April 2007

10th ANNIVERSARY CONGRATULATIONS
The Lifelong Learning Institute at James Madison University in Virginia is celebrating their 10th Anniversary year with a grand finale – a gala banquet later this month. The themed buffet dinner “Driving Through Tuscany” features Tuscan-style food. Entertainment will be provided by the Massanutten Sympathy (not a typo) Orchestra which includes two LLI members. Guest speaker is Dr. Mark Warner, Vice President for Student Affairs at JMU. They will also honor Dr. Cecil Bradfield, their LLI founding father and others who have guided them through an energetic ten years of growth.

IRP STUDENT PUBLISHES COLLECTION OF POETRY
Sarah White left a professorship at Franklin and Marshall College in order not to be torn between working on her poetry and preparing her courses in French literature. Now, after seven years of retirement, she is torn between working on poetry and learning to paint. Her first collection of poems, Cleopatra Haunts the Hudson, has appeared (with her painting on the cover) courtesy of Spuyten Duyvl Press. Ms. White has been a student at the New School's Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP) since fall 2004. The IRP is a peer-learning program in which retired and semi-retired students develop and conduct study groups within the context of the university.

At Franklin and Marshall, where she taught for 23 years, White specialized in romance literature of the medieval period. Her verse has appeared in the Paris Review, Harvard Review, and OC (a Toulouse journal of Occitan letters). Some of her poems have been set to music by Kristina Berger, John Carbon, and Tanya Leon. She is co-translator of Songs of the Women Troubadours (2000) and has been a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony.

OLLI PUBLISHES SIGNATURES
Congratulations to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg. They have published the latest edition of Signatures: Prose & Poems & Photos, by their members. This is the third time the program has published such a compendium of members’ works. Most, but not all of the work was done in LLI classes. Many of the submissions came to the editors independent of classroom activities. Well done, OLLI! Thanks to Joe Scorpion for sending a copy to EIN. We very much appreciate it.

PLATO MEMBER PUBLISHES BOOK
Thanks to his reminiscence writing course, Jim O’Brien, a member of the PLATO program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison has written Making a Priest in the Fifties: Memoir of a Nervous Seminarian. The book is described as “an insider’s affectionate but clear-eyed look at an old time seminary on the brink of the theological, social and sexual revolution.” Dr. O’Brien takes a humorous view of a serious process – the formation of young men for the parish ministry – with all its contradictions, chief among them the semi-cloistered character of the seminary at that time. Members of Jim’s writing class got an early look at the book itself, which is now available for purchase at all the usual Internet sources. Congratulations, Jim.






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