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Monthly Meeting &
Coffee Mornings: the next one will be
on Wednesday 4 December in Stoke Newington.
For more information contact Sally here.
Course: this is a new concept for iU3A, a
different way for learning. Power and Politics
in Today’s World: 'Today's World' ranges
from the huge euphoria that accompanied the collapse
of communism in the late 1980s to the politics of fear
and resentment that has overtaken much of the world
since 2016, focusing on how did we get from there to
here, what comes next and what could lead us to a
better politics? Professor of Political Science Ian
Shapiro plans to answer these questions for Yale
University students and share his lectures, which are
about an hour long, as videos on YouTube. He
introduces the course here. Our first meeting (on 17
January) will introduce the course, show people
how to access it on their computer or smartphone,
discuss different ways of covering the material and
when to review progress. The idea is for Group members
to see each subsequent lecture at home before coming
together to discuss it once a month for about 90
minutes. It will meet at 10.30am on the 3rd Friday of
each month. The series should last for about 11
sessions. If you are interested, please contact Sue
At the last monthly meeting several contributed to discussions on Groups so thanks for that. From that meeting and other inputs came the following suggestions and ideas:
Creative Writing: a writers' workshop where members can share and discuss ideas, works-in-progress and finished pieces. Both experienced writers and beginners are welcome, as are all types of writing: e.g. fiction, memoir, poetry, other nonfiction, of any length. Members share issues that arise in their writing, discuss challenges and successes, read their work and listen to that of others, providing feedback and encouragement. This second Creative Writing group will begin in January. Places have been offered to members on the waiting list but there are still a couple of places available. It will meet in the afternoon on the 2nd Thursday of the month at a venue in Stoke Newington. If you are interested and would like to be put in touch with the coordinator please contact Sue Welsford here.
Family History Group: one or two members have indicated that they would like to have a Family History group. If you would be interested in joining such a group, especially if you could help with the organisation, please contact Sue Welsford here.
'Members On Their Own' (MOTO) Group: a MOTO group would be specifically for people living alone who would like the company of others in the same situation. They would welcome the opportunity to join a group which might offer activities during the day, in the evening and at weekends. The group would be self-supporting, agreeing their own parameters and deciding for themselves how they want to arrange their activities. The activities would be as varied and as eclectic as the group members themselves. MOTO is not a lunch club although Sunday lunches are popular. It would be just like any other Islington U3A group with its own co-ordinator and deciding how it wished to proceed (frequency of meetings, events, locations etc) and what it wanted to do. If you are interested in this suggestion please contact Sue Welsford here.
Nordic Walking: one of our members has offered to run a couple of training sessions for people keen to learn the Nordic Walking technique. The one-hour sessions will be held in Finsbury or Clissold Park. It is hoped that this may then turn into a regular iU3A group. If you would like to join the training sessions please contact Sue Welsford here.
Rusty Russian? A member has asked if anyone else is interested in a mutual support group for brushing up long-unused Russian reading or speaking skills. If this might be you then please contact Sue Welsford here.