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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Continuing and Professional Education

OLLI-UO Offerings Summer 2020 Archive

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

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Armchair Traveler: African Safari and Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Wednesday, August 5, 10:00 a.m.–noon


OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member Larry Weinberg presents a slideshow and talk about his 2013 adventure in Tanzania, East Africa. Larry spent three weeks there, including a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa) and a ten-day safari. The climb involved a seven-day trek (5.5 up and 1.5 down) complete with guide, cook, and five porters. You will get to see the sun come up over Africa—or at least a picture of the sun doing so. The safari included Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti, and several other national parks. Watch lions, leopards and cheetahs; hippos, elephants, and crocodiles. If you actually want to see the real thing, you will just have to go yourself.


Larry Weinberg retired from Boeing and moved to Bend in 2005. He has been active with OLLI-UO since then and has given several travel presentations, as well as classes. He loves to hike and has traveled in both the U.S. and abroad–with the exception of 2020. He volunteers with the Deschutes Land Trust and the nongovernmental organization Ten Friends.

Armchair Traveler: Oslo and Svalbard—Winter Travel in the Norwegian Arctic

Thursday, August 13, 1:30–3:30 p.m.


In 2017, OLLI-UO in Central Oregon members Steve Hussey and Terry Schwab embarked on an adventure to Oslo, Norway, and the Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard. They share their travels to fabulous museums like the Viking Ship museum, Resistance Museum and Vigesland Park–along with a beautiful fjord cruise, visit to a Russian coal mining town, and a hike inside an ice cave.


Steve Hussey and Terry Schwab

The Status of Regional and Global Freshwater Supplies

Thursday, July 16, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


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


A live talk on the status of regional and global water supplies by two experts is presented to Central Oregon and Eugene/Springfield members.

Kyle Gorman, Manager, South Central Region for the Oregon Water Resources Department, will speak on the Status of Central Oregon Water Supplies. Kyle has worked in this field for over 25 years and is an engaging speaker. Members may also ask Kyle statewide water questions.

Ron Polidan, OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member, will speak on the state of Global Freshwater Supplies. Ron has his PhD in Astrophysics from UCLA. He has worked with space missions for over 40 years. For the past two decades, NASA has operated satellite systems that provide, amongst other things, our first global assessment of the quantity and changes in freshwater (surface water, ice, and aquifers). This presentation will discuss how the satellites make their measurements and some of what they have discovered about the Earth's freshwater.

Join Central Oregon's Earth Science and the Environment discussion group and hear these two very special speakers. Time will be allocated for questions and answers.


Suzanne Butterfield


Thursday, July 16, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

The Greatest Hits of Hans Rosling

Wednesday, July 29, 10:00 a.m.–noon


Offered via Zoom; the meeting ID will be shared in the Friday e-minders the weeks prior to the class. Please contact if you do not receive the meeting information.


Hans Rosling was a Swedish physician, academic, public speaker and rock star in the TED Talk world. Over the years Dr. Rosling gave about a dozen TED Talks exploring the use of data illustrating global development. With a wicked sense of humor, fantastic audio-visual effects, and a life-time of great experiences, Hans Rosling always delivered a great lecture.

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member Tom Carroll presents three of Dr. Rosling’s best talks:

  • "How Not to be Ignorant About the World"
  • "The Magic Washing Machine"
  • "New Insights into Poverty"

We will have 10 to 15 minutes between each video for spirited discussion.

Tom will also introduce Gapminder, "a non-profit venture – a modern 'museum' on the Internet–promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals." Founded in 2005 in Stockholm by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling, one of Gapminder's products is 'Gapminder Tools', "a web-service displaying time series of development statistics for all countries." (About Gapminder)

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.


Tom Carroll


Wednesday, July 29, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Confederate Statues and the "Lost Cause"

Monday, August 24, 1:30–3:00 p.m.


As of 2020, there are more than 1,700 public monuments, including over 700 statues of varying size, commemorating the Confederate States of America or its prominent leaders. In summer 2020, dozens of them have been removed by authorities, while some have been defaced or destroyed by protestors. COCC professor Murray Godfrey will discuss the "Lost Cause" interpretation of Civil War history that largely inspired the construction of these monuments, their lasting legacy, and the continuing efforts in various parts of the country to remove them.


Murray A. Godfrey is Associate Professor of American History and Chair of the World Languages and Cultures department at Central Oregon Community College, where he has worked since 2012. He received a Master of Arts degree in History from Texas State University specializing in the history of 17th and 18th century North America and military history. Prior to coming to Central Oregon, Murray previously taught for Austin Community College in Austin and Alamo Community College District in San Antonio, Texas.

Speeches in Times of Change

Wednesdays, August 19, 26, and September 2, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Registration is required and is limited to 25 participants. This CO course will open to E/S if space is available.

Registration begins the first week of August; watch your email for the announcement.


Back by popular demand, Ann Sargent returns to lead a three-session study of speeches given by some of the most influential people in history during times that were fraught with concern for human rights and necessitated a call for action.

Ann briefly examines the rhetorical elements that drive any sort of communication, whether written or oral. She also addresses rhetorical appeals and figurative language so that we can better understand the structure and elements that make some speeches so powerful.

Through the study of complete speeches as well as some excerpts, the class explores Native American rights, women’s rights, war-time leaders, civil rights, and political leaders. Aside from introductory and overview information, the class consists of guided discussion regarding the power of speeches and the movements they can fuel.

Ann Sargent is a much beloved instructor here at OLLI-UO in Central Oregon, having offered classes for us in the American short story, social issues in literature, and memoirs. She is a master at getting everyone involved in the discussion.


Ann has a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in Education from Roosevelt University, Chicago. She was an English teacher at Illinois Central College, East Peoria, from 2002 to 2008 and taught OLLI classes at Bradley University in Illinois before moving to Bend. She has been a writing instructor at Central Oregon Community College since 2009.

Registration is required and is limited to 25 participants for this workshop. Materials will be made available to participants ahead of time on the OLLI-UO member portal.

From DOS to the Cloud: Intro to Computers

Thursday, August 27 and Thursday, September 10, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
This lecture-training is one session in length and will be repeated on September 10. Registration opens in mid-August; space is limited. This lecture-training is available to E/S only.

Registration is required and is limited to 15 participants per session.


This lecture-training session has been created to help you understand your personal computer better, whether you use a Windows or Mac device. We will cover terminology, hardware and software, changes to settings, and managing folders and files. You’ll learn about networks and how Wi-Fi fits in. There will be time for Q&A at the end.


E/S member Deb Sorensen was born in Texas and spent her childhood moving from one USAF base to another. By high school she had arrived in Spokane, where her husband, Dunny, was born and raised. They met in their school’s marching band, married in 1972, and recently celebrated their 48th anniversary. Deb and Dunny have made Eugene their home since 1975, when they moved here so Dunny could attend grad school at UO.

Deb graduated from Linfield with a degree in business management. She worked for the City Attorney’s office, Lane Council of Governments (LCOG), and 4J, prior to starting her own software training business in the early 1980s. She taught classes primarily for public organizations, including cities, counties, special districts, utilities, the State of Oregon, and UO. Over the years, Deb served on the Bethel School and LCOG boards, several arts boards, and numerous committees. She loves cycling, singing, reading and hosting dinner parties.

Becoming Leonardo

Tuesday, September 1, 10:00 a.m.–noon


Leonardo da Vinci, superhuman icon of the High Renaissance, is often considered the most creative person in all of history. Mike Lankford, writer and COCC writing instructor, takes a close look at the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci. He focuses on on what is known, but also the fictions we tell about this extraordinary historical figure. Was Leonardo the most creative person ever? Did he invent the modern world? Join us for a fascinating exploration of these and other questions.


Mike Lankford is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and has been an editor/teacher for thirty years. His previous works include essays, newspaper opinion columns, short stories, and book reviews. He is the author of Life in Double Time: Confessions of an American Drummer, a top ten music critic’s book of the year, and Becoming Leonardo: An Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo da Vinci, a Wall Street Journal 2017 top ten nonfiction book of the year. He currently teaches at Central Oregon Community College.

Happy 250th Birthday, Dear Ludwig!

Wednesday, September 9, 1:30–3:30 p.m.


When we listen to Beethoven's music, what do we hear and how has that mattered to other composers who followed him? In this the 250th anniversary year of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s birth, Michael Gesme, Conductor of the Central Oregon Symphony, explores Beethoven's creative genius, leading us through Beethoven’s emotional, musical, and spiritual growth as a composer.


Along with conducting the Central Oregon Symphony, Michael Gesme directs the Cascade Winds Symphonic Band, the Central Oregon Chamber Orchestra, and is the principal conductor for OperaBend. He is Professor of Music and Chair of the Fine Arts and Communication Department at Central Oregon Community College, where he teaches various courses in music theory, ear training, music history, and conducting. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Luther College (Decorah, IA) and his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Deep Sleep for Old Brains

Thursday, September 17, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


Dr. Don Tucker of the UO Department of Psychology visits OLLI-UO via Zoom to present his research into the brain physiology of sleep, one of the most exciting topics in human neuroscience today. Deep sleep, where there are large electrical discharges from brain networks, seems particularly important to healthy aging. We are learning that sleep is essential for forming memories, as the neural activity of the day is organized in ways that allow it to be retained in the brain's neural networks. Moreover, the byproducts of the brain's daily metabolism (which are toxic) are cleared out in deep sleep. A natural consequence of aging is a decline in the deep sleep. This decline could explain two related but separate problems of aging: (1) the decline of memory, and (2) the build-up of neurotoxins that cause Alzheimer's Disease.

About the Speaker

Dr. Don Tucker is interested in the neural mechanisms of experience and behavior. His research uses methods of cognitive psychology to assess the influence of specific forms of emotional arousal, such as anxiety and depression. To assess the neural activity associated with emotional states and cognitive operations, this research includes computerized analysis of the electrical activity of the brain with dense array EEG measures. In addition, electrical currents are applied to the brain through noninvasive surface (EEG) electrodes, in the method called Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TES).

Current research involves TES to synchronize the slow waves of sleep, to improve sleep and thereby improve memory consolidation. This research examines multiple features of the neurophysiology of sleep that may be important for memory. These include the corticothalamic control of sleep spindles or the frontal and medial temporal circuits that generate the slow waves of sleep.


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