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Vietnam: Experiences of Combat Veterans

These are the first-hand experiences of combat veterans that served in the United States Military in the Republic of Vietnam. Each soldier has their own personal story to relate concerning the ordeal they endured during their tour(s) of duty in Vietnam. From the triple canopy jungle and mountains of I Corps to the rice paddies of IV Corps in the Mekong Delta, here is where Duty, Honor, and Country were put to the test each and every day. Come and hear the true stories of what our veterans did to follow the orders of commanders and politicians trying to keep communism from spreading its diabolical tentacles into this country.

6 Wednesdays September 26–October 31 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Former U.S. Army CW2 (Chief Warrant Officer), Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, and 2004 inductee in the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor, Jim Miller was an Aircraft Commander of a UH-1D (Huey) Helicopter with the 336th Assault Helicopter Company located at Soc Trang Army Airfield in Soc Trang, Vietnam. After his return from Vietnam he served as a helicopter instructor pilot at Ft. Wolters located at Mineral Wells, Texas. Upon leaving the military in January 1970, Jim began a 30-year career in the adhesive coated label stock industry working for Kimberly-Clark/Brown-Bridge where he had the distinction of being the product manager that introduced the United States Postal Service to the pressure sensitive postage stamp we still use today. After retiring from industry, Jim used his Commercial Pilot’s License to fly helicopters for a number of companies as the Chief Pilot. Jim is a graduate of Capital University (Columbus, Ohio) and speaks to civic, military, school, and fraternal organizations about his military experiences.


Creating Photo Books with Shutterfly

This hands-on seminar will teach users how to create beautiful printed photo albums and books on computer using the website Participants need to bring their own laptop to the seminar. Spend the 6 weeks creating your own project, using photos from both printed and digital collections. Learn how to transfer printed photos to digital and organize them in one place for uploading. The goal will be to produce and order a printed book from Shutterfly (approximate cost $35), a great Christmas gift opportunity!

6 Wednesdays September 26–October 31 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Seminar limit: 15
Required: Laptop for accessing internet, camera or mobile device for taking pictures, familiarity with accessing photos on your laptop.

Mary Riordan is a retired educator, guidance counselor, and technology consultant. She teaches seminars on iPhone, iPad, and other technology topics.


There’s More to Real Estate Investing Than “Location-Location-Location” - NEW

Real estate investing can be fun and sometimes very profitable, but there is much you need to know: tax laws, financing, cash flow analysis, property management, and common mistakes. We’ll discuss these and other topics with a focus on residential investment properties, even “flipping.” A field trip to a potential “flip” may be included. The last 10 minutes of each class will be set aside for individual questions.

6 Wednesdays September 26–October 31 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Recommended: HP10bii (A financial calculator) or an app for the smart phone that simulates it. The app is $10 and easily acquired through the app store; the calculator is about $40 and available at office supply stores. I recommend the app for anyone with a smart phone.

Joe Dierkers is a Commercial/Investment Real Estate Broker first licensed in 1971. His real estate career has included owning his own appraisal firm, a commercial brokerage firm, and beginning in 1969 right up to 2018, rehabbing 50+ properties in and around Dayton. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Sinclair Community College since 1979. For the last 25 years, he has been Sinclair’s lead instructor of “Intro to Real Estate Investment.”


Introduction to C.G. Jung’s Red Book - NEW

This seminar will provide students with an in-depth study of C. G. Jung’s Liber Novus: The Red Book and its text and images. This understanding will provide the student with a greater insight into the collected works of C. G. Jung and the sources behind his unique approach to Analytical Psychology. (Depth Psychology)

6 Wednesdays September 26–October 31 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Jim Slouffman has been an artist and educator for more than 45 years. He received his B.F.A. from Wright State Univ. in 1972 and his M.F.A. from UC in 1976. He is a member of The Greater Cincinnati Friends of Jung where he has presented on a variety of subjects.


Facing the End of Life: What You Need to Know - NEW

It is not easy or comfortable to think about the end of life (ours or someone we care about). We avoid it; possibly due to fear, denial, or a lack of knowledge about what to expect, do, or say. This seminar will explore topics such as what to say/not to say, important tasks to complete, how to help, treatment and care options, ways to offer support after someone has died, and the inspiration which comes from stories of hope. This seminar will include lectures, videos, small group discussions, and time for reflection.

6 Wednesdays September 26–October 31 9:30–11:30 a.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Required Equipment: 1. Bring a notebook or journal to write reflections on seminar content 2. View on (Ted Talk) search YouTube for “First Breath, Final Breath”

Kim Vesey is a registered nurse who has worked in hospice (end of life care) for 34 years. She is a certified spiritual director and has spoken at local, state, and national conferences on end of life care.


The United States Constitution and its Amendments - NEW

A review of the original seven Articles of the United States Constitution and its twenty-seven Amendments. The 7,495 words of these documents have provided the foundation for the oldest and most successful republic in history.

6 Wednesdays, September 26–November 7 (No Seminar Oct. 10)
12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Alan Biegel has a B.A. from the University of Dayton, class of 1963, and a J.D. from Chase College of Law, class of 1967. He practiced law in Montgomery County, Ohio, for 47 years and has conducted six prior UDOLLI seminars.


Jewish Humor–The Comedians, Their Stories and Their Comedy

Richard Prigozen and Franklin Lewis will team up to present an insightful investigation into Jewish humor by exploring the lives and comedy of our best loved and most famous comedians, like Groucho Marx, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, George Burns, Woody Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, etc. You will get to see video clips of their TV appearances, stand-up routines, and sit-coms. The seminar will start be exploring the fertile birth places of the Jewish comedy culture (where many got their start) by looking at such venerated institutions as the “borscht belt”, vaudeville, Yiddish theater, and early TV. From these beginnings, we will move right through to the comics and their comedy of today. At least one full session will showcase the funny ladies of Jewish humor from Joan Rivers to Gilda Radner.

6 Wednesdays, September 26–October 31 12:30 2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Both Franklin Lewis and Richard Prigozen have moderated music seminars in the past. Franklin moderated the history of classical music and Richard taught classical guitar and The Grateful Dead. This will be a departure for both. Franklin and Richard are both long-standing and active members of the UDOLLI community.


The Art and Science of Bar-B-Queing and Grilling - NEW

I will present 4 lectures/sessions followed by a bar-b-que party on our patio for all participants. Each will bring a side dish to share and whatever libation they prefer. I will also prepare a Dutch oven fruit cobbler and ice cream. The seminar will cover: The history of bar-b-queing/smoking meats; various styles/brands of barbecue smokers; various fuels—charcoal, split wood, wood pellets, etc.; rubs and barbecue sauces; the physics of searing, smoking, and slow cooking different meats; how to get excellent results every time; controlling heat; grilling do’s and don’ts; grilling other things; selecting meats; carving and serving meats; menu selection; and table setting ideas.

  1. Wednesdays, September 26–October 24 (October 24 is a Cookout)
    12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
    Seminar limit: 20

    Tom Perry is an Oral Surgeon by day and a passionate “from scratch” chef any other time. He has been cooking, grilling, and bar-b-queing on various smokers and grills since he was 18, 50+ years ago. In 2006, he taught in the Dorothy Lane Cooking School. He led the project to purchase the Lang Smoker for Moraine Country Club (a competition grade smoker on a 15’ trailer) and has taught three different chefs how to use it. With experience bar-b-queing for groups of 175-225 people, he has been the featured Guest Chef twice at Moraine Country Club, was featured in the Food Section of the Dayton Daily News, and in Dutch Oven Gourmet Cooking by the Food Editor Ann Heller. He and his wife Sue have prepared and donated charity gourmet dinner parties for Dayton Children’s Hospital and Catholic Social Services, raising many thousands of dollars for those charities.


    Ethics and the Book of Revelation - NEW

    The Book of Revelation, or the Apocalypse of St. John, is an odd book, even a bizarre one. In this seminar, we will explore the book itself, the ethical perspective of its author, and the ethical uses (and misuses, in the moderator’s view) to which it has been applied. We will also be looking at Revelation’s setting in the first century CE, comparing it with Jewish apocalypses, other New Testament authors, and other early Christian writings.

  2. Wednesdays, September 26–October 31 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Bob Reece is an emeritus professor at Wright State University, where he taught ethics for thirty-seven years. He has moderated a number of seminars at UDOLLI since his retirement.


Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express - NEW

This seminar will focus on Agatha Christie’s classic story, Murder on the Orient Express. We will watch three movie versions (Albert Finney as Poirot in 1974, David Suchet in the role in 2010, and Kenneth Branagh’s 2017 interpretation as both Poirot and director). The purpose will be to compare/contrast the three cinematic productions with the original novel, as well as to look into the biography of Agatha Christie, the connection to the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and the Orient Express as an iconic train. Reading the 1934 book by the first seminar meeting is recommended but not required.

6 Wednesdays, September 26–October 31 12:30 2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Recommended Text: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, first published in 1934 but available in multiple editions just about anywhere books can be bought or downloaded.

Mary Ann Gasior has a Ph.D. in English literature from Tulane University, taught at Wright State and other universities, is a member of the UDOLLI Board of Advisors, and has been a lifelong mystery fan.


Crime Scene Investigations; Presentation, Preservation, Processing, and Prosecution

This seminar will examine the many facets of a “crime scene,” the place or places where a crime has been committed or believed to have been committed. The seminar will explain the stages of crime scene management from initial response of law enforcement to completion of processing and evidence collection. The seminar will feature presentations highlighting the importance of crime scenes in successfully solving “cold case” investigations, as well as more recent investigations. The seminar will also feature presentations from law enforcement, crime laboratory, and medical professionals.

Caution: This seminar will include information and photographs, both actual and clinical, which are graphic in nature. While this is not the focus of the seminar it is an important element of understanding the scientific and investigative nexus to the crime scene.

6 Wednesdays, September 26–October 31 12:30–2:30 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Jeffrey W. Mitchell is the Chief of Police for the City of Lebanon, Ohio, a nationally accredited law enforcement agency. A retired special agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he has extensive experience in conducting felony criminal, fraud, and counterintelligence investigations. Chief Mitchell has an associate’s degree in criminal justice, Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management, and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of Dayton. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program. Chief Mitchell is an adjunct instructor at the Ohio Police Officers Training Academy, London, Ohio.


Visit the Aviation Trail - NEW

A visual tour of the many historic aviation related sites in the Miami Valley. The program will feature guest speakers from the various locations. Each will tell of their beginnings and relate what is currently available for their visitor experiences. Scheduled to appear include representatives from the ATI’s Parachute Museum, Wright State University Special Collections and Archives, Woodland Cemetery, Carillon Historical Park, Champaign Aviation Museum, Historic WACO Field and Airplane Museum, Wright “B” Flyer, and others. The National Park Service will speak on the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, the Wright Cycle Company, Wright Brothers Memorial, and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center.

  1. Wednesdays, September 26–October 31 (No Seminar Oct. 10)
    3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

    Marvin Christian has been serving as president of Aviation Trail, Inc. since 2004 and is a Trustee on the National Aviation Heritage Board. He is a past President of the Dayton Advertising Club (AAF Dayton) and he is the recipient of the American Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has been a commercial photographer for 60+ years, a photo editor for six local history books, and has presented UDOLLI seminars on Dayton History and Famous Photographers since 2012.


    The American Civil War Part 2

    This seminar covers the second half of the war, from June of 1863 to April of 1865 and also provides a brief account of the Reconstruction period following the war. Grant’s Overland Campaign, Sherman’s Atlanta campaign, and the siege of Richmond will be covered in detail. As in Part 1 of this seminar, battle descriptions will be clarified by the use of animated battle maps. Careers of the most important commanders, emphasizing their good and bad qualities, will be followed throughout the seminar. A short review of Part 1 of this seminar will be provided to bring everyone up to speed.

  2. Wednesdays September 26–October 31 3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Mark Cannon, Ph.D., is a retired scientist with a lifelong interest in history. He has moderated seminars on Napoleon, The American Revolution, WWI and WWII. He has recently presented seminars entitled “The RAF in WW2” and “The American Civil War Part 1”.


The Oresteia and Mourning Becomes Electra - NEW

We will discuss two trilogies based on the same story: a general returns victorious from a world-changing war only to be murdered by his wife and her lover. All the lovers have reasons rooted in the bitter past. All the children are conflicted between rage and guilt. Aeschylus’ work ends with the mythic beginning of western jurisprudence: the first Athenian jury’s verdict on whether Orestes was justified in killing his mother. O’Neill’s work explores the psychology behind the Greek tales (note Freud’s “Electra complex”). We will see videos of parts of some plays.

6 Wednesdays, September 26–October 31 3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place
Recommended Texts:
Oresteia by Aeschylus (3 plays: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Furies). Any source for the material is fine, library or Internet. PDF with translation by R.C. Trevelyan available at: emnon_Choephori_Eumenides_1000659781.pdf
Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill. Any source for the material is fine, library or Internet. PDF available at:

Cecile Cary taught in the Wright State University English Department for 30 years, specializing in Shakespeare’s plays. She was educated at Macalester College in St. Paul (B.A.) and Washington University in St. Louis (M.A., Ph.D.), with additional coursework at the University of Besançon (France) and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). She has moderated fifteen sessions on drama for UDOLLI, the latest on Julius Caesar (Winter, 2018). A Dayton resident since 1967, she and her late husband (Dr. Norman Reed Cary) raised three sons here. She spends her time reading plays for FutureFest, writing and trying to publish poetry, and volunteering for various groups.


Fred’s Ultimate Broadway! - NEW

Relive magical moments with some of the most-beloved music ever written in this in-depth look at American musical theater. We’ll go from simple song-and-dance reviews to lavish productions with intricate plots, fantastic costumes, and amazing special effects. We’ll look at scores of shows representing the highlights of the last 90 years. You’ll learn the plots, meet the characters, discuss the production team, and watch the best song and dance numbers from their television and Hollywood adaptations. The first term will take us from “Showboat” in 1927 to about 1960. The second term will bring us as close to the present as possible.

6 Wednesdays September 26–October 31 3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Fred Oliver is a retired WPAFB engineer and long-time showbiz buff and music fan. He’s been a UDOLLI student for the last five years. His seminars on great science fiction movies got good reviews and his film noir series has proven popular. Students also liked his seminars on the Big Band and Easy Pop eras.


Knowing Affliction and Doing Recovery: How to Overcome Addictions, Mental Illness, and PTSD with the Dayton Model - NEW

“The Dayton Model of Recovery” will be described and explored in detail through this six week seminar. Week one will be an overview of affliction and recovery. The ensuing 5 sessions will delve into each of the “Big Five Values of Recovery”. The role of family and friends in the recovery process will also be presented. This is a new, original approach to recovery that may be “groundbreaking” in nature, designed to assist people in recovery, hold treatment providers more accountable, and educate the public-at-large. This is a potential game-changer in terms of how we understand and treat the afflicted ones in our midst. We are currently in a crisis regarding the prevalence and devastating effects of these afflictions. Our culture needs to make a shift in thinking and actions in order to respond compassionately and effectively in this great need.

6 Wednesdays, September 26–October 31 3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

John Baldasare has a B.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University. He has worked as a therapist, manager, and executive director in addictions, mental health, and trauma treatment programs for over 40 years. He is a published author with numerous articles and two books, as well as a public speaker with over 100 presentations made on this subject.


World War I Movies: Great Movies about the Great War - NEW

It is fitting that on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, we feature some of the great movies of WWI. Since we will not have time to view the full length of the movies we review, we will view the critical highlights of each and then discuss their specific impact on the interpretation of the conduct of and the outcome of the war and the “lessons learned” for the future. As time permits, we will bring in “subject matter experts” as guest speakers to address appropriate topics. Candidate movies include, but are not limited to: All Quiet on the Western Front, Paths of Glory, What Price Glory, Gallipoli, Sergeant York, War Horse, Flyboys, Legends of the Fall, Wings, A Very Long Engagement, Lawrence of Arabia, The White Ribbon, and Joyeux Noel.

6 Wednesdays, September 26–October 31 3:00–5:00 p.m., Daniel J. Curran Place

Jim Gallagher and Ron Whitehead will continue their popular military history series by turning to the great World War I films. Jim is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and had a career at Wright-Patterson as a senior program manager. Ron is a Citadel graduate, a retired U.S. Air Force officer, and had a career in program management in the Air Force and the defense industry. Both are experienced trainers and consultants.


Objects to Observe in the Fall Night Sky

The night sky is magnificent in its own right and is even more thrilling when you understand what you are observing. During this seminar, we will examine many objects that will be naked eye observable this fall. We will touch briefly on astronomical observations with binoculars and telescopes. Each of the four sessions will include orientation to the night sky in the planetarium.

4 Wednesdays, September 26–October 24 (No Seminar Oct. 10)
3:15–4:45 p.m., Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Seminar Fee: $5

Cheri Adams was appointed the Director of Astronomy Emerita following her retirement from the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in 2017. This will be Cheri’s 19th Astronomy themed course for UDOLLI. She first began teaching high school Astronomy in rural Missouri after earning her B.S. in education at the University of Missouri Columbia and still loves looking up when the sky is clear.

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