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Have A Nice Day – Pop Music Of The 1970’s - NEW

It was the best of times (Country Rock, Soft Rock, Pop, Soul, Southern Rock, Progressive Rock, Singer/Songwriters) and it was the worst of times (Disco), which combine to make 1970’s popular music what it was. For this seminar we will illuminate the “no disco” sign and focus on the many great recordings made during the decade. We will cover the biggest acts such as Elton John, the Eagles, Cat Stevens, and Three Dog Night, as well as those artists who may have faded from memory such as Gilbert O’Sullivan, Jim Croce, Wet Willie, and The Little River Band. While the majority of the recordings will have ranked high on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles, we will also include a number of worthwhile album cuts. Our goal is to cover over 100 songs, in a voluntary sing-a-long format, with a few factoids about each song followed by the recording with lyrics. Come join us as we do our best to murder the classics!

6 Fridays, September 22 – October 27
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Walt Wurst has a B.B.A. from the University of Kentucky (1970), and an M.B.A. from the University of Dayton (1980). Retired after working for 35 years as a financial manager for the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Walt is now able to spend more time on his life-long affinity for all types of music. He has conducted six previous UDOLLI seminars on various music topics, and takes pride in presenting seminars that have the same gravitas, as the bowling class you took for one credit hour in college.

Ba Duan Jin Qigong Exercise

Ba Duan Jin Qigong, dating 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 and can be practiced at any place or time. It can be practiced by people of all ages and is very beneficial. If practiced on a regular basis over time, Ba Duan Jin exercise will significantly yield positive health effects.

4 Fridays, September 22 – October 13
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

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 Master’s degree in Grain Science. Then she went to University of Illinois and obtained her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and she also holds a 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!

Unlocking the Mysteries of the Cosmos IV* - NEW

We will use the model from Morgan Freeman’s TV series “Through the Wormhole” (see the Science Channel) to examine scientific, philosophical, and theological mysteries. We will be discussing mysteries in two general areas. The first is artificial intelligence, robots, and nanotechnology. Will these technologies transcend humans, and at an exponential pace?  Will we be changed in the process?  What are the metaphysical, psychological, and ethical aspects of this process?  Can our spirits be transferred to robots?  The second general area to be examined is that of time. Is it real or an illusion?  Why does time seem to only go one way (past to future)?  What is entropy and why is it important to time?  Is it possible for the future to have a causal effect on our world today?  How do we perceive time?  When was the beginning and when will the end be?
*This seminar is independent of the others in this series (I, II and III)

6 Fridays, September 22 – October 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 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 Hospice of Dayton. Cothern is allergic (sensitive) to many manmade chemicals, including aftershave lotions and perfumes. In accordance with the statement from the Centers for Disease Control, please refrain from or limit your use of these on seminar days.

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 22 – October 13
10:00–11:30 a.m. at the Dorothy Lane Market Culinary Center at the Washington Square Shopping Center,  Far Hills Avenue and Whipp Road
Seminar limit: 40
Fee: $40

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.

A Multifarious Series

During this unique course, you will be exploring 6 programs, one each on a weekly basis. “The Great Flood of 1913” begins the series with a look at the Dayton area’s most famous catastrophic event. “Classic Architecture of Oakwood” takes a visual tour Oakwood’s well-preserved early 20th century homes and some of their residents. “The Legend of Rosewell” looks at the classic 1947 UFO story and decorative arts from the American Arts & Crafts Period of 1900-1929. “The Long-Romspert Homestead House Museum” is an off-campus walking tour of nature trails in the heart of Oakwood exploring the history, nature, and geology of this area. We will meet at Wright Library, 1776 Far Hills Avenue with approximately 1.5 miles of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended. Rain or Shine. If you have not attended these programs before or would like to revisit them, this is a rare opportunity to do so. The four PowerPoint programs are 60-90 minutes in length and are updated or revised to meet the latest in available information on the topics, if applicable.

6 Fridays, September 22 – October 27
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Mark W. Risley is a retired airline flight operations coordinator and an advocate of history. He is Past President of The Oakwood Historical Society, former co-chair of The Oakwood Preservation Trust, and has also served on the steering Committee for events commemorating the 100th anniversary of Dayton’s Great Flood of 1913. He is UDOLLI Distinguished Moderator presenting on a variety of topics from aviation and meteorology to history and architecture.

Evaluating Information: How Do I Know What Information to Trust? - NEW

We need good information to make important life decisions. But how do we know where to find our information and which information to trust? In this interactive seminar, participants will develop or hone their information use and evaluation skills. If possible, please bring an iPad, tablet, or laptop to each session because we will be looking at and evaluating online sources. You could also share a device with a fellow attendee. We will discuss how information comes at us, “fake news,” the CRAAP criteria (currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose), and how to get the most out of online searching.

4 Fridays, September 22 – October 13  
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 15
Special Equipment: iPad, tablet or laptop

Mary Lou Baker Jones recently retired from Wright State University where she was a Reference and Instruction Librarian for 19 years. She worked closely with students and faculty who needed to research a wide variety of science, humanities, and social science topics. She taught courses in information literacy and in chemical information. Earlier in her career, she taught courses in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Dayton. She has master’s degrees from both
UD and Indiana University and has presented on information literacy topics at local, state, and national conferences.