University of Oregon

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Continuing and Professional Education

OLLI-UO Offerings Spring 2020 Archive

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

Lectures

Jan Vermeer and Han van Meegeren: The Master and the Forger

Wednesday, May 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

LOCATION

Offered via Zoom; the meeting ID will be shared in the Friday e-minder the week prior to the class. Please contact osher@uoregon.edu if you do not receive the meeting information.

FOCUS

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member Roger Aikin, PhD, is a retired professor of Art History from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He has offered to present a lecture to our members that he gave in January 2020. This 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 the presentation.

TOPIC

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?

PRESENTER

Roger Aikin

MEETS

Wednesday, May 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Geography of Tea

Tuesday, May 19, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

LOCATION

Offered via Zoom; the meeting ID will be shared in the Friday e-minder the week prior to the class. Please contact osher@uoregon.edu if you do not receive the meeting information.

FOCUS

The Geography of Tea traces the global spread of Camellia sinensis to become the world's second most consumed beverage, cultivated from Orkney to Argentina, Africa to Asia. Along with tea’s transformative impact on world history, this talk focuses on the American experience and how to grow and process your own.

PRESENTER

Susan Walcott is a Professor of Geography Emerita at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and formerly at Georgia State University in Atlanta. 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.

MEETS

May 19, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

A Sunday Walk in Rome

Thursday, May 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

LOCATION

Offered via Zoom; the meeting ID will be shared in the Friday e-minder the week prior to the class. Please contact osher@uoregon.edu if you do not receive the meeting information.

FOCUS

OLLI-UO Central Oregon member Roger Aikin, PhD, is a retired professor of Art History from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He has offered to present a lecture to Central Orgon and Eugene/Springfield members that he gave in February 2020. This 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 the presentation.

TOPIC

Roger 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).

PRESENTER

Roger Aikin

MEETS

Thursday, May 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

The Mystery of Dark Matter

Tuesday, June 2, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

LOCATION

Offered via Zoom; the meeting ID will be shared in the Friday e-minder the week prior to the class. Please contact osher@uoregon.edu if you do not receive the meeting information.

FOCUS

The presence of dark matter in the universe has intrigued astronomers for well over 100 years, prompting speculation about a substance that emits little or no light but appears to be essential to the structure of the universe. Created in the Big Bang 14 billion years ago, unseen dark matter seems to account for the great majority of the matter in the cosmos.

The study of dark matter has been a conundrum for astrophysicists and elementary particle physicists. Although much has been learned about the gravitational nature of dark matter and its central role in shaping stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and even larger structures in the universe, little has been learned about the properties of dark matter particles.

Join OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member Dr. Larry Price for a talk that will describe what we do know and don’t know about this crucial component of the universe, and will explain how fiercely scientists are working to find out just what dark matter is made of. This lecture is made available to Central Oregon and Eugene/Springfield members since it will be held via Zoom.

PRESENTER

Larry Price is a physicist specializing in elementary particles. He holds degrees in physics from Pomona College (BA) and Harvard University (MA and PhD).  He is retired from a career at Argonne National Laboratory, where he held the rank of senior physicist and was Director of the High Energy Physics Division. He also worked at Columbia University and the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Price’s research has included experiments providing early insight into the structure of neutrons and protons; into properties of quarks; evidence for neutrino oscillations and neutrino mass; and the large international effort culminating in the discovery of the Higgs Boson.

MEETS

Tuesday, June 2, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Economic Growth Using "Our World in Data"

Tuesday, June 16, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

LOCATION

Offered via Zoom; the meeting ID will be shared in the Friday e-minder the week prior to the class. Please contact osher@uoregon.edu if you do not receive the meeting information.

FOCUS

Is the study of economics but a dim college memory? How about really getting up to speed on economic progress and its influence on history? Join OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member Tom Carroll for an online lecture he recently presented to his students at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology in Germany.

For this Zoom OLLI presentation, Tom will use the outstanding website Our World in Data to illustrate economic growth over time. The "Our World in Data" site has over 2,500 graphs, maps, and charts covering 297 topics. Professor Carroll will use four of these graphs and maps to show economic progress from pre-capitalist time to our modern economy. He will also discuss market failures, government failures, the evolution of capitalism and keys to improving productivity.

Please bring paper and pencil to this lecture for the interactive part of the presentation. The presentation should last one hour with an additional half hour for questions.

Tom Carroll has lived in Deschutes County for 40 years and taught economics at Central Oregon Community College from 1980 to 2014. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (Germany) from 2011 to the present. He received a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Idaho and a Masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University.

PRESENTER

Tom Carroll

MEETS

Tuesday, June 16, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

From Hope to Horror: Diplomacy and the Making of the Rwanda Genocide

Tuesday, June 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

LOCATION

Offered via Zoom; the meeting ID will be shared in an email the day prior to the lecture. Please contact osher@uoregon.edu if you do not receive the meeting information.

Focus

April 7, 2020, marked the 26th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. As deputy to the U.S. ambassador in Rwanda, OLLI-UO member Joyce E. Leader witnessed the tumultuous prelude to genocide—a period of political wrangling, human rights abuses, and many levels of ominous, ever-escalating violence. In this lecture, she will discuss her new book, From Hope to Horror: Diplomacy and the Making of the Rwanda Genocide (released on March 1), offering her insider’s account of the nation’s efforts to move toward democracy and peace. She will discuss the three-way power struggle that escalated to violence, mass atrocities and genocide, why diplomacy failed to prevent this catastrophe, and ways diplomacy might become more effective in diffusing conflict situations. Her thirty-minute talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

PRESENTER

Joyce E. Leader, OLLI-UO in Eugene/Springfield member, is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer who served as the deputy chief of mission in Rwanda and as a U.S. observer to the Rwandan peace talks in Arusha, Tanzania. She culminated her State Department career as an ambassador to the Republic of Guinea in West Africa. She specializes in political affairs, refugee affairs, human rights, conflict resolution, and international organizations.

meets

Tuesday, June 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Independence Corrupted: How American Judges Make Their Decisions

Tuesday, July 7, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

location

Offered via Zoom; the meeting ID will be shared in the Friday e-minder the week prior to the class. Please contact osher@uoregon.edu if you do not receive the meeting information.

FOCUS

Charles Benjamin Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus and adjunct professor of law. A former prosecutor, trial and appellate judge, and Fulbright Scholar, he understands judicial decision-making. He exposes the personal, professional, and political pressures threatening judicial integrity like never before.

With scholarship and impassioned accounts of compelling cases, he brings readers behind the trial bench to see judges analyzing actual trials and sentencings. He opens the doors to appellate chambers to hear judges debating life and death, multimillion-dollar damages, and priceless civil rights.

Responding to the intensifying attacks on America’s judges, Independence Corrupted is essential for students and scholars, lawyers and judges, and all citizens concerned about the survival of judicial independence. Judge Schudson comes to OLLI-UO via Zoom and presents a compelling presentation about his book, Independence Corrupted, which was nominated for the National Book Award.

presenter

Charles B. Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus, an Adjunct Professor of Law, and President of KeynoteSeminars, LLC. Judge Schudson graduated from Dartmouth College and from the University of Wisconsin Law School (Law Review). He served as a state and federal prosecutor (1975-82), a Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge (1982-92), a Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge (1992-2004), Senior Counsel at von Briesen & Roper, s.c. (2004-06), and General Counsel of La Causa, Inc. (2006-09).

Judge Schudson’s honors include the U.S. Justice Department’s Award for Superior Performance, the Wisconsin Child Abuse Prevention Certificate of Special Achievement, Wisconsin Judge of the Year, the 1998 National Human Rights Leadership Award, the 2000 Foundation for Improvement of Justice Award, and the 2004 National Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award.

In 2009, Judge Schudson received a Fulbright Fellowship under which he taught law school in Germany, 2011, and Peru, 2014. Presenting in both English and Spanish, he also has lectured at law schools in Bolivia, Chile, and Mexico. In 2006, he served as an international observer for the Venezuelan presidential election.

Judge Schudson is a certified mediator and a litigation/appellate consultant. He is married to Karen Schudson, a psychotherapist, mediator, and executive coach. Together at conferences nationwide, they have presented “Healing the Healers,” a program they designed to help professionals cope with the secondary trauma resulting from their work with the victims of child sexual abuse. Charlie and Karen have two children and three amazing (of course) grandchildren.

presenter

Judge Charles B. Schudson

MEETS

Tuesday, July 7, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events

Fourth Friday OLLI-UO Meet and Greet

Fourth Fridays, 2:00–4:00 p.m., Ax Billy Grill and Sports Bar, Downtown Athletic Club

ABOUT THIS GROUP

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

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

MEETS

2020 Meet and Greet Dates

  • January 24
  • February 28
  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 22
  • June 26
  • July 24
  • August 28
  • September 25
  • October 30
  • November 27
  • December (No Meeting)

 

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