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October 24 - December 9


Watching our senior scholars filling our classrooms and loving the courses here at OLLI has been most gratifying to us! It truly has been a beautiful late summer of educational and spiritual growth. Thank you for supporting our programs and enjoying them as much as we enjoy bringing them to you. If you haven’t joined as a member yet, come enter our classrooms and be a part of the conversations about books, the arts, the Civil War, international politics – just about anything you can imagine. To join the fun, call 616-6322430 or go online at Rick Steketee and Sheila Pantlind MONDAY The Parks of Michigan: Public Space for Public Good 1:30-3:30 pm North Russian Allied Expedition ­—Michigan’s Polar Bears Fight the Bolsheviks 1:30-3:30 pm Tour of Masjid At-Tawheed -Grand Rapids’ Islamic Mosque & Religious Institute 9:30-11:30 am MEMBER FREE CLASS The Uptown Business District 9:30-11 am

TUESDAY A Primer on the Eastern Christian Churches in Communion with Rome 9:30-11:30 AM

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Zen Principles and Practices Genius of Genesis with Al Lewis Holiday Tea



Awaken to Ego, Discover Your Spirit 9:30 – 11:30 am

Rearranging Europe: A Look at the European Union 9:30-11:30 am

Modern Cinema 9:30-12:30 pm

Heart Disease: Symptoms & Treatment 11:00-1:00 pm

Footsteps: Petra, the Most Exotic Site Political and in the Middle East Economic “isms” 1:30-3:30 pm 9:30-11:30 am American Healthcare: How Good Is It? 1:30-3:30 pm


The Global Warming Debate: A Hot Topic 1:30-3:30 pm Experience Spain 6:00-8:00 pm

FRIDAY The American Civil War: 100 Years Later 9:30-11:30 am

The Spoken Roots of Culture: The Revitalization of Michigan’s Native Languages Thursday Afternoon 9:30-11:30 am at the Met Experiencing Art at 1:30-3:30 pm the GRAM The Presidential 10:00-Noon Lecture Series 1:30-3:30 pm MEMBER FREE CLASSES: Criminal Law in Michigan 4:00-6:00 pm

ADHD: Who Isn’t These Days??? 7:00-8:30 pm

Come On Along and Listen To, the Lullaby of Broadway Grand Rapids 9:30-11 am

MEMBER FREE CLASS: Harp Music for Mind, Body & Spirit: Aquinas College’s The Amazing & First 125 Years Magical Harp 12:00-1:00pm 9:30-11 am

Desserts for the Season

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: Experience Spain page 5 Global Warming Debate with Craig James page 5 Presidential Lecture Series with Gleaves Whitney page 6

OLLI Membership Structure (September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012) For the 2011-2012, OLLI academic year, we are again offering a tiered membership, designed to provide you, our students, with options and monetary savings. As you will see below there are 3 different memberships from which to choose.

Membership Structure (M = member; NM = non-member) 4 week class 3 week class 2 week class 1 week class M NM M NM M NM M NM $63 $76 $52 $62 $35 $42 $15 $20

Bronze Membership:

Silver Membership:

See the above member versus nonmember pricing. Pricing for this membership has remained the same.

Our objective is to simplify the Silver membership. While the upfront cost has increased from $35 to $60, members will now realize their tuition discounts (below) immediately. These savings will offset the increased cost of the membership. Most importantly, there is no more tracking of class hours before your discount is applied.

$25 Membership fee

Taking 16 class hours (any combination of 1, 2, 3, and 4 week classes) makes it worth becoming a Bronze Member.

$60 Membership fee

Taking a total of 24 class hours, like last year, makes it worth becoming a Silver member. 4 week class- $63 to $50 3 week class- $52 to $42 2 week class- $35 to $30 1 week class- $15 to $12

Gold Membership: $350 Membership fee

Pay $350 and take all the classes (1, 2, 3, 4 week) and most special events at no additional cost. Pricing for this membership has remained the same. Taking 48 class hours makes it worth becoming a Gold member. Fees may be charged for selected events, trips, or classes.

Advantages of Membership • • • •

Notification of community events at Aquinas College and use of the Aquinas Library. Great discounts on classes. The more you take, the better the value. The option (with instructor approval) of auditing a regular Aquinas College class for $150. Member Free Classes.

By becoming an OLLI member, you are eligible to take Member Free Courses designated in each catalog.

Become an OLLI Member Today!

To sign up for a membership, please call 632.2430 or send in a completed registration form to OLLI at Aquinas, 1607 Robinson Rd, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 Limited scholarship funds available for those who need them. 632.2430 2


MONDAY The Parks of Michigan: Public Space for Public Good Mondays, 1:30-3:30 pm Oct. 24 & 31 Matthew Daley, Ph.D., is associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Daley’s research focuses on urban public and social policy, Great Lakes maritime culture and technology, and public history. He is editor of the Grand Rapids Historical Society’s magazine Grand River Valley History. Green spaces, vest pockets, recreational areas are all names we use today to describe parkland throughout the state of Michigan. Parks come in all shapes and sizes, from entire islands like Lake Superior’s Isle Royale, national parks like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, state parks like Grand Haven, and urban areas such as Garfield Park and Veterans Parks in communities everywhere. The first meeting will discuss the origins of parks in Michigan between 1800- 1900. The final meeting will examine the idea of expanding open space for the public good from the 1900’s until present day. M: $35 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

North Russian Allied Expedition—Michigan’s Polar Bears Fight the Bolsheviks Monday, 1:30-3:30 pm Nov. 7 Richard M. Tooker MD, MPH, was Kalamazoo County’s chief medical officer from 1987-2010 and also their medical examiner from 1990-2010.


Dr. Tooker teaches at MSU’s College of Human Medicine. His extensive collection of military uniforms and historical documents will be on display at Aquinas College November 11, 2011.

A Primer on the Eastern Christian Churches in Communion with Rome Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM

Few people today remember that the United States and Allied military forces fought in northern Russia during and even after the end of WWI. Many of these brave soldiers, named the Polar Bears, hailed from Michigan and trained near Battle Creek. Dr. Tooker will tell their unique story using readings from the soldiers, historical documents, and segments of a documentary. Participants will be treated to an interactive display of uniforms, insignia, weapons, field gear and memorabilia. Join Dr. Tooker as we commemorate Veterans Week 2011. M: $15 NM: $20 Location: Browne Center REPEAT

Tour of Masjid At-Tawheed ­— Grand Rapids’ Islamic Mosque & Religious Institute Monday, 9:30-11:30 am Nov. 21 The construction of the Islamic Mosque and Religious Institute opened in the Spring of 2010. The membership is made up of families from Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, Jordan, Somalia, Bosnia, Indonesia and the U.S. among others. Join this popular, repeat tour and be exposed to the rich traditions of the Muslim faith. M: $15 NM: $20 Location: 3357 East Paris SE GR Note: In order to respect the Islamic religious tradition, removal of shoes is required and women will need to cover their heads upon entering the Mosque (coverings will be available).


Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, & 15 Dr. Robert Marko, Ph.D. is professor and chair of theology at Aquinas College. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Marko has been a visiting professor in Eastern Christian social teaching at Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine. This past summer he did research on Ukrainian nationalism and lectured on genocide in the Ukraine. Dr. Marko will give an introduction to the Eastern Catholic Churches that together with the Latin Church of the West make up the Catholic Communion. A brief overview of their origins and current settings, the liturgical life and practices of the Byzantine Churches in particular, and a consideration of what they offer to Western Catholicism and Protestantism will be presented. M: $63 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Footsteps: Petra, the Most Exotic Site in the Middle East Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 pm Oct. 25 & Oct. 27 Neal Bierling, a Calvin College graduate, began his archaeological dig adventures back in 1972 at Tel Gezer in Israel. He has created curriculum for Old and New Testament Bible translations and Christian Schools International based on

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COURSES CONT. his experience in Israel and Egypt and the rich history he has unearthed. Neal and his son Joel now create and work on virtual tours and curriculum about Middle Eastern countries. Hollywood films about the swashbuckling, hypothetical archaeologist, Indiana Jones, are well known in many homes and always mentioned when Neal escorts people to Petra, Jordan. This is because the movie’s final scenes were filmed in Petra. In these scenes, Indiana and his father look in awe at the incredible view of the Khazneh which causes the same reaction when guests of Neal get their first glimpse. His guests are also amazed when he links Indiana and his father with well-known biblical characters: Esau, King Herod, his son Herod Antipas, John the Baptist, Paul, plus outside the Bible Cleopatra, and lastly, the Crusaders. Neal Bierling will show how the site of the Indiana Jones movies fits into the lives of Esau, the Herods, and other major persons from the distant past, and he will show how archaeology enriches our study of Scripture in surprising ways. M: $35 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center Note: Class meets twice in one week

American Healthcare: How Good Is It? Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8 & 15 Glenn Barkan recently retired as a professor of political science and dean at Aquinas College. In addition to his professional writing, Barkan has written about politics in the Grand Rapids Magazine, The Paper, and The Grand Rapids Press. He has also spent time commenting on local elections and politics on

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WZZM-TV 13. In this four session course, Professor Barkan will present the following case: The American healthcare system needs medical attention. Americans spend more than twice as much on healthcare per person than any other country. At the same time, the healthcare we receive is ranked between the fifteenth and twentieth best care in the world. This course will examine the increasing costs of healthcare, healthcare reform and what is working well for the rest of the world. M: $63 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

and how we can break free of its grip to find greater joy in our lives. This class will provide a fresh look at how to have better relationships with others and find what makes us happy through a new age of spirituality. M: $73 NM: $86 Location: Browne Center Note: Tuition includes the purchase of his book, Beyond the Ego: Where Happiness, Joy, and Peace of Mind Await You. Two copies are also available for check out through OLLI office.

Modern Cinema

WEDNESDAY Awaken to Ego, Discover Your Spirit


Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9 & 16 Popular OLLI instructor, David Mutchler has written three books including his most recent, NonJudgment Day is Coming: Are You Ready? David has taught and consulted at the secondary, college, and corporate levels. He now devotes the majority of his time to writing, speaking, and leading seminars as a spiritual teacher and guide. This course will examine ego and its relationship to unhappiness. Because ego is thought to be the principle source of unhappiness, it can wreak havoc in our lives, from the pain that individuals experience all the way up to international conflict. Dr. Mutchler will discuss what ego is, why it causes disappointments and suffering, 4

Wednesdays, 9:30-12:30 pm Oct. 26, Oct. 2, 9 & 16 Andrew Jefchak , Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Aquinas College and award winning film critic at The Grand Rapids Press. Set aside Wednesday mornings at the movies with this popular film critic and professor. Andrew will bring his knowledge to four classes of movie talk and viewing. The first class will introduce and explain the following mid 1960s films: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Bonnie and Clyde, and Fannie and Alexander. The movies you will see the next three weeks will be: Shakespeare in Love (1998), Pan’s Labyrinth (2007), and a TBA recent foreign film. Bring your popcorn and enjoy! M: $63 NM: $76 Location: De Journo Room (lower level) Note: This class meets for 3 hours each time.

Political and Economic “isms” Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am Oct. 26 & Nov. 2 Molly Patterson, Ph.D. is assistant professor of political science at Aquinas College. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Patterson has taught American Government and Politics, Feminist Theory, American Political Thought, and her research interests include democratic practices, social justice, political power and social change, and public policy. Terms like “socialism” and “fascism” are thrown around casually today, but what do they really mean? And how have they been important? This course provides an overview of key political and economic terms, including capitalism, socialism, communism, fascism, totalitarianism and anarchism. M: $35 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

The Global Warming Debate: A Hot Topic Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm Nov. 9 & 16 Craig Woods, also known locally as Craig James, began his professional broadcast career in 1968. Retired from active TV work since 2008, he currently writes a column in The Grand Rapids Press on weather and climate. Craig James has received numerous awards from local organizations for “Best Meteorologist.” What is the debate…and yes, there is one… over climate change? It

most certainly is not about whether climate is changing: it always is. It is not about whether CO2 is increasing: it clearly is. It is not about whether the increase in CO2, by itself, will lead to some warming: it should. The debate is simply over the matter of how much warming the increase in CO2 can lead to, and the connection of such warming to the innumerable claimed catastrophes. This class will look at information that will give you a different perspective on this issue. M: $35 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

Experience Spain Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm Oct. 26, Nov. 2 & 9 Dr. Shelli Rottschafer is assistant professor of Spanish at Aquinas College. She received her doctorate from the University of New Mexico in Latin American Contemporary Literature. Dr. Rottschafer oversees the students who study abroad each fall in Spain. Dr. Marcos Romero Asencio earned his Ph. D. in Spanish from the University of New Mexico. He taught college-level Spanish for nine years at the University of New Mexico and Indiana University East before arriving at Aquinas College. Would you like to experience the wonderful history and culture of Spain? During the course, Dr. Romero will speak on the country’s history, literature and current events. With the help of students, Dr. Rottschafer and Dr. Romero will discuss the Aquinas study abroad 5

program and present a slide show of important places to visit. On our final night, we will sip and learn about Spanish wines from Peter Eizel of Martha’s Vineyard and sample tapas from San Chez Bistro. Looking for fun and travel tips, please join us. M: $68 NM: $80 Location: Browne Center Note: Tuition includes food and wine costs.

THURSDAY Rearranging Europe: A Look at the European Union Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10 & 17 Dr. John Constantelos is a professor of political science at Grand Valley State University. He earned his doctorate at Duke University and masters’ degrees at John Hopkins and Tufts. His research and teaching specialization is in the fields of European Union politics and international political economy. This course examines the European Union, from its origin to its central role in the European economy and society. We will investigate how twenty-seven countries make collective decisions and what ordinary citizens think about European integration. Two sessions will cover trade, the single currency, the environment and food safety. The final two sessions will explore the speculative look at the future of the Union, asking: Will there ever be a United States of Europe? M: $63 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

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COURSES CONT. Heart Disease: Symptoms & Treatment Thursdays, 11:00-1:00 pm Nov. 10 & 17 Dr. H. Paul Singh graduated from Christian Medical College and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Ludhiana, India. Dr. Singh completed his residency at West Virginia University. He is board certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology, and currently practices at West Michigan Cardiology. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. Join Dr. Singh for two informative classes that could change your life. Week one, he will define coronary artery disease, long term treatment of CAD, when to call your doctor, life after a heart attack, and diet modification. The final class will cover hypertension and heart failure, stroke, peripheral artery disease or PAD, and treatment options. M: $35 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

Thursday Afternoon at the Met Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm October 27 & November 17 Gil Davis, professor emeritus at Grand Valley State University, has been writing and presenting opera previews in West Michigan for the past 30 years as well as teaching courses in opera and poetry. Gil Davis will bring his expertise to OLLI to preview 6 of the operas that will be playing at the

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Metropolitan Opera this fall season. The performances at the Met are shown in Saturday matinees at area cinemas in HD. He will give a “preview” of the operas, plus discuss the composers and titles. On *October 6, he will preview Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Mozart’s Don Giovanni; on October 27, Wagner’s Siegfried and Glass’ Satyagraha; and on November 17, Handel’s Rodelinda and Gounod’s Faust. He will also give a short preview of the Grand Rapids’ fall production of Trovatore. Come take a seat with us! M: $35 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center Note: Registration is still available for the Oct. 6 class.

The Presidential Lecture Series Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm Nov. 10 & Dec. 1 Gleaves Whitney is director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. He is a scholar who writes and lectures nationally on presidential history and leaders. He is one of OLLI’s most popular instructors. Nov. 10 - Lyndon Baines Johnson was one of America’s most colorful presidents. He will always be remembered for taking the oath of office on Air Force One just hours after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Jacqueline Kennedy mournfully at his side. A masterful lawmaker, LBJ put his considerable skills and connections to ambitious use in the White House, accomplishing something no other president has. In just five years, he expertly managed the passage of almost 1,000 bills in Congress as part of his Great Society initiative. Something else set his presidency


apart, and that was the growing stalemate in America’s long war in Vietnam. This bigger-than-life Texan reinvented himself several times to achieve his goals, and he wasn’t shy about using the notorious “Johnson treatment” to make people bow to his will. In this talk, we will learn more about the gyrating highs and lows of our 36th president, a fascinating figure who tried to have it all. M: $15 NM: $20 (per lecture) Location: TBD Call for information Dec. 1- Richard Nixon has been caricatured as a tragic Shakespearean figure or, worse, as a ruthless Machiavellian who brought our nation to the edge of ruin. What is the truth behind this complex man from the orange groves of Yorba Linda? Nixon was actually one of the most adroit politicians of the 20th century. He was chosen to be Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” more than any other politician. He also shared the distinction, with Franklin Roosevelt, of being the only American elected four times by the Electoral College in national elections (twice as vice president and twice as president). Watergate, domestic unrest, and the lingering war in Vietnam all hurt his reputation. But his efforts to reinvent himself as an elder statesman went far to guiding our nation through the end of the Cold War. In this talk, we will try to get behind the stereotypes of Nixon to learn the truth about our 37th president. In the process, we will also set the stage for Gerald Ford’s presidency. M: $15 NM: $20 (per lecture) Location: Donnelly Center (lower level)

Criminal Law in Michigan Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 pm Oct. 27 & Nov. 3 Michael J. Dunn is a practicing criminal defense attorney in Western Michigan in both state and federal courts. He is an adjunct professor of law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he teaches several courses dealing with criminal law and children’s law. He is also co-host of the syndicated radio show, “The Lawyers Show,” with Professor Curt Benson. This weekly 2-hour radio show can be heard from Indiana to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, locally on WOOD radio 1300 AM. Professor Dunn will investigate the criminal justice system in Michigan. Join him as he examines the difference between the misdemeanor and felony court system, the trial process and the different punishment and diversionary sentences available. The topics will include everything from the arrest to conviction or, as we say in the legal business: from bail to jail. M: $35 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

ADHD: Who Isn’t These Days???

and served as the executive director of Lake Michigan Academy, a private day school designed for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. Nanette continues to conduct workshops with students on various aspects of social/emotional development as well as behavioral needs of individuals including those with learning disabilities, ADHD, and Tourette’s Syndrome.

Why has the number of people diagnosed with ADHD increased over the years?

Why does it seem that boys are affected more than girls?

The Civil War, 1861-1865, is a signal event in American history. This war tells us a good deal about who we are and what we want to be as a people and as a culture. Even after 100 years, the Civil War is of unending interest to us. In four two hour sessions, Earl will bring to light the causes and consequences of the war, the president, the generals, and the people who thought the high costs of this war were worth it.

Why does ADHD seem to run in families?

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Do some people use ADHD as an excuse?

Will my child or grandchild outgrow their ADHD?

Is medication the only way to treat ADHD?

This presentation will explore commonly asked questions regarding ADHD including:

Participants will be asked to bring questions and join this interactive presentation. Strategies for behavior management as well as ways to augment executive functioning will be provided. M: $15 NM: $20 Location: Browne Center

Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm Nov. 17 Nanette Clatterbuck, M.Ed. is associate provost of Graduate and Professional Studies at Aquinas College. Prior to this position, she served as the dean of the School of Education and was the program leader for the learning disabilities endorsement program. She started

courses in American, Latin American, and Irish history. Earl has delivered more than 20 papers on American and Irish history to various national and international conferences.

FRIDAY The American Civil War: 100 Years Later Fridays, 9:30-11:30 am Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11 & 18 Earl R. Curry, history professor emeritus, retired after 32 years at Hope College. He has taught


The Spoken Roots of Culture: The Revitalization of Michigan’s Native Languages Friday, 9:30-11:30 am Nov. 18 Kevin Finney is the executive director of the Great Lakes Lifeways Institute. Kevin is a cultural historian and educator who specializes in the life and history of Native Americans of the Great Lakes region. He has written three books in the Potawatomi language and is completing a Potawatomi- English dictionary. Early History of the Grand River was the most recent course OLLI students enjoyed from Kevin. Spoken in this region for thousands of years, Anishinabemowin is quintessentially the language of Michigan. Though Michigan Indian words are common on road signs and place names across the state, most residents know little about the meaning of these words. For over

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COURSES CONT. 150 years, the Ottawa, Potawatomi and the Ojibway communities have struggled to maintain and pass on their languages. We will explore the story of language preservation and loss from the mid 1800’s to the present; learn about the structure of the language and meanings of many common Michigan place names. M: $15 NM: $20 Location: Browne Center

Experiencing Art at the GRAM Friday, 10:00-Noon

Oct. 28 or Nov. 11 Sandi Lummen is a professor emeritus from Kendall College of Art and Design where she taught color and composition for over 25 years and is currently a docent a the Grand Rapids Art Museum. She is a landscape painter whose work is shown at the Grand Gallery in Ada, Button/Petter Gallery in Douglas and Synchronicity Gallery in Glen Arbor. Walk with West Michigan artist and docent, Sandi Lummen, as she delights our students to an

interactive experience of the permanent art collection and the new fall Warrington Colescott exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Look at art with new eyes and discover new views! M: $21 NM: $26 Location: Meet at the Grand Rapids Art Museum 101 Monroe Center NW Each tour limited to 25 Note: Choose either date , tour begins at 10:00 am, use front entrance, one hour free parking at the Monroe Center lot, corner of Louis and Monroe Center.

OLLI AFTER FIVE ADHD: Who Isn’t These Days??? Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:00-8:30 pm Recent YWCA Women of Achievement recipient and Aquinas College’s Nanette Clatterbuck, M.Ed., will present a timely and relevant discussion on the subject of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. As an educator, parent or grandparent, many have experienced the effects of this common childhood disorder that often continues through adolescence and adulthood. Nanette will lead an informative and interactive presentation— bring your questions. This presentation will benefit everyone. M: $15 NM: $20 Location: Browne Center

In Memory of WWI In honor of Veterans Day, Aquinas College will host a World War I Memorabilia Display on November 11, 2011. The display will be in the John F. Donnelly Center on Aquinas’ Campus and will be open to the public at no charge. Look for more information in October, or call OLLI’s office at 632.2430 8

MEMBER FREE CLASSES - AT THE BROWNE CENTER Many Names, One Mission: Aquinas College’s First 125 Years

Come On Along and Listen To, the Lullaby of Broadway Grand Rapids

Thursday, 12:00-1:00pm

Friday, 9:30-11:00 am

Nov. 3

Nov. 4

Gary Eberle is a popular professor of English at Aquinas College and the author of The Geography of Nowhere: Finding One’s Self in the Postmodern World; Angel Strings, a novel; A City Full of Rain, short stories; Sacred Time and the Search for Meaning; and Dangerous Words: Talking About God in the Age of Fundamentalism.

Mike Lloyd, executive director of Broadway Grand Rapids, will preview the remaining shows of what promises to be the best theatre season ever! Last year’s Tony nominated musical, Million Dollar Quartet, will light up the city. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will bring back joy and memories. The entire family will once again be singing “A Spoonful of Sugar” as they enjoy the fun of the musical Mary Poppins. And, the popular The Addams Family (currently on Broadway) will creep into DeVos in May. Cats will also be coming to town – and this show is always worth seeing again and again. Mike will entertain us with backstage stories of the trials and joys of leading Broadway Grand Rapids. He will also be offering discounts on season tickets as well as providing some FREE tickets to individual shows. This class will certainly be well worth the price of admission!

Professor Gary Eberle, Master of the Revels for Aquinas College’s 125 Anniversary celebration, will review the history of Aquinas College, from its beginnings as Novitiate Normal School in Traverse City in 1886, through its Depression-era days as Catholic Junior College, and its transformation to Aquinas College. Illustrated with rare historical photos, this entertaining talk will engage anyone with an interest in Michigan and Grand Rapids history. Location: Browne Center

The Uptown Business District Monday, 9:30-11:00 am Nov. 14

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Do you shop at Art of the Table, Wealthy at Charles, Spirit Dreams or dine at the Greenwell Gastro Pub? If not, the owners want you as their newest customer! This group of Uptown Business District representatives will discuss their ups and downs of running successful businesses in this popular revitalized district. Local First will introduce the panel and explain their role in promoting established businesses as well as helping upstarts become well known in Grand Rapids. Learn about the fun Shop Hop planned for Dec. 1 and jump start your holiday shopping! Location: Browne Center

Harp Music for Mind, Body & Spirit: The Amazing & Magical Harp Friday, 9:30-11:00 am Dec. 2 A graduate of the Music for Healing and Transition Program, Phyllis Miner has played the harp for thirteen years. As a certified music practitioner, Phyllis plays for Faith Hospice, Trillium Woods and also for many churches and friends. Take a break from your holiday schedule and listen to Phyllis play this very old, yet fascinating instrument. Enjoy the calming effects harp music has, as well as learn some historical aspects of the instrument. Location: Browne Center


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HOLIDAY BREAK SPECIALS (NOV. 28 - DEC. 9) Please join us as we extend the love of learning after Thanksgiving with these classes!

Zen Principles and Practice

Holiday Tea with Chuck & Ward

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am

Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 am

Nov. 29 & Dec. 6

Nov. 30

Venerable Deokkwun Russell Pitts is a Buddhist monk with the Korean Buddhist Taego Order. Sunim, as he is called, is the abbot of the Grand Rapids Zen Center and Buddhist Temple. He is a former assistant professor of humanities at Aquinas College. In addition to his duties at the Zen Center he is a special consultant to the University of Michigan School of Engineering.

Ward Paul and Charles Schoenknet are two of Grand Rapids’ best when it comes to antiques. Their knowledge and expertise of antiques is unsurpassed in West Michigan. They have hosted and appraised many local “road shows” as fundraisers for non-profit organizations. What is it about tea? And, why is it better in teapots, cups and saucers of exquisite, fine china? Relax at a holiday tea with Chuck and Ward as they serve up morsels of information and stories of a proper English tea served from pieces of their amazing china collection. Everyone is welcome to bring a piece of china for a free appraisal. What can be better – and more fun for the busy holiday season? We will save you a place at the table!

We hear the word “Zen” used to describe everything from a garden to a segment at the end of the Jon Stewart Show. But, what is Zen? Is it just for Buddhists or can anyone, regardless of their faith tradition, be a Zen practitioner? Can I be both a Christian and a Zen practitioner? This two week course will answer those questions and introduce you to the principles and practice of Zen. The best preparation for this class is to bring a clear and open mind.

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Desserts of the Season The Genius of Genesis

Friday, 9:30-11:30 am

Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am

Dec. 9

Nov. 30 & Dec. 7

Spend a morning with Aquinas College’s very own executive Chef Tim Ruehs as he creates delicious desserts for your holiday entertaining. Enjoy samples and add new favorites to your recipe collection.

Dr. Albert Lewis, former director of the Emeritus College, is a recognized author, speaker, rabbi, and specialist on aging. His weekly articles in The Grand Rapids Press are circulated throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, and his latest book is titled Soul Sounds.

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The Genius of Genesis introduces us to the universal themes in the opening chapters of the Hebrew Bible. We will examine how cultures, earlier than the Hebrew civilization, developed creation stories and myths of their gods, and how the Hebrew adapted and altered these stories to create their own. We will look carefully at Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah and Isaac and Jacob and their wives. How were ancient themes altered? What do stories tells us about ourselves? How is god understood in these narratives? How are we to understand myth and history? Join us for a lively and timely discussion. M: $35 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

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The Parks of Michigan: Public Space for Public Good q $35 (M) q $42 (NM)

A Primer on the Eastern Christian Churches in Communion with Rome q $63 (M) q $76 (NM)

Awaken to Ego, Discover Your Spirit q $73 (M) q $86 (NM)

Rearranging Europe: A Look at the European Union q $63 (M) q $76 (NM)

The American Civil War: 100 Years Later q $63 (M) q $76 (NM)

North Russian Allied Expedition ­—Michigan’s Polar Bears Fight the Bolsheviks q $15 (M) q $20 (NM)

Modern Cinema q $63 (M) q $76 (NM)

Footsteps: Petra, the Most Exotic Site in the Middle East q $35 (M) q $42 (NM)

Political and Economic “isms” q $35 (M) q $42 (NM)

American Healthcare: How Good Is It? q $63 (M) q $76 (NM)

Tour of Masjid AtTawheed -Grand Rapids’ Islamic Mosque & Religious Institute q $15 (M) q $20 (NM)

Heart Disease: Symptoms & Treatment q $35 (M) q $42 (NM) Thursday Afternoon at the Met q $35 (M) q $42 (NM)

The Global Warming Debate: A Hot Topic q $35 (M) q $42 (NM)

The Presidential Lecture Series q Johnson q Nixon $15 (M) each $20 (NM) each

Experience Spain 6:00-8:00 pm q $63 (M) q $80 (NM)

The Spoken Roots of Culture: The Revitalization of Michigan’s Native Languages q $15 (M) q $20 (NM) Experiencing Art at the GRAM q $21(M) q $26 (NM)

Criminal Law in Michigan q $35 (M) q $42 (NM) OLLI AFTER FIVE: ADHD: Who Isn’t These Days??? q $15 (M) q $20 (NM)

MEMBER FREE CLASSES q Many Names, One Mission: Aquinas College’s First 125 Years Nov. 3

q Come On Along and Listen To, the Lullaby of Broadway Grand Rapids Nov. 4

q The Uptown Business District Nov. 14

q Harp Music for Mind, Body & Spirit: The Amazing & Magical Harp Dec. 2

HOLIDAY BREAK SPECIALS Zen Principles and Practice q $35 (M) q $42 (NM)

The Genius of Genesis q $35 (M) q $42 (NM)

Holiday Tea with Chuck & Ward q $35 (M) q $42 (NM)

Desserts of the Season q $15 (M) q $20 (NM)

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Look for a sampling of these exciting offerings in our January 2012 Catalog:

Myths of Mormonism Lewis and Clark Maritime History of the Great Lakes Growing up in Nazi Germany

Fall II 2011

Course Schedule Classes begin: October 24 Registration by: October 20

Astronomy’s 1st Golden Age of Discovery: 1890 - 1950

Phone: 616.632.2430 Fax: 616.732.4480


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Aquinas College is a community of adults joining together to achieve personal transformation of mind, body, and spirit through lifelong learning and community service. 12

OLLI Fall 2011 Catalog  

OLLI at Aquinas offers a liberal arts curriculum taught by professors from area institutions and professionals from diverse disciplines.

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