Christian Three-Ring Circus - NEW

American Christianity has more controversies than we can imagine. This seminar will examine the views of creationism, rapturism and Americanism with equal treatment given both to the ideas and the critique of the ideas on both sides of each issue. Here’s an opportunity to be part of the discussion about the issues impacting Christianity and to learn why these issues actually matter. So for history, theology and a sprinkling of politics, join us for the three-ring circus that is American Christianity as perceived by the media and the public.

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Rodney Kennedy has a Ph.D. in rhetorical criticism and homiletics. He is the lead pastor of First Baptist Church Dayton, a fully affiliated professor of homiletics and Baptist studies at United Theological Seminary and the author of five books.

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Become a Healthier You!

Healthy U is an interactive workshop that helps people develop the skills and coping strategies they need to better manage their health. Instead of focusing on any one chronic disease, participants explore new ways to address challenges common to anyone with a long-term health problem – arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, depression, high blood pressure, chronic pain and anxiety, or any health problem that we deal with over time. This evidence-based program focuses on problems such as pain management, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions and communication. Participants improve their disease self-management skills through action planning,  interactive learning, problem-solving, decision-making and social support.

6 Tuesday, September 16 – October 21
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 16
Required Text: Participants who complete the seminar are given a free textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.
Requirements: Attendance at the first seminar is mandatory.

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

Patty Griswold is a social worker at Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton. She has worked in the medical field with people who have chronic diseases and their caregivers for 25 years. Griswold holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Taylor University in Upland, Ind. In 2011, she became certified as a leader for the Healthy U disease self-management programs and has been an active workshop leader since.

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Adventure Travel

The moderator will describe the travel adventures taken with his grandchildren. He took three grandchildren on a camel caravan across the Australian Outback. Daily they encountered kangaroos, wallabies, lizards, snakes and emus as they plodded across the desert. They also took a 4,000-mile bicycle ride from Dayton to Alaska, a 500-mile canoe trip down the Wabash River, a kayaking trip around Iceland, a cruise up the Nile River in Egypt, a 4,000-mile drive through Russia, a 3,000-mile train trip across China and a 400-mile bicycle trip on the Fairy Tale Trail in Germany, and they explored the statues on Easter Island.

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Allen Johnson graduated from the University of Illinois in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He went on to receive a master’s degree in EE in 1959 from Northeastern University in Boston. He worked for the Air Force at WPAFB from 1959 through 2011 designing communications satellites and airborne radios. In 1967, he earned an MBA from The Ohio State University. He has delivered over 200 technical and travel presentations nationwide and internationally in Russia, India, Greece, Poland, England, Denmark, Portugal and Australia.

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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: America’s Future, Medicare and Medicaid, Sustaining Ourselves, Democracy’s Challenge, The Energy Problem, and Bridging and Bonding in Our Communities.

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
9:30 – 12 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 25

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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20th Century Plays - NEW

From Ibsen’s “problem play” to Beckett’s “Theatre of the Absurd,” each play selected represents a breakthrough in the history of Western drama. Coincidentally, each represents a different European culture. Other playwrights studied are Strindberg, Chekhov, Pirandello and García Lorca. Controversial in their own time, these writers still provoke debate.

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 30

Recommended: Strindberg, Miss Julie (Dover Thrift); Ibsen, Hedda Gabler (Dover Thrift); Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard (Dover Thrift); Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author (Penguin Classics); Beckett, Waiting for Godot (Grove Press); García Lorca, The House of Bernarda Alba (New Directions Paperbook).

Dr. Cecile Cary is professor emeritus from Wright State University, where she taught Elizabethan and other literature for 30 years. She has moderated many seminars on Shakespeare’s plays for UDLLI.

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Carillon Park: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - NEW

Carillon Historical Park is an important educational destination and community resource dedicated to preserving and sharing our region’s history. Participants in this seminar will learn how the park was created, how it has grown over the past seven decades and what lies in store during the years ahead. Visits to new exhibits such as the Watervliet Shaker building and the Carillon Brewing Company building will be included.

Note: Some walking will be involved during each seminar.

4 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 7
9:30–11:30 a.m. at Carillon Park
Seminar Limit: 40
Additional: Off-site fee: $5

Alex Heckman is the director of education and museum operations for the Dayton History organization. He is a native Daytonian and a local history enthusiast with over 12 years of experience at Carillon Historical Park. Heckman has appeared on nationwide broadcasts on C-SPAN, the History Channel and the Travel Channel.

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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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Move Better... Move More... Feel Better

The body’s preferred movement pattern is the one of least resistance. It is what naturally occurs in all humans depending upon our history of “moving” in sports, recreational exercise or activities of daily living. This seminar will explain patterns of movement, assess them per individual, offer corrective exercises to remove limitations in necessary patterns and suggest daily exercises to help repattern the body for more effective and efficient movement.

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
12–2 p.m. at Personally Fit, 3578 Kettering Blvd., Suite 300
Seminar Limit: 15

Becky Cobb, Tonya Chambers 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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William Powell - NEW

As in past seminars regarding actors or actresses who become the person they will be on screen, you will be learning about and seeing one of the most talented Stanislavski-trained “method” actors of his time: William Powell, best remembered as Nick Charles, the detective in The Thin Man series. Powell’s career started in silent films, and seminar participants will see many of his outstanding movies. The seminar will be 2 1/2 hours long, so please feel free to bring your lunch to eat in the classroom.

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
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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The Beatles and the Beach Boys: History and Songs - NEW

This seminar will discuss both the Beatles’ and the Beach Boys’ music, as well as discover more about the band members’ lives as artists. Songs and videos and little-known facts about the “Fab Four” and the Beach Boys will be included. Attention will be paid to their lyrics and to the humor in their songs. Come and pick your favorite: Beatles or Beach Boys?

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Sam Kurtz is a retired school principal and unpublished playwright who loves art, music, travel and golf. He has been a Beatles fan since he first heard them on the radio in 1964. He saw the Beatles in concert in Chicago in 1966.

Gary Ruff has seen the Beach Boys over 15 times in concert and has all the hits from albums and 45s. Both hits and obscure songs will be heard.

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Picasa: Creative Studio

Explore the creative potential of Google’s Picasa and learn more about photography and creativity along the way. Enhance your digital photography through hands-on activities, lecture/demonstration and mastering Picasa’s editing and processing software. Learn reliable and inventive approaches to composing, shooting and finishing digital photographs to create images that pop for display, collage, cards, newsletters and gift items. Building on our familiarity with Picasa basics, or iPhoto, we will explore specifically the photo processing and editing capabilities of the latest version of Picasa. We can integrate this with our mobile photography abilities and apps. Expect to spend an hour or more on assignments weekly. In-seminar, use a UD laptop preloaded with class exercises. Bring to first seminar: a favorite brief quote about creativity, your imagination, your photographs and a willingness to play and share!

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 28 (NO SEMINAR ON OCTOBER 14)
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 14
Prerequisite: UDLLI seminar "Digital Photography with Picasa," UDLLI seminar "Can You Google?," or moderator permission (based on demonstrated facility with iPhoto or with Picasa folders, albums and basic processing).

Shulamit Adler, Ph.D., is a photographer and clinical neuropsychologist. Her celebration of the Miami Valley, lyrical flower images and animals with attitude can be seen in shows, installations, publications and private collections around the region.

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Break Through Your Creative Blocks - NEW

Break through your creative block — come play, discover a variety of materials in the art-making process using visual expressions, hands-on activities, color exploration, words and visualizations. This is not an art seminar — no techniques, judgments or experience necessary. Each seminar is filled with fun, play and sharing. Invest in yourself. A supply list will be provided to registered students.

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 15

Cindy Remm is an art major and quilt artist and has taught classes in art and related subjects to all age groups. She also has gerontology certification and an M.A. in humanities.

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Barbarians and the So-called Dark Ages

Most of us have heard of the Barbarians who lived in what we’ve come to call “the Dark Ages”! But were these times really so dark? In the last 30 years, through archaeological discoveries, we have come to learn much more about these people and what they could have contributed to the world. Historians from several universities will address these questions during the short DVD clips, which include re-enactments that show us how these various Barbarian tribes lived. The seminar will conclude with a brief overview of the history of the Dark Ages. Participants will receive handouts for each session, timelines for each tribe and a map of their migrations. Please note: This is an eight-week course.

8 Tuesdays, September 16 – November 4
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Carolann Cannon has been reading history all her life and studying theology for more than 30 years. She earned a Master of Arts degree in theological studies from UD in 1986 and is certified as both a catechist and a catechetical leader by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. She has taught numerous seminars for UDLLI.

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Landscape for Life

Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the United States Botanic Garden and the American Society of Landscape Architects, Landscape for Life provides training on sustainable gardening practices. It is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the first voluntary rating system to provide comprehensive guidelines and benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. The participatory seminars will focus on your yard and sustainability, soils, water, materials, health and plants. The six seminars, taught by certified trainers, will include a graduation where you will present the landscape design you developed using sustainable practices.

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Hope Taft is the developer of the Heritage Garden at the Ohio Governor’s Residence, the state’s official botanical garden of native plants. Other team leaders trained by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center are Barbara Hilyard and Joan Kirschner, both Master Gardeners and volunteers with the Heritage Garden at the Ohio Governor’s Residence.

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Great Decisions

"Great Decisions" is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. This fall’s seminar will feature speakers from around Dayton on topics including defense technology, Israel and the U.S., Turkey’s challenges, the Islamic awakening, food and climate and U.S. trade policy.

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
3–5 p.m. at River Campus
Required Text: The Great Decisions 2014 briefing book will be available to purchase a week prior to the start date or on the first day of the seminar. If ordering the book from the Special Programs and Continuing Education department, only checks are accepted. The book can also be ordered directly from the Foreign Policy Association in New York (, credit card payment only. Participants are asked to read the relevant essay in advance of each session. Please note on your registration form if you will need to purchase a book from the office. Book ISBN 978-0-87124-244-0. $18 for DCOWA members; $20 for nonmembers.

Dr. Jason Pierce is associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Dayton. He teaches courses on comparative constitutionalism and civil rights and liberties, conducts research on deliberative democracy and is author of a book on the Australian High Court.

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Inside UD Athletics - NEW

This six-week seminar will entail a comprehensive focus on University of Dayton athletics, including the challenges that we face in intercollegiate athletics, the student-athlete experience, staying compliant, the role of our coaches and academic support, along with social media and technology.

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
3–5 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 20

Angie Russell is a Division I women’s basketball coach with six years of experience, including three years at UD. She currently serves as assistant athletics director and holds a master’s degree in athletic administration and a bachelor’s degree in communications.

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India Today - NEW

India (birthday, August 15, 1947), the largest, most diverse and “craziest” democracy in the world, went to vote for the 16th general elections in May 2014. People saw the most tech-enriched and politically charged election in the world. Although Columbus discovered the Americas, mistaking it for India, India has been a mystery to the people of the United States, mainly because historically there is no hate or love relationship between the countries. In order to uncover the huge misconceptions about modern India, this seminar paints an optimistic picture of “Vibrant India,” exposing the facts and figures as they exist. Web-based images, videos and books will be used during the seminar to discuss topics such as people who made modern India, the cultural diversity of Indian people, communal harmony and, of course, poverty and corruption.

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
3–5 p.m. at River Campus

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.

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Fundamentals of Macintosh Computers

This seminar is an introduction to making the most of your Macintosh computer. Key topics will include  desktop organization, photo storage and editing, Internet searching, audio storage and editing, basic word processing and additional applications for productivity and creativity. This is NOT a computer seminar for  students new to computers. Students should already have a familiarity with computers (e.g., using a mouse, accessing and running applications, copying and pasting, saving and naming files, etc.).

6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21
3:30–5:30 p.m. at Harman School Library
Seminar Limit: 15

Tim Fleck is a graduate of Wright State University, where he earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees in education. He has more than 20 years of classroom teaching experience and has taught sixth grade at Harman Elementary School in Oakwood for the past 10 years. He has extensive technology experience both for personal creativity and student instruction, which includes co-facilitating the student “Tech Team” at Harman School. Fleck has given numerous technology presentations over the years and looks forward to helping UDLLI students make the most of their Macintosh computers.

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