2012 Course Schedule

Summer 2012 Intersession Schedule

The 2012 Summer Intersession, given between semesters, offers to retirees and those semi-retired, a sample of LIRA’s almost year-round program and friendly community. The program is planned and much of it provided by the members themselves. The general public is invited to all Intersession programs. The time for these programs is 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The indoor Intersession programs on June 6, July 18 and July 25 will be held at the Rec Center, 100 Pawtucket Street, Lowell. June 13 will be in the Talon Room at the Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell.

June 6: Exploring the History of Terrorist Groups and Ideologies

- James Forest

While the American public has developed a greater interest in terrorism since 9/11, the field of terrorism studies has existed for decades. Drawing from this research, this session will examine roughly 130 years of terrorist groups worldwide, including anarchists, left-wing revolutionaries, ethno-nationalists, right-wing and religious forms of terrorism. The session will also highlight the ways in which the structure and technical capabilities of terrorists have changed over the past several decades.

Coordinator: Alan Kent*

June 13: Clinical Research: From Conception to Publication

- Paul Mitchell

Ever wonder what’s behind those reports you see on TV or in the newspaper when a new drug is purported to reduce symptoms or prevent disease? During this presentation you will learn how clinical investigations are conducted, what makes a good study design, how the rights of human subjects are protected, and how the results are communicated and of value to the public. Along the way, you’ll learn a bit about statistics. Paul Mitchell is Senior Biostatistician at Children’s Hospital Boston with more than 25 years experience in health research. He has co-authored more than 30 manuscripts appearing in peer-reviewed journals. His current focus is in pediatric gastroenterology.

Coordinator: Shirley Mitchell*

June 15: Book Discussion - Shirley McCaffrey*

Townie by Andre Dubus III. Please contact Shirley for the location.

June 20: Visiting the Nearby Past: The Everett Mill and the Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912

- Robert Forrant

On June 20, LIRA members will visit the Bread & Roses Centennial History Exhibit on the 6th floor of the Everett Mill in Lawrence, MA. The Bread & Roses Strike's history is artfully detailed in the exhibit. In addition, there is a wonderful exhibit of Lewis Hine's 1911 photos of child workers in Lawrence. Through the skillful efforts of Joe Manning, the ongoing lives of ten of these children are explored. Robert Forrant will guide the exhibit tour, discuss the Hine Exhibit and answer questions about the strike on June 20th. Members wishing to carpool, meet at Hannaford, Drum Hill, Chelmsford at 9:15 a.m. Parking is not a problem at the mill. Driving directions will be available on May 16 at the annual meeting.

Coordinator: Dorothy Bromage*

June 27: Samuel Fitch House

91 Power Road, Westford, Mass.

The Samuel Fitch House in Westford, Mass. was built in 1713. At the time of the Civil War, runaway slaves were hidden there in a tunnel that was built in its basement as part of the Underground Railroad. The current owner of the home, whose family has owned it since 1968, will take us on a tour of the home and its lovely garden and offer us homemade refreshments afterwards. The home is now a bed and breakfast. Plenty of parking is available on site. Cost is $10.00. Checks payable to Jean Schott should be postmarked on or before June 18. (POB 1628, Westford, MA 01886). Meet at the Samuel Fitch House at 10:00 a.m. Driving directions will be available on May 16 at the annual meeting.

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

July 11: Fenway Park Tour

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the oldest major league ball park still in use.

Visit the park where the Babe pitched, The Kid hit, Yaz dazzled, Pedro zipped strikes, Ted Williams batted 406, and of course, where the Sox played the Cardinals en route to win their first World Series in 86 years. Soak up the rich history; hear the echoes of the past; touch the Green Monster; imagine being one of the 'Knights of the Keyboard' as you see the view from the Press Box; and visit the Red Sox Hall of Fame before strolling around Fenway Park. This may be a good time to invite a grandchild along.

The standard tour route includes stops at the Budweiser Right Field Roof Deck, the State Street Pavilion, the Green Monster Seats and the Left Field Grandstand seats. The tour lasts one hour and includes a rich history of the ballpark and team. The tour sometime includes warning track access with the permission of the grounds crew. The tour is handicapped accessible but does involve a moderate amount of walking.

We will meet our bus at Hannaford, Drum Hill, Chelmsford at 8:15 a.m. The cost for members is $26.50. This includes the tour price and bus cost. For non-members it is $36.50. Checks payable to LIRA should be mailed to Robert Hanlon, postmarked on or before June 22 (255 North Rd, Unit 37, Chelmsford, MA 01824).

Coordinator: Bob Hanlon*

July 18: Spotlight on the U.S. Marines - Bill Closs*

Bill Closs is a veteran of 20 years in the Marine Corps, spending 18 years in the band field as a bugler, drummer, and drum major. Each Friday during the summer the Marine Band, Drum, and Bugle Corps and troops from 8th & Eye Marine Barracks, Washington DC, perform a ceremonial parade for the public. Bill will present a video coverage of the event as well as the “Sunset Parade.” A video about the Arlington National Cemetery will also be shown.

Coordinator: Jayne Yeuell*

July 25: Healthy Hearts and Healthy Minds Go Hand in Hand -

Dr. Arnold Kerzner* and Dr. Frederick Wikander*

Dr.Wikander, an Internist, and Dr.Kerzner, a Psychiatrist, will team up to present up-to-date information about how to keep your heart and mind as fit as a fiddle. Like playing the violin, it takes practice and perseverance. However, these physicians will offer "down to earth" information- and even some advice- as to how your blood pressure can remain in a normal range even while you're coping with the usual tensions and exigencies of everyday life. Just be prepared to breathe deeply and smile!

Coordinator: Jeri Durant*

August 1: Haystack Observatory

Located on top of a hill at the intersection of Westford, Groton, and Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, right off of Route 40. MIT Haystack Observatory is an interdisciplinary center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) focused on radio astronomy, geodesy, atmospheric science, and radio science. About 80 staff members conduct studies of the structure of the galaxy and larger universe, advance scientific knowledge of our planet and its atmosphere, develop technology for radio science, and contribute to the education of future scientists and engineers. Examples of active programs involve planet-scale interferometric observations near the black hole at the center of our galaxy, space weather studies in Earth's upper atmosphere, geodetic measurements of Earth's rotation and other fundamental properties, and space surveillance activities conducted by MIT Lincoln Laboratory. We will give an overview and tour of Haystack facilities. Meet at Hannaford, Drum Hill, Chelmsford at 9:15 a.m. to car pool. Driving directions will be available on May 16 at the Annual Meeting.

Coordinator: Jerry Gilmore*

*Member of LIRA