by John Dee, President, LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL)
The Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) is under way with its 27th year. WOW (Wander on Wednesday) bus trips have begun, golf is winding down and bowling is beginning. Our educational programs such as “Around Town,” “Breakfast Roundtable,” “Chautauqua,” “Tech Talk” and “Today’s Topic” are also under way.
ALL’s “Annual Kickoff” will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Trutter Center on the Lincoln Land Community College campus from 1-3 p.m. The theme this year is “Back to School” as we acknowledge all ages returning to school. Attendees are encouraged to bring a school supply. The collection of items will be donated to a school in need. There will be games, a speaker, snacks and a fun time!
The public is invited to this free event, including anyone interested in becoming a member. Pre-registration is requested. Visitors are encouraged to gather information on the many opportunities and activities open to ALL members. The various interest groups within ALL will have displays and details on upcoming activities for the year, and the Membership Committee will be on hand to sign up new members, take renewals and answer membership questions. Plan to come and bring a friend to learn more about ALL and all the activities available to citizens ages 50 and greater.
ALL’s Tech Talk group is hosting a special three-part series this fall titled “Finding Truth in the Age of Alternative Facts.” Changes in technology make finding the truth in what we hear on the news, read in newspapers and see on screens very difficult. I know that I have enough trouble with technology in general, let alone adding the problems outlined in this program. I’ll bet that is true for some of you, too. The first program on Sept. 18 features a panel of professors from LLCC and UIS discussing the roles of “Ethics, Morality and Contemporary Values” in truth telling. Two subsequent panels on Oct. 16, “Pants on Fire,” and Nov. 20, “Who’s Checking the Fact Checkers?” will cover ways to determine what is true on the internet and in other media. The format will be conversational, with Jim Leach of WMAY moderating and questions from the audience at the end. All three programs are free and open to the public and will be held at the Illinois State Museum, 502 South Spring Street, Springfield from 6-7:30 p.m. Please pre-register for these programs.
In summary, we welcome you to attend the ALL Annual Kickoff on Aug. 14 and to join us for all three programs in our upcoming Tech Talk series. Find out more and get registered by calling Denese at the ALL office at LLCC: (217) 786-2477.