Learning in Retirement Association (LIRA) University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Following is the LIRA spring lecture series:

Saturday, March 1, 2008 – A Day of Latin music from the Caribbean and South America
Participants enjoyed a colorful mix of Mexican mariachi, calypso, reggae, and salsa music played primarily on original, handmade indigenous instruments.

Thursday, April 3, 2008 – Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched
Participants learned about the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program with its nearly all female student body and teaching zoo of 200 animals. Today’s trainers use training not to tame an animal, but to communicate with it.

Sunday, April 6, 2008 – Sculpture Trail: 25 Years of the Lowell Public Art Collection
A slide talk on the roots and development of Lowell’s outdoor sculpture collection in the city’s historic district.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 – Owls of the World: Who is Watching You?
Whoooo loves owls? Everyone! A naturalist and photographer husband and wife team share their passion for owls. Participants also get to meet LIVE owls from small to big, up close. They will also be treated to a hooting lesson a well as tips on how to attract and protect nearby owls.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 – Who Was the Real William Shakespeare?
Participants will address the Shakespeare authorship question. The evidence for the Stratford man is weak; instead the case for Edward deVere (17th Earl of Oxford) as the real Shakespeare is a compelling one.




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