Dust Bowl will be topic of April 7 LIR

The Dust Bowl was an ecological disaster that devastated many farm families and created great hardships for rural communities.

Elizabeth Kliewer Black, a 1969 Tabor College alumnae, author and Kansas University continuing education instructor, will share some insight into the Dust Bowl and some land use practices that may result in a second calamity during the April 4 session of Learning in Retirement on the Tabor College campus.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. The program begins at 9:45 a.m.

Black, a native of Ulysses, has had a variety of professional positions, including writing and editing for a variety of publications between 1971 and 1985.

She worked for notable publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Daily News and Chicago Magazine. She was co-author of a health-care book by Harper & Row in 1983.

Later, as she and her husband moved to the suburbs of Wash?ington, D.C., Black pursued a second career in art direction and graphic design, yet continued to write.

In 2004, a novel written by Black, titled ?Buffalo Spirits,? was published. It was a finalist in the William Faulkner Novel Competition as well as winning several other notable recognitions.

Black is currently working on two books. One is a non-fiction, covering the migration of the Russian Mennonites to the Kansas Prairies in 1874.

Learning in Retirement meets regularly through spring semesters. The program begins at 9:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College Hillsboro campus.

Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester ($29 per couple) payable at the door. Registration allows for optional lunch at discount in the cafeteria after the session. For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator, at 620-947-5964, or conniei@tabor.edu.

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