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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of September 20, 2021

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops





 
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Monday


September 2021
 10 a.m.- noon  Online 

" Your Literacy Autobiography": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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In this class, we will develop "literacy autobiographies." Through some readings, brief reflective writing assignments and discussion, we'll explore our personal histories and experiences with reading.
Class 1: What happens while we are reading? Class 2: How did we learn to read in our first (or second or third) language? Class 3: What are our personal and professional reading experiences/contexts? Class 4: What is the impact of all things digital (audiobooks, screen vs. paper, etc.)?
Instructor Alice Horning is retired from Oakland U where she taught writing and linguistics for more than 30 years.
This study group will meet on Mondays for four weeks beginning on September 20. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $25. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Chinese 2": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Continue to build strong Chinese language basics and foundation through analytic and systematic ways, also expand Chinese conversations.
Angela Yang leads this course on Mondays September 20 through December 20 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 10:00 a.m. 

Bridge Class: R.G. Enterprises via City of Ann Arbor at Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge class on Bridge Defense begins 9/20 and runs 13 weeks. Time is 10:00am-11:30am Students need to buy the text "Defense in the 21st Century" by Audrey Grant. Register via phone or in person or online at Ann Arbor Senior Center. For questions, call the Center at 734-794-6250 or email instructor at ray62856@gmail.com. Masks required.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $130 members, $156 non-members. 7347693994. ray62856@gmail.com [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"How to Avoid a Climate Disaster": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online. We will read and discuss the title book by Bill Gates, who spent a decade consulting with physical scientists, political scientists and leaders in finance to find the most acceptable ways to restrict climate change. He describes the breakthroughs needed in science and public policies to convince and create a consensus throughout the public and private sectors across the world. Gates details a plan for reaching zero emissions and he talks about what each of us can do.
Gerry Lapidus has conducted OLLI book discussions since 2005. The classes are informal and conversational. He leads the first week's discussion and requests volunteers to lead the remaining sessions while he serves as moderator.

Gerry Lapidus leads this course on Mondays September 20 through October 18 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $30. 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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This Study Group will be online.
Our study group not only studies, we actively use any art material available to us. The students are experienced painters as well as novices. We do our homework and see weekly videos pertaining to art and help each other navigate Zoom as well as the world of art.
We also appreciate each other's work and the growth we see and talk about our common interests and goals.
Study group leader Barbara Anderson is a retired special education teacher who used art to help teach children as they learned in different ways, ways that made sense to them. Since I retiring she has taken many classes and learned from expert teachers.
Barbara Anderson leads this course on Mondays September 20 through August 29, 2022 (No classes on holidays) from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $90. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



21

Tuesday


September 2021
 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Conscious Capitalism": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Creating New Solutions with People in Mind: We will be using a variety of podcasts by Innovators in Economics. There will be group discussion of how Capitalism devolved over the past 60 years and possible changes to elevate humanity through business (conscious capitalism). Related articles will be emailed to amplify the topic.
The hosts: Barbara Cherem - ran a small business and taught for 25 years in P-12 and the same at two colleges. Bernie Beach - has been a nurse educator, administrator and runs a small business.
Barbara Cherem and Bernie Beach lead this course on Tuesdays September 21 through October 19 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 12:30 p.m. 

Bridge Class: R.G. Enterprises via City of Ann Arbor at Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge class on Bridge for Beginners begins 9/14 and runs 13 weeks with no class on 11/2. Time is 12:30pm-2:00pm. Students need to buy the text "Bidding in the 21st Century" by Audrey Grant. Register via phone or in person or online at Ann Arbor Senior Center. For questions, call the Center at 734-794-6250 or email instructor at ray62856@gmail.com. Masks required.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $130 members, $156 non-members. 7347693994. ray62856@gmail.com [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Online 

"Art History IV: Early Medieval Art in the West": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online. Following the enthusiastic reception of the three art history courses that I taught in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, I am offering Art History IV, which continues the history of art and architecture with the courtly art of the Carolingian and Ottonian empires as well as the unrestrained exuberance of Hiberno-Saxon art in the British Isles and Scandinavian art of the 9th through 11th centuries.
A goal of the course is to practice "close looking," in order to understand the multiples meanings of the art. The course will interest learners who have traveled in Western Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Molly Lindner leads this course on Tuesdays September 21 through October 26 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $35. 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 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 is required, just an open mind and a good sense of humor.
This group is co-led by Richard Garrett and Margaret Pooler. Richard is an economist, who retired from college teaching in the New York City area, and moved to Ann Arbor in 2020. He has been active in OLLI since then. Margaret, also an Ann Arbor resident, is a retired librarian who has been active in OLLI for many years.
Margaret Pooler and Richard Garrett lead this course on Tuesdays September 21 through December 21 from 3:15 - 5:15 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



22

Wednesday


September 2021
 9-11 a.m.  Online 

"Mysteries in Our Cosmic Backyard: What We Do and Do Not Know About the Solar System": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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There is a common misconception, even among some astronomers, that there is little left to discover in our Solar System. However, many mysteries still remain even about our cosmic backyard. Do we have another, hidden planet? Was there life on Venus, Mars, or even an icy ocean moon?
We will cover recent, exciting research from the Sun to beyond Pluto, as well as any questions you have about the Solar System. This study group will last for 13 weeks and will be a combination of online lectures and student-driven discussions/learning. No previous math, physics, or astronomy knowledge is required.
Larissa Markwardt is a 5th year graduate student at UM. She studies special asteroids called Trojans, which are orbital companions to most of our planets.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for 13 weeks beginning on September 22. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Staying Safe With Your Computer and Phone": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Two fun and productive sessions to help you put an end to your computer and smartphone fears and enjoy your technology more. During the first session, we will examine how to browse the internet safely, avoid being tracked by advertisers, and stop malware dead in its tracks.
During the second session, we will focus on how to get all of your passwords under control and improve password security. We'll also take a look at the latest computer and phone scams that plague our society and how to avoid them.
A long-time technology educator, study group leader Jim Keen holds a B.A. (communications) and an M.A. (educational studies) from the University of Michigan. He currently owns and operates Keen Focus Technology Tutoring.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays on September 22 and September 29. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $15. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://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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This Study Group will be online.
The Silk Route is a collection of pathways that 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, or the Franciscan William of Rubruck's account of his journey to Karakorum in 1255, where he found a Parisian goldsmith preparing a soft drink dispenser for the Khan.
Rudi Lindner leads this course on Wednesdays September 22 through October 27 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first class.
Online. Online. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"The Origin and Evolution of Earth I": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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The class will follow Earth from the Big Bang to the formation of continents using Robert Hazen's excellent DVD lectures from the Teaching Company supplemented with the latest findings. 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.)
Study group leader Dick Chase has worked 27 years as a research physicist for Ford and taught physics at several levels. At OLLI, he has taught 20 science courses and led 5 book discussion groups.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for twelve weeks beginning on September 22 (no class on November 24). Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1 p.m.to 3 p.m.  Online 

"Virgil's Aeneid": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute *50+).

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We will read and discuss this famous Roman epic poem (Robert Fagles' translation, Penguin Classics), which has been a key part of the Western canon for centuries. In addition, we will read and/or watch later interpretations of the hero Aeneas and his ill-fated love affair with Queen Dido.
Study group leader, Marilyn Scott, has led many OLLI study groups and has taught the Aeneid in Latin.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for seven weeks beginning on September 22. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



23

Thursday


September 2021
 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Current Events, Law, Policy, and Politics": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
In 2021, for the first time in Michigan history, an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is drawing the boundaries of Michigan's state legislative and U.S. congressional districts with input from the public.
Our speaker, Professor Kevin Deegan-Krause, from Voters Not Politicians will explain how the new redistricting process has worked, who has participated, where things stand right now, and what to expect when the Commission completes the new redistricting in January 2022.
Kevin Deegan-Krause leads this course on Thursday September 23 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 2:15-4:15 p.m.  Online 

"Memoirs and Personal Essays": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This group meets every week from September to June except for holidays. There are no specific assignments. Each writer strives to find his or her own subject matter and stylistic voice. We read our work aloud and discuss it, making constructive suggestions for improvement. The important thing is to write well enough to interest others and to convey our ideas clearly. Participants are expected to read their work regularly. During the pandemic, we will use a combination of email and videoconferencing.
Instructor Eleanor Linn has led this group since 2014. She is a published author.
This study group will meet on Thursdays for thirty-eight weeks beginning on September 23. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $85. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



24

Friday


September 2021
 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Writers Unlimited": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Participants present their short stories, novels, essays, or poems to be read in class. Fellow writers give constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement. Participants submit their writing to all other participants in advance of the Friday meeting. Constructive comments are offered after each reading.
Discussion leader Jerry Janusz has been a member of this group for thirteen years.
This study group will meet on Fridays for forty-nine weeks beginning on September 24 Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $90. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Online 

"The Story of the Protein NLRP3": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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How Does a Single Protein Molecule Cause An Array of Diseases? Instructor Jie Xu will leave the discussion of the powerful story of the protein NLRP3
This study group will meet on Fridays on September 24 and October 1. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $15. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org







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