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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops - Week of October 4, 2021

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops





 
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Monday


October 2021
 10-11:30 a..m.  Online 

"Computerized Investing: Asset Allocation and Mutual Funds": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online. We expect to improve your overall investment knowledge as well as your investing strategies as we present methods of using various investment options. Join us for open discussion of the value of asset allocation, types of mutual funds, types of financial advisors, questions to ask your financial advisor, and ways to examine your current portfolio. We will make extensive use of information from web-based resources.
Dale is a retired research professor and Bob is a director and current Vice-President of the SE Michigan Chapter of Better Investing.
Dale Brandenburg and Robert Shaw lead this course on Mondays October 4 through November 1 from 10:00 - 11:30 am. 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



 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 

"Bridging Our Current Day Cultural and Political Divisions": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
We will use on-line resources to lead discussions around key current day issues. The key tool is the "Intelligence Squared" series that uses the Oxford style debate format with expert teams arguing for an agreed premise and an expert team arguing against the agreed premise.
Key topics from their large archive:
-Forgive Student Debt
-Death is not final
-Anti-Zionism is the new antisemitism
-And many more
The debates videos are ~90 minutes, too long for in-class viewing. The assumed technique is to ask class members to view the video outside of class, then show highlights in class followed by extensive discussion.
Instructor Leo Sheddon will select the first topic, subsequent topics to be selected via in-class discussion.
This course runs Mondays Oct. 4, 18; Nov. 1, 18 and Dec. 6 and 20 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. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Conversational Spanish.

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Conversational Spanish lessons every Monday night from 6:30-7:30/beginner and 7:30-8:30/more advanced. First session is free, $60 for the year.
Peace Community Center, 8260 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor 48103. Free. $60. Seat.dude@yahoo.com [map]


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Tuesday


October 2021
 9:30 a.m. 

Bridge Class: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge Class titled: 2/1 Game Force Bidding System
Text: 2 Over 1 Game Force by Audrey Grant and Eric Rodwell
The class is for those who have a good knowledge of the Std. Amer. Bidding system and are ready to learn a system similar to that with extra gadgets added to improve bidding accuracy. The first 60-75 minutes will be used for lecture with the remaining time left for students to play hands with analysis provided. The 2/1 system is becoming more popular today in the USA. Students are to pre-pay or pay on first day of class. For more info, contact the Senior Center at 794-6250 or the instructor at ray62856@gmail.com.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. $100 members/ $120 non-members. 7347693994. ray62856@gmail.com [map]


 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]


 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Surrender Without Defeat?: The End of Apartheid in South Africa": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
This study group will examine what is sometimes called the "South African Miracle," the negotiation process that resulted, in the 1990s, in the emergence of a functioning multi-racial democracy in a nation that more than any other had long been seen as a virtual synonym for racial repression, domination, and violence.
How did South Africa avoid the racial bloodbath that so many had expected? How and why did the white South African government essentially negotiate itself out of power? Could what happened in South Africa serve as a model for the resolution of other seemingly intractable global conflicts?
Barry Shapiro leads this course on Tuesdays October 5 through November 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



 3-4 p.m.  Online 

"The Civil Rights Movement in History and Memory": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online. We generally think of the civil rights movement as a Montgomery to Memphis story that begins with Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and ends with Dr. King's assassination in Memphis in 1968. We think of the movement as a monolith of people all holding the same ideas, and we think of it as a collection of mythical heroes.
Join Christopher Wilson, Director of Experience Design at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History, as he challenges these commonly held misconceptions and discusses nuances of the long civil rights movement.
Christopher Wilson has created several major program series at the Smithsonian Institution including the award-winning educational theater program History Alive!
Christopher Wilson leads this course on Tuesday October 5 from 3:00 - 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. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



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Wednesday


October 2021
 10 a.m.- noon  Online 

"Religious Traditions of India": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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The primary Indian religious tradition, Hinduism, originated in the unknown antiquity of the past, evolved over thousands of years and remains as the major faith in India. Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism grew out of Hinduism and spread over Asia.
The lectures will discuss the concept of divinity (God), mortal life (karma and cycle of rebirth) and afterlife (moksha) within these traditions and how they differ from the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). The discussions will be on the philosophy and historic evolution along with the contemporary Indian religious and social landscape.
Instructor Venkat Lakshminarayanan identifies with the Hindu religion, was born in India and has lived in the United States for the last fifty years.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for seven weeks beginning on October 6. 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. $35. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Exploring Some of Shakespeare's Plays": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This study session will be a mini survey of Shakespeare's canon. We will use Titus Andronicus, Much Ado about Nothing and The Winter's Tale to frame the discussion. These selections offer a view of his early, middle and late plays with an examination of the history, tragedy, comedy and romance categories. Both novices and scholars of Shakespeare will be able to enjoy his works more than before our discussions.
Our study group leader, Robert Lamphear, still teaches Shakespeare at Gulf Coast State College in Florida after retiring from colligate education in English and Humanities in Michigan.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for four weeks beginning on October 6. 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



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Thursday


October 2021
 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"CRISPR and the Food We Eat": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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CRISPR technology is changing the medical treatments for genetic disorders, but gene editing will also change the food we buy in grocery stores.
Topics include an introduction to DNA and gene editing technology, feeding a growing world population, developing new crop varieties, creating a GMO, food labeling, and government regulation. Will scientists using gene editing make the same mistakes as they did with GMO? The course requires participants to view online video, articles and TED talks prior to class, followed by a Zoom conference to discuss controversial topics.
Instructor Brian McKersie has 40 years' experience in leading plant biotechnology research.
This study group will meet on Thursdays for five weeks beginning on October 7. 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. $30. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: Before / During / After": National Alliance on Mental Illness Washtenaw County.

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Are you unsure of what to do when you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis? This three-part webinar series will cover early intervention, what to do during a crisis, and what recovery looks like after. Each topic will be discussed by a NAMI WC peer, a CMH representative, and an expert Michigan Medicine Psychiatry with time for Q&A from the audience.
Online Webinar Series. Free. maria@namiwc.org https://bit.ly/navmhc3



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Friday


October 2021
 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Detective Mystery Fiction on Film: Streaming At Home": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Together we'll enjoy detective mystery films available to stream at home.
Two film adaptations of Patricia Highsmith are planned: "Strangers on a Train", and "Purple Noon" (Plein soleil) (in French with English subtitles). A 3rd film will be announced. Scheduled films are subject to change, as streaming service availability may change. Each film will have two online meeting sessions: a presentation meeting on a Friday, and a discussion meeting the following Tuesday. Watch the film at home in between the two meetings. • Access to a streaming service subscription (such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, MHz, and BritBox) is required. Some films may be available to rent.
Instructor George Ferrell has led several detective mystery film study groups.
This study group will meet twice monthly on Tuesdays and Fridays (10/8, 10/12, 11/5, 11/9, 12/3, 12/7) for six weeks. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. $35. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 6-7 p.m. 

Intro to Aerial Fabrics Workshop: A2 Aviary.

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Curious about the aerial arts, but don't know where to start? Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics in this 60-minute workshop for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart-pumping warm-up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
18+ only. No drop-ins, please enroll to reserve your spot here: https://circusdb.org/aviary/index.php and click on "Purchase"
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]



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Saturday


October 2021
 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Adult Self-Defense Workshop: The 3 Self-Defense Techniques Everybody Should Know": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Easy to learn self-defense techniques for beginners. Finally - the peace of mind you deserve! Saturday, October 9th, 11:00 to 11:30 at 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Ages 14+. Admission: FREE! Register at: https://member-site.net/?FE--wJMgh
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main Street. Free. 734-994-0333. khafner@provide.net www.karateisgoodforyou.com [map]






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