museum of American
History allows users to browse events by historical era or trace historical
developments by themes such as Art and Culture, Politics and Reform,
Home, Family, and Community, and Science, Medicine, and Technology.
Images of objects from the museum's online collections and links to
online exhibits entice the user to learn more about the shaping of America.
INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH AND POLICY -
The mission of this institute based at Columbia University (New York)
is to catalyze and produce pioneering social science research and to
shape public policy by integrating knowledge and methods across the
social science disciplines. The Web site provides articles from institute's
publications, working papers, publication reviews, an e-mail newsletter,
and related information. Includes an RSS feed. Searchable.
ARCHPEDIA: ARCHITECTURE ENCYCLOPEDIA - http://www.archpedia.com
This site contains introductory information about architectural styles,
biographical information about famous modern architects, a brief dictionary
of terms, and related information. Also features audio of interviews
with selected architects, quizzes and games, and links to news stories,
magazines, firms, architecture schools, and other related sites. Searchable.
From an enthusiast, with additional contributions from site visitors.
That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed., Elderhostel Institute Network
www.elderhostel.org/ein/intro.asp - 617-457-5564
“Learning is ever in the freshness of
its youth, even for the old."