Life, Art, and Reconstruction in the Bay of Naples: An Introduction to the History of Pompeii

Life, Art, and Reconstruction in the Bay of NaplesCentral Oregon–Art historian Erin W. Anderson of Bend presents a series of three lectures based in the Bay of Naples before and after the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The series begins with an introduction to Pompeii and its significance to the Roman Empire before the eruption. Anderson uses the artistic programs of the Roman home to explain environment and modern theories of how Romans accessed their domain. She discusses in depth “Villa A” of Oplontis not only as an example of Roman lifestyle, but also as a model for modern reconstruction of ancient sites.

The mission of the Oplontis Project, according to Anderson, is to “conduct a systematic, multidisciplinary study of Villa A (‘of Poppaea’) and Villa B (‘of Lucius Crassius Tertius’) at Oplontis (Torre Annunziata, Italy). Under the direction of John R. Clarke and Michael L. Thomas
of the University of Texas at Austin and in collaboration with the Soprintendenza Speciale per I Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei, an international team of scholars is working to publish definitive studies of all aspects of these sites.”

Anderson worked as an art historian at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, the Pace galleries in New York, and Montana State University as an adjunct instructor. She worked and studied at the villas of Oplontis from 2010–2014 with the Oplontis Project, conducting a systematic, multidisciplinary study. Specifically, Anderson detailed the orphaned fragments at “Villa A” and developed a system for further study of orphaned fragments at “Villa B.” Under the direction of John R. Clarke and Michael L. Thomas of UT Austin and in collaboration with the Italian Archaeological Department, a team of scholars is currently working to publish a definitive study at these sites. Anderson has an upcoming article in the third volume of the Oplontis Project publication.

In lecture one, we learn about the history of Pompeii in its ancient period and then in its modern re-emergence.

Mark your calendars now for Erin Anderson’s additional lectures in February:

Life, Art, and Reconstruction in the Bay of Naples: The Roman Home and the Roman Villa Monday, February 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Life, Art, and Reconstruction in the Bay of Naples: Finding Frescoes
Monday, February 13, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

For further information on the Oplontis Project of which Erin is a part, please visit:

Delgani Quartet

olli-es-lecture-delgani-quartet-1Eugene/Springfield–What is so special about chamber music? How does a professional string quartet make old music relevant again?

Delgani String Quartet musicians Wyatt True and Kimberlee Uwate would like to answer these and other questions as they give you insight into their world as full-time musicians. They will also share the history of their young organization and provide an overview of the 65-plus performances they do each year.

Wyatt True is artistic and executive director of the Delgani String Quartet. Dr. True’s education includes a doctorate in violin performance and historical performance practice, a masters in violin performance and string quartet studies, a bachelor of arts in music and philosophy, and a bachelor of science in physics and astronomy. Violist Kimberlee Uwate is dedicated to creating shared musical experiences as a performer and a teacher. Ms. Uwate trained at the Manhattan School of Music, University of California at Davis, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Around the Campfire

olli-es-lecture-around-the-campfire-1Eugene/Springfield–Long before mass communication was even a pipe dream, pipers and troubadours wandered around the world, sharing their music with one another. Their songs wove tales about the times in which they lived and told the life stories of those they met along the way. Thus, across generations and centuries, folk music has come to reflect both the voice of the people and the societal mores of every era.

In this afternoon of Folk Music History in Context, OLLI’s modern day troubadour, Kirk Taylor, will weave informative, entertaining tales with traditional and contemporary folk music. Although contemporary folk composers like Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger are well known, composers of traditional folk music were (by definition) often unknown. Instead, the genre evolved through word of mouth and by being performed via custom over long periods of time. Taylor will cover all of this and more when we gather for a lyrical, storytelling afternoon of folk music dating back several centuries and right up through today.

A well-known local musician, Taylor has been on stage since his first paid gigs at Shakey’s Pizza in Sacramento when he was 18. While Folk Music has always been his first love, Taylor has also performed with the San Jose Symphonic Choir, the DeAnza Chorale, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of San Jose, and locally with the Sanctuary Choir and Chamber Singers of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene.

The Glass Age Is Now

olli-co-lecture-the-glass-age-is-now-3Central Oregon–Join presenter Dr. Zelda Ziegler in a fascinating exploration of glass from the centuries to today. You will never look at a mason jar the same way again!

In winter and spring quarters of 2016, Dr. Ziegler embarked on a sabbatical from teaching chemistry at Central Oregon Community College. She focused her sabbatical on the historical and technological study of glass as a material. This led her through museums in Italy, Switzerland, Washington state, New York, Pennsylvania—as well as several virtual webinars on modern glass.

Glass is a unique material that has enjoyed an intimate link to human society throughout its history. Ziegler’s talk features images of examples of glass developed for widely diverse applications over the past 35 centuries.

Dr. Ziegler tracks the path from ancient artistic decorative glass formulations and techniques to the integrally important working parts of digital X-ray imaging devices, vacuum systems, neon signs, and astronomical telescope mirrors.

She uses photographs to illustrate how history and circumstance shaped glass technology that subsequently contributed to positive developments in areas as diverse as law, public health, commerce, medicine, language, architecture, communication, art, religion, photography…not to mention science—especially biology, physics, astronomy, and chemistry.

Although the ability to mass-produce glass bottles revolutionized food and beverage storage, she shows that the impact of glass on popular fermented and distilled beverages goes far beyond mere containment to elevate their quality and enjoyment. Dr. Ziegler presents visual and conceptual links between the desire to drink beer from transparent glass to the touch screen on your smart phone, and all the science that occurred as collateral benefits along the way.

Dr. Ziegler has a BS in chemistry from Idaho State University and a PhD in analytical chemistry from Purdue University. She has worked as a research chemist in academic, government, and industrial laboratories, in a QC lab at a polymeric foam factory, and for the last 14 years has shared her love of chemistry at the community college level.

Throughout her career, she has been surrounded and enchanted by the particular glass items used by chemists. As an undergraduate, she was required to take a glassblowing course to certify as a chemist with the American Chemical Society. Her recent sabbatical allowed Dr. Ziegler to dive deeply into her interest in the ways glass has served to impel progress in science and society, and how science and society has returned the favor.

For further information about her topic, visit

American Radio/KWAX

olli-es-lecture-american-radio_kwax-1Eugene/Springfield–We are fortunate to welcome Peter Van de Graaff of KQED as our guest speaker. A native of Chicago, Illinois, who began his radio career in 1984 in Utah, then moved to WFMT in Chicago. He became a program host for the Beethoven Satellite Network, a nationally syndicated classical music program now carried on more than 150 stations. Van de Graaff has hosted other nationwide broadcast series, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Van Cliburn Piano Series, Opera from Europe, and Music of the Baroque.

His wife, Kathleen, is a professional soprano and they appear together occasionally to perform early 18th-century chamberworks. He speaks several languages including Dutch, German, and French, and has studied Russian, Spanish, and Italian. He sings in the bass-baritone range and has performed all over the world. Van de Graaff came to Eugene in 2015 to become music director and morning host at KWAX at the University of Oregon and remains host for the Beethoven Satellite Network. It should be a colorful afternoon.

International Relations—Foreign Aid: Success or Scandal?

olli-es-lecture-foreign-aid-success-or-scandal-1Eugene/Springfield–The average American believes that 26 percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. Although the real number is less than 1 percent, the question remains: is foreign aid a good use of tax money?

Join our International Relations group as a panel of experts take a look at how the U.S. spends its foreign assistance budget, what’s happening with international organizations and NGOs, and what effect all this spending has had on human and economic development around the world. (Hint: The number of people living in extreme poverty has shrunk globally by half since 1990. Who knew?)

Ten Most Famous American Buildings: That Also Changed America

olli-es-lecture-10-most-famous-us-buildings-4Eugene/Springfield–For the third and final segment of our series on Ten Most Famous Paintings, Sculptures, and Buildings in America with Helene-Carol Brown, we are going depart from the usual format. PBS has produced a fabulous one-hour program on Ten Buildings That Changed America. Architects and art historians examine ten exceptional and often famous buildings built by pioneers in new construction of commercial and domestic buildings.

We will make a list of our own individual famous and favorite buildings on 3×5 cards. Then we will pay close attention to the hour-long PBS program.

Following a break, we will reconvene to determine three things: How many of the buildings covered in the PBS program were on your own list? What particular elements of architecture were on the PBS program that you also valued in your own favorite buildings? Which buildings were either a comparison or a contrast to your own favorites, and why?

We will close the session with a brief discussion of what may have surprised you, delighted you, or dismayed you. Be prepared to actively participate in this session.

Understanding, Enjoying, and Interpreting Film

olli-uo-understanding-and-interpreting-film-1Central Oregon–This month’s film selection is The Third Man (1949, 91 minutes), suggested and voted on by members in attendance at the first session. The Third Man is black and white film noir at its best. Based on a novel by Graham Greene, it stars Joseph Cotton, Orson Wells, and Alida Valli and takes place in WWII Vienna. A pulp fiction writer goes to Vienna to work for a friend, Harry Lime, who is supposedly killed just before he arrives. Join us as we watch and discuss this Oscar-winning top-ten list favorite!

Course Manager Sharon Dawn begins the third session of the film series by sharing her experiences in film production.

Civil Rights—1965 SCOPE Voter Registration Project

olli-es-lecture-civil-rights-1965-scope-voter-registration-project-1Charles Hammonds was a member of SCOPE, a grassroots voter registration project organized by Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership conference. More than 500 college students spent the summer registering voters and helping to organize the local communities for ongoing political activism. More than 49,000 new voters were added to the rolls that summer in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. On August 8, 1965, Charles was part of a large group of nonviolent protesters arrested and jailed in Americus, Georgia.

Hammonds, now retired and living in Eugene, was the financial development director for the American Red Cross chapter in Eugene. He later worked for the ARC chapter in Tacoma, Washington. Hammonds and his wife, Ruth Obadal, are avid travelers; they most recently visited Cuba.

Join us for a 90-minute presentation and group discussion about civil rights, discrimination, and the ongoing battle for voter’s rights.

Let’s Do Lunch!

first-tuesday-luncheon-1Central Oregon–At noon on the first Tuesday of every month, OLLI members have a thrilling opportunity to join in a purely social get-together during which they share food and conversation. The venue for this fun hour is McGrath’s Fish House, located right near the UO Bend Center in the Bend River Promenade.

Luncheon coordinators Harlie Peterson and Barbara Jordan ask that you make a reservation prior to the date so the restaurant can be prepared for the group size. Join new and old friends for enjoyable discussions. Please contact the OLLI office for more information.