The Quill
Quick Updates for Independent Lifelong Learners
January 9, 2022
#382

Our Spring Course Schedule
Key Dates
Spanish Conversation Group (La Tertulia) - Monday, 1/10
On the Air: Infosessions - Tuesday, 1/11 and Monday, 1/17
LLAIC Loves Art: The Kimono in Print - Wednesday, 1/12
LLAIC Lit-Lovers - Friday, 1/14
Wintersession 2022 is Coming Soon - Tuesday, 1/18 to Thursday, 2/10
LLAIC Loves Art: Sea to Shining Sea - Wednesday, 1/19
Body Language: Don't Read My Lips - Thursday, 1/20
LLAIC Zoom Happy Hour - Thursday, 1/20
Movie Mavens - Friday, 1/21
No Geniuses on Wall Street - Monday, 1/24
French Conversation Group
LOOK FOR OUR SPRING COURSES AT LLAIC.ORG

Now you can get ready for course registration well before it opens on February 1. You'll be able to look up courses by course leader, date, and time of day. There's also a printable courses-at-a-glance list.

The Thursday classes scheduled to meet in person at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, with all appropriate precautions for the safety of our members, are obviously still tentative. We are continuing to follow COVID news and will make a final decision well before course registration, at which point it may prove advisable to offer all spring classes on Zoom. Feel free to share your opinions with us and send any questions to info@llaic.org.

Remember, you need to be a member before you can register for courses, as well as to take part in our exciting Wintersession program and several other events. If you didn't sign up in the fall for an annual membership, you can sign up now for the spring semester for $45. (If you're not sure whether you enrolled in the fall, try it. If you're already an annual member, it won't let you sign up again.) You need a membership to participate in our Wintersession activities as well as our great spring courses.

KEY DATES
 
  • Tuesday, January 11 – First information session where you will have an opportunity to hear from some of our spring course leaders. Read more about the infosessions below.

  • Monday, January 17 – Second information session where you will hear from more course leaders.

  • Tuesday, January 18 – The beginning of our Zoom Wintersession program which runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning through February 10. Information will be available in each week's Quill.

  • Tuesday, February 1 – Course registration for spring semester opens at 10:00 a.m. Make sure you’ve signed up for membership before registration day.

  • Tuesday, March 1 - Start of classes.
 
Mark your calendars!
SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP
¡Bienvenidos a La Tertulia!
MONDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 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.
ON THE AIR
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11 AND
MONDAY, JANUARY 17

COME LEARN ABOUT OUR PROGRAM AND HEAR OUR COURSE LEADERS PRESENT PREVIEWS OF THEIR SPRING COURSES!

Interested in learning more about LLAIC’s terrific program offerings? Ready to expand your horizons with like-minded people? Come listen to what we offer, ask your questions, and hear from many of our Course Leaders about their upcoming classes. We are a secular, non-profit organization run by volunteers who love learning and socializing. 

Come for the courses and stay for the friends!

The program (different speakers each session):

Tuesday, January 11: 9:30-10:30 for all interested in learning about LLAIC
                                  11:00-12:30 for Course Leader presentations

Monday, January 17: 9:30-10:30 for all interested in learning about LLAIC
                                 11:00-12:30 for Course Leader presentations

You are welcome to join the proceedings at any time.

Click here by January 10 to request your January 11 invitation, and click here by January 16 to register for your January 17 invitation.
 

LLAIC LOVES ART
THE KIMONO IN PRINT: 300 YEARS OF
JAPANESE DESIGN
WORCESTER ART MUSEUM
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12 @ 1:30-2:45
 
"The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design" is the first show devoted to examining the kimono as a major source of inspiration and experimentation in Japanese print culture, from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the Meiji period (1868-1912).
 
Central to The Kimono in Print is a one-of-a-kind contemporary wedding kimono by Chiso, the important 465-year-old, Kyoto-based kimono house. The Worcester Wedding Kimono is the first ever kimono commissioned as an artwork for an art museum.
 
For more information on the exhibit and especially the role of the Chiso design, see this attachment.
 
Click here by noon on Monday, January 10, for an invitation. You'll receive the invite or confirmation of your status by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11.
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK
BY KATHLEEN ROONEY
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14 @ 10:30-12:00
Sign up by sending your name and e-mail to Joan Chasan before registration closes at 6 p.m. (note the time change) on Wednesday, January 12, and you will receive a Zoom invitation by 3 p.m. Thursday, January 13. 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.

This is a wonderful book that is based on the life of Margaret Fishback, the highest-paid advertising copywriter for R H Macy’s during the 1930s. Protagonist Lillian Boxfish, at the age of 84, decides to walk to a fancy restaurant, Delmonico’s, on New Year’s Eve 1984.

Hers is a story of life and how to grasp it, and how to regain it when it slips away from you. It is a moving account of a feisty old lady who tells us how feisty she was when young: that even America in the 1930s could not bump a woman of drive and ability off the road.

Click here to see the upcoming book selections through April.
WINTERSESSION 2022 IS COMING SOON
JANUARY 18 - FEBRUARY 10
 
Every Tuesday - New Yorker Short Story Roundtable
Every Wednesday - Current Events & Timely Topics
Every Thursday - PotPourri
-      Art: Body Language - (Don’t) Read My Lips
-      Science: New Inventions We Might Not Want in Our Lives
-      Religion: Conversos/Marranos/Secret Jews
-      History: The Trial and Lynching of Leo Frank
 
Details and signup information will appear in each week's Quill.

NEW YORKER ROUNDTABLE SELECTION
TO BE DISCUSSED TUESDAY, JANUARY 18

The first New Yorker story that we will consider is "Ladies' Lunch" by Lore Segal. Read it here or here.

Every week we'll post the following week's story in advance to give you time to read it.

Next week's Quill will have the links to request invitations for the Wintersession events the week of January 18. See you there!
LLAIC LOVES ART: SEA TO SHINING SEA
A PHOENIX ART MUSEUM PRESENTATION
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19 @ 1:30-2:45
 
The American spirit is defined by its land. Through the paintings of our 19th century artists, join us as we journey from the first colonies along the Atlantic to the Ohio River Valley, through the Louisiana Purchase and the Northwest Territory, from California coasts to the Rio Grande, as America inches its way to complete the “footprint” of the continental United States. From the Spanish American War through the most recent war on terror, we have fought to preserve this land and the unique gift it represents … a beacon of hope that stretches from “Sea to Shining Sea.”
 
Sherry Koopot has been a docent at The Phoenix Art Museum since 1986. Through the years she has been amazed at how many artists have been able to communicate so many ideas, truths, experiences and life lessons through their art. She enjoys sharing these artistic achievements with a wide range of audiences.
 
Click here by noon on Tuesday, January 18, for an invitation. You'll receive the invite or confirmation of your status by 3:00 p.m. that day.

PRESENTED BY IVY CUBELL
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 @ 10:00-11:15 A.M.

Be it triumph, defeat, exhilaration, or agony, body language conveys intense emotions, even more than facial expression. Let’s explore some of the most intriguing art objects, historic to contemporary, where artists have intentionally deemphasized or eliminated faces, focusing instead on the gesture of figures and the spaces between them to tell the story. What story is being told? How is it being told? Why is it being told?

Click here before noon on Wednesday, January 19, to request a Zoom invitation to this exciting finale of our first week of Wintersession, presented by one of our most popular Course Leaders. You'll receive it by 3 p.m. that day.

MIDNIGHT AT 4 P.M.!
CELEBRATE 2022 AT OUR LLAIC ZOOM HAPPY HOUR
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20
4:00-5:00

At our December Happy Hour we talked about a new four-letter word (flexibility), incompetent school board members, meeting in person in the spring, rapid testing, marijuana shops, feelings about going to movies, turkeys in the road, ethnic supermarkets, a 98-year-old's assurance to her daughter that she wasn't pregnant, and the LILAC Players.

We hope you'll all join us on Thursday, January 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. to welcome in the new year. 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, January 19. You'll receive it before 3:00 p.m. that day.
 
MOVIE MAVENS
OUR SOULS AT NIGHT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 21 @ 2:00-3:00
For our January Movie Maven film we have chosen Our Souls At Night, a film in which a widow and widower, played by Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, engage with one another in a most unusual arrangement as they each deal with grief and loss. “Those who stop to savor this film will find themselves richly rewarded in witnessing this pair together again on screen.”
 
We will watch the film on our own (available on Netflix) and gather on Zoom on Friday, January 21 at 2:00 for a lively discussion. New members are always welcome!
 
Click here for an invitation by noon on Thursday, January 20, and you will get it by 3:00 that afternoon. See you at the movies!
THERE ARE NO GENIUSES ON WALL STREET
MONDAY, JANUARY 24 @ 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 by noon on Sunday, January 23, to request an invitation to the January 24 meeting. If you have any questions about the group, contact Richard Lewis: lewisdmd@yahoo.com or 617-448-4439. And save February 21 and March 14 for future meetings.

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP
The French Conversation Group is now reading Un Aller Simple by Didier Van Cauwelaert.

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 Editor: Shelly Levine
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