Adventures in Lifelong Learning Lecture Series

Spring 2019 Dates: January 14, 28. February 11, 18. March 4, 18. April 1, 15. May 6, 20.

2 p.m.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL), an organization of mostly retired people ages 55 and older, offers free lectures on various topics. You don’t have to be a member of the group to attend.

Lectures are at the Cinema of UW-Parkside's Student Center. Be sure to display your parking permit when you park in the Tallent Hall parking lot (east side of Wood Road) or the Student Center parking lot. Use the shuttle bus to take you close to the front door of the Student Center. The shuttle runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. when classes are in session. NOTE: If the shuttle is not running, park in the Student Center main lot. A parking pass is required and available at Tallent Hall and the Student Center Concierge desk.


January 14: Preparing for a Smart World - Gateway’s Role in Careers in Southeast Wisconsin. Featuring Bryan D. Albrecht, Ed.D. - President & CEO, Gateway Technical College. In his talk, Dr. Albrecht will notably refer to Gateway’s high-tech career programs and its relationship to the Foxconn development.

January 28: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr - Two Revolutionary Characters. Featuring Dr. Eric Pullin, Professor of History, Carthage College. In relation to his talk, Dr. Pullin commented, “Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr famously detested one another, both politically and personally. The rivalry between these two ‘revolutionary characters’ helped to define and shape a nation.”

February 11: Senior Safety. Featuring Jeff Wambolt, Kenosha Police Department. Officer Wambolt is a Crime Prevention specialist with the City of Kenosha PD with over 26 years of law enforcement experience. He has received special training as a hostage negotiation officer, as a school resource officer, and in Field Training. Officer Wambolt will consider “all aspects of keeping senior citizens safe,” including the modern cyber and electronic threats as well as more traditional physical threats by which we all may, at some point or another, feel in some way endangered, and suggest ways to deal effectively with them.

February 18: The problems of Opioid Misuse and Abuse. Featuring Guida Brown & Mike Gravely. Guida Brown has for ten years been the Executive Director of the Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Inc. She also is co-chair of the Kenosha County Substance Abuse Coalition. Mr. Gravely is the (recently re-elected) District Attorney for Kenosha County.

March 4: From Coal to Clean: Renewables and Wisconsin. Featuring Miranda Ehrlich, who is a Community Organizer for the Sierra Club's “Beyond Coal Campaign” in Southeast Wisconsin. In affiliation with the Clean Power Coalition of Southeast Wisconsin, Miranda travels the state under the mission of ending the burning of coal and spreading the use of renewable sources of energy. Miranda will present a 30-minute video from the film “Reinventing Power” and explain the activities of the Clean Power Coalition. Then, a guest panel will discuss the dangers of the Oak Creek coal burning plants to the health and quality of life for southeast Wisconsin and beyond. The Coalition has been working diligently to persuade We Energies to transition the Oak Creek Power Plants from coal. This presentation is about the importance of renewables for the well-being of Wisconsin and the future of our planet.

March 18: Refugee 101: What You Need to Know. Featuring Annamarie Carlson. According to the United Nations, the world is facing the highest number of people displaced from their homes since WWII. This crisis of humanity has generated broad debate from the international to the local level. We’ll learn about who qualifies as a refugee, where they are coming from, the international and local refugee re-settlement process, the challenges and struggles refugees face, the role of local agencies, and how we can help create a welcoming multicultural community. Annamarie Carlson has been the Special Programs Coordinator at the International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW) since 2016. 

April 1: The Invisible Epidemic. Featuring John Schmid, who is an economic journalist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has spent most of his career covering globalization and economic change. An assignment on the economic depression in Milwaukee’s inner city led to unexpected new directions in his career: to explain the relentless downward spiral in the urban core, he has come to understand that the issues lie with neuroscience, mental health and an epidemic of psychological trauma. The work led to his five-part 2017 series, “A Time to Heal”. Schmid has followed up the series with two dozen follow-up stories. These findings will be the focus of his talk.

April 15: Beyond College – Planning for Careers and Lives in the 21st Century. Featuring Lisa Hinkley, Associate Vice President and Executive Director for Career and Professional Development, Carthage College. Carthage is committed to ensuring that all students are prepared to thrive after graduation and is continually expanding opportunities for students to explore their personal talents and how they can utilize their skills in the world.

May 6: UW-Parkside Students’ Research Reports. We’ve enjoyed these presentations, usually by Parkside seniors in various fields, several times before.

May 20: Mary Todd Lincoln, a Widow Forgotten. Featuring Jessica Michna, recipient of the Presidential Service Center's Distinguished Service Award. She is widely known for her riveting portrayals of First Ladies, notable women of history, and famous fictitious characters. Originally from Pennsylvania, Jessica Michna developed a love of American history at an early age, visiting the many Revolutionary and Civil War sites in the area. During her high school years, she participated in dramatics and designed and constructed costumes. Jessica’s theatrical aspirations were put on hold while she raised a family of four daughters, but she earned a degree in psychology. After several years in the healthcare field, Jessica decided to return to her two great loves, history and the theater. The result was the birth of her business; “First Impressions”. After almost two years of research, script writing, costume construction, and endless rehearsals, Mary Todd Lincoln was ready for her public. Audiences loved Mary - but wanted more. In 2005 Eleanor Roosevelt made her debut. In the fall of 2008 Abigail Adams joined the troupe. Other characters include Sari (Ma) Semple, the Appalachian storyteller, Dolley Madison, Helen Keller, Cordelia Harvey, Golda Meir, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Mrs. Michna’s portrayals, both emotional and humorous, have been performed in such notable venues as the Lincoln Boyhood Home, The Churchill Memorial Chapel, the National Railroad Museum and the Wisconsin State Historical Museum. She has entertained groups throughout America including guests from as far away as New Zealand, Japan and Brazil. In this presentation, Mrs. Lincoln’s life has come full circle as she returns to Springfield, Illinois to take up residence with her sister Elizabeth. She recalls the days of her girlhood in the genteel society of Lexington, Kentucky, her marriage to the gangly young lawyer, and eventually her rise to become the First Lady.