Tag Archives: Central Oregon

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

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.

Ukraine’s “Revolution of Dignity” and U.S. Foreign Policy

Central Oregon–Bend resident Bruce Donahue, who recently retired as Minister-Counselor from the US Department of State, speaks about his last assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, from 2013–2015. In his presentation, Donahue reviews the often misunderstood events of the winter of 2013–2014, which led then-Ukrainian President Yanukovych to flee the country and allowed a pro-Western government to come to power. He also discusses Russia’s actions during the “Revolution of Dignity,” including the invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Finally, he outlines implications for U.S. foreign policy and lessons learned from the Ukrainian revolution.

Donahue retired from the Foreign Service in 2016 after a 33-year career as a Foreign Service Officer. During most of his career, he focused on Russia and Eastern and Central Europe, serving in Poland and Moscow. Other overseas assignments included South Korea and Armenia. Donahue received his BA from Cornell University and his MA and PhD from the University of Oregon, respectively. He has been married to his wife, Karen, for 34 years; they have four adult children.

Registration is required for this lecture.

There’s a New Health Sheriff in Town—Aging Do’s and Don’ts

Central Oregon–What is the worst thing for your health? Aging. While this deleterious factor may be inevitable for humans, there are recent, profound discoveries in the cellular world that open the doors to lifestyles and treatments that may reduce the negative impact of aging. These discoveries tie the systems of the human body together in ways we have always assumed, but only now have actually demonstrated. Answering the question of “how,” researchers can attempt to intervene in the process of aging. But what do we target? Aging is not simple. Dr. Timothy Burnett leads a class on this subject.

This class focuses on the basics of intercellular communication and how different body systems react and respond to each other to maintain life. Dr. Burnett delves into a few key players in some of the most common diseases with aging and discusses which behaviors elicit an optimal health response. Additionally, he uses examples (such as exercise, calorie restriction, and spaceflight) to explore the possible underpinnings of healthy—and not-so-healthy—aging.

Dr. Burnett is an instructor of kinesiology at Oregon State University Cascades campus. He received his BS in kinesiology from California State University San Marcos and his MS in exercise physiology from San Diego State University. His doctoral work in human bioenergetics was performed at the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. This National Institute of Health-funded work focused on the loss of skeletal muscle size and function during aging and how lifelong aerobic exercise affects this process.

Many Hands Make Light Work

Many hands make light work OLLI-UO Central Oregon belongs to the members and needs to be nurtured by its members to have a sustainable future.

OLLI-UO leadership is rolling out a campaign, if you will, to bring on more volunteers We have a myriad of tasks that need to be done by members—even more tasks than usual due to some planned reductions in our local Academic Extension staffing schedule We have a real jewel with OLLI and we know it Soon it is going to be necessary for more people to step up and agree to be responsible for a defined task Volunteerism is part of OLLIs across the nation and is a key reason for their success

We all have had careers and have collected a lot of wisdom in our lives We know that if we want to hold on to something good, we have got to care for it So, when you start hearing the details in the coming weeks about the tasks that need an owner, please seriously consider saying, “Yes! I can do that!” The more volunteers we have, the less each one of us has to do We can also have fun and take pride in knowing we are doing something that is important to a lot of people Let’s create a deep bench of volunteers, because not only do many hands make light work, many hands will ensure all members can enjoy OLLI in the best way possible

Suzanne Butterfield,
OLLI-UO Central Oregon Newsletter Editor

History of Atlantis Story from Plato: Literal or Symbolic Story?

Central Oregon–Join one of our favorite presenters, Bob Harrison, who takes us through the history, exploration, and archaeology of the fabled island of Atlantis.

Atlantis has been the subject of historical and literary debate since Plato first brought it up in Athens in the fifth century B.C. It reflected something he overheard from his uncle Solon, the great liberal Athenian lawgiver, discussed at a symposium some years earlier. Solon had visited Egypt (a real tourist destination for Greeks and Romans) and had met with Egyptian priests at Memphis (Egypt’s northern capital), who told him the story of Atlantis from hieroglyphic inscriptions dated 10,000 years earlier (10,500 B.C.). It depicted a highly advanced civilization that traded with Egypt and had been destroyed by an apocalyptic event.

Atlantis went down under the sea never to be seen again. Since it was past the Pillars of Hercules, historians presumed it must have been in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, or even Brazil. The search continues in those locations. The mystic Edgar Casey had a vision it would be found at Bimini in the Bahamas. The steps found underwater at that location, however, went nowhere, like the rest of the sites.

There had always been a mythical ethos to this whole story since no recognized civilization existed as far back as Solon indicated (10,000 B.C.). Finally, it was realized that the Egyptian hieroglyphic sign for the number 100 had been mistranslated by the Greeks as 1,000. That meant that 10,000 years was really 1,000 years and that 15,000 B.C. was really 1500 B.C. and that the Pillars of Hercules was not at Gibraltar but at the Straits between the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The only possible civilization at that location and time that met Solon’s description was that of the Minoans who inhabited Crete and the surrounding islands in the Eastern Mediterranean (Aegean Sea). Archaeologist Sir Arthur Evan excavated this location in the 1940s and has paved the way for new insights into the mystery of Atlantis as something far beyond a morality tale.

Bob Harrison currently teaches history classes at COCC. He recently gave a fascinating two-part lecture on Alexander the Great.

Please note: the dates for these lectures may need to be adjusted to our speaker’s schedule. Updates and preregistration will be announced via email and classroom announcements.

Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality

Central Oregon–As described in The Great Courses, the lectures in this DVD series implores when are we responsible for our own actions, and when are we in the grip of biological forces beyond our control? This intriguing question is the scientific province of behavioral biology, a field that explores interactions among the brain, mind, body, and environment that have a surprising influence on how we behave—from the people we fall in love with, to the intensity of our spiritual lives, to the degree of our aggressive impulses. In short, it is the study of how our brains make us the individuals that we are.

Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality is an interdisciplinary approach to this fascinating subject. In 24 lectures, we investigate how the human brain is sculpted by evolution, constrained or freed by genes, shaped by early experience, modulated by hormones, and otherwise influenced to produce a wide range of behaviors, some of them abnormal. You will see that little can be explained by thinking about any one of these factors alone because some combination of influences is almost always at work.

A prominent neurobiologist, zoologist, and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, professor Sapolsky is a spellbinding lecturer who is also very entertaining. In a feature story in The New York Times, he was compared to a cross between renowned primatologist Jane Goodall and a borscht belt comedian. An article in the alumni magazine at Stanford University, where he teaches, called him “a man who exudes adrenaline and has a reservoir of intensity deep enough to spin the turbines at Hoover Dam.”

Our sessions will be facilitated by Russ Hopper and fellow OLLI-UO members.

Junts pel Sí (Together for Yes): Three Months in Barcelona Neighborhoods

Central Oregon–Barcelona’s neighborhoods, such as l’Eixample or El Raval, are known for their architectural and artistic innovations. Besides being a platform for expression by Gaudí, Dalí, Picasso, and Miró, and a place of social experience, Barcelona engenders community and spirit that offers a model of community organization for other areas. Its Catalan spirit creates vital places for smaller communities to stimulate intergenerational participation in cultural traditions and civic actions.

Join Jon and Lisa Bouknight as they share original photographs and research from three months in Spain with Central Oregon Community College study abroad students. A variety of cultural activities, such as celebrations, contests, and even emergency preparedness highlight the importance of neighborhoods.

As a professor of speech and writing at COCC, Jon Bouknight enjoys teaching intercultural communication and media ecology. Spending the fall term in Spain with his wife Lisa fulfilled a goal that began when, as a teenager, Jon first finished Don Quixote, Part 1.

Lisa Goetz-Bouknight, also in the Humanities department at COCC, has connected with the needs of smaller communities through arts education, transitional education, ADA advocacy, and emergency preparedness. Along with Jon—and the generous support of COCC’s study abroad program and its participating students and sponsors (Barcelona Study Abroad Experience), Lisa learned to focus her camera’s eye on the wonders of long-term international experiences.

This presentation is open to the public and will be held at the Riverbend Community Room, Bend Parks and Recreation District, 799 SW Columbia.

Field Trip to the Crooked River Caldera and Lecture on Recent Research Connecting it to the Yellowstone Hotspot

Central Oregon–Jason McClaughry is the Eastern Oregon Regional geologist based in the Baker City field office of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. McClaughry serves as the Oregon coordinator for the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. He was the lead scientist to discover and document in 2006 a super-volcano site in Central Oregon known as the Crooked River Caldera. His recent research presents new information to address the challenge, combining regional tectonic models with chemical petrology in locating a hotspot track between the West Coast of North America and the Yellowstone caldera.

McClaughry received his MS in geology from Washington State University in 2003 and has been employed by the Oregon Department of Geology since that time. He has done extensive field geologic research and mapping.

McClaughry will lead a group of up to 18 OLLI members on a field trip to the Crooked River Caldera and specifically to geologic sites at Smith Rock State Park and Grizzly Butte. A lunch stop will be made at the top of Grizzly Butte. After the group returns to Bend, Jason will give a lecture on his recent work that connects the Crooked River Caldera to the Yellowstone hotspot.

Learn more about Jason McClaughry on his website: http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/FIELDOFFICES/profile-mcclaughry.htm

Facilitator: Fred Tanis

Preregistration is required for the field trip and will be announced via e-mail.