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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of September 18, 2017

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Monday


September 2017
 9:30 a.m. 

Film Noir: America's Expressionist Cinema: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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In four, three-hour classes, this study group will examine the origins of the "film noir" style of filmmaking in German Expressionism and pulp fiction. We will consider the particular elements of this style including narrative structure, visual design, acting, and subject matter.
Instructor Henry Aldridge will present a 45-minute lecture to provide historical context, as well as practical and theoretical approaches to guide film analysis. This will be followed by screening a film that exemplifies some aspect of the film noir style.
Dr. Aldridge is an Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at EMU. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from UNC and a Ph.D. from UM.
This study group will meet on Mondays on September 18 and October 2, 16 and 30.
UM North Campus Research Complex - Building 10, 2800 Plymouth Road. $25, not including parking. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 10 a.m. 

"Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Serious scientists from a range of fields have been uncovering evidence that our thoughts, emotions and beliefs can ease pain, heal wounds, fend off infection and heart disease, and even slow the progression of AIDS and some cancers. Drawing on the very latest research, Jo Marchant explores the vast potential of the mind's ability to heal, lays out its limitations and explains how we can make use of the findings in our own lives.
"...Cure points the way towards a system of medicine that treats us not simply as bodies but as human beings." Amazon Review.
Let's bring our open minds and our healthy skepticism to this book discussion on the possible future of medicine.
Instructor Mike Murray, a Clinical Psychologist, will lead two hour sessions on Tuesdays from September 18 through October 23.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 10 a.m. 

"Modern Fiction": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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As fiction developed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it became more psychologically oriented and open to stylistic innovation. We shall discuss a short work of fiction each week by the following Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, Mann, Joyce, and Camus.
The texts for the class are Short Novels of the Masters, ed. Charles Neider, and Camus's The Stranger -- each available from Amazon for approximately $10. Participants should order the Neider text early enough to read Tolstoy's "Death of Ivan Ilych" for the first day of class.
Instructor Ira Konigsberg is Professor Emeritus of Film and Literature at The University of Michigan and will lead this study group for 90 minutes on Mondays from September 18 through October 23.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 10 a.m. 

Everyday Physics: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Do questions like, how do planes fly?, how old is the Earth?, and why are flames orange? pique your interest? Are you just generally curious about how physics can explain the world around you? Then this is the course for you!
We'll combine physics, history, demonstrations and everyday physical intuition to explore the answers to these questions and many others. This course is a sequel to the OLLI course, "Why is the Sky Blue?" There are no prerequisites, nor is any background in physics required.
Instructor Brian Worthmann is an Applied Physics Ph.D. student at U-M and will lead these fascinating lectures for two hours on Mondays from September 18 through November 20.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 10 a.m. 

Solving Easy Sudoku Puzzles: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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If you like puzzles and are interested in learning the basics of solving Sudoku, this is a good place to start. We will cover three or four basic patterns that should enable you to solve easy puzzles and most medium-level puzzles.
Instructor Jerry Janusz is a retired mathematician who loves Sudoku. He will lead this study group for 90 minutes on Mondays from September 18 through October 2.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $20. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 11 a.m. 

Monday Painters: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Monday Painters is a flexible art group that meets every Monday from 11a.m. until 3 p.m. from September 18, 2017 through August 27, 2018 (except Christmas Day).
Members are free to come and go as they please. Each week a DVD is shown about art that lasts half an hour.
This group has become like family and all are welcome to join in for fun, learning, growing, and gentle critiquing.
Instructor Barb Anderson has studied art for over twenty years and prior to that taught special education.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $90. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 1 p.m. 

A Book That Matters: Machiavelli's The Prince: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Knowledge Seekers will be able to craft their own answers to questions about Machiavelli's work, The Prince. Should the ends justify the means? Should rulers convey their true beliefs or hide them? What does it mean to be Machiavellian? The Prince poses unsettling questions like these, whose answers have redefined centuries of political wisdom.
Professor William Landon teaches this Great Course on The Prince. Instructor Richard Galant serves as an on-site guide helping the class decide whether the Machiavelli we think we know bears any resemblance to the Machiavelli who lived, pondered, and wrote The Prince.
This study group meets for 90 minutes on Mondays from September 18 through October 30.
Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 1 p.m. 

Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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We will read the title book by the influential philosopher Peter Singer. Typically, three or four pages long, the essays cover a wide range of human experience. A partial list of topics includes: happiness, sexuality, parenting, friendships, mortality, science, politics, world affairs, treatment of animals, bioethics and charity.
This study group will discuss and debate these ideas, covering a few essays each week. They will challenge you and possibly change your views about real world questions.
Instructor Gerald Lapidus will lead the first session and volunteers are expected to lead subsequent discussions. Please read the Big Questions section (p. 3-40) for the first class.
This study group will meet for two hour sessions on Mondays from September 18 through November 27.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 1-3:30 p.m. 

Splash: Basic Watercolor Class: USArtQuest.

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Make this the year you learn to paint in watercolor! Avoid frustration by learning from an artist with over 20 years experience: someone who has made all the mistakes, learned from them, & still loves watercolor with a passion.
Class #1 - Get familiar with the three things needed to do watercolor: paint, paper,& brushes. Everything you ever wanted to know about how to get started. You'll have a chance to get the feel of things so you can later build your own watercolor kit, bag or studio.
For returning painters, it'll be a refresher course & a look at new tools and techniques.
Class #2 - Practice, practice, practice! You'll learn how watercolor does what it does by playing around with it.
Class #3 - How to make a painting: learn simple composition & perspective; paint many small paintings to learn from before you go big; learn to correct mistakes.
Fee includes all materials.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $90. 734.562.2662. AskAnything@USArtQuest .com www.usartquest.com [map]



 1:30 p.m. 

Literature in Conflict/Literature in Peace: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Discussions will focus on novels by writers from the Holy Land (Muslims, Christians, Jews, and atheists). How do these writers see themselves and other parties of the conflict? How do these writers perceive "resolving" Palestine/Israel conflict? What do these writers dream of for their generation and beyond? Do we, concerned Americans, see that part of the world in ways similar or different from the ways those writers see it? Why do we agree or disagree with these writers?
Participants in this course will understand Palestine/Israel conflict through the eyes of novelists from Palestine/Israel.
Instructor Adnan Salhi will lead these two hour discussions on select Mondays and Tuesdays on September 18, October 16 and November 20, 2017 and on February 22, March 29 and April 26, 2018.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 3 p.m. 

Amaya Bravo 16-Thread CNC Embroidery Machine Check Out Class: Maker Works.

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This 2 hour class will introduce you to the Amaya Bravo 16-Thread CNC Embroidery Machine we have in our shop, as well as the Design Shop software that lets you create digitized embroidery files from an image file. This machine is great for monogramming shirts or towels, decorating bags and accessories and making patches! Use the Design Shop software and design your own. There is also a baseball cap attachment! You will learn the basic operation with an emphasis on safety. With the successful completion of this class, you will be certified to use the Amaya CNC Embroidery Machine on your own.
This is a hands-on class, so space is extremely limited; only 3 students per class. Please arrive 10 minutes early if this is your first time to Maker Works.
Call 734-222-4911 or visit our website to register.($50)
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $50. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com www.maker-works.com [map]



 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"The Artist's Way": Mary Ledvina, MOT, LMT.

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A 12-week class based on the book by Julia Cameron •Sept. 18th through Dec. 11 (skip Oct. 23)
Do you want to unearth, envision and pursue your dreams? Do you want to refill your well, listen to your inner voice and accomplish creative exploits? The Artist's Way, a step-by-step process of creative recovery, will help accomplish these goals and unblock your creative ambitions.
Mary Ledvina is a writer, artist, healer and teacher. She loves teaching creativity and has taught art journaling and journaling. Art Journaling Magazine, Paragraph and Seeding the Snow have published her work.
Location TBA 15 minutes from downtown Ann Arbor, Whitmore Lake. $300. (734)646-9161. maryledvina@earthlink.net maryledvina.com



19

Tuesday


September 2017
 1 p.m. 

Advanced French Conversation II: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This class will be conducted entirely in French. Participants will be able to improve their conversational French through discussion of current events and subjects of mutual interest. A text, perhaps a short novel, will be chosen by the class.
This study group will meet for two hours on Tuesdays from September 19 through December 19.
Prerequisite: Due to the advanced coursework, participants must have taken Advanced French Conversation with Mr. Wyatt previously. Mr. Wyatt is a former professor of French.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. $45. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 1 p.m. 

Advanced German IV, Continued: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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The course will be a continuation of Advanced German of winter '17. We will focus on the use of idiomatic German for conversation.
This study group will meet for two hours on Tuesdays from September 19 through December 19.
Instructor Renate Gerulaitis is professor emeritus of German Language and Literature at Oakland University.
University Commons, 817 Asa Gray Drive. $45. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 1 p.m. 

The Origin & Evolution of Earth I: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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The class will follow the Earth from the Big Bang to the formation of continents using Robert Hazen's excellent DVD lectures from the Teaching Company.
We'll view two 30-minute lectures per class, each followed by 20 minutes for questions and discussion. (The full course has 48 lectures; we'll cover the first 24 in the fall with the final 24 in the spring.)
Instructor Dick Chase, who worked 27 years as a research physicist for Ford and taught physics at several levels, will lead this class. It will meet for two hours on Tuesdays from September 19 through December 12 (except for November 21).
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd. $45. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 1 p.m. 

Writing Memoirs: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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We meet and participants read their memoirs and we discuss them and make suggestions.
This study group will meet for two hours on Tuesdays from September 19 through November 21.
Instructor Zibby Oneal has written books for children and one book of a "happening" at the VA in Ann Arbor.
Bank of Ann Arbor, 2601 Plymouth Road. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, book study, and TOEFL prep groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]


 3 p.m. 

Current Events: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This discussion group is for people interested in current events happening at the local, national and global level. All opinions will be heard courteously. No materials or special expertise required, just an open mind and a good sense of humor.
This study group will meet for two hours on Tuesdays from September 19 through December 19.
Instructors for this study group are Bill Milne, who retired in 1996 from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD., and Joan Innes, a native Ann Arborite who has been leading Current Events for five years.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $45. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

"The Many Faces of Retirement: Consider Your Stepping Stones": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Are you thinking about retiring or are you new to retirement? Do you have questions about what this transition will mean for you and others? While working, does
retirement planning feel like a burden or a long wait to a distant paradise?
Retirement can unfold and evolve in many ways. There will be changes and challenges in use of time, relationships, lifestyle and life satisfaction.
Instructor Justine Bykowski will lead this study group for two hours on Tuesdays from September 19 through October 3.
Brookhaven Manor, 401 W. Oakbrook Drive. $15. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Addiction and Families": Dawn Farm.

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Addiction and Families will be presented on by Dr. Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D. Substance addiction is often described as a family condition. This program will provide an overview of how addiction impacts each member of a family. The presenter will describe roles and behaviors that family members often acquire when living with addiction, ways in which each family member is affected by addiction in the family, and options for family members to obtain help to cope with addiction in the family. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series. Registration is not required. The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of services for people with substance use disorders.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series [map]



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Wednesday


September 2017
 10 a.m. 

"Glimpses of Spirit in Story": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Spirituality is the path of knowing ourselves and finding our place in the world. Stories are a window for insight and revelation!
In this study group we will read and discuss titles like these looking for breakthroughs of insight and spirit: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince (Section XXI); Hyemeyohsts Storm, Jumping Mouse; Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (Chapter 7); Ray Bradbury, Bless Me, Father, For I Have Sinned; C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle; and selections suggested by class members.
Instructor Abby Wilson loves dancing with life's hard questions and finding a place of healing and balance and will lead these 90 minutes sessions on Wednesdays from September 20 through October 25.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 1 p.m. 

"On Civil Disobedience: A Tool for Change?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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What is the role of civil disobedience in a democracy? Can non-cooperation be a powerful means of social change? Under what conditions is it acceptable for a
minority to passively resist a law passed by the majority? What is the role of individual conscience when it conflicts with the law? When is breaking the law the right thing to do?
Join us to read classic defenses of civil disobedience by Socrates, Thoreau, Tolstoy, Gandhi, King, and others that will guide our exploration of a citizen's moral relationship to the law.
Instructors Larry Berlin and John Rowntree will lead this two hour study group on Tuesdays from September 20 through November 8.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

One Prayer Class: SUN SHEN.

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The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction. The One Prayer is about having a vision, following your heart, but is also very concrete and practical. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm. Contact Joanna Myers at joanna@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. joanna@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



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Thursday


September 2017
 6 p.m. 

Breastfeeding Basics for Birth Doulas: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Join us for a professional workshop taught by lactation educator extraordinaire Barbara Robertson. Learn the very latest in evidence-based breastfeeding support from an expert lactation consultant and breastfeeding educator. This class will enhance the doula's ability to assist breastfeeding mothers immediately post-birth and in the early days postpartum. Barbara's enthusiasm for all things breastfeeding is contagious! Topics include: a new look at breast anatomy and physiology; importance of skin-to-skin contact; newborn self-attachment at the breast; a new view of positions and latch-on; getting off to the best start possible; how to know baby is getting enough/not getting enough breastmilk; and when to make a referral. This class fulfills a professional certification requirement for doulas.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $80.00 / $65.00 Early Registration. 734-663-1523. patty@center4cby.com http://center4cby.com/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

Legal Issues for Small Business: Ann Arbor SCORE.

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What legal entity should I use? What is an operating agreement and do I need one? Do I need copyright protection? What do I have to do to register my business? What about taxes? A legal expert, Russell Brown, will walk you through these legal questions and more!
NEW Center - Second floor conference room, 1100 North Main Street. $10. annarborscore@scorevolunteer.org annarborarea.score.org [map]



22

Friday


September 2017
 8:30 a.m. 

DONA Birth Doula Workshop: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Join us for a professional training that blends a deep appreciation for the miraculous physiology of women's bodies with a practical approach to the challenges of giving birth in a fear-based culture. How can we guide the birthing mother and her partner out of fear to strength and empowerment? Hands-on three-day training teaches practical support skills and fulfills two professional certification requirements for birth doulas through DONA International.
In this hands-on training, we will practice:support techniques for normal birth; how to troubleshoot common challenges; how to best facilitate informed choices; centering techniques, acupressure, massage and use of the rebozo; comfort measures and natural approaches to pain management; communication and advocacy skills for navigating the medical setting effectively; movement and positioning to support physiologic birth; and more!
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $535.00 / $485.00 Early Registration. 734-663-1523. patty@center4cby.com http://center4cby.com/ [map]


 10 a.m. 

Memoir Writing: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Participants will learn how to tell the stories of their lives and those of their ancestors. We will meet weekly and each participant should be prepared to read a story they have written (including the first class).
Instructor Jan Price calls herself a "very amateur memoirist" who has written her story after being motivated by an Osher Lifelong Learning class.
This class will meet for two hours on Fridays from September 22 through December 15 (except November 24).
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $45. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 3 p.m. 

"Writing A Novel": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This course is for anyone who wants to write a novel. It doesn't matter if you're zero or a hundred pages into your first draft -- everyone is welcome. We'll be reading several novels as a class as well as workshopping chapters of your novels-in-progress.
Writing a novel is lonely work, and our class will give you the encouragement and moral support to keep writing.
Instructor Allie Tova Hirsch, a novelist and recent graduate of the Helen Zell MFA Program at the University of Michigan, will lead two hour sessions on Fridays from September 22 through December 15 (except November 24).
Bank of Ann Arbor, 2601 Plymouth Road. $45. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



23

Saturday


September 2017
 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Seminar: Plant Fall Bulbs for Spring: English Gardens.

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If you want spring color from tulips, hyacinths, daffodils or crocus, plant the bulbs now. We'll give you an overview of different bulbs and tips on proper planting techniques and care. Also learn the basics of design.
English Gardens, 155 N Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. ewinger@englishgardens.com http://www.englishgardens.com/events/plant-fall-bulbs-for-spring/ [map]







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