Regimen By Nature's Law - NEW

Modern lifestyle has brought us many results including poor health. This seminar will examine what went wrong in this picture. A wide range of topics will be discussed, from everyday practices to disease-causing behaviors. We will examine ways to redirect our lifestyle choices to be more harmonious with the universe.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 30

Weili L. Huang is a licensed acupuncturist and nationally certified Chinese herbalist. She has been practicing in Dayton since 2001.

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Warren Buffett -- The Oracle of Omaha

Warren Buffett’s Nebraska roots and early signs of his fascination with numbers and money will be examined in this seminar. Other topics of discussion will include his early projects, unusual approach to new investments, his role as a husband and father, and his friendship with Bill Gates. The format of this seminar will involve informal lecture and discussion.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Harriet Uphoff has been an educator for 50 years — 40 years in secondary school and 10 years as adjunct faculty in English and education in a variety of institutions. She has a background in history, political science, economics and English. She has taught several seminars on a variety of topics due to her wide range of interests.

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Jesus Seminar and Christianity - NEW

This seminar begins with the findings of the Jesus Seminar on the historicity of the sayings and acts of Jesus. We believe there is a way to be Christian that is consistent with these findings and that moves beyond literalism and moralism. Such a view would allow for new insights in knowledge and science while motivating and transforming individual lives and the human community.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Joseph Kunkel, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus in philosophy at UD. His doctoral work was in ancient and medieval philosophy. He taught courses in ethics, human nature, pragmatism, war and peace.

John Paddock, D.M., is rector at Christ Episcopal Church. He has had a lifelong interest in biblical studies and how they relate to emerging Christianity.

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Judaism 101

This seminar will function as an introduction to the basic concepts and workings of Judaism including calendar, life-cycle and history.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Rabbi David M. Sofian graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in philosophy in 1972 and earned a master’s degree in Hebrew letters from Hebrew Union College in 1976. He has been a rabbi and professor of Judaic studies since 1977. He has been the senior rabbi of the Temple Israel in Dayton since 2003.

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Exploring the National Museum of the USAF

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world’s oldest and largest museum of military aviation. This overview seminar goes beyond the aircraft to the stories of the people who made history – some well known and some not.  Join us as we explore this national treasure – gallery by gallery. The format includes an overview lecture followed by a tour of a gallery. “We are the keepers of their stories.”

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Seminar Limit: 20

Please Note: Good walking shoes are recommended, as we will be touring about half of the time. Limited electric scooters are available with advance notice.

Judith Wehn is the chief of the education division at the National Museum of  the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. She is responsible for developing and managing an ongoing education program for Pre-K students through adults, including both formal and informal learning experiences. She is a  frequent presenter and workshop leader at national conferences. She received both her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree from the University of Dayton.

Paul Cooper is a retired Air Force pilot with 34 years of  airlift experience. He conducts tours at the National Museum of the Air Force in addition to his duties on the UDLLI board of governors.

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The Inner Landscape - NEW

This seminar will present the inner landscape as a sense of place, offering meditations about the connection between nature and personal identity. The theme is based on Bill Felker’s radio segments, “Poor Will’s Almanac,” as heard on WYSO. In each session, Bill Felker will moderate discussions about the spiritual and philosophical themes in his radio essays. Central to all of Felker’s work is a concern with issues of physical and spiritual space. Participants will be encouraged to listen to online segments of “Poor Will’s Almanac” and to bring their own brief essays or comments for sharing.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Bill Felker has taught language, literature and history for almost half a century. He has written almanac columns for The Yellow Springs News and other publications for 30 years, and his radio essays have been heard on WYSO since 2006.

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Assassination of JFK - NEW

This seminar will examine the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Was it a conspiracy or a closed case? We will discuss all aspects of JFK’s murder.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Terry Martin is retired from Coca-Cola USA. He majored in history and is a book collector and bookseller of used books.

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UD -- A Fascinating History

This seminar will study the history of the campus site as it progressed from glacier to woodland and then to a developing urban campus. Archived material will document campus progress as well as the destruction of wetlands, burial of a creek and diversion of water from recharge to runoff. Ongoing development resulted in degradation of natural areas and their support services. To encourage restoration of the areas and services, the class will visit sites where natural area services and aesthetics were preserved or restored.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 20

Brother Don Geiger retired from the UD department of biology in 2008. Presently he is associated with the Marianist Environmental Education Center, Beavercreek Wetlands Association and other organizations engaged in restoration ecology projects. He is associated with the Rivers Institute at UD and teaches in the Rivers Leadership course.

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We will discuss the legal terms and general procedures used in several fields of Ohio law, including common court procedures, probate and estate, contracts, business entities, domestic relations, judgments, liens, bankruptcy,  accident and negligence claims, property appropriations and common legal pitfalls.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Alan A. Biegel is a 1963 graduate of the University of Dayton and a 1967 graduate of the Chase College of Law. He has practiced law in Montgomery County for 45 years and has previously moderated seminars forUDLLI.

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Tennis Instruction

This seminar will focus specifically on the fundamentals of tennis. You will learn the forehand, backhand, volley, overhead and serve. This will include beginning, intermediate and advanced students.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
3 – 5 p.m. at Graul Tennis Complex, Caldwell Street
Seminar Limit: 16

Required Equipment: Bring your tennis racket and be ready to play and have fun.

Oliver Davis is a graduate of the University of Dayton with an associate’s degree (1976) and a bachelor’s degree (1983) in mechanical engineering technology. He has been playing and teaching tennis for the past 35 years and has also coached tennis on the high school and collegiate levels.

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Sages of the Middle Ages - NEW

In our seminar we will examine the theologies of St. Augustine, St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas. We will examine the ways in which these Catholic wise men provided the intellectual and theological foundation not only for medieval Europe, but also for the Catholic Church well into the 20th century. This is a history of theological ideas, Christian beliefs and Church doctrine for both Catholics and Protestants. St. Augustine provided his doctrine of original sin, and St. Anselm gave us the view that God the Son had to become man in order to “satisfy” God the Father in order to save us from the hell that all human beings supposedly deserved. St. Thomas Aquinas combined reason (Aristotle’s philosophy) and divine revelation in the “medieval synthesis.” St. Thomas thereby supplied us with arguments for the existence of God, the beatific vision as the destination of all human beings and a relativistic ethic in which our “practical reason” was to be used when deciding to follow the moral rules and when those moral rules should not be followed because they were “defective” under particular circumstances.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
3 – 5 p.m. at River Campus

Recommended Text: The Catholic Church on Marital Intercourse: from St. Paul to Pope John Paul II is recommended for background on St. Augustine, original sin, how the Catholic Church has been influenced by Augustine’s Platonism as well as the way St. Thomas Aquinas had to cope with Augustine’s theological contributions and his contributions to an ethics using natural law. The cost of the book is $40 and I will bring copies for sale. The book is only recommended for the most serious students, not required.

Robert E. Obach, Ph.D., received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Loyola University Chicago, his master’s degree in religious education from The Catholic University of America and his doctorate in religion and culture from Syracuse University. His teaching experience includes elementary, high school, seminary, and both undergraduate and graduate levels and covers a broad range of subject matter, including history, literature, religion, philosophy and theology. He taught philosophy and ethics at Sinclair Community College from 2004 to 2010 and is currently teaching philosophy and religion at Antioch University. He also teaches Introduction to Philosophy and Medical Ethics at the University of Dayton. His articles have been published in many Catholic publications, including The Catholic Telegraph.

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Germany in World War II: A Nation Self-Destructs

From 1933 to 1945, Germany followed a path that led inevitably to self-destruction. After defeating France in 1940, Germany may have seemed invincible but soon was confronted by an overwhelming alliance of the British Empire, Soviet Union and United States. Defeat would be only a matter of time.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
3 – 5 p.m. at River Campus

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

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Talking About Dying Won't Kill You

Talking about your wishes for end of life is difficult, and yet, leaving a “legacy of love” for your family can be a positive and comforting gift … and it is possible. A seasoned team of presenters – two registered nurses, a social worker/grief counselor, a chaplain, an attorney, a funeral director and an end-of-life care physician – will guide you. Topics include legal financial wills and POA, but the main focus is on health care at the end of life, which will include: advance directives, how to communicate your end-of-life choices to loved ones, end-of-life medical care choices, information on organ and tissue donation and, lastly, putting FUN in funeral. A good death is something we all hope to have. This seminar explores how to plan yours so you can relax and live life to the fullest.

6 Thursdays, March 20 – April 24
3 – 5 p.m. at River Campus

Recommended Text: A Better Way of Dying, Jeanne Fitzpatrick and Eileen M. Fitzpatrick, Penguin Books. The authors are sisters; one is a physician and the other is a lawyer. The text can be purchased new or used at your favorite bookstore or Amazon. We will have new copies available for $10. Even though this book is not required, it is the basis of this seminar and is highly recommended to promote discussion and understanding and is an excellent reference.

Laureene Bollinger is a retired registered nurse who worked as a bedside nurse for almost 42 years. At the beginning of her career she focused on critical care nursing. The last eight years she has focused on hospice/palliative care.

Connie King is a semiretired registered nurse. She cared for her patients and their families for 43 years. Early in her career, she was a medical surgical nurse. The last 20 years, she has been a hospice/palliative care nurse. Both Bollinger and King have a great passion to inform and educate people about their end-of-life health care choices.

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The International Educational Race for Intellectual Capital

The focus of this session will be on education in the United States and how educational practices evidenced in U.S. classrooms compare to those in other high-performing countries such as Finland and Japan. Particular emphasis will be given to issues around teacher selection and educational accountability.

4 Thursdays, March 20 – April 10
3 – 5 p.m. at River Campus

Thomas J. Lasley II is executive director of Learn to Earn Dayton at the Dayton Foundation and a professor at the School of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Dayton. He received his doctoral degree at The Ohio State University. Lasley serves on a variety of nonprofit boards or committees including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, ThinkTV, Dayton Business Technology High School, United Theological Seminary, the Ohio College Access Network and Young People Succeeding. He is also one of two regional community liaison representatives to the Air Force Materiel Command, United States Air Force. He is past president of the Project 30 Alliance and the Dayton Council on World Affairs. Lasley has served on a variety of regional and state-level commissions and boards including the Ohio Governor’s Commission on Teaching Success and the Ohio Board of Regents planning and accountability committee.

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