Every second Tuesday of the month from September through May, the
Learning in Retirement program in Ann Arbor, Michigan presents their Aerobics
for the Mind Distinguished Lecture Series. Cost for the entire 9-lecture
series is just $35 per person. Following is what they will be offering
over the coming academic year.
September – Professional & Personal Dilemmas During
Long-Term Fieldwork in Hungary
This fascinating topic will be presented by a native Hungarian who teaches
East Central European nationalism, gender and ethnicity at both the University
of Michigan Dearborn and in Budapest and also resides as the Chair of
UNESCO’s Ethnic and Minority Studies.
October – American Red Cross Mission and Management Since
The Executive Director of the local American Red Cross Chapter will discuss
how the Red Cross has had to change since 9/11 as they have met unprecedented
emergency response challenges, while at the same time enhancing local
November – Three Months in Kenya: Refugee Camps, HIV and
Medical Data Analysis
The presenter spent three months in Kenya as a Pfizer Global Health Fellow.
While there she worked in a refugee camp, analyzing HIV medical data.
She will share her experiences there through stories and photographs.
December – Behind the Green Door: Backstage Stories of
World Renowned Artists
The President of the University Musical Society will share stories collected
over the years of bringing world famous artists and orchestras to Ann
January – Jacob van Ruisdael’s Landscape Paintings:
Nature, Art and Culture in the Dutch Golden Age
A local Renaissance and Baroque art scholar who has curated six exhibitions,
written a book on the subject and received several awards, will lead this
February – Parks and Open Space and Contributions to the
Quality of Life
For more than 30 years, the presenter, professor at the Institute for
Social Research has studied the quality of community life indicators and
will discuss neighborhoods and housing planning, park planning, recreation
development, environment and behavior community development, and comparative
March – Primo Levy: Witness to the Shoah, Understanding
the Human Implications of the Holocaust
A specialist in Medieval and Renaissance literature as well as Shakespeare
literary theory, comparative literature and Biblical studies will lead
April – Future of the U.S. Labor Movement
The presenter is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Institute of Labor
and Industrial relations and his research work is in the fields of privatization,
outsourcing, political mobilization and collective bargaining.
May – Evangelicals in America: Subculture or Counterculture?
A local professor of history, who has written several books and is now
working on a book on religious violence in the colonies during the 1600s
which looks both at violence directed against religious believers and
violence in the name of God by believers, will be presenting.