Lunch and Learn

Around the World in a 30 foot Sailboat

LNL Sailboat Ketch

OPEN HOUSE, All are invited!

September 19, 2014
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

Climb aboard for an exciting sea voyage which took over three years to complete. This 1970’s real-life adventure on rough and tranquil waters is presented through photographs and detailed maps which chart and describe the world’s geography and divergent populations.   Along the way we see and feel the drama of the captain and first mate as they share their experiences in both sometimes life threatening situations and the mundane aspects of living on a small sailboat for over 1,000 days.

Scott Kuhner grew up in Westport, CT where, as a youngster, he learned to sail.  Scott, a successful   businessman,  convinced his young wife, Kitty, to quit their jobs and sail around the world. This true life story by two new Lifetime Learner members reviews their exciting and interesting adventure. Their professional presentation, with pictures and detailed maps, will be personally narrated by them during this extended 1½ hour Lunch & Learn presentation.

September 26 ─ No Lunch & Learn, Rosh Hashanah

September 26 ─ No Lunch & Learn, Rosh Hashanah

The WPA Art in Connecticut: Art for Everyone


October 3, 2014
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

The WPA was a federal project created to provide economic relief to the unemployed during the Great Depression. One of its programs, the Federal Art Project (FAP), put 173 Connecticut artists to work. Though much of the art has been lost, and many of the artists go unrecognized, their work tells the story of that challenging time. We use FAP art as primary source material to tell the story of the Great Depression in our state and return the art and artists to our attention.

Cynthia Roznoy is curator of the Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center. She is a graduate of Hunter College and earned her Ph.D. degree from the Graduate Center/CUNY and was curator of the Stamford branch of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Dr. Roznoy has organized more than twenty exhibitions of American art and history and has written essays for the catalogues that accompanied them.

The Hubble Space Telescope

LNL Hubble Telescope

October 10, 2014
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

After 22 years, the Hubble Space Telescope is still orbiting the earth and sending back phenomenal images of the deep universe. To astronomers around the world this highflying solar powered satellite is invaluable. The Hubble has become an international icon of science, one of the most productive astronomical observatories ever built and the flagship of NASA’s exploration of the universe. It has helped astronomers confirm the existence of super massive black holes, pin down the true age of the universe and spot the faint building blocks of the first galaxies as they collided, merged and grew just a billion years or so after the birth of the cosmos.

Ed Gaal joined the local Perkin-Elmer Corporation in 1959, and at retirement was Senior Design Engineer assigned to the Hubble Space Program.  During his entire career at P-E he worked on the optical system and the guidance system, which were both key elements for the success of the Hubble Space Telescope. His career with P-E started when, as a private contractor, he was asked to make a mock-up of a concept telescope.  Working in his basement, he produced a model which later became the actual Hubble Telescope.

Keeping Your Brain Young!

F14 LNL Brain Lightbulb

October 17, 2014
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

Why do some people stay mentally sharp as they get older and others can’t remember things from one day to the next? Obviously, the passage of time doesn’t affect everyone in the same way. How much and how quickly we age is influenced by genes and overall health. Nationally recognized aging expert, Dr. Stephen Jones, discusses how the brain and memory work and the normal changes that occur as we age.  With his special brand of insight and humor, he offers practical tips and strategies to keep our minds vibrant.

Dr. Stephen Jones, MD, is double board certified in internal and geriatric medicine. He is the director at the Center for Healthy Aging at Greenwich Hospital and associate professor of Clinical Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. Over the years, Dr Jones has been consistently named in the New York magazine and Top Doctors: New York Metro Area. He was featured on the PBS television series Healing Quest, CNN and Fox News, numerous local and national radio shows and quoted in many publications, including The New York Times, Forbes and Bloomberg Business Week

The Healing Promise of Tai Chi and Qigong

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October 24, 2014
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

Thousands of years ago the Chinese developed a system of self-healing exercises to help people live longer, healthier and more purposeful lives. Today we call these exercises Tai Chi and Qigong (Chee-gung). Both are simple to learn, easy to practice and highly recommended by doctors at the Mayo Clinic and other medical centers. Bill Wrenn, a Norwalk Tai Chi and Qigong instructor, shows scenes from a PBS documentary showing people doing Qigong in China.  The film includes interviews with doctors and practitioners explaining the health benefits of these practices. After viewing the film, Bill answers questions and teaches Qigong moves people can practice at home.

Bill Wrenn is a certified Tai Chi and Qigong Teacher based in Norwalk.  Bill has practiced yoga, meditation and other forms of energy work for 30 years. He received his Tai Chi and Qigong certification from the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi in Santa Barbara, California and trained with renowned Qigong and Tai Chi masters. Bill earned an MA degree from Columbia Teachers, taught high school, served on the Norwalk Common Council and wrote a backyard
birding column for The Hour newspaper.

The Strategic Significance of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

F14 LNL Pearl Harbor

October 31, 2014
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

Going beyond the attack itself; rather, we learn why the Japanese chose the option of war.  This is accomplished by examining such issues as:  the developing friction between the United States and Japan during the decades prior to December 7; the
significance of naval power; oil; strategic, political and military reasons for the tumultuous decade of the 1930’s; and the meaning of Pearl Harbor for America and how important the Japanese attack was on the course of the war.

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine. He is the author of several books, including They’ll Have to Follow You! and The Triumph of the Great White Fleet and taught five history courses for the Lifetime Learners Institute.

Myanmar: Unlike Any Land You Know!

F14 LNL Myanmar temple

November 7, 2014
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia which has recently been in the news.  During this travelogue, we visit Yangon (formerly Rangoon), Mandalay, Began and the region around the Lake District. After an introduction and a presentation on Buddhism, practiced by an estimated 89% of the population, we learn about the people of Myanmar who are friendly and accepting of tourists. This multimedia program blends music, live narration and locally recorded sound to help bring to life a visit to this wonderful country.
William Barnett returns to LLI with another of his popular, interesting   and educational programs. Bill is a retired Perkin-Elmer PhD scientist, lifelong photographer and world traveler and has been an LLI facilitator on digital photography. He is a member of the Connecticut Association of Photographers, New Haven Camera Club, the Photographers Society of America and is on the Executive Board of the New England Camera Club Council.

Harriet Quimby: Flying Fair Lady

F14 LNL Harriet Quimby

November 14, 2014
Refreshments at 12:15
Presentation at 1:00

When we think of famous female flyers in the United States, the name that immediately comes to mind is Amelia Earhart.  However, before Amelia Earhart, there was Harriet Quimby.  Not only was Quimby the first female in the US to earn her pilot’s license, she was the first American female pilot to cross the English Channel; the first female screenwriter (for D.W. Griffith’s Biograph Studios); one of, if not the first, woman to obtain a driver’s license; and the first brand spokesperson—male or female—for an advertising agency in the US.  As an accomplished journalist, she contributed over 250 articles for the most  respected news magazine of the early 20th century, Leslie’s Weekly.  The future looked bright, until a tragic air crash took her life at age 36.  Join us to explore the fascinating; yet, mysterious life of this flying fair lady.

Leslie Kerr has been a writer, editor and teacher for almost 40 years. She has also coordinated national writing conferences in California and Perth, Australia. She was one of the first to create a course about How to Get Published, which she has taught in community colleges throughout the country. Currently, she is the owner of LKB Associates, an editorial consulting
firm in Westport and is completing a book about aviatrix Harriet Quimby.