Course Descriptions

Fall Classes 2021

Join us for classes this October at Adrian District Library, 143 E. Maumee, Downtown Adrian. Classes will be held in the lower level of the library. There is a $25 registration fee for classes. You may take one or all for this amount. Classes are 90 minutes long.

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Lore and Secrets of Chinese Writing
Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m., October 5, 12, 19 and 26

Instructor: Dr. Michael McGrath
The four parts of “Lore and Secrets of Chinese Writing” are (1) Introduction (background and context of the Chinese language) and Practice Writing Chinese Characters; (2) Cool Things about Chinese Characters (categories of words, singles-doubles-triples and quadruple characters and Practice Writing Chinese Characters; (3) Translating three famous poems and Practice Writing Chinese Characters; and (4) Answer any questions you asked but had to be dealt with in the last class and Practice Writing Chinese Characters.

About the Instructor
Dr. McGrath is well known to Lenawee Lifelong Learning students, having presented on a variety of topics and is always educational and entertaining. He earned his PhD from Princeton and is recently retired from a long career as a professor at Adrian College. His other experiences include military service and teaching many aspects of History.

Our Health As We Age
Tuesday mornings at 11:00 a.m., October 5, 12, 19 and 26

October 5: Living with the Flu
Howard Pennington, D.V.M will discuss viruses and vaccines in easy terms.

October 12: Living with Diabetes
Julia Moore, R.N., Certified Diabetic Educator, ProMedica Health System will give an overview of diabetes, medications and healthy eating and exercise.

October 19: Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Anne Sherman, R.N., Admission Nurse, Hospice of Lenawee will give an overview of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

October 26: Nutrition as we Age
Theresa Clark, Certified Dietary Manager and Food Protection, Lenawee Medical Care Facility, will discuss foods and supplements for health.

Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m., October 5, 12, 19 and 26

Instructor: 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. And if you’ve found poetry confusing or difficult in the past, have no fear. In this class we learn from each other.

About the Instructor
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 Lenawee Lifelong Learning.

Attitude of Gratitude *Class will be held online via ZOOM
Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m., October 6, 13, 20 and 27

Instructor: Avani Pandya
Gratitude has tremendous power in enhancing our physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. Let’s enhance our wellbeing through our attitude of gratitude. Attitude is not something we should have in our mind as a to-do-list, but rather have it be our way of life coming from our innermost self. Let’s bring our awareness towards gratitude. Let’s meditate, open our heart chakra, and be grateful to ourselves, the universe, and the world without judgment. Let’s keep our hearts open to receive the same from all.

About the Instructor

Avani Pandya is a wellness educator and meditation instructor. She holds two Master’s degrees in Science with a strong background in research and has over 25 years of teaching experience. She has Chopra Center Certification to teach meditation and has done more than 700 live sessions reaching out to the community all over the world to help create a meditative lifestyle. Avani’s meditations have been featured on the home page of the world’s biggest meditation app INSIGHT TIMER, you can join her live sessions every Saturday 10:15 am, open to all on the Insight Timer platform. Her recorded meditations can be accessed for free on Spotify, on Anchor, on Insight Timer, and on her website.

The Short Story
Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m., October 7, 14, 21 and 28

Instructor: Marilyn Kremer
The class offers discussion and analysis of interesting and provocative short stories; some well-known and some not well known. All stories discussed are available online affording everyone the opportunity to read them prior to class. The first three stories we will be discussing are “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury, “By the Waters of Babylon” by Steven Vincent Benet, and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. All three stories are available online.

About the Instructor
Marilyn Kremer is a graduate of both Adrian College (BA) and Siena Heights University (MA) with over 20 years in teaching at Adrian High (English and Speech), in the adult education program, and adjunct teaching at Adrian College, Siena Heights University and Jackson College. She also spent twenty-four years in human resources management. Theater was part of her communications minor as an undergrad and she has performed in both college plays and spent 2 summers in musical theater at the Croswell when she was significantly younger. As a ‘veteran’ Lenawee Lifelong Learning instructor, she has a very eclectic interest in all sorts of subjects which has sparked the variety of topics she’s selected for the LLL program.

Six Great Ideas
Thursday afternoons at 1:00 p.m., October 7, 14, 21 and 28
Instructor: Mark Schersten
Become acquainted with six central ideas of philosophy as presented by Mortimer Adler in his book Six Great Ideas. The first two classes will focus on the speculative ideas of truth, beauty, and goodness; the last two classes will consider the practical ideas of liberty, equality, and justice. No previous study of philosophy is expected. Although not required, folks are invited to read Six Great Ideas (ISBN 978-0-684-82681-3) during the course. (Reading for Class 1: Chapters 1-8 [pp. 3-63])

About the Instructor
Mark Schersten taught philosophy at Siena Heights University for twenty-seven years before serving as academic dean for five years. He holds degrees in philosophy from Augustana College, Claremont Graduate School, and Marquette University. He and his wife Becky enjoy traveling and gardening in their backyard in Adrian.

The Tempest
Thursday afternoons at 3:00 p.m., October 7, 14, 21 and 28
Instructor: Robert Ploegstra, PhD
Featuring an exiled ruler who uses magic to restore his daughter to power, Shakespeare presents a comic tragedy which focuses on the question “Must the powerful show mercy?” This class promises to deliver lively discussions and interesting insights into how relevant Shakespeare remains today.

About the Instructor
Robert Ploegstra, PhD, was born in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, attended Calvin College, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University. A linguist, he is an expert in names, early European history, and proud of his Frisian heritage.

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Previous Classes offered by Lenawee Lifelong Learning

Bill of Rights Instructor: Dr. Bob Gordon

Poetry Instructor: Charmaine Stangl

Survey of Islamic Art & Architecture Instructor: Dr. Michael C. McGrath

Genealogy Instructors: Julie Olin and Bob Wessel

Fight or Flight: Response to a New World Instructor: Avani Pandya

Supreme Court Decisions Instructor: Dr. Robert Gordon

Arts and the Brain Instructors: Jann Battersby, Julianne Dolan, Pi Benio, Trudy McSorley

Spanish American War Instructor: Ray Lennard

Introduction to Meditation: Breathing, Posture, and Focus Instructor: Linda Polter

Hamlet Instructor: Dr. Robert Ploegstra

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Compared Instructor: Dr. Michael McGrath

Here’s to Women Instructor: Marilyn Kremer

The History of Women in Science and Mathematics Instructor: Dr. Beth Lamprecht

The Crusades Instructor: Florian Burdick

The Reformation Instructor: Marilyn Kremer

How Advances in Science and Mathematics Moved Civilization Forward Instructor: Robert Xeras

Contemporary Islam Instructor Dr. Michael McGrathHistory of American Theater Instructor: Erik Gable

Shakespeare’s Macbeth Instructor Dr. Robert Ploegstra

Concerns in our Changing World

Local History Series

Mystery Trips