Academy for Lifelong Learning

Map to First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Rd, Corvallis, where most classes are held in the Meeting Room. (ALL is not affiliated with the church.)

Current Events

Winter 2022

Please register now. The link is on the home page. ALL Online Class Descriptions for the Week of January 17, 2022 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 9:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Toward Climate Justice: The Human Rights Case Against Fracking and Global Warming Presented by Prof. Kathleen Moore, Distinguished Professor Emerita, OSU With stories, film, and eyewitness testimony, I will tell the story of the first and so far only international human-rights court hearing on fracking and climate change. Its devastating indictment of oil and gas industries and their government enablers suggest a promising new strategy to revoke Big Oil's social license to alter the global systems that sustain our lives. Tuesday, January 18, 2022 1:30 p.m. –3:30 p.m. Genesis: A “Green” Voice from Antiquity Presented by Dr. Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley, emphasis in Hebrew Bible The book of Genesis is wrongly seen as granting humans license to despoil the planet. Not only is this perception incorrect, the creation accounts found in Genesis offer remarkable insights into the role of humans as caretakers, even co-creators of the living world. Other ancient interpreters of Genesis likewise refute the notion of divinely sanctioned exploitation. Dr. Sheldon Greaves will provide historical background and cultural context on a very misunderstood part of the biblical text. Wednesday, January 19, 2022 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. No Trees, No Butter: Concern for Africa’s Valued Shea Tree Presented by Prof. Larry Becker, OSU Professor of Geography The shea tree is a multi-use species that grows in the African savanna. The “butter” (vegetable oil) made from its nuts provides cooking oil and is used for skin and hair care. Recently, a global market has grown for the butter as a substitute fat in chocolate and for healthcare products in Europe, North America, and beyond. Is it in your hand lotion, shampoo, or soap? Paradoxically, while its trade value rises other factors threaten the trees. Here is a link to an article published on this topic in Sept. 2021 by Mongabay, an environmental news source: fast-across-africa-victims-of-new-pressures-commentary/. Thursday, January 20, 2022 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. A World They Don’t Deserve: Moral Failure and Deep Adaptation Presented by Prof. Allen Thompson, Professor of Philosophy, OSU Allen Thompson, Oregon State University, was the keynote speaker at the 2021 Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference, April, 2021, at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where he presented his paper “A World They Don’t Deserve: Moral Failure and Deep Adaptation.” Multiple anthropogenic environmental crises present themselves as morally problematic. Views of intergenerational ethics typically attempt to give account of to whom we owe obligations, what we owe them, and how we should act to satisfy these obligations. I address what it could mean and what we should do on the assumption that present generations are moral failures vis-a-vis the global environment and thus will deliver to future generations a significantly degraded world they don't deserve.

Webinar Login Credentials

The credentials (webinar ID’s, passcodes, direct links) for Zoom Webinar classes are emailed to ALL members in the weekly newsletter. If you have misplaced your newsletter or would like to attend a class as a guest, please contact the ALL Program Coordinator ( ). Be sure to obtain credentials as early as you can as it is not always possible to make contact at the last minute. Every class requires different credentials.
This page updated: 1/16/2022