Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Continuing and Professional Education

Central Oregon Courses and Activities

Current Central Oregon course offerings are listed below. Course and activity descriptions for the following month will be published mid-month. Minor edits of topics and facilitators will be updated at the end of the month.

Members will be notified of monthly updates and critical changes via email. We encourage you to check both the course and activity descriptions and the course calendar at the middle and end of the month! Important announcements, like the President's Note and other notifications, will be published as information is available (up to twice per month).

December 2019 Courses and Activities

Featured in December

Fun with Movies

First session: Monday, December 2, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Promotional still for the 1941 film Citizen Kane

(This course will be offered on the first Monday of each month, December through May)

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

Focus

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. 

Join OLLI-UO Central Oregon member Roger Aiken for a 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.

Roger 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.

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

TOPICS:
  • Monday, December 2: Film Music, part 1.  If you ask most people who have just seen a movie, “How did you like the music?”, they will often say, “Oh, was there music?”  We can easily remember what we see, but the music operates on the subconscious. Many examples from famous and not-so-famous movies allow us to explore what music does for movies, including things you would not expect. We discuss the origins and models for movie music from classical composers such as Richard Wagner, who invented the “Leitmotif.” Play “Name that Movie” and enjoy the music!
  • Monday, January 6: Film Music, part 2. More music!
  • Monday, February 3: Narrative and Time In Movies.  How do movies tell stories? How is time in movies manipulated? Screen time, plot time, and story time. The “audio/visual contract.” Unity, closure, and imaginariness. Direct continuous narrative vs. parallel narratives and flashbacks. Many examples from famous movies like Citizen Kane, Lawrence of Arabia, and Run Lola Run.
  • Monday, March 2: Cinematography and Editing.  The "Five C's of Cinematography": Camera angles, Continuity, Cutting, Close-ups, and Composition. The fascinating “Kuleshov Effect,” point of view, color and black-and-white, lighting, montage sequences, parallel editing, transitions (graphic matches), and some famous “long takes.” Many examples from Hitchcock to Spielberg.
  • Monday, April 1: 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.  (Do you remember the Limelighters? “Gunslinger, where did you go wrong? You know in your mind you’re plumb insecure, that killin’ a man is real immature. It is just an attention getting device.”) 
  • Monday, May 6: Acting for the Camera:  So you think you can act? The “Eyes” Have it.  Michael Caine on “Acting for the Camera.” Some famous examples of heavy-weight actors and actresses strutting their stuff: Morgan Freeman, Helen Hayes, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Orson Welles, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Donald O’Connor, Bogart, Billy Chrystal—too many to name.
Meets

First Mondays, December through May, 1:30–3:30 p.m.


Ongoing Courses

Turning Points in American History

Wednesdays, October 2–December 11, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is required, and the course is full.

Part 2 of this course will be offered later in 2020

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

Turning Points in American History relives 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.

Course manager Pat Ackley and fellow OLLI members facilitate this new course.

This comprehensive course is broken into four different parts, allowing members to experience a history course without enduring a lengthy commitment. The second part will be offered after the first of the year.

TOPICS: Part I

December 4:  1789 Samuel Slater – The Industrial Revolution; 1800 Peaceful Transfer – The Election of 1800

December 11:  1803 Supreme Authority – Marbury v. Madison; 1807 On the Move – Transportation Revolution

MEETS

Wednesdays, October 16-December 11, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COURSE MANAGER

Pat Ackley

Understanding the Misconceptions of Science

Tuesdays, October 1–January 14, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

(No class December 10–December 31) 

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

about this course

We have an enthusiastic group of science-minded people who enjoy presenting introductory college-level DVD science courses and discussing related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures. It is not necessary to attend each class in sequence.

FOCUS

Open your mind this fall to the possibility that what you think you know about science is not the whole truth. Join us as our OLLI-UO science class considers popular scientific misconceptions.

OLLI-UO Central Oregon member and resident scientist-at-large, Jim Hammond, helps us examine misunderstood science concepts: aliens, what’s inside the atom, how planes fly, human intelligence, the truth about radiation, and even how quantum mechanics really works.

Professor Don Lincoln, a Senior Scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, introduces these topics in a magnificent 24-lecture video course offered through The Teaching Company.  The lessons bust myths, clear up confusion, and deliver scientific epiphanies that change how we think about the everyday world.

“Science,” Professor Lincoln says, “is built on facts, sure. But it’s also a methodology for determining and accepting—or rejecting—those facts. And inherent in science is a perpetual level of uncertainty and ignorance. Science has to be prepared to change and grow.”

Understanding the Misconceptions of Science explores truths about some of science’s most well-known—and often-controversial topics. Ultimately, Professor Lincoln’s research-backed lectures offer newer, better, and more accurate ways to understand and evaluate commonly misunderstood scientific ideas.

TOPICS
  • December 3: Why Do Black Holes Get Such a Bad Rap; What Banged and Was It Big?
  • December 10 and 17: NO CLASS (venue unavailable)
  • January 7: Can You Go Faster Than Light? Untangling How Quantum Mechanics Works
  • January 14: Untangling What Quantum Mechanics Means; Is There a Theory of Everything?
MEETS

Tuesdays, October 1 through January 14, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

(No class December 10 through December 31) 

COURSE MANAGER

Jim Hammond


Study and Discussion Groups

Nonfiction Book Group

Mondays, December 2 and 16, 10:15–11:45 a.m.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

ABOUT THIS GROUP

The nonfiction book group meets twice per month to discuss a nonfiction book that the group has selected. The books range from political history to the history of science, to biography, exploration, and natural history. We learn a lot about different topics and have a great conversation. 

TOPIC

Selection: Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall

According to Tim Marshall, author of Prisoners of Geography, Ten Maps that Tell You Everything you need to Know about Global Politics, “all leaders of nations are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas, and concrete. To understand world events, news organizations and other authorities often focus on people, ideas, and political movements, but without geography, we never have the full picture.” Now, in his new book journalist Tim Marshall “examines Russia, China, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan and Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic—their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders—to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.” (Good Reads)

January’s selection: The Golden Spruce by John Valiant

FACILITATOR

Terry Schwab

Coordinator

Joyce Pickersgill

MEETS

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

Page Turners Fiction Book Group

Monday, December 10, 10:15 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

ABOUT THIS GROUP

We are a lively and very welcoming group of fiction lovers who choose a novel to read and critique as a group every month. Over the course of the year each member selects and facilitates the spirited discussion of a contemporary or classic novel of less than 400 pages. We have a great time!

TOPIC

Selection: There There by Tommy Orange

Twelve interconnected Native Americans have their own unique reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Pow-Wow – to reconnect, to dance, to record stories, to make money. In short intense chapters Tommy Orange exposes the multigenerational struggles with drugs, poverty, suicide, unemployment, and the yearning for a lost culture that complicate the lives of his characters. Family will be reunited with long-lost family, dreams will be fulfilled and shattered, and most characters will take part in the tragedy that will ultimately overtake the Oakland gathering.

Tommy Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. There There, his first novel,was long listed for the 2019 National Book Awards and was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. There There also won the 2019 Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and was awarded the Gold Medal for First Fiction from the California Book Awards. Numerous publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, chose it as one of their “Best Books of the Year.”

January’s selection: Map of Salt and Starsby Zeyn Joukhadar

Facilitator

Joyce Pickersgill

Coordinator

Deb Hollens

Meets

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

Writers’ Bloc

Tuesdays, December 3, 10, and 17, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Deschutes Historical Museum
129 NW Idaho Ave, Bend, OR 97703

ABOUT THIS GROUP

A casual gathering for writers at all levels to share in a supportive environment. Creative experimentation with styles and genres encouraged.

MEETS

Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COordinator

Carolyn Hammond

Understanding, Enjoying, and Interpreting Film

Monday, December 9, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Our monthly film series offers members an opportunity to understand and enjoy film as an art form, in a deeper and more fulfilling way. We view films from a variety of genres selected by the group. Prior to the showing interesting trivia regarding the actors and the film production is presented, followed by lively discussions afterwards. Group members share their individual perceptions of what the screenwriter and director attempt to convey to the audience.

TOPIC

Singin’ in the Rain(1952) 1 hr. 43 min.

Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Conner, Debbie Reynolds

Directed and Choreographed: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Written by: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Singin' in the Rain is one of the greatest musicals ever filmed.  Filled with incredible songs, lavish dance routines and Gene Kelly's iconic song-and-dance number performed in the rain, it has achieved legendary status. Singing In the Rain was named #1 on the American Film Institute’s list of Greatest Movie Musicals in American Cinema (2006) and #5 in AFI’s list of the 100 best American movies (2007).

Set in 1927, the head of a movie studio believes that talking movies are just a flash in the pan, but two stars jump on board with no one in the studio having knowledge of the technology. Gene Kelly portrays the studio star who falls in love with an aspiring actress, played by Debbie Reynolds.  Her lovely voice wins her a place starring opposite him in the new “talkie” films, pushing aside his leading lady with the comically grating voice.

FACILITATORS

Rod and Linda Charny

Course Manager

Bonnie Campbell


Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events

Roundtable Luncheon

Thursday, December 5, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Moose Sisters Restaurant

Cascade Village Shopping Center
63455 N Hwy 97 #200, Bend, OR 97701

Join your fellow OLLI-UO members for a relaxing lunch! This is an informal gathering for new and existing members to meet and greet each other. The group meets at Moose Sisters, located in the upstairs level of the Cascade Village. Member Barbara Jordan will be making reservations for this month’s luncheon. Let her know if you’re able to attend. You may obtain Barbara’s contact info by emailing our office at osher@uoregon.edu. We hope to see you there!

OLLI-UO Central Oregon Annual Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 11, noon–2:00 p.m.

Registration is required. Payment of $5 per person collected at the time of registration.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

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 wonderful 2019 programming, discussing goals and activities for 2020, and getting to know our newly-elected Council members.

We will ask for your help in putting the party together. We need volunteers to help with decorations, setup, and takedown. If you have any questions about the party, or know already that you want to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Polidan.

This is a potluck! Members are asked to bring a dish of their choice (main dish, side dish, salad, dessert, or nonalcoholic beverages) and contribute $5.00 per person to help cover facility and refreshment costs. Guests and/or partners of members are very welcome. Please let us know what kind of dish you plan to bring by contacting Margie deLeon or signing up on the sheet at the back of the Elks Lodge. Please note: signing the sign-up sheet not mean you are automatically registered for the party.

Please remember to register through UO using the button above or by calling the office at 800-824-2714.Season’s Greetings!


Coming in January

Shaping Place in Mesoamerica: Cities of the Ancient Maya and Aztec (AD 100 – 1521), Part 2.

Wednesdays, January 8–February 5, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

FOCUS

Between 1400 BC and AD 1521, Mesoamerica (the most architecturally-intensive region of North America) was home to thousands of ancient kingdoms and a few metropoli, forged by people from dozens of distinct cultures. Each ancient city had a distinctive visual character. In fact, it could be said that the focus of ancient Mesoamerican architects was on shaping earth or stone to define and manifest the specific qualities and history of a place.

This series of five lectures examines how important cities from different cultures built unique visual identities that reflected their local topography, explained their historical founding and the protection of their patron deities, and linked their location with a recurring astronomical phenomenon.

We are fortunate to have Bend resident Professor Carolyn E. Tate share her knowledge of the ancient art of the Americas. She curated the Pre-Columbian collection at the Dallas Museum of Art prior to starting her 23-year tenure at Texas Tech University. She has explored most of the major sites in Mesoamerica, with a special interest in the landscapes that surround them and the efforts each city made to create a unique place. Dr. Tate’s two books: Yaxchilan: The Design of a Maya Ceremonial City and Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture: The Unborn, Women, and Creation focus on how Mesoamericans situated their ritual-civic centers in place, history, and cosmology.

TOPICS
January 8:  Mesoamerica: A Place Apart  (Repeat overview lecture)

This lecture introduces Mesoamerica, one of the six places in the world in which “civilization” developed independently of outside contact.  It was home to North America’s towering pyramids and to the great civilizations of the Aztec, Maya, and other remarkable culture groups. Because life in Mesoamerica was closely linked to the cultivation of maize (corn), the geographical extent of this cultural area corresponds to the region in which farmers could produce reliable harvests. This region began to the south of the arid northern zone of Mexico at about 22 degrees North and stretched throughout the central and southern portions of Mexico, all of Guatemala and Belize, and into Honduras and El Salvador. Although this region was diverse geographically, linguistically, and ethnically, its inhabitants shared important cultural practices such as a calendar, technologies of mathematics and astronomy, spiritual principles, and methods of constructing houses and masonry architecture.

January 15:  Tikal: Palaces and Funerary Monuments for Maya Kings of Time (250 BC–AD 800)

The Maya created one of the world’s great civilizations.  Deep in the rainforest, they founded over one hundred kingdoms, where writing, the arts, mathematics, astronomy, music, and of course, architecture flourished.  They learned to take advantage of a challenging environment and built their cities without beasts of burden, metal tools, or the wheel.

Wednesday, January 22: Palenque:  The Rebirth of Rulers and their Patron Deities (AD 550– 750)

Palenque was a small kingdom that has had a huge impact on modern understandings of the ancient Maya.  Not only is it often referred to as an “architectural jewel” due to the elegant proportions of its structures and its innovative roofing and vaulting systems, but its hieroglyphic texts and bas-relief sculpture reveal much about ancient Maya history, ritual, and cosmology.

January 29:  At Snake Mountain: Ballcourts and Pyramids at El Tajín and Chichén Itzá  (AD 650–1000)

Today we focus on two relatively contemporaneous Epi-Classic cities, El Tajín in Central Veracruz and Chichén Itzá, a Maya site.  “Epi” means “after.” The Epi-Classic, which dates from 650 to about 1000 AD is after the fall of Teotihuacan.  After 800, the Classic Maya cities in the central lowlands also experienced a relatively swift collapse.  In this era, numerous new cities emerged or came into prominence, often borrowing from Teotihuacan and the Maya their symbols of grandeur and prestige, their painting and figural styles, and even their deities.

February 5: Tenochtitlan: The Heart of the Aztec Empire (AD 1325–1521)

Tenochtitlan is important for many reasons. In 1519, when the Spanish under Cortés invaded, it was the largest city of the New World. It had grown to its impressive size of around 250,000 in less than 200 years. Despite a difficult beginning, continuing warfare, struggles, and strategic alliances eventually led to Tenochtitlan’s pre-eminence as the center of a large tributary empire. When Cortés and his men saw the gleaming white city, with tall pyramids and broad avenues and canals, apparently floating in the lake, they were awed by its orderliness and magnificence as well as its strangeness.

MEETS

Wednesdays, January 8–February 5, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COURSE MANAGER

Pat Ackley

Our Legal System: The Nuts and Bolts of Justice in the United States

Mondays, January 13, February 10, and March 9, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

FOCUS

What do you really know about the law? What are these institutions that regulate our behavior and shape the way we live?  How do issues make it to the Supreme Court? Join OLLI-UO Central Oregon member Jim Brown for a broad-brush introduction to our legal system. Jim is a retired attorney who has years of experience serving as a trial lawyer, Benton County District Attorney, Counsel to the Governor of Oregon, and State Attorney General. He attended American University, before graduating Willamette University magna cum laude with a B.A., and Yale Law School with an LL.B.

TOPICS

January 13: The legal system big picture: how our system developed, English origins, the common law (contrast with civil law in many other countries), dual legal systems in America (state and federal), origins and differences (including judicial appointment v. election)

Criminal cases: law enforcement agencies and their jurisdictions; district attorneys, authority and discretion; defense attorneys, responsibilities and funding; relationships between prosecutors and police agencies and between prosecutors and defenders; Constitutional rights applied: police stops, search and seizure indictment by grand juries.

February 10: “What’s a crime?” the Oregon Criminal Code, origins and rationale; the anatomy of a jury trial: role of the Grand Jury, trial jury selection, the trial stages; witness testimony, rules of evidence, objections (how and why), trial tactics, whether or not cases get to the jury.

Civil cases, procedures (motions, discovery, depositions), arbitration, mediation, how they are different from criminal trial; the appeal process–the procedures, standards, Oregon appeals courts; U.S. Supreme Court and how to get there

March 9: Oregon’s Attorney General and the Department of Justice: the several divisions and what they do; the Attorney General’s authority and responsibilities–the dynamics–interaction with the Governor, other state office holders–a bit of history (or, some things that they never taught me in law school)

Administrative law (“rules,” hearings, licenses, and other rights)–fundamental for practical government operation (or) hidden threat to civil rights?

MEETS

Mondays, January 13, February 10, and March 9, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

PRESENTER

Jim Brown

Investigating American Presidents

Tuesdays, January 14–February 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–noon

(We are repeating this course because of popular demand. This class was first offered in July and August 2019.)

Registration is required and opens Wednesday, November 20.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

FOCUS

The President of the United States of America can shape not just a nation, but the entire world. But what limits are there—if any—on presidential power? How do we keep such awesome authority in check? And who do we trust to shoulder this responsibility? In the Great Courses 12 DVD eye-opening, timely lectures of Investigating American Presidents, Professor Paul Rosenzweig, of The George Washington University School of Law, guides us through the ins and outs of presidential investigations, using past events as a lens through which to make sense of current (and future) ones. We’ll witness the construction of the legal framework that informs how Congress and the courts handle charges of abuse of power.

  • Unpack the history of how institutions and procedures were set up to curb the powers of the executive branch.
  • Examine the legal advantages a U.S. president has that the average American citizen does not.
  • Discover the key roles that the media and the court of public opinion play in a presidential investigation.
  • Explore the possible limits to the president's ability to pardon specific individuals convicted of a crime.
  • Learn how investigative reports can help historians better understand presidential scandals of the past.

Along the way, you’ll explore fascinating questions including:

  • How is it that a president has the power and authority to fire the person who is investigating him—and does the legality of that power matter?
  • Is it legal to indict a sitting president and, if so, what does that do to the management of the country or the rule of law?
  • What makes the court of public opinion such an invaluable way for a president to fight back against his or her investigators?
  • Which legal principles (such as those involving client confidentiality) apply to a president, and exactly how?
  • What would happen if, after receiving a grand jury subpoena and losing a case before the Supreme Court, a president was to simply refuse to testify?
  • What advantages does a president under investigation have that aren’t available to the average American—and what disadvantages, as well?

Course manager Pat Ackley and fellow OLLI members will facilitate this six-week course.

TOPICS
  • January 14:  American Presidents and the Rule of Law; Presidential Investigations Through History
  • January 21: Separation of Powers and the Presidency; Watergate and the Special Prosecutor
  • January 28: Rise and Fall of the Independent Counsel; Can a Sitting President Be Indicted?
  • February 4: Presidential Use and Abuse of Privileges; Presidents, Prosecutors, and Public Opinion
  • February 11: The Pardon Power and Its Limits; Presidential Lies and Cover-ups
  • February 18: The Value of Investigative Reports; The Law and Politics of Impeachment
MEETS

Tuesdays, January 14–February 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COURSE MANAGER

Pat Ackley


November 2019

Featured in November

We Lost The Map

Monday, November 4, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Photo of person on a bicycle on a long gravel road with green fields and hills around them.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

FOCUS

Ville and Kristen Jokinen share stories and photos of their amazing bicycle journey from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina from June 2016 to February 2018—nearly two years and 20,000 miles!

Ville is from Finland and Kirsten is from Bend. They describe how they met and hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2011. That first venture launched their desire to keep moving and see the world. They figure if they can do the Pacific Crest Trail in one year, how hard would it be to bike from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina? And to complicate matters further, they decide to get married before they attempt the long trip to Ushuaia.

Needless to say, their stores and adventures are thrilling, chilling, and heartwarming. Their goal with this ride and sharing it with others is to bring us all just a little bit closer. Abolish the borders and barriers we build around us and open our hearts to others! 

Don’t miss sharing in a cycling adventure that spans two continents!

course manager

Kathryn Cullen

Exploring the Universe with Telescopes

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

FOCUS

What extraordinary Central Oregon OLLI-UO members we have! Join new members and aerospace professionals Ron and Elizabeth Polidan as we explore the universe with telescopes.

Why do we look to space? What is dark energy? What is this mysterious substance called dark matter? Focusing on telescopes in space and their advantages over ground-based telescopes, the Polidans assist us in examining the early universe, galaxy formation, and exoplanets. We look at the possibilities of the next 50 years of space exploration, including the engineering challenges associated with various missions.

Ron and Elizabeth Polidan have worked for a variety of aerospace enterprises, including NASA. Since “retirement,” they have formed Polidan Science Systems and Technologies, a small consulting company that keeps them involved with the aerospace industry.

Ron (a PhD in astrophysics) has over 40 years of scientific research and space mission experience. He has worked in the academic sector as a research scientist, performed a variety of roles as a NASA civil servant, and was a manager in the aerospace industry. While at NASA, Ron did astronomical research and served in multiple project scientist/senior project scientist/management roles, ending as the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Chief Technologist. His multiple management roles (director, manager, chief architect) included developing mission concepts and overseeing the development of new mission concepts.

Elizabeth’s degree in biomathematics has led her to such varied projects as the study of college student drinking habits to helping prepare reports such as “Comparisons of the Proton-Induced Dark Current and Charge Transfer Efficiency Responses of n- And p-Channel CCDs.” Most of her work for NASA was on cameras and detectors, including those to be used on the James Webb Space Telescope.

Come explore the universe with the Polidans!

Course MANAGER

Jim Hammond

Meets

Tuesday, November 12, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Strategies for Lively Discussion and Effective Presentation

Monday, November 18, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Registration is required.

location

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

focus

Register now for an exciting initiative between OLLI-UO in Central Oregon and the Teaching Engagement Program (TEP) at the University of Oregon, coming to the Elks Lodge on November 18. Join us for an engaging workshop on how to plan, manage, and participate in an interactive and fruitful discussion. We’ll look at how discussion helps learning and identify strategies for dynamic and inclusive group discussions that are meaningful and enjoyable. We’ll also explore ways to bolster discussion group participants’ sense of community and their skills for addressing challenging topics and different perspectives. And what to do when conflict or disagreement arises. Finally, we will consider some tips for preparing and delivering engaging presentations that stimulate discussion.

The session will be facilitated by Jason Schreiner, Associate Director of TEP. His experience includes years of working with UO instructors to enhance and improve their discussion facilitation skills and their approaches to engaging students and other audiences in more impactful ways. Your participation is greatly encouraged, as this workshop represents a unique opportunity to engage with University of Oregon resources, including highly trained staff. The benefits will translate into the continued delivery of stimulating and valued programming to the OLLI-UO community in Central Oregon. Registration is required for this workshop and is available online, in person, or by calling 800-824-2714.


Ongoing Courses

Understanding the Misconceptions of Science

Tuesdays, October 1–January 14, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (No class December 10 through December 31)

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

about this course

We have an enthusiastic group of science-minded people who enjoy presenting introductory college-level DVD science courses and discussing related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures. It is not necessary to attend each class in sequence.

FOCUS

Open your mind this fall to the possibility that what you think you know about science is not the whole truth. Join us as our OLLI-UO science class considers popular scientific misconceptions.

OLLI-UO Central Oregon member and resident scientist-at-large, Jim Hammond, helps us examine misunderstood science concepts: aliens, what’s inside the atom, how planes fly, human intelligence, the truth about radiation, and even how quantum mechanics really works.

Professor Don Lincoln, a Senior Scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, introduces these topics in a magnificent 24-lecture video course offered through The Teaching Company.  The lessons bust myths, clear up confusion, and deliver scientific epiphanies that change how we think about the everyday world.

“Science,” Professor Lincoln says, “is built on facts, sure. But it’s also a methodology for determining and accepting—or rejecting—those facts. And inherent in science is a perpetual level of uncertainty and ignorance. Science has to be prepared to change and grow.”

Understanding the Misconceptions of Science explores truths about some of science’s most well known—and often-controversial topics. Ultimately, Professor Lincoln’s research-backed lectures offer newer, better, and more accurate ways to understand and evaluate commonly misunderstood scientific ideas.

TOPICS
  • November 5: Humans Are Not Peas: Myths About Genetics; Getting Smarter About Intelligence
  • November 12: Exposing the Truth About Radiation; Does Carbon-14 Dating Work?
  • November 19: How Statistics Can Lie to You; Does Thermodynamics Disprove Evolution?
  • November 26: How Relativity Is Misunderstood; E=mc2 and Other Relativity Myths
  • December 3: Why Do Black Holes Get Such a Bad Rap; What Banged and Was It Big?
  • December 10: no class
  • December 17: no class
  • January 7: Can You Go Faster Than Light? Untangling How Quantum Mechanics Works
  • January 14: Untangling What Quantum Mechanics Means; Is There a Theory of Everything?
MEETS

Tuesdays, October 1–January 14, 1:30–3:30 p.m. (No class December 10 through December 31)

COURSE MANAGER

Jim Hammond

Turning Points in American History (Part 1)

Wednesdays, October 2–December 11, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration required. This class is full; please call the main office at 800-824-2714 to be added to the waitlist.

*Part 2 of this course will be offered in winter 2020. Dates and details to come.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

Turning Points in American History relives 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.

Course manager Pat Ackley and fellow OLLI members facilitate this new course.

This comprehensive course is broken into four different parts, allowing members to experience a history course without enduring a lengthy commitment. The second part will be offered after the first of the year.

TOPICS: Part I
  • November 6:  1773 Liberty! The Boston Tea Party; 1776 We’re Outta Here–Declaring Independence
  • November 13:  1777 Game Changer–The Battle of Saratoga
  • November 20: 1786 Toward a Constitution–Shay’s Rebellion
  • December 4:  1789 Samuel Slater–The Industrial Revolution; 1800 Peaceful Transfer–The Election of 1800
  • December 11:  1803 Supreme Authority–Marbury v. Madison; 1807 On the Move–Transportation Revolution
MEETS

Wednesdays, October 16-December 11, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COURSE MANAGER

Pat Ackley


Study and Discussion Groups

Nonfiction Book Group

Mondays, November 4 and 18, 10:15 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

ABOUT THIS GROUP

The nonfiction book group meets twice per month to discuss a nonfiction book that the group has selected. The books range from political history to the history of science, to biography, exploration, and natural history. We learn a lot about different topics and have a great conversation. 

TOPIC

Selection: Doing Justice by Preet Bharara

In today’s public square, “facts are not facts,” rhetoric drives fear and division, and common ground and empathy often suffer. In Doing Justice, Preet Bharara explains that while our times call for a sense of urgency, he counsels us all to take a step back and try to understand how justice is supposed to be accomplished. It turns out that the law has important lessons to teach in our quest for truth, dignity and justice.

Preet Bharara has spent most of his life examining and participating in our legal system. As the former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, he has prosecuted those who would harm the public through violence, fraud and corruption. Bharara provides powerful examples from his career that that illuminate a path to a stronger and just democracy.

December’s selection: Prisoners of Geograpy by Tim Marshall

FACILITATOR

Steve Hussey

Coordinator

Joyce Pickersgill

MEETS

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

Page Turners Fiction Book Group

Monday, November 11, 10:15 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Meets at Deb Hollens’ home for this session only. Members who have questions or want directions should request Deb’s contact info from osher@uoregon.edu.

ABOUT THIS GROUP

We are a lively and very welcoming group of fiction lovers who choose a novel to read and critique as a group every month. Over the course of the year each member selects and facilitates the spirited discussion of a contemporary or classic novel of less than 400 pages. We have a great time!

TOPIC

Selection: My Ántonia by Willa Cather

Cather’s My Ántonia is an iconic story of American immigrant frontier living and one of her most recognizable novels. Published in 1918, the novel is part of Cather's “Prairie Trilogy,” set in Nebraska in the late 1880’s.

Jim Burden, a successful New York City lawyer for one of the transcontinental railroads, gives an acquaintance a memoir of his Nebraska childhood.  As a ten year old, orphaned Jim is sent to live with his grandparents in rural Nebraska. There he meets his close childhood friend, Ántonia Shimerda, a Bohemian immigrant girl who lives on a neighboring farm. The Burden memoir makes up most of the novel, following Ántonia from girlhood through motherhood in her life on the prairie.

The National Endowment for the Humanities chose My Ántonia for its BIG READ program. “Few books pack so much vibrantly genuine life into their pages as this classic novel of the American immigrant experience. My Ántonia teems with romance, violence, tenderness, cruelty, comedy, and tragedy—all bustling side by side in a narrative at once compassionate and gripping.”

December’s selection: There There by Tommy Orange

Facilitator

Deb Hollens

Coordinator

Deb Hollens

Meets

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

Writers’ Bloc

Tuesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Deschutes Historical Museum

ABOUT THIS GROUP

A casual gathering for writers at all levels to share in a supportive environment. Creative experimentation with styles and genres encouraged.

MEETS

Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COordinator

Carolyn Hammond

Understanding, Enjoying, and Interpreting Film

Monday, November 25, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

ABOUT THIS GROUP

Our monthly film series offers members an opportunity to understand and enjoy film as an art form, in a deeper and more fulfilling way. We view films from a variety of genres selected by the group. Prior to the showing interesting trivia regarding the actors and the film production is presented, followed by lively discussions afterwards. Group members share their individual perceptions of what the screenwriter and director attempt to convey to the audience.

TOPIC

Executive Suite (1954) 1 hr. 45 min.

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

Director: Robert Wise

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

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

FACILITATOR

Robb Reavill

Course Manager

Bonnie Campbell


Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events

Roundtable Luncheon

Thursday, November 7, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Moose Sisters Restaurant

Cascade Village Shopping Center

63455 N Hwy 97 #200, Bend, OR 97701

Join your fellow OLLI-UO members for a relaxing lunch! This is an informal gathering for new and existing members to meet and greet each other. The group meets at Moose Sisters, located in the upstairs level of the Cascade Village. Member Barbara Jordan will be making reservations for this month’s luncheon. Let her know if you’re able to attend. You may obtain Barbara’s contact info by emailing our office at osher@uoregon.edu. We hope to see you there!

Experience OLLI

Friday, November 8, 9:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Experience OLLI—where we offer short classes to the public to give those who attend an opportunity to see what we are all about!

If you have friends who are retired, semi-retired, or soon-to-be-retired and wondering, "What’s next?” –– invite them to join this special event and explore the joy of lifelong learning at a half-day Experience OLLI session from 9:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Experience OLLI will be held at the Elks Lodge and features classes in science, art, and history. Tell all of your friends who are not yet a part of our wonderful learning community!


Coming in December

Fun with Movies

Monday, December 2, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 97701

ABOUT THIS GROUP

A new monthly series of six presentation explores the art of movie making with OLLI member Roger Aikin, retired professor of art history from Creighton University. Aikin taught film studies and has hundreds of digitized film clips to illustrate these topics, many of which should bring back memories. There will be plenty of time for comments and conversation.

TOPIC
  • December 2: Film Music, Part 1
  • January 6: Film Music, Part 2
  • February 3: Narrative and Time in Movies
  • March 2: Cinematography and Editing
  • April 6: The Western Movie and the Evolution of the American Hero
  • May 4: Acting for the Camera: So You Think You Can Act?!
presenter

Roger Aikin


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