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Events and classes

2017 Spring programs

Join us as we explore, learn, and engage with subject matter experts on a diverse array of topics such as:  ♦ Agriculture  ♦ Ecology  ♦ The Arts  ♦ Brain function  ♦ Travel

Learning in Retirement, presented by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Continuing Education and Extension, is open to everyone—there is no membership requirement. Membership is available and provides a discount on program fees.

Women Film Directors

Presented by Sandra Sechrest

A statistic: Women comprise 7% of the directors of the top grossing 250 movies. We’ll be discussing the causes of this while we’re discovering many wonderful women film directors. We’ll be discussing directors from silent movies days to the present, from Dorothy Arzner to Ava DuVernay. We’ll be focusing mostly on American directors but we’ll discuss some notable directors from other countries. We’ll have four three hour classes. We’ll see a full length movie and some film clips at each session.

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Tuesday, April 11, 18, 25, May 2 (a series) | 1-4 p.m.
3105 Student Union, UW-La Crosse
$30, LIR Members | $40, Non-members

When: Tuesday, April 11
Where: 3115 Student Union
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact UWL Continuing Education at conted@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6500.
Arbor Day Walk About: Getting to Know Your Local Trees

Presenter: Randy Mell, University of Wisconsin Extension Natural Resources Educator

Ever wonder if a tree in your yard is a hard maple or a white oak? Does it matter? Yes, it matters to your local wildlife who use it for food or shelter. Join a forester as you get to know what trees are  growing in your yard. This outdoor program will help you learn how to identify the major native trees you will likely find growing on your property.

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Friday, April 28 | 10 a.m.-noon
Myrick Park Center
2000 La Crosse St., La Crosse, WI
$15, LIR Members | $25, Non-members

When: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 28
Where: Myrick Park Center
2000 La Crosse St
La Crosse, WI 54601
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact UWL Continuing Education at conted@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6500.
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The Human Brain vs. Computer

Presented by Neale Koenig

This will be an interactive class with a presentation of how a computer works as compared to how the brain functions. Neale has an M.S. in Automation & Control Systems and has taught computern systems at four different colleges. He has studied neuroscience independently.

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Tuesday, May 9 | 10 a.m.-noon
3130 Student Union, UW-La Crosse
$15, LIR Members | $25, Non-members

When: 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 9
Where: 3130 Student Union
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact UWL Continuing Education at conted@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6500.
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Honeybee Communication: The Tale of a Sleep-deprived Dancer and Her Unwitting Followers

Presenter: Barrett Klein, Dept. of Biology, UW-La Crosse

Communication is vital for humans and honeybees alike. Foragers of western honeybees (Apis mellifera) famously exhibit waggle dances capable of advertising the destination (direction and distance) of a food source to nest mates. When restricted of sleep by a custom-made insominator, honeybee foragers still perform waggle dances the day following sleep-restriction, but the direction component of their dances is less precise. Signaling is only one half of communication, so what about the receivers of the signals—dance followers confronted with the relatively imprecise dance signals?

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Friday, May 12 | 10 a.m.-noon
Myrick Park Center, 2000 La Crosse St., La Crosse, WI
$15, LIR Members | $25, Non-members

When: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 12
Where: Myrick Park Center
2000 La Crosse St.
La Crosse , WI 54601
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact UWL Continuing Education at conted@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6500.
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The Making of a Play

Presented by Greg Parmeter

This class will focus on how a play is crafted including plot, imagery, character, and pacing. We will study different play structures and how they can affect how a story is told and the audiences’ perceptions of the play. We will examine how a musical is structured different from a play, a drama from a comedy, and forms that subvert traditional structure such as absurdism. Plays discussed will include A Raisin in the Sun, The Glass Menagerie, Hamilton, and several other classic and modern works.

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Thursday, May 18, 25, June 8, 15 (a series) | 10 a.m.-noon
342 Center for The Arts, UW-La Crosse
$20, LIR members | $30 Non-members

When: 10 to midnight Thursday, May 18
Where: 342 Center for the Arts (CFA)
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact UWL Continuing Education at conted@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6500.
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Travel Talk: Canada

Presented by Sandra Sechrest

Sandra will share highpoints of her trip to Western Canada. You will see British Columbia and Alberta. She traveled to Victoria, Calgary, Vancouver and Banff. You will see highlights from her train trip through the Canadian Rockies.

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Friday, May 19 | 10 a.m.–noon
3110 Student Union
UW-La Crosse
$0, LIR Members
$5, Non-members

When: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 19
Where: 3110 Student Union
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact UWL Continuing Education at conted@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6500.
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Your Brain Has a Mind of Its Own

Presented by Neale Koenig

This will be an interactive class with a presentation of conscious and subliminal operation of the brain. It covers things that are genetic and things that are born with you. Neale recommends that you read “The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own: Insights from a Practicing Neurologist.” April 13, 1993, by Richard Restak, M.D.

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Monday, June 5 | 10 a.m.-noon
355 Morris Hall, UW-La Crosse
$15, LIR Members | $25, Non-members

When: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 5
Where: 355 Morris Hall
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact UWL Continuing Education at conted@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6500.
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This is Your Brain On Music

Presented by Neale Koenig

This will be an interactive class with a presentation on how the various components of music are  processed by the different sections of the brain. He recommends the book “This Is Your Brain on  Music” by Daniel J. Levitan.

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Monday, June 26 | 10 a.m.-noon
355 Morris Hall, UW-La Crosse
$15, LIR Members | $25, Non-members

When: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 26
Where: 355 Morris Hall
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact UWL Continuing Education at conted@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6500.
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The Spirit of the Music in Winona

After a delicious dinner at the Jefferson Pub, enjoy the music of Dover Quartet performing at the Page Theatre on the Saint Mary’s University Campus in Winona. The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most indemand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment,” and The Strad raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.”

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
7:30 p.m. concert time
Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University
$80, LIR members | $110, Non-LIR members
Trip will be mid-afternoon through approx. 10:30 p.m.
Limited to 16 people with registration due 5/6/2017

When: Tuesday, July 18
Where: Page Theatre, Saint Mary’s University
700 Terrace Heights
Winona , MN 55987
To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact UWL Continuing Education at conted@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6500.
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The LIR Singers are looking for a new pianist!

If you love to make music this group has a great time singing at area assisted living facilities and nursing homes! They have about 5 practices in February and travel around the community sharing their singing voices through about May! If you have the skill and would love to share they would welcome you as a part of the group! Contact Karen in the Continuing Education Office and she would love to help you connect with this sparkling and entertaining group!

Karen | Non-credit Program Coordinator | 608.785.6508 or kmcgarvey@uwlax.edu

LOOKING AHEAD

Upcoming events that are on the horizon include the following:

  • Trip to Mason City Iowa to view the work of Frank Lloyd Wright
    • Monday, June 26, 2017
  • The Dover Quartet at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival
    • Tuesday, July 18, 2017
  • Birding Bonanza
    • Scott Puchalski, President, Coulee Region Audubon Society
  • Do You Want to Write a Story?
    • Fran Ribarek
  • Nature Journaling
    • Jan Wellick, Associate Lecturer, UW-La Crosse
  • GoodGreens Aquaponics
    • Learn how vegetables and fish are raised together right here in La Crosse by a division of ORC Industries.

DID YOU KNOW...

  1. Please consider bringing a friend so they can experience Learning In Retirement. We have a pass that will allow them to check out one class at no cost. Call the Continuing Education office for details.
  2. In addition to the annual parking pass there is now another option! Please check out the UW-LaCrosse Parking at www.uwlax.edu/parking to learn more about the new pay stations.  They have a video explaining how to use them on the site. New pay stations are located in seven commuter lots on campus. Be on the lookout for the new, gray pay stations with color displays. Customers use their license plates as their permits, and display of a receipt is not necessary. The pay stations offer an option to enter a cell phone number to receive an alert when time is about to expire. Customers can reply, via text message, to purchase additional time. The pay stations default to a $5 overnight rate from 7 pm-2 am and charge $1 per hour between 2 am-7 pm. Pay-by-phone is available at any UWL pay station. Visitors can download the Passport Parking app to their smartphones or https://ppprk.com/park to create an account. Visitors can then add time remotely by selecting one of the numbered zones on campus. Visitors use their license plates to validate transactions.
  3. If you or anyone that you know is interested in being a part of the LIR Curriculum Committee we would love to have you. Please contact the office, 608.785.6500 or conted@uwlax.edu or contact Neale Koenig, the Committee Chairperson at 608.788.1074.