The Life and Legacy of Erik H. Erikson is the title of a new program being given this fall at the Academy for Lifelong Learning of Cape Cod, Inc. in Massachusetts. Erik H. Erikson, who spent a significant portion of his life on Cape Cod, was a developmental theorist who divided the life cycle into eight stages, each with its own challenges. These challenges, how they can be met and what results from their being met or not, will be discussed.

This fall the Baylor Institute for Learning in Retirement in Texas is offering a new course entitled History of Western Art. Participants will get acquainted with the major themes, key artists, and the greatest works of the Western tradition. At the finale of the course the class will take a day trip to the new Blanton Museum of Art.

This fall members of the Center for Lifelong Learning, Inc. in Fort Walton Beach, Florida will be studying the Death Penalty. This class will explore the history and changes in the death penalty. It will include a discussion of both moral and legal issues. Special attention will be paid to the purposes of handing out death sentences and whether those purposes are/have been met.

Members of the Community Academy for Lifelong Learning in State College, Pennsylvania will be studying Food in Historical Periods this fall. Participants will a tasting journey to three historical timeframes with an ancient and medieval historian. The three time periods are 1) A Greek symposium of 5th Century BC; 2) a meal in the Roman resort town of Pompeii prior to the Mt. Vesuvius eruption,; and 3) a meal served on one of queen Elizabeth the Great’s 16th century progresses in England.

This fall, members of the Center for Learning in Retirement at Rock Valley College in Illinois will be studying Passion for Film. Class members are encouraged to use their perceptions and experiences to view films which they will then discuss. The objective of the class is to increase the knowledge about great films from around the world.

The Encore program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh will be offering members a new course entitled Global Economics: Myths and Misconceptions. Subjects will include globalization, outsourcing, comparative living standards and compensation systems, world trade and the balance of trade. The focus will be on class discussion and interactions since they will attempt to contrast our understanding of international economics with the writings of the most well respected thinkers on the subject.

Members of the Furman University Learning in Retirement program in South Carolina studied the History of Jazz. They listened to selections from the instructor’s extensive collection, and heard his “take” on the jazz scene, past and present.

This fall members of the Institute for Continuing Learning at Young Harris College in Georgia are taking a course entitled The “New” Economy: What Happened to It? Has the “New” Economy that was hailed as revolutionary a bare eight years ago failed to live up to its promise? What has gone wrong? Has anything gone right? From the high price of gasoline to outsourcing and illegal immigration, the underlying causes of many of today’s problems can best be understood by considering the economic factors underlying them.

Enjoying and Using Math is the title of a new course being given this fall at the ILR at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. Members will find their minds refreshed about mathematical concepts that enhance their daily lives.

Laughter…the Most Civilized Music in the World was the title of a late winter course given last year at the Learning in Retirement program in Washington, Georgia. The purpose of the course is to provide an insider’s view of humor. Topics for discussion will include how to analyze a joke, the functions of humor in our lives, humor in folklore, and the concept that every culture makes its own rules as to what is funny, who can be funny and when. The conflicts between political correctness and stereotypes and prejudice will also be explored. Examples of humor from different cultures – at home and abroad – will be offered as well as the results of a study on “the funniest jokes in the world.” Cartoons will be used for illustrations.

The History and Culture of Myanmar/Burma was the title of a new program at the Learning in Retirement program in Stamford, Connecticut. More than 1,000 years of Burmese history, royalty, British Colonialism, nationalism, democracy, and socialist and capitalist eras was covered in this course, along with a discussion of why the people fear that western influences will cause their country to fracture by losing their religious and cultural beliefs.

Dramatic Theory and Criticism is the title of a new course being given at the Learning in Retirement program in Athens, Georgia. This course will consider European and American theories of the drama and film from Aristotle and Horace to modern theorists such as Stanislavsky, Meyerhold and Brecht. The class will also examine key plays by Sophocles, Aristophanes, Shakespeare and others.

This fall, the Learning in Retirement program at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin is offering members a chance to study The Gospel of Judas and Gnosticism. This course will center on the various sects or divisions in Gnosticism and the literature related to each. The Gospel of Judas will be studied along with other Gospels and their relationships to the Gnostic literature.

This fall the Lifelong Learning Institute at Indian River Community College in Florida is offering members a chance to study Politics, Media and American Culture. This interactive offering will cover national politics and the five characteristics of political correctness, a look inside the media and ethics and culture wars and what divides us.

Four Memorable Women of Ancient Egypt is the title of a course being offered at the L.I.F.E. program at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. Members will learn about the amazing lives of four Egyptian Queens. Hatshepsut was the only queen who ruled as a pharoah. Nefertiti was the wife of Akhenaton, who was the only pharaoh to worship one god, the Sun. Nefertiti was also the mother of our third subject, Ankhesenamun, the wife of King Tut. The final subject of discussion will be Cleopatra, who actually was the last queen of Egypt before it was conquered by the Romans.

Putting Life into Writing is being offered this fall to members of the Lifelong Learning Institute in Manassas, Virginia. This writing workshop will be for brand new and seasoned writers of any genre. Whatever they want to write will fit here alongside their discussions of William Zinsser’s Writing about Your Life: A Journey into the Past.

Dancing in the Sky: Exploring the Star Myths of the Native Americans is the title of a course being given this fall at the Lifelong Learning Society at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. The star lore and mythology surrounding five prominent celestial objects from various Native American cultures will be examined and compared to the more familiar Greco-Roman interpretations. The course includes a visit to the planetarium for an exploration of the evening sky. Classes will be held at the Virginia Living Museum.

This fall members of the Lyceum at Binghamton University in New York will be studying Edith Wharton. The course includes a review of the life of the author of The Age of Innocence in relation to her works, with reference to her stay at The Mount, her home in western Massachusetts, which members will visit.

Only Those Who Wager Can Win: The Amazing History of the Neutrino, is the title of a fall course being given at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The emphasis in this course will be on the scientists who pioneered the field of neutrino study.

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University in North Carolina will be taking a course entitled South Africa: Perspectives. Twelve years after free elections, where is South Africa today? The class will explore the miracle of the peaceful transition and how presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki have guided this controversial country in the past decade. Then, with this beautiful, wild, and diverse country as a background, participants will pursue a step by step journey back through a brief history of South Africa, the years of apartheid, and the impact of both the Second World War and the Boer War.

A Water Planet in Need of a Sea Change is the title of a new program being offered this fall at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University in Virginia. This four-week course gives an up-to-date perspective on a mounting crisis that requires a fresh approach to the management and governance of our blue planet.

This fall, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine in Portland is offering members a chance to take a course entitled In Our Times: America Since 1945. This course examines major aspects of the social, political, economic and diplomatic history during our lifetimes. Topics will include the origins and end of the Cold War, the emergence of the national security state, the rockin’ n’ rollin’ 50s (or where they?), late 20th century feminism, the 60s, the Civil Rights revolution, Vietnam, the Regan Revolution and the origins of the post-9/11 world.

This past summer the PLATO program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison held a series of Forums and one of the topics was Race and Media. This Forum, open to the public for free dealt with subjects at the core of American democracy. Participants examined the media depictions of diverse communities and enabled attendees to become a more literate audience and a more active communicator in their community.

The QUEST program in New York City is offering a new course entitled John Adams and His Family. John and Abigail Adams founded one of the most distinguished families of the new United States. As our representative abroad and as second president, John was both influential and controversial. His son John Quincy Adams, also a diplomat was our sixth president. Throughout the 19th century, this family produced other outstanding figures such as Henry Adams, the writer and historian.

Members of the WISE program at Assumption College in Massachusetts are taking a course this fall entitled Business in Asia. The course examines the business behaviors and practices of people from different Asian cultures and backgrounds, and how history, language and culture influence these business practices. They will also explore the historical legacies of selected countries in the region, including initial contact with Western culture, colonial impact, trade development and the post-war global business environment.




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