Lively Ladies: Stories of the 1890s is the title of a new course
at the Adult Learning Program in Hartford, Connecticut.
Participants will read and discuss the short stories of Sarah Jewett and
Mary Freeman of the 1880s and 1890s, which give unusual presentations
of life in New England.
The Collegium program at Westchester Community College
in New York is offering members a chance to study The Souls of Black
Folk. This six-week course will be based on the 1903 book by W.E.B.
Food in Historical Periods is the title of a course given this
fall at the Community Academy for Lifelong Learning in
State College, Pennsylvania. Participants will journey into three historical
timeframes, stopping along the way for a savory tasting repast. Stops
include a Greek symposium of the 5th Century, the Roman resort town of
Pompeii before Mt. Vesuvius erupted and a 16th Century progress with Queen
Members of the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement
will be studying Benjamin Franklin’s World. This course
will offer a look at his life and those with whom he associated. The most
prominent celebrity of the 18th century, Franklin and his associates,
both American and European, tell a most engrossing story of the years
between 1706 and 17900.
For eight weeks members of the Institute for Continuing Learning
at Young Harris College in Georgia will be studying the process of Electing
Georgia Governors. From an insider’s viewpoint, this class
will discuss the inner workings of the elections of eight Georgia governors,
from Maddox through Miller. This “behind the scenes study”
will examine politics at a level few have had the opportunity to experience.
End of the Age of Oil is the title of a very in-depth course
being offered this fall at the Institute for Learning in Retirement
at American University in Washington, D.C. For ten Mondays, in
both the mornings and afternoons, participants will explore the problems
of the world’s energy supply; the nature, politics, economics and
technologies of non-renewable oil, coal and natural gas and renewable
energy sources. They will consider issues related to global climate change
and discuss such questions as can we move toward a hydrogen-based economy?
More nuclear power? What is a sensible energy policy for the future?
Members of the ILR at Bradley University in Peoria,
Illinois will be study Dubliners and the Abbey Theater this fall.
They will study the origins of this famous theater and how it served as
a centerpiece for the Easter Rising and other political upheavals.
The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Old Dominion
University in Virginia has put together a class entitled Life as a
Public Defender: Representing the Indigent. Focusing on questions
rather than lecture, this class will provide an opportunity to learn about
the public defender system, and answer questions about the criminal justice
system, from the perspective of one who has “served in the trenches”
for a number of years.
Members of the Leisure Learning Society at the University
of West Florida in Pensacola toured their local television station. WEAR-TV
hosted the participants and gave them first-hand information on the how’s
and why’s of news-making events. Along with a station tour, members
also sat in during a live presentation of WEAR’s daytime news show
Violence: Theories and Consequences is the title of a course
being given this semester at the New School Institute for Retired
Professionals in New York City. This course considers individual
acts of violence and members will examine some of the theoretical paradigms
used to explain what leads people to kill, abuse and batter others. They
will also examine societies’ responses to violent behavior and issues
such as the insanity defense, juvenile criminals, mental retardation,
state-sanctioned violence and capital punishment.
Members of the Learning in Retirement program at the
University of Michigan Ann Arbor are really into fiction. This semester
they are taking two courses, Fictional Interpretation: Two Perspectives
and The Art of Fiction. In the first course participants
will explore connections between Fiction and History and in the second
they will read and discuss select works by seven notable writers.
The Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield, Virginia
is offering members a course entitled Once Upon a time…the Deep
Wisdom of the Fairy Tale. Participants will explore the deep wisdom
underlying some of ours and other cultures’ most treasured tales.
Members will, if they wish, be given opportunities to research tales and
to learn the simple rudiments of telling these old “true”
Members of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Northern
Virginia Community College in Manassas will Dine at the Experience
Buffet: Savor the Flavors. Five LLI members will share with the participants
four verbal dishes recounting their unique life experiences.
The Thirty Years War and the Peace of Westphalia is the title
of a course being given this fall at the McGill Institute for
Learning in Retirement in Montreal. The Thirty Years’ War
ended with a series of peace treaties of which the Treaty of Westphalia
was the cornerstone. What did these treaties accomplish? How did they
change the political, social and religious environments of the day? Who
were the major actors? Participants will try and shed some light on these
questions and discover how the war and these treaties continued to define
European societies until the late 18th century.
The Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Learning has a
new course this month entitled The Quaker and Feminism. Based
on the book “Mother of Feminism,” this is a lecture and discussion
regarding the social conditions that hastened feminism among the Quaker
Community and the larger society in the United States and England.
MSU for Seniors at Minnesota State University, Mankato
will have the opportunity to learn about the Creation of National
Museum of the American Indian. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees
of the National Museum of the American Indian will discuss his experience
with the development of the Museum.
U-Boat Warfare of World War II is the title of a course being
given at the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement
in Asheville. This course will span the entire course of World War II,
with emphasis on German U-boat warfare in the Atlantic. They will also
discuss actions taking place in the Indian Ocean and the support provided
by German U-boat forces to the Japanese and the Italians.
The OLLI program at Southern Maine University in Portland
is giving members a chance to study Frederick Law Olmstead & America
in the 19th Century. Participants will study how Frederic Law Olmstead
affects and is affected by the events of the 19th century from the settlement
of the West, the Gold Rush, slavery, and the Civil War to the development
of the national and metropolitan park systems of the United States.
Members of the PLATO program at the University of Wisconsin
Madison are Searching for the Real this fall. In this course
they will be looking for that “Real” or “Reals.”
Their primary text for the course us Huston Smith’s newest book,
The Way Things Are. Along the way they will encounter various
Retirement Living at Vanderbilt in Tennessee is offering
members a chance to study Siblings in the Bible and Greek Drama.
They will explore siblings in the biblical and Greek traditions as well
as in their own lives.
Members of the Rose Institute for Life Long Learning
in Beachwood, Ohio will be studying Shipwrecks of Lake Erie: Fire,
Storms, Collision. Lake Erie has the largest concentration of shipwrecks
per square mile of any body of water in the world. Members will explore
these infamous disasters through lecture, slides and video clips.
In Search of Shangri-La is the provocative title of a new course
at Senior College/OLLI at the University of Maine Hutchinson
Center in Belfast. Using Simon Winchester’s book, The River
at the Center of the World (2004), participants will explore the
Yunnan Province in the Himalayan highlands of China which some believe
is the location of this mythical paradise.
A Little Algebra and Geometry Revisited is the title of an intriguing
new course at the University for Seniors program at the
University of Minnesota Duluth. This will be an excellent way for participants
to refresh their algebra and geometry skills so they can help grandchildren
with their homework.