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Class of 1965 - Talk Backs 55th: Conversations that Matter

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

Living Alone
What’s it Like?
Facilitated by Yashi Smith Johnson, ’65, MA ’86 & Pamela Lewis, '65
Location: C231, William J. Perry Conference Room

What’s it like to be widowed in today’s culture, and with our own increasing age, health concerns and vulnerability? What are the challenges and limitations? How can we continue to live connected, purposeful, fulfilled, joyful lives? What skills do we already have to re-create ourselves? Our relationships? Do we want to?

How has COVID affected you if you live alone? How have you created community and close connections with others?


Post? Retirement Satisfaction…Besides Grandchildren
Facilitated by Kent Hinckley, ’65 & Sharon Fogleman Hockensmith, '65
Location: C330 Philippines Conference Room

As the decade of our 70’s closes, we have new-found freedoms as the responsibilities of career and raising families diminish. How do we find satisfaction in our daily lives as we have more time on our hands? What passions, activities or ideas are you pursuing that add fulfillment to your life? Which ones are still calling to you? How has COVID affected your fulfilling activities? Does travel play into this?


Ethics for our Future
What Values do we want to pass on to future generations through our actions?
Facilitated by: Jon Trachta, '65 & Bob Montgomery, '65,
Location: E207 Reuben W. Hills III Conference Room

Where in the exponential technological boom is the moral discussion vs. the urge or need for profits? How do we maintain clarity and focus amidst the perfect storm of a pandemic, a shrinking globe, social and economic inequalities, violence and environmental destruction? Is the Dalai Lama’s advice to concentrate on compassion too much to expect? How can we cultivate compassion both for each other and for those who differ? What do we stand for? How do we take action? How do we find and fulfill our life purpose?


A World on Fire: Our Experiences with a Changing Environment
Facilitated by: Peter Steinhart’65
Location: E307, Okimoto Conference Room

What have you learned about the dangers and blessings of climate change and its symptoms? How has the area where you live been impacted by fire, flood, storms or other changes? How does personal experience—your own or friends and family’s experience—impact your feeling of safety? How has nature touched your heart as you see biodiversity loss, species extinctions, accumulation of toxins, and other environmental issues playing out? How important is nature in this chapter of life for you? What inspiring stories can you bring that will strengthen our resolve to be voices for change? With the latest climate report, how do you retain a sense of possibility and optimism that allows for new ideas, solutions and actions?


Living Well: Health, Aging and Attitude
How can we best take care of our own health and live well with limitations?
Facilitated by: Joe Neal, ’65, MD ’70 & Rick Schaefer, ’65
Location: E409, Richard and Rhonda Goldman Conference Room

Are your discussions with friends turning to health, despite your best intentions to talk about everything else? If our daily experience seems to be run by our body, so go many of our thoughts. How are you dealing with health issues and the limitations of aging? What are some lessons learned from your experiences with the medical system, and with alternative and complementary approaches?  Whether you feel physically more like Stephen Hawking or a 95-year-old yoga teacher, we want to live well—and die well. How do we maintain optimism and hope? Independence? How do we manage if we are alone? Bring your thoughts!


The Era of Not-Knowing
What questions are present for us in this time of chaos and uncertainty?
Facilitated by: Pam Lochhead Trachta, ’65 & Patricia Sinton Noel, ’65
Location: E008, Ground Floor East Wing

It’s said that spiritual development takes us to a place of not-knowing. Events of this era—such as the global pandemic, the climate crisis, the unsolved problem of refugees and homeless, and even our own health and well-being—can lead us to a place of uncertainty. Are there any benefits of not-knowing? What is this like for graduates of a prominent university? What questions are most central for you right now? How do you cultivate resilience when there is no solid ground or “normal” to bounce back to? And on what or on whom do you rely for guidance, information or answers?