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September 4 – October 25


Welcome back to the 39th year of lifelong learning at Aquinas College! At the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Aquinas, we continue to bring together those 50 and older who share a common interest in intellectual enrichment, cultural and social opportunities, and a fun atmosphere in which to develop new friendships. Once again, we have planned another year of great classes and outstanding instructors with hopes that you will join in our OLLI programs and memberships. Judge Sara Smolenski will be our free member “kick-off” speaker on September 18th, and we hope to see you for the fun!


Palliative Medicine From Motor City to Automobile Nation An Author’s Story: The Sandpiper

Sheila Pantlind

The Appalachian Trail: Then and Now

MONDAY Current Developments in Business Ethics 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Post - Civil War History 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The Church in Africa Today: The Missionaries are Headed in Our Direction Now 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Lubbers Family Farm Tour 10:30 a.m. - Noon or 1:30 - 3 p.m.



From Ahuramazda to Zen: Theme and Variations in the World’s Religions 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

Film Noir: Then & Now 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

American Indian Boarding Schools Era: The Scars Remain 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Greenwood Cemetery Walk & Talk with Tom Dilley 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY Putin’s Russia 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Plein Aire Keeping Democracy Watercolor 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Tour of the 5th Largest Community Theatre in the Nation: Grand OLLI Book Seminar II Rapids’ Civic The American Civil Theatre 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. War: A Tragedy in 10 - 11:30 a.m. Polish Three Acts Underrated and Mathematicians 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Overlooked: U.S. Won WWII Cooking Up Presidents We 4 - 6 p.m. Good Memories Should Know Better China and Tibet 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Magic and Visit Belize, Guatemala & Alaska The Contemporary Discovery in Fiction of Native Galapagos with “The Doc” Americans 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Today’s FBI in Big Hair, Big Hits Free Member Class West Michigan 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Broadway Grand Yoga You Can Do! Rapids Preview 9:30 - 11 a.m. Noon -1 p.m. Free Member Class Humor in the Courtroom Noon - 1 p.m.


Eastern Religions: A Panel Discussion

Harvest with Jaye & Dianne: Michigan Pesto 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Home Sweet Home for Birds: Designed and Built by You

Responsibility to Protect: Implications and Analysis for Human Rights and International Law 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

West Michigan Soldiers in WWII

Vampires, Ghosts, and other Monsters 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Grand Rapids Accordion Ensemble Concert

The Glories of India: A Country of Contrasts

Free Member Classes All Things Senior 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Detroit: An American Autopsy 9:30 - 11 a.m. Understanding Social Security & Medicare Benefits 9:30 - 11 a.m.

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OLLI Membership Structure (September 2013 – August 2014) For the 2013 - 2014, 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: $25 Membership fee

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.

4 week class- $63 to $50 3 week class- $52 to $42 2 week class- $35 to $30 1 week class- $16 to $12

For further explanation of why one should become a Bronze, Silver or Gold member 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.

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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 Call to register: 616.632.2430



MONDAY Current Developments in Business Ethics Mondays, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. September 9, 16, 23 & 30 Robert Frey graduated with a J.D. from Duke University and was a practicing and corporate attorney for over 34 years. For ten of those years, Robert was an executive V.P. at Whirlpool and Herman Miller, and also served as president of Herman Miller International. He currently is an assistant professor at Seidman College of Business at GVSU where he teaches ethics in business courses. Did you know bribery is tax deductible in India? How much is too much for executive compensation? Were the courts fair to Martha Stewart? Robert will give students a historical and current in depth look at business ethics that will answer the above questions and more. The 2008 financial crisis, whistle blowing and insider trading will be part of this ethics “extravaganza.” M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Post - Civil War History Mondays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. September 9, 16 & 23

Scott Stabler, Ph.D. is associate professor of history at GVSU. His speciality is American History, and he has taught many classes at OLLI including those on the Civil War and the Founding Fathers. How did American Indian reservations come to be? What are the roots of the Civil Rights Movement? What do Generals William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant,

George Custer and Phil Sheridan have in common? Learn about the politics, the military, minorities and many more postbellum occurrences. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

The Church in Africa Today: The Missionaries are Headed in Our Direction Now Mondays, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. September 30 & October 7 David Hoekema, Ph.D., is a professor and department chair of philosophy at Calvin College. His growing interest in the people, culture, and intellectual traditions of Africa. David has spent a semester in South Africa and a semester as a Fulbright teacher and scholar in Kenya. For centuries the Western churches sent missionaries to bring the light of the Gospel to the “dark continent.” These churches became a major influence on society and culture across the continent. Today the vitality of African worship and the intensity of African faith inspire Western Christians to take seriously the message they brought to Africa in an earlier era. We will look at some of the signs in which Christianity has become truly African, the relationship between Christianity and Islam, and the continuing importance of traditional religion, primarily but not exclusively in West Africa. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

Lubbers Family Farm Tour Monday October 7, 10:30 a.m. - Noon OR Monday October 14, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

the creamery, and visit the historic barn. Stroll through the gardens that feed this family who no longer buys food from the grocery store. Walk into another world and learn about the principles embraced by this family. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: 862 Luce ST SW Grand Rapids 49534 (Maps available at OLLI) Note: Please meet at the farm 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Maximum per tour: 30

TUESDAY From Ahuramazda to Zen: Theme and Variations in the World’s Religions Tuesdays, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. September 10, 17, 24 & October 1 Michael Dodge is adjunt professor of humanities at Aquinas College. He earned his M.A. in divinity from the University of Chicago and his interests include religious and American history and contemporary theater. Michael will explore the features common to religions across the globe, with particular attention paid to the unique and distinctive aspects that have emerged over their long histories. Be she a Buddhist, Hindu, or Taoist, the believer shares particular dimensions of experience, ritual, and ethical teachings that are similar, though not identical. Classic descriptions of religion and the traditional East-West distinction will be addressed. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Tour this picturesque farm set along the Grand River. See the farm animals, check out the bakery and 3

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COURSES CONT. American Indian Boarding Schools Era: The Scars Remain Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. September 10 & 17 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. In 2012, Levi received the Innovation Health Hero award from the Alliance for Health for promoting health to people in need. For over a century, American Indian children were taken from their homes and went to boarding schools to assimilate into mainstream society. The goal was to “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” It was an experience that failed miserably. Many feel the boarding school era was destructive to the American Indian languages, culture and relationships. Join Levi as he examines the Indian boarding school era and its lasting ill effects. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

The American Civil War: A Tragedy in Three Acts Tuesdays, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. September 24, October 1, 8 & 15 Dr. Daniel Miller, Ph.D. is professor of U.S. and Latin American History at Calvin College. A popular presenter, he has published articles and books on the Mexican Revolution and Protestantism in Latin America. The middle of the nineteenth century was a watershed in U.S. history: the Federal Union broke apart after a generation of sectional bickering; civil war left half the nation in ruins; and a campaign to

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promote racial justice was undone by paramilitary violence. The nation that emerged from the ordeal was richer and more powerful than ever before, but it was no closer to the egalitarian promise of the Declaration of Independence. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Cooking Up Good Memories Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. October 1, 8, 15 & 22 Deb Moore assists people with recording their life stories through her business, The Stories of Your Life. She makes presentations on memoir-writing and the importance of preserving life stories for future generations. Food, family, friends - some of our fondest memories center around the kitchen table. We’ll share family food traditions, recipes, and write the stories behind the recipes. In addition, you will acquire the skills to produce your own family cookbook. Join the fun as we discuss favorite dishes and write the stories behind them. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Visit Belize, Guatemala & Alaska with “The Doc” Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. October 1 & 8 Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray has a doctorate in conservation education from MSU. She was Curator Naturalist of the Blandford Nature Center for over 20 years. Mary Jane is OLLI’s resident world traveler and scientist.


Belize is a delightful, friendly medley of nature and natives. Visit the queue of 200+ islands and the world’s second largest barrier reef. Guatemala takes us to the majestic, mysterious Mayan ruins at Tikal and a harrowing road trip to get there. We’ll travel north to Alaska where highlights include Denali National Park, the famous pipeline, visits to the remote villages of Kotzebue and Barrow. Fly 770 miles into the Bering Sea to the seal and seabird colonies on the Pribilof Island of St. Paul. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

WEDNESDAY Film Noir: Then and Now Wednesdays, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. September 11, 18, 25 & October 2 Andrew Jefchak received a Ph.D. in American Literature from MSU. He taught courses in literature, writing, and film study at Aquinas College for more than 40 years, and was a regular movie critic for The Grand Rapids Press for 30 years. He is the author of dozens of articles on film subjects. Film Noir is a term invented by French film critics in mid-20th Century, meaning “dark film” or “black cinema,” referring not to race but rather to style, atmosphere, and content. These pictures often focus on troubled, even doomed individuals (usually men) who make mistakes and suffer consequences. Almost always, murder precipitates the story and its resolution. Andrew will show and discuss scenes from many films including, The Asphalt Jungle and L.A. Confidential. These Neo-Noir films look and sound a lot different from their forerunners, but their thematic undercurrents are the same: anxiety, desire, betrayal, vengeance.

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Keeping Democracy Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. September 11 & 18 Molly Patterson, Ph.D. is assistant professor of political science at Aquinas College. Dr. Patterson has taught American Government and Politics, Feminist Theory, and American Political Thought. What kind of democracy do we want to be? What kind of democracy are we willing to be? This class will examine different conceptions of democracy, the demands they place on citizens, and how society can prepare people to meet those demands. Our exploration will include promising experiments in democratic governance that may expand our imagination for what is possible. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

Greenwood Cemetery Walk & Talk with Tom Dilley Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. September 11 Thomas R. Dilley, retired local attorney, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska, College of Law. Mr. Dilley is a lecturer of local history. One of his many published works is Grand Rapids in Vintage Postcards: 1890-1940. Tom will walk us through the historic Greenwood Cemetery in the heart of the west side of the city. Here we will see illustrated the dramatic changes that occurred in the look and design of the cemetery over its 150 year history, as well as some of the remarkable

monuments that rest there. The abundant art and architecture, as well as tales from the past, promise to make this a pleasant walk indeed. Be prepared for hilly terrain! M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Meet at 1401 Leonard ST NW 49507 Note: Please arrive no later than 1:15 p.m. Maximum: 50

OLLI Book Seminar II Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. September 11, 25, Oct. 9, 23, Nov. 13, 20 The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin, is well-known for his earlier book about the Supreme Court, The Nine. This volume is based primarily on the author’s interviews with the justices and many of their law clerks but also by the day-today coverage of the Supreme Court press corps. The discussion on The Oath will be led by Deb Snow, retired history teacher and former coach of We the People. Member Rate for Bronze, Silver & Gold: $50 Location: Browne Center Library Note: OLLI membership is required. Class size limited to 20.

Polish Mathematicians Won WWII Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. September 18, 25 & October 2 Dr. Mike McDaniel teaches math at Aquinas College, including the Modern Cryptography course. He likes a rollicking classroom with questions, stories and other interruptions because he gets paid just the same as if he’s doing all the talking! The USA doesn’t declassify documents for thirty years after 5

the events. This course discusses famous incidents from wars which read differently in light of the material released later. The title of the class refers to the first line of the movie, A Beautiful Mind, where Judd Hirsch says, “Mathematicians won World War Two.” It was discovered long after the war that it was Polish mathematicians who supplied the most crucial intelligence of all in decrypting the Enigma Machine: algorithms. One of the first messages they decoded was about Hitler’s impending invasion. We will also look at movie clips and compare with the facts of the cases with an eye to giving credit where credit has long been due: to the code makers and breakers who have supplied invaluable intelligence during war times. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

China and Tibet Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. September 25 & October 2 Dr. Glenda Liu Quarnstrom has taught Asian Studies at GVSU, Calvin College and Aquinas College. Her current research interests concern the emerging civil society in contemporary China. This class will explore the history of the rocky relationship between China and Tibet. China’s policies have vacillated between integration and semi-autonomy. How has the recent emphasis on economic development impacted the culture of Tibet? What has been the role of the Dalai Lama? Are the protests by the monks an indication of an emergent civil society and what does it suggest about the relation between religion and state in China? Finally we will look at the impact of the U.S. NGOS and other states. What does the experience of Tibet suggest for nations seeking independence?

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The Contemporary Fiction of Native Americans Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. October 2, 9, 16 & 23 Dr. Gary W. Burbridge taught anthropology and history at GRCC for 36 years. While at GRCC he developed courses in Native American Cultures, Introductory Archaeology, and Irish Archaeology. The novels, short stories and poetry of Native American authors, Sherman Alexie, Linda Hogan and Louise Erdrich, will be examined by Dr. Burbridge while asking the question: “Is there a Native American literature?” If yes, what makes it different from other literatures? Join this course and learn about the tradition of storytelling among the Native American culture and how contemporary writers benefit from this tradition. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Big Hair, Big Hits Wednesdays, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. October 9, 16, & 23 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. From the mid-1950s to the mid1960s popular music saw the rise of the “girl groups:” The Chantels, Marvelettes, Ronettes, Crystals, Supremes. This list, like the beat, goes on. But, behind the public personas, most of these groups experienced big heartaches.

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Death, divisive arguments, substance abuse, and domineering male producers who cheated women out of royalties led to the disintegration of most of the groups. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

Yoga You Can Do! Wednesdays, 9:30 -11 a.m. October 9 & 16 Carolyn Heines began teaching yoga in Grand Rapids in 1979 and is the founder of the Yoga Studio. Offering classical hatha to the community for 35 years, she is still teaching at 78. Visit her website, If the word yoga conjures up images of young people in pretzel type positions, do not fear. That is NOT what we will be doing in this class. Yoga is more than physical postures; it also teaches techniques which help calm the mind. Seniors benefit a great deal from yoga, including knowledge of how particular poses help the functioning of their bodies and minds. Students will be doing gentle yoga, breathing awareness and relaxation, all designed to increase our well-being. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Donnelly Center

THURSDAY Putin’s Russia Thursdays, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. September 5, 12, 19 & 26 Heather L. Tafel is associate professor of political science at GVSU. Her research centers on the development of political institutions


in post- Soviet Russia. She has lived in Russia, Germany, and Austria. With Valdimir Putin returning to the presidency in 2012 amid growing public and elite disenchantment with his regime, there is much debate about how long “Putinism” will last. In this course, we will address several themes connected to Russia’s contemporary political situation and will begin by discussing the transition from the Yeltsin era of the 1990s to the Putin era. Professor Tafel will focus on the Putin era: democracy and human rights, markets and economic statism, and foreign relations. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Plein Aire Watercolor Thursdays, 1 - 3:30 p.m. September 12, 19, 26 & Oct. 3 Mary Ann Challa is a local artist and art educator. She studied art at GVSU and Aquinas College. She taught art for the GR Public Schools for many years, and she continues with her teaching as the “artist in residence” at Goodwillie Elementary in Ada. Join Mary Ann Challa for OLLI’s fall plein aire watercolor painting class. Prior experience in watercolor, acrylic or oil is required – this is not a beginners class. Students will provide their own materials (recommended supply list is available at registration). Mary Ann will offer the best mix of instruction, demonstration, critique and also allow ample time for interaction with each student. M: Bronze $80 Silver $60 NM: $105 Location: Outside, front lawn of Browne Center Note: Class maximum 12. Each class is 2.5 hours.

Tour of the 5th Largest Community Theatre in the Nation: Grand Rapids’ Civic Theatre Thursday, 10 -11:30 a.m. September 19 Bruce Tinker joined the staff of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre as executive and artistic director in 1999. He has directed over 80 theatre productions, many of which were award winning productions. Bruce will give a personal tour of the historic jewel of Grand Rapids, the Civic Theatre. You will see where the actors rehearse; where the sets are designed and built; visit the costume shop; and stand on the stage itself. Bruce will tell of the history and changes to the theatre through the years. He will also preview the Civic Theatre season and answer questions. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Meet at 30 Division Ave N. 49503. Please arrive by 9:45 a.m.

Underrated and Overlooked: U.S. Presidents We Should Know Better Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. September 19 & Oct. 3 Gleaves Whitney is director of GVSU’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. An OLLI favorite, he is a scholar who writes and lectures nationally on presidential history and leadership. Sept. 19 – James K. Polk was a one-term president who wanted to accomplish all of his major goals in four years – and did. With remarkable vision and energy, he became a pivotal figure in the quest to transform the United States from an East Coast republic into a continental empire.

Oct. 3 – Ulysses S. Grant was one of the unlikeliest commanders in chief the U.S. ever had. Rumored to be an alcoholic and hapless itinerant, he could not even receive a command in the U.S. Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. Yet within the decade this unassuming soldier would become the 18th president. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 (Priced per lecture) Location: Donnelly Center

Magic and Discovery in Galapagos Thursday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. September 26 Since his retirement from the software business, Traverse City author Paul LaPorte has concentrated on writing, painting, and traveling. Join this popular and entertaining award-winning author in his return to OLLI, as he shares his story of a 2012 trip to the Galapagos with his adult son. Along with the history, science, and allure of Darwin’s Galapagos, Mr. LaPorte shares his stunning photography along with a heartwarming tale of father/son fun and discovery. This is a must for anyone with an interest in travel, especially to Galapagos. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center

Today’s FBI in West Michigan Thursday, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. October 3 Grand Rapids Special Agents Roberta Gilligan and Michael Heffron have 52 years of experience with the agency. In Grand Rapids, Roberta has investigated federal criminal violations and volunteered for an assignment on counterterrorism in Iraq in 2011. 7

Mike has served as the coordinator for the GR Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force. He has also received awards for his work with the military in remote southern Afghanistan. Get ready for a morning filled with interesting and fascinating stories from two seasoned FBI special agents. Mike and Roberta will discuss their experiences and highlight their investigations in West Michigan. Included will be the Marvin Gabrion investigation and one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Michigan involving Cybernet, a local computer company. Learn what is involved in a special agents work life and how the FBI has changed over the past 15 years. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center

FRIDAY Harvest with Jaye & Dianne: Michigan Pesto Friday, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. September 6 Join author Jaye Beeler and photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick of “Tasting and Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food: A Culinary Roadtrip,” as they explore the harvest of Michigan’s farmland. Jaye will whirl together her fresh basil pesto that is perfect to put up for the winter. Jaye’s pesto becomes a building block for home cooking. Sample a few of Jaye’s special recipes like pesto deviled eggs and pesto chicken pizza. Dianne will detail through photography Michigan’s harvest, highlighting the seasonal produce and hibernation foods found at the farmers market.

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COURSES CONT. M: Bronze $21 Silver $17 Gold $5 NM: $25 Location: Browne Center Note: Class is limited to 50. Fee includes food cost.

Responsibility to Protect: Implications and Analysis for Human Rights and International Law Friday, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. September 13, 20 & 27 Dr. Roger Durham is the chair of the political science department at Aquinas. He teaches international relations and comparative political courses and coordinates the International Studies Degree. He has received the Outstanding Faculty Member from students numerous times and is an OLLI favorite.

Recently the norm of “Responsibility to Protect” or (R2P) has emerged within the international community relative to increasingly brutal Crimes against Humanity and genocide. The international community has repeatedly failed to respond to continued cases of Crimes against Humanity and genocides across the world, including Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia. In 2005, at the U.N. World Summit, international leaders “reached agreement on a Responsibility to Protect populations from genocide, war crimes, Crimes against Humanity and ethnic cleansing.” Recent cases in Libya and Syria illustrate the inconsistent application of this crucial norm. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

Vampires, Ghosts, and other Monsters Fridays, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. September 27, Oct. 1 & 11

Ashley Shannon, assistant professor of English at GVSU, specializing in 18th and 19th Century British and Transatlantic literature. Her most recent publication is on the American abolitionist and novelist Lydia Maria Child, but ongoing research projects include an essay on vampires and another on missionaries. This course will cover the rise in popularity of the supernatural in British literature during the nineteenth century. Professor Shannon will look at some examples of both popular and more obscure literature, as well as consider the afterlife of what’s come to be known as the “Byronic Hero” in contemporary pop culture. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

FREE MEMBER CLASSES Broadway Grand Rapids Preview

Humor in the Courtroom

Tuesday, Noon - 1 p.m. September 10 Location: Browne Center

Wednesday, Noon - 1 p.m. September 18 Location: Donnelly Center

Join Executive Director, Mike Lloyd, as Come to OLLI for another r he previews the upcoming season with Renew you ip hilarious hour of bersh entertaining conversation and a few “courtroom drama” from OLLI mem day! to lucky prize winners! Judge Sara Smolenski. After a quick overview of the Michigan Court system, Sara All Things Senior – Community will give a comical presentation of the Resource Panel funnier side of the law. It will be our Friday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. kick-off for a new year at OLLI, and is September 13 free for all 2013-14 members. Be ready Location: Browne Center to laugh – a lot! Home Instead Senior Care and OLLI will host this local expert panel who will address tips and common pitfalls of navigating senior issues and options for aging well. Each panelist will provide information from their area of expertise: financial planning, taxes, healthcare, legal issues and home healthcare.

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Detroit: An American Autopsy Friday, 9:30 - 11 a.m. October 4 Location: Browne Center As part of OLLI’s Humanities Series, Glenn Barkan will facilitate this


discussion on journalist Charlie LeDuff’s especially pessimistic view of Motor City in Detroit: An American Autopsy. We will use this book to understand where Detroit, and other American cities, went off the rails, and try to understand what happened and why. LeDuff’s perspective is deep and heartfelt. He bleeds as he records the autopsy of Detroit.

Understanding Social Security and Medicare Benefits Friday, 9:30 - 11 a.m. October 25 Location: Browne Center Pat Newcombe, CFP, and vice-president of Calder Investment Advisors, is an expert on Social Security and Medicare. He will educate students about the complex issues and rules impacting Social Security income planning. He will also update you on new changes.

SESSION BREAK SPECIALS (OCT. 14 - 25) Palliative Medicine

An Author’s Story: The Sandpiper

Monday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. October 14

Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. October 15 Robert Johnson, M.D., is a palliative care physician at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He is board certified in internal medicine, critical care and hospice and palliative care. He practiced internal medicine in GR for 10 years, was medical director of critical care at Blodgett, and held positions in hospice and palliative care at Ohio State.

Susan Brace Lovell earned undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors in English from U of M; taught high school and college English; co-founded Cadence; has written four non-fiction histories; serves as a consultant to the Wege Foundation; and sits on the Grand Rapids Salvation Army’s Advisory Board. Susan will talk about her book, The Sandpiper, which deals with a family’s story of ripping loss and painful secrets – and their search for redemption. She will tell you the story of why and how this book came to be. Susan is an outstanding writer and storyteller.

Dr. Johnson will present an overview of palliative medicine, a relatively new medical sub-specialty, that focuses on providing consultation to patients who seek relief of symptoms and distress associated with serious illness and who need effective communication for sound decision making regarding their medical care. While characteristic of end-of-life care, the concepts of palliative care are applicable to all phases of serious illness.

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M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center From Motor City to Automobile Nation: How the Automobile Industry Reshaped America

The Appalachian Trail – Then and Now Thursday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. October 17

Mondays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. October 14 & 21

Ten Thousand Miler, Gail Lowe, is an avid long distance hiker and backpacker. She has hiked the Appalachian Trail (twice), the Pacific Crest Trail as well as walked the Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail.

Matthew Daley, Ph.D., is associate professor of history at GVSU. 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.

Gail will share the adventures of her 1991 “thru hike” on the Appalachian Trail, as well as her second hike in 2011. She will compare and contrast the Trail, and discuss the many changes she has seen over a 20 year span. History of the trail, terrain, challenges, route and logistics, are just a few topics she will discuss. Brush up on your trail and mountain savvy – a prize for the most knowledgeable will be given!

Over the course of the 20th century, the auto industry remade modern America – and indeed the world. From its origins, the industry grew explosively, scattering, decentralizing, and reconstituting its work force. The impact on everyday life – from where people live to what kind of work they do – cannot be underestimated. Those changes were especially visible in Detroit. The Motor City had become the Motor Metropolis, increasing geographically from a few square miles to a few thousand in under a century. Its human geography – of race, class, and power – is also the unique product of the automobile age. This course examines the rise, impact, and changes due to the automobile industry from its origins to the present day.

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Eastern Religions: A Panel Discussion

Professor Smither will provide an overview of the experiences of a diverse array of men and women from this area who served in WWII. He will examine family backgrounds before the war, and follow these soldiers through training and active duty assignments both home and overseas. Attention will be focused on the local national guardsmen who were among the first to be mobilized in 1940 and sent to New Guinea. The class will see clips from interviews and from Nightmare in New Guinea, a documentary produced at GVSU.

Friday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. October 18 Fred Stella, writer and lecturer, is an ordained Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the Hindu Temple in Grand Rapids. He is currently president of Interfaith Dialogue Association, and hosts its weekly radio program.

M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center

This panel will discuss what are often referred to as the Dharmic Religions. What they all have in common is that they were all birthed in ancient India or Nepal. While the roots are common, each has grown into a unique faith tradition of its own. The panelists will be Fred Stella (Hinduism), Mark John Stella (Buddhism), Aman Bagga (Sikhism), and Dharmesh Jain (Jainism).

The Glories of India – A Country of Contrasts Thursday, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. October 24 Susan Smith, former Grand Rapids Press writer has had many community involvements including Gilda’s Club, the John Ball Zoo and the Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Study Center at Aquinas College. Since retiring, she and her husband Jack have continued to travel to many fascinating and exotic destinations. Her travel blog is

M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center Home Sweet Home for Birds: Designed & Built by You Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. October 21, 22 & 23 Leisa Rose Keenan is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design. She worked 20 years in the building trades before coming to Aquinas in 2004. She is currently the studio technician for the sculpture and ceramics department in the Arts and Music Center.

Experience the sights, colors, mysteries and magic of Northern India through Susan’s eyes. Topics will include the religious experience in Varanasi… the Taj Mahal and why it is so magical…the palaces of Rajasthan. Go on an exploration of the exotic temples of Khajuraho and journey to the annual Pushkar Camel Festival. M: Bronze $10 Silver $8 NM: $15 Location: Browne Center

Come design, build and paint your own bird house with the help of Leisa. You will build a cedar birdhouse that will provide shelter and safety year round as well as nesting sites for your feathered friends. Choose from different designs to attract a variety of birds to your back yard. This will be a fun, learning project that could start you on your way to a new hobby!

OLLI Presents the Grand Rapids Accordion Ensemble Concert Thursday, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. October 24 Enjoy an hour of patriotic, international, toe tapping music by the GR Accordion Ensemble. Bring your family, neighbors and friends to hear the full sound of this 32 piece ensemble. The GRAE is a unquie musical family that wants the world to know the accordion is alive and well and being played better than ever!

M: Bronze $62 Silver $52 Gold $10 NM: $72 Location: Arts & Music Center/Aquinas College Room #216 (Sculpture Lab) Note: Cost includes lab fee. Class size limited to 15. West Michigan Soldiers in WWII Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. October 22

$8 in advance or $10 at the door Location: Kretschmer Recital Hall – Aquinas College. Free parking in the Fulton Street lot.

James Smither is professor of history at GVSU, and directs the Veterans History Project there. He teaches courses in European history, military history and also conducts interviews with area veterans for the digital archives. Currently, he is working on a book project on American soldiers in Vietnam.

Call to register: 616.632.2430


Registration Form (Fall I 2013)

Call to register: 616.632.2430

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q Silver $60

q Gold $385

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





Current Developments in Business Ethics q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

Theme & Variations in the World’s Religions q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

Film Noir: Then and Now q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

Putin’s Russia q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

Post - Civil War History q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM)

American Indian Boarding Schools Era q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

Keeping Democracy q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

Plein Aire Watercolor q $80 (M Bronze) q $60 (M Silver) q $105 (NM)

Harvest with Jaye & Dianne: Michigan Pesto q $21 (M Bronze) q $17 (M Silver) q $5 (M Gold) q $25 (NM)

Greenwood Cemetery Walk & Talk q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Grand Rapids’ Civic Theatre Tour q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21(NM)

OLLI Book Seminar II q $50 (Members Only)

Underrated & Overlooked: U.S. Presidents q $16 each (M Bronze) q $12 each (M Silver) q $21 each (NM) Sept. 19 - Polk Oct. 3 - Grant

The Church in Africa Today

The American Civil War: A Tragedy in Three Acts q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM) Lubbers Family Farm Tour q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM) Tour A Oct. 7 Tour B Oct. 14

Cooking Up Good Memories q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM) Visit Belize, Guatemala & Alaska q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

Palliative Medicine q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

An Author’s Story q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

From Motor City to Automobile Nation q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

West Michigan Soldiers in WWII q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Home Sweet Home for Birds (M/T/W) q $62 (M Bronze) q $52 (M Silver) q $10 (M Gold) q $72 (NM)

FREE MEMBER CLASS: Broadway GR Preview q Sept. 10

Polish Mathematicians Won WWII q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM) China and Tibet q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

Magic and Discovery in Galapagos q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Contemporary Fiction of Native Americans q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

Today’s FBI in West Michigan q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Big Hair, Big Hits q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM)

The Appalachian Trail q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Yoga You Can Do! q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

The Glories of India q $10 (M Bronze) q $8 (M Silver) q $15 (NM)

FREE MEMBER CLASS: Humor in the Courtroom q Sept. 18

Grand Rapids Accordion Ensemble Concert q $8 Advance purchase q $10 Pay at the door

Responsibility to Protect q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM) Vampires, Ghosts, and other Monsters q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM) Eastern Religions: A Panel Discussion q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM) FREE MEMBER CLASSES: All Things Senior – Community Resource Panel q Sept. 13 Detroit: An American Autopsy q Oct. 4 Understanding Social Security and Medicare Benefits q Oct. 25

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Look for these exciting classes offered in our Fall II catalog:

History of the Papacy Popular Music of the 1960’s Hot Topics Facing the Supreme Court Going West: Fact, Fiction & the American Frontier

Fall I 2013

Course Schedule

Stories with Tom Rademaker Berlin Films: Love Declarations to Berlin Elephants of Thailand


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.

Call to register: 616.632.2430


Classes begin: September 4 Phone: 616.632.2430 Fax: 616.732.4480

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