New Web Postings For September
MANAGING YOUR LLI
LLI Birthday Party – LLI, Annandale, VA
Anniversary Celebration, LLI, Harrisonburg, VA
LLI Town Meeting – Academy for Learning in Retirement, Saratoga
Coffee With…Explorer’s Lifelong Learning Institute, Salem,
Says… - Senior Academy, Sarasota-Manatee, FL
on the Baby Boomers, Kali Lightfoot, OLLI, Portland, ME
Resources, Part VII
News for September
THE MEDIA TAKES NOTE
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
SINGAPORE LIFELONG LEARNING
In August, the Singapore Association for Continuing Education held it’s
first ever U3A program. Their web site can be found at http://worldu3a.org/singapore
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!
GROWING AND GLOWING THROUGH ELDERHOSTEL
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.
TOWN MEETING UPDATE
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.
ALR ANNOUNCES NY STATE LIFELONG LEARNING WEEK
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:
www.esc.edu/alr or call: 518/587-2100,
TEA AND ETHICS
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?
ELDER CARE FAIR
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.
NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES
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
NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES
MONARCHIES OF EUROPE - http://www.btinternet.com/~allan_raymond/Monarchies_of_Europe.htm
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.
TUTANKHAMUN AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE PHARAOHS - http://www.kingtut.org
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.
GALAXY EVOLUTION EXPLORER (GALEX) - http://www.galex.caltech.edu
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).
EGYPT - http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/africa/cuvl/Egypt.html
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
CENTER OF THE AMERICAN WEST - http://www.centerwest.org
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
That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed.
Elderhostel Institute Network
“A scholar knows no boredom.” -
Jean Paul Friedrich Richter