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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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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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Winter Sowing Social

Introduction

As Susan Hinkle and Deborah Barrow told us at the Winter Sowing Social Gathering on February 18th, February is a wonderful time to start growing your hearty fruits and vegetables. It just takes a bit of know-how, an abundance of enthusiasm, and a touch of humor.

Susan and Deborah,

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At Our Twentieth Anniversary, LLI Is Added to the Bard Archives

Introduction

Back in 2016, LLI President Joyce Carter-Krawczyk asked Helene Tieger, College Archivist at Bard’s Stevenson Library, for advice and assistance. Joyce was concerned that there was no consistent collection to document the story of LLI.

Helene did have an envelope with some miscellaneous early records, but Joyce set up an ad hoc effort to collect what she calls “stuff.” The “stuff” included materials from the founders,

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Frank Benson, Flag, 2005

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Marking one week prior to the Presidential election and flying until the votes have been counted and the election results are ratified, CCS Bard will present the sculpture Flag, 2005, by Frank Benson. Flag was first flown at CCS Bard in 2005 as part of an exhibition titled,

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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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June is Membership Month

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Have you renewed your LLI membership for the 2020-2021 year? Membership renewal opened on June 1 and will continue until June 21. You were sent a renewal application link on June 1 or you may access the application at the membership renewal and payment form on our website, lli.bard.edu,

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2020 Annual Meeting: Demonstrating Continuity and Flexibility

Introduction

Bard LLI successfully held its first annual meeting via Zoom on May 15 thanks to the extraordinary skill and dedication of the LLI Online Task Force. In a remarkably short time, the Task Force was able to organize the meeting, train speakers, invite members to attend, and encourage audience participation,

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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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Member Opinions about Online Learning

Introduction

Given the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, part of this year’s annual member survey was devoted to addressing an issue of immediate relevance: whether members would be interested in online classes. The Bard College campus has been closed, and we don’t know when we will be able to hold classes there.

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