The 2011 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 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Please note the location of classes. The Winter Intersession programs will be held in the Meeting Room of the Campus Recreation Center, with the exception of classes on January 12 and February 16.
The January 12 class will be held in the Eastview Classroom at Wannalancit Mills, on the first floor.
The February 16 class will be held in the Junior Ballroom at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, on the second floor.
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.
Nick Schott is a professor emeritus at UMass Lowell and will talk about the interrelationship between energy, oil, and plastics, as well as the recycling issue and substitute materials such as biofuel and bio plastics.
Coordinator: Jean Schott*
Coordinator: Therese Keoseian*
Coordinator: Bill Terris*
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. "The Man from St. Petersburg" fiction by Ken Follett
Jane Calvin, Executive Director, will offer a presentation about the work of the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust to create the Concord River Greenway. This multi-use recreational trail has been over 30 years in the making and two sections have recently been constructed. Jane will discuss the trail’s connections to other regional trails and its public art components, as well as multi-lingual signage and new outdoor classroom. The presentation will also touch on recent land use history research about the corridor. Learn about what it has taken to bring a vision to reality –and some of the challenges along the way!
Coordinator: George Dana*
Helpful, practical, and affordable ways for optimal brain fitness. Rebecca Shafir, author, speech pathologist and neurotherapist will tell how to:
Coordinator: Ron Cannistraro*
Cuba in the 30’s and the 90’s to the present time, presentation of a book recently published, and travel to Cuba in 2009. Dr. Ramirez is Cuban born, living in Massachusetts. He is publisher and editor of “Notes and Memories” and a frequent traveler to Cuba.
Coordinator: Mary Willis*
Be a Healthy Home Chef - focus on healthy items that can be quickly prepared and that can easily be packaged for lunch at work. Chef Joe will discuss food and knife safety, and participants will see demos of and sample three healthy items. Recipes: Chicken/Fish with different sauces, whole grain side, vegetables in season. Smart Grains and Dietary Fiber – what is the role of whole grains and fiber, what foods contain soluble fiber? Chef Joe will demonstrate cooking with grains and discuss long cooking vs. quick cook grains.
Coordinator: Irene Ballantine*
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. "Of Human Bondage" fiction by W. Somerset Maugham
A brief survey of some literary works that explore nanotechnology and its potential positive and negative consequences; some nanotechnology science fiction celebrates nanotech, and some belongs, like Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein", to the cautionary tale type of story. A focus on a few short stories that engage with some aspects of nanotechnology that have been in the news ever since the beginnings of nanotech in the 1980s. Nanotechnology can be thought of not only as a scientific and technological phenomenon, but as a scientific and technological development that is having an impact on how we think about what it means to be a human being.
Coordinator: Steve Sussman*
*Member of LIRA