Class Archive

LLL Spring Classes April 2019


Arts and the Brain
April 2, 9, 16, 23
9:00 AM (TUE)

Arts and the Brain will be a hands-on class exploring how the arts stimulate the youth as well as the senior citizen brain. Music, art and theater not only build connections within the brain but provide great joy and contentment in our lives. The course will be taught by experts in each area and will inspire you to connect to the arts in your future. A FUN experience is guaranteed. The art portion of the class on April 16 will be taught at the Adrian Center for the Arts. The first class will be Jann and Julie. Jann will do the 9th herself.

April 2nd – Jann Battersby is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music and taught K-12 and college level music for 33 years. Jann is a national clinician and proponent of the Orff philosophy of music education. She has been seen frequently as a woodwind player at the Croswell Opera House since 1970.

April 9th – Julianne Dolan is the retired Fine Arts Director for Adrian schools. Having taught theater and child drama at Siena, kindergarten and drug Ed for Adrian schools and directing many shows in our community, Julie is happily retired working on projects that bring joy. She serves on the Croswell and Hope Center boards and directs for the Croswell.

April 16th – Pi Benio received her MFA from Eastern Michigan University. Her work has been shown regionally, including a one-person exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Art, in Chicago, New York City and Japan. After a long teaching career at Adrian College she helped to found the Adrian Center for the Arts in 2015. A firm believer in the arts as a way to enhance community, she helped to also found the Lenawee Council for the Visual Arts in 1998. She currently serves as Co-chair for Artalicious and Exc. Dir. of the ACA.

April 23rd – Julianne Dolan is the retired Fine Arts Director for Adrian schools. Having taught theater and child drama at Siena, kindergarten and drug Ed for Adrian schools and directing many shows in our community, Julie is happily retired working on projects that bring joy. She serves on the Croswell and Hope Center boards and directs for the Croswell.

April 23rd – Trudy McSorley taught and directed in the Theater Dept. at Siena Heights University along with directing the Children’s Theater Program. Trudy also served as Dean for Students for 7 years. Having retired from Siena Heights University in 2013 she does Spiritual Direction and Retreat work out of Weber
Center in Adrian.


Spanish American War
April 2, 9, 16, 23 – 11:00 AM (TUE)
Ray Lennard

Do you remember the Maine? In 1898 the United States made a foray into the realm of international politics and found a way to intervene in a revolution 103 miles away in Cuba. A ten-week global conflict ensued with bizarre battles, some fought by Civil War veterans, in islands in the Atlantic and the Pacific. Join Ray Lennard in reviewing the events of the Spanish American war and examine the last remnants of the Spanish Empire with emphasis on the **Generación de 1898 in Spain.

Mr. Lennard is the curator of the W. G. Thompson Museum. He also serves as President of the Lenawee County Civil War Roundtable.


Poetry
April 2, 9, 16, 23 – 1:00 PM (TUE) 
Charmaine Stangl
The great poet, Mary Oliver, said, “… poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.” If this seems true to you maybe you’ve been in this class before. If it intrigues you even a little, join us in discovering how true it is.

Charmaine Stangl is a retired English teacher and life-long lover of poetry. She has taught in two high schools, a community college, two universities, and most recently, for Lenawee Lifelong Learning.


Introduction to Meditation: Breathing, Posture, and Focus (In Classroom #2)
April 2, 9, 16, 23 1:00 PM (TUE)
Linda Polter
If you have tried meditation, are curious about meditation, or would just like to learn how to slow down and relax; this class is for you! Research has shown that mastering breathing and meditation gives individuals strategies to reduce anxiety and stress. No previous experience is needed and class participants will sit in chairs wearing comfortable clothing. This class will begin promptly and, because of the nature of the class, late arrivals will greatly disturb the atmosphere of and the goals for this class.
Furthermore, each class will build on skills from the previous class; therefore, a commitment to all four sessions will allow class participants to gain the most benefit.

Linda Polter is a committed, enthusiastic fifty-year educator who has recently begun a new career as a Kundalini Yoga teacher and a facilitator of meditation groups. This is her first time teaching for Lenawee Lifelong Learning and she is excited about the opportunity to share her knowledge and skills with learners.

This class is limited to 12 participants.


Genealogy

April 2, 9, 16, 23 – 3:00 PM (TUE)
Julie Olin, Bob Wessel and Nathan Marks

Week 1 – Introduction to Genealogy Research: Learn how to begin the search for your ancestors and how to start thinking like a genealogist.

Week 2 – Genealogy Research Documentation: Learn to keep track of all your research discoveries, so you will always know where you’ve been and where you’re going.

Week 3 – Genealogy Resources: Learn the best places – both online and off – to search for your ancestors.

Week 4 – Using DNA in Genealogy Research: Learn how to make sense of your test results and how to identify and connect with your best matches.

Julie Olin has been researching her family history since 1997. She is a member of Lenawee County Family Researchers and editor of their newsletter and a volunteer at the Lenawee District Library where she hosts a monthly genealogy roundtable.

Bob Wessel has been doing genealogy research since 1972. He is a member of Lenawee County Family Researchers and a volunteer at the Lenawee County Historical Museum where he does look-ups for patrons with family research question. He was previously a Family History Consultant with the LDS church.

Nathan Marks has been researching family history since childhood, and has been doing genealogy seriously since 2011. His focused research areas include familial Civil War soldier identification, ancestral photo location, genetic genealogy and newspaper archival searches. He maintains a genealogy blog titled The Salt of America and is nearing completion of his first family history book.


Hamlet (In Classroom #2)

April 2, 9, 16, 23 – 3:00 PM (TUE)
Dr. Robert Ploegstra
This class will be an analysis and discussion of Hamlet, Shakespeare’s greatest play. No previous knowledge of Shakespeare is required. Students may come and merely listen, if they wish. They will leave with knowledge and opinions….

Robert Ploegstra, PhD, born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, attended Calvin College, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University. A linguist and student of Anglo-Saxon, he is an expert in names, early European history, and proud of his Frisian heritage.


Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Compared.

April 3, 10, 17, 24 – 9:00 AM (WED)
Dr. Michael McGrath
I’m still interested in large comparisons, like the ones for this short course: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Compared. I’ve read haphazardly for decades, but recently while teaching Islamic Civilization, my need for a better understanding of the three monotheisms, has led me to do some more reading. Whatever I say will be a result of that reading.

Dr. McGrath is well known to our students. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton Un. He has experience as an Adrian College professor and former instructor for LLL on World Religions. His other experiences include military service and as an instructor of History.


Here’s to the women…

April 3, 10, 17, 24 – 11:00 AM (WED)
Marilyn Kremer
Here’s to the women . . . exploring the lives and stories of some of the unsung women heroes and pioneers including women scientists, artists, and those who have accomplished untold feats of bravery. Among other women of note, we’ll examine the bravery of Irena Sendler, the ‘female Oskar Schindler’, and the mathematical acuity of Ada Lovelace whose counting machine invention in the mid-1800’s foreshadowed the modern computer. Not limited to women attendees . . . men very welcome.

Marilyn Kremer is a veteran LLL presenter with an eclectic interest in a broad scope of subjects. She’s led classes in a variety of topics such as baseball history, broadcasting, theater, American legends, and language history and most recently on the end of WWI and the great flu epidemic.


Great Supreme Court Decisions

April 3, 10, 17, 24 = 1:00 PM (WED)
Dr. Robert Gordon

  • Marbury vs. Madison (1803) ruled that the Supreme Court of the United States can declare laws passed by Congress to be unconstitutional. This established the principle of judicial review.
  • Dred Scott vs. Sandford (1857) ruled that black people could not be citizens.
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896) upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities [railroads] as long as the segregated facilities were equal in quality—a doctrine that came to be known as separate but equal.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education (1954) overturned Plessy vs. Ferguson and ruled that separate but equal public schools constituted unconstitutional racial segregation.

Bob Gordon was born and raised in Holland Michigan. He graduated from Hope College with a major in history in 1963. He earned his masters and doctorate degrees from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He taught in the history department at Western Michigan University from 1967 to 1976. From 1977 to 2013 he held a number of positions at Siena Heights, including dean of the college and provost, dean of the graduate college, and library director. He is a self-taught photographer and has had more than 30 exhibitions around the United States.


The History of Women in Science and Mathematics

April 3, 10, 17, 24 – 3:00 PM (WED)
Dr. Beth Lamprecht
Science and mathematics are of central significance in our lives, yet, throughout the centuries, women have been systematically prohibited from participating in serious science. Fortunately, different initiatives have been established to rectify the situation. The research and writings of feminist scientists and historians have led to a growing awareness of the cultural roots of this gendered imbalance. In this course, we’ll consider the interrelated factors that have, throughout history, prevented women from gaining
access to formal education. We’ll also explore the lives of women who found and took advantage of opportunities to engage in scientific and/or mathematical activities.

Dr. Beth Lamprecht is a professor of mathematics at Adrian College. Her academic interests include probability and statistics, mathematics education, and the historical development of math and science. She also enjoys reading, walking, and playing the piano and ukulele.


Off Site Class

Mystery Trip in Lenawee County
April 25th – 9:00 AM (THUR)
The third Mystery Trip for LLL will be a one day bus trip to two surprise locations in Lenawee County. The group will board the Adrian Maples Blue Football Bus at 9:00 am at the LISD Tech Center. At 9:30 am the bus will arrive at the first location where there will be a guide to take the group on a tour. There will be walking as well as stair climbing. At 11 am the group will arrive at another mystery location. Around noon a lunch will be served from a predetermined menu. Around 1:30 pm there will be a presentation on
this location. Followed by a self-guided exploration of the location. Approximately 2:30 pm the group will board the bus to return to the LISD Tech Center at approximately 3:00 pm. Participants will learn about a piece of Lenawee County history and interesting information on the county topography on this tour.

Cost is $40 per person (must have LLL Membership). Minimum of 25 participants to have the trip with a maximum of 40 participants.
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LLL Spring Classes April 2018
Tuesdays 3, 10, 17, 24
Wednesdays 4, 11, 18, 25


9:00 AM (TUE)
The Crusades
April 3, 10, 17, 24
Florian Burdick
The Medieval Man – Europe, Latin West, Byzantine East and Syria. Week 2: The Church and its Power – Urban, Spain, “Holy War.” Week 3: The Crusades Numbers One, Two and Three – off to war and adventure; and the little crusades in between. Week 4: Postmodern history – for some the crusades have never ended. Florian graduated from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA in 1971 with a BA in English Literature with minors in German, history and speech; and from the Un. Of Missouri School of Journalism. He has experience in newspaper reporting and writing; and experience in industrial technical writing.


11:00 AM (TUE)
Mysteries at the Museum
April 3, 10, 17, 24
Ray Lennard
The museums of Lenawee County are filled with what appear to be random items that actually tell deep stories about the past. Learn how a small section of fence tells us the effects of war, how a table can unite farmers, how a coat can tell a tale of adventure in France, and how a booklet changed the life of one woman & forged a Lenawee institution. Mr. Lennard is the curator of the W. G. Thompson Museum. He also serves as President of the Lenawee County Civil War Roundtable.


1:00 PM (TUE)
The Reformation
April 3, 10, 17, 24
Marilyn Kremer
This class will show how one stubborn monk opposed the Pope and launched a religious revolution. Exploring Martin Luther in recognition of the 500th anniversary of his posting his 95 Theses and how his religious fervor changed the world. Marilyn Kremer is a veteran LLL presenter. With an eclectic interest in a variety of things, she has explored a variety of topics in prior classes including baseball, our wild-west myths and legends, theater, radio and TV history, and how our language developed.


3:00 PM (TUE)
How Advances in Science and Mathematics Moved Civilization Forward: Part II
April 3, 10, 17, 24
Robert Xeras
These lectures come from a History Course that I co-taught with history professors at Siena Heights. It was/is based on the book, “The Ascent Of Man” by Jacob Bronowski and Part II covers Chapters 5-8. YOU DO NOT NEED PART I TO TAKE PART II​. As a math science person, this course was a radical change in content and expanded my view of the world. Bronowski’s keen insights make this series interesting and thought provoking. Learn the way we write our numbers make all other mathematics possible. Do we write out number Left to Right or Right to Left? Learn how Galileo Galilei opens the door to the scientific method. And what is time? A clock? Learn how we moved from animal power to Nature’s Power. Each lecture will begin with an introduction, showing of the video, and class discussion. Professor Robert Xeras has a BS in physics and an MS in mathematics. He taught mathematics and computers at several colleges. He started the computer and information systems program at Siena Heights University. Prior to that he was a senior systems analyst at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. For 25 years he did statistical analysis as a consultant for the hospital.


9:00 AM (WED)
Contemporary Islam
April 4, 11, 18, 25
Dr. Michael McGrath
This class will concentrate on how mainstream Muslims practice Islam and express their beliefs. The class will also include critiques of radical political Islamism. Furthermore, the major split within Islam — the Sunni majority and the Shi’a minority will be covered. Dr. McGrath is well known to our students. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton Un. He has experience as an Adrian College professor and former instructor for LLL on World Religions. His other experiences include military service and as an instructor of History.


11:00 AM (WED)
History of American Theater
April 4, 11, 18, 25
Erik Gable
This course will cover the story of American theater, beginning with the colonial era (when theaters and actors often had to hide behind euphemisms to avoid Puritan disapproval) and continuing through the era of minstrelsy, the so-called “Golden Age of the Opera House,” and the dawn of cinema. Erik Gable is the director of marketing and audience development at the Croswell Opera House, and wrote the book Behind the Curtain: 150 Years at Michigan’s Oldest Theater to mark the theater’s 150th anniversary in 2016


1:00 PM (WED)
Concerns in our Changing World
April 4, 11, 18, 25
Dr. Howard Pennington, Coordinator
April 4 – Personal Safety. Michelle Stuck, retired Michigan State Police Sgt. Inappropriate touching, elder abuse, road rage, awareness and more.
April 11 – Basic Genetics, Dr. Howard Pennington, How does the DNA work and how it may cause birth defects. Mary Poore, will talk about how her family adjusted to the birth of her son born with disabilities.
April 18 – Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Travis Haven, Executive Director of Hospice of Lenawee, will discuss Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
April 25 – How are G.M.O. foods made and how they are used. Marissa Schuh, SE Michigan Vegetable Educator.


3:00 PM (Wed.)
Local History Series
April 4, 11, 18, 25 Dr.
Howard Pennington, Coordinator
April 4 – History of Devils Lake area. Dan Cherry, a historian and author.
April 11 – History of Morenci. Jim Whitehouse, a historian and author.
April 18 – History of Tecumseh. Ashley Chase, a historian and author.
April 25 – History of Hudson. Mike Mills, a Hudson historian.


1:00 PM (Wed.)
Poetry Appreciation (Room 2)
April 4, 11, 18, 25
Charmaine Stangl
This time we will explore “A Dozen Masterpieces”. If you’re new to the world of poetry have no fear. It will be a joyful journey. Charmaine Stangl is a retired English teacher and life-long lover of poetry. She has taught in two high schools, a community college, two universities, and most recently, for Lenawee Lifelong Learning.


3:00 PM (Wed.)
Shakespeare’s MacBeth (Room 2)
April 4, 11, 18, 25
Dr. Robert Ploegstra
An overview and discussion of Shakespeare’s pseudo-historical Scottish play MacBeth. Robert Ploegstra, PhD, born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, attended Calvin College, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University. A linguist and student of Anglo-Saxon, he is an expert in names, early European history, and proud of his Frisian heritage.


Off Site Class
9:00 AM (Thur.) April 26th
Mystery/History Bus Trip in Lenawee County
The second Mystery/History Trip for LLL will be a one day bus trip to two surprise locations in Lenawee County. The group will board the Adrian Maples Blue Football Bus at 9:00 am at the LISD Tech Center. At 9:30 am the bus will arrive at the first location where there will be a guide to take the group on a tour. There will be walking as well as stair climbing. At 11 am the group will arrive at another mystery location. Around noon a lunch will be served from a predetermined menu. Around 1:30 pm there will be a presentation on this location. Followed by a self-guided exploration of the location. Approximately 2:30 pm the group will board the bus to return to the LISD Tech Center at approximately 3:00 pm. Participants will learn about a piece of Lenawee County history and interesting information on the county topography on this tour. Cost is $40 per person (must have LLL Membership). Minimum of 20 participants to have the trip with a maximum of 40 participants. (see back for additional details)