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Farming and Academia Make a Perfect Marriage

Introduction

Farming and academia can make a perfect marriage although they rarely form such a solid union as at Bard. Very few college campuses have a working farm that provides farm-to-table fare for students and community members. The following is a story of the people and efforts that ordained this particular marriage and allowed the Bard farm to thrive on the Bard campus for almost a decade now.

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Online Task Force and Session Managers Saved Our SummerFest

Hello, Session Managers

Those lessons learned this summer will also ease the process for new session managers. (More volunteer session managers are still needed. You can contact AMiller@lli.bard.edu or CGersbeck@lli.bard.edu if you are interested in joining the team this fall). The Online Task Force knew from their own Zoom learning experiences that session managers and class participants would need support and help getting familiar with the online technology.

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A Bright Fall Forecast

Introduction

Thanks to the hard work of the Curriculum Committee, we are faced with some delightfully difficult choices in planning our fall schedule. As usual, the courses cover a broad spectrum of topics. This year, we have the added bonus of having class sessions on both Thursday and Friday, to make sure we aren’t tempted to stare at a screen too long on one day.

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We Came, We Zoomed, We Conquered

Introduction

Fingernail-biting anxiety might have been a good way to describe the feelings of the LLI Council and class producers when the decision was made that our annual meeting and SummerFest would have to be online. This was a whole new world. A lot of work and dedicated volunteering went into making it work,

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SummerFest, And the Learning Was Easy

Introduction

That was the goal of the LLI Online Task Force, and according to the 104 LLI members who answered the survey, they often succeeded. Even when members did not enjoy their experience, however, they often had some constructive comments. Here are some of their reactions to attending their SummerFest classes on Zoom.

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SummerFest Online

Introduction

Late last year, a bulb-tipped virus cell named coronavirus began its journey around the world. People were infected, revealing tell-tale symptoms like coughing, fever, joint pain, and chills. The number of people infected, when viewed by a graph, shot off the top of the page like a rocket. Then people started dying,

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LLI Online Opens with Annual Meeting and SummerFest

Introduction

At the LLI Council meeting in April, uncertainty abounded. How could LLI best serve our members during this time of lockdowns and pandemic? How could LLI conduct the Annual Meeting when we could not safely congregate on campus? What should happen to all the excellent, planned SummerFest courses? Should we just shut down and wait for all of this to pass?

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Bard College to Offer Fitness Classes to LLI Members

Introduction

Bard College Community Fitness Coordinator Tyrin Stevenson will begin offering an online fitness class to LLI members later this month. You will receive details about this class closer to its start date. 

Sponsored by the Bard College Health and Wellness Education Department and LLI, the class will provide our members with both strength and cardiovascular training.

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COVID-19 Updates – March 11, 2020

To All LLI Members and spring presenters

We are writing to let you know that the leadership of LLI, together with the Bard College Response Team, has been regularly monitoring the possible risks associated with COVID-19 in our local area. We are grateful to Erin Cannan, Bard Vice President for Student Affairs,

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Intersession Wows the LLI Audience

Introduction

Gene Burns, Chair of the Special Programs Team, outdid himself this winter by arranging an intriguing selection of presentations for Intersession. Lou Trapani led off by challenging his audience to debate whether art is of any use. (Hint: All of us thought it is.)

Read below for a summary of the topics discussed during the different Intersession classes.

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