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Qigong & Tai Chi Easy: Master stress, Enlighten the Mind, and Tap Universal Energy NEW

Feel the qi! You can thrive at the pinnacle of your physical, emotional, and spiritual potential by tapping into qi—also known as universal or divine energy, the human life force, or prana. Ancient yogis and qigong masters discovered centuries ago that gentle body movements, paired with focused breathing and mind centering, create a magic formula to neutralize stress, heal disease, enhance personal energy, and access inner peace. Qigong is a practice to help you purposefully refine the connection between your energetic and neurologic self. This transformational program explores ultra-accessible Tai Chi EasyTM and the Nine Phases of Qi Mastery—a profound qigong method for experiencing your ultimate nature, or personal alchemy. Explore the miracles that occur through qi cultivation along with other learns. Then, after you have learned Nine Phases of Qi Mastery, experience the Tenth Phase—transmitting qi—to empower and heal others.

6 Thursdays, January 18-February 22 9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Recommended reading: Roger Jahnke, The Healing Promise of Qi

Sharon Trekell, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, former psychotherapist, and former co-owner of the Dayton Institute for Family Therapy and Wellness. Dedicated to body-mind-spirit health, Sharon has had a daily practice of Qigong for 24 years. Qigong is the oldest form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with a 5,000-year history. Qigong was followed by acupuncture, herbal therapy, and Tai Chi. Sharon teaches Qigong in various locations in the Dayton area. As the Founder of the Eldering with GRACE Wellness Program she brings a heart-felt interest in offering this seminar.


Have Another Nice Day–Pop Music of the 1970s–Part 2   NEW

They said it just could not be done. How could we present another 100-plus quality record- ings from 1970s music, while avoiding disco? Yet, we are confident our crack research staff has done just that. Sure, maybe the lowest hanging fruits were plucked in the first seminar on this subject, but we “got down to the real nitty gritty”, as the young folks say today, and put together a package of enjoyable tuneage. The class will be a voluntary sing-a-long: (a) Mr. Smarty Pants seminar leader provides lyric hints for each song (b) class guesses futilely

(c) Mr. Pants reveals song and factoids about group/recording (d) lyrics are shown on the silver screen while music plays (e) bliss ensues. Come join us to prove them wrong. Yeah!

6 Thursdays, January 18 – February 22 9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Despite a number of half-hearted attempts, the only musical instrument Mr. 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 an M.B.A. from UD and worked 35 years in financial management at WPAFB. This will be the ninth 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).


The Trump Presidency: An Economic Analysis of Year 1   NEW

The 2016 election resulted in a new President and a Republican majority in the Congress. This course will analyze the policies of the President and Congress and, where possible, their impact on the economy. Specific topics will depend on developments at the time of the class. However, they are likely to include health care, international trade, immigration, tax reform, environmental regulation, anti-trust, education policy, economic growth, and employment, among others.

6 Thursdays, January 18-February 22 9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

John Weiler is professor emeritus and distinguished service professor at the University of Dayton. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to his retirement, John taught economics at the undergraduate and graduate levels, served as Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research.


The Royal Air Force in WWII   NEW

The RAF in WWII is mainly remembered for its magnificent victory in the Battle of Britain and for a flawed strategic bombing program that attempted to win the war by destroying German cities. The need for tactical air support in North Africa led several RAF leaders  to defy the dominance of Bomber Command and develop principles of tactical air power that were also adopted by the USAAF. These tactical principles contributed significantly to victory in France and Germany during 1944 and 1945. The importance of RAF participation in the Battle of the Atlantic and its crucial contribution to the victory in Burma will be discussed.

6 Thursdays, January 18-February 22 12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Mark Cannon has moderated over 40 courses, including A Traveler’s History of England, WWII parts 1 and 2, The American Civil War parts 1 and 2, Napoleon, How Britain Lost her American Colonies, and The Great War – New Perspectives.


Americans: Why We Are the Way We Are – America’s Story of Cultural Geography & Immigrant Pluralism

This seminar examines why there never has been one America, but several. We are a nation settled by many different people from distinct regions who brought with them unique religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics. This complex mix, along with the indigenous peoples who have been here for thousands of years, and African slaves we imported–all have created a permanent imprint on why we are the way we are. We’ve had a social system that for two centuries has remained stubbornly democratic in its politics, capitalist in its economy, libertarian in its laws, individualistic in its society, and pluralistic in its culture. But what is America, really–a ‘melting pot,’ a ‘multicultural salad bowl,’ a ‘cultural mosaic?’

  1. Indigenous People & Early Colonization–An Overview
  2. Four British Folkways Create a Lasting Impression
  3. Founding & Expansion of Eleven Cultural Nations
  4. Manifest Destiny–Slavery–Annexation: American-Indians, Africans, & Mexicans
  5. 19th& 20th Century Immigrant Pluralism
  6. American Identity Traits & Language

6 Thursdays, January 18-February 22 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 27 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.


About Julius Caesar: Shakespeare’s Play Then and Now        NEW

The current controversial New York production of Julius Caesar emphasizes the questions posed by Shakespeare’s tragedy. In times of political turmoil, what should the concerned individual do? How should the different claims of self, family, friends, party, and country be weighed? Should an action be judged by its motivation, its means, or its consequences? Discussion will be based on close reading of the text, consideration of historical and contemporary views, and seeing the movie (starring Brando, Gielgud, and Mason). Question: was Brutus “the noblest Roman of them all” when joining in the assassination of his friend, the first Caesar?

6 Thursdays, January 18-February 22 12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Required text: William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Signet edition. A used, inexpensive copy may be purchased from Although this text will be used in class, any modern edition with notes is satisfactory. The work is easily found in bookstores and libraries by itself or in collections of plays, Shakespeare’s works, or even textbooks.

Dr. Cecile Cary taught English literature, specializing in Shakespeare, for 30 years at Wright State University. Since retirement she has moderated many classes for UDOLLI, all except one (on World War I) on drama, both Shakespearean and modern. In addition to teaching, she writes poetry, gardens, volunteers (FutureFest reader, food pantry), and attends various cultural events (Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Theatre Guild, The Loft). She lives in Dayton where she and her late husband raised their 3 sons, two of whom live in Dayton, the third in Modena (Italy).


Movies with Music NEW

This seminar will combine music, trivia, and analysis of movies that we will watch. The movies picked will feature music from the 60s and 70s and we’ll spend 2 weeks per movie. Week one will focus on the music, musicians, and information/trivia related to the movie. Week two will be spent viewing the movie followed by a discussion. Our opening movie is EASY RIDER as we take a trip back to the late 60s.

6 Thursdays, January 18-February 22 12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Bill Skelly graduated from the University of Dayton in 1974 with a degree in mathematics. After 4 years as a junior high and high school math teacher, he transitioned to Information Technology, working for GMAC, EDS, and HP, developing and supporting financial systems across the USA and internationally. He enjoys movies, music, (especially classic rock) and golf.


Story of Christianity Part 2

The story of Christianity is a historical narrative about a variety of churches which call themselves “Christian.” It has mostly been HIStory, but this time HERstory will be told as well. We began last quarter with the foundations of Christianity and NOW move to those “middle years”– from Charlemagne to just BEFORE the Reformation. In addition to the general history, we will include both some males AND some females who contributed to each age. We will finish up the story of Christianity in the spring with the modern periods as well as a variety of Christian churches which began during that time.

6 Thursdays, January 18-February 22 3:00-5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Carolann Cannon received a Master of Arts degree in theological studies from the University of Dayton in 1986 and is certified as both a catechist and a catechetical leader by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Her seminars with UDOLLI have included Old Testament, New Testament, Christology, the Papacy and the Bishops of Rome, the Crusades, Barbarians and the so-called Dark Ages.


2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners

This seminar will focus on the fiction and nonfiction winners and runners-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize awarded in November 2017. In addition, some time will be spent discussing the Distinguished Achievement Award winner, Colm Toibin. It is not required that you read any of the books to enjoy this seminar.

6 Thursdays, January 18-February 22 3:00-5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Recommended Texts: The four awards this year went to The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel (fiction winner), Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (fiction runner-up), What Have We Done by David Wood (non-fiction winner), and City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence (non-fiction runner-up). All four books are available at local libraries and from (new and used).

Mary Ann Gasior has a Ph.D. in English literature from Tulane University, taught at Wright State and several other universities, has moderated 11 previous seminars for UDOLLI, and is currently a member of the Board of Advisors.


Estate Planning for Ohio Residents

The seminar will provide information about estate planning, estate administration, and elder law planning to Ohio residents.

6 Thursdays, January 18-February 22 3:00-5:00 p.m. at River Campus

John Clough has been practicing estate planning, trust and estate administration in Ohio for 22 years. He is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law in Ohio.