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Greenfield - Images of rock ‘n' roll, superheroes and the South China Sea might not conjure up thoughts of programs aimed at an older adult population, but all are planned in the months ahead within a local retirement community.

Clement Manor’s Center for Enrichment and Lifelong Learning will offer a range of lectures and classes planned as the second half of the fall season approaches.

Spokeswoman Keri Gerlach said the faith-based organization’s enrichment center serves as an outreach mechanism to the community-at-large. All of the classes and lectures are open to the public, not just residents living within the center.

“Our goal is always to bring in new, interesting programming for older adults,” Gerlach said. “We try to keep it fresh.”

The center, 3939 S. 92nd St., is constantly evolving, Gerlach said, and new programs are frequently added to the list of offerings. This is especially true with the rotating lecture series that brings disparate experts to Clement Manor.

“Rock ‘n Roll Milwaukee: The Sixties,” slated for 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, is among the lectures on this fall’s roster. Bruce Cole, who manages a resource catalog at Marquette University, will discuss the city’s role in acid rock, civil unrest and the development of Summerfest.

“Milwaukee has had its moments in the spotlight,” Cole wrote in a statement. “Bob Dylan left the stage after two songs in 1964, and Otis Redding died in a plane crash. In 1969, when Woodstock was drawing crowds of 400,000, Milwaukee was playing host to its own concert featuring Jeff Beck, Blind Faith and other rockers at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.”

Another offering on tap is a four-week class, Superheroes. It is being offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 1-22. As its name suggests, the offering will delve into the history and culture behind superheroes introduced to pop culture in past decades.

John Horgan, a history professor at Mequon-based Concordia University, will lead the class. Among the topics explored are the ways superheroes have crossed into such diverse topics as law, politics, religion, philosophy, science, gender and race.

Next month, Dmitri Lazo, professor emeritus at Alverno College, will make a return appearance to the center. He will discuss the state of the South China Sea in a lecture, “When is an Island Not an Island?” from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2.

In years past, Lazo has visited the center and discussed the various island disputes plaguing East Asia. The state of the South China Sea is at the heart and center of the attempted land grabs.

Speaking to his past lectures at the center, Lazo in a statement said, “I pointed out that the Philippines had filed a formal complaint with the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague over China’s claims and actions in the South China Sea.”

In his updated lecture, Lazo will discuss the court’s ruling, in favor of the Philippines, which came down over the summer.

Aging-related topics, of course, have been a longtime staple at the center. This fall’s lecture series will explore a number of topics around the overarching theme.

One such offering, “Stepping Stones to Conscious Aging,” is geared toward all older adults — particularly persons who recently retired or experienced a significant life-altering event. The two-part talk will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Nov. 1 and 8, and will explore the importance of making meaningful connections while aging.

Clement Manor has been hosting the center’s talks and programs for 15 years, though its origins go back far deeper when the classes and lectures were held within the School Sisters of St. Francis’ motherhouse.

Gerlach said the center’s planning process includes feedback from students and instructors.

“We strive to include the social sciences, sciences, political sciences and the arts,” Gerlach said. “We also look at some of the current issues going on in the community and beyond. Keeping everything relevant is important.”

Most of the center’s one-time lectures are $3 for members and $5 for guests. Annual memberships are $25. Classes range from $5 to $27. Gerlach said the costs are designed to cover expenses since Clement Manor is a nonprofit.

Instructors volunteer their services, Gerlach said, which enables the center to keep its costs low for students.

For information, visit clementmanor.com/center or call 414-546-7990.

Other talks and programs:

  • The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20
  • AARP Smart Driver Course; 12:15-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25
  • Killing a King (Israel’s attempt toward a peace agreement); 10 to 10:50 a.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 1-15
  • TED Talks Discussion Sessions; 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 1, 15 and 22
  • A Journey to the Bottom of the Top of the World (resident Bob Dickey sharing information on trip to Mt. Everest); 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17
  • Laugher Yoga; 11 to 11:50 a.m. Wednesdays
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