Joel Waidstrecher and Bryon Cotter from the Institute for Learning in Retirement at SaddleBrooke (ILR) shared with club members how the institute was started and the great learning opportunities coming up this winter.
Founded in 2005, with classes starting in 2006, the institute has served more than 200 students and has 600-plus lifetime members. Waidstrecher, who serves as president of the organization said the ILR mirrors a program developed at Sun City. After discussion with the U of A to provide learning opportunities for residents of Saddlebrooke fell short, Waidstrecher and a core group of volunteers developed their own program which highlights the many talented academics and enthusiasts living right here in the Saddlebrooke community. ILR is self-governing and completely independent.
Each class presenter goes through a rigorous screening process before they can present through the ILR. This insures students will get the best information presented in an engaging format. There is no homework, no tests, just a great opportunity to expand your understanding on a myriad of subjects with an intimate number of classmates (usually no more than 24 per class).
Cotter, one of the ILR directors presented a powerpoint that gave a preview for what new classes are available starting in January. These include:
• History of the Supreme Court, presented by JoAnn Ellison (Esq.) MV Saguaro Room 9:30 am - noon Mondays: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 Intriguing video lectures covering an overview and historical perspective, with class discussion. A must for lovers of history. Video lectures by a legal scholar, including famous cases and personalities with discussion led by a resident attorney.
• Classic American Short Stories, presented by Linda MV Saguaro Room 10 am – noon Tuesdays: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19 Interesting study of well-known authors (GREAT AMERICAN SHORT STORIES on reserve at Barnes & Noble $7.95). Analytical study of various examples focusing on the plot, characters and emotions in this under rated genre.
• First Ladies from Martha to Laura, presented by Joan Elder MV Saguaro Room 10 am – noon Wednesdays: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 Delightful presentation on first ladies and presidential families. Detailed research on the lives and activities of the first ladies with some additional information on presidential families.
• Legacy of the Scandinavian Vikings, presented by Ken Lund SB Activity Center 10 am – noon Thursdays: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21 Absorbing study of the Viking civilization and its culture. Intensive study of the Vikings, including facts, myths and truths, along with their impact on European culture.
• Espionage in the Civil War, presented by Marv Andrews MV Saguaro Room 10 am - noon Fridays: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 Engrossing lectures covering spies, sabotage and espionage. An examination of various activities and historical references concerning espionage, sabotage and spying both by the Confederacy and Union.
• Our Universe, presented by Richard Koshel MV Saguaro Room 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Tuesdays: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19 Introduction to the Cosmos covering its formation and expansion. Current explanations on the formation of the universe, including topics such as its expansion, black holes and “dark matter”.
• SHHH…It’s a Secret (History of Cryptography), presented by Mark Saks MV Saguaro Room 10 am - noon Mondays: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 Fascinating overview of codes and ciphers in history and today. History and intrigue surrounding the use of codes and ciphers from Roman times to modern times. Video clips and PowerPoints will include how to secure your e-mail correspondence.
• Anatomy of a Musical, presented by Gail Nelli MV Saguaro Room 10 am - noon Tuesdays: 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26 Entertaining analysis of the process of creating a musical. Focusing on the process that takes ideas through production to Broadway. Included will be excerpts from various musicals and the TV show “Smash”.
• Illuminated Manuscripts (Miniature paintings), presented by Cass McGovern MV Saguaro Room 10 am - noon Wednesdays: 3/6. 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3 Unique presentation for lovers of art and history. Wonderful museum quality collection with vivid and outstanding explanatory material on how these scrolls were made and for whom, along with much other information.
For more information or to register visit http://www.sbilr.org/