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SCHEDULE OF COURSES January Sampler 2017

January 4 – 31

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS Rise of the United States - Series with Dr. Fred Johnson: From Frontier Nation to World Power, 1877-1933 page 2

Photo by Dave Kagan, Sensitography

MONDAY OLLI Monthly Book Club with Susan Lovell 11:45-1:15 p.m.

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Poetry Performance Yoga You Can Do 9:30-11:30 a.m. 10:00-11:00 a.m.

The U.S. Virgin Islands 1:30-3:30 p.m.

American Founding Fathers (and Mothers) in Retirement 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Rise of the United States - Series with Dr. Fred Johnson 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Michigan’s Forgotten Serial Killers 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The History of Social Security 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The 4 Marks of the Church 1:30-3:30 p.m.

British Literature: A Children of the Dragon Lord: The Tasting Menu History of Vietnam 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Traditional Chinese Medicine 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis 9:30-11:30 a.m. Great Songwriters and Their Best Interpreters 9:30-11:30 a.m. Women and Men: What’s the Difference? 1:30-3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY Kent County Historical Markers 9:30-11:30 a.m. The Brain and Behavior 1:30-3:30 p.m. The Future of Beer 1:30-3:30 p.m. Managing Stress 9:30-11:30 a.m. The Battles of the 1920s 9:30-11:30 a.m. Common Ground Lecture Series with Gleaves Whitney 1:30-2:45 p.m.

FRIDAY Mackinac Island’s Historic Cottages of the Rich and Famous 9:30-11:30 a.m. The Non-Denial of China’s Alternate Reality 9:30-11:30 a.m. Love Your Body – Lose the Diet, Mindful Eating 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The History of Social Security page 3

The Syrian Refugee Crisis page 4

Great Songwriters and Their Best Interpreters page 4

Women and Men: What’s the Difference? page 4

The Battle of the 1920s page 5

FREE MEMBER CLASSES Maple Grove: A History of Kent County Poor Farms 9:30-11:00 a.m. The Gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello 9:30-11:00 a.m. Michigan Notable Books 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Common Ground Lecture Series with Gleaves Whitney page 5

Mackinac Island’s Historic Cottages of the Rich and Famous page 6


OLLI Membership Fees and Tuition Pricing

(January 2017 – June 2018)

For the 2017-2018 OLLI academic year; we are again offering a tiered membership designed to provide you with options and monetary savings. The tuition costs are less if you join as an OLLI member, and savings are greater with each membership level. Please call 616.632.2430 to become a member today.

MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE

The four different membership levels from which to choose are: GOLD MEMBERSHIP:

SILVER MEMBERSHIP:

BRONZE MEMBERSHIP:

$60 Membership fee

$25 Membership fee

Tuition Pricing

NON-MEMBER:

Tuition Pricing

30% Discount

No Membership fee

15% Discount

Tuition Pricing

1 wk class- $17 2 wk class- $34 3 wk class- $51 4 wk class- $68

1 wk class- $14 2 wk class- $28 3 wk class- $42 4 wk class- $56

1 wk class- $20 2 wk class- $40 3 wk class- $60 4 wk class- $80

$385 Membership fee

Gold members can attend unlimited number of classes all year. Fees may be added for special events, trips or class materials. Tuition Pricing 100% Discount

• Reminder: No OLLI credit will be given without a 24 hour notice. • All classes are held in the Browne Center - unless noted or notified. • Class cancellations due to weather at OLLI are based on Aquinas College closing – please check local TV stations and aquinas.edu

OLLI TUITION COURSES

MONDAY OLLI Monthly Book Club with Susan Lovell Monday, 11:45-1:15 p.m. 1 Class– January 9 Each of us brings to a story who we are, where we’ve been, what we’ve done, what’s happened to us, and, most of all, what matters to us. That’s why book clubs are so much fun! Join Susan Lovell for a once a month book club beginning January 9 with Plainsong by Kent Haruf.

Curator Naturalist of the Blandford Nature Center for 22 years. She is a member of Michigan’s Women’s Hall of Fame and a GR treasure! Come tenting in the tropics. When “touristy” island of St. Martens doesn’t thrill you, try St. Johns – the real Virgin Island. Stay in a hillside tent village at Maho Bay – an adventure in itself. Tree frogs will serenade you to sleep. The history is fascinating - and encounters with donkeys very interesting! M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20

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Rise of the United States Series with Dr. Fred Johnson

U.S. Virgin Islands

From Frontier Nation to World Power, 1877-1933

Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 1 Class – January 9 Mary Jane Dockeray, Ph.D., was

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Monday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fred Johnson, Ph.D., is associate professor of history at Hope College. 2

He has received many awards including the Hope Favorite and Most Outstanding Professor Awards. Beginning in January and continuing through March 2017, Dr. Fred Johnson will present a series on the rise of the United States as a global power. January 16 – A New Era, 18771898: America’s post-Civil War Reconstruction gave way to concerns about the nation’s place in the world. Determined to expand America’s economic vitality and wary of foreign competitors, U.S. policymakers took steps to ensure that America’s international position was strong and secure. January 30 – Sowing the Wind, 1898-1902: The Spanish-American War thrust the U.S. onto the world stage as a vibrant competitor with Old World European powers. American military success promised


OLLI TUITION COURSES significant advantages, but victory came at a great cost and unleashed forces that defied solution. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20 Note: Price is per lecture Location: Donnelly Center

The History of Social Security Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 1 Class - January 16 Matthew Daley, Ph.D., is associate professor of history at GVSU. Dr. Daley’s research focuses on urban policy, social policy and public history. Social Security has evolved from a small, cautious experiment to a massive bureaucratic and financial New Deal “entitlement” program described as the “third rail” of politics. This course examines the history, not only of Social Security, but the concept of both private and public support for the nation’s most at-risk populations.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 2 Classes - January 23 & 30 Zhiqun Zhou, OMD, is a Medical Acupuncturist at Wege Institute of Saint Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Zhou graduated from Shanghai Second Medical College, and received her postdoctoral training at Liverpool University in 1992. In this course, Dr. Zhou will discuss the importance of using Traditional Chinese Medicine to keep you healthy. She will focus on respiratory diseases and neurological disorders. Students will also learn some acupressure points that they can do at home to prevent and treat diseases M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40

TUESDAY

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British Literature: A Tasting Menu Monday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 3 Classes - January 16, 23 & 30 Ashley Shannon, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of English at GVSU, specializing in 18th and 19th Century British literature. This course will showcase some of the best moments of British literature from its AngloSaxon beginnings to its current postcolonial moment. Students will explore questions of love and hate, life and death, faith and doubt, self and other, and, above all, the boundless power of the human imagination. M: Bronze $51 Silver $42 NM: $60

Poetry Performance

Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 3 Classes - January 10, 17 & 24 Sheila Bartle, Ph.D., has been reading, writing, and teaching poetry for decades! It is her “bliss” as Joseph Campbell says, and she is eager to share inspirational poetry. Poetry is meant to be shared in a comfortable space with others who are affected by the ideas and feelings conveyed through the poet’s sound, rhythm, and imagery. Poetry is moving: we are moved and changed by it. Students will share favorite poems and enjoy the fun of poetry.

American Founding Fathers (and Mothers) in Retirement Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 3 Classes - January 17, 24 & 31 R. Paul Nelson is a lover of history, biography, baseball, religion and Aquinas! He was the fourth president of Aquinas College from 1990-1997. So… what do you do after you create a new nation? The roles that key people played in founding the United States are quite well known. But what did these people do after they accomplished their major achievements? This course will focus on the “retirement” activities of some of the key founding fathers. M: Bronze $51 Silver $42 NM: $60

Michigan’s Forgotten Serial Killers Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 1 Class - January 17 Come face to face with the serial killers who terrorized yesteryear in Michigan: The Witch of Medina, a Detroit innkeeper who made a fortune from insurance policies; the woman who removed an entire branch of her family tree with strychnine; the Lonely Hearts Killers, whose mail-order fraud business became felonious in Grand Rapids. Crime historian and author Tobin T. Buhk will unveil the truth behind some of Michigan’s most fiendish, and least known, serial killers. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20

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COURSES CONT. The 4 Marks of the Church Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 2 Classes – January 24 & 31 Fr. Mark Przybysz is the Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Community in Grand Rapids, and serves as the Diocesan Director of the Office of Life and Ministry of Permanent Deacons. Fr. Mark is an Emeritus Trustee of Aquinas College and past Pastor of St. Stephen Catholic Church, and former Director for the Continuing Formation of Priests for the Diocese of Grand Rapids.   The 4 Marks of the Church - Most Christians pray the Nicene Creed, which states: “I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.” We will explore this phrase with special emphasis on the 4 adjectives describing the church. M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40

Children of the Dragon Lord: The History of Vietnam Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 2 Classes - January 24 & 31 Mark Hoolihan, Ph.D., received his doctorate from MSU and is currently teaching at Aquinas College. His teaching and research interests include Eastern Europe, Jewish history and the Middle East. This course will trace the history of Vietnam and its people from early legends to the present day. The focus is on Vietnamese identity and how they see themselves and their place in the world. Major events to be examined include: the formation of Modern Vietnamese Nationalism, the war against the Americans and its legacy and Communism and the transition to a free market economy.

WEDNESDAY Yoga You Can Do Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 4 Hour Course January 4, 11, 18 & 25 Carolyn Heines has been teaching classical yoga in Grand Rapids since 1979. She founded the Yoga Studio, which she sold in 2015. If the word yoga conjures up images of young people in pretzel type positions, do not fear. That is NOT what students will be doing here. It will be a gentle approach. Carolyn will also teach techniques that can calm the mind and relax the body. Please bring a yoga mat and light blanket to class. M: Bronze $32 Silver $24 NM: $48 Location: Donnelly Center Maximum: 20

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1 Class – January 11 Roger Durham Ph.D., is professor of political science at Aquinas College. He teaches international relations and comparative political courses. More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in four years of armed conflict, and at least that many have fled the country. Forces loyal to Assad and those pro-democratic rebels continue to battle each other - as well as ISIS. Dr. Durham will give a current update on this tragic war. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20

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Great Songwriters and Their Best Interpreters Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 2 Classes – January 18 & 25 Jon VanderPloeg is an attorney at Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge in Grand Rapids since 1986. He is an avid record collector and music historian. Discovery of great songwriters often starts with listening to songs and music with no preconceived notions of the person or people responsible for their creation. Join Jon as he examines - and you listen to - jazz, blues, R&B and pop. Students will explore countless greats from Stephen Foster to Fats Domino, to Gershwin. On some days, the greatest piece of music is “The Messiah” (Handel).  On others it’s, “Shake, Rattle, and Roll!” Let’s listen. M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40

Women and Men: What’s the Difference? Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 1 Class – January 25 David Weinandy, Ph.D., is an outstanding professor of communication at Aquinas College. Men are fun! Women are fun! Sometimes, when men and women communicate, it’s not fun. Are there really differences between the sexes and the way they communicate in romantic relationships, friendships, families, and business? If so, what are those differences and what’s the potential impact on interactions? David will discuss how the other sex experiences the world and often communicates about it. This session ‘will’ be fun! M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20

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THURSDAY Kent County Historical Markers

the brain. Experimental evidence will be presented including images of the brain, especially functional MRI’s.

Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 2 Classes - January 5 & 12

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Jeff Neumann is a retired professor of electronics from GRCC and regular OLLI speaker. Once retired, Jeff started a business called GR Paddling providing canoe and kayak tours on area rivers and lakes.

The Future of Beer

Since 1955, Michigan Historical Markers have told the story of Michigan and its people. They are a tangible reminder of where we have come from, an inspiration for where we might go, and the thread that ties our state together. Fifty of these historical markers are located in Kent County. Students will take a virtual ride to discover these wonderful hidden gems that represent much of our local history. We’ll search cities and townships and then GR city limits for these markers. M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40

The Brain and Behavior

REPEAT CLASS

Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 2 Classes - January 5 & 12 Thomas Bahl Ph.D., has been at Aquinas College since 2002. He earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Emory University. Tom teaches human biology, anatomy and physiology. This course will explore some fascinating aspects of the brain and behavior. We will discuss some overall brain anatomy and relate the regions to some phenomena. Topics will range from addictions and the neurotransmitters that are involved; what brain imaging studies reveal about the minds of criminals; and sex and sexuality and

Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 2 Classes - January 5 & 12 Pat Evans is an award-winning author and journalist based in Grand Rapids, writing for both Grand Rapids Business Journal and Grand Rapids Magazine. He’s the author of Grand Rapids Beers: An Intoxicating History of River City Brewing. Join Evans as he dives into the history of the beer industry. He will discuss the history, both locally and nationally including the Prohibition era. He’ll detail the marketing that changed beer from a relatively flavorless beverage to the rise of the craft beer industry - along with its impact on coffee, spirits and cider. Evans will gaze into the future of beer and where it’s heading. M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40

Managing Stress Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 2 Classes - January 19 & 26 Pat Latus-Kennedy, M.Ed., is a 25 year educator and counselor. She uses her education in psychology and health to focus on the components of stress management. Participants in this class will gain a holistic perspective on the components of stress, including cognitive, and social-emotional aspects of stress management. Students will understand how stress can have an impact on long-term health and discover

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how self-compassion, resilience and mindfulness play in managing stress. M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40

The Battles of the 1920s Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 2 Classes - January 19 & 26 Paul Murphy, Ph.D., is professor of history at GVSU specializing in American intellectual and cultural history. He earned both his MA and doctorate from Indiana University. This course draws on his recent book, The New Era: American Thought and Culture in the 1920s. Contemporary observers see an America badly split, whether along social, cultural, or ideological lines, with the result that our politics are polarized, and we periodically engage in “culture wars” over moral, religious, and racial issues. This course looks for perspective on our current social debates in the 1920s.  It was a time that Americans long remembered for its youthful gayety and innocent and sometimes frivolous pleasures.  It is easy to forget the bitter divisions of that time.  Americans fought each other over questions of race, ethnicity, national identity, politics, and social mores.  Can the divisions of the past shed light on our current times?  Perhaps the battles of the 1920s—over loyalty, justice, science, race, and other topics—may help us better approach those of our own. M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40

Common Ground Lecture Series with Gleaves Whitney Thursday, 1:30-2:45 p.m. 1 Class - January 19 January 19 – Beyond the Inauguration Join Gleaves Whitney, Director of the Hauenstein

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COURSES CONT. Center at GVSU when he gives a retrospective analysis of the meaning of the National Election 2016. M: Bronze $13 Silver $11 NM: $20 Location: Donnelly Center

FRIDAY Mackinac Island’s Historic Cottages of the Rich and Famous Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1 Class – January 6 Tom Buettner, historian, is known in West Michigan for presenting programs addressing a multitude of topics. In the late 1800’s, the rich and famous made a statement by building luxurious ‘cottages’ on Mackinac Island. Some of the cottages, with up to 10-20 rooms were built by wealthy Midwesterners who came in July with servants and horses. Who were they, where did they come from, and what are their stories?

The Non-Denial of China’s Alternate Reality

Love Your Body – Lose the Diet, Mindful Eating

Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1 Class - January 13

Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1 Class – January 20

Keith St. Clair is a political science professor at GRCC. He holds his M.A. in political science and B.A. in sociology from Illinois State University.

Gayla Jewell, Ph.D., RN, NP, is an associate professor Emerita at GVSU. She has worked as a nurse practitioner, professor and medical sociologist.

Despite the One China Policy of the United States, there are two Chinese governments that claim to be the one government of China. The People’s Republic of China controls the mainland and has its capital in Beijing. The Republic of China controls Taiwan and has its capital in Taipei. Both claim the other’s territory, yet have developed separately since the Communist take over of the mainland. Keith will explore the historical, political, and cultural contrasts between the two. What does the future hold for these two systems? And is reconciliation possible?

Does worrying about what you should eat or which expert to listen to this week drain the joy from food? Tired of the oxymoron: guilty pleasure? The time has come to stop fretting and fooling ourselves with too much information. Let us learn a mindfulness approach to eating. No comparing. No judging. No shaming. It is about using all our senses to reawaken genuine pleasure in basic eating and drinking. Mindful eating is a natural and sensual process that can become your individual path toward healing your relationship with food. 

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FREE MEMBER CLASSES AT THE BROWNE CENTER Maple Grove: A History of Kent County Poor Farms

The Gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Friday, 9:30-11:00 a.m. January 9

Friday, 9:30-11:00 a.m. January 13

Long before the advent of modern social welfare, county governments maintained poorhouses or poor farms for the benefit of the elderly, indigent ill, and the homeless. Come “over the hill” with Adam Oster to the Kent County Poor Farm, which was located in Grand Rapids. The facility began in the 1850s as a refuge for the area’s poor, elderly and destitute. Learn what led to its eventual shutdown and demolition in 1971.

Mr. Jefferson was known as an expert gardener and the gardens of Monticello are the proof. Craig Elston - naturalist for the city of Hudsonville - will take us down the beautiful garden paths as he explains the role Mr. Jefferson took on being the “father” of the flowers.

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Michigan Notable Books Friday, 9:30-11:00 a.m. January 27 Chris Byron, former member of the selection committee for the Michigan Notable Books and former history librarian, will discuss some of her favorite books that have won this prestigious award. This program highlights 20 of the most engaging books that best capture Michigan’s diverse heritage and public appeal each year.


Registration Form (January 2017)

Pricing Structure

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Membership (2016 - 2017 academic year) q Bronze $25 q Silver $60

Courses

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MONDAY OLLI Monthly Book Club 1 U.S. Virgin Island 1 Rise of the United States Series 1/16 – A New Era, 1877-1898 1 1/30 – Sowing the Wind, 1898-1902 1 The History of Social Security 1 British Literature: A Tasting Menu 3 Traditional Chinese Medicine 2

TUESDAY Poetry Performance American Founding Fathers (And Mothers) Michigan’s Forgotten Serial Killers The 4 Marks of the Church Children of the Dragon Lord: The History of Vietnam WEDNESDAY Yoga You Can Do The Syrian Refugee Crisis Great Songwriters and Their Best Interpreters Women and Men: What’s the Difference?

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$56

1.5 Hours*

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4 Hour**

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THURSDAY Kent County Historical Markers The Brain and Behavior The Future of Beer Managing Stress The Battle of the 1920s Common Ground Lecture Series with Gleaves Whitney 1/19 – Beyond the Inauguration

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FRIDAY Mackinac Island’s Historic Cottages 1 ________ The Non-Denial of China’s Alternate Reality 1 ________ Love Your Body – Lose the Diet, Mindful Eating 1 ________

MEMBER FREE CLASSES 1/9 Stories from Maple Grove 1/13 The Gardens of Monticello 1/27 Michigan Notable Books

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Look for these exciting classes offered in the Winter 2017 catalog: Brexit The Campaign, The Election, and What Might it Mean Mr. Lincoln’s Life

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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.

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