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Tolstoy’s Russia, 1796-1914  NEW

This seminar looks at major themes in late Imperial Russian history, including the problem of maintaining Russia’s great power status and autocracy through the windows provided by Tolstoy’s literary works.

6 Mondays, January 22-February 26 9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Dr. David Darrow is a specialist in Modern Russian History. He has taught upper-level Rus- sian and European history courses and the 1st-year intro course at UD for over twenty years.


Exploring Our Contemporary Society

Developed by Jim Cash and Tim Hrastar, this seminar seeks to discuss and analyze current issues and events that touch our lives. Seminar participants are asked to bring a few discussion topics to the seminar each week. Sources might include magazines, newspapers, the Internet, or other media. Individuals will be asked to explain their articles and participants will vote on which ones we will discuss. This is a discussion seminar and all views, including controversial opinions, are welcome. The purpose is  to gain insight into different points of view. The moderator will keep the discussion focused and allow all participants to be heard.

6 Mondays, January 22-February 26 9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus Seminar limit: 20

George Grampp has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree from Cleveland State University. He spent 43 years in the classroom as a high school social studies teacher for Dayton Public Schools and Lehman Catholic High School. Since his retirement in 2011, he has served as a trustee for Lehman Catholic, a volunteer for the Suicide Prevention Center, and has been actively involved in UDOLLI.

Even More Tricks Lawyers Play in the Courtroom “201”

This revised “More Tricks 201” course is a sequel to “The Tricks Lawyers Play 101.” You  need not have taken “Tricks 101” before enrolling in “More Tricks 201.” There is no overlap of course material. However, the following promo is applicable to both courses.

Have you often thought you could try a case better than the lawyers you have seen in the courtroom, in the movies, or on television? What makes good trial lawyers so special? If so, now is your chance to find out the tricks/skills lawyers and barristers regularly use in and outside the courtroom. We will examine dozens of scenes from movies, TV shows, and other video material to try and determine what makes good trial lawyers so good and what makes bad lawyers so bad. There will also be guest lectures from some of the best trial lawyers in Dayton. This course has been offered before, but new material has been added.

Sometime during the six weeks, all members of the class will have the opportunity to see how much they learned in the course by serving as jurors in a mock trial held in the courtroom of the University of Dayton School of Law.

6 Mondays, January 22-February 26 12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Dennis Turner is an Emeritus Professor for the University of Dayton School of Law, presently teaching courses in Evidence, Trial Practice, and Comparative Criminal Law.

Before teaching in the law school, Professor Turner was an Assistant County Prosecutor and a Magistrate Judge. He was one of the original five faculty members for the UD law school when it was reopened in 1974. Over that time Professor Turner has taught a wide variety of courses, many of which focused on litigation. He has served as Assistant Dean,

Acting Dean, Director of the Clinic, Director of the Legal Profession Program, Director of the Standardized Client Program, and Mock Trial and Moot Court coach. For two Sabbaticals, he worked with English barristers trying criminal cases. He has taught in the University of Notre Dame London Program and has taken students on two-week excursions to study law in Italy and England multiple times. He has been chosen outstanding faculty member of the year several times by UDSL students, and was given the university-wide Award for Teaching.


History of the 1919 World Series  NEW

A look at the 1919 World Series, termed “The Scandal on the south side” between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. We will examine how baseball tried to cover up the Black Sox fix, whether the Reds were also fixers, and a look at the fix and the trials that came afterword. We will look at a breakdown of each game.

6 Mondays, January 22-February 26 12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus Advance preparation “Be a baseball fan”

Terry Martin is retired from Coca-Cola USA. He majored in history and is a book collec- tor and seller of used books.


Journalism in the Cinema 2: The Sequel  NEW

“Journalism in the Cinema: The Sequel” for Winter 2018 will renew our exploration into how myths of journalism are portrayed in entertainment movies. This session we will look at films that have helped shape popular beliefs about journalists and the search for “truth.” We will view a half-dozen films, including Hitchock’s Foreign Correspondent, the prescient Network, and the controversial 2016 Oscar-winning Spotlight. Lengthy films will be edited for time in order to allow for a sufficient period of lively discussion of the myths of journalism, the journalist in the search for truth, and the future of journalism and the news.

6 Mondays, January 22-February 26 12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Jeff John retired in 2015 as an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Wright State University, where he taught journalism courses. Dr. John is a former news- paper reporter, magazine editor, and public relations writer, and he continues to write on a freelance basis. He has a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and master’s degree in visual com- munication from Ohio University, with minors in film studies, and he earned a B.S. in jour- nalism from Bowling Green State University. A Dayton-area native, he and his wife, Karin Avila-John, live in Dayton’s Oregon Historic District.

Climate Solutions for Resilient Communities   NEW

The cascade of political and environmental crises that are impacting our communities have deep and complex roots. During this seminar we’ll explore the interconnected causes of climate change and the transformative solutions that are being piloted across the planet. We’ll also discuss on-the-ground responses in our own neighborhoods.

6 Mondays, January 22-February 26 3:00-5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Required text: Online E-Book, Change Is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions. Northwest  Institute:    $28

Susan Jennings serves as Director of the Arthur Morgan Institute of Community Solutions in Yellow Springs, Ohio.


Scholarship, Research, Drunken Brawls, and Football: A Brief History of American Higher Education   NEW

In 1643, “after erecting shelter, a house of worship, and a framework for government, one of the things we longed for and looked after was to advance learning and to perpetuate it to posterity.” So began the fledgling and humble Harvard College. Over the next 350-plus years American higher education became, through its colleges and universities, the envy of the world, attracting extraordinary scholars and students and shaping the world for  the better through both practical and theoretical research. And yes, from the Colonial college up to the present time, there has been considerable student debauchery, riots, drunkenness, protest marches, and the emergence of some odd fetish called football. These “matters” we will also consider.

Along with a grounding in the pivotal historical turning points in American higher education history, we will explore the great, the good, and the ugly of student and faculty culture over the years. Participants in this seminar will reflect on such critical questions as: What does our society need and want from higher education? Are the moral purposes of the higher learning at least as important as its utility value? Where is American higher education headed? Is higher education a public good or a private commodity or can it be both? Why does college cost so much and why has higher education become so polarizing and political today? Put less elegantly, “what is the business of higher education today” based on both its historical evolution and its promise for the future?

6 Mondays, January 22-February 26 3:00-5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Dr. Ed Garten retired from The University of Dayton and was named a Dean Emeritus in 2006. He then joined Walden University, Minneapolis, where for nearly a decade he gave leadership to doctoral programs in higher education administration and adult education. In 2010, he received Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education & Leadership’s Extraor- dinary Faculty Award. He has taught the history of American higher education at three universities and has served as a consultant to over 100 colleges and universities around the United States.