A Good Death

2Eugene/Springfield–Michael Pace has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years. He served in the US Navy in Viet Nam, Iran and Iraq, and worked at Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives in Medford, which he calls “the most amazing and satisfying job I ever held.” He has recently published a book entitled; To Have a Graveyard as a Friend—Being Inspired by the Expired,” which was the subject of a recent Register-Guard article.

The title of the lecture is “A Good Death,” and will explore fearing, and not fearing, death, and then the ethics of death—what consumers need to think about, including end-of-life cost considerations.

An Evening With Thomas Doty—Storyteller

An evening with Thomas DotyOLLI UO is pleased to partner with the Lane Historical Society by hosting this evening of traditional and original stories from Oregon at the UO Baker Downtown Center.

Thomas Doty received a Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the National American Indian Program. Please mark your calendars for 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28, and join us for this special evening program. Admission is free and open to the public.

Celebrating the Pulitzer Prize Centennial: The Dragons of Eden

1Eugene/Springfield–One of the most famous of the Pulitzer Prize winners was the renowned physicist and cosmologist Carl Sagan. Through his TV series Cosmos, he became an intellectual superstar and brought billions and billions of people to a knowledge of the universe. He is perhaps most famous as the source of inspiration for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). As a result of this he also became interested in the study of terrestrial intelligence. The outcome of this interest is the Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Dragons of Eden, which won the prize for general nonfiction in 1978. This book has the subtitle of Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence.

As part of the Pulitzer centennial series OLLI-UO will present two lecture-discussion sessions on Sagan’s book. The highly readable Dragons of Eden offers a wonderful introduction to the evolution of the human brain. The 20th century made tremendous progress in the understanding of the brain and how it relates to the comprehension of traditional problems in biology, psychology, and philosophy. The first of these presentations will be given by OLLI member Klaus Galda. Klaus will give an exposition of the book and put into context from various angles: historical, philosophical, and scientific.

A second presentation on Wednesday, November 2, will be given by a specialist in the area of brain evolution; it will focus on a scientific evaluation of the book itself and will concentrate on the substantial progress made in this field since 1978.

Cuba: A Country in Transition

1Eugene/Springfield–In January 2016, OLLI member Julie Jessal and Mike Wolf completed a self-supported bicycle trip across Cuba. International Relations study and discussion group invited Julie and Mike to discuss Cuba’s political and economic past and present conditions and share the hopes and dreams of everyday Cubans they met along the way. What possibilities lie ahead for this remarkable land and its people?

Join us for this interesting presentation and discussion.

New Member Welcome


Central Oregon–Any new members who have joined OLLI-UO Central Oregon in 2016 are invited to attend the New Member Welcome at the UO Bend Center. This is an opportunity for new members to get acquainted with each other and to learn what OLLI is all about. We will discuss our Central Oregon programming, review some Frequently Asked Questions, explain how things “work,” and show resources offered to members. This is an informal meeting where we hope to make you feel welcome. We look forward to getting to know you!

2016 General Election Issues Wide Ranging

5Eugene/Springfield–The seven state issues on the November 8, 2016 ballot are very diverse, covering issues from wildlife to judges to corporate taxation. Included are #94—judge’s retirement age; #95—investments for public universities; #96—Lottery dollars for veteran’s services; # 97—corporate tax increase for public education and social services; #98—for career technology and high school graduation; # 99— for statewide outdoor school; and #100—for endangered species. Background information and the pros and cons of each issue will be discussed at this session presented by a panel from the Lane County League of Women Voters including Barbara Carter, Kappy Eaton and Carol Hildebrand. Come and join the conversation.

Demystifying the Pulitzer Prize

3Eugene/Springfield–Ever wonder how journalists, authors, poets, playwrights, and composers are awarded the Pulitzer Prize? Join Doug Bates, University of Oregon graduate and longtime West Coast newspaper editor and author, for a spirited discussion of his book, The Pulitzer Prize: The Inside Story of America’s Most Prestigious Award (Birch Lane Press, 1991).

A Pulitzer Prize winner himself, Bates will offer insight on the controversial side of these honors. Addressing the Pulitzers for literature, for example, he will discuss why the best works of Hemingway and Faulkner were never honored. And in the awards for music, he will explain how jazz great Duke Ellington was rejected for the Pulitzer Prize and how African American composers in general were completely snubbed during the 75 years prior to 1991. Yet, despite all the shortcomings of the Pulitzers, Bates will tell why he agrees with the editors of Time magazine, which called these prizes “the most valuable American awards there are.”

Bates retired in 2009 as an associate editor at The Oregonian and a member of its editorial board. Before joining the Portland paper in 1993, he worked as assistant managing editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune, news editor of The Seattle Times and managing editor of The Register-Guard in Eugene. He has also held editing and writing positions at daily newspapers in Spokane and Bend.

Fifteen years after publication of his book on the Pulitzer Prize, Bates received the honor himself, along with his colleague at The Oregonian, Rick Attig, another UO journalism alumnus. Their 15-part series on abusive conditions at the Oregon State Hospital won the 2006 prize for editorial writing along with several other national honors, including the Sigma Delta Chi and Headliner awards.

From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

1Central Oregon–Join facilitator Burt Litman for a reprise of this much-loved DVD study group. The Impressionists “appeared in a period of upheaval. They saw the rebuilding of Paris, the rise of industrialism, the ruin of the Franco-Prussian war. They displayed their startling and shocking works in a series of exhibitions from 1874 to 1886. And by the 1890s, this ‘loose coalition’ of artists who rebelled against the formality of the French Academy had created the most famous artistic movement in history.”

In these recorded lectures, “Professor Brettell is your expert curator and guide to a movement that created a new, intensely personal vision of the world.

Separate analysis is given to the important Impressionist exhibitions and their contemporary critics like the writer Baudelaire. Among key topics covered are the public and private worlds of Parisian modernity, life in the countryside, the new leisure class, and the influential legacy of Impressionism.” (The Great Courses).

Our study group will use the Great Course series of lectures as the basis of sessions that will introduce members to the style, subject, and function of Impressionist painting by artists including Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and van Gogh. Refer to the newsletter schedule on pages 4–5 for listings of each session’s topics.

The Museum at Warm Springs Tour

4Central Oregon–Join in the fun as we take a field trip to the Museum at Warm Springs. With a museum tour guide, members have the opportunity to see both the 23rd Annual Warm Springs Tribal Member Art Exhibit and the permanent exhibit. Participants also watch a film in the beautiful 25,000-square foot museum. Afterwards, we take a short quarter-mile trail hike on the museum grounds. A no-host buffet lunch at the Indian Head Casino rounds out the day. We return to the UO Bend Center in the late afternoon. Of the Tribal Member Art Exhibit, the museum website says, “Tribal artists shine through their creations! Traditional and contemporary pieces bring visitors the opportunity to view the diversity of art from Warm Springs. Some art will be for sale.”

The discounted tour cost for our OLLI-UO group is $4.50 per person, payable to the museum. OLLI-UO is footing the bill for tour guide fees; however, a $5 contribution to carpool drivers for gas is requested. Field trip forms are required.

Preregistration opens the week of October 10 and closes October 26. Watch your e-mail for the announcement and registration link, or contact the OLLI-UO Academic Extension offices 541-728-0685 in Bend or 800-824-2714 in Eugene.

Community Orchestra of Central Oregon Visits OLLI UO in Central Oregon

1Central Oregon–We are in for a melodious treat! Representatives from the Community Orchestra of Central Oregon (COCO) visit OLLI-UO to play some music. They also invite members who attend to pick up that musical instrument they put away many years ago and join them.

Chris Moody explains what COCO is all about. We get a glimpse of the nonprofit organization from its website, which explains that COCO “provides an opportunity for musicians to rehearse and perform a variety of orchestral works while contributing to the enjoyment, appreciation, and enrichment of music in the local community.” During their talk at OLLI, orchestra members share how they got started, discuss the paths available to help others dust off a neglected instrument, and encourage newbies to start from the beginning and join the orchestra when ready. COCO participants also share details of their upcoming performance in November.

For those who have never played a musical instrument, it is never too late to get started with lessons. The Community Orchestra of Central Oregon ultimately offers a local group with which to make music. This presentation is also open to those who just want to know more about COCO. Musician or not, come along and listen!