Now at Bard LLI
For more information, see the Bard College COVID-19 page. The page is updated frequently and includes the most recent information available. Bard has issued notice that the campus is closed to any person who does not live, work, or study at Bard, until further notice.
Looking Ahead: LLI is always looking for volunteers to serve as Session Managers for our full slate of virtual classes. Click here to learn about being a Session Manager. We provide training and guarantee you will love the new friends you gain and the new skills you learn. Information on all current volunteer opportunities at LLI is here.
Life Goes On, Even When We Are All Staying Home: Our LLI members have put together a stupendous list of resources for LLI members and all of our friends and neighbors. Ways to stay connected, stay entertained, stay educated and to stay safe. Click here to read the whole list.
News + Notes
LLI member Mindell Dubansky will give a special Zoom presentation on Wednesday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. Mindy has had a long career in book conservation for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is now working on the Bard College Stevenson Library archives.
Seniors-to-Seniors Event Was Captivating!
Three dozen LLI members were held captive by five graduating Bard students. That should be the headline for the Bard Seniors-to-Seniors Zoom event April 6. The two-hour event in which students presented the senior projects Bard LLI had helped fund was that engrossing.
As you may have read in the news, George Soros has donated $500 million dollars to Bard College to fund its permanent endowment. This gift provides for the college to continue its many missions throughout the world. It also requires matching funds.
The world is changing, and not just because of the pandemic. For Bard LLI members, that means we might encounter a new way to attend classes—hybrid learning.
Remote learning, so common for us this past year, meant using the Zoom application,
Three Stories About the Fall 2020 LLI Course “Who, Us? What White People Can Do to Face Racial Injustice and Build a More Just America”
Story 1 – Eleanor Wieder
In the spring of 2020, I was quarantined with my children and grandchildren. Without thinking about it, in a conversation, I used the phrase “Are you out of your cotton-picking mind!” My kids (like adult children do) immediately called me out on the origins of the phrase.
|Start Date||End Date||Event|
|TBD||Recruit mentors for 2021-2022 new members|
|11-May||Curriculum Committee Meeting|
|14-May||Annual business meeting, on Zoom; budget presented and election results announced|
|14-May||SummerFest catalog available|
|17-May||Annual survey sent to members|
|21-May||SummerFest registration opens|
|1-Jun||21-Jun||Member renewal and electronic payment|
|1-Jun||21-Jun||New member applications accepted|
|4-Jun||25-Jun||SummerFest 2021 - Four Fridays in June 4, 11, 18, 25|
|11-Jun||Last day to register for SummerFest Class|
|15-Jun||Curriculum Committee Meeting|
|30-Jun||End of academic year|
|Start 2021||End 2021||Events|
|July 1||New Council starts|
|July 1||Notify new applicants of admittance|
|July 1||July 10||New members payments|
|July 7||Newsletter published|
|July 8||July 8||Social Event with Lauren Rose|
|July 13||Curriculum Committee Meeting|
|New member welcome letter sent|
|July 19||Council Meeting|
|August 7||Newsletter published|
|August 10||Curriculum Committee Meeting|
|August 26||Fall catalog available (website and ProClass)|
|Zoom new member small groups orientation|
|August 16||Council Meeting|
|September 2||Registration for Fall classes|
|September 7||Newsletter published|
|September 14||Curriculum Committee Meeting|
|September 20||Council Meeting|
|September 16||October 29||Fall semester starts|
|September 24||Last day to add a course|
|October 7||Newsletter published|
|October 12||Curriculum Meeting|
|October 18||Council Meeting|
|October 29||Last day of fall semester|
|November 7||Newsletter published|
|November 9||Curriculum meeting open house|
|November 15||Council Meeting|
|December 7||Newsletter published|
|December 16||WinterFest catalog released|
|No December Curriculum Meeting|
|December 20||Council Meeting|
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In case of emergency on campus
Should there be a serious emergency – medical, fire, etc. – call TWO numbers in the order below.
First call: 9-1-1
For Dutchess County Emergency Services. It is available 24/7.
Second call: (845) 758-7777 or from emergency call boxes: 7777
For Bard College Emergency Medical Services (a trained campus emergency response team).
Bard EMS is always to be called second. While the service provides the fastest response, it follows the college academic schedule and is therefore not always available.
Welcome to Bard LLI
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