Duke ILR in North Carolina is offering members a chance to study Roman Formulas for Happiness: Stoics, Epicureans and Skeptics. Three schools of philosophy that flourished at the time of Jesus believed that learning the truth not only makes you free, it makes you happy. In this class members will read and discuss some of the major writings from these three schools.

King Arthur: Myth or Reality is the title of a program offered this winter at the Encore Center for Lifelong Enrichment at North Carolina State University. Participants will study the King Arthur myth – Did he ever really live? Were there ever knights in shining armor? Were Merlin and Guinevere merely figments of medieval imagination? Was there ever a round table? The historical and mythological roots of the Arthurian legend will be examined in depth.

Members of the Furman University Learning in Retirement in SC will be studying several aspects of Germany. The first course, History of the German People will survey much of the history of Germany from the Middle Ages into the 20th century. The second course, Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich, will go into details about this period of German history.

The Institute for Continuing Learning at Young Harris College in Georgia is offering members a course this winter entitled Spring Onions and Wild Ginger: A Study in Poetry. This course will study different types of poetry and investigate what it takes to make a poem.

During Winter Term at the ILR at Bluffton University in Ohio members were able to take a program entitled Maps! Maps! Maps! They discovered the different ways the sphere of the earth (and the dome of the heavens) is depicted on a flat piece of paper. They studied mapping and how it led to the new institution of private land ownership as opposed to landed noblemen. They also learned about new methods of mapmaking using electronics, aerial photography, satellites and sonar.

Members of the ILR at Old Dominion University in Virginia studied Rastrelli: the Italian Master of St. Petersburg last fall. Rastrelli, an Italian architect, developed a style combining Italian baroque and Russian motif that made St. Petersburg, Russia a showcase of majestic beauty and grandeur. Members were guided through this magnificent architect’s life and works.

A Distinguished Speakers Lecture/Luncheon Series is being offered this winter to the Friends of the Learning in Retirement program sponsored by Edison Community College in Florida. This year’s theme, Challenges for Education in a One-World Community will have as speakers the Assistant Superintendent of the Charlotte County Schools, the president of Edison College and the Director of the Florida Gulf Coast University Charlotte Campus.

Changing Views of Twentieth Century History is the title of a winter program at the Learning in Retirement program sponsored by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Over six weeks, members will study a wide range of topics. They will cover Changing Memories of American Wars; The Silent Majority; Imagining Democracy; An Introduction to Gender Issues in Economic Globalization; History and Memory in Germany and Evolution of U.S. Domestic Policy from FDR to W.

Will Daily Newspapers Disappear? is the thought-provoking title of a two-session course offered recently at the Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island program in South Carolina. Participants discussed the competition from 24-hour TV news programs and internet bloggers, plus the bottom-line of corporate owners. They also looked at the sports pages and their impact on local sports activities.

The Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education at Middlesex Community College in Connecticut will be studying the Wilkie Collins’ novel Moonstone, which is considered the first of the British “cozy” novels.

Unknown Philosophers, East and West is the title of a stimulating course being given at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Channel Islands. This unusual, interesting course explores the lives and teachings of little known great philosophers and teachers from the East and West who had considerable impact on their times. The emphasis will be in laying out the seminal ideas of each and, when appropriate, comparing their ideas to those of our time, especially in the sciences.

Focus on the Media was the title of a course offered last fall at the OLLI program at George Mason University in Virginia. Topics discussed over the eight weeks of this course were: Media in the United States – Media Bias – The Art and Science of Political Analysis – The Vanishing Newspaper – Women and Minorities in the Media – The Role of a White House Correspondent – The Future of Public TV and It’s a Brave New World: New Technology Developments for Radio.

This winter members of the OLLI program at the University of Maine, Hutchinson Center will be studying Maine Regiments at the Battle of Gettysburg. Maine had 15 regiments at Gettysburg. The focus of this three-week course is to discuss Maine’s overall contributions to the war, as well as its contribution to the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg. They will study the battle from the perspective of the Maine Regiments that fought there.

Roots ‘n Blues is the title of a program offered recently at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. One of the major undercurrents of American popular music in general and jazz in particular, is the Blues, both as musical form and performance model. Members explored the origins of this art form listening to African tribal music. Southern field ballads, work songs and Black church music as they eventually combine with European theory and practice to produce a music that is uniquely American.

Omnilore’s Brown Bag Science program for January was all about neurobiology. Sponsored by California State University Dominquez Hills, Omniloreans like to attend the Brown Bag Science programs which are billed as Science for the Non-Scientist.

Seniors Active in Learning (SAIL)
at Collin County Community College in Texas recently studied The Impressionists. This course covered the history of the first movement in art to break away from the traditions of the past. The course included impressionist masterpieces and related details. Members learned about the development of impressionism by way of informal, slide illustrated lectures, and became familiar with the history and styles of individual artists.

Members of the WISE program at Assumption College in MA will be studying Contexts: Women in Emerson’s Circle. With lecture and discussion, participants will explore the lives of women in Emerson’s circle in the years leading up to the Civil War, and their impact on the philosophies and reforms of the time. The important political and social issues of the day, including slavery and women’s rights are examined through women’s eyes. They will also explore the religious context of the times and the effect of utopian communities on marriage and women’s roles.





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