THIS IS EDWARD R. MURROW: Good Night and Good Luck

The legend of Edward R. Murrow, probably the most brilliant and influential radio and television journalist ever, continues to intrigue millions of Americans several decades after his death. Renowned for his superb broadcasts from London during the Blitz and for his courageous decision to confront and expose Senator Joseph McCarthy on his 1954 television broadcast of the ground breaking show, See It Now. Murrow helped build CBS into a major media empire. He remains the standard by which today’s journalists measure themselves.

WENDELL MUSSER, MD, is a retired academic physician who held faculty positions at Indiana, Duke, George Washington, and Emory Universities and the University of Kentucky. He is a longtime book collector, primarily of books about Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and feels that a day away from OLLI is a day away from happiness.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 9:00–10:30am, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 35. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 0713


DATING IN MIDLIFE & BEYOND FOR MEN & WOMEN: A Guide on How to Bring a Loving and Desirable Partner into Your Life

The course is designed for single adults, of all ages, who are interested in dating. The structure will be such that the majority of weeks all members of the class will meet together, while a few sessions will be for just men or just women. The topics will include clarifying your essential needs, questions to ask yourself before entering a relationship, five ways to meet the right person, how to make a genuine connection, how to have meaningful conversations, tips on how to know if you are boring someone, online dating, choosing to live alone (and still be social), and how to have fun and respect boundaries. The instructor requests that students agree not to date class members during the semester so that everyone will feel safe.

Required text:

  • Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks, Attracting Genuine Love (ISBN 978-1591791713), Sounds True, 2006, $12.46.

JUANITA JOHNSON, MA, CT, was a psychotherapist in private practice for twenty years. She frequently counseled single adults, as well as couples. She has a passion for understanding how relationships work and has done extensive research on the topic, and she has been an enthusiastic instructor at OLLI for eight years.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 9:00–10:30am, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 15. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1636


RUSSIA, FRANCE & FINLAND IN THE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY: Innocence and Anarchy, Revolution and Assassination

The last fifty years of the nineteenth century planted the seeds for the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century. Starting with the Crimean War, Russia, France, and Finland witnessed events that still reverberate today.

JOHN CANZANELLA left a successful career in banking (when it was an honorable profession) and obtained two graduate degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. He then taught history, English, philosophy, and economics at public and private schools in New York and North Carolina. He is a docent at the Museum of History in Raleigh and has published two books.

10 Wednesdays, January 14–March 25 (please note dates), 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1599


SEX EDUCATION FOR THE SENIOR CITIZEN: Aging Sexuality Is Not an Oxymoron

“Sex is the opposite of sport. With football, everybody talks about it but hardly anyone plays. But with sex, everybody is doing it but nobody wants to talk about it.” Although human beings are the most sexual mammal on earth, nice people avoid talking about sex. This course will break that pattern—we will talk about sex in great detail, from both behavioral and practical viewpoints and oriented toward the senior citizen. We will explore a wide variety of sexual topics: sex education, religion and sex negativity, anatomy and physiology of pleasure, sexual response cycle as we age, why we are such sexual animals, boredom and habituation in long-term relationships, nontraditional sex (e.g., polyamory and swinging), transgender issues, and the aging LGBT population. Special emphasis will be placed on aging and sexuality because we continue to be sexual well into old age, even though society tells us otherwise. Sexuality in the “golden years” requires a major shift in thinking and a major move away from acrobatics. Using movies, clips from the Internet, lectures, and class discussion, we will explore how sexual expression changes throughout our lifetimes and how we must adapt to physical and emotional changes that occur with “getting old.”

KENNETH R. HASLAM, MD, is a retired anesthesiologist, a sex educator, and a national leader in the polyamory community affiliated with the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. His recent interests have turned toward sexuality and aging, in keeping with this growing population. He is a firm believer that even as we move into our golden years, “sex is fun, and pleasure is good for you.”

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1606


MASSAGE THERAPY: Learning Self-care Techniques for Yourself and Your Loved Ones

Come explore the most exciting world—the human body. In this course you will learn about different types of massage, basic anatomy, ergonomics, massage tools, liniments, and therapeutic aromatherapy. This course will focus primarily on self-care, but we will also spend time developing routines for you to assist loved ones. This will be an interactive class with lectures and DVDs and lots of time for questions, demonstrations, and hands-on activity. If you want to feel better in your body, this course is for you.

KIM TURK, a licensed massage therapist and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and approved by the NCBTMB, attended the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City and has been in practice for seventeen years. Currently, she practices at Duke Integrative Medicine and at the Duke Health and Fitness Center.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1605


CHANGE YOUR AGE: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More Fit

Baby Boomers—want to reverse the signs of aging of your mind and body? Consider this: our movement habits at ages fifty and sixty will have an impact on how we feel at age seventy and beyond. The good news is we can shed our physically limiting habits and learn new habits that make our bodies and minds agile and more fit. This groundbreaking Change Your Age program, based on the Feldenkrais method of neuromuscular reeducation, applies the principals of childhood development and neuroplasticity to adult learners. You will learn simple but powerful exercises that train your brain to move to your muscles in healthier, stronger, and more coordinated ways. The program is not stressful and does not involve repetitive routines. With a more intelligent body and diminished pain, you will celebrate your newfound feelings of youth.

Please note: Women and men of any age are welcome, as long as you can lie on the floor comfortably. Please bring a thick blanket or sleeping bag with a nonslip surface on which to lie, and a big towel to fold to create support for your head, if you need it. Wear comfortable clothes for movement, and dress in layers. Please call the instructor (919-967-8013) to discuss any concerns you might have about your ability to participate.

KAREN DOLD, a guild-certified Feldenkrais practitioner, has changed her age and delights in watching her students do the same. “The older I get, the younger I feel.” She has been teaching classes throughout the Triangle area since 2000 and offers private sessions in her Chapel Hill and Cary offices.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 0857



Experience the magic of transforming ordinary paper into colorful one-of-a-kind greeting cards in this hands-on course. Learn about different types of stamps, papers, inks, markers, and the tricks of the trade. Clean and simple is the goal; elegant and impressive is the result. This course is appropriate for beginners, but will also excite experienced stampers. Group instruction and individual attention lead to your success. Numerous card samples will leave the students with endless inspiration.

Please note: There will be a $25 supply fee to cover the cost of materials. Students will be able to purchase additional materials through the instructor if they so desire. Refunds at the discretion of the instructor. 
SUE BEAUCHAMP is a crafter with over twenty years’ experience in paper crafting and scrapbooking. She is passionate about stamping because it is so affordable and provides instant gratification. Who knew it could be so rewarding? She has taught workshops in numerous locations in the northeast and southeast, including several semesters at OLLI and Croasdaile. Working out of a studio in her home, she continues to learn new skills and enjoys passing them on to others. 

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 12. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1601



Think collage with glass. You will play with colored glass to create dishes, window art, or jewelry. The work will be fired in a kiln to fuse the collage into a single piece. No experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment with color and light.

Please note: Students will be responsible for paying the instructor for the cost of materials. The cost of glass for individual projects is $75 and up, depending on the size; the number of projects completed in the seven weeks will vary.

Sallye Coyle was a research scientist in neurobiology before she discovered the joy of working with color and light in the form of fused glass. She has been teaching glass fusing for over ten years.

8 Wednesdays, January 14–March 4, 10:30am–12:30pm (please note dates and times), instructor’s studio, 5520 Lockridge Road, Durham. Maximum: 10. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 0422



By examining aspects of American life and culture—in the broad sense—we shall try to get a handle on what, when, and why great changes occurred in America during the period roughly 1890–1950. Why, for instance, did abstract art arise during and after World War II? What caused a new generation of writers to come to the fore after World War I? And what brought forth the Beats?

Please note: The instructor will provide copies of various reading selections as well as a list of readily available texts.

TOWNSEND LUDINGTON is Boshamer Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UNC–Chapel Hill, where he taught American studies and American literature, and for many years he directed the American studies program. He is the author or editor of numerous works about American literature and culture. 

9 Wednesdays, January 7–March 11 (please note dates), 11:00am–12:30pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1609


WOMEN ON WEIGHTS PLUS:  Resistance Training and Aerobic Activity

Research continues to document the benefits of strength training to slow age-related muscle loss, increase bone density, and produce a beneficial protein in the brain. Class begins with twenty minutes of moderately vigorous, low-impact aerobic activity performed with peppy music. After a quick water break, we will move into the resistance training segment. We will utilize a variety of muscle-strengthening equipment including dumbbells and resistance tubes. Balance training and stretching exercises are integrated into the routines to promote other important components of fitness. Mats are provided or bring your own. Experience the support of a group while you exercise under the watchful eye of an experienced personal trainer. It is always recommended to check with your doctor before engaging in a new exercise program. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the instructor at

JULIA ROSE is a certified personal trainer with ACE, the American Council on Exercise. She leads exercise classes in a variety of settings and has been teaching fitness classes at OLLI since 2006.

Wednesdays, Jan 7- March 25, 2015, 11:00am-12:30pm, Max:  14, Course ID:  1152.



Great poetry requires inspiration, skill, and discipline. Why do we enjoy poetry? What makes a great poem? Why are poets read after centuries? These questions will help us read and appreciate poets who we may have ignored in the past. We will closely read some short poems or excerpts from longer poems and spend most time in discussion. Some information about the poets themselves will be given, but we will focus on the poems: looking at rhythm, rhyme, shifts in tone, paradox, and so on. What qualities have lasted? What has changed? We will follow the precepts of New Criticism, which dominated scholarship in literature when we were in school; we will not read Howl. We will read Homer, Ovid, Beowulf, the Seafarer, Betran de Born, Dante, Donne, Browning, Yeats, Elliot, Stevens, and Maxine Kumin, among others.

BOB SHAW graduated from Williams College, where he almost majored in English literature. Since then he has been reading these poems, and over those years he has come to love them more and more. He has been teaching OLLI courses since 2010, including “Poets of Passion and Compression” and “Dante’s Comedy.”
11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 11:00am–12:30pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 10.
Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1613



This course is for those who are interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from the United States, the world, and the Triangle. We will begin each class with a list of proposed topics and discuss those of interest to the group. Class members may also offer topics for discussion. Active participation by class members is encouraged (but not mandatory), since it expands our mutual understanding of the many events that might affect us. Discussions are enriched by the variety of backgrounds, expertise, and viewpoints of class members. Topics are discussed knowledgeably, respectfully, and sometimes with passion, but we always end with humor, looking forward to the next class. We offer two sections of this course. The discussion leaders will rotate between the two sections. Each has participated in “The World Today” discussions many times, each brings a distinctive style and background to the class, and, most important, each will solicit a wide spectrum of views from class members.

HENRY BLINDER served as the city attorney for the City of Durham for many years prior to his retirement. He is past president of the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys and a former deputy attorney general for the State of New Jersey. He has a JD degree from Duke University School of Law and has lived in Durham for more than thirty years.

RICHARD ELLMAN is a retired New York CPA who has a keen interest in current events. He moved to Durham in 2006 and immediately became involved in OLLI.

TOM HAUCK grew up overseas and then worked for Texaco managing petroleum marketing companies in West Africa and Central and South America and ending his career in Nigeria.

DOUG LONGMAN has taught several courses at OLLI on international political economy, public policy, and economics. He has a doctorate in business administration, and has taught previously at the University of Chicago, UNC–Chapel Hill, and the University of Texas.

BOB LYNCH has taught and counseled students from the seventh grade to university level during a forty-four-year career in education. With two master’s degrees (Antioch College for social studies and NYU for counseling), he has spent the bulk of his career as high school counselor.

Please note: There are two eleven-week sections of this course open for enrollment. When registering, enter the four-digit Course ID (0393) into the course search. You will then need to choose between the two sections. If registering by paper, write the preferred section on the line.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 11:00am–12:30pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 30. Fee: Standard.

Section 1 Course ID: 0393-031

Section 2 Course ID: 0393-032



This course asks you to put aside the attitudes you may have developed toward Julius Caesar when you studied it in high school. While it is set in the ancient world, this drama deals with timeless questions of leadership, ambition, loyalty, disillusionment, and tension between personal and public responsibilities—all relevant issues in Shakespeare’s time and in our own. Throughout the play, we will find echoes of what we encounter in our daily news media about political ethics and statecraft. Making these connections will enhance our understanding of both Shakespeare’s text and today’s headlines. Through discussion and close work with individual monologues and scenes, we will use our classes to actively explore Shakespeare’s character development, stylistic choices, and thematic concerns. We will use film clips as catalysts to our conversations about ways the script might be realized in production.

Required text:

  • William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (ISBN 978-0743482745), Simon & Schuster, 2004, $5.76.

JANICE CHING retired from Durham Academy, where she taught Shakespeare’s works for more than twenty years. She studied in Stratford, England, and at the replica of the Globe in London and has conducted professional development workshops on teaching Shakespeare’s plays. She has taught at OLLI for twelve years.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 11:00am–12:30pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1614


NATION BUILDING IN JAPAN: From Samurai to Renunciation of War to “Collective Self-defense”

The course will discuss the development of the current Japanese state from before the first Samurai government in the thirteenth century to the dissolution of central government (although the retention of the Emperor) to Reunification and the Tokugawa Shogunate era; the “opening of Japan” by Admiral Perry of the United States and his “black ships” heralding the Meiji Restoration and Japanese militarism; the Second World War, the American Occupation, and Japan’s modern Constitutional Renunciation of War to its more recent Cabinet Declaration (2014) changing the interpretation of the Constitution to allow for “collective self-defense.” The role of law (or the lack of law) to these developments and the role of the United States in the more recent developments will be discussed with final inquiry: Is the Cabinet Declaration allowing “collective self-defense” ultimately in the US or Japanese interest?

CARL GOODMAN, the author of The Rule of Law in Japan—A Comparative Analysis and Justice and Civil Procedure in Japan, was a professor at Hiroshima University, a visiting professor at UW, Seattle, and Temple University, Tokyo, and currently teaches Japanese law at Georgetown University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Tokyo University.

10 Wednesdays, January 14–March 25 (please note dates), 11:00am–12:30pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 30. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1597


CONTEMPORARY AMERICA: The United States from the New Deal to Obamacare

Since the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, the United States has played a decisive role in world affairs. America has upheld democracy against Fascism and Communism, inspired the spread of capitalistic enterprise, and achieved cultural domination around the globe. In 2015, the American juggernaut remains the world’s “indispensable power” but appears to have lost its self-confidence after several disastrous mistakes. This course considers the rise of the United States under both Republican and Democratic leadership, assesses national accomplishments during the “American Century,” and considers its role in a new age.

Recommended text:

  • Michael Schaller, Robert D. Schulzinger, and Karen Anderson, Present Tense: The United States since 1945 (ISBN 978-0618170371), Cengage Learning, 2003, $34.74. Used copies are available online at a substantial discount.

GEORGE J. LANKEVICH, Professor Emeritus of History at CUNY, has written over twenty volumes of history.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 11:00am–12:30pm, Galloway Ridge Retirement Community, 3000 Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro. Maximum: 35. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1594



Conscious Aging is our series of free lunchtime lectures by knowledgeable speakers on a broad range of topics surrounding aging. They are held on Wednesdays, 12:45–1:45pm, at Judea Reform Congregation. Attend as many sessions as you wish; no advance registration is necessary. Watch the OLLI bulletin boards for details. The schedule is subject to change.

January 14 • The Civil War Comes Home to the NC Piedmont (Fred Kiger, MAT)
January 21 • Brain Games: Do They Work? (Jason Allaire, PhD)
January 28 • You Have a Balanced Portfolio, but Are You Running a Sleep Deficit? (Betty Wolfe, MDiv, BCB, GCFP)
February 4 • The Changing Face of NC Politics (Kerrie Haynie, PhD)
February 11 • Aging in Place—Carolina Villages (Sheila Creth)
February 25 • The Spiritual Alphabet Soup of Death and Dying and the Rhine Research Center(Larry Burk, MD)
March 4 • Where Does Your Food Come From? Durham Co-op Market (Leila Wolfrum)
March 11 • West Durham, East Campus & Beyond (John Schelp)
March 18 • Durham’s Unusual History (pending)
March 25 • Herbs for Conscious Aging (Riverdave Owen)



The American South has produced a rich repository of writers, poets, and playwrights, stretching from Virginia to Florida. We will concentrate on important authors and landmarks in the South, such as Edgar Allan Poe in Richmond and Charlottesville, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Louisville, and Robert Penn Warren in Baton Rouge and Nashville. Women authors, such as Margaret Mitchell and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, will also be highlighted as well as African American authors who left imprints in the South—Alice Walker and Zora Neale Hurston. Each week, one state and its writers and landmarks will be discussed.

Recommended text:

  • Trish Foxwell, A Visitor’s Guide to the Literary South (ISBN 978-1581571493), Countryman Press, 2013, $14.72.

TRISH FOXWELL is a career journalist, author, and photographer. Her staff associations include the Washington Star and the New York Times. Her byline has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the Tennessean, the LA Times, the San Diego Union, and the Baltimore Sun, among others. She has been a presenter and speaker at the Virginia Literary Festival, the South Carolina Book Festival, and the Tennessee Book Festival in Nashville. She has written two nonfiction travel books, both highlighting history and American authors, and is presently working on a third book relating to the American West as well as on a children’s book.

8 Wednesdays, January 7–March 4, 1:30–3:00pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 18. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1610


THE EUROPEAN UNION: Structures, Members, and Policies

This course covers the development of the European Union, from its original membership of six nations to its present membership of twenty-seven nations. Extensive coverage is given to the organization and functioning of the five pillar institutions of the European Union: the Commission, the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament, the European Court of Justice, and the European Council. Coverage of policy institutions includes the common commercial policy, the single European market, the European monetary union, structural cohesion, energy policy, research and technological development policy, environmental policy, transportation policy, and foreign policy.

Recommended text:

  • Neill Nugent, The Government and Politics of the European Union (ISBN 978-0230241183), Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, $28.00.

WILLIAM DAVIDSHOFER, professor emeritus at the University of Maine, Presque Isle, holds a PhD in political science from the University of Notre Dame, with his dissertation on the French Left at the Fondation Nationale de Science Politique in Paris. He specializes in East and West European governments, politics, and political theory. He is the author of Marxism and the Leninist Revolutionary Model.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 1:30–3:00pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1649


MANAGING SUPERINTELLIGENCE: The Expectations of a Contemporary Philosopher

This course will consider the implications of Swedish Philosopher Niklas Bostrom’s concept of “existential risks to the future of humanity.” We will consider how close we are to realizing his observation that “the potential for intelligence in machine substrates is vastly superior to biological substrates and that even if we enhance ourselves as hybrid humans we will be outclassed.” We will discuss Niklas’s realization that “a first superintelligence might well achieve a decisive strategic advantage threatening catastrophe from present intelligence growth” and how we may need to adapt Darwin’s concept of survival by natural selection by making selections ourselves. Join us for an exciting class discussion. A downloadable copy of Bostrom’s Superintelligence will be provided after registration.

RON BARKER is a retired entrepreneur who founded four tech companies, received 21 patents, an Academy Award and accumulated two dozen film and television acting credits. This is his third OLLI at Duke course as a self-educated pragmatic amateur philosopher.

8 Wednesdays, January 14–March 11 (please note dates), 1:30–3:00pm, Judea Reform Education Build-
ing. Maximum: 24. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1632



This course will start with at least one play not by Shakespeare and one of Shakespeare’s earliest and simplest plays, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Next, we will focus on three of his most admired comedies: Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. Many similarities are to be found in this group of plays, but each has its own flavor. The emphasis will be on what they have in common and what makes each distinctive. Scenes from productions available on DVD will be used to generate discussion and highlight the important role performance plays in a successful comedy.

ALAN DESSEN, the Peter G. Phialas Professor of English (Emeritus) at UNC–Chapel Hill, is the author of eight books, most of them devoted to theater history in the age of Shakespeare.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 1:30–3:00pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 28. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1615



In his popular book The Moral Landscape, neuroscientist Sam Harris makes a case for using science to determine human values. This course takes a different approach. The argument will start from human values—our internal longing for truth, love, and beauty—and radiate out, using science and history to provide grounding for human free will and its manifestation in the ancient teachings of justice, mercy, and awe at the majesty of the cosmos. The instructor will present findings from contemporary science, including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, physics, and evolutionary biology, to support the view that it is the practical and gritty human drive to do things better, rather than merely compete, that has resulted in, among other things, our growing scientific understanding of the cosmos. In class, we will discuss recent research, together with writings of Darwin, Einstein, and Schrodinger, to examine the case for free will and challenge ourselves to practice noticing the difference in our own lives as we more intentionally use the human potential for free will to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Recommended texts:

  • Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey (ISBN 978-0670020744), Viking Adult, 2008, $8.75.
  • Martin Nowak, Supercooperators: The Mathematics of Evolution, Altruism, and Human Behaviour (or, Why We Need Each Other to Succeed) (ISBN 978-1847673374), Canongate Books, 2011, $3.88.

MELISSA J. MILLS graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in history. She earned an MBA at Duke and after a thirty-year career in academic administration at Harvard and Duke Universities, earned a master’s in theological studies at the Duke Divinity School. She now leads ethics workshops and teaches using science and participants’ experience to focus twenty-first-century life with historical traditions and evolving cultural trajectories.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 1:30–3:00pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 30. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1633



We will explore issues as we play out this third act of our lives. Through small group discussion, we will address questions such as, How can I redefine productivity now that I no longer have a paycheck or the satisfaction of raising children? What types of friendships do you need or want more of? Less of? What is my language of love and how about my partner, friends and family members? Who wants their kids to be happy and do you want to be part of that happiness? For those of you who have cared for an aging parent or friend, how would you want it to be different or the same for you in your final years—as caregiver or as care receiver? What is spirituality anyhow, and why should I bother with it? 

KAREN MONACO is the former national director of tobacco control for the American Lung Association. She has spent the last thirty years developing and presenting lively and life-changing adult education programs. Other presenters may include members of previous classes.

4 Wednesdays, January 7–28 (please note dates), 1:30–3:00pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 15. Fee: $40; this course not available for a multicourse discount. Course ID: 1092


LEONARDO DA VINCI: Master of Mysteries

This course will offer an in-depth sampling of the multifocused research of this favorite genius of the Italian Renaissance. We will consider the techniques and theories revealed in his Treatise on Painting, about which Leonardo’s contemporaries said that he alone had been able to instill the “soul” of the sitter in his portraits and impart to them the illusion of 3-D. We will consider the North Carolina Museum of Art’s jewel, Portrait of a Youth Crowned with Flowers by the Master’s finest pupil, Giovanni Boltraffio. This portrait was painted alongside Leonardo’s work on the Last Supper, which is what makes it so invaluable a testimony to Leonardo’s workshop practices. Finally, we will delve into the Codex Leicester (part of an upcoming NCMA exhibit scheduled for Fall 2015) and shed light on Leonardo’s forward-looking ideas on fossils, water movement, and astronomy—with particular emphasis on the phenomena of planetshine and his studies of the moon; some have argued that Leonardo invented the telescope one hundred years before Galileo.

Recommended text:

  • Bulent Atalay and Keith Wamsley, Leonardo’s Universe: The Renaissance World of Leonardo DaVinci (ISBN 978-1426202858), National Geographic, 2009, $25.84.

Dr. ROBERT ELLIOTT is an independent scholar and art historical researcher, having studied with Martin Kemp of the University of Oxford, who continues to advise him on his latest research projects involving the NCMA Boltraffio Youth Crowned with Flowers and Salvator Mundi. Elliott, along with his colleague Janet Seiz, has presented and published work on Leonardo and Boltraffio, and the two scholars are currently designing the exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci and the Beauty of Youth,” which will open at the NCMA in 2016.

8 Wednesdays, January 7–March 4 (please note dates), 3:15–4:45pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 18. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1590


LOVE THE PRACTICE:  A Prompt Writing Class

The writer Ann Patchett tells us "If you want to write, practice writing. Practice for hours a day... because you long to learn how to write well, because there is something that you alone can say."  She goes on to remind us, "the pleasure is the practice." Come join a supportive, eager, playful group to write, write, and write some more. We'll do timed writing in response to prompts, share what we've written, and write again 'til our time is up (or our writing hand gives out!).  Between classes, we'll red encouraging essays on writing.   We will practice keeping the pen moving, letting go of ego, and building imagination and a loose, supple mind. Join us if you are committed to writing, regardless of experience.

A writing coach and writing teacher by profession, SARAH H. CROSS has a history degree from Duke and a MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development. She has many passions: meditation and yoga, the natural world, anti-racist and social justice work, oral history and theatre. She believes everyone is a writer.

Wednesdays, Jan. 7 –March 25, 2015, 3:15-4:45pm, Max: 20 Course ID:  1661.Fee:  Standard


COGNITIVE SCIENCE & THE NOVEL: Scientist Meets Novelist, and Each Learns From the Other

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary, scientific approach to the study of mind, which draws from psychology, biology, philosophy, computer science, and other disciplines. Topics addressed by cognitive scientists include morality, emotions, consciousness, artificial intelligence, the connection between brain and mind, and evolutionary theories of behavior. These topics prompt profound questions concerning human experience and have inspired a number of novelists and other writers.

For this course, you will read two novels for which cognitive science themes are central. The instructor will review and explain recent developments in cognitive science, in a (relatively) nontechnical way. The goal of the course is to show how research in cognitive science has influenced the novel and how insights of the novelist might inform issues within cognitive science. Communication between scientists and humanists has always been minimal. Recent developments in cognitive science, though, point the way to a possible integration of the two cultures.

Required texts:

  • David Lodge, Thinks . . . (ISBN 978-0670899845), Viking Adult, 2001, $1.94.
  • Richard Powers, The Echo Maker: A Novel (ISBN 978-0312426439), Picador, 2007, $4.88.

GORDON PITZ has taught cognitive science courses for over fifty years. His research has included the study of human judgment and decision-making, Bayesian statistics, and the role of computers in education. He is the author of one book, several book chapters, and over sixty research papers.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 3:15–4:45pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 30. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1635


Men and Women: Lift Up Your Voices and Sing!

The New Horizons Chorus invites you to join with fellow OLLI members in a serious, but fun, atmosphere to learn healthy singing techniques. Making music is enjoyable, but it’s serious fun . . . and it can help maintain both good mental and physical health.

Experienced as well as novice singers are welcome. Sing favorite music that you remember from the past. Our focus will be on learning basic concepts and vocal technique, reading music, and—most of all—experiencing the joy of singing.

GLENN MEHRBACH is our director and CARMEN WARD is our piano accompanist.

11 Wednesdays, January 7–March 25, 3:30–5:00pm, in the Chorus Room at Durham Academy Middle School Campus, 3116 Academy Rd., Durham. There is ample parking after 3:15pm, when parents have picked up students from school. Fee: Standard; covers group instruction and sheet music. Course ID: 0457.

You must be a paid member of OLLI ($35 annual dues) for the 2014–2015 academic year.


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