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Ba Duan Jin Qigong Exercise

Ba Duan Jin Qigong, which dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), is a complete set of exercises that was passed down from ancient China. It was developed based on the Classic Chinese medicine theory and practices. Ba Duan Jin is comprised of eight movements that are relatively simple, can be practiced at any place or time, and is beneficial to people of all ages. If practiced on a regular basis over time, Ba Duan Jin exercise will yield significant positive health effects.

6 Fridays, September 21–October 26 9:30–11:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
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Dr. Ping Yang worked as a design engineer in China after graduating from college. Her dream about an advanced degree brought her to Manhattan, Kansas, where she received her master’s degree in grain science. She then obtained her Ph.D. in agricultural and biological engineering from the University of Illinois and M.B.A. from University of Dayton. Dr. Yang currently works as a Principal Research Scientist at Cargill. As a native Chinese, Dr. Yang is very passionate about her cultural heritage. She often finds answers from the classic Chinese teachings for modern day challenges. Ba Duan Jin is one of Dr. Yang’s daily routines and she is excited to share the ancient body-mind exercise with you!


Is Life Getting Better? - NEW

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Let us step back and use as a framework Steven Pinker’s latest book, Enlightenment Now: A Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress to ask the question, “Are things getting better or worse?” Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment we now know has worked. The Enlightenment swims against currents of human nature we see all around us. The book uses 75 graphs of actual data from the last century or so to demonstrate that things are getting better in areas like health, life expectancy, sustenance, safety, knowledge, happiness, health, existential threats, and many others. The ideas in the book will be expanded on from other sources. Yes, there are problems like overpopulation, depletion of resources, the threat of nuclear war, and global warming. But these problems can be solved.

6 Fridays, September 21–October 26 9:30–11:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Rick Cothern taught physics and chemistry at UD (1965-1978), advised MS students and was involved in developing laboratories here in nuclear physics and environmental physics as well as a surface lab- oratory at UDRI. He worked for the USEPA in Washington, DC for 20 years including involvement in stratospheric ozone depleters, radioactivity in drinking water, and the Science Advisory Board. He has taught environmental and energy seminars at the George Washington University, the University of Maryland, Hood College, and American University. He has produced over 100 scientific papers and edited and written 15 books in the environmental area. He has studied theology and pastoral care at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Rick is a volunteer chaplain at Bethany Village where he also teaches Bible and is a volunteer chaplain at the Hospice of Dayton Rick is allergic (sensitive) to many manmade chemicals including after shave lotions and perfumes. In accordance with the statement from the Center for Disease Control, please refrain from or limit your use of these on seminar day.


Culinary Seminar

Dorothy Lane Market Culinary Director Carrie Walters will select various DLM chefs to give cooking demonstrations during this four-week seminar. In the state-of-the-art DLM Culinary Center, each week a chef will demonstrate the preparation of a specific dish; for example, how to make an apple pie or how to sear meats. The chefs will offer tips and helpful suggestions and answer questions. Participants will enjoy sampling the chefs’ savory creations.

4 Fridays, September 21–October 12 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Dorothy Lane Market Culinary Center at the Washington Square Shopping Center, Far Hills Avenue and Whipp Road
Seminar limit: 40 Seminar Fee: $60

Rosemary Starr received her nursing degree from Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a 20-year UDOLLI member and has served four terms on the UDOLLI board of advisors. Peggy Neary is manager of the Dorothy Lane Market Culinary Center.


History of 20th Century Music - NEW

Seven types of music from the 20th Century will be presented by experts in each field. 

Session 1: “Classical Music” presented by Franklin Lewis, a longtime UDOLLI moderator icon 

Session 2: “Big Band/Swing” presented by Dale Searcy who danced with Swing artists

Session 3: “Pop Stars from the 40s to 50s” presented by Fred Oliver, a UDOLLI moderator icon

Session 4: “Bluegrass” presented by Tom Duffee, a WY50 F.M. personality

Session 5: “Top 40 Radio History” presented by Jerry Halasz, a 97.3 F.M. personality, and by Chuck Berry

Session 6: “1950s Hall of Famers” presented by Gary Ruff, a rock and roll music expert

Session 7: “1960s Hall of Famers” presented by Sam Kurtz and “Country/Pop Crossover Hits” presented by Walt Wurtz, UDOLLI moderator icons

7 Fridays, September 21–November 2 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Jim Brooks is a retired teacher and longtime volunteer and a member of UDOLLI. He has a rich knowledge of all types of music, especially Rock and Roll.

Gary Ruff is a retired high school teacher with a B.S. from Wright State University and M.S. from The University of Dayton. He has taught over 40 seminars at the UDOLLI Program including many styles of music, especially Rock & Roll; a seminar on the 1960s; a seminar on the history of sci/fi and horror movies; and Hollywood’s greatest movies. He is also a member of the Board.


Basic Survival Spanish Expressions and Culture

At the end of this course, you will have acquired a novice level of proficiency in Spanish. You will be able to successfully handle a variety of basic communication necessary for survival in a Spanish speaking context. This course is designed for beginners and for those who want to polish what they have learned on their own or in previous classes. General topics regarding Latin American history, literature, and traditions will be introduced. Food and music cannot be excluded! Get ready to “tango.”

6 Fridays, September 21–October 26 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Seminar limit: 25

Martha Calderon Lahanas, a native from Bogota, Colombia, has taught Spanish at Wright State University, University of Dayton, and Sinclair Community College as an adjunct teacher. She is currently working as a substitute teacher and Spanish interpreter for the Miamisburg School District. She has a bachelor’s degree in international business and languages from Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca, a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Wright State University and a master of science in education from Capella University.


Birth of the Israeli Air Force - NEW

When Israel was declared independent in 1948, five Arab armies were ready to invade. Israel had no aircraft and no pilots. A group of American World War II veterans volunteered and used obsolete German aircraft to slow the invasion. With additional support, a cease fire was soon declared and the Israel state became a reality. The Israeli Air Force would be tested again during the 1956 Suez crisis, the 1967 Six Day War, and during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. While we celebrated our Bicentennial, the Israeli Air Force launched a daring rescue from terrorists in Uganda. In the first thirty years of their existence, the Israeli Air Force would prove to be the defenders of independence.

1 day Friday, September 21 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Paul Cooper is a retired Air Force Brigadier General and pilot with 35 years of service. He has combat experience in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Bosnia and has commanded three different air bases. He is a graduate of both the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and Air War College and has a master’s degree in aviation history. He is Past President of UDOLLI and serves on the Board of Trustees at the Foundation of the National Museum of the Air Force.


Worker-Owned Cooperatives: Democracy in Workplace - NEW

What would a business look like if it were owned by all the workers instead of just the boss or absentee shareholders? This seminar will explore the principles that define and guide a worker-owned co-op and show how it contrasts with our traditional view of capitalism. A worker cooperative looks like any other business we see on Main Street or listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The primary difference is ownership. Co-op employees own the business, not outside shareholders. As owners they vote on all company decisions and they share equally in the profits of the company. There are thousands of successful worker co-ops throughout the world and one will soon be coming to Dayton’s food desert. We will examine some of the best co-ops in Ohio, the U.S., and internationally. We will also briefly look at Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), an entirely different type of employee ownership.

1 day Friday, September 28 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Bob Niehoff is a graduate of Xavier University with a B.S. in Chemistry and holds a Graduate Certificate in Technology of Management from American University. He is a retired senior research scientist from Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle-Columbus Division). His career included mul- tiple assignments in information systems/databases, manager of a geographic information system (GIS) for the Department of Energy’s high-level nuclear waste disposal program, manager at Copper Data Center, and proposal manager for a variety of multi-million-dollar government and private industry proposals. In retirement, he has served as Chair of the Social Justice Ministry at St. Leonard Faith Community for seven years and is a member of the Catholic Social Action Office’s Weavers of Justice group, where he became interested in worker-owned cooperatives as a model for creating jobs.


Behind the Scenes: Birth of the Dayton Dragons - NEW

Behind the scenes story of how the Dayton Dragons were turned from just a dream to the most successful minor league franchise in baseball history. Judge Capizzi will take you back to before the first pitch thrown on April 27, 2000. He’ll explain the early vision, financing and public opinion challenges to build a downtown stadium, meetings with the Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott, visits to other minor league parks, discussion with other team owners, and the eventual purchase of a team from Illinois that became our beloved Dayton Dragons.

  1. 1 day Friday, October 5 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

    Judge Capizzi has served as Montgomery County, Ohio Juvenile Court Judge since 2005. He previously served as an Acting Municipal Court Judge and in private practice. He received his J.D. from the University of Dayton School Of Law and a B.A. from Saint Bonaventure University. He is President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (“NCJFCJ”) and Chairman of the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College Board of Trustees. His lectures focus on judicial leadership, juvenile treatment courts, guardians ad litem, juveniles’ rights in delinquency court, abuse, neglect and dependency, racial and ethnic disparity, mental health issues, and local issues. He remains enthusiastic and energetic about working to promote the welfare of children, as has be his focus throughout his legal career.


    A Day at the Opera: The Met’s “Aida” - NEW

    On Friday, October 5, Michael Taint will present a two-hour seminar to introduce Verdi’s AIDA, including learning the history of the opera, the composer, the director, and the principal singers. Mike will play some of the famous arias and choruses.

    On Saturday, October 6, we will see the opera, live and in high definition direct from the Metropolitan Opera, at one of our area movie theatres. You will purchase your ticket individually from the theatre, probably around $25.

  2. 2 days Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6
    12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place and Area Movie Theatre

Mike Taint has been an opera lover all his adult life and a member of the Dayton Opera Chorus since 1996, appearing in over 70 productions with that company, as well as the Sorg Opera and the Columbus Opera Project. He also sings with the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus, the Springfield Symphony Chorale, and appears in, and occasionally directs Dayton community theater musicals and plays. An independent historian, he has presented papers at the Ohio Academy of History as well as moderated several history seminars at UDOLLI. Mike retired from the USAF in 1998 and from industry in 2012.


Dayton Inventors and Inventions - NEW

Have you ever thought about how different the modern world would be without Dayton? Near the turn of the 20th century, Dayton had more patents per capita than any other U.S. city. James Ritty’s invention of the cash register led to NCR. Kettering’s automobile self-starter led to Delco. Thomas Midgely’s leaded gasoline led to nearly everything else. Many creative minds from Dayton shaped the world we live in today.

1 day Friday, October 12 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Jim Charters was born in Dayton and graduated from Chaminade High School and Ashland University. After a 37-year career with Illinois Tool Works (ITW), he returned to Dayton and became a spokesperson for Dayton History, making presentations to numerous organizations about significant historical events and individuals from the Dayton area.


Reentry: A Path to a Safer Community - NEW

This seminar explores the positive impact of a well-crafted program to help those returning from prison reintegrate into society. You will learn about the reentry efforts in Montgomery County from the perspectives of the many stakeholders, including those who have reentered our community through this program, the Montgomery County Commission, the Federal Judiciary, local law enforcement, members of the faith-based community, staff of the Reentry Career Alliance Academy, and employers.

1 day Friday, October 19 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Bonnie Beaman Rice has been a lawyer for 39 years. Her early trial experience focused upon criminal defense work and Plaintiff ’s employment/discrimination law. She then served as Magistrate of the Vandalia Municipal Court for 22 years until her retirement in 2014. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Public Education Sub-committee for the Montgomery County Reentry Council. A graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, she currently serves as its Director for the Leadership Honors Program.


Decide to be Heard

None of us leave this world alive. How do you want your exit to transpire? Would you choose to be in an ICU attached to endless tubes and peeping machines and separated from your loving family or lying in your bed with dignity, in pleasant surroundings, framed by your family?  The choice can be yours. Ohio advance directives consist of Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Will. Advance care planning prepares you for your future healthcare decisions in case of an unexpected emergency. Every adult should have advance directives, but 3 out of 4 Americans do not. Who would you like to speak for you if you were unable to speak for yourself and what do you want them to say? Death is always sad but doesn’t have to be tragic. You never know what tomorrow will bring.

1 day Friday, October 26 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Seminar limit: 24

Laureene Bollinger is a retired registered nurse who worked as a bedside nurse for almost 42 years. At the beginning of her career she focused on critical care nursing and she ended her career with ten years as a hospice/palliative care nurse. Laureene is also an active volunteer with Decide to be Heard, a community-based initiative in the Dayton region that is focused on improving advance care planning.

Our speaker Judy LaMusga, Attorney & Counselor-at-Law, retired in 2002 after a 35-year career of serving people with disabilities. She was the superintendent of the MCBMRDD. Deciding to start a second career, she graduated from law school in 2003 and formed her own legal company. She specializes in estate planning and guardianship.