New Web Postings For September

An LLI Birthday Party – LLI, Annandale, VA
10th Anniversary Celebration, LLI, Harrisonburg, VA
An LLI Town Meeting – Academy for Learning in Retirement, Saratoga Springs, NY
Friday’s Coffee With…Explorer’s Lifelong Learning Institute, Salem, MA
Survey Says… - Senior Academy, Sarasota-Manatee, FL
Thoughts on the Baby Boomers, Kali Lightfoot, OLLI, Portland, ME
Curriculum Resources, Part VII
Special Interest Groups

LLI News
LLI News for September

Congratulations to the following programs, all of whom have had recent articles in their local newspapers. Illinois State University Adult Enrichment Program/Senior Professionals, Normal, IL – Lifelong Enrichment Institute at Ohio State University, Marion – Lifelong Learning Society, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA – Senior College, University of S. Maine, Lewiston/Augusta and Explorers Lifelong Learning program, Salem State College, MA

In August, the Singapore Association for Continuing Education held it’s first ever U3A program. Their web site can be found at and pictures from that August inaugural should be posted soon. Congratulations Singapore U3A! The word about lifelong learning for older adults continues to spread far and wide!

This fall the Center for Learning in Retirement at Rock Valley College in Illinois is offering a program all about Elderhostel. The leaders of the program will draw on their 27 Elderhostel experiences to present and discuss the wealth of opportunities North America’s oldest and largest educational organization offers to older adults. A video and worksheets will also enlighten and inform participants.

The Academy for Learning in Retirement at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York held a Town Meeting in May. To-date the executive council has acted on the top three priorities that were identified at the Meeting. (1) A new registration procedure was implemented, with a start date and earlier notification of class assignments. (2) The fall term is beginning with a New Member Welcome and All-Member Social and Potluck Lunch instead of the traditional orientation. (3) The council has passed a motion to recommend changing our name to Academy for Lifelong Learning. The membership will vote on this at June’s annual meeting.
Watch for more changes and improvements in the ALR program in response to the Town Meeting over the coming year.

Through the efforts of Academy for Learning in Retirement (ALR) Executive Director Jo-Ellen Unger, working with the staff of Assemblyman Steven Englebright, chair of the committee on aging, the NY State Assembly has passed a resolution commemorating September 10 – 16 as New York State Lifelong Learning Week.

New York is the first state in the nation to set aside a week honoring the thousands of senior citizens throughout the nation participating in institutes for lifelong learning and the colleges and universities that sponsor them. (ALR is sponsored by Empire State College.) By so doing, the Assembly emphasized the fact that these self-driven educational organizations promoting non-credit academic and leadership opportunities to older learners not only enhance and lengthen the lives of the individuals involved, but contribute significantly to the strength of their communities, states and nation.

In celebration of New York State Lifelong Learning Week, the Academy is offering an ALR Sampler Brown Bag Lunch on Friday, September 15th at noon in the Community Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. The public will be treated to a fun-filled hour of storytelling, music and readings from original works as ALR members present an overview of the organization’s exciting program, which will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary in 2007. Lemonade and cookies will be provided. For further information about ALR visit the Academy’s website: or call: 518/587-2100, ext. 2415.

The Lifelong Learning program at Coastal Carolina University is kicking off its fall semester with a Tea and Ethics Series. The topic for this session: Is Doing What Comes Naturally Ethical? Professors Robert Bass and Nils Rauhut will discuss such questions as: Can living in agreement with nature be the key to living a happy and virtuous life? Can this stoic philosophy still work in today's world in light of our current understanding of nature and human beings? Has the phrase "living in agreement with nature" lost its appeal?

The Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) at Assumption College in Massachusetts participated in Elder Fair 2006, a Senior product and services fair. More than 1,500 older adults took part, making it an excellent opportunity to gain exposure for the WISE program. The event was a one-stop shopping center for products and services that can help older adults in their daily lives. Along with the services and products, exercise programs and ballroom dancing were demonstrated. If your LLI has the opportunity to take part in such a fair, take advantage of it.

Members of the Learning in Retirement program in Athens, Georgia regularly attend all the games of the local Ladydogs Basketball team. They make a great cheering section. Tickets are just $25 for the entire season, a real bargain.

The North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement in Asheville is doing their 3rd version of "Educational Leadership" - a free 10 week course on how to teach adults. It is presented in the Fall semester to encourage participants to join the instructional volunteers. It seems to be working. NCCCR also has a Faculty Development subcommittee to continue supporting our instructors. There is also a Small Group Learning subcommittee focusing on Learning Circle facilitation and Learning Circle classes. Sandra Taylor says it's encouraging to see the continued improvement of the programs, and fun to be a part of it all.


Thanks to the Omnilore program at California State University Dominquez Hills for supplying these suggestions via their July 2006 newsletter.

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life, by Daniel C. Dennett. The author, a philosophy professor, presents a position on the implications of evolution, and is not afraid to criticize those who disagree with him. He gives the reader plenty to think about as well as a crystal clear explanation of his positions.

Darwin’s Black Box, by Michael J. Behe. The contrast to the above book is striking. After reading both books, you will definitely have a working knowledge of evolution (and several very different views of its consequences).

Honeymoon With My Brother, by Franz Wisner. This narrative begins with the author being dumped by his fiancée four days before a big, expensive wedding in Laguna Beach. Since it is too late to cancel the festivities, he goes on with the party, and then takes his brother with him on his honeymoon to Costa Rica. The adventure changes both of their lives in major ways. The “honeymoon” turns into a two-year plus voyage to see the world. This story is interspersed with unique humor and startling insight.

The Tender Bar, by J.R. Moehringer. A Pulitzer prize-winning writer for the Los Angeles Times, his memoir tells of his growing up fatherless, in Manhassat, New York. His mentors and male role models are the regulars at Dickens, a neighborhood bar where his Uncle Charlie is the bartender. The eccentric characters, the dysfunctional family, the struggles in school, the girlfriend problems, - it’s all here. At times one is laughing out loud, at other times one is moved by his mother’s courage. This is a coming of age story that stays with the reader; J.R. is so honest and ultimately likeable; one cheers his eventual success.


Genealogical tables for European royalty, including royalty from Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Spain, France, Greece, and more. Also includes supplemental information on topics such as hemophilia and intermarriage in Queen Victoria's descendents, and links to related sites. From a European royalty genealogy enthusiast.

A companion to an "exhibition of more than 130 treasures from the tomb of the celebrated pharaoh Tutankhamun (King Tut), other Valley of the Kings tombs and additional ancient sites," which will tour the United States in 2005-2006. The site features a timeline, information about Thebes (modern day Luxor, called the Valley of the Kings), King Tut, the discovery of his tomb in 1922, and the alleged curse. Also includes a bibliography and selected images.

Information about this "orbiting space telescope that will observe galaxies in ultraviolet light across 10 billion years of cosmic history." Features quick facts, images, a glossary, educational materials, and updates about this mission, which is a partnership between NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology (CalTech).

Provides annotated Web links to information about modern-day Egypt in the areas of economic development, environment, education, history, culture, foreign policy, politics, news, and human rights. From Columbia University Libraries.

This site focuses on the study of the modern American West. It features academic works on energy policy, economic theory, land use, and various social interactions in history. Includes reports and essays, curriculum materials, and information about projects such as "Ranchland Dynamics" and a conference on environmental justice. From the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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

“A scholar knows no boredom.” - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter




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