The Quill
Quick Updates for Independent Lifelong Learners
October 10, 2021
#369

There's Still Time
Mid-Course Feedback Forms
Can You Help Us Promote LLAIC on Facebook and Instagram?
Spanish Conversation Group (La Tertulia) - Monday, 10/11
Ted Talk - Depression: The Secret We Share - Wednesday, 10/13
Current Events - Friday, 10/15
Movie Mavens - Friday, 10/15
No Geniuses on Wall Street - Monday, 10/18
The Crazy World of College Admissions Today - Wednesday, 10/20
LLAIC Zoom Happy Hour - Thursday, 10/21
On the Air: Online Information Session - Tuesday, 10/26
New Member Coffee - Thursday, 10/28
LLAIC Lit-Lovers - Friday, 11/12
French Conversation Group

THERE'S STILL TIME
 
In case you missed the action in September, you still have time to join one of our wonderful classes starting in November:

On Tuesdays:
  • Evolution from Darwin to Today (period 1)
  • What a Difference a Year Makes: November 2020 to November 2021 (period 1)
  • Choices and Consequences: Responses to Saving Jews During the Holocaust (period 2)

On Wednesdays:
  • LILAC Players (no fee) (period 3)

On Thursdays:
  • Iconic French Singers of the 20th century (period 1)
  • Five Wise Men and Their Epiphanies: From Dante to Proust (period 3)

At our website you will find the course descriptions, the course leader bios, and the meeting dates. And of course the registration information!


MID-COURSE FEEDBACK FORMS

If you're in an eight-to-ten-week course, you received mid-course feedback forms this week. Please fill them out. They go only to the course leaders, who really appreciate getting them. Thanks!


CAN YOU HELP US PROMOTE LLAIC ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM?

We're looking for someone who might like to update our Facebook page and keep it current.

And if you know Instagram and would like to bring LLAIC into its fold, we want to hear from you. 

Write to membership@llaic.org. Thank you!
SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP
¡Bienvenidos a La Tertulia!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 @ 1:00-2:30
The LLAIC Spanish Conversation group, La Tertulia, meets via Zoom every other Monday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. We focus on print and short video articles from Spanish language media from around the world, choosing topics of general interest for every reading appetite. We take turns reading or viewing and then discuss the content, vocabulary, style, world view and other relevant themes.

Participants should feel comfortable reading, speaking, and understanding Spanish at an advanced intermediate level or higher. We address vocabulary and grammar issues as needed, but the focus is on conversation. No preparation is required. The hosts for the group are Miriam Grodberg and Larry Krakauer. Contact Miriam at mgrodberg@comcast.net with any questions.
TED TALK:
ANDREW SOLOMON
DEPRESSION: THE SECRET WE SHARE
PRESENTED BY MARY MANSFIELD
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 @ 1:30-2:45

The talk is about the speaker's battle with depression, his encounters with other people suffering from the same disease, and what he has learned both about himself and about the world as a result.


Click here to request an invitation before noon on Tuesday, October 12. You'll receive the invitation by 3 p.m. that day.

CURRENT EVENTS
LED BY JERRY JACOBS
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 @ 10:00-11:15

The current situation in Washington and individual states is a political science professor's dream, and cause for confusion and concern for civic-minded citizens like our Current Events group. Please join us as we consider:
 
  • Abortion and the Judiciary
  • The Debt Ceiling and the Treasury and the Market
  • President Biden's Infrastructure Bills - Progressives vs Moderates
  • Covid Compliance - Red State vs. Blue State
 
We may not solve these problems but there will be lively conversation with bright, opinionated, passionate participants trying (sometimes successfully) to reach consensus!

Click here to request an invitation before noon on Thursday, October 14. You'll receive the invitation by 3 p.m. that day. New members are always welcome.
MOVIE MAVENS
SAND STORM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 @ 2:00-3:00
The Movie Maven film choice for October is Sand Storm, a 2017 Israeli film in Arabic directed by Elite Zexer with a 93% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. The film won six Ophirs (Israeli Oscars) including best picture, best director and best supporting actress. Set in a Bedouin village in the Negev (southern Israel), it tells of the plight of women in traditional patriarchal societies struggling to live within the limits of their tradition. This urgent family drama also won the Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.

As stated in the Los Angeles Times movie review, “It’s set in the heart of the desert, but the disturbances of the quietly impressive 'Sand Storm' rage not in the natural world but in the intimate corners of the human heart.”

After you watch the film on your own (available on Netflix), please join us on Zoom on October 15 at 2:00 p.m. for a lively discussion. Please click here by noon Thursday, October 14, to receive a link by 3:00 that afternoon. Newcomers are welcome!
THERE ARE NO GENIUSES ON WALL STREET
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18 @ 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.

Click here before noon on Sunday, October 17, to request an invitation to the October 18 meeting. If you have any questions, contact Richard Lewis: lewisdmd@yahoo.com or 617-448-4439.

THE CRAZY AND UNPREDICTABLE WORLD OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TODAY
OR WHY YOU GOT INTO HARVARD BUT YOUR BRILLIANT GRANDCHILD PROBABLY WON'T
PRESENTED BY SHELLY LEVINE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20 @ 1:30-2:45
(or until all your questions are answered)

Shelly Levine, who has been an independent college counselor for over thirty years and now works with Dunbar Educational Consultants, will try to explain the lunacy that seems to have taken over the world of college admissions in recent decades. Join us for a lively discussion of all aspects of the current college admissions scene and become an expert advisor to your grandchildren.
Click here by noon on Tuesday, October 19, for a Zoom invitation which will be issued by 3:00 pm that afternoon.

COME TO OUR LLAIC ZOOM HAPPY HOUR!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21
4:00-5:00

At our September Happy Hour, topics we talked about included the importance of volunteers to LLAIC, disinformation about vaccines and masks, third shots, burning bras to make a point, lies vs. reality, good outdoor garden trips (like Tower Hill), butterfly bushes, farmers' markets, where to get good tomatoes, how to serve them (with sugar?), chicken soup add-ins from ramen noodles to sugar to ginger, and where to buy used books. 

We hope you'll all join us on Thursday, October 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. We should have lots of new things to discuss. Bring your drinks, snacks, and conversation. New members are especially welcome.

Click here for a Zoom invitation before noon on Wednesday, October 20. You'll receive it before 3:00 that afternoon.
 
 ON THE AIR
ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26 @ 10-11 A.M.

Interested in learning more about LLAIC’s terrific program offerings? If you're not yet a member, are you ready to expand your horizons with like-minded people? Come listen to what we offer and ask your questions. And ask your friends to join us.
 
Sign up for our LIVE online Information Session on October 26 from 10-11 a,m. Hear about LLAIC, its community, and the exciting learning program that is offered this fall. Click on this link to register for your Zoom invitation. 
NEW MEMBER COFFEE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28
10-11 A.M.
 
If you joined LLAIC in 2021, we would love to have you meet each other! Come join us for a Zoom gathering at 10am on Thursday, October 28, and learn about our newest members and their interests.
 
Click on this link by noon on Wednesday October 27 and we will send you an invite to the coffee that afternoon.
 
Bring your own coffee and snacks. When we once again can meet in person, we will provide the refreshments.
THE BROOKLYN FOLLIES
BY PAUL AUSTER
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 @ 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, November 10, and you will receive a Zoom invitation by 3 p.m. Thursday, November 11. The meeting will open 15 minutes early so we can socialize before we begin the discussion. Contact Joan if you have trouble signing up. All book lovers are welcome.

An exhilarating, whirlwind tale of one man's accidental redemption. Divorced, estranged from his only daughter, the retired life insurance salesman seeks only solitude and anonymity. Then Nathan finds his long-lost nephew, Tom Wood, working in a local bookstore - a far cry from the brilliant academic career he'd begun when Nathan saw him last. Tom's boss is the charismatic Harry Brightman, whom fate has also brought to the "ancient kingdom of Brooklyn, New York." Through Tom and Harry, Nathan's world gradually broadens to include a new set of acquaintances. 

Click here to see the upcoming book selections through April.
FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP
The French Conversation Group is now reading La Gloire de Mon Pere by Marcel Pagnol.

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.
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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