OLLI-UO in Portland
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The following study and discussion groups meet weekly unless otherwise specified. Please see the winter break closure announcement below. All members are welcome to attend these sessions. Past participation is not required. For questions, study materials or more information on these groups, please call the OLLI-UO in Portland office at 503-412-3653.
The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates
December 6 and 13, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The Tuesday morning DVD discussion group will begin a new Teaching Company course in December: The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates.
“Trying to understand our human origins has always been a fundamental part of who we are. One of the core things we want to know is how we came to be. Thousands of years ago, human civilizations developed elaborate stories to explain the origins of humans. But today, with the help of dramatic archaeological discoveries and groundbreaking advancements in technology and scientific understanding, we are closer than ever before to learning the true story.
In recent decades, paleoanthropology has exploded, bringing us closer than ever before to making sense of this controversial subject and providing us with a richer understanding of our origins. It’s also sparked continued debate among the greatest minds in the field and prompted anthropologists to revise, update, and even, in some cases, overturn ideas and theories about key issues in human evolution” (http://bit.ly/n3H5sI). [DVD discussion group] Facilitator: Mike Ellis.
How to Listen to and Understand Great Music
December 7 and 14, 10:30 a.m.–noon
“Music, the most abstract and sublime of all the arts, is capable of transmitting an unbelievable amount of expressive, historical, and even philosophical information to us, provided that our antennas are up and pointed in the right direction.
“In this Teaching Company DVD course “you will hear and understand an entire language of unmatched beauty, genius, and power [as] Professor Greenberg takes you inside magnificent compositions by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and more.” (http://bit.ly/mEQ6kk) [DVD discussion group] Facilitator: Joanna Rood
December 1, 8, and 15, 10:30 a.m.–noon
As “third agers,” we are experiencing, for the first time in human history, thirty additional years of healthy life. This experimental discussion course will utilize emerging findings from the science of gerontology as well as gerogogy, defined as self-directed learning using life experience as a platform. This discussion course is not a life-review course. Class discussion will not only allow participants to look back on past experiences, but will encourage participants to look ahead as they travel through their third age.
Facilitator: Ken Calvin
December 1 and 15, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
In December, Literati will read and discuss two works:
- Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella, The Metamorphosis on December 1
- Isabel Wilkerson’s novel, The Warmth of Other Suns on December 15
Copies of The Metamorphosis are available online to read and download for free at Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org). For a hard copy of The Metamorphosis, please call the OLLI-UO office at 503-412-3653. Literati will supplement discussion with the DVD Teaching Company series, History of World Literature, taught by Purdue University Professor Grant L. Voth.
Facilitator: George Davidson.
Leaving a Trace: Writing About Your Life
December 1, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
This group provides a friendly, supportive, and intimate setting to explore and share memories and experiences.
In this course, we will explore moving from journal writing to finding the ‘line of thought.’ We will write, share, engage in writing exercises, and have a couple of guests who have moved from journal, to memoir, to a published book.
Through this experience, I hope to share with you how to leave a lasting piece of work about your lives. We will identify ten key patterns hidden in all journals and find the story underneath the surface of recorded fact. We will learn how to play detective to your days, find the ‘thought line’ or the arc of life’s meaning in your life, and frame these stories for journal, family chronicle or memoir.
- Past questions the writing group has considered are:
- What is something that got left behind?
- What is something you cannot deny?
- What is something you wrote or did that you no longer understand?
Members may join this group at anytime. Facilitator: Judi McGavin
Winter break closures
OLLI-UO in Portland will take a winter break December 21–23, however, OLLI-UO in Eugene offices will be open. The University of Oregon is closed for winter holidays December 26 and January 2. For more information on the winter break schedule, please call 800-824-2714.