Association of Lifelong Learners
Every year, United Way supporters improve thousands of people’s lives every single day—right here in Delaware County. Find out how lives are being changed, learn what our community’s greatest challenges are and how United Way works to meet them whilst trying to work itself out of a job. Speaking that night are Jim Flatford, Director of Impact, whose area of expertise is community needs, funding processes, and United Ways bold goal to break the cycle of generational poverty, and Denise King, Director of Resource Development, who recruits volunteers and advocates for United Way.
The United States has a long and complex history with Iran with many flash points including the CIA coup that established the Shah, the taking of hostages of American Embassy personnel in 1979, the support of Hezbollah and Hamas, and its nuclear materials program. How is all of this seen by ordinary Iranian citizens? Speaking is Dr. Mohammed Behforouz, a George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry. He has an extensive family in Iran and has made frequent trips to visit them. He has kept a close watch on the political, religious and cultural aspects of Iranian life. In addition he mentors, hosts and advises many of the Iranian students who have studied at Ball State University
On April 18th the Association of Lifelong Learners will take a field trip to the Levi Coffin House to explore this iconic location of the underground railroad and learn from Joanna Hahn, the manager of the House, about this stop on the way for former slaves attempting to flee safely to the north. The Coffin House, also known as "Grand Central Station," is a National Historic Landmark located in the present-day town of Fountain City was where three escape routes converged, and It may have helped as many as 2000 fugitives.
The Wright Brothers, Oville and Wilbur Wright, spent much of their early years in Richmond Indiana and are credited with inventing and flying the world's first successful airplane. Dawne E. Dewey, Special Collections Librarian at Wright State University, will explain how their legacy of aeronautics spread to impact every corner of the world.
Join us for our Annual Spring Luncheon. Eat a delicious meal, socialize, and get to know your fellow lifelong learners. New officers will also be elected.