Course Schedule

Summer 2014 Schedule

The 2014 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 a.m. to Noon. Programs on June 25 and July 9 will meet at the University Suites, Room 106A, 327 Aiken Street, Lowell. Parking is in the garage directly across the street from the Rec Center or in the Perkins Parking lot.  Your ID is needed to enter the garage or lot. The July 23 program will be in the Charles J. Hoff Alumni Scholarship Center, 1 Perkins Street, Lowell. Parking is in the Perkins lot or the Tsongas lot.  Please use your parking hangtags wherever you park.

June 4 Nature Walk and Barn Tour, Carlisle, MA

LIRA’s annual outing this year, beginning at 10 a.m., will be a double-featured event. In the morning we will walk a two-mile loop in the Great Brook Farm State Park, and, in the afternoon, we will receive a guided tour of the robotic milking system (“smart barn”) located in the Park. 
The morning walk takes us through varied terrain of open fields and woods. Picnic tables are situated close to the parking area for our customary lunch. Toilet facilities and locally made ice cream are also available nearby.  

Directions: (165 North Rd, Carlisle, MA)    From Chelmsford Center, follow Route 4 South for 1 mile, then take the right fork onto Concord Road towards Carlisle. The Park office is 2 miles ahead on the left. The Park is just beyond the office. Go left on North Road—the parking lot is 1/2 mile down on the left.  Holders of Senior Citizen Passes issued by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation are entitled to free parking. The passes are available on site at no charge for those cars where no occupant has one.
Coordinator: Steve Sussman*

June 11 Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

A docent-led tour of the works of the 19th Century British artist, Joseph Turner.  He was a world renowned painter of landscapes and the sea.   The fee, including bus and museum entry is $30.   Please send a check to Jean Schott, postmarked on or before May 26, payable to LIRA, Inc.  Jean Schott, POB 1628, Westford, MA  01886.  The bus will leave Hannaford in Chelmsford at 9 a.m.   It will return from the museum at 2 p.m. 
Coordinator:  Jean Schott*

June 18 Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, Lowell, MA

A tour of the Saab Center.   This new building is dedicated to carrying out research in materials vital for advances in fields such as nanotechnology, nanomedicine, molecular biology, plastics engineering and optics, furthering fields such as life sciences, energy, national security, environmental protection and more.  The Saab Center is at the corner of University Ave and the VFW Highway, entrance across the street from Cumnock Hall.  We will go by bus to the Saab Center.   The bus will leave the Tsongas Center parking lot at 9:15 a.m.   (Only one trip.)   The return trip will be at Noon.
Coordinator: Russ MacLeod*

June 25 Causes and Cures of Anxiety and Depression - Arnold Kerzner, MD*

University Suites, Room 106A, 327 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA

Approximately 4.7 percent of the nation's population suffers from persistent depression or anxiety disorders, with a minority of those afflicted receiving adequate medication or counseling. Psychiatrist Dr. Arnold Kerzner, will review the questions of the many causes, and treatments of these two prominent and disturbing disorders.   He will encourage an interactional approach with his audience--but does not promise immediate cures!
Coordinator: Joan Kerzner*

July 9 The Politics of Food - Chris Wilkerson

University Suites, Room 106A, 327 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA

The state of our food production, consumption and distribution is fundamentally broken. Food labeling, safety, and oversight are sold to the highest bidder-- while sustainable alternatives are ignored in a sea of economic globalization. It's time to take control of our tummies and empower our forks.
Coordinator: Nancy Pitkin*

July 16 American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA

Fiberart International 2013 is the 21st in a series of triennial juried exhibitions sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc. Chosen by a distinguished panel of artists and curators, Fiberart International 2013 (FI13) features 79 works by established and emerging artists, providing a unique opportunity to see current trends and innovations in this constantly evolving medium.   Entrance fee is $6, payable at the museum.
Coordinator: Barbara Page*

July 23 Art and the Nazis - Lauren Fogle

Charles J. Hoff Alumni Scholarship Center, 1 Perkins Street, Lowell, MA

Lauren Fogle, Ph.D. is a medievalist who teaches in the history department at UMass Lowell.  She has also written a historical novel, The Altarpiece, about art looting and cultural oppression during the Nazi period.   She will appear as part of the documentary series, Mysteries of the Museum, on the Travel Channel this spring.
Coordinator:  Dorothy Bromage*

July 30 The Old Manse, Concord, MA

We will have a tour of the Old Manse, 48 Monument St, Concord (adjacent to Old North Bridge).   This was the home of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne.    The house was conveyed to the Trustees of Reservations in 1939.   It was conveyed complete with all its furnishings, and contains a remarkable collection of furniture, books, kitchen implements, dishware, and other items, as well as original wallpaper, woodwork, windows, and architectural features.   Meet at Hannaford in Chelmsford at 9:15 a.m. to car pool.   The cost is $6 payable at the Old Manse.
Coordinator: Carol Cannistraro*
*Member of LIRA