Fall study groups will meet at: University Suites, 327 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA. Directions, including parking, can be found on the LIRA website. Personalized directions are also available via UMass Lowell's interactive Google maps.
Registration will take place at Convocation on Wednesday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. in Cumnock Hall, 31 University Ave, Lowell, MA. Each course description includes, after the title, the name of the person who is presenter or facilitator. Below the paragraph is the name of the course coordinator who makes the arrangements and has responsibility for carrying out details of the class. Questions may be addressed to the coordinator.
EUROPEAN HISTORY AND EUROPEAN LIVES 1715 – 1914 - Jeanne Gunion, Facilitator*
Eight Mondays 10:00 a.m. to Noon: September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 20, 27, November 3, 10
Thirty-five of the most influential people who lived during years 1715 to 1914, the 200 most difficult years in the history of the West, form the subject of this dramatically different course from the Teaching Company. Who were these artists, writers, scientists, and leaders in the context of history? How and why did their lives shape our times and reflect their own? The presenter of these lectures is Jonathan Steinberg, Ph.D., the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Modern European History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Members of LIRA will show a sampling of the lectures; they will also provide supplementary materials; and they will ask members to comment and contribute their own experiences and knowledge of the subjects. A list of the topics will be provided at Convocation.
Dorothy Bromage, Coordinator *
NEW PERSPECTIVES ON GENETICS: ARE GENES YOUR DESTINY - Arnold Kerzner, Presenter*
No matter where you look these days, there is news about Heredity. We may know we have about twenty five thousand genes spread out so splendidly on our twenty three pairs of Chromosomes. For some known and unknown reasons, some of these genes undergo changes (mutations) over our life span; and others do not. Such mutations produce negative and POSITIVE changes. What are genes? What is their main task? What are DNA and RNA? What is "Gene Therapy"? What do we know; what are we learning; and what don't we know? Get ready to learn more about your Genome free of charge. Do you have one active gene remaining to keep you awake to learn about your genes?
Jackie Carr, Coordinator*
HOLLYWOOD ON THE POTOMAC - Barbara Page, Presenter*
Movies that take place in Washington D.C. are the focus this fall: