Special Events

LLI special events

Special events include once-yearly gatherings for LLI members. This is a great time to socialize and there is always good food.

Fall luncheon

The academic year begins with a welcome luncheon for both new and returning LLI members. The luncheon includes either a featured speaker or a musical performance. Tours of the campus are offered to new members to explain the location of the buildings LLI uses most often.

New member volunteer reception

New members get a chance to meet the committee chairs, learn about committees, and sign up to volunteer their skills to make LLI even better.

Information session for volunteers

Bard LLI is an all-volunteer member-run organization. We need more volunteers to better serve our members AND it is one of the responsibilities of membership. You have skills we need! Come to the information session to see how you can help LLI. Committee chairs will describe what they do and the help they need. Among other tasks, we need help with:

  • Hospitality (all those refreshments you enjoy between classes);
  • Program support (class support, AV, catalog, social activities);
  • Media (photography); and
  • All the other functions that keep LLI running smoothly.

Annual meeting in May

LLI ends the academic year with a members’ breakfast and meeting. Newly-elected officers and members at large are introduced, the budget is discussed, and plans for the upcoming year are introduced.

Senior-to-Senior tea

Each May, LLI “seniors” gather to honor Bard College’s graduating seniors who were selected as recipients of the Dean Stuart Stritzler-Levine Seniors-to-Seniors Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to the honorees to assist with their senior projects. The grants are one of the many ways that LLI strives to give back to Bard and to strengthen the ties between the generations.

In the past, student topics have ranged from:

  • Studying conceptions of racial and bi-racial identity in Japanese culture;
  • Studying the experiences of refugees and displaced persons in Germany;
  • Exploring China’s one-child policy;
  • Analyzing the functional redundancy of Presenilin-1 and -2 in Alzheimer’s disease; and
  • Analyzing the London Eye and the theoretical concepts that inform the various perceptions of this urban landmark.
  • Student films, photography projects, and original translations have also been presented.

At the end of the presentations, afternoon tea is served with LLI member-made delicious sandwiches, desserts, and pastries. Members have an opportunity to talk to the students and ask questions about their projects.

Socialize with LLI Members

Special events combine socializing and fun with LLI business.