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Working Together to Make it Happen

Introduction

Did you take a class this fall? Sign on to a team to help with moving online? Please reach over your shoulder and pat yourself on the back: you are indeed a lifetime learner!

Fall 2020 was a semester unlike any other in LLI’s history. Brand-new teams formed in a flash over the spring and summer.

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We Can Build It, But Will They Come?

Introduction

Carol’s very varied career—ranging from producing President Jimmy Carter’s birthday party, to promoting artists and photographers, to the ad industry, to writing for industry publications, the NY Times and our local newspapers—prepared her well to to be the outward face of LLI at its birth. Like the other founders,

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Presenters’ New Paradigm

Introduction

Seemingly ages ago, when we finished coffee, snacks, and warm conversations in room 305, we walked down the hallway toward classrooms. As we sat down with old friends or new members, presenters stood before us and shared their knowledge. Some presenters walked back and forth, our eyes focused on them and a projection screen.

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Membership Development Committee Ready for Deep Sleep?

Introduction

Our friends the bears are now looking for shelter to begin hibernation.  Bears hibernate in order to survive the winter without food. Calcium in the body is recycled into bones and when the bear wakes up, it is fit and ready. Momma bears begin hibernating at the start of pregnancy and when they wake up,

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A Heartfelt But Virtual Welcome

Introduction

How was LLI going to make new members feel welcome and show them how to get around LLI Online? Kim Sears and the Membership Development Committee met that challenge with imagination and humor. She and Barbara Burns, Volunteer Coordinator, matched every new member with a current member, and recruited experienced members to serve as mentors,

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Bard LLI’s Curriculum and How It Grew

Up and Running in No Time

There is only one subject matter for education, and that is Life in all its manifestations.

— Alfred North Whitehead

When we look at the rich offerings in the Bard LLI catalog it’s hard to imagine that it took just about a year for our founders to organize and launch the Lifetime Learning Institute at Bard College and begin offering classes.

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Contacts for Help and Information

Introduction

As an all-volunteer organization, it is sometimes difficult for LLI members to know whom to contact when they have questions. LLI uses group email addresses to handle questions (meaning, there is a dedicated team of volunteers here to help you).

Listed below are some of the email addresses you may want to use.

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On Our 20th Anniversary – Profiles of Our Founders: Sylvia Erber

Introduction

Twenty years ago, four women, members of a Red Hook Library book group—Sylvia Erber, Sara Hardman, Carol Lee, and Josette Lee—agreed that the area needed affordable high-quality education for seniors. The Marist College Center for Life Time Study had a years-long waiting list. There were no nearby alternatives. Sylvia wanted more.

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A Lifeline to Lifetime Learning

The World of Before

I have such clear images in my memory of the World of Before, like photographs of a lost world, they drift up in my mind from time to time. 

Sunday, March 8th: a gorgeous concert by the Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts students, “Rest in Pieces,

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BHSEC Student Pays It Forward

Introduction

When Paul Bloom received his LLI stipend of $500, the first thing he did was sign it over to the Ascension Food Pantry, where he volunteers in New York City. Paul, who is a senior at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan, learned about the stipend for young people working at unpaid internships when he spent time at the Bard Graduate Center’s Lab for Teen Thinkers.

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