The Quill
Quick Updates for Independent Lifelong Learners
July 18, 2021
#357

Course Registration Starts Tomorrow!
LLAIC'S New Website
SummerSession - Tuesday, 7/20 and Wednesday, 7/21
Reading for the 7/27 New Yorker Roundtable
Israel-Palestine Relations - Friday, 7/23
Worcester Art Museum: What the Nazis Stole - Wednesday, 7/28
Preview: Social Studies 101...in 2021 - Thursday, 7/29
Special Programs Coming Up
No Geniuses on Wall Street - Monday, 8/2
LLAIC Lit-Lovers - Friday, 8/13
LLAIC Zoom Happy Hour - Thursday, 8/19
Movie Mavens - Friday, 8/20
French Conversation Group
Spanish Conversation Group (La Tertulia) - now on summer vacation

REGISTRATION FOR LLAIC’s FALL SEMESTER STARTS AT 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW
MONDAY, JULY 19
 
Ready to start, membership taken care of? Click here at 10:00 a.m. sharp.
 
Lacking membership? Do this today! Click here
 
Still deciding which courses to take? Check out the curriculum and list your priorities. You can review them (including by day and period) on our new website at llaic.org/courses-overview/. 
 
For a separate guide to membership and registration, click here. Newer LLAIC members may find it useful to print this out to have it at hand.

LLAIC'S REGISTRATION HELP DESK:

  • Joe Bongiardina 978 501 4206
  • Phyllis Cohen 508 651 9630
  • Richard Mansfield 978 443 4404
  • Barbara Mende 617 505 5951
  • Peter Schmidt 339 223 3973

LLAIC’S NEW WEBSITE
 
Surprise! Click on www.llaic.org and you will see our new website look. You've already seen a bit of it at www.llaic-courses.org.
 
This new site does not affect signing up for membership or registering for courses (see article above for that!). We hope you'll like it. It has been redesigned to continue providing key information about LLAIC and its offerings, and adds new material to appeal to those seeking a wonderful lifelong learning experience. So you can invite your friends to “Come for the courses, stay for the friends.”
 
The new site has been in the works for months. It’s colorful and easy to navigate. Thanks to Peter Schmidt, our webmaster, for his stewardship of LLAIC’s website the past seven-plus years and for guiding the development of the new one.  
 
You will be able to access LLAIC’s former website at https://sites.google.com/site/lifelonglearnersaic/.
TUESDAY, JUNE 29 THRU THURSDAY, AUGUST 19
10:00-11:15 A.M.

Here is the schedule for the SummerSession programs. You can sign up for each one individually, beginning on the Sunday before each program and ending at noon the day before. You'll receive early notices of the New Yorker Roundtable stories to give you time to read them.
THE NEW YORKER ROUNDTABLE
TUESDAY, JULY 20

Our third meeting of The New Yorker Roundtable Short Story Discussion Group will be on Tuesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. via ZOOM.

The story we will discuss on Tuesday, July 20, is "Young Girls" by Marcel Proust. It is in the July 12 & 19 fiction edition. Here is the link to the online version, or click here for a document you can print out. Contact Phyllis Cohen if you have trouble accessing the story.

Everyone is welcome; no advance registration is required. However, you do need to request a ZOOM invitation each week. Click here before noon tomorrow, Monday, July 19, to request an invitation for July 20. You'll receive it by 3 p.m. tomorrow.
CURRENT EVENTS
LED BY JOEL WINETT
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21

Joel will lead us in our usual spirited conversation on what's happening in the world. It's been a troubling week - Texas Democrats rebelling, Cuba and Haiti, the uptick in Covid cases - but we always leave these sessions feeling a little more hopeful. Click here to see some of the questions we're likely to deal with.

Click here before noon on Tuesday, July 20, to request an invitation. You'll receive it by 3 p.m. that day. Attendance will be limited; if oversubscribed, you'll be notified at that time.

Unfortunately, "Sandro Botticelli: Not Like the Others" is cancelled for Thursday, July 22, due to an unexpected conflict. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you, and hope that you'll be able to attend the many other art-related programs we've planned, starting with the Worcester Art Museum program on July 28 (see below).
THE NEW YORKER ROUNDTABLE
STORY TO BE DISCUSSED TUESDAY, JULY 27

On July 27 we'll discuss "Satellites" by Rebecca Curtis, which appears in the July 12 and 19 fiction issue. You can access it here or click here for a version that you can print out.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE RELATIONS
LED BY HERB CHASAN
FRIDAY, JULY 23 @ 10:00 A.M.

Join us for a video presentation and a discussion of the recent Israel-Palestine conflict of March 2021. We will address the following questions:

  • What happened and why? Could it have been avoided?
  • What were the ramifications of the conflict?
  • What are the long-term prospects for resolving the situation?
  • Who gained and who lost?
  • Will these conflicts keep happening every few years?
  • And what is the danger of not addressing the underlying issues?

Click here for a link to Zoom invitation by noon on Thursday, July 22. You will receive the invite by 3:00 that afternoon.
LLAIC LOVES ART
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 @ 1:30–2:45 
WHAT THE NAZIS STOLE FROM RICHARD
NEUMANN (AND THE SEARCH TO GET
IT BACK)
WORCESTER ART MUSEUM
This exhibition presents 14 paintings and sculptures from the once extensive art collection of Dr. Richard Neumann (1879-1959), recently reunited following his and his family's efforts over 75 years to regain possession of them.
 
In the exhibition, the museum presents the extraordinary story of Richard Neumann, a discerning collector committed to promoting the role of the arts in civic life; the family's persecution during World War II; and the long struggle to assemble the collection. The small fraction of his collection that has been successfully restored is currently on loan to the Worcester Art Museum.
 
Our docent will be Virginia (Ginny) Powell. Ginny was a high school teacher of English and German for 30 years. She has been a docent at the Worcester Art Museum since 2009. She loves sharing the Museum and its collection with visitors of all ages.
 
Click here to request an invitation. This presentation will be in the form of a Zoom meeting with limited attendance, so please sign up early. You will receive your invitation by Tuesday, July 27, at 3:00 p.m. If we are oversubscribed, you will be notified as soon as that determination is made.
SUMMERSESSION PREVIEW:
SOCIAL STUDIES 101...IN 2021
LED BY JONATHAN RABINOWITZ
THURSDAY, JULY 29 @ 10:00 A.M.

“Social Studies 101...in 2021”: Immerse yourself in the world of a sixth grade social studies class while experiencing a full range of interactive, web-based tools that you may never even know existed in schools today. This presentation will bring your voice to the classroom and allow you the chance to see both what and how the kids of 2021 are preparing to take on the world before them. Using the same platforms as savvy 11-12 year olds, you'll soon be able to talk 'shop' with your grandchildren, dropping the keywords and phrases that let them know you are 'fully tuned in!' Let's have some fun learning, discussing, and questioning the 2021 classroom together!

Watch next week's Quill for the link to request an invitation. If you request it by noon on Wednesday, July 28, you'll receive it by 3 p.m. that day.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS COMING UP
 
Tomorrow is course registration day. Are you excited?

In addition to the 30 wonderful courses we are offering for the fall and all the special affinity groups you can join, we also have a couple of special programs already planned for October. Mary Mansfield will lead a discussion on reparations on one day and Shelly Levine, with over 30 years of experience as an independent college consultant, in will give us some tips and tricks for your grandchildren to find the right match and maximize their chances of success. All you need to attend is a membership in LLAIC!

If you have an idea for a special program you would like to present please let us know and we will do our best to schedule it.

THERE ARE NO GENIUSES ON WALL STREET
MONDAY, AUGUST 2 @ 10:30-12:00
Are you an experienced investor, or are you new to "the market" and want to know more? We are an easygoing discussion group that deals with all market-related topics. Bring your opinions, insights, and questions. Or just listen.

Sign up here before registration closes at noon, Sunday, August 1, to request an invitation to the August 2 meeting. You'll receive it by 3 p.m. If you have any questions, contact Richard Lewis: lewisdmd@ yahoo.com or 617-448-4439.
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE
BY KATHARINE ARDEN
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 @ 10:30-12:00
Sign up by sending your name and e-mail to Joan Chasan before registration closes at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11, and you will receive a Zoom invitation by 3 p.m. Thursday, August 12. The meeting will open 15 minutes early so we can socialize before we begin the discussion. Contact Joan if you have trouble signing up.

This month's selection is a beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.

Click here to see a list of the upcoming book selections through December.
COME TO OUR LLAIC ZOOM HAPPY HOUR!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 19
4:00-5:00

At our July 15 Happy Hour we talked about Newport, restaurants (as usual), rental prices for condos and cars, vintage airplanes, identical twins, museums, and Holocaust bystanders.

We hope you'll join us again on Thursday, August 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. We should have lots of new things to discuss. Bring your drinks, snacks, and conversation. 

Click here for a Zoom invitation before noon on Wednesday, August 18. You'll receive it before 3:00 that afternoon.
 
MOVIE MAVENS
FRIDAY, AUGUST 20 @ 2:00-3:00
Watch this space for an announcement of our next movie. We'll watch it on our own and meet on Zoom to discuss it at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20.
FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP
The French Conversation Group is reading 120, Rue de la Gare, by Leo Malet. This book is available in paperback and Kindle versions. We are a group of intermediate to advanced level speakers. We read books aloud, taking turns, and stopping often to discuss any interesting aspects of what we are reading. If you are interested in this group, please contact Richard Mansfield at richardscottmansfield@gmail.com.
SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP
¡Bienvenidos a La Tertulia!
La Tertulia está en el descanso. ¡Que todos tengan un feliz verano! See you in the Fall.

If you have questions about the group, please contact Miriam Grodberg at mgrodberg@comcast.net.
Learn more about LLAIC at www.llaic.org
Call us: (508) 453-1205
Write us: info@llaic.org

Editor: Barbara Mende
Contributing Editors: Joe Bongiardina and Shelly Levine
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