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OLLI-UO in Eugene/Springfield Offerings Fall 2019 Archive

An archive of Fall 2019 courses and activities is listed below. Current course listings can be found on the Course and Activity Descriptions pages.

Lectures

Masters of the Italian Renaissance

Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2:00–4:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

This year, 2019, is the five-hundred-year anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. No artist before him had ever achieved the life-like portraits of contemporary men and women using light, shadow, and hazy edges to round out the human figure as though it were standing in real space.

Contrasting Leonardo's style completely, Michelangelo Buonarroti outlined his heroic figures sharply–when he agreed to paint anything at all. For Michelangelo, sculpture was the superior art.  His marble masterpieces were legendary in their own time and remain so today.

Absorbing the coveted talents of both Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphael Sanzio achieved a purity of design and mastery of color unmatched by any other Renaissance artist. The Vatican walls barely contain his monumental works.

All three of these artists left lasting influences upon painting, sculpture and architecture for centuries to come. Their works are among the most treasured artworks in the Western World.

Join us on Tuesday afternoons from two to four o'clock in October.

This talk is presented by OLLI-UO member and art scholar Helene-Carol Brown, MA.

History in Context

Wednesdays, September 11, 18, and 25, October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Back by popular request from long-time members . . . and introducing OLLI's must-see documentary series to its more recent membership, Kirk Taylor and Livvie Taylor-Young are pleased to once again present "History in Context."

Providing thought-provoking infotainment, this seven-part, scripted Power Point series retraces five decades of the 20th Century from 1920 through the 1960s. Complete with live music, incredible photographs and authentic film clips, the documentary brings the past to life, portrays it in ways you’ve rarely seen, and demonstrates how all that has gone before is prologue to the present.

History in Context was written by historian and author Olivia Taylor-Young (who facilitates OLLI’s Creative Writing Group.) And the multi-media, which adds transforming depth to the narrative, is the creation of her husband and partner, Kirk Taylor, who provides live music, acts as sound engineer, and who diligently researched, compiled, photo-shopped and worked his techno-magic on all 1,600 of this series’ Power Point slides.

Beginning September 11th, "History in Context" will be shown at 2:00 PM each Wednesday through October 23rd. Advance sign-ups are not required . . . and no worries if you can't make every session, each program stands alone. There is, however, a special satisfaction in seeing the entire series, since its major premise that history repeats itself becomes more apparent with each passing year, so our guess is that once you’ve experienced one decade, you’ll want to experience them all.

  • September 11: "1920s–Ballyhoo to Bankruptcy.
  • September 18: "1930s–A Tale of Two Countries."
  • September 25: "1940s–War and Resilience, Part 1
  • October 2: "1940s–War and Resilience," Part 2
  • October 9: "1950s–The Pivotal Decade"
  • October 16: "1960s–Times are A-Changin'," Part 1
  • October 23: "1960s–Times are A-Changin'," Part 2

Governor’s Commission on Senior Services

Thursday, October 10, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

OLLI-UO in Eugene/Springfield will host a regional meeting of the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (GCSS) on October 10, 2019 at the Baker Downtown Center. E/S leadership and staff will participate and provide an overview of OLLI’s lifelong learning programs to the Commission.

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services is an official state commission made up of 21 volunteers – appointed by the governor – and two legislators, one from the House and one from the Senate. The GCSS is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. Through cooperation with other organizations and advocacy, the Commission works to ensure that seniors have access to services that provide choice, independence and dignity.

The meeting is open to the public, including OLLI-UO members.

America’s Forgotten War: The Contested Legacy of World War One in America

Monday, October 14, 2:00–4:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

World War One was a monumental event for the United States. Twenty-four million men registered for the draft, and four million served. It saw the deadliest battle in US history, with 27,000 American fatalities at the Meuse-Argonne. Beyond the battlefield, it changed much in American life, both at home and abroad. Internationally, it was the first true American moment in world affairs, signaling the beginnings of American economic, cultural, and eventually military superpower. At home, it helped deliver victory to the women’s suffrage movement, inaugurated the Veterans Administration, birthed the modern security services, and transformed Washington DC from a sleepy administrative town into a bureaucratic and corporate leviathan. Yet there is a curious indifference to the legacy of this war in the US. There is no national memorial to World War One on the National Mall; the centennial of the war saw little fanfare or public interest. Even the website of the United States World War One Centennial Commission calls it “America’s forgotten war.”

This talk by Dr. Mark Whalan examines how the complex and conflicted stories American writers told about the war muddied its meaning for subsequent generations of Americans and prevented a single story from taking hold. Was this a war that hollowed out longstanding moral and literary conventions, or rather a successful crusade to save Western civilization? Was it an event that gave lifelong meaning to millions of fighting men, or rather a shameful episode when the nation ignored the vital contributions made by those routinely excluded from full citizenship on the grounds of race? Looking at work by writers including Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Upton Sinclair, and W.E.B. Du Bois, this talk examines powerful disagreements on the meaning of the war and its long-term legacies—disagreements which have left those issues so perplexing for present-day America.

Whalan is Robert and Eve Horn Professor of English at the University of Oregon. He is the author of World War One, American Literature, and the Federal State (2018), American Culture in the 1910s (2010), and The Great War and the Culture of the New Negro (2008).

OLLI-UO Presents an Insight Seminar Lecture: Gilgamesh: The Oldest Book in the World

Monday, October 28, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

Join us for an introductory lecture to this November’s four-week UO Insight Seminars offering on Gilgamesh: The Oldest Book in the World. King Gilgamesh lived c. 2800 BCE in Mesopotamia; the earliest version of his epic dates from a thousand years before Homer. It deals with the earliest stages of human history: how do human beings relate to animals, the environment, the city, agriculture, sexuality, and the world of gods and goddesses?

The lecture will be given by University of Oregon Professor Emeritus James W. Earl, who earned his PhD in medieval English literature at Cornell University in 1971. He taught at the University of Virginia and at Fordham University before joining the UO Department of English in 1987. He cofounded the UO Medieval Studies Program in 1990 and was its first director. Earl founded the UO Insight Seminars program in 2003. Since then he has offered many month-long seminars on topics in the humanities ranging from Homer, Herodotus and the Bible, to Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Gandhi.

For more information on 2019-20 UO Insight Seminars offerings, visit the program website.

The Psychological Laws of Attachment Applied to Life Stages

Tuesday, October 29, 2:00–4:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

What happens when an individual becomes attached to another person at various stages in life, and what happens when that attachment is disrupted? Dr. Carl V. Peterson will discuss this timely issue, providing anonymous case examples of the adverse effects of single-incident attachment disruption, serial attachment disruption, and therapeutic intervention. Topics he will address will include

  • Historical perspective on how normal attachment became disrupted in the early 1900s;
  • Research in the 1950s that proved attachment was important and re-inserted love and touch into the parenting paradigm;
  • Conceptual understanding of the required ingredients for secure attachment to develop; and
  • The application of attachment principles to parent-child attachment, spousal relationship, grandparent-grandchild relationships, etc.

Peterson suggests that interested persons might consider reading Love at Goon Park by Deborah Blum, Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel, and Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson.

Peterson is a licensed psychologist living in Eugene. He has taught graduate level courses in child development and special education at California State University, Long Beach, and has trained child protection workers at local and national levels.

The Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Tuesday, November 5, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Alaska-Mexico Room; Special International Relations Session
Photograph of Jamal Khashoggi

Speaker Peter Bechtold will look at the life and death of Jamal Khashoggi, starting with a brief history of the man and his family, leading to the question, “Is or was he really ‘Saudi’?” Bechtold will discuss how Khashoggi’s journalistic writings changed, particularly after Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud (MBS), the Saudi Crown Prince, launched Saudi Arabia (and US support) into the devastating Yemen war. Then he will focus on the very strange Who Done It story, which began in Washington DC and not Istanbul and which featured unconventional conduct by the governments of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the US. Finally, he will consider the new power dynamics between these three countries and about leadership in the contemporary Muslim world.

Bechtold began his teaching career in Eugene at the UO after completing his MA and PhD degrees at Princeton University. Thereafter he taught at four area universities in the nation’s capital, was active in think tanks and visiting some USG agencies. This led to an invitation to become Director for Near East North Africa at the Foreign Service Institute, a unit of the US Department of State where he worked for 28+ years. His duties resulted in professional visits to 28 countries in the Near East and South Asia including Yemen in three different decades and Saudi Arabia six times in four decades followed by a private tour after retirement. He returned to Portland State in late 2009 as Interim Director for the Middle East Studies Center from which he had been the first overall graduate. Since his last appearance at OLLI in 2015 he has appeared on international television more than 40 times.

The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion, with the afternoon session, Understanding Yemen, to follow. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

Understanding Yemen

Tuesday, November 5, 1:00–3:30 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room; Special International Relations Session

A United Nations report has called Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Speaker Peter Bechtold will continue his all-day exploration of current Middle East issues with a summary of that report and a look at why the UN came to this conclusion. His talk will provide context for Yemen, with “its stunning landscape and beautiful people, and more briefly, its tortured history,” he said. The history will include discussion of Yemen’s regional tribal and religious identities, with some references to the contested Asir region in southwest Saudi Aribia. Further, he will address why Saudi Arabia has considered Yemen its top strategic threat while blaming Iran for prosecuting a “proxy war.” He added, “Over 90 per cent of the slides will show beauty; less than 10 per cent destruction.”

Bechtold began his teaching career in Eugene at the U of O after completing his MA and PhD degrees at Princeton University. Thereafter he taught at four area universities in the nation’s capital, was active in think tanks and visiting some USG agencies. This led to an invitation to become Director for Near East North Africa at the Foreign Service Institute, a unit of the US Department of State where he worked for 28+ years. His duties resulted in professional visits to 28 countries in the Near East and South Asia including Yemen in three different decades and Saudi Arabia six times in four decades followed by a private tour after retirement. He returned to Portland State in late 2009 as Interim Director for the Middle East Studies Center from which he had been the first overall graduate. Since his last appearance at OLLI in 2015 he has appeared on international television more than 40 times.

Mexican-American War

Wednesdays, November 6, 13, and 20, 12:00–1:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

With respect to our own history and Mexico’s, the Mexican-American War was arguably the most important war the US ever fought. It was an aggressive, expansionist invasion that almost doubled US territory by almost halving Mexico’s territory, and brought into focus sharp cultural differences. This three-part lecture series will look at the advent, course, and aftermath of that war along with social and political factors that continue to affect our relations with Mexico today.

November 6: Part 1—Background to War

After Mexico won independence from Spain (1821), US sentiment favoring annexing or taking over Mexico surged, fueled by the ideologies of the Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny and by pro-slavery elements’ desire to set up new slave territories in Mexico. At the same time, Mexico sought to populate more effectively its northern territory by encouraging foreign immigration while strengthening Mexico City’s control over the region. This session considers the growing confrontation between these competing tendencies, with special attention to Texas’s war for secession from Mexico as a harbinger of the much greater conflict that erupted a decade later.

November 13: Part 2—The War 1846-48

With war officially declared, the US launched multiple invasions of Mexico by land and sea, finally laying bloody siege to Mexico City itself. Anti-war sentiment within the US grew as Mexico failed to roll over and instead fought back, although ultimately to no avail. This session will look briefly at the military course of the war, while considering how the class, religious, and nativist bigotry of the day affected not only support for or against the war but also life within the US military itself. By way of illustration, we will consider the so- called “Saint Patrick’s Battalion” (Batallón de San Patricio). It will also look at the legacy of Mexico’s 10-year war for independence as a factor weakening Mexico’s ability to repel the US invasion and leading to the “cession” of half its territory to the US as the price of peace.

November 20: Part 3—The Messy Aftermath

The war ended in 1848, but US-Mexico troubles continued. Even the exact borderline was not settled until 1854, while the supposed protections for Mexicans who suddenly found themselves living in the US often vanished in the face of abuse by US citizens. Both countries wrangled over which one should be responsible for stopping Native Americans’ resistance to their loss of territory, as raiding across the border continued. This session considers these and other aspects of the war’s aftermath, including: 1) continuing efforts by US paramilitary groups (known as “filibusters”) to take over more of Mexico or Central America; 2) the symbolic importance of the war to Mexico’s national identity; and 3) the war’s role as the training ground for the officers, notably Grant and Lee, who would lead the opposing armies in the US Civil War twenty years later.

Presenter Ilene O’Malley has had a lifelong passion for Mexico that began with a backpack tour in 1972. She went on to earn a PhD in Latin American history at the University of Michigan. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for her research on the Mexican Revolution, and her resultant book, the Myth of the Revolution, is considered a pioneering work on the role of gender concepts in Mexico’s political culture.

Can Science Fiction Help Us Talk Across Political Divides?

Tuesdays, November 12 and 19, 2:00–4:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

The Socratic search for truth and foundational values has always been menaced by tribalism and rhetoric aiming to assert power rather than reach shared agreement. This perennial danger strongly menaces today’s political life. We are tempted to give up seeking agreement because our political Others are wrong, dishonest, deluded, etc., so we can only maneuver and manipulate around them.

But is that the only way? Perhaps we might get perspective by going all the way to the extreme. Consider real interstellar Others, whether bug-eyed monsters or little green men. Science fiction writers have written many stories of “first contact” and “living with aliens.” Can we learn from those stories practices and habits for talking and cooperating with our domestic aliens today?

OLLI-UO member David Kolb received his PhD in philosophy from Yale University, taught at Fordham University, the University of Chicago, Nanzan University in Japan, and at Bates College in Maine, as the Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy. Since 2002 he has devoted himself full-time to writing and lecturing.

Witnessing at Homestead, The Largest US For-Profit Detention Facility for Child Migrants

Wednesday, November 13, 2:00–4:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

Writer, editor, and activist Anne Bridgman spent a week in Florida witnessing at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Migrant Children, where more than 3,000 children and youth are held.

She will discuss how she got involved in witnessing at Homestead after Senator Jeff Merkley’s visit to a child detention center in Texas, and what she saw when she visited Homestead for a week in April. In addition, she will explore who these children are, where they are from, and why they are there, including accounts in their own words from interviews.

Other topics will include the significance of this facility being for-profit, who is profiting (including former Trump Administration officials), and why the children’s detention and separation from family is dangerous. Further, she will cover what she has learned since the visit, what is being done to help, and what individuals can do to help.

“Come hear about the facility, see photos, and learn what you can do to help the children,” Bridgman said.

The Cradle of Hope: African Americans, Haitian Sovereignty, and the Birth of Black Internationalism

Tuesday, December 3, 2:00–4:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

January 12, 2020 marks ten years since a devastating earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti, devastating large portions of the small country and killing nearly 300,000 people. In the quake’s immediate aftermath, the United States media kicked into overdrive, incessantly repeating the mantra: “Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere” until it began to sound more like a chant of accusation rather than a statement of fact. What none of the pundits and commentators seemed willing to explore was the deeper question of why Haiti became a poverty-stricken nation in the first place. How did Haiti go from being the “Pearl of the Antilles” and the New World’s most profitable colony in the eighteenth century to being the most despised, hated, and persecuted nation on earth in the twentieth century? Scholars and media pundits alike argued that a range of ills specific to the island nation—from the prevalence of “voodoo” to a fundamental “pathology” among the Haitian people—explained Haiti’s current plight.

The truth, however, is far more insidious. As one observer noted, “there is nothing mystical in Haiti’s pain, no inescapable curse that haunts the land. From independence and before, Haiti’s harms have been caused by men, not demons.” Indeed, the reality is that Haiti’s current circumstances are the direct result of centuries of foreign intervention.

As such, this presentation will explore how the United States and western European nations used their economic and diplomatic strength to isolate and impoverish the “Black Republic” from its birth in 1804 through the twentieth century. Presenter Leslie Alexander, an associate professor in the UO Department of History, will talk about Haitian Independence and the nation created by a slave rebellion. She will address the official reaction of the U.S. to the creation of the nation, the huge debt the black nation agreed to pay under threat of French warships as reparations, the emigration of African Americans to Haiti at the same time as others were emigrating to Liberia, and the political uses African Americans made of Haiti, both before and after the Civil War.

The Meaning of Time

Wednesdays, December 4 and 11, 2:00–4:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

This two-part presentation is designed to attempt to answer the question, “Does anyone really know what time it is?,” or more importantly, “Does anybody really care?,” by examining the technology behind modern time-keeping methods and everyday time-keeping devices.

Presenter Jim Novitsky will topics such as accuracy and precision as they pertain to time keeping; time standards; and transmission of time information. He also will explore questions such as how much accuracy do we really need and does more money buy more accuracy and ultra-expensive watches?

Novitsky holds a PhD and MBA and is a former University lecturer and current OLLI-UO-E/S member.

Exploring Power and Privilege with Courage, Creativity and Compassion: OLLI-UO Hosts an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project Event

Tuesday, December 10, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

As individuals and groups, we experience varying levels of privilege and power. Recognizing our relationship to institutionalized oppression can bring feelings of defensiveness, guilt, shame, rage, terror, and grief, among other emotions. How can we craft transformative pathways for these feelings to unfold in ways that deepen our collective healing, rather than taking away from it? What transformations can we unlock when we choose courage, creativity, and compassion? What do we, as individuals and communities, need in order to heal and thrive in a beautiful and broken world? Facilitator Ridhi D’Cruz invites us to metabolize our participation in systems of oppression with vulnerability, forgiveness and empathy. This conversation may include hands-on activities.

D’Cruz is a placemaking consultant, sociocultural anthropologist, and permaculture educator living in Portland. They work to foster place-based empowerment within diverse communities, including people facing housing insecurity and governmental agencies, by drawing on diversity, equity, and inclusion; cultural sustainability, social permaculture, and placemaking; and asset-based community development. They also enthusiastically participate in life affirming practices involving urban wildcrafting, plant medicine, natural building, and participatory technology. D’Cruz is currently a co-executive director of City Repair Project, a grassroots placemaking non-profit organization in Portland.

OLLI-UO in E/S is pleased to host this presentation of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. This event is open to the general public. Bring a friend!

Americans in Paris: OLLI-UO Presents an Insight Seminars Lecture

Tuesday, December 17, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

In the first half of the 20th century Paris was the international center of the arts, attracting many American writers, artists and musicians. This course will focus on the three American writers most frequently associated with Paris: Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Professor George Wickes will present this lecture as part of OLLI-UO’s continuing collaboration with the UO Insight Seminars, a sibling program of OLLI-UO. Professor Wickes is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Oregon. His publications include Americans in Paris, The Amazon of Letters, The Memoirs of Frederic Mistral(trans.), and three collections of Henry Miller letters (ed.).

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events

A Taste of OLLI-UO

Thursday, October 17, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Alaska-Mexico Room
Photograph of a group of adults in class.

Bring a friend to this special free taste of OLLI-UO’s programs. Members can see some of their favorite presenters, and their friends can find out what OLLI-UO is about. Events will include:

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Coffee, rolls, introductions, and socializing

9:45-10:30 a.m.

Masterpieces in Peril: What do a jar of acid, a meat cleaver, a shotgun and an axe have in common? All have been used to damage great art masterpieces.Find out more about these unusual true-life episodes. Presented by art scholar and OLLI member Helene-Carol Brown.

10:30-11:15 a.m.

U.S Foreign Policy in the Time of Trump: An examination of the changes in the direction of U.S. foreign policy since 2016, and its impact on the world. Presented by former U.S. diplomat and OLLI member Bill Taliaferro.

Parking passes are available for guests. “Price” of admission for members is bringing a guest. The event is free, but because we need a food count and space is limited, members must register themselves and guest(s) by following the registration button below, calling 541-346-0697, or visiting Room 110 of the Baker Downtown Center.

Fourth Friday OLLI Meet and Greet

Friday, October 25, 2:00–4:00 p.m., Ax Billy Grill and Sports Bar

ABOUT THIS GROUP

The skies they were ashen and sober;
The leaves they were crisped and sere—
The leaves they were withering and sere;
It was night in the lonesome October…

Edgar Allan Poe grasps the spirit of Halloween in his poem Ulalume. Are you a believer in the supernatural? Some of the best poems of all time are dark, eerie, haunting, scary poems – the perfect poems for Halloween! Who wrote your favorite poem for Halloween?

Come to the DAC on October 25 and meet up with old friends or make new ones. Bring your favorite scary story or poem and share it with the group of OLLI-UO members and guests to celebrate yet another month’s end for 2019. The Sports Bar of the Downtown Athletic Club is available to us the fourth Friday of every month, between 2:00 and 4:00pm. Order a beverage and a bite to eat if you wish and visit a while. Try it sometime and check out the Ax Billy Grill and Sports Bar Happy Hour Menu for this no host social.

Please stop in and visit for a bit – we always have a nice, fun group of people who enjoy a strictly social OLLI event! Remember, making friends and building community is essential for our mental health!  

MEETS

Fourth Fridays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Fifth Thursdays/Sharing Personal Experiences

Thursday, October 31, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Once a year, group members suggest topics they would like to discuss with each other. These topics are voted on by the entire group. Those with the most votes begin the new year and continue on until completed. Examples of topics: How travel experiences changed your life?, Growing up in America, what changes have you experienced in how society views male/female roles?; What teacher/mentor had the greatest impact on your life and how?; Are you an extrovert or an introvert and how has that impacted your life both positively and negatively?; As a youth, what were your thoughts about growing old and how do they compare with what you’ve experienced so far?

FOCUS

Sharing our personal life experiences through open discussion.

TOPIC

If you could, who would you invite for dinner and why. Let your imagination flow . . . George Washington? Elizabeth Warren? Anybody. Will be a lot of fun.

MEETS

Fifth Thursdays of the month (usually 5 per year) from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

FACILITATORS

Skip Berlin and Antonia Lewis

Downtown Eugene Historical Walking Tour

Friday, November 1, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Stroll through the fascinating history of downtown Eugene. Who were the first pioneers, where did they come from, where did they live and work? As it turns out, they lived and worked near the Baker Downtown Center!

This walk from past through present Eugene is led by author and illustrator Tyler Burgess. She has been an international tour guide for 15 years, giving 34 walking tours in 10 different countries through her business “Walk with Me.” Tyler was formerly a fitness walking instructor at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College. Registration and trip liability waiver required.

Fourth Friday OLLI-UO Meet and Greet

Friday, November 22, 2:00–4:00 p.m., Ax Billy Grill and Sports Bar

ABOUT THIS GROUP

The Sports Bar of the Downtown Athletic Club is available to us the fourth Friday of every month, between 2:00 and 4:00pm. Order a beverage and a bite to eat if you wish and visit a while. Try it sometime and check out the Ax Billy Grill and Sports Bar Happy Hour Menu for this no host social.

Don’t miss our November get-together! It will be the last for 2019. Meet and chat with Helene-Carol Brown, one of our best-loved OLLI-UO members, lecturer, scholar and art teacher. Helene just finished delighting her audiences with a very popular four-part series on Masters of the Italian Renaissance.

Please stop in and visit for a bit–we always have a nice, fun group of people who enjoy a strictly social OLLI event! Remember, making friends and building community is essential for our mental health!

MEETS

Fourth Fridays from 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Winter Holiday Celebration

Thursday, December 12, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico-Canada Room
Photograph of OLLI-UO members at last year's holiday party

Ring in the holidays with your OLLI-UO friends at our annual Winter Holiday Celebration! With Howard Schuman as emcee and Phyllis Villec setting the holiday mood on the piano, we can’t go wrong! There will be a short program to celebrate the year, including the presentation of the Earl Hain Award. You can look forward to a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres and treats, and there will be plenty of time to relax and chat with friends, old and new.

There is a $10 fee per attendee to help offset the cost of the catering. Please register online, by phone at 541-346-0697, or in person at the CPE office by December 5 so we have an accurate count for catering.

Study and Discussion Groups

October

Creative Writing Critique

Monday, October 7 and 21, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

If you love to write, are a would-be author, or are simply seeking a new outlet for your creativity, you are cordially invited to join OLLI-UO’s Creative Writing group. We are authors, columnists, essayists, poets and non-fiction and fiction writers of all genres. Our levels of experience range from those with multiple publication credits to those just wanting to try their hand. Everyone is welcome.

We meet to encourage our creativity-in-common and to exchange ideas and information . . . but our main focus is the sharing of our work. This includes both reading our own and listening to other’s projects-of-choice (at any stage from rough draft to completed masterpiece) as well as offering and accepting constructive, objective critiquing, ideas and suggestions.

Since the written word often has a different feel than the spoken word . . . and since some of us just plain have trouble hearing . . . it would be extremely helpful if you’d bring several hard copies of what you plan to read.

FOCUS

Sharing the process of writing and publication of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoirs. Writers of all levels of experience and all genres are welcome.

MEETS

The first, third, and fifth (if applicable) Mondays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATOR

Livvie Taylor-Young

Philosophy Salon

Monday, October 14 and 28, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Canada Room

FOCUS

A peer-led exploration of philosophers and philosophy. Each session features either a presentation by a group member, or a recorded lecture, followed by discussion.

TOPICS

  • October 14: “Rorty and the end of philosophy”
  • October 28: “Rediscovering the premodern”

MEETS

The second and fourth Mondays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

CONTACT

Henry Sholar

FACILITATORS

Byron Chell and Lorraine Ironplow

Solutions

Monday, October 14 and 28, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Generally, each session begins with 15–20 minutes of Internet videos introducing the topic while generating questions and talking points for discussion. The topic for each session is emailed a few days in advance of that meeting so participants can familiarize themselves with the topic. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

FOCUS

Focusing on some of the most critical problems in the world, this group takes the next step through study and discussion to identify and propose possible solutions to the problems.

TOPICS

  • October 14: Warmongering and dictatorship tendencies in leaders – Bill McConeheigh
  • October 28: Freedom of the press – Martha Rutherford

MEETS

The second and fourth Mondays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

CONTACT

Jerry Brule

Meditation and Mindfulness

Mondays, noon-1:00 p.m. Alaska Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

The meditation/mindfulness group meets for one hour once a week. The first half hour is spent listening to a talk given by a meditation teacher from the Internet. The next half hour is spent in silent meditation. There are many different levels of meditation being practiced by the group; some are beginners, some are returning to the practice through this class, some are advanced meditators who are here to experience the benefits of group meditation and a sense of community (sangha.)

FOCUS

This group utilizes what is known as Vipassana or breath or insight meditation, focusing on the sensation of breathing. Insight meditation utilizes the five senses to get us to awareness and being present.

MEETS

Every Monday from noon-1:00 p.m.

FACILITATOR

Janice Friend

Beginning Spanish

Mondays, 12:15–1:45 p.m. Belize Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Beginning Spanish is open to all, whether you know nothing beyond “hola” for “hello” or if you’re quite good at Spanish, but the time slot suits you. We speak in Spanish as much as possible. We use kids’ books to practice reading. Come and check it out.

FOCUS

Beginning level Spanish course; no basic knowledge required

MEETS

Every Monday from 12:15–1:45 p.m.

FACILITATOR/TEACHER

Sara Michener

OLLI-UO Film Series “Ride ‘Em Cowboy: Great Westerns Through the Years”

Mondays, June 17–December 16, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

June 17: Stagecoach, 1939, Introduced by Craig Starr

Strangers brought together on an Overland Stagecoach ride must deal with their animosities and petty differences, confront their own fears and demons, and face danger from warring Apaches led by Geronimo. A Western classic by John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine. Rating: Not Rated Run Time: 96 MINS

August  1: Red River, 1948, Introduced by Howard Schuman

A Texas cattleman leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of hard work and struggles, to the market in Missouri. But his stubborn and tyrannical behavior along the way leads to a mutiny, led by his adopted son. Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Colleen Gray, Harry Carey, John Ireland. Rating: Passed Run Time: 133 MINS

August  15: High Noon, 1952, Introduced by John Attig    

Marshal Will Kane learns that Frank Miller, whom he sent to prison years earlier, is arriving on the noon train, together with members of his gang. But as the Marshal prepares for the showdown with Miller, his newlywed wife begs him to just leave town as they had originally planned, and the townspeople whom he has protected for years turn their backs on him and refuse to help. Cast: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges, Harry Morgan, Lon Chaney, Jr. Rating: PG Run Time: 85 MINS

August 5: The Magnificent Seven, 1960, Introduced by Susan Walcott

Poor Mexican farmers whose village has long been plagued by a local bandit seek help from a ragtag collection of American gunmen, each with his own reason for coming to the aid of the villagers. Cast: Yul Brenner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Horst Buchholz, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Brad Dexter. Rating: Approved Run Time: 128 MINS

August 19: Blazing Saddles, 1974, Introduced by Meta Maxwell 

Mel Brooks’ raucous parody of Hollywood Western movies. In order to ruin a western town so he can buy up property in the railroad’s right of way, a corrupt white politician appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks, Slim Pickens, Alex Carras. Rating: R Run Time: 93 MINS

September 2: NO FILM – OLLI-UO CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY OBSERVANCE

September 16: The Searchers, 1956, introduced by Andy Walcott

A Confederate veteran, already consumed by his hatred of Indians, sets out on a quest to avenge the massacre of his brother’s families by a band of Commanches and to find his niece whom they kidnapped. But as he continues his search over five years, his belief that his niece has been tainted by living among the Indians for so long raises concerns about his motives. Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Mills, Natalie Wood, Ward Bond Rating: Passed Run Time: 119 MINS

October 7: My Darling Clementine, 1946, Introduced by Craig Starr  

John Ford’s classic telling of the clash between the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan, and the vicious Clanton clan, which led to the shoot-out behind the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Cast: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, John Ireland. Rating: Not Rated Run Time: 97 MINS

October 21: The Professionals, 1966, Introduced by Howard Schuman 

An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four mercenaries to rescue his wife from a notorious Mexican bandit, but as they search, they find reason to question whether the wife was actually kidnapped. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale, Ralph Bellamy. Rating: PG-13 Run Time: 117 MINS

November 4: Jeremiah Johnson, 1972, Introduced by Meta Maxwell  

A former Army scout looks to make a quiet home for himself in the Colorado mountains, but he inadvertently is drawn into a conflict with neighboring Crow Indians that threatens to forever change the peaceful relationship he worked so hard to achieve with his neighbors and the land. Cast: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton. Rating: GP Run Time: 108 MINS

November 18: Cat Ballou, 1965, Introduced by John Attig

Balladeers Stubby Kaye and Nat “King” Cole provide musical accompaniment to this tongue-in-cheek ballad of Catherine “Cat” Ballou, who becomes an outlaw and enlists the help of a washed-up, drunk gunslinger and a handsome bandit to get vengeance on the land-development company whose hired gun killed her father. Cast: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Stubby Kaye, John Marley, Nat “King” Cole. Rating: Not Rated Run Time: 97 MINS

December 2: Pale Rider, 1985, Introduced by Susan Walcott

A mysterious preacher rides into a gold mining camp in the California foothills, and protects the prospectors and their families from a greedy mining company that is trying to steal their claims. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Richard Dysart. Rating: R Run Time: 115 MINS

December 16: McCabe and Mrs. Miller, 1971, Introduced by Andy Walcott

A gambler, John McCabe, and a prostitute, Mrs. Miller, become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until the town’s mining deposits attract the attention of a large corporation. McCabe’s decision to refuse the corporation’s buy-out offer has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town. Cast:  Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberonoise, William Devane, Shelly Duvall, Keith Carradine. Rating: R Run Time: 120 MINS

French Language

Mondays, 3:15–4:45 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

In the first half-hour we have a session of grammar targeting an intermediate level of French. In the second half-hour we have a conversation class with intermediate levels and advanced levels together and in the third half hour we target an advanced level of French where we read an article or discuss ideas or topics of interest to French language and culture.

FOCUS

Learning and improving our French through grammar, conversations, readings and discussions.

MEETS

Every Monday from 3:15–4:45 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Elaine De Martin-Webster and Thomas Walker

Understanding Science

Tuesday, October 1, 15, and 29, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Understanding Science will begin a new lecture series on June 18 titled: Understanding the Quantum World. Class discussions are based on the Great Courses series by Professor Erica W. Carlson, PhD. (c ) 2019. Quantum mechanics has a reputation for being so complex that the word "quantum" has become popular label for anything mystical or unfathomable. In fact, quantum mechanics is one of the most successful theories of reality yet discovered, explaining everything from the stability of atoms to the glow of neon lights, form the flow of electricity in metals to the workings of the human eye. There are 24 lectures in the series.

FOCUS

To present outstanding introductory college-level DVD science courses, and to enjoy the opportunity to share and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures. The lectures are only mildly cumulative in nature, and if you are occasionally unable to attend, this fact should not impede your enjoyment of the course. Decisions concerning specific course subjects are made by a majority vote of the group. Emphasis is placed on the natural and the formal sciences, but consideration is also given to a broader perspective that includes the philosophy of science, and the social, behavioral, and applied sciences.

TOPICS

  • October 1: Lecture 15 – Quantum Properties of Light and Lecture 16 – Atomic Transitions and Photons
  • October 15: Lecture 17 – Atomic Clocks and GPS and Lecture 18 – Quantum Mechanics and Color Vison
  • October 29: Lecture 19 – Quantum Explanation of Color and Lecture 20 – Quantum Tunneling

MEETS

The first, third and fifth (if applicable) Tuesdays of each month from 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Classics Book Group

Tuesday, October 22, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month to discuss a classic book, usually at least fifty years old, which was important when published and remains significant today. For example, we read a collection of Anton Chekov's short stories which are as fresh today as written. At times we make exceptions to the fifty-year guideline. Usually the person who nominates a title leads discussion of that book plus gives a brief biography of the author and times when the book was written. We alternate fiction one month with nonfiction the next.

FOCUS

Read and discuss classic fiction and nonfiction.

TOPICS

Book for October: I Wonder as I Wander, an Autobiography by Langston Hughes

MEETS

The fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:30–3:30 p.m.

CONTACT

Sheila Patterson

International Relations

Wednesday, October 2 and 16, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Members learn through presentations and discussions on topics connected with geo-politics, international business, global cultures, trade, the environment, and America’s place in the world. The facilitator maintains an email list for distribution of presenters’ materials, links to websites, videos and readings prior to the sessions.

FOCUS

International affairs, history, current global developments and U.S. foreign policy.

TOPICS

October 2: Why International Education Should Be Part of Undergraduate Education in the U.S.

Of 20 million students enrolled at our colleges and universities, fewer than 400,000 graduate with any type of education abroad. I will review the growing global narrative—and research findings supporting the value of international experience at a time when both U.S. and global workforces require skill sets strengthened by education abroad. As much as such experience is important as part of a liberal education, it's also an imperative for advancing a students' employability in the 21st century.

About the speaker: Former Associate Director of Career Services at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (ret.), Marty Tillman is an international educator with over 40 years of work with pioneering non-profits and academic institutions. He is a national thought-leader on the linkage of international experience with student career development and employability. He is widely published on this topic. Marty was a Fulbright grantee to Japan and holds MA degrees from Colgate University and the SIT Graduate Institute.

October 16: Swapping Cultures: China and the U.S.

What is it like to pick up and move to a different culture? We'll hear from two young women, Catherine Yan and Samara Schuman, who have done just that, studying in one another's country. Following completion of her studies, Catherine chose to move to Eugene and bought a house with her husband and 16 month old daughter. Samara recently returned from her third summer in China (and one in Taiwan) and will spend a full year of study in Nanjing, starting in 2020. We'll hold a 60 Minutes-style discussion with Catherine and Samara, with plenty of time for audience questions and comments.

About the speakers: Catherine Yan first came to the U.S. as an international student at UO in 2011. She subsequently moved to Los Angeles where she graduated from USC with BS in Business Administration in 2015 and a MS in Finance in 2016. Catherine says, "It was all fantasy and myth in my parents’ mind about America that sent me here, while it’s the warmth and peacefulness in the heart of people I met here that led me to settle down in Eugene after traveling to more than 20 countries. Even though I still look fresh off the boat and may remain being like this for the next 10 or 20 years, I enjoy my life here where I get to meet with people from different backgrounds and embrace other cultures. "

Samara Schuman is a senior at UO as a Chinese Flagship student, with a Chinese major and double minor in business and political science. She first went to China in high school through a State Department summer program.  Samara says, "It was the kindness I received from my host family and teachers that inspired me to continue studying Mandarin." As the founder of two school organizations related to improving U.S.-China relations, Samara is dedicated to promoting cross-cultural appreciation and aspires to become a foreign service officer. Samara adds, "Career tips and mentorship are highly encouraged and warmly welcomed."

MEETS

The first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATORS

Susan Walcott and Howard Schuman

Historical Novels and Nonfiction

Wednesday, October 9, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

If you would like to brush up on history and enjoy a good story along the way, join us twice a month for some very lively discussions of the books by a group of thoughtful and insightful men and women. Expect diverse opinions—we'll welcome your insights too!

Titles are selected by group vote every six months and each book (or author) is discussed over two meetings.

FOCUS

The reading and discussion of historical novels and nonfiction.

TOPICS

Book for October: Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir by Linnie Marsh Wolfe

MEETS

The second Wednesday of each month from 10:00–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATOR

Joyce Churchill

Interpretive Play Reading

Wednesday, October 2 and 16, 3:30–5:30 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Members of the group take turns selecting plays to be read. The person making the selection becomes the “director” and casts it from members present. Character changes are made as necessary to make sure that all present get a chance to read.

FOCUS

The interpretive reading of plays, usually accompanied by some discussion of a play’s merits, information about its author, or other related matters.

MEETS

The first and third Wednesdays of each month from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Jack Bennett and Iona Waller

Poetry on Wheels

Thursday, October 3, 17 and 31, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Patagonia Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Members share poems they have written, provide each other with supportive feedback, and delve into their own creative process in a like-minded group. All voices and levels of experience welcomed. Come as you are. Prompts are provided if wanted. Opportunities for reading in front of an audience discussed.

FOCUS

Writing and speaking your inspiration and craft.

MEETS

The first, third, and fifth (if applicable) Thursdays of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATOR

Group Facilitated

News and Views

Thursday, October 10 and 24, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

A team of volunteers suggest about dozen recent news stories for discussion, in the areas of international, domestic and local. The group and moderators work together to determine what will be discussed. Participants are diverse in their experiences and interests, and they read and watch a wide range of news sources. No additional preparation is necessary. It's OK to disagree with the views of the other participants—but not to be disagreeable.

FOCUS

Learning through a lively exchange of views on recent local, national, and world news.

MEETS

The second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

MODERATOR

Rotated among a team of volunteers

Thinking Allowed

Thursday, October 3 and 17, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Thinking Allowed is a participatory round table discussion group where all can contribute their knowledge and opinions toward making broad, complex issues more understandable to everyone. The subject areas are selected by the participants, with a write up about the specific topic for each session emailed a few days in advance to permit personal thought and investigation. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

FOCUS

An informal discussion group devoted to the exchange of views on contemporary social issues and problems confronting the nation, state and local community.

TOPICS

  • October 3: Water shortages
  • October 17: War

MEETS

The first and third Thursdays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches.

CONTACT

Jerry Brule

Drop-in Meditation Time

Thursdays, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Belize Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

A shared period of silence with a bit of social connection on both sides.

FOCUS

Resting in the presence of others with awareness and acceptance.

MEETS

Every Thursday from 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Note: period of shared silence between 12:10 and 12:50 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Shared

CONTACT

Don Schneider

Short Story Discussions

Thursday, October 3 and 17, 1:30–3:00 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Short story anthologies are generally used as a source of each term’s readings; additional selections may be provided by the facilitator.

FOCUS

Reading a variety of short stories and discussing them as a group.

TOPICS

  • October 3: “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison
  • October 17: “Binocular Vision” by Edith Pearlman (handout) and “Their Ancient, Glittering Eyes” by Ron Rash (handout)

All selections, unless otherwise indicated, are from The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, 2nd edition, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Stories marked “handout” will be made available at the CPE office in Room 110.

MEETS

The first and third Thursdays of each month from 1:30–3:00 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Shiela Pardee and Anne Pacheco

Culture Italiane

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m. Alaska Room

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Culture Italiane (“Italian cultures”) explores the diverse geography, economies, history, cultures and products of Italy’s 20 regions. English-language videos and the Geografia d’Italia per Stranieri textbook are used to learn about each region.

Knowledge of Italian is not necessary for participating in the study group, which is conducted in English. Textbook passages are translated to English to make them accessible to everyone. For those interested in Italian, the course is also an opportunity to share or improve their Italian language knowledge.

FOCUS

Understanding the cultural diversity of Italy’s regions

TOPICS

  • October 3: History of Genoa; Portofino
  • October 10: Songs and songwriters of Genoa; Cinqueterre and Santa Margherita
  • October 17: We’ll begin our study of Rome/Lazio by learning about the region’s geography and the roads of ancient Rome
  • October 24: Lazio’s economy, local products and tourism; composer Ennio Morricone
  • October 31: The Vatican City and Catel Gandolfo

MEETS

Every Thursday from 3:15–4:45 p.m.

FACILITATOR

Lee Altschuler

Spanish Conversation

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Someone volunteers to facilitate the meeting, and everyone contributes readings or topics for conversation in Español. Some of us speak Español rather well and want to practice it weekly. Others are very rusty but get more fluent as they keep trying.

FOCUS

Speaking Spanish informally. Basic knowledge.

MEETS

Every Thursday from 3:15–4:45 p.m.

FACILITATOR

Stan Cook and Carolin Keutzer

November

Creative Writing Critique

Monday, November 4 and 18, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

If you love to write, are a would-be author, or are simply seeking a new outlet for your creativity, you are cordially invited to join OLLI-UO’s Creative Writing group. We are authors, columnists, essayists, poets and non-fiction and fiction writers of all genres. Our levels of experience range from those with multiple publication credits to those just wanting to try their hand. Everyone is welcome.

We meet to encourage our creativity-in-common and to exchange ideas and information . . . but our main focus is the sharing of our work. This includes both reading our own and listening to other’s projects-of-choice (at any stage from rough draft to completed masterpiece) as well as offering and accepting constructive, objective critiquing, ideas and suggestions.

Since the written word often has a different feel than the spoken word . . . and since some of us just plain have trouble hearing . . . it would be extremely helpful if you’d bring several hard copies of what you plan to read.

FOCUS

Sharing the process of writing and publication of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoirs. Writers of all levels of experience and all genres are welcome.

MEETS

The first, third, and fifth (if applicable) Mondays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATOR

Livvie Taylor-Young

Philosophy Salon

Monday, November 11 and 25, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Canada Room

FOCUS

A peer-led exploration of philosophers and philosophy. Each session features either a presentation by a group member, or a recorded lecture, followed by discussion.

TOPICS

  • November 11: Philosophy’s death greatly exaggerated and Philosophy Salon members’ discussion/decision on the future content of Philosophy Salon
  • November 25: "Origins and Conflicts of Modern Politics" and "Ancient Republics, Empires, Fiefdoms"

MEETS

The second and fourth Mondays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

CONTACT

Henry Sholar

FACILITATORS

Byron Chell, and Lorraine Ironplow

Solutions

Monday, November 11, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Canada Room; No meeting November 25

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Generally, each session begins with 15–20 minutes of Internet videos introducing the topic while generating questions and talking points for discussion. The topic for each session is emailed a few days in advance of that meeting so participants can familiarize themselves with the topic. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

FOCUS

Focusing on some of the most critical problems in the world, this group takes the next step through study and discussion to identify and propose possible solutions to the problems.

TOPICS

  • November 11: Reducing Crime and Prison Populations
  • November 25: No Meeting

MEETS

The second and fourth Mondays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

CONTACT

Jerry Brule

Meditation and Mindfulness

Mondays, noon-1:00 p.m. Alaska Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

The meditation/mindfulness group meets for one hour once a week. The first half hour is spent listening to a talk given by a meditation teacher from the Internet. The next half hour is spent in silent meditation. There are many different levels of meditation being practiced by the group; some are beginners, some are returning to the practice through this class, some are advanced meditators who are here to experience the benefits of group meditation and a sense of community (sangha.)

FOCUS

This group utilizes what is known as Vipassana or breath or insight meditation, focusing on the sensation of breathing. Insight meditation utilizes the five senses to get us to awareness and being present.

MEETS

Every Monday from noon-1:00 p.m.

FACILITATOR

Janice Friend

Beginning Spanish

Mondays, 12:15–1:45 p.m. Belize Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Beginning Spanish is open to all, whether you know nothing beyond “hola” for “hello” or if you’re quite good at Spanish, but the time slot suits you. We speak in Spanish as much as possible. We use kids’ books to practice reading. Come and check it out.

FOCUS

Beginning level Spanish course; no basic knowledge required

MEETS

Every Monday from 12:15–1:45 p.m.

FACILITATOR/TEACHER

Sara Michener

OLLI-UO Film Series “Ride ‘Em Cowboy: Great Westerns Through the Years”

Mondays, June 17–December 16, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

June 17: Stagecoach, 1939, Introduced by Craig Starr

Strangers brought together on an Overland Stagecoach ride must deal with their animosities and petty differences, confront their own fears and demons, and face danger from warring Apaches led by Geronimo. A Western classic by John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine. Rating: Not Rated Run Time: 96 MINS

August  1: Red River, 1948, Introduced by Howard Schuman

A Texas cattleman leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of hard work and struggles, to the market in Missouri. But his stubborn and tyrannical behavior along the way leads to a mutiny, led by his adopted son. Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Colleen Gray, Harry Carey, John Ireland. Rating: Passed Run Time: 133 MINS

August  15: High Noon, 1952, Introduced by John Attig    

Marshal Will Kane learns that Frank Miller, whom he sent to prison years earlier, is arriving on the noon train, together with members of his gang. But as the Marshal prepares for the showdown with Miller, his newlywed wife begs him to just leave town as they had originally planned, and the townspeople whom he has protected for years turn their backs on him and refuse to help. Cast: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges, Harry Morgan, Lon Chaney, Jr. Rating: PG Run Time: 85 MINS

August 5: The Magnificent Seven, 1960, Introduced by Susan Walcott

Poor Mexican farmers whose village has long been plagued by a local bandit seek help from a ragtag collection of American gunmen, each with his own reason for coming to the aid of the villagers. Cast: Yul Brenner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Horst Buchholz, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Brad Dexter. Rating: Approved Run Time: 128 MINS

August 19: Blazing Saddles, 1974, Introduced by Meta Maxwell 

Mel Brooks’ raucous parody of Hollywood Western movies. In order to ruin a western town so he can buy up property in the railroad’s right of way, a corrupt white politician appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks, Slim Pickens, Alex Carras. Rating: R Run Time: 93 MINS

September 2: NO FILM – OLLI-UO CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY OBSERVANCE

September 16: The Searchers, 1956, introduced by Andy Walcott

A Confederate veteran, already consumed by his hatred of Indians, sets out on a quest to avenge the massacre of his brother’s families by a band of Commanches and to find his niece whom they kidnapped. But as he continues his search over five years, his belief that his niece has been tainted by living among the Indians for so long raises concerns about his motives. Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Mills, Natalie Wood, Ward Bond Rating: Passed Run Time: 119 MINS

October 7: My Darling Clementine, 1946, Introduced by Craig Starr  

John Ford’s classic telling of the clash between the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan, and the vicious Clanton clan, which led to the shoot-out behind the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Cast: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, John Ireland. Rating: Not Rated Run Time: 97 MINS

October 21: The Professionals, 1966, Introduced by Howard Schuman 

An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four mercenaries to rescue his wife from a notorious Mexican bandit, but as they search, they find reason to question whether the wife was actually kidnapped. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale, Ralph Bellamy. Rating: PG-13 Run Time: 117 MINS

November 4: Jeremiah Johnson, 1972, Introduced by Meta Maxwell  

A former Army scout looks to make a quiet home for himself in the Colorado mountains, but he inadvertently is drawn into a conflict with neighboring Crow Indians that threatens to forever change the peaceful relationship he worked so hard to achieve with his neighbors and the land. Cast: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton. Rating: GP Run Time: 108 MINS

November 18: Cat Ballou, 1965, Introduced by John Attig

Balladeers Stubby Kaye and Nat “King” Cole provide musical accompaniment to this tongue-in-cheek ballad of Catherine “Cat” Ballou, who becomes an outlaw and enlists the help of a washed-up, drunk gunslinger and a handsome bandit to get vengeance on the land-development company whose hired gun killed her father. Cast: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Stubby Kaye, John Marley, Nat “King” Cole. Rating: Not Rated Run Time: 97 MINS

December 2: Pale Rider, 1985, Introduced by Susan Walcott

A mysterious preacher rides into a gold mining camp in the California foothills, and protects the prospectors and their families from a greedy mining company that is trying to steal their claims. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Richard Dysart. Rating: R Run Time: 115 MINS

December 16: McCabe and Mrs. Miller, 1971, Introduced by Andy Walcott

A gambler, John McCabe, and a prostitute, Mrs. Miller, become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until the town’s mining deposits attract the attention of a large corporation. McCabe’s decision to refuse the corporation’s buy-out offer has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town. Cast:  Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberonoise, William Devane, Shelly Duvall, Keith Carradine. Rating: R Run Time: 120 MINS

French Language

Mondays, 3:15–4:45 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

In the first half-hour we have a session of grammar targeting an intermediate level of French. In the second half-hour we have a conversation class with intermediate levels and advanced levels together and in the third half hour we target an advanced level of French where we read an article or discuss ideas or topics of interest to French language and culture.

FOCUS

Learning and improving our French through grammar, conversations, readings and discussions.

MEETS

Every Monday from 3:15–4:45 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Elaine De Martin-Webster and Thomas Walker

Understanding Science

Tuesday, November 19, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Alaska-Mexico Room; No Meeting November 5

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Understanding Science will begin a new lecture series on June 18 titled: Understanding the Quantum World. Class discussions are based on the Great Courses series by Professor Erica W. Carlson, PhD. (c 2109). Quantum mechanics has a reputation for being so complex that the word "quantum" has become popular label for anything mystical or unfathomable. In fact, quantum mechanics is one of the most successful theories of reality yet discovered, explaining everything from the stability of atoms to the glow of neon lights, form the flow of electricity in metals to the workings of the human eye. There are 24 lectures in the series.

FOCUS

To present outstanding introductory college-level DVD science courses, and to enjoy the opportunity to share and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures. The lectures are only mildly cumulative in nature, and if you are occasionally unable to attend, this fact should not impede your enjoyment of the course. Decisions concerning specific course subjects are made by a majority vote of the group. Emphasis is placed on the natural and the formal sciences, but consideration is also given to a broader perspective that includes the philosophy of science, and the social, behavioral, and applied sciences.

TOPICS

  • November 5: No Meeting
  • November 19: Lecture 23 – Quantum Mechanics and Metals and Lecture 24 – Superconductivity

MEETS

The first, third and fifth (if applicable) Tuesdays of each month from 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Classics Book Group

Tuesday, November 26, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month to discuss a classic book, usually at least fifty years old, which was important when published and remains significant today. For example, we read a collection of Anton Chekov's short stories which are as fresh today as written. At times we make exceptions to the fifty-year guideline. Usually the person who nominates a title leads discussion of that book plus gives a brief biography of the author and times when the book was written. We alternate fiction one month with nonfiction the next.

FOCUS

Read and discuss classic fiction and nonfiction.

TOPICS

Book for November: A Death in the Family by James Agee; discussion led by Dina Wills

MEETS

The fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:30–3:30 p.m.

CONTACT

Sheila Patterson

International Relations

Wednesday, November 20, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Alaska-Mexico Room; Special Session on November 5; No Meeting November 6

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Members learn through presentations and discussions on topics connected with geo-politics, international business, global cultures, trade, the environment, and America’s place in the world. The facilitator maintains an email list for distribution of presenters’ materials, links to websites, videos and readings prior to the sessions.

FOCUS

International affairs, history, current global developments and U.S. foreign policy.

TOPICS

  • November 6: No meeting; note special two-part session on November 5 in “Featured” section above
  • November 20: Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan

Violent extremism has manifest itself in myriad ways over the past decades in Pakistan. In response, the Pakistan state has sought to counter this extremism through different strategies albeit they have been fraught with problems. But what is often overlooked are the innovative efforts underway throughout the country to cooperate and collaborate to promote harmony and understanding and recapture indigenous identity in which many non-state actors are engaged. Based on the research she conducted for her forthcoming book, Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan: Local Actions, Local Voices, Professor Anita Weiss will discuss and show us a variety of efforts underway to counter extremism in Pakistan through the use of poetry, art and music.

About the speaker: Anita M. Weiss received her doctorate in sociology from UC Berkeley and is professor of International Studies at the University of Oregon. She has published extensively on social development, gender issues, and political Islam in Pakistan. She has been in Pakistan extensively conducting interviews for her current book project,  Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2020) between 2016-19, including six months on a Harry Frank Guggenheim research fellowship. Professor Weiss is a member of the editorial board of Globalizations as well as a number of journals from Pakistan and has been a member of the Research Advisory Board of the Pakistan National Commission on the Status of Women.

MEETS

The first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATORS

Susan Walcott and Howard Schuman

Historical Novels and Nonfiction

Wednesday, November 13, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

If you would like to brush up on history and enjoy a good story along the way, join us twice a month for some very lively discussions of the books by a group of thoughtful and insightful men and women. Expect diverse opinions—we'll welcome your insights too!

Titles are selected by group vote every six months and each book (or author) is discussed over two meetings.

FOCUS

The reading and discussion of historical novels and nonfiction.

TOPICS

Book for November: The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang

MEETS

The second Wednesday of each month from 10:00–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATOR

Joyce Churchill

Interpretive Play Reading

Wednesday, November 6 and 20, 3:30–5:30 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Members of the group take turns selecting plays to be read. The person making the selection becomes the “director” and casts it from members present. Character changes are made as necessary to make sure that all present get a chance to read.

FOCUS

The interpretive reading of plays, usually accompanied by some discussion of a play’s merits, information about its author, or other related matters.

MEETS

The first and third Wednesdays of each month from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Jack Bennett and Iona Waller

Poetry on Wheels

Thursday, November 7 and 21, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Patagonia Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Members share poems they have written, provide each other with supportive feedback, and delve into their own creative process in a like-minded group. All voices and levels of experience welcomed. Come as you are. Prompts are provided if wanted. Opportunities for reading in front of an audience discussed.

FOCUS

Writing and speaking your inspiration and craft.

MEETS

The first, third, and fifth (if applicable) Thursdays of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATOR

Group Facilitated

News and Views

Thursday, November 14, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Canada Room; No Meeting November 28

ABOUT THIS GROUP

A team of volunteers suggest about dozen recent news stories for discussion, in the areas of international, domestic and local. The group and moderators work together to determine what will be discussed. Participants are diverse in their experiences and interests, and they read and watch a wide range of news sources. No additional preparation is necessary. It's OK to disagree with the views of the other participants—but not to be disagreeable.

FOCUS

Learning through a lively exchange of views on recent local, national, and world news.

MEETS

The second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

MODERATOR

Rotated among a team of volunteers

Thinking Allowed

Thursday, November 7 and 21, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Thinking Allowed is a participatory round table discussion group where all can contribute their knowledge and opinions toward making broad, complex issues more understandable to everyone. The subject areas are selected by the participants, with a write up about the specific topic for each session emailed a few days in advance to permit personal thought and investigation. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

FOCUS

An informal discussion group devoted to the exchange of views on contemporary social issues and problems confronting the nation, state and local community.

TOPICS

  • November 7: Health Care
  • November 21: Military Spending – How to limit and audit

MEETS

The first and third Thursdays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches.

CONTACT

Jerry Brule

Drop-in Meditation Time

Thursdays, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Belize Room; No Meeting November 28

ABOUT THIS GROUP

A shared period of silence with a bit of social connection on both sides.

FOCUS

Becoming comfortable with resting in the presence of others with awareness and acceptance.

MEETS

Every Thursday from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Note: period of shared silence between 12:10 and 12:50 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Shared

CONTACT

Don Schneider

Short Story Discussions

Thursday, November 7 and 21, 1:30–3:00 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Short story anthologies are generally used as a source of each term’s readings; additional selections may be provided by the facilitator.

FOCUS

Reading a variety of short stories and discussing them as a group.

TOPICS

  • November 7: “My Son the Murderer” by Bernard Malamud and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
  • November 21: “The Drowned Son” by David Guterson (handout)

All selections, unless otherwise indicated, are from The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, 2nd edition, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Stories marked “handout” will be made available at the CPE office in Room 110.

MEETS

The first and third Thursdays of each month from 1:30–3:00 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Shiela Pardee and Anne Pacheco

Culture Italiane

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m. Alaska Room; No Meeting November 28

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Culture Italiane (“Italian cultures”) explores the diverse geography, economies, history, cultures and products of Italy’s 20 regions. English-language videos and the Geografia d’Italia per Stranieri textbook are used to learn about each region.

Knowledge of Italian is not necessary for participating in the study group, which is conducted in English. Textbook passages are translated to English to make them accessible to everyone. For those interested in Italian, the course is also an opportunity to share or improve their Italian language knowledge.

FOCUS

Understanding the cultural diversity of Italy’s regions

TOPICS

  • November 7: Michelangelo
  • November 14: The Roman neighborhood of La Garbatella; Food and art of Rome (part 1)
  • November 21: The Jews of Rome; Sophia Loren
  • November 28: No Meeting

MEETS

Every Thursday from 3:15–4:45 p.m.

FACILITATOR

Lee Altschuler

Spanish Conversation

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m. Canada Room; No Meeting November 28

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Someone volunteers to facilitate the meeting, and everyone contributes readings or topics for conversation in Español. Some of us speak Español rather well and want to practice it weekly. Others are very rusty but get more fluent as they keep trying.

FOCUS

Speaking Spanish informally. Basic knowledge.

MEETS

Every Thursday from 3:15–4:45 p.m.

FACILITATOR

Stan Cook and Carolin Keutzer

 

December

Creative Writing Critique

Monday, December 2 and 16, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

If you love to write, are a would-be author, or are simply seeking a new outlet for your creativity, you are cordially invited to join OLLI-UO’s Creative Writing group. We are authors, columnists, essayists, poets and non-fiction and fiction writers of all genres. Our levels of experience range from those with multiple publication credits to those just wanting to try their hand. Everyone is welcome.

We meet to encourage our creativity-in-common and to exchange ideas and information . . . but our main focus is the sharing of our work. This includes both reading our own and listening to other’s projects-of-choice (at any stage from rough draft to completed masterpiece) as well as offering and accepting constructive, objective critiquing, ideas and suggestions.

Since the written word often has a different feel than the spoken word . . . and since some of us just plain have trouble hearing . . . it would be extremely helpful if you’d bring several hard copies of what you plan to read.

FOCUS

Sharing the process of writing and publication of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoirs. Writers of all levels of experience and all genres are welcome.

MEETS

The first, third, and fifth (if applicable) Mondays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATOR

Livvie Taylor-Young

Philosophy Salon

Monday, December 9, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Canada Room; No meeting December 23

FOCUS

A peer-led exploration of philosophers and philosophy. Each session features either a presentation by a group member, or a recorded lecture, followed by discussion.

About

Given the crises we currently live amidst, both nationally and internationally, Salon members have elected to learn about the history of modern political philosophy to help us better understand the theories and traditions that have influenced the current situation. We’re going to plunge into the nitty-gritty theories of civil life, society and government.

This will be a 36-lecture Great Courses DVD series. We will learn from an excellent lecturer —Prof. Lawrence Cahoone. At each meeting, we watch two lectures, one each hour. The lectures are about 30 minutes, and allows 30 minutes or so discussion before a short break, and then another lecture and discussion the second hour.

TOPICS

  • December 9: "Machiavelli’s New Order" and "Hobbes' Natural Law, the Social Compact"
  • December 23: No Meeting

MEETS

The second and fourth Mondays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATORS

Jeffrey Allen, Milton Janetos, and Henry Sholar

Solutions

Monday, December 9, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Canada Room; No meeting December 23

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Generally, each session begins with 15–20 minutes of Internet videos introducing the topic while generating questions and talking points for discussion. The topic for each session is emailed a few days in advance of that meeting so participants can familiarize themselves with the topic. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

FOCUS

Focusing on some of the most critical problems in the world, this group takes the next step through study and discussion to identify and propose possible solutions to the problems.

TOPICS

  • December 9: Housing and Architecture
  • December 23: No Meeting

MEETS

The second and fourth Mondays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

CONTACT

Jerry Brule

Meditation and Mindfulness

Mondays, noon-1:00 p.m. Alaska Room; No meeting December 23 and 30

ABOUT THIS GROUP

The meditation/mindfulness group meets for one hour once a week. The first half hour is spent listening to a talk given by a meditation teacher from the Internet. The next half hour is spent in silent meditation. There are many different levels of meditation being practiced by the group; some are beginners, some are returning to the practice through this class, some are advanced meditators who are here to experience the benefits of group meditation and a sense of community (sangha.)

FOCUS

This group utilizes what is known as Vipassana or breath or insight meditation, focusing on the sensation of breathing. Insight meditation utilizes the five senses to get us to awareness and being present.

MEETS

Every Monday from noon-1:00 p.m.

FACILITATOR

Janice Friend

Beginning Spanish

Mondays, 12:15–1:45 p.m. Belize Room; No meeting December 23 and 30

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Beginning Spanish is open to all, whether you know nothing beyond “hola” for “hello” or if you’re quite good at Spanish, but the time slot suits you. We speak in Spanish as much as possible. We use kids’ books to practice reading. Come and check it out.

FOCUS

Beginning level Spanish course; no basic knowledge required

MEETS

Every Monday from 12:15–1:45 p.m.

FACILITATOR/TEACHER

Sara Michener

OLLI-UO Film Series “Ride ‘Em Cowboy: Great Westerns Through the Years”

Mondays, June 17–December 16, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

JUNE 17: Stagecoach, 1939, Introduced by Craig Starr

Strangers brought together on an Overland Stagecoach ride must deal with their animosities and petty differences, confront their own fears and demons, and face danger from warring Apaches led by Geronimo. A Western classic by John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine. Rating: Not Rated Run Time: 96 MINS

AUGUST  1: Red River, 1948, Introduced by Howard Schuman

A Texas cattleman leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of hard work and struggles, to the market in Missouri. But his stubborn and tyrannical behavior along the way leads to a mutiny, led by his adopted son. Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Colleen Gray, Harry Carey, John Ireland. Rating: Passed Run Time: 133 MINS

AUGUST  15: High Noon, 1952, Introduced by John Attig    

Marshal Will Kane learns that Frank Miller, whom he sent to prison years earlier, is arriving on the noon train, together with members of his gang. But as the Marshal prepares for the showdown with Miller, his newlywed wife begs him to just leave town as they had originally planned, and the townspeople whom he has protected for years turn their backs on him and refuse to help. Cast: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges, Harry Morgan, Lon Chaney, Jr. Rating: PG Run Time: 85 MINS

AUG 5: The Magnificent Seven, 1960, Introduced by Susan Walcott

Poor Mexican farmers whose village has long been plagued by a local bandit seek help from a ragtag collection of American gunmen, each with his own reason for coming to the aid of the villagers. Cast: Yul Brenner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Horst Buchholz, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Brad Dexter. Rating: Approved Run Time: 128 MINS

AUG 19: Blazing Saddles, 1974, Introduced by Meta Maxwell 

Mel Brooks’ raucous parody of Hollywood Western movies. In order to ruin a western town so he can buy up property in the railroad’s right of way, a corrupt white politician appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks, Slim Pickens, Alex Carras. Rating: R Run Time: 93 MINS

SEPT 2: NO FILM – OLLI-UO CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY OBSERVANCE

SEPT 16: The Searchers, 1956, introduced by Andy Walcott

A Confederate veteran, already consumed by his hatred of Indians, sets out on a quest to avenge the massacre of his brother’s families by a band of Commanches and to find his niece whom they kidnapped. But as he continues his search over five years, his belief that his niece has been tainted by living among the Indians for so long raises concerns about his motives. Cast: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Mills, Natalie Wood, Ward Bond Rating: Passed Run Time: 119 MINS

OCT 7: My Darling Clementine, 1946, Introduced by Craig Starr  

John Ford’s classic telling of the clash between the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan, and the vicious Clanton clan, which led to the shoot-out behind the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Cast: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, John Ireland. Rating: Not Rated Run Time: 97 MINS

OCT 21: The Professionals, 1966, Introduced by Howard Schuman 

An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four mercenaries to rescue his wife from a notorious Mexican bandit, but as they search, they find reason to question whether the wife was actually kidnapped. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale, Ralph Bellamy. Rating: PG-13 Run Time: 117 MINS

NOV 4: Jeremiah Johnson, 1972, Introduced by Meta Maxwell  

A former Army scout looks to make a quiet home for himself in the Colorado mountains, but he inadvertently is drawn into a conflict with neighboring Crow Indians that threatens to forever change the peaceful relationship he worked so hard to achieve with his neighbors and the land. Cast: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton. Rating: GP Run Time: 108 MINS

NOV 18: Cat Ballou, 1965, Introduced by John Attig

Balladeers Stubby Kaye and Nat “King” Cole provide musical accompaniment to this tongue-in-cheek ballad of Catherine “Cat” Ballou, who becomes an outlaw and enlists the help of a washed-up, drunk gunslinger and a handsome bandit to get vengeance on the land-development company whose hired gun killed her father. Cast: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Stubby Kaye, John Marley, Nat “King” Cole. Rating: Not Rated Run Time: 97 MINS

DEC 2: Pale Rider, 1985, Introduced by Susan Walcott

A mysterious preacher rides into a gold mining camp in the California foothills, and protects the prospectors and their families from a greedy mining company that is trying to steal their claims. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Richard Dysart. Rating: R Run Time: 115 MINS

DEC 16: McCabe and Mrs. Miller, 1971, Introduced by Andy Walcott

A gambler, John McCabe, and a prostitute, Mrs. Miller, become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until the town’s mining deposits attract the attention of a large corporation. McCabe’s decision to refuse the corporation’s buy-out offer has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town. Cast:  Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberonoise, William Devane, Shelly Duvall, Keith Carradine. Rating: R Run Time: 120 MINS

French Language

Mondays, 3:15–4:45 p.m. Canada Room; No meeting December 23 and 30

ABOUT THIS GROUP

In the first half-hour we have a session of grammar targeting an intermediate level of French. In the second half-hour we have a conversation class with intermediate levels and advanced levels together and in the third half hour we target an advanced level of French where we read an article or discuss ideas or topics of interest to French language and culture.

FOCUS

Learning and improving our French through grammar, conversations, readings and discussions.

MEETS

Every Monday from 3:15–4:45 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Elaine De Martin-Webster and Thomas Walker

Understanding Science

Tuesday, December 3 and 17, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

On December 3rd we begin a new series called: What Darwin didn't Know. The Modern Science of Evolution. Writing the final pages of his masterpiece The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin looked ahead to the work yet to be done on his groundbreaking theory of evolution by natural selection. “In the distant future,” he predicted, “I see open fields for far more important researches.”

Darwin was right as evolution has emerged as the fundamental concept in all of biology, explaining Earth’s endlessly diverse organisms while spawning new disciplines such as genetics, molecular biology, and evolutionary medicine.

The course is taught by Dr. Scott Solomon who is an Associate Teaching Professor at Rice University, where he teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication. He received his PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from The University of Texas at Austin, where his research explored the evolutionary origins of biodiversity in the Amazon basin. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he has worked as a visiting researcher with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and with São Paulo State University in Rio Claro, Brazil.

There are 24 lectures in the series.

FOCUS

To present outstanding introductory college-level DVD science courses, and to enjoy the opportunity to share and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures. The lectures are only mildly cumulative in nature, and if you are occasionally unable to attend, this fact should not impede your enjoyment of the course. Decisions concerning specific course subjects are made by a majority vote of the group. Emphasis is placed on the natural and the formal sciences, but consideration is also given to a broader perspective that includes the philosophy of science, and the social, behavioral, and applied sciences.

TOPICS

  • December 3: Lecture 1 – What Darwin knew and why it still matters and Lecture 2 – Inheritance: Darwin’s missing link
  • December 17: Lecture 3 – Genome mutations: Evolution’s Raw Material and Lecture 4 – Gene flow vs Natural Selection

MEETS

The first, third and fifth (if applicable) Tuesdays of each month from 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Classics Book Group

No Meeting December; Meets January 2, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Mexico Room and January 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month to discuss a classic book, usually at least fifty years old, which was important when published and remains significant today. For example, we read a collection of Anton Chekov's short stories which are as fresh today as written. At times we make exceptions to the fifty-year guideline. Usually the person who nominates a title leads discussion of that book plus gives a brief biography of the author and times when the book was written. We alternate fiction one month with nonfiction the next.

FOCUS

Read and discuss classic fiction and nonfiction.

TOPICS

Book for January 2: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

MEETS

The fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:30–3:30 p.m.

CONTACT

Sheila Patterson

International Relations

Wednesday, December 4 and 18, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Alaska-Mexico Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Members learn through presentations and discussions on topics connected with geo-politics, international business, global cultures, trade, the environment, and America’s place in the world. The facilitator maintains an email list for distribution of presenters’ materials, links to websites, videos and readings prior to the sessions.

FOCUS

International affairs, history, current global developments and U.S. foreign policy.

TOPICS

  • December 4: Environmental Advocacy Abroad
  • December 18: Brainstorming session for topics and possible in-house presenters for 2020

Join us for a year-end review of International Relations programs held in 2019 and a preview for 2020. We'll go over what programs have been held and analyze the subjects and methods of delivery that appear most popular. We'll then go on to brainstorm topics and sources of presenters for 2020 including the chance for members to volunteer themselves or propose other presenters. Here's a chance to be part of planning our look at international relations for the next year.

MEETS

The first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATORS

Susan Walcott and Howard Schuman

Historical Novels and Nonfiction

Wednesday, December 11, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

If you would like to brush up on history and enjoy a good story along the way, join us twice a month for some very lively discussions of the books by a group of thoughtful and insightful men and women. Expect diverse opinions—we'll welcome your insights too!

Titles are selected by group vote every six months and each book (or author) is discussed over two meetings.

FOCUS

The reading and discussion of historical novels and nonfiction.

TOPICS

Book for December: The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

MEETS

The second Wednesday of each month from 10:00–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATOR

Joyce Churchill

Interpretive Play Reading

Wednesday, December 4 and 18, 3:30–5:30 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Members of the group take turns selecting plays to be read. The person making the selection becomes the “director” and casts it from members present. Character changes are made as necessary to make sure that all present get a chance to read.

FOCUS

The interpretive reading of plays, usually accompanied by some discussion of a play’s merits, information about its author, or other related matters.

MEETS

The first and third Wednesdays of each month from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Jack Bennett and Iona Waller

Poetry on Wheels

Thursday, December 5 and 19, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Patagonia Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Members share poems they have written, provide each other with supportive feedback, and delve into their own creative process in a like-minded group. All voices and levels of experience welcomed. Come as you are. Prompts are provided if wanted. Opportunities for reading in front of an audience discussed.

FOCUS

Writing and speaking your inspiration and craft.

MEETS

The first, third, and fifth (if applicable) Thursdays of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

FACILITATOR

Group Facilitated

News and Views

Thursday, December 12, 9:30–11:30 a.m. Canada Room; No Meeting December 26

ABOUT THIS GROUP

A team of volunteers suggest about dozen recent news stories for discussion, in the areas of international, domestic and local. The group and moderators work together to determine what will be discussed. Participants are diverse in their experiences and interests, and they read and watch a wide range of news sources. No additional preparation is necessary. It's OK to disagree with the views of the other participants—but not to be disagreeable.

FOCUS

Learning through a lively exchange of views on recent local, national, and world news.

MEETS

The second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

MODERATOR

Rotated among a team of volunteers

Thinking Allowed

Thursday, December 5 and 19, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Canada Room

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Thinking Allowed is a participatory round table discussion group where all can contribute their knowledge and opinions toward making broad, complex issues more understandable to everyone. The subject areas are selected by the participants, with a write up about the specific topic for each session emailed a few days in advance to permit personal thought and investigation. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

FOCUS

An informal discussion group devoted to the exchange of views on contemporary social issues and problems confronting the nation, state and local community.

TOPICS

  • December 5: TBA
  • December 19: TBA

MEETS

The first and third Thursdays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches.

CONTACT

Jerry Brule

Drop-in Meditation Time

Thursdays, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Belize Room; No Meeting December 26

ABOUT THIS GROUP

A shared period of silence with a bit of social connection on both sides.

FOCUS

Becoming comfortable with resting in the presence of others with awareness and acceptance.

MEETS

Every Thursday from 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Note: period of shared silence between 12:10 and 12:50 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Shared

CONTACT

Don Schneider

Short Story Discussions

Thursdays, December 5, 1:30–3:00 p.m. Canada Room; No meeting on December 19

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Short story anthologies are generally used as a source of each term’s readings; additional selections may be provided by the facilitator.

FOCUS

Reading a variety of short stories and discussing them as a group.

TOPICS

  • December 5: “There Will Come Soft Rain” by Ray Bradbury and “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury
  • December 19: No Meeting  

All selections, unless otherwise indicated, are from The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, 2nd edition, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Stories marked “handout” will be made available at the CPE office in Room 110.

MEETS

The first and third Thursdays of each month from 1:30–3:00 p.m.

FACILITATORS

Shiela Pardee and Anne Pacheco

Culture Italiane

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m. Alaska Room; No Meeting December 26

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Culture Italiane (“Italian cultures”) explores the diverse geography, economies, history, cultures and products of Italy’s 20 regions. English-language videos and the Geografia d’Italia per Stranieri textbook are used to learn about each region.

Knowledge of Italian is not necessary for participating in the study group, which is conducted in English. Textbook passages are translated to English to make them accessible to everyone. For those interested in Italian, the course is also an opportunity to share or improve their Italian language knowledge.

FOCUS

Understanding the cultural diversity of Italy’s regions

TOPICS

  • December 5: Quirinale Palace and Italy's president; Mary Beard's documentary film about the rise of Rome
  • December 12: Palazzo Chigi and Italy's Prime Minister; Mary Beard's documentary film about daily life in ancient Rome
  • December 19: Food and art of Rome (part 2)
  • December 26: No Meeting

MEETS

Every Thursday from 3:15–4:45 p.m.

FACILITATOR

Lee Altschuler

Spanish Conversation

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m. Canada Room; No Meeting December 26

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Someone volunteers to facilitate the meeting, and everyone contributes readings or topics for conversation in Español. Some of us speak Español rather well and want to practice it weekly. Others are very rusty but get more fluent as they keep trying.

FOCUS

Speaking Spanish informally. Basic knowledge.

MEETS

Every Thursday from 3:15–4:45 p.m.

FACILITATOR

Stan Cook and Carolin Keutzer


 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon