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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Continuing and Professional Education

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Offerings Spring 2019 Archive

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

Lectures

Climate Change 2020: Science and Policy Solutions

Thursday, April 4, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Picture of oil rigs under dark clouds.

Dr. John Perona, PhD, JD, Professor of Environmental Biochemistry at Portland State University and Oregon Health Sciences University, offers an overview of the science underpinning what we know about climate change. Beginning with a discussion of the greenhouse effect and carbon cycling, he examines current and likely future impacts, including sea level rise, loss of biodiversity, increasing extreme weather events, and effects on human health and the economy. He looks at some effective policy responses, including forest and land management, renewable energy solutions, and carbon pricing.

Dr. Perona, holds a PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, a JD from Santa Barbara College of Law, and an LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Northwestern College of Law, Lewis and Clark University. He is an experienced professional who brings expertise in scientific research, environmental law and education to address how advances in science and engineering can be incorporated into policymaking. He specializes in climate change, the transition to a renewable energy economy, and biotechnology.

There will be adequate time for questions and answers. This lecture for OLLI-UO Central Oregon members precedes a public presentation on Friday at OSU-Cascades. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to interact with one of Oregon's climate change experts.

OLLI is able to bring Dr. Perona to Central Oregon courtesy of the Bernard Osher Foundation Capacity Grant to the University of Oregon.

What is Stress and How Can We Manage It?

Monday, April 8, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

Stress is prevalent in all of our lives, and is even becoming more so in today’s world. Continued stress is a strong factor in 80-90 percent of all diseases!  There is actually a stress cascade in the body that produces stress hormones, and these hormones damage our body in many different ways. 

Join our own OLLI member Georganna Frater for a discussion of the causes of stress as well as the physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms of stress. Most important, we can learn how to manage this condition, and when to seek outside help if stress becomes unmanageable.

During this presentation, we learn the difference between eustress and distress. We can learn how one can be in charge of his or her reality and not a powerless victim of circumstances and outside forces.  Build a resistance to stress and cultivate a stress-resistant attitude.

Georganna is a retired RN and has worked in the healthcare profession for 30 years. Earlier in her career, she was an ICU nurse for a large Kaiser hospital in California for 15 years, then moved on to become a hospice nurse for 5 years. After her move to Oregon, she became interested in teaching, and had an opportunity to teach pathophysiology at COCC for several years. Her other classes include living with arthritis, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia through the Community Learning Program in Bend, and a self-nurturing class at St. Charles Hospital.

Georganna has always been interested in viewing the whole person from a holistic point of view, both in her own personal life and with others, and has worked to emphasize these principles in her teaching as a health care professional.

Get Your Writing Published!

Tuesday, April 9, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Don Kunz, PhD, retired university professor of literature and film, offers a special workshop to participants of our Writers’ Bloc study group. There is space for additional OLLI members to join! During this presentation, Dr. Kunz discusses the practical ways one can become a published writer. Dr. Kunz is Professor Emeritus at the University of Rhode Island, having taught literature, creative writing and film studies from 1968 to 2004. In addition to his teaching, Don has published scores of articles, short stories, and poems. He is a member of the High Desert Poetry Cell, a group of five male poets who have published several books and read at various venues. Come learn from someone who knows how to get published.

Class size will be limited to 20 people. Dick Linford is the Course Manager.

Central Oregon’s Water Resources in a Changing Climate

Friday, April 26, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

What impacts will a changing climate have on our rivers, communities, and water supplies? Come learn about how water works in the Deschutes Basin and the strategies available to create resiliency in the face of a changing climate.

More than 100 years ago, federal and state policies encouraged the settlement of Central Oregon’s high desert by facilitating access to land and irrigation water. This water development helped support the diverse agriculture that has helped shape the region, however, it left many rivers and streams with low or altered flows. As the region has grown, the Upper Deschutes River basin has experienced increased demand for water for people, cities, farms, and fish and wildlife. Over the past two decades, irrigation districts, governmental entities, and conservation groups have worked together to address these issues. Diverse stakeholders in the Deschutes Basin recently completed the Upper Deschutes Basin Study, a water supply and demand study that identifies tools to meet the following goals into the future:

  • Increased streamflows and improved water quality for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and people
  • A reliable and affordable water supply to sustain agriculture
  • A safe, affordable, and high-quality water supply for urban communities

Our speakers will share their expertise and findings from the Basin Study that will help solve legacy water issues in the basin, and that can also be used to adapt to changing water supplies predicted for the future.

Jonathan La Marche, Hydrologist with the Oregon Water Resources Department, will discuss the unique hydrology of the Deschutes Basin and the changes we might expect under climate change.

Kate Fitzpatrick, Program Director of the Deschutes River Conservancy, will explain how water is currently managed in the Deschutes Basin and what kind of strategies partners are implementing to meet needs into the future for our rivers and communities.

Editing Digital Photographs

Fridays, May 3, 10, and 17, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

Would you like to increase your skills in editing digital photographs? Would you like to improve the digital images you receive from your family and friends or perhaps create something imaginative or artistic with your photos? Join our own OLLI member, John Rhetts, for this three-session class where you learn to THINK your way through improving your digital images, whether from your smartphone or your stand-alone camera.

Learn how to apply seven ideas to editing digital images using Adobe Photoshop Elements and by extension the software that is already in your mobile devices and home computer. The focus for these three Friday sessions is on improving and editing the pictures you already have, not on how to take a good photo or operate your camera. No memorization and no math is required. These sessions are not technical.

At the end of this course, up to six members may begin a new OLLI-UO Shared Interest Group (SIG) to practice new skills on their own photographs.

Topics in Art History: Seventh and Final Talk

Friday, May 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Illustration of Marie Antoinette with boat hat.

Registration is not required. This talk is the final lecture in the series, originally scheduled for February 28, 2019.

OLLI-UO Central Oregon member Roger Aikin, PhD, is a retired professor of art history from the University of Omaha, Nebraska. He hand-selected seven topics to present to our members about which he had written and studied for years. Each talk considered an issue or aspect of art history, with interesting artwork and issues that relate to the present day. Because of the weather in Central Oregon, his final talk had to be postponed until this month. There will be plenty of time for discussion during and after the presentation. No particular preparation or reading is required to attend, although Roger will have suggestions for further reading and research for those who wish to follow up. The talk is self-sufficient.

the unfashionable human body through the ages in art, fashion, and pop culture

This talk is a romp through the history of representations of the human body from Egypt to Luke Skywalker. What is “beauty” anyway, and why has the human body been represented so differently at different times?

Courses

The Origin and Evolution of Earth

Tuesday, April 2, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

Registration is not required.

FOCUS

Join Larry Weinberg and OLLI-UO Central Oregon associates for an in-depth look at how our earth came into being and changed through time. Larry will begin with a look at the very beginnings of the universe and how those events lead to the formation of the earth. The course will introduce the co-evolution of life and minerals in the early earth. The program will be augmented with the Great Courses program “The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence,” taught by Robert M. Hazen, PhD, Professor of Earth Sciences at George Mason University.

TOPICS

  • March 12: From the “Great Dying” to Dinosaurs; Impact! From Dinosaurs to Mammals
  • March 19: Humans and the Anthropocene Epoch; The Next 5 Billion Years
  • April 2: The Nearer Future; Coevolution of Geosphere and Biosphere

MEETS

Tuesdays, September 18–April 2, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

course manager/facilitator

Larry Weinberg

What Darwin Didn’t Know: The Modern Science of Evolution

Tuesdays, April 9–June 25, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

Registration is not required.

about this course

We have an enthusiastic group of science-minded people who enjoy presenting introductory college-level DVD science courses and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures. It is not necessary to attend each class in sequence.

FOCUS

Explore breakthroughs and unanticipated discoveries in the field of genetics since the time of Darwin. OLLI-UO Central Oregon member Russ Hopper examines evolution as the fundamental concept in all of biology, explaining the complex biodiversity of earth, while spawning new disciplines such as genetics, molecular biology, and evolutionary medicine.

Russ augments his discussions with videos and articles from the internet and What Darwin Didn’t Know: The Modern Science of Evolution (Great Courses) by Scott Solomon, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor at Rice University. Dr. Solomon 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.

Since Darwin’s time, new discoveries include:

  • The discovery of the rules of heredity
  • The identification of DNA as the carrier of genetic information
  • Fossil discoveries that fill major evolutionary gaps and offer new insights
  • The recognition of multiple mass extinctions in Earth’s history
  • The ability to read the genetic code of any organism
  • The power to manipulate genetic material

The newest technology in genetics is called CRISPR. During the class Russ explores CRISPR and its potential for the future along with the ethical ramifications of this new technology already making headlines.

TOPICS

  • April 9: What Darwin Knew and Why It Still Matters; Inheritance: Darwin's Missing Link
  • April 16: Genome Mutations: Evolution's Raw Material; Gene Flow versus Natural Selection
  • April 23: Geology and Genes: The Geography of Life; Genetic Drift: When Evolution Is Random
  • April 30: Rapid Evolution within Species; Evolution in the Lab
  • May 7: The Many Origins of Species; Cambrian Explosion to Dinosaur Extinction
  • May 14: Reconstructing the Tree of Life with DNA; Human Evolution in All Directions
  • May 21: Evolution Doesn't Repeat, but It Rhymes; The Evolution of Extreme Life
  • May 28: Imperfect Nature: Ad Hoc Body Designs; The Sterile Worker Paradox
  • June 4: Coevolution: Peace Accords and Arms Races; Microbiomes: Evolution with Small Partners
  • June 11: The Evolution of Brains and Behavior; The Evolution of Sex and Parenting
  • June 18: The Evolution of Aging and Death; Evolutionary Medicine
  • June 25: Gene Editing and Directed Evolution; The Future of Human Evolution

meets

Tuesdays, April 9–June 25, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

course manager/facilitator

Russ Hopper

Food: A Cultural Culinary History

Wednesdays, February 13–June 26, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration required and the course is full.

focus

First offered two years ago in winter 2017, this course was so popular that we are doing a back-by-popular-demand repeat. Course manager Pat Ackley and fellow OLLI members facilitate a deeply insightful lens on human history, shedding new light on the evolution of social and political systems, on cultural interactions, economic empires, human migrations, and more. In the process, you discover the stunning richness of world cultures as seen in their distinctive food traditions, and greatly broaden your own enjoyment of fine food.

The scope of this course is global, covering civilizations of Asia, America, Africa, and Europe and how cultures in each of these continents domesticated unique staples that literally enabled these civilizations to expand and flourish.

A 36-lecture/18-week Great Courses DVD series featuring award-winning Professor Ken Albala of the University of the Pacific contributes to the adventure, aiding us in discovering fascinating food lore and culture of all regions and eras—as an eye-opening lesson in history as well as a unique window on what we eat today. The result is a compelling inquiry that will change the way you look at both history and food itself.

  • The revolutions of agriculture: Learn how agriculture arose in the prehistoric world and how it spurred the development of urban organization, political systems, social classes, militaries, and trade.
  • Food and faith: Grasp how food practices became core expressions of religious faith in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as in the Eastern traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism.
  • 1492 and food globalization: Track the great trading empires of the Venetians, Portuguese, and Spanish, and the "Columbian Exchange," where plants and animals from five continents were transplanted across the world.
  • Coffee, tea, sugar, and slaves: Discover how the trade in a group of superfluous luxury items in the era of European colonialism altered the focus of the global economy.
  • Eating in the Industrial Revolution: Learn how capital-intensive, mass food production in the Industrial Revolution forever changed human diet and nutrition.
  • Big business and food imperialism: Observe the vast industrialization of food production in the late 19th and 20th centuries; its economic and human consequences; and the ideologies, movements, and practices that arose to oppose it.

topics

  • April 3: Carnival in the High Middle Ages: International Gothic Cuisine. Facilitator: Maggi Machala
  • April 10: A Renaissance in the Kitchen; Aztecs and the Roots of Mexican Cooking. Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt
  • April 17: 1492–Globalization & Fusion Cuisines; 16th-Century Manners and Reformation Diets. Facilitator: Bonnie Campbell
  • April 24: Papal Rome & the Spanish Golden Age; The Birth of French Haute Cuisine. Facilitator: Bonnie Campbell
  • May 1: Elizabethan England, Puritans, Country Food; Dutch Treat–Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Tobacco. Facilitator: Terry Schwab
  • May 8: African and Aboriginal Cuisines; Edo, Japan Samurai Dining and Zen Aesthetics. Facilitator: Linda Redeker
  • May 15: Colonial Cookery in North America; Eating in the Early Industrial Revolution. Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt
  • May 22: Romantics, Vegetarians, Utopians; First Restaurants, Chefs and Gastronomy. Facilitator: Pat Ackley
  • May 29: Big Business and the Homogenization of Food; Food Imperialism around the World. Facilitator: Maggi Machala

meets

Wednesdays, February 13–June 26, 10:00 a.m.–noon

course manager

Pat Ackley

Imperial Russia: Land of the Czars

Wednesdays, March 6–May 22, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is required and the course is full.

focus

First offered three years ago in February 2016, this course was so popular that our own resident expert on Russia, Professor Emeritus Bob Harrison, PhD, offers a repeat of this series. Join Bob for an eight-week examination of Imperialist Czarist Russia, including background to its organization in Kiev, its revival in Moscow and evolution from a small principality to Eurasian conquest.

The course covers the great czars including Ivan III, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander I, and Nicholas II, from the 10th Century to the 1917 Revolution. Discussions on history, religion, culture and geography are covered in depth.

The History Channel DVD Russia–Land of the Tsars augment the lectures.

OLLI member Bob Harrison taught European and Middle Eastern history at Southern Oregon University for 25 years, was a Fulbright Scholar, and taught previous OLLI courses on Islam, Alexander the Great, World War I, Britain in the Middle East, Ancient Western Civilizations, and Imperial Russia.

TOPICS

  • April 3: Peter the Great and the Russian Empire 1682-1725. Brutality and Reform, Western contacts, Expansion and War, Modernization, New Capital, St. Petersburg “Window to the West”
  • April 10: Catherine the Great and Czar Paul 1762-1801. “Enlightened Despotism”, and Failure of Reforms, Pugachev’s Rebellion. War with Ottoman Empire, Partition of Poland, and French Revolution.
  • April 24: Alexander I and Napoleonic Wars 1801-25. Philosophic Czar, Clash with Napoleon, Treaty of Tilst, Continental System, Invasion of 1812. End of Napoleon, Congress of Vienna, Peacemaking Czar, Holy Alliance, Mysterious Ending.
  • May 1: High Noon: The Nineteenth Century 1825-1881. Plight of Nicholas I, Decembrist Revolt 1825, Crimean War 1854-56, Russia’s Containment. Alexander II and Reform, Emancipation of the Serfs, Assassination. Congress of Berlin 1878, No Warm Water Port.
  • May 8: Sunset on Autocracy: Last of the Romanovs 1881-1914. Alexander III and Nicholas II, League of the Three Emperors, the French Alliance 1893, Socialists and Bolsheviks, Russo-Japanese War, Revolution of 1905.
  • May 22: Russia in the First World War 1914-1917.  Bosnian Crisis 1909, Alliance System, Sarajevo June 28, 1914. Slaughter on Russian Front, Brusilov Offensive, Political Collapse of Nicholas II, February Revolution, October Revolution, Execution of the Romanovs.

meets

Select Wednesdays, March 13–May 22, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

course manager

Pat Ackley

The Vikings, Session I

Thursdays, January 10–May 30, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is required and the course is full.

focus

The Vikings were a people whose history stretched from the Vinland settlements in Newfoundland to Baghdad. Be prepared to challenge stereotypical images of the Vikings that have long obscured the Vikings' importance in European history. This new 18-week course supplements its sessions with the Great Courses program “The Vikings,” taught by Dr. Kenneth W. Harl, Professor of Classical and Byzantine History at Tulane University in New Orleans. Course Manager Pat Ackley and fellow OLLI-UO members will facilitate this course.

As explorers and traders, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of Western Europe. In this course, we study the Vikings not only as warriors, but also in other roles for which they were equally extraordinary: merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

Among the topics we explore in depth are the profound influence of the Norse gods and heroes on Viking culture, and the Vikings' extraordinary accomplishments as explorers and settlers in Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland. With the help of archeological findings, we learn to analyze Viking ship burials, runestones and runic inscriptions, Viking woodcarving, jewelry, sculpture, and metalwork.

Who were the Vikings? Much more, perhaps, than you may think: raiders, seafarers, kings, and writers, a people who truly define the history of Europe, and whose brave, adventurous, and creative spirit still survives today.

topics

  • April 4: The Settlement of Iceland; Iceland–A Frontier Republic. Facilitator: Joe Jezukewicz
  • April 11: Skaldic Poetry & Sagas; Western Voyages to Greenland & Vinland. Facilitator: Bonnie Campbell
  • April 18: Swedes in the Baltic Sea & Russia; The Road to Byzantium. Facilitator: Bob Harrison
  • April 25: From Varangians into Russians; Transformation of Scandinavian Society. Facilitator: Bob Harrison
  • May 2: Saint Anskar and the First Christian Missions; Formation of the Kingdom of Denmark. Facilitator: Joe Jezukewicz
  • May 9: Cnut the Great; Collapse of Cnut’s Empire. Facilitator: Maggi Machala
  • May 16: Jarls and Sea Kings of Norway; St. Olaf of Norway. Facilitator: Tom Machala
  • May 23: Kings of the Swedes and Goths; Christianization and Economic Change. Facilitator: Thom Larson
  • May 30: From Vikings to Crusaders; The Viking Legacy. Facilitator: Pat Ackley

meets

Thursdays, January 10–May 30, 10:00 a.m.–noon

course manager

Pat Ackley

The Vikings, Session II

Fridays, February 8–June 7, 10:00 a.m.–noon

about this course

Due to overwhelming popularity and extremely high demand, we are now offering a repeat session of The Vikings! Course Manager Terry Schwab invites members to bring their knowledge of topics and participate in a lively discussion.

This repeat session will start the 18-week course from the beginning, effective February 8, 2019. This means it will be on a different schedule and slightly behind the Thursday session of this course. Members previously registered for the Thursday session may switch to this one, if they so wish. We ask that members commit to attending the session for which they are registered, so that we can control our occupancy.

FOCUS

The Vikings were a people whose history stretched from the Vinland settlements in Newfoundland to Baghdad. Be prepared to challenge stereotypical images of the Vikings that have long obscured the Vikings' importance in European history. The second session of this 18-week course supplements its sessions with the Great Courses program The Vikings,” taught by Dr. Kenneth W. Harl, Professor of Classical and Byzantine History at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Who were the Vikings? Much more, perhaps, than you may think: raiders, seafarers, kings, and writers, a people who truly define the history of Europe, and whose brave, adventurous, and creative spirit still survives today. (full description is above in session 1)

topics

  • April 5: Viking Assault on Ireland; Norse Kings of Dublin & Ireland
  • April 12: The Settlement of Iceland; Iceland–A Frontier Republic
  • April 19: Skaldic Poetry and Sagas; Western Voyages to Greenland and Vinland
  • April 26: Swedes in the Baltic Sea and Russia; The Road to Byzantium
  • May 3: From Varangians into Russians; Transformation of Scandinavian Society
  • May 10: Saint Anskar and the First Christian Missions; Formation of the Kingdom of Denmark
  • May 17: Cnut the Great; Collapse of Cnut’s Empire

meets

Fridays, February 8–June 7, 10:00 a.m.–noon

course manager

Terry Schwab

What Darwin Didn’t Know: The Modern Science of Evolution

Tuesdays, April 9–June 25, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

Registration is not required.

about this course

We have an enthusiastic group of science-minded people who enjoy presenting introductory college-level DVD science courses and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures. It is not necessary to attend each class in sequence.

FOCUS

Explore breakthroughs and unanticipated discoveries in the field of genetics since the time of Darwin. OLLI-UO Central Oregon member Russ Hopper examines evolution as the fundamental concept in all of biology, explaining the complex biodiversity of earth, while spawning new disciplines such as genetics, molecular biology, and evolutionary medicine.

Russ augments his discussions with videos and articles from the internet and What Darwin Didn’t Know: The Modern Science of Evolution (Great Courses) by Scott Solomon, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor at Rice University. Dr. Solomon 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.

Since Darwin’s time, new discoveries include:

  • The discovery of the rules of heredity
  • The identification of DNA as the carrier of genetic information
  • Fossil discoveries that fill major evolutionary gaps and offer new insights
  • The recognition of multiple mass extinctions in Earth’s history
  • The ability to read the genetic code of any organism
  • The power to manipulate genetic material

TOPICS

  • April 16: Genome Mutations: Evolution's Raw Material; Gene Flow versus Natural Selection
  • April 23: Geology and Genes: The Geography of Life; Genetic Drift: When Evolution Is Random
  • April 30: Rapid Evolution within Species; Evolution in the Lab
  • May 7: The Many Origins of Species; Cambrian Explosion to Dinosaur Extinction
  • May 14: Reconstructing the Tree of Life with DNA; Human Evolution in All Directions
  • May 21: Evolution Doesn't Repeat, but It Rhymes; The Evolution of Extreme Life
  • May 28: Imperfect Nature: Ad Hoc Body Designs; The Sterile Worker Paradox
  • June 4: Coevolution: Peace Accords and Arms Races; Microbiomes: Evolution with Small Partners
  • June 11: The Evolution of Brains and Behavior; The Evolution of Sex and Parenting
  • June 18: The Evolution of Aging and Death; Evolutionary Medicine
  • June 25: Gene Editing and Directed Evolution; The Future of Human Evolution

meets

Tuesdays, April 9–June 25, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

course manager/facilitator

Russ Hopper

Food: A Cultural Culinary History

Wednesdays, February 13–June 19, 10:00 a.m.–noon

about this course

Registration is no longer required; any member is welcome to attend.

focus

First offered two years ago in winter 2017, this course was so popular that we are doing a back-by-popular-demand repeat. Course manager Pat Ackley and fellow OLLI members facilitate a deeply insightful lens on human history, shedding new light on the evolution of social and political systems, on cultural interactions, economic empires, human migrations, and more. In the process, you discover the stunning richness of world cultures as seen in their distinctive food traditions, and greatly broaden your own enjoyment of fine food.

The scope of this course is global, covering civilizations of Asia, America, Africa, and Europe and how cultures in each of these continents domesticated unique staples that literally enabled these civilizations to expand and flourish.

A 36-lecture/18-week Great Courses DVD series featuring award-winning Professor Ken Albala of the University of the Pacific contributes to the adventure, aiding us in discovering fascinating food lore and culture of all regions and eras—as an eye-opening lesson in history as well as a unique window on what we eat today. The result is a compelling inquiry that will change the way you look at both history and food itself.

  • The revolutions of agriculture
  • Food and faith
  • 1492 and food globalization
  • Coffee, tea, sugar, and slaves
  • Eating in the Industrial Revolution
  • Big business and food imperialism

topics

  • April 17: 1492–Globalization & Fusion Cuisines; 16th-Century Manners and Reformation Diets. Facilitator: Bonnie Campbell
  • April 24: Papal Rome & the Spanish Golden Age; The Birth of French Haute Cuisine. Facilitator: Bonnie Campbell
  • May 1: Elizabethan England, Puritans, Country Food; Dutch Treat–Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Tobacco. Facilitator: Terry Schwab
  • May 8: African and Aboriginal Cuisines; Edo, Japan Samurai Dining and Zen Aesthetics. Facilitator: Linda Redeker
  • May 15: Colonial Cookery in North America; Eating in the Early Industrial Revolution. Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt
  • May 22: Romantics, Vegetarians, Utopians; First Restaurants, Chefs and Gastronomy. Facilitator: Pat Ackley
  • May 29: Big Business and the Homogenization of Food; Food Imperialism around the World. Facilitator: Maggi Machala
  • June 5: Immigrant Cuisines and Ethnic Restaurants; War, Nutritionism, and the Great Depression. Facilitator: Maggi Machala
  • June 12: World War II and the Advent of Fast Food; Counterculture—From Hippies to Foodies. Facilitator: Joe Jezukewicz
  • June 19: Science of New Dishes and New Organisms; The Past as Prologue? Facilitator: Pat Ackley

meets

Wednesdays, February 13–June 19, 10:00 a.m.–noon

course manager

Pat Ackley

Imperial Russia: Land of the Czars

Wednesdays, March 6–May 22, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

about this course

Registration is closed, but we have seats available for those who are interested and did not register ahead of time.

focus

First offered three years ago in February 2016, this course was so popular that our own resident expert on Russia, Professor Emeritus Bob Harrison, PhD, offers a repeat of this series. Join Bob for an eight-week examination of Imperialist Czarist Russia, including background to its organization in Kiev, its revival in Moscow and evolution from a small principality to Eurasian conquest.

The course covers the great czars including Ivan III, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander I, and Nicholas II, from the 10th Century to the 1917 Revolution. Discussions on history, religion, culture and geography are covered in depth.

The History Channel DVD Russia – Land of the Tsars augment the lectures.

OLLI member Bob Harrison taught European and Middle Eastern history at Southern Oregon University for 25 years, was a Fulbright Scholar, and taught previous OLLI courses on Islam, Alexander the Great, World War I, Britain in the Middle East, Ancient Western Civilizations, and Imperial Russia.

TOPICS

  • April 24: Alexander I and Napoleonic Wars 1801-25. Philosophic Czar, Clash with Napoleon, Treaty of Tilst, Continental System, Invasion of 1812. End of Napoleon, Congress of Vienna, Peacemaking Czar, Holy Alliance, Mysterious Ending.
  • May 1: High Noon: The Nineteenth Century 1825-1881. Plight of Nicholas I, Decembrist Revolt 1825, Crimean War 1854-56, Russia’s Containment. Alexander II and Reform, Emancipation of the Serfs, Assassination. Congress of Berlin 1878, No Warm Water Port.
  • May 8: Sunset on Autocracy: Last of the Romanovs 1881-1914. Alexander III and Nicholas II, League of the Three Emperors, the French Alliance 1893, Socialists and Bolsheviks, Russo-Japanese War, Revolution of 1905.
  • May 22: Russia in the First World War 1914-1917.  Bosnian Crisis 1909, Alliance System, Sarajevo June 28, 1914. Slaughter on Russian Front, Brusilov Offensive, Political Collapse of Nicholas II, February Revolution, October Revolution, Execution of the Romanovs.

meets

Select Wednesdays, March 6–May 22, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

course manager

Pat Ackley

The Vikings, Session I

Thursdays, January 10–May 30, 10:00 a.m.–noon

about this course

Registration is no longer required; any member is welcome to attend.

focus

The Vikings were a people whose history stretched from the Vinland settlements in Newfoundland to Baghdad. Be prepared to challenge stereotypical images of the Vikings that have long obscured the Vikings' importance in European history. This new 18-week course supplements its sessions with the Great Courses program “The Vikings,” taught by Dr. Kenneth W. Harl, Professor of Classical and Byzantine History at Tulane University in New Orleans. Course Manager Pat Ackley and fellow OLLI-UO members will facilitate this course.

As explorers and traders, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of Western Europe. In this course, we study the Vikings not only as warriors, but also in other roles for which they were equally extraordinary: merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

Among the topics we explore in depth are the profound influence of the Norse gods and heroes on Viking culture, and the Vikings' extraordinary accomplishments as explorers and settlers in Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland. With the help of archeological findings, we learn to analyze Viking ship burials, runestones and runic inscriptions, Viking woodcarving, jewelry, sculpture, and metalwork.

Who were the Vikings? Much more, perhaps, than you may think: raiders, seafarers, kings, and writers, a people who truly define the history of Europe, and whose brave, adventurous, and creative spirit still survives today.

topics

  • April 18: Swedes in the Baltic Sea & Russia; The Road to Byzantium. Facilitator: Bob Harrison
  • April 25: From Varangians into Russians; Transformation of Scandinavian Society. Facilitator: Bob Harrison
  • May 2: Saint Anskar and the First Christian Missions; Formation of the Kingdom of Denmark. Facilitator: Joe Jezukewicz
  • May 9: Cnut the Great; Collapse of Cnut’s Empire. Facilitator: Maggi Machala
  • May 16: Jarls and Sea Kings of Norway; St. Olaf of Norway. Facilitator: Tom Machala
  • May 23: Kings of the Swedes and Goths; Christianization and Economic Change. Facilitator: Thom Larson
  • May 30: From Vikings to Crusaders; The Viking Legacy. Facilitator: Pat Ackley

meets

Thursdays, January 10–May 30, 10:00 a.m.–noon

course manager

Pat Ackley

The Vikings, Session II

Fridays, February 8–June 7, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required for this repeat session; all members are welcome to attend.

about this course

Due to overwhelming popularity and extremely high demand, we are now offering a repeat session of The Vikings! Course Manager Terry Schwab invites members to bring their knowledge of topics and participate in a lively discussion.

This repeat session will start the 18-week course from the beginning, effective February 8, 2019. This means it will be on a different schedule and slightly behind the Thursday session of this course. Members previously registered for the Thursday session may switch to this one, if they so wish. We ask that members commit to attending the session for which they are registered, so that we can control our occupancy.

FOCUS

The Vikings were a people whose history stretched from the Vinland settlements in Newfoundland to Baghdad. Be prepared to challenge stereotypical images of the Vikings that have long obscured the Vikings' importance in European history. The second session of this 18-week course supplements its sessions with the Great Courses program The Vikings,” taught by Dr. Kenneth W. Harl, Professor of Classical and Byzantine History at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Who were the Vikings? Much more, perhaps, than you may think: raiders, seafarers, kings, and writers, a people who truly define the history of Europe, and whose brave, adventurous, and creative spirit still survives today. (full description is above in session 1)

topics

  • April 19: Skaldic Poetry and Sagas; Western Voyages to Greenland and Vinland
  • April 26: Swedes in the Baltic Sea and Russia; The Road to Byzantium
  • May 3: From Varangians into Russians; Transformation of Scandinavian Society
  • May 10: Saint Anskar and the First Christian Missions; Formation of the Kingdom of Denmark
  • May 17: Cnut the Great; Collapse of Cnut’s Empire
  • May 24: Jarls and Sea Kings of Norway; St. Olaf of Norway
  • May 31: Kings of the Swedes and Goths; Christianization and Economic Change
  • June 7: From Vikings to Crusaders; The Viking Legacy

meets

Fridays, February 8–June 7, 10:00 a.m.–noon

course manager

Terry Schwab

What Darwin Didn’t Know: The Modern Science of Evolution

Tuesdays, April 9–June 18, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

Registration is not required.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

We have an enthusiastic group of science-minded people who enjoy presenting introductory college-level DVD science courses and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures. It is not necessary to attend each class in sequence.

FOCUS

Explore breakthroughs and unanticipated discoveries in the field of genetics since the time of Darwin. OLLI-UO Central Oregon member Russ Hopper examines evolution as the fundamental concept in all of biology, explaining the complex biodiversity of earth, while spawning new disciplines such as genetics, molecular biology, and evolutionary medicine.

Russ augments his discussions with videos and articles from the internet and What Darwin Didn’t Know: The Modern Science of Evolution (Great Courses) by Scott Solomon, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor at Rice University. Dr. Solomon 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.

TOPICS

  • June 4: Coevolution: Peace Accords and Arms Races; Microbiomes: Evolution with Small Partners. Facilitator: John Dulzo
  • June 11: The Evolution of Brains and Behavior; The Evolution of Sex and Parenting; The Evolution of Aging and Death. Facilitator: Larry Weinberg
  • June 18: Evolutionary Medicine; Gene Editing and Directed Evolution; The Future of Human Evolution. Facilitator: Larry Weinberg

Please note: The June sessions have been modified slightly to accommodate our last w The last two sessions encompass three lectures.

meets

Tuesdays, April 9–June 18, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

course manager/facilitator

Russ Hopper

Food: A Cultural Culinary History

Wednesdays, February 13–June 19, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is no longer required; any member is welcome to attend.

focus

First offered two years ago in winter 2017, this course was so popular that we are doing a back-by-popular-demand repeat. Course manager Pat Ackley and fellow OLLI members facilitate a deeply insightful lens on human history, shedding new light on the evolution of social and political systems, on cultural interactions, economic empires, human migrations, and more. In the process, you discover the stunning richness of world cultures as seen in their distinctive food traditions, and greatly broaden your own enjoyment of fine food.

The scope of this course is global, covering civilizations of Asia, America, Africa, and Europe and how cultures in each of these continents domesticated unique staples that literally enabled these civilizations to expand and flourish. The result is a compelling inquiry that will change the way you look at both history and food itself.

topics

  • June 5: Immigrant Cuisines and Ethnic Restaurants; War, Nutritionism, and the Great Depression. Facilitator: Maggi Machala
  • June 12: World War II and the Advent of Fast Food; Counterculture—From Hippies to Foodies. Facilitator: Joe Jezukewicz
  • June 19: Science of New Dishes and New Organisms; The Past as Prologue? Facilitator: Pat Ackley

meets

Wednesdays, February 13–June 19, 10:00 a.m.–noon

course manager

Pat Ackley

The Vikings, Session II (last session)

Fridays, February 8–June 7, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required for this repeat session; all members are welcome to attend.

about this course

Due to overwhelming popularity and extremely high demand, we are now offering a repeat session of The Vikings! Course Manager Terry Schwab invites members to bring their knowledge of topics and participate in a lively discussion.

FOCUS

The Vikings were a people whose history stretched from the Vinland settlements in Newfoundland to Baghdad. Be prepared to challenge stereotypical images of the Vikings that have long obscured the Vikings' importance in European history. The second session of this 18-week course supplements its sessions with the Great Courses program The Vikings,” taught by Dr. Kenneth W. Harl, Professor of Classical and Byzantine History at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Who were the Vikings? Much more, perhaps, than you may think: raiders, seafarers, kings, and writers, a people who truly define the history of Europe, and who’s brave, adventurous, and creative spirit still survives today.

  • June 7: From Vikings to Crusaders; The Viking Legacy

meets

Fridays, February 8–June 7, 10:00 a.m.–noon

course manager

Terry Schwab

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events

Roundtable Luncheon

Thursday, April 4, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Moose Sisters Restaurant

Cascade Village Shopping Center

63455 N Hwy 97 #200, Bend, OR 97701

Join your fellow OLLI-UO members for a relaxing lunch! This is an informal gathering for new and existing members to meet and greet each other. The group meets at Moose Sisters, located in the upstairs level of the Cascade Village. Let coordinator Barbara Jordan know if you’re able to attend. You may obtain Barbara’s contact info by emailing our office at osher@uoregon.edu. We hope to see you there!

Field Trip to Paulina Cattle Ranch

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Photograph of cows in a pasture.

Central Oregon is cattle country! Join Ray Sessler, a lifelong Oregonian and Prineville rancher, for a tour of his cattle operation in the Paulina area about 60 miles east of Prineville on Highway 380. Discover the commitment that ranching requires!

Ray Sessler was born and raised in Klamath Falls and, along with his wife, Bonnie, has ranched in Crook County for 36 years. They operate and own two ranches, encompassing 16,000 acres and also run an adjoining ranch of 18,000 acres under long-term lease 16 miles east of Prineville. Ray has been active with Oregon Cattlemen’s Association for many years and held the office of President in 2014/2015.

Ray details the organization of his ranches and the planning and decision-making that goes into their successful operation. He is open to any question about his ranch and the cattle industry in general.

This is a full day event due to the two-hour drive to and from his ranch. The itinerary (subject to modification) is as follows:

7:15 a.m. Leave the UOBC parking lot

8:00 a.m. Meet Ray Sessler in Prineville

10:00 a.m. Travel 70 miles to Paulina ranch

10:00–11:30 a.m. Ranch tour (Ray can supply 4 vehicles to accommodate 16 people)

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided (beef–no chicken)

12:30–2:00 p.m. p.m. Continue ranch tour

3:30–4:00 p.m. Return to Prineville

5:00 p.m. Return to UOBC

Expect to do some walking on unpaved surfaces typical of a cattle ranch. Wear shoes that are comfortable and good for walking, although we will not be walking more than short distances. Wear comfortable clothing, including rain gear, if rain is in the forecast. Bring water and any snack you would like.

Registration is required with a minimum of 15 people needed for the field trip. Because of this, registration will open mid-May. Signed field trip waivers are required before departure. Because of the great distances involved, we are asking those who are carpooling to contribute $15 to help drivers with gas. If you are interested in being a carpool driver, please contact Russ Hopper.

COORDINATOR

Russ Hopper

All-Member Meeting and Light Lunch

Wednesday, April 17, 12:15–1:00 p.m.

Come to the first all-member meeting of the new year. OLLI-UO Central Oregon President Suzanne Butterfield will address the search for a new OLLI-UO in Central Oregon facility, update members on progress in meeting the Financial Sustainability Plan goals, and take questions and suggestions from members. Meet all your 2019 Council members, too, if you haven't yet had the chance.

New Member Welcome

Thursday, April 25, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

For all those OLLI-UO members who just joined in the past few months or those who have not been to a New Member Welcome, please join us on Thursday, April 25. The Welcome is a great way to get to know fellow new members and members of the Governing Council. We share experiences and background and helpful hints on how to best maximize your OLLI-UO experience. We ask that you sign up by Tuesday, April 23, so that we have a headcount. We look forward to getting to know you!

Camp Abbott: Discussion and Tour of Sunriver

Monday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Today, Sunriver is a bustling, dynamic center of recreation, art, and activity in Central Oregon. But during World War II, it was the site of Camp Abbot, the westernmost engineer replacement training center of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Over 90,000 soldiers were trained at Camp Abbot from 1943 through 1944. How much do you know about Camp Abbot? Come and learn from local historian Tor Hanson, who will be sharing pictures and commentary from his Images of America book, Camp Abbot.

Mr. Hanson has lived in Bend for more than 25 years. He is a board member of the Deschutes County Historical Society. He holds an information and public relations degree from Skurup Folkhogskola in Sweden and is a freelance writer for American and Swedish magazines and newspapers.

Registration is not required for this talk and members are encouraged to attend!

Roundtable Luncheon

Thursday, May 2, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Moose Sisters Restaurant
Cascade Village Shopping Center
63455 N Hwy 97 #200, Bend, OR 97701

Join your fellow OLLI-UO members for a relaxing lunch! This is an informal gathering for new and existing members to meet and greet each other. The group meets at Moose Sisters, located in the upstairs level of the Cascade Village. Let coordinator Barbara Jordan know if you’re able to attend. You may obtain Barbara’s contact info by emailing our office at osher@uoregon.edu. We hope to see you there!

All-Member Meeting "Meet and Munch!"

Wednesday, May 15, noon–1:00 p.m.

Come to our monthly all-member meeting and update on the move. OLLI-UO Central Oregon President Suzanne Butterfield will address the search for a new OLLI-UO in Central Oregon facility, update members on progress in meeting the Financial Sustainability Plan goals, and take questions and suggestions from members.

Field Trip to Smith Rock State Park

Friday, May 31, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Explore the geology of Smith Rock State Park and get an inside view of the park's rich cultural and natural history. Instructor David Vick guides us to a deeper understanding of the dramatic geological events that created the spectacular formations. Identify the types and sources of igneous rocks in the park and their role in the Smith Rock landscapes we see today.

David Vick earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Oregon University. His entire science teaching career has been in Madras. Since retiring, he has obtained certification as an OSU Master Naturalist and has been the interpretive naturalist at Smith Rock State Park for the past four seasons.

Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking.  We will meet at the UO Bend to arrange carpools and drivers at 1:00 p.m. Once at the park, we will convene at the Welcome Center Yurt. There is a pay station there that dispenses the $5.00 day-use parking fee, or parking is free with a valid State Park pass.

ADA parking spaces are next to the yurt. There is only a short walk from the parking lot with no additional walking. David’s presentation will go from 2:00–4:00 p.m. We plan to be back to UOBC by 5:00 p.m.

Bonnie Campbell is the coordinator for this field trip. Registration is required and is limited to 18 participants. Signed field trip waivers are required before departure.

Roundtable Luncheon

Thursday, June 6, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Moose Sisters Restaurant
Cascade Village Shopping Center
63455 N Hwy 97 #200, Bend, OR 97701

Join your fellow OLLI-UO members for a relaxing lunch! This is an informal gathering for new and existing members to meet and greet each other. The group meets at Moose Sisters, located in the upstairs level of the Cascade Village. If you are able to attend please contact coordinator Barbara Jordan. You may obtain Barbara’s contact info by emailing our office at osher@uoregon.edu. We hope to see you there!

Welcome to Summer Camp! All-Member Potluck

Tuesday, June 25, noon–2:00 p.m.

Elks Lodge No 1371
63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

(located northeast of the Empire and Boyd Acres intersection)

Kick off OLLI-UO in Central Oregon's Summer Camp! We'll meet at our temporary "anchor" location, the Elks Lodge, for a fun and festive camp sing-along celebration. This is a potluck! Please sign up to bring either a main dish or dessert of your choice. Write what you plan to bring on the sign-up sheet in front of Heather's office or send an email to Terry Schwab (her email address can be obtained by emailing osher@uoregon.edu). We ask that you register so that we can get a headcount for this fun campout.

Get acquainted with one of our campsites and bring a festive mood! Sodas will be available for purchase. We look forward to a wonderful summer camp of programming and social events!

Pine Mountain Wildflower Hike/Walk

Friday, June 28, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Don’t put it off this year! Get out and enjoy Central Oregon spring wildflowers before they are gone!

Charmane Powers, US Forest Service botanist, leads a wildflower walk/hike at Pine Mountain, 30 miles southeast of Bend on our last Friday in June. The area has a rare, found only in Oregon, green-tinged paintbrush (Castilleja chlorotica), as well as a robust suite of other interesting plant species.

Since 1989, Charmane Powers has been first a wildlife biologist and then a botanist with the US Forest Service, working on the Deschutes National Forest in Bend. She is currently the District Botanist on the Bend/Ft. Rock Ranger District.

Our group will be able to hike a short distance from the parking area to begin viewing wildflowers. The excursion will require 60 to 90 minutes of slow walking and a very limited amount of non-strenuous hiking.

Wear your walking/hiking shoes and bring water, snacks, and your wildflower book to add to the enjoyment. This wildflower walk/hike is designed to accommodate as many OLLI members as possible who do not have the ability to do long hiking.

Participants will meet at the UO Bend Center at 12:45 p.m. to arrange carpools ahead of a 1:00 departure. Signed field trip waivers are required. We expect to arrive back at UOBC around 5:00 p.m.

If you are interested in the evening events at Pine Mountain Observatory, you can stay for a donation of $5. We suggest bringing a picnic dinner and headlight for attendance at those events. Visit the Pine Mountain Observatory website for more information. The observatory is operated by the University of Oregon Department of Physics under a special use permit from the Deschutes National Forest.

Coordinators

Gary Whiteaker and Fran Stevenson

Study and Discussion Groups

April

Intelligent Conversation: Immigration: Is It a Global or a National Crisis?

Monday, April 1, 3:00–4:45 p.m.

about this group

Over a year ago, OLLI-UO Central Oregon began hosting an irregular series of events offering members an opportunity for focused discussion in an atmosphere conducive to civil and safe conversation, encouraging the expression of diverse opinions. This series was given the title: Intelligent Conversation. We have found that 10-person groups are an optimal size for this sort of discussion, and have therefore limited registration to two groups of 10 accordingly (for a total of 20 participants).

focus

Each group has a moderator who keeps the conversation on track and ensures that all have had an opportunity to express their views. We hope that opinions can be heard in a free exchange of ideas. We ask you not to register if you do not intend to speak. The intention is to encourage people to communicate more respectfully and–therefore–more effectively. Our conversation is more fulfilling when there is respectful disagreement.

TOPIC

Immigration policy continues to be a flashpoint in politics, both in the United States and in the broader world. Our conversation begins with two videos with different perspectives on this critical problem. A documentary called Lifeboat takes place off the northern coast of Africa and demonstrates the very human elements that complicate the consideration of immigration. The second video, Immigration, World Poverty, and Gumballs, has made the rounds of social media for several years. The speaker asserts that immigration cannot solve world poverty and colorfully demonstrates his math-based conclusion with gumballs in containers. He encourages talented potential immigrants to develop their own countries.

After viewing the videos, we will break into two groups, each with a facilitator to discuss the following questions:

  • What are the reasons people migrate?
  • Should we look at immigration as a national or a global problem?
  • Does it sound logical or plausible to restrict or even close our borders?
  • Can we truly help solve other countries’ problems? If so, how?
  • What criteria should we use in allowing immigrants into our country?
  • Does racial ethnicity play a role in national and global immigration?

After our small group discussions, we will meet in one group to examine our findings.

MEETS

first Monday of April, 3:00–4:45 p.m.

MODERATORS

Russ Hopper and Max Merrill

Nonfiction Book Group

Mondays, April 1 and 15, 10:15–11:45 a.m.

Registration is not required.

about this group

The nonfiction book group meets twice per month to discuss a nonfiction book that the group has selected. The books range from political history to the history of science, to biography, exploration, and natural history. We learn a lot about different topics and have a good conversation.

TOPIC

Selection: Rocket Men by Robert Kurson

Robert Kurson’s Rocket Men is the inside, lesser-known story of NASA's boldest and riskiest mission: Apollo 8, mankind's first journey to the Moon on Christmas in 1968. It’s a riveting account of three heroic astronauts who took one of the most dangerous space flights ever.

In early 1968, the Apollo program was on shaky footing. President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the Moon was in jeopardy, and the Soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race. By August 1968, with its back against the wall, NASA decided to scrap its usual methodical approach and shoot for the heavens. With just four months to prepare, a fraction of the normal time, the agency would send the first men in history to the Moon. In a year of historic violence and discord–the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Chicago DNC riots–the Apollo 8 mission was the boldest test of what America could do. With a focus on astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, and their wives and children, this is a vivid, gripping, you-are-there narrative that shows anew the epic danger involved, and the singular bravery it took for man to leave Earth for the first time and arrive at a new world. (Goodreads)

May’s Selection: The Library Book by Susan Orlean 

FACILITATOR

Kathryn Cullen

meets

First and third Mondays of the month, 10:15–11:45 a.m.

Writers’ Bloc

Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Registration is not required.

about this group

A casual gathering for writers at all levels to share in a supportive environment. Creative experimentation with styles and genres encouraged.

MEETS

every Tuesday, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

COURSE MANAGER

Carolyn Hammond

Page-Turners Fiction Book Group

Monday, April 8, 10:15 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

about this group

A lively and very welcoming group of fiction lovers who choose a novel to read and critique as a group every month. Each member selects and facilitates the spirited discussion of a contemporary or classic novel of less than 400 pages. We have a great time!

TOPIC

Selection: Ride with Me, Mariah Montana by Ivan Doig

Ride with Me, Mariah Montana concludes Ivan Doig’s Montana trilogy that includes English Creek and Dancing at the Rascal Fair. His books take a fascinating look at Montana around the time of its statehood and then, in this novel, at its 1989 statehood centennial.

An aging rancher, Jick McCaskill, takes his daughter, Mariah, a photographer, and his ex-son-in-law, a journalist, on a trip in a Winnebago to find the “real Montana.” The on-the-road story portrays the American West with humor and pathos. “Instead of patriotic hoopla, the canvas is dotted with failing ranches, oil pumps clanking away in farmed fields, Montanans tensely poised between an uncertain future and a frontier past…[T]his entertaining ramble adroitly blends travelogue, family drama, history and newspaper lore.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

Ivan Doig was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1979 for This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind and received a lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association among many other literary awards.

May’s selection: Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

FACILITATOR

Michal Haller

MEETS

Second Mondays of the month, 10:15 a.m.–noon

Spring Tonic—Refreshing Ideas from TED Talks

Thursdays, April 11 and 18, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required. We only took preregistration for the first two sessions to ensure there was interest.

about this group

Treat yourself to new ideas on ten different topics from TED talks, a clearinghouse of ideas from the world’s most inspired thinkers connecting with us, a community of the curious. The intent of TED (an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design) is to give us a deeper understanding of this world, with the belief that the power of ideas can change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, our world.

focus

Join facilitators Barbara Silversmith and Thom Larson Thursday afternoons to share your perception of these new ideas in discussions after each TED talk.

TOPICS

April 4: no class (guest speaker Dr. John Perona)
April 11: Immigration
April 18: Brain Power
April 25: no class (New Member Welcome)
May 2: Creativity
  • “Your Elusive, Creative Genius” (19:29)
  • “The Little Risks You Can Take to Increase Your Luck” (11:40)
May 9: Artistry in Forms
  • “The Genius Some of the World’s Greatest Buildings” (15:04)
  • “The Shared Wonder of Film” (13:13)
May 16: End of Life
  • “What Really Matters at the End of Life” (18:00)
  • “What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death (16:06)
May 23: The Magic of Art
  • “Treating Design as Art” (18:12)
  • “One Year of Using Art to Turn the World Inside Out” (24:10)
May 30: Learning
  • “The Global Learning Crisis and What to Do about It” (15:10)
  • “How We Can Help Young People Build a Better Future” (14:26)
June 6: The Quest for Truth
  • “How to Seek Truth in the Era of Fake News” (17:59)
  • “How to Spot a Liar” (18:51)

MEETS

Thursdays, March 14–June 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

COURSE MANAGERS

Thom Larson and Barbara Silversmith

Understanding, Enjoying, and Interpreting Film

Monday, April 22, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Registration is not required.

about this group

Viewing films from a variety of genre selected by the group. Prior to the showing interesting trivia regarding the actors and the film production is presented, followed by lively discussions afterwards.

TOPIC

Sweet Smell of Success (1957) 1 hour 36 minutes

Director: Alexander Mackendrick

Screenplay: Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner

A newspaper columnist uses ruthless methods to disrupt his sister's relationship with a jazz musician whom he believes is unworthy of her. While not a box office success when first released, this film-noir is now highly acclaimed by film critics.

FACILITATOR

Robb Reavill

MEETS

Third Monday of the month, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

COURSE MANAGER

Bonnie Campbell

 

May

Nonfiction Book Group

Mondays, May 6 and 20, 10:15–11:45 a.m.

Registration is not required.

about this group

The nonfiction book group meets twice per month to discuss a nonfiction book that the group has selected. The books range from political history to the history of science, to biography, exploration, and natural history. We learn a lot about different topics and have a good conversation.

TOPIC

Selection: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Library Book is a book for every reader and every writer. It’s a masterful tribute to libraries, and—even better—it has a plot and a storyline.

On April 29, 1986, a fire consumed or damaged more than a million books in the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire that nearly destroys a collection, leads Orleans to histories of libraries and Los Angeles and to an exploration of the physics of how a book burns. There’s a suspected arsonist at the center of the story, but the hero is the library along with its collections of books, maps, menus, autographs and marionettes. (review from The National Book Review)

On May 20 (our second meeting for the month), the group welcomes Graham Fox, Adult Services Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library in Redmond. He discusses the history of the Deschutes Public Library building and the similarities and differences between it and the Los Angeles County Library building. Public librarians deal with homeless visitors, community outreach, security, fire concerns, streaming books, the many needs of patrons in the electronic age and so much more. Don’t miss a great discussion!

facilitator

Rod Charny

meets

First and third Mondays of the month, 10:15–11:45 a.m.

*Please note: our book groups opt to take a hiatus during the summer months of June, July, and August. We will resume meeting again in September 2019. Location TBD.

COURSE MANAGER

Joyce Pickersgill

Writers’ Bloc

Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Registration is not required.

about this group

A casual gathering for writers at all levels to share in a supportive environment. Creative experimentation with styles and genres encouraged.

MEETS

Every Tuesday, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

*Please note: our Writers’ Bloc participants opt to meet at various members’ houses during the summer months of June, July, and August. Please contact osher@uoregon.edu to obtain Carolyn Hammond’s email address for summer info. We will resume meeting again at a facility again in September 2019.

COURSE MANAGER

Carolyn Hammond

Page-Turners Fiction Book Group

Monday, May 13, 10:15 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

about this group

A lively and very welcoming group of fiction lovers who choose a novel to read and critique as a group every month. Each member selects and facilitates the spirited discussion of a contemporary or classic novel of less than 400 pages. We have a great time!

TOPIC

Selection: Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

“I'm writing a history of the world,” Claudia Hampton tells her nurse as she lies alone, old, and very ill in a hospital bed. She has lived a strong, independent life; but the history she weaves is really of her own life, including memories of an haunting affair in Egypt during World War II. Tiger Moon by Penelope Lively won the prestigious British Booker Prize and is written by one of England's foremost contemporary authors, who, herself, studied modern history at Oxford University. The Boston Globe calls this "[a] powerful, moving, and beautifully wrought novel about the ways in which lives are molded by personal memory and the collective past.”

FACILITATOR

Karen Hill

MEETS

Second Mondays of the month, 10:15 a.m.–noon

*Please note: our book groups opt to take a hiatus during the summer months of June, July, and August. We will resume meeting again in September 2019. Location TBD.

COURSE MANAGER

Deb Hollens

Spring Tonic—Refreshing Ideas from TED Talks

Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

about this group

Treat yourself to new ideas on ten different topics from TED talks, a clearinghouse of ideas from the world’s most inspired thinkers connecting with us, a community of the curious. The intent of TED (an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design) is to give us a deeper understanding of this world, with the belief that the power of ideas can change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, our world.

focus

Join facilitators Barbara Silversmith and Thom Larson Thursday afternoons to share your perception of these new ideas in discussions after each TED talk.

TOPICS

April 25: no class (New Member Welcome)
May 2: Creativity
May 9: Artistry in Forms
May 16: End of Life
May 23: The Magic of Art
May 30: Learning
June 6: The Quest for Truth

MEETS

Thursdays, March 14–June 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

COURSE MANAGERS

Thom Larson and Barbara Silversmith

Understanding, Enjoying, and Interpreting Film

Monday, May 20, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Registration is not required.

about this group

Viewing films from a variety of genre selected by the group. Prior to the showing interesting trivia regarding the actors and the film production is presented, followed by lively discussions afterwards.

TOPIC

Some Like It Hot (1959) 2 hours 1 minute

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Director: Billy Wilder

Screenplay: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond

One of the greatest comedies of all time, Some Like It Hot is a hilarious screwball romp, the highest-grossing comedy up to its time. 

Two down-on-their-luck, struggling jazz musicians are on the run from the mob. After witnessing the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Prohibition-Era Chicago, they dress in drag and get two weeks of work in an all-girl band on the way to Florida. Many comic complications follow as one falls in love with the singer in the band (Marilyn Monroe) while trying to remain in disguise and the other is courted by an aging millionaire.

Some Like It Hot received six Academy Award nominations including Best Actor (Jack Lemmon), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Black and White Cinematography, and Best Black and White Art Direction/Set Decoration, winning the Oscar for Best Costume Design. “It was voted as the top comedy film by the American Film Institute on their list on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs poll in 2000, and was selected as the best comedy of all time in a poll of 253 film critics from 52 countries conducted by the BBC in 2017.” (information from Wikipedia)

FACILITATOR and course manager

Bonnie Campbell

MEETS

Third Monday of the month, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

*Please note: our Understanding, Enjoying, and Interpreting Film group takes a break during the summer months. Instead, we offer summer documentaries on a weekly basis starting in July. Documentary titles and location details to come.

Spring Tonic—Refreshing Ideas from TED Talks

Thursdays, March 14–June 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

about this group

Treat yourself to new ideas on ten different topics from TED talks, a clearinghouse of ideas from the world’s most inspired thinkers connecting with us, a community of the curious. The intent of TED (an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design) is to give us a deeper understanding of this world, with the belief that the power of ideas can change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, our world.

focus

Join facilitators Barbara Silversmith and Thom Larson Thursday afternoons to share your perception of these new ideas in discussions after each TED talk.

TOPICS

June 6: The Quest for Truth

MEETS

Thursdays, March 14–June 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

This group will resume meeting at a new facility in July. Location details and discussion topics to follow.

COURSE MANAGERS

Thom Larson and Barbara Silversmith

 

June

Writers’ Bloc

Tuesdays, June 4, and 11, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Registration is not required.

about this group

A casual gathering for writers at all levels to share in a supportive environment. Creative experimentation with styles and genres encouraged.

MEETS

Every Tuesday, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

*Please note: our Writers’ Bloc participants are taking a hiatus from meeting in a formal classroom from June 18 until the end of August. We will resume meeting at a facility again in September 2019. For more details, please ask for Carolyn Hammond's contact information from our support staff at osher@uoregon.edu.

COURSE MANAGER

Carolyn Hammond


 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon