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International Relations: Angela Merkel—A Leadership Profile

Eugene/Springfield–Presenter Helene-Carol Brown will cover Angela Dorothea Merkel from a biographical perspective, setting the stage for group discussion of Germany’s domestic and foreign policies including migrants and refugees, relations with the US, China, Russia, Turkey, and the European Union.

Research historian and teacher, Brown has published three historical novels. She is fascinated by the life of Merkel, one of the most important leaders in the world today.

Field Trip to Pendleton and Baker City

Central Oregon–Central Oregon member Marcia Stone and her committee are planning a three-day field trip to Pendleton and Baker City. The plan includes the Pendleton Underground Tour, tours of the Pendleton Woolen Mill and Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, with free-time visits to Hamley Saddleshop, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Heritage Station Museum, or the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame. In Baker City, a tour of the Oregon Trail Cultural Center and Interpretive Center and free-time visits to the Geiser Hotel, Baker Heritage Center, the Chinese cemetery or the Leo Adler House. The return trip home may include some strategic stops in Sumpter, John Day, and Prineville.

OLLI-UO staff is requesting commitments for this special field trip by June 15. A pretrip meeting will follow with all who plan to go. Fliers and e-mail notifications will be out in early May.

Coordinators: Marcia Stone and Suzanne Butterfield

Let’s Celebrate Nature Tour

We had the pleasure of listening to LeeAnn Kreigh discuss highlights from her book, The Nature of Bend, on March 17. On Friday, May 26, we have a related, local field trip planned. LeeAnn Kreigh and Chuck Gates of the local Audubon Society take us to several local sites to spot birds and plants. This nature tour is open to all members—even those who were unable to attend LeeAnn’s talk.

The tentative plan for the tour is to start at Hatfield Lake (by the Bend Airport) for shorebirds and waterfowl. Then to Shevlin Park and search for late migrants, woodpeckers, and other species. Next stop is Entrada Lodge Burn to view the Lewis’s Woodpeckers (subject to change if they don’t show up this year). If time allows, we will do some forest birding up Skyliners Road.

There will be limited walking on level ground. Registration and field trip forms are required; watch your e-mail for the announcement.

Coordinator: Suzanne Butterfield

Heart of Dixie: Mexicans in the U.S. South Since 1910

Eugene/Springfield–Why are there so many Mexican immigrants in the United States, and why are so many of them undocumented? In this talk, Julie M. Weise, an associate professor of history at the University of Oregon, will help us answer this question. Her presentation will discuss the history of Mexican immigration to the United States, the factors that have brought so many here, and legal changes that have left so many vulnerable to deportation. She also will be happy to engage in conversation about the Trump administration’s policies towards Mexico and Mexican immigration. Weise received her PhD from Yale University and has been at UO since 2003.

Why Plato Says Democracy Leads to Tyranny—And Why You Should Worry He May Be Right

Eugene/Springfield–The Republic is a Socratic dialogue, written by Plato around 380 BCE, concerning justice, the order and character of the just city-state and the just man. It is Plato’s best-known work, and has proven to be one of the world’s most influential works of philosophy and political theory, both intellectually and historically.

In this lecture and discussion session, OLLI-UO member and retired philosophy professor, David Kolb, will concentrate on what Plato has to say about what happens when the city ruled by philosopher kings decays, falling into a series of lesser political structures ending up in a democracy which leads to tyranny. What interests Kolb is the characterization of democracy and why Plato thinks it leads to tyranny. We will examine his arguments and see if they apply to the present day or not.

Required reading: a short paper to be distributed to participants before the session.

Suggested reading: Plato, Republic, book 8 and book 9

Kitchen Chemistry

Eugene/Springfield–From making the perfect hard-boiled egg to making perfect gravy or fudge, a little knowledge of chemistry will avoid many kitchen disasters. This course assumes a bit of high school chemistry, but if your chemistry background is in the distant past, OLLIUO member and retired professor Nancy Mills also will fill in the gaps.

We will start with the chemistry of eggs, moving from how to make a hard-boiled egg that is both pretty and edible, to the use of eggs in hollandaise sauce and meringues, to the chemistry of flour (how to avoid lumpy gravy) and why one needs to knead bread, and will finish with perfect fudge.

Mills was professor emeritus at Trinity University in San Antonio. After retiring in 2015, she and her husband moved to Eugene to enjoy the outdoors.

The History of the Battle of Puebla on Cinco de Mayo

Eugene/Springfield–In the Battle of Puebla, the fate of Mexico as a democratic country and sovereign nation hung in the balance. A “bush league” Army of the Mexican Republic confronted the invading forces of the French Emperor Napoleon III, who thought the time had come to expand his empire to the Americas, while his promonarchist Mexican supporters saw the chance to destroy the fledgling Republic headed by Benito Juarez. Thus, the Battle of Puebla, on Cinco de Mayo, became one of the most significant dates in Mexican history.

OLLI-UO member Ilene O’Malley follows up on her highly successful short course on the Mexican Revolution with this single-session lecture. O’Malley has a PhD in history from the University of Michigan with a specialization in Latin America, and lived and studied in Mexico on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Survey of American Literature

Central Oregon–Ann Sargent returns to explore with us the various movements of American literature as they correspond to history. A variety of stories and authors will be featured through readings and discussion. Ms. Sargent plans to present a study of the American Literary Movements, moving from Puritanism all the way through to Modernism, while highlighting how these movements correspond to events in American history. Participants learn to identify signature writing styles and features of each historical movement.

Sargent taught a three-part course about the short story last fall. She is a former college textbook editor and high school English teacher and has been teaching at the community college level for 13 years, currently as a writing instructor at COCC. Sargent’s love is American literature. She taught OLLI program classes at Bradley University in Illinois for three years (from 2005–2008) before moving to Bend.

Registration is required and the course is limited to 25 participants. Watch your e-mail for announcements. Registered members will receive short stories to read prior to the start of the course.

New OLLI UO Film Series “With a Song in My Heart”

Eugene/Springfield–Musicals have long been a staple of Hollywood entertainment. From the very first talkies, movies have featured song and dance, and not only did we first hear many of our most fondly-remembered songs in movies, but many cinematic dance moments are firmly fixed in our collective pop culture memories, like Gene Kelly dancing in the rain or dancing through the streets of Paris.

The story of Hollywood musicals also is the story of an evolving art form, from big Busby Berkeley production numbers, to sometimes contrived plots –often in a show-business setting – that gave song and dance men and women like Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, and Bing Crosby a chance to entertain their audiences, to the cinematic versions of beloved Broadway musicals with popular singers who easily made the transition from stage to screen like Howard Keeler and Barbra Streisand.

Beginning May 8, 2017, join us and your fellow film-lovers to explore this developmental arc and once again enjoy the memorable songs and the dance of Hollywood musicals, as OLLI’s Film Series Program presents “With a Song in My Heart”, 12 gems from Hollywood’s musical archives in chronological order.  Following is the schedule of films and dates (on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, except for academic holidays, at 1:30 p.m. at the UO Baker Downtown Center).

05/08/17     Gold Diggers of 1933, (1933) 1 hr. 40 min.
05/22/17     Top Hat, (1935) 1 hr. 41 min.
06/12/17     Easter Parade, (1948) 1 hr. 47 min.
06/26/17     An American in Paris, (1951) 1 hr. 53 min.
07/10/17     Singing In the Rain, (1952)1 hr. 43 min.
07/24/17     Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, (1954) 1 hr. 42 min.
08/14/17     The King and I, (1956) 2 hr. 13 min.
09/11/17     Funny Face, (1957) 1 hr. 43 min.
09/25/17     West Side Story, (1961) 2 hr. 54 min.
10/09/17     My Fair Lady, (1964) 2 hr. 50 min.
10/23/17     Funny Girl, (1968) 2 hr. 31 min.
11/13/17     All That Jazz, (1979) 2 hr. 3 min.

Note that three of these movies, “West Side Story”, “My Fair Lady”, and “Funny Girl” are quite long – nearly three hours.  We will include an intermission for these films.

See you at the movies!