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Welcome to our northland world of "learning without limit": no age limit, no depth limit, no topic limit.

People join Unlimited Learning for the learning opportunities and stay for the friendships and relationships they make. UL hopes to provide provocative learning opportunities, create feeling of vitality and great social connections.  We seek to provide for social opportunities to learn while having fun.

If you have an interest in a topic you would like to see presented, contact us.

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Great Decisions


Tuesday, June 13, 1:30-3:30 P.M
Norway’s Untold Stories: Life During World War II

Dr. Jan Hansen was 10 years old when the occupation of Norway by the Nazi’s began five long and frightening years from 1940-1945.  Stories about insurgent actions, sabotage, heroism, and escapes have been told and retold.  Stories about the deceit and tactics of Vidkun Quisling’s National Sampling Party, about the prisons, labor camps and POW camps are not generally known, even by most Norwegians.  Also less well known are stories about“scorched earth” tactics, which devastated the land as the Nazi’s retreated from the Russian advance in Northern Norway.  Dr. Hansen and his family immigrated to the U.S. after WWII when he was 14 years old.  He attended St Olaf College and became an economics professor at UW Eau Claire.  He will focus on these untold stories.

Great Decisions: #5 Monday, June 19, 11:00 A.M. -1:30 P.M.
              Geopolitics of Energy

Friday, June 23, 1:30 2:30 at Salem Lutheran in Deerwood. 
Special Event: Climate Change Effects in Northern Minnesota

Paul Douglas, Meteorologist, has been bringing weather reports to the area for 35 years on radio and television.  He is an inventor and serial entrepreneur having founded several companies that have developed cutting edge weather apps, patents and weather visualizations for films such as Jurassic Park and Twister

He appears monthly on TCPT Almanac and writes for the Star Tribune. He has published two books:Prairie Skies and Restless Skies. He also teaches weather and astronomy to fellow Boy Scouts for merit badges having been interested in weather as a Boy Scout in Lancaster PA.  


Tuesday, July 11, 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Mining Our History: Why Did the Union Win the Civil War?

From April 1861 until 1863, the Union struggled to defeat the Confederate States of America and to unite the United States. Then in 1863 everything began to change. Why? This program highlights the challenges the United States overcame as well as interlocking factors, strategies and tactics that ultimately led to the Union winning the war against the Confederacy. Pam Brunfelt returns to tell this history of the Civil War. She is a history instructor at Vermillion College and a frequent guest speaker on local history issues.


Tuesday, August 8, 1:30-3:30, reception to follow
U.S. Foreign Policy: Will Threatened Nations “Push Back”?

Former U.S. Foreign Diplomat, Tom Hanson, will explore the latest U.S. foreign policy trends and challenges. Increasing populism, nuclear security issues, shifting alliances, increasing globalization and international trade may produce attitudinal changes from countries worldwide. Reactions toward shifting U.S. policies including “push back” will be discussed.

Tom Hanson is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer. He was posted in East Germany, France, Norway, Sweden and the Soviet Union and also participated in opening new embassies in Mongolia and Estonia. He currently serves as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

There will be a reception for Tom Hanson after the presentation for attendees who would like to discuss more about the topic at nearby Hallett B&B, 3:45 P.M.


Tuesday, September 12, 1:30-3:30 P.M.-
Winter Dreams, A Discussion

Winter Dreams, a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is considered to be one of his best, written in and about the 1920s. Most critics see it as a preview to his greatest novel, The Great Gatsby, exploring several similar themes. Young Dexter Green from St. Paul relentlessly pursues great wealth and Miss Judy Jones who seems to personify his extravagant desires. He has mixed success in his pursuits.

Jack Hickerson, retired professor of literature at Southwest State Mn, will lead discussion with a short film depicting Fitzgerald with his flamboyant wife Zelda, a snapshot of the roaring twenties.

Great Decisions: #6 Monday, September 16, 11:00 A.M. -1:30 P.M.
              Latin America’s Political Pendulum


Tuesday, October 10, 1:30-2:30 P.M.
Wild and Free Rehabilitation Program

The Wild & Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Program is a non-profit organization that rescues injured and orphaned wild animals, treats them and attempts to release them back into the wild. It is run by a very dedicated group of volunteers who donate their time and money to help all the animals they receive. Approximately 500 animals are treated per year ranging from small songbirds to hawks, owls and
eagles, small bunnies, fawns, fox, coyote, bears. Wild and Free is the only facility in the state of Minnesota licensed by the Minnesota DNR and the Fish & Wildlife Service to take in and treat bears? Bob and Char Wrobel will be presenting pictures and stories.

Western Political Philosophy: The Great Debate
Monday & Tuesday, Oct.16 and 17th overnight at Ruttgers, Bay Lake

In the decade before adoption of the US Constitution in 1789, an ongoing debate took place between Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine, two philosophers and political theorists of the Age of Enlightenment. Their thought will form the basis of our study for our annual conference at Ruttger’s this as we focus on how both a conservative philosophy and a liberal-progressive theory came into being. Those
differing views govern our political debate to this day and will give historians an analytical tool for better understanding the Election 2016.

This Ruttger’s Conference of 2017 will search for further insight into these issues. For over 10 years Merritt Marquardt has led discussions of issues in Western philosophy. He will suggest reading material in advance of the seminar.

Meals and overnight stay included in fee. RSVP by September 15. Contact Margaret Lunacek for cost and details, 218.678.2926 .

Great Decisions: #7 Monday, October 16, 11:00 A.M. -1:30 P.M.
              Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan


Tuesday, November 14, 1:30-3:30 P.M
Central Lakes College: Assessing the Future of CLC

Hara Charlier joined Central Lakes College July 2016 as the new president. She has a science background and most recently worked for Virginia Highlands Community College, Va. She has experience as instructor, dean and interim vice president at several rural community colleges in Virginia and Ohio. She will discuss her vision for meeting the needs of CLC’s future through collaboration with faculty, staff,
students and key community partnerships.

Great Decisions: #8 Monday, November 20, 11:00 A.M-1: 30 P.M.              Challenges of Nuclear Weapons


Year-End Party
December 7, 4:00-6:30 P.M.

Mark your calendar for the third year-end party. The venue, food and
entertainment to be determined. Stay tuned.

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Mission: To provide quality and broad-based learning opportunities for the Lakes Area residents with emphasis on mature adults.