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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Offerings Winter 2019 Archive

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

Lectures

Topics in Art History: Seven Talks

Thursdays, January 10–February 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration not required.

Focus

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

January 10–Jan Vermeer and Han Van Meegeren: The Master and the Forger.

We tell two stories: the careers of Jan Vermeer of Delft, who is now regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time; and Han Van Meegeren, who made a career faking the works of Vermeer, and was finally caught. This talk also examines forgeries and fakes of some other artists like Michelangelo and Pollock, as well as fake wine, music, and books. Finally, we ask a larger question that seems especially relevant today: why are we—and the experts—so easy to deceive?

January 17–Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Ceiling and the Last Judgement.

This talk looks in-depth at the artistic and historical context of what is perhaps the most well-known work of art in the world. There are two stories in the chapel: Michelangelo’s story and God’s story. Which one is more interesting? And why is The Last Judgment so different from the ceiling?

January 24–Andrea del Verrocchio’s Baptism of Christ and the idea of “sprezzatura.”

This talk looks in-depth at a single artwork and all of its implications, with several long side trips, first into the world of the Renaissance writer Baldassare Castiglione and his famous “how-to” book, The Book of the Courtier (where he coins the term “sprezzatura”), and then into some modern manifestations of the idea of excellence.  This story has a great punch line.

January 31–Paintings of the Great Migration in American Art.

This talk might be of interest to those who attended Professor Kloss’s series on American art. We examine depictions of the Great Migration (that is, the second of three such events in American history)—the epic saga of the settling of the West, and the continuing presence of the West in the American imagination.

February 7–North and South in Gothic Architecture.

When most of us think about “Gothic” Architecture, we picture the great cathedrals in northern France such as Chartres and Amiens. But there is a totally different group of great medieval churches in southern France that are “well worth seeing.” We also explore the medieval church and monastic architecture.

February 14–A Sunday Walk in Rome.

Roger Aikin has lived in Rome several times, and this talk is a rambling stroll to some of the famous, not-so-famous, and downright strange places he has encountered in this layer-cake of a city. The Romans have a saying: “Roma: non basta una vita“ (Rome: a lifetime is not enough).

February 21–No Class

February 28–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?

Trekking to the Everest and Annapurna Base Camps

Wednesday, February 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

When one thinks of the great mountains of the world, two that always come to mind are Everest and Annapurna 1 in Nepal. Both peaks are over 8,000 meters, and the stories connected with them are some of the greatest in mountaineering. While summiting these peaks is a major undertaking, trekking to their respective base camps is well within the reach of almost anyone with the desire to do so.

Please join OLLI-UO Central Oregon member Larry Weinberg to hear about and enjoy photos of his two treks to these iconic spots. The Everest trek was an 11-day trek with the base camp at 17,600 feet, while the Annapurna hike took 10-days with the base camp at 13,600 feet. To actually see these mountains up-close and personal, rather than in a National Geographic special, is a memory to treasure forever. It is somewhat mind-blowing to be at 14,000 feet and realize the tops of these peaks are another 14,000 feet or more above you!

In addition, there will be some scenes of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu and an orphanage in the city of Bhaktaipur, Nepal.

Living and Dying: A Love Story

Monday, February 11, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Join Dan Murphy, MD, and Mark Greene, MD, representing End of Life Choices Oregon, a group assisting individuals and their families who make the choice for medical aid in dying. End of Life Choices Oregon (EOLCOR) presents the 20-minute film, Living and Dying: A Love Story, created by Sher and Rob Safran, documenting the last week of Sher’s parents’ lives. In the film, Charlie and Francie, both in their late 80s, choose to die together. The film is their touching and uplifting story. A question and answer session will follow the presentation of the film.

Dan Murphy, MD, is a retired family physician who practiced in Redmond from 1995 to 2015. He first became aware of the issues surrounding medical assistance in dying while working with patients with HIV/AIDS for ten years in California, during the time when AIDS was almost invariably a terminal diagnosis. When Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act went into effect in 1997, he began to include information—and, if requested—assistance in dying to patients, along with the full range of services that being a family physician entails.

Mark Greene, MD, practiced medicine in Texas for 21 years. He has a dental degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with residency training in anesthesia, oral and maxillofacial surgery, general surgery, and plastic surgery. He chose to become involved with End of Life Choices Oregon because of personal experiences with family members and a commitment to the care and respect of those facing the end of life. He has been an EOLCOR volunteer since 2018.

According to the organization’s website, “End of Life Choices Oregon provides personal support and information regarding the Death With Dignity Act and other legal end of life options to Oregonians facing end of life decisions, to the medical community and to the public.”

Kindred Spirits: Landscape Painting and America’s National Parks

Thursday, March 7, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Picture of Thomas Cole painting Lake with Dead Trees Catskill

Registration is not required.

Join Professor Emeritus James Gramann, PhD, for a fascinating look at the long association between art, conservation, and national parks. Dr. Gramann’s presentation focuses on a group of landscape painters led by a young English immigrant named Thomas Cole that came to be known as the Hudson River School. He covers the birth of the American conservation movement, its expression in national parks, and the role of landscape painting in advancing conservation in the United States. He seeks to answer the fundamental question, "Why do we conserve?" Although environmental ethics, spiritual morality, utilitarian values, and importance to science all have played key roles, the oldest and most enduring motive for landscape conservation in the U.S. has been aesthetics: the scenic beauty and value of a place. It is this beauty that landscape painters celebrated and popularized and that continues to be celebrated today. In addition to Thomas Cole, the presentation describes the impact of other artists on American conservation and national parks, including Frederic Church, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, and Asher Durand.

Jim Gramann is professor emeritus of park and conservation policy at Texas A&M University, where he served on the faculty for 35 years. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he retired to Redmond, Oregon, in 2017. From 2002 through 2010, while on leave from Texas A&M, Dr. Gramann worked full-time in Washington, D.C., as the visiting chief social scientist of the U.S. National Park Service. In this capacity, he directed a national social science program providing usable knowledge about people and parks to national park managers, planners, and policy-makers. In 2010, his program received the Department of the Interior’s Unit Award for Excellence of Service. In 2015, the George Wright Society honored Dr. Gramann with its Social Science Achievement Award for advancing the application of social science to the management of protected areas and cultural sites. He has authored over 100 articles, book chapters, and technical reports on park-related issues.

Courses

The Origin and Evolution of Earth

Tuesdays, September 18–March 19, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

Registration is not required.Focus

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 will include the unique story of the formation of diamonds and their role in formation of planets. The story will also explore the deposits resulting from the Great Oxidation Event and how plate tectonics play a role in the changing earth as it has for more than 3 billion years. The Cambrian explosion is unique in the history of life on earth in that it allowed life to proliferate once the chemistry of the oceans made life possible.

Minerals are also fundamental to the story of earth. They play major roles in life itself and are useful to us in building modern civilization. The study of mineral evidence for milestones in earth’s history leads to understanding how we have rocks older than earth, the formation of the moon, the first continents, and the first supercontinent. We will discover that the earth has gone through a series of colors including, green, white, red, gray, blue, and black.

Topics

  • January 1: NO CLASS
  • January 8: Why Reproduction? World Enough and Time; Eons, Eras, and Strategies of Early Life. Facilitator: Larry Weinberg
  • January 15: Red Earth—The Great Oxidation Event; Earliest Microbial and Molecular Fossils? Facilitator: Larry Weinberg
  • January 22: Microbial Mats and Which Minerals Can Form; Earth’s Greatest Mineral Explosion. Facilitator: Larry Weinberg
  • January 29: The Boring Billion? Cratons and Continents; The Supercontinent Cycle. Facilitator: Larry Weinberg
  • February 5: Feedback Loops and Tipping Points; Snowball Earth and Hothouse Earth. Facilitator: Larry Weinberg
  • February 12: The Second Great Oxidation Event; Deep Carbon—Deep Life, Fuels, and Methane. Facilitator: Larry Weinberg
  • February 19: Biominerals and Early Animals; Between Rodinia and Pangaea—Plants on Land. Facilitator: Larry Weinberg

Meets

Tuesdays, September 18–March 19, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

Course Manager

Larry Weinberg

Victorian Britain

Wednesdays, September 12–February 6, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Focus

Need another history fix? History course manager extraordinaire Pat Ackley and fellow OLLI members facilitate sessions about the United Kingdom in the era of Queen Victoria’s reign. This new 18-week course supplements its sessions with the Great Courses program Victorian England,” taught by Dr. Patrick N. Allitt, Professor of American History at Emory University. Professor Allitt examines British society changing from a largely illiterate farming country to a modern great industrial one. Understanding how the British and their institutions managed peacefully to accommodate and manage the currents of change is one of the main themes in this course.

During the classes, we cover Britain's rule over its Empire; the class-bound society; the problems of poverty and crime; Victorian achievements in art, literature, architecture, and music; the lives of Victorian women; the challenges facing working people and the rise of trade unionism; the discoveries of Victorian explorers in Africa; and so much more.

Topics

  • January 2: NO CLASS
  • January 9: Crime and Punishment; Gladstone and Disraeli 1685-1881. Facilitator: Bruce Sharp
  • January 16: Ireland and Home Rule; Democracy and Its Discontents. Facilitator: Bruce Sharp
  • January 23: The British in Africa 1880-1901; Later Victorian Literature. Facilitator: Bob Harrison
  • January 30: Leisure; Domestic Servants. Facilitator: Pat Ackley
  • February 6: Victoria After Albert 1861-1901; The Victorian Legacy. Facilitator: Pat Ackley

Meets

Wednesdays, September 12–February 6, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Course Manager

Pat Ackley

The Vikings

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

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

  • January 10: The Vikings in Medieval History; Land & People of Medieval Scandinavia. Facilitator: Pat Ackley
  • January 17: Scandinavian Society in the Bronze Age; Scandinavia in the Celtic & Roman Ages. Facilitator: Maggi Machala
  • January 24: The Age of Migrations; The Norse Gods. Facilitator: Max Merrill
  • January 31: NO CLASS
  • February 7: Runes, Poetry, & Visual Arts; Legendary Kings & Heroes. Facilitator: Bonnie Campbell
  • February 14: A Revolution in Shipbuilding; Warfare & Society in the Viking Age. Facilitator: William De Shaw
  • February 21: NO CLASS
  • February 28: Merchants & Commerce in the Viking Age; Christendom on the Eve of the Viking Age. Facilitator: Thom Larson

Meets

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

Course Manager

Pat Ackley

The Origin and Evolution of Earth

Tuesdays, February 5–March19, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

Preregistration 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 will include the unique story of the formation of diamonds and their role in formation of planets. The story will also explore the deposits resulting from the Great Oxidation Event and how plate tectonics play a role in the changing earth as it has for more than 3 billion years. The Cambrian explosion is unique in the history of life on earth in that it allowed life to proliferate once the chemistry of the oceans made life possible.

Minerals are also fundamental to the story of earth. They play major roles in life itself and are useful to us in building modern civilization. The study of mineral evidence for milestones in earth’s history leads to understanding how we have rocks older than earth, the formation of the moon, the first continents, and the first supercontinent.  We will discover that the earth has gone through a series of colors including, green, white, red, gray, blue, and black.

Topics

  • February 5: The Supercontinent Cycle; Feedback Loops and Tipping Points
  • February 12:  Snowball Earth and Hothouse Earth; The Second Great Oxidation Event
  • February 19:  Deep Carbon—Deep Life, Fuels, and Methane; Biominerals and Early Animals
  • February 26: Between Rodinia and Pangaea—Plants on Land; Life Speeds Up—Oxygen and Climate Swings
  • March 4: From the “Great Dying” to Dinosaurs; Impact! From Dinosaurs to Mammals
  • March 12: Humans and the Anthropocene Epoch; The Next 5 Billion Years
  • March 19: The Nearer Future; Coevolution of Geosphere and Biosphere

Meets

Tuesdays, September 18–March 19, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

Course Manager and Facilitator

Larry Weinberg

Victorian Britain

Wednesday, February 6, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is no longer required for this course.

Focus

Need another history fix? History course manager extraordinaire Pat Ackley and fellow OLLI members facilitate sessions about the United Kingdom in the era of Queen Victoria’s reign. This 18-week course wraps up its sessions with the final installment of the Great Courses “Victorian England,” taught by Dr. Patrick N. Allitt, Professor of American History at Emory University. Professor Allitt examines British society changing from a largely illiterate farming country to a modern great industrial one. Understanding how the British and their institutions managed peacefully to accommodate and manage the currents of change is one of the main themes in this course.

During the classes, we cover Britain's rule over its Empire; the class-bound society; the problems of poverty and crime; Victorian achievements in art, literature, architecture, and music; the lives of Victorian women; the challenges facing working people and the rise of trade unionism; the discoveries of Victorian explorers in Africa; and so much more.

Topics

  • February 6: Victoria After Albert 1861-1901; The Victorian Legacy. Facilitator: Pat Ackley

Meets

Wednesdays, September 12–February 6, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Course Manager

Pat Ackley

Food: A Cultural Culinary History

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

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

  • February 13: Hunting, Gathering, and Stone Age Cooking; What Early Agriculturalists Ate
  • February 20: Egypt and the Gift of the Nile; Ancient Judea–From Eden to Kosher Laws
  • February 27: Classical Greece–Wine, Olive Oil, and Trade; The Alexandrian Exchange and the Four Humors
  • March 6: Ancient India–Sacred Cows and Ayurveda; Yin and Yang of Classical Chinese Cuisine
  • March 13: Dining in Republican and Imperial Rome; Early Christianity–Food Rituals and Asceticism
  • March 20: Europe’s Dark Ages and Charlemagne; Islam–A Thousand and One Nights of Cooking

Meets

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

Course Manager

Pat Ackley

The Vikings, Session I

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

Registration for this course is full. Registration for the repeat session of this course is now open below.

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

  • February 7: Runes, Poetry, and Visual Arts; Legendary Kings and Heroes. Facilitator: Bonnie Campbell
  • February 14: A Revolution in Shipbuilding; Warfare and Society in the Viking Age. Facilitator: William De Shaw
  • February 21: NO CLASS
  • February 28: Merchants and Commerce in the Viking Age; Christendom on the Eve of the Viking Age. Facilitator: Thom Larson
  • March 7: Viking Raids on the Carolingian Empire; The Duchy of Normandy. Facilitator: Barbara Silversmith
  • March 14: Viking Assault on England; The Danelaw. Facilitator: Joe Jezukewicz
  • March 21: Viking Assault on Ireland; Norse Kings of Dublin and Ireland. Facilitator: Joe Jezukewicz
  • March 28: NO CLASS

Meets

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

Course Manager

Pat Ackley

The Vikings, Session II

Fridays, February 8–June 28, 10:00 a.m.–noon

About This Course

Please Note: Due to overwhelming popularity and extremely high demand, we are now offering a repeat session of The Vikings!Course Managers Suzanne Butterfield and Terry Schwab offer a no-frills second session of this class, during which they invite members to bring their knowledge of topics and participate in a lively discussion.

This repeat session will start this 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) Suzanne and Terry will facilitate the courses, unless otherwise noted below.

Big THANK YOU to our member-leaders—particularly Suzanne, Terry, and Helen—for getting this second session going so quickly!

Topics

  • February 8: The Vikings in Medieval History; Land and People in Medieval Scandinavia
  • February 15: Scandinavian Society in the Bronze Age; Scandinavia in the Celtic and Roman Ages. Facilitator: Barbara Silversmith
  • February 22: The Age of Migration; The Norse Gods
  • March 1: Runes, Poetry, and Visual Arts; Legendary Kings and Heroes
  • March 8: A Revolution in Shipbuilding; Warfare and Society in the Viking Age
  • March 15: Merchants and Commerce in the Viking Age; Christendom on the Eve of the Viking Age.
  • March 22: Viking Raids on the Carolingian Empire; The Duchy of Normandy
  • March 29: Viking Assault on England; The Danelaw
  • April 5: NO CLASS
  • April 12: NO CLASS

Meets

Fridays, February 8–June 28, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Course Managers

Suzanne Butterfield and Terry Schwab

The Origin and Evolution of Earth

Tuesdays, February 5–March 19, 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 will include the unique story of the formation of diamonds and their role in formation of planets. The story will also explore the deposits resulting from the Great Oxidation Event and how plate tectonics play a role in the changing earth as it has for more than 3 billion years. The Cambrian explosion is unique in the history of life on earth in that it allowed life to proliferate once the chemistry of the oceans made life possible.

Minerals are also fundamental to the story of earth. They play major roles in life itself and are useful to us in building modern civilization. The study of mineral evidence for milestones in earth’s history leads to understanding how we have rocks older than earth, the formation of the moon, the first continents, and the first supercontinent.  We will discover that the earth has gone through a series of colors including, green, white, red, gray, blue, and black.

Topics:

  • February 5: The Supercontinent Cycle; Feedback Loops and Tipping Points
  • February 12: Snowball Earth and Hothouse Earth; The Second Great Oxidation Event
  • February 19: Deep Carbon—Deep Life, Fuels, and Methane; Biominerals and Early Animals
  • February 26: Between Rodinia and Pangaea—Plants on Land; Life Speeds Up—Oxygen and Climate Swings
  • March 4: From the “Great Dying” to Dinosaurs; Impact! From Dinosaurs to Mammals
  • March 12: Humans and the Anthropocene Epoch; The Next 5 Billion Years
  • March 19: The Nearer Future; Coevolution of Geosphere and Biosphere

Meets

Tuesdays, September 18–March 19, 1:45–3:45 p.m.

Course Manager and Facilitator

Larry Weinberg

Imperial Russia: Land of the Czars

Wednesdays, March 6–May 22, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
This course is full.

Focus

First offered three years ago in February 2016, this 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 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

  • March 6:  Background: Land and the People: 3000 B.C.-737 A.D. Geography and migrations, Russian settlers, the Slavs, Greek impact. Viking connection and the “Rus”. Orthodox Christianity and Kievan State 800-1240, Mongol invasions. Rise of Moscow.
  • March 13: The Third Rome” Ivan III and Czarism 1462-1505. Ivan IV “The Terrible” 1533-1584. Centralization of Power, expansion to Siberia, and “Oprichina”, Time of Troubles, Serfdom, First Romanovs and Western influences.
  • 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

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

COURSE MANAGER

Pat Ackley

Food: A Cultural Culinary History

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

  • February 20: Egypt and the Gift of the Nile; Ancient Judea – From Eden to Kosher Laws. Facilitator: Pat Ackley
  • February 27: class canceled due to weather
  • March 6: Classical Greece – Wine, Olive Oil, and Trade; The Alexandrian Exchange and the Four Humors; Ancient India–Sacred Cows and Ayurveda. Facilitator: Terry Schwab (this session runs 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)
  • March 13: Yin and Yang of Classical Chinese Cuisine; Dining in Republican and Imperial Rome; Early Christianity–Food Rituals and Asceticism. Facilitators: Pat Ackley and Judy Hurlburt (this session runs 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)
  • March 20: Europe’s Dark Ages and Charlemagne; Islam – A Thousand and One Nights of Cooking. Facilitator: Pat Ackley
  • March 27: no class

meets

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

course manager

Pat Ackley

The Vikings, Session I

Thursdays, January 10–May 30, 10:00 a.m.–noon
This course is full.

Registration for this course is full. Registration for the repeat session of this course, The Vikings, Session II, is open below.

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

  • February 21: no class
  • February 28: class canceled due to weather
  • March 7: Merchants and Commerce in the Viking Age; Christendom on the Eve of the Viking Age; Viking Raids on the Carolingian Empire. Facilitators: Pat Ackley and Thom Larson (this session runs 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)
  • March 14: The Duchy of Normandy; Viking Assault on England; The Danelaw. Facilitators: Pat Ackley and Thom Larson (this session runs 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)
  • March 21: Viking Assault on Ireland; Norse Kings of Dublin and Ireland. Facilitator: TBD
  • March 28: no class
  • April 4: The Settlement of Iceland; Iceland–A Frontier Republic
  • 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

Meets

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

Course Manager

Pat Ackley

The Vikings, Session II

Fridays, February 8–June 28, 10:00 a.m.–noon

About This Course

Please Note: Due to overwhelming popularity and extremely high demand, we are now offering a repeat session of The Vikings! Course Managers Suzanne Butterfield and Terry Schwab invite 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) Suzanne and Terry will facilitate the courses, unless otherwise noted below.

Big THANK YOU to our member-leaders—particularly Suzanne, Terry, and Helen—for getting this second session going so quickly!

topics

  • February 15: Scandinavian Society in the Bronze Age; Scandinavia in the Celtic and Roman Ages. Facilitator: Barbara Silversmith
  • February 22: The Age of Migration; The Norse Gods
  • March 1: Runes, Poetry, and Visual Arts; Legendary Kings and Heroes
  • March 8: A Revolution in Shipbuilding; Warfare and Society in the Viking Age
  • March 15: Merchants and Commerce in the Viking Age; Christendom on the Eve of the Viking Age.
  • March 22: Viking Raids on the Carolingian Empire; The Duchy of Normandy
  • March 29: Viking Assault on England; The Danelaw
  • April 5: no class
  • April 12: no class
  • April 19: Viking Assault on Ireland; Norse Kings of Dublin & Ireland
  • April 26: The Settlement of Iceland; Iceland–A Frontier Republic

Meets

Fridays, February 8–June 28, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Course Managers

Suzanne Butterfield and Terry Schwab

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events

Roundtable Luncheon

Thursday, January 3, 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 Suterra and Lunch at Wubba’s BBQ

Friday, January 18, 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Have you wondered how a modern agriculture biological control system works? Here is your chance to see one aspect of this industry right here in Bend. Integrated pest management, or IPM, has been in place for many years, and Suterra is a leader in biocontrol pest management systems.

Suterra is the global leader in environmentally sustainable pest control, using naturally occurring compounds such as pheromones. These ingredients are non-toxic, leave no harmful residues on food, and do not leach into soil or groundwater. A state-of-the-art facility, Suterra provides their team with the capabilities required for leading edge research, product development, and production.

Suterra is part of The Wonderful Company ®, an international agribusiness and consumer products company with over 180,000 acres of nuts, vines, citrus and fruit crops. One of their leading products, Pheromone Puffers, are shipped back from customers’ fields and orchards from all over the U.S. then refurbished and redeployed for multiple growing seasons, creating the largest recycling and refurbishment program of its kind in North American agriculture. Suterra creates healthier environments by reducing the use of conventional insecticides.

Due to the kind of facility that Suterra is, there are certain regulations, including a dress code. The company provides personal protective equipment (PPE) for people to wear on tour but does not allow the following:

  • high-heeled shoes
  • open-toed shoes or sandals
  • shorts
  • skirts

In the Chemical Operations building, electronic devices are not permitted on the shop floor unless they are explosion-rated. Visitors will need to leave cell phones and other spark-producing devices in a safe place while on the shop floor. Photography is not permitted.

If any of our guests have specific health-related devices (like insulin pumps, hearing aids, or external monitors for heart conditions), we will need to evaluate those on a case-by-case basis. If any of these situations may apply, please contact Heather by emailing osher@uoregon.edu so we can find some way to accommodate.

We will have a one and one-half hour “behind-the-scenes” tour of Suterra, followed by a great barbecue lunch at Wubba’s BBQ Shack, returning to the UO Bend Center about 1:30 p.m.

Member Gary Whiteaker is the coordinator for this field trip. Members may obtain his contact info by emailing our front office at osher@uoregon.edu.

New Member Welcome

Thursday, January 31, 10:00 a.m.–noon

For all those OLLI-UO members that just joined in the past few months or those who have not been to a New Member Welcome, please join us on Thursday, January 31. 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. Hope to see you there!

Roundtable Luncheon

Thursday, February 7, 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!

Experience OLLI!

Thursday, February 21, 9:30 a.m.–noon and 1:30–4:00 p.m. (two separate sessions)

Experience OLLI—where we offer short classes to the public to give those who attend an opportunity to see what we are all about! Two repeated sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, provide your non-OLLI friends a sample of our great programs. We have seating for 50 at each session, so we have plenty of room! Information cards are available for distribution. Please encourage your friends to join our special event and learn what our wonderful organization is all about!

The event is free, but advanced registration is required.

Study and Discussion Groups

January

Nonfiction Book Group

Mondays, January 7 and 28, 10:15 –11:45 a.m.

Focus

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.

Selection: In the Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu

For January, the group considers the experience of the New Orleans mayor who removes Confederate monuments In the Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu. Mayor Landrieu confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to reckon with its past.

In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments. He tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities in America, and traces his personal relationship to this history. His father, as state senator and mayor, was a huge force in the integration of New Orleans in the 1960s and 1970s.

February’s selection:  Disappointment River by Brian Costner

Facilitator

Susan Groszkiewicz

Meets

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

*This month’s schedule has been modified to accommodate the Martin Luther King, Jr, holiday on January 21.

Course Manager

Joyce Pickersgill

Writers’ Bloc

Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Registration is not required.

Focus

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, January 14, 10:15 a.m.–noon

Preregistration is not required.

Focus

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!

Selection: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

January's book is a classic! The group reads Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. In 1850, French Catholic priests, Bishop Jean Marie Latour and his childhood friend, Father Joseph Vaillant, travel to their new home, the newly established diocese of Santa Fe, an area that is now New Mexico. This is the first of many long and arduous journeys the priests endure to convert the natives of New Mexico to Catholicism. The novel is a collection of anecdotes that describe their various adventures around the region over the next forty years as they come to respect and love the land and its people and are continually reaffirmed in their own faith.

Death Comes for the Archbishop is included on Life Magazine's list of the 100 outstanding books of 1924-1944, also included in Times 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005 and Modern Library's list of the 100 Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century. The Western Writers of America deem it the 7th-best "Western Novel" of the 20th century.

February’s selection: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Facilitator

Robin Robinson

Meets

Second Mondays of the month, 10:15–11:45 a.m.

Course Manager

Deb Hollens

Intelligent Conversation: Does Greater Equality Make Society Stronger?

Monday, January 7, 2:45–4:45 p.m.

Focus

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).

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

While generally accepted that inequality is a bad thing, why is that so? What is it about inequality that makes it harmful to the welfare of everyone? Can it be remedied? Epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson contends that greater equality makes societies stronger by reducing stress, restoring sanity, and improving everyone’s wellbeing.

If you are interested in joining this conversation, we ask that participants come prepared having reviewed the following materials:

Meets

First Monday of January, 2:45–4:45 p.m.

Moderators

Russ Hopper, Max Merrill, Linda Redeker

Understanding, Enjoying, and Interpreting Film

Monday, January 28, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Preregistration is not required.

Focus

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

All About Eve (1950) 2 hours 18 minutes

Cast: Bette Davis, Ann Baxter, Celeste Holm

An aspiring and apparently naïve young actress, Eve Harrington, worms her way into the life of Margo Channing, an aging Broadway star. The manipulative Eve appears to idolize Margo, but only schemes to further her own ambitious goals. All About Eve was awarded several Academy Awards in 1951, including best picture, and includes a then relatively unknown Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest film roles.

Facilitator

Rod Charny

Meets

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

*This month’s schedule has been modified to accommodate the Martin Luther King, Jr, holiday on January 21.

Course Manager

Bonnie Campbell

 

February

Nonfiction Book Group

Mondays, February 4 and 25, 10:15–11:45 a.m.

Preregistration is not required.

Focus

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.

Selection: Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage by Brian Castner

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie travelled the 1,125 miles of the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, only to confront impassable pack ice. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey -- and discovered the Passage that Mackenzie could not find.

Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that puts readers back in the age of North American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness. Eleven years before Lewis and Clark, the Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie actually crossed the North American continent with a team of voyageurs and Native guides.

In this book, Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's epic voyages in vivid prose, he personally retraces his travels in an 1,125-mile canoe voyage down the river that bears his name, battling exhaustion, exposure, mosquitoes, white water rapids and the threat of bears in tar sands, thawing permafrost, remote Native villages and, at the end, a wide-open Arctic Ocean. (Good Reads)

March Selection: Leadership in Troubled Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Meets

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

* This month’s schedule has been modified to accommodate President’s Day on February 18.

Course Manager

Joyce Pickersgill

Writers’ Bloc

Tuesdays, February 5–26, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Focus

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, February 11, 10:15 a.m.–noon

Preregistration is not required.

Focus

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!

Selection: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Set in Seattle during the politically tumultuous period of World War II, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet tells of the forbidden friendship between Henry Lee, an earnest Chinese-American boy living in Chinatown, Seattle, and Keiko Okabe, a Japanese-American girl who lives in Seattle’s Nihonmachi (Japantown) district. Henry and Keiko forge an innocent love despite the prejudices of their Chinese and Japanese ancestors. After the devastation of Pearl Harbor Keiko and her family are imprisoned by the US government in an internment camp. She and Henry can only hope that their promises to each other will be be kept.

In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered a cache of Japanese possessions belonging to the families who were forced into the camps. Chapters alternate between Henry’s youth during the war with Keiko and 1986 as Henry explores the Panama hotel's basement for the Okabe family's belongings.

Ford’s novel won several awards, including the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the 2009 Montana Book Award, 2009 Director’s Mention, Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction and it was one of BookBrowse’s top 3 Favorite Books in 2009.

March Selection: Foreign Affairs by Allison Lurie

Facilitator

Bonnie Corley

Meets

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

Course Manager

Deb Hollens

Understanding, Enjoying, and Interpreting Film

Monday, February 25, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Preregistration is not required.

Focus

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

Executive Suite (1954) I hour 45 minutes

Cast: William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, June Allison, Fredric March, Shelley Winters, Walter Pidgeon.

Executive Suite has a star-studded cast and was nominated for four Academy Awards (Best Supporting Actress, Best Black-and-White Cinematography, Best Black-and-White Art Direction, and Best Costume Design).

Drama builds as the president of a furniture manufacturing company unexpectedly dies without naming a successor and sets off a scramble among Board members who must choose a replacement. Will it be the calculating business man, the youthful engineer or someone else?

Facilitator

Robb Reavill

Meets

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

*This month’s schedule has been modified to accommodate the Presidents’ Day holiday on February 21.

Course Manager

Bonnie Campbell

 

March

Nonfiction Book Group

Mondays, March 4 and 18, 10:15–11:45 a.m.

Preregistration is not required.

Focus

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.

Selection: Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

For March, the group reads Doris Kearns Goodwin's latest book on presidential leadership, Leadership in Turbulent Times. Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others.

Leadership tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to forever shatter their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times.

No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon hardships. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others. (Good Reads)

April’s Selection: Rocket Men by Robert Kurson

Facilitator

Leo McGregor

Meets

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

Course Manager

Joyce Pickersgill

Writers' Bloc

Tuesdays, March 5–19, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Preregistration is not required.

Focus

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, March 11, 10:15 a.m.–noon

Preregistration is not required.

focus

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!

Selection: Foreign Affairs by Allison Lurie

Anglophile Virginia "Vinnie" Miner is a 54-year-old spinster professor specializing in nursery folkore. Granted a six month leave from her college to work on her new book, Miner travels to London and looks forward to seeing her academic and theatrical British friends. On the plane she meets Chuck Mumpson, a loud and vulgar married Oklahoman with whom she is drawn into an unusual, but oddly satisfying affair.

At the same time, Vinnie’s handsome and much younger colleague, Fred Turner, is in London trying to write a book on the eighteenth-century poet, John Gay. Broke, newly separated and miserable, he is distracted by an aging English TV actress, Lady Rosemary Radley and the world to which she belongs.

Both lonely Americans abroad, Vinnie’s and Fred’s romantic liaisons provide a humorous exploration of the complex nature of relationships and also interesting insights into the British upper class and theatrical world.

A charming, comic, and perceptive masterpiece, Foreign Affairs won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1985 and was nominated for both the 1984 National Book Award and the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award. Foreign Affairs was made into a television movie in 1993.

April’s selection: Ride with Me Mariah Montana by Ivan Doig

Facilitator

Karen Hill

Meets

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

Course Manager

Deb Hollens

Spring Tonic–Refreshing Ideas from TED Talks

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

Registration for the first two sessions is now open below.

Mark your calendar with the topics for April and May and watch your email for those registrations.

Focus

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.

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

Topics

March 14: Happiness
March 21: Enlightenment
March 28
  • no class (Spring Break)
April 4: The Quest for Truth
  • “How to Seek Truth in the Era of False News” (17:59)
  • “How to Spot a Liar” (18:51)
April 11: Immigration
  • “My Wish, My Charter for Compassion” (21:28)–Karen Armstrong
  • “What’s Missing in the Debate on Immigration” (7:57)
April 18: Brain Power
  • “Brain Magic” (19:50)
  • “3 Ways to Make Better Decisions by Thinking Like a Computer” (11:48)
April 25
  • no class
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 Froms
  • “The Genius Behind 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
  • “The Global Learning Crisis and What to Do about It” (15:10)
  • “How We Can Help Young People Build a Better Future” (14:26)

Meets

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

Course Managers and Facilitators

Barbara Silversmith and Thom Larson

Understanding, Enjoying, and Interpreting Film

Monday, March 18, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Preregistration is not required.

Focus

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

Isle of Dogs (2018)1 hour 45 minutes

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, and Edward Norton

Producer, Director, and Writer: Wes Anderson

Nominated for two Golden Globes, this highly political and magical stop-motion-animated film, set in Japan, is about a boy's odyssey to find his lost dog following the government’s banishment of all dogs to Trash Island. "Isle of Dogs" is a play on words . . . said quickly it sounds like "I love Dogs.”

facilitator

Georganna Frater

Meets

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

Course Manager

Bonnie Campbell


 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon