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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of September 21, 2020

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Monday


September 2020
 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"The Soul of America": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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We will read and discuss the title book by Jon Meacham. He describes how our country overcame partisan fury and fear in the past, and he provides perspective on how the current critical moment in politics and life may be overcome by leadership and the will of the people.
The book details the actions taken by notable presidents to fight danger and dissension. We will also read how citizen-led movements such the suffragettes, civil rights and others initiated progress towards greater democracy, even when those in power could not or would not.
Gerry Lapidus has conducted OLLI book discussion classes since 2005. The classes are informal and conversational. Please read Introduction and Chapter One for the first session. The Study Group meets on Mondays Sep. 21 to Nov. 2 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (No class on Sep. 28.) Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 2-4 p.m.  Online 

"Monday Painters": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Monday Painters is a flexible art group. 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 thirty years and prior to that taught special education.
She hopes to welcome new members to Monday Painters. The Study Group meets on Monday Sep. 21 to Aug. 30, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (No class on Sept. 28, Dec. 28, Jan. 4 & 18, May 31 and July 5.) Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $90. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



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Tuesday


September 2020
 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Poverty: Looking from the Inside Out": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. If you've ever wondered why people in poverty can't seem to break out of its grip, sometimes even for generations, then this class is for you. Together we will explore the dynamics of poverty-looking at what keeps people in it, what's needed to break out of it, and how we can all play a role in building community to end poverty. Class includes hands-on simulations, thoughtful discussion, and personal stories of struggle and transformation. The final class focuses on solutions and will feature dynamic programs making a real difference right here in Washtenaw County.
Instructor Suzanne Van Dam will hold the study group on Tuesdays from September 22 through October 6.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $20. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, and Restoring Sanity by Margaret Wheatley": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online.
The title book by Meg Wheatley offers wisdom that motivates and inspires us to local action on important issues. Some of the questions raised by the book are: what does it take to lead an "island of sanity" and is it possible to create protection from the wild irrationality raging about us? Know that this is heavy material and that each session will begin with a short mindfulness meditation. Instructor Bernadette Beach has created and offers professional development for nurses and presented mindfulness courses for 20 years. Instructor Barbara Cherem has been creating curricula, teaching educational leadership at UM-Flint for 15 years, and been an educational leader for several decade.
Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from Sept 22 through Oct 20. Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $35. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 2:30-4 p.m.  Online 

"Art History I--Paleolithic through New Kingdom Egypt": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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The first in a sequence of 3 introductory art history courses, this study group will focus on works of art that demonstrate the ways in which artists documented their world. Beginning in the pre-historic era artists painted cave paintings and carved images on stone and bison horn.
In the subsequent Neolithic time period, technology and art joined to support the burgeoning agricultural society in the ancient Near East. The Sumerians, Akkadians, and Assyrians depicted their gods and religious rituals of their cultures, wars and empires. I will focus on early Egyptian art and one of their pyramids. Molly Lindner brings to this subject her 11 years of teaching art history at Kent State Univ. The Study Group meets on Tuesdays Sept. 22 to Oct. 27 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 3:15-5:15 p.m.  Online 

"Current Events": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (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 group is co-led by Margaret Pooler and Bill Milne. Bill Milne is a chemist who retired from the federal government. He resides in Ann Arbor and participates in many OLLI programs. Margaret Pooler, also an Ann Arbor resident, is a retired librarian who has been active in OLLI for many years.
The Study Group meets on Tuesdays Sept. 22 to Dec. 22 from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $50. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



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Wednesday


September 2020
 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Finding Meaning, the Sixth Stage of Grief": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. Through reading and discussion we will explore Finding Meaning, the Sixth Stage of Grief by David Kessler. This is a perfect book for 2020 and any time for anyone who's experienced a loss. "In the sixth stage we acknowledged that although for most of us grief will lessen in its intensity over time, it will never end. But if we allow ourselves to move fully into this crucial and profound sixth stage - meaning - it will allow us to transform grief into something else, something rich and fulfilling." Read the Introduction and Chapters 1-3 for the first class. Instructor Abby Wilson is retired clergy and loves to dance with ideas. The study group will be held on Wednesdays from September 23 through October 28. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Understanding Current Issues through Heroines of the Past: Women and Words 1880-1930": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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A look back to the period 1880-1930 is quite instructive to understand the present moment. Then as now, there was a pandemic, more than one serious economic downturn, sanctioned segregation and assorted other issues. This study group will introduce you to some real heroines such as Jane Addams, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Sarah Winnemucca and Ida Tarbell, who did amazing feats with literacy, attempting to address these matters in the Modern period, using their literacy abilities as exemplars and sponsors of literacy to address social justice issues. Important lessons for contemporary problems arise from the work of these women. Instructor Alice Horning, professor emerita Oakland University has been studying and teaching about literacy >30 years. The Study Group meets on Wednesdays Sept. 23 to Oct. 14 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"You're Not Listening, But It's Never Too Late to Learn": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online.
In her new book, "You're Not Listening - What You're Missing and Why It Matters", Kate Murphy, Times columnist, says we don't know how to listen and it's harming us. When was the last time you really listened to someone without thinking about what you wanted to say next, glancing down at your phone, or jumping in to offer your opinion? And when was the last time someone really listened to you? The author spent hundreds of hours interviewing people whose job is listening intensively, such as spies, priests, and hostage negotiators, and then studied the academic research on listening. She also presents ways that we can improve our listening and offers assurance that it's never too late to learn.
Instructor Mike Murray will lead the group on Wednesdays from Sept. 23 through Nov. 11.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session
Online. Online. $45. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"American Democracy After the Pandemic": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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The future of American democracy will be profoundly reshaped by the experiences of a national crisis for which no state or federal authority was prepared. The group will examine the dynamics of relations between states and the federal government; the issues of states' rights versus federal responsibilities; constitutional reforms versus political reforms; localism versus centralization; and the new utopia versus the old order.
Instructors John Rowntree and Larry Berlin will guide the discussions.
For the first session read numbers 14-17 of the Federalist Papers and the Constitution of the United States and the Amendments, all available online. Other course materials will be on-line or distributed in advance of classes. The Study Group meets on Wednesdays Sept. 23 to Oct. 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Caravans, Cultures, and Chinggis Khan along the Silk Route": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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The Silk Route is a collection of pathways that, together, link China to Vienna, Istanbul, Baghdad, and India across the Inner Asian steppe and desert. During our meetings participants will discuss the Silk Route as a cultural conduit, on the one hand, as the source of empire and technologies, on the other, and look at specific examples of cultural dissemination.
The Silk Route has provided some of the most engaging and best written volumes of travel literature. There will be no required readings, but students may enjoy Owen Lattimore's The Desert Road to Turkestan, from 1928, or the Franciscan William of Rubruck's account of his journey to Karakorum in 1255. Rudi Lindner leads the discussion.
The Study Group meets on Wednesdays Sep. 23 to Oct. 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Chaos": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. The course will cover chaos, introducing the core concepts and discussing ideas such as the 3-body problem, butterfly effect, and fractals, using 24 DVD lectures from the Teaching Company by Cornell University Professor Steven Strogatz. We'll view two 30 minute lectures per class, each followed by 20 minutes for questions and discussion. The study group leader, Richard Chase, worked 27 years as a research physicist for Ford and taught physics at several levels, including graduate level at Wayne State University. At OLLI, he has taught 17 physics-related classes and led 5 book discussion groups. The study group will beheld on Wednesdays from September 23 through December 16 (no class on November 25). Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
On-line. Online. $50. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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You are invited to take part in a discussion about the 2020 presidential election with fellow OLLI members. We will talk about a different question on each of the four meetings, including:
1. What are the most important challenges the nation faces?
2. What presidential qualifications are most needed to meet these challenges?
3. What national policies should be given the highest priority by the next president?
4. How should voters best choose who to support for president?
Instructor Thomas Murray will serve as a neutral moderator for the group discussions. The Study Group meets on Wednesdays Sept. 23 to Oct. 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"The Theban Plays of Sophocles": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. This study group will read aloud and discuss the three Theban plays of Sophocles: OEDIPUS REX, OEDIPUS AT COLONUS, and ANTIGONE. We will get to know something about the Sophoclean hero, who demonstrates, as Bernard Knox has put it, "that man's keenest insight is blindness, his highest knowledge ignorance, his soaring confidence and hope an illusion." In addition to reading, we will view independently The Gospel at Colonus, plus excerpts from film treatments of Oedipus Rex and Antigone.
Required text: Robert Fagles, Sophocles: The Three Theban Plays. Instructor Marilyn Scott will lead the study group on Wednesdays from September 23 through October 28.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI
website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



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Thursday


September 2020
 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Alleviating Poverty in Detroit and Beyond: A Look at Interventions": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online.
Although there are many programs and policies aimed at alleviating poverty, too often there are gaps between people's needs and programs' offers. This workshop explores U-M Poverty Solution's work on The Detroit Housing Guide, the Flint Provider Empowerment Program and other interventions designed to fill in these gaps.
Study Group leaders Kelly Christopherson and Trevor Bechtel will lead the one time study group session.
Kelly Chistopherson is completing her MPP at the Ford School at the University of Michigan focusing on public policy analysis methods.
Trevor Bechtel joined Poverty Solutions in 2018 after a twenty-year career teaching ethics and religion throughout the Great Lakes Region.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $10. 734-998-9351. olli-umich.org https://www.olli-umich.org/



 7-9 p.m.  Online 

"Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe - Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy": Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Geshe Thabkhe's teachings, recorded in India and translated by Geshe Yeshe Lhudrup, will be posted weekly over 8 Thursdays listed below. Once registered, we invite you to visit your registrant webpage weekly for each new post, or stream posted recordings later as your schedule permits.
Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe is a genuine contemplative master and a member of the last generation extensively trained in old Tibet. He received his monastic education at Drepung Loseling Monastery and, in 1969, was awarded the Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree of scholarship conferred within the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies, the only Tibetan university in India.
Jewel Heart (online). Online. Donation. $150. (734) 994-3387. registration@jewelheart.org https://www.jewelheart.org/events/geshe-yeshe-thabkhe-foundations-of-buddhist-philosophy/


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Friday


September 2020
 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Literature of Colonialism and Structural Racism": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. These are de-colonizing novels that address structural racism as a necessary consequence of European colonialism. Protagonists in these novels contend with the divided consciousness of people who have been systemically designated "other." "De-colonizing" is an effort to recover their original culture, to reassert their own agency. Novels by Anita Desai, Junot Diaz, Chimimanda Adiche, Viet Thahn Nguyen, Tommy Orange, Ta-Nehisi Coates. This study group, led by Instructor Sharon Quiroz, will be held on Fridays from September 25 through December 18.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. $50. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org







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