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People join Unlimited Learning for the learning opportunities and stay for the friendships and relationships they make. UL hopes to provide provocative learning opportunities, create feeling of vitality and great social connections.  We seek to provide for social opportunities to learn while having fun.

If you have an interest in a topic you would like to see presented, contact us.

August

*An Afternoon with the Sutter Brothers: Poetry, Music, Songs and Stories
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1:30-3:30 P.M.

Barton & Ross Sutter have established individual reputations as a musician & a writer. The author of seven books, Bart has served as the Duluth’s first Poet Laureate & written for public radio. Ross, known for
his baritone voice & mastery of an array of instruments, has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. "What Ross & Bart do in performance is
gradually fill the room with brotherly love."(J. Zarzana)

September

*Western American Literature Series
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1:30-3:30 P.M.


The fifth in this series, The Monkey Wrench Gang is Edward Abbey’s most famous fiction. Four main characters, all ecologically minded misfits, attempt to sabotage environmentally damaging activities in the
Southwest. Jack Hickerson, PhD, Literature Professor Emeritus, Southwest State, will lead discussion of this entertaining book. A brief film on Abbey will be shown.

* Great Decisions: Session 6-Food and Climate
Monday, Sept. 15, 11 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

Western Political Philosophy: Year 10
Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 23-24, at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort

Merritt Marquardt marks his 10th year of facilitating this fall conference at Ruttgers. In this, the centennial year of WWI, the focus will be on the conflict, its aftermath resulting in the Great Depression & the role
of the Progressive movement that continues to influence political events, perhaps even the upcoming midterm elections. Some required reading and a fee for lodging and food. To register, contact Margaret
Lunacek, 218-678-2926.

October

Let’s Talk Turkey
Tuesday, Oct 14, 1:30-3:30 P.M

That’s WILD turkeys…Dan Zimmerman, local representative of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will share little known facts about the
habitat, biology & unique behaviors of these wild birds.

Great Decisions: Session 7-China’s Foreign Policy
Monday, Oct. 20, 11 A.M-1: 30 P.M.

Night of Fine Dining
Friday, Oct. 24, 6:00 P.M., at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort

Join the biggest social event of the year with friends old & new. Ruttgers executive chef, Terry Dox, will demonstrate the preparation of the exquisite meal followed by a gourmet dining experience for all.


Reservations by Oct. 20: members $40, non-members
$45. Call Kristy or Paul 218-546-5036.

November

Minnesota’s Lost Towns
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1:30-3:30 P.M

Rhonda Fochs, a retired teacher, has spent years researching significant historical towns that for a host of reasons no longer exist. She will share her journey into history & show slides to accompany her recently published book, “Minnesota’s Lost Towns.”

How Technology, Politics and Terrorism are Changing Privacy In our World
Tuesday, Nov.18, 1:30-3:30 P.M.

As the Internet & sophisticated technology enable government, institutions, retail & fraudulent entities here & abroad to collect even more of your personal data, privacy issues are becoming increasingly
important. Andrew Hook, PhD, Finance, will discuss key issues & problems that the average citizen should be aware of.

Great Decisions: Session 8-U.S. Trade Policy
Monday, Nov. 17, 11A.M.-1:30 P.M.

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Date:  Tuesday, July 8

Title:    Minnesota Painter Captures The Story Of The Voyageurs,
View Local History through his Paintings

Place: Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby
Time:  1:30 – 3:30 pm

Presenter: Robert Hughes Perrizo

Program:  Come to this rare opportunity to hear acclaimed artist and narrator Robert H. Perrizo portray the story of the French Voyageurs and explorers in the 17th and 18th century who came to Canada and what was to become Minnesota, to conduct trade with the Cree, Huron, Ojibwe, Pottawatomie and other indigenous peoples. 


Perrizo found the Voyageurs were interesting to him as a colorful people, transporting themselves by canoe, surviving as risk takers in new territory while displaying an appetite for fun and song.  They were also the first Europeans to develop trade with Native peoples in Canada and the upper Midwest. 

Perrizo also found a personal connection through ancestral research. His French forefather, Jean de Parisot, (named after a village in the French Pyrenees)
had come early to rural Canada. Descendants of Jean de Parisot moved to Clontarf, MN, where Robert Perrizo was born and raised.

July 15, 2014 -- Tom Hanson’s, Crimea, Ukraine and Syria

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