The Quill

Quick Updates for Independent Lifelong Learners

July 7, 2024

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NEWS

Our Exciting Fall Courses

Time to Sign Up for Your Annual Membership


SPECIAL EVENTS

Are You Ready for Summmersession? Tue., 7/9 and Wed., 7/10

Still to Come in Summersession - Tue. & Wed., 7/9-8/14

Let's Go: The Wang Theater - Friday, July 26


AFFINITY GROUP MEETINGS

There Are No Geniuses on Wall Street - Monday, 7/29

French Conversation Group

(On summer vacation: La Tertulia, LLAIC Lit-Lovers, Movie Mavens)


Not a member yet? Click here to join LLAIC.

NEWS

OUR EXCITING FALL COURSES


Our incredible Course Leaders have come up with a slate of fascinating courses for the fall semester beginning in September. Details including dates, times, and content are now live on our website. Click on the course name for more information or on the course leader name for a bio. In adition, you can click here to peruse our fall Course Catalog, click here for our Schedule-At-A-Glance, and click here for our fall calendar. Click here to see video previews of some of the courses, presented by the course leaders.


Course registration for the fall begins on Monday morning, July 22, at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Mark your calendars, and start making a list of the courses you want to take (with alternates) so you'll be set to go!

TIME TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP

(July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025)


·Membership signup is open. LLAIC members can renew their annual memberships online by clicking here. Membership is $100 for the year unless you're a Temple Shalom member, in which case it's free - but you still have to sign up.


We recommend signing up for membership before course registration begins on Monday, July 22, at 10:00 AM. We also recommend that you keep a record of your username and password to ensure smoother course registration.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Available to members at no additional charge

ARE YOU READY FOR SUMMERSESSION?

TUESDAY, JULY 9 AND

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10


Our Summersession program will begin on Tuesday, July 9th, with Chat 'n Chill and LUNCH@LLAIC in person at Temple Shalom. Join us in the morning at 11:00 to chat with fellow LLAIC members over coffee and then stay for lunch (bring your own or order pizza) as Ileen Conn presents an interesting afternoon program on one of the most popular period dramas of all time, Downton Abbey.


As most of you know, Downton Abbey was a series that depicted the social, political, and cultural life and values of early twentieth-century Britain from the Edwardian era through the First World War and the Roaring Twenties. By watching this video, we will learn about gender and class relations, and in particular, the lives of women who resided in the upper class and those who were servants.  As the various stories of the series evolved, voting rights, the experiences of soldiers on the Western Front and civilians on the Home Front, the first sexual revolution that followed the war, innovations in fashion and technology, and the impact of laws and lingering Victorian mores on certain members of the Downton household revealed themselves. Following the video, Ileen will facilitate a lively discussion on this much-loved and highly acclaimed TV show and movie. No RSVPs necessary (unless you want pizza). Just drop in on July 9th and join us!


Future video programs will be: July 16 - The Notorious RBG; July 23 - American Immigration; July 30 - The Lost City of Petra; August 6 - Women in the Civil War; and August 13 -The Kennedy-Nixon Debate of the Century. Same format.


Summersession programming continues on Wednesday July 10th at 10 a.m. on Zoom with a program on creativity and a discussion following it, facilitated by Phyllis Cohen. We will feature two TED talks:

  • Newton’s own Julie Taymor, the acclaimed stage and film director, will show clips and explain some of her creative thought processes.
  • Her talk will be followed by a presentation by two South African puppet makers who developed the mechanical horse used in the stage production of “Warhorse.” Using cables and wire and cloth they created a mechanical animal that will amaze you.


Please join us for this entertaining and educational way to spend a lovely summer morning. Click here by noon on Tuesday, July 9th, for an invite to join the first Zoom program of our new Summersession.


On subsequent Wednesdays on Zoom we will alternate between Current Events and TED talks moderated by Phyllis Cohen and/or Mary Mansfield. You will have to RSVP in order to get your Zoom invitation. Specific dates and topics will appear each week in the Quill.

STILL TO COME IN SUMMERSESSION

TUESDAY, JULY 9 THRU WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14


Starting July 9, Tuesdays will be a day at Temple Shalom, beginning with a Chat ‘n Chill morning get-together. We can meet to talk about a particular issue or talk about anything we like. If you would like to lead one of our Chat ‘n Chill mornings, let us know!

 

In the afternoon, we will resume our popular LUNCH@LLAIC with either pizza or bring-your-own lunch, followed by a video presentation and discussion on an interesting topic, starting with Downton Abbey on July 9. Here’s a preview: July 16 - The Notorious RBG; July 23 - American Immigration; July 30 - The Lost City of Petra; August 6 - Women in the Civil War; and August 13 -The Kennedy-Nixon Debate of the Century. This is strictly a drop-in program, no RSVPs necessary, unless you want Jen to order you some pizza.

 

Then on Wednesdays on Zoom we will alternate between our Current Events group and TED talks moderated by Phyllis Cohen and/or Mary Mansfield. You will have to RSVP in order to get your Zoom invitation. Again, specific dates and topics will appear each week in the Quill.

 

Our Summersessions begin on Tuesday, July 9, and continue through the summer until Wednesday, August 14. All are free to our members, so make sure you renew your membership on July 1.



THE WANG THEATER

270 TREMONT STREET, BOSTON

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2024 @ 10:00 A.M.

LUNCH FOLLOWING AT PANERA

STUART AND TREMONT STREETS


                                                                               Have you ever wanted to go backstage at a theater? Join us for a tour of the Wang Theater, 270 Tremont Street, Boston on July 26 at 10:00 a.m. The tour is 60-80 minutes in length. There are some stairs and quite a lot of walking, which can be adjusted to our needs. The tour focuses on the theater’s 99-year history and visits several different areas throughout the building including the stage, which is one of the largest in the US.

 

After the tour join us for lunch at Panera at the corner of Stuart and Tremont Streets. It is a five-minute walk from the theater. There will be no reservations and you will do your own ordering and payment. There is plenty of seating inside and outside.

 

There are two parking garages close by but using public transportation is a good option as well, since the Orange, Green, and Red Lines all have stops from one to five blocks away. The closest parking lot, right next to the theater, is Tufts Medical Center garage at 272 Tremont. It costs $29 for three hours. You can also park at the nearby Common Garage at a cost of $24 for three hours. It's a nine-minute walk from the theater. The best place to find the cheapest garage and to book a space is at spothero.com. We recommend you carpool to lower the expense. 

 

To reserve your place for the tour and lunch, please print and complete the attached registration form, enclose a check made out to Margalit Lai for $17 per person and mail it to Margalit at the address on the form. Or Venmo Margalit. Call or email Margalit before sending the form to make sure you can still reserve a place. 


THE OUTSIDER AT THE VOKES THEATRE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 @ 2:00

WAITLIST ONLY!


This summer the Vokes Theatre in Wayland is performing a play called The Outsider, a political farce, appropriate for the season! The play concerns a governor who exits office in disgrace, leaving his qualified but socially and politically inept lieutenant governor to do his best in his place. As expected, things begin to go downhill fast, but help arrives from an unexpected source. According to Broadway World: “The Outsider is an insightful, witty satire about modern American politics. Funny, timely and – dare we say – entirely possible.” 

 

We have reserved a block of tickets for a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday August 3. Tickets are $20.00 each. If you would like to join the waitlist for the play, which will be followed by an early dinner, please contact Andrea Teacher.

AFFINITY GROUP MEETINGS

Available to members at no additional charge

THERE ARE NO GENIUSES ON WALL STREET

MONDAY, JULY 29 @ 10:30-12:00


Are you an experienced investor, or are you new to "the market" and want to know more? We are an easygoing discussion group that deals with all market-related topics. Bring your opinions, insights, and questions. Or just listen. We are now meeting as a joint venture between LLAIC and Tufts OLLI.


Watch this space for the link to request a Zoom invitation. If you have any questions about the group, contact Richard Lewis: lewisdmd@yahoo.com or 617-448-4439. 

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP

We are reading "Veiller Sur Elle" by Jean-Baptiste Andrea, a saga of the tumultuous life of a sculptor set against the backdrop of the rise of fascism in Italy. The book won the Prix Goncourt in 2023.


We are a group of intermediate to advanced level speakers. We read books aloud over Zoom, taking turns, and stopping often to discuss any interesting aspects of what we are reading. If you are interested in this group, please contact Betty Salzberg at bsalzberg127@gmail.com.

ON SUMMER VACATION: La Tertulia, LLAIC Lit-Lovers, Movie Mavens

Learn more about LLAIC at www.llaic.org

Call us: (508) 453-1205

Write us: info@llaic.org


Editor: Barbara Mende

Contributing Editor: Shelly Levine

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