Shakespeare in Winona, 2014

We thank the Carlsons for this information.    Ed

Shakespeare Trip Announcement

In the cold winter of sorrows we bring you the joy of July Shakespeare in Winona.   This year we will have two trips, Hamlet on Fri.  July 11, 2014 and Merry Wives of Windsor on Wed. July 23, 2014.  The trip to see Hamlet will be similar to the trip from past years and include a small lunch before the play and dinner with actors after the play, at a price of $90. per person.  The second trip will include a box lunch after the play with a shorter discussion with the actors after the play, at a price of $75 per person.  The longer first trip will depart about 11 a. m. for the 2:00 p.m. matinee and return about 8:45.  The second shorter trip will depart about 11:30 for the 2:00 p.m. matinee and return about 8:15.  For those wishing to participate in both trips the cost for both trips will be $155 per person, a saving of $5 per trip.  You may reserve your spot for these popular trips at the Senior Center Registration desk.  The number of participants will of course be limited by the size of the bus for each trip.

These trips are again sponsored by the Northfield Senior Center and the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium.  A number of people have participated in these trips for the past many years and found the entire experience very enjoyable.  Our discussion with past participants indicated a strong interest in our sponsoring two trips this year.   So we are extending the project with the assumption that  there will be sufficient interest to cover the cost of two buses this year.

The Great River Shakespeare Festival ( will begin its 11th Season under the leadership of Artistic Director, Doug Scholz-Carlson, known to many in Northfield, where he began his career.  The company is composed of Shakespearean equity actors drawn from across the country.  The core of the company returns each season and they provide the best interpretation of Shakespeare in Minnesota.   You may visit the Great Rivers web site,, to provide additional information on the company and on the interpretation of the plays that will be presented by this outstanding professional company.

For questions and further information contact   Char or Bill Carlson (507-645-9642) or

Spring 2014 Enrollment – registrations accepted until 1st class

Enrollment numbers for Spring Term 2014 are available at the link below.  Five classes are closed.  There are still spaces available in six spring term classes.  Registrations are accepted until the first class.

Open classes include Jerry Mohrig and Bob Bruce’s class, How To Do History, Perry Mason’s class, Philosophy before Socrates, Bob Flaten’s class, Great Decisions, Richard Crouter’s class, Reinhold Niebuhr: A Voice For Our Time; Ed Langerak’s class, Religion in Public Life, and Mary Caroline Henry’s class, Understanding Evolution. Description are in the spring newsletter posted below.

Spring Term 2014 Enrollment


Downloadable Registration Form – Spring Term 2014

Click the link below to download a registration form for Spring Term 2014.

Course descriptions can be found by following the link to the Newsletter for Spring Courses (see above).  There is a registration box at the Northfield Senior Center.  Registration forms may also be mailed to CVEC at the Senior Center.  All registrations received on or before February 18, the opening day of registration, will be treated as arriving at the same time, and random selection will be used to fill courses if necessary.  Register early to avoid being disappointed!  Spring term classes begin March 17, and the term ends May 9.

Registration Form 2.0 Spring 2014

Newsletter for Spring Courses, March 17-May 9, 2014

Click here to open this newsletter,  which is similar to our printed newsletter,  but includes extra information for 3 courses on pp. 9 and 10.


Web newsletter Feb. 14, 2014

Memories of Ian

We thank Dick Crouter for this wonderful tribute to Ian Barbour.     Ed

Ian Barbour

Ian Barbour

Along with many others whose lives he so gracefully touched, the Elder Collegium community wishes to honor the memory of Ian Barbour (1923-2013). In him we have lost a friend, colleague, and mentor — a model of the lifelong learner. As a teacher and student in our midst he was widely known for his quiet, friendly manner and probing intellect. A former CVEC classmate, David Norman, recently noted that “because of his humility and self-effacing manner, I had no idea how well respected he was in academic circles.”

Trained as a physicist at the University of Chicago, Ian had taken up the study of theology at Yale before arriving in Northfield with his late wife, Deane Barbour, in 1955. Initially teaching in the Carleton Physics department, he became founder of the Department of Religion at Carleton where he taught from 1955 until 1986. Throughout his career he encouraged the interdisciplinary study of religion in dialogue with natural science (the topic of his many books) as well as other fields, including studies of public policy, the environment, and the impact of technology on today’s world. With typical modesty he once described his life work as “a pedagogical tool to begin to look at the science-and-religion landscape.”

Never restricted in his interests, Ian took fifteen CVEC courses, ranging from poetry and Shakespeare to J. S. Bach, Sociobiology, Japanese Life and Culture, Reinhold Niebuhr, The Enlightenment, Islam, and Mattering as We Age. He had hoped to take the course on Handel’s Messiah during winter 2014. One hundred seventeen students took his own CVEC lecture course, “Science, Religion, and Ethics,” offered on three occasions between 2006-2009.

Further details of his remarkable career can be found in obituaries printed in the Los Angeles Times, the Pioneer Press, the Star Tribune, the Huffington Post, the New York Times, and the Northfield News. Contributions in Ian’s memory may be given to First United Church of Christ in Northfield, the Ian Barbour Memorial Fund to benefit religious studies and religious life at Carleton, or to the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences in Berkeley, California.