Archives
April 2011

Program summaries for Learning Works, and for selected programs, some additional resources for listeners to follow up on the program.

Monday 04 April 2011 / Friday 08 April 2011

Health Wellbeing and Relationships
An Award-Winning program - In Conversation with Anne Deveson

By far the most talked-about interview, recorded since the Learning Works project commenced, was this extended interview with writer, broadcaster and mental health advocate Anne Deveson. This week in Learning Works, a repeat broadcast of this important contribution to discussions on mental health issues, particularly in the family context. In her first book on these issues – Tell Me I’m Here – Anne Deveson recounts the story of her son Jonathan and his battle with schizophrenia. The title of her next book – simply called Resilience - is the starting point for this interview which was a runner-up in the Media Section of the 2006 Dr Margaret Tobin Awards for Excellence in Mental Health.

Online Resources: Podcast Part 1 Podcast Part 2

Monday 11 April 2011 / Friday 15 April 2011

Social History
The Deadliest Plague in History – The Spanish Flu of 1918/19

It is often overshadowed by the horrors of World War One. But the Spanish Flu has been described by US author John M Barry as the deadliest plague in history, with some 60 million deaths around the world directly attributed to this pandemic. Produced and presented by Tony Ryan, this full-length program features a much treasured family recording with his Great-Aunt Kathleen Woodgate, who in 1919 went into voluntary quarantine in Cooma NSW to care for his mother, then aged three, and the other members of the Kerin family already bereaved through two influenza-related deaths and a miscarriage. Also featured, Professor Chris Burrell from School of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Adelaide speaks about the impact of this world-wide epidemic in Australia, and in South Australia.

Related Resources:
Barry, John M. The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History (Viking 2004)

Online Resources: Podcast Part 1 Podcast Part 2

Monday 18 April 2011 / Friday 22 April 2011

A Learning Society
Rural Women’s Learning in Later life

UniSA student Glenna Lear has now completed her thesis entitled There’s Got To Be More! – The Third Age Life of Rural Women of Action. Following many years as wife to a farmer on Lower Eyre Peninsula and mother to their children, Glenna Lear set out on a learning journey, to gain a first degree, then a master’s degree, and now she is in the final stages of her doctorate. And the topic of her thesis is the journeys of women similar to herself who, through further education are becoming the community activists, leaders and change agents in their rural communities. This is the story of a great learning journey. Tony Ryan spoke to Glenna Lear in Adelaide in March 2011.

Online Resources: Podcast

A Learning Society
The Lyceum Club – Broadband for Seniors

Early in 2009 the Federal Govt through the Dept of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) launched a program entitled “Making Ends Meet-A Plan for Older Australians, People with Disabilities and Carers” of which Broadband for Seniors (BBFS) was a component.

Lyceum Club in AdelaideThe consortium that was formed to deliver the three-year, nation-wide BBFS component was made-up of NEC Australia as the lead technology partner, supported by Adult Learning Australia (ALA), the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Australia (ASCCA) and the University of the Third Age Online (U3A Online). These latter three partners all have extensive experience in adult learning processes, including learning with and about technology.

For Adult Learning Australia, Ron Anderson recently visited several centres in Adelaide to see how this project was progressing. For Learning Works, Tony Ryan accompanied Ron Anderson to the Lyceum Club in Adelaide, where these interviews were recorded.

Online Resources: Podcast

Monday 25 April 2011 / Friday 29 April 2011

A Learning Society
A Conversation with Professor Jack Cross

At age 80, Professor Jack Cross is still very active at the University of South Australia, he has been a member of the Board of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) for 20 years, and has just published a major history of Australia’s Northern Territory. In this conversation with Learning Works’ Tony Ryan, Professor Cross speaks about the joy of being a passionate teacher and mentor.

Online Resources: Podcast

A Learning Society
Pineview Village – Broadband for Seniors

Early in 2009 the Federal Govt through the Dept of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) launched a program entitled “Making Ends Meet-A Plan for Older Australians, People with Disabilities and Carers” of which Broadband for Seniors (BBFS) was a component. For Adult Learning Australia, Ron Anderson recently visited several centres in Adelaide to see how this project was progressing. For Learning Works last week, Tony Ryan accompanied Ron Anderson to the Lyceum Club in Adelaide. This week, interviews were recorded at Pineview Village, in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, with an enthusiastic group of tutors and learners.

Online Resources: Podcast

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