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

Fall 2021

Classes are presented as Zoom webinars. ALL Online Classes for the Week of October 18, 2021 Tuesday, October 19, 2021 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Emotions, Generosity, and Your Brain Presented by Dr. Christina Karns, Asst. Research Professor of Psychology, U of O People respond differently to everyday situations that require decisions about whether to engage with others. What factors in the environment, or in oneself, can change brain responses to social scenarios and altruistic decisions. Christina Karns, Asst. Research Professor of Psychology at UO will discuss how emotions relate to changes in key brain networks, and how we might bias the brain towards a heightened capacity for well-being, meaningful decisions, and connection to other people in life. Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Beyond the Museum Label: Engaging with Works of Art Presented by Dr. Martha Ahrendt, Art Historian A picture is worth 1,000 words, but even proclaimed masterpieces can seem indecipherable. Can you engage with art beyond what a title and artist's name suggest? Approaching art with questions and from many perspectives helps us see, not just look. What did a medical doctor teach us about Michelangelo? What can a chemist learn from a fresco, or a politician from a portrait? Art historian Dr. Martha Ahrendt will explore questions you can ask yourself in front of a work of art, for deeper appreciation and understanding. Thursday, October 21, 2021 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Corvallis YouCAN Group Working to Reduce Greenhouse Gases with "Corvallis Loves Food, Not Waste" Program Presented by Debra Higbee-Sudyka, Group Sponsor The YouCAN movement originated with Our Children's Trust, an Oregon-based nonprofit organization which supports youth engagement in civic participation with local government, advocating for lasting protection for the atmosphere in the form of climate recovery planning in line with the best available science. Debra will show a video of the Corvallis YouCAN students telling why they are working with the process that involves passing local initiatives and their goal in YouCan's "Corvallis Loves Food, Not Waste program". Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Microplastics in the Environment Presented by Prof. Susanne Brander, Asst. Professor of Fisheries & Wildlife, OSU Microplastics and the even smaller nanoplastics are known to be a threat to ecological and human health. Susanne Brander, OSU Assistant Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife, will review the basics: the nature of microplastics and nanoplastics, their sources, their modes of exposure, and concerns about exposure. The talk will integrate concepts from ecology, chemistry, and toxicology. Webinar Login Credentials The credentials (Webinar IDs, Passcodes, direct Links) for these Zoom Webinar classes have been emailed to ALL members in the weekly newsletter. If you have misplaced the newsletter or would like to attend as a guest, please contact the ALL Program Coordinator ( ) to obtain the credentials for a class. Click on the Contact ALL tab at the top of the page for other ways of making contact. Be sure to obtain your credentials as early as possible, as it is not always possible to make contact at the last minute. Every class requires different credentials. Beginners Guide to Using Zoom to Attend ALL Webinar Classes Frequently Asked Questions (Registration, Attendance and More)
This page updated: 10/16/2021