Learning for Life Blog

The Selim Center is proud to provide this weekly blog that celebrates its mission of “Learning for Life”, and provides a variety of perspectives on lifelong learning.  Writers will include Center staff, UST faculty, Center board members, and Center participants.  Each weekly entry will address a specific topic or thought about lifelong learning from the perspective of that writer or by sharing current research about the topic.  We hope you’ll enjoy this new feature and will visit the web site weekly for the latest post.  We would also welcome your feedback about the blog at selimcenter@stthomas.edu

Learning for Life Blog On Hiatus

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Our Learning for Life Blog has gone on hiatus until summertime due to our class schedule. Please see the monthly newsletter (under publications) for current Center news and please also enjoy our past blog entries.

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Selim Center Community Outreach Efforts

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Did you know that the Selim Center is a community outreach program of the University of St. Thomas? Did you also know that Selim Center staff complete “appearances” at various events throughout the year to share the news of the Selim Center with persons who may not have heard about us?

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The Legacy of Alfred Hitchcock

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On February 13, a new class begins on “The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock,” being taught by filmmaker and UST professor James Snapko. It will provide an indepth look at the work of this master of filmmaking and provide insights into the man and his work, as well as his lasting influence on filmmakers and filmmaking to this day.

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Out and About with the Center

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Did you know that the Center offers at least one off-campus learning experience every semester? As an outreach program of the University, our mission is to provide lifelong learning experiences for persons age 50 and better. When we had a change in director in 2009, the Center took on the additional challenge of getting out into communities to bring our learning experiences to areas with large populations of older learners as an extension of our outreach mission.

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Psychology and Aging

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It’s not easy getting older! An upcoming course from the Center, titled “Psychology and Aging,” is designed to give you an understanding of the field of aging psychology – or geropsychology – and includes such topics as the social, cognitive, and emotional changes associated with aging. In this course, we will examine the current science in the study of memory, intelligence, mental illness, and a host of other psychological processes.

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Driving & Medications: Thoughts for “Seasoned” Motorists

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Did you know that 2/3 of persons age 65 and older take five or more medications on a daily basis that could affect their ability to drive?

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Baby Boomers Starting to Turn 65: What This Means to the Center

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Did you know that baby boomers are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 persons per day across the USA? Because of this “age wave”, the state of Minnesota recently released its summary data report for the “Transform 2010” project. This project surveyed baby boomers who will be members of this age wave (those born between 1946 and 1964 for the purposes of this study).

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An Ethnomusicologist’s Look at Holiday Songs – Part 2

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Since we are full swing into the holiday season at this point, we’re ending the year with a couple of blogs that celebrate the season even as they educate. This week, we’re sharing the story behind “Night of Silence”. (Note: This is our last blog the year; publication of blogs will resume on January 8, 2013.)

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An Ethnomusicologist's Look at Holidays Songs - Part 1

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Since we are full swing into the holiday season at this point, we’re ending the year with a couple of blogs that celebrate the season even as they educate. This week, we’re sharing the story behind “The Dreidel Song”.

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On-Line Learning: Great for Home & When Out-of-Town!

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The Selim Center will be offering three on-line learning courses beginning in January. The courses are self-paced and you may begin at any time between January and April (the courses will be “live” from January 2-April 15). Another big advantage of these on-line classes is that you may work through the course materials at any time of day and if you want to jump around, that’s “OK” as well!

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