Let’s Talk

Lifetime Learning Center’s “Let’s Talk” events feature lunchtime speakers from our community on subjects of interest to you. No registration necessary — just drop in and learn about the topic of the day.

Here’s what’s scheduled for the weeks ahead


Engage your Brain for Relief from Pain

 Monday, October 9, 2017 

12:15-1:00

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Based on Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ work, LeeAnn Starovasnik will provide an overview of how the Feldenkrais Method can help alleviate pain. Learn how novel movements promote new neuro pathways that improve stability and balance, and reduce stress and strain. A certified Feldenkrais instructor, LeeAnn has taught classes at LLC since 2000, as well as workshops in the the North Seattle, University and Ballard neighborhoods.To find out how you can improve the quality of your life and get back to the things you love doing, attend this free talk — and bring a friend!​


The Benefits of Reflexology

Monday, October 16, 2017 

12:15-1:00

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Junko Kicuchi-Chung

Developed in China and Egypt almost 4,000 years ago, reflexology is the art of applying pressure on the feet, hands and ears. The theory behind reflexology is that certain areas correspond to the organs and systems of the body and result in physiological changes.   Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.

Sue Ferguson

Join June Kicuchi-Chung, and Sue Ferguson  Certified Reflexologists who will share the benefits of reflexology and provide a demonstration. Come to learn about this amazing modality., for a talk on the benefit of Reflexology and  a real-time demonstration.


The Rise of ISIS and other Non-State Actors in the Middle East

Monday, October 23, 2017

12:15-1:00

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David Fenner

David Fenner

From their origins in the aftermath of the First World War, non-state actors have played significant roles in the modern history of the Middle East.  We shall explore the roots of Al-Qa’ida and ISIS and explore ways to counter, rather than to feed their growth and appeal.  Audience participation will be encouraged and a list of resources will be provided.

David Fenner  was the founding director of the World Learning Center in Muscat, Oman, and served as the assistant vice provost for international education at the University of Washington from 2000 to 2007. His career included establishing exchange programs with universities around the world, including in Egypt, Morocco, Israel, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Pakistan.


Male Voice Choirs: a Welsh Tradition?

Monday, November 6, 2017

12:15-1:00

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Alan Upshal

Alan Uphshall

Wales is often known as “The Land of Song.   Wales has a rich tradition of music of male voice choirs. These choirs are generally made up of individuals who have no musical training yet, when together in a choir, produce a sound that has been equated with Welsh music.

Alan Upshall, formerly a university professor in the United Kingdom and Scientist with a Biotechnology Company in Seattle, was born in the coal mining metropolis of the Rhondda Valley in South Wales.  He was president of the Puget Sound Welsh Association from 1991 until 1996 and a member of the Seattle Welsh Choir.

Using video and audio examples, Alan will  provide an overview of the Male Voice Choir tradition and what lies ahead in the future.  Come to this session and listen to the beautiful harmonic music from various men’s choirs of Wales!