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Quick Updates for Independent Lifelong Learners

February 11, 2024

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NEWS

Spring Courses Start on February 27

Want to Join the LLAIC Board?


SPECIAL EVENTS

Something New Has Been Added!


GROUP MEETINGS

Spanish Conversation Group (La Tertulia) - Monday, 2/5

Current Events - Friday, 2/16

Movie Mavens - Friday, 2/16

LLAIC Lit-Lovers - Friday, 3/8

French Conversation Group


Not a member yet? Click here to join LLAIC.

NEWS

SPRING COURSES START ON FEBRUARY 27


There's still space in most of our spring courses, and there's still lots of time for you to register. If you've already registered for a course or two, maybe you'd like to take an additional one.


Make sure you are a current LLAIC member (sign up here if you're not) and have your username and password to log in. If you're signed up as a member, click here to register. If you would prefer to register for membership and/or courses by mail, contact Richard Mansfield at 978-443-4404 or richardscottmansfield@gmail.com and he will send you the forms. 


Click here for full descriptions of our spring courses. Click here for the Schedule-at-a-Glance. Click here for the Course Catalog. Click here for the spring course dates. Several spring courses will be held in person at Temple Shalom in West Newton and many more will be held on Zoom.

WANT TO JOIN THE LLAIC BOARD?


A LLAIC Nominating Committee has begun the process of selecting potential nominees to serve as members of the LLAIC Board of Directors. The Committee will present a slate of nominees to the general membership in April; and at the annual business meeting on May 28, 2024, members will vote to elect the new Board members.


WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE BOARD? 

The Board is responsible for LLAIC governance and actively manages Board and committee activities.  Board members serve on one or more standing committees which include Curriculum, Operations, Membership and Let’s Go. As LLAIC is an all-volunteer, collaborative organization, it is essential that all Board members be prepared to assist with any situation or responsibility as it arises.


QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A NOMINEE

●    Must have been a LLAIC member for at least two of the last three semesters. 

●    Must have participated actively on a committee or in another volunteer capacity in a formal or informal leadership position, such as course leader or affinity group leader.

●    Must be willing to attend Board meetings on a regular basis (scheduled monthly year-round, and added as situations arise) and fulfill volunteer functions as required.

●    Must have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively in an atmosphere of mutual respect.


You are invited to identify potential candidates, yourself included, whom you deem appropriate for Board participation and involvement. We seek candidates who have shown an interest in being active in LLAIC governance and management. If you wish to put a name into consideration, please contact the chair of the nominating committee, Alex Conn.


SPECIAL EVENTS

Available to members at no additional charge

SOMETHING NEW HAS BEEN ADDED!


Beginning on April 9, we will reinstate our LUNCH@LLAIC program on every Tuesday, in person, at Temple Shalom in Newton. You will have the opportunity to socialize with friends, have lunch (either bring your own or pizza will be available at $2/slice), and then watch an interesting and informative video prepared and presented by some of the preeminent professors from around the country. This program has been made possible by our recent affiliation with Curiosity University (formerly One Day University). Each video will be followed with a live discussion led by one of our members.


We encourage you to become involved in this special offering. If you are interested in facilitating a discussion, please contact either Alice Freedman or Phyllis Cohen. We will then give you access to the titles so you can choose one that appeals to you.


We hope you will join us on this wonderful adventure to socialize and learn. After all, our motto is “Come for the courses, stay for the friends.”

GROUP MEETINGS

Available to members at no additional charge

CURRENT EVENTS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2023

@ 10:00-11:15 P.M.

LED BY JERRY JACOBS 


Thanks to Richard Mansfield for facilitating the most recent Current Events sessions.


Our Current Events group return to meeting every other Friday beginning February 16 under the skillful tutelage of Jerry Jacobs. Plans include discussions about the conflict in the Middle East, congressional deadlock, primaries, and upcoming high-profile court cases. Stay tuned. 


Click here before noon on Thursday, February 15, to request a Zoom invitation. You'll get it that day. Newcomers are welcome.

MOVIE MAVENS

L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 @ 2 P.M.

The Movie Mavens selection for February 16 is L.A. Confidential, a 1997 film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kim Basinger. The film tells the story of a group of Los Angeles Police Department officers in 1953, and the intersection of police corruption and Hollywood celebrity. The title refers to the 1950s scandal magazine Confidential, portrayed in the film as Hush-Hush.


The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture. It won Oscars for best adapted screenplay (Hanson and Brian Helgeland) and best supporting actress (Basinger). The other awards went to "Titanic."


The film received a 99% favorable review from critics and a 94% favorable review from the audience on Rotten Tomatoes. Said one critic, "Adapted from a novel said to be unadaptable and set in a genre that has seemed increasingly played out, it brings clarity and life to its art and to life. That's a pretty good definition of a masterpiece, isn't it?"


The film is available on Plex (free), Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies, Vudu and Apple TV. We will watch it on our own and then gather at 2 p.m. on February 16 for a lively discussion. Click here by noon on Thursday, February 15, for your Zoom invitation, which will be sent that day. 


SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP

¡Bienvenidos a La Tertulia!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 @ 1:00

 

Our format consists of reading and discussing articles from various Spanish language media sources of general high interest. There is no homework although everyone is invited to submit articles they might find for our agendas.


The hosts for the group are Miriam Grodberg and Larry Krakauer. Contact Miriam at mgrodberg@comcast.net with any questions.

HOPE

BY ANDREW RIDKER

DISCUSSION LED BY SUE GOLDBERG

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 @ 10:30


The year is 2013 and the Greenspans are the envy of Brookline. Scott is a successful cardiologist. Deb is a pillar of the community who spends her free time helping resettle refugees. Their daughter Maya works at a distinguished New York publishing house and their son Gideon is preparing to follow in his father’s footsteps. They are an exceptional family from an exceptional place, living in exceptional times.


But when Scott is caught falsifying blood samples at work, he sets in motion a series of scandals that threaten to shatter his family. Deb leaves him for a female power broker; Maya rekindles a hazardous affair from her youth; and Gideon drops out of college to go on a dangerous journey that will put his principles to the test.


From Brookline to Berlin to the battlefields of Syria, Hope follows the Greenspans over the course of a tumultuous year as they question, and compromise, the values that have shaped their lives. But in the midst of their disillusionment, they’ll discover their own capacity for resilience, connection, and ultimately hope.



Click here to request a Zoom invitation before noon on Thursday, March 7. The meeting will open 15 minutes early so we can socialize before we begin the discussion. Contact Joan Chasan if you have trouble signing up. All book-loving members are welcome.


Looking forward: 



FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP

We are reading some stories from "Great French Short Stories of the Twentieth Century" edited by Jennifer Wagner, a dual language book.


We are a group of intermediate to advanced level speakers. We read books aloud over Zoom, taking turns, and stopping often to discuss any interesting aspects of what we are reading. If you are interested in this group, please contact Betty Salzberg at bsalzberg127@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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