Another Virtual Success
Another Virtual Success
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Another virtual success!

For nine of the last ten years, ILR has inked milestones into the record books. This semester, success looks a bit different but, quite possibly, even more impressive.
Just 18 "short" months ago, the decision to cancel our spring semester and move our fall courses online was met with trepidation and uncertainty. The task of training staff, volunteers, instructors, and students to pivot to virtual learning seemed insurmountable. This semester, offering a combination of virtual, hybrid, and in-person classes seemed like a recipe made for Murphy's Law. But with all hands on deck and our strong determination, the outcome has far exceeded all expectations. Truly, this took a Herculean effort by everyone involved but has proven its worth. We've learned that stretching beyond our comfort zone yields new and exciting opportunities and achievements.
Never before have we had to adapt so quickly to so many circumstances outside our immediate control. Thank you for your flexibility and resilience throughout the pandemic. ILR remains successful because of your dedication to our mission. 
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Last-minute reminders

A handful of classes were scheduled to run long or have been extended an extra week or more, including: 
Do Buttresses Really Fly – ends today, 11/9
Three Months in Bethlehem: Rights, Wrongs, and Realities – ends 11/10
History of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – ends 11/10
Top 10 Causes of Death in the U.S. – ends 11/11
Hooray for Hollywood Musicals – ends 11/11
More Real Stories of the American Revolution – end date 11/15
A Tourist’s Guide to London and the U.K. – ends 11/17
End-of-semester survey
All fall students will be receiving an end-of-semester survey via email today. Please let us hear from you so we can continue to bring you the classes and experiences you value.
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Last call for proposals
Are you sitting in class wondering how you can share your own expertise? Jump in! We're actively planning the curriculum for our spring 2022 semester, March 28 thru April 29. 

Whether the passion for your subject matter stems from your career, hobby, or life experiences, you'll find an audience that's eager, interested, and hopeful you'll consider proposing a course for ILR. To get started, complete our course proposal form, which can always be found on our website under the "Get Involved" header.

We're looking for new, refreshed, and/or perennial favorites in literature/writing, science/nature/horticulture, technology/photography, art/theater/music, current events/politics, health/nutrition/sports, geography/history, philosophy/religion, or whatever else is your passion or on your mind. 

Ideas? Suggestions? Recommendations? Propose a class at the link above or email us at The proposal deadline for the spring semester is November 19.
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Extraordinary Times returns

Please see the latest installment of The Extraordinary Times, a blog by Matthew Smith, Director of Public Programs at Miami University Regionals, featuring Q&A with Miami English prof and historical novelist TaraShea Nesbit. Her latest novel, Beheld, a tale of love and murder set in Plymouth Colony, recently came out in paperback.
Love. Honor. Learn. 
Join the Miami University Alumni Association (MUAA) for these upcoming events and webinars. Online events are all free and open for anyone to attend, but registration is required.
Strike up the band for the holidays
The Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band is pleased to announce that they are returning to the Dave Finkelman Auditorium stage on December 5, 2021, 2:30 pm, for their first concert in almost two years. We hope you will join us as we "strike up the band" for the holidays with a selection of marches, symphonic arrangements, and, of course, Christmas favorites. For more details, please visit their website at
Zoom opportunities this Friday!
Our friends at U.C. OLLI invite you to two programs being held this Friday. To attend, email by 8 am, Nov. 12, to obtain the link(s).
6008  Portrait of Jewish Cincinnati: A Bicentennial Celebration
Friday, Nov. 12, 10 am–12 pm (ZOOM)  $0
In conjunction with the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Cincinnati Jewish life from summer 2021 through 2022, the Skirball Museum presents an exhibition of portraits of noted Cincinnatians gleaned from local public collections including the Mercantile Library and Cincinnati Art Museum as well as private collections, both local and national. Take a virtual tour of the exhibition and learn about the important people represented in these portraits, their contributions to Cincinnati’s heritage and history, and the artists who portrayed them.

Moderator: Abby Schwartz has served as director of the Skirball Museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion since 2013. Former curator of education at the Taft Museum of Art. she has lectured widely on Jewish art.

2807  Italy: Unified Country, Regional Tastes
Friday, Nov. 12, 1–3 pm (ZOOM)  $0
With a population of almost 60 million and an area slightly larger than the state of Arizona, Italy is a diverse little nation boasting an equally diverse cuisine. The Italian food most Americans recognize—red-sauce specials like spaghetti with ragù—hails from the central region, but Italy’s wide-ranging terrain and climate, long coastline, and neighboring countries have resulted in a delectable hodgepodge cuisine. This boot-shaped country comprises 20 regions, each producing its own culinary treasures.

Moderator: Larry P. Canepa is a 45-year veteran of culinary arts education, Certified Culinary Educator, and owner of Dinner at Eight, LLC, a culinary arts education service that offers STEAM-focused educational classes and subject-matter speaking engagements on food and culture, professional and amateur cooking classes, and community and academic culinary demonstrations.

Kristallnacht, Veterans Day & more
The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in Cincinnati offers several upcoming virtual programs. This week is the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, a significant event that led to the Holocaust. On November 10, they will have a special Wednesday Speaker Series featuring Al Miller and Steve Coppel. It will stream live on Zoom and Facebook. Register here. It will be recorded and put on their Speakers Series page, so that you may view it or other speaker presentations at your convenience. 
Free Road Scholar lecture
Seals, Sea Lions & Sea Otters, our Charismatic Coastal Dwellers
With a marine biologist, learn about the lives of seals, sea lions and sea otters in California’s Monterey Bay. Enjoy this lecture from the comfort of your home, and at no cost to you! Information and registration.

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Enjoy the remainder of the fall semester!

Make plans to join us this coming spring, 

March 28 thru April 29, 2022 

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