SLU offers wide array of educational topics

BELOIT — The Society for Learning Unlimited (SLU) has a diverse array of educational topics ready for Beloiters.

“We have a little bit of everything,” said SLU Executive Administrator Pat Raymer.

SLU will kick off its spring series of learning with a free presentation on Roy Chapman Andrews by author Ann Bausum, with Andrews being portrayed by Beloit College geology professor Carl Mendelson. It will be held from 1 - 3 p.m. on Feb. 2 at First Congregational Church, 801 Bushnell St. The kickoff event will be free.

Using excerpts from Andrew’s writing and photographs, Bausum and Mendelson are expected to bring to life some of the explorer’s greatest adventures. The hometown hero is the inspiration behind the Roy Chapman Andrews Society’s Distinguished Explorer Award.

Andrews gained international fame as an explorer for the American Museum of Natural History of New York City. He is most remembered for the series of daring expeditions he led to the Gobi of Mongolia during the 1920s that first recovered nests of dinosaur eggs, new species of dinosaurs and rare fossilized animals. He also has been referred to as the real-life inspiration for Hollywood’s “Indiana Jones” character.

For more information people can visit www.sluinc.org. SLU is a nonprofit organization at Beloit College, associated with Elderhostel Inc. SLU participants are “senior students,” lifelong learners who have never lost interest in learning.

Raymer said there is an array of interesting speakers slated for this spring.

Attorney and former Rock County Judge Ken Forbeck will present a talk regarding organ donors as he received heart and kidney transplants.

Galin Berrier, a retired history teacher, will be speaking about the underground railroad in this area.

The Rev. Brenda Atlas of the Bethel A.M.E. Church will give a history of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest African American Church in Beloit.

Gene VanGalder, retired history teacher, will present on the murder of President James Garfield as well as his trip to Antarctica.

The SLU schedule booklets are available at the Beloit Public Library, Grinnell Hall Senior Center, Turtle Creek Bookstore, South Beloit, Rockton and Roscoe libraries, Visit Beloit and the Janesville Hedberg Library.

People can also call the SLU office at 608-312-2048 to request a booklet be mailed to them. Some of the art, mobile device classes and creative writing classes require pre-registration. Full information on the classes is provided in the booklets.

Raymer said SLU classes have grown. SLU mails out 1,000 catalogs. The sessions attracts visitors from all of the surrounding areas.

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