The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Examine the coming to power of Adolf Hitler beginning with the end of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 through the Weimar Republic (1919-33), with special emphasis on the Holocaust and antisemitism in Germany. Felix Weil speaks of his early years in Germany, recalling his experiences living under the Nazi regime. In addition, there will be a field trip to the Holocaust exhibit at the Air Force Museum and a 76-minute documentary video.

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 29 (NO SEMINAR ON APRIL 15)
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Felix Weil was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1927 and lived with his family until August 1939 when he was placed in a “Kindertransport” bound for England, never to see his family again. He came to the United States in 1945. In 1946, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent back to Germany for occupation duty. Weil graduated from Kent State University in 1950 and has lived in Dayton ever since. His career was in the commercial art business. He lectures about the Holocaust both in the United States and Germany.

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"Circus" Literature - NEW

Fiction, poetry, film, music, United States, Europe: We will consider how “roadside entertainment” can give us unique insights into maturity, romance, deformity and death. Circuses of all kinds reflect and shape culture and politics.

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 30

Recommended Text: As a brief outline: Joyland, Stephen King, Hard Case Crime, 2013. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers. 

James Hughes, professor emeritus of English at Wright State University, received his Ph.D. in American civilization at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Better Manage Your Type 2 Diabetes - NEW

Offered statewide as Healthy U: Diabetes, this interactive seminar provides numerous tools that help people develop the skills and coping strategies they need to better manage their Type 2 diabetes. It is an evidence-based program developed and licensed by Stanford University. Participants improve their disease self-management skills through action planning, interactive learning, problem solving and social support. Participants who complete the course are given a free textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions. 

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at River Campus (NOTE: EXTENDED TIME)
Seminar Limit: 16

Diane Shober is a trained certified leader and has experience leading Healthy U workshops in various community settings. She has worked in the social service field for 25 years and in the field of aging services for the last 20 years.

Sharon Miller is a trained certified leader and has experience leading Healthy U workshops in various community settings. She has a longtime interest in helping older people remain healthy and physically fit, and she will complete her degree at Antioch University Midwest in fall 2014.

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Learning From Others: The Power of Public Deliberation

Using the National Issues Forums process, a deliberative discussion will be conducted by experienced moderators on the following six issues:

• Mental illness in America: How do we address a growing problem?
• Bullying: How do we prevent it?
• Political fix: How do we get American politics back on track?
• Immigration in America.
• America’s role in the world.
• National debt.

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 20

Carol Farquhar Nugent is an associate of the Kettering Foundation. She is a former executive director of Grantmakers in Aging, with extensive experience in the field of philanthropy.

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From Dewey to Digital: The Evolution of Dayton Metro Library - NEW

In this age of austerity, public library systems are undergoing a transformation. According to Wikipedia, in 1805 library service began in Dayton with the Social Library Society of Dayton. The society was also the first library to be incorporated in Ohio. Fast forward to the 21st century, and transforming library operations becomes essential to preserving the institution. American collections are being digitized and made available online. The passage of the $187 million bond issue in the 2012 election will provide for replacements and renovations of suburban branches along with the rebuilding of the 1962-era main library building that will include an underground parking garage free of charge to patrons. Three downtown properties have been purchased (including the historic Hauer building) to expand cataloging space and other behind-the-scenes services. With all of these proposed changes on the horizon, this seminar will bring you up to date on Dayton Metro Library programs and services in the present and looking forward to the future. Sessions will cover the history of the library, genealogy services, research databases and technology, outreach services including the new grant for creative aging, collections and media acquisition, and facility plans taking the Dayton library into the future. 

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Valerie Lee serves on the board of advisers for UDLLI. As a high school student, she worked at the Westwood branch library, later moving downtown to the Main Library. Her experiences working in the library left a fond reminiscence of what the library offers to a community, with outreach to all regardless of level of education or financial status.

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Hollywood Under Attack

This seminar will recount, through a PowerPoint presentation and film, the era of the Red Scare and the Hollywood blacklist. Sparked by the hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee, many in the film industry during the Cold War would lose their careers. Seminar participants will have the opportunity to become aware of and discuss how the Red Scare dramatically impacted the entertainment industry of the ‘40s and ‘50s. 

Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Bob Thum has moderated a number of UDLLI seminars over the years.

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Journey Through Dayton History

Question: What do Carillon Historical Park, Orville Wright’s Hawthorn Hill mansion and the Patterson Homestead have in common? Answer: You can visit them all in this course! During two of the four weeks,
participants will visit several key exhibits at Carillon Historical Park and learn about recent changes and upcoming developments at the park. In the other two weeks, participants will visit the other two sites via park shuttle van. Please note that some standing and walking will be required each week. 

4 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 8
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Carillon Park
Seminar Limit: 20

Alex Heckman is the director of education and museum operations for Dayton History, Montgomery County’s official historical organization. A native Daytonian, University of Dayton graduate and local history enthusiast, Heckman has appeared on national broadcasts on the History Channel, the Travel Channel and C-SPAN.

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Yoga Stretch - NEW

The goal of yoga is to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being through physical actions. The benefits may be felt immediately. After just one session, your body may seem more relaxed, your mind may become clearer, and you may feel increased strength and better posture. Yoga is beneficial for everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. Yoga is a gentle, easy and natural method of improving overall health and quality of life. Many poses and stretches can and will be modified if necessary. Note: You will need a mat, hand towel and water.

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Kettering Fitness and Wellness Center, 3351 Shroyer Road
Seminar Limit: 15

Elizabeth Stoermer has taken yoga for many years. She has an exercise specialist certification from Sinclair Community College and an American Council on Exercise personal trainer certification. She is currently working for the city of Kettering at both the Kettering Recreation Complex and the Fitness Center (Trent Arena), teaching classes and training.

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Greer Garson - NEW

As in my past seminars regarding actors or actresses who become the person they will be on the screen, you will be hearing about and seeing the most fantastic and beautiful red-headed actress ever to come from the United Kingdom to Hollywood. We will be watching six of her many outstanding films. Because of the extreme length of these movies, this seminar must be 2½ hours long – starting at noon and ending at 2:30. Feel free to bring your lunch to eat in the classroom after the 11:30 ending of the previous seminar. 

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
12 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Dr. Allen Ross attended military school (grades 6 through 12) and The Ohio State University (B.A. in English and D.D.S. degree). He practiced dentistry from 1958 to 1997, and since 1997 has served as executive vice president at Galerie.

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Working Out in Simple Terms

Working Out in Simple Terms is a follow-up seminar to the Personally Fit seminar of “Move Better … Move More … Feel Better.” It takes exercise to an all-new, simple level. Using the knowledge from the previous seminar, the staff of Personally Fit will lead participants through the hows, whens and whats of designing and performing a well-rounded exercise program. Focusing on injury prevention, improvements in balance and increased strength, participants will be instructed on which exercises to do, how to perform them correctly and the necessary components for putting together a customized exercise program. During this six-week seminar, individuals will learn and apply a basic version of exercise theory and practice. 

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Personally Fit, 3578 Kettering Blvd., Suite 300
Seminar Limit: 15

Prerequisite: This seminar is limited to members who have taken the Personally Fit seminar Move Better … Move More … Feel Better. 

Becky Cobb and Kenny Cobb will present and facilitate the sessions of this seminar as a team. All team members are nationally certified personal trainers through the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association and are Muscle Activation Techniques specialists. All hold certification in Functional Movement Screen usage as well.

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The Tricks Lawyers Play in the Courtroom - NEW

Have you often thought that you could try a case better than the lawyers you have seen in the courtroom, in the movies or on television? Have you wondered what makes good trial lawyers so special? If so, now is your chance to find out the tricks and skills lawyers and barristers regularly use in the courtroom. We will examine dozens of scenes from movies, TV shows and other video material to try to determine what it is that makes good trial lawyers so good. There will also be guest lectures from some of the best trial lawyers in Dayton. At the end of the course, all members of the class will have the opportunity to see how much they learned in the seminar by serving as jurors in a mock trial held in the courtroom of the University of Dayton School of Law. 

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Dennis Turner has served as assistant dean, acting dean, director of the law clinic, director of the legal profession program, chair of the admissions committee and adviser for both the mock trial teams and the moot court board at the UD School of Law. He won the UD Award for Teaching in 1990 and has also been chosen as Professor of the Year twice by School of Law students. He is the only remaining full-time faculty member from 1974, when the School of Law reopened. He calls teaching at UD rewarding. “UD is a great institution,” he said. “Here I am 30 years later and still having a great time.”

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Murder on the Orient Express - NEW

In this seminar, we will review both Agatha Christie’s original mystery novel, published in 1934, and the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case (1932), as well as watch the two classic movies of Murder on the Orient Express. Hercule Poirot was played by Albert Finney in the 1974 movie and by David Suchet in the more recent production. The purpose will be to compare and contrast the three versions of the story and to explore the connection with the Lindbergh case. If time permits, we will also watch the video of David Suchet’s trip on the modern-day Orient Express.

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 30

Recommended Text but not required: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Multiple versions are available in bookstores and on 

Advance preparation is recommended: For the first session, read the Christie novel.

Mary Ann Gasior has a Ph.D. in English literature and has taught at Wright State University and Central State University, among others. This will be her fourth seminar at UDLLI, the previous ones covering science fiction movies and the winners of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

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Rediscovering Mu - NEW

In the Pacific Ocean there is supposed to have existed a continent that was lost or that sank into the ocean. Both the recent voyage of the Kon-Tiki and the discovery that the statues at Easter Island are just the heads of full-bodied statues that partly descended into sinkholes have reopened an interest in this once-thought-to-bemythical continent.

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Enrique Romaguera is professor emeritus from the language department at the University of Dayton. He has moderated many UDLLI seminars on the French cinema.

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Bible Basics: The New Testament

Having looked very briefly at the Old Testament during the winter session, we will now examine those books which make up the New Testament or Christian Scriptures – specifically when, by whom, for whom and, more importantly, why each book was written. They were written for different folks in different places and even in very different times. Most especially, they were written at a time that is very different from today. Come and learn with us! Bring your Bible and explore the main ideas of each of the 27 books of the Christian Scriptures. Helpful handouts will be provided. 

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

CarolAnn Cannon is a research chemist who has developed a new interest in theology over the past 30 years. She received a Master of Arts in theological studies here at UD in 1986 and is certified as both a catechist and catechetical leader by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Her seminars with UDLLI have included three separate courses on Christian history, including "Who Do You Say That I Am – A Christology", "The Barbarians and the So-Called Dark Ages", and "The Papacy and the Bishops of Rome". She has also moderated "Bible Basics: The Old and the New Testaments".

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London -- Biography of a City

London is one of the world’s great cities. This seminar will survey the 2,000-year history of London. After its founding by immigrants, London has become host to a diversity of cultures. We will explore the growth of London as one of the greatest trading centers of the world. It has pioneered modern democracy and been home to many great authors, composers and artists. It has survived plagues, civil war, fire and the Blitz. The focus will be on the city and its inhabitants and how their lives changed over 2,000 years. 

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Paul Cooper is a retired Air Force pilot who grew up and spent most of his life in Seattle and on the West Coast. He earned a master’s degree in history at the University of Washington. His daughter is a physician and medical director living in London. He also serves on the UDLLI board of governors.

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Fly Fishing for Beginners

Come and enjoy this seminar designed to introduce you to the sport of fly fishing and all of its aspects, from casting to catching to eating. It is held at the Spring Run Farms Trout Club on Haddix Road in Fairborn. The emphasis is on having fun! DVDs on casting and fishing will be made available to you, as well as a manual in PDF format that will be emailed. It is not necessary to have a rod and reel for the first seminar. If you have a rod or have access to one, bring it. Loaners are available. During the first week, we will discuss what to look for when purchasing equipment. 

1 – 4 p.m. at the Spring Run Farms Trout Club in Fairborn
Seminar Limit: 10

Please Note: There is an additional $25 fee for use of the Trout Club facility.

Required Equipment: You will also need a fly rod, reel, line and polarized sunglasses or safety glasses. Do not buy equipment until after the first seminar. Loaner rods are available on seminar days. 

Jim Romer is a retired surgeon with a penchant for fly fishing. Cap’n William Focke is a retired salesman/entrepreneur who taught Romer how to fly fish. James Corbin is a retired, albeit slightly twisted, research chemist, learned rod builder and lake fisherman. William Clutter is also retired but is an accomplished fly fisherman with a penchant for travel to unusual places with fish. Additional instructors are Elmer Bradshaw, Thomas Letsche and Steve Hays.

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Staying Secure in an Online World - NEW

In today’s world very few risks can be completely eliminated. In an online world, how can we minimize the risks to us, our computers and our data? When we shop and bank online, how are we protected? What are the risks? When we email friends and family members, what should our practices be? How can we reduce the risk that our computers will be affected by malicious software? What are phishing and spear phishing attacks? What are viruses, worms and cookies? We’ll discuss all that and more and try to answer your questions and ease your concerns.

4 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 8
3 – 5 p.m. at River Campus

Bob Sherman is an associate professor and chair of the computer information systems department at Sinclair Community College. Prior to working at Sinclair, he worked at NCR Corporation for more than 20 years and taught high school students in the Dayton Public Schools. He’s been a huge supporter of UDLLI and has presented nearly 20 different seminars over the years.

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Environmental Issues - NEW

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? Find answers to these and other questions in a friendly, informal setting with an opportunity to meet some of Dayton’s local environmental activists. 

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
3 – 5 p.m. at River Campus

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

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Mahabharata: The Hindu Epic - NEW

The Mahabharata is a prehistorical novel authored by the great visionary Vedavyasa to communicate history, righteousness and spirituality. This story in the couplet (poetry) format is 10 times longer than The Iliad and The Odyssey put together, with more than 100,000 couplets. In this seminar, the moderator attempts to look at the Mahabharata in a holistic way, using Peter Brook’s 1989 film on the subject and discussing its relevance to our modern society. The movie will be screened during the first two sessions, after which each session will start with a clip followed by discussions on history, social relevance and spirituality.

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
3 – 5 p.m. at River Campus

Recommended Text: Available at Amazon in print and Kindle versions: The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma by Gurucharan Das. Peter Brook’s movie The Mahabharata (1989) is also available at Amazon. 

Advance Preparation: Read the Wikipedia entries “Mahabharata,” “Hindu texts” and “Vedas.” 

Dr. Sharath Krishna received his Ph.D. from Mangalore University in India. He teaches ecology at Central State University in Wilberforce and is an adjunct assistant professor at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright  State University. His research was on the ecology of snakes in the tropical rainforest of South India. Later he developed an interest in studying the venom proteins of snakes, beginning with the very rare and endemic species of pit vipers, and now, of the rattlesnakes. His current project is an NIH-funded research project to examine the possibility of developing a therapeutic agent targeting prostate cancer cells. He has been working on both venomous and nonvenomous snakes for the last 35 years.

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Digging Classical Music

How do you decide when a musical performance is good or bad? In this seminar, we will discuss and critique selections of classical music recordings and rank the performances from “great” to “thumbs down.” Of course,this is largely a matter of opinion. However, the ability to articulate such feelings sharpens listening skills and enhances enjoyment of the performance. Music will be chosen from the classical period to the present. We will listen to excerpts of music for orchestra, the operatic stage, chamber groups and soloists. No musical experience is required. The music played in this seminar will be different from that used last year.

6 Tuesdays, March 18 – April 22
3 – 5 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 40

Required Equipment: Participants should plan to bring a notebook to each session.

Robert Weisman has had a passion for classical music since childhood. He served as an on-air classical music announcer at Dayton Public Radio for more than 22 years. Programs he hosted included “Symphony Hall,” “The Opera House” and “Back from Baroque.” He has attended performances by many of the most famous orchestras, opera houses, chamber groups and soloists in the United States and Europe. Robert Craft, a scholar, conductor and collaborator of Igor Stravinsky, was his first music teacher. Weisman received his Ph.D. from MIT. He retired from Wright State University after serving as professor and chair of the department of biochemistry and associate dean of both the School of Medicine and the College of Science and Mathematics.

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