IANDS Newest Training presentation expanding into Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The IANDS Education Committee set a goal earlier this year to expand our program to include community-based presentations supported through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). One of our members is now making this a reality. Rhode Island Group Leader Benjamin (Ben) C. Riggs, Jr. will include Near-Death Experiences: The Essentials as part of his OLLI presentation at the University of Rhode Island November 26, December 3, 10th and 17th.Ben has been sharing near-death related materials since 2016 at various venues. He has an excellent background when you combine his IANDS Support Group Leader functions with the fact he lives with an experiencer! Ben and his wife, Lee Thornton , have lived in Newport, RI since 2000. In 2014 she published her book, Through Heaven’s Gate and Back, sharing her life altering near-death experience during childbirth in 1973. That NDE set her on a spiritual path of healing from the aftereffects of a troubled childhood. More details on her book are found at www.heavenslight.net.
Ben is no stranger to making public presentations. His first OLLI was with University of RI in 2018 with one 2-hour session. He completed 4 other IANDS related presentations since 2016 to a variety of organizations including the Southern RI Retired Teachers Association. But this presentation starting in November 2019 will be the first known session to include the upgraded IANDS presentation reviewing IANDS mission, founders, and 40 years of research-based findings. This event with the Newport RI OLLI program will be Ben’s initiation into the recent revamped IANDS Speaker Bureau. We are honored to have this US Navy veteran join our ranks. Ben joined the Navy in 1972 and piloted an A-7 Corsair II light attack aircraft aboard the USS Independence. He also served as a Commanding Officer of the Air Systems Program Naval Reserve unit assigned to the D.O.D. contract administration office at Grumman Aerospace, retiring as a Captain