BEND—In early May, OLLI-UO in Central Oregon moved to a new facility at 80 NE Bend River Mall. This newly renovated facility will provide a headquarters and instructional space for OLLI and other University of Oregon programs based in Central Oregon, and a new home for the Duck Store.
Please check the June edition of the Oregon Sage newsletter for notes on meeting locations.
Curious about how to get to our new location? Council member Ed Lee has provided a map for your reference (see link below). If you have difficulty opening the file please call the OLLI-UO/Academic Extension office at 800-824-2714 and the registration staff will send you a copy.
OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Headquarters
Driving directions to OLLI-UO in Central Oregon:
- Coming from the East on US-20, take US-20 W toward Bend. Make a right turn onto NE 3rd Street US-20/US-97 Business. Drive 1.8 miles to the light at Bend River Mall Drive (immediately past Macy’s in the Bend River Mall shopping center). Turn right onto Bend River Mall Drive and look for the University of Oregon building on your left (behind the IHOP restaurant) and use the North side entrance.
- Coming from the West on US-20, stay on US-20 E toward Bend. As you enter town, go through the light at Empire. Approx. mile, turn left at the light onto Bend River Mall Drive, just past Shopko and look for the University of Oregon building on your left (behind the IHOP restaurant) and use the North side entrance.
- Coming from the South on US-97, take US-97 N toward Bend. As you enter town, stay right onto US-97 Business, signs will say US-97 BUS/ US-20 E/Third Street. Continue north and approx. 2.3 miles from the railroad underpass, begin looking for NE Bend River Mall Drive, just past Macy’s in the Bend River Mall shopping center. Turn right at the light onto Bend River Mall Drive and look for the University of Oregon building on your left (behind the IHOP restaurant) and use the North side entrance.
- Coming from the North on US-97, take US-97 S toward Bend. Take exit 135-A for US-20/US-97 Business toward the Business District/Burns (the Cascade Village Shopping Center is on your right). Beyond the light at Empire, turn left at the next light onto Bend River Mall Drive, just past Shopko and look for the University of Oregon building on your left (behind the IHOP restaurant) and use the North side entrance.
BEND—OLLI-UO has partnered with the COCC Great Decisions program to bring Middle-East specialist Dr. Peter Bechtold to Bend. Bechtold, chairman emeritus of the Near East North Africa Area Studies program at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, is now based in Portland, OR. A frequent lecturer at Portland State University, he has presented several series on the Middle East for OLLI-UO in Portland and Eugene-Springfield.
In Bend, Bechtold will first present an evening lecture on Afghanistan for the COCC Great Decisions series. The next morning, he will meet with OLLI-UO members at for a brief re-cap and discussion. OLLI-UO members may attend both events at no cost.
Wednesday, April 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Great Decisions Afghanistan, Hitchcock Auditorium, Pioneer Hall, COCC Campus
Thursday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.-noon, Talking About Afghanistan, DesChutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend
Tuesday, May 22, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
70 NW Couch Street Portland, OR 97209
Each year, when members of the Texas Boys’ Choir dress in Revolutionary costume to celebrate the Continental soldier of yore, they strike up a song about one such soldier—a woman named Deborah Sampson, who fought in George Washington’s army for three years and was awarded a pension by one of the first acts of the U.S. Congress. Deborah Sampson is just one example of the high-mettled heroine of popular ballads who masquerades as a man and ventures to war for love and glory. Songs celebrating such women flourished as “hits” for more than 200 years, reaching their zenith in the eighteenth century. The ballads are still alive today, embedded in the folksong traditions of America and Britain.
This presentation introduces audiences to the courageous heroines of ballads and history—Hannah Snell in eighteenth-century England, Deborah Sampson in Revolutionary America, Sarah Rosetta Wakeman in the American Civil War—as well as the folk songs that celebrate their valor and deeds. We’ll listen to ten ballads from the 120 songs I have collected, in varied contexts and musical styles from Elizabethan to present-day cowboy songs. We also will discuss aspects of national history and politics illustrated by the songs, the cultural forms that shape heroism and women, and the popular music traditions of ordinary people.
Raised on a small ranch in the rural Pacific Northwest, presenter Dianne Dugaw began her career as a folksinger. In the 1970s, she traveled to the Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas and Oklahoma to collect traditional songs, hymns, and tunes. After earning a B.A. in English at the University of Portland, Dugaw went on to earn a master’s degree in English from the University of Colorado. She then studied literature, music, drama, and folklore at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and received her Ph.D. in English. For the past fifteen years, she has taught in the Department of English and the Folklore Program at the University of Oregon. Dugaw has published three books on topics in literary history and folklore and, in 2002, she recorded a CD entitled “Dangerous Examples—Fighting and Sailing Women in Song.” She has written numerous articles on literature, folklore, popular culture, and women’s studies, which have appeared in national and international journals. She continues to play music and sing in the Eugene area.
Wednesday, April 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Eugene—OLLI-UO Open Meetings bring distinguished speakers to the community and introduce the public to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program offerings. The April 18 event features speaker Peter Laufer the UO James Wallace Chair for Journalism. Laufer, an award-winning author, broadcaster, documentarian and journalist, will speak on the role of the media in a modern democracy. The Open Meeting format leaves ample time for audience questions and discussion with the presenter.
This event is free and open to the public. OLLI-UO members are encouraged to invite their friends and neighbors to attend.
For more information on featured speaker Peter Laufer:
Bend—OLLI-UO in Central Oregon is pleased to present a series of five lectures on the Eastern Oregon Indian Wars during April and May. The first in the series, The Cayuse War, covers the renowned Cayuse Chief, Five Crows, and the war of 1847-1855. A part of this story involves the Whitman Mission, the history of this site is still being researched. Paul M. Patton, Eastern Oregon Region Interpretive Coordinator for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will lead our voyage of discovery on Wednesday, April 18, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Road.
Other lectures in the series include:
- Thursday, May 3 Joseph and the Nez Perce War of 1877, 4:00-5:45 p.m. Bend Public Library, Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St. Presenter: Dr. Mark Spence, Author and Instructor of History, University of Oregon.
- Wednesday, May 9 Paulina and the Snake War of 1864-68 Presenter: Dr. Jim Gardner, Author, Historian and President Emeritus of Lewis & Clark College. Open to OLLI-UO members only.
- Wednesday, May 16 Captain Jack and the Modoc War of 1872-73 Presenter: Eric Iseman, Park Ranger, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
- Thursday, May 24, Eagan and the Bannock-Paiute War of 1878 Presenter: Paul M. Patton, Eastern Oregon Region Interpretive Coordinator for Oregon Parks and Recreation.
Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are scheduled for 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Road, and will be open to the general public.
Eugene—April is a great month to sample the OLLI-UO program. In addition to our Spring Open Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, members of the community are invited to register for a one-month pass, which provides access to all Eugene/Springfield program events scheduled from April 2-30.
To register for this introductory membership, contact the OLLI-UO office by calling 541-346-0697 or 800-824-2714, or visit the office, Suite 110, 975 High Street, during our regular business hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For a complete schedule and event descriptions, download the April edition of the Oregon Sage newsletter: http://osher.uoregon.edu/pdfs/newsletter/2012-04.pdf