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    Once again the Curriculum Committee has organized a series of lectures/discussions for a few opportunities this summer. Most of our offerings require membership in Learning in Retirement, although there are a few opportunities for non-members to participate as well. You do need to register in advance for all of the classes and you are encouraged to do so soon, as many fill quickly!

    Lunch Bunch

    (All dates are Thursdays at noon)

    If you are interested in meeting friends, old and new, good food and casual conversation, check out the dates and locations below. Lunch and transportation will be on your own and pre-registration is not required. Be sure to invite a friend! Reminders will not be sent.

    Jun 16 | Huck Finn's on the Water
    Jul 21 | Three Rivers Lodge
    Aug 18 | Carlos O'Kelly's
    Sep 22 | Houghton's Fine Food-Cocktails
    Oct 20 | HuHot Mongolian Grill

    Loneliness, Social Support and Cognitive Aging

    June 21, 2016 | 10 a.m-noon | 257 Cartwright Center, UWL | LIR members - $5

    Ellen Rozek, Ph.D., UWL Assistant Professor of Psychology 

    The purpose of the class is to give people a broader understanding of the impact loneliness and social support can have on cognitive health. Research has found that social support and loneliness in a person’s life can have measurable impacts on changes in cognition. This class will review the research findings from the field and discuss them, highlighting a recent study conducted on campus with members of the UWL student body and community members, including members of LIR.

    Assisted Death

    June 24, 2016 | 1–3 p.m. | 340 Cartwright Center, UWL | LIR members - $5

    Erica Srinivasan, Assistant Professor Psychology

    Assisted death is a topic that has been met with much public interest and controversy, which makes it an important topic to discuss and understand. In this course, learn about assisted death laws around the world, with a focus on the assisted death movement in the U.S. Examine the assisted death law in Oregon, the first place in the U.S. where assisted death became legal, including the demographics of people who have used the law, the motivations for seeking assisted death, and arguments for and against assisted death. Srinivasan will present research findings from her qualitative study on grief and bereavement following an assisted death. Implications for those grieving an assisted death will be discussed.

    All-Shook-Up-logoAll Shook Up

    June 26, 2016 | CFA matinée

    Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It's 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets. This hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel", "Jailhouse Rock", and "Don't Be Cruel."

    Look for more details to come.

    The Spirit of the Music in Winona

    July 14, 2016 | LIR members - $70, Non-LIR members - $110


    Winona Beethoven Festival at the MMAM

    After a delicious dinner at the Green Mill in Winona, enjoy the music of Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Conversation, companionship and communication – these are the key words in their universe. Petri is considered one of the world’s most supreme instrumentalists, while Hannibal’s wide experience from various ensembles enables him to create both harmony and contrast; together they form a synthesis that attracts attention worldwide.

    Theatre-masks-artShakespeare and Polish History

    July 22, 2016 | LIR members - $80, Non-LIR members - $120

    Spend a delightful day in Winona, beginning the day at the Polish Museum to learn about Winona’s Polish (Kashubian) heritage and see some lovely folk art. Lunch will be at the Jefferson Pub. After lunch see one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies As You Like It. The Great River Shakespeare Festival is known for making Shakespeare an accessible pleasure. A presentation on the play will take place in La Crosse a week or so before visit.

    Apple-artEat Well, Move Well, Think Well

    August 4, 2016 | 10 a.m.-noon | 355 Morris Hall | LIR members - $5

    Provide explanation as to the 3 pillars of health and what our roles and responsibilities are for each when it comes to our own health and well being.

    Suggested reading list:

    Dr. Scott Bautch, D.C. 

    2016-WALL-logoWisconsin Association of Lifelong Learner's (WALL) Conference

    September 7-9, 2016

    Planning for the WALL Conference to be held in La Crosse in the fall of 2016 is now underway. Become a member of the committee by contacting Karen McGarvey:!

    WALL website!



    Coming this fall...

    • A class with Viterbo's Dr. Morehouse - The Millennium Retires - How they differ!
    • Automation - How it Affects You (your car, your house...) with Neale Koenig
    • A Sandy Sechrest Class - Women Movie Directors
    • Joe Heim with a session, Before and After the Election with Pre- and Post Election Analysis
    • A program by staff from the People's Food Coop about the food we eat
    • More sessions with WisCorps at the Myrick Center talking about, The Hixon Forest Cellar and Uses of the Marsh

    Ecology and Management of Upper Great Lakes Wolves

    Dick Theil, biologist

    Look for more information on this class about wolves and their status in Wisconsin coming soon!