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Learning in Retirement

Programs offer special learning opportunities for retirees

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Activities and Classes:  

Once again the Curriculum Committee has organized a series of one time lectures/discussions called the Cabin Fever Series.

Members may attend most any of these events in this series at no charge; however, you need to register in advance, as classes fill very quickly!


2014 Planned Spring Classes:

2014 Spring Newsletter (4 page PDF) | 2014 Spring Registration Form (1 page PDF)

Four great movie directorsFour Great Movie Directors
We’ll be studying the careers of four movie directors: Frank Capra (It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), John Ford (The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath), Howard Hawks (The Big Sleep, Bringing Up Baby), and Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Rear Window). Each class will cover one director’s career, showing of one of his best movies and class discussion afterwards. If you love movies, this class is for you! Presenter: Sandy Sechrest, Retired from UW-La Crosse Murphy Library. She has taught several LIR classes on mysteries and has an extensive movie reference collection and too many DVDs. She actually heard Frank Capra lecture when she was in graduate school.
Tuesdays, March 25-April 15; 1-4 p.m.
332 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse

Sustainable energy clipartSustainable Energy for the Home
Throughout the class, we will discuss methods of implementing renewable energy sources. The first session will cover geothermal heating and cooling in your home. Costs, methods and benefits will be covered. The second session will discuss solar systems for generating electrical energy that can be applied to offset electrical costs. The last session will consider wind energy for generating electrical needs. Benefits and pitfalls of all three methods discussed. An optional, primarily solar site visit will be discussed at class for those interested and able — carpooling options possible. Presenter: Neale Koenig, M.S., Electrical Engineering, and who actively uses geo-thermal heating and cooling in his home.
Wednesdays, April 16-30; 10 a.m.-noon
337 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse

How Books Took Over My Life (and It’s a Good Problem to Have)
Who doesn’t love books? Who doesn’t love sharing your favorites? Join this class and learn what a book reviewer does, as well as info on how to become an author. Terri will share her experiences and learn how she became a syndicated book reviewer. Presenter: Terri Schlichenmeyer, owner of The Bookworm Sez, a syndicated column that reviews books. She has been reading since she was three years old and she never goes anywhere without a book.
May 1, 1-3 p.m.
337 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse

Book titled Preaching in Hitler's ShadowPreaching in Hitler’s Shadow: Sermons of Resistance in the Third Reich
The purpose of this course is to help the class gain an insight into the role of the Christian sermon as a tool of resistance in Hitler’s Germany. Participants will need to purchase his book, Preaching in Hitler’s Shadow: Sermons of Resistance in the Third Reich by Dean G. Stroud, Eerdmans, 2013. Participants will learn about the culture climate of Nazi Germany regarding Christians, read and discuss the translated sermons of pastors who suffered because of these sermons. Presenter: Dean Stroud, Professor Emeritus of German, UW-La Crosse, currently teaching German at Viterbo.
Mondays, May 5-19; 1-3 p.m.
339 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse

Reviewing and Critiquing Theatre
This class will open students to a new way of viewing theatre. Students will learn concepts, techniques and vocabulary necessary to view theatre from a critical standpoint. Topics that will be covered include judging design, acting vs. directing, and the play as an artistic venture. We’ll use some video clips of performance, compare published reviews from reputable critics and do some hands-on evaluation of performance.
Presenters: Greg Parmeter, Artistic Director, La Crosse Community Theatre
Tuesdays and Fridays, May 20-30; 1-3 p.m.
339 Cartwright Center, La Crosse

 Shrine of Our Lady GuadalupeShrine of Our Lady Guadalupe Pilgrimage
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, faithful to the message of the Blessed Virgin Mary through her appearances on the American continent in 1531, serves the spiritual needs of all those who come. It is a place of ceaseless prayer for the corporal and spiritual welfare of God’s children, especially those most in need. Our day begins upon arrival at 9:45 a.m., with a brief orientation of the Pilgrim Center afterwards. Enjoy a buffet luncheon at the award-winning Culina Mariana Café. After lunch, there is an optional Holy Mass at the Shrine Church, followed by visiting and praying at the many devotional areas on the Shrine grounds. End your visit to the Shrine by visiting the Flores Mariae Gift Shop. A perfect day for reflection, good company and enjoying the beautiful surroundings that God’s Country is known for. Golf carts are available for transport from Pilgrim Center to the Shrine Church.
May 28; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shrine of Our Lady Guadalupe, 5250 Justin Road, La Crosse
, off of Hwys 14/61/35 heading South (participants are responsible for their own travel to/from location; carpooling will be available if needed)

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