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September 5 – October 19


Last year, you made the 2011-2012 year at OLLI an amazing success. Perhaps you joined as a member to find inspiration, make new friendships, discover new worlds, or just simply for the joy of learning. Whatever the reason, we want you back at OLLI enjoying all the wonderful learning opportunities with us. Our fall 2012-2013 Membership Campaign is now in full swing, and we are looking forward to your continued membership. If you have not been a member, we hope that you will join the fun this year!


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The Study of Psalms 23 & 121 The Blue Nile Medic: A Real Adventure

Rick Steketee and Sheila Pantlind

Detroit Lions: Restoring the Roar

MONDAY What Ever Happened to Rhyme & Rhythm? 9:30-11:30 am The Presidential Campaign Homestretch 9:30-11:30 am World in Crisis 1:30-3:30 pm Inspirational Reflections of Father Henri Nouwen 1:30-3:30 pm Is It Time to Sell My House? 9:30-11:30 am

TUESDAY This Is Where I Stand: Discussions on the Issues of Today 11:45- 1:00 pm

WEDNESDAY The History of the English Language 9:30-11:30 am

Ghana: A Course in Discovery 1:00-3:00 pm

Mexican History & Culture: How Well Do You Know Your Neighbor? 1:30-3:30 pm

The Myths of Mormonism 7:00-9:00 pm

JFK Assassination: Conspiracy Theory? 9:30-11:30 am

Where Do All the Birdies Go or Birding 101 with Marilyn 1:30-3:30 pm

Women’s Sports: Hitting the Dirt in a Skirt & Other Horror Stories 9:30-11:30 pm

Music of the Holocaust 9:30-11:30 am

OLLI Tour: Three Amazing Grand Rapids Area Churches 1:30-3:30 pm

Michigan & American Indians Today 1:30-3:30 pm



American Religions: The 1950s: The Golden Age? Past, Present, 9:30-11:30 am Future 9:30-11:30 am Making Pasta the Local Epicurean Way Witch Hunting in 9:30-11:30 am Europe or 1:00-3:00 pm 1:30-3:30 pm Experience France 4:00-6:00 pm The Presidential Lecture Series Continues – The Founding Fathers 1:30-3:30 pm Pearl Harbor Looking Back 9:30-11:30 am Traverse City’s Own Mother Teresa 1:30-3:30 pm

A New Presidential Lecture Series – The Founding Fathers The Social Network Returns to OLLI Logic, Geometry & Theology: Words Are Not Enough

Power Packed Nutritious & Delicious Lifestyle 9:30-11:30 am FREE MEMBER CLASSES: Heart Transplants: Success Stories 1:00-2:30 pm Working for MORE than Money 9:30-11:00 am Brown Bag with Sheila & Rick 11:30-1:00 pm

Beginning September 2012 an additional OLLI book seminar with Deb Snow will start (limited spaces left). Call 632.2430

OLLI Membership Structure (September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013) For the 2012-2013, OLLI academic year, we are again offering a tiered membership designed to provide you with options and monetary savings. As you see below there are 3 different memberships from which to choose. The more classes you take, the more you can save. 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 $16 $21

Bronze Membership:

Silver Membership: $60 Membership fee

Gold Membership:* $385 Membership fee

See the above member versus non-member pricing for savings.

Pricing for this membership allows members to receive greater discounts compared to a Bronze.

Pay $385 and take all the classes and most special events at no additional cost. Fees may be charged for selected events, trips, or class materials.

$25 Membership fee

4 week class- $63 to $50 3 week class- $52 to $42 2 week class- $35 to $30 1 week class- $16* to $12 *Pricing for a one week class and the Gold membership has increased modestly from last year.

For further explanation of why one should become a Bronze, Silver or Gold please call 616.632.2430. Essentially, taking a total of 16 class hours (any combination of 1, 2, 3 or 4 week classes at 2 hr/week) makes it worth becoming a Bronze member. Taking a total of 24 class hours makes it worth becoming a Silver member, and taking 48 class hours makes it worth becoming a Gold member. By becoming an OLLI member, you are eligible to take Free Member Classes designated in each catalog.

Advantages of Membership • • • •

Great discounts on classes. The more you take, the better the value. Free Member Classes. Discounted prices on local performing arts and events. The option (with instructor approval) of auditing a regular Aquinas College class for $150.

Become an OLLI Member today!

Please call 616.632.2430 or send in a completed registration form to: OLLI at Aquinas College 1607 Robinson Rd SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Limited scholarship funds available for those who need them. 616.632.2430 2

The Presidential Lecture Series Continues – The Founding Fathers Beginning in September and offered throughout the fall, OLLI at Aquinas is proud to host a Lecture Series on America’s first seven presidents – from Washington to Jackson. Gleaves Whitney, Director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at GVSU, and a popular OLLI instructor, will present the first 4 talks on Thursdays in September and October on the following presidents: George Washington – Sept. 20 Our indispensable first president was the right man to establish the office. We will explore why that was the case and also discuss the qualities that we want all of our presidents to have, but that few actually do.

Thomas Jefferson – Oct. 11 We will explore Jefferson’s complex public and personal lives, both as a world-renowned figure as the writer of the Declaration of Independence and the offices he held, as well as the mysteries that historians are trying to understand with regard to his personal life.

John Adams – Sept. 27 Come to class and learn why the HBO series about our second president became one of the most watched ever. Adams was arguably not only our nation’s greatest philosopher-president, but also a man of action as a key player at the 2nd Continental Congress, in negotiation at Versailles and as a student and drafter of the constitution.

James Madison – Oct. 18 The Father of our Constitution, Madison was the first president to ask Congress for a declaration of war. We will examine how this scholarly, diminutive and timid man would find himself fighting the British in a second war for independence, as well as look at other ironies in his long, illustrious life.

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Travel the World Through OLLI at Aquinas!

• Ghana: A Course in Discovery. see page 5

• Mexico: How Well Do You Know Your Neighbor? see page 6

• Experience France. see page 8

• The Blue Nile Medic: A Real Adventure! see page 10

COMING IN LATE OCTOBER… OLLI at Aquinas will celebrate Oktoberfest with an hour of patriotic, international toe tapping music by the Grand Rapids Accordion Ensemble. Gather your friends and family - all ages welcome! This lively group of 32 accordion players will entertain and leave a smile on all faces.

Thursday, October 25 7:00-8:00 pm Kretschmer Recital Hall – Aquinas College $5.00 in advance or $8.00 at the door

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MONDAY What Ever Happened to Rhyme & Rhythm? Mondays, 9:30-11:30 am September 10, 17 & 24 Rebecca Knack received her undergraduate education at Southwestern University in English literature which led to her fascination with poetry. Becky earned her MA in Linguistics from the U of M. She taught English, Creative Writing and Theater for 21 years at East Grand Rapids High School. If you have been yearning for a class that beckons you back to the beauty of poetry, then this class is for you! Becky will take you on a wonderful survey of poetry from Shakespearean sonnets to the poetry of today. Similar poems with themes on love, beauty, passing of time, and death will be compared and contrasted on structure and content. Unforgettable poems like Dylan Thomas’“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” on death and Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” on the passing of time will be just a few of those presented. Come see why Becky’s classes were always full. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

The Presidential Campaign Homestretch Mondays, 9:30-11:30 am September 10 & 17 Donald Zinman is an assistant professor of political science at GVSU. His research centers upon the presidency, political parties and American political development. He has a Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin. The final two months of a presidential campaign are

perhaps the most important. This course will cover the features of a presidential campaign in its closing weeks, including advertising, how late developments affect campaigns, strategy and tactics and the national televised debates between the candidates. Examples will draw upon not only this year’s presidential campaign, but also campaigns from the past. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

World in Crisis Mondays, 1:30-3:30 pm September 10, 17, 24 & October 1 Dr. Roger Durham is chair of the Political Science Department at Aquinas College. He teaches courses in international relations and comparative politics and coordinates the International Studies Degree. Dr. Durham has received the Outstanding Faculty Member from students numerous times and is an OLLI favorite. This course will introduce students to the dynamics of global interaction and international relations, focusing on modes of conflict and cooperation. We will examine the interdependence of international actors and their efforts to organize, control and resolve conflicts. Topics including the causes of war and conflict in the post-cold war period, human rights, terrorism and counterterrorism since 9-11 and the role of the UN in international relations will be discussed. This is another of Dr. Durham’s great OLLI classes. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM $76 Location: Browne Center


Inspirational Reflections of Father Henri Nouwen Mondays, 1:30-3:30 pm September 24 & October 1 Dr. Shirley Kane Lewis was a professor at Aquinas College for over 20 years as well as the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. She has received awards for teaching at WMU and Aquinas College, the Board of Trustee’s Award, and the Norbert J. Hruby Emeritus Award. Father Henri Nouwen was a personal friend of Shirley Lewis. He shared his humor, his life, his keen intelligence and his “dark places” with Shirley during her sabbatical to Richmond Hill, Ontario. Father Nouwen was the L’Arche Daybreak Community’s spiritual leader for 10 years. Henri was complicated, multifaceted and possessed a life spirit that connected him to thousands of people. Learn from this incredible man through the eyes of the instructor, and sample many of the 42 books he authored. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

Is It Time to Sell My House? Monday, 9:30-11:30 am October 1 Katie Karczewski, a partner of Keller Williams, has been the number one Keller Williams agent in West Michigan for the past 12 years, and she ranks in the top one percent of agents statewide. Katie is known for her personalized service and for going above and beyond for her clients. We all want our homes to sell fast and bring in top dollar. Does that sound good to you?. It depends on more than prepping and staging. Join Katie as she walks you through

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today’s housing market. Katie will give tips on what to do to sell your house, and she will give you advice as to when it is clear to walk away from buying one. Katie is as knowledgeable and entertaining as NBC Today Show’s Barbara Corcoran. Who knows, you may decide it’s time to move! M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center

TUESDAY This Is Where I Stand: Discussions on the Issues of Today Tuesdays, 11:45- 1:00 pm September 11, 18, October 2 & 9 Dave Kampfschulte is the president of Amazing Circles Workshops. His interactive workshops have been popular throughout the state and country because of his energy, experiences, empathy, and humor. He has a M.A. in education and is a certified grief specialist. His book, Amazing Circles, has helped people to broaden and deepen their understanding of others and themselves. If you have been searching for stimulating conversation and the chance to reflect on where and why you stand on the issues of today – stop your search now. This is the workshop for you! Participants will be given a list of statements revolving around current issues and asked to place themselves on a spectrum ranging from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.” Discussion, facilitated by the instructor, follows as participants explain their reasoning behind their choice. You will leave with a reinforced clarification of your beliefs and a better understanding of others.

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M: Bronze $10 Silver $8 NM: $15 Location: Browne Center Note: This workshop is priced per day-sign up for all or individual dates.

Ghana: A Course in Discovery Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm September 11, 18 &25 Scott Stabler is a professor of history at GVSU. Scott recently returned from a sabbatical in Ghana. For years, Scott has been a well-received professor at OLLI. During this course, Scott will tell the story of the life he and his family lived while in Ghana, Africa. There will be tales of beauty, trial, and history. He will take you on a journey from the First World to the Third World and the lessons learned from how to survive without hot water to traveling in a country with few maps and bad roads, but dotted with pristine and untouched beaches. Learn how Ghanaians teach the Transatlantic Slave Trade in their schools – quite different from how it is taught in the U.S. During the final class, we will enjoy traditional and delicious Ghanaian food such as ground nut soup and fried plantains. M: Bronze $57 Silver $47 Gold $5 NM: $67 Note: Price includes food costs Location: Browne Center OLLI AFTER FIVE

The Myths of Mormonism Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 pm September 11

Charles Stoddard received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1969. He spent 14 years at Michigan National Bank, nine of those years as its president. Charles was CEO of Grand Bank beginning in 1987 until his retirement in 2002. He has been


an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Grand Rapids. There has been a heightened curiosity about the Mormon Church as a result of two Mormon presidential candidates and a popular Broadway musical. Along with the increased visibility of the Mormon Church, there is also an increase in misconceptions. From the perspective of a life- long member, these myths about Mormonism will be discussed: 1) Mormons aren’t Christians; 2) Mormons are a cult; 3) Mormons don’t believe in the Bible; 4) Mormons worship Joseph Smith; 5) Mormons still practice polygamy; and 6) a Mormon U.S. president would report to the president of the Church. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center

Where Do All the Birdies Go or Birding 101 with Marilyn Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 pm September 18 Marilyn Crane is an amateur birder (bird watcher)and has traveled the world with the best ornithologists. She received her BA and her MA from MSU. She is well known in the country as one of the most traveled of the over 20 million citizens who take bird watching trips each year. Did you know that the best kind of birding is right outside in your own back yard? Marilyn will be here to tell you all you ever needed to know to begin a new hobby as a birder. When you tire of the backyard, she will inform you of the best trails and guided tours in West Michigan. Join Marilyn and begin a new experience into avitourism through her talk and

COURSES CONT. amazing pictures. People of all ages, fitness ability, and tweeting skills are welcome.

published essay, “Indian Pride,” can be found in Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now.

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This two part class will introduce students to American Indians in modern society. Levi will highlight various misconceptions and correct the myths that many non-Indians have about American Indians. One example is that American Indians do not pay taxes. Did you know that there are 12 American Indian tribes in Michigan and that a large population lives away from tribal lands? This class will give a realistic glimpse into the lives of Michigan Indians today.

Music of the Holocaust Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am October 2, 9 & 16 Benita Wolters-Fredlund is assistant professor of music at Calvin College, where she teaches courses on world music, popular music, and American music. She has written about music of the Jewish left in North America, the Holocaust and Canadian musical nationalism. Benita is also a trained lyric soprano. We will study a wide variety of music written, performed, and experienced both during and after the Holocaust. The first two classes will focus on music as it was experienced in Nazi ghettos and concentration camps during the war, where music served a variety of functions, sometimes positive and life-affirming, and other times negative and even torturous. The last class will consider musical works created by American Jews in response to the Holocaust. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

Michigan & American Indians Today Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm October 2 & 9 Levi Rickert is a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and is the former executive director of the North American Indian Center of Grand Rapids. He co-founded the Native News Network and serves as the editor-in-chief. 2011 found Levi traveling to some 25 American Indian reservations and his most recent

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WEDNESDAY The History of the English Language Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am September 5, 12, 19 & 26 Award winning author, Gary Eberle, M.A., is a favorite professor of English on the Aquinas College campus. He has been selected as Outstanding Faculty Member, and received an award from the Aquinas faculty for outstanding scholarship. His most recent book is, Aquinas College: The First 125 Years. English started as the language of a relatively small island in the Atlantic Ocean, but in the past one thousand six hundred years has become truly global. It is the official language of international air lines, and the parent of such “Englishes” as American, AngloIndian, Caribbean English, and Tok


Pisin used in Papua New Guinea. The story of English reveals that each sentence and each word is an archeological treasure waiting to be explored. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Mexican History & Culture: How Well Do You Know Your Neighbor? Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm September 5, 12, 19 & 26 Dr. Daniel Miller, Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina is a professor of U.S. and Latin American History at Calvin College. He has published articles and books on the Mexican Revolution and Protestantism in Latin America. Mexico is a nation of many layers and many paradoxes. It is one nation but has two historic roots – Hispanic-Catholic and Amerindian. Mexico is also poised between modernity, which is readily visible throughout the country, and tradition, which continues to influence thought and behavior at all levels of society. Mexicans are torn between a fierce loyalty to their country and profound cynicism about its institutions and leaders. Finally, Mexicans simultaneously admire and resent their rich and powerful neighbor to the north. Only by looking at Mexico’s past can we begin to unlock the mysteries of this complex and fascinating nation. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

JFK Assassination: Conspiracy Theory? Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am October 3, 10 &17 Gary Robertson is professor of economics at Aquinas College. He received his B.A. in mathematics

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and his M.A. in economics from the University of Detroit. A 2003 ABC News poll found 70% of Americans believe JFK’s death was the result of a broader plot. Was there a second gunman? What about the trajectory of the bullets in relation to Lee Harvey Oswald’s perch? Was the CIA involved? Vice President Lyndon Johnson or the KGB? Professor Robertson has researched the subject since 1963 and will examine the evidence available, including film and photographs. Review the evidence and ask, “What would be necessary to convict Oswald of capital murder?” Inquisitive students - this class is for you. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

Women’s Sports: Hitting the Dirt in a Skirt & Other Horror Stories Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am October 3 & 10 Dr. Heather Kesselring-Quakenbush is the director of the sport management program at Aquinas College. She also teaches courses in sports management, health, and motor learning. Dr. KQ, as her students like to call her, received her Ph.D. at MSU. In order to understand how women’s sports came into being, one must understand the role that women’s sporting attire played in women’s ability to participate and the disadvantages that the clothing often created. This class will look at women’s sport and sporting attire from the 1850’s to the 1970’s and at the political and social issues that allowed for women’s sports to occur.

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M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

OLLI Tour: Three Amazing Grand Rapids Area Churches Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 pm October 3 Dr. Robert Marko is a professor and chair of theology at Aquinas College. A U.S. Fulbright Scholar, he has been privileged to teach seminarians and lay students from Poland, Ukraine, Lebanon and Syria. He is particularly committed to the dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. St. Marks Episcopal Church, Cathedral of St. Andrew, and St. George Antiochan Orthodox Church have been a significant part of the landscape in this city of churches and all organized more than a hundred years ago. This tour will involve an appreciation of the present church buildings as well as commentary by Dr. Marko on the three paths followed – Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant Episcopal. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Meet at 1:00 pm Browne Center parking lot to carpool.

THURSDAY American Religions: Past, Present, Future Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am September 6, 13, 20 & 27 Michael Dodge is an adjunct professor at Aquinas College where he teaches humanities. Michael earned his M.A. in divinity from the University of Chicago and his interests include religious and American history, as well as speculative fiction and


contemporary theater. OLLI students thoroughly enjoyed his last class, Overview of the World’s Religions. Take this four-week odyssey through America’s rich history of religions, utilizing historical, topical, and group specific themes. Come prepared to discuss not only what’s in the history books, but also what’s in today’s newspapers, and what will be in the world of our grandchildren. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Witch Hunting in Europe Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm September 6, 13 & 20 Dr. Charles Gunnoe serves as executive vice president, provost and dean of faculty and professor of history at Aquinas College. He studied Church History at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary before taking a Ph.D. in history at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Thomas Erastus and the Reformation of the Palatinate. While most Americans are familiar with the infamous events at Salem in 1692 and 1693, witch hunting was a much more widespread phenomenon in central Europe. This course will investigate the origins of Western demonology and the initiation of witch hunting in the late middle ages. We will focus on the large central European trials of the early modern period. We will also review the critics of witch hunting and explore why witch hunting eventually ended. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

COURSES CONT. Experience France Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 pm September 6, 13, 20 & 27


Dr. Michel Pichot is an associate professor of French at Aquinas College. His area of specialization is history of French civilization. He has presented and published research on French social history of colonial Algeria. Everything you’ve always wanted to know about France – the regions, the history, the politics, the culture and people - are all here in this four week journey. Dr. Michel Pichot will explore the historical roots of French behavior and institutions as only a true Frenchman can! He will analyze the sweeping changes in French society over the past few decades and show how they have influenced the present day society. Pack your bags and enjoy. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

The Presidential Lecture Series Continues – The Founding Fathers Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm September 20 & 27, October 11 & 18 Gleaves Whitney is director of GVSU’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. He is a scholar who writes and lectures nationally on presidential history and leadership. His series on the modern day U.S. presidents was a highlight of OLLI ‘s 2011-12 year. Gleaves will examine the backgrounds, character, and leadership qualities of our first four presidents, as well as the policy issues of the times. He will shed light on the way each president impacted not only history, but also the formation of

the Constitution. Please join us as we look at the beginnings of our national government. Times for future lectures will appear in our next catalog. See page 3 for lecture details. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Note: Price is per lecture Location: Donnelly Center

Pearl Harbor - Looking Back Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am October 4 Earl Jenkins, a retired 1st class Sergeant, gave 26 years of military service to his country in the Marines and also the Michigan National Guard. He has been studying military history and collecting artifacts for over 50 years. He works for Calvary Church as their custodial supervisor. Earl has studied the attack on Pearl Harbor for many years. He will address several issues: Why did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor? Why was the U.S. so surprised and caught off guard by the attack? How did the U.S. adjust to the huge loss of its naval fleet? He will also recount stories told to him by his aunt who woke up that fateful Sunday morning and watched a war unfold before her eyes. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center

Traverse City’s Own Mother Teresa Thursday, 1:30-3:30 pm October 4 Paul LaPorte fell in love with writing as he earned his undergraduate degree in English Language from U of M. He has published Life in the North Lane a popular guide to living and working in Northern Michigan as well as The Heart of a Priest, the biography of Father Fred, which


received the Catholic Press Association book award in June 2012. Join us for a lively and entertaining discussion of the life, the ministry, and the biography of Father Edwin Frederick. This fascinating discussion of an amazing priest will be led by Paul LaPorte. Father Fred served for 30 years as Catholic Chaplain at the Traverse City State Hospital until it closed in 1989. He started the Father Fred Foundation, now a multi-million dollar enterprise; it is the largest food pantry in northern Michigan. When he died, the local headline read: “The Faithful Father Fred: TC’s ‘Mother Teresa’ leaves lasting legacy.” M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center

FRIDAY The 1950s: The Golden Age? Fridays, 9:30-11:30 am September 7, 14, 21 & 28 Dr. Albert Bell is professor of history at Hope College. His research interests focus on ancient Rome in the first century A.D. In addition to articles and stories, Dr. Bell has published historical mysteries for adults and children. His recent book, The Corpus Conundrum was published in 2011. Dr. Bell will look critically at the 1950s, a decade now idealized as the Golden Age of everything from television to how children behaved to classic cars to America’s place in the world. We all liked Ike, but life wasn’t that simple in the ‘50s. The Russians threatened to rain nuclear missiles on us, if racial tensions didn’t tear us apart from the inside

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first. Elvis scared parents in spite of Ed Sullivan’s assurance that he was “a fine boy.” The Middle East hovered on the brink of war over the Suez Canal and America supported a Cuban revolutionary named Castro. Ah, yes, those were the days. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Making Pasta the Local Epicurean Way Friday, 9:30-11:30 am or 1:00-3:00 pm September 14 Ryan Raredon used to work hard in the concrete business, but knew he wanted more for himself. After watching many hours on the Food Network, he learned to make then sell pasta and seasonings. In 2011 he opened the Local Epicurean in Eastown, with partner Steve Bowyer. Join

OLLI’s tour and hands on pasta making lesson to learn why this hot spot is the place to go for organic meals, infused organic butters and chocolate truffles to name a few of their specialties. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Note: Please choose either the morning or the afternoon time. Each class maximum is 14. Location: Meet at 1436 Wealthy St SE 49506

Power Packed Nutritious & Delicious Lifestyle Friday, 9:30-11:30 am October 5 Chef Robin Toldo graduated from culinary school with experience in many different aspects of the hospitality industry. As a chef, she has worked in country clubs, restaurants, bakeries and delis as well as teaching

cooking classes. Kristi Tuck, B.S. ACSM Health Fitness Specialist is director of fitness for Saint Mary’s Health Management Company. Come see the power tag team of health and wellness instructor Kristi Tuck and locally renowned cooking instructor Chef Robin as they bring you the best of both worlds! You will learn how to have a healthy, prosperous lifestyle which incorporates exercise, personal wellness and delightful fresh food… while supporting your local farmers and without breaking the bank! Chef Robin will tempt you with her famous hummulicious hummus – not to be missed! M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center

FREE MEMBER CLASSES - FRIDAYS AT THE BROWNE CENTER Heart Transplants: Success Stories Friday, 1:00-2:30 pm September 28 Join us as we hear two heartwarming stories from two local heart transplant recipients. Listen to the story of Grand Rapids resident, Gary Snyder, who received a heart transplant at Stanford University 29 years ago and is one of the longest living heart transplant recipients in the nation. Joining Gary will be Tammi Jacobs, who will also discuss her story as a recipient of a new heart along with her interest in organ donation. Location: Browne Center

Working for MORE than Money

Brown Bag with Sheila & Rick

Friday, 9:30-11:00 am October 12

Friday, 11:30-1:00 pm October 19

OLLI is pleased to host this panel on the importance of volunteering in West Michigan. Join representatives from Family Futures whose mission is to shape a community that protects children from abuse and neglect; Guiding Light Mission which helps the homeless and disadvantaged of Grand Rapids; Kids Food Basket that packs and delivers over 4800 “sack suppers” per day in the Grand Rapids area; and the Children’s Reading Corner that provides reading opportunites to over 2000 children in Kent County.

The co-directors of OLLI will host a discussion group to answer any questions about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OLLI, and the programs offered. Comments and feedback about membership and classes are encouraged.

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SESSION BREAK SPECIALS (OCT. 8-19) The following courses will be offered in the interim period between our Fall I and Fall II sessions. The Study of Psalms 23 & 121

The Detroit Lions are on the move … again! How far will they go this year? Lions president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew, along with head coach Jim Schwartz, are working to “restore the roar” of this long-suffering franchise and its fans. Brian will explain how the Lions are putting the pieces together to have a successful season and hopefully go farther in the playoffs.

Monday, 9:30-11:30 am October 8 & 15 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 U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. His latest book is titled Soul Sounds.

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Rabbi Lewis will look at Psalms 23 and 121, highlighting theological insights and the practical applications of the verses. He will also explain the declarations of the writers in ways that will give great clarification and understanding. Rabbi Lewis continues to be one of our most popular instructors. Come join the discussion! M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 Location: Browne Center

The Social Network Returns to OLLI Monday, 1:30-3:30 pm October 15 Brian Steketee is a founding partner and CEO of Agent-X, a Grand Rapids marketing company that focuses on innovation. Brian’s clients include: Toyota, General Motors, Phillip Morris, the NBA, and Dunkin Donuts. Brian has a marketing and business degree from Colorado State University.

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The Blue Nile Medic: A Real Adventure

Do you want to know the buzz words of social media today so you can keep up with your children and grandchildren? If yes, this class is for you! Brian will take us on a social media journey from the buzz words to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to your privacy and security issues. Learn about the recent public sale of Facebook.

Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 pm October 10 Kate Dernocoeur has a special love for the natural world and remote settings, and has traveled to about 38 countries. Kate worked for 10 years as a paramedic, is a three-time graduate of wilderness courses with the National Outdoor Leadership School of Wyoming, and earned her MFA in creative writing from WMU.

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In 1999, an international team of journalists, river guides, and medic ( Kate) was the first ever to successfully descend the Blue Nile River from its source at Lake Tana, Ethiopia, to the Sudan border. The trip was sponsored by the Explorations Committee for, and reported in, National Geographic. The 5-week expedition trekked 37 miles of highland terrain next to the river, then rafted for 530 miles. Kate’s presentation highlights the risks and all the adventures. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 Location: Browne Center

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Logic, Geometry & Theology: Words Are Not Enough Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm October 17, 24 & 31 Dr. Michael McDaniel is professor of mathematics at Aquinas College. In this class, the ever humorous Dr. McDaniel will show where the seemingly incompatible subjects of math and theology meet and overlap. From the Road to Emmaus to the end of the Tractatus, people have run out of words when there was more to be discussed. Transcendent ideas attract thought and, hence our discussions. One topic is Gödel’s astounding Incompleteness Theorems where he showed that, restricted to logic and arithmetic, we have statements which cannot be proved or disproved: words and math are not enough! No mathematical or philosophical expertise is required for this class because we will stay in the shallow end of the pool. Prepare to get your feet wet through excerpts from theologians, philosophers, and mathematicians. For those who enjoy cutting half-baked ideas to pieces, this course will supply the intellectual chainsaw.

NM: $21

Detroit Lions: Restoring the Roar Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am October 18 Brian VanOchten, a longtime sports columnist and reporter for The Grand Rapids Press and a regular voice on The Huge Show sports-talk radio program across the state, has earned a reputation for a tell-it-like-it-is journalist throughout his 24 year career. He has challenged readers to think about issues in sports that go far beyond the box score.

M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 Location: Browne Center


NM: $62

M = members

NM = non-members

Registration Form (Fall I 2012)

Phone Registration: 632-2430

Name _______________________________________________________________________ Student #______________________ Address _____________________________________________ City________________________ State ______ Zip_____________ Home #_____________________________________________Cell #___________________________________________________ Email _______________________________________________ Emergency Contact ______________________________________ Sign me up for an OLLI at Aquinas Membership (2012 - 2013 academic year)

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Please remember all OLLI members may select any Free Member Course MONDAY





What Ever Happened to Rhyme & Reason q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM)

This Is Where I Stand: Discussions on the Issues of Today q 9/11 q 9/18 q 10/2 q 10/9 q $10 each (M Bronze) q $8 each (M Silver) q $15 each (NM)

The History of the English Language q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

American Religions: Past, Present, Future q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

The 1950s: The Golden Age? q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

Mexican History & Culture: How Well Do You Know Your Neighbor? q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

Witch Hunting in Europe q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM)

Making Pasta the Local Epicurean Way q 9:30 am tour -orq 1:00 pm tour q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

The Presidential Campaign Homestretch q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

Ghana: A Course in Discovery q $57 (M Bronze) q $47 (M Silver) q $5 (M Gold) q $67 (NM)

World in Crisis q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM) Inspirational Reflections of Father Henri Nouwen q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

The Myths of Mormonism q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Is it Time to Sell My House? q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Where Do All the Birdies Go or Birding 101 with Marilyn q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

The Study of Psalms 23 & 121 q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

Music of the Holocaust q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM)

The Social Network Returns to OLLI q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Michigan & American Indians Today q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

JFK Assassination: Conspiracy Theory? q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM) Women’s Sports: Hitting the Dirt in a Skirt & Other Horror Stories q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM) OLLI Tour: Three GR Churches q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Experience France q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM) Presidential Lecture Series q Washington q Adams q Jefferson q Madison q $16 each (M Bronze) q $12 each (M Silver) q $21 each (NM) Pearl HarborLooking Back q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

The Blue Nile Medic q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Traverse City’s Own Mother Teresa q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Logic, Geometry & Theology q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM)

Detroit Lions: Restoring the Roar q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Power Packed Nutritious & Delicious Lifestyle q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

FREE MEMBER CLASSES: q Heart Transplants: Success Stories 9/28 q Working for MORE than Money 10/12 q Brown Bag with Sheila & Rick 10/19

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Course Schedule

Charles Dickens in Cinema The Crusades The Path to Peace Among Religions: Is Tolerance Enough? MISSION STATEMENT

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OLLI Catalog :: Fall I 2012  
OLLI Catalog :: Fall I 2012  

Course catalog for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Aquinas College