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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of January 18, 2021

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Monday


January 2021
 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Fake News, Deep Fakes, Info-whelmed? An Inside Look at Savvy Reading": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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If you love reading and are good at it, this study group will show you why. But even the best readers are a bit infowhelmed now, given the volume of current material, and the urgent need to read critically and evaluate thoroughly.
This study group will explore the psycholinguistic features of savvy reading, examine research studies on why reading is good for you, and consider how reading can impact your life. Finally, we will review literacy autobiographies of others and perhaps draft our own.
Study group leader Alice Horning is retired from Oakland University where she taught writing and linguistics for 30+ years.
The study group will meet Mondays from January 18 through February 8. 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. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"The Plays of Margaret Cavendish": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Margaret Cavendish was a seventeenth-century woman who wrote witty, original, and complex plays that were never performed during her lifetime. Together, we will explore four of her plays, read the play out loud, and discuss it in class. Active participation will be encouraged, but if you are more of a listener, then you can still join in on the discussion at the end without taking on an "acting" role. The preferred print edition is "The Convent of Pleasure and Other Plays", edited by Anne Shaver.
Instructor Margo Kolenda-Mason is finishing her PhD in English, studying medieval and early modern literature.
The study group will meet Mondays from January 18 through February 22. 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



 1 - 2:30 p.m.  Online 

"What is Politics?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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This Study Group will be online.
In everyday conversations we frequently hear such comments as "That is just politics," and "Two things I do not discuss are religion and politics." Political scientists, philosophers and historians have attempted to define politics from many different viewpoints. In addition, many types of politics, such as electoral politics, office politics, and partisan politics, are often analyzed.
The study group will aim to engage participants in defining politics, discussing public attitudes toward politics, and assessing why politics is such an important part of the human condition.
Study group leader Craig Ramsay taught political science at the college level for almost forty years.
This study group will meet Mondays for six weeks beginning on January 18. 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, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. olli-umich.org https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



19

Tuesday


January 2021
 1 - 3 p.m.  Online 

"Great Decisions": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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This Study Group will be online.
Great Decisions is the largest program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Foreign Policy Association's briefing book provided for each member, watching a DVD, and meeting in a group to discuss the most critical issues facing America today.
The eight topics are: The role of international organizations in a Global Pandemic, Global supply chains and national security, China and Africa, Korean Peninsula, Persian Gulf Security, Brexit and the European Union, The fight over the melting Arctic, and The End of Globalization?
Instructors Barbara Comai & Leo Shedden will lead the group.
This study group will meet Tuesday January 19, February 2, February 16, March 6, March 20, May 4 and May 18.
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, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. Online. $45. 734-998-9351. olli-umich.org https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"How Life Works, Part 2: Molecular Biology": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This course is based on The Great Courses series of lectures by Prof. Kevin Ahern of Oregon State University.* Building on the concepts of biochemistry covered in Part 1, Part 2 will cover topics such as DNA, RNA and protein building, as well as genetic diseases and cancer.
Study group leader Craig Stephan is a retired industrial physicist who has led many previous OLLI courses including The Science of Climate Change, Cosmology, The Aging Brain, Music and the Brain, and Astrophysics.
The study group will meet Tuesdays from January 19 through March 9 (NO CLASS on January 26). 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.
*See www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/ biochemistry-and-molecular-biology-how-life- works.html.
Online. Online. $45. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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In this course, you will learn how the lessons and insights of diversity have become even more relevant in an increasingly flat, complex world in which challenges and opportunities change quickly." So says Professor Scott Page of the University of Michigan, who will be giving 24 video lectures from the Teaching Company.
We'll view two 30 minute lectures per class, each followed by 20 minutes for questions and discussion.
Study group leader Dick 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 meet Tuesdays from January 19 through April 6. 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. $50. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 2:30 - 4 p.m.  Online 

"Art History III: Early Christian and Byzantine Art": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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This Study Group will be online.
Each meeting of Art History III will focus on 5 or 6 works of architecture and fine arts, so that we can explore each one in depth. Learners will bring their travel, curiosity, and questions to this study group, thereby enriching it.
History of Art III emphasizes syncretism between older and newer artistic traditions, for example, the transition from pagan worship to Christianity in the second through fourth centuries CE in Italy. If time permits, we will look at early Islamic art and the syncretism that occurred when Islam spread to the Christian territories in the West.
This study group led by Molly Lindner will meet Tuesdays for six weeks beginning on January 19.
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, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. Online. $40. 734-998-9351. olli-umich.org https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 3:15 - 5:15 p.m.  Online 

"Current Events": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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This Study Group will be online.
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.
This study group will meet Tuesdays beginning January 19 through August 31. 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, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. Online. $80. 734-998-9351. olli-umich.org https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



20

Wednesday


January 2021
 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Free Writing": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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The way to begin that writing project is to write. Responding to memoir prompts, we will practice turning off our text editors. Free writing is about exploring ideas and memories. It is about first drafts not finished products. We will not share or critique work written outside of the workshop. Have a notebook and a comfortable pen. Be ready to write.
The study group led by Instructor Diane Nash will meet Wednesdays from January 20 through February 217 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. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Join us for a talk with Dr. Richard Bell, author of the new book "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home"-a finalist for both the 2020 George Washington Prize and the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize.
Study Group leader Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland and author of the new book "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home"- which is shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize. Dr. Bell has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award.
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. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Write through Life Changing Events": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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The best stories are often the tough ones about life changing events. For some of us, 2020 is one of those stories. Our shared history as a generation gives us a unique perspective when it comes to processing recent events. Responding to writing prompts, we will reflect on the events of past decades and consider how our past helps us understand this year of COVID-19.
The study group led by Diane Nash will meet Wednesdays from January 20 through February 10. 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. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



22

Friday


January 2021
 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Memoir Writing": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (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 OLLI class.
The study group will meet Fridays from January 22 through April 9. 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. $50. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 5 p.m.  Online 

Yin Yoga Workshop: Imagine Fitness & Yoga.

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This four-session livestream Yin Yoga workshop targets deep connective tissues between muscles and fascia throughout the body for increased circulation in the joints and improved flexibility. These virtual workshops are held on Fridays at 5 p.m., beginning Jan. 22, 2021. Subsequent classes are Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12. Advance registration required. Cost is $160 for the four sessions. Imagine Fitness & Yoga is a full-service fitness center that specializes in developing the strength, flexibility and balance essential for a healthy lifestyle.
Imagine Fitness & Yoga, 3100 W Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Online. $160 for four sessions. 734-622-8119. imagine@imaginefitnessandyoga.com https://imaginefitnessandyoga.com/ [map]






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