Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
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Eugene/Springfield Courses and Activities Archive

An archive of past 2018 courses and activities is listed below.

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January 2018 Courses and Activities

Featured In January
Mondays, noon–1:30 p.m.

OLLI-UO's meditation and mindfulness study group continues from noon to 1:00 p.m. Mondays, using the textbook Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn. During the first 20 minutes of the class, members discuss portions of the textbook. The next 40 minutes are guided meditation out of UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, among other guided meditations, with a few minutes of discussion afterward about the particular guided meditation.

Facilitator Janice Friend keeps the focus on science-based meditation advantages to the brain and regularly brings in articles from popular media as well as institutions of higher education. She also recommends books and podcasts by experts and internet sites for personal enhancement.

About This Group

Focus: The hour starts with a 20-minute book discussion followed by 30 minutes of silent or guided meditation. The session ends allows for a few minutes of discussion afterwards. Additional articles, podcasts, authors, and internet sites are often shared or recommended for those who care to extend their understanding and deepen their practice.

Meets: Every Monday at noon–1:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Janice Friend

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

This study group, Culture Italiane, will consider the diverse geography, history, traditions, music, famous personalities and local products of Italy’s 20 regions. English-language videos and the Geografia d’Italia per Stranieri textbook will be use to learn about each region. For participants lacking knowledge of Italian we’ll translate textbook passages to make the book accessible to them. For those interested in the Italian language, the course is an opportunity to share or improve their Italian language knowledge.

The class will meet each Thursday from 3:15–4:45 p.m., beginning January 11. The room will be announced. For more information contact Lee Altschuler.

About This Group

Focus: Developing communicative competence in Italian. Some knowledge of Italian is assumed. This is a study group led by a facilitator.

Meets: Weekly on Thursdays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Faciliator: Lee Altschuler

This study group will consider the diverse geography, history, traditions, music, famous personalities and local products of Italy's 20 regions. English-language videos and the Geografia d'Italia per Stranieri textbook will be use to learn about each region. For participants lacking knowledge of Italian we'll translate textbook passages to make the book accessible to them. For those interested in the Italian language, the course is an opportunity to share or improve their Italian language knowledge.

Lectures
Wednesday, January 3 and 17, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: International affairs, history, current global developments and U.S. foreign policy.

Meets: On first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Bill Taliaferro and Randall Donohue

Members learn through presentations and discussions on topics connected with geo-politics, international business, global cultures, trade, the environment, and America’s place in the world. The facilitator maintains an email list for distribution of presenters’ materials, links to websites, videos and readings prior to the sessions. Recent topics have included: What about the Kurds?; Scrambling for Positions in the Arctic; Tensions in the South China Sea; Refugees and Immigration; and the Transpacific Partnership (TPP).

Wednesday, January 17, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Speaker Greg Taylor will explore the US Army Corps of Engineers’ actions regarding Willamette Basin hydrology, a history of the Project and its authorized purposes, reservoir water management/project operations, and Endangered Species Act compliance. With a background as a fish biologist for the Corps of Engineers at the Willamette Valley project, Taylor currently works at the Cougar Reservoir and has spoken to many groups concerning USACE-related projects.

Monday, January 29, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Guy DiTorrice (AKA “Oregon Fossil Guy”) will present the story of the fossil field forensics used to preserve and catalog an unknown specimen on private ranch land. He will discuss details of how the fossil was discovered by a horseback rider, steps taken to preserve it, as well as techniques and tools used to handle excavation in an arid-desolate location. The presentation demonstrates how important research and planning are to put an accurate name on a preserved plant or animal fossil in the field. DiTorrice will offer another presentation February 19.

DiTorrice is an Oregon resident and fossil-collecting rockhound. Fulfilling a lifelong desire to collect and share rocks and fossils, he conducts talks for groups throughout the state.

Courses
Monday, January 1 and 15, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: Promoting the appreciation and discussion of theatrical films. Themes for a ten-twelve film series are selected by the facilitator team several times a year. The sessions include an introduction, screening and discussion.

Meets: First and third Mondays, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Craig Starr, with John Attig, Howard Schuman, Susan and Andy Walcott

Tuesday, January 2 and 16, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

As a kid you may have (intentionally or unintentionally) taken some mechanical device apart to discover how it was put together and marveled at how the working whole had become more than the sum of parts, becoming something almost alive that interacts with people and the environment. With maturity we learn that everything is connected in larger networks and structures. Such is the realm of a new 36-course series starting in January, "Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life" by Dr. Stephen Ressler. The series is offered by the Understanding Science learning circle, a group for persons curious about the Universe we find ourselves in.

As always, each DVD-course lecture is followed by discussion about the issues raised and our personal experiences with the subject matter. Topics in the upcoming curriculum range from "What keeps a car alive?" to "What will keep the planet alive?" Our lecturer is Professor Emeritus from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is a registered civil engineer and holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University as well as other graduate degrees.

About This Course

Focus: To present outstanding introductory college-level DVD science courses, and to enjoy the opportunity to share and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures.

Meets: The first, third and fifth Tuesdays at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitators: Barbara Nagai and Mike Rose

The lectures are only mildly cumulative in nature, and if you are occasionally unable to attend, this fact should not impede your enjoyment of the course. Decisions concerning specific course subjects are made by a majority vote of the group. Emphasis is placed on the natural and the formal sciences, but consideration is also given to a broader perspective that includes the philosophy of science, and the social, behavioral, and applied sciences.

Mondays, January 8 and 22, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Course

Focus: A peer-led exploration of philosophers and philosophy. Each session features either a presentation by a group member, or a recorded lecture, followed by discussion

Meets: The second and fourth Monday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Henry Sholar

Facilitators: Byron Chell, Dennis Lawrence, and Lorraine Ironplow.

Tuesdays, January 16–February 13, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

This course will examine the development of documentary film from its origins in the late nineteenth century to the present. The world of documentary is vast and currently burgeoning with new films and filmmakers. Rather than screen complete films, we will study significant clips from a variety of films illustrative of major milestones with guided discussions and audience participation. Five sessions will entail an exploration of documentary origins and history (January 16); and the following thematic modes: verité (January 23); propagandistic (January 30); participatory (February 6); and activism (February 13).

Instructor Andy Walcott, an OLLI member since 2015, retired from a career in secondary education as a teacher of high school English, broadcast journalism and video production, and a K-12 Media Director. He holds a BA and MEd in English from the University of Michigan, an MLS in Educational Media from Rutgers and has completed graduate work in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. Since retiring he works as an independent video producer specializing in documentary productions for small and medium businesses, government and non-profit agencies, and family heritage videos. He is also an active member of the International Documentary Association based in Los Angeles and attends professional conferences and workshops in documentary filmmaking.

Wednesday, January 24 and 31, noon–1:30 p.m.

These are the first two sessions of a nine-part course exploring how myths and folktales have shaped our assumptions about the roles and “place” of women from ancient times to the present—what some might call “his-story.” Presenter Delia Fisher will look at how stories about femininity, mothering, sexuality, and appearance still permeate contemporary thought under the guises of advertising, art, and fairy tales, unconsciously influencing attitudes, aspirations, and self-image. The course will explore the connections between past and present representations of women and ways in which some women writers and artists have challenged, revised, and re-mythologized narratives that categorize and limit ideas about the feminine.

Registration is limited to 20 participants and will begin on January 9, after the holiday break. A course reading packet is being prepared for participants, information on cost and where to obtain a copy will be provided to those registered prior to the first session.

Study and Discussion Groups
Mondays, 12:15–1:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Beginning level Spanish course; no basic knowledge required

Meets: Weekly on Mondays at 12:15–1:30 p.m.

Facilitator/Teacher: Sara Michener

Beginning Spanish is open to all, whether you know nothing beyond "hola" for "hello" or if you're quite good at Spanish but the time slot suits you. We speak in Spanish as much as possible. I like to use kids’ books to practice reading. Come and check it out.

Mondays, 3:15–4:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning and improving our French through grammar, conversations, readings and discussions.

Meets: Weekly on Mondays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Elaine deMartin Webster

In the first half hour we have a session of grammar targeting an intermediate level of French. In the second half hour we have a conversation class with intermediate levels and advanced levels together and in the third half hour we target an advanced level of French where we read an article or discuss ideas or topics of interest to French language and culture.

Monday, January 1, 15, and 29, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Sharing the process of writing and publication of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoirs. Writers of all levels of experience and all genres are welcome.

Meets: The first and third Mondays of each month from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Livvie Taylor-Young

If you love to write, are a would-be author, or are simply seeking a new outlet for your creativity, you are cordially invited to join OLLI's Creative Writing group. We are authors, columnists, essayists, poets and non-fiction and fiction writers of all genres. Our levels of experience range from those with multiple publication credits to those just wanting to try their hand. Everyone is welcome.

We meet to encourage our creativity-in-common and to exchange ideas and information…but our main focus is the sharing of our work. This includes both reading our own and listening to other's projects-of-choice (at any stage from rough draft to completed masterpiece) as well as offering and accepting constructive, objective critiquing, ideas and suggestions.

Since the written word often has a different feel than the spoken word…and since some of us just plain have trouble hearing…it would be extremely helpful if you'd bring several hard copies of what you plan to read.

Tuesday, January 2, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of the art of opera.

Meets: First Tuesday of the month, September–June at 11:45–1:15 p.m.

Facilitator: Phyllis Villec

We follow a casual format that includes discussion of opera performances that people have heard, PowerPoint previews of live operas that will be performed in Eugene and other Oregon cities, and previews of the Metropolitan Opera live HDTV performances. Occasionally there is a guest speaker or singer.

Wednesday, January 3 and 17, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The interpretive reading of plays, usually accompanied by some discussion of a play's merits, information about its author, or other related matters.

Meets: First and third Wednesdays of each month from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Jack Bennett and Iona Waller

Members of the group take turns selecting plays to be read. The person making the selection becomes the "director" and casts it from members present. Character changes are made as necessary to make sure that all present get a chance to read.

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Speaking Spanish informally. Basic knowledge.

Meets: Weekly on Thursdays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Stan Cook

One person volunteers to facilitate the meeting, and everyone contributes readings or topics for conversation in Español. Some of us speak Español rather well, and want to practice it weekly. Others are very rusty, but get more fluent as they keep trying.

Thursday, January 4 and 18, 9:30–11:00 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Writing and speaking your inspiration and craft.

Meets: The third Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Charles Castle

Members share poems they have written, provide each other with supportive feedback, and delve into their own creative process in a like-minded group. All voices and levels of experience welcomed. Come as you are. Prompts are provided if wanted. Opportunities for reading in front of an audience discussed.

Thursday, January 4 and 18, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: An informal discussion group devoted to the exchange of views on contemporary social issues and problems confronting the nation, state and local community.

Meets: The first and third Thursdays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. People are welcome to bring their lunches.

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Facilitator: Jerry Brule

Thinking Aloud is a participatory round table discussion group where all can contribute their knowledge and opinions toward making broad, complex issues more understandable to everyone. The subject areas are selected by the participants, with a write up about the specific topic for each session emailed a few days in advance to permit personal thought and investigation. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Thursday, January 4 and 18, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Reading a variety of short stories and discussing them as a group.

Meets: First and third Thursday of each month at 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Shiela Pardee

Short story anthologies are generally used as a source of each term’s readings; additional selections may be provided by the facilitator.

Monday, January 8 and 22, 11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Focusing on some of the most critical problems in the world, this group takes the next step through study and discussion to identify and propose possible solutions to the problems.

Meets: Second and fourth Monday of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (People are welcome to bring their lunches.)

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Facilitator: Jerry Brule

Generally, each session begins with 15–20 minutes of internet videos introducing the topic while generating questions and talking points for discussion. The topic for each session is emailed a few days in advance of that meeting so participants can familiarize themselves with the topic. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Tuesday, January 9, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The focal point of this group is instructional sessions on how to listen and enjoy great music, using video programs and recorded music. Many types of music are included (classical, jazz, opera).

Meets: The second and fourth Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.–noon through February, 2018.

Facilitator: Dennis Lawrence.

Contact: OLLI-UO Program Staff for schedule and topic updates after February 2018.

Each 90-minute session generally consists of 1) a video lecture using instructional material produced by The Great Courses, academic institutions, local libraries or from other sources; 2) listening to and discussing recorded music on CD or videotape. Time is allotted for discussions among those in attendance of current or past musical events in our community.

Wednesday, January 10, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of historical novels and nonfiction.

Meets: The second Wednesdays of each month at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Joyce Churchill

If you would like to brush up on history and enjoy a good story along the way, join us twice a month for some very lively discussions of the books by a group of thoughtful and insightful men and women. Expect diverse opinions—we'll welcome your insights too!

Titles are selected by group vote every six months and each book (or author) is discussed over two meetings.

Thursday, January 11 and 25, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning through a lively exchange of views on recent local, national, and world news.

Meets: The second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Rotated among a team of volunteers.

A team of volunteers suggest about dozen recent news stories for discussion, in the areas of international, domestic and local. The group and moderators work together to determine what will be discussed. Participants are diverse in their experiences and interests, and they read and watch a wide range of news sources. No additional preparation is necessary. It's OK to disagree with the views of the other participants—but not to be disagreeable.

Tuesday, January 23, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

January: Astoria or Anecdotes of an Enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains, by Washington Irving

February: The Ways of White Folks, by Langston Hughes

March: The Log of the Sea of Cortez, by John Steinbeck

April: The Way We Live Now, by Anthony Trollope

May: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, by Richard Hofstader

June: The Sea, The Sea, by Iris Murdoch

The Classics/Philosophy study group meets on fourth Tuesdays from 1:30–3:30 p.m. Members interested in joining the monthly sessions may contact Sheila Patterson for more information.

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of classic novels and works of philosophy, political theory, religion or sociology.

Meets: The first Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Sheila Patterson

This group meets once a month for approximately two hours to discuss the book selection of the month. We also briefly review the author’s biography and how he or she came to author the book. We alternate between classic fiction (fifty years old or older) and classic non-fiction (also at least fifty years old). Many of the non-fiction selections have philosophical themes. We choose books for the coming year in May and June.

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events
Thursday, January 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon

In this special session, UO Vice President Roger Thompson will provide an overview of the division of Student Services and Enrollment Management and discuss the value of lifelong learning and community engagement programs in the division’s goal of sustaining campus and community connections in Oregon.

Members in Central Oregon will join Eugene/Springfield members for the session via videoconferencing. Vice President Thompson will also take questions from members from both program sites during the second part of his presentation.

 

February 2018 Courses and Activities

Featured In February
Tuesday, February 20, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Do you have friends who have expressed an interest in OLL-UO or that you think would be interested? Encourage them to join other inquiring adults to explore the joy of lifelong learning in this sampling of all OLLI has to offer. In this free, public event, members of the community may explore up to four of the eight sessions offered. Topics for these sessions include international relations, art history, current events, science, creative writing, environmental issues, philosophy, and creative retirement. OLLI-UO member Bill Taliaferro, a retired Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, will present a lecture at 1:00 p.m.

Please note that this is a recruitment event for potential members of the community, and current members have had the opportunity previously to attend each of the presentations, discussion sessions, or workshops being offered. You can help us get the word out by inviting friends and neighbors to attend. As space is limited for each session, please encourage your friends to register in advance: either online at http://osher.uoregon.edu/discover or by calling 541-346-0697. Registration opens on January 9, 2018.

Wednesday, February 21, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of The International Geophysical Year (IGY). A joint, worldwide project that studied eleven earth sciences, IGY brought together the best scientific minds from sixty-seven countries around the globe. It also ushered in a new era of collaboration. Taking place between July 1, 1957 and December 31, 1958, IGY ended a Cold War hiatus that essentially barred scientific interchange between the East and the West.

IGY witnessed major scientific achievements including the USSR launching Sputnik 1 in October 1957 followed by the USA’s artificial satellite, Explorer 1, in January 1958. Picking up on the program’s immense popularity, Walt Kelly’s comic strip Pogo even parodied IGY as the “G.O. Fizzickle Year” and had its characters attempt scientific ventures like putting a flea on the moon.

Operation Moonwatch wasn’t concerned about lunar fleas, but it was an amateur scientific program created by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory as part of IGY. Its initial goal was to help spot and track artificial satellites. Using hand-built telescopes, all sorts of amateur astronomers from teenagers to octogenarians served on Moonwatch teams around the globe and monitored the nighttime skies. OLLI’s Kirk Taylor was one of them. A budding astronomer since he was three, he joined the Sacramento Astronomical Society in 1957 at age 14 and took part in the Moonwatch program from 1958 through 1961. Kirk will share first-hand views of the entire project from someone who was actually there.

Lectures
Monday, February 19, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Guy DiTorrice presents the detailed research story from the archives of the Smithsonian Institution on how hundreds of tons of Oregon fossils made their way to our nation’s capital, thanks to efforts of a young man from Lincoln City. Boxes of files, correspondence, receipts and photographs chronicle the hundreds of documented, inventoried and displayed Oregon fossil contributions made to the American Museum of Natural History by young Doug Emlong. Special project and program assistance for this presentation was provided by the Washington, DC staff of US Senator Ron Wyden.

DiTorrice is an Oregon resident and fossil-hunting rockhound. He conducts presentations for groups throughout the state.

Wednesday, February 7 and 21, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Speaker Kate Gould, legislative representative for Middle East policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will cover the current status of the Iran Nuclear Agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Gould will review the efforts of the Trump administration to undermine the deal and will offer suggestions for a more constructive approach to conflict in Iran and the Middle East. She will address questions about Iran’s role in other regional hot spots and share insights about effective citizen lobbying.

Gould has been dubbed the “Quaker lobbyist behind the Iran Deal fight” for her central role in coordinating FCNL’s effective advocacy campaign in support of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Her analysis on Middle East policy has been cited by The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, CNN, Reuters, and AFP. Before coming to FCNL, Kate taught Palestinian school teachers for AMIDEAST in the West Bank city of Hebron while coordinating a radio program on peace-building efforts at a joint Israeli-Palestinian think tank in Jerusalem. Kate also interned for Senator Jeff Merkley both in her hometown of Medford and in his Washington, DC office.

About This Group

Focus: International affairs, history, current global developments and U.S. foreign policy.

Meets: On first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Bill Taliaferro and Randall Donohue

Members learn through presentations and discussions on topics connected with geo-politics, international business, global cultures, trade, the environment, and America’s place in the world. The facilitator maintains an email list for distribution of presenters’ materials, links to websites, videos and readings prior to the sessions. Recent topics have included: What about the Kurds?; Scrambling for Positions in the Arctic; Tensions in the South China Sea; Refugees and Immigration; and the Transpacific Partnership (TPP).

Wednesday, February 28, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Two Dutch artists, three centuries apart, painted brilliantly, were supported by family members, lived modestly, sold very little or nothing, and died deeply in debt. One man painted exquisite interior scenes of domestic order with consummate attention to light and shadow. The other painted most of his work en pleine air, with bright colors and often a broad, flat perspective. Come explore the worlds of Johannes Vermeer and Vincent Van Gogh with member Helene-Carol Brown. What did they paint, and what innovation in the world of art did they make? Why was their work not commercially successful in their own time? Why has the work of both men been forged and counterfeited in recent times more than nearly any other artists’ works? And, importantly, why is their work so popular in our own time, fetching extravagant prices at prestigious auction houses? We will examine the lives and masterpieces of Vermeer and Van Gogh in this comprehensive introduction.
Courses
Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: Developing communicative competence in Italian. Some knowledge of Italian is assumed. This is a study group led by a facilitator.

Meets: Weekly on Thursdays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Faciliator: Lee Altschuler

This study group will consider the diverse geography, history, traditions, music, famous personalities and local products of Italy's 20 regions. English-language videos and the Geografia d'Italia per Stranieri textbook will be use to learn about each region. For participants lacking knowledge of Italian we'll translate textbook passages to make the book accessible to them. For those interested in the Italian language, the course is an opportunity to share or improve their Italian language knowledge.

Monday, February 5 and 19, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: Promoting the appreciation and discussion of theatrical films. Themes for a ten-twelve film series are selected by the facilitator team several times a year. The sessions include an introduction, screening and discussion.

Meets: First and third Mondays, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Craig Starr, with John Attig, Howard Schuman, Susan and Andy Walcott

Tuesday, February 6 and 20, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

About This Course

Focus: To present outstanding introductory college-level DVD science courses, and to enjoy the opportunity to share and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures.

Meets: The first, third and fifth Tuesdays at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitators: Barbara Nagai and Mike Rose

The lectures are only mildly cumulative in nature, and if you are occasionally unable to attend, this fact should not impede your enjoyment of the course. Decisions concerning specific course subjects are made by a majority vote of the group. Emphasis is placed on the natural and the formal sciences, but consideration is also given to a broader perspective that includes the philosophy of science, and the social, behavioral, and applied sciences.

Mondays, February 12 and 26, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

The Philosophy Salon will present a two-session series in which participants will look at definitions of health and illness and how these are questioned by the fact of chronic illness. The group also will look over some material from the ancient Stoic philosophers. Between the first and second sessions members of the group will be asked to read presenter David Kolb’s essay, 'A Shaky Walk Downhill,' about his experience with Parkinson's disease and the issues it raises for a philosopher. In the second session, the group will discuss that essay and its impact.

OLLI-UO member David Kolb received his PhD in philosophy from Yale University, taught at Fordham University, the University of Chicago, Nanzan University in Japan, and at Bates College in Maine, as the Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy. Since 2002 he has devoted himself full-time to writing and lecturing.

About This Course

Focus: A peer-led exploration of philosophers and philosophy. Each session features either a presentation by a group member, or a recorded lecture, followed by discussion

Meets: The second and fourth Monday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Henry Sholar

Facilitators: Byron Chell, Dennis Lawrence, and Lorraine Ironplow.

Study and Discussion Groups
Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Speaking Spanish informally. Basic knowledge.

Meets: Weekly on Thursdays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Stan Cook

One person volunteers to facilitate the meeting, and everyone contributes readings or topics for conversation in Español. Some of us speak Español rather well, and want to practice it weekly. Others are very rusty, but get more fluent as they keep trying.

Thursday, February 1 and 15, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Reading a variety of short stories and discussing them as a group.

Meets: First and third Thursday of each month at 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Shiela Pardee

Short story anthologies are generally used as a source of each term’s readings; additional selections may be provided by the facilitator.

Tuesday, February 1, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of classic novels and works of philosophy, political theory, religion or sociology.

Meets: The first Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Sheila Patterson

This group meets once a month for approximately two hours to discuss the book selection of the month. We also briefly review the author’s biography and how he or she came to author the book. We alternate between classic fiction (fifty years old or older) and classic non-fiction (also at least fifty years old). Many of the non-fiction selections have philosophical themes. We choose books for the coming year in May and June.

Thursday, February 1 and 15, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: An informal discussion group devoted to the exchange of views on contemporary social issues and problems confronting the nation, state and local community.

Meets: The first and third Thursdays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. People are welcome to bring their lunches.

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Facilitator: Jerry Brule

Thinking Aloud is a participatory round table discussion group where all can contribute their knowledge and opinions toward making broad, complex issues more understandable to everyone. The subject areas are selected by the participants, with a write up about the specific topic for each session emailed a few days in advance to permit personal thought and investigation. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Mondays, noon–1:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The hour starts with a 20-minute book discussion followed by 30 minutes of silent or guided meditation. The session ends allows for a few minutes of discussion afterwards. Additional articles, podcasts, authors, and internet sites are often shared or recommended for those who care to extend their understanding and deepen their practice.

Meets: Every Monday at noon–1:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Janice Friend

Mondays, 12:15–1:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Beginning level Spanish course; no basic knowledge required

Meets: Weekly on Mondays at 12:15–1:30 p.m.

Facilitator/Teacher: Sara Michener

Beginning Spanish is open to all, whether you know nothing beyond "hola" for "hello" or if you're quite good at Spanish but the time slot suits you. We speak in Spanish as much as possible. I like to use kids’ books to practice reading. Come and check it out.

Mondays, 3:15–4:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning and improving our French through grammar, conversations, readings and discussions.

Meets: Weekly on Mondays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Elaine deMartin Webster

In the first half hour we have a session of grammar targeting an intermediate level of French. In the second half hour we have a conversation class with intermediate levels and advanced levels together and in the third half hour we target an advanced level of French where we read an article or discuss ideas or topics of interest to French language and culture.

Monday, February 5 and 19, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Sharing the process of writing and publication of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoirs. Writers of all levels of experience and all genres are welcome.

Meets: The first and third Mondays of each month from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Livvie Taylor-Young

If you love to write, are a would-be author, or are simply seeking a new outlet for your creativity, you are cordially invited to join OLLI's Creative Writing group. We are authors, columnists, essayists, poets and non-fiction and fiction writers of all genres. Our levels of experience range from those with multiple publication credits to those just wanting to try their hand. Everyone is welcome.

We meet to encourage our creativity-in-common and to exchange ideas and information…but our main focus is the sharing of our work. This includes both reading our own and listening to other's projects-of-choice (at any stage from rough draft to completed masterpiece) as well as offering and accepting constructive, objective critiquing, ideas and suggestions.

Since the written word often has a different feel than the spoken word…and since some of us just plain have trouble hearing…it would be extremely helpful if you'd bring several hard copies of what you plan to read.

Tuesday, February 6, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of the art of opera.

Meets: First Tuesday of the month, September–June at 11:45–1:15 p.m.

Facilitator: Phyllis Villec

We follow a casual format that includes discussion of opera performances that people have heard, PowerPoint previews of live operas that will be performed in Eugene and other Oregon cities, and previews of the Metropolitan Opera live HDTV performances. Occasionally there is a guest speaker or singer.

Monday, February 6 and 27, 11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Focusing on some of the most critical problems in the world, this group takes the next step through study and discussion to identify and propose possible solutions to the problems.

Meets: Second and fourth Monday of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (People are welcome to bring their lunches.)

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Facilitator: Jerry Brule

Generally, each session begins with 15–20 minutes of internet videos introducing the topic while generating questions and talking points for discussion. The topic for each session is emailed a few days in advance of that meeting so participants can familiarize themselves with the topic. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Wednesday, February 7 and 21, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The interpretive reading of plays, usually accompanied by some discussion of a play's merits, information about its author, or other related matters.

Meets: First and third Wednesdays of each month from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Jack Bennett and Iona Waller

Members of the group take turns selecting plays to be read. The person making the selection becomes the "director" and casts it from members present. Character changes are made as necessary to make sure that all present get a chance to read.

Thursday, February 8 and 22, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning through a lively exchange of views on recent local, national, and world news.

Meets: The second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Rotated among a team of volunteers.

A team of volunteers suggest about dozen recent news stories for discussion, in the areas of international, domestic and local. The group and moderators work together to determine what will be discussed. Participants are diverse in their experiences and interests, and they read and watch a wide range of news sources. No additional preparation is necessary. It's OK to disagree with the views of the other participants—but not to be disagreeable.

Tuesday, February 14 and 28, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The focal point of this group is instructional sessions on how to listen and enjoy great music, using video programs and recorded music. Many types of music are included (classical, jazz, opera).

Meets: The second and fourth Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.–noon through February, 2018.

Facilitator: Dennis Lawrence.

Contact: OLLI-UO Program Staff for schedule and topic updates after February 2018.

Each 90-minute session generally consists of 1) a video lecture using instructional material produced by The Great Courses, academic institutions, local libraries or from other sources; 2) listening to and discussing recorded music on CD or videotape. Time is allotted for discussions among those in attendance of current or past musical events in our community.

Wednesday, February 14, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of historical novels and nonfiction.

Meets: The second Wednesdays of each month at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Joyce Churchill

If you would like to brush up on history and enjoy a good story along the way, join us twice a month for some very lively discussions of the books by a group of thoughtful and insightful men and women. Expect diverse opinions—we'll welcome your insights too!

Titles are selected by group vote every six months and each book (or author) is discussed over two meetings.

Thursday, February 15, 9:30–11:00 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Writing and speaking your inspiration and craft.

Meets: The third Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Charles Castle

Members share poems they have written, provide each other with supportive feedback, and delve into their own creative process in a like-minded group. All voices and levels of experience welcomed. Come as you are. Prompts are provided if wanted. Opportunities for reading in front of an audience discussed.

Sunday, February 18, 6:00 p.m.

On February 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. we will be meeting with new and old friends to talk about travel, books we have read, films, funny holiday stories, whatever you can think of.

Janice Friend at friendcaptioning@gmail.com is the coordinator and anxious to hear from you so we can set you up in the group! Sign up now and you still can be included in the January Dining with Friends get-together. Join us. You won’t regret it.

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events
Tuesday, February 27, 2:00 p.m.

Join your OLLI-UO friends, old and new, at the first “OLLI Meet and Greet” of 2018 at the Downtown Athletic Club starting at 2:00 p.m. Order a beverage and a bite to eat, if you wish, or just join in the conversation and fun of being together.

If you plan to attend, please register with Julie Jessal. There is no charge, but due to seating, attendance will be limited to 30. Julie will be happy to send you the Axe Billy Grill and Sports Bar happy hour menu for your preview and the 'Starter of the Month,' a quote or idea on a timely, fun, and thought-provoking theme that may be used as a conversation starter. Don’t miss out; sign up today!

 

March 2018 Courses and Activities

Featured In March
Tuesday, March 27, Noon–1:30 p.m.

This Oregon Humanities Conversation Project presentation will be open to the public, so tell everyone about it and bring friends.

The question of what makes life meaningful has occupied human thinking for thousands of years. Religious leaders, philosophers, and scientists have pondered and offered an array of answers that are as profound, enigmatic, and rich as the question itself. Are we sparks of divine creation, or simply meaning-making creatures, or genes replicating themselves for no other purpose than adapting to our natural environment?

Presenter/facilitators for this discussion are Prakash Chenjeri and Fred Grewe. Chenjeri is a professor of philosophy, chair of the Philosophy Program and co-director of the Democracy Project at Southern Oregon University. While he teaches a variety of courses in philosophy and the Honors College, his primary research interests are political philosophy, scientific literacy and democracy, topics in philosophy of science, and issues in science and religion. Grewe is a board certified chaplain of the Association of Professional Chaplains with a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. He is an ordained United Church of Christ minister working for Providence Hospice in Medford, Oregon. Fred’s book, What the Dying Have Taught Me about Living: The Awful Amazing Grace of God, was recently published by Pilgrim Press.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.

Lectures
Wednesday, March 7 and 21, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Keli Yen will connect with us from Sweden where she works as Convenor of Global Greens, the organization of Green political parties and movements around the world. She will contribute her perspective in our OLLI discussion on climate change, environmental regulations and clean technologies in Europe. Keli has invited Roger Persson to join the call. Roger is a Swedish politician working on public health and wellbeing, sustainable transport, waste management systems and ecological economics.

We will hear some inspiring examples of European environmental regulations, clean technologies and actions taken to tackle climate change; and Keli will invite our questions and ideas for individual and collective actions supporting further progress.

The Global Greens support collaboration among the 100 Green parties around the world, among their four regional federations in Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas, and among Greens elected at every level of government - from the local level in villages and school boards, to city councils, to parliaments at the national and regional levels like the European Union, and in the United Nations. At each level the Greens are united by their shared values of participatory democracy, nonviolence, respect for diversity, ecological wisdom, sustainability and social justice. The topic for the March 21 International Relations is to be announced.

About This Group

Focus: International affairs, history, current global developments and U.S. foreign policy.

Meets: On first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Bill Taliaferro and Randall Donohue

Members learn through presentations and discussions on topics connected with geo-politics, international business, global cultures, trade, the environment, and America’s place in the world. The facilitator maintains an email list for distribution of presenters’ materials, links to websites, videos and readings prior to the sessions. Recent topics have included: What about the Kurds?; Scrambling for Positions in the Arctic; Tensions in the South China Sea; Refugees and Immigration; and the Transpacific Partnership (TPP).

Wednesday, March 7, 2:00–3:30 p.m.

In this presentation, Guy Di Torrice, the "Fossil Guy," will discuss how tons of Oregon fossils found their way to the American Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC through the efforts of a young man from Lincoln City, Doug Emlong. Di Torrice is an Oregon resident and fossil-hunting rock hound who spoke with OLLI members in January about an excavation in eastern Oregon.

Tuesday, March 13, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

This presentation by Beyond War Northwest integrates information from the fields of psychology, history, political science, conflict resolution and communications to offer community members a roadmap to help them, and our nation, face conflicts without resorting to violence or war. Presenters Kara Steffensen, executive director, and Dr. Martin Jones, board member, will consider recent discoveries in brain science and what the science tells us about normal individual human reactions under stress and fear, and how these patterns of reactive behavior are extended to group behavior and national trends.

The current societal fear-based thinking, in an international context with nuclear arsenals, is a perilous way to solve human problems in a complex, interdependent world, Steffensen contends. She and Jones will discuss three guiding principles to help us address local, national and global conflicts, as well as practical steps to begin changing our own behaviors to help create a more peaceful world, reduce political polarization and decrease society's acceptance of the inevitability of war.

Steffensen has been active in peace work in Eugene since 2003 and works as a Spanish/English interpreter. She grew up in Springfield and worked for various environmental organizations in Central America for a decade before returning to Eugene. Jones is a Eugene internist who has been active in social justice, peace and health issues for many years. He was instrumental in restarting Beyond War in 2002 and in creating the DVD Building a World beyond War: A Roadmap for Citizens.

Tuesday, March 20, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Food transcends most misconceptions that humans have about each other, outside of their own cultural, economic and racial community, according to presenter Martha Rutherford. Through examining foods and how they have changed perceptions of other peoples, we can begin to understand how this planet has been populated. Through eating together and understanding how and from where our feed sources originate, we can begin the understanding that we are all simply human.

Rutherford recently moved to Eugene and is also a new member of OLLI-UO. She is a retired chef, restaurant owner and cooking teacher, and she is a believer in the power of food to cross all cultural boundaries and bring together people who otherwise would never even speak to one another. She finds the transit of foods across the globe and their deep meaning to ritual and life profoundly interesting.

Masterpieces in Peril (Rescheduled)
Wednesday, March 28, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Due to instructor unavailablity, this event was rescheduled for Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m.

What do a meat cleaver, a jar of acid, an ax, a butcher knife, and a sawn-off shotgun have in common? They have all been used to damage or destroy some of the world’s most famous and beloved works of art.

From Leonardo to Van Gogh, from Rembrandt to Picasso, paintings and sculptures around the world have been slashed, smashed, and shot by deranged and disgruntled visitors at even the best protected museums.

Join us for an examination of the damage to and the restoration of ten masterpieces in peril. Presented by OLLI member Helene-Carol Brown.

Courses
Tuesday, March 6, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

About This Course

Focus: To present outstanding introductory college-level DVD science courses, and to enjoy the opportunity to share and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures.

Meets: The first, third and fifth Tuesdays at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitators: Barbara Nagai and Mike Rose

The lectures are only mildly cumulative in nature, and if you are occasionally unable to attend, this fact should not impede your enjoyment of the course. Decisions concerning specific course subjects are made by a majority vote of the group. Emphasis is placed on the natural and the formal sciences, but consideration is also given to a broader perspective that includes the philosophy of science, and the social, behavioral, and applied sciences.

Monday, March 5 and 19, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

For discussion: Avalon (1990)

PG 128 MINS

Cast: Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, Leo Fuchs, LouJacobi, Joan Plowright, Eve Gordon, Kevin Pollak At the beginning of the 20th Century, a Polish-Jewish family comes to the USA to try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land.

About This Course

Focus: Promoting the appreciation and discussion of theatrical films. Themes for a ten-twelve film series are selected by the facilitator team several times a year. The sessions include an introduction, screening and discussion.

Meets: First and third Mondays, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Craig Starr, with John Attig, Howard Schuman, Susan and Andy Walcott

Monday, March 12 and 26, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

In these sessions, David Kolb will lead an extemporaneous discussion of the relation between Greek and modern theories of the atom. How it can be that the Greek atomists got the big picture right while getting all the details wrong? Why are modern atomic theories perhaps closer to Aristotle? The basic issue is the status of potentiality and dispositions, which leads the huge debate today about how to relate everyday conceptions of human activity, freedom and responsibility to the results of current science.

About This Course

Focus: A peer-led exploration of philosophers and philosophy. Each session features either a presentation by a group member, or a recorded lecture, followed by discussion

Meets: The second and fourth Monday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Henry Sholar

Facilitators: Byron Chell, Dennis Lawrence, and Lorraine Ironplow.

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: Developing communicative competence in Italian. Some knowledge of Italian is assumed. This is a study group led by a facilitator.

Meets: Weekly on Thursdays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Faciliator: Lee Altschuler

This study group will consider the diverse geography, history, traditions, music, famous personalities and local products of Italy's 20 regions. English-language videos and the Geografia d'Italia per Stranieri textbook will be use to learn about each region. For participants lacking knowledge of Italian we'll translate textbook passages to make the book accessible to them. For those interested in the Italian language, the course is an opportunity to share or improve their Italian language knowledge.

Study and Discussion Groups
Thursday, March 1 and 15, 9:30–11:00 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Writing and speaking your inspiration and craft.

Meets: The third Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Charles Castle

Members share poems they have written, provide each other with supportive feedback, and delve into their own creative process in a like-minded group. All voices and levels of experience welcomed. Come as you are. Prompts are provided if wanted. Opportunities for reading in front of an audience discussed.

Thursday, March 1 and 15, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

This session's topic: The Israeli Palestinian Problem

About This Group

Focus: An informal discussion group devoted to the exchange of views on contemporary social issues and problems confronting the nation, state and local community.

Meets: The first and third Thursdays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. People are welcome to bring their lunches.

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Facilitator: Jerry Brule

Thinking Aloud is a participatory round table discussion group where all can contribute their knowledge and opinions toward making broad, complex issues more understandable to everyone. The subject areas are selected by the participants, with a write up about the specific topic for each session emailed a few days in advance to permit personal thought and investigation. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Thursday, March 1 and 15, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Reading a variety of short stories and discussing them as a group.

Meets: First and third Thursday of each month at 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Shiela Pardee

Short story anthologies are generally used as a source of each term’s readings; additional selections may be provided by the facilitator.

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Speaking Spanish informally. Basic knowledge.

Meets: Weekly on Thursdays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Stan Cook

One person volunteers to facilitate the meeting, and everyone contributes readings or topics for conversation in Español. Some of us speak Español rather well, and want to practice it weekly. Others are very rusty, but get more fluent as they keep trying.

Monday, March 5, 19, and 26, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Sharing the process of writing and publication of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoirs. Writers of all levels of experience and all genres are welcome.

Meets: The first and third Mondays of each month from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Livvie Taylor-Young

If you love to write, are a would-be author, or are simply seeking a new outlet for your creativity, you are cordially invited to join OLLI's Creative Writing group. We are authors, columnists, essayists, poets and non-fiction and fiction writers of all genres. Our levels of experience range from those with multiple publication credits to those just wanting to try their hand. Everyone is welcome.

We meet to encourage our creativity-in-common and to exchange ideas and information…but our main focus is the sharing of our work. This includes both reading our own and listening to other's projects-of-choice (at any stage from rough draft to completed masterpiece) as well as offering and accepting constructive, objective critiquing, ideas and suggestions.

Since the written word often has a different feel than the spoken word…and since some of us just plain have trouble hearing…it would be extremely helpful if you'd bring several hard copies of what you plan to read.

Mondays, noon–1:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The hour starts with a 20-minute book discussion followed by 30 minutes of silent or guided meditation. The session ends allows for a few minutes of discussion afterwards. Additional articles, podcasts, authors, and internet sites are often shared or recommended for those who care to extend their understanding and deepen their practice.

Meets: Every Monday at noon–1:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Janice Friend

Mondays, 12:15–1:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Beginning level Spanish course; no basic knowledge required

Meets: Weekly on Mondays at 12:15–1:30 p.m.

Facilitator/Teacher: Sara Michener

Beginning Spanish is open to all, whether you know nothing beyond "hola" for "hello" or if you're quite good at Spanish but the time slot suits you. We speak in Spanish as much as possible. I like to use kids’ books to practice reading. Come and check it out.

Mondays, 3:15–4:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning and improving our French through grammar, conversations, readings and discussions.

Meets: Weekly on Mondays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Elaine deMartin Webster

In the first half hour we have a session of grammar targeting an intermediate level of French. In the second half hour we have a conversation class with intermediate levels and advanced levels together and in the third half hour we target an advanced level of French where we read an article or discuss ideas or topics of interest to French language and culture.

Tuesday, March 6, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of the art of opera.

Meets: First Tuesday of the month, September–June at 11:45–1:15 p.m.

Facilitator: Phyllis Villec

We follow a casual format that includes discussion of opera performances that people have heard, PowerPoint previews of live operas that will be performed in Eugene and other Oregon cities, and previews of the Metropolitan Opera live HDTV performances. Occasionally there is a guest speaker or singer.

Wednesday, March 7 and 21, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The interpretive reading of plays, usually accompanied by some discussion of a play's merits, information about its author, or other related matters.

Meets: First and third Wednesdays of each month from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Jack Bennett and Iona Waller

Members of the group take turns selecting plays to be read. The person making the selection becomes the "director" and casts it from members present. Character changes are made as necessary to make sure that all present get a chance to read.

Thursday, March 8 and 22, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning through a lively exchange of views on recent local, national, and world news.

Meets: The second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Rotated among a team of volunteers.

A team of volunteers suggest about dozen recent news stories for discussion, in the areas of international, domestic and local. The group and moderators work together to determine what will be discussed. Participants are diverse in their experiences and interests, and they read and watch a wide range of news sources. No additional preparation is necessary. It's OK to disagree with the views of the other participants—but not to be disagreeable.

Monday, March 12 and 26, 11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

This session's topic: Slavery

About This Group

Focus: Focusing on some of the most critical problems in the world, this group takes the next step through study and discussion to identify and propose possible solutions to the problems.

Meets: Second and fourth Monday of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (People are welcome to bring their lunches.)

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Facilitator: Jerry Brule

Generally, each session begins with 15–20 minutes of internet videos introducing the topic while generating questions and talking points for discussion. The topic for each session is emailed a few days in advance of that meeting so participants can familiarize themselves with the topic. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Wednesday, March 14, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Selection: All the Presidents' Bankers by Nomi Prins (Nonfiction)

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of historical novels and nonfiction.

Meets: The second Wednesdays of each month at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Joyce Churchill

If you would like to brush up on history and enjoy a good story along the way, join us twice a month for some very lively discussions of the books by a group of thoughtful and insightful men and women. Expect diverse opinions—we'll welcome your insights too!

Titles are selected by group vote every six months and each book (or author) is discussed over two meetings.

Tuesday, March 27, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Meeting time adjusted for March to allow members to attend the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of classic novels and works of philosophy, political theory, religion or sociology.

Meets: The first Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Sheila Patterson

This group meets once a month for approximately two hours to discuss the book selection of the month. We also briefly review the author’s biography and how he or she came to author the book. We alternate between classic fiction (fifty years old or older) and classic non-fiction (also at least fifty years old). Many of the non-fiction selections have philosophical themes. We choose books for the coming year in May and June.

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events
Wednesday, March 14, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Once again, join your OLLI-UO friends, old and new, at the second OLLI Meet and Greet of 2018 at the Downtown Athletic Club starting at 2:00 p.m. Order a beverage and a bite to eat, if you wish, or just join in the conversation and fun of being together.

If you plan to attend, please register for this month with Antonia Lewis. There is no charge for the room, but due to seating, attendance will be limited to 30. Check out the Ax Billy Grill and Sports Bar happy hour menu for this no host event. (Ask Antonia for a copy when you register.) Don’t miss out; sign up today!

 

April 2018 Courses and Activities

Featured In April
Monday, April 23, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Circle the date and time on your calendar and get ready for a fun "Kick-Off Celebration" commemorating our Silver Anniversary. This free event will be held in the big lecture room on our "birthday." Prepare to enjoy a history-tracing, “memory lane” slide show assembled by Earl Hain, along with recognition of past Earl Hain Award recipients. This service award, named for the founding member and first Council President, was established by a fellow founder Paul Holbo. Guest speaker for the event will be Jim Earl, academic director of the Insight Seminars, who will give a talk, "Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate, Really?" Hint: it's not about the music or his singing voice.

The next mega-attraction will be the premiere of the "My OLLI Story" video, a production involving members at both OLLI-UO program sites. George Kaufman will follow with a few fun contribution suggestions, from a "six-word memoir" or limerick to something bankable. We are also looking for a loan-able work of art that you have done, to be displayed at OLLI for the period of time you specify (one month? Until mid-December?). The event will wrap-up with an overview of Coming Events throughout the year such as special speakers from the Oregon Humanities' Conversation Project, along with ideas of how you can help support OLLI-UO in this anniversary year and for a sustainable future.

Lectures
Tuesday, April 3, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Past, present and future contributions of timber production and forest conservation to Oregon’s economy will be topics in this presentation by Ernie Niemi. The presentation will center around a key concept from the Oregon Board of Forestry’s mission statement: to “promote environmentally, economically and socially sustainable management of Oregon’s […] public and private forests” and will draw information from academic, government and private researchers.

Niemi will view the issue through the lens of various aspects of sustainable management: value of goods and services (timber, water, carbon storage, salmon)) derived from Oregon’s forests; jobs and income for Oregon’s workers; climate change; and community stability and economic growth. Rather than promote either logging or conservation, Niemi says he will present relative strengths of each side and let the audience "decide what different forest-management decisions mean for them and for future generations."

Niemi is president of Natural Resource Economics consulting firm in Eugene and has worked on forest- and water-management issues throughout the Pacific Northwest. He led a team that described the potential costs climate change will impose on Oregon, Washington, Lebanon, and parts of East Africa. Previously, he worked as an economist for Douglas Timber Operators and later for ECONorthwest.

Wednesday, April 4, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Validation is a method of communicating with and helping disoriented very old people, a way to help reduce stress, enhance dignity and increase happiness. Validation is built on an attitude of empathy toward and a holistic view of individuals. Through empathy, caregivers can begin to understand the meaning of what sometimes seems like bizarre behavior.

Validation theory explains that many very old, disoriented people, who are often diagnosed as having Alzheimer type dementia, are in the final stage of life, trying to resolve unfinished issues in order to die in peace. Using Validation techniques we offer disoriented elderly an opportunity to express what they wish to express whether it is verbal or non-verbal communication. When disoriented elderly can express the things that have often been suppressed for many years, the intensity of the feelings lessen, people communicate more and are less likely to withdraw into further stages of disorientation.

Presenter Naomi Feil, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., is the developer of Validation.

After graduating with a Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York, she began working with the elderly. Between 1963 and 1980 she developed Validation as a response to her dissatisfaction with traditional methods of working with the severely disoriented old-old people who were her clients.

Wednesday, April 11, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Healthcare management consultant and OLLI member Dan Reece will discuss changes happening in Oregon's healthcare delivery system, focusing on forces impacting that system and healthcare's triple aim and core improvement strategies. In addition, he will explore Oregon’s Coordinated Care Model (CCM) and an early local example as well as Coordinated Care Organizations' (CCO) structure and operating principles, with discussion of the relevance of CCM and CCO for all payers and all patients.

Reece is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who held management positions at PeaceHealth for more than 30 years. He has served as a consultant for the Oregon Health Authority's Transformation Center, focusing on integrated care. He also consulted with CCOs and provider organizations throughout rural and urban regions of the state regarding integrated care strategies. He serves on the faculty for the Council of Clinical Innovators Fellowship Program. He is a board member for Volunteers in Medicine in Springfield and is a former board member of the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon.

Wednesday, April 4, 9:30–11:30 a.m.—Talking Turkey
Wednesday, April 18, 9:30–11:30 a.m.—Russia, Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Talking Turkey

With Turkey in the news, retired Foreign Service Officer Larry Mandel will be discussing Turkey’s historical and regional role, why Turkey is important to the U.S. and the West, how we got to this point in our relations with Turkey, especially with respect to Syria and the Middle East. Presenter Larry Mandel will talk with us via video conference.

Lawrence (Larry) Mandel retired in 2016 after 32 years as a Foreign Service Officer in the State Department. Most recently he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Larry also served in Jordan, Indonesia, Israel, Hungary, Japan, the UK, and Russia, as well as several assignments in Washington, D.C. Before joining the State Department, Larry was an attorney in Massachusetts, and before that worked as a retail executive for a chain of stores in Chicago. He holds a B.A. from American University in Washington, DC, and earned his J.D. at Northeastern University in Boston.

Russia, Eastern Europe and the Balkans

We know that Russia is meddling in the elections of the U.S. and Western Europe; imagine what it must be like to have Russia as a nearby neighbor. Michael Kirby, an expert in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, will share his perspective on Russia’s activities in the region.

Ambassador Kirby served in the U.S. Department of State from 1979 to 2016. His wide-ranging assignments included Guyana, Denmark, Tanzania, Germany, Poland, Korea, and Washington, D.C. President George W. Bush appointed Kirby as Ambassador to Moldova in 2006, and in 2012 President Barack Obama appointed him Ambassador to Serbia. Michael will join us via video conference.

About This Group

Focus: International affairs, history, current global developments and U.S. foreign policy.

Meets: On first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Bill Taliaferro and Randall Donohue

Members learn through presentations and discussions on topics connected with geo-politics, international business, global cultures, trade, the environment, and America’s place in the world. The facilitator maintains an email list for distribution of presenters’ materials, links to websites, videos and readings prior to the sessions. Recent topics have included: What about the Kurds?; Scrambling for Positions in the Arctic; Tensions in the South China Sea; Refugees and Immigration; and the Transpacific Partnership (TPP).

Courses
Monday, April 2 and 23, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Course

Focus: A peer-led exploration of philosophers and philosophy. Each session features either a presentation by a group member, or a recorded lecture, followed by discussion

Meets: The second and fourth Monday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Henry Sholar

Facilitators: Byron Chell, Dennis Lawrence, and Lorraine Ironplow.

Monday, April 2 and 16, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: Promoting the appreciation and discussion of theatrical films. Themes for a ten-twelve film series are selected by the facilitator team several times a year. The sessions include an introduction, screening and discussion.

Meets: First and third Mondays, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Craig Starr, with John Attig, Howard Schuman, Susan and Andy Walcott

Mondays, noon–1:30 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: The hour starts with a 20-minute book discussion followed by 30 minutes of silent or guided meditation. The session ends allows for a few minutes of discussion afterwards. Additional articles, podcasts, authors, and internet sites are often shared or recommended for those who care to extend their understanding and deepen their practice.

Meets: Every Monday at noon–1:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Janice Friend

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: Developing communicative competence in Italian. Some knowledge of Italian is assumed. This is a study group led by a facilitator.

Meets: Weekly on Thursdays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Faciliator: Lee Altschuler

This study group will consider the diverse geography, history, traditions, music, famous personalities and local products of Italy's 20 regions. English-language videos and the Geografia d'Italia per Stranieri textbook will be use to learn about each region. For participants lacking knowledge of Italian we'll translate textbook passages to make the book accessible to them. For those interested in the Italian language, the course is an opportunity to share or improve their Italian language knowledge.

Tuesday, April 3 and 17, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

About This Course

Focus: To present outstanding introductory college-level DVD science courses, and to enjoy the opportunity to share and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures.

Meets: The first, third and fifth Tuesdays at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitators: Barbara Nagai and Mike Rose

The lectures are only mildly cumulative in nature, and if you are occasionally unable to attend, this fact should not impede your enjoyment of the course. Decisions concerning specific course subjects are made by a majority vote of the group. Emphasis is placed on the natural and the formal sciences, but consideration is also given to a broader perspective that includes the philosophy of science, and the social, behavioral, and applied sciences.

Tuesdays, April 10, 24, May 8, 22, and June 12, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Join OLLI member and former piano instructor Phyllis Villec in a series of five DVD award-winning film presentations of historic Van Cliburn International Piano Competitions.

Virtuosity searches for the musical souls of the most gifted young pianists on the planet as they try to make a name for themselves at the Van Cliburn Piano Competitions. The pressure on these young performers is overwhelming, because the stakes are so high: prize money, concert bookings, a recording contract, a career.

At the heart of these stories is the courage it takes for a 20-year-old to go onstage alone before 2,000 people, and hundreds of thousands more online, and play a unique interpretation of one of the most difficult pieces ever written for the piano. The Competition requires not only a transcendent musical ability, but also a mental toughness that must sustain the soloist through three straight weeks of performance. The Cliburn becomes as much a test of character as a musical proving ground. These films show the full aspect of the competitions in terms of musical performances, interpersonal relationships, and the offstage drama of the competitors. Phyllis will lead OLLI participants in discussions during and after the film presentations.

Study and Discussion Groups
Monday, April 2, and 16, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Sharing the process of writing and publication of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoirs. Writers of all levels of experience and all genres are welcome.

Meets: The first and third Mondays of each month from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Livvie Taylor-Young

If you love to write, are a would-be author, or are simply seeking a new outlet for your creativity, you are cordially invited to join OLLI's Creative Writing group. We are authors, columnists, essayists, poets and non-fiction and fiction writers of all genres. Our levels of experience range from those with multiple publication credits to those just wanting to try their hand. Everyone is welcome.

We meet to encourage our creativity-in-common and to exchange ideas and information…but our main focus is the sharing of our work. This includes both reading our own and listening to other's projects-of-choice (at any stage from rough draft to completed masterpiece) as well as offering and accepting constructive, objective critiquing, ideas and suggestions.

Since the written word often has a different feel than the spoken word…and since some of us just plain have trouble hearing…it would be extremely helpful if you'd bring several hard copies of what you plan to read.

Mondays, 12:15–1:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Beginning level Spanish course; no basic knowledge required

Meets: Weekly on Mondays at 12:15–1:30 p.m.

Facilitator/Teacher: Sara Michener

Beginning Spanish is open to all, whether you know nothing beyond "hola" for "hello" or if you're quite good at Spanish but the time slot suits you. We speak in Spanish as much as possible. I like to use kids’ books to practice reading. Come and check it out.

Mondays, 3:15–4:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning and improving our French through grammar, conversations, readings and discussions.

Meets: Weekly on Mondays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Elaine deMartin Webster

In the first half hour we have a session of grammar targeting an intermediate level of French. In the second half hour we have a conversation class with intermediate levels and advanced levels together and in the third half hour we target an advanced level of French where we read an article or discuss ideas or topics of interest to French language and culture.

Tuesday, April 3, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of the art of opera.

Meets: First Tuesday of the month, September–June at 11:45–1:15 p.m.

Facilitator: Phyllis Villec

We follow a casual format that includes discussion of opera performances that people have heard, PowerPoint previews of live operas that will be performed in Eugene and other Oregon cities, and previews of the Metropolitan Opera live HDTV performances. Occasionally there is a guest speaker or singer.

Monday, April 3 and 23, 11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Focusing on some of the most critical problems in the world, this group takes the next step through study and discussion to identify and propose possible solutions to the problems.

Meets: Second and fourth Monday of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (People are welcome to bring their lunches.)

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Facilitator: Jerry Brule

Generally, each session begins with 15–20 minutes of internet videos introducing the topic while generating questions and talking points for discussion. The topic for each session is emailed a few days in advance of that meeting so participants can familiarize themselves with the topic. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Wednesday, April 4 and 18, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The interpretive reading of plays, usually accompanied by some discussion of a play's merits, information about its author, or other related matters.

Meets: First and third Wednesdays of each month from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Jack Bennett and Iona Waller

Members of the group take turns selecting plays to be read. The person making the selection becomes the "director" and casts it from members present. Character changes are made as necessary to make sure that all present get a chance to read.

Thursday, April 5 and 19, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: An informal discussion group devoted to the exchange of views on contemporary social issues and problems confronting the nation, state and local community.

Meets: The first and third Thursdays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. People are welcome to bring their lunches.

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Facilitator: Jerry Brule

Thinking Aloud is a participatory round table discussion group where all can contribute their knowledge and opinions toward making broad, complex issues more understandable to everyone. The subject areas are selected by the participants, with a write up about the specific topic for each session emailed a few days in advance to permit personal thought and investigation. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Thursday, April 5 and 19, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Reading a variety of short stories and discussing them as a group.

Meets: First and third Thursday of each month at 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Shiela Pardee

Short story anthologies are generally used as a source of each term’s readings; additional selections may be provided by the facilitator.

Tuesday, April 5, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of classic novels and works of philosophy, political theory, religion or sociology.

Meets: The first Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Sheila Patterson

This group meets once a month for approximately two hours to discuss the book selection of the month. We also briefly review the author’s biography and how he or she came to author the book. We alternate between classic fiction (fifty years old or older) and classic non-fiction (also at least fifty years old). Many of the non-fiction selections have philosophical themes. We choose books for the coming year in May and June.

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Speaking Spanish informally. Basic knowledge.

Meets: Weekly on Thursdays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Stan Cook

One person volunteers to facilitate the meeting, and everyone contributes readings or topics for conversation in Español. Some of us speak Español rather well, and want to practice it weekly. Others are very rusty, but get more fluent as they keep trying.

Wednesday, April 11, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of historical novels and nonfiction.

Meets: The second Wednesdays of each month at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Joyce Churchill

If you would like to brush up on history and enjoy a good story along the way, join us twice a month for some very lively discussions of the books by a group of thoughtful and insightful men and women. Expect diverse opinions—we'll welcome your insights too!

Titles are selected by group vote every six months and each book (or author) is discussed over two meetings.

Thursday, April 12 and 26, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning through a lively exchange of views on recent local, national, and world news.

Meets: The second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Rotated among a team of volunteers.

A team of volunteers suggest about dozen recent news stories for discussion, in the areas of international, domestic and local. The group and moderators work together to determine what will be discussed. Participants are diverse in their experiences and interests, and they read and watch a wide range of news sources. No additional preparation is necessary. It's OK to disagree with the views of the other participants—but not to be disagreeable.

Thursday, April 19, 9:30–11:00 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Writing and speaking your inspiration and craft.

Meets: The third Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Charles Castle

Members share poems they have written, provide each other with supportive feedback, and delve into their own creative process in a like-minded group. All voices and levels of experience welcomed. Come as you are. Prompts are provided if wanted. Opportunities for reading in front of an audience discussed.

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events
Monday, April 30, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Have you wondered about how and why the Delta Ponds project, near the Valley River Center, was started? How long did the project take to be completed? Who paid for the project?

Lauri Holts, a City of Eugene ecologist, will lead a tour along the Willamette River and will explain the Delta Ponds project goals, the various agencies that supported the project, and benefits provided to the community for recreation and education. She will discuss the benefits to wildlife, the trees and shrubs that were planted, and the challenges in managing the area.

Lauri Holts has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Marine Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has worked for the City of Eugene since 2003 and has been the lead manager for habitat enhancement, and fish and wildlife monitoring on the Delta Ponds project.

If interested in taking the tour, sign up early since the group will be limited to 20 OLLI members. We will meet and park at the northwest corner of the Valley River Center parking lot at 1:20 p.m. A map of the area will be available in the OLLI office when you register. Registration will open on Monday, April 2 at the OLLI office or online at the Osher LLI website.

Bring comfortable walking shoes, rain jacket, and water. The walk will be approximately two miles on a level path and should be completed in two hours. Visit the City of Eugene website for an overview of the Delta Ponds project.

 

May 2018 Courses and Activities

Featured In May
Wednesday, May 30, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Not long ago, researchers were dumfounded to find that schoolbooks dedicated more ink to the changing lengths of women’s skirts than to the entire history of the suffrage movement. And today, while women comprise one-third of the US Supreme Court and outnumber men in college and graduate schools, fewer than one per cent of Americans know how many women serve in Congress or other noteworthy positions. Why is popular culture surprised by the impact of women’s work? And worse still, why are people still shocked to discover the well-hidden realities of gender bias, harassment, intimidation and assault? And how is all this intertwined?

This timely presentation features a panel of knowledgeable persons who will address those questions from a variety of personal and professional perspectives, followed by an open forum. OLLI member Olivia Taylor-Young, a former hospital public relations director, will moderate the panel. Panelists are Betty Wood, who was Life Technologies’ quality assurance manager for 17 years: Florence Ledwitz-Rigby, PhD, former women and gender relations advisor to the president of University of British Columbia and affirmative action director at University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire: Karen Lee, a retired psychotherapist and clinical social work educator at UCLA; and Christine Mallette, recently retired executive director of the Illinois Valley Safehouse Alliance.

Equally important participants, however, will be OLLI women themselves. Since #MeToo’s strength and success comes from the sharing of experiences and finding one isn't alone, those in the audience will be invited (if they choose) to impart their personal stories in a safe, supportive environment.

Lectures
Wednesday, May 2, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Dr. Scott Fisher, director of Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO) and UO Department of Physics faculty member, will discuss his plans to bring "cutting-edge observational astronomy" to Oregon. Part of his vision includes astronomy education, research and public outreach in his role as staff scientist at a modern, large-aperture telescope. He also will discuss the PMO and the UO Remote Observatory Control Center, a planned on-campus center that will enable astro-interested community members to observe and take part in research being conducted at PMO. His presentation will include images and videos and is appropriate for all levels of astronomy knowledge.

Dr. Fisher teaches introductory-level astronomy courses and is the physics department’s undergraduate studies director. Previously he worked at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC and the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii.

Wednesday, May 9, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

In this lecture Dr. Brett Rushforth, Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon, will discuss the emergence of the First French Empire, surveying the connected histories of France, the Americas, and West Africa from the fifteenth century through Haitian independence. In 1804, when Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France, he declared that he was building the First French Empire. But he knew that there had already been 400 years of French colonial expansion into Africa and the Americas, centered on the destructive but highly profitable sugar plantations of the Caribbean and fueled by a cruel slave trade of captive Africans. In fact, it was the loss of that first empire in the Haitian Revolution that led Napoleon to sell Louisiana to the United States, abandon attempts to retake Canada, and pivot his empire toward Europe and North Africa. However much he denied it, Napoleon built his imperial ambitions on the wealth, institutions, and knowledge of the previous four centuries.

The lecture is based on a book Rushforth is writing with co-author, Christopher Hodson, that has taken them to more than 40 archives in France, England, Canada, Martinique and Malta. That book, which will be published next year by Oxford University Press, will be the first comprehensive history of the French Empire before Napoleon. Before joining the UO faculty, Rushforth taught for a decade at the College of William and Mary and was senior academic staff at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. From 2012 to 2017, he was the book review editor of The William and Mary Quarterly.

Tuesday, May 15, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

OLLI member Annette Rose will discuss a trip she and husband Mike Rose took to Ethiopia in 2012 with the Children of Ethiopia Education Fund, a charitable organization helping poor and disadvantaged Ethiopian girls receive a good early education. They visited six schools, speaking with the children and distributing educational material. Capping the experience, they met Salem, the girl they sponsored. They also experienced the Ethiopian culture, both ancient and modern, traveling north to view the incredible rock churches of Lalibela, to Aksum where the Ark of the Covenant resides, and the historic city of Yeha. Traveling south through Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley, they also observed wildlife near Lake Awasa.

Annette Rose joined OLLI in 2009, when she and Mike emigrated from Utah. There she was active in planning events for International Women’s Day and Hiroshima Day. In Eugene, she has enjoyed giving presentations of their travels to OLLI and other groups.

Wednesday, May 16, 12:00–1:30 p.m.

Recent revelations about government surveillance, including Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents, have renewed worldwide attention to questions around privacy. Why is privacy important? What are the uses of surveillance? What are the dangers? Independent scholar and writer Kristian Williams will lead participants in a conversation about the scope and consequences of government surveillance, as well as ethical and legal limits of surveillance practices. OLLI-UO is pleased to host this lecture from the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project series. This event is open to the public and members are welcome to invite their friends.

Williams has studied state surveillance for almost 20 years, writing as both a scholar and a journalist. He is the author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America; American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination; and Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy. He is one of the editors of Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency, as well as an occasional contributor to Counterpunch, Toward Freedom, and In These Times.

Wednesday, May 23, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Every American is co-owner of the most magnificent estate in the world—our federal public forests, grazing lands, monuments, national parks, wildlife refuges and other public places that have been called America’s best idea. For decades, the idea of federal public lands has been under increasing attack by those ideologically opposed or with vested economic interests, including armed acts that the government has proved stunningly unsuccessful at prosecuting in federal courts.

One such incident was the 2016 takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. Armed militants seized the Refuge headquarters for 41 days, and occupied the county’s community for three months. Militants pledged to give “back” the land to unnamed “rightful owners” in an effort to enact a fringe interpretation of the U.S. Constitution in which the federal government has almost no right to own and manage land anywhere outside Washington DC.

In this presentation, UO professor Peter Walker will explore this momentous struggle. Drawing on two years of intensive field work, Walker’s forthcoming book Sagebrush Collaboration (Oregon State University Press) shows that whereas federal courts failed to stop this growing movement, the ordinary citizens of Harney County successfully pushed back against the militia takeover and stopped what the militant occupiers intended to be the launch of a second American revolution. Walker’s talk previews the book’s summer release.

Walker received his PhD in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997, and has served since then as a faculty member in the UO Geography Department and Environmental Studies Program.

Courses
Monday, May 14, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Course

Focus: A peer-led exploration of philosophers and philosophy. Each session features either a presentation by a group member, or a recorded lecture, followed by discussion

Meets: The second and fourth Monday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Henry Sholar

Facilitators: Byron Chell, Dennis Lawrence, and Lorraine Ironplow.

Monday, May 7 and 21, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: Promoting the appreciation and discussion of theatrical films. Themes for a ten-twelve film series are selected by the facilitator team several times a year. The sessions include an introduction, screening and discussion.

Meets: First and third Mondays, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Craig Starr, with John Attig, Howard Schuman, Susan and Andy Walcott

Mondays, noon–1:30 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: The hour starts with a 20-minute book discussion followed by 30 minutes of silent or guided meditation. The session ends allows for a few minutes of discussion afterwards. Additional articles, podcasts, authors, and internet sites are often shared or recommended for those who care to extend their understanding and deepen their practice.

Meets: Every Monday at noon–1:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Janice Friend

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: Developing communicative competence in Italian. Some knowledge of Italian is assumed. This is a study group led by a facilitator.

Meets: Weekly on Thursdays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Faciliator: Lee Altschuler

This study group will consider the diverse geography, history, traditions, music, famous personalities and local products of Italy's 20 regions. English-language videos and the Geografia d'Italia per Stranieri textbook will be use to learn about each region. For participants lacking knowledge of Italian we'll translate textbook passages to make the book accessible to them. For those interested in the Italian language, the course is an opportunity to share or improve their Italian language knowledge.

Tuesday, May 1, 15, and 29, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

About This Course

Focus: To present outstanding introductory college-level DVD science courses, and to enjoy the opportunity to share and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures.

Meets: The first, third and fifth Tuesdays at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitators: Barbara Nagai and Mike Rose

The lectures are only mildly cumulative in nature, and if you are occasionally unable to attend, this fact should not impede your enjoyment of the course. Decisions concerning specific course subjects are made by a majority vote of the group. Emphasis is placed on the natural and the formal sciences, but consideration is also given to a broader perspective that includes the philosophy of science, and the social, behavioral, and applied sciences.

Tuesdays, April 10, 24, May 8, and 22, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Join OLLI member and former piano instructor Phyllis Villec in a series of five DVD award-winning film presentations of historic Van Cliburn International Piano Competitions.

Virtuosity searches for the musical souls of the most gifted young pianists on the planet as they try to make a name for themselves at the Van Cliburn Piano Competitions. The pressure on these young performers is overwhelming, because the stakes are so high: prize money, concert bookings, a recording contract, a career.

At the heart of these stories is the courage it takes for a 20-year-old to go onstage alone before 2,000 people, and hundreds of thousands more online, and play a unique interpretation of one of the most difficult pieces ever written for the piano. The Competition requires not only a transcendent musical ability, but also a mental toughness that must sustain the soloist through three straight weeks of performance. The Cliburn becomes as much a test of character as a musical proving ground. These films show the full aspect of the competitions in terms of musical performances, interpersonal relationships, and the offstage drama of the competitors. Phyllis will lead OLLI participants in discussions during and after the film presentations.

Study and Discussion Groups
Monday, May 7 and 21, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Sharing the process of writing and publication of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoirs. Writers of all levels of experience and all genres are welcome.

Meets: The first and third Mondays of each month from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Livvie Taylor-Young

If you love to write, are a would-be author, or are simply seeking a new outlet for your creativity, you are cordially invited to join OLLI's Creative Writing group. We are authors, columnists, essayists, poets and non-fiction and fiction writers of all genres. Our levels of experience range from those with multiple publication credits to those just wanting to try their hand. Everyone is welcome.

We meet to encourage our creativity-in-common and to exchange ideas and information…but our main focus is the sharing of our work. This includes both reading our own and listening to other's projects-of-choice (at any stage from rough draft to completed masterpiece) as well as offering and accepting constructive, objective critiquing, ideas and suggestions.

Since the written word often has a different feel than the spoken word…and since some of us just plain have trouble hearing…it would be extremely helpful if you'd bring several hard copies of what you plan to read.

Mondays, 12:15–1:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Beginning level Spanish course; no basic knowledge required

Meets: Weekly on Mondays at 12:15–1:30 p.m.

Facilitator/Teacher: Sara Michener

Beginning Spanish is open to all, whether you know nothing beyond "hola" for "hello" or if you're quite good at Spanish but the time slot suits you. We speak in Spanish as much as possible. I like to use kids’ books to practice reading. Come and check it out.

Mondays, 3:15–4:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning and improving our French through grammar, conversations, readings and discussions.

Meets: Weekly on Mondays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Elaine deMartin Webster

In the first half hour we have a session of grammar targeting an intermediate level of French. In the second half hour we have a conversation class with intermediate levels and advanced levels together and in the third half hour we target an advanced level of French where we read an article or discuss ideas or topics of interest to French language and culture.

Tuesday, May 1, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of the art of opera.

Meets: First Tuesday of the month, September–June at 11:45–1:15 p.m.

Facilitator: Phyllis Villec

We follow a casual format that includes discussion of opera performances that people have heard, PowerPoint previews of live operas that will be performed in Eugene and other Oregon cities, and previews of the Metropolitan Opera live HDTV performances. Occasionally there is a guest speaker or singer.

Monday, May 14, 11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Focusing on some of the most critical problems in the world, this group takes the next step through study and discussion to identify and propose possible solutions to the problems.

Meets: Second and fourth Monday of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (People are welcome to bring their lunches.)

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Facilitator: Jerry Brule

Generally, each session begins with 15–20 minutes of internet videos introducing the topic while generating questions and talking points for discussion. The topic for each session is emailed a few days in advance of that meeting so participants can familiarize themselves with the topic. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Wednesday, May 2 and 16, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The interpretive reading of plays, usually accompanied by some discussion of a play's merits, information about its author, or other related matters.

Meets: First and third Wednesdays of each month from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Jack Bennett and Iona Waller

Members of the group take turns selecting plays to be read. The person making the selection becomes the "director" and casts it from members present. Character changes are made as necessary to make sure that all present get a chance to read.

Thursday, May 3 and 17, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: An informal discussion group devoted to the exchange of views on contemporary social issues and problems confronting the nation, state and local community.

Meets: The first and third Thursdays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. People are welcome to bring their lunches.

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Facilitator: Jerry Brule

Thinking Aloud is a participatory round table discussion group where all can contribute their knowledge and opinions toward making broad, complex issues more understandable to everyone. The subject areas are selected by the participants, with a write up about the specific topic for each session emailed a few days in advance to permit personal thought and investigation. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Thursday, May 3 and 17, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Reading a variety of short stories and discussing them as a group.

Meets: First and third Thursday of each month at 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Shiela Pardee

Short story anthologies are generally used as a source of each term’s readings; additional selections may be provided by the facilitator.

Tuesday, May 22, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of classic novels and works of philosophy, political theory, religion or sociology.

Meets: The first Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Sheila Patterson

This group meets once a month for approximately two hours to discuss the book selection of the month. We also briefly review the author’s biography and how he or she came to author the book. We alternate between classic fiction (fifty years old or older) and classic non-fiction (also at least fifty years old). Many of the non-fiction selections have philosophical themes. We choose books for the coming year in May and June.

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Speaking Spanish informally. Basic knowledge.

Meets: Weekly on Thursdays at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Stan Cook

One person volunteers to facilitate the meeting, and everyone contributes readings or topics for conversation in Español. Some of us speak Español rather well, and want to practice it weekly. Others are very rusty, but get more fluent as they keep trying.

Wednesday, May 9, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of historical novels and nonfiction.

Meets: The second Wednesdays of each month at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Joyce Churchill

If you would like to brush up on history and enjoy a good story along the way, join us twice a month for some very lively discussions of the books by a group of thoughtful and insightful men and women. Expect diverse opinions—we'll welcome your insights too!

Titles are selected by group vote every six months and each book (or author) is discussed over two meetings.

Thursday, May 10 and 24, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning through a lively exchange of views on recent local, national, and world news.

Meets: The second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Rotated among a team of volunteers.

A team of volunteers suggest about dozen recent news stories for discussion, in the areas of international, domestic and local. The group and moderators work together to determine what will be discussed. Participants are diverse in their experiences and interests, and they read and watch a wide range of news sources. No additional preparation is necessary. It's OK to disagree with the views of the other participants—but not to be disagreeable.

Thursday, May 3 and 17, 9:30–11:00 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Writing and speaking your inspiration and craft.

Meets: The third Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Charles Castle

Members share poems they have written, provide each other with supportive feedback, and delve into their own creative process in a like-minded group. All voices and levels of experience welcomed. Come as you are. Prompts are provided if wanted. Opportunities for reading in front of an audience discussed.

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events
Friday, May 18, 2:00 p.m.

We want to see many of our OLLI-UO friends, old and new, at our next Meet and Greet at the Sports Bar of the Downtown Athletic Club. Order a beverage and a bite to eat, if you wish, or just join in the conversation and fun of being together.

If you plan to attend, please register for this month with Antonia Lewis at antonia.lewis@gmail.com or call her at 541-543-9132. There is no charge for the room, but due to seating, attendance will be limited to 30. Check out the Ax Billy Grill and Sports Bar Happy Hour Menu for this no host event. (Ask Antonia for a copy when you register.) Don’t miss out; sign up today!

Friday, May 25, 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Drinking water for Eugene and Springfield is drawn from the McKenzie River, a high-quality source that is nonetheless threatened by urban, agricultural, and forestry land uses upstream as well as by changes in water management in the watershed. The Eugene Water & Electric Board's ability to provide nearly 200,000 people and businesses with clean water from the river depends on an efficient and modern water treatment and distribution system. EWEB’s water system includes 800 miles of pipe, 26 water storage tanks, 32 water pumping stations and the area’s largest water filtration plant.

Please join us on a field trip to the plant at 3957 Hayden Bridge Road in Springfield and learn more. The tour is roughly one hour in length and involves walking several flights of stairs. Part of the tour is outside, so be prepared! Whereas parking is limited, a carpooling group will meet in the Baker Downtown Center lot at 1:30 p.m. Preregistration is required, and an announcement including a link for online registration will be sent to members at the beginning of May. Please refer to links posted in the Eugene/Springfield website schedule for pre-tour reading options that may enhance your experience.

 

June 2018 Courses and Activities

Featured In June
Tuesday, June 19, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

We Are Neighbors is a staged reading that documents the courage, hopefulness, and resilience of immigrants living in Lane County. Adapted from Now, I Am Your Neighbor, this touring version is based primarily on new interviews with members of some of the most marginalized groups living in our area, including Muslims, undocumented immigrants, DREAMers, and Syrian refugees. Featured stories entail experiences of immigrants from Palestine, Germany, Mexico, Guatemala, China, Madagascar. The narrative is by local playwright Nancy Hopps and directed by Carol Dennis. Readers will be immigrants and persons very close to the immigrant experience. The half-hour play will be followed by an open discussion.

Lectures
Tuesday, June 5, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Three students from the University of Oregon International Cultural Service Program will share their story of growing up in Africa. What was their experience in the community and in the country? What kind of music did they enjoy? What languages did they speak? What cultures and religions did they participate in or learn about in school and out in their community? Eben Yemoh from Ghana, Jen Smallwood from South Africa, and Henry Rusasa from Tanzania will share their story and talk a bit about the journey to UO and Eugene to study and prepare for the next step after college. An open Q&A will follow. All three are looking forward to the discussion and getting to know OLLI members. Eben may be familiar to many of you. Part of his program is working as a student assistant at Continuing and Professional Education and he has helped many presenters, facilitators, and course managers.

Wednesday, June 6, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones have become ubiquitous in recent years, their use growing enormously since President George W. Bush started using them in Afghanistan. UAVs serve many different purposes, such as search and rescue, wildfire assessment, and photography; however, this presentation will address their role in combat. Although they have become a large part of US combat operations today, they are not without controversy. Presenter Leah Bolger will relate her experience as part of a delegation to Pakistan and will touch on the moral and legal issues of their use. Bolger retired in 2000 from the US Navy at the rank of Commander after 20 years of active duty service in stations such as Iceland, Bermuda, Japan, and Tunisia. Since retiring, she has been active in Veterans for Peace and is creator and coordinator of the Drones Quilt Project. Samples of the quilts will be on display at the presentation.

Tuesday, June 26, July 3 and 10, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Children of Oregon pioneers in Lane County were not unlike their parents who risked their lives for a new start and a chance to own land and, with it, wealth. By the 1920s, those children were older adults with the same enduring legacy and reverence for hard physical labor to tame the land. However, the landscape they inherited continued to have its economy based on unpredictable crop agriculture and in places was still wild and unforgiving. Harvesting timber was still in its infancy. The Longest Wooden Railroad, a work of historical fiction, relates how the building of a low-cost railroad, made entirely of wood without rock or steel, promises to bring prosperity to the isolated town of Horton, Oregon, a community of farmers in the Lake Creek Valley west of Junction City. Eugene writer David C. Hascall will review the history behind his historical novel.

Courses
Mondays, noon–1:30 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: The hour starts with a 20-minute book discussion followed by 30 minutes of silent or guided meditation. The session ends allow for a few minutes of discussion afterwards. Additional articles, podcasts, authors, and internet sites are often shared or recommended for those who care to extend their understanding and deepen their practice.

Meets: Every Monday at noon–1:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Janice Friend

Monday, June 4 and 18, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: Promoting the appreciation and discussion of theatrical films. Themes for a ten-twelve film series are selected by the facilitator team several times a year. The sessions include an introduction, screening and discussion.

Meets: The first and third Mondays of each month at 1:30–4:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Craig Starr, with John Attig, Howard Schuman, Susan and Andy Walcott

Tuesday, June 5 and 18, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

About This Course

Focus: To present outstanding introductory college-level DVD science courses, and to enjoy the opportunity to share and discuss related ideas and information among group members. No specialized knowledge is required to appreciate these excellent lectures.

Meets: The first, third and fifth Tuesdays of each month at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitators: Barbara Nagai and Mike Rose

The lectures are only mildly cumulative in nature, and if you are occasionally unable to attend, this fact should not impede your enjoyment of the course. Decisions concerning specific course subjects are made by a majority vote of the group. Emphasis is placed on the natural and the formal sciences, but consideration is also given to a broader perspective that includes the philosophy of science, and the social, behavioral, and applied sciences.

Wednesday, June 6 and 20, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: International affairs, history, current global developments and U.S. foreign policy.

Meets: The first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Bill Taliaferro and Randall Donohue

Members learn through presentations and discussions on topics connected with geo-politics, international business, global cultures, trade, the environment, and America’s place in the world. The facilitator maintains an email list for distribution of presenters’ materials, links to websites, videos and readings prior to the sessions.

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

About This Course

Focus: Developing communicative competence in Italian. Some knowledge of Italian is assumed. This is a study group led by a facilitator.

Meets: Every Thursday at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Faciliator: Lee Altschuler

This study group will consider the diverse geography, history, traditions, music, famous personalities and local products of Italy's 20 regions. English-language videos and the Geografia d'Italia per Stranieri textbook will be use to learn about each region. For participants lacking knowledge of Italian we'll translate textbook passages to make the book accessible to them. For those interested in the Italian language, the course is an opportunity to share or improve their Italian language knowledge.

Monday, June 11 and 25, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Course

Focus: A peer-led exploration of philosophers and philosophy. Each session features either a presentation by a group member, or a recorded lecture, followed by discussion

Meets: The second and fourth Monday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Henry Sholar

Facilitators: Byron Chell, Dennis Lawrence, and Lorraine Ironplow

Study and Discussion Groups
Monday, June 4 and 18, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Sharing the process of writing and publication of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoirs. Writers of all levels of experience and all genres are welcome.

Meets: The first and third Mondays of each month from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Livvie Taylor-Young

If you love to write, are a would-be author, or are simply seeking a new outlet for your creativity, you are cordially invited to join OLLI's Creative Writing group. We are authors, columnists, essayists, poets and non-fiction and fiction writers of all genres. Our levels of experience range from those with multiple publication credits to those just wanting to try their hand. Everyone is welcome.

We meet to encourage our creativity—in-common and to exchange ideas and information…but our main focus is the sharing of our work. This includes both reading our own and listening to other's projects-of-choice (at any stage from rough draft to completed masterpiece) as well as offering and accepting constructive, objective critiquing, ideas and suggestions.

Since the written word often has a different feel than the spoken word…and since some of us just plain have trouble hearing…it would be extremely helpful if you'd bring several hard copies of what you plan to read.

Mondays, 12:15–1:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Beginning level Spanish course; no basic knowledge required

Meets: Every Monday at 12:15–1:30 p.m.

Facilitator/Teacher: Sara Michener

Beginning Spanish is open to all, whether you know nothing beyond "hola" for "hello" or if you're quite good at Spanish but the time slot suits you. We speak in Spanish as much as possible. I like to use kids’ books to practice reading. Come and check it out.

Mondays, 3:15–4:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning and improving our French through grammar, conversations, readings and discussions.

Meets: Every Monday at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Elaine deMartin Webster

In the first half hour we have a session of grammar targeting an intermediate level of French. In the second half hour we have a conversation class with intermediate levels and advanced levels together and in the third half hour we target an advanced level of French where we read an article or discuss ideas or topics of interest to French language and culture.

Wednesday, June 6 and 20, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The interpretive reading of plays, usually accompanied by some discussion of a play's merits, information about its author, or other related matters.

Meets: The first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Jack Bennett and Iona Waller

Members of the group take turns selecting plays to be read. The person making the selection becomes the "director" and casts it from members present. Character changes are made as necessary to make sure that all present get a chance to read.

Thursday, June 7 and 21, 9:30–11:00 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Writing and speaking your inspiration and craft.

Meets: The third Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Charles Castle

Members share poems they have written, provide each other with supportive feedback, and delve into their own creative process in a like-minded group. All voices and levels of experience welcomed. Come as you are. Prompts are provided if wanted. Opportunities for reading in front of an audience discussed.

Thursday, June 7 and 21, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: An informal discussion group devoted to the exchange of views on contemporary social issues and problems confronting the nation, state and local community.

Meets: The first and third Thursdays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. People are welcome to bring their lunches.

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Thinking Allowed is a participatory round table discussion group where all can contribute their knowledge and opinions toward making broad, complex issues more understandable to everyone. The subject areas are selected by the participants, with a write up about the specific topic for each session emailed a few days in advance to permit personal thought and investigation. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Thursday, June 7 and 21, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Reading a variety of short stories and discussing them as a group.

Meets: The first and third Thursdays of each month at 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Shiela Pardee

Short story anthologies are generally used as a source of each term’s readings; additional selections may be provided by the facilitator.

Thursdays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Speaking Spanish informally. Basic knowledge.

Meets: Every Thursday at 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Stan Cook

One person volunteers to facilitate the meeting, and everyone contributes readings or topics for conversation in Español. Some of us speak Español rather well and want to practice it weekly. Others are very rusty but get more fluent as they keep trying.

Monday, June 11 and 25, 11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Focusing on some of the most critical problems in the world, this group takes the next step through study and discussion to identify and propose possible solutions to the problems.

Meets: The second and fourth Mondays of each month from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (People are welcome to bring their lunches.)

Contact: Antonia Lewis

Generally, each session begins with 15–20 minutes of internet videos introducing the topic while generating questions and talking points for discussion. The topic for each session is emailed a few days in advance of that meeting so participants can familiarize themselves with the topic. Visit the website with past and current subject handouts and schedules.

Wednesday, June 13, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of historical novels and nonfiction.

Meets: The second Wednesdays of each month at 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Joyce Churchill

If you would like to brush up on history and enjoy a good story along the way, join us twice a month for some very lively discussions of the books by a group of thoughtful and insightful men and women. Expect diverse opinions—we'll welcome your insights too!

Titles are selected by group vote every six months and each book (or author) is discussed over two meetings.

Thursday, June 14 and 28, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

About This Group

Focus: Learning through a lively exchange of views on recent local, national, and world news.

Meets: The second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Rotated among a team of volunteers.

A team of volunteers suggest about dozen recent news stories for discussion, in the areas of international, domestic and local. The group and moderators work together to determine what will be discussed. Participants are diverse in their experiences and interests, and they read and watch a wide range of news sources. No additional preparation is necessary. It's OK to disagree with the views of the other participants—but not to be disagreeable.

Tuesday, June 26, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: The reading and discussion of classic novels and works of philosophy, political theory, religion or sociology.

Meets: The first Thursday of each month at 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Contact: Sheila Patterson

This group meets once a month for approximately two hours to discuss the book selection of the month. We also briefly review the author’s biography and how he or she came to author the book. We alternate between classic fiction (fifty years old or older) and classic non-fiction (also at least fifty years old). Many of the non-fiction selections have philosophical themes. We choose books for the coming year in May and June.

Tours, Field Trips, and Special Events
Friday, June 22, 2:00 p.m.

About This Group

Focus: Social time for OLLI-UO members.

Meets: Monthly at the Ax Billy Grill of the Downtown Athletic Club

Contact: Antonia Lewis

If you plan to attend, please register for this month with Antonia Lewis. There is no charge for the room, but due to seating, attendance will be limited to 30. Check out the Ax Billy Grill and Sports Bar Happy Hour Menu for this no host event. (Ask Antonia for a copy when you register.)

Shared Interest Groups

Facilitator: Janice Friend

Facilitator: Deborah Rands Cullen

Facilitator: Jane Souzon