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Meals on Reels: Food and Food Culture in Cinema

Eugene/Springfield–Ah, food! Eating may be a basic human need, but food—that’s something else. Food is expressive, and it evokes memories and emotions.

Food helps define cultures and personal identity, while the shared experience of food can bridge cultures and connect individuals together. Food is science and technique, and also art and creativity. It can be plain and comfortable, and it can be dramatic and pleasurable. Is there another element in our lives that can be such a metaphor and vehicle for the range of human emotions and experience? It is no wonder that food, the people who work with and create food and food culture have been such rich sources of storytelling in film.

We’ll bring you 12 examples of those stories in our next OLLI-UO Film Series, “Meals on Reels: Food and Food Culture in Cinema,” with Chocolat, perhaps the ultimate film about the expression of passion and conflict through food.

Come join us second and fourth Mondays for this new series. Enjoy these creative films, and reflect on the myriad ways food impacts and gives expression to our own lives. The films and their scheduled screening dates are listed below. More detailed information about the individual films is available on the OLLI-UO website.

Fall 2016

  • October 10 Chocolat
  • October 24 Waitress
  • November 14 Babette’s Feast
  • November 28 Tampopo
  • December 12 Burnt
  • December 26 Winter Holidays
  • Break– No Movie

Winter–Spring 2017

  • January 9 Mostly Martha
  • January 23 Big Night
  • February 13 Eat Drink Man Woman
  • February 27 Tortilla Soup
  • March 13 Ratatouille
  • March 27 The Hundred Foot Journey
  • April 10 Julie and Julia

Solutions Discussion Group


Solutions is a different kind of discussion class. We discuss what we think are the most important problems in the world and explore possible solutions to them. Each session includes about a half hour of videos that provides a background or introduction for the problem, so we have something to discuss. Members are also emailed a written description of the problem with internet links, several days before hand, so they can do preliminary research if they wish.  There is also a website that allows members to see upcoming topics and read about previous topics we have discussed at:

The Solutions class meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month at 11:45 to 1:15. Feel free to bring a lunch.


Classics/Philosophy Reading List 2015-2016

Classics and Philosophy Reading List 2015-2016Eugene/Springfield–The Classics/Philosophy book group has selected its readings for the coming year. The group focuses on reading and discussion of classic novels and works of philosophy, political theory, religion or sociology. They alternate monthly between fiction and nonfiction selections.

Classics/Philosophy Reading List 2015-2016

  • November 2015–Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
  • December 2015–The Sorrows of Young Werther by J.W. von Goethe
  • January 2016–My First Sumer in the Sierra by John Muir
  • February 2016–The Daughter of Time by Josephine They and Richard III by William Shakespeare
  • March 2016–Beyond the 100th Meridien by Wallace Stegner
  • April 2016–A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
  • May 2016–The Conquest of Peru by William Prescott
  • June 2016–Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  • July 2016–The Merchant of Prato by Iris Origo
  • August 2016–Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  • September 2016–Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves


International Relations

Eugene/Springfield–International affairs, history, current global developments and U.S. foreign policy.

Members learn through presentations and discussions on topics connected with geo-politics, international business, global cultures, trade, the environment, and America’s place in the world.  Group “brainstorms” produce specific topics that are scheduled by term – Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Group members are encouraged, but not required, to prepare and deliver session presentations for discussion.  The facilitator maintains an email list for distribution of presenters’ materials, links to websites, videos and readings prior to the sessions. Recent topics have included: What about the Kurds?; Scrambling for Positions in the Arctic; Tensions in the South China Sea; Refugees and Immigration; and the Transpacific Partnership (TPP).

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French Language

Eugene/Springfield–Learning and improving our French through grammar, conversations, readings and discussions.

In the first half hour we have a session of grammar targeting an intermediate level of French. In the second half hour we have a conversation class with intermediate levels and advanced levels together and in the third half hour we target an advanced level of French where we read an article or discuss ideas or topics of interest to French language and culture.

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Celebrate the Ninety-fourth Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with OLLI-UO Members Olivia Taylor-Young and Kirk Taylor

Eugene—Outside of OLLI—On Saturday, August 23, the Eugene Public Library will present a program that celebrates Women’s History and the ninety-fourth anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.

After a hard fought battle that spanned seven-plus decades, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on August 26, 1920, granting America’s women the most basic responsibility of a democracy, the right to vote.

OLLI-UO members Olivia Taylor-Young and Kirk Taylor, will trace the story of this historic event as well as the events affecting the status of America’s women right up to the present day, in a self-produced, scripted PowerPoint presentation, illustrated with authentic photographs from as far back as the mid-1800s.

The event, scheduled for 3:00 p.m., is open to the public and presented free of charge. Come, bring your friends and family, and support your fellow OLLI members’ special project!


August Field Trips and Tours

Central Oregon—OLLI-UO members are invited to participate in two upcoming “outside-the-classroom” learning adventures. On Monday, August 11 we will go behind the scenes at the Deschutes Brewery, and on Thursday, August 14 we will tour the Cascade Culinary Institute facilities and then enjoy lunch at the CCI Elevation Dining Room.

Deschutes Brewery: In June 2013 Ernst & Young recognized Gary Fish as a Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award Recipient. Join us to learn about the newest expansion – just how much beer is there in those gigantic bins?! – and the “green” systems which save water and sewerage. The tour ends in the tasting room with an excellent selection of beers to choose from.

We have two tours of 15 people. Tours will begin promptly at 2:00 pm and at 2:30 pm. The two groups will meet up in the tasting room. Reservations are required and there are only 30 spaces are available.

“Preparing the next generation of industry leaders is a community endeavor at Cascade Culinary Institute. Elevation, the student operated restaurant, serves as the capstone course for students and an opportunity for community members to enjoy sustainable cuisine with a farm-to-table emphasis.”

The tour of CCI facilities will be followed by lunch at the Elevation dining room.The summer menu includes appetizers for $5 – $6 including Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho and Sweet Corn Hushpuppies and entrees priced from $8 – $10 that include Cobb salad, Salmon Steamer and a burger on house-made bread.

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Elevation connects the public and students as an integral part of the curriculum. At the conclusion of the meal, or via the restaurant website, patrons are actively engaged in an e-survey, where they can provide feedback about their dining and service experience. The guest feedback is then integrated into the instructional process in order to influence both individual and group learning. Reservations are limited to 30 people.

To reserve your place on either tour please RSVP to Martie Steigleder at the UO Bend Center, 541-728-0685 by Thursday, August 7.



Summer Picnic in Bend

Calling all members! OLLI-UO in Central Oregon will be holding a summer all-member picnic 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. The Gazebo at Mountain High Community on Knott Road provides picnic table seating and shelter. OLLI-UO will provide the chicken, ice tea, lemonade, water and ice, cake, watermelon, and tableware.

Members are asked to bring a potluck dish for six-eight with serving pieces. Comfortable lawn or camping chairs are optional. An RSVP is requested, please call the UO Bend Center office at 541-728-0685 by Wednesday, June 25.

Directions: Please use only the Mountain High Rd entrance on Knott Rd: the gazebo is just inside this gate. Take Rt 97 south exiting at Knott Rd. At the stop sign turn left (east) onto Knott Rd, drive to Mountain High Rd (BIG sign and gate) on the left (north) side of Knott; it is between China Hat Rd and Country Club Rd.

Turn to the left just before the gate, and into the parking lot across from the gazebo. If you have a heavy load of goodies and such, come through the automatic gate and park along the Green.




Planned Giving Luncheon Seminar

EUGENE—OLLI-UO has partnered with the UO Office of Gift Planning to offer a lunch seminar on the financial benefits of planned giving.  Planned gifts can reduce your income tax and estate tax and allow you to create a legacy of support for the charitable organizations that are important to you.

Join us at noon, Wednesday, May 7, for a lunch seminar with Jesse W. Visser, J.D. UO Office of Gift Planning to learn more about powerful giving. The seminar is offered at no cost to OLLI-UO members and the community, but pre-registration is required, please contact the OLLI-UO Membership Office, 541-346-0697.


UO Faculty Author Event—Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-Aging

BEND—Join us on Thursday, May 8 for a special author event with Lauren Kessler, co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon and the Duck Store.

Kessler, the author of twelve books, including The Stubborn Twig, Clever Girl, and The Happy Bottom Riding Club, is also professor and director of the UO Multimedia Journalism Master’s Program. Her latest book, is an informative and humorous look at the latest strategies to prolong our healthy and productive years.

Refreshments will be provided, Kessler’s book, available in the new paperbound edition, may be purchased at the Duck Store.

This event is open to OLLI-UO members and the general public, but RSVPs are requested so that we can plan for our guests’ attendance. Please call the OLLI-UO or UO Academic Extension Office at 541-346-0697 or 800-824-2714.