Understanding Our Canines is the title of a new program
being given this fall at the Academy for Lifelong Learning of
Cape Cod, Inc. in Massachusetts. This course is designed for
all dog lovers – owners or professional, to have a greater understanding
of canines. From choosing an appropriate breed or breeder, temperament
tests, inherited breed characteristics, reading canine body language,
different types of personalities, aggression types and definitions, and
methods of training, this course will assist attendees with their knowledge
and skills in the canine world.
This fall the Baylor Institute for Learning in Retirement
in Texas is offering a new course entitled Reconstruction After
the Civil War. This course will cover the bitter, often violent,
and still controversial era of Reconstruction, from its genesis during
the /Civil War to its final demise in the mid-1870s.
This fall members of the Center for Lifelong Learning, Inc.
in Fort Walton Beach, Florida will be working on Becoming All You
Can Be. In this class, they will discover a whole new world through
the wonder and the power of their inner selves as they ask the questions
and seek the answers on their personal spiritual journeys.
Members of the Community Academy for Lifelong Learning
in State College, Pennsylvania will be Biking Country Roads
this fall. These 20-30 mile rides will take several hours over low volume
This fall, members of the Center for Learning in Retirement
at Rock Valley College in Illinois will be studying If It Takes
All Summer: The Petersburg Campaign: June 1864-April 1865. General
Grant hoped to move stealthily from Cold Harbor and quickly take Petersburg,
VA. No such luck. His Union generals were just too slow and it became
a siege. The class will look at the politics, the anti-war movement,
and the 10-month effort to take Petersburg. Members will come away with
an appreciation of the struggle of the troops and the civilians during
the campaign, as well as increased appreciation for the impact of the
Civil War on our nation’s history.
The Encore program at North Carolina State University
in Raleigh is offering members a chance to study Humanitarian Intervention:
No More Rwandas? This course explores the considerable distance
that national governments have traveled in rhetoric, in law, and in
concrete action away from the jealous preservation and respect for each
others sovereignty toward recognition of a “responsibility to
protect” the lives of minorities from assault by their own governments.
Members of the Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute
at Salem State College in Massachusetts recently studied Writing
Opinion Columns for Newspapers (and Getting Published). This course
helped the attendees reach their aspiration, dream or fantasy about
having their ideas and opinions appear in newspapers and even get paid
for it. They dealt with what op-ed articles are, how to decide on topics,
how to research, write and be published.
Members of the Furman University Learning in Retirement
program in South Carolina studied Media, Culture and Self.
This class examined the inevitable link between culture and self and
the enormous influence that mass media culture now has on every other
kind of culture that affect us. It also presented a strategy for “reading”
media messages with the heightened objectivity and understanding that
is built on insights and theories from the fields of Anthropology, Psychology,
Philosophy, Rhetoric, Communications Studies and Cultural Studies.
Members of the Institute for Continuing Learning at
Young Harris College in Georgia recently took part in an Organ Crawl.
They “crawled” round the huge instruments in four local
majestic churches, and luxuriated in the musical magic of such greats
as Cezar Franck, Johann Bach and others.
Invitation to Sociology is the title of a new course at the
ILR at Bergen Community College in New Jersey this
fall. The insights sociology brings to our understanding of the human
experience, along with sociological perspectives and the major “movers
and shakers” in the field will be discussed.
West Point: Adjusting to a Changing World was the title of
a new program at the Learning in Retirement program
in Stamford, Connecticut. A retired Colonel who graduated from West
Point talked about his own experiences there and then discussed the
changes that have occurred in the fifty years since.
The Changing Face of India is the title of a spring
program being given at the Learning in Retirement program
in Washington, GA. This course is an introduction to the history of
India – from the Mogul and British periods to India’s independence
in 1947. It will cover the various religious practices and the arts
and architecture of India as well as changes in social, political, educational,
industrial and economic institutions. Developments in various institutions
during India’ post-independence until 2003 will also be discussed
in addition to those in travel and culture.
Chocolate Science is the title of a new course being given
at the Learning in Retirement program in Athens, Georgia.
Although most people don’t generally make a connection between
chocolate products and science, developers of chocolate products must
understand chemistry, physics and psychology to deliver those tempting
chocolate treats. This course will include discussion of the safety,
nutrition, history and quality of chocolate.
This fall, the Learning in Retirement program at Waukesha
County Technical College in Wisconsin is offering members a chance to
study Labor History: 1880’s to 1930s. They will look
at the development of the labor movement during and after the industrial
revolution with emphases on the roles of the barons of industry.
This fall the Lifelong Learning Institute at Indian
River Community College in Florida is offering members a chance to study
Today’s Environmental Issues. Participants will gain
insight into current environmental issues in this three week workshop.
They will learn the tools to increase awareness and participation in
their own “backyard” and the world around them.
The Historical Jesus was the title of a program given this
fall at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Manassas,
Virginia. Participants examined Jesus Christ as drawn from the presenter’s
recently released book Jesus: What He Was & What He Wasn’t.
They explored the life and times of Christ from the perspective of a
Members of the Lifetime Learning Institute at Northern
Virginia Community College in Annandale viewing art videos from the
National Gallery of Art. This fall they will view three different
ones – National Gallery of Art: A Treasury of Masterpieces –
Leonardo: to Know How to See, and Ginevra’s Story.
Einstein, Quantum Physics & Schrodinger’s Cat was
the title of an intriguing course given this fall at the Lifelong
Learning Society at Christopher Newport University in Virginia.
A non-mathematical examination of how modern physics has contributed
to our understanding of the world, such as the properties of light and
the micro-world of quantum physics. Participants also considered the
new questions about the nature of the world being asked by cosmologists
Troubled, Traumatic, Tortuous: Relationships in the Tragedies of
William Shakespeare is the title of a course being offered at the
L.I.F.E. program at Mount Saint Mary College in New
York. Participants will investigate and discuss the relationships of
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Lear ad his daughters, Hamlet and Ophelia
and Othello and Desdemona.
This fall members of the Lyceum at Binghamton University
in New York will be studying King Arthur: The History of a Legend.
Beginning with the actual history of Arthur, they will then examine
the legends that have arisen about him. These include Camelot, the Knights
of the Round Table, the Holy Grail and the treatment of these in Malory’s
Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at
Duke University in North Carolina will be taking a course entitled U.S.
History through Folk Songs, Ballads and Stories. Historians tell
us what happened. The ordinary men and women who settled the land tell
us how it felt to be part of what happened through oral tradition. Participants
will take a look at how it felt to struggle in the wilderness, fight
for independence, journey down the Great Wagon Road, fight brother against
brother, lace the country with steel rails, and other great events.
Scores of songs will be sung to autoharp and dulcimer accompaniment.
The World of Our Grandparents: The Immigrant Experience, is
the title of a fall course being given at the Osher Lifelong
Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Using reading, discussion, and the viewing of several films, the course
will examine the period between 1880 and 1920, when two million Jewish
immigrants came from Eastern Europe to New York’s lower east side.
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 A Survey of Modern Biology for Non-Scientists.
This course explores modern biology, from important biologic molecules
and processes, to the physical basis in the brain for thinking. Topics
surveyed include the structure and function of DNA and RNA, reproductive
biology, genetic engineering, stem cell biology and the biology of the
brain including the physical basis for thinking.
Veni, Vidi, Vici – Latin One is being offered at the
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University
of Alaska, Fairbanks. This is the class you wish you’d taken in
high school. Although members won’t master Latin in four weeks,
they will “come, see and conquer” a small part of it.
This past summer the PLATO program at the University
of Wisconsin, Madison held a series of Forums and one of the topics
was Improving the Electoral Process. This Forum, open to the
public for free dealt with subjects at the core of American democracy.
Participants examined the procedural aspects of election administration,
including new voting technology, the Help America Vote Act, preventing
fraud, and substantive changes in the process, such as how media coverage
can be improved, reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, how the redistricting
process is used to discourage competition, and the regulation of speech
activities during campaigns.
The QUEST program in New York City is offering a new
course entitled The Gothic Experience. This course will examine
how the medieval community produced such tremendous feats of physical
and create effort such as the Gothic cathedral – the social and
economic context, the religious meaning and the power conflicts between
lords and bishops.
Members of the Rose Institute for Life Long Learning
at the Menorah Park Center in Beachwood, Ohio recently took a course
entitled Look It Up in the Dictionary. In this course participants
sampled the benchmark dictionaries of Samuel Johnson, Noah Webster and
the Oxford English Dictionary. They examined word and phrase origins
as well as American regional and ethnic dialects.
Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at
George Mason University in Virginia recently studied Morals and
Ethics of Intelligent Machines: Will They Be Like Us? This program
discussed current and emerging intelligent machines and their present
and future impact on society. The need for moral and ethical values
for intelligent machines and the problems of selecting these values
were also addressed.
The Romance of Colored Gems is the title of a new program
being offered this fall at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
at George Mason University in Virginia. They will start with a review
of antique and estate jewelry from pre-Victorian to modern times. Specific
sessions will focus on selecting colored gems. Finally, there will be
in-class identification and evaluation of their own gems as they are
displayed on screen so all class members can follow the process.
Members of the WISE program at Assumption College
in Massachusetts are taking a course this fall entitled Biology
of Viruses. Emphasis will be on Paramyxoviruses which include such
human viral pathogens as measles virus, mumps virus, respiratory syncytial
virus (RSV), and parainfluenza virus (croupe). Some time will be spent
discussing current molecular research that attempts to identify the
molecular mechanisms by which viruses infect cells and the significance
and dangers of emergent viruses such as Bird Flu.