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History of Rock and Roll: Part One NEW

Chapter 1: Pre Rock and Roll—This session will include the pioneers of rock and roll including Hank Williams, Elmore James, Les Paul, Bessie Smith, and many more. These artists performed in the decades of the 30’s and 40’s and the early 50’s.

Chapter 2: Early Icons of Rock and Roll—This section will consist of the icons of early rock and roll, artists performing from the mid to late 50’s. Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, and many others will be included.

Chapter 3: Doo-Wop Artists—This section will include the doo-wop artists of the 50’s. Many of these artists are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Several of these artists had “One Hit Wonders.”

Each chapter will be two weeks in length, and will have records, videos, and seminar discussion. Parts two and three of the History Rock Roll will follow in the winter and fall semesters.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Gary Ruff has taught over 35 seminars for the UDOLLI program, covering a variety of topics such as Rock & Roll, Doo - Wop, Folk, Blues, and others. He has degrees from Wright State University and the University of Dayton. Gary has a large collection of records and videos.

American Film Noir 4: The Framed and the Framers - NEW

These are dark, tough and cynical films made in the late forties and early fifties about warped and untrustworthy characters: 1) Desperate 2) Railroaded 3) 99 River Street 4) Human Desire 5) 711 Ocean Drive 6) The Big Clock. The running times are short enough to allow for an introduction before and for a discussion after the showing of each film. To avoid interrupting the film there will be no scheduled break. However, participants will be advised to take a break as needed.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

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. He has been a moderator for three previous seminars on film noir.

20th Century Plays 5: More American Visions - NEW

The fifth in a series on modern drama, this course returns to America for different methods and world views. The prevailing realism of modern drama from Ibsen to the present is represented by Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. Thornton Wilder, Eugene O’Neill, and August Wilson use metadrama, myth, Freudian psychology, and history to embody their takes on “life in these United States.”  In addition to lecture and discussion, video selections of the works will be shown when available.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Students should read the following text:
Thornton Wilder:  Our Town
Tennessee Williams:  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Eugene O’Neill: Mourning Becomes Electra (focus of the seminar is on the first play of the trilogy).
Arthur Miller:  All My Sons
August Wilson:  The Piano Lesson

Texts are available, new and used, from Amazon.com. Prices used vary from $2.50 to $4.50. All these texts are readily found in libraries, collections of modern drama, collections of the authors’ works, and bookstores.
Advance preparation: Read Our Town for the first seminar

Professor Cecile Cary taught in the Wright State English Department from 1967 to 1999, specializing in Elizabethan literature. She has published articles and edited a book in that field.
She has moderated more than ten seminars for the UDOLLI, beginning with Shakespearean drama and lately doing modern plays – with one digression into World War I literature. Recently, she has been writing poetry with some modest success in local contests and journals. She also volunteers, reading plays for FutureFest and spending some time with church and hospital work. Her late husband, Dr. Norman Cary, and she moved to Dayton in 1967 and raised their three sons here. Her recreation consists of gardening and attending plays, concerts, poetry circles, and the Dayton Bibliophiles.

Dining in Dayton Sampler

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet some of Dayton’s leading restaurant owners, chefs, the Dayton Daily News Business and Food Editor and a pastry expert and experience one of Dayton’s newest breweries. The 2017 Fall UDOLLI Program speaker panel includes a combination of your favorites. Each of these establishments has a distinguished reputation among the city’s “Dining Out” crowd. Their loyal customer base continues to be the catalyst for attracting new patrons over the years. You have the opportunity to learn not only about the “old days,” but also the behind-the-scene stories of these respected Dayton eateries. You will gain insights into the how, why and what is required to meet customers’ expectations. Come, hear what makes these fine eating restaurants, bistros, brewery, café, and pastry shop successful.

5 Mondays, September 18 – October 16
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Pat Madden is a long-term member of the UDOLLI, past president, curriculum chair, and advisor. She will be a moderator for the seminar.

A Gallery of Global Photo Images - NEW

Seldom seen, if ever, photographic images from the famous, the not-so-famous, and the never-will-be-famous. A series of portfolios of unknown or little viewed images from a variety of photographers. Hundreds of photos created by imagination, good fortune or determination and as many more that were part of a paid assignment or the photographer’s every day working routine. We’ll look at the old masters of the classics, human situations, forgotten industries, war-torn conditions, social media, even snapshots, and take a glimpse behind the philosophy/perspective of the individual photographer. Become inspired, laugh, and maybe shed a tear.

6 Mondays, September 25 – October 30 (Note: later start date)
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Marvin Christian has been a commercial photographer for 60+ years, a photo editor for six local history books, and has presented UDOLLI seminars on Dayton History and Famous Photographers since 2012. He is currently serving as president of Aviation Trail, Inc. (2004-) and is a Trustee on the National Aviation Heritage Area Board. He is a Past President of the Dayton Advertising Club (AAF Dayton), and he is the recipient of the “American Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement”.

alternativejazzcountry - NEW

Do you know anything about alternative music?  Or Jazz? Or country?  If you don’t, then this seminar might just be for you. Two seminars will be devoted to my favorite easy-listening alternative artists, two of my favorites in smooth jazz, and the last two seminars will feature some of my favorite new country artists. Even if you know something about these music genres, I think you will still enjoy this seminar. You will learn a little about the songs and a little about the artists.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Sam Kurtz:  I could bore you with my professional accomplishments ... been there, done that!  So, at each seminar I moderate, I will reveal some unknown fact about me that, I hope, will be more interesting than where I went to college and where I worked for 30+ years. In 1987, I hiked the Grand Canyon from the north rim, a pretty cool 3 day trip. Also in 1987, I ran the Boston Marathon, also pretty cool, and even more exhausting!

Alzheimer’s Disease from the Caregiver’s Perspective

This seminar will deal with the entire Alzheimer’s caregiver experience: the events, challenges, coping methods, and support available. The objective is to provide guidance to those who may face this challenge and to offer suggestions for relatives and friends in supporting the primary caregiver.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Bill Springer has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton. In addition to a 40-year business career, he has been an adjunct faculty member at local colleges including UD. Recently, he cared for his wife with Alzheimer’s for 10 years. During those years he regularly attended several Alzheimer’s bimonthly support groups. His insights will draw upon these experiences.

The Case of the Real Perry Mason - NEW

A look at the creator, Erle Stanley Gardner, of one of the most popular mystery series and the force behind the long running TV show. A look at six Perry Mason TV shows, all with a story behind them. A biographical look at the cast and the many character actors who worked on the series, discussions of how the books and TV show are created, and a look at the movie Perry Masons. Answers to why the Mason movies failed and the TV show didn’t. Some of our discussion will cover the “Case of the Moth Eaten Mink” and the “Case of the Restless Red Head”.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

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

Digging Deeper: Genealogy Part 2 - NEW

This seminar is a continuation for those who took the beginning course “Genealogy is Fun!” and is not intended for those who have not done genealogy research before. Often you cannot find all of the facts and information you need through traditional vital records sources. This seminar will show you how to dig more deeply into various types of records and repositories: land records, church records, court records, military records, planning a research trip, DNA, and more, in addition to greater depth on international research.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Advance Preparation: Please bring any ancestor charts and family group sheets that you have completed so far, and a list of geographic areas that your ancestors lived in. Seminar Limit: 30

Lori Rotterman has been doing her own genealogy since the early 1980’s. She currently works at the Dayton Metro Library in the Special Collections Department, which is where their genealogy materials are located. She is also on the Board of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, serving as Education Committee Chair and Cemetery Committee Chair, as well as current President. Her passion is helping others find answers to their genealogy mysteries and introducing new people to this fascinating hobby.

Hollywood Under Attack

This seminar will review the era of the post WW2 entertainment blacklist. Sparked by government hearings during that time, many in the entertainment industry were being labeled subversive and un-American and would see careers come to an end.     Through a multimedia presentation including documentary film, this seminar will examine and discuss this particular “red scare” issue of the late 1940’s and 1950’s.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Bob Thum is a former UDOLLI Board member and has moderated a number of seminars over the years.

How Things Work – The Science Behind Our High Tech Gadgets

Modern society is dependent on science based instruments and high-tech gadgets, such as GPS, lasers, medical imaging, and alternative energy technologies. If you wondered how these instruments do their magic, this seminar is for you. We will provide a brief review of the basic concepts of modern physics, including the model of the atom, electromagnetic radiation, Quantum Mechanics, and Relativity. We will then describe the operation of lasers, atomic clocks that are in the heart of the GPS system, medical MRI, solar cells, and fiber optics communication. Leave your advanced calculus at home. All the math that you will need will be provided.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
3:00–5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Moshe Oren is a Ph.D. physicist specialized in optics and solid state physics. He worked for over 35 years in industry, in the area of fiber optics communication, semiconductor lasers and LEDs, holography, lasers projection systems, and display technology. He has produced numerous scientific papers and holds 6 patents.

Classical Guitar

This seminar will survey the world of the Classical Guitar. We’ll delve into the origins of the instrument itself and study the repertoire – both original works for guitar as well as guitar arrangements from other sources. We will also learn about the great guitarists through history as well as watching and listening to today’s brilliant performers. The seminar will include live in-class demonstrations and performances on the guitar.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
3:00–5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Richard Prigozen grew up in Dayton and began the study of classical guitar while in high school. Upon returning to Dayton after college, he took private lessons from Asher Yonan in Cincinnati.
He has taught and performed locally. He has have given recitals at the Unitarian Fellowship, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center (Troy, Ohio), Wright State (Celina branch), and the Dayton Art Institute. Additionally, Richard initiated the guitar program at Sinclair Community College, which he eventually turned over to Jim McCutcheon. He has also performed recitals for UD Osher LLI, and is scheduled to perform again on October 12th.   

Digging Deeper: Genealogy Part 2 - NEW

This seminar is a continuation for those who took the beginning course “Genealogy is Fun!” and is not intended for those who have not done genealogy research before. Often you cannot find all of the facts and information you need through traditional vital records sources. This seminar will show you how to dig more deeply into various types of records and repositories: land records, church records, court records, military records, planning a research trip, DNA and more, in addition to greater depth on international research.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
3–5 p.m. at River Campus
Advance Preparation: Please bring any ancestor charts and family group sheets that you have completed so far, and a list of geographic areas that your ancestors lived in. Seminar Limit: 30

Lori Rotterman has been doing her own genealogy since the early 1980’s. She currently works at the Dayton Metro Library in the Special Collections Department, which is where their genealogy materials are located. She is also on the Board of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, serving as Education Committee Chair and Cemetery Committee Chair, as well as current President. Her passion is helping others find answers to their genealogy mysteries and introducing new people to this fascinating hobby.

History of Rock and Roll: Part One - NEW

Chapter 1: Pre Rock and Roll—This session will include the pioneers of rock and roll including Hank Williams, Elmore James, Les Paul, Bessie Smith, and many more. These artists performed in the decades of the 30’s and 40’s and the early 50’s.

Chapter 2: Early Icons of Rock and Roll—This section will consist of the icons of early rock and roll, artists performing from the mid to late 50’s. Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, and many others will be included.

Chapter 3: Doo-Wop Artists—This section will include the doo-wop artists of the 50’s. Many of these artists are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Several of these artists had “One Hit Wonders.”

Each chapter will be two weeks in length, and will have records, videos, and seminar discussion. Parts two and three of the History Rock Roll will follow in the winter and fall semesters.

6 Mondays, September 18 – October 23
3:00–5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Gary Ruff has taught over 35 seminars for the UDOLLI program, covering a variety of topics such as Rock & Roll, Doo - Wop, Folk, Blues, and others. He has degrees from Wright State University and the University of Dayton. Gary has a large collection of records and videos.