Curriculum

WEDNESDAYS

Eleanor Rosevelt
Course ID: 0846

Eleanor Roosevelt became an institution and a symbol in her own lifetime. Her admirers thought of her as a humanitarian reformer, but others regarded her as a politician’s wife who invaded prohibited territory. Some people revered her as a saint; others dismissed her as a busybody. Many people thought she was the embodiment of American ideals, but others distrusted her as a radical who threatened the foundation of American society. Her major concern in all her reform activities was to quicken and preserve human dignity. She lived many lives in one lifetime, bringing her unique touch to her work as a columnist, First Lady, writer, teacher, wife, mother, and international diplomat. In these lectures, we will attempt to determine what this truly magnificent woman really meant when she said, “Life is really meant to be lived.”

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, September 9–December 2, 9:00–10:30am, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 35. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 0846

 

Empathy: Life’s Most Essential Skill
Course ID: 1810

Empathy is the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide our actions. We will examine how to switch on our empathic brain and how to expand it throughout our lives. We will read the text, watch films, listen to stories, take experiential adventures, and explore lives and cultures that contrast with our own. The goal of the course is to expand our capacity for empathy not only to make our personal lives richer and more meaningful but also to consider how generating empathy on a mass scale could create radical social change.

Required text:
-  Roman Krznaric, Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It (ISBN: 978-0399171390), Perigee Books, 2014, $13.56.

JUANITA JOHNSON, MA, CT, is a retired mental health counselor who has taught at OLLI for ten years. Her passion is researching and teaching courses that encourage students to reflect on their own lives and relationships with a sense of humor. She finds joy in the capacities we all have for personal growth.

11 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2, 9:00–10:30am, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 15. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1810

 

The Bible Tells Me No? Unbiblical Behavior in the Torah and What We Can Learn From It (“They Did What?!?!”)
Course ID: 1835

We say, “Study your Bible,” but do we really mean it? How come we don’t discuss the naughty parts? I mean, what’s the worst that could happen? Let’s dig!

JACQUELINE MARX was ordained Cantor with a master of sacred music at Hebrew Union College in 1997. She has served congregations in New Mexico, New Jersey, and North Carolina, and currently raises two pre-teens in Carrboro while serving Congregation B’nai Sholom in Bristol, Tennessee, for the High Holy Days.

9 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2 (please note dates; no class Sept. 16, 23), 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1835

 

The Supreme Court In The Twenty-First Century
Course ID: 1512

We will review, discuss, and critique Supreme Court cases decided during the past fifteen years that have effected significant changes in constitutional law. Issues such as voting rights, gender equality, corporate personhood, and campaign contributions will be covered. Introductory discussions covering Article III of the US Constitution (the Judiciary), the organization of the federal courts, and the principle of judicial review will precede consideration of the twenty-first-century cases. No formal legal education will be necessary, although basic legal research will be needed to familiarize class members with cases under review. It will be the goal of the course to develop an understanding of how the federal judicial system works, how and why the Supreme Court Justices do what they do, and where they and the Court might be going.

DOUGLAS SHRADER received a BA from Yale University in 1961 and an LLB from Yale Law School in 1964. He served as a federal court law clerk and was a teaching assistant to Professor Robert Bork’s constitutional law seminar at Yale. He was a trial lawyer for more than forty years in Connecticut state and federal courts and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

10 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2 (please note dates), 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1512

 

Get Down & Back Up Again: Excerpts from the Change Your Age Program
Course ID: 1790

Baby Boomers: In this six-week short course excerpted from the Change Your Age Program, you will refine your ability to move from standing to lying on your back on the ground and then back to standing—effortlessly, without falling or going “bump,” playfully and safely, and like a child. This skill requires and refines all the skills of a healthy human system: coordination, flexibility, strength, balance, breath, and awareness. The loss of the down-and-back-up skill makes us afraid of falling. Once afraid, we increasingly limit ourselves as we get older. Practicing this skill a few minutes twice a week will increase your fitness level and sense of self-assuredness as you age. You may find that getting in and out of bed, getting up and down from a chair, and bending will become more simple and safe, too. And you’ll feel and act so much younger so much longer!

Please note: Both men and women are welcome, if able to lie down on the floor comfortably. Please bring a thick blanket or sleeping bag, as well as a big towel to fold and support your head, if you need it. Wear comfortable clothes for movement and dress in layers. Please call the instructor at 919-967-8013 to discuss any concerns you might have regarding your ability to participate.

KAREN DOLD, Feldenkrais Practitioner and movement educator, has changed her age and delights in watching her students do the same. “The older I get, the younger I feel.” She has been leading classes and private sessions throughout the Triangle area since 2000.

6 Wednesdays, October 21–December 2 (please note dates), 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: $60; this course is not available for a multicourse discount. Course ID: 1790

 

The Healthy Aging Brain: Good News from Modern Neuroscience
Course ID: 1807

Some people seem to “age gracefully,” gliding through the second half of life. How do they do it? Then there are the rest of us. We seem to be slowing down and our senses aren’t as sharp as they used to be. We have memory problems and no longer sleep through the night. Are there things we can do to age more gracefully? It was traditionally thought that the brain was fully formed by adulthood, but in recent years, neuroscience has discovered that our brains change throughout our lives. In this course, we’ll learn how you can take advantage of this exciting new research to optimize brain fitness to meet everyday challenges and enhance the quality of our lives at any age.

Required text:
-  Matthew MacDonald, Your Brain: The Missing Manual (ISBN: 978-0596517786), O’Reilly Media, 2008, $19.58.

PAUL ROHDE received his BS from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his master’s from Northwestern University. He is retired from a career in information technology and has continued a lifelong study of issues that involve science, finance, and economics.

10 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2 (please note dates), 9:00–10:30am, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1807

 

Salli's Senior Workout: Fun, Low-Impact Fitness to Improve Balance, Posture, Strength, and Flexibility
Course ID: 1735

When was the last time you enjoyed exercising? Join this fantastic and fun fitness course taught to local seniors for more than twenty-five years. The music is great, the people are great, and it’s good for you, too. Your flexibility, strength, balance, posture, and coordination will all increase. The course incorporates movements from yoga, physical therapy, and dance, uses some light hand weights, and is done in chairs or standing. The evidence is in: The surest way to age gracefully and to maintain your independence is to stay fit and strong and to practice specific movements and postures that improve balance and posture. We will focus on ten essentials to staying fit in the prime of life. Not only will you be glad you came, but you’ll leave smiling!

SALLI BENEDICT, MPH, is a registered yoga teacher, certified fitness instructor (including Ageless Grace and Nia), and health educator whose passion is “fitness for the prime of life.” She has taught fitness to seniors, cancer survivors, low-income and obese women, people living with arthritis, and many others for more than twenty-five years.

8 Wednesdays, September 9–November 4, 9:00–10:20am (please note dates and times), Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. Maximum: 15. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1735

 

Warm Glass Fusing: Playing with Color and Light

Think collage with glass. You will play with colored glass to create dishes, window art, and jewelry. The work will be fired in a kiln to fuse the collage into a single piece. No experience is 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 to complete their projects, which may be $75 and up, depending on the number and size of the projects completed. Refunds at the discretion of the instructor.

SALLYE COYLE was a research scientist in neuropharmacology before she discovered that playing with color and light in the form of glass was much more fun.

8 Wednesdays, October 7–December 9, 10:30am–12:30pm (please note dates and times), instructor’s studio, 5520 Lockridge Rd, Durham. Maximum: 10. Fee: Standard.

 

Da Vinci & Escher: The Science of Art
Course ID: 1825-005

The focus of this course is inspired by two special exhibitions that open at the North Carolina Museum of Art in October—Leonardo da Vinci’s “Codex Leicester” and the Creative Mind (the Codex Leicster is from the collection of Bill Gates) and The World of M. C. Escher. We will take a close look at these two artists and how they synthesized science and art in their creative process.

The class is open to eighty students who will attend four lectures and three gallery sessions; an additional one hundred students can register for just the four lectures. All classes will be held at the North Carolina Museum of Art, with the large lecture classes alternating weeks with the smaller gallery session classes; see schedule for dates.

Lectures—4 Tuesdays, 11:00am–12:30pm (see schedule for dates)

Gallery Sessions (choose 1; see schedule for dates)—
Section 1: Tuesdays, 10:30–11:30am
Section 2: Tuesdays, 12:00–1:00pm
Section 3: Wednesdays, 10:30–11:30am
Section 4: Wednesdays, 12:00–1:00pm

Schedule:

October 13 (lecture) The Italian High Renaissance
October 20
(lecture) Da Vinci and the Notebooks
November 3 & 4
(NCMA Galleries) Leonardo da Vinci’s “Codex Leicester” and the Creative Mind
November 10
(lecture) Perspective, Distortion, Metamorphosis
November 17 & 18
(NCMA Galleries) Perspective, Distortion, Metamorphosis
December 1
(lecture) M. C. Escher
December 8 & 9
(NCMA Galleries) The Worlds of M. C. Escher

KRISTINE DOOR, PhD, taught art history at the University of North Dakota for more than a decade before moving to Raleigh in 1995. Until her retirement, she lectured at the North Carolina Museum of Art and directed the Docent Program.

Please note: You can sign up for the entire course (which includes the lectures and your choice of available gallery sessions), or you can sign up for just the lectures. All sessions will be held at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh. When registering online, enter the four-digit Course ID (1825) into the course search. You will then need to choose between the four sections that include lectures and gallery sessions or the one section that includes lectures only. If registering by paper, write the preferred section on the line.

Section 1: Tuesday lectures with Tuesday Gallery Sessions, 10:30–11:30am. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1825-001

Section 2: Tuesday lectures with Tuesday Gallery Sessions, 12:00–1:00pm. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1825-002

Section 3: Tuesday lectures with Wednesday Gallery Sessions, 10:30–11:30am. Fee: Maximum: 20. Standard. Course ID: 1825-003

Section 4: Tuesday lectures with Wednesday Gallery Sessions, 12:00–1:00pm. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1825-004

Section 5: Lectures only, Tuesdays, 11:00am–12:30pm. Maximum: 100. Fee: $50; this section
is not available for a multicourse discount. Course ID: 1825-005

 

Vincent Villem Van Gogh: Overview of His Life and His Art
Course ID: 1841

This overview of Vincent van Gogh will cover the life and art of this extraordinary, self-taught artist. In his short life, he created exceptional works of art while experiencing deep personal disappointments and failures. We will learn about the influence of the impressionists on Van Gogh while he was living in Paris as well as about the time he spent in southern France, Arles, and St. Remy, where he was most productive. Reference will be made to the Paris architecture of the time and the Arles Roman Ruins that Van Gogh included in some of his paintings.

GUSTAVO MONTANA is a professor emeritus in the department of radiation oncology at Duke University. He has long had an interest in Van Gogh and has given courses and lectures about his art, life, and mental illness. As a physician, Dr. Montana has always felt that having an appreciation for art makes one a better observer and physician.

With a classical education in studio art and interior design as well as a master’s in architectural history, ALVA HORTON owns and operates Gingham Creative, a marketing firm dedicated to promoting the building, design, and historic preservation sectors in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

6 Wednesdays, September 9–October 14 (please note dates), 11:00am–12:30pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 25. Fee: $60; this course is not available for a multicourse discount. Course ID: 1841

 

A Thousand Years Of Sacred Music: Choral Music from Plainchant to the Twenty-First Century
Course ID: 1833

Trace the history of Western music as it developed through the music of the church as it expands from cathedral to royal courts to concert halls. We will start with plainsong chant and follow the development of scales, harmony, and structure from the Renaissance through the most recent choral masterworks.

KEN HOOVER is a native of Chicago but grew up in Virginia. From his early teens on, classical music has been a passion. He has conducted choirs, written music, and for eighteen years was host of “Great Sacred Music” on WCPE. Besides teaching at OLLI, he reviews classical music concerts for CVNC (Classical Voice of North Carolina).

11 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2, 11:00am–12:30pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 18. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1833

 

The World Today
Course ID: 0393

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, 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 at 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 (Antioch College for social studies and NYU for counseling), he has spent the bulk of his career as high school counselor.

RIC SHEPHERD has been a CPA for thirty-one years, originally in the Boston area. Since 1988, he has lived and practiced in the Triangle area. His specialty is financial consulting to business, and he teaches at Wake Tech Community College.

Please note: There are two sections of this course open for enrollment. When registering online, 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.

10 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2 (please note dates), 11:00 am–12:30 pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 25 in each section. Fee: Standard.

Section 1: Course ID: 0393-035

Section 2: Course ID: 0393-036

 

Shakespeare's Hamlet: Tragedy for the Ages
Course ID: 1791

Frequently hailed as Shakespeare's finest play, if not one of the greatest works of literature the world has known, Hamlet touches the human soul on every level. It is a tragedy of family, country, friendship, love, and individual torment. The drama asks us to consider how we would respond if every aspect of life were corrupt and the burden of setting it right were laid at our feet. Keenly intelligent, sensitive, moral, and flawed, Hamlet is reluctantly given that charge. In our OLLI sessions, we will engage in close analysis of the text with particular attention to monologues, soliloquies, and key scenes. Referencing critical commentary on the play and film versions of it, we will consider how the Bard might have intended his masterpiece to be staged. Our goal will be fresh insight into the complex way Shakespeare uses style, characterization, and plot to create thematic understanding in Hamlet.

Please note: Students should read Act 1, scenes 1–2 for the first class. For the best learning situation for everyone, please purchase the 2012 Folger Shakespeare Library edition of the text listed below.

Required text:
-  William Shakespeare, Hamlet (ISBN: 978-1451669411), Simon & Schuster, 2012, $9.95.

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. She has conducted professional workshops on teaching Shakespeare’s plays and been an OLLI instructor for twelve years.

10 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2 (please note dates), 11:00am–12:30pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 20. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1791

 

Volcanoes: Examining and Understanding Their Impact on Human History
Course ID: 0512

Toba, Thera, Krakatoa, Tambora, Vesuvius, and a host of other volcanoes have left indelible footprints in the sands of time and history. We’ll explore these major eruptions and examine (with fact as well as some speculation) how mankind has been affected in ways few realize, from near decimation of our species to impact on Bible narratives. We’ll also look at supervolcanoes and what might be in store for future generations.

Recommended text:
-  Charles R. Pellegrino, Ghosts of Vesuvius: A New Look at the Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, and Other Strange Connections (ISBN: 978-0380973101), William Morrow, 2004, $11.40.

DICK IMMEKUS is a retired engineer and business owner who reads and travels extensively. Volcanoes and archaeology have fascinated him since childhood. He has taught this course previously at both Duke and NC State Universities.

10 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2 (please note dates), 11:00am–12:30pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 0512

 

Strength & Power For Fifty+: Resistance Training with Aerobic Intervals
Course ID: 1607

Resistance training is a key component of staying fit as we age, but many of us need the support of a group under the guidance of an expert to get it done. Fight sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) by challenging your muscles and bones with a variety of equipment such as dumbbells and tubes with handles as well as body weight exercises. Low- to moderate-level aerobic intervals will be inserted periodically to help burn fat and improve cardio respiratory fitness. Stretching will be a part of the warm up and cool down and will be used throughout the class. An ability to get down to and up from the floor mats is required. Stability balls are welcome and jump ropes encouraged but not required. Motivating music will help you work up a sweat with less awareness of effort.

Please note: It is always recommended to check with your doctor before engaging in a new exercise program.

JULIA ROSE is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise, a TRX suspension trainer, and a Silver Sneakers instructor. She leads fitness classes on land and in water, and has been helping older adults get stronger at OLLI since 2006.

10 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2 (please note dates), 11:00am–12:30pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 15. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1607

 

Comparative West European Parliamentary Governments: The United Kingdom, France, and Germany
Course ID: 1786

This course analyzes the political development of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany as modern nation-states, drawing on pertinent historical and ideological foundations. It focuses on a comparative analysis of classic models of European parliamentary systems of government in reference to contrasting presidential systems, such as that of the US government. Specific coverage will include executive-legislative relations, electoral systems, and political party systems. Foreign policy considerations of membership in the European Union and general external relations also receive appropriate treatment.

Recommended text:
-  M. Donald Hancock, Politics in Europe (ISBN 978-1604266115), CQ Press College; 5th edition, 2011), $24.90. Used copies are available online at a substantial discount.

WILLIAM DAVIDSHOFER, professor emeritus at the University of Maine, Presque Isle, holds a PhD in political science from the University of Notre Dame. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the French Left at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris. He specializes in East and West European governments and politics, and political theory. He is the author of a recent publication titled Marxism and the Leninist Revolutionary Model.

11 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2, 1:30–3:00pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 18. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1786

 

The Perennial Philosophy: Spiritual Selfhood and Human Experience
Course ID: 1834

In his classic work, The Perennial Philosophy (1945), Aldous Huxley explores “the metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds; (and) the psychology that finds in the soul something similar to, or even identical with, divine Reality.” That is, The Perennial Philosophy regards the soul, an aspect of the Divine, as the true selfhood of human beings. From this perspective, human beings are essentially spiritual beings who subsist at the human level in one phase of their existence. The purpose of their existence at this level is to undergo experiences that serve to promote their spiritual evolution and recognition of their inherent divinity. In this course, we will examine the spiritual nature of human beings, as described in The Perennial Philosophy, and consider how experience at the human level can be used to further one’s spiritual development. While we will frequently reference Huxley’s work, several other sources will also be discussed.

JEROLD CLACK taught philosophy for thirty years, primarily in the Triangle area. At OLLI, he has offered a number of courses dealing with the spiritual nature of human beings.

11 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2, 1:30–3:00pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 15. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1834

 

The Art Of Twentieth-Century Composer Bio Pics: Ken Russell, Tony Palmer, and John Bridcut
Course ID: 1769

Three British filmmakers stand out in producing composer biographies for television. Thanks to these films, men already controversial musically, such as Frederick Delius, Carl Orff, and Benjamin Britten, can now be understood as fascinatingly complex human beings, as well. The films use techniques such as dramatic reenactments, cinematic metaphor, moving interviews, vivid performance extracts, and archival footage to become powerful works of art in and of themselves. A full-length film will be shown and discussed each class, with suggested readings and recordings for those who wish to go further.

JOE GOMEZ is professor emeritus at NC State University. He was the founding director of the film studies programs at NC State and Wayne State Universities.

JOHN HEROLD taught undergraduate English, including long stints at Elon and NC State Universities. Joe and John share an interest in twentieth-century British film, music, and literature and have been challenging each other on these topics since 1971.

6 Wednesdays, September 9–October 21, 1:00–4:00pm (please note dates and times), Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 24. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1769

 

E. E. Cummings & Some Of His Contemporaries & Successors
Course ID: 1822

Because of his idiosyncratic use of grammar, syntax, punctuation, and typography, E. E. Cummings is a familiar name to the proverbial man in the street. Beyond mere familiarity, serious critical opinion regards him as “an eminent voice of twentieth-century English literature.” According to one assessment, he is “one of the most individual poets who ever lived.” “No one else,” writes another, “has ever made avant-garde, experimental poems so attractive to the general and the special reader.” To demonstrate the validity of these claims, this course will focus on Cummings, but we examine as well other modern poets not necessarily influenced by him (some were clearly not), but who were in his orbit, including William Carlos Williams, W. H. Auden, W. S. Merwin, Billy Collins, Richard Wilbur, and Howard Nemerov.

Please note: There will be a $3 materials fee for handouts. Please bring exact change to the first class; refunds at the discretion of the instructor.

Recommended text:
-  E. E. Cummings, 100 Selected Poems (ISBN: 978-0802130723), Grove Press, 1994, $12.24.

OLIVER FERGUSON is professor emeritus of English at Duke University.

9 Wednesdays, September 9–November 18 (please note dates), 1:30–3:00pm, Judea Reform Educational Building. Maximum: 18. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1822

 

Intelligent Investing: How to Generate Income and Preserve Your Wealth in Retirement
Course ID: 1021

A generation ago, the lack of financial ability wasn’t a handicap for the average person. But in today’s world, it has become essential to understand how to best manage your own finances in retirement. This course will not teach you how to become rich, but it may help you avoid dying poor. No services are being offered or being sold. The purpose of this course is to give you the ability to manage your own personal finances at the lowest cost and to generate the income you need while conserving your assets or, if you choose to have someone do it on your behalf, to understand what they are doing.

Required text:
-  William J. Bernstein, The Investor’s Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between (ISBN: 978-0470505144), Wiley, 2009, $13.86.

PAUL ROHDE received his BS and MS from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, with concentrations in economics and finance. He is retired from a career in the business of information technology and has continued a lifelong study of issues involving science, finance, and economics.

11 Wednesdays, September 9–December 9 (please note dates), 1:30–3:00pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 15. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1021

 

A Philosophy Of Hinduism: Beliefs and Practices
Course ID: 1803

This course will be focused on learning about the day-to-day life of Hindu people and how it shapes their belief systems and practices. This course will help you understand the philosophy of Hinduism and introduce you to some of the rituals that have philosophical meaning behind them. Hinduism, being the oldest religion, is very broad and diverse and yet, very scientifically based. It will introduce you to the meaning of Yoga and how it relates to our mind and body. It will also help you understand the Karma theory and its relationship to reincarnation.

Please note: The instructor will provide the textbook for $7. Please bring exact change to the first class; refunds at the discretion of the instructor.

MADHU SHARMA, currently the Hindu chaplain at Duke University, is an engineer and social worker. Born in India and raised in Africa, she has spent her adult life in the United States. She is passionate about interfaith work with students and the community.

11 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2, 3:15–4:45pm, The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 18. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1803

 

Understanding The Middle East--Roots Of Culture Gap: Western Civilization versus Middle East
Course ID: 1778

We will review geography and definitions, then compare the past one thousand years of history and culture: the West versus the Middle East. Despite constant turmoil and wars in the West, why did gains from the Renaissance/Enlightenment periods prove more long lasting than the Arab Empire’s and the Ottoman Empire’s Golden Age? “Think tank” scholars and elite philosophers were significant in both the West and Middle East. Arabs rivaled and often surpassed the West in economics, mathematics, science, and medicine, so why did the two empires collapse? Did their innovations benefit the general public? How did the empires deal with social mobility, humanism, power sharing, religious diversity, the challenge to traditions, and tolerance toward others? In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, there are the beginnings of Middle East nation-states. We will examine the effects of mapmakers, colonialism, and the forces for political reform on these new nations and analyze the root causes of antimodernity and anti-Western actions. The instructor will share his personal conversations with various Middle East leaders and his own observations.

Recommended texts:
-  Judith Coffin, Robert Stacey, et al., Western Civilizations: Their History and Their Culture,
vol. 2 (ISBN: 978-0393934830) W. W. Norton & Company, 2011). Used copies available online
at a significant discount.
-  Benjamin Barber, Jihad versus McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy (ISBN: 978-0345383044) Ballantine Books, 1996, $10.24
-  Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz, Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield (ISBN: 978-1137279385) Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 2014, $12.96.

KEVIN RICHARDS has traveled to Lebanon and made contact with different political factions in remote areas. These discussions will be part of the class lectures, with topics covered in this course. He was a guest lecturer (Strategic Planning) at the university in Beirut in 2003. From 2004 to 2007, he lectured in California at Ventura College and at CYA, Camarillo. He has also worked with an organizational behavior class at Boston University.

10 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2 (please note dates), 3:15–4:45pm, Judea Reform Education Bldg. Maximum: 25. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1778

 

Joyful Dance: How Brazilian Dance Movements Help Us Heal Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul
Course ID: 1817

Experience the healing power of dance. Dance allows us a freedom of expression, a way to connect with energies greater than ourselves, and a way to move beyond limiting beliefs, obstacles, and barriers to our health and wellness. As we move through the challenges of our life, we begin the healing process. We have only to watch nature—the trees, the rivers, the mountains, the soil, and the sky—to understand how our lives also operate in cycles of survival, rebirth, and transformation. With the movements of Brazilian dance, we connect as the elements of nature: earth, wind, fire, and water. We will use the mediums of movement, sound, rhythm, and dance as means of healing and finding joy. No dance experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring only a willing body, heart, and spirit eager to move with joyful abandon. Come dance with us!

MALAIKA PETTIGREW is a life coach, an energy healer, and a dance movement instructor. Her passion for dance began as a child and will always be an essential part of her life. She has studied and performed the diverse dance styles of West Africa, Cuba, Latin, and Brazil and has taught them to all ages.

9 Wednesdays, September 9–November 18 (please note dates; no class on October 7), 3:15–4:45pm, Judea Reform Education Building. Maximum: 12. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1817

 

Highlights Of Duke University's Nasher Museum
Course ID: 1815

This discussion-based course will focus on the reinstallation of the permanent collection of Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. We will alternate between meeting in the museum’s classroom and the gallery. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with the curators responsible for the themes of the newly renovated gallery space, which include art of the Americas, African art, ancient art, Medieval art, European art (Renaissance to modern) and American art (colonial to modern).

Please note: Metered parking is available at the Nasher.

Since her move to North Carolina, RUTH CACCAVALE has taught several OLLI classes. She also works in the education department of Duke University’s Nasher Museum. For ten years prior to this, she taught a variety of art history classes at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

11 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2, 3:15–4:45pm, Nasher Art Museum, 2001 Campus Dr, Durham. Maximum: 15. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1815

 

New Horizons Chorus
Men and Women: Lift Up Your Voices and Sing!
Course ID: 0457

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, September 9—December 2, 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 school students. Fee: Standard; covers group instruction and sheet music. Course ID: 0457.

You must be a paid member of OLLI ($35 annual dues) for the 2015–2016 academic year.

 

OLLI at Night

Guide to Local Jazz: Who, Where, When, and How
Course ID: 1832

This course takes off from the Winter term. You will learn which local jazz performers play where, when, and how—primarily by attending special OLLI performances at local venues, going on field trips to university jazz practices, and talking with local musicians about their trade. The class schedule will vary: regular “classes” on Wednesday evening; Wednesday field trips during the day, according to university activity schedules; and performances on Friday or weekend afternoons. You will have plenty of choices of ways to learn in this course!

Please note: Some venues require a small cover charge.

Please note: On days with daytime field trips, you may not make it back in time for other classes.

PETER BURKE has taught “Guide to Local Jazz” twice before, designing courses for more live jazz and greater learner numbers. His personal local jazz education over the last three years includes creating www.locavorejazz.weebly.com, with links to local venues, performers, radio stations, and jazz calendars.

11 Wednesdays, September 9–December 2, 6:30–8:30pm, The Bishop’s House and local venues. Maximum: 35. Fee: Standard. Course ID: 1832

 

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