Learning In Retirement

Winter 2013 Schedule


The 2013 Winter 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 a.m. to Noon.   The first two Intersession programs will be held in the Talon Room at the Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Lowell, Mass.  The remaining six programs will be in the Recreation Center, 100 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA.

January 9 Finding Flow:  What Positive Psychology Has Taught Us About Thriving Across Adulthood
Professor Kathleen Leonard

Dr. Kathleen Leonard is a Visiting Professor of Psychology at UMass Lowell.  She received her BA in psychology from Gordon College, her MA and her Ph.D. both in Developmental Psychology from Boston College.  She will talk about how applicable her topic is to our lives, past, present and future, also as it relates to others.

Coordinator: Martha Hill*

January 16 The Many Lives of Sherlock Holmes
Dr. Melissa Pennell, Professor of English, UMass Lowell

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced the character of Sherlock Holmes in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet.  Holmes went on to appear in three other novels, including the popular Hound of the Baskervilles and more than 50 short stories.  Conan Doyle tried to end Holmes’ career and life in the confrontation with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls, but reader demand brought about his return.  Reader demand and fan interest has turned Sherlock Holmes into an immortal character.  In this talk and discussion, we’ll look at the original Holmes and at clips of some of the movie and television adaptations; we’ll then consider the many authors, as well as film and television productions, that continue to invent new versions of Holmes and his detective career.

Coordinator: Ann Dahlman* 

January 16 Book Discussion
Toby Hodes*
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Citizens of London: Americans Who Stood With Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour, non-fiction by Lynne Olsen

January 23 National Ranger Memorial Foundation, Inc. 
Danny Davis from the Army Rangers

The National Ranger Memorial Foundation, Inc. serves U.S. Army Rangers of all eras through recognition in a granite monument located in Fort Benning, Georgia, display of Hall of Fame members, scholarships to deserving individuals and assisting Ranger families.  Danny Davis will give a brief history of the Rangers, the Ranger training Brigade, the 75th Ranger Regiment and some examples of current ranger qualified soldiers out in the regular army.
Coordinator:  Carole Mumby* 

January 30 Before GPS: the Early Days of Navigation 
J. Leon Poirier*

In a fascinating and enlightening presentation J. Leon Poirier, a senior navigator in the U.S. Power Squadron, will demonstrate many of the instruments that early sailors used to guide them in the discovery of the new world. Using replicas of navigation instruments from the 15th to18th century Dr. Poirier will explain how sailors managed to travel around the globe.  J. Leon Poirier has taught navigation for 30 years. He has also taught electrical engineering at UMass Lowell and at Tufts University. He holds BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees.
Coordinator:  Toby Hodes*

February 6 Collage Workshop 
Pamela Wamala

Bring some of your favorite photos or postcards and scissors. Pamela will help you incorporate them into a “memory collage.”  You may want to check out the scrapbooking aisles at Michaels.  Other materials will be supplied.
Pamela is an artist at the Brush Gallery and does workshops in her studio and other locations. 
Coordinator:  Barbara Page*

February 13 China Odyssey
Richard Grove*

In October 2012 Richard and Nancy Grove visited China for 25 days with Road Scholar (Elderhostel). This illustrated talk will describe their visits to Beijing, Luoyang, X’ian and its terra cotta warriors, Chongqing, a cruise on the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges area, the mountainous province of Guizhou, and cosmopolitan Shanghai.  The trip included many opportunities to meet ordinary Chinese citizens: farmers in a rural village, students in a middle school, a farmer relocated by the Three Gorges dam project, several university professors and university students. It was a particularly interesting time to visit China just before the US elections and the announcement of new national leaders in China.
Coordinator:  Toby Hodes*

February 13 Book Discussion
Toby Hodes*

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe, fiction by Charles Dickens

February 20 "What is our legacy on a changing planet?  Climate change causes, impacts, and solutions."
Professor Juliette Rooney-Varga

Professor Rooney-Varga is the founding member and Director of the UMass Lowell Climate Control Inititative (CCI).  Her ecology research is supported by several Federal and State grants.  The mission of CCI is to bring faculty, students and community together to address the potential future impact of problems caused by the  changing climate, some of which she will address during this program.
 Coordinator:  Marjorie Short*

February 27 Alternative Sources of Energy
Nick R. Schott, Ph.D. and Emeritus Professor, UMass Lowell

Energy and new sources of energy are a major worldwide problem.  Concerns about global warming, environmental impact, technical challenges, political and legal obstacles all complicate the shift to green energy.  The talk will examine the choices faced for nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels, and hydro-electric energy sources.
Coordinator:  Jean Schott*

*Member of LIRA