Religious Coexistence in 16th Century Westphalia (Germany)

4Eugene/Springfield–In 16th-century Europe, thousands of communities were forced to contend with the unfamiliar reality of religious diversity. Usually they did so in spite of themselves: few ideas were more alien than the notion there could be two communities of belief within a single village, town, or kingdom. As is well known, one solution to the problem was simply to drive the heretics out. UO Professor David Luebke will describe a different set of responses—the accommodations that people made at the local level to hold their communities together, despite the growing diversity of religious views among them.

David M. Luebke has been on the history faculty at the University of Oregon for almost 20 years, teaching courses on early modern Europe, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and witch persecution, as well as courses on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. His latest book, Hometown Religion: Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia, 1535–1650, appeared in March 2016, University of Virginia Press. He is also series editor of Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association and current head of the UO Department of History.

Health Care Delivery Systems 

Health Care Delivery Systems

Eugene/Springfield–Paying for Health Care: Medicare, Insurance and ‘Assurance’ (Direct Care): If you are still confused about Medicare, Medi-Gap and Medicare Advantage Programs, HMO’s, and so on, Diane Welsh Denham, an insurance broker with Mace Financial in Eugene, will explain the current system and upcoming changes. If you are interested in exploring the new “direct care” model of primary care (also known as “retainer”, “membership”, or “concierge” practice), Dr. Priya Carden will explain more.

There are variations in this model, but generally the patient pays just a single monthly fee directly to the physician, and is assured of getting 24/7 unlimited access to a doctor who knows them personally, immediate appointments, as long as needed, and as many as needed. Dr. Carden will also explain how “direct primary care” is different from concierge care although it is sometimes referred to as concierge care for everyone.

Together, Denham and Carden will explain how direct primary care can work well with particular types of insurance policies, and how it can be a cost-effective alternative. Dr. Carden was a hospitalist at PeaceHealth for nine years before opening her practice in Eugene; she was named by her peers as a “Top Doctor” in Eugene Magazine’s 2016 poll.

Annual All-Member Potluck – Central Oregon


Annual All-Member Potluck 

Central Oregon–September’s arrival means it is time for the Annual All-Member Potluck (formerly known as the Annual All-Member Picnic). The All-Member Potluck is a great opportunity to socialize with your Central Oregon OLLI-UO colleagues and share your summer vacation stories.

The theme this year is “Hats Off to Summer!” Wear the craziest, coolest, most unique hat you can find. Our venue for this event is the fantastic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, where we held the All-Member Social in June. We ask that you:

Register for the event online, by telephone, or in person at the UO Bend Center

Submit a $5 per person donation to cover the cost for a main dish and refreshments

Bring a dish or dessert to share: Last names beginning with A through M should bring a dessert. Last names beginning with N through Z should bring a side dish.

Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) 

Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) 

Eugene/Springfield–SMART is nonprofit organization that engages the community to provide critical reading support and books to Oregon children. Laurie McNichols has been the program manager for SMART in Lane County for more than five years. In that role she oversees close to 20 SMART sites across Lane County. Laurie received a BS in science from the University of Oregon in 2009 with a double major in environmental studies and sociology. She lives in Eugene with her husband and two high school age kids who hope to attend UO very soon.

1960s Coffee House 

1960s Coffee House

Eugene/Springfield–OLLI will host its second annual ‘60s Coffee House to celebrate and welcome in the new academic year. Mark your calendars and get ready to pull out your head-bands, beads, and tie-died shirts, to travel back in time for an afternoon of entertainment by members of OLLI’s Poetry on Wheels and Creative Writing groups.

Complete with live folk music and funky flower power ambience, the classrooms will be transformed to resemble a café from that bygone era with, of course, some degree of variation. While most coffee houses of the era were synonymous with protest, the principal protest here is against the idea that creativity fades with age.

The Coffee House showcases the vast and varied talents within our membership. You’ll hear poetry and prose ranging from light-hearted to deeply profound. Rhymes, rhythms, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, essays, funny stories, social commentaries—you name it, we’ve got it. And as members of the two writing groups step up to the microphone, they will be sharing their hearts and minds with all of you.

Plan on joining the fun—‘60s dress is optional!

Three Middle Eastern Families 


Three Middle Eastern Families

Eugene/Springfield–This is a three-part short course of films and discussions about three Middle Eastern families. All films are from the Middle East and were written, produced, and directed in these countries. They have won acclaim and awards both in their own countries and in the west:

Wadija-Saudi Arabia, Campfire-Israel, and The Separation-Iran. Each of the three focuses on one family and illustrates how religion affects their daily lives. Each film will be followed by guided discussions and in the final session, the discussion will compare and contrast the three with each other and with western families.

Kitty Meredith has been a member of OLLI-UO for 10 years. She has a BA in psychology and history from The University of Virginia and an conflict management from George Mason University. Kitty has participated in many OLLI discussion groups and was president of the Governing Council in 2008. She has given talks at OLLI on numerous subjects, with an emphasis on the Middle East.

Shorebirds and Raptors

 Shorebirds and Raptors

Eugene/Springfield–Floyd Weitzel will present a lecture about seabirds and raptors seen in Oregon.

Topics will include seabirds and their nesting behavior, care of the eggs and young, and various threats to the nests and young birds. The raptor portion will begin with a general discussion of adaptations and characteristics of raptors, then progress to more specific adaptions and behavior of falcons, eagles, and the osprey. Both sections of the lecture will be thoroughly illustrated with excellent photos.

WeitzeI has a BA in biology from George Fox University and a MA in zoology from the University of Colorado, and a year of graduate study at the University of Houston. Weitzel taught a variety of courses in the biological sciences for seven years at George Fox University, followed by 26 years teaching courses in the biological sciences at LCC. While teaching at LCC, he developed and taught classes in bird identification and led birding trips for retired people under the auspices of various senior centers in the Eugene-Springfield area. He currently leads winter and spring birding trips through the Willamalane Adult Activity Center in Springfield.

A Visual Guide to the Universe with the Smithsonian 

A Visual Guide to the Universe with the Smithsonian

Central Oregon–Our new science series will be based on an 18-lecture course developed by The Great Courses and the Smithsonian. They describe it, in part, as follows:

“For the first time in human history, we can see the full splendor and mystery of the universe, thanks to instruments on scores of planetary probes and observatories that have been launched into space since the 1990s.

From Saturn’s rings to the heart of the Milky Way, and from colliding galaxies to cataclysmic gamma-ray bursts at the edges of visible space, some of the most spectacular sights in the cosmos are now as easy to see as the stars above. Many of these cosmic phenomena occur at wavelengths of light that are beyond the range of human vision and can only be detected by special instruments in space.”

“The dazzling new images are not just a data bonanza for scientists; they have entered popular culture, appearing in art galleries and coffee-table books, as well as on posters, T-shirts, and even postage stamps. Above all, this stunning archive is providing a new perspective on our dynamic universe.” (The Great Courses)

Tune in on Thursday afternoons to unlock the keys to understanding the large-scale structure of the universe. OLLI member Jim Hammond facilitates our session discussions.


Writing as Discovery Series 

Writing as Discovery

Join OLLI member George Kaufman in a six-session, weekly writing course.

Writing is conversation with words. Our life experiences have made us into teachers, students, and observers, all rolled into one. In this course, you will have the opportunity to write from what you know, get in touch with what you feel, and let your words flow without the interference of your self critic. The class will include writing exercises, techniques, and assignments for the next session. There will be opportunities to share what you have written, but only if you choose to share. Some of the elements of writing that will be addressed are metaphor and simile, style, memoir writing, and Haiku. You may wish to read Writing from the Heart by Nancy Aronie.

Instructor George Kaufman earned degrees from Columbia University and Yale Law School. He is the author of the book Balancing Life and Work, which was published by the American Bar Association. He has taught courses at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Esalen, New York Open Center, and Pelican Cove Internal University.

Enrollment for this course is limited to 30 participants. If you are interested in participating in this short course, please contact the OLLI-UO office, 541-346-0697, or register online: php?CourseKey=1168416

Magic Show 

Magic Show 

Eugene/Springfield–Join us for an hour of magic! It will be a half hour display of magic, followed by a half hour of revealing how the tricks were performed.

OLLI member Larry Leverone has done simple, close-up magic shows on a volunteer basis for dozens of years. His maternal grandfather, William J Callahan (Bumpy), got him interested in magic during his youth by doing simple coin tricks during his visits to Larry’s family home outside of Boston.

During the many years he lived on the East Coast, Leverone performed at hospitals, nursing homes, and shelters. After retiring from IBM, he performed monthly with the help of his Montessori middle school students in Washington, D.C., during his last years in that city.

Leverone currently performs shows twice a month in the Johnson Unit at Sacred Heart Hospital in the University District as a way of giving back for a successful open heart surgery he had at that hospital in November of 2007. He has also performed his show at a few senior living communities in Eugene.

Seats are limited, register now: 1168425