News from
Academy for Lifelong Learning of Cape Cod, Inc.

October 2021

In This Issue

  • President's Message
  • Call for Spring Courses
  • Upcoming Special Events

  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Recap: ALL Social
  • Recap: New Member Orientation
ALL Contact Information
The ALL Office at Cape Cod Community College is closed temporarily.

Feel free to contact us:
Telephone 774-330-4400 (please leave a message)
President's Message

A few months ago, I provided information on why the ALL Board decided to keep the Fall 2021 semester in Zoom-only mode. Since then, the feedback from members has generally been in support of the decision. A few people have expressed disappointment about not being able to see each other in person, and we fully share that sentiment. During the summer, we saw some hopeful signs on the COVID front, but this rosy scenario has become murky. We do not see any near-term clarity, including about access to classroom space at the college, and we already need to start work on the spring semester, so this uncertainty has led the ALL board, at our latest meeting, to vote for holding our spring 2022 semester entirely via Zoom (again). Over the next few months, we will look for better signals about Autumn 2022, which we expect will be a combination of Zoom classes and, we hope, in-person sessions.

ALL’s Hospitality committee, chaired by our vice president Dianne Tattersall, did a great job of organizing the fall semester Back to School Social at the Cultural Center on September 22. Member turnout was below previous years but was still robust, and it was gratifying to see so many old friends and to meet new members.

We need your help. The process of nominating and electing board candidates hinges on our collective ability to meet face-to-face with other members and has been completely derailed by the pandemic. At the Social, board members looked to solicit volunteers to be on our Nominating Committee or to stand for nomination for a seat on the board of directors. This same message goes out to all active ALL members (i.e., paid for a recent semester): there are very talented and capable people on the board, but we need some new faces, new ideas, and new approaches to help us deal with the challenges ahead. Please think about it—we need your input, your ideas, and your involvement.

Jim Lathrop
ALL President

A Call for Coordinators:
Time to Submit Course Ideas for Spring 2022

As of October 1, 2021 we are open to receive course proposals for the Spring 2022 semester. All courses will be presented on Zoom. Our timeline is short. Please send us your proposal within the next two weeks. If you need help accessing the portal, please contact . We will be sending coordinators more specific information about what to include in your course description in the next few days. We look forward to hearing from you.
Miriam Kronish
Chair, Curriculum Committee

Upcoming Special Events
We are pleased to announce two special events lectures this fall.

**You will receive information on how to register for these Zoom events in a separate e-mail.
Joan Freedman:
“Women Helping Women on Cape Cod”

On October 20, 2021 at 1:30 p.m., Joan Freedman will present her Zoom event on “Women Helping Women on Cape Cod”.

The focus will be on various volunteer agencies and opportunities available to make an impact on Cape Cod. 

Joan was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and currently lives in Yarmouth. She received her education at Fitchburg State and the University of Connecticut. The majority of her professional career was spent in preschool through college as a School Psychologist. At the end of her career, she, along with her colleagues, developed testing mechanisms to evaluate and screen preschool children for Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Few tests were available ten years ago, and one-quarter of the children came from bilingual households. Her job was to evaluate students and develop an education plan based on strengths and needs.

Joan’s avocation has been in politics, and she has been active in local, state, and national campaigns since high school. She has been in elective office, City Council, and on numerous boards. Since retiring to the Cape, she has been active in women’s issues and charity work. Until recently, Joan was a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She is also a mediator and a mediation trainer. Joan is married and has children and grandchildren, who all love the beach, books, and movies.

Sydney Lamb:
“The Truth is not Obvious – The Obvious is not True”

On November 1, 2021, Sydney Lamb will present his lecture on Zoom at 3:00 p.m. entitled “The Truth is not Obvious – The Obvious is not True”. 

Sydney Lamb is an emeritus professor of linguistics and cognitive sciences at Rice University. Before joining Rice, where he held an endowed chair, he was a professor at Yale University. Earlier he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his PhD in Linguistics. He is well-known as the originator of the relational network theory of language, also called neuro-cognitive linguistics.

According to Wikipedia, “Lamb is best known as the father of the relational network theory of language, which is also known as ‘stratificational theory’. Near the turn of the millennium, he began developing the theory further and exploring its possible relationships to neurological structures and to thinking processes.” He has devoted many years to investigating language, mind, thought, perception, computer software and hardware, neuro-logical structure (which is quite unlike anything found in computers), and philosophy. His books include Pathways of the Brain (1999) and Language and Illusion (2004). He has taught ALL courses on Language, Mind and Body, and Mind and Music.
We hope you will be able to add these events to your calendar.

You will receive information on how to register for these Zoom events in a separate e-mail.

Diane Hoover
Chair, Special Events Committee

A Course in Nonviolent Communication
This continues an ongoing series of stories about Academy for Lifelong Learning coordinators and classes. Please let us know If you have a course or coordinator you would like to see featured.
Coordinator Frank Noonan is Professor Emeritus at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has coordinated ALL courses in discernment, negotiation, and spiritual memoir. He served ten years as a university ombudsman and is certified in spiritual direction.

Noonan was originally attracted to Marshall Rosenberg's book "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life" while doing volunteer work in a woman's shelter in southern New Mexico. “I was working with a dozen or so men, mandated by the court for training to avoid domestic violence," he said. "Those men were in their early 20’s. This approach seemed to get through to them and complemented the other training they received.” 

He paused. “I also have a selfish motive for offering this course. By working with others, I am expected to grow more nonviolent, compassionate and empathetic myself. And that is an additional personal benefit for me.” More information about the course follows.

The fall 2021 ALL course, The Art of Nonviolent Communication, could as well be called "Compassionate Communication", or "Negotiation with Love", or simply "Getting Along". In the first half of the course we reviewed Marshall Rosenberg’s book, "Nonviolent Communication" (NVC). We also reviewed a number of papers on bringing empathy and vulnerability to negotiation.

The emphasis in NVC is on the use of observations over judgements and being willing to express feelings and needs over evaluations. It also emphasizes using requests over demands. Key to this is the power of empathy.

In the second six weeks of the Nonviolent Communication course, class participants will learn NVC principles by doing role plays in specific conflict situations. Examples of such situations are the use of mandates in public health (e.g. vaccines); the legalization of recreational marijuana; the role of affordable housing and renewable energy for economic development on Cape Cod.

Role plays need details to function effectively as teaching instruments. Course participants will be responsible for scripting each detailed conflict situation. I served for ten years as a university ombudsperson. My hope is to bring what I learned in that role about the practice of nonviolent communication (NVC) to the broader ALL community.

Frank Noonan
ALL Coordinator

Back to School Social (September 22, 2021)
ALL President Jim Lathrop catches up with Dorothy Robinson

Paul and Chris Groundwater
enjoy the gathering
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod was the scene of a festive start to the ALL year, hosted by the Hospitality Committee. It was our first face-to-face event since the start of the pandemic, and fifty members attended the event on Wednesday, September 22nd, chatting with old friends and making new ones. A delicious array of appetizers was provided by members of the Hospitality Committee and the Board of Directors.
Cape Cod Community College President Dr. John Cox chats with former ALL President Judy Roettig

Dianne Tattersall
Chair, Hospitality Committee

New Member Orientation (September 9, 2021)

On September 9th, eight members of ALL attended a new members orientation on Zoom. After a brief welcome from President Jim Lathrop, members were introduced to the members of the board of directors. The directors explained what their responsibilities were and what their committees did to make ALL continue to be a successful organization. Question about registration, courses, and other topics were asked and answered. New members were also given information about upcoming events.

Dianne Tattersall
ALL Vice President

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