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Art Appreciation 101: Why and How to Love Art - NEW

The seminar is for art fans, and those who would like to be! We will do a lightning tour of the entire history of the most unique thing humans do--which is, of course, make art! But besides looking at the great masterpieces and great personalities, this seminar will show you how to find all the art in our community, and how to SEE the art that always surrounds us--in our media, on our streets, and in our very own homes. The last session will be the ‘Home Art Roadshow!’ Bring in your art for all to appreciate!

6 Mondays, March 12 – April 23
9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Michael Juergens holds a B.A. degree in Political Science, and his work experience is primarily in the financial management and IT fields. As an art fan, his wife taught him everything he did not learn himself.


Ready to Live a Healthier Life? Attend Healthy U!

Set your own goals and make step-by-step plans to improve your health—regaining control of the things that matter to you! We don’t discuss disease process, but rather the challenges that are common to anyone managing a chronic condition. Topics include: strategies to deal with stress, fatigue, pain, weight management, and depression; physical activity to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; and effective communication. Participants develop skills and coping strategies to manage their symptoms through action planning, interactive learning, problem-solving, decision-making, and social support. Each participant receives a complimentary copy of the companion textbook. Note: We do not permit participants to start later than week 2.

6 Mondays, March 12 – April 23
9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Seminar Limit: 12

Ann Finnicum is an RN and Master Trainer for all three Healthy U workshops offered by the Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2. She has worked with seniors and caregivers for 25 years and is currently the Wellness and Communications Manager at the agency. Both leaders are trained to present this evidence-based curriculum developed at Stanford University.

(Note: the co-leader for this workshop has not yet been assigned.)


French Language and Culture II - NEW

This seminar will continue the study of the French language and Francophone cultures around the world. Basic conversation will continue with situational interactions and short videos. There will also be some discussion of history, culture, art, and music. Students may sign up for Part II even if they have not taken the first class that was offered in the Fall Session.

6 Mondays, March 12 – April 23
9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Donna Griffith has a B.A. in French and a Master’s in Education from the University of Dayton. She taught French and English at both junior high and high school levels for over 20 years. She was also an adjunct professor at Wright State University for 10 years.


Learning from Others: The Power of Public Deliberation

Using the National Issues Forums process, interactive deliberation, and participatory classroom discussion will be guided by experienced moderators on the following issues:

  1. Orientation, Introductions, Overview of Issues
  2. What Should We Do about the Opioid Epidemic?
  3. How Should We Prevent Mass Shootings in Our Communities?
  4. Energy Choices: What Should We Do about America’s Energy Future?
  5. Mental Illness in America: How Do We Address a Growing Problem?
  6. Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet?
  8. 6 Mondays, March 12-April 23
    9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus
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  10. 12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus
    Seminar limit each session: 15
    Required text: Issue books will be provided at the first seminar session. Participants are strongly encouraged to read each issue book prior to the session where the issue will be discussed.

Carol Farquhar Nugent is president of the National Issues Forums Institute.

David Vomacka is currently a member of the UDOLLI Board of Advisors and has actively participated in NIFI forums at UDOLLI for more than five years.


Tricks Lawyers Play in the Courtroom (301)

Have you often thought that 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 the courtroom and decide whether such behavior is ethical, or not. We will examine dozens of scenes from movies, TV shows, and actual cases and analyze what it is that makes good trial lawyers so good. This course is a continuation of “Tricks 201” which was offered in the winter term and “Tricks 301” does not duplicate any of the material covered in the “Tricks 201” class. Furthermore, there is no need to have taken the “201” class before enrolling in the “301” class. At the end of the course, all members of the class will have the opportunity to see how much they’ve 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, March 12 – April 23
9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Dennis Turner received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Georgetown University. He has taught at the University of Dayton, School of Law since it opened in 1974. He is currently  a Professor Emeritus at UDSL, teaching Evidence and Comparative Criminal Law and coaching the Mock Trial Team. While at the School of Law, Professor Turner has served as Assistant Dean, Director of Admissions, acting Dean, Director of the Legal Profession Program, and coached mock trial and moot court teams. He won the University of Dayton Alumni Award for Teaching and has been chosen Professor of the Year several times by the School of Law students. Professor Turner has taught in the University of Notre Dame London Law Program and has extensive experience litigating criminal cases in the British courts. 


Richard Strauss’s Tone Poems - NEW

Through guided listening, lecture, and discussion, seminar participants will become acquainted with a number of tone poems by the great composer Richard Strauss. They will explore the range of Strauss’s experiments in such programmatic music, recognize some major thematic material that Strauss uses, pay some attention to Strauss’s genius at orchestration, and enjoy the lushness and imagination on display in Strauss’s major tone poems: “Don Juan,” “Death and Transfiguration,” “Till Eulenspiegel‘s Merry Pranks,” “Thus Spoke Zarathustra,” “Don Quixote,” “A Hero’s Life,” and “An Alpine Symphony.”

6 Mondays, March 12 – April 23
12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

  1. Alan Kimbrough, a Professor Emeritus from the English Department at the University of Dayton, has moderated a spring seminar for UDOLLI for ten years—many on literary topics, but some on musical topics, including one on some major operas of Richard Strauss. A music major as an undergraduate, Kimbrough now teaches studio organ students as an adjunct for UD’s Music Department and serves as one of two co-organists for First Baptist Church in downtown Dayton and as the accompanist for the Bach Society of Dayton. He has occasionally presented previews for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, including lectures on Richard Strauss, his bar none favorite composer.



An Introduction to the Enneagram

The enneagram is a widely used tool for understanding personality and is one of the oldest, with roots in ancient spirituality. This course will be a fun and non-intrusive journey of self-discovery. Participants will learn the nine core personality types in the enneagram system and will explore which type or types most closely reflect their own experience. We will explore how the characteristic traits, motivations, and patterns of behavior of each type can both help and hinder personal growth.

  • Mondays, March 12 – April 16
    12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus
    Seminar Limit: 20

Susan Iwinski worked as a clinical counselor for more than 30 years including 22 years in the UD counseling center. She has also taught courses at both UD and Sinclair. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Toledo, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her long term interest in ‘what makes people tick’ is evidenced by her numerous presentations on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and her current involvement as a presenter on personality style differences for the diocesan Pre-Cana program. 


Zentangle Too!

In this class you will learn more Zentangle patterns, using tiles of different colors, both square and round. Expand your creativity and focus while enjoying this relaxing medita- tive art form. Because this is an advanced class, you must have taken a beginning Zentangle class taught by a Certified Zentangle Teacher, either at UDOLLI or another location. This is a repeat of “Finally! More Zentangle!” Please let others sign up if you have already taken it.

  • Mondays, March 12 – April 23
    12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus
    Seminar limit: 20
    Seminar fee: $15

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 differ- ent art forms, playing the Native American flute, and supporting the Dayton Dragons.


Major Events of the 20th Century - NEW

Let’s look back into the 20th century, decade by decade. Politics, wars, music, movies, human interest, and much more will be seen using classic pictures, videos, discussion, etc. Newspaper headlines will be a big part of the class presentation. Queen Victoria, the Titanic, First World War, Tutankhamun’s Tomb, Charles Lindbergh, Wall Street Crash, WW II, Churchill, and the Bismarck, plus music and entertainment that made each year important. The class will try to pick the most important events of each decade.

  • Mondays, March 12 – April 23
    12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Gary Ruff is a retired high school teacher with a B.S. from Wright State University and a M.S. from The University of Dayton. He has taught over 40 seminars in the UDOLLI Program including many styles of music especially Rock & Roll; a course on the 1960s; a course on the history of sci/fi and horror movies; and Hollywood’s greatest movies. 


Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum Walking Tours

Take a leisurely walk through Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum as you discover the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Dayton’s famous and infamous people. Walking tour subjects will include: Historic Walk of Fame History, Mystery, Murder and Mayhem, Sports Legends, Luminaries of Dayton, Cemetery Symbols and Women of Woodland

NOTE: These seminars will be held at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, located at 118 Woodland Avenue off of Brown Street near the UD Campus. All tours will be given weather permitting. Woodland does have hills and valleys and some walks may be deemed strenuous to some. Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a water bottle, walking stick, and camera if desired. In the event of inclement weather, a notification will be sent out by noon of the tour day to alert you of any changes. Tours will start from the main gates. Free parking is available on the main road inside the cemetery.

  • Mondays, March 12 – April 30
    3:00-5:00 p.m. at at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

Angie Hoshouer is the manager of development and marketing at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Her history with Woodland dates back to her great-great grandparents who were buried at Woodland in 1858 and 1867. She served as a seven year volunteer before becoming employed with Woodland. She enjoys walking through the cemetery, discovering unique headstones and researching the lives of the residents resting peacefully at Woodland. 


Autism – What is the History of Autism? - NEW

This is a class based on the understanding and the practice of applications for helping children and adults with Autism. Adults will be able to make things that will help them in the day to day opportunities with people that have Autism.

4 Mondays, March 12 – April 9
3:00-5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Judi MacLeod is the Director of Special Education at Chaminade Julienne. This is Judi’s 25 year in teaching special education. She has her Bachelors and Masters from the University of Dayton as well is Nationally Board Certified in Special Education. 


Wine Appreciation

This seminar features a brief history of wine. We will be learning the profiles of different grape varietals, as well as food pairings and deductive tasting.

6 Mondays, March 12 – April 23
3:00-5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Jason Bush is currently a wine buyer with Arrow Wine and Spirits. He has been with the company for 13 years and is a level one sommelier. He has worked in the wine industry and studied with wine makers and vineyards owners. He has learned from wine educators in Oregon, Washington and California. 


Motown Records the Detroit Years: 1959-1971 - NEW

With an $800 loan and royalties he earned from writing the Jackie Wilson hit “Lonely Teardrops”, Barry Gordy purchased a small house in Detroit with a recording studio, and eventually turned that location into “Hitsville USA.” A talented and perfectionist boss, Gordy built a roster of musicians, recording artists, song writers, and arrangers who would create the “Motown Sound” and some of the greatest pop music of the 20th Century. Styling itself as “The Sound of Young America”, Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music – not only in the US, but worldwide. We will take brief looks at Gordy and other important movers and shakers of Motown, but will focus on the recordings themselves. This will be in the form of a “name that tune” presentation for each song, some facts about the song/artist, and then playing the songs with lyrics for voluntary sing-a-long. Don’t find yourself “Standing in the Shadows of Love”. Come join us.

6 Mondays, March 12 – April 23
3:00-5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Despite a number of half-hearted attempts, the only musical instrument 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 his MBA from the University of Dayton, and worked 35 years in financial management at WPAFB. This will be the tenth seminar Mr. Wurst will be leading. Compared to the more scholastically oriented seminars, this one is something like a recess for the mind (no “Red Rover” nor tether ball will be required).