Anton Chekhov Plays - NEW

This seminar presents a leisurely examination of three major plays by Anton Chekhov: The Sea Gull (1896), The Three Sisters (1900) and The Cherry Orchard (1903), with opportunities to view and discuss selected scenes from at least two of these via DVD. Lectures will be kept to a minimum necessary to set up topics for discussion.

6 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 23
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Recommended Text: The Major Plays by Anton Chekhov, translated by Ann Dunnigan, with a foreword by Robert Brustein and an afterword by Rosamund Bartlett. Signet Classics, 2006, ISBN 0451530373. Available through the UD bookstore (under ENG 205) or through online suppliers. (Today’s prices on Amazon are $7.16 for a new copy, with used copies available from $0.01 + shipping).

Advance preparation: Read The Sea Gull

R. Alan Kimbrough has been a church musician since the age of 14. He earned his B.A. in music (organ  performance) and English. He has been steeped in the Anglican choral repertoire since he was assistant  organistchoirmaster at St. Stephen’s Church in Providence, R.I., and the organist-choirmaster for the Episcopal College Church at Brown-RISD while in graduate school. He spent a year (1988-89) as a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge doing research into Anglican Church music and attending sung chapel services at King’s and/or St. John’s College.

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Golf in the Miami Valley - NEW

We will discuss the history of golf in the Miami Valley, tracing the origin and construction dates of most of the golf courses and the role of the Dayton-based MacGregor Golf Company. We will discuss the three PGA championships hosted by Dayton clubs and see a video of the 1945 event at Moraine Country Club won by Byron Nelson. The USGA events hosted by NCR Country Club will be covered, along with the careers of top golfers from the Dayton area.

6 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 23
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Bucky Albers is a retired Dayton sports writer who has been a frequent contributor to the Lifelong Learning Institute since 2005. This will be his 10th class. Albers spent 30 of his 50 active years covering amateur and professional golf for the Dayton Journal Herald and/or the Dayton Daily News. As a result of his work, he was inducted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Bird Watching

Interest in our feathered friends has never diminished in my life, nor has my wonder at the mastery of flight and exceptional beauty. This seminar will entail two lectures as noted below and three field trips to address migratory birds and capture views of species of warblers.

5 Wednesdays, April 23 – May 21 (NOTE: LATE START)
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

April 23 – Lecture: Birds of New Zealand, a country noted as one of the most scenic in the world. New Zealand’s conservation efforts will be discussed.

April 30 – Lecture: A look at two different world species will be offered, including details of evolution and color. May 7, 14, 21 – Morning field trips at 8 to 9 a.m. are intended.

Recommended Text: Birds of North America by Kaufmann or Sibley. Available used at Amazon. Special Equipment: Bring binoculars to the fourth session.

John Guenin earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1962. He was the founder of KMH Systems where he retired as CEO after 35 years. He served on a number of small local company boards, and he recently was a guest lecturer at the University of Dayton. He became interested in birds as a young child, and this intensified in his 40s at his cabin at Lake Erie.

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Introduction to the iPhone 5 - NEW

This will be a basic, introductory seminar for those who have used an iPhone 5 for less than a year. This will be a fundamentals seminar and could be too remedial for those who have considerable iPhone 5 experience, i.e., a year or more. The seminar will encourage hands-on activities on all aspects of the iPhone 5, with opportunities to demonstrate by “trial and error” many of the various features of the iPhone 5.

Prerequisites: Students must have and bring to class an active iPhone 5, any version, with the latest version of the operating system installed. We will not cover older operating systems. Also, access to Wi-Fi and the Internet, through the student’s Internet provider, is required.

6 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 23
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 20

Required: Students should bring to the first class their Apple ID and Apple password and a current email address.

Jim Gallagher is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and spent his first career as an Air Force officer and civil servant at Wright-Patterson in the acquisition community. He spent a shorter, second career as an administrator at Wright State University. His third career has been in training and consulting in project/program management. He has been a confirmed Apple user for more than 25 years and has never owned a PC! Gallagher has had his iPhone 5 for a little over a year and wonders why it took him so long to go with the iPhone 5!

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Seven Last Words of Christ- NEW

The Seven Last Words of Christ is an opportunity to meditate on the seven scriptural phrases spoken by Christ from the cross. The power and meaning of these words are inspirational, challenging and deeply spiritual, and they draw us into participation in the dying and rising of Christ. Each of the seven reflections will incorporate music and should lead to prayer.

7 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 30
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Dr. Anne McGuire is director of programs at Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics in Maria Stein, Ohio. Her background is in theology, ministry, liturgy and music, as well as teaching at two universities. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

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History of Classical Music Part VI

We will begin with four Russian composers: Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Shostakovich. We will then proceed to three Americans: Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein. Biographies of the composers will be given as well as CD and DVD excerpts of their works. Following Bernstein we will begin the chronology again with J.S. Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.

6 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 23
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 40

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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Crime Scene Investigations: Presentation, Preservation, Processing and Prosecution

This seminar will examine the many facets of a “crime scene,” the place or places where a crime has been committed, or is believed to have been committed. The stages of crime scene management, from initial response of law enforcement to completion of processing and evidence collection, will be studied. The presentations will highlight the importance of crime scenes in successfully solving “cold case” investigations, as well as more recent investigations. Representatives from law enforcement, crime laboratories and the medical profession will be participants.

Caution: This seminar will include information and photographs, both actual and clinical, which are graphic in nature. While this is not the focus of the seminar, it is an important element of understanding the scientific and investigative nexus to the crime scene.

6 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 23
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Jeffrey W. Mitchell is the chief of police for the city of Lebanon, Ohio, a nationally accredited law enforcement agency. A retired special agent from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he has extensive experience in conducting felony, criminal, fraud and counterintelligence investigations. Chief Mitchell has an associate degree in criminal justice, Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Dayton. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program. Chief Mitchell is an adjunct instructor at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio.

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Cultural Evolution and the Questions: Who Am I? Why Am I Here? - NEW

The questions “Who Am I?” and “Why Am I Here?” have plagued humanity since we developed the capacity for self-reflective thinking. The answers to these questions determine what we value. How much are the answers influenced by the culture we were born into? Do those cultural values change over time? What influences this change? If our values change, does our perception of God or Spirit also change? In this seminar we will take a look at cultural evolution described by well-known developmental theorists. We will look at the cultural evolution, how it manifests itself internally and externally and how we can facilitate this development in ourselves and society.

6 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 23
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Diana Spiegel has a Bachelor of Arts in special education and a Master of Arts in culture and spirituality. She has taught elementary school, was a learning disability tutor, worked in real estate development, facilitated workshops in ecology and spirituality, is a student of evolutionary enlightenment and integral philosophy, is treasurer of women4evolution and has traveled on six continents.

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Zentangle: Relax, Focus and Create!

Zentangle is a meditative art form not to be confused with doodling! By focusing on patterns (called tangles) one stroke at a time, each  student will create unique small works of art while achieving a sense of peace through the process. This seminar is especially beneficial for those of us who always wanted to draw but thought they couldn’t do it!

This seminar is for those who have never taken a Zentangle seminar in the past.

6 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 23
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 20

Required Supplies: Kits will be provided by the moderator for $10 per student.

Peg Farmer is a certified Zentangle teacher. She was a frustrated art enthusiast who finally found her niche through Zentangle and is eager to share it. She has been involved with UDLLI as a student and seminar liaison since 2004. Her work experience was in social service, public and private administration.

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A History of Carrier Aviation - NEW

This seminar will cover the history of carrier aviation from its beginning in 1910 up to modern times, with a special emphasis on WWII. Differences in combat doctrine, training and equipment among the various navies will be pointed out. Post-WWII carrier operations in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East will be discussed. Descriptions of present-day carriers and their air groups will be provided.

6 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 23
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Mark Cannon is a retired Ph.D. scientist with a strong interest in history. He has recently offered the courses "France, Britain and the Conquest of North America; A Traveler’s History of England"; "The American Civil War"; and "Significant Campaigns of World War II".

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Lincoln, Dayton and the Union - NEW

Members and friends of the Lincoln Society of Dayton will share Lincoln’s rise to the presidency and the role which Dayton played in this pivotal time in our country’s history. Weekly guest speakers and their topics will be: Week one: Jim Crabtree (as Lincoln) tells of his life  leading to Dayton. Dan Ostendorf shares the day, September 17, 1859, when Lincoln spoke at the Court House. Week two: Gary Kersey  presents the friendship of Robert Schenck and his impact on Lincoln, followed by Judge William Clark and the Cooper Union speech, plus  Lincoln’s nomination and election in 1860. Week three: Ben Graham poses the question: What if Lincoln had not been nominated or elected?  What would our country be like today? Martin Gottlieb brings the Dayton story of the rise of the Copperheads and Clement  Vallandigham. Week four: Fred  Lynch and Bennie McRae interact with stories of Union soldiers and Colored Troops, their loyalty to Lincoln and connections to Dayton.

4 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 9
3 – 5 p.m. at River Campus

Recommended Text: Participants may purchase in class Mr. Lincoln Came to Dayton for $10. Lloyd Ostendorf wrote it for the centennial, and it was reprinted for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s visit.

Maribeth Graham is a former elementary teacher. She most recently completed more than 35 years as administrator of the Iddings Foundation. Her interest in education led her to nearly 20 years on the West Carrollton school board. Currently she is a trustee of Antioch  University Midwest and a life trustee of Ohio Wesleyan University, her alma mater. She has served on a variety of community nonprofit boards, and since the formation of the Lincoln Society of Dayton, she has been deeply involved with that organization as program chair,  newsletter editor and, currently, vice president.

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Ups and Downs of Amusement Parks - NEW

Just about everyone has visited an amusement park either as a child, parent or grandparent. The development of today’s parks can be traced back to the 1600s when certain classes of people wanted something “fun” to do. That desire has been expanded and has resulted in the multibillion-dollar industry that provides us parks such as Disney World, Universal Studios, Cedar Point and Kings Island. We will take a look at the 17 parks that were located in this area, the business operations including foods, sales and how rides are purchased, and a very basic physics lesson on how rides operate safely.

4 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 9
3 – 5 p.m. at River Campus

Scott Fowler is a lifelong resident of the southwest Ohio area and a former employee at LeSourdsville Lake/ Americana Amusement Park. He is the author of Images of America: LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park, published by Arcadia Publishing, and is currently writing another book on Fantasy Farm Amusement Park. Fowler served as founder and president of the Southwest Ohio Amusement Park Historical Society Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of 14 amusement parks that were located in this area, as well as the three parks still operating. He is a three-time graduate of Sinclair Community College and has been employed there for more than 25 years.

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Classic Children's Books - NEW

Peter Pan, Alice, Mr. Toad and Squirrel Nutkin are beloved characters whose stories all emerged at the same time. This seminar will examine why children will always love them and why adults will also.

6 Wednesdays, March 19 – April 23
3 – 5 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 40

Recommended: Participants can use library books or access digitally on Kindle. Selections from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willows and some Beatrix Potter stories will be discussed.

Holly Castle teaches English at The Ohio State University and Wright State University. She previously moderated four UDLLI seminars: Introduction to Poetry, More Poetry, Portrait of New England: Andrew Wyeth and Robert Frost, and The Iliad.

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