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The World of Jazz

David Greer, director of the Dixieland band called Classic Jazz Stompers, will share his love of Jazz. He is a prominent local lawyer who has extensive knowledge of the history of jazz and the personalities associated with the music. This seminar covers the history of Jazz and famous jazz artists such as King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, and others.

1 day Friday, March 16
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Rosemary Starr is a retired registered nurse. She is one of the original members of UDOLLI as well as a retired board member from UDOLLI. Of course, she has been a lifelong fan of jazz.


Exploring Learning Opportunities in Reading Picture Books to Young Children - NEW

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”. Emilie Buchwald (children’s author) This presentation will be based on Dr. Patricia Hart’s Ph.D. experience maximizing the power of the library system as a parent and an educator. She will share video clips from over four years of recording families reading to their young children. She will also explore the importance of building vocabulary skills in young children to enhance school and learning readiness. There will be discussion with parents, family members and caregivers about ideas on how to further engagement between their child and quality books – setting the foundation for a lifetime love of reading. A bibliography of quality children’s literature will be shared, along with some of those books being modeled within the presentation. Other handouts of information will also be available to participants.

  • 1 day Friday, March 16
    9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Patricia M. Hart, Ph.D. is a Professor Emerita from the University of Dayton with 45 years of experience in Education. She has taught children’s literature courses for many years, and has an early childhood Montessori Certification. Her passion throughout her personal and profes- sional life has been books and children.


Cold Serial: The Jack the Strangler Murders - NEW

The seminar will address murders that occurred in Dayton between the years 1900-1909. The author will disclose his four-year quest to find who murdered and sexually assaulted these girls, one of whom was his great aunt. Yellow journalism, the role of the Wrights and NCR, sexual assault, forensics, and the influence of literature on criminology will be addressed. Newspapers, photos, and death certificates will be available for analysis by attendees who will then act as judge and jury, examining the 1900 era forensic evidence, to determine whether these cases are now solved or remain cold.

  • 2 days Fridays, March 16 and 23
    9:30-11:30 p.m. at River Campus
    Required book: Cold Serial: The Jack the Strangler Murders will be available through the author along with supportive materials such as newspaper copies, death certificates, and photos of the time. The cost is $10.00 paid at the time of registration.

Brian E. Forschner managed halfway houses, taught at the University of Dayton, co-founded St. Leonard Center in Centerville, and operated retirement and nursing homes in the region for 25 years. He went to the University of San Diego, received a B.A., Xavier University, a M.S., a M.Ed., and The Ohio State University, Ph.D. He organized UD study abroad programs in Europe and the USSR addressing their Criminal Justice Systems and led a U.S. State Department elderly services task force in Croatia.


Notre Dame Mission Volunteers and National Service - NEW

This one day seminar will discuss the history of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and their partnership with AmeriCorps. It will also provide information on other national Service programs such as Senior Corps.

1 day Friday, March 16
12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 25

Lisa McGurk is the Dayton Site Director for Notre Dame AmeriCorps. She also served two years as an AmeriCorps member.

Sister Judith Clemens entered religious life with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Cincinnati in 1958. After formation, she taught Spanish for four years at Carroll High School in Dayton, Ohio as a member of the first faculty. From Dayton, Judi went to Bishop Hartley High School, Columbus, where she taught Spanish  and Religion for one year.  In 1968, Judi left for Brazil. In 1968, Brazil was a military dictatorship and the Latin American Bishops met in Medellin to read the Vatican II Documents in the light of their lived reality. Thus the Base Christian Communities were born. After completing CENFI (Center for Intercultural Formation), she went to Coroatá, Maranhão and lived in community with Joan Krimm, Jo Depweg, and Dorothy Stang. In the early 70s, she moved to São Domingos do Maranhão. Judi dedicated herself to the building of Base Christian Communities and in 1987, as State Coordinator of CEBs for the 11 dioceses, wrote a book entitled É Bom Lembrar (It is Good to Remember), a 20-year history of CEBs in the State of Maranhão. Judi served on the staff of CENFI at the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops in Brasilia from ‘79-’81. Her last mission in Brazil was in Caxias, Maranhão where she served as Diocesan Pastoral CoordinatorJudi returned to the US in 1990 and worked in pastoral ministry among Brazilian Immigrants in Boston and Miami, Florida until 2008. Judi served as Site Director for  Notre Dame Mission Volunteers/AmeriCorps, Cincinnati before being elected to the Ohio Provincial Team in June, 2010. Judi now serves on the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers Board of Directors and also coordinates the Office of Justice, Peace and Care of Creation for the Ohio Province Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Judi resides in Dayton, Ohio


Taking ‘Poly’ out of Polypharmacy and Debunking Myths about Dietary Supplements - NEW

At the end of the presentation, attendees will: 

  • Review which medications to avoid in seniors whenever possible Explain FDA ‘fast track’ research and implications for drug safety
  • Compare quality and cost issues with: brand, generic, bioequivalent, and counterfeit drugs
  • Review DSHEA legislation, FDA CSFAN supplement regulations
  • Discuss pros and cons for taking multiple vitamins for different indications Review drug nutrient depletions
  • Review multiple indications for dietary supplement categories

1 day Friday, March 23
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at River Campus

Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum is a holistic clinical pharmacist who has traveled to China to study herbal research and global health care solutions. She has a background in the pharmaceutical industry, hospital-based practice, academia, medication quality/safety and integrative health, consulting, and coaching. She is a published author, national radio show host, and international speaker. 


Milton Wright: Minister, Educator, Editor, and Controversial Bishop - NEW

Milton Wright (1828-1917), father of the inventors of the airplane, was a teacher, ordained minister in the United Brethren in Christ (UBC), missionary, theologian, editor of newsletter The Religious Telescope, and United Brethren bishop. Bishop Wright led a schism within  the UBC forming a minority denomination that still exists. After a forced retirement in 1905, Bishop Wright lived in Dayton area until his death. Milton Wright kept a detailed diary start- ing in 1857 until the day before his death, which gives a wealth of details on the Wright family as well as the development of the airplane.

  • 1 day Friday, March 23
    12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Bob Bowman was born in Dayton, OH and is a physical chemist with degrees from Miami University (B.S.); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S.); and California Institute of Technology (Ph.D.). Bob is a lifetime member and the Past President of both the Franklin Area Historical Society and the United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio. Bob is on the board of directors for the Mound Museum of Science and Energy in Miamisburg. He is active in several other history and genealogical societies.


ELVIS King of Rock & Roll - NEW

The life and music of Elvis Presley will be covered with emphases on his rockabilly years and his rise to stardom. We will see vintage footage from videos and hear his greatest songs. The class will pick out their favorite songs. Who else might be considered as rock & roll icons? 

  • 2 days Fridays, April 6 and 13
    9:30 – 11:30 a.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 at 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.


Mount Saint John New

Come explore the many ministries of Mount Saint John, once known as the East Campus of the University of Dayton. Today, Mount Saint John is home to the North American Center of Marianist Studies, Queen of Apostles Parish, Marianist Novitiate, Marianist Mission, Marianist Environmental Education Center, Native Preserve, Gallery Saint John, and the Bergamo Center. In this seminar get a change to visit and tour each of these Marianist ministries.

1 day Friday, April 13
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Bergamo Center
Optional Lunch at Bergamo at Noon for $10 per person

Brent Devitt is the Executive Director of the Bergamo Center. He was the former teacher and principal with Catholic schools in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Ohio.


Smokies: The Fire of 2016 - NEW

This catastrophic fire started the day before Thanksgiving. Within five days, it spread across the Park, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee claiming fourteen lives and destroying over 2400 residential and commercial structures. Hear the circumstances that began this inconceivable series of events involving multiple governmental and fire maintenance agencies. The vacation towns and National Park you visit have been impacted forever.

  • 1 day Friday, April 20
    9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Bill Deitzer has hiked in 51 National Parks and in all 50 states. He is a member of the 900 Mile Club, having hiked all 800 trail miles in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. He completed seven hikes to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He is retired as CFO of Cincinnati State Technical & Community College.


Reaching for the Sky: The History and Evolution of Tall Buildings - NEW

When author Henry James returned to America in 1900 after more than twenty years abroad, he saw a New York skyline which both astonished and displeased him. What he called “monsters of greed,” had begun to transform Manhattan into a “huge jagged city.” In the years since James had been overseas, the skyscraper had been born. This seminar examines the history and evolution of tall buildings, including the technological advances that made them both possible and practical. The seminar will include a Friday morning slide lecture and a walking tour (two sessions) of downtown Dayton tall buildings the following Friday. 

  • 2 days 
    Friday, April 20
    9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus
    Friday, April 27
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Walking Tour of Downtown Dayton
    Seminar limit: 25 Walking Tour Only

Glenn Harper holds a Master’s degree in historic preservation and architectural history from Ball State University. Glenn was employed by the Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society (Ohio History Connection) for twenty-two years. Glenn is an adjunct faculty member in the History Department at Wright State University. He is a contributing author to several publications, including Canal Fever: The Ohio and Erie Canal from Water Way to Canal Way, Barns of the Midwest, the two-volume National Road, and A Guide to the National Road.



You Chose the Books: Let’s Talk - NEW

Up for discussion, four books that examine deep truths of human nature, including the origins of evil and what we can do to protect ourselves and others from the evils rising from unknown sources, from culture, from social norms and, in the end, from ourselves.

Do these great authors believe that light can be introduced into the pervasive darkness?

Monday, May 7 – Thursday, May 10
12:30 – 3:00 p.m. at River Campus

Required text: “Redburn” by Heman Melville, “The American” by Henry James, “Heart of Dark ness” by Joseph Conrad, and “Catch 22” by Joseph Heller. All are widely available in libraries, bookstores, and online. 

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.