Academy of Lifelong Learning Workshops

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A workshop is a single-meeting event lasting one to three hours, which serves as an introduction to a topic of interest. A workshop topic may be offered multiple times on the Academy schedule. Participants pay a per  meeting registration fee and may attend a single meeting, or may register to attend multiple times. Please register by the date specified to reserve your space. To register, complete and return the registration form or call 217-581-5114.

 

Kaleidoscopes: Those Magical Tubes of Color

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Time: 4–5:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116
Presented by: Brett Bensley
Cost: Academy Member: $45; Non-member: $90
Register by: February 12, 2013

Come learn how to make kaleidoscopes and learn about the history of kaleidoscope making from a world famous Kaleidoscope artist. Learn the basic techniques while making a working kaleidoscope. Learn about advanced skills and features to make artistic kaleidoscopes. Share this skill with friends, family, students, or anyone wishing to learn the secrets of how that ‘magical’ tube of colors works! All materials needed for this class are included.

(limit 15 participants)

 

Tour European WWII Sites                                      

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Time: 10–11:30 a.m.
Location: EIU Blair Hall, Room 3180
Presented by: Dan Crews
Cost: Academy Member: $20; Non-member: $40
Register by: February 19, 2013

Get information about touring sites in France and Belgium that are directly related to events from the Second World War. The program is not a general, big-picture overview of the D-Day and Battle of the Bulge campaigns, but rather an up-close, personal approach to experiencing history.

(limit 20 participants)

 

Embroidery Basics

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time: 5:30–7 p.m.
Location: EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116
Presented by: Allison Cicero
Cost: Academy Member: $20; Non-member: $40
Register by: February 20, 2013

Appropriate for children ages 12 and older. Learn basic embroidery stitches, and gain a new appreciation for the ancient craft. We will create a sampler of assorted stitches in class for you to take home. The instructor will lead hands-on demonstrations, give one-on-one assistance, and will discuss resources for further learning and pattern access. Material cost will be approximately $15 in addition to registration fee. A material list will be emailed so registered participants can obtain their supplies.

(limit 15 participants)

 

Woodstove and Fireplace Hearth Cooking at the 5 Mile House

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Time: 1–5 p.m.
Location: 5 Mile House, Illinois Highway 130 and Hutton Road, southeast of Charleston
Presented by: Kathy Hummel and Gail Casey
Cost: Academy Member: $25; Non-member: $50
Register by: February 21, 2013

Learn and practice the basics of cooking on the fireplace hearth and wood- stove in Coles County’s oldest dwelling, the 5 Mile House. Make a savory stew, johnnycake, mulled cider, and apple crisp — and eat it! While the food is bubbling away, we will hand-sew a ‘housewife,’ a pioneer sewing kit, and sing pioneer songs. Invite one guest to join you at a candlelight meal.

(limit 8 participants)

 

The Life of the Civil War Soldier

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Time: 10–11:30 a.m.
Location: EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116
Presented by: Robert Sterling
Cost: Academy Member: $20; Non-member: $40
Register by: February 26, 2013

The life of a soldier in the 1860’s was difficult, and an unforgettable experience for the thousands of young Americans who left home to fight for their cause. Military service meant many months away from home and loved ones, long hours of drill, often inadequate food or shelter, disease, and many days spent marching on hot, dusty roads or in a driving rainstorm. Long stretches of boredom in camp were broken by moments of sheer terror experienced on the battlefield. For these civilians-turned-soldiers, the rigors and demands of army life were a very difficult adjustment.

(limit 15 participants)

 

Cast Pewter Jewelry

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Time: 5:30–7 p.m.
Location: EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center, Room 1920
Presented by: Allison Cicero
Cost: Academy Member: $65; Non-member: $130
Register by: February 6, 2013

Make your own jewelry from cast pewter. Pewter, largely comprised of tin, melts at about 450ºF (depending on the exact alloy), allowing it to be cast in aluminum foil molds. We will discuss historical metals casting processes, make our own molds, and very carefully pour molten pewter into the molds to cast pewter objects for you to take home. Material costs are included in the price of this course.

(limit 15 participants)

 

iPad 101: Come Learn Beginning Basics, Shortcuts, Special Features and More

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time: 4–5:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Booth Library, Room 4450
Presented by: Tracy Valinevicius
Cost: Academy Member: $20; Non-member: $40
Register by: March 14, 2013

iPad 101 is a course designed for new users who want to learn how to use their iPad efficiently. Learn how to effectively use the basic functions. Learn shortcuts, special features and tips and tricks. Please bring your own iPad to use.

(limit 20 participants)

 

Severe Weather and the Restless Atmosphere, Part II                                 

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time: 3–4:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116
Presented by: Belayet Khan
Cost: Academy Member: $20; Non-member: $40
Register by: March 21, 2013

Explore the prominent processes that lead to formation of severe weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, and hailstorms in our rest- less atmosphere. Understand the capabilities and limitations of forecasting severe weather. While this course expands on topics explored in Severe Weather and Restless Atmosphere, Part I, the previous class is not required to enjoy this workshop.

(limit 15 participants)

 

America’s Music

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center, Dvorak Concert Hall
Presented by: Dr. Allen Lanham & Paul Johnston
Cost: FREE
Register by: March 30, 2013

America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Blue- grass to Broadway is a public program featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music. EIU’s Booth Library, one of 50 hosting libraries nationwide, invites you to view this exhibit, opening February 2013. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.library.eiu.edu.

Enjoy a closing program full of musical performances in EIU Doudna’s Dvorak Concert Hall. Funding for this program was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Tribeca Film Institute, and the Ruth and Vaughn Jaenike Access to the Arts Outreach Program of the College of Arts & Humanities, Dr. Allen Lanham, Dean of Library Services, EIU Booth Library and Paul Johnston, Professor in the EIU Music Department, are responsible for bringing this program to EIU Booth Library.

 

Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections Through Art and Artifact

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time: 1–2:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Tarble Arts Center, Atrium
Presented by: Wade Ellett
Cost: FREE
Register by: April 10, 2013

This exhibition and gallery talk are being presented for the Academy by EIU’s 2013 class of Historical Administration graduate students. The exhibition provides a look at the Civil War from the perspective of the Illinois soldier through artwork made by their own hands. Using soldiers’ sketchbooks, paintings, letters, and other materials, this exhibition will explore universal themes and experiences of war, and how such art is both personal and iconographic. The program will start in the Tarble Atrium with a brief introduction to the creation of the exhibition, and a presentation on the artwork and the history of select pieces. Following the presentation participants will tour the exhibition in the eGallery, with students available to answer questions. Dr. Mark Voss-Hubbard of the EIU History Department is serving as guest curator.

 

Vegetable Gardening in Small Places

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Location: 4-H Center, Coles County Fairgrounds, 603 W. Madison Ave., Charleston, IL
Presented by: Dave Shiley
Cost: Academy Member: $30; Non-member: $60
Register by: April 18, 2013

If you have a backyard or patio that receives sunlight most of the day, you can grow an amazing amount of food in a small space. Get the scoop on gardening basics, container gardening, the use of vertical gardening and small backyard garden planning and planting. Plant a container garden at the workshop to take home to begin your own backyard gardening experience. All material cost are included in the price of the class.

(limit 20 participants)

 

Intergenerational Gardening — Learning How to Garden Together

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Time: 6–7:30 p.m.
Location: SBLHC Greenhouse, North Lot, 1000 Health Center Dr., Mattoon, IL
Presented by: Renee Fuller, Max Davis and Coles County Master Gardeners
Cost: FREE
Register by: May 2, 2013

The University of Illinois Extension Coles County and Coles County Master Gardeners are offering this unique gardening workshop. You and your child, grandchild, niece, or nephew can learn to prepare and plant seeds, transplant seedlings, and your garden plot or container. Your gardening team—that is, you and your child—will plant seeds to take home, watch grow, and trans- plant into your garden bed or container. Your team will also plant a container garden to take home so you can continue to learn about gardening together. Participants must pre-register as a gardening team.

(limit 15 teams participants)

 

iPad Photos & Videos                                                

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Time: 4–5:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Booth Library, Room 4450
Presented by: Tracy Valinevicius
Cost: Academy Member: $20; Non-member: $40
Register by: May 7, 2013

Learn to take photos and videos with your iPad. Learn to edit and organize your photos and videos. Please bring your own iPad to use.

(limit 20 participants)

 

Grandparents Involved in Raising Generation Y

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Time: 10–11:30 a.m.
Location: EIU Booth Library, Room 4450
Presented by: Mike Tozer and Melissa Sons-Ashmore
Cost: Academy Member: $20; Non-member: $40
Register by: May 15, 2013

This interactive course will examine the challenges faced by grandparents who are involved in the parenting of their grandchildren. We will examine the challenges of communicating through technology, finance, health and how they are impacted for such grandparents. Feel free to bring your own laptop and/or smart phone as the course will address how to maintain communication with younger generations.

(limit 20 participants)

 

Renewable Energy Center Tour                  

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Time: 10–11:30 a.m.
Location: EIU Renewable Energy Plant
Presented by: Ryan Siegel
Cost: FREE
Register by: May 24, 2013

Tour EIU’s state-of-the-art Renewable Energy Center. This world-class biomass gasification combined heat and power plant meets all of Eastern Illinois University’s heating needs using renewable biomass.

 (limit 10 participants)

 

Wiggly, Squiggly Paper Weaving - cancelled

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Time: 4–6 p.m.
Location: EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116
Presented by: Kathy Bryant
Cost: Academy Member: $20 per participant; Non-member: $40 per participant
Register by: May 24, 2013

Join us for an intergenerational opportunity to get in touch with your creativity! As children, creating whatever came to mind was so easy. It can be easy again, using wonderful paper, scissors and your imagination. After creating the masterpiece you are most happy with, you will choose a paper frame to complete your work. Have fun with your children/grandchildren, and see what each of you creates!

(limit 15 participants)

 

Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Time: 6–9 p.m.
Location: SBLHS Education Center, Lincoln/Adams/Washington Rooms
Presented by: Peter Spiers
Cost: FREE
Register by: June 19, 2013

Peter Spiers has authored a new book entitled Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier. Master Class reverse-engineers the lifestyle of some of the most hale and hearty older people in the world, the participants in Road Scholar’s educational travel programs, and lays out a holistic program, targeted at people on the cusp of retirement, for a life of engagement, enrichment and fulfillment. Master Class identifies 25-30 core activities to which Masters are drawn, and explains why their blend of socializing, moving, creating, and thinking are a recipe for both successful aging and cognitive health. Master Class carefully integrates the latest in academic and internal Road Scholar research, but the testimony of the Masters themselves makes the most compelling case for the lifestyle, and will motivate readers to get on the road to becoming Masters themselves. This is a Road Scholar presentation.

 

Power, Poverty, and Public Health: Lessons from the Tuskegee Study                       

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Time: 1–2:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116
Presented by: Linda Ruholl
Cost: Academy Member: $20; Non-member: $40
Register by: July 3, 2013

In 1932, the U.S. Public Health Service began a 40-year observational study of untreated latent syphilis among the black men of Macon County, Alabama. These men and their families were deceived about the intent of the study, and were denied treatment even after penicillin was available. The social and racial injustices of Tuskegee should alert us to the continuing inequities among vulnerable populations in health care settings today.

(limit 20 participants)