2010 Course Schedule

2009-2010 Winter Intersession Schedule

The 2010 LIRA Winter Intersession, given between semesters, offers to retirees and those semi-retired, a sample of LIRA’ s almost year-round program and very friendly community. The program is planned and much of it provided by the members themselves. The general public is invited to all Intersession programs. Please note that Winter Intersession meetings will be held in Wannalancit Room 204, the Suffolk Conference Center. The time is 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

In the event of a storm, information will be available on radio 980 AM, WCAP. If UMass Lowell or Lowell Public Schools are closed, the Winter Intersession program will not be held.

December 9 HOLIDAY POTLUCK/TOWN MEETING MIL Conference Center
10 AM –Noon Details are in this newsletter.

December 11 BOOK DISCUSSION MIL Conference Center
10 AM –Noon The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
Coordinator: Toby Hodes*

December 12 – January 5 Holidays: No LIRA sessions

January 6 GREEN ENERGY AND CONSERVATION Hale Powell

Hale is the owner of H Powell Energy Associates of Westford. He works with electric utilities and state regulators around the US to identify and implement "clean energy" alternatives to conventional electric power plants. In particular, he promotes widespread improvements in energy efficiency as a means of reducing the costs and environmental impacts of electricity use. He is also active in promoting the increased use of renewable energy and solar power in the local schools in his home town of Westford. He will discuss these issues in his presentation.

Coordinator: Barbara Page*

January 13 TUCSON, ARIZONA Jean Schott

Take a tour through Tucson, Arizona with Jean Schott. The focus will be on its art, architecture and plants as well as its interesting history.

Coordinator: Mary Willis*

January 20 U.S. NATIONAL PARKS Jerry Gilmore*

Jerry Gilmore will show and describe photos he took on a National Park tour which he and his wife, Davida, took this past June. They bussed over 2500 miles through 6 states, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. Visited Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell (Glen Canyon Dam), Mesa Verde, Dead Wood, Silverton, Salt Lake City, and Grand Canyon. The park scenery and monuments were fantastic and he has many beautiful and awesome pictures to show.

Coordinator: Jeanne Gunion*

January 27 RAGTIME Janet Shawcross*

This will be a study of ragtime music and some of its composers. The lesson will include elements of ragtime, differences between the Classical and the Eastern styles, and will recognize the lives and music of Scott Joplin, James Scott, Joseph Lamb and other ragtime composers.

Coordinator: Dorothy Bromage*

BOOK DISCUSSION Coordinator: Toby Hodes*
12:30-2:30 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, fiction by Junot Diaz

February 3 CABAL OF THE WESTFORD KNIGHT David Brody

David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling fiction writer. His fourth novel, Cabal of the Westford Knight: Templars at the Newport Tower is inspired by the legend of the Westford Knight. The legend recounts how Scottish explorers secretly visited Westford, Massachusetts in 1398, where they carved an effigy in stone to commemorate the death of a fallen comrade, a carving that remains visible today. Similar artifacts and sites scattered around New England seem to support this legend. But who were these medieval explorers, and why might they have traveled to New England? It will be our pleasure to hear the story of the story.

Coordinator: Esther Wikander*

February 10 CAMBODIA’S ANGKOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK John Croes

In January, 2008, John Croes and his wife visited Siem Reap, Cambodia, to explore the Angkor Archaeological Park. The Archaeological Park encompasses much more than the famed Angkor Wat. They visited over thirty sites—far more than the four or five sites that most tourists take in. Through photos and the internet, John will relate some of the historical, archaeological, mythical, religious, and architectural scenes we encountered—and the audience won’t sweat one bit!

Coordinator: Toby Hodes*

February 17 NUTRITION IN BRAIN HEALTH AND AGING Tom Shea

We all face the ravages of time, and our brain is particularly affected. Studies in recent years point towards nutrition as a key method by which we can maintain a healthy brain. Good nutrition and dietary supplements, coupled with brain exercise, can even help us fight off at least part of the effects of genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Shea will review these areas.

Coordinator: Barbara Page*

February 24 MUSIC FOR SILENT FILMS Dorothy Bromage*

Silent films were never silent. Musical accompaniment was always used—everything from a symphony orchestra to a single piano. In between could have been small instrumental groups with drum and sound effects. The theatre organ was created for silent film accompaniment and sounded forth magnificently in many theatres. Examples of accompaniment types will be shown, and the way music enhances the film will be demonstrated. The presentation will end with a 20-minute silent comedy, illustrating the points made.

Coordinator: Martha Hume*

BOOK DISCUSSION Coordinator: Toby Hodes*
12:30-2:30 The Given Day, fiction by Dennis Lehane

*Indicates a LIRA member