This past April, the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre presented an interactive lecture demonstration at the Lunch & Learn program at the Adult Learning Institute at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, New York. Traditional music, song and dance from Ancestral Africa and folk tales from the Congo and other regions was performed. The Theatre was founded in 1985 in Paris as an educational institution involved in the enrichment of programs designed to engage appreciation of the world community through the arts.

The Center for Continuing Adult Learning at Hartwick College and the State University College in Oneonta, New York recently studied Moderation & Objectivity: Purple in a Blue and Red Nation? This course took an objective look at a polarized political environment, examined selective economic, political and social issues, and encouraged open discussion of controversial subjects.

Members of the Encore Center for Lifelong Enrichment at North Carolina State University in Raleigh have been studying The Lure and Lore of Scotland Throughout History. North Carolina with more people of Scottish descent than any other state or country is rich with Scottish history. Participants looked at traditions, music and dance, whiskey making, golf and other fun facets of Scottish life through the ages.

When Perfectly Good Presidents Make Truly Awful Decisions: Decision-Making Gone Bad was the title of a course given this spring at the ILR at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. This course explored presidential decision-making, principally through use of the concept of groupthink. Using the concepts of groupthink and other decision-making flaws, members attempted to explain some of the fiascos president have caused.

The Montreat College Center for Adult Lifelong Learning in North Carolina recently asked their members to consider Influential Writings in Your Life. This interactive course encouraged participation in meaningful discussions and sharing of stories of different writings that affected members’ lives or helped to mold them into the people they are today.

Members of MSU for Seniors at Minnesota State University, Mankato, recently studied Alternative Energy & Kyoto Protocol. They learned more about the implications of the U.S. refusal to participate in the Kyoto Protocol and how alternative energy sources could reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Peace and Nonviolence: Is It Suitable Now? was the title of a course given this spring at the Old Dominion ILR in Virginia. Students discussed what they can change and relearn about the world and how they can apply Gandhi’s philosophy of peace and nonviolence to today’s world.

The Swedish Card was the title of a course given at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University this spring. The content of the course addressed the considerable role that Sweden played in the Cold War. Participants examined how Swedish policy at times drove both the United States and the Soviet Union to the point of distraction. The historical role Sweden played in the formation of the Russian nation and the subsequent hundred years of war with Russia and its effect on relations with the Soviet Union during the Cold War were also analyzed.




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