James Madison University

Brown Bag Lunches

Spring 2014
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunches are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, from 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM and are open to the public as a way to get to know LLI. There is no registration required, nor any fee. Bring your lunch! Come and enjoy fun and fellowship while having the opportunity to enhance your knowledge. For further information, contact the JMU-LLI:

The James Madison University-Lifelong Learning Institute
800 S. Main St.
MSC 9006
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Tel: (540) 568-2923
Fax: (540) 568-6409
E-mail address for questions: lli@jmu.edu

February 4       
I'm Sorry I Burned Your Barn Mister: Crime Stories from a Restorative Perspective

Restorative Justice is about meeting the needs of the victim, holding the offender accountable, and taking steps to repair the harm done.  Sue Praill, who earned an M.A. in conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University and works at the Fairfield Center, will share stories that demonstrate how this approach works.

February 18
Treasures in My Dresser Drawer

Tina Shull, Manager of James McHone Jewelry and graduate gemologist, will start with a short lecture on gemstones, metals, and styles of jewelry.  Participants may bring a jewelry piece to the event, with a brief history and description.  Lottery drawing will determine pieces to be critiqued by Tina.

March 4
Silver Screen Magic!  Old-Time Movie with Live Music

We will watch a silent black and white movie from the mid 1920’s and munch popcorn YOU bring, beverages will be provided.  There will be introductory comments about the music and musicians who pioneered this genre.  Adair McConnell will improvise music “just like the old days.”  He has been making keyboard music since the age of eleven, and has worked as church keyboard/organist since 1960.  His mom played regularly in a silent movie theater in Lynchburg, and left him both the heritage and some music actually used in those days when all movies were silent. 

March 18      
Getting the Most Out of Your Cell Phone Camera!

Learn some ways to improve the pictures you take with your cell phone camera.  Find ways to edit and enhance your photos “in camera” and then share them with others.  Discover the many applications available to get you on the way to making special memories.  Linda Bradley began experimenting with digital photography when she retired from JMU ten years ago.  She is a co-founder of the local Rocktown Camera Club and has taken numerous domestic and international digital photography trips through the Road Scholar (Elderhostel) program.

Join us for a two part series:
April 1: Aging Happens: Staying Independent Takes Planning    
April 15:Aging Happens: Navigating Your Healthcare Options

We are all on an independent journey in the aging process, yet face similar circumstances, barriers, concerns, and questions. Join us in a two part series to gain insight and knowledge on strategies for successfully navigating your journey.  Jeannette Suter, Community Service Representative for Home Instead Senior Care.  She is a Social Worker with 15 years of experience in the field of gerontology.
Jeanne Russell: Director of Marketing for Home Instead Senior Care, Retired Sales & Marketing Executive from the biotechnology and medical device industries with more than 15 years working in the Valley in Hospice and Senior Care.  Questions are welcomed and will be addressed.

May 6 
Definitions of Art

Jerry Coulter will discuss various definitions of art and why they change over time.  Jerry is a retired professor of art at James Madison University, and is an active, full time artist.

May 20 
Rite/Riot of Spring

May 1913, Igor Stravinsky debuted his ballet The Rite of Spring.  Though it is one of Stravinsky’s most famous works, his creation was first met with harsh criticism, negative reviews, and yes - a riot.  We will watch a PBS DVD made in the 1980's, learning both background of the production and its faithfulness to the settings, costumes, and music of the original performance.  Adair McConnell will elaborate in entertaining detail as we see the show in almost exactly the same way as the rioting audience of 1913.  There will NOT be a food-fight!

June 3            
Rethinking the US Peace Corps – Better Late Than Never!

Volunteers of all ages have a lot to bring to the Peace Corps, and that may be especially true of those approaching or already in retirement.  Two such seasoned volunteers retrace their steps through the application process, orientation, actual volunteer work …then talk about the different paths they followed as they re-adjusted to life at home.  Tim and Nancy Hulings were ready for a change – so why not apply to the Peace Corps?!  They left their jobs and began a two and a half year adventure in Romania.  Today they are back on their small farm where they grow wine grapes and raise horses.