The Old West - NEW

This seminar is a follow-up to the Westward Ho! seminar. The focus will be on the frontier West in the last part of the 19th century. Topics will include stagecoach and wagon roads, the Pony Express, buffalo hunters, range wars, homesteaders, women of the West, the Texas Rangers, railroads, timber barons and the epic journey of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce.

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Paul Cooper is a retired Air Force pilot that grew up and spent most of his life on the West Coast. He has always had a fascination with Western history. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and has a master’s degree in history.

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The Lives of Great Christians

The Lives of Great Christians will utilize a DVD series that will focus on great practitioners of the Christian life.  The DVD lectures are conducted by Professor William R. Cook of the State University of New York at Geneseo.The series will include Paul and the first missionaries, the early martyrs, St. Anthony, St. Augustine, St. Patrick,  St. Benedict, Pope Leo IX, Pope Gregory VII and St. Francis of Assisi. Each DVD viewing will be followed by commentary and discussion.

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 25

Walt Kaye served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force as an illustrator. In 1967 he began working at NCR as a graphic designer and in 1994 he retired as manager of the computer graphics department. He has moderated the UDLLI seminars Caricature Art, Cartooning, and Great Figures of the New Testament Parts 1 and 2.

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Enhancing One’s Personal Life

Over the past century we have learned much about the development and the enrichment of the psyche. Today we stand on the shoulders of giants whose discoveries have benefited thousands in their personal lives. In this seminar we will review the contributions of pioneers including Eric Berne, George Kelly, Albert Ellis, Wilhelm Reich, Milton Erickson, and Myers and Briggs.

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 25

Jim Faulconer has a master’s degree in counseling from Wright State University and has worked in the mental health field for 19 years. He was the director of the Shelby County Mental Health Clinic for 13 years.

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Travel Adventures 2014

Join fellow UDLLI members as they describe their travel adventures to both domestic and foreign destinations. In addition to being able to view beautiful and informative photography, you will learn more of the history, culture and political circumstances of these destinations. A domestic trip will describe the “circus trail” in the Midwestern and Southern U.S., while international trips will include the British Isles, Switzerland, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, France and Sierra Leone. At the start of the seminar, a listing and short description of the six trips will be made available.

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Bob Evers is a retired chemist who received his baccalaureate degree from the University of Dayton and his doctorate from Notre Dame. He retired from the Air Force Research Laboratory after 38 years of service and also served as an adjunct faculty member at Wright State University. He traveled widely during his working years and in retirement, particularly to Europe but also to Asia, South America and Europe.

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Alzheimer’s Disease From The Caregiver’s Perspective - NEW

This seminar will deal with the entire Alzheimer’s caregiver experience: the events, challenges, coping methods and support available. The objective is to provide guidance to those who may face this challenge and to offer suggestions for relatives and friends in supporting the primary caregiver.

4 Thursdays, September 18 – October 9 (4 weeks)
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Bill Springer has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton. In addition to a 40-year business career, he has been an adjunct faculty member at local colleges including UD.  Recently he cared for his wife with Alzheimer’s for 10 years. During those years he regularly attended several Alzheimer’s bimonthly support groups. His insights will draw upon these experiences.

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Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Parsifal - NEW

This new seminar will explore the romantic composer Richard Wagner’s final two mature works, the epic four-opera Ring Cycle and Parsifal. Seminar participants will study these complex works with interactive PowerPoint presentations and analysis of DVD productions by world-famous opera companies. Upon completion of this seminar, the student will have gained a deeper understanding of Wagner’s mature music dramas and thus will gain an enhanced experience when seeing these works live in the opera house.

6 Thursdays, September 25 – October 30
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Jim Slouffman has been an artist and educator for over 40 years. He has a BFA from Wright State University and MFA from the University of Cincinnati. He is founder and president of the Wagner Society of Cincinnati. He has lectured on Wagner and his operas for the Wagner Society of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Opera and UDLLI.

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Our Golden Personalities - NEW

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most widely used personality instrument in the world. This seminar will examine psychological type to help us learn about our personality needs in the golden years. We will address our four mental processes — sensing, intuition, thinking and feeling — in order to understand the central core of our personality. The following questions will be explored: Who am I? What do I want to do with the time I have left? Why are some things so difficult for me and others come easily? How do I handle changing moods? How can I achieve balance?

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 20

John Whitaker has a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. He was certified to use the Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) by the Association for Psychological Type in 1989. He has used the MBTI in counseling and teaching in business, religious and educational settings over the last 25 years.

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The Gilded Age – 1865 to 1900

The Gilded Age produced vast changes in all aspects of American culture, including expansive economic growth, great wealth for a few and a better living for most. The nation’s growth is examined in six themes.

Sept. 18 The Rise and Struggle: Capital, Industry, Agriculture and Labor
Sept. 25 The Changing Face of America: Immigration
Oct. 2 The Fight for Equality: Reconstruction, Race Relations and Rise of New South
Oct. 9 Government Struggles with Change: Politics and Presidents
Oct. 16 The Voices of a Nation: Social and Cultural Reform Movements
Oct. 23 Flexing Imperialist Muscles: Empire Expansion in the West and Beyond

We will also discuss how today’s social, political and economic scene is similar in many ways to the late 19th century.

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Tim Hrastar has been actively involved in UDLLI since 2005, is currently president of the board of advisors and has moderated over 17 programs at UDLLI. His career spans more than 45 years as a self-employed communication and business development consultant and coach for professional service firms focusing on the legal profession, as well as an audio-visual writer-producer-director of corporate programs and conferences.

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How to Build a More Secure Future! - NEW

This seminar offers a decisively new and better way to think about building a secure personal and financial future. Guiding principles of leadership, stewardship and relationship will help bring more confidence and clarity to your future.

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Mark A. Morris is the CEO and founder of Secure Future Advisors LLC. Morris’s passion is to help others build a more secure future, both personally and financially. He has over 20 years of experience in working with professionals, business owners and retirees.

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Traditions of Japan

This seminar is an update on A Little Trip to Japan, which was presented two years ago. Lecturers will present subjects such as martial arts, Ikebana, Kimoisos and a tea ceremony. The students will learn songs, dances and writing. There will be a special lecture on Japanese architecture by Takashi Kawai, who designed projects in Japan and the U.S.

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 35

Peggy Conner has kept an active interest in Japanese art and literature after teaching in Japan many years ago and traveling extensively throughout the country.

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Was he hero or villain? Was he a military genius or just lucky in the poor quality of his opponents? This seminar will explore the life of this fascinating man from his youth in Corsica to his death on St. Helena. His contributions to military strategy, his long-term political effect on the nations of Europe and his complicated relationship with his family will be addressed in this seminar.

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Mark Cannon is a retired Ph.D. scientist who has studied history for most of his life. He has moderated UDLLI courses on WWII, the Civil War, the American Revolution, a traveler’s history of England and, most recently, a history of carrier aviation.

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Getting to Know Five Rivers MetroParks

Tour some of the interesting and beautiful Five Rivers MetroParks. Each seminar will include a presentation by the park manager, and an extensive tour will follow. Please dress for the weather and for walking.

Sept. 18 Cox Arboretum
Sept. 25 Adventure Central
Oct. 2 Wegerzyn Gardens
Oct. 9 Carriage Hill
Oct. 16 Aullwood Garden (not to be confused with Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm – they are next door to one another but not affiliated)
Oct. 23 Possum Creek

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
12:30–2:30 p.m. at various MetroParks

Betty Hoevel is an adult education supervisor for Five Rivers MetroParks, with her primary focus on sustainable horticulture. She is the coordinator of the Miami Valley Gardening Conference. She creates programs for Wegerzyn, Cox and Aullwood Garden MetroParks and is constantly seeking new ways for gardeners to improve their garden and gardening skills, appreciate and contribute to the health of the environment and enhance the beauty of the Miami Valley — all while having a great time.

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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, September 18 – October 23
3–5 p.m. at the Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Road
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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The Latin Guitar - NEW

The guitar is especially loved in all of Latin America. This seminar will examine the compositions, the composers and the performers of Latin American guitar music. This is not a seminar on how to play the guitar. Instead, we will explore, experience and examine the choros of Brazil, the tangos of Argentina and the unique waltzes of Venezuela. We will delve into the lives and music of fascinating guitarist-composers like Agustín Barrios, the Paraguayan genius who mixed native rhythms with European sophistication. Although we will focus on South America, we will also take a good look at the Mexican composer Manuel Ponce and the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer.

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
3–5 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 25

Richard Prigozen grew up in Dayton and began the study of classical guitar while in high school. Upon returning to Dayton after college, he took private lessons from Asher Yonan in Cincinnati. He has taught and performed locally. He has given recitals at the Unitarian Fellowship, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center (Troy, Ohio), Wright State University Lake Campus and the Dayton Art Institute. Additionally, he initiated the guitar program at Sinclair Community College, which he eventually turned over to Jim McCutcheon. He gave a solo recital last October at the UD River Campus and will perform again this year on October 16 at the River Campus first floor auditorium.

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Brrrr! The Cold War From Yalta Through Vietnam

Where were you during the Cold War? This seminar will consider the origins and course of the Cold War from 1945 to 1975. We will also consider how Cold War foreign policy led the United States into the long and painful struggle of Vietnam. After considering the Cold War, we will investigate the Vietnam conflict from the earliest U.S. involvement to the end of the war and the aftermath. How the Cold War and the Vietnam conflict impacted culture will be emphasized. This will not be a military history of the Vietnam War, although significant battles and military action will be considered.

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
3–5 p.m. at River Campus

Ellen B. Downer holds a B.A. in social studies from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., (1966) and an M.A. in humanities from Wright State University (1996). She is currently a member of the social studies department and department chair at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. After 25 years in the classroom, Downer’s enthusiasm for history and teaching continues to grow. Having been educated in the 1960s, Downer combines a personal and academic approach to the history of the Cold War.

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Viaggia in Italia

During this seminar we will focus on information needed for a delightful vacation in Italy, including the basics of conversation; how to read a menu (mangiamo, where to eat); how to travel (metro, train, bus); how to handle money (monetary transactions, the euro); how to ask for directions; and how to enjoy your hotel accommodations. We will share Italian food, view clips from movies, work together in pairs and write a little.

6 Thursdays, September 18 – October 23
3–5 p.m. at River Campus
Required Text: Italian in 10 Minutes a Day by Kristine Kershul, available at Books & Co. at The Greene or through

Ida Gressis taught Italian at both UD and Wright State University for many years and is currently teaching Latin and Mythology at UD. She has traveled in Italy and Greece with UD students on several occasions. She earned a master’s degree in English and classics and is fluent in Italian, Greek and English.

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