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Famous Actors in Obscure Film Noir Gems - NEW

These are tough cynical films about warped and untrustworthy characters: Humphrey Bogart: The Enforcer, James Cagney: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Angela Lansbury: Please Murder Me, Bette Davis: Beyond the Forest, Lloyd Bridges: Try and Get Me. Mickey Rooney: Quicksand. After introduction and showing the film, we will discuss it. There will be no scheduled break. However, participants would be advised to take a break as needed.

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Michael McFadden earned a B.S. in education (1967) and M.A. in history (1971), both at the University of Dayton. He taught English and social studies at Chaminade High School in Dayton from 1967 to 1973 and was a trainer at Metropolitan Insurance from 1979 to 1984. As a film buff, he has seen over 200 noir films. This will be his sixth seminar as a moderator.


A Congress to Serve the Public - NEW

Congress has had a very high disapproval rating for almost a decade, no matter which party has been in the majority. Since 2000, they have raised the deficit every year since 2001 and each party has passed major new policies affecting the entire country with only one party input and support. Many people want to see Congress working together on solving the nation’s problems, but feel Congressional members put party, personal and/or donor interests first. Would you like to see big changes made in our Congressional processes? What changes and how?

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Bob Viney, a former U.S. nuclear submarine officer and P&G executive, is an adjunct professor of organizational leadership at UC. He has attended a week-long educational program on citizenship from the Freedom Foundation and Medal of Honor Society at Valley Forge, PA. He speaks and writes often on this topic, and is working on a book on this topic. He has also presented this course at UC’s OLLI program.


Behind the Scenes of UD Athletics

This seminar will offer the unique opportunity to see how the University of Dayton Athletics Department works. You will have opportunity to meet and talk to different members of the department to get an inside look at what they do and how they help impact the lives of our students.

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Seminar limit: 25

Jose de la Vega joined the University of Dayton athletic department in December 2014, and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Marketing and game Operations. De la Vega graduated from the University of Dayton in May 2011, with a degree in sports management and minors in both marketing and communications. Since graduating, Jose has gained valuable experience while working for the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, and Dayton Dragons. Also during his time at UD, he has served as the Assistant Director of Corporate Partnerships and Premium Sales.


Learning from Others: The Power of Public Deliberation

Using the National Issues Forums interactive deliberation process and participatory classroom discussions, experienced moderators will guide seminar participants’ consideration of the following issues:

  1. America’s Future: What Should Our Budget Priorities Be?
  2. How Should We Reduce Obesity in America?
  3. Political Fix: How Should We Get American Politics Back on Track?
  4. What Should We Do About the Opioid Epidemic?
  5. Coming to America: Who Should We Welcome, What Should We Do?

Required Text: Issue booklets will be provided at the first seminar session. Participants are strongly encouraged to read each booklet prior to the session where the issue will be discussed.

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Seminar limit: 20

David Vomacka earned a B.A. and Ph.D. from Florida State University. He taught at Colorado State University for several years before diverting to the Elysian Fields of planning and consulting. He has been a member of UDOLLI since 2012 and is currently a member of the Board of Advisors. David has been active with the National Issues Forums for five years.


“Somewhere West of Laramie”: A Visual History of American Automobile Advertising and Marketing - NEW

Perhaps Ned Jordan’s brief stint in advertising for National Cash Register’s John Patterson laid the groundwork for what arguably became the first emotive and romantic appeal to automobile marketing when, in June 1923, his "Somewhere West of Laramie" advertisement for the Jordan Playboy automobile appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. We may never know, but getting the customer into the driver’s seat of a car was never the same again. At the same time, business writers of the 1920s would refer to Dayton’s own Richard H. Grant Sr. as “America’s #1 Salesman” of automobiles.

From the early days of the motorcar, marketing executives have toiled endlessly to establish their brand images. To target these various audiences, manufacturers have marketed their products in specific ways, catering to the emotions, desires, and needs of the consumer. This seminar will explore the range of clever, and occasionally deceitful, marketing of automobiles from the 1920s through today. What psychological ploys of enticement have car companies employed in the visual media of television, film, and print over the years? Recent consumer behavior research on the influence of advertising will be shared with seminar participants as prologue to analysis of a range of artifacts in film, TV, and print.

What got you into particular cars over the years? Was it a recommendation of a friend or relative (“Ask the man who owns one!” – Packard) or the belief that a brand had reinvented itself (“Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile.”)? Or perhaps it was the desire to be seen as countercultural (VW’s clever ads of the 1960s). And yes, Mildred, sexual innuendo does sell cars, and we’ll cover that as well. Join us for a fun deep dive into automotive advertising and marketing over the years.

Note: This seminar follows earlier well-received UDOLLI seminars on American car culture and automotive design.

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Dr. Ed Garten retired from the University of Dayton where he served for over two decades as a dean and professor. He is in his second term as Vice President of the International Society of Automotive Historians and chairs that society’s James Bradley Distinguished Service Award given in recognition of museums and libraries that have made significant contributions to the preservation of automotive and transportation history.


Dining in Dayton

Here is your opportunity to meet leading Dayton restaurant owners, the Dayton Daily News food editor, and a pastry expert. The fall speakers’ panel introduces a combination of restaurant owners/managers and a repeat of favorite speakers. Each of these dining establishments has a distinguished reputation among the “dining out” crowd. Their loyal customer base has been the catalyst for attracting new patrons over the years. You have the opportunity to learn about not only the “old days”, but also the behind-the-scene stories of these respected Dayton area eateries and insights into the how, why, and what is required to meet customers’ expectations. Come, hear what makes these fine dining restaurants, bistro, deli and pastry shop successful.

Sept 24: Ashley’s Pastry Shop, pastries for any season or reason
Speaker: Theresa Hammon 
Dayton Daily News Food Editor
Speaker: Mark Fisher

Oct 1: Meadowlark, high quality ingredients cooked simply
Speaker: Elizabeth Wiley 
Dorothy Lane, Fine Foods 
Speaker: Jerry Post

Oct 8: DiSalvo Deli & Italian Store—Plenty of Boar’s Head meat and cheese, fresh vegetables and dressing, and locally baked bread
Speaker: Ron DiSalvo
Pine Club, One of the great steakhouses in the country and a landmark in Dayton
Speaker: Dave Hulme

Oct 15: El Meson, Hispanic restaurant
Speaker: Bill Castro and family
Carrillon History Brewery, new venture “hopping” with activities
Speaker: Kyle Spears, head brewer

Oct 22: Coco’s Bistro, you are always welcomed at CoCo’s
Speaker: Karen Wick Figlio’s, Wood Fired Pizza Speaker: Peter Danis

Oct 29: Doubleday’s Grill and Tavern, famous chili pub with a massive menu
Speaker: John Thomas
Marion’s: Serving Dayton’s favorite pizza for over 45 years
Speaker: Roger Glass

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Pat Madden is a long-time member of UDOLLI, past president, and advisor.


The Evolution of U.S. Citizenship: Founding of Republic to Present Day - NEW

What does U.S. citizenship mean and how has that meaning evolved throughout our history? You may be surprised. We will discuss the political, legal, social, and cultural aspects of the evolution of U.S. citizenship. Some specific discussion topics will include; pathways to citizenship today, Constitutional Amendments, federal immigration, civil rights and voting rights laws, court cases that directly relate to U.S. citizenship, birth-right citizenship, naturalization, nationality, legal resident aliens, cultural exclusion–who could and could not become citizens–all things that have affected U.S. citizenship.


  • Pathways to U.S. Citizenship
  • Early Republic Naturalization Laws and ‘Those Damn Foreigners’
  • Citizenship Rights and Exclusions for Select Groups
  • Citizenship and Civil Rights in Reconstruction Era–A Turning Point
  • Citizenship and Cultural Exclusion: 1880 to 1954
  • Citizenship Rights Since 1954

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Tim Hrastar has been actively involved in UDOLLI since 2005. He is a past president of the Board of Advisors and currently a consultant to the Board. This is the 31st seminar he has moderated 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 Supremes: Judicial Hits or Flops Part 3

As in prior years, this lively, interactive seminar will challenge participants to decide whether certain United States Supreme Court cases are judicial hits or judicial flops. In particular, this seminar will grapple with Amendment 1 freedom of speech issues in the context of college campus speech and internet speech, and with other current hot-button issues. These include the three Bs: “Blackouts of media” (freedom of speech and press, Amendment 1); “Bump stops” (individual’s right to bear arms, Amendment 2); and “Bakers” (tension between enforcement of one person’s due process and equal protection rights and another person’s freedom of religion and freedom of speech rights, Amendments 1 and 14). If you like to be challenged, this seminar is for you.

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Larry Burick is a retired attorney and proud life-long Daytonian. As a practicing attorney, he facilitated presentations and published articles engaging colleagues and clients. After retiring, Burick briefly served as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton Law School teaching bankruptcy law. You will know Larry’s view of things, but he welcomes your opposing views. After all, this is what freedom of expression is all about.


Zentangle® 3 - NEW

This Zentangle seminar is for those who have taken at least one previous Zentangle seminar. No beginners, please. In this seminar we will continue to learn patterns and see different ways patterns can be used in Zentangle projects or Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) projects. Continue your Zentangle journey using this relaxing and creative art form.

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Seminar limit: 20
Seminar fee: $15.00

Peg Farmer has been a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) since 2010 and enjoys sharing it with other UDOLLI participants. She has been involved with UDOLLI as a student, seminar liaison, and moderator since 2004. Her work experience was in social service, as well as public and private administration. In addition to Zentangle, her interests include reading, experimenting with different art forms, playing the Native American flute, and supporting the Dayton Dragons.


Fictional Europe between the Wars: The Novels of Philip Kerr, Sam Eastland and Alan Furst - NEW

Through the fiction of these three writers, explore the treacherous landscape of spies, criminals, and the people they draw into their lives. Meet Bernie Gunther, created by Phillip Kerr, a Berlin detective trying to survive the rise of the Nazi Party; Inspector Pekkala from The Eye of the Tsar, Sam Eastland’s improbable survivor who served both Tsar Nicholas and Joseph Stalin; and finally delve into the dark world of spies and intrigue revealed in the novels of Alan Furst (Spies of the Balkans, Midnight in Europe, and Kingdom of Shadows, to name just a few.)

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Recommended, not required, available at libraries or from Amazon. 
Berlin Noir, by Philip Kerr, 1994
Eye of the Red Tsar, by Sam Eastland, 2010
Night Soldiers, by Alan Furst, 1988

John Sheehan retired from Wright-Patterson AFB in 2006 as the Chief of Ground Safety for the Air Force Materiel Command. His active duty Air Force career included assignments in the United Kingdom and Turkey. He is an avid reader with a liking for detective and spy novels.

He has taught UDOLLI seminars on photography, aviation, nuclear weapons, and the smart car. He is the author of “Gunsmoke: USAF Fighter Gunnery Meet” published by Motorbooks International.


The Fifties: One-Hit Wonders From 1950-1959, Top Ten Hits From 1955-1959 - NEW

Remember the fifties music you used to listen to on your sister’s record player, or on your friend’s front porch? It sounded so good back then. Was it because we were young and impressionable, or did it sound good because it really was good? I think both answers are correct. Join the seminar and relive that really good music. We will share the best of the one-hit wonders from 1950 to 1959; and we will count down the top ten hits from 1955 to 1959.

6 Mondays, September 24–October 2912:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

This will be the seventh seminar Sam Kurtz has moderated for UDOLLI. In addition to music, Sam likes art and considers himself to be an artist. Many of his sketches are hanging on the walls of his closest friends’ homes. One of his photographs was included in Bing Davis’ Art Show a few years ago. Bing was Sam’s art teacher when he attended Colonel White High School and was a positive role model for him.


Woodland Cemetery

Woodland Cemetery, in the heart of downtown Dayton, is one of the Gem City’s best kept secrets. This seminar will help you discover the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Woodland and the lives of the famous and infamous residents resting peacefully within. Each week will offer a different topic including: the mausoleums, the street names of Dayton, notable African-Americans, the founders of Woodland, the beer brewers of Dayton, and of course a lively discussion about the cemetery, its practices, and your memories of Woodland.

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Angie Hoschouer is the Manager of Development and Marketing at Woodland Cemetery, Arboretum and Foundation. She was a former volunteer before becoming employed at Woodland and has four generations of ancestors buried at Woodland dating back to 1854. She enjoys local history and telling stories of those who made it great in Dayton.


Ending Poverty? Is it Possible? The Good News about Social Services in the Miami Valley - NEW

We will explore the progress we are making as a community to build a stronger “safety net” of social services for local residents in six key areas: housing, education, addictions, mental health, childcare, and criminal justice. Twelve agency representatives will de- scribe how their programs and services are impacting poverty and crime in the Miami Valley. The information will be presented in a discussion/question/answer format.

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Dr. Linda Fischbach is a retired social agency director and licensed clinical mental health counselor with 36 years of experience working in social services in Montgomery County.

Dr. Priscilla Mutter is a retired teacher and counselor. Early in her career, she was a child welfare caseworker in Allen County, Ohio, working with abused and neglected children and their families.


I Tried Opera!

The purpose of this seminar is to acquaint students with opera, particularly those who have never seen one or those who saw one or two but didn’t like it or didn’t “get it.” Culmination of the seminar will be attending Dayton Opera’s fall production (special ticket price, additional $10). No prior knowledge of music or opera required.

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Mike Taint has been an opera lover all of his adult life and a member of the Dayton Opera Chorus since 1996, appearing in 70 productions with that company as well as the Sorg Opera, 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 for UDOLLI. Mike retired from the USAF in 1998 and from industry in 2012.


Biblio-Biography: A Bibliophile’s Guide to the Life Story of Books - NEW

In this seminar we will look at the history of books. We will learn about the physical development, from clay tablets and papyrus scrolls through trade paperbacks and electronic readers, along with the invention of writing, alphabets, and the printing press. We will also see how the purposes of and attitudes toward books have changed over the centuries. We will talk about illustrators and illustrations, libraries and bookstores, book collectors and book thieves. And we will have time to share our feelings about books we love and why we love them.

6 Mondays, September 24–October 29 3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Rita Dushman Rich is a semi-retired Speech/Language Pathologist, who has taught two previous seminars at UDOLLI. She is an avid reader and an unrepentant bibliophile. Her personal book collection is filled with mysteries, histories, novels, and non-fiction, but finances (and common sense) prevent her from becoming a true bibliomane (one who values books for their beauty or rarity more than for the words they contain). She suffers from a severe case of abibliophobia ( fear of being without reading material).


The Beatles on LPs (Albums) - NEW

Between 1963 and 1970, the Beatles recorded 217 songs that make up their “core catalogue” of recordings. While most Beatles’ albums in the US were released on Capitol Records, they usually did not match the original Parlophone albums released in the UK. With the advent of CD’s, in 1987 the Beatles’ core catalogue was harmonized worldwide to encompass their original UK studio albums released in 1963–1970, the 1967 US Magical Mystery Tour LP and the Past Masters compilations. Of that 217, roughly 84 songs were released as singles in the US and the UK–counting both the A and B sides of each single. This leaves over 130 recordings that were not selected by the Beatles and producer George Martin for single release. Among that 130 are many worthy songs including, the entire Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP, the entire The Beatles (“The White Album”) LP; as well as many LP-only releases such as: “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”, “Norwegian Wood”, “I’m Looking Through You”, and “In My Life.” In this seminar we will listen to many of those non-singles, provide a few facts about each recording, and offer lyrics for voluntary sing-a-long. One week will flip the coin and listen to singles that were never included on LPs (e.g. “Lady Madonna”, “We Can Work It Out”, and “Paperback Writer”). Join us in discovering or re-discovering these many great and near-great recordings.

6 Mondays, September 24 - October 29 3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Despite a number of half-hearted attempts, the only musical instrument Mr. Walt Wurst can play is the radio. But that has not stopped him from being unduly fixated on pop/country/rock/classical music from early childhood. Despite these distractions, Mr. Wurst earned an MBA from UD, and worked 35 years in financial management at WPAFB. Due to a seeming lack of oversight by the UDOLLI front office, this will be the eleventh seminar Mr. Wurst has led.