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The Quill

Quick Updates for Independent Lifelong Learners

March 19, 2023

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Volunteering at LLAIC - It Takes a Village

No Geniuses on Wall Street - Monday, 3/20

Spanish Conversation Group (La Tertulia) - Monday, 3/20

Snow Date for Pizza - Tuesday, 3/21

LLAIC Loves Art: The Hybridity of Hispanic Art - Wednesday, 3/22

Let's Go: Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate - Friday, 3/31

Current Events - Friday, 3/31

LLAIC Lit-Lovers - Friday, 4/14

LLAIC Zoom Happy Hour - Thursday, 4/20

Movie Mavens - Friday, 4/21

French Conversation Group

VOLUNTEERING AT LLAIC -

"IT TAKES A VILLAGE"

 

 As an independent collaborative, we all take part in keeping our organization alive and thriving. Our roles vary; some involve administrative skills, technical skills or writing skills. Others help with educational activities such as leading a class, running an affinity group or serving as door greeters. Some needs are ongoing, while others are occasional. If you can offer assistance of any kind, please let us know.

 

Here are some specific areas that can use volunteers. If your skills lean toward administration, consider Operations or Membership Committees, The Quill and the website. Finding topics for Special Programs or developing an Affinity Group are also needed. If you have skills in IT or Marketing, you might serve as a Zoom host, work on the website or help with advertising our LLAIC program. Leading a class for LLAIC gives you an opportunity to explore a topic of interest or a part of your professional life. We have people who can help you structure a class and help with the details. If you are willing to be a door greeter for an in-person class or event, we would appreciate that help as well. 

 

Send your name and areas of interest to Maryann Wyner.

 

THERE ARE NO GENIUSES ON WALL STREET

MONDAY, MARCH 20 @ 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.


Click here before noon today, March 19, to request a Zoom invitation. If you have any questions about the group, contact Richard Lewis: lewisdmd@yahoo.com or 617-448-4439.



SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP

¡Bienvenidos a La Tertulia!

MONDAY, MARCH 20

Bienvenidos a todos a la Tertulia. We look forward to seeing you at our next Zoom meeting.

 

Our format consists of reading and discussing articles from various Spanish language media sources of general high interest. There is no homework although everyone is invited to submit articles they might find for our agendas.


The hosts for the group are Miriam Grodberg and Larry Krakauer. Contact Miriam at mgrodberg@comcast.net with any questions.

SNOW DATE FOR PIZZA

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 @ 1:00


We were snowed out last Tuesday, so we'll try again for that pizza lunch. If you would like to join us in the new Schmooze Room at Temple Shalom at 1:00 p.m. for pizza and socializing, just email Shelly Levine and tell her to count you in on the pizza order!


LLAIC LOVES ART PRESENTS

THE HYBRIDITY OF HISPANIC ART

PRESENTED BY BRANDON CALDERON

HARVARD ART MUSEUMS

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 @ 1:30 P.M.


Brandon Calderón, Harvard class of ’23, will explore how Hispanic art emerged from a mixture of violent Spanish colonization and the resistance of Indigenous traditions and testimony, through a close look at a few outstanding works on view at the Harvard Art Museums. Starting with Indigenous pottery from the Moche civilization of ancient Peru and ending with a 17th-century carved crucifix likely from the colonial Spanish Philippines, he will stress the agency of “New World artists” and how they worked within and against the Spanish Empire. 

Brandon studies History of Art & Architecture and Romance Languages & Literatures at Harvard College. He has a special interest in Viceregal Mexican art and the topic of Decoloniality. Originally from Guadalajara, México, but living in Anaheim, California, Brandon also enjoys reggaeton music and cars.


Click here before noon on Tuesday, March 21, to request a Zoom invitation. You'll receive the invite or confirmation of your status that day.

LLAIC INFORMATION SESSION

TEMPLE SHALOM

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 @ 10-11 A.M.

(IN PERSON)


Please bring your friends to our March 24 Information Session at Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St, West Newton. You and they will hear about the available courses for the remainder of the spring semester as well as our interest groups, special programs, and trips.


All are welcome, especially any of you in the Newton, Brookline, Chestnut Hill, etc. area who haven't been active in LLAIC lately and would like to visit our new home and learn about our latest programs.


Please RSVP to membership@llaic.org by March 21 if possible, so we'll know who is coming!

EDWARD M. KENNEDY INSTITUTE FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE

FRIDAY, MARCH 31 @ 12:30 P.M.

BRUNCH AT 11:00 A.M. AT MY DINER, SOUTH BOSTON


Senate Chamber Replica


Please join us for a two-hour private tour at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Located on Columbia Point at 210 Morrissey Boulevard, it is on the Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The Institute is designed to bring the history of the United State Senate alive. It features a full-scale replica of the U.S. Senate Chamber, interactive exhibits, and a reproduction of the late Senator Kennedy’s Washington, DC, office.


We will participate in an actual piece of legislation pending before the Senate and learn more about the issue from multiple perspectives, share our own ideas, and then cast our votes. For our “Today’s Vote” we have chosen The Electoral College. We will learn more about the history, function, and importance of the Electoral College and why there’s a movement to end and replace it.


We hope you will join us for breakfast/lunch at 11:00 AM at My Diner

(455 E. First) in South Boston, about a 10-minute drive to the institute. The restaurant is handicap accessible but parking is limited so we encourage you to carpool.


Parking for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute is free and is located across the street. The Institute is handicap accessible and wheelchairs are available for loan. Masks are recommended but not required at this time.


For more information please contact:

Ileen Conn  978-985-5421   ileenalex@gmail.com

Tom Daly    508-654-6051   tdfdahmh26@gmail.com


To reserve your place for the tour plus breakfast/lunch at My Diner (or tour only), please print and complete the attached registration form, enclose a check for the tour @ $10.00 senior or $12.00 adult per person and send to Ileen Conn at the address on the form. If you decide to join us for breakfast/lunch, we will order from the menu and receive individual checks.


Note: your check must be received by Friday, March 24. There is a limit of 25 participants.


We are looking forward to a stimulating and fun conversation while we eat. If you are unable to be with us at My Diner, please join us at the institute at 12:30 for the tour. 


CURRENT EVENTS

FRIDAY, MARCH 31 @ 10:00-11:15

MODERATED BY JERRY JACOBS


Who would have known that the biggest news of this week would have been bank failures? And who knows what the biggest news will be two weeks from now? Whatever it is, Jerry will lead our well-informed and opinionated group skillfully through it.


Click here by noon on Thursday, March 30, to request an invitation to the March 31 meeting. You'll receive it that day.


THE BOOK OF LOST FRIENDS

by LISA WINGATE

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 @ 10:30-12:00


A dramatic historical novel of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives.

Click here before noon on Thursday, April 13, to request a Zoom invitation. The meeting will open 15 minutes early so we can socialize before we begin the discussion. Contact Joan Chasan if you have trouble signing up. All book lovers are welcome. 


Coming up:

Friday, May 12: An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

Friday, June 9: The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley.

LLAIC ZOOM HAPPY HOUR

THURSDAY, APRIL 20

4:00-5:00


At our March Happy Hour we talked about high tea in London, Jerusalem, Shanghai and Lord & Taylor; working at summer resorts; Geraldine Brooks; buildings without thirteenth floors; courses we were taking; and Doris Kearns Goodwin. As usual we had a great time. Come join us on Zoom on April 20, with or without wine and appetizers.


Click here to request a Zoom invitation before noon on Wednesday, April 19. You'll receive it that day. 

MOVIE MAVENS

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 @ 2:00 P.M.

Watch this space for the name of the next film we'll watch on our own and then gather over Zoom to discuss in our usual thoughtful and lively manner.


Click here before noon on Thursday, April 20, to request a Zoom invitation. You'll receive it that day.

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP

The French Conversation Group is now reading La Femme au Carnet Rouge, by Antoine Laurain.


We are a group of intermediate to advanced level speakers. We read books aloud, 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.

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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