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Paper! Blooks!

Paper! Blooks!
Introduction

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. She will be talking about two of her special projects: the amazing Paper Legacy Project,

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Seniors to Seniors 2021

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. Every year, LLI donates several thousand dollars in memory of Dean Stuart Stritzler-Levine to help graduating students finance their senior projects.

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Expanding our Options for Learning

Introduction

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, searching and remembering Zoom links for classes and other Zoom sessions,

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SummerFest Opportunities

Introduction

The good news about this year’s SummerFest offerings is that the door to in-person classes has opened a crack. Fifteen lucky people will be able to join Adam Weiss in his Woodstock vegetable garden for his class on Science, Art, and Pleasure in the Vegetable Garden.

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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.

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LLI Grows Up

Introduction

Tom Esposito, who was LLI President from July 2016 to July 2020, also served as First Vice President the prior year and as Treasurer for the four years before that. In all, his nine-year tenure on Council stretched from mid-year 2011 until mid-year 2020 — almost half of LLI’s lifetime as an organization.

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Behind the Scenes at WinterFest

Introduction

If you signed up for WinterFest sessions, you know that we had wonderful presentations—and a couple of bumps. But you don’t know the half of it. Our amazing session managers always appeared calm and collected even as they figured out how to let the presentations go forward. They had practiced,

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Anticipating Spring Classes

Introduction

The frost may still be in the air, but March 18 and 19, the first two days of classes, are not that far away. Thanks to the Curriculum Team, we once again have a wide range of interesting classes to tempt us. Some of the most popular courses and presenters from previous semesters will be returning,

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Embracing Change

Introduction

“Visualizing what you want for the future can help you navigate that stuck feeling, reduce stress, and open up new possibilities!” So LLI member Kayla Bell stated when she initiated a group experience for us via Zoom on December 10th. Kayla demonstrated visualization techniques, including vision boards, to help us in our quest to effect personal change.

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New Members Share Their Enthusiasm and Suggestions

Introduction

The 62 members of the LLI class of 2020 met the challenge of joining LLI with enthusiasm as it, of necessity, transformed itself into a vibrant online community. Most found their classes rewarding, despite the need to become familiar with Zoom. And of course, like all of us, many missed the opportunities for social interaction,

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