Dr. David M. Kalivas will Open MILES’s 2020 Virtual Season ~ October 21 at 2pm

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Middlesex Community College’s MILES program for adults 55+ has transitioned all classes to online platforms for the Fall semester. The free Opening Session will take place at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21. Dr. David Kalivas, recently retired MCC history professor will be the keynote speaker.

Middlesex Community College’s MILES program, which offers interactive daytime seminars and workshops for persons at least age 55, is transitioning to an online platform this fall.

The series will begin with a free session on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. entitled “Civil Rights in the United States: An Historical Perspective.” Presenting will be Dr. David M. Kalivas, who recently retired as a history professor after 39 years at the college.

“The United States has reached a critical time in its history as civil unrest and mass protests become more frequent across the country,” Kalivas said. “There is no better time to reflect on our history to help us better understand how we arrived at this point. With that in mind, my remarks will offer a reflection on the history of civil rights in the United States.”

MILES is an acronym for Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Learning for Seniors. The fall semester will run Mondays through Thursdays, Oct. 26 through Nov. 23, between 2 and 4 p.m. on Zoom (unless otherwise specified). Topics will include art, the environment, health, history, literature, movies and technology.

Each MILES course is $16, with a maximum of $100 for the semester for seven or more courses.

“The opening session provides an opportunity to learn more about MILES and the courses being offered – and is a good time to meet instructors and peers, even online,” said Ellis, program manager for community education and training at MCC.

Ellis observed that “in current times, it is more important than ever for people to participate in personal enrichment and community engagement events.” MILES “offers students the opportunity to connect with others while pursuing life-long learning goals.”

“We know that online doesn’t replace all the big smiles and warm conversations, but it does give the members a chance to stay social and share some face time,” she said. “With our online format, we are hoping to reach a wider audience to ensure that all adults ages 55-plus can enjoy an online social and intellectually stimulating environment.”

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763
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