University of Oregon

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Continuing and Professional Education

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Offerings Summer 2019 Archive

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

Lectures

An Introduction to Economics

Tuesdays, July 16, 23, 30, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

location

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

Focus

Is freshman economics but a dim memory? How about really getting up to speed in basic concepts in economics? Join OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member Tom Carroll for three lectures and video sessions introducing the world of economics. The three sessions will cover economic growth in the United States and around the world over the past 500 years, including microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Tom is a retired economics professor from Central Oregon Community College in Bend and has taught economics at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology in Germany for the past eight years. He just finished teaching an 11-day accelerated economics at Deggendorf in May, which he will use for the basis of his OLLI course.

MEETS

Tuesdays, July 16, 23, 30, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

PRESENTER

Tom Carroll

What’s Happening at the Border?

Tuesday, August 20, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Photograph of the Sand Diego/Tijuana border fence. Photographer Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde, Public domain

Registration is not required for this lecture.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

What is really happening at the U.S.–Mexico border? Would a wall be effective in stopping drug traffic? Are conditions as bad as we are told? The news is full of alarming stories about this historic crisis, but few of us have seen conditions first hand. Join OLLI-UO Central Oregon member Max Merrill for his perspective and photos illustrating the situation at the border.

From February 7 to 11, 2019, Max travelled with a group led by Global Immersion, a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring understanding about troubled places in the world. One of those places is the U.S.–Mexican border at San Diego. Max spent time on the Tijuana side of the wall and learned about the history of the border from the time the U.S. acquired California to the present.

Max and the Global Immersion group met with members of the U.S. Border Patrol and also the Border Angels, a nonprofit organization that focuses on issues related to the U.S.–Mexican border and humane immigration reform. Max had additional opportunity to interview a DACA student, an attorney who represents asylum seekers, and the operator of a shelter in Tijuana where he spent a night and talked with residents.

This is sure to be a fascinating and informative presentation helping to clarify a serious humanitarian crisis.

MEETS

Tuesday, August 20, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

PRESENTER

Max Merrill

Shaping Place in Mesoamerica: Ten Ancient Cities from Olmec to Aztec, Part 1

Wednesdays, September 11, 18, and October 2, 9, 10:00 a.m.–noon

A lecture series offered in two parts. Registration is not required.

Part 1: Intro to Mesoamerica, The Olmec, the Mesoamerican Calendar, and Teotihuacan (1400 BC – AD 650)

Part 2 (offered in early 2020): Cities of the Ancient Maya and Aztec (AD 100 – 1521)

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

FOCUS

Between 1400 BC and AD 1521, Mesoamerica (the most architecturally-intensive region of North America) was home to thousands of ancient kingdoms and a few metropoli, forged by people from dozens of distinct cultures. Each ancient city had a distinctive visual character. In fact, it could be said that the focus of ancient Mesoamerican architects was on shaping earth or stone to define and manifest the specific qualities and history of a place.

The first part of this course provides an overview of Mesoamerican geography, time periods, and the earliest monumental civilizations of the Americas. Along the way, we will uncover the secrets of the Mesoamerican calendar and examine the sophisticated observational systems of ancient astronomy.

This series of four lectures examines how important cities from different cultures built unique visual identities that reflected their local topography, explained their historical founding and the protection of their patron deities, and linked their location with a recurring astronomical phenomenon.

TOPICS

September 11: Mesoamerica: A Place Apart

This lecture introduces Mesoamerica, one of the six places in the world in which “civilization” developed independently of outside contact.  It was home to North America’s towering pyramids and to the great civilizations of the Aztec, Maya, and other remarkable culture groups.

September 18: The Olmec: Narratives in Earth and Stone (1700 – 400 BC)

By 1700 BC, people in several regions of Mesoamerica were conducting major earth-shaping projects. By 1200, they were creating ceremonial and administrative centers, and carving basalt and jade into a variety of meaningful forms.

October 2: Counting Time/Space to Create Place: The Mesoamerican Calendar

One of the unique features of Mesoamerica was its overlapping calendar systems. To grasp the essence of Mesoamerican thought, one must have a decent sense of the calendar. It regulated everything – from a person’s name and fate, to the unfolding of ritual processions, to the scale of buildings and design of cities. Although the basic calendar cycles were shared by most civilizations, the days and cycles had different names in different cultures. So, get ready to have your mind twisted a bit.

October 9: Teotihuacan: Facts and Mysteries of an Early American Metropolis (200 BC–AD 650)

Around 100 BC, people in the highland Basin of Mexico began to build the largest urban center in the Americas, called Teotihuacan. Not only did it eventually have a population of over 130,000, but it became a cosmopolitan center with enclaves of people from other cultural regions. Despite these and other unsolved questions, the monumental pyramids still stand as testimony of the city’s greatness and power.

We are fortunate to have Bend resident Professor Carolyn E. Tate share her knowledge of the ancient art of the Americas. She curated the Pre-Columbian collection at the Dallas Museum of Art prior to starting her 23-year tenure at Texas Tech University. She has explored most of the major sites in Mesoamerica, with a special interest in the landscapes that surround them and the efforts each city made to create a unique place. Dr. Tate’s two books: Yaxchilan: The Design of a Maya Ceremonial City and Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture: The Unborn, Women, and Creation focus on how Mesoamericans situated their ritual-civic centers in place, history, and cosmology.

MEETS

Wednesdays, September 11, 18, and October 2, 9, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Course Manager

Pat Ackley

The Lowdown on the Top End of the Land Down Under

Monday, September 16, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Photograph by Robert Agli

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

Join Bend photographer Robert Agli and Cascade Camera Club Principal Ralph Delamarter for a stunning photo essay of their 16-day expedition in the national parks of the Northern Territory of Australia. Their exquisite photos of crocodiles, exotic birds, native people, and landscapes are accompanied by tips on traveling in remote areas and entertaining tales of their adventures in the land “down under.”

Photography has been Robert Agli’s passion since he was 13 years old. His photographic work has been published in numerous books and magazines and his fine art photos have been the subject of many exhibitions. Currently, he teaches digital photography and image editing at Central Oregon Community College, the Cascade Center of Photography, and also various workshops around Oregon and internationally. Samples of his photographic work can be found at his website.

Ralph Delamarter is a Cascade Camera Club Principal and former Deschutes County Library Director.

This ought to be a breathtaking presentation! Don’t miss it!

MEETS

Monday, September 16, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

PRESENTERS

Robert Agli and Ralph Delamarter

Course Manager

Barbara Silversmith

Courses

Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience

Tuesdays, July 9–September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

location

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

ABOUT THIS COURSE

We have an enthusiastic group of science-minded people who enjoy presenting introductory college-level DVD science courses and discussing 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

This summer, our science class reaches into the brain in an attempt to put to rest many false ideas about the working brain. Join Russ Hopper, Larry Weinberg, and other OLLI members as they lead us through a fascinating exploration. They are assisted by The Teaching Company’s course Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience, presented by Professor Indre Viskontas from the University of California.

As a foundation, we keep three key principles of the brain in mind. The first to understand is that the brain is not perfectly designed. The second is that no brain region is an island. Trillions of complex interconnections create the activity of the working brain. Finally, there are two systems of thought in the brain, one for fast thinking and the other for slower and more rational thought.

We explode popular myths including the bigger your brain, the smarter you are; memory is accurate and objective; senses reflect the world as it exists; dreams have secret meanings, and more. As Dr. Viskontas states, “for all its beauty, the brain can be messy, random, and inefficient. It can be prone to mistakes from the lowest levels of perception to the highest levels of complex decision making.”

Other questions we explore include:

  • How do magicians use the brain’s own weaknesses to convince us of their tricks?
  • How are the brains of men and women different?
  • What is the addictive nature of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter?
  • Do specific neurons play a role in how we socialize with other people?
  • Are brain games and brain foods important to the health of the brain?

TOPICS

  • July 9: Is Your Brain Perfectly Designed? Are Bigger Brains Smarter?
  • July 16: Is Mental Illness Just a Chemical Imbalance? Are Creative People Right-Brained?
  • July 23: How Different Are Male and Female Brains? How Accurate Is Your Memory?
  • July 30: Do You Only Use 10% of Your Brain? Do You Perceive the World as It Really Is?
  • August 6: Is Your Brain Too Smart for Magic Tricks? Is Your Brain Objective?
  • August 13: Do You Have 5 Independent Senses? Can Certain Foods Make You Smarter?
  • August 20: Can Brain Games Make You Smarter? Does Your Brain Shut Down During Sleep?
  • August 27: Are Your Decisions Rational? Are You Always Conscious While Awake?
  • September 3: Are Other Animals Conscious? Can You Multitask Efficiently?
  • September 10: Are Dreams Meaningful? Can Brain Scans Read Your Mind?
  • September 17: Can Adult Brains Change for the Better? Do Special Neurons Enable Social Life?
  • September 24: Is Your Brain Unprejudiced? Does Technology Make You Stupid?

MEETS

Tuesdays, July 9–September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COURSE MANAGERS

Russ Hopper and Larry Weinberg

Investigating American Presidents

Registration for this course is full. Please call the front office at 800-824-2714 to be added to the waitlist.

Mondays, July 8–August 12, 10:00 a.m.–noon

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

FOCUS

The President of the United States of America can shape not just a nation, but the entire world. What limits are there—if any—on presidential power? How do we keep such awesome authority in check? And who do we trust to shoulder this responsibility? In 12 eye-opening, timely DVD lectures of the Great Courses Investigating American Presidents, Professor Paul Rosenzweig, of The George Washington University School of Law, guides us through the ins and outs of presidential investigations, using past events as a lens through which to make sense of current (and future) ones. We’ll witness the construction of the legal framework that informs how Congress and the courts handle charges of abuse of power.

  • Unpack the history of how institutions and procedures were set up to curb the powers of the executive branch.
  • Examine the legal advantages a U.S. president has that the average American citizen does not.
  • Discover the key roles that the media and the court of public opinion play in a presidential investigation.
  • Explore the possible limits to the president's ability to pardon specific individuals convicted of a crime.
  • Learn how investigative reports can help historians better understand presidential scandals of the past.

Along the way, you’ll explore fascinating questions including:

  • How is it that a president has the power and authority to fire the person who is investigating him—and does the legality of that power matter?
  • Is it legal to indict a sitting president and, if so, what does that do to the management of the country or the rule of law?
  • What makes the court of public opinion such an invaluable way for a president to fight back against his or her investigators?
  • Which legal principles (such as those involving client confidentiality) apply to a president, and exactly how?
  • What would happen if, after receiving a grand jury subpoena and losing a case before the Supreme Court, a president was to simply refuse to testify?
  • What advantages does a president under investigation have that aren’t available to the average American—and what disadvantages, as well?

Course manager Pat Ackley and fellow OLLI members will facilitate this six-week course.

TOPICS

  • August 5:  The Pardon Power and Its Limits; Presidential Lies and Cover-ups. Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt
  • August 12:  The Value of Investigative Reports; The Law and Politics of Impeachment. Facilitator: Pat Ackley

MEETS

Mondays, July 7–August 12, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COURSE MANAGER

Pat Ackley

Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience

Tuesdays, August 6–September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

about this course

We have an enthusiastic group of science-minded people who enjoy presenting introductory college-level DVD science courses and discussing 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

This summer, our science class reaches into the brain in an attempt to put to rest many false ideas about the working brain.  Join Russ Hopper, Larry Weinberg, and other OLLI members as they lead us through a fascinating exploration. They are assisted by The Teaching Company’s course, Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience, presented by Professor Indre Viskontas from the University of California.

As a foundation we keep three key principles of the brain in mind. The first to understand is that the brain is not perfectly designed. The second is that no brain region is an island. Trillions of complex interconnections create the activity of the working brain.  Finally, there are two systems of thought in the brain, one for fast thinking and the other for slower and more rational thought.

We explode popular myths including the bigger your brain, the smarter you are; memory is accurate and objective; senses reflect the world as it exists; dreams have secret meanings, and more. As Dr. Viskontas states, “for all its beauty, the brain can be messy, random, and inefficient. It can be prone to mistakes from the lowest levels of perception to the highest levels of complex decision making.”

Other questions we explore include:

  • How do magicians use the brain’s own weaknesses to convince us of their tricks?
  • How are the brains of men and women different?
  • What is the addictive nature of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter?
  • Do specific neurons play a role in how we socialize with other people?
  • Are brain games and brain foods important to the health of the brain?

TOPICS

  • August 6: Is Your Brain Too Smart for Magic Tricks? Is Your Brain Objective?
  • August 13: Do You Have 5 Independent Senses? Can Certain Foods Make You Smarter?
  • August 20: Can Brain Games Make You Smarter? Does Your Brain Shut Down During Sleep?
  • August 27: Are Your Decisions Rational? Are You Always Conscious While Awake?
  • September 3: Are Other Animals Conscious? Can You Multitask Efficiently?
  • September 10: Are Dreams Meaningful? Can Brain Scans Read Your Mind?
  • September 17: Can Adult Brains Change for the Better? Do Special Neurons Enable Social Life? 
  • September 24: Is Your Brain Unprejudiced? Does Technology Make You Stupid?

MEETS

Tuesdays, July 9–September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COURSE MANAGER

Russ Hopper

Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience

Tuesdays, August 6–September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

about this course

We have an enthusiastic group of science-minded people who enjoy presenting introductory college-level DVD science courses and discussing 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

This summer our science class reaches into the brain in an attempt to put to rest many false ideas about the working brain.  Join Russ Hopper, Larry Weinberg and other OLLI members as they lead us through a fascinating exploration. They are assisted by The Teaching Company’s course, Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience, presented by Professor Indre Viskontas from the University of California.

As a foundation we keep three key principles of the brain in mind. The first to understand is that the brain is not perfectly designed. The second is that no brain region is an island. Trillions of complex interconnections create the activity of the working brain.  Finally, there are two systems of thought in the brain, one for fast thinking and the other for slower and more rational thought.

We explode popular myths including the bigger your brain, the smarter you are; memory is accurate and objective; senses reflect the world as it exists; dreams have secret meanings, and more. As Dr. Viskontas states, “for all its beauty, the brain can be messy, random, and inefficient. It can be prone to mistakes from the lowest levels of perception to the highest levels of complex decision making.”

Other questions we explore include:

  • How do magicians use the brain’s own weaknesses to convince us of their tricks?
  • How are the brains of men and women different?
  • What is the addictive nature of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter?
  • Do specific neurons play a role in how we socialize with other people?
  • Are brain games and brain foods important to the health of the brain?

TOPICS

  • September 3: Are Other Animals Conscious? Can You Multitask Efficiently?
  • September 10: Are Dreams Meaningful? Can Brain Scans Read Your Mind?
  • September 17: Can Adult Brains Change for the Better? Do Special Neurons Enable Social Life?
  • September 24: Is Your Brain Unprejudiced?  Does Technology Make You Stupid?

MEETS

Tuesdays, August 6 to September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon 

COURSE MANAGER

Russ Hopper

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events

Deschutes County Landfill and Recycling Tour

Thursday, July 11, 10:00–11:45 a.m.

Did you know the Knott Landfill is 110 feet deep? Have you seen the methane flare? Do you know how long it takes a head of lettuce to decompose in the landfill?

Come join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste to see what happens to your trash after it leaves the curb. See Knott Landfill’s trash pit, check out Deschutes Recycling, tour the transfer station, and understand the composting facility. Seeing where our waste goes will impact your decisions in the future and help you think twice about purchases.

This is a unique opportunity! The landfill isn’t always open to the public for tours.

Participants will meet at High Desert Middle School at 10:00 a.m. to arrange carpools due to limited parking spaces at our destination. We expect to arrive back at around 11:45 a.m.

High Desert Middle School
61111 SE 27th St, Bend, OR 97702

There will be an optional group lunch planned at Worthy Brewing Company afterwards.

COORDINATOR

Leslie Koc is the coordinator for this field trip. Registration is required and is limited to 15 participants. Signed field trip waiver forms are required before departure.

McLagan’s Taxidermy Field Trip

Thursday, July 25, 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Join a small group of OLLI friends for a tour of McLagan’s Taxidermy shop to watch Tim McLagan and his staff prepare and mount customers’ trophy wild animals. Tim is a world-class taxidermist with clients from around the world.

Tim works on all species and enjoys preserving hunting and fishing memories. He is also an avid hunter and fishermen and his trophies are also on display.

McLagan’s Taxidermy
4090 N. Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97701

Participants will meet at the southeast corner of the Shopko parking lot (former OLLI-UO/Bend Center site) at 1:15 p.m. to arrange carpools. We expect to arrive back at around 3 p.m.

Lynn Beck is the coordinator for this field trip. Registration is required and is limited to 10 participants. Signed field trip waiver forms are required before departure.

Roundtable Luncheon

Thursday, August 1, 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!”

Tuesday, August 20, noon–1:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

Come to the first all-member meeting in our temporary “anchor” location of the Elks Lodge. OLLI-UO in Central Oregon President Suzanne Butterfield will address new approaches in the search for a permanent OLLI-UO in Central Oregon facility, update members on future programming, and take questions and suggestions from members.

A light lunch will be served; no registration required. We look forward to munching with you!

Roundtable Luncheon

Thursday, September 5, noon–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. Member Kathryn Cullen will be making reservations for this month’s luncheon. Let her know if you’re able to attend. You may obtain Kathryn’s contact info by emailing our office at osher@uoregon.edu. We hope to see you there!

Hood River-Columbia Gorge Tour

Tuesday, September 3–Thursday, September 5, 2019 (two-night/three-day option)

Registration is closed.

Registration required and closes August 15. This trip is limited to 20 participants. Signed field trip waivers required before departure.

description

A terrific multi-day OLLI-UO field trip to Hood River has been planned by member Marcia Stone from Tuesday, September 3 through Thursday, September 5, with the option to stay an additional day. Please see below for the hotel information, itinerary, and description of activities that have been planned. Registration begins early so that members have time to plan! You may register for three, or the full four, days. You may alternately attend just Friday's train trip and make it one long day trip from Bend. This event is estimated to cost about $750 to $800 for the full three-night, four-day trip including lodging, activities (museum entrance fees and train trip), and food. The suggested hotel for this trip is the Best Western PLUS Hood River Inn, located at exit 64 off of I-84. Information about for this hotel is below.

HOTEL reservations

The suggested hotel for this trip is the Best Western PLUS Hood River Inn, where favorable rates have been secured under the group name OLLI – University of Oregon. The group ID is OLLI. Hotel information is as follows:

Best Western PLUS Hood River Inn

1108 East Marine Way
Hood River, OR, 97031

Secured Rates under OLLI–University of Oregon:

Room Type Rate per Night: Tues, Weds, Thurs Check-In and Check-Out
Riverview 2 Queen $212 single/$212 double per night 09/03–09/06/19
Non-view 2 Queen Upper $185 single/$185 double per night 09/03–09/06/19
Non-view King $176 single/$176 double per night 09/03–09/06/19
Riverview King $202 single/$202 double per night 09/03–09/06/19

*Rates are listed for two people per room. Additional rate per person is $15.00 All rates are subject to applicable tax (currently at 9.8%).

*All rooms have microwaves and mini refrigerators. Complimentary breakfast is included.

To book a room, please call the hotel directly at 1-800-828-7873 and identify yourself as a member of the OLLI – University of Oregon group or book online using this specific link that has the group rates. All rooms must be reserved by 08/15/19 to receive the rates above.

Participants may make other arrangements if they so desire. Please note: members need to reserve their own hotel room(s). Hotel reservations are not included with the registration through UO.

itinerary

Day 1: Tuesday September 3, 2019

8:00 a.m. Leave Bend

9:45 a.m. Arrive Timberline Lodge

11:00 a.m. Guided tour by USFS or Volunteer

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch at Rams Head at Timberline (lunch deli style)

1:10 p.m. Depart Timberline Lodge for Odell, Oregon tour

2:00 p.m. Arrive at Diamond Fruit Company

3515 Chevron Dr., Odell, OR (left off Highway 35 to Hood River)

Guided tours (Bob Wymoor)

4:00–5:00 p.m. Arrive Best Western Plus Hood River Inn*

1108 East Marine Way, Hood River, OR (exit 64)

*Individual reservations with the Inn required prior to trip.

6:00 p.m. Dinner at Hood River Inn Restaurant: Riverside

Day 2: Wednesday September 4, 2019

7:30 a.m. Breakfast at Hood River Inn (complimentary with room)

9:00 a.m. Arrive at Bonneville Dam, Fish Hatchery and Sturgeon Pond

90543 NE Herman Loop, I-84 West exit 40, Self-Guided Tour

11:30–11:45 a.m.  Arrive at Multnomah Falls, I-84, Exit 31

Noon Lunch at Multnomah Falls Lodge

1:30 p.m. Guided Tour of Lodge

Option 1: Return to Hood River via Columbia Gorge Historical Highway

Option 2: Return to Hood River and explore downtown Hood River wineries

7:00 p.m. Dinner at Mesquitery

1219 12th St, Hood River, OR

Day 3: Thursday September 5, 2019

Free morning to explore on your own. Art Walk is happening in the marina area

11:30 a.m.–noon Lunch at Solstice

501 Portway Ave, Hood River, OR

1:30 p.m. Arrive at WAAAM, Western Antique Auto & Air Museum

1600 Air Museum Rd, Hood River, OR

541-308-1600

(cost $16 or $14 for over 65 or Veteran)

2:00 p.m. Talk on restoration

5:00 p.m. Return to Bend (if not staying through Friday)

Day 4 (Optional): Friday, September 6, 2019

10:15 a.m. Arrive at Mt. Hood Historic Train Depot

110 Railroad St., Hood River, OR

$5 per car parking fee.

($55 for wine tasting trip to Parkdale – details of excursion here)

11:00 a.m. Departure on train: trip is 4.5 hours.

We can bring our own food, snacks, drinks. Can purchase box lunch at train station before boarding train.

Get off train for 1 hour in Parkdale.

There is a $1 museum admission. There is also a restaurant there where food may be purchased.

Approximately 5:30 p.m. Return to Hood River Train Depot, Depart for Bend

coordinator

Members who have questions or want further clarification should request coordinator Marcia Stone’s contact info from osher@uoregon.edu.

Fall Picnic and All-Member Potluck

Sunday, September 22, noon–2:00 p.m.

location

Ponderosa Park shelter

225 SE 15th St, Bend, OR 97702

details

Say goodbye to summer and extend a big welcome to fall and another season of OLLI offerings. We’ll meet at the Ponderosa Park shelter for a great potluck with plenty of friends! Please sign up to bring either a main dish or a dessert of your choice. Write what you plan to bring on the sign-up sheet at the Elks Lodge or Deschutes Historical Museum, or let our new hospitality chair Margie de Leon know what you plan to bring. Margie’s email address can be obtained by emailing osher@uoregon.edu. We ask that you register so that we can get a headcount for a lively get-together. Spouses/guests are welcome!

Please note that we ask members to register through the UO system and share what they plan to bring with the sign-up sheet.

New Member Welcome

Wednesday, September 25, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

location

Deschutes Historical Museum

129 NW Idaho Ave, Bend, OR 97703

description

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 Wednesday, September 25. The Welcome is a great way to get to know fellow new members and members of the Governing Council. We share experiences and helpful hints on how to best maximize your OLLI-UO experience. We ask that you sign up by Monday, September 23, so that we have a headcount. We look forward to getting to know you!

Study and Discussion Groups

July

Summer Tonic—Refreshing Ideas from TED Talks

Mondays, July 8–August 26, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

location

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

about this group

Treat yourself to new ideas on eight 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 Monday afternoons to share your perception of these new ideas in discussions after each TED talk.

TOPICS

July 8: Self-Awareness
 July 15: Wisdom from the World of Entertainment
July 22: Overcoming Effects of Poverty
July 29: Gratitude

MEETS

Mondays, July 8–Aug.26, 1:30–3:30 p.m.  (Elks)

COURSE MANAGERS

Thom Larson and Barbara Silversmith

OLLI Summer Documentaries

Wednesdays, July 17–September 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

location

129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend, OR 97703

FOCUS

A great lineup of summer documentaries kicks off the third Wednesday of July, featuring topics from the “Flat Earth Movement” to Ruth Bader Ginsburg! We’ll have plenty of time for discussion after viewing each film.

Film Schedule:

(Dates Subject to Change)

July 17: Sour Grapes (2016) 85 min.

A look at how con man, Rudy Kurniawan, tapped into greed and excess to defraud and cheat wealthy investors out of millions in the fine-wine market. In 2014 he became the first person in U.S. history to be convicted of wine fraud.

July 24: When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (2012) 113 min.

This modern tragic history of Tibet examines the movement to free Tibet from Chinese occupation, including some contradictory Tibetan perspectives.  It includes stunning views of China, India and Tibet.

July 31: Get Me Roger Stone (2017) 101 min.

Examines the rise, fall, and rebirth of political operative Roger Stone, who has been an influential member of Team Trump and other politicians for decades.

August 7: RBG (2018) 98 min.

RBG is a timely and entertaining exploration of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s unique journey to the world’s highest court and her surprising rise as a pop cultural icon. This documentary won numerous awards and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary

August 14: Behind the Curve (2018) 95 min.

A large worldwide community follows the Flat Earth Movement, and believes that the world is flat, despite all evidence against it.  This film seeks to humanize these radical thinkers and examine the relationships they have found with other “Flat Earthers.”

August 21: This American Journey (2013) 90 min.

A British actor and Australian photographer drive across America and interview people about the state of the U.S., their hopes and dreams, and how they are doing with their lives. The two travelers receive unexpected wisdom from people we tend to pigeonhole.

September 4: Under African Skies (2012) 108 min.

Revisits the story of the evolution and controversial making of Paul Simon’s 1986 Graceland album and the political and cultural history of South Africa 25 years ago.      

MEETS

Wednesdays, July 17–September 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

COURSE MANAGER

Linda Charny

 

August

Summer Tonic—Refreshing Ideas from TED Talks

Mondays, August 5–26, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

about this group

Treat yourself to new ideas on eight 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 Monday afternoons to share your perception of these new ideas in discussions after each TED talk.

TOPICS

August 5: Food
August 12:  Issues of Aging
August 19: Genetics
August 26: Poetry’s Place

MEETS

Mondays, July 8–August 26, 1:30–3:30 p.m. 

COURSE MANAGERS

Thom Larson and Barbara Silversmith

OLLI Summer Documentaries

Wednesdays, August 7–August 28, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Deschutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave, Bend, OR 97703

FOCUS

We have a great lineup of summer documentaries, featuring topics from the “Flat Earth Movement” to Ruth Bader Ginzberg! We’ll have plenty of time for discussion after viewing each film.

Film Schedule:

(dates subject to change)

August 7: RBG (2018) 98 min.

RBG is a timely and entertaining exploration of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s unique journey to the world’s highest court and her surprising rise as a pop cultural icon. This documentary won numerous awards and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary

August 14: Behind the Curve (2018) 95 min.

A large worldwide community follows the Flat Earth Movement, and believes that the world is flat, despite all evidence against it.  This film seeks to humanize these radical thinkers and examine the relationships they have found with other “Flat Earthers.”

August 21: This American Journey (2013) 90 min.

A British actor and Australian photographer drive across America and interview people about the state of the U.S., their hopes and dreams, and how they are doing with their lives. The two travelers receive unexpected wisdom from people we tend to pigeonhole.

August 28: Under African Skies (2012) 108 min.

Revisits the story of the evolution and controversial making of Paul Simon's 1986 Graceland album and the political and cultural history of South Africa 25 year ago.

MEETS

Wednesdays, July 17–August 28, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

COURSE MANAGER

Linda Charny

Memoirs in Literature

Wednesdays, August 14, 21, and 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

LOCATION

129 NW Idaho Ave, Bend, OR 97703

FOCUS

Memoir writing is a more focused style of writing than autobiography. Memoirs may date back to the time of Caesar, but this class focuses on 20th- and 21st-century writers, both popular and perhaps lesser-known. Through reading and discussion, the goal is to explore memoirs and their various conventions and themes. What is a memoir? Why are they written? Are there common subjects or themes they share? Why do people/authors write memoirs? Sharing thoughts and ideas lead to a better understanding of how memoirs are an important part of literature.

Back-by-popular-demand, Ann Sargent leads us in an exploration of memoirs in literature! Ann is a much beloved instructor here at OLLI-UO in Central Oregon, having offered classes for us in the American short story and also social issues in literature. She is a master at getting everyone involved in the discussion!

Readings include short essays and excerpts from longer works. A reading list will be published before the class and all readings will be available online.

Ann Sargent has a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in Education from Roosevelt University, Chicago. She has taught OLLI classes in the past at Bradley University in Illinois before moving to Bend and is currently a writing instructor at Central Oregon Community College.

Registration is required and is limited to 25 participants for this workshop.

MEETS

Wednesdays, August 14, 21, 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

PRESENTER

Ann Sargent

COURSE MANAGER

Bruce Sharp

 

September

Page Turners Fiction Book Group

Monday, September 9, 10:15 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

ABOUT THIS GROUP

We are 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: Angle of Repose by William Stegner

Retired wheelchair-bound historian Lyman Ward uses the correspondence of his Victorian grandmother, Susan Burling Ward, to create the epic tale of his family’s history in the early American West.  Susan’s letters vividly describe her difficult marriage and the struggles of her husband, Oliver, in his attempts at various engineering and mining schemes over many years.  Susan must adapt to primitive homes in the dust and heat of the far west of the 19th century and constantly contrasts her difficult life to that of her best friend in New York surrounded by literary elites and Eastern culture.

Modern Library ranked Angle of Repose #82 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century and readers of the San Francisco Chronicle voted it the best 20th–Century novel written about the western United States. In 1972 Wallace Stegner was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for Angle of Repose.

October’s selection: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Facilitator

Bonnie Corley

Coordinator

Deb Hollens

Meets

Second Monday of the Month, 10:15 a.m.–noon

Writers’ Bloc

Tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Insurance center, 62940 O.B. Riley Rd, Bend, OR 97701

Second building north of McKay Cottage complex – two-story grey building; entrance and parking in the back. Go through the main door and straight to the end of the hall.

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 starting September 10, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COURSE MANAGER

Carolyn Hammond

Nonfiction Book Group

Mondays, September 16 and 30, 10:15–11:45 a.m.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

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 great conversation. 

TOPIC

Selection: Enlightenment Nowby Stephen Pinker

Stephen Pinker's latest book, Enlightenment Now, presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. (Good Reads)

Pinker tries to get us to step back from the gory headlines of existential threats and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, he asks us to follow the data displayed on graphs, showing that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of luck, but a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

After presenting the data he discusses many problems such as climate change, nuclear disaster, and terrorism. How serious a threat are they and what can be done about them?

Pinker's views and recommendations should stimulate a lively discussion.

October’s selection: Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochsheld

FACILITATOR

Kathryn Cullen and Tom Carrol

Coordinator

Joyce Pickersgill

MEETS

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

(*Because of Labor Day the group will meet on Mondays, September 16 and 30)

Understanding, Enjoying, and Interpreting Film

Monday, September 30, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Registration is not required.

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Our monthly film series offers members an opportunity to understand and enjoy film as an art form, in a deeper and more fulfilling way. We view films from a variety of genres selected by the group. Prior to the showing interesting trivia regarding the actors and the film production are presented, followed by lively discussions afterwards. Group members share their individual perceptions of what the screenwriter and director attempt to convey to the audience.

TOPIC

Twelve Angry Men (1957) 1 hr. 36 min.

Cast: Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, E. G. Marshall, Henry Fonda

Director: Sidney Lumet

Screenplay: Reginald Rose

A jury of twelve men must decide if a young defendant is guilty or innocent of murdering his father.  Eleven of the jurors vote for conviction; the twelfth attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing the others to reconsider the guilty verdict, stressing reasonable doubt.

Twelve Angry Men was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Writing of Adapted Screenplay and was remade for television in 1997.

Facilitator

Roger Aikin


 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon