Dining in Dayton Sampler

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a wide variety of Dayton restaurant owners, chefs and a pastry expert. The fall speaker panel includes a combination of your favorites. Each of these establishments has a distinguished reputation among the city’s “dining out” crowd. Their loyal customer base has been the catalyst for attracting new patrons over the years. You have the opportunity to learn not only about the “old days,” but also the behind-the-scene stories of these respected Dayton eateries and insights into the how, why and what is required to meet customers’ expectations. Come, hear what makes these fine dining restaurants, bistros, café and pastry shop successful.

Sept. 15
Coco’s Bistro, “You Are Always Welcomed at Coco’s,” Karen Wick-Gagnet
The Pine Club, “One of the Great Steakhouses in the Country and a Landmark in Dayton”, David Hulme

Sept. 22
Ashley’s Pastry Shop, “Where Details Make the Difference,” Theresa Hammons
Rue Dumaine, “Americanized, Classically Styled French-Provençal Fare,” Chef Anne Kearney

Sept. 29
El Meson, “Hispanic Restaurant,” Bill Castro and Herman Castro
19th Century Carillon Brewing, “Visit Dayton History,” Alex Heckman and Guest

Oct. 6
Dorothy Lane Market, “Fine Foods,” Mike Chrisman
Amber Rose, “Authentic Ethnic Food,” Joe Castellano

Oct. 13
Jimmie’s Ladder 11, “Pub Food and More, Formerly Jimmie’s Cornerstone Bar & Grill,” Jimmie Brandell
Jay’s Seafood, “Ohio’s Premier Seafood Restaurant,” Amy Haverstick

Oct. 20
Oakwood Club, “Voted Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Dayton,” Lance Stewart
Marion’s Piazza, “Serving Dayton’s Favorite Pizza for Over 45 Years,” Roger Glass

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Pat Madden is a long-term member of UDLLI, past president and consultant. She will be the moderator for the seminar.

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The Road to the Civil War

America’s crucible of suffering, the Civil War, will be the focus of this seminar. Borne of the eloquence of Thomas Jefferson and the wisdom of James Madison, the United States was a beacon to the world as a new and unique form of republican government. What basic moral and legal principles failed, requiring a bloody civil war that gave rise to a rebirth of freedom? We will examine the key issues, events and public figures which led to such a calamitous but necessary war.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Shearl J. Roberts, J.D., is a native Daytonian. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in 1953, a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati in 1958 and a Master of Science in financial Services from American College in 1983. He was on the intercollegiate debating team at the University of Dayton, served as editor-in-chief of the University of Cincinnati Law Review and is a frequent lecturer on law and civic-related subjects.

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At the End - NEW

"At the End" is a companion seminar to last winter’s "From the Beginning." It is a historical and critical approach to the revelation to St. John. The revelation takes on different relevance for the contemporary setting. Park your preconceptions at the door. This course is for those who want to investigate alternatives to traditional conceptions of the revelation to St. John. It would help if students brought a Bible, no particular translation or publisher.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Carl E. Robinson has served as an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ for over 25 years. For the past 12 years, he has served as senior pastor of Shiloh Church UCC in north Dayton. He previously moderated "You Believe … What?" for UDLLI.

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Explore New Zealand - NEW

Tour the north and south islands of New Zealand, including sightseeing of islands (Waiheke Island and Bay of Islands), the Southern Alps, Fiordland, volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes,  geysers, mud pots, hobbits, wineries, farmers markets, adventure travel and bird viewing. The seminar includes an overview of New Zealand’s geography, climate, history, political and economic systems, and sports. Excerpts of music and movies made in New Zealand will be shown. Essential information for travelers will be provided. Spectacular photos and videos will be shown from boat trips, rail trips, hikes and car touring.
6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Barbara Denison taught information systems in the Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University for 35 years and was instrumental in founding the MIS major and the master’s degree program in information systems. She has a B.S. in mathematics from Denison University, an MBA from UD and an M.S. from Wright State.

Carl Denison worked in customer and support education at NCR and was a project management professional (PMP) in NCR’s professional services. He has a B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from SUNY Albany. Denison is a lifelong photographer, studying at UD and Wright State, and is providing photos for the seminar. Carl and Barbara Denison are avid travelers, especially to visit their son and family in New Zealand.

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1960s Soul Music - NEW

During the seminar we shall explore the roots of ‘60s soul music and then move on to discuss the pioneers of soul, as well as many of the major players – singers, musicians, songwriters and record companies. As 1960s soul music is generally considered a product of the South, we will spend a good deal of time on Southern soul. We will also include other genres such as Chicago, Philly and blue-eyed soul – music that was for the most part much less polished and more emotion-baring than that produced by Motown.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 27 (NO SEMINAR ON OCTOBER 13)
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 35

Walt Wurst has a BBA from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from the University of Dayton. Retired after 35 years as a financial manager at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he is now able to devote more time to his lifelong passion — listening to and reading about recorded music, especially that of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Philosophy and the Return to the Mystical (Jewish, Christian, Islamic) - NEW

Our seminar views the ordinary as extraordinary. After discussing modern and recent philosophies on the mystical, the religious topic of mysticism is developed. We discuss what mystics say and do in the Jewish Kabbalah/Hasidic, as well as in the Christian contemplative and the Islamic Sufi traditions. Some important contributors are reviewed, such as Maimonides, Cordovero and the Baal Shem Tov for the Jewish religion; Dionysius, John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila for the Christian religion; and, lastly, Rabi’a al-Basri, Ibn al-Arabi and Rumi for the Islamic religion. The theories and practices are explained for each, and the traditions are compared. Some private and public contexts are addressed so that the ideas of the mystical are accessible to and, perhaps, beneficial to ordinary, everyday experiences. Some practices to be discussed are blessings, prayers, meditations and therapies. Finally, there will be some distinctions made between the mind, the heart, the self and the soul in the context of each religion’s framework. This seminar will help one to develop a better
appreciation for everyday life.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 35

John Quinn is a professor emeritus at the University of Dayton, specializing in Jewish, Christian and Islamic philosophy. He has taught at UD since 1970, published extensively and traveled abroad frequently. He has studied mysticism for many years and its application to everyday spirituality.

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Talk With the Chief

This seminar is designed to put law enforcement professionals and those in command positions of police departments throughout the Miami Valley in a discussion-based setting. The police professional will make a presentation involving the police agency and provide information to the seminar participants on a wide range of topics to include trends in law enforcement, emerging technologies, information sharing, crime control, investigations, organizational structure, resource sharing, research, policy development, legislation, critical incident management, recruitment, hiring and retention. Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer period or focused topics of interest.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Jeffrey W. Mitchell is the chief of police for the city of Lebanon, Ohio, a nationally accredited law enforcement agency. A retired special agent in Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he has extensive experience in conducting felony criminal, fraud and counterintelligence investigations. Chief Mitchell has an associate degree in criminal justice, Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Dayton. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program. Chief Mitchell is an adjunct instructor at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio.

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Taking "Flight" - NEW

We shall study the novel by Sherman Alexie titled Flight and take off on a “high-flying, humor-spiked …poignant and poetic” journey (People) with a pilot that “startles and dazzles with unexpected, impossible-toanticipate moves” (The Boston Globe). Alexie will be the thematic author at this year’s "Native Peoples of the Americas" colloquium at UD Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Recommended text: Flight by Sherman Alexie. Paperback for $13 new, or used for about $4.50, in bookstores and on amazon.com. It is preferable not to have read the novel ahead of the start of seminar. Enrique Romaguera is professor emeritus from the Department of Global Languages and Cultures at UD. He has led many seminars for UDLLI on diverse topics over the years.

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The Life and Songs of Bob Dylan - NEW

We will learn about the life of Bob Dylan from his early high school days to his stardom in the 1960s, from folk protest singer into the folk rock period of the mid-1960s. The evolving of his music in later years will also be covered. Come and hear the songs and words and see vintage footage of Dylan and other folk icons of this captivating period of music. The artists who influenced him and those he influenced will be covered.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Gary Ruff has education degrees from Wright State University and the University of Dayton. He has taught over 15 different music seminars for UDLLI. Ruff has collected all of Dylan’s albums and has seen him numerous times in person along with much reading about his music and poetry.

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Finally! More Zentangle! - NEW

In this seminar you will learn more Zentangle patterns using tiles of different colors, both square and round. Expand your creativity and focus while enjoying this relaxing, meditative art form. Because this is an advanced seminar, you must have taken a beginning Zentangle class taught by a certified Zentangle teacher either at UDLLI or another location.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 20
Seminar Fee: $15
Required Supplies: All supplies will be provided by the moderator for $15 per student.

Peg Farmer is a certified Zentangle teacher. She was a frustrated art enthusiast who finally found her niche through Zentangle and is eager to share it. She has been involved with UDLLI as a student and seminar liaison since 2004. Her work experience was in social service, public and private administration.

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Great Science Fiction Movies: The Sequel - NEW

Have we got a future for you! Witness alien invasions and crashing planets, survive crazy computers and rampaging robots, meet Martians with attitude, see UFOs of all shapes and sizes, and live in a wide variety of strange and generally unpleasant (but sometimes very funny) societies. You’ll get plot outlines, important information about each film, breathtaking special effects shown in over a hundred carefully selected clips, meet the people who made the movies and much more on dozens of the best science fiction movies ever made, spanning the last seven decades. There will be no moralizing or hokey romance, just the good parts you paid to see. Don’t miss the cinematic end of the world coming to UD this fall!

Note: The first session of the Great Science Fiction Movie seminar is not a prerequisite for this seminar. Although no text is required, a sense of wonder is highly recommended. Caution: Contains occasional profanity and scenes some may find disturbing, amazing or inspiring.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
3–5 p.m. at River Campus

Fred Oliver is a retired WPAFB engineer and lifelong fan of science fiction movies. He’s been a UDLLI student for the last four years. The first "Great Science Fiction Movies" seminar proved very popular. As one member said, it’s a “great seminar for both SF fans and normal people.”

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Russian-American Relations After World War II - NEW

We will examine how and why the United States and the Soviet Union entered the Cold War almost as soon as World War II ended. We will try to understand why the United States devoted much of its energy and resources to prevent the spread of communism anywhere in the world.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
3–5 p.m. at River Campus

Allan Spetter is a retired professor of history at Wright State University.

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Murder on the Orient Express

This seminar will begin with a review of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel, Murder on the Orient Express, and its connection to the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case. We will watch the 1974 movie starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, the 2010 PBS version starring David Suchet and a 2001 TV version starring Alfred Molina. In addition, we will view David Suchet’s ride on the modern-day Orient Express. The purpose will be to compare and contrast the four presentations of the story and evaluate their virtues and flaws. Some time will also be devoted to Agatha Christie’s biography.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
3–5 p.m. at River Campus
Text but not required: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Multiple versions can be purchased at amazon.com and at local bookstores such as 2nd & Charles. Advance preparation is recommended: For the first session, read the Christie novel.

Mary Ann Gasior has a Ph.D. in English literature, taught at Wright State and other universities and has moderated four other seminars at UDLLI, as well as being a guest presenter in the "Vietnam: A Retrospective" seminar.

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Environmental Issues

How serious is global warming? Should the U.S. develop a carbon tax? Should we worry about fracking? Should we be opposed to the Keystone pipeline? What’s all this about a mass extinction? What does sustainability mean, anyway? Are we going to run out of oil? What happened to Grand Lake St. Marys? What was that smell!? We didn’t used to have all these “environmental” problems. What is going on? This seminar will provide answers to these and other questions in a friendly, informal setting with an opportunity to meet some of Dayton’s local environmental activists.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
3–5 p.m. at River Campus

Richard Baumer is a retired Air Force environmentalist. He worked in the Air Force Materiel Command pollution prevention program for 22 years and managed it from 2004 to 2012. Because this program dealt with all types of environmental impacts, it gave him experience with virtually every significant environmental issue. He also managed AFMC’s recycling program from 2006 to 2012. He has taught a similar course at Miami-Jacobs Career College in the past.

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History of the United States Supreme Court - NEW

The Supreme Court is sometimes called the “least dangerous branch” of the national government. This seminar will review the Court’s history from the nation’s founding to modern times. The seminar will also cover how the Court decides a case, as well as selected landmark cases.

Caution: You must be on time for the 5 p.m. start time for this seminar. The front doors to River Campus lock at 5 p.m.

6 Mondays, September 15 – October 20
5–7 p.m. at River Campus

Paul McGreal is dean and professor of law at the University of Dayton School of Law. He holds a B.A. from Williams College, a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law and an LL.M. from Yale Law School.

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