Learning in Retirement
Programs offer special learning opportunities for retirees
Activities and Classes:
Once again the Curriculum Committee has organized a series of spring classes. These classes offers topics to interest both current LIR members and non-members as well! It’s a great time to introduce someone to LIR.
Members may attend most any of these events in this series at no charge; however, you will need to register in advance, and these classes fill very quickly!
Disasters and the Impact
on the Planet and People
Explore disastrous events in the history of the planet and human cultures, examining the extent of such events, their impact on the evolution of life on a planetary scale, and the many ways in which they have shaped-and will continue to shape-the development of human societies. Class objectives: 1) To explore how disasters have changed in dramatic ways-both the course of life’s evolution on the planet and the development/direction/and sometimes disappearance of the human societies which experience them; 2) To examine how societies create symbolic frameworks for understanding the catastrophes they experience, how they memorialize such events through myth and history, and how they plan to avoid exposure to repeats of similar calamities; 3) To consider the magnitude and effects of both natural and human caused disasters-and, where appropriate, consider crises caused by the intersection of both. Natural disasters likely to be discussed include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, pre-modern climate change, and pandemic disease in people or crops. Human caused disasters may include oil spills, urban fires, and the effects of the introduction of alien species. Disasters involving the interplay of natural and human culture could include climate change, the Dust Bowl, the mid-90s Chicago Heat Wave, the Fukushima tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown, and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
Presenter: Susannah Lloyd, Professor, Dept. of Sociology/ Archaeology, UW-La Crosse
Fridays, May 3-24; 10 a.m.-noon 332 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse
Seven Great Ideas
Issues divide; ideas unite. The purpose of this three-week course is to examine a few of the great ideas that are foundational to western culture and examine seven great ideas from western culture: knowledge, goodness, self-control, love, experience, attention and nature. We will look briefly at the history of these ideas in philosophical works and at their relevance today. Optional reading list: Plato Apology, Plato Republic, Epictetus, The Handbook, Augustine Confessions, Ralph Waldo Emerson Experience, Simone Weil Waiting for God, or Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac.
Presenter: Richard Kyte, Director, D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership/Professor of Philosophy, Viterbo University
Tuesdays, May 14-28 | 10 a.m.-noon | 332 Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse
4th Annual Vital Aging Conference:
UNLEASH THE POWER OF AGE
This is an optional public event (open to all LIR members and non-members) hosted by La Crosse County Aging Unit and UW-L Continuing Education and Extension. MORE
$25 members/non-members (includes lunch)
June 6 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition
Challenging Trends Facing Housing in La
A look at the tax base of the city of La Crosse — comparing the city’s tax base to other similar sized communities in the State of Wisconsin. In addition, the study compares equalized values of La Crosse County’s urbanized municipalities over time. Total non-profit land area is also compared as a means of better understanding the property tax base issue in the city of La Crosse. This information is synthesized and represented on maps showing the locations of housing values in the city and discusses the impact this creates on the municipal services.
— Karl Green, Community Development Resource Educator, La Crosse County UW-Extension
June 18 | 10:30 a.m.-noon | 339 Cartwright Center | UW-La Crosse
New Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitor’s
Join Bob Wingate and Richard Frost to visit the new Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitor’s Center in Onalaska, Wis. The onsite staff will present a program for our members in the new visual media room. The wildlife displays will be viewed, followed by a short guided walk to view the prairie. We will meet at the Visitor Center, located near the junction of County Roads Z and ZN on Brice Prairie (N5727 County Road Z). If a ride is needed, please let us know at time of registration.
June 19 | 10 a.m. | Brice Prairie/Onalaska
Taliesin and Loving Frank
Many book groups have read Nancy Horans’s bestseller, Loving Frank, a novel based on the tragic romance of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Chicago socialite Mamah Borthwick. Now the Taliesin Organization has developed a specialized tour about Taliesin during the years Wright and Mamah spent there. The tour includes readings from the book by our professional staff while visitors enjoy Wright’s living room, with a stop at the Unity Chapel cemetery to see Mamah’s final resting place. Lunch follows in the Riverview Terrace Cafe, located within the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. Lunch will be the chicken salad sandwich (pulled white chicken salad with red grapes, walnuts and crumbled blue cheese) with Mediterranean pasta salad, beverage and brownies — dietary requests will be accommodated.
Register early — space limited to only 21 people!
$99, includes coach transportation, tour admission and lunch
June 28 | 8:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m.| Spring Green, Wis.
Great River Shakespeare Festival Plus
King Henry V
As part of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, we will be seeing King Henry V. We will begin the day in Winona with a visit to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. In addition to their wonderful standing collections of Hudson River School, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist works, our guided tour will include a temporary exhibit Valor in Marine Art. We’ll have lunch at LIR favorite, Signatures Restaurant, before attending our matinee performance of King Henry V at Winona State University. We’ll be back in La Crosse by dinnertime. About a week before our trip to Winona a representative of the GRSF will introduce us to King Henry V at a session at UW-La Crosse.
Pre-trip presentation: July 18, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room 332, Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse
$79, includes pre-trip presentation, coach transportation, museum admittance, lunch and matinee
July 26 | 8:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Winona, Minn.