What happens when you take 480 vibrant,
accomplished, intelligent, energetic, passionate people and put them
together? Here at Arbor Acres, that is how our new committee,
Live and Learn, was born.
The 12-member Live and Learn committee is made up
of residents and one advisor who is the retired Provost Emeritus of Wake
Forest University. The committee meets regularly, has established
its own goals, and has swept the campus of Arbor Acres with new, exciting
and stimulating lectures.
Recently an article in the Wall Street Journal
(December 13, 2013), discussed retirees’ recent trend of “flocking to
university towns.” The idea, to continue the enrichment and knowledge
paths to which many are accustomed.
Interested residents participated in a survey to
determine topics of interest. The feedback was so extensive, it will be
at least five years before we can cover all of the requested areas for
Our presentations so far include:
(1) “Islam, Egypt
and the Middle East –How Did We Get Where We Are
Today?” This fascinating lecture was brought to us
through Dr. Nelly van Doorn-Harder, Professor of Islamic Studies in the
Department of Religion at Wake Forest University. Specializing in Islam,
Middle East Christianity, and Islam in Southeast Asia, her lecture helped
residents understand exactly how the relationships that exist today were
(2) The Cutting Edge of
Music – presented by Maestro Robert Moody. Never mind that Dr.
Moody had broken his leg in two places two weeks before his lecture.
He tantalized his audience with musical history as well as the current trends
we are witnessing today.
(3) The Cutting Edge of
– presented by Dr. Anthony Atala. One need only “Google”
this world famous physician to understand exactly how cutting edge his
research is. What residents found incredible was his ability to put his
research and data into “everyday” language that was both interesting and
(4) The Cutting Edge of Technology
presented by Dr. David Carroll. This lecture was nothing short of a
playback of the once popular Jetsons
television series. Wearing
shirts that can detect infection? Inserting chips into one’s wrist
to identify where cancer might be hiding? Jogging suits with
markers to better control one’s gait? Dr. Carroll covered it
(5) The Cutting Edge of
– presented by Dr. Bill Leonard. As a faith based
community, this wonderful history of the church and all the facets of
Christianity was of special interest to the residents. Dr. Leonard was
hugely entertaining and vastly knowledgeable in his field.
Arbor Acres University is open and enrolling as we speak, and we hope you
will join in our fun! Click
here for a complete list of Live and Learn and other activities in the latest
edition of the Arbor Lamplighter.