University of Oregon

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Continuing and Professional Education

OLLI-UO Offerings Fall 2020 Archive

An archive of Fall 2020 courses and activities is listed below. Current course listings can be found on the Course and Activity Descriptions pages.


Fun with Movies

First Monday of the month*, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
The first class will be held the second Monday of September due to the Labor Day holiday. No registration is required.


Movies are magic! Is it the darkened room…the wide screen . . . the music . . . the popcorn?  Or perhaps it is the opportunity movies grant us to lose ourselves in all kinds of extraordinary experiences that real life can never provide.  Great movies linger in our memories long after the closing credits. They move us to tears, make us laugh, and cause us to think about life in new and different ways.

OLLI-UO Central Oregon member Roger Aikin continues his interrupted fascinating series exploring the arts of movie making and the techniques that writers, directors, composers, cinematographers, and editors use to create illusions and manipulate their audience.  Roger taught film studies and has hundreds of digitized film clips to illustrate these topics, many of which should bring back those magic memories. There will be plenty of time for comments and conversation.

Join us for this fascinating look at the fine art of movie making!


Monday, September 14: Acting for the Camera: So you think you can act? (Part 1)

The "Eyes" Have it. Michael Caine will introduce the topic in a short video, "Acting for the Camera," and then we will see some famous examples of heavy-weight actors and actresses strutting their stuff.

Monday, October 5: Acting for the Camera: So you think you can act? (Part 2)

We continue with the following well-known actors strutting their stuff: Morgan Freeman, Helen Hayes, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Orson Welles, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Donald O’Connor, Bogart, Billy Crystal—and many others. There will be plenty of time for discussion.

Monday, November 2: The Western Movie and the Evolution of the American Hero.

Yee Haw! This presentation will trace the evolution of the Western from the classic “good vs. evil” paradigm to the more problematic Westerns of recent years. Lady gunslingers will also be featured. There will be plenty of time for discussion as we consider the role of the Western in the American consciousness, and, indeed, the global popularity of the genre.

Roger is asking that anyone who has a favorite scene from a movie to email him directly or send to and he will try to include that scene in the program.


Roger Aikin received his PhD in Art History from Berkeley and taught for most of his career at Creighton University in Omaha, where he was also the chair of the Fine Arts Department and the director of the University Gallery. He has published books and articles on Renaissance art, American art, photography, and film. He has also exhibited his own photographs.

Wine Labeling

Thursdays, September 24 and October 1, 2:00–3:30 p.m.


Wine labels—they're here to help, but they can just as easily confuse, frustrate, and embarrass us. Ease your mind and expand your choices by joining professional wine writer Pete Holland in this two-part lecture on decoding the mysteries of wine labels.

September 24: Winemaking, Terminology, and the New World Label

October 1: The Old World Winemaking and Labels

About the Speaker

Pete Holland has taught about wine at OLLI at Vanderbilt University. He is a professional writer in the wine industry and earned an MFA in nonfiction from Oregon State University.

Botany Meets Biology in the High Desert: the Plight of the Sage-grouse

Tuesday, September 29, 1:30–3:00 p.m.


Dr. Stu Garrett, sage-grouse coordinator for East Cascades Audubon Society, presents the unusual biology of the sage-grouse and how it adapts to the challenging ecology of the sagebrush steppe. Historical events have led to the changing condition of the plant communities of the Oregon high desert. Dr. Garrett examines the concerning decrease in the grouse population and the threat that changing vegetation and other factors play in its possible demise.


Dr. Garrett practiced family medicine in Bend from 1978 to 2012. He co-founded the local chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and served as state president of that organization. He served on the state boards of The Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Environmental Council, the University of Oregon Museum Of Natural and Cultural History, and the Native Plant Society of Oregon. He was Chairman of the Newberry Volcanoes Citizens Committee, which successfully sought the Congressional designation of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in 1990.

Camp Amache: An American Story—WWII Internment of a Japanese American Family

Thursday, October 8, 2:00–3:00 p.m.


December 7, 1941 ushered in one of the darkest, most tragic episodes in our history as a nation: the evacuation and internment of persons of Japanese ancestry away from the West Coast. The Nagai family was interned outside of Granada in the Amache concentration camp in southeastern Colorado. E/S member Gordon Nagai will share the experiences of his family in camp against the backdrop of the Japanese American community in exile, touching on the impact and hardships endured as well as the legacy for the future coming out of the experience.

His story has a stunning conclusion: He presents the dark tragedy of the internment and a remarkable and unexpected resolution. He believes the entire evacuation and internment experience ultimately was also one of the brightest, most shining moments in our nation’s history, and he will tell us why.


Gordon Nagai was born in Merced, California in 1938 to a Nisei mother and Issei father. He was four years old when his family was uprooted and interned in August of 1942 in a concentration camp outside Granada, Colorado. His family returned to the family farm in late 1945 when Camp Amache closed in October of that year.

Gordon grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California in the late 1940s and mid-50s, and graduated with a Masters in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley in 1963. He worked as a social worker and photographer. He retired in 2000 following a heart attack, recovered nicely, and settled into retirement in Eugene in 2007, where he enjoys retirement and time with his four grandchildren. He is an active and dedicated OLLI-UO member and volunteer.

Nuclear Conflict–The Growing Threat and A Call to Action

Monday, October 12, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Registration is required. This timely lecture is open to the public. The Zoom meeting link will be sent out the morning of the lecture (October 12), so please be sure to register to get onto our email list.
Black and white photograph of a mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion.

Registration is required. Registration details will be sent out a month prior to the event; watch your email for the announcement.


We have the splendid opportunity to hear a live talk from Dr. Ira Helfand, a two-time Nobel Peace Laureate (in 1985 on behalf of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and in 2017 on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).

Former Defense Secretary William Perry says that we are closer to nuclear war than we were during the Cold War. The scientific and medical community predict that even a very limited nuclear war that involves less than 1% of the world’s nuclear arsenals would cause enough climate disruption to trigger a global famine, putting 2 billion people at risk of starvation. There is growing international movement to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons through the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. “Back from the Brink,” a US organization, works to bring about fundamental change in US nuclear policy and encourage the effort for a verifiable, enforceable, timebound agreement to dismantle the remaining 14,000 nuclear weapons around the world.


Ira Helfand, MD, is co-chair of Physicians for Social Responsibility’s (PSR) Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee and also serves as co-president of PSR’s global federation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). Dr. Helfand has worked for many years as an emergency room physician and now practices internal medicine at an urgent care center. He represents IPPNW at the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and is also a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)’s International Steering Committee. Dr. Helfand co-authored PSR’s report, Nuclear Famine: 2 Billion at Risk?, which outlines the global health consequences of regional nuclear war. He was a leading medical voice in ICAN’s campaign for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Dr. Helfand addressed national delegations at international conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo, Norway, Narayit, Mexico, and Vienna, Austria, during the May 2016 U.N. Open-Ended Working Group on disarmament in Geneva, and throughout the U.N. General Assembly negotiations in 2017.

Climate Change: A Geological Perspective

Tuesday, October 13, 1:30–3:30 p.m.


Earth's climate has changed in the past, and it will continue to change in the future. Some of these changes have occurred slowly over long periods of time, but other changes have been catastrophic. What can these periods of catastrophic change tell us about current climate change, and about the ability of earth systems to recover?


Daniele McKay, PhD, is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon. She lives in Bend, Oregon, and teaches online geology courses throughout the academic year, with field courses in Central Oregon during the summer. Her research background is in physical volcanology with a focus on recent mafic eruptions in the Central Oregon Cascades. She is also interested in how societies prepare for and respond to natural disasters, especially volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. She has worked with Deschutes County, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience, and the Red Cross on natural hazard preparedness and mitigation in Central Oregon.

Daniele has presented to OLLI-UO in Central Oregon several times and is well-known for her engaging teaching style and breadth of knowledge. She also taught in-person Geology of Central Oregon workshops for Continuing and Professional Education prior to the pandemic. We look forward to welcoming Daniele back!

Race, Sex, and Species in Anthropology: Problematic Classifications

Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 a.m.–noon


Humans love to classify and categorize, but nature is not always so accommodating. Let’s look at the way humans classify other humans based on skin color and sexuality and how different human species have been classified in the fossil record. Our classification systems have many limitations. Perhaps we can find alternative means for conceptualizing the human condition.


Dr. Michel Waller has over 20 years of experience researching primates in Africa. His field studies include chimpanzee/human interactions in Senegal and bonobo/human interactions in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Waller studies primate socioecology and behavior in an effort to better understand the spectrum of factors that have shaped early human evolution. His research has focused on ranging behavior, territoriality, aggression, and tolerance.

Dr. Waller is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Central Oregon Community College, where he has been teaching since 2006. He has earned bachelor's degrees in journalism, in general science, and his PhD in anthropology. He authored two chapters, and was the editor of the book, Ethnoprimatology: Primate Conservation in the 21st Century, published in the fall of 2016.

Middle Eastern American Theatre: A Polycultural Mosaic

Wednesday, October 14, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


Dr. Michael Malek Najjar will present this lecture on contemporary Middle Eastern American theatre, providing a background history and culture of the diverse groups, Arab, Israeli, and others, who live in the U.S. He will discuss a number of plays written and produced in the U.S. and will show  clips from a selection of performances. 


Dr. Michael Malek Najjar is an Associate Professor in the UO Department of Theatre Arts. Dr. Najjar's research interests include Contemporary Arab American Theatre and Performance, Contemporary Theatre, Ethnic Studies, Cricital Race Theory, and Arab American Studies. He holds a B.A. from the University of New Mexico, an M.F.A. from York University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Future of the Deschutes Public Library – The Next 100 Years

Monday, October 19, 1:30–3:30 p.m.


The Deschutes Public Library Board has approved finalizing the purchase of land for a future Central Library, taking another important step forward in the library’s capital plan to expand and enhance library buildings and services across Deschutes County. Join Todd Dunkelberg, Deschutes Public Library Director, for a look at the detailed expansion plans and a discussion of their impact on the entire county, as well as OLLI-UO in Central Oregon.


Todd Dunkelberg received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin and began his library career as a children’s librarian. In 1999, he moved to Central Oregon to manage the Redmond Library and in 2009 was promoted to Director of the Deschutes Public Library. He is President-Elect of the Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club.

From Cold War Co-eds to Pioneering Professors: The Forgotten Story of Japanese Women Who Studied in the US

Friday, October 23, 10:00 a.m.–noon


UO Professor Alisa Freedman discusses the history and lives of Japanese women college students who received all expense scholarships to study in the US for one year in a program that was intended to create better relations between Japan and America after WWII. During her research she has interviewed many of the women, or their families if they have passed away, about their experiences in the US and how that affected their lives. These students lived with local families at state schools all over the US—including UO. It is an interesting look at post-WWII relations with Japan, cultural differences, and political intentions, from 1949-66.


Alisa Freedman is a Professor of Japanese Literature and Film at the University of Oregon. Much of her interdisciplinary work investigates how the modern urban experience has shaped human subjectivity, cultural production, and gender roles. Another major theme is the globalization of culture. She strives to show how literature and visual media can provide a deeper understanding of society, politics, and economics.

Dr. Freedman has published widely on Japanese modernism, urban studies, youth culture, media discourses about gender norms, humor as social critique, popular culture representation of Japan’s lost generation, and the intersection of literature and digital media. She is currently preparing a book manuscript about the forgotten story of Japanese women who studied abroad in the United States between 1949 and 1966 and went on to become the forgotten mothers of academic fields and to contribute in unexpected ways to U.S.-Japan relations.

Dr. Freedman is the Faculty Fellow for Hamilton Residence Hall. She has served as the Resident Director of Oregon study abroad programs in Tokyo and as the EALL Director for Undergraduate Studies. She was the recipient of the University of Oregon 2016 Outstanding Faculty Advising Award and has been nationally recognized for excellence in mentoring, receiving the NACADA Award for Excellence in Faculty Advising 2017.

How the Mind Ages

Monday, October 26, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


It would be hard for a 70-year old to outperform a teenager in a video game. Yet, there are also intellectually demanding roles, such as positions of leadership, which society usually does not give to a 20-year old. In fact, psychological research on the normal development of intellectual functions across the life span demonstrates a combination of three aspects: (1) the biologically based decline of some basic cognitive functions, (2) the growth of knowledge and skills across a lifetime of experience, and (3) strategic/motivational shifts in how basic functions are being used.

Join Professor Ulrich Mayr, PhD, for a look at how experience and biological factors work together to change the way our mind operates across the adult life span. He stresses activities, such as brain training and physical exercise, which may slow down the more negative effects of aging.


Dr. Ulrich Mayr is head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon, where he has been a faculty member since 2000. He received his PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Free University in Berlin. Between 2013 and 2019, he served as Editor in Chief of the scientific journal Psychology and Aging and was recently appointed to the Board on Behavioral and Cognitive and Sensory Sciences at the National Academy of Sciences.

Bridging The Divide

Wednesday, October 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m.


There is a growing divide–politically, racially, and geographically–that is tearing apart families and communities. It undermines our ability to work together, fix what is broken, and rebuild a stronger economy and healthier communities. Jamie McLeod-Skinner shares the techniques she has used to communicate with Oregonians across our state. She also speaks of her experiences bridging the divide.


Jamie McLeod-Skinner has a lifelong commitment to building healthy, equitable, and resilient communities. She has repaired schools in war-torn countries, mediated community disputes, facilitated organizational change, mentored diverse leaders, managed a small city, and served as an elected city councilor. From 2017 to 2020, Jamie traveled over 60,000 miles to listen to the hopes and fears of Oregonians. She is optimistic about our potential to heal the divide.

An attorney, regional planner, and small business owner, Jamie serves as Chair of the Jefferson County Education Service District Board and Member of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. She has degrees in civil engineering from Rensselaer, regional planning from Cornell, and law from the University of Oregon, as well as certificates in human rights from Oxford and executive leadership from Harvard. Jamie spent part of her childhood in East Africa before becoming an Oregonian. She and her wife, Cass, have four kids, three goats, and two dogs.

The Ancient Library of Alexandria

Thursday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.–noon


The Ancient Library of Alexandria in Egypt was arguably the world’s first great library. The Alexandria Library lasted 600 years, attempted to acquire a copy of every book—actually scrolls in those days—ever published, and housed some of the world’s great thinkers. Founded shortly after Alexander the Great’s death by one of his generals, the library was staunchly, even ruthlessly, supported by the Greek kings of Egypt for centuries and was the intellectual center of the western world, eclipsing both Athens and Rome. Euclid taught geometry there. The Old Testament was translated into Greek there. Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the earth 1500 years before Columbus. There never was a place like it—come learn more!


Gary Hartzell completed his doctorate at UCLA and joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he taught in Master's and Doctoral degree programs. Now Professor Emeritus at UNO, he is an internationally known speaker on librarian-principal relationships and was a member of the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries Advisory Committee.

Earth Science and the Environment

Fourth Thursdays, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

For some of us, concern for the Earth's environment is front and center in our lives. We were in college at a time when environmental activism was born in the U.S. and now, the love of our planet and humanity is as strong as ever. Studies of the Earth’s environment have made major strides in the past few decades due to new sensors, new data, and better models.

The Earth Science and the Environment lecture series began as a discussion group. The format has evolved to feature guest presenters, followed by a discussion and Q&A session. Content for each lecture is drawn from recent events or developments in Earth science, climate change, and the environment. Key components for each session are 1) advocacy and 2) learning.

October 22: Crisis And Opportunity: The Oncoming Renewable Energy Revolution

OLLI-UO Central Oregon is pleased to welcome back the dynamic Dr. John Perona, PhD, LLM, to examine new work by climate scientists that suggests that we are on track to avoid the worst-case climate change scenarios. As tragic as it has been, the coronavirus pandemic has clearly shown how greenhouse gas emissions depend on lifestyle. The economic recovery from the pandemic now offers huge opportunities for boosting investments in decarbonization, effectively resetting the entire energy economy.

We look at the present state of the climate and examine the major U.S. initiatives plotting roadmaps for the renewable energy transition over the next three decades. Citizens can play a key role in advocating and supporting aggressive policies for deep decarbonization.

Dr. John Perona, PhD, LLM, is Professor of Environmental Biochemistry, Portland State University and Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Oregon Health & Science University.

November 19: Sustainability Efforts And Achievements In Bend And Eugene

Description for City of Bend

The City of Bend recognizes the importance of sustaining the natural environment surrounding its community and is committed to climate action and environmental stewardship to ensure Bend remains a great place to live for generations to come. While the city of Bend’s commitment to the environment has been strong for decades, over the last few years, Bend has been taking stronger steps to commit to addressing climate change. Bend adopted climate action goals in 2016 and recently adopted its first Community Climate Action Plan.

The Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) is a roadmap, co-created with the community, for how the city and its partners will reduce greenhouse gas emissions community-wide to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. The CCAP includes 20 high level strategies and 42 specific actions that the city will take over the next five years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and put the community on the path to a sustainable future.

About the Speaker

Cassie Lacy is a Senior Management Analyst in the City Manager’s Office at the City of Bend and leads the City’s environmental and natural resource initiatives. Originally hired in 2018 to lead the development of the Community Climate Action Plan, Cassie now oversees the City’s climate action work and focuses on integrating the City’s climate action goals across the organization. Prior to joining the City, Cassie worked at the University of Washington as the Sustainability Coordinator. She received her masters degree in sustainability from Arizona State University and her bachelors degree in environmental studies and ecology from the University of Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys all the outdoor activities Bend has to offer.

Description for City of Eugene

Eugene, Oregon, enjoys a long history of innovation, vision, and commitment to sustainability. We take a comprehensive approach that places equal importance on advancing social equity, economic prosperity, and environmental health.

The Eugene City Council approved Eugene’s Community Climate Action Plan 2.0 on July 29, 2020. The planning process was data-driven and built Eugene’s community capacity to address climate change by bringing new voices to the table in innovative ways, including through an Equity Panel and by forming the Eugene Climate Collaborative. The Plan includes 115 actions from the Eugene Climate Collaborative, 25 State and Federal Actions, and 41 Equity Recommendations.

About the Speaker

Chelsea Clinton joined the Sustainability Team at the City of Eugene in 2017 and is currently the Sustainability Manager. Her work focuses on implementing the City of Eugene’s Climate Recovery Ordinance with a strong emphasis on incorporating all aspects of the triple bottom line (social equity, environmental health, and economic prosperity) into her projects. Prior to joining the City, Chelsea worked for the Oregon Department of Education where she did research focused on equitable outcomes for students. Chelsea has masters degrees in economics and public administration from the University of Oregon. Most of her free time is spent with her husband, Patrick, and sons Benjamin (age 4) and Oliver (age 1.5).


Suzanne Butterfield and Ron Polidan

What's Going On With Our Weather and Climate?

Thursday, October 29, 10:00 a.m.–noon (part 1)
Tuesday, November 17, noon–1:30 p.m. (part 2)


Unprecedented changes are occurring today in the earth’s climate system. The Pacific Northwest has warmed nearly 1.5°F over the past 100 years, along with the warming of the entire earth’s atmosphere and the global ocean over the same period. While these changes may seem relatively small, they are having enormous impacts on earth’s ecosystems, our physical environment, and global society. The growing recognition of the problem has led to a field of research called geoengineering, the study of strategies to mitigate CO2 increase and global warming. Regardless of the outcome of these efforts, global societies will have to adapt to the new reality of a warmer planet.


Dr. Richard H. Johnson is professor emeritus in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU), where he has been a faculty member since 1980. He served as Department Head from 2007 to 2011. His research interests are in the areas of atmospheric convection, tropical and monsoon dynamics, mesoscale processes, and the atmospheric boundary layer. Johnson received his PhD in 1975 from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences the University of Washington, an MS from the Department of Geophysical Sciences the University of Chicago in 1969, and a BS in Physics from Oregon State University in 1967.

1945–The Year that Shaped the New Germany

Tuesday, November 10, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


This year’s 75th anniversary of the end of World War II presents us with a valuable opportunity to look back at the events that took place in 1945, a year pivotal for the transformation of Germany from a brutal belligerent dictatorship to a flourishing and pacifist democracy. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs for a fascinating discussion of how key events like the bombing of Dresden, the Potsdam Conference, and the beginning of the Nuremberg trials played a crucial role in this remarkable process.


Anette Isaacs, MA, is a German Hhstorian and public educator who has been presenting hundreds of programs on more than 30 different topics relating to her native country’s history, politics, and culture. Ms.Isaacs holds Masters Degrees in American Studies, Political Science, and History and is an adjunct faculty member at the lifelong learning departments of Oakton College, the College of Lake County, Harper College, the College of DuPage, and McHenry County College, all located in Illinois. She is also a popular instructor at Florida Atlantic University’s OLLI in Boca Raton and recently was invited to present her programs on Germany at the Lifelong Learning Departments of Ivy League’s Dartmouth College and "Public Ivy's" William and Mary in early 2021.

The History of Polio: Vaccines, Global Polio Eradication Today, and One Family’s Challenges in the Pre-ADA Era

Wednesday, November 11, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


Author and OLLI-UO member Susan Wyatt will present on the history of polio and why it took so long to develop vaccines—with a few comparisons to today's coronavirus. She will discuss the development of current global efforts to eradicate polio.

In her presentation, Susan will provide additional context by relating her family’s polio challenges in the pre-ADA era—especially the obstacles her father, who was left a polio paraplegic in 1909, had to overcome as a disabled person. She will share first-hand experience with the poliovirus: her own case of non-paralytic polio in the 1952 epidemic and subsequent post-polio syndrome. Susan’s recent book, A "Polio" Finds His Way: My Father's Remarkable Journey is featured in the presentation.


OLLI-UO member Susan Clough Wyatt has always loved to write and document family stories. History came alive for her when she began as a teenager helping her father trace family genealogy. She has researched her family's roots in southeast England and Wales, in Virginia, Georgia, Texas, and New Mexico, and in various libraries and historical museums.

Wyatt grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a B.A. in political science from Whittier College, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Michigan, and an M.A.T. from Antioch-Putney Graduate School of Education. She obtained a remote-learning Ph.D. in 1992 in human resource development and counseling that incorporated courses taken at North Carolina State University to complete her North Carolina counseling credentials.

In retirement, Wyatt has so far put her research and story collecting into three books. Her most recent book is A "Polio" Finds His Way: My Father's Remarkable Journey, published in April 2020.

Black Cultural Heritage and the Politics of Diversity in Colombia

Thursday, November 19, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


Why has the recognition of Afro-descendants' "cultural heritage" further marginalized Black communities in Colombia? In 2005 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the cultural practices of the Afro-Colombian town of San Basilio de Palenque as “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Though this declaration was widely celebrated as an avenue for Afro-descendants’ political inclusion and an engine for local sustainable development, it also created a series of paradoxical effects. Today, the Palenquero community is more visible than ever before, yet Palenqueros feel more vulnerable now than ever.

In this talk, Dr. Maria Fernanda Escallón will examine the situation of a group of Palenqueras working as fruit vendors on the streets of Cartagena. These women felt exploited by the heritage recognition process, which popularized their image as an icon of heritage tourism, without providing any tangible financial benefit. The disconnect that exists between Palenqueras' public image and their lived experience in an effort to trace how their characterization as Afro-descendant living heritage became both an opportunity for and an obstacle to their socio-economic mobility. While the heritage recognition made Palenqueras hyper-visible as touristic icons, it also hid the precarity of their situation as street vendors.


Maria Fernanda Escallón is an assistant professor in the UO Department of Anthropology. Dr. Escallón is a socio-cultural anthropologist and archaeologist interested in cultural heritage, race, diversity politics, ethnicity, and inequality in Latin America.

Prior to joining the Anthropology Department at the UO, she was a 2015-2016 Dissertation Fellow in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work examines the consequences of cultural heritage declarations and draws attention to the political and economic marginalization of minority groups that occurs as a result of recognition.

Based on multi-sited ethnographic research in Colombia, her current book project examines the consequences of cultural public policy on marginalized communities and minority groups. Specifically, her research traces how the declaration of cultural practices of Afro-Latino communities as “heritage of humanity” may further marginalize already vulnerable community members and leave structural racial inequities intact. She is particularly interested in understanding how and why certain multicultural policies that are ostensibly inclusive, can end up replicating, rather than dismantling, inequality and segregation across Latin America.

International Relations

First and Third Wednesdays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.


This lecture series focuses on international affairs, history, current global developments and U.S. foreign policy. Participants learn through guest and facilitator presentations and discussions on topics connected with geo-politics, international business, global cultures, trade, the environment, and America’s place in the world.

International Relations is a quarterly lecture series planned and facilitated by Eugene/Springfield members Howard Schuman and Susan Walcott.



Gary Shaye of Save the Children will be our presenter on Wednesday September 2nd. Gary will share his experience with an organization that grew from a six million-dollar annual budget in 1975 (when he started) to over $835 million in FY 2019.

Gary will share some examples which will illustrate the opportunities and challenges that organizations similar to Save the Children face in their operations in the US and around the world. These include the organization, financing, delivery, and obstacles of providing aid to those most in need.

About The Speaker

Gary Shaye has devoted 45 years to Save the Children’s work with children, families, and communities around the world. In 2017, Gary led the organization’s post-Hurricane Irma relief response in Florida in an emergency capacity, and, in 2018, he served as Team Leader in Puerto Rico for the response to Hurricane Maria. In April and May of 2019, he served as Team Leader in Colombia for the response to the Venezuelan crisis.

Among his many other assignments, he previously spent six years in Nepal where he established Save the Children’s country operations there and assisted in starting up programs in neighboring Bhutan. Gary has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cuzco, Peru.

Gary received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his master’s degree from the School for International Training in Vermont.



Ethiopia is unique among countries in Africa in many ways. Former UO Provost John Moseley will briefly describe the country's history and unusual characteristics, followed by a description of a health crisis in the birth defects of spina bifida and hydrocephalus. A small non-profit, Reach Another Foundation, based in Bend, Oregon, has over the past ten years led Ethiopia in addressing this scourge, and is on the verge of assisting in reducing these birth defects to levels similar to those in Western countries.

About The Speaker

John Moseley is a Physics Professor Emeritus at UO, and served as Vice President for Research (1984-1994) and then as Senior Vice President and Provost (1994-2006). He received his BS (1964), MS (1966) and PhD (1969) from Georgia Tech and then moved west to Palo Alto, CA to work as a research scientist at Stanford Research Institute. In 1979 he came to UO.



If we take Churchill's maxim on Russia, and apply it to Israel/Palestine, it still rings true: It's..." a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

Two long-time Eugene residents with links to the region will take a look at this riddle with a focus on visioning what does justice look like in Israel/Palestine. We'll have a chance to listen to several points of view, including ending of the occupation, ceasing of confiscating land, and human rights for all from Ibrahim Hamide, born and raised in Bethlehem. And we'll also hear from Jonas Israel from a healthcare and psychological point of view, based on his religious and educational background.

Both will look at how can we heal the divide.

About The Speaker

Ibrahim Hamide came to study at the UO in 1969 and has stayed ever since. Most of his family still live in Bethlehem. A long time student of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, Ibrahim co-founded three local organizations dealing with that issue including the Inter- religious Committee for Peace in the Middle East with Rabbi Myron Kinberg and Don Clark. Ibrahim is currently a human rights commissioner for the city of Eugene. He is also owner of Cafe Soriah on West 13th St. in Eugene.

Jonas Israel is a Registered Nurse with a background in psychology. He also holds an MA in Theater Arts from the Drama Studio London/Berkeley. His interest in Israel and the Palestinian peoples derives from many areas. He attended a Lubavither (ultra-Orthodox) Yeshiva and several other yeshivas in Israel. He approaches Israel from a religious perspective, as well as the fact that ninety percent of his family live there. They span the vast reaches of Israeli society, with several being in the government. Jonas asks, "What is Justice and what would it look like to be inclusive of both the Israeli and Palestinian interests?"



The Americans (and the French) renewed the Greek concept of citizenship in the late eighteenth-century. Even though citizenship remains more aspiration than reality, most Americans have regarded it as a progressive and benign idea. We have insisted at home and abroad that citizenship is the defining characteristic of all regimes of representative democracy and constitutional rights. This talk reconsiders that perspective by examining the relationship of citizenship to the genocide of indigenous peoples in the Americas, the Holocaust, the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, the genocide of the Rwandan Tutsi, and the so-called “auto-genocide” in Cambodia. These comparisons may lead us to think of the idea of citizenship in another way: not as the essential prop of national liberation and inclusion but rather as the ideological foundation of the very state oppression and exclusion that the French and American Revolutions claimed to overthrow.

About The Speaker

Douglas Greenberg is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Rutgers University, where he was also Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Trained as an historian of the United States at Rutgers and Cornell, he taught at Lawrence, Princeton, USC, and Rutgers. In addition to his work as a scholar and teacher, he has served as the CEO of the Chicago History Museum and the Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute.




The U.S. media present an image of Europe and Israel as beacons of pluralism and democracy with the Arab world best summarized as, well, ISIS. Ken Dorph has spent a good deal of his life in the Arab countries, from Morocco to Iraq, and has lived the breathtaking diversity of the region. Ken will explore the surprising historical tolerance of the Arabs which has been deeply and negatively impacted by Western intervention and the conflicts with Israel. Ken will look at the position of minorities to examine the changing and complex environment, with a focus on two that he knows well, the Jewish and LBGT communities.

About The Speaker

Ken Dorph is a leading financial sector consultant with particular expertise in the Middle East. Staff at the World Bank have called him their 'go to guy' for banks and financial systems in the Arab world. Ken has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, including a Fulbright in Damascus, and an MBA from the Wharton School. He is fluent in Arabic, Spanish, and French and conversant in several other languages. Ken has a separate career as an advocate for understanding the Middle East and has lectured or led panels at the University of California at Berkeley, the Wharton School, the University of Michigan, the New School, Georgetown University, and the World Bank.


NOTE SPECIAL TIME: 3:00–5:00 p.m.


The UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.2 states that by 2030, nations should ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.

Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, modest progress towards the holistic development of young children (their health, nutrition, cognitive development, and protection) had been made in most countries of Asia.  This progress is being tracked in relation to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4.2 – progress which has been seriously halted, and even reversed, by the pandemic. Appropriate practices and policies must now be implemented by families, governments, and the international community to help ensure that young children, especially those most disadvantaged and excluded, are raised in a nurturing environment and are able to develop to their fullest potential.

About The Speaker

Sheldon Shaeffer has a B.A., M.A. (anthropology), and Ph.D. (international development education). He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Asia-Pacific Regional Network on Early childhood (ARNEC). He was formerly Chief of UNICEF's global education programme in New York and Director of UNESCO's Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. He has taught, done research, and worked in development programmes in Southeast Asia for over 50 years. His interests now focus on early childhood development and inclusion in education and learning.



The final meeting of 2020 will continue the tradition of an annual International Relations "Brainstorming Session" to spark discussion of past sessions and elicit suggestions for future topics and speakers. We will break into small groups to mull over topics we particularly enjoyed and those that members would like to see addressed next year. IR continues to benefit from long as well as short-distance presenters, both pre- and post-Covid, so "the sky’s the limit" to our continuing international reach.


NOTE SPECIAL TIME: 3:00–5:00 p.m.


The UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.2 states that by 2030, nations should ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.

Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, modest progress towards the holistic development of young children (their health, nutrition, cognitive development, and protection) had been made in most countries of Asia.  This progress is being tracked in relation to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4.2 – progress which has been seriously halted, and even reversed, by the pandemic. Appropriate practices and policies must now be implemented by families, governments, and the international community to help ensure that young children, especially those most disadvantaged and excluded, are raised in a nurturing environment and are able to develop to their fullest potential.

About The Speaker

Sheldon Shaeffer has a B.A., M.A. (anthropology), and Ph.D. (international development education). He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Asia-Pacific Regional Network on Early childhood (ARNEC). He was formerly Chief of UNICEF's global education programme in New York and Director of UNESCO's Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. He has taught, done research, and worked in development programmes in Southeast Asia for over 50 years. His interests now focus on early childhood development and inclusion in education and learning.



The final meeting of 2020 will continue the tradition of an annual International Relations "Brainstorming Session" to spark discussion of past sessions and elicit suggestions for future topics and speakers. We will break into small groups to mull over topics we particularly enjoyed and those that members would like to see addressed next year. IR continues to benefit from long as well as short-distance presenters, both pre- and post-Covid, so "the sky’s the limit" to our continuing international reach.

History of Western Music: Baroque and Classic Periods

Tuesdays, November 3–December 15, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


This seven-part series is the second of three modules of a survey of the western music tradition and covers the Baroque (1600-1750) and Classic (1750-1800) periods. Instructor Barbara Myrick will cover the early, middle, and late eras of the Baroque period; pre-Classic period transitions and sonata form; instrumental sonata, symphony, and concerto; developments in opera; and the transition into the Romantic period. Composers discussed and examined during the series include: Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven—to name a few! The series features live piano and harpsichord demonstration-performances.


Barbara Myrick is a retired member of the music faculty at Lane Community College, where she taught Music History and Sight-Reading/Ear Training II. She continues as a substitute instructor at LCC and also advises her own music students. She has performed in countless LCC productions and coordinated many faculty concerts.

Barbara received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Montana State University, after which she taught at Wilsall, Montana. In 1970, she came to the UO, from which she obtained her Master of Music in Piano Performance and her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education, Piano and Flute performance. She joined the music faculty at LCC in 1973. In 1981-1983 she took a break and attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she earned another Master's degree in Musicology, specializing in Performance Practice.

The Situation Of Young Children In Asia: Their Growth And Development (Pre- And Post-Covid-19) And How U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 4.2 Can Be Achieved

Wednesday, December 2, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Note: This Internatonal Relations lecture series offering is scheduled at a special time to accommodate the speaker, who will present to OLLI-UO from Thailand.


The UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.2 states that by 2030, nations should ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.

Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, modest progress towards the holistic development of young children (their health, nutrition, cognitive development, and protection) had been made in most countries of Asia. This progress is being tracked in relation to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4.2–progress which has been seriously halted, and even reversed, by the pandemic. Appropriate practices and policies must now be implemented by families, governments, and the international community to help ensure that young children, especially those most disadvantaged and excluded, are raised in a nurturing environment and are able to develop to their fullest potential.


Sheldon Shaeffer has a B.A., M.A. (anthropology), and Ph.D. (international development education). He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Asia-Pacific Regional Network on Early childhood (ARNEC). He was formerly Chief of UNICEF's global education programme in New York and Director of UNESCO's Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. He has taught, done research, and worked in development programmes in Southeast Asia for over 50 years. His interests now focus on early childhood development and inclusion in education and learning.

To Know One OLLI Is . . . To Know ONE OLLI

Thursday, December 3, 1:00–3:00 p.m.


This presentation will provide an overview of the nationwide Osher Lifelong Learning Institute network and OLLI-UO’s place within it. The session features Steve Thaxton, Osher National Resource Center (NRC) Executive Director, and Sandra Gladney, OLLI-UO Director. Steve will discuss the nationwide OLLI network, functions of the NRC, and the support and guidance it provides to individual OLLIs. Sandra will connect that information to on-the-ground experiences in Eugene/Springfield, Central Oregon, and beyond! A 30-minute Q&A session will follow the 45-minute presentation to provide an opportunity for a deeper dive into issues that matter most to OLLI-UO members.


As Executive Director, Steve Thaxton manages the overall National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, collaborating with The Bernard Osher Foundation, interfacing with Northwestern University School of Professional Studies colleagues and working closely with the small but mighty NRC staff. His role includes consulting and connecting with OLLI units all across the country to help them continually improve their unique local programs.

Sandra Gladney is the executive director of UO Continuing and Professional Education—OLLI-UO's home/department—and the director of OLLI-UO. She leads a team-oriented unit at CPE that serves a broad range of outreach and engagement programs. This includes organizational strategic planning and investments, supervision of programs and operations staff, participation in multiple university committees, and oversight of remote programs in Portland and Bend.

The History of the CRACKER JACK Company: A Personal Perspective

Thursday, December 10, 1:30–3:30 p.m.


Most of us have memories of Cracker Jacks. Likely many of us remember a favorite or curious prize from the box! Marty Rudolph is the great-granddaughter of the founder of The Cracker Jack Company. Over time, she became the recipient of a large stash of historical documents and memorabilia from the company. Cracker Jack started in the late 1800s with a popcorn stand and over time became an international company. 

Marty describes the history of the founding of the company and, because her great-grandfather was a German immigrant, she shares how the activities of the company were under particular scrutiny during WWI. Marty brings to life stories behind “the prize in every box,” and relates how the prizes reflect current affairs of the country. 

Do you have fond memories of Cracker Jack prizes or even souvenirs? Bring them to the discussion after Marty’s presentation.


Marty Rudolph was born in Illinois and graduated with a degree in education from Indiana University. With a talent for marketing, she claims to be “in her genes” (her great-grandfather founded the Cracker Jack Company), Marty worked in marketing for over 35 years. A pioneer in sports marketing, she worked on the 1980, 1984 ,and the 1988 Olympic Games, both for Levi Strauss outfitting teams, and also for the U.S. Biathlon Team. She served as vice-president of the Women’s Sports Foundation and served on boards for the San Francisco Sports Authority and Vermont Sports Council and was a founder of the Portland Sports Authority.

After 20 years concentrating on athletes, Marty refocused her marketing efforts on artists, teaching art marketing for the Oregon Arts Commission and managing a gallery in Hood River ,where she was also president of the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute.  After living 20 years on 20 acres of Douglas Fir forest on the northeast flanks of Mt. Hood, Marty moved to Bend in 2012, where she learned to love junipers and lava. In Bend, Marty has served as President of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, volunteers for the Central Oregon Symphony Marketing Committee, and is on the board of Amistad International.

Healthy Aging Design Project

Monday, December 14, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


Susan Sokolowski, associate professor at the UO School of Art + Design and director of the UO’s Sports Product Design master’s program, visits OLLI-UO to present the grant-sponsored work her graduate class recently completed (with input from a half-dozen OLLI-UO in Eugene/Springfield members!) on healthy design proposals for senior citizens. Projects ranged from household items to clothing and landscaping options with practical applications.


Susan Sokolowski, PhD, has over 25 years of performance sporting goods experience, working cross-functionally between footwear, apparel and equipment in creative and strategic roles. Her work is holistic in nature, where consideration of the athlete’s body form, performance, psychology, sport, materials, and styling are addressed to develop game-changing innovation solutions. She is specifically focused on issues surrounding design of products for special populations, including women, children, and disabled athletes.

Susan has been recognized internationally for her achievements in design and innovation, including over 35 utility and design patents, awards from the United States Olympic Committee and Volvo, and featured product design at the Design Museum London.


Turning Points in American History, parts 2 and 3

Tuesdays, September 15–November 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon
Registration is not required.


Join course manager Terry Schwab and fellow OLLI-UO Central Oregon members for Parts II and III of Turning Points in American History. We relive the most powerful and groundbreaking moments in the fascinating story of the United States of America.

These Great Courses lectures, delivered by Professor Edward T. O'Donnell of College of the Holy Cross, offer a different perspective on the sweeping narrative of U. S. history. Spanning the arrival of the first English colonists to the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, this course is a captivating and comprehensive tour of those particular moments in the story of America, after which the nation would never be the same again. The topics are covered more from a "cultural history" or "sociology" perspective than traditional (dates, Great Men, etc.).

Whether they took the form of

  • groundbreaking political and philosophical concepts,
  • dramatic military victories and defeats,
  • nationwide social and religious movements, or
  • technological and scientific innovations,

these and other turning points forever changed the character of America politically, socially, culturally, and economically. Sometimes the changes brought about by these events were obvious; sometimes they were more subtle. Sometimes the effects of these turning points were immediate; other times, their aftershocks reverberated for decades.

Regardless, these great historical turning points demand to be understood. Knowing what these events are, how they came about, and their dramatic effects is essential to grasping the full story of this great world power. It may even offer you vital clues as to where America is headed in the coming years and decades.


September 15: 1886 The First Red Scare – Haymarket; 1898 The End of Isolation – War with Spain. Facilitator: Joe Jezukewicz

September 22: 1900 The Promised Land – The Great Migration; 1901 That Damned Cowboy! Theodore Roosevelt. Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt

September 29: 1903 The Second Transportation Revolution; 1909 The Scourge of the South-Hookworm. Facilitator: Maggi Machala


October 6: 1917 Votes for Women! The 19th Amendment; 1919 Strikes & Bombs – The Year of Upheaval. Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt

October 13: 1933 Bold Experimentation – The New Deal; 1939 Einstein’s Letter – The Manhattan Project. Facilitator: Tom Petullo

October 20: 1942 Surprise – The Battle of Midway; 1945 the Land of Lawns – Suburbanization. Facilitator: Keith Sime

October 27: 1948 The Berlin Airlift & The Cold War; 1950 Tuning In – The Birth of Television. Facilitator: Joe Jezukewicz

November 3: 1960 The Power to Choose – The Pill; 1963 Showdown in Birmingham – Civil Rights. Facilitator: Terry Schwab

November 10: Losing Vietnam – The Tet Offensive; 1969 Disaster – The Birth of Environmentalism. Facilitator: Bonnie Campbell

November 17: 1974 An Age of Crisis – Watergate; 1975 The Digital Age – The Personal Computer. Facilitator: Tom Machala

November 24: 1989 Collapse – The End of the Cold War; 2001 The Age of Terror – The 9/11 Attacks. Facilitator: Terry Schwab


Terry Schwab

Geography of East Asia

Tuesdays, September 15–October 27, noon–1:30 p.m.
Registration is closed.


This course examines dynamic political-economic and sociocultural changes in East Asia by looking at the physical and human roots influencing rapid modernization within an ancient cultural framework. The format of the course is a combination of lecture and discussion.

Reading assignments in the full syllabus should be completed before the class period in order to participate in class discussion and benefit from the material presented.


Week 1: Geographic Basics – East Asia as a Physical and Cultural Region

Week 2: China – Historical Roots

Week 3: China – Revolutions, Industrialization, and Urbanization

Week 4: China’s Periphery – Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, Xinjiang

Week 5: Japan – Tradition to Transition, Meiji to Modern

Week 6: Four Tigers – Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea

Week 7: Culture – Food, Film, and Summary

About the Instructor

OLLI-UO in Eugene/Springfield member Susan Walcott is a Professor of Geography Emerita at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and formerly at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Dr. Walcott’s research interests concern regional economic development, particularly in rapidly transitioning areas throughout Asia. Books, chapters and articles focus on high technology parks and industry clusters (life science, furniture, tea) across the U.S. and China, modernization in Bhutan, and immigrant entrepreneurs.

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events

Central Oregon Governing Council Forum

Monday, November 9, 1:30–3:00 p.m.


The Central Oregon Governing Council is looking to add a few more dedicated member-leaders to its team! We have traditionally had eigh elected members on the Council, plus the program and hospitality committee chairs. We are now seeking nominees!

Join current Governing Council members via Zoom to discuss what being a member-leader entails, how long of a time commitment it is, and what is expected of Council members. There is no experience required to serve, but we ask that nominees possess a love of OLLI-UO and have a collaborative personality. Serving on Council is not onerous in terms of time commitment or work; no financial obligations either! We meet monthly for two hours, and a term consists of a two-year commitment. The next two years will be a pivotal point for our OLLI-UO program.

If you are interested at all, we encourage you to attend our Governing Council Forum on Monday via Zoom. The deadline for nominees to submit their names is Tuesday, November 10. A 200-word bio is due Friday, November 14. Please email Heather Inghram at to indicate you plan to attend the forum, as we will send the Zoom link only to a closed list of recipients.

For questions or more information before Monday, contact Governing Council member (and former President) Suzanne Butterfield (whose email address may be obtained from the member directory or by emailing We look forward to hearing from you!

Eugene/Springfield Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, September 30, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Save the date for the All-Member Annual General Meeting on September 30! Join your fellow members to learn about OLLI-UO news and updates and learn the results of the election for Governing Council members—and more!

Central Oregon Year-End Celebration

Thursday, December 17, 1:00–3:00 p.m.


The holiday season is here and that means it will soon be time for our Annual Holiday Party! Get ready to join your fellow OLLI-UO members in recapping our pivotal year of 2020 in terms of programming, fundraising, and meeting newly-elected Council members.

This year’s celebration will look a bit different since it is on Zoom, but we have a lot to celebrate—especially the unique programs and the exceptional work of our volunteers and leaders!

OLLI-UO Winter Holiday Celebration

Monday, December 21, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


Members of all OLLI-UO sites are invited to attend our first-ever multi-site holiday party! This will be a special event showcasing the talents of several of our members. Members from all over the state have gotten to know each other this year, and we want to celebrate our 2020 collaboration and efforts! More info to come, but mark your calendars now for this winter celebration.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon