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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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Bard Students Win International Award for Helping Homeless in Kingston

Introduction

Congratulations to Bard students Keyvious Avery and Aidan Galloway for winning one of 10 awards for Student Civic Engagement given to students throughout the world for their projects in response to the COVID pandemic. In addition to Keyvious and Aidan’s project in the United States, students in the following countries also won awards: Mexico,

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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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Volunteering by LLI Members

Introduction

LLI is a volunteer organization, with dozens and dozens of people every year working to make it a success. That spirit is driving LLI member response to the COVID-19 epidemic and the quarantine as well.

LLI has co-sponsored some volunteer efforts so we know there have been many LLI volunteers,

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Notes of Care

The Center for Civic Engagement, in partnership with the Red Hook Senior Services Committee, the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, and the Bard Lifetime Learning Institute, invite you to be part of the solution to senior citizen isolation with Notes of Care.

Notes of Care is a community project to collect positive and uplifting notes on a weekly basis for the 125+ senior citizens in Red Hook who receive weekly home meal delivery from the Office for the Aging.

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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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