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LIR adventures include Titanic presentation; Wisconsinite VIPs

2:58 PM, Apr. 1, 2013  |  Comments
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Topics will be presented during the month of April by the "Learning in Retirement" (LIR) program. Eventss include:

April 4: Learning in Retirement members are so interested in the topic, "Exploring Different Faiths in Today's World--Muslim" that two identical sessions are being held on April 4. Harris F. Ahmad, community leader, will be the presenter at the Muslim Temple, 300 Eagle St., Oshkosh, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; and again 1:30 to 3 p.m. The Ahmadiya Muslim Community is a fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, it spans over 190 countries, with membership exceeding tens of millions.

This community is the first American-Muslim organization established in 1921, and participants will hear how the community functions in Oshkosh.

? April 9: "The Monroe Doctrine" will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Coughlin Center, Winnebago. Horace Davis will discuss President James Monroe's declaration to Congress in 1823, opposition to European colonization in the Western hemisphere, which became the cornerstone of 19th century "statecraft." It rapidly became the myth and means for subsequent generations of politicians to pursue foreign policies.

? April 11: "On Board the Titanic" will be a dinner presentation from 5 to 8 p.m., at Evergreen Retirement Community. Dr. Fred Born will make an encore presentation on the April 15, 1912 sinking of the Titanic, with pictures of the historic event. The meal will come from the Titanic's actual menu.

? April 12: "McClellan and MacArthur: Insubordinate Generals and Their Presidents" will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at Reeve Union on the UW-O campus. Dr. Martin Gruberg will compare how two presidents, Lincoln and Truman, dealt with insubordinate generals, both "legends in their own mind" and popular obstreperous field commanders.

? April 15: "Wisconsin People Who Have Impacted Our Lives" held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Evergreen, with Paul Janty discussing Edwin Witte, William Kellett, Walter Kempster, Harry Steenbock - all men little known to most Wisconsinites, but whose contributions have enriched lives in Wisconsin. This is a luncheon meeting.

? April 17: There will be an April 17 trip "Bluebirds in Spring" to Mosquito Hill Nature Center, followed by lunch at Pullman's Restaurant, Appleton.

LIR's annual membership fee is $75 and may be secured at any time by calling 424-0876. Contact lir@uwosh.edu for more information. The curriculum planning is done by members, while clerical work is completed by Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement, UW-O.

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