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Police and the Community - NEW

This seminar will examine the current state of police/community relations in America. As the major cause of tension in community relations, a focus of the program will be review of the legal and tactical aspects of police use of force. A variety of policy steps to improve community relations will be outlined.

1 day Friday, September 22
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Howard Rahtz is a retired Cincinnati Police Captain. He was intimately involved in the Collaborative Agreement now seen as a model for improved Police-Community relations. He is the author of four books on policing including Race, Riots and The Police (Rienner Press, 2016.)

Pope Francis’ Pastoral Approach to Divorce and Remarriage - NEW

This special two hour session presents an analysis of chapter eight of Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation on Love and the Family (Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love). We will focus on how the Pope, in the chapter, leads us from a juridical approach to a pastoral approach toward those who are divorced and remarried without an annulment, as well as others who are living in “irregular situations.”  The presentation examines what the Pope is saying, what he is not saying, and the controversy his position has evoked.

1 day Friday, September 29
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

During his 35 years as professor of Theology at the University of Dayton, Christian Marriage was one of the major topics of Dr. Roberts’ courses and writings. He brings this background to his analysis of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on Marriage and the Family.

James Garfield – Ohio’s Forgotten President NEW

In many ways, James Garfield has been lost in American History. In his short life, he accomplished much. Garfield was: a college teacher and president, civil war general, member of congress, minister, lawyer, and eventually President of the U.S. In this session we will overview the brief life of this Ohio born politician.

1 day Friday, September 29
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Doug Holdeman is a graduate of Colonel White High School and Wright State University. He holds an Educational Specialist degree from Miami University. He has taught Social Studies classes to students from grade 7 to college. Doug served Northridge Schools for 35 years.

Metropolitan Opera’s “Magic Flute” - NEW

On Friday, October 13, Michael Taint will present a two-hour seminar to introduce Mozart’s Magic Flute, including learning about the history of the opera, the composer, the director, and the principal singers, and Mike will play some of the famous arias and choruses. Saturday, October 14, we will gather at the Dayton South 16 Theater at 12:55 to see the opera live in high definition from the Metropolitan Opera. We will gather afterward at a nearby restaurant to discuss the opera and enjoy a meal together. You will purchase your ticket individually (probably around $22), order from the menu, and pay on your own.

2 days Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Michael Taint has moderated “I Tried Opera” several times in our UDOLLI program and has sung with the Dayton Philharmonic and Dayton Opera Choruses. Priscilla Mutter is no musician but loves opera and most other forms of music.

Civil Discourse - NEW

Are you afraid to talk with family and friends about politics, religion, and other cultural issues? This seminar–workshop is designed to give you tools to create meaningful dialogue in order to open one’s mind, and achieve mutual understanding and respect. We will cover specific “how to” topics such as perceptions, listening, how to stick to the issues, and to remain rational and not become emotionally charged. The second week we will wrap up the tools discussion and have everyone participate (preferably people with opposing views) in one-on-one exercises using what we all consider ‘hot’ and volatile topics under controlled conditions. The idea is to really use the tools people learned.

2 Fridays, October 13, 20
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Tim Hrastar has been actively involved in UDOLLI since 2005, is currently a member of the Board of Advisors, and has moderated 26 seminar programs 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.

PowerPoint Tips - NEW

Watching words, sounds, and images come together on a computer screen to form a PowerPoint slide is almost like magic and stringing them together to form a presentation is great fun. Best of all, it’s easy once you get the hang of it. Learn some of the secrets in this fast-paced two-hour seminar. We’ll talk about slide design, animation, transitions between slides, sound effects and music, finding material on the internet, downloading videos, working with YouTube, and tying it all together in a slide show. Note that this seminar is (a) intended for people who already have a little experience with PowerPoint and computers and (b) limited to 24 students. You’re welcome to bring your fully charged laptop, although there won’t be much time for personal instruction.

1 day Friday, October 20
9:30 – 11:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 24

An avid fan and user of PowerPoint, Fred Oliver is a retired Base engineer. He’s been a UDOLLI student and moderator for the last six years, during which time he’s probably prepared and presented over two thousand slides. His previous seminars on film noir, science fiction movies, and big bands of the swing era got good reviews, with many favorable comments on his presentations. This will be his first two-hour mini-seminar.

Cremation in the Catholic Church - NEW

In this seminar, we will explore the development of cremation and how the modern burial practice of cremation over the last 40 years has become more commonplace, especially in regard to the manner in which we memorialize our love ones. Post Vatican II Church documents will give support to this increasingly common practice. We will also examine other modern burial practices, such as natural burial.

1 day Tuesday, October 24
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery

Rick Meade is a 42 year veteran in cemetery operations, development, and management. He is the Executive Director for The Calvary Cemetery Association of Dayton, an Ohio not-for-profit corporation, established in 1872. Hired by Calvary in 1990 as director, he formerly served Beth Township, Greene County Ohio cemeteries from 1975 through September, 1990. He is the current president of Catholic Cemeteries of Ohio. He is a member of the National / International Catholic Cemetery Conference currently serving as Committee Chair on Cremation and Modern Interment Practices. His wife of 40 years is Sharene. They have two sons, three grandchildren, and
a grand-dog.

Short History of America’s Eugenics Movement - NEW

Eugenics, dubbed the science of good breeding in the early 20th century, is the set of beliefs and practices which aims at improving the genetic quality of the human population. Eugenic policies encompassed both “positive” and “negative” practices. It was practiced world-wide, not just in the United States. In the United States, it played a significant role in the history and culture of the country by shaping government policy, and was perhaps more important in policy circles than in
the scientific community in which it had its origins. The pseudoscientific movement was prosecuted by esteemed professors, elite universities, wealthy industrialists, and government officials colluding in a racist program.

1 day Friday, October 27
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Tim Hrastar has been actively involved in UDOLLI since 2005, is currently a member of the Board of Advisors, and has moderated 26 seminar programs 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.

SPECIAL SESSION

Four Conditions for “Best”: American Novel, Mystery Story, African Novel, and Animal Encounter Story - NEW

We will discuss The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, and Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat. What does our understanding of each teach us about being human? And about ourselves?

Monday, September 11 – Thursday, September 14
12:30 – 3:00 p.m. at River Campus
Advanced preparation: All the books should be read before the first seminar.  (But if you can’t finish them, come anyway).

Frank Henninger designed and directed UD’s American studies program. A student of cultures, he has taught American and world literatures since 1958 and continuously for UDOLLI since 1997, exploring the profound truths in great writing.