Single Payer Health Care for All Oregonians

Eugene/Springfield—Health care is certainly in the news lately. The Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress have been trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, following Trump’s campaign promise to form a health care system that was better and cheaper and would cover everyone in the country. Unfortunately, now the administration does not seem to have a very good understanding of how to do that, according to OLLI-UO member Jerry Brule, who will moderate this discussion panel.

In a free market insurance-based model, Brule says, there must be government controls on what the insurance companies can and can’t do, such as prohibiting dropping people with pre-existing conditions. To make it profitable for the Insurance companies there must be a way to attract the young and healthy to pay for the old and sick. In other words, it should look a lot like Obamacare. One alternative that the Republicans are not considering is a single payer system like Medicare for all. That seems to be the only system that would fulfill Trump’s promise of better, cheaper health care for everyone, according to Brule.

In addition to Brule, the panel will include Lou Sinniger, a Health Care for All Oregon board member; Nathan Markowitz, a doctor; and Ruth Duemler, a long-time activist. The program will feature a 30-minute film, Now Is the Time, and a discussion period.

The Real World of Jane Austen

Eugene/Springfield—In “Beyond the Miniatures: The Real World of Jane Austen,” Central Oregon author Collins Hemingway will provide an overview of the major issues of the Regency Era, similar to many issues we face today: divisive wars, labor unrest, political polarization on trade and race, and technological revolution that dramatically undermined the middle class. He also will discuss how Jane Austen’s novels fit within the framework of this exciting and often violent period and how the big issues, such as slavery and war, affected her family and writing.

Hemingway is a technologist who has written books on business and science, including one with Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and is a student of history and literature who lectures and writes about the life and times of Jane Austen.

His presentation is part of the 2016–17 OLLI-UO Speaker Exchange program partially funded by the Osher Capacity Building Grant.

Artist’s Talk: Allan Kluber

Eugene/Springfield—Ceramic artist Allan Kluber will describe the evolution of his ceramics, which are on display May 31–July 1 at the Karin Clarke Gallery, “Allan Kluber: Old Work/New Work.”

Kluber received his MFA from the UO in 1973. During the 1970s and 1980s he exhibited widely, received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission, and taught workshops across the country. Two examples of his work from that period appear in the Lane County Public Services Building, and at “Fountain Square” at Springfield City Hall. Kluber stopped working in clay in 1986 and went on to obtain a counseling degree, to work at Lane Community College, and to produce educational videos.

Last summer, a road trip through southern Utah’s landscape of dramatic rock formations reignited his passion for clay. The result is something totally different from the fine porcelains of his earlier work. Kluber’s talk will include slides and examples of both periods of his work.

The Finnish Architect Who Humanized Modern Architecture

Eugene/Springfield—Learn about the buildings and designs of celebrated Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, whose work brought a new sensitivity for wood, brick, and other natural materials into steel and glass rectangular modern architecture. Discover his philosophy of building and his striking architecture in Europe and Oregon.

Virginia Cartwright, UO associate professor of architecture and director of the UO Baker Lighting Lab, explores light, form, and space through her research, practice, and seminars on the architecture of Alvar Aalto and on architecture in the cinema. She also teaches courses in daylighting, electric lighting, site and climate, and media.

OLLI Spring (Really Summer) Social

Central Oregon—It’s been a looooooooong winter, but the daffodils are up, trees are starting to bud and leaf out, and summer is really just around the corner. So let’s celebrate!

Our theme will be “Summer of Love.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, so break out your tie-dye t-shirts, bellbottom pants and get ready to get in touch with your inner hippie.There will be a fun quiz and best outfit will win an award!

The main dish and refreshments will be provided. There is a $5 donation per person to cover costs. For the rest of the menu, please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Preregistration begins May 31.

Field Trip to Fort Rock Basin and Fort Rock Cave

Central Oregon—The Fort Rock area is a unique and spectacular part of central Oregon located approximately 65 miles southeast of Bend. This trip features a tour of the Fort Rock Valley Homestead Museum which includes a reception center, artifact displays, and several buildings from the past century. We also tour the nearby Fort Rock Cave. This cave is a rich site of archaeological discovery and has yielded several 9,000 to 11,000 year-old sagebrush sandals from some of North America’s earliest inhabitants. We stop for lunch and explore the Fort Rock State Natural Area, which is an enormous near circle of volcanic rock walls that rise out of the barren, immense flatness of Oregon’s high desert.

The tour will be led by Leslie Olson, past president of the Archaeological Society of Central Oregon and an expert in her knowledge of the area.

Participants bring their own lunch, water, snacks, and hat. Museum charge is $5 at the time of preregistration. Difficult walking is not required. We meet at UO Bend Center at 8:15 a.m. and carpool to Fort Rock. A State van furnishes transportation to the cave site. Average elevation is around 4,500 feet. Preregistration begins May 25; limited to 18 participants.

Trip coordinator: Steve Hussey

High Desert Museum Tour—Nations of the Columbia River Plateau

Central Oregon—Join OLLI members Norma Montgomery and Jim and Sara Langton at the High Desert Museum for a little-known journey of the Plateau Indian Nations as they traveled from reservation confinement to the 21st century. See the process of cultural change as the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, Yakama, Spokane, and Colville tribes made the passage to modernity.

By Hand through Memory portrays Native Americans as active historic players whose practical efforts to retain cultural memory enabled them to retain their ethnic identity, despite adaption to a cash economy and the federal policies aimed at assimilation.

The High Desert Museum possesses a collection of approximately 29,000 objects from the Great Basin, Plateau, and Pacific Northwest territories, from historic artifacts to cultural artifacts of various Native American groups – as well as outstanding contemporary works by regional masters such as Rick Barton, Pat Courtney Gold, and Lillian Pitt.

Preregistration begins May 24; cost for non-High Desert Museum members is $8. Participants should plan to meet at the museum entrance at 9:45 a.m.

Eclipse! What’s the Big Deal About the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21?

Central Oregon—The first total solar eclipse touching the continental United States since 1979 touches down in Oregon on August 21. While the rest of the United States offers a longer duration of totality, sections of the eclipse path in Oregon offer the best weather prospects anywhere along the entire eclipse route. Join OLLI member Jim Hammond, as he discusses both lunar and solar eclipses, and explains some of the connections between different eclipses.

Included in his presentation are the various phenomena to be aware of and to be looking for, such as where the best place is to observe the eclipse. What are the safest ways the different phases can be observed? How you can photograph eclipse phenomena? How much you should charge for camping in your yard if you live within the path of totality, and should you even bother going anywhere or just watch the eclipse on TV?

The rarity of total solar eclipses and the limited areas on earth on which they can be observed make the upcoming eclipse exceptional for the United States as it will pass from coast to coast during the time of year having the best weather prospects.

Jim has a PhD in physics from the University of Colorado and first witnessed a total solar eclipse in 1970, just a few weeks before being awarded his diploma. He has traveled to witness two other total solar eclipses, including one in 2012 that took him to Australia. Over the years he has witnessed many lunar and partial solar eclipses.

Preregistration is required and opened on May 18.


Due to member interest in the topic we are opening a second session of Jim Hammond’s talk:

What’s the Big Deal about the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017?
Tuesday, June 6, 1:30 p.m.

Jim will discuss both lunar and solar eclipses, and explain some of the connections between different eclipses. Included in his presentation are the various phenomena to be aware of and to be looking for; where the best place is to observe the eclipse; what are the safe ways the different phases can be observed; how you can photograph eclipse phenomena; how much you should charge for camping in your yard if you live within the path of totality; and should you even bother going anywhere and just watch the eclipse on TV.

Preregistration is not required for this afternoon session. Members who have already registered for the morning session are welcome to attend the afternoon session. We hope this change will allow us to keep class size manageable for discussion. Contact the Academic Extension offices at 800-824-2714 or 541-728-0685 with any questions.

Field Trip to Fort Rock Basin and Fort Rock Cave

Central Oregon–Plans are currently in the works to visit Fort Rock Basin and Fort Rock Cave, the site where North America’s oldest shoes were found—dating back 9,000 years. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961, the trip to Fort Rock Basin is sure to be a delight. Watch your e-mail and the fliers for more details to come this month.

Facilitator: Steve Hussey

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.