Volunteer Opportunity!

donate-your-timeEugene/Springfield–We are reaching out to see if you would like to volunteer to assist the Program Committee in developing a sortable database of past OLLI-UO programming. This important archive will be used for key program development projects and will provide historical program data for future reference.

This is not a long-term commitment. The data will come from past editions of the newsletter and be entered into an Excel spreadsheet. Some basic knowledge of Excel is a plus but not a requirement. Program Committee members will be on hand to initiate this project and help our volunteers get started; they will also provide continual support throughout the project.

If you would like to volunteer please see the December copy of The Oregon Sage for who to contact.

The Program Committee is very excited about the development of this OLLI-UO database and we hope that you can donate time to help us.

Middle East Since the Arab Uprising

OLLI UO Middle East Since the Arab UprisingEugene/Springfield–Dr. Angela Joya, an assistant professor in the UO Department of International Studies, has been in news coverage of the Syrian crisis, has written about violence against Afghan women, and was featured in the UO College of Arts and Sciences’ Cascade magazine story on the rise of the Islamic State.

“My research focuses on the development of capitalism in the Middle East and North Africa and the implications for state and class formation,” Joya said. “As such, I have examined more closely the processes of neoliberal reforms in Egypt and Syria and how these processes resulted in shifting class relations and the role of the state within these societies.”

Her work gets to the nature of current conflicts in the region. She has studied how the Egyptian economy was integrated into the global economy in the 1990s. Her more recent work on Arab uprisings has provided insights into conditions in Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia.

Annual Winter Holiday Celebration!

OLLI UO Holiday CelebrationOLLI UO Eugene/Springfield–Mark your calendar and save the date. Our annual Winter Holiday Celebration will be held in all three classrooms. Here you’ll have a chance to talk more with people you may have met briefly during a lecture break or before and after one of the large study groups, as well as your long-time friends. We’ll share great food and drink, and if you like, you can bring cookies or a special dessert to share.

Save the Date for the Annual OLLI–CO Holiday Party!

OLLI UO Central Oregon Holiday PartyCentral Oregon–Daylight Savings Time is over and the leaves have already turned…whether you like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. That means it’s time for the annual Central Oregon OLLI-UO holiday party.

Here are the details:

Location: The Looking Glass Café

Theme: the holidays (what else would it be?!)

This event will offer a buffet lunch catered by the Looking Glass Cafe. As such, we are asking that members register for the event and make a $10 contribution to cover catering costs. Registration details will be e-mailed to members.

The Ten Most Famous American Sculptures and How They Got That Way

OLLI UO The Ten Most Famous American SculpturesEugene/Springfield–If you guessed that the all-time most famous American sculpture is the Statue of Liberty, you might just be a tad mistaken. The statue was not created by an American. Rather it was designed and made by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, a very talented, but alas, a very-departed Frenchman!

Join us for an afternoon presentation of PowerPoint images by Helene-Carol Brown that will amaze and delight you. We are going to look at 10 of the most popular and well known sculptures by American artists, so be prepared for some surprises and some very new, modern, and definitely “think-outside-the-box” pieces. Think large—in some cases, really large. Some works are on the ground, some are in the water, and some are in the air.

You will have a chance to put your 10 best guesses on a 3 x 5 card, and we will work from number 10 up to number one. See if your guesses are the same as those of curators and art historians. Questions and comments are definitely welcome along the way.

The Science of Extreme Weather

OLLI UO Central Oregon Science of Extreme WeatherCentral Oregon–According to a description provided by The Great Courses, The Science of Extreme Weather serves as our field guide to the worst that Earth’s atmosphere can inflict. In 24 exciting, informative, and potentially life-saving half-hour lectures aimed at weather novices and amateur forecasters alike, viewers gain a surprisingly powerful tool in the face of such overwhelming forces: knowledge.

Escorted by meteorologist, storm chaser, and award-winning teacher Eric R. Snodgrass of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, attendees learn the fundamental science that underlies blizzards, flash floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves, and more.

Illustrated with beautifully rendered graphics, stunning storm images, and entertaining demonstrations of meteorological principles, The Science of Extreme Weather teaches students to think like meteorologists. In search of potentially life-threatening conditions, viewers learn to interpret clues in the sky and the significance of temperature, pressure, humidity, and wind direction and speed. Simple and practical forecasting rules—such as that falling air pressure signals stormy weather and rising air pressure herald clear skies—will suddenly make perfect sense.

In addition, members will be enlightened about widespread extreme weather myths, such as that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, or that a ditch or an underpass are safe refuges if you are caught in the open near a tornado. Spectators will be alerted to some truly ominous warning signs, including lightning, flooding and heat, and humidity.

Raised in the heart of Tornado Alley, the region of the U.S. with the most tornadoes of anyplace on the planet, professor Snodgrass has long been fascinated with the supercell thunderstorms that sweep across the plains, spawning tornadoes when a precise combination of meteorological factors coincides. This interest led him to become a scientist and storm chaser—a cautious stalker of extreme weather, using the tools of his discipline to decipher what makes dangerous storms form. Each year, he leads more than 1,500 University of Illinois students through a course focused on severe and hazardous weather.

In The Science of Extreme Weather, this exuberant meteorologist and gifted educator takes observers on a virtual expedition into the heart of the world’s wildest weather, investigating the mechanisms behind storms such as tornadoes, tropical cyclones, and lake-effect snow falls.

All of these extremes may make it seem that our planet is barely survivable. But as professor Snodgrass points out, we thrive on Earth. Even as the population of the globe continues to increase, fewer and fewer people are dying from extreme weather. The credit goes to improved forecasting tools along with more accurate computer models that weigh the countless data points that represent the ever-changing atmosphere. As a result, it is rare for a severe weather event to catch meteorologists by surprise.

After watching The Science of Extreme Weather, members will come away with newfound appreciation and respect for the atmosphere’s most awe-inspiring phenomena.

This study group will be held each Thursday—except for holidays— through February.

Local Author Envelops Us in the Times of Jane Austen—Beyond the Miniatures: The Real World of Jane Austen

OLLI UO Beyond the Miniatures - The Real World of Jane AustenCentral Oregon–Jane Austen, who was born in 1775, lived through a time of great upheaval— England on the brink of the Industrial Revolution, France on the verge of a revolution—and soon, both countries would be at war with each other: a war that would continue for most of Austen’s life, until her death in 1817. Yet, for those like Jane, living in the upper-middle classes—the Regency Era in England—was a time of opulence and ease.

According to Wikipedia, the Regency Era began in 1811 when George Augustus Frederick (George IV), Prince of Wales, began his nine-year tenure as regent and became known as the “Prince Regent.” This sub-period of the Georgian era began the formal Regency.

The Regency is noted for its elegance and achievements in the fine arts and architecture. This era encompassed a time of great social, political, and economic change. War was waged with Napoleon and on other fronts, affecting commerce and politics both at home and internationally. Despite the bloodshed and warfare, the Regency was also a period of great refinement and cultural achievement, shaping and altering the societal structure of Britain as a whole.

In 1814, The Times adopted steam printing. With this method, it could now print 1,100 sheets every hour, not 200 as before—a fivefold increase in production capability and demand. This development brought about the rise of the wildly popular fashionable novels in which publishers spread the stories, rumors, and flaunting of the rich and aristocratic—not so secretly hinting at the specific identity of these individuals. The gap in the hierarchy of society was so great that those of the upper classes could be viewed by those below as wondrous and fantastical fiction, something entirely out of reach yet tangibly there.

Bend author Collins Hemingway has written a well-researched novel about the Jane Austen that might have been in The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Volume I. Volume I is the first in a trilogy of Jane Austen novels by Mr. Hemingway.

In a series of two talks, Hemingway discusses the Regency Era in England, covering a time in history that faced many of the same issues as today: divisive wars, labor unrest, political polarization on trade and race, and a technological revolution that dramatically undermined the middle class. How did Austen’s novels fit within the framework of this exciting and often violent period? How did the big issues affect her family and writing?

Join our presenter Collins Hemingway as we delve into the fascinating era of this world-renowned English author, Jane Austen.

My Journey Through Social Justice

olli-uo-lecture-my-journey-through-social-justice-1Eugene/Springfield–In July 2016, Catholic Community Services of Lane County honored Ibrahim Hamide with its annual Murnane Social Justice award. In this presentation for OLLI, he will talk about his efforts for social justice over the past 40 years.

Ibrahim Hamide was born in Bethlehem, Palestine, and came to the U.S. to attend the University of Oregon. Since then he has made Eugene his home. As a social justice activist he has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Eugene Human Rights Commission. He cofounded organizations examining the Arab/Israeli conflict, and makes presentations to groups and interfaith organizations about Middle East politics, religion, and culture. He helps Muslim and Arab Americans and immigrants become more culturally aware and skilled in their dealings with law enforcement and the judiciary. He owns and operates Café Soriah.

Science Roundtable

olli-uo-science-roundtable-4Central Oregon–Join the science cohort for a special, one-time “science roundtable,” during which participants bring a science topic to discuss with others. Members can bring an article, a book, or just something they have been curious about. This is an opportunity to see if others in the group can shed any light on the topic in question. This is not structured but will have a facilitator to help ensure all who wish can participate. Attendees do not need to have a science background to join in or to just listen. As always, all are welcome no matter your background.

Annual Membership Meeting

annual-membership-meeting-2Central Oregon–Our annual meeting will be held at the UO Bend Center. The Council election and bylaws revision balloting results will be discussed, as will our financial plans. More details regarding the Osher capacity-building grant and in-depth information regarding the recent university changes impacting our administrative home, UO Academic Extension, will also be covered. See you all on November 16!