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Center for Lifelong Learning: April 14, 2015 "Why Care About Emily Dickinson?" with Dr. Harry Brown.  Cost is $10 per member and $18 for non-members.

In Dr. Harry Brown's experience, poetry is the least read and least studied of the literary genres. Why is that? Dr. Brown will talk about the nature, function and importance of poetry, after which he will read and explain the origins of a couple of his own poems. He will then offer some introductory comments about Emily Dickinson's life and poetry. Then we will read, analyze and discuss several of her poems.

A native of Baltimore, Harry Brown grew up in Hillsborough, NC. He holds degrees in English from Davidson College, Appalachian State University and Ohio University. In 1970 he joined the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University where he taught American literature and creative writing until his recent retirement. Dr. Brown is the author of five books of poetry. He lived on a farm in Paint Lick, KY, until moving in his retirement to Burlington, NC, where he lives with his wife, Alice, retired Executive Director of the Appalachian College Association.



Saturdays @ Phoebe Needles: April 11, 2015 "Creating a Culture of Peace"with Steve Shanks.  Cost is $25 and includes lunch.

 Living in Richmond, VA, Steve is an ordained Episcopal Deacon and an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross, based in Benedictine spirituality. For years Steve has been active in expanding the nonviolent movement by providing leadership and working with the church on issues related to justice, peace, nonviolence and reconciliation. He serves on the national boards of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and Creating a Culture of Peace. He provides nonviolent direct action training for the School of Americas rally and vigil, Witness Against Torture, as well as others.

 This event is for you if you are concerned about peace and reconciliation in your personal relationships, congregation, or job setting; in war-torn regions of the world or towns in our own country, in poverty or privilege. All of us are affected by violence and injustice that plague our world. This course offers:

                                    insight and renewal

                                          opportunities to re-center

                                                  a supportive community

                                                           effective skills and practices

                    to build a culture of justice and peace.

 Using an education process that respects and builds upon the wisdom and experience of the participants, the program provides community-based leadership training for nonviolent change to help individuals and groups know their power for nonviolent personal and social change.






The Phoebe Needles Center offers lodging, dining and recreational facilities for summer camps, retreats, conferences, workshops, quiet days and meetings to church, government, school, youth, college and private groups.

Our 85 acre facility is located near Roanoke, Virginia, and in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We are minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

SUMMER CAMP programs run during June, July, and August. Camps are open to all rising fifth through twelfth graders. Programs include backpacking, canoeing, climbing, rappelling, arts and crafts, swimming, hiking, environmental activities and more.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION conferences and retreats are scheduled at least quarterly. Topics have ranged from “Christianity and Islam” to “A Journey Through the Old Testament.” Most retreats are held on weekends, and allow time for walking, journalism and meditation. Outside speakers facilitate the programs.

CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING @ PHOEBE NEEDLES is a series of educational seminars for senior adults. Programs are scheduled in the morning followed by lunch at noon. This year round series is a great opportunity for learning and fellowship in a beautiful setting.

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