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America’s Original Sin - NEW

This session is based on a recent book of this title by Jim Wallis, who is a convener of faith inspired movements for justice and peace. Involved will be an opportunity to discuss an integral part of America’s history involving the ways that white supremacy was present in America’s birth and continues to the present in the realities of police brutality, the criminal justice system and educational and health inequality. Included will be discussions of these matters also involving prejudice, xenophobia, women, orientation, religion, hatred and evil. The discussion will involve redemption for our sins and should be required of all who believe in God, who hope for the American democracy, and who long to see the power of justice ethos grounded in love. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? (Matt. 7:3 NRS). There will be ample opportunity to determine what values are important to you.

6 Fridays, March 16- April 27
9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Rick Cothern taught physics and chemistry at UD (1965-1978), advised M.S. students and was involved in developing laboratories here in nuclear physics and environmental physics, as well as a surface laboratory at UDRI. He worked for the USEPA in Washington, D.C. for 20 years including involvement in stratospheric ozone depleters, radioactivity in drinking water, and the Science Advisory Board. He has taught environmental and energy courses at the George Washington University, the University of Maryland, Hood College, and American University. He has produced over a 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. Cothern is allergic (sensitive) to many manmade chemicals, including aftershave lotions and perfumes with the statement from the Center for Disease Control, please refrain from or limit your use of these on seminar days.


Health and Wisdom from China – Emotional Healing - NEW

The Classic Chinese Medicine (CCM) theory and practices have been around for thousands of years. CCM has a unique and systemic way of looking at the human body, emotions, and overall health, which can benefit mankind in the modern world. This seminar will focus on some unique processes developed by ancient Chinese on emotional healing to maintain our health and the theory behind the practices. The class will include both lecture/discussion and participants share their personal experience. Be prepared to participate and be prepared to let go of your emotions!

6 Fridays, March 16- April 27
9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 16

Dr. Ping Yang worked as a design engineer in China after graduating from college. Her dream about an advanced degree brought her to Manhattan KS, where she received her Masters degree in Grain Science. Then she went to University of Illinois and obtained her PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. She also holds an MBA 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. Dr. Yang attended an emotional healing retreat in 2015 and since then, she has been applying the learnings in her daily life. She is excited to share the learnings and her personal journey on the emotional and overall well being with you!


What’s In Your Crib? NEW

Cribbage started in England in the 1600s. It is played using a standard 52-card deck of  playing cards and a Cribbage board to keep score. It is widely considered to be one of the best two-handed card games. While it is most commonly played with two players, Cribbage can also be played with three, four, or more players. It does involve simple mathematics skills; however, Cribbage is primarily a game of strategy and tactics. This seminar is geared toward the novice who has never played Cribbage. Students will learn Cribbage terminology, how to score, the flow of the game, and strategy for winning. The moderator will use a combination of visual presentations, handouts, and practical exercises. All students or couples will need to bring one standard 52-card deck of playing cards and one Cribbage board to each seminar.

4 Fridays, April 6 – 27
9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 15
Special Equipment: One standard 52 deck of playing cards and one Cribbage board. Students can either provide their own playing cards and Cribbage board or the moderator will purchase cards and board for a fee: $10.00.

John Bramhall retired from the Air National Guard. He is active in the local social ballroom dance community. His dad, who was an exceptional Cribbage player, taught him the game when he was 14 and he has been playing it ever since. He taught his daughter to play when she was young and she continues to play regularly.


Spoken Italian for Beginners - NEW

Whether you are planning a trip to Italy, wanting to communicate with Italian relatives, or just love learning a new language, this course will give you a start to speaking Italian. In this course designed for beginners, you will learn pronunciation patterns, numbers, and useful everyday phrases which we will practice in class. As you progress, you will study a few basic sentence patterns and will engage in simple short conversations with other classmates. Since Italy’s language and culture cannot be separated, you will be introduced to such topics as geography, historic destinations, food, and even shopping.

6 Fridays, March 16 – April 27
12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 25

Andria Chiodo taught Italian language, culture, and literature at the University of Dayton from 1968 until retiring in 2011. Since retirement she has co-directed the UD Special Programs/Continuing Education travel program, A Taste of Italy, four times.


Basic Survival Spanish Expressions and Culture Level 1 - NEW

At the end of this level, you will have acquired a novice proficiency level. You will be able to successfully handle a variety of basic communication tasks necessary for survival in a Spanish speaking context. At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Introduce yourself to others
  • Give and request personal information, such as name, age, nationality, and prof
  • Describe yourself to others, giving information about your personality, family relationships, interest, and
  • Talk about travel and vacation
  • Talk about shopping and stores
  • Talk about health, food, sports and physical activities

4 Fridays, March 16 – April 13
12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 20

Martha Calderon Lahanas, a native from Bogota, Colombia. She has taught Spanish at Wright State, University of Dayton, and Sinclair 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 from Universidad Mayor de Cundinamarca, a Bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in Mass Communication and a Master of Science in Education from Capella University.


The Best in Class – Snippets of History by Seven Seasoned Moderators - NEW

Seven of UDOLLI’s seasoned moderators will each present a two-hour seminar on their favorite topics over a period of 7-weeks.

Alzada Roberts - Session 1: Jim Crow in America
Paul Cooper - Session 2: Wagons West – The Oregon Trail
Mark Canon - Session 3: A Travelers History of England
David Schmidt - Session 4: Railway Transportation and the Rise of the South Dayton Suburbs
Mark W. Risley - Session 5: The Great Flood of 1913
Bill Schuerman Session 6: The Medicis – The Dynasty That Gave Us the Renaissance & Reformation
Terry Martin - Session 7: The History of the Coca Cola Company

7 Fridays March 16 – May 4
12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Tim Hrastar has been actively involved in UDOLLI since 2005, is currently a member of the Board of Advisors, and has moderated 28 seminar programs over the years in American history, as well as discussion groups covering economic, social, and cultural issues. His career spans more than forty-five years as a self-employed communication and business development consultant, coach, and facilitator for professional service firms–focusing on the legal profession, as well as an audio-visual writer-producer-director of corporate programs and conferences.


The Difference in Man and the Difference it Makes Part 2 - NEW

“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! the paragon of animals!” (Hamlet) What Hamlet (Shakespeare) could not have known, is that the “noble” characteristics of man developed over millions of years and are found in various stages of evolutionary development in many other forms of life. This seminar will continue a discussion of distinctive human characteristics within a context of evolution. Attendance at Part I of the seminar series is NOT a pre-requisite. Topics chosen for discussion will differ from Part I.

6 Fridays, March 16 – April 27
12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Robert Suriano, Emeritus Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His career has involved research in the area of microbiology and the teaching of medical students, graduate students, and students in various health professions.