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The Hidden Impact of Hearing Loss

We all know someone with hearing loss – perhaps it’s even you!  This educational, informative, and, yes, entertaining program is provided for people with hearing loss and their primary communication partners. Communication breakdowns can be challenging and frustrating!  This seminar provides solutions to overcome these challenges and covers several topics: audiograms and technology; what causes communication breakdowns; helpful communication strategies; and typical coping behaviors (for example, pretending to understand when you don’t). As one participant commented, “I learned an incredible amount about a world I’ve lived in for 30 years, a world of which I was profoundly ignorant.”

6 Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Advanced preparation: If students have a copy of their hearing test they should bring it with them. I also highly encourage them to bring a support person with them – whether a spouse or significant other, adult, child, sibling, or friend.

Cathy Kooser has a master’s degree in social work and is a licensed independent social worker with a severe to profound hearing loss. She developed this program as a result of her own personal struggles adjusting to her hearing loss. She has been teaching it since 1999 and thousands have participated. Ohio and Michigan use the program for their vocational rehabilitation consumers with hearing loss. Kooser wears a hearing aid and recently received a cochlear implant.

Jesus in John’s Gospel: Part One, The Book of Signs

This seminar reflects on the first part of John’s Gospel, the Book of Signs (chapters 1-12). Special emphasis is placed on how John, through detailed descriptions of the signs Jesus performs, proclaims him as the enfleshed Word of God, the Bread of Life, the Font of Living Waters, the Light of the World, and our Life and Resurrection. These reflections lead us to consider who Christ is for us today, and how we are called to follow Christ, and participate in his ongoing ministry.

6 Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Recommended text: A New Testament (NAB translation preferred)

Dr. William Roberts is professor emeritus of Theology at the University of Dayton, and the author and editor of 15 books. He has taught in the UDOLLI program since 2003.

Questions for Inquiring Minds

Jim is back with this highly rated seminar. We will ponder some big questions that are rarely discussed: What about the dark side of religion? Why so much fanaticism? Why is the great enlightenment so important? What is the source of our ethics? How do we find meaning in life? Jim will open with some thoughts, followed by discussion in small groups.

6 Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus Seminar Limit: 24

Jim Faulconer is a retired minister and counselor. He was the Director of the Shelby County Mental Health Clinic for 13 years.

Introduction to Apple iPhone

This seminar is for beginning-level Apple iPhone users who want to learn more about the features of this remarkable smart phone. Topics covered will include instructions and tips on how to use many of the basic features that are standard on every iPhone (Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Settings, Maps, Control Center, Camera, Photos, and the App Store). All participants must bring an iPhone (5s or later) updated with the latest operating system (iOS) to each seminar.

6 Tuesdays September 26 – October 31 (Note: later start date)
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 20

John Bramhall is retired from the Ohio Air National Guard. He is active in the Dayton area ballroom dance community. John was a former computer programmer and a long-time iPhone, iPad, and Mac user.

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:
Sept. 19    Orientation
Sept. 26    Land of Plenty: How Should We Ensure that People Have the Food They Need?
Oct. 3        Alcohol in America: What Can We Do about Excessive Drinking?
Oct. 10    End of Life: What Should We Do for Those Who Are Dying?
Oct. 17      Where Have All the Voters Gone?
Oct. 24      The Immigration Dilemma: How Should We Fix the System?

6 Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 15
Required text:  The issue books will be supplied prior to the first seminar session.

Carol Farquhar Nugent is president of the National Issues Forums Institute. She is a former executive director of Grantmakers In Aging, with extensive experience in philanthropy. David Vomacka recently retired from a career that involved creating and leading discussion and deliberation between the most directly affected publics and decision makers on controversial development projects. He has actively participated in NIFI forums at UDOLLI for more than five years.

South Dayton History from the Ground Up - NEW

The rich history of the south Dayton area stems in large part from a unique combination of natural resources, transportation systems, and a long list of local innovators and visionaries. This seminar begins with an examination of local geology and how it has influenced Dayton’s economic development. The series continues with several presentations that focus on Oakwood and neighboring Van Buren Township in the early 20th Century and the important people, places, and events that framed the formative years of the south Dayton area.

Boulders, Bedrock, and Brewing Water: how Geology Has Influenced the History of the South Dayton Area
The Old Barn Club and the Golden Age of Hills and Dales Park
Where Town and Country Meet: a Tour of Oakwood in 1913
Railway Transportation and the Rise of the South Dayton Suburbs
Dayton, Ohio: the Quintessential Home Front during the “Great War”

5 Tuesdays, September 19 – October 17
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

David Schmidt is Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wright State University. He grew up exploring the formerly undeveloped landscape south of Dayton and puzzling over its rocks and fossils. This interest in geology led him to complete his B.S. and M.S. at Wright State University and his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University. David is a lifelong resident of the south Dayton area and regularly contributes to the Oakwood Historical Society’s “Far Hills Speaker Series” and quarterly Historian newsletter.

History of Jazz Part I NEW

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, describing 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, Lester Young, Ben Webster, 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 in the 1920’s, Great Depression, WW II, 1950’s suburban migration, Civil Rights era of 1960’s). We will discuss the changing venues (theater circuit, dance halls, clubs, concert stages) where the music was performed, and what effect this had on the music. We will discuss the effects of race and segregation on the music. And we will discuss the role that vice played in early jazz development, mainly in New Orleans, Chicago, and Kansas City.

6 Tuesdays, September 19 – October 31 (No Seminar October 24)
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Bill Lavin recently retired after 31 years as a radiologist at Miami Valley Hospital. Dr. Lavin 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.

Our Democracy: Can We Bridge the Partisan? NEW

The Merriam Webster definition for democracy is “a government by the people.” Have extreme partisanship and dark money tainted that definition? We’ll explore hot button topics such as immigration, economic policy, healthcare, redistricting, and journalism presenting divergent opinions and inviting discussion.

6 Tuesdays September 19 – October 24
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Valerie Lee serves as Action Chair for the League of Women Voters Dayton. Sue Hesselgesser is the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters Dayton. The League of Women Voters is dedicated to ensuring that all eligible voters, particularly those from traditionally underrepresented and underserved communities, have the opportunity and information to exercise their right to vote. The League encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is nonpartisan – it neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate.

Mah Jong for Beginners  NEW

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. No foreign language skills are required. If you can play “Rummy” with cards, you can master the table game of Mah Jong.

6 Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 15
Seminar fee: $8   “Hands Card” issued by the Official Mah Jong League. Cards will be distributed in the seminar.

Kathy Trimeloni holds a B.A. degree in history from UD. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer and a former WPAFB contract specialist and a retired computer teacher. She has played Mah Jong for over 30 years, and has taught many groups and individuals to play the game. She has been a UDOLLI student for 8 years.

Zentangle: Relax, Focus and Create!

Zentangle is a meditative art form not to be confused with doodling!  By focusing on patterns (called tangles) one stroke at a time, each student will create unique small works of art while achieving a sense of peace through the process. This seminar is especially for those of us who always wanted to draw but thought we couldn’t do it!  Note: This beginner seminar is for those who have not taken any Zentangle seminars in the past. Please do not sign up for this seminar if you know that you are going to miss the first session.

6 Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 20
Seminar fee: $10

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 different art forms, playing the Native American flute and supporting the Dayton Dragons.

Travel Adventures 2017

Join fellow UDOLLI members as they describe their travel adventures to both domestic and foreign destinations. In addition to visiting scenic locales in the southeastern United States, you will have the opportunity to see the Canadian Rockies and several Rhine River countries. Less commonly visited areas will include China and Cuba. You will be able to view beautiful and informative photography and learn some of the history, culture, and political circumstances of these locales. At the beginning of the seminar, a listing and short description of the six trips will be made available.

6 Tuesday, September 19 – October 24
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Bob Evers is a native Ohioan who received his baccalaureate degree from the University of Dayton and his doctorate from Notre Dame. He retired from the Air Force Research Laboratory after 38 years as a research chemist 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. He has served a moderator of this travel seminar for the past seven years.

The First Air War - NEW

Aircraft had only been manufactured for less than five years when World War One began. The airplane was considered a novelty with little practical military value. As the trench warfare dragged on, aircraft developed many uses and soon became indispensable to modern warfare. Technology rapidly evolved and the aerial advantage would soon switch from one side to the other. American volunteers eagerly established the Lafayette Escadrille prior to our entry into the war. Dayton was the major aircraft production center when we entered the war and soon American airmen would be instrumental to bringing the war to a conclusion.

6 Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Paul Cooper is a retired Air Force Brigadier General and pilot with 35 years of service. He has combat experience in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Bosnia and has commanded three different air bases. He is a graduate of both the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and Air War College and has a Master’s Degree in Aviation History. He is Past President of UDOLLI and serves on the Board of Trustees at the Foundation of the National Museum of the Air Force.

Agatha Christie: Who’s Your Favorite Detective?

Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are Agatha Christie’s best-known detectives, but there are others, including Ariadne Oliver and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. We will watch several videos to help you determine which is your favorite:  Death on the Nile with Peter Ustinov as Poirot, The Mirror Crack’d with Angela Lansford as Miss Marple, Third Girl with Poirot (David Suchet) and Ariadne Oliver (whom many feel is most like the author), and 4:50 from Paddington with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple, as well as one selection from Partners in Crime, the 2016 BBC series featuring Tommy and Tuppence.

6 Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at River Campus
Recommended texts: Death on the Nile, The Mirror Crack’d, Third Girl, 4:50 from Paddington (also known as What Mrs. McGilicuddy Saw! and Murder She Said). Christie’s works are generally available anywhere books are sold.

Mary Ann Gasior has a PhD in English literature, taught at Wright State and other universities, has moderated 10 previous UDOLLI seminars, and is a member of the Board of Advisors. She has also been a fan of mysteries since joining the Mystery Book Club in junior high school.

Inside Dayton Athletics

This six-week seminar will entail a comprehensive focus on University of Dayton athletics, including the challenges that we face in intercollegiate athletics, the student-athlete experience, staying compliant, the role of our coaches and academic support, along with social media and technology.

6 Tuesdays, September 19 – October 24  
3:00–5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Krystal Warren is an Assistant Director of Athletics for Athletics Communication and has been with the UD Division of Athletics since July of 2008. Warren’s primary responsibilities include serving as the director of the athletics communication office, managing the budget, personnel, and day-to-day operations. She earned bachelor’s degree in communication with a focus in journalism from Urbana University in 2000. Warren played soccer for Urbana and was part of the first-ever varsity women’s soccer team. She graduated from the University of Dayton in 2015 with a master’s degree in public administration and also completed the political science department’s non-profit leadership certificate. Warren lives in Dayton, Ohio, with her husband Jeremy.

Great Decisions 2017

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. This fall’s seminar will feature speakers on topics including developments in the Middle East (ISIS Kurdistan), migration issues; Korea, the future of the United Nations, climate change; and Cuba.

8 Tuesdays, September 19 – November 7
3:00–5:00 p.m. at River Campus
Required text: Great Decisions Briefing Book, order online at http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/index.cfm?act+show_material&product_id=16842

Dr. Thomas Martin is professor emeritus at Sinclair College.