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Wisdom Project lectures to focus on senior citizens
Program seeks to foster education during last third of life
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Wisdom Project lecture series

When: March 27-28

Where: Featherbone Communiversity, ADDRESS, Gainesville

How much: $75 general admission, $50 BULLI and Wisdom Project members

More info: 770-538-4705

Education is a lifelong endeavor.

No one knows that better than those who have had the most experience.

Brenau University will hold a Wisdom Project lecture series March 27-28 at its east campus, the Featherbone Communiversity, Whalen Auditorium, 1001 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville.

“It is very appropriate that this program will be at Featherbone and that it will involve the people that know the most about the subject,” said Gus Whalen, founder of Featherbone.

The series is a part of an initiative by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and Brenau University’s Center for Lifetime Study that aims to help the growing retiree population of Hall County strive for continued education without having to go back to school.

The series is open to people of all ages and walks of life but is specifically designed for those 55 and older.

“The series is designed to help you look at your life and decide to live your best life in the last one third of it,” Amos said.

Before the opening session, there will be a photography exhibit titled “Faces of Wisdom.” Featured in the exhibit are 10 diverse individuals who will share their perspectives on wisdom and aging.

The official sessions will begin at 6 p.m. with Kathy Amos, executive director at the Center for Lifetime Studies at Brenau leading ”Envisioning Eldertopia.”

The sessions will continue through Friday evening with speakers including Whalen on rediscovery and the evolution of Featherbone itself and Swati Gaur, geriatrician at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, sharing her views on adapting to aging.

Sessions will resume Saturday morning with Brent Strawn, professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a CNN contributor.

Cynthia Park, associate rector at Grace Episcopal Church, and Beth Schumaker, senior consultant at BrightStar Leadership Consulting and a certified third-age coach, will finish the program.

Topics to be discussed Saturday include: “Examining my Spiritual Side,” “Generating a Legacy” and “Reflecting on My Life.”

Amos said most people can divide their life into three categories — adolescence, adulthood and what she calls “elderhood.” The wisdom series is for those who consider themselves in the elderhood stage of life but aren’t done living their life to the fullest.

“Living a full and vibrant life doesn’t mean you have stay young and physically active. It’s about using your wisdom,” said Amos.

Whalen said he is looking forward to the series and is happy with the way it has been orchestrated.

“Kathy Amos is to be complimented for envisioning this series and for her expertise,” he said.

The cost is $75 for general admission and $50 for BULLI/Wisdom Project members.

For more information, call 770-538-4705.

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