Afghanistan and the War on Terror

Did you know the war in Afghanistan is the longest war in U.S. history? The U.S. has been engaged in combat operations for over 12 years in Afghanistan — that’s longer than World War I and World War II combined! This seminar will focus not only on how the U.S. has fought the War on Terror in Afghanistan, but also on the history of wars that have been fought in the country — including the Soviet War of the 1980s — and how the Taliban rose to power. Aside from the wars, the course will also discuss Afghanistan’s various ethnic groups and languages, its wide-ranged geography and specific cultural and religious norms that are inherent to the people.

6 Wednesdays, September 17 – October 22
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Sayre Payne is a 2008 graduate of The Ohio State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies with a specialization in security and intelligence. A distinguished military graduate of OSU’s Army ROTC program, Payne is a former Army Ranger with the 101st Airborne division where he led a 21-man infantry platoon during a 12-month combat tour in southern Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. Payne completed his service with the Army as a captain in summer 2012.

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The Rule of Law Phase II - NEW

You are hereby summoned to appear with your peers for the first of two four-week sessions designed to acquaint you with many aspects of the rule of law, including but not limited to, the Constitution, contracts, warranties, probate, agency bankruptcy, tort (negligence cases of all description), real estate issues and discussions on landmark cases. Emphasis will be on legal proceedings and theories understandable at the layman’s level, and will not include or engage in legal advice. Failure to abide by this summons will deprive you of a more informed and better understanding of daily legal issues and the topic of legal concerns of the day.

4 Wednesdays, September 17 – October 15 (NO SEMINAR ON OCTOBER 8)
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Daniel A. Nagle has, after 50 years, recently retired from the practice of law in the Dayton area. This session is a continuation of The Rule of Law seminar given in the winter 2014 session. It is not necessary that you attended the first seminar.

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Crafting Fiction and Memoir - NEW

Presentations will illustrate, and students will practice, the essential elements of fiction and memoir, addressing issues such as how to put a character on the page, how to evoke emotion in the reader, how to structure material, what needs to be accomplished at the beginning and the end of a work and how to navigate the swamp of the middle. (Topics may be adapted to the needs of the writers present.)

6 Wednesdays, September 17 – October 22
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 25
Recommended Text: Students may be asked to read short stories found on the Internet. For those who do not have Internet access, copies will be provided.

Nancy Pinard is the author of two novels, Shadow Dancing and Butterfly Soup, as well as short stories published in journals such as the Beloit Fiction Journal, THEMA, The Dos Passos Review and others. With a B.A. in English and an MFA in creative writing, she has taught fiction writing at Sinclair Community College, the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Mad Anthony Writers Conference and previously at UDLLI.

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Mary, Our Sister: Wife, Mother and Model of Christian Discipleship - NEW

This seminar reflects on Mary in light of Pope Paul VI’s reference to her as “our sister,” and the New Testament’s portrayal of her as a wife and mother who in those roles gave her total “yes” to God. We explore that this meant for Mary as she experienced life 2,000 years ago and what it can say to us as we strive to follow Christ in the 21st century.

6 Wednesdays, September 17 – October 22
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

William P. Roberts, Ph.D., is a professor of theology at the University of Dayton and is the author and editor of 15 books. He has taught over 20 lifelong learning seminars over the past 11 years.

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Forgotten Mystery Films to be Remembered

The forgotten mystery films of the ’30s and ’40s will be explored during this seminar. The films to be shown are: After the Thin Man, The Stranger, The Scarlet Claw, Charlie Chan in London, Murder Ahoy and one to be determined by seminar participants.

6 Wednesdays, September 17 – October 22
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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I Tried Opera! - NEW

The purpose of this seminar is to introduce opera to seminar participants — particularly those who have never seen an opera or those who saw one or two but didn’t like it or didn’t “get it.” No prior knowledge of music or opera is required.

6 Wednesdays, September 17 – October 22
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Michael Taint has been an opera lover all his adult life and a member of the Dayton Opera Chorus since 1996, appearing in 40 productions with that company as well as the Sorg Opera, the Opera Project Columbus and the Opera Funatics. He also appears in Dayton community theater musicals and plays. Taint retired from the USAF in 1998 and from industry in 2012 and teaches computer science part-time at several area community colleges.

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History of Classical Music Part I

We will begin the Baroque era with Johann Sebastian Bach. From there, we will cover George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel, Tomaso Albinoni and Christoph Gluck. Events of the era will be discussed followed by biographies of the composers and examples of their compositions.

6 Wednesdays, September 17 – October 22
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Franklin Lewis, J.D., received his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and his Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. He served as trustee for the Cleveland Institute of Music (1988-96) and as secretary and associate general counsel for the East Ohio Gas Co., from which he retired in 1995. He also served as assistant director of law (public utilities) for the city of Cleveland until his retirement in 2004.

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Financial Planning and Investments

The days of putting a nest egg in a safe place and forgetting about it are gone. Whatever one’s stage of life or level of resources, it is imperative that one be an investor in the truest sense of the word. This educational opportunity is designed to enable participants to gain a higher confidence level and learn how to actually enjoy the role of investor. The moderator will lead the group through basic principles of financial planning and investments with emphasis on key factors in analyzing stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities.

7 Wednesdays, September 17 – October 29
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Louis R. Lunne received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton and his Master of Business Administration from Xavier University. He has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and currently works as a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial Services.

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Hands-on Photography - NEW

Hands-on Photography will demonstrate the practices of good photography and explore the trade-offs one needs to understand to capture that perfect moment. There will be demonstrations with portrait lighting, wildlife photography at distances, action photography, how to process the pictures once they have been taken and what to know about printing pictures. Students will be expected to take pictures using their camera equipment.

6 Wednesdays, September 17 – October 22
3–5 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 24
Required: Students need to bring their cameras and lens plus a thumb drive to all of the sessions.

Larrell Walters is the lead photographer for Talon’s Edge Photography, taking images of wildlife, sporting events, weddings and portraits. Walters has sold over 1,000 copies of his book Where Eagles Live! Dayton, Ohio, a chronicle of bald eagles within six miles of downtown Dayton. Walters is also division head of the Sensor Systems Division for the University of Dayton Research Institute.

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Engaged Empathy – (Soul Friend) - NEW

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard  is not what I meant.” —Pentagon spokesman during Vietnam War Engaged Empathy teaches how to build transparency, understanding and trust in relationships. Beginning with the story of Chiron (the wounded healer) from Greek mythology, we review the “eras of medicine,” alongside the moral and ethical dimension of compassion and aggression, as a means of understanding the growing need for many of us to learn how to become an Anam Cara (Soul Friend) for others. Using tools from the moderator’s “empathy toolkit,” we experience ways to move from “I” to “we” in relationships with others. This seminar includes small-group sharing, one-on-one practice and a willingness to listen with the “ears of the heart.”

6 Wednesdays, September 17 – October 22
3–5 p.m. at River Campus

Sharon Otto Trekell, Ph.D., has a doctorate in psychology, is a certified wellness coach and has extensive education in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), neuro-psychology, social resilience and spiritual formation. She has been a moderator for UDLLI since 2008.

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Songwriters Hall of Fame - NEW

This seminar is a multimedia study of the greatest songwriters of the ’50s and ’60s, the songs they wrote and  the singers that made them hits. The stories behind the scenes and a chance to relive the music of our youth will be enjoyed.

6 Wednesdays, September 17 – October 22
3–5 p.m. at River Campus

Benjy Klein has many interests; sharing his passion for rock ‘n’ roll is very high on his list. He has brought joy and enthusiasm to four seminars on rock ‘n’ roll history and promises this seminar will exceed your expectations. Tune in, turn on and drop in for a fun-filled two-hour journey.

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Discovering Planet Families - NEW

The discovery of the original planets of our solar system will be examined in this seminar and compared with  the discoveries of the many new and unfamiliar exoplanets of our galaxy. The seminar will take place at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater, the region’s only public planetarium, as well as in the newly opened NASA-funded exoplanets exhibit at the Boonshoft. Each session will include orientation to the night sky in the  planetarium and discussions of current astronomical topics.

6 Wednesdays, September 24 – October 29 (NO SEMINAR ON SEPTEMBER 17)
3:15–4:45 p.m. at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Additional: Off-site fee: $5

Cheri Adams is the director of the astronomy department at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and has been teaching astronomy at the museum for 20 years. She first began teaching high school astronomy in 1979 in rural Missouri after earning her Bachelor of Science in education at the University of Missouri—Columbia.

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