Members of the Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York took a course entitled Engineering Challenges. In this study group they considered three basic types of structures: shelters, towers, and bridge supports. Using everyday materials like drinking straws, cards, paper clips, sugar tablets and pipe cleaners, they constructed models. Thanks to a new understanding of undergirding subjects such as regular polygons, joints, stress, resources, technology, function, efficiency, beauty, geography and history, students came away with a new appreciation for such structures.

The Community Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) in State College, PA offered its members a chance to study Family Legacies: African American Women Artists. In connection with a local exhibit, members looked at the contributions of Black women artists from mid-19th century to the present, focusing on transmission of knowledge, cultural traditions and values, and family and communal memories from one generation of women to the next.

This past spring, members of the ILR at Bergen Community College in New Jersey studied Influential People Who Never Lived. They looked at how characters from fiction, myth and legend changed the course of history.

Members of the Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education (IRPE) at Brooklyn College studied Unique Music this past spring. The listened to and discussed some fantastic musical selections drawn from modern folk, old popular and classic theatre music. Great songs that were never played “on air” as well as gems they remembered.

Members of the ILEAD program at Dartmouth University in Hanover, New Hampshire recently took a course entitled Verdi: Aspects and Influences. Their discussions explored the power of this extraordinary composer by examining the sources of his dramatic works – especially Shakespeare and Schiller. They considered the events that influenced him and the subjects he most often treated. Participants also analyzed how his music underscored dramas that delve deeply into the human condition and probe emotions.

Members of Learning in Retirement, University of Georgia, Athens recently studied Music in Renaissance Spain. In this lecture/discussion/listening course about the music of Renaissance Spain, the class listed to and talked about secular songs and instrumental music of this period, sacred music from Spain and learned how this music was used in the courtly tradition of Spain.

History and Mystery of Chicago, Part 1 is the title of a course give at the L.I.F.E. program at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York this summer. From the early days before the Chicago fire through the Roaring Twenties, the Windy City is the wickedest city in the U.S. – full of thieves, gamblers, bootleggers, hoodlums and murderers… a good place for mysteries, wouldn’t you think?

Last month members of the Lifelong Learning Program at Coastal Carolina University took part in the course Origins of the Bible. From the creation stories through the Exodus and conquest of Canaan biblical writers sought to deliver a powerful message of faith, transcendence and the relationship between man and God. But, what are the origins of these stories? Are they history or was the message intended by the writers something of greater significance? In this session they explored the historical roots of these biblical accounts

Members of the Lifelong Learning program on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina were treated to a six-session workshop entitled Life Weaving: A Class for Women. This workshop offered women an opportunity to explore the questions: “What do I want to do with the rest of my life? “How can I live with a greater sense of well-being and peace?” The workshop was informal, interactive and promoted mutual support and friendship among the participants. A special focus on fun was woven into each session.

This past spring, members of the LIR program at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, enjoyed A Thomas Jefferson Lunch. Food was prepared using recipes taken from Jefferson’s Monticello collection, with commentary about Jefferson’s gardening, wine interests and dining protocol.

Members of the Lyceum Program at Binghamton University in New York took a course entitled Italian Neorealist Film. Four masterpieces were shown that illustrated a new cinematic style, that gave the world insight into life in shattered and dispirited post-war Italy.

Members of the Norton Institute for Continuing Education (NICE) in Norton, Massachusetts recently studied Bacterial Life: In the Garden, Sea, and the Wine Store. They explored nature’s living things in every part of their environment.

Members of the OLLI program at the University of Pittsburgh recently studied Literature of Sports. They read a number of works, fiction and nonfiction, about various sports, including baseball, extreme mountain climbing, basketball and running.

Kissin’ Cousins or Cussin’ Cousins: The Ups and Down of US-European Relations from Truman to Bush was the title of a course given at the Senior College University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The course examined four major episodes in European-US relations, based on documentary film clips, declassified government documents and articles drawn in part from the work of Camden Conference speakers.






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