FLORENCE—The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Oregon will offer a series of three lecture-presentations in Florence in October and November.
October 23, 1:30-3:00 p.m.— Iran’s History and People
Jack Meacham toured Iran for two weeks in 2008 and again in 2011. He was surprised to find Iran to be more modern, less religious, and more friendly towards Americans than he had expected, as well as surprising in its diverse geography, including snow-capped mountains, dense forests, ride paddies, and tea plantations.
In this presentation, Jack will draw on his many photographs to provide an overview of Persian history, and an introduction to the people and public life in contemporary Iran, especially the parks and the Silk Road bazaar of Tabriz, site of the Constitutional Revolution of 1906, and the streets, buildings, and parks of Tehran, capital of Iran from the late 19th century to the present.
October 30, 1:30-3:00 p.m.— What is the Internet Doing to Art and Culture?
As we become more connected to worldwide information, and more wired together, our opportunities for experiencing great art and culture increase. Art is more available than ever, and more people can produce and share it. What could go wrong? Unfortunately there are plenty of problems both for those who make and those who experience art and cultural productions. In this talk, David Kolb examines the difficulties caused by the overabundance of available art, and the rapid pace of Internet life, and suggests ways to resist their negative effects.
November 13, 1:30-3:00 p.m.—Camp Ameche: An American Story
December 7, 1941 ushered in one of the darkest, most tragic episodes in our history as a nation: the evacuation and internment of Japanese and Japa- nese-Americans away from the West Coast. The Nagai family was interned at Granada-Amache Relocation Center in southeastern Colorado.
Gordon Nagai will share the experiences of his family in camp against the backdrop of the Japanese-American community in exile. He will describe life in the camps, the hardships endured especially by the elders, and how a people tried to make the most of a tragic situation.
Gordon will tell us about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team formed of “volunteers” from the camps and of the remarkable combat records achieved while fighting for their country as their parents languished in concentration camps back home. He will also include history of the Japanese immigration and the intolerance that led to the internment.
All three presentations will be held at the Ocean Dunes Clubhouse, 3345 Munsel Lake Road, Florence, OR.
The series is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is requested so that we can accommodate all who would like to attend. To pre-register for one or all of the presentations please contact UO Academic Extension: 800-824-2714