University of Oregon

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Continuing and Professional Education

OLLI-UO Offerings Winter 2021 Archive

An archive of Winter 2021 courses and activities is listed below. Current course listings can be found on the Course and Activity Descriptions pages.

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Civil Rights: 1965 SCOPE Project

Wednesday, January 13, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


Charles Hammonds was a member of the Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) project, a grassroots voter registration project organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). More than 500 college students spent the summer registering voters and helping to organize communities for ongoing political activism, with more than 49,000 new voters added to the rolls that summer in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. On August 8, 1965, Charles was part of a large group of non-violent protesters arrested and jailed in Americus, Georgia.

In this lecture, Charles will discuss the SCOPE project and relate his experiences during the summer of 1965.


Charles Hammonds, now retired and living in Eugene, was the Financial Development Director for the American Red Cross chapter in Eugene. He later worked for the Tacoma, Washington chapter. Charles and his wife, Ruth Obadal, are avid travelers.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Thursday, January 21, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution … granting women the right to vote. This historical presentation covers the 70+ year struggle to secure that amendment and pays homage to the women who, against all odds, joined forces to make it happen. The program also recognizes how too many of the rights women have secured since that time remain fragile and still subject to the biases which helped deny them those rights in the first place.

This is a scripted PowerPoint presentation, complete with film clips, music, and old-time original photographs.


10-year OLLI-UO in E/S member Livvie Taylor Young is an author and historian. Kirk Taylor (also a 10-year member) is a high-tech computer guru. Once again, they have combined their interests and talents to bring about a unique, entertaining historical presentation.

Oregon Festival of American Music (2018)

Wednesday, January 27, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


For the past three years, OLLI-UO in Eugene/Springfield member Howard Schuman has coordinated films for the Oregon Festival of American Music (OFAM) at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene. In this lecture, Howard will present films from the 2018 Festival, including video clips, analysis, and historical context. A Q&A session will follow the one-hour presentation.

Films covered in the presentation include:

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  • An American in Paris (1951)
  • Summer Stock (1950)
  • College Swing (1938)
  • It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)


Howard Schuman is a long-time member of the planning committee for Eugene/Springfield's Film Series program. He is also the co-facilitator of the International Relations lecture series.

Germany Thirty Years After The Unification

Wednesday, February 3, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

NOTE: this presentation is a special afternoon session of the International Relations lecture series


This past October the Germans were able to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the German Unification! These last three decades were a difficult but also miraculous time in the country's modern history. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs, M.A. for a riveting discussion of how Europe’s most populous nation dealt with the challenges of bringing two countries together that had been painfully separated for 45 years. Discuss the problems that arose and the solutions that were found in order to create this "New Germany"!


Anette Isaacs, MA, is a German Historian and Public Educator who has presented hundreds of programs on more than thirty different topics–all pertaining to her native country's history, politics, and culture.

Born and raised in the Rhine Valley region near Frankfurt, Anette attended Emory University in Atlanta and the University of Vienna in Austria. She completed her Master’s Degrees in American Studies, Political Science, and History at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin.

After relocating to Chicago, Anette built a thriving career in academia and became an adjunct faculty member at the lifelong learning departments of several Illinois colleges. She currently is also a popular instructor at Florida Atlantic University's OLLI in Boca Raton and a moderator and Germany expert at the JCC Chicago Film Festival.

An Unknown Country: Documentary Film and Discussion

Thursday, February 4, 2:00–4:30 p.m.


No country wanted them, except one . . .

An Unknown Country tells the story of European Jews who escaped Nazi persecution to find refuge in an unlikely destination: Ecuador, a South American country relatively unknown at the time. The film follows the exiles’ perilous escape and difficult adjustment as they remade their lives in what was for them an exotic, unfamiliar land.

OLLI-UO in Eugene/Springfield member Hannelore Burnstein will lead a discussion following the film and will share some of the experiences of her family and what it was like growing up in Ecuador.


Eva Zelig, director and executive producer, is an award-winning producer/writer whose work has appeared on PBS, The Learning Channel, New York Times TV, ABC, National Geographic TV, and Consumer Reports. Eva won an Emmy award for the documentary Killer Virus that aired on The Learning Channel. Also for TLC, she produced Transplant: The Clock is Ticking, a documentary nominated for a Cable ACE award. She also has been honored with two CINE Golden Eagles, Gold Apple from National Educational Media Network, Pinnacle Award from American Women in Radio and TV, Gold Medal from International Film and TV Festival of New York.

Emergency Preparedness 101

Monday, February 8, 1:30–3:30 p.m.


After the voracious wildfires of the last few summers in Oregon, have you caught yourself wondering just what you would grab if the flames were in sight? Are you prepared to leave your home with only the most crucial essentials? Which way would you go? And to whom would you listen? Who are the authorities in an emergency?

Join Ashley Volz and Patence Winningham, Deschutes and Lane County emergency management professionals, for a timely discussion about preparedness specific to Deschutes and Lane Counties. Learn how to make a go-bag, what to have on hand for a rainy day, and how to get connected to trusted sources of emergency information in your community.

Resources for this talk are available for download behind the OLLI-UO Member Portal under "Instructor Handouts."


Ashley Volz has been the Emergency Services Coordinator for the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for 4 years. Prior to that, she was a police officer for the City of Bend. She is a lifelong Bend resident and a seventh-generation Oregonian. Patence Winningham previously worked as the Program Coordinator for the City of Eugene and now works as the Emergency Manager for Lane County.

The Ship in the Sand

Wednesday, February 10, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


Celebrated Oregon author William Sullivan makes a return visit to OLLI-UO to present his newest book The Ship In the Sand. The author will discuss recent archeological evidence that reveals a different interpretation of the Viking Age in Denmark and England. The Ship in the Sand is a historical novel that explores the question: were the Vikings barbarians? A Q&A session will follow the presentation.


William Sullivan last presented at OLLI-UO on his book, Oregon's Greatest Disasters. He is the author of six novels and fifteen nonfiction books. His Listening for Coyote was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of "The 100 Oregon Books (1800-2000)"—the most significant books in our state's history that exemplify the best of Oregon’s rich literary heritage.

An Artist's Demonstration of the Printmaking Process

Thursday, February 11, 1:30–3:30 p.m.


Join artist Michelle Lindblom from her Bend, Oregon, studio for a live demonstration and discussion of the monotype printmaking process. Michelle demonstrates various techniques she is currently using within her printmaking process and presents finished examples of those techniques.

Monotypes are a one of a kind printmaking method where printmaking ink is applied to a flat surface such as a piece of plexiglass. Paper is placed on top of the surface and run through a printmaking press. The pressure of the press and the materials used on the plate make for interesting and often surprising results.

As a former college professor, Michelle welcomes and takes time for questions throughout the presentation.

A PDF that reviews the printmaking process for this lecture is available for download behind the OLLI-UO Member Portal under "Instructor Handouts."


Michelle Lindblom is a contemporary painter and printmaker and has been creating art professionally since the 1980’s. Michelle’s work has been exhibited all over the United States, as well as England and Norway. Michelle currently displays her work at Red Chair Gallery in Bend and Angi Wildt Gallery in Seaside. She is a member of the High Desert Art League.

Jewish and Christian Retelling of Adam & Eve in Medieval Spain

Wednesday, February 17, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


In this lecture, UO Professor of Spanish and Department Head, Romance Languages David Wacks will discuss two versions of the tale of expulsion from Eden. In these versions, we will see very different approaches to bringing the Bible narrative to vernacular audiences, and we'll get some sense of how Jews and Christians shared space in the Medieval Iberian biblical imagination.


David Wacks is author of Framing Iberia: Frametales and Maqamat in Medieval Spain, published by Brill in 2007, and Double Diaspora in Sephardic Literature 1200-1550: Jewish Cultural Production Before and After 1492, published by Indiana University Press in 2015. His current book project is tentatively titled Crusade, Conquest, and Conversion in Medieval Iberian Fiction. He forms part of a research group (Symbioses) working on Biblical exegesis in Alfonso X’s General estoria (13th c.).

The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help

Wednesday, February 24, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


Award-winning journalist Faris Cassell will discuss her book about a Viennese Jewish man, Alfred Berger, who wrote a desperate letter to strangers in America in 1939, pleading for help for his family to escape Nazi terror. "I beg is our last and only hope." Cassell spent a decade, traveling thousands of miles to discover the story behind that letter. Did the Americans help that terrified family? Did the Bergers escape? The dramatic, inspiring nonfiction story raises important questions for us today.


Faris Cassell was a feature writer/weekly book reviewer for Eugene’s daily newspaper, The Register-Guard for ten years. She received her M.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and her B.A. in History from Mt. Holyoke College. Her new book, The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help was published in September 2020.

History of Western Music: Romantic and Modern Periods

Tuesdays, February 2–March 9, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


This six-part series is the third of three modules of a survey of the western music tradition and covers the Romantic (1800-1900) and Modern (1900-present) Periods. Topics covered in the six sessions are:

  1. Romantic: Lieder and Piano Music (Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt)
  2. Romantic: Orchestral music (Berlioz, Mahler, Russian 5)
  3. Romantic: Operatic styles in France, Italy, Germany & Russia (Offenbach, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner)
  4. 20th Century (1900-2000): Impressionism, Les Six, New Viennese School, Stravinsky & Bartok
  5. 20th Century: Post-war trends: Cage, Britten, Crumb, Boulez, Berio
  6. 20th Century-Present: minimalism, post minimalism, world music, technology


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.

A Story of Race, Family, and Adoption in a Divided America

Wednesday, March 10, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


In 1970, Doug and Gloria Bates, a young white Oregon couple, decided to adopt a girl to be a sister to their two biological sons. Two years later they adopted another girl to round out their family. Both girls were Black. So began the twenty-three year interracial journey of the Bates family, a story powerfully and movingly told in J. Douglas Bates's book, Gift Children: A Story of Race, Family and Adoption in a Divided America.


Doug Bates, a longtime West Coast newspaper editor and author, retired in 2009 as an associate editor at The Oregonian and a member of its editorial board. Before joining the paper in 1993, he worked as assistant managing editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune, news editor of The Seattle Times and managing editor of The Register-Guard in Eugene. He has also held editing and writing positions at daily newspapers in Spokane and Bend.

Bates grew up in Oakridge and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism in 1968. He and his wife, Gloria, met during their junior year at Oakridge High School and were married during their freshman year at the University of Oregon. In 2009, they moved back to Oakridge in retirement.

We Are Neighbors—A Special Performance for OLLI-UO

Tuesday, March 23, 2:00–3:00 p.m.


We Are Neighbors is a play sponsored by the Community Alliance of Lane County in partnership with the Minority Voices Theater, which tells the stories of immigrants from various countries performed by immigrants. The actors are all Lane County immigrants. A recent Zoom performance for the Lane County League of Women Voters included actors from from Mexico, Guatemala, Germany, Palestine, China, Madagascar, and Syria.

The half-hour play will be followed by a discussion in which members of the audience are welcome to share their feedback, experience, and observations.


We Are Neighbors is the touring version of Now, I Am Your Neighbor, an original play telling the true stories of courage, hopefulness, and resilience of immigrants living in Lane County.

Originally produced in fall 2017, the play was inspired by a piece created and performed twenty years ago as part of the "We Are Neighbors" project of the Community Alliance of Lane County and Network for Immigrant Justice.

The new play includes references from the original play but is primarily based on new interviews with members of some of the most targeted and marginalized groups living in the Eugene-Springfield area, including Muslims, undocumented immigrants, DREAMers, and Syrian refugees. These stories, generously shared, were woven together in a creative narrative by local playwright Nancy Hopps, in collaboration with the We Are Neighbors Creative Team. The play is produced as a staged reading by readers who are immigrants themselves or who are very close to the immigrant experience.

We Are Neighbors has been produced in nearly fifty schools, places of worship and community events across Eugene, Springfield, and the surrounding area since March 2018.

Geology of Central Oregon: Exploring the Crooked River Caldera

Wednesday, March 31, 10:00–11:30 a.m.


Rocks tell stories of time passing, climate change, and cataclysms. Floods cascaded across the Pacific Northwest. Mountains have roared. Carrie Gordon, retired forest geologist on the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland, U.S. Forest Service, discusses the Crooked River Caldera. This 25-by-16 mile ancient volcano straddles three Central Oregon counties and is notable for the welded tuff present at Smith Rocks and Powell Buttes. We view Carrie’s YouTube video on the caldera and then have time for questions about the ancient formation.


Carrie Gordon received her BA in geology from Central Washington State College (now Central Washington University) in 1977. After working in central Washington, northern Arizona, and the Oregon central coast range for the Forest Service, Carrie moved to central Oregon in 1992. She is a registered geologist in the states of Oregon and Washington and an Oregon master naturalist through the OSU Extension program. Carrie has had a lifelong fascination with the land and the rocks, listening to the stories they tell.

Native Theatre: Spinning New Worlds into Being

Wednesday, March 31, 2:00–4:00 p.m.


Theresa May and Marta Lu Clifford (Grand Ronde) will speak about their co-teaching of Native Theatre. In this unique lecture, a UO professor (Theresa May) and an elder-in-residence (Marta Lu Clifford) engage an audience in indigenous history and critical perspectives through the study of use Native/First Nations plays and performances.

Through drama and critical readings, the lecture covers Oregon Native histories, indigenous methodologies, and the ways in which Native artists have used theatre to tell their stories, reclaim their histories and cultural traditions, and to affirm indigenous voices and experience. The presenters will talk about the approach to teaching and the creative work that they’ve done with students, such as the production of Salmon Is Everything, and the development of “Blue Jay’s Canoe,” a new play about Oregon waterways.


Dr. Theresa May is Associate Professor in Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon where she teaches Native theatre, Latinx dramatic literature, ecotheatre, and performance courses, and directs productions for University Theatre (for example, A Doll’s House in 2020, and The Home Planet in 2019). Her books include, Earth Matters on Stage: Ecology, Environment and American Theater (Routledge 2020) and Salmon Is Everything: Community-based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed (OSU Press 2019). She is co-founder of the EMOS Ecodrama Playwrights Festival. One of a handful of ecocritical scholars in theatre studies, sample publications include: “Beyond Bambi: Towards at Dangerous Ecocriticism” in Theatre Topics, “’Consequences unforeseen” in Raisin in the Sun and Caroline, or Change” in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, “Taking Ecocriticism from Page to Stage” in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. Her artistic work is concerned with intersections of performance and place, she developed, with Tribal communities, Salmon Is Everything, about the contested Klamath watershed, and is working with Marta Lu Clifford on a new play about Oregon waterways.

Marta Lu Clifford is a tribal elder and member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (Chinook, Cow Creek, Cree). She currently serves as the Tribal Elder-In-Residence for the University of Oregon Native Theatre program, under the direction of Theresa May. She also assists in coordinating the public readings of Native plays at the Many Nations Longhouse on campus. In 2011 she played the role of Rose in the production of Salmon Is Everything, and in 2019, she appeared in the role of Nana in HomePlanet, both at the at the University of Oregon. She is author of "Becoming Rose," in Salmon Is Everything: Community-based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed(2019)and "Circles of Relation" with Theresa May in Western Humanities (2021).She is co-founder of illioo Native Theatre, and committed to ensuring Native plays and playwrights are shown, developed, and shared in the community. She is collaborator/developer of the WaterWays Project and the work-in-progress play, “BlueJay’s Canoe.” When she’s not busy with Native theatre she works full-time as a Procurement Counselor with the Oregon Procurement Technical Assistance Center in Springfield, Oregon. She holds an Associates Degree from Pioneer Pacific College.

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.



Jesse Helms, the five-term U.S. Senator from North Carolina, once described foreign aid as throwing tax dollars down a "foreign rat hole." Is he right? This session will cover the history and current status of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its leading role among the 20 U.S. government entities delivering foreign assistance, highlight some of the signal results achieved by USAID during its nearly 60-year existence, and address some of the outstanding myths about foreign assistance. It will also include personal anecdotes about the remarkable honor of representing our country overseas, and how to successfully avoid eating sheep testicles or being assassinated.

About The Speaker

Joel Schlesinger is Full Professor of Leadership at the Jack Welch Management Institute. He served as USAID mission director in Mali and won the award, presented by Vice President Al Gore, for the most innovative strategic and managerial re-engineering among more than 100 worldwide USAID missions.

Joel also served as president of a woman-owned company providing organizational governance and economic development services, seven years as director for Africa at a major international firm, and as senior director and vice president at another. He has also served as a national director for non-governmental organizations in Haiti, Botswana, and Tunisia.

Joel holds a Doctorate of Management in organizational leadership, a master’s degree in international administration, and bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics (equivalent). He has taught doctoral and MBA-level courses at the Jack Welch Management Institute, and guest lectured at Princeton and Harvard universities. His book "The Risk-Takers: American Leaders in Desperate Times" was released in September.



NOTE SPECIAL TIME: 3:00–5:00 p.m.


This past October the Germans were able to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the German Unification! These last three decades were a difficult but also miraculous time in the country's modern history. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs, M.A. for a riveting discussion of how Europe’s most populous nation dealt with the challenges of bringing two countries together that had been painfully separated for 45 years. Discuss the problems that arose and the solutions that were found in order to create this "New Germany"!

About The Speaker

Anette Isaacs, MA, is a German Historian and Public Educator who has presented hundreds of programs on more than thirty different topics–all pertaining to her native country's history, politics, and culture.

Born and raised in the Rhine Valley region near Frankfurt, Anette attended Emory University in Atlanta and the University of Vienna in Austria. She completed her Master’s Degrees in American Studies, Political Science, and History at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin.

After relocating to Chicago, Anette built a thriving career in academia and became an adjunct faculty member at the lifelong learning departments of several Illinois colleges. She currently is also a popular instructor at Florida Atlantic University's OLLI in Boca Raton and a moderator and Germany expert at the JCC Chicago Film Festival.



In developing countries across the globe, corporations and governments justify actions that degrade ecosystems, poison air and water, and accelerate catastrophic climate change by saying that they must take these actions to improve the economy. Until recently, few questioned this argument. Over the past decade, though, community leaders, attorneys, and activists have begun employing economics to demonstrate that environmental degradation makes the economy worse, not better. They have done so often in the face of physical and socio-economic threats. Presenter Ernie Niemi has had the privilege of working with many of these people and will share stories about incredible people doing extraordinary things to improve the well-being of their communities.

About The Presenter

Ernie Niemi is President of Natural Resource Economics, a consultancy located in Dexter and Eugene.



Japan is often considered to be a homogeneous country with one race, culture, history, and language. This is far from the case. Indigenous Ainu and Okinawans had for centuries maintained a distinct language, culture, and identity. In addition, Japan is home to more than 2.7 million non-citizens, some who’ve lived there for generations. What's it like to live as a minority—whether visible or inviable—in Japan? What is the effect on minorities of the U.S. military involvement in Japan?

NOTE: The speaker has made available a PDF document of supplemental readings and resources for this lecture. To access, log in to the OLLI-UO Member Portal and look for the "Instructor Handouts" option on the left navigation menu.

If you have not previously used the OLLI-UO Member Portal or if you do not have or forgot a password, choose the "Forgot your password?" option on the log in page, and a link to reset your password will be automatically emailed to you.

About The Presenter

Ruth Kanagy was born in Tokyo and raised by Mennonite missionaries in Hokkaido, the northern island. Hokkaido is situated at the same latitude as Oregon, 4,300 miles due west of Florence.

Japan was home until she came to the U.S. to attend college. Since then she’s lived in both countries and taught Japanese language, ESL, and linguistics. Teaching brought her to the University of Oregon in 1994. From 2000-2003 she lived in Tokyo and was a researcher at Japan National Language Institute. Back in Eugene she worked as a bicycle travel consultant at Bike Friday.

In 2006 she founded Japan Cycle Tours and leads bicycle tours to Japan. She’s the author of Moon Living Abroad: Japan (2017, 4th edition). She enjoys hiking, biking, bird watching, camping in her Eurovan, and is writing a memoir about growing up between worlds.



Communities and nations have been destroyed, organizations have lost billions of dollars, families have been split, friendships have been broken–all because of the inability of people to communicate across cultures. Power, money, networks, and skills fail if people lack the necessary skills to understand and communicate across cultures.

In this session, we will explore what cultures are, how they are developed and sustained, and how culture impacts the way its members think and action and the values they consciously and unconscientiously hold. Some of the issues that will be presented will include:

  • Differences between stereotyping and generalizing cultures
  • Low and high context cultures
  • Communication patterns
  • Space differences in communication
  • Leadership and culture
  • Expressive or instrumental communication
  • Impact of language on basic assumptions, values and behavior
  • Direct and Indirect ways of communicating
  • Deductive vs. inductive thinking
  • Competitive vs. cooperative cultures
  • Individual vs. collectivistic communication
  • Conflicting values when educating various cultures
  • Strategies to become more effective in communicating across cultures
About The Presenter

Mike Marquardt is Professor Emeritus in International Affairs and Organizational Learning at George Washington University. For twenty-five years he taught courses in cross-cultural communications and global leadership for in the university’s executive doctoral program.

He is the author of twenty-six books including The Global Learning Organization which won the book of the year award from the Academy of Human Resource Development. His publications have sold over one million copies in a dozen languages. Mike has worked in thirty countries, beginning as a volunteer at a Quaker Workcamp in Spain in 1969.

Over the past 50 years, he has consulted for numerous corporations and non-profit agencies including Google, the United Nations Development Program, Peace Corps, Microsoft, and the International Coffee Organization, where he wrote the pamphlet Facts for Folks Who Know Beans About Coffee.



Howard Schuman first went to Myanmar (also known as Burma) in 1973. From 2014-2016 he traveled there seven times while working as a consultant for the Central Bank of Myanmar. Since that time, he has remained in contact with his co-workers and tried to keep abreast of latest political developments.

Howard will briefly review Myanmar's history, politics, economics, and cultural values. He'll then cover the role of the military, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Rohingyas, and background of the recent military coup. His presentation will include quotes from colleagues who have recently written to him about events in Myanmar.

About The Presenter

Howard Schuman is an international financial consultant who specializes in working in financial institutions in developing countries, especially with Central Banks. He has worked in over thirty-five countries and lived in Southeast Asia for twelve years.


NOTE: this lecture will take place at a special afternoon meeting time, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. See lecture listings for more details.



In case you are eager to get away to more exotic locales by now, the popular annual University of Oregon International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) panel of students representing their home countries will be the International Relations program feature on May 5.

Panelists will deliver PowerPoint presentations of about 20 minutes each, and will allow 10-15 minutes afterwards for Q&A. Along with a map to show “Where in the world is . . . “, they will share some information about their country’s history, culture, and current events. Circle the date and reserve your ‘ticket’ now!

About The Presenters

This year’s ICSP panel participants are Murad Mikayilzade, an international student from Azerbaijan, Damia from Turkey, Adria Matemu from Tanzania, and Kelsey Chong, an ICSP student from Singapore.


The Agency: A History of the CIA

Tuesdays, January 5–March 23, 9:30–11:30 a.m.


Let’s learn some of the history and “secrets” of the CIA! This series will address what the professor calls the “fundamental tension at the heart of the CIA—the democracy and accountability on one hand, and the need for secrecy on the other, to protect a government and its people.” Great Courses lecturer Professor Hugh Wilford will share some of the history of the CIA from its beginning to the present. He will address historic events in which the CIA participated and impacted the world like coups, regime changes, overthrows of foreign governments, the Cuban Missile Crisis, assassination attempts, U-2 spy missions, covert operations, and historic events in our own country like Watergate and spying in Hollywood, and the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden. Participants will meet important figures in the history of the CIA, including George Kennen, Kim Roosevelt, and Allen and John Foster Dulles. By the end of the 12 weeks, participants will be able to answer the question, “Has the CIA succeeded in meeting its mission as a secret spy agency in protecting the world’s largest democracy?” 


January 5: Secrecy, Democracy, and the Birth of the CIA; George Kennan and the Rise of Covert Ops. Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt

January 12: The CIA, China, and the Korean War; The Iran Coup of August 1953. Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt

January 19: Regime Change in Guatemala; Operation Rollback in Eastern Europe. Facilitator: Bill Taliaferro

January 26: U-2 Spy Missions and Battleground Berlin; The CIA in Syria, Indonesia, and the Congo. Keith Sime

February 2: Under Orders: The Agency Targets Castro; Missile Crisis in Cuba and at Langley. Facilitator: Gary Whiteaker

February 9: Unquiet American: Edward Lansdale in Vietnam; CIA Fronts and the Ramparts Expose. Facilitator: Bill Taliaferro

February 16: Spies in Hollywood: Romance and Thriller; Nixon, Kissinger, and the Coup in Chile. Facilitator: Bill Taliaferro

February 23: Watergate, Nixon, and the Family Jewels; James Angleton and the CIA Molehunt. Facilitator: Susan Walcott

March 2: Colby, Church, and the CIA Crisis of 1975; The CIA, Carter, and the Hostage Crisis in Iran. Maggi Machala

March 9: Reagan, Casey, and the Iran-Contra Scandal; Afghanistan, the Soviets, and the CIA. Bonnie Campbell

March 16: Intelligence Failure: The Road to 9/11; CIA Advance in Afghanistan, Retreat in Iraq. Facilitator: Keith Sime

March 23: CIA Renditions, Interrogations, and Drones; The CIA Balance Sheet: Wins and Losses. Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt


Hugh Wilford is a Professor of history at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). He was born in the United Kingdom and graduated with a BA with honors in modern history from the University of Bristol. Professor Wilford earned his PhD in American Studies from the University of Exeter. He began his career teaching US history in England at Middlesex University in London and the University of Sheffield. While still based in the UK, he received scholarships from the Fulbright Commission and the British government to teach and research in the United States, first at CSULB, then at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he remains a Faculty Affiliate. At CSULB, Professor Wilford has received a President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in teaching and research and the Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award. He has also received awards from several other US institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Princeton University Library, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Professor Wilford has published extensively in the field of US history on such topics as the CIA, US–Middle East relations. Professor Wilford’s book America’s Great Game:  The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Mille East won a gold medal in the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Book Prize compeltition. Professor Wilford’s book America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East won a gold medal in The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Book Prize competition. He is the coeditor, with Helen Laville, of The US Government, Citizen Groups and the Cold War: The State-Private Network. Professor Wilford’s work has been featured in numerous TV, radio, and newspaper interviews.


Judy Hurlburt

Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony

Wednesdays, March 10–31, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
Registration is closed.

Registration is required and limited to twelve students. Registrants may choose to enroll in either Ceremony or Sula but may not register for both.


Students in the course will read, analyze, and discuss Ceremony, by Native American novelist Leslie Marmon Silko. Lauded by critics when it was released in 1977, the novel uses the Native American tradition of story-telling, essential to cultural transformation, to explore broad themes of violence, healing, and transcendence. These are made specific within the story of a young Laguna Pueblo Indian man, Tayo, recently returned from World War II, and his search for a “pattern” of meaning that can heal his spirit and, by extension, the spirit of the community.   Characters and readers participate in the mystery contained in ceremonies, those connections to spirit necessary for personal and communal peace.

Students are asked to please acquire the novel ahead of the session and to read a section before the first class meets. After you register, you’ll be given a schedule and study guide for the course. Since the course is only four sessions long, the first session will be more productive if one has some familiarity with the story and characters.


Delia Fisher received her BA and MA in English and Secondary Education from California State University, Fullerton, in 1967-68. She taught in the California secondary school system until 1972, when she moved to the Illinois Valley in Southern Oregon, there learning to grow vegetables, raise goats, and be a mom to her two daughters. 

In 1981, she returned to teaching at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass. She came to Eugene in 1984 to teach at the University of Oregon in the Departments of English and Multi-Cultural Affairs. She enrolled in the PhD program at UO in 1989, studying American literature and women writers, completing her PhD in 1997.   

In the years following, she and her husband (also a literature professor) moved to Alabama to teach at Auburn University. In 2001, they accepted teaching positions at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA. She taught a wide variety of classes there until she was asked to coordinate the English Education program, teaching classes and mentoring students who sought teaching certification. 

In 2010, she retired and came home to Eugene. In retirement, Delia has taught the course Women, Myth and Culture for OLLI-UO during the winter terms of 2018 and 2019. In winter 2020, she taught A Journey of Their Own: Women Writers’ Quest for Authentic Heroism.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon