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).

August 2019 Courses and Activities

Featured in August

What’s Happening at the Border?

Tuesday, August 20, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Photograph of the Sand Diego/Tijuana border fence. Photographer Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde, Public domain

Registration is not required for this lecture.

LOCATION

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

What is really happening at the U.S.–Mexico border? Would a wall be effective in stopping drug traffic? Are conditions as bad as we are told? The news is full of alarming stories about this historic crisis, but few of us have seen conditions first hand. Join OLLI-UO Central Oregon member Max Merrill for his perspective and photos illustrating the situation at the border.

From February 7 to 11, 2019, Max travelled with a group led by Global Immersion, a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring understanding about troubled places in the world. One of those places is the U.S.–Mexican border at San Diego. Max spent time on the Tijuana side of the wall and learned about the history of the border from the time the U.S. acquired California to the present.

Max and the Global Immersion group met with members of the U.S. Border Patrol and also the Border Angels, a nonprofit organization that focuses on issues related to the U.S.–Mexican border and humane immigration reform. Max had additional opportunity to interview a DACA student, an attorney who represents asylum seekers, and the operator of a shelter in Tijuana where he spent a night and talked with residents.

This is sure to be a fascinating and informative presentation helping to clarify a serious humanitarian crisis.

MEETS

Tuesday, August 20, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

PRESENTER

Max Merrill

Memoirs in Literature

Wednesdays, August 14, 21, and 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
LOCATION

129 NW Idaho Ave, Bend, OR 97703

FOCUS

Memoir writing is a more focused style of writing than autobiography. Memoirs may date back to the time of Caesar, but this class focuses on 20th- and 21st-century writers, both popular and perhaps lesser-known. Through reading and discussion, the goal is to explore memoirs and their various conventions and themes. What is a memoir? Why are they written? Are there common subjects or themes they share? Why do people/authors write memoirs? Sharing thoughts and ideas lead to a better understanding of how memoirs are an important part of literature.

Back-by-popular-demand, Ann Sargent leads us in an exploration of memoirs in literature! Ann is a much beloved instructor here at OLLI-UO in Central Oregon, having offered classes for us in the American short story and also social issues in literature. She is a master at getting everyone involved in the discussion!

Readings include short essays and excerpts from longer works. A reading list will be published before the class and all readings will be available online.

Ann Sargent has a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in Education from Roosevelt University, Chicago. She has taught OLLI classes in the past at Bradley University in Illinois before moving to Bend and is currently a writing instructor at Central Oregon Community College.

Registration is required and is limited to 25 participants for this workshop.

MEETS

Wednesdays, August 14, 21, 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

PRESENTER

Ann Sargent

COURSE MANAGER

Bruce Sharp

Courses

Investigating American Presidents

Registration for this course is full. Please call the front office at 800-824-2714 to be added to the waitlist.

Mondays, July 8–August 12, 10:00 a.m.–noon
LOCATION

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

FOCUS

The President of the United States of America can shape not just a nation, but the entire world. 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 12 eye-opening, timely DVD lectures of the Great Courses 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
  • August 5:  The Pardon Power and Its Limits; Presidential Lies and Cover-ups. Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt
  • August 12:  The Value of Investigative Reports; The Law and Politics of Impeachment. Facilitator: Pat Ackley
MEETS

Mondays, July 7–August 12, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COURSE MANAGER

Pat Ackley

Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience

Tuesdays, August 6–September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, OR 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

This summer, our science class reaches into the brain in an attempt to put to rest many false ideas about the working brain.  Join Russ Hopper, Larry Weinberg, and other OLLI members as they lead us through a fascinating exploration. They are assisted by The Teaching Company’s course, Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience, presented by Professor Indre Viskontas from the University of California.

As a foundation we keep three key principles of the brain in mind. The first to understand is that the brain is not perfectly designed. The second is that no brain region is an island. Trillions of complex interconnections create the activity of the working brain.  Finally, there are two systems of thought in the brain, one for fast thinking and the other for slower and more rational thought.

We explode popular myths including the bigger your brain, the smarter you are; memory is accurate and objective; senses reflect the world as it exists; dreams have secret meanings, and more. As Dr. Viskontas states, “for all its beauty, the brain can be messy, random, and inefficient. It can be prone to mistakes from the lowest levels of perception to the highest levels of complex decision making.”

Other questions we explore include:

  • How do magicians use the brain’s own weaknesses to convince us of their tricks?
  • How are the brains of men and women different?
  • What is the addictive nature of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter?
  • Do specific neurons play a role in how we socialize with other people?
  • Are brain games and brain foods important to the health of the brain?
TOPICS
  • August 6: Is Your Brain Too Smart for Magic Tricks? Is Your Brain Objective?
  • August 13: Do You Have 5 Independent Senses? Can Certain Foods Make You Smarter?
  • August 20: Can Brain Games Make You Smarter? Does Your Brain Shut Down During Sleep?
  • August 27: Are Your Decisions Rational? Are You Always Conscious While Awake?
  • September 3: Are Other Animals Conscious? Can You Multitask Efficiently?
  • September 10: Are Dreams Meaningful? Can Brain Scans Read Your Mind?
  • September 17: Can Adult Brains Change for the Better? Do Special Neurons Enable Social Life? 
  • September 24: Is Your Brain Unprejudiced? Does Technology Make You Stupid?
MEETS

Tuesdays, July 9–September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COURSE MANAGER

Russ Hopper

Study and Discussion Groups

Summer Tonic—Refreshing Ideas from TED Talks

Mondays, August 5–26, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

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

about this group

Treat yourself to new ideas on eight different topics from TED talks, a clearinghouse of ideas from the world’s most inspired thinkers connecting with us, a community of the curious. The intent of TED (an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design) is to give us a deeper understanding of this world, with the belief that the power of ideas can change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, our world.

focus

Join facilitators Barbara Silversmith and Thom Larson Monday afternoons to share your perception of these new ideas in discussions after each TED talk.

TOPICS
August 5: Food
August 12:  Issues of Aging
August 19: Genetics
August 26: Poetry’s Place
MEETS

Mondays, July 8–August 26, 1:30–3:30 p.m. 

COURSE MANAGERS

Thom Larson and Barbara Silversmith

OLLI Summer Documentaries

Wednesdays, August 7–August 28, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

LOCATION

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

FOCUS

We have a great lineup of summer documentaries, featuring topics from the “Flat Earth Movement” to Ruth Bader Ginzberg! We’ll have plenty of time for discussion after viewing each film.

Film Schedule:

(dates subject to change)

August 7: RBG (2018) 98 min.

RBG is a timely and entertaining exploration of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s unique journey to the world’s highest court and her surprising rise as a pop cultural icon. This documentary won numerous awards and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary

August 14: Behind the Curve (2018) 95 min.

A large worldwide community follows the Flat Earth Movement, and believes that the world is flat, despite all evidence against it.  This film seeks to humanize these radical thinkers and examine the relationships they have found with other “Flat Earthers.”

August 21: This American Journey (2013) 90 min.

A British actor and Australian photographer drive across America and interview people about the state of the U.S., their hopes and dreams, and how they are doing with their lives. The two travelers receive unexpected wisdom from people we tend to pigeonhole.

August 28: Under African Skies (2012) 108 min.

Revisits the story of the evolution and controversial making of Paul Simon's 1986 Graceland album and the political and cultural history of South Africa 25 year ago.

MEETS

Wednesdays, July 17–August 28, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

COURSE MANAGER

Linda Charny

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events

Roundtable Luncheon

Thursday, August 1, 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. Let coordinator Barbara Jordan 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!

All-Member Meeting “Meet and Munch!”

Tuesday, August 20, noon–1:00 p.m.
LOCATION

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

Come to the first all-member meeting in our temporary “anchor” location of the Elks Lodge. OLLI-UO in Central Oregon President Suzanne Butterfield will address new approaches in the search for a permanent OLLI-UO in Central Oregon facility, update members on future programming, and take questions and suggestions from members.

A light lunch will be served; no registration required. We look forward to munching with you!

Coming This Fall

Nonfiction Book Group

Registration is not required.

about this group–Looking for New Members!

We are an interesting group who like to read and discuss nonfiction books and would love to have more members. We meet twice a month on the first and third Mondays of September through May. We nominate books in spring and fall and look for volunteers to lead the discussion of the winners for two sessions in a month.

You certainly are not expected to be an expert on the book you nominate or the book you present. We try to limit the number of pages to 400 except for a longer book we can read over the summer.

Last year, our winners included American Wolf by Nate Blakeley, Rocket Men by Craig Nelson, and The Library Book by Susan Orleans (an exciting tale you might not guess from the title).

LINEUP STARTING FALL 2019:

We have a great group of books and moderators starting in September.

  • September: Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker (Sept. 16 and 30, due to holiday)
  • October: Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochsheld
  • November: Doing Justice by Preet Bharara
  • December: Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
  • January: The Golden Spruce by John Valiant

Please consider joining us and don’t hesitate to contact me, Joyce Pickersgill, with any questions. My contact info may be obtained by emailing osher@uoregon.edu.

Course Manager

Joyce Pickersgill

meets

First and third Mondays of the month (starting in September), 10:15–11:45 a.m.

*Please note: our book groups opt to take a hiatus during the summer months of June, July, and August. We will resume meeting again in September 2019 at the Elks Lodge.

Page-Turners Fiction Book Group

Registration is not required.

about this group–Looking for New Members!

Our Page-Turners fiction book group is actively looking for new members!  If you love great novels, classic or contemporary, and like to discuss them within a small, welcoming, and (sometimes raucous!) group, think about joining us in September. We have chosen some great fiction for our discussions in the recent past: Whitehead’s Underground Railroad, Naipaul’s Bend in the River, Haruf’s Plainsong,and McDermott’s The Ninth Hour.  Since we have taken a break for the summer, we are tackling Stegner’s Angle of Repose (all 632 pages) and will discuss it in September. You don’t have to register for our group, just come! We’d love to have you join us!

lineup starting fall 2019:
  • September: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  • October: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • November: My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • December: There There by Tommy Orange

Please consider joining us and don’t hesitate to contact me, Deb Hollens, with any questions. My contact info may be obtained by emailing osher@uoregon.edu.

course manager

Deb Hollens

MEETS

Second Mondays of the month (starting in September), 10:15 a.m.–noon

*Please note: our book groups opt to take a hiatus during the summer months of June, July, and August. We will resume meeting again in September 2019 at the Elks Lodge.

July 2019 Courses and Activities

Featured in July

Investigating American Presidents

Mondays, July 8–August 12, 10:00 a.m.–noon

Registration for this course is full. Please call the front office at 800-824-2714 to be added to the waitlist.

Portrait of President Richard Nixon.
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. 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 12 eye-opening, timely DVD lectures of the Great Courses 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
  • July 8:  American Presidents and the Rule of Law; Presidential Investigations Through History. Facilitator: Pat Ackley
  • July 15:  Separation of Powers and the Presidency; Watergate and the Special Prosecutor. Facilitator: Max Merrill
  • July 22:  Rise and Fall of the Independent Counsel; Can a Sitting President Be Indicted? Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt
  • July 29:  Presidential Use and Abuse of Privileges; Presidents, Prosecutors, and Public Opinion. Facilitator: Susie Linford
  • August 5:  The Pardon Power and Its Limits; Presidential Lies and Cover-ups. Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt
  • August 12:  The Value of Investigative Reports; The Law and Politics of Impeachment. Facilitator: Pat Ackley
MEETS

Mondays, July 8–August 12, 10:00 a.m.–noon 

COURSE MANAGER

Pat Ackley

An Introduction to Economics

Tuesdays, July 16, 23, 30, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

location

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

Focus

Is freshman economics but a dim memory? How about really getting up to speed in basic concepts in economics? Join OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member Tom Carroll for three lectures and video sessions introducing the world of economics. The three sessions will cover economic growth in the United States and around the world over the past 500 years, including microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Tom is a retired economics professor from Central Oregon Community College in Bend and has taught economics at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology in Germany for the past eight years. He just finished teaching an 11-day accelerated economics at Deggendorf in May, which he will use for the basis of his OLLI course.

MEETS

Tuesdays, July 16, 23, 30, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

PRESENTER

Tom Carroll

Courses

Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience

Tuesdays, July 9–September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon

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

This summer, our science class reaches into the brain in an attempt to put to rest many false ideas about the working brain. Join Russ Hopper, Larry Weinberg, and other OLLI members as they lead us through a fascinating exploration. They are assisted by The Teaching Company’s course Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience, presented by Professor Indre Viskontas from the University of California.

As a foundation, we keep three key principles of the brain in mind. The first to understand is that the brain is not perfectly designed. The second is that no brain region is an island. Trillions of complex interconnections create the activity of the working brain. Finally, there are two systems of thought in the brain, one for fast thinking and the other for slower and more rational thought.

We explode popular myths including the bigger your brain, the smarter you are; memory is accurate and objective; senses reflect the world as it exists; dreams have secret meanings, and more. As Dr. Viskontas states, “for all its beauty, the brain can be messy, random, and inefficient. It can be prone to mistakes from the lowest levels of perception to the highest levels of complex decision making.”

Other questions we explore include:

  • How do magicians use the brain’s own weaknesses to convince us of their tricks?
  • How are the brains of men and women different?
  • What is the addictive nature of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter?
  • Do specific neurons play a role in how we socialize with other people?
  • Are brain games and brain foods important to the health of the brain?
TOPICS
  • July 9: Is Your Brain Perfectly Designed? Are Bigger Brains Smarter?
  • July 16: Is Mental Illness Just a Chemical Imbalance? Are Creative People Right-Brained?
  • July 23: How Different Are Male and Female Brains? How Accurate Is Your Memory?
  • July 30: Do You Only Use 10% of Your Brain? Do You Perceive the World as It Really Is?
  • August 6: Is Your Brain Too Smart for Magic Tricks? Is Your Brain Objective?
  • August 13: Do You Have 5 Independent Senses? Can Certain Foods Make You Smarter?
  • August 20: Can Brain Games Make You Smarter? Does Your Brain Shut Down During Sleep?
  • August 27: Are Your Decisions Rational? Are You Always Conscious While Awake?
  • September 3: Are Other Animals Conscious? Can You Multitask Efficiently?
  • September 10: Are Dreams Meaningful? Can Brain Scans Read Your Mind?
  • September 17: Can Adult Brains Change for the Better? Do Special Neurons Enable Social Life?
  • September 24: Is Your Brain Unprejudiced? Does Technology Make You Stupid?
MEETS

Tuesdays, July 9–September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon

COURSE MANAGERS

Russ Hopper and Larry Weinberg

Study and Discussion Groups

Summer Tonic—Refreshing Ideas from TED Talks

Mondays, July 8–August 26, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

location

Elks Lodge, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

about this group

Treat yourself to new ideas on eight different topics from TED talks, a clearinghouse of ideas from the world’s most inspired thinkers connecting with us, a community of the curious. The intent of TED (an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design) is to give us a deeper understanding of this world, with the belief that the power of ideas can change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, our world.

focus

Join facilitators Barbara Silversmith and Thom Larson Monday afternoons to share your perception of these new ideas in discussions after each TED talk.

TOPICS
July 8: Self-Awareness
 July 15: Wisdom from the World of Entertainment
July 22: Overcoming Effects of Poverty
July 29: Gratitude
MEETS

Mondays, July 8–Aug.26, 1:30–3:30 p.m.  (Elks)

COURSE MANAGERS

Thom Larson and Barbara Silversmith

OLLI Summer Documentaries

Wednesdays, July 17–September 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Registration is not required.

location

129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend, OR 97703

FOCUS

A great lineup of summer documentaries kicks off the third Wednesday of July, featuring topics from the “Flat Earth Movement” to Ruth Bader Ginsburg! We’ll have plenty of time for discussion after viewing each film.

Film Schedule:

(Dates Subject to Change)

July 17: Sour Grapes (2016) 85 min.

A look at how con man, Rudy Kurniawan, tapped into greed and excess to defraud and cheat wealthy investors out of millions in the fine-wine market. In 2014 he became the first person in U.S. history to be convicted of wine fraud.

July 24: When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (2012) 113 min.

This modern tragic history of Tibet examines the movement to free Tibet from Chinese occupation, including some contradictory Tibetan perspectives.  It includes stunning views of China, India and Tibet.

July 31: Get Me Roger Stone (2017) 101 min.

Examines the rise, fall, and rebirth of political operative Roger Stone, who has been an influential member of Team Trump and other politicians for decades.

August 7: RBG (2018) 98 min.

RBG is a timely and entertaining exploration of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s unique journey to the world’s highest court and her surprising rise as a pop cultural icon. This documentary won numerous awards and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary

August 14: Behind the Curve (2018) 95 min.

A large worldwide community follows the Flat Earth Movement, and believes that the world is flat, despite all evidence against it.  This film seeks to humanize these radical thinkers and examine the relationships they have found with other “Flat Earthers.”

August 21: This American Journey (2013) 90 min.

A British actor and Australian photographer drive across America and interview people about the state of the U.S., their hopes and dreams, and how they are doing with their lives. The two travelers receive unexpected wisdom from people we tend to pigeonhole.

September 4: Under African Skies (2012) 108 min.

Revisits the story of the evolution and controversial making of Paul Simon’s 1986 Graceland album and the political and cultural history of South Africa 25 years ago.      

MEETS

Wednesdays, July 17–September 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

COURSE MANAGER

Linda Charny

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events

Deschutes County Landfill and Recycling Tour

Thursday, July 11, 10:00–11:45 a.m.

Did you know the Knott Landfill is 110 feet deep? Have you seen the methane flare? Do you know how long it takes a head of lettuce to decompose in the landfill?

Come join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste to see what happens to your trash after it leaves the curb. See Knott Landfill’s trash pit, check out Deschutes Recycling, tour the transfer station, and understand the composting facility. Seeing where our waste goes will impact your decisions in the future and help you think twice about purchases.

This is a unique opportunity! The landfill isn’t always open to the public for tours.

Participants will meet at High Desert Middle School at 10:00 a.m. to arrange carpools due to limited parking spaces at our destination. We expect to arrive back at around 11:45 a.m.

High Desert Middle School
61111 SE 27th St, Bend, OR 97702

There will be an optional group lunch planned at Worthy Brewing Company afterwards.

COORDINATOR

Leslie Koc is the coordinator for this field trip. Registration is required and is limited to 15 participants. Signed field trip waiver forms are required before departure.

McLagan’s Taxidermy Field Trip

Thursday, July 25, 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Join a small group of OLLI friends for a tour of McLagan’s Taxidermy shop to watch Tim McLagan and his staff prepare and mount customers’ trophy wild animals. Tim is a world-class taxidermist with clients from around the world.

Tim works on all species and enjoys preserving hunting and fishing memories. He is also an avid hunter and fishermen and his trophies are also on display.

McLagan’s Taxidermy
4090 N. Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97701

Participants will meet at the southeast corner of the Shopko parking lot (former OLLI-UO/Bend Center site) at 1:15 p.m. to arrange carpools. We expect to arrive back at around 3 p.m.

Lynn Beck is the coordinator for this field trip. Registration is required and is limited to 10 participants. Signed field trip waiver forms are required before departure.

Coming This Fall

Nonfiction Book Group

Registration is not required.

about this group – looking for new members!

We are an interesting group who likes to read and discuss nonfiction books and would love to have more members. We meet twice a month on the first and third Mondays, September through May. We nominate books in spring and fall and look for volunteers to lead the discussion of the winners for two sessions in a month.

You certainly are not expected to be an expert on the book you nominate or the book you present. We try to limit the number of pages to 400, with the exception of a longer book we can read over the summer.

Last year, our winners included American Wolf by Nate Blakeley, Rocket Men by Craig Nelson, and The Library Book by Susan Orleans (an exciting tale you might not guess from the title).

lineup starting fall 2019:

We have a great group of books and moderators starting in September.

  • September: Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker (Sept. 16 and 30 due to holiday)
  • October: Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Hochsheld
  • November: Doing Justice by Preet Bharara
  • December: Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
  • January: The Golden Spruce by John Valiant

Please consider joining us and don’t hesitate to contact me, Joyce Pickersgill, with any questions. My contact information may be obtained by emailing osher@uoregon.edu.

Course Manager

 Joyce Pickersgill

meets

First and third Mondays of the month, (starting in September), 10:15–11:45 a.m.

*Please note: our book groups opt to take a hiatus during the summer months of June, July, and August. We will resume meeting again in September 2019 at the Elks Lodge.

Page-Turners Fiction Book Group

Registration is not required.

about this group – looking for new members!

Our Page-Turners fiction book group is actively looking for new members! If you love great novels, classic or contemporary, and like to discuss them within a small, welcoming, and (sometimes raucous!) group, think about joining us in September. We have chosen some great fiction for our discussions in the recent past: Whitehead’s Underground Railroad, Naipaul’s Bend in the River, Haruf’s Plainsong,and McDermott’s The Ninth HourSince we have taken a break for the summer, we are tackling Stegner’s Angle of Repose (all 632 pages) and will discuss it in September. You don’t have to register for our group, just come! We’d love to have you join us!

Lineup starting fall 2019:
  • September: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  • October: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • November: My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • December: There There by Tommy Orange

Please consider joining us and don’t hesitate to contact me, Deb Hollens, with any questions. My contact information may be obtained by emailing osher@uoregon.edu.

Coordinator

Deb Hollens

MEETS

Second Mondays of the month (starting in September), 10:15 a.m.–noon

*Please note: our book groups opt to take a hiatus during the summer months of June, July, and August. We will resume meeting again in September 2019 at the Elks Lodge.


Archive

An archive of previous courses and activities is available.

2018 courses and activities archive

2019 courses and activities archive

 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon