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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of March 1, 2021

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops





 
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Monday


March 2021
 10 - 11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Who Do We Choose to Be?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This study group will be online
Who do We Choose to Be?: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership and Restoring Sanity by Meg Wheatley (2018) and Stations Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014).
Participants will reflect, discuss and process some novel ideas about:
-Becoming able to create and give service to an "Island of sanity" in chaotic times.
-To select meaningful service work without the outcome being the most important thing. Becoming a "Warrior of the Human Spirit".
-After a 2 week break, read/complete "Station 11" as a follow-up sample society of an "island of hope", and reflect on how the arts feed the human spirit in tough times.
The study group led by Instructors Bernie Beach and Barbara Cherem will meet Mondays from March 1 through March 29. 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. $45. 734-998-9351. olli-umich.org https://www.olli-umich.org/



 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Who do We Choose to Be?: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership and Restoring Sanity" by Meg Wheatley and "Stations Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Participants will reflect, discuss and process some novel ideas about:
-Becoming able to create and give service to an "Island of sanity" in chaotic times.
-To select meaningful service work without the outcome being the most important thing. Becoming a "Warrior of the Human Spirit".
-After a 2 week break, read/complete "Station 11" as a follow-up sample society of an "island of hope", and reflect on how the arts feed the human spirit in tough times.
The study group led by Instructors Bernie Beach and Barbara Cherem will meet Mondays from March 1 through March 29. 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. $45. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



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Tuesday


March 2021
 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Covid-19 Seminar: New data, models, and methods to guide SARS-CoV-2 vaccine design and vaccination programs that counter escape mutations": Complex Systems - University of Michigan.

  community member   < less James Koopman & Carl Simon

James Koopman, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Michigan; Carl Simon, Complex Systems, Math, Public Policy, University of Michigan will be giving this virtual seminar. Abstract: Before the emergence of escape mutants that now threaten pandemic control, we constructed and analyzed the first model integrading immune waning and escape mutations. In the model, escape mutants were not problematic until a year into the pandemic. After they emerged, vaccination could worsen the pandemic. We examined four patterns by which existing escape mutants could stimulate further escape mutations. These provide insights in how to pursue epitope specific model analyses. The time is ripe for this advance. The pandemic has unveiled new high-throughput methods to characterize immunity at an epitope specific and B and T cell specific levels. We will present our model and discuss how it could integrate systems immunology and systems
Virtual Meeting, Virtual. Free. cscs@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/cscs/news-events/all-events.detail.html/82119-21036721.html



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Wednesday


March 2021
 1-3 p.m.  Online 

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

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This Study Group will be online.
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.
This study group led by Rudi Lindner will meet for five Wednesdays beginning March 3.
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.
virtual event. Online. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



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Thursday


March 2021
 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Shakespeare's Secret Recipe": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Participants will get a different take regarding Shakespeare; they'll see the techniques and devices he used to create his plays. We'll also apply these by reading two or three of the Shakespeare plays featured in the Stratford Festivals 2021 program.
Instructor Morley Witus is a retired lawyer who lives in Ann Arbor and worked in a Detroit law firm. He is a fan of the Stratford Festival and a Shakespeare devotee.
The study group will meet Thursdays from March 4 through March 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.
Online. Online. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 3-4:30 p.m.  Online 

"Understanding Performance Anxiety": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Performance anxiety is a formidable challenge for many people who speak in public, play an instrument, take a test or job interview, play a sort, and engage in social discourse with others. Psychological and physical symptoms often threaten one's excellent preparation, self-confidence, and self- esteem. Performance anxiety can inhibit both professional and personal goals.
Instructor Julie Jaffee Nagel will lead the study group's exploration of some underlying causes of performance anxiety that typically have roots in childhood and cast a long shadow in life. We also will discuss, try out, and evaluate various coping strategies to better understand what triggers performance anxiety and how to think about managing it more effectively.
The study group will meet Thursdays from March 4 through March 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.
Online. Online. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



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Friday


March 2021
 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"A History of Christianity": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This series of lectures offers a glimpse of the world's largest religion and the most influential religion of western culture. The topics are origins, Jesus, Paul, Augustine, Orthodox Christianity, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and modern versions of the faith. This is a personal interpretation and your personal views are welcome.
Study group leader Ken Phifer is the Senior Minister Emeritus of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, where he served for 25 years. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He has authored three books and several dozen articles.
The study group will meet Fridays from March 5 through May 7. 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. $45. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 2-5:30 p.m.  Online 

End-of-life Doula Training: The Dying Year.

  community member   < less Merilynne Rush, MS, BSN

End-of-life doulas provide non-medical, hands-on support and comfort to dying individuals, families and communities. In each class we discuss their physical, emotional, spiritual, cognitive and social/cultural needs, as well as the doula's role and non-medical, hands-on comfort measures. Five weeks, 3.5 hours/week live online; 75-page Study Guide with prep work and resources. Merilynne Rush, MS, RN, BSN, has trained over 300 end-of-life doulas since 2016. In addition to having been a hospice nurse, she has 40 years' experience caring for families in transition as a home birth midwife and companion care provider. Our zoom classes are dynamic, personal, deeply moving, and comprehensive, and meet the Core Competencies of the National End-of-life Doula Alliance (NEDA), of which Merilynne was co-founder and first President. Ongoing mentoring and networking offered through additional weekly discussion group.
zoom. Online. $725; scholarships and payment plans available. 734-395-9660. thedyingyear@gmail.com https://www.thedyingyear.org/end-of-life_doula_trainings.html







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