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The Aging Brain

Central Oregon–The summer term science class, The Aging Brain, begins a six-week course using recorded lectures by Professor Thad A. Polk on our newly scheduled science day and time: Tuesday, July 11 at 1:45 p.m. We’re all getting older every day,   and scientific research has shown that starting in our twenties, some brain functions begin a linear decline. Even if we avoid diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, parts of the brain inevitably shrink, replicating cells become damaged, and fluid processing skills such as multitasking and episodic memory worsen. But is old age all doom and gloom? Are we destined for senescence once we’re barely out of adolescence?

Not at all! Join us in this six-week study group as we look at issues like the biology of aging, changes in the brain, diseases and conditions, and future therapies. The lecturer is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He will also explore issues of improving or maintaining memory, and how physical activity, diet, and socialization (i.e., OLLI membership) can help maintain brain function.

Course Manager/Facilitator: Russ Hopper

The Mexican Revolution of 1910–1920

Central OregonAs part of the 2016–17 Speaker Exchange project funded by our Osher Capacity Grant, summer term begins with a special four-session course taught by Eugene member, Ilene O’Malley. The Mexican Revolution, which began on November 20, 1910, and continued for a decade, is recognized as the first major political, social, and cultural revolution of the 20th-century. It claimed between one and two million lives and radically transformed Mexican culture and government. We are familiar with the names Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, but do we remember what they were fighting for? Ilene’s presentation of the history of the Revolution consists of four parts: Part 1, the factors contributing to the revolution, the rise of prodemocracy and agrarian reform movements that brought down the 30-year dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz; Part 2, the factionalization (roughly along class lines) of the seemingly united revolutionaries; Part 3, the leftward pressures from campesino-based movements (most famously those led by Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa) and counterrevolutionary pressures from foreign interests; and Part 4, the gradual consolidation of a new “revolutionary” state and the emergence of a new national cultural identity, 1920–1940. Ilene O’Malley has worked on labor advocacy issues and is a former migrant farmworker attorney. Ilene has a PhD in history from the University of Michigan with a specialization in Latin America. She lived and studied in Mexico on a Fulbright Scholarship.

 Summer Documentaries

Central Oregon—Enjoy your OLLI summer with these delightful and provocative Wednesday films Wednesdays, starting July 12, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m

July 12: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Comes to Eden (2013) 120 min.

July 19: Antarctica: A Year on the Ice (2013) 92 min.

Aug. 2: 13th (2016) 100 min.

Aug. 9: The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014) 80 min.

Aug. 16: Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet (2011) 83 min.

Aug. 23: 1971 (2014) 79 min.

Aug. 30: An Honest Liar (2014) 92 min.

Sept. 6: East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem (2014) 80 min.

Coordinator: Linda Charny

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.

Update

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.
UOBC

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

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

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.