‘On the Move’ seminars start
‘‘On the Move’’, a free five seminar programme from the University of the Third Age (U3A) gets under way next week.
Over five weeks, the series looks at people and animals on the move through a number of different lenses.
The U3A’s Fred Symes says the seminars starting on Wednesday, May 4 open with lessons from the ancient Roman world with a talk by Massey University Classics lecturer Dr Jonathan Tracy entitled ‘‘Romans and refugees: Common sense from antiquity’’.
There are lessons the modern world can learn from the consequences of failing to deal with an influx of migrating peoples.
‘‘It’s quite topical with what’s going on in the world at the moment,’’ Fred says.
The lectures, all hosted by experts, take place on Wednesday afternoons at the All Saints Community Centre on Church St from 2.15 to 4pm.
Following sessions include ‘‘The magic of migration’’ by retired entomologist Jim Esson; ‘‘Moving literature’’ from senior Massey English and Media Studies lecturer Dr Ingrid Horrocks, and ‘‘The challenges and benefits of migration’’ by Massey’s Dr Paul Spoonley.
‘‘We are getting as many as 120 to 130 – U3A members and the public – to these seminars, with people coming from Whanganui and Levin.’’
The Third Age refers to retirement age, when many people have the time to follow interests or to learn completely new things. A feature of U3A, which was founded in France in 1973, is the sharing of knowledge, skills and experience among members through learning groups.
The Manawatu chapter of this self-help ‘‘community university’’ was set up in 2000, and when Fred joined nine years ago, its membership was less than 100. It now exceeds 250.
‘‘With these numbers we have been able to develop more learning groups.’’
There are now 26 of these special interest groups that cover topics as diverse as bookbinding and classic British comedy, opera and astronomy, all for an annual membership of $15.
While the 2.15pm Wednesday seminars at All Saints are free, courtesy of the Eastern & Central Community Trust, refreshments are available for a gold coin donation.