New Web Postings For November
MANAGING YOUR LLI

All Politics is Local Personal – Furman ILR, SC
ALR Celebrates Lifelong Learning Week – ALR, NY
Home Technology Discussions - OLLI, Duke U., NC
Lifelong Learning Book Club - OLLI, Fairbanks, AK
LLI Journals – ALR, NY
Nunn & Other Experts – LIR, GA
Outstanding Events in the History of Astronomy – OLLI, Carnegie Mellon, PA
Two Outstanding Courses – BILL, MA
Reflections on Georgia Politics – ICL, GA
The Civil War – OLLI, George Mason, VA

LLI News
LLI News for November

LLI Celebrations
LLI Celebrations for November

ELDERHOSTEL INSTITUTE NETWORK RECOGNIZES LOCAL CHAPTER
The following appeared in the “course briefs” of the Learning in Retirement program in Washington, Georgia. It is an excellent example of how to inform members about the value of affiliation with EIN.

“After following the relationship between LIR, Inc. (Athens) and the Washington Chapter for some time, Ms Nancy Merz Nordstrom of EIN inquired through LIR, Inc. if the chapter might be interested in EIN recognition. During a winter meeting, the chapter executive committee agreed to pursue recognition and determined that requirements could be met. Insurance coverage was the only significant question. When it was found that the LIR, Inc. policy would cover an affiliate, the chapter vice president submitted the required documents.

Approval for recognition was received from Ms Nordstrom in early September. The Washington Georgia Chapter, LIR, is now listed on the website of the EIN for worldwide recognition. Chapter data can be found at www.elderhostel.org/ein/intro.asp. It is necessary to click on Find a Lifelong Learning Program and select Georgia. The chapter is one of eight in Georgia, the only one not located near a college or university.

It is now widely recognized that academic options are high on the list of attractions for favorable retirement sites. Washington stands to enjoy a slight increase in retirement attractiveness both for its LIR activities and its LIR affiliations, now including not only LIR Inc. (Athens) but also EIN with its international recognition.”

LLI JOURNALS
Some of the LLIs graciously responded to the Academy for Learning in Retirement’s request for information on publishing LLI Journals. Thank you. See the responses this month on the EIN web site. Others have asked about reciprocity between the programs. To do that simply contact the program and discuss it directly with them. Here is the contact information for the Academy for Learning in Retirement at Empire State College. 111 West Avenue - Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 - Phone: (518) 587-2100 x:390 –
Email: jo-ellen.unger@esc.edu

NEW WEB SITE FOR THOSE OVER 50
Be sure to check out www.eons.com, a new web site for people over 50. It was created by the same company that developed Monster.com, the giant job search site. Eons.com has many interactive tools and encourages member participation. There is even space for personal blogs.

FIVE COLLEGE LEARNING IN RETIREMENT SPONSORS CONFERENCE ON AGING CREATIVELY: CHOICES AFTER FIFTY
A conference, AGING CREATIVELY: CHOICES AFTER FIFTY, organized by Five College Learning in Retirement (5CLIR) and sponsored by the Smith College School of Social Work and Highland Valley Elders Services will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2007 in Northampton, MA. The conference features Ronald Manheimer of the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement as the keynote speaker. Highland Valley Elders Services gave a grant in support of the conference and Smith College offers free space and publicity.

The conference will provide a public forum for discussions relating to the issues of aging. It will include workshops, such as Financial Planning, Community Activism, Spirituality, Housing Options, Caregiving, and Life-long Learning led by professionals. Joan Hastings, Conference Coordinator for Five College Learning in Retirement, expects about 200 people to attend--those who are looking for new options and opportunities as they enter the “third stage” of life. The conference will address many of the physical, emotional and intellectual concerns that people have for themselves and their loved ones as we all seek to define a healthy, long and rewarding life. A summary of the proceedings will be compiled for electronic circulation. For more information please feel free to contact Joan Hastings, Conference Coordinator, joanhastings97@hotmail.com

PIONEER RIVER PRESS & LIFELONG LEARNING
Members of Indian River Community College’s (IRCC) Lifelong Learning Institute have taken advantage of the opportunity to submit their manuscripts or book proposals to the IRCC’s Pioneer River Press for possible publication. The Pioneer River Press was established in 2003 as a unique and creative way to raise funds for student scholarships. Lifelong learners, Drs. Jack and Jean Fielden planted the seed for the Press when they approached IRCC with a manuscript for Throw Me the Bottom Line…..I’m Drowning in E-mail. The book, about communicating in the workplace and training students to be better communicators, clearly aligned with the mission of the College and was chosen as its first publication. Drs. Jack and Jean Fielden generously offered the proceeds from the book to the IRCC Foundation to provide better access and opportunities for students to achieve their dream of a college education.
Dr. Jack Fielden will be leading “Smart Communications” a lifelong learning offering this Fall where members will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Since its establishment, the press has published the following four publications by Lifelong Learning Institute Members.
Throw Me the Bottom Line…..I’m Drowning in E-mail by John S. Fielden, Ph.D., Jean D. Gibbons, Ph.D. and Ronald Dulek, Ph.D.
Beautiful and Rare Birds of Florida by Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr.
Two Lives, One Love by Jay Dickinson
Words to Teach By authored by Henri Sue Bynum, Ph.D.
To learn more about these publications and the Pioneer River Press, visit their web site at http://www.PioneerRiver.com or go to the IRCC web site at www.irccfoundation.org.

HELLO SNOWBIRDS!
Edward Aqua, Director of the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida is looking for snowbirds. The goal of the LLI is to make the winter stay of lifelong learners in South Florida a happy and enriching experience by being a part of their snowbird-friendly lifelong learning program. They also have a flyer you can post at your program to inform your members about their program. Just email Ed at aqua@nova.edu for all the details.

LIR RUNNING OUT OF SPACE
The Learning in Retirement program in Stamford, Ct has a space issue. This fall they have 353 enrollees taking 28 offerings. Class spaces taken: 1,578. Eight classes have 75-70 enrolled with many turned down due to lack of chairs. The average class size is 56. They are running out of space and may have to close off membership as more residents retire. This fall new members include quite a few newly retired teachers.

ART IN HISTORICAL AND RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION.
Members of the Learning in Retirement program in Washington, Georgia will be studying the Tapestry of Bayeux this fall. This tapestry depicts the history of the Battle of Hastings (1066) by which William the Conqueror of Normandy came to rule England. It was executed between 1066 and 1077, probably at Canterbury for Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux. This work is actually not a tapestry but an embroidery. It is 19" wide and 230' long with 79 scenes accompanied by a Latin text arranged like a strip cartoon. Along with this study, members will look at the building of cathedrals which flourished during William’s reign. During this time a Norman style developed, and Gothic arose about the same time with some of the same roots. In particular, members will examine French and English Gothic cathedrals with a special emphasis on the cathedral at Chartres.

FALL RETREAT
Last month, members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University in North Carolina gathered for their annual Fall Retreat in the Mountains at Blowing Rock Conference Center. This retreat is their special time to get to know other OLLI members, old and new, in a relaxed and beautiful setting. The program included encore presentations by past favorites and a special in-depth look at mountain life today: the beauty, the people, the pollution and much more.

THE HISTORY OF ANCIENT IRELAND
While Ireland has emerged as a vital part of the European and World Community of Nations, the history of the Irish people is little known and largely unappreciated. This course being given at the ILR at Bergen Community College in New Jersey will examine the Mythologies upon which Irish culture is based; the beginnings of Irish Civilization; the coming of the Celts and emergence of a fully Celtic Ireland; Patrick and the uniquely Celtic brand of Christianity that developed; Viking incursions and the rise of power of the great Brian Boru; the coming of the Normans and gradual English dominance of the island. It is impossible to understand contemporary Ireland without an appreciation of the ancient culture.

STEM CELL RESEARCH
This controversial topic is making its way into the curriculum of many LLIs. For instance the Lifetime Learning Institute at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale is offering its members a course entitled Exploring the Controversy Surrounding Stem Cell Research. In order to better understand the ethical debate raging around stem cell research, members need to understand what stem cells are and the differences between adult and embryonic stem cells. They will discuss the potential benefits of this research and how realistic they are. They will also examine what other countries are doing in this field. During the second class there will be a discussion of the ethical considerations of stem cell research. No matter which side of the issue members are on, this class will enlighten them.

THE CONDUCT OF THE CIVIL WAR
The Berkshire Institute for Lifelong Learning in Massachusetts is presenting a very stimulating course this fall entitled The Conduct of the Civil War. Residents of the Northeast might believe that the entire Civil War was fought within 100 miles of Washington, DC., and that nothing else mattered. However, over the course of four years, there was a far larger front to the West running from the Ohio River through Kentucky and Tennessee to the lower Mississippi Valley. In the middle and later years of the war, the front ran from Tennessee through Georgia to the sea and then northward through the Carolinas toward Virginia. Competency in generalship was deficient on both sides. The two great generals, Forrest and Grant, approached military strategy and tactics for this first modern type of war without the burden of having to do things “by the book” because they had not been required to do so. This course examines the Civil War focusing on Lincoln, Forrest, Grant and Douglass.

NEW WEB SITES FOR LLI COURSES

NCF-LED EXPEDITION DISCOVERS NEW SPECIES OF PRIMATE -
http://www.ncf-india.org/extras/macaquepress.htm

Materials related to the discovery of a new primate species called Arunachal macaque (or Macaca munzala). Includes a press release about the discovery, an abstract of a forthcoming paper about the species, a photo gallery, a map of sighting locations in northeast India, and a profile of the project. From the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) of India.

MARK TWAIN - http://www.pbs.org/marktwain/
Companion to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Ken Burns documentary about author Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). The site features an interactive scrapbook of writing and artifacts, which was inspired by Twain's own scrapbooks and his invention of a "self-pasting" scrapbook in 1872. Also includes an illustrated timeline, selected writings, a bibliography, links to related sites, and classroom activities.

CLARENCE SEWARD DARROW (1857-1938) - http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/DARROW.HTM
A biographical site devoted to "this sophisticated country lawyer, this hedonistic defender of the poor and downtrodden, this honest, devious man," Clarence Seward Darrow. Users will also find illustrated outlines of his famous defenses of Leopold and Loeb, Bill Haywood, and John Scopes in the renowned "monkey trial" of 1925.

LOOK BACK, PONDER, AND MOVE ON: GLIMPSES OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN SAVANNAH 1750-1900 - http://www.kingtisdell.org/exhibit.htm
This online exhibit explores how "during those 150 fateful years African Americans had gone from being bondspeople to citizens of the American Republic." The site features images and information about antebellum Savannah, Georgia, the Civil War era, and
reconstruction. Topics include Gullah culture, Muslims in coastal Georgia, and education. From the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation.

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

“The ancestor of every action is a thought.”
…Ralph Waldo Emerson






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