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The Church: Community of the Baptized

In light of the New Testament and the Second Vatican Council, this seminar probes what it means to be church as the community of all baptized. It examines the church as a people called to the fullness of holiness (love), to share in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and to participate in Christ’s prophetic, priestly, and kingly mission. The seminar then points to some of the implications this understanding of church has for our spirituality, liturgy, and interdenominational relationships.

6 Tuesdays, September 25–October 30 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Dr. Bill Roberts is professor emeritus of theology at the University of Dayton. He is the author/editor of 15 books, and has taught in the Osher lifelong learning program since 2003.


Mah Jong for Beginners

If you are interested in learning how to play this ancient Chinese table game of tiles that involves skill, strategy, calculation, and luck, now is the time. The table game is very different from the Mah Jong game you may have played on your computer that involves simply matching similar tiles. The table game involves a competition among 4 players to build a winning hand with 14 tiles. It’s great for keeping your mind flexible and sharpening your mental skills. If you can play “Rummy” with cards, you can master Mah Jong.

6 Tuesdays, September 25–October 30 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Seminar limit: 10

Kathy Trimeloni holds a B.A. degree in history from University of Dayton. She is a former WPAFB contract specialist and a retired computer teacher. She has attended seminars at UDOLLI for 9 years. She has played Mah Jong for over 30 years, and has taught many groups and individuals to play the game.

Mary Ann Hausfeld has been involved with UDOLLI since 1997. She graduated from the University of Dayton in 1964 and is a retired executive assistant from JP Morgan Chase. She has served as a trustee for her community and has been in charge of many activities there. Mah Jong has become one of her passions for the last year.


Evaluating Information: How Do I Know What Information to Trust?

We need good information to make important life decisions. But how do we know where to find our information and which information to trust? In this interactive seminar, participants will develop or hone their information use and evaluation skills. If possible, please bring a laptop, tablet, or iPad to each session because we will be looking at and evaluating online sources. You could also share a device with a fellow attendee. We will discuss how information comes to us, “fake news,” the CRAAP criteria (currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose), and how to get the most out of online searching.

4 Tuesdays, October 16–November 6 (Note later start date)
9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Seminar limit: 20
Required Equipment: laptop, tablet, or iPad

Mary Lou Baker Jones retired from Wright State University where she was a Reference and Instruction Librarian. She worked closely with students and faculty who needed to research a wide va- riety of science, humanities, and social science topics. She taught courses in information literacy and in chemical information. Earlier in her career, she taught courses in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Dayton. She has master’s degrees from both UD and Indiana University and has presented on information literacy topics at local, state, and national conferences.


Frost and Beyond: Understanding and Enjoying Poetry - NEW

This seminar will engage participants in the reading and understanding of poems by several well-known, respected authors. Each session will focus on the works of a particular poet, starting with Robert Frost. Various elements and methods of interpretation will be introduced as we enjoy the poems, and suggestions for optional writing will be offered as well. The lineup of poets is likely to include Frost, Mary Oliver, Paul Laurence Dunbar, William Stafford, and Wislawa Szymborska.

6 Tuesdays, September 25–October 30 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Jim Brooks earned his bachelor’s degree in English Education from Ohio University and his master’s in English from the University of Dayton. After teaching English in the Peace Corps in South Korea, he became an English instructor at Chaminade Julienne High School for 37 years. He has published 30 poems in various journals and has placed in various contests. He established Poetry Out Loud at CJ, a poem recitation contest that starts in the classroom and advances to the national level.


Myth and Man: The Real Martin Luther King, Jr. - NEW

We will learn the inner life and thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We know he was a civil rights leader who stood for peaceful protest and made inspirational speeches. But what was he really thinking and feeling during his various campaigns? How did he become a civil rights leader? Did he feel the confidence he showed the world? In this seminar we will address these questions and others, while you learn an important tech- nique in historical analysis: the use of primary source documents published about King. Each gives insight into what his life was like. By focusing on a few documents each week, you will learn the best strategies for understanding primary sources and will leverage this information to study and understand King. By the end you will be comfortable having a wider conversation about King, appreciate him on a more personal level, and understand better the nuances of historical study. Study materials are a yearlong study about MLK, consisting of rare video footage and first-person accounts, and each of King’s five books.

6 Tuesdays September 25 – October 30 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
This seminar is held at the John W. Moore Center, McKinley United Methodist Church, 196 Hawthorn Ave.

Peter Matthews is the Pastor of Historic McKinley United Methodist Church, as well as Director of the Center for Global Renewal and Missions at the United Theological Seminary. A graduate of Denison University and Princeton Theological Seminary, in the Global Village he helps revitalize three congregations and a campus ministry to develop a pipeline for new generations working in historic African-American congregations. Rev. Matthews is married, and the parent of two adult sons. Jazz and his grandson are his joy!


Travel Adventures 2018

Join us as fellow UDOLLI members describe their travel adventures to domestic and overseas sites such as Alaska, Germany, United Kingdom, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, South Africa, and China. In addition to viewing beautiful and informative photography, you will learn some of the history, culture, and political circumstances of these locales as well as experience the travelers’ firsthand impressions of their surroundings. At the beginning of the seminar, a listing and short description of the six trips will be made available.

6 Tuesdays, September 25–October 30 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Bob Evers is a native Ohioan who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Universities of Dayton and Notre Dame, respectively. He retired from the Air Force Research Laboratory after 38 years of service and also served as an adjunct faculty member at Wright State University. He traveled widely during his working years and in retirement, particularly to Europe but also to Asia, South America, and Africa. Bob has served as moderator of this travel seminar for the past eight years and is always interested in recruiting future presenters for this seminar (937-254-2382).


Songwriters Hall of Fame - NEW

Hear the songs of Cohan, Rodgers, Hammerstein II, Hart, Joplin, Kern, Porter, Sousa, H. Williams, Gershwin, Mercer, Bacharach, David, Lerner Lowe, Dylan, Simon, Sedaka, Diamond, Mancini, Laber, Stoller, C. Berry, Lennon, McCartney, and all the Brill Buildings Writers. There are 423 songwriters in the Hall of Fame. The students will pick their favorites. There will be vintage videos of performers.

6 Tuesdays, September 25–October 30 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Gary Ruff is a retired high school teacher with a B.S. from Wright State University and M.S. from the University of Dayton. He has taught over 40 seminars for the UDOLLI program including many styles of music, especially Rock & Roll; a seminar on the 1960s; a seminar on the history of sci-fi and horror movies; and Hollywood’s greatest movies. He serves on the UDOLLI Board of Advisors.


Excel Spreadsheet for Beginners - NEW

The best way to learn about MS Excel is to start using it. We will use short Microsoft training videos and hands-on exercises to reinforce the concepts. The seminar will include a simple exercise for keeping track of expenses for a home repair job. Seminar participants will be encouraged to bring their own projects to implement in MS Excel. The seminar will include: Creating workbooks, working with cells, entering data, adding/deleting/renaming sheets, working with tables, formatting, page layout, data analysis, and much more. Participants need to have MS Excel 2011 or later. Participants will need to bring their own laptops to seminar.

6 Tuesdays, September 25–October 30
12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place Seminar limit: 16
Note: Moderators will be demonstrating with Microsoft Excel 2013. Students will use their own laptops: Mac running MacOS or PC running Windows 10.

Fran O’Connor is a retired software systems engineer and business executive.

Mary Riordan is a retired educator, guidance counselor, and technology consultant, plus a spreadsheet enthusiast.


French Language and Culture

This seminar will present both French language and culture. No previous experience is required; complete beginners as well as those who want to freshen up their skills are welcome. Basic conversation and travel vocabulary will be covered, along with the history, culture, art, and music of France and francophone countries.

6 Tuesdays, September 25–October 30 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Donna Griffith has a B.A. in French and a master’s in education, both from UD. She taught junior high, high school, and university level (WSU adjunct) for 20 years. She has traveled frequently in France and belongs to several French speaking groups in the area. This will be her third session moderating for the UDOLLI program.


History of Jazz, Part 3 - NEW

The third of three seminars covering the history of jazz, we examine the various and sometimes conflicting developments from the 1960’s to the turn of the 21st century. We start with the development of modal jazz, following the groundbreaking Miles Davis album Kind of Blue. We then cover free jazz (Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, Eric Dolphy, Art Ensemble of Chicago), and move to an in-depth study of John Coltrane. We then examine jazz-rock fusion (Miles Davis, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin) and smooth jazz (Chuck Mangione, David Sanborn, George Benson). We return to acoustic jazz styles of the 1970’s (McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Oregon), followed by the return to blues-based jazz tradition, spurred by Wynton Marsalis. We conclude with a two-week introduction to the vocal jazz tradition.

6 Tuesdays, September 25–October 30 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Bill Lavin recently retired after 31 years as a radiologist at Miami Valley Hospital. He minored in jazz studies at Duke University, studying with noted educators Jerry Coker, Dwike Mitchell, Willie Ruff, and the great Mary Lou Williams. Dr. Lavin is able to draw upon his large collection of jazz recordings and literature to present this seminar. He moderated History of Jazz, parts 1 and 2 during the last academic year.


African American Music, History and Culture - NEW

The African musical and cultural aesthetic has had an indelible impact on the formation of America’s contemporary music soundtrack and popular culture. We will closely examine the intersection of race, class, and gender as they pertain to the emergence of different sounds including Atlantic, Philly, Stax, Motown, and Buddha, as well as gospel music in traditions such as Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Church of God in Christ, Full Gospel, and the holiness movement. Special focus will be on those African American musical artists who responded musically to the civil rights movement. Students will learn the history of gospel via lectures, videos and (yes) singing. Indeed, each session concludes with a gospel concert; people from a myriad of cultures will offer the healing sounds that resonate from songs in the key of Life.

6 Thursdays (and Tuesdays) September 20 – October 30 
Please note: seminar held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Begins on Thursday, September 20th.
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 
This seminar is held at the John W. Moore Center, McKinley United Methodist Church, 196 Hawthorn Ave.

Jeremy Scott Winston, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, graduated from Oakwood University in 2001 with a bachelor of arts degree in music, and from Morgan State University in 2003 with a master of arts degree. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Chorus Director of the acclaimed Central State University Chorus at Central State University. Since starting in 2013, Jeremy continues the great tradition of this Chorus as ambassadors of the great black choral tradition. The inaugural choral concert featured six-time Grammy Award nominee, Karen Sheard. The Chorus has already received three invitations to perform abroad, including a performance with the Czech Symphony Orchestra in Prague, Czech Republic.


Chasing Shadows: The Origins of Watergate and the Nixon Tapes - NEW

The tapes and the abundant records available provide answers and evidence about Watergate and its meaning. Answers to questions about some of the more outlandish Presidential decisions. Was the Watergate cover-up a necessity or abuse of power or both?

6 Tuesdays September 25–October 30 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

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


Great Decisions 2018 - NEW

Great Decisions is a seminar of the Foreign Policy Association. This year’s topics, with a different speaker each week provided by the Dayton Council on World Affairs, are: “The Waning of Pax Americana?”, “Russia’s Foreign Policy”, “China and America: the new geopolitical equation”, “Media and Foreign Policy”, “Turkey: A Partner in Crisis, US Global Engagement and the Military”, “South Africa’s Fragile Democracy”, and “Global Health: Progress and Challenges”.

8 Tuesdays, September 25–November 13 3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Required Text: “Great Decisions 2018 Briefing Book”
$30 purchase online at https://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/?act=gd_materials

Dr. Thomas Martin Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History and Humanities at Sinclair, organizes and recruits the speakers as part of his duties as a board member of the Dayton Council on World Affairs.


Tennis Instruction

This seminar will focus specifically on the fundamentals of tennis. You will learn the forehand, backhand, volley, overhead, and serve. This will include beginning, intermediate, and ad- vanced students.

6 Tuesdays, September 25–October 30
4:00–6:00 p.m., Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Road
Seminar limit: 16
Required Equipment: Bring your tennis racquet.

Oliver Davis is a graduate of the University of Dayton with an associate degree (1976) and a bache- lor’s degree (1983) in mechanical engineering technology. He has been playing and teaching tennis for the past 35 years and has also coached tennis on the high school and collegiate levels.

UDOLLI at Night

Learning from Others: The Power of Public Deliberation

Using the National Issues Forums interactive deliberation process and participatory classroom discussions, experienced moderators will guide seminar participants’ consideration of the following issues:

  • America’s Future: What Should Our Budget Priorities Be?
  • How Should We Reduce Obesity in America?
  • Political Fix: How Should We Get American Politics Back on Track?
  • What Should We Do About the Opioid Epidemic?
  • Coming to America: Who Should We Welcome, What Should We Do?

Required Text: Issue booklets will be provided at the first seminar session. Participants are strongly encouraged to read each booklet prior to the session where the issue will be discussed.

6 Tuesdays, September 25–October 30 6:00–8:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Seminar limit: 20

David Vomacka earned a B.A. and Ph.D. from Florida State University. He taught at Colorado State University for several years before diverting to the Elysian Fields of planning and consulting. He has been a member of UDOLLI since 2012 and is currently a member of the Board of Advisors. David has been active with the National Issues Forums for five years.


History of Jazz Part 1

Whether you are a long-time jazz lover or a person completely new to the music, this seminar will be for you. Over the course of three seminars, we will cover the evolution of jazz, America’s greatest gift to the arts. The majority of the time will be spent listening to the music. Each recording will be introduced with an explanation of what to listen for. At times, the moderator will demonstrate certain styles on the piano. The recordings will be accompanied by photographs of the musicians, as well as stories of their lives. Since jazz is a player’s art, rather than a composer’s art, one cannot separate the music from the musician.

In part 1, we will define jazz and what makes up the elements of jazz. We will demonstrate song forms, syncopation, blues tonality, swing, and the most misunderstood concept–improvisation. We will then cover the prehistory of jazz (ragtime, blues, marching bands), New Orleans jazz (and what was unique about New Orleans to lead to the birth of jazz), Louis Armstrong, Chicago jazz, Harlem style, Early Big Bands, Duke Ellington, Swing era Big Bands, Kansas City jazz, and finishing with small group swing (Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Art Tatum, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian). We will touch on the effects of parallel historical events that affected the music (Boom of the 1920’s, Great Depression, WWII, etc.). We will discuss the effects of race and segregation on the music. We will also discuss the role that vice played in early jazz development, mainly in New Orleans, Chicago, and Kansas City.

6 Tuesdays September 25–October 30 6:00–8:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Bill Lavin recently retired after 31 years as a radiologist at Miami Valley Hospital. He minored in jazz studies at Duke University, studying with noted educators Jerry Coker, Dwike Mitchell, Willie Ruff, and the great Mary Lou Williams. Dr. Lavin is able to draw upon his large collection of jazz recordings and literature to present this seminar. He moderated History of Jazz, parts 1 and 2 during the last academic year.


The Evolution of U.S. Citizenship: Founding of Republic to Present Day - NEW

What does U.S. citizenship mean and how has that meaning evolved throughout our history? You may be surprised. We will discuss the political, legal, social, and cultural aspects of the evolution of U.S. citizenship. Some specific discussion topics will include; pathways to citizenship today, Constitutional Amendments, federal immigration, civil rights and voting rights laws, court cases that directly relate to U.S. citizenship, birth-right citizenship, naturalization, nationality, legal resident aliens, cultural exclusion–who could and could not become citizens–all things that have affected U.S. citizenship. Sessions:

  • Pathways to U.S. Citizenship
  • Early Republic Naturalization Laws and ‘Those Damn Foreigners’ Citizenship Rights & Exclusions for Select Groups
  • Citizenship and Civil Rights in Reconstruction Era–A Turning Point Citizenship and Cultural Exclusion: 1880 to 1954
  • Citizenship Rights Since 1954

6 Tuesdays, September 25–October 30 6:00–8:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Tim Hrastar has been actively involved in UDOLLI since 2005. He is a past president of the Board of Advisors and currently a consultant to the Board. This is the 31st seminar he has moderated 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.