SCHEDULE OF COURSES Spring 2014
April 7 – May 30
Welcome Spring! Thank you to our amazing professors and students for trudging through the snow to open our door to lifelong learning. There are still great classes through June, so it is not too late to join at our half-off membership prices. Carol, Corey and I look forward to seeing you here! Sheila Pantlind
COURSE HIGHLIGHTS My Dearest Friend: The Love Story of John & Abigail Adams page 3
Dead Sea Scrolls
MONDAY Join the Dance 9:30-11:30 a.m. My Dearest Friend: The Love Story of John & Abigail Adams 1:30-3:30 p.m. Has the Weather Become More Extreme? 9:30-11:30 a.m.
TUESDAY Wonderful Collectibles 9:30-11:30 a.m. The Actor & the Director – The Heart of the Art 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dead Sea Scrolls 9:30-11:30 a.m. No Barriers: Life without Limits 9:30-11:30 a.m.
History of the Navy: Six Frigates 1:30-3:30 p.m.
A Thousand Letters Home 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Jazz, Blues, Bebop, and Hughes 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Mid- Century Modern: 20th Century Fashion & Art from 1945-1968 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Changing Images of Women’s Empowerment 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Regional Styles of American Writers 2-4 p.m.
Michigan Roadside Attractions 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cry of Freedom 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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Redistricting Run Amok 9:30-11:30 a.m.
May 5 Sustainability in the Steelcase Supply Chain 1:30-3 p.m.
Advance Directives 1:30-3:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY Take Me Out to the Old Ball Game! Early ‘Base’ Ball 9:30-11:30 a.m. History of Christianity in East Asia – China, Korea and Japan 1:30-3:30 p.m. Stratford Shakespeare Preview 9:30-11:30 a.m. Navy Pier Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Trip 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Islam and Modernity 9:30-11:30 a.m. Israel and Palestine: An Interfaith Perspective 1:30-3:30 p.m.
THURSDAY Faith of Our Founding Fathers 9:30-11:30 a.m. Spies, Espionage and American National Security 1:30-3:30 p.m. U. S. – Russian Relations: A New Cold War? 9:30-11:30 a.m.
FRIDAY Peering Inside the Detroit Institute of Arts 9:30-11:30 a.m. Detroit Institute of Arts – Tour 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Having Fun with Watercolor 11:30-1:30 p.m.
World in Crisis: A Clutter: The Mess Look at International that Came to Stay Relations 1:30-3:30 p.m. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cambodia’s War Crimes Trial: A Surprising Journey 1:30-3:30 p.m.
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Mid-Century Modern: 20th Century Fashion and Art 1945-1968 page 5
Take Me Out to the Old Ball Game! Early ‘Base’ Ball page 7
Faith of Our Founding Fathers page 8
FREE MEMBER CLASSES May 9 The Gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello 9:30-11 a.m. May 30 Family Traditions: The Glue that Holds Us Together 9:30-11 a.m.
U.S. - Russian Relations: A New Cold War? page 8
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OLLI TUITION COURSES
MONDAY Join the Dance: Writing Poetry in Forms Monday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 7, 14, 21 & 28 Miriam Pederson is recently retired as professor of English at Aquinas College. She has authored a poetry chapbook titled This Brief Light; in addition, she has been published in many poetry journals, anthologies and magazines. Miriam and her husband Ron Pederson have exhibited sculpture and poetry collaboratively in many galleries over the last twenty years. The New Formalism is alive and well with poets today feeling the freedom to enter into the spirit of traditional poetic forms as well as nonce, or invented forms, using fresh approaches. Sonnets, sestinas and villanelles come to mind, but what about kyrielles, rondeaus and centos? Participants in this class will read a wide range of contemporary formalist poems that will serve as inspiration for the poems they will create.
Adams. The story begins as John writes to their son, John Quincy Adams, on the death of Abigail. In a poignant flash back, Abigail comes back to life and the two re-live the high points of their lives together. Discover new insights about this historical couple. M: Bronze $19 Silver $15 Gold $3 NM: $24 Location: Donnelly Center
Has the Weather Become More Extreme? Monday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 21 & 28 Craig Woods, better known in Grand Rapids as Craig James, enjoyed a 40 year career in television broadcasting. Upon graduating from Penn State, Craig became chief meteorologist in West Michigan at WZZM-TV and then at WOOD-TV. Though retired, he continues to follow current research and weather events.
My Dearest Friend: The Lives and Love of John and Abigail Adams
Hurricane Sandy, the super typhoon in the Philippines, deadly floods in Colorado, plus many other weather events that have recently occurred, are examples of the increase in severe storms. Many studies, plus a wealth of weather records, are available to determine if the weather has indeed become more extreme. If you enjoy talking about awesome weather events, you will enjoy this class.
Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 7
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The husband and wife acting team of Gary E. Mitchell and Mary Beth Quillin of GEM Theatrics will present a play by local playwright Mary G. Kron. This stunning new play chronicles the true love story of John and Abigail
History of the Navy: Six Frigates Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 21 & 28 Jim Mitchell, a graduate of U of M Law School, is a patent and
trademark attorney. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property Litigators. He serves on many community Boards including Mel Trotter Ministries, Aquinas College Foundation and Advisory Council for the Hauenstein Center. Notwithstanding the success of John Paul Jones and the Bon Homme Richard, America’s Revolutionary War experience with forming a Navy was not a good one. General Washington complained bitterly about the cost of material and men that were consumed by the rather “fruitless” Continental Navy. And, the Federalists and Republicans argued bitterly over the need for a Naval force - ships for trade, yes, but not costly ships of war. Join the entertaining Jim Mitchell for the fascinating history of the United States Navy. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center
Jazz, Blues, Bebop, and Hughes Monday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 12 & 19 Michelle DeRose, Ph.D., is professor of English and director of the Insignis Honors Program at Aquinas College, where students frequently site her world and African-American literature classes as their favorites. She was selected from a national pool to participate in the Gilder Lehrman Institute summer seminar on the Slave Narrative in 2011. Part music, part literature, part cultural history, this class will listen to some blues, jazz, and bebop and examine how a few writers craft poetry and short stories that embed
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some of the same artistic principles as the music – or celebrate the musicians. We’ll read early poetry by Langston Hughes that employs the musical structure of the blues, look at poetry that reflects his interest in jazz (especially bebop) and lastly see how other writers celebrate John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center
Changing Images of Women’s Empowerment Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 12 & 19 Molly Patterson, Ph.D., is assistant professor of political science at Aquinas College. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Molly has taught American Government and Politics, Feminist Theory, American Political Thought, and her research interests include democratic practices, public policy, political power and social change. This class examines how images of women, and especially images of “empowered” women, have changed throughout the 20th and early 21st century. Looking at these images allows us to ask questions about power, gender, justice and the kind of people (and society) we aspire to be. It also asks about the importance of images in shaping our imaginations for who we think we can be. Class discussion will be encouraged. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center
Michigan Roadside Attractions Monday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 19 Christine Byron and Tom Wilson share a love of Michigan’s history.
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This love, along with their collection of antique postcards and travel memorabilia was the inspiration for their many books about vintage views throughout Michigan. Christine recently retired as the local historian collections librarian for the Grand Rapids Public Library and has collected Michigan tourist memorabilia for over 20 years. Tom is a dedicated postcard collector and operates a business creating prints from old Michigan and Great Lakes tourist and travel ephemera. If you have traveled on Michigan’s highways and byways, chances are that you’ve stopped at places like Castle Rock, seen Paul Bunyan, and defied gravity at the Mystery Spot. Tourist attractions like these sprang up on the roadside landscape as Michigan expanded its highway system from the 1930s through the 1970s. So pull off the road for some fun, interesting and sometimes quirky experiences with Chris and Tom as they visit some of the state’s iconic roadside attractions. In a few hours, you will travel the breadth of the state and not spend a penny on gas! M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center
TUESDAY Wonderful Collectibles Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 8 Pat J. Mullen is owner of Mullen Coins LLC in Grand Rapids. Pat began collecting coins at a young age, and as he gained expertise, his hobby evolved into a parttime then full-time rare coin business. 4
Before Mullen Coins, Pat spent 32 years in television broadcasting. He served as GM of Grand Rapids and Chicago-based television stations. He was also a corporate executive with Tribune Broadcasting. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Compatico, Inc. Many of us have the collector bug and spend countless hours each week reading, researching, discussing and seeking new information and new examples of the items we collect. Almost everything is collectible… coins, currency, comic books, entertainment memorabilia, sports collectibles, wine and toys. The list never stops. While the list is almost unlimited, so are the values of the rarest items! But, what makes that “wonderful collectible” collectible? This class will take a look at some valuable, historically important and unusual treasures…even those that might be found right at home. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center
The Actor & the Director – The Heart of the Art
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Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 15 Jean Reed Bahle has been involved in theatre in West Michigan for over 40 years as an actor, director, writer and teacher. She has starred in theaters in West Michigan and most prominently with Actors’ Theatre. Jean has taught at GRCC, Aquinas College and Hope College. After 34 years of teaching at GRCC, Fred Sebulske retired as chair of GRCC’s theatre department. In 1980, Fred founded
COURSES CONT. the Actors’ Theatre where he continues to direct today. How do directors unlock the highest potential of their actors? How do actors get the most out of working with their director? Part lecture, part demonstration, part participation, this workshop will explore principles and techniques behind the unique communication between these two practitioners at the heart of the art of theatre. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center
Dead Sea Scrolls Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 22, 29, May 6 & 13 Rev. Maurice A. Fetty received degrees from Union Theological Seminary, NYC, and a M.A. from Butler University and a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. Rev. Fetty, now retired, spent the majority of his career as minister of Mayflower Congregational Church in Grand Rapids. He has authored fifteen books and numerous articles. This course is an introduction to one of the most important archeological discoveries of recent times - the 1947 discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The oldest known manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament contain over 600800 scrolls including the Biblical book of Isaiah. We will examine the location of the discoveries, the group that wrote and preserved the scrolls, the relationship of the scrolls with the Old and New Testaments and with early Christianity. Biblical scholarship has been greatly enhanced by the discovery of these scrolls. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center
No Barriers: Life without Limits Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 29 Bill Barkeley is one of 15,000 people in the U.S. and 100,000 in the world with Usher’s Syndrome (Type 2), the leading cause of deaf-blindness. Not letting anything stop him, Bill recently climbed and reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, hiked the Amazon rainforest, rafted the rapids of the Grand Canyon and ran the Boston Marathon. This intense story is one of breaking barriers and Bill’s underlying goal of teaching others to have immense faith, hope, and aspiration – no matter the circumstances. This is a fascinating and moving story. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center
A Thousand Letters Home Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 29 Teresa Irish, a graduate of MSU, published A Thousand Letters Home five years after finding her father’s 1000 handwritten WWII letters and 250 corresponding photographs shortly after his death in 2006. She retired as a vice-president of a national healthcare company to devote her time to sharing the poignant and life-affirming letters with others. Her book has received numerous awards including being named the Reviewer’s Choice by Midwest Book Review. She has appeared on ABC News, NPR, and The National Defense Veterans Radio. Her story has been told in newspapers throughout the country.
Join Teresa as she shares the “journey of letters” that her father, Aarol “Bud” Irish, wrote while serving in WWII. A thousand letters found in her father’s army trunk were postmarked from 1942 to 1945. These letters, written from lonesome, moonlit nights listening to the Hit Parade- to the foxholes and front lines in Germany where Bud would receive the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and two Bronze Battle Stars- to correspondence with the heartbroken mothers whose sons died by his side- are a tribute to our country’s history and freedom. We hope you will attend this wonderful presentation of an award winning tribute to all veterans and their descendants. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Donnelly Center
Mid- Century Modern: 20th Century Fashion & Art from 1945-1968 Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 6 & 13 Dr. Suzanne Eberle is a professor of Art History at Kendall College of Art and Design. Her areas of expertise include modern and contemporary art and aesthetic issues related to the body, including the history of fashion. This two-part class investigates the mid-20th Century as a time of exciting innovation in both fashion and the fine arts. Part I will focus on the immediate post- WWII era, when Dior’s New Look, sleek International Style architecture and design, and American Abstract Expressionism created a distinctive, optimistic new look for the period. Part II will examine how growing consumerism and the youth explosion of the 1960’s gave birth to Pop Art and a “Mod” fashion revolution based on the mini-skirt and experiments in fabric technologies.
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Regional Styles of American Writers Tuesday, 2-4 p.m.* May 6, 13 & 20 Mark Lewison is professor of English at Hope College. He received a B.A. from the Thomas Jefferson College at GVSU and a M.A. from U of M. His interests in literature include contemporary Southern writers as well as Michigan authors. This course will provide relevant analysis of the trends in popular reading behavior concerning which books succeed in the marketplace and why. Many of today’s readers of fiction make their choices based on a connection with the storytelling styles used by the author. A “sense of place” in particular – geographic, ethnic, and cultural – can hook a reader into consuming book after book. Mark will break down the elements of “regional voice” which will give participants a deeper understanding of how the best writers manage to employ a savvy mix of cultural signposts to attract and sustain loyal readers. Many wonderful examples of the styles of regional authors will be discussed. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center *please note different class time
Cry of Freedom: Music by Laszlo Slomovits; Words by Linda Nemec Foster Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 13 Grand Rapids poet laureate, Linda Nemec Foster, and Ann Arbor musician Laszlo Slomovits will perform excerpts from an extraordinary album, Cry of
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Freedom, written from a collection of poems by Foster and put to music by Slomovits. Foster’s poetry featured on the album is from her book, Ten Songs from Bulgaria, which was inspired by photographs taken by Jacko Vassilev. Come enjoy a beautiful hour of poetry and music. M: Bronze $10 Silver $8 NM: $15 Location: T he Arts & Music Center – Aquinas College
Redistricting Run Amok: How Drawing Electoral District Lines Impacts Modern America Politics Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 20 Dr. David Ryden, professor at Hope College, has a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. His areas of specialization are religion and politics, American constitutionalism, and parties and elections. He has authored or edited numerous articles and books. His two most recent books are Of Little Faith: The Politics of George W. Bush’s Faith-Based Initiatives, and Sanctioning Religion? Politics, Law and Faith-Based Public Services. The redistricting revolution of the 1960s and the rule of “one person, one vote” dramatically altered and improved political representation in America. With the advent of sophisticated computer software and detailed demographic data, the modern practice of redrawing the lines of electoral districts every ten years has taken on even greater significance in shaping the practical operation of American politics, and not necessarily for the
better. This session will examine the historical circumstances that led to the redistricting revolution, the development of constitutional standards that govern the practice, and how current redistricting methods have contributed to the deep polarization and paralysis that afflict contemporary American politics. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center
Advance Directives Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 20 Dr. Madelon Krissoff is an internist and geriatrician who has been practicing medicine in Grand Rapids since 1989. She has been in general private practice, the medical director of a nursing home, and is currently providing evaluation and management for adults and seniors facing the challenges of aging. She believes in a collaborative relationship with her patients; education and counseling of patients and family are also an important part of her practice. It can be complicated to communicate your values, wishes and directives to your health care proxy to be used when you cannot make your own health care decisions. This class will be in the form of a seminar-workshop: in the first half, we will discuss the basics of advance directives; and in the second half we will have a hands-on session in which you can prepare your own personal documents. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center
WEDNESDAY Take Me Out to the Old Ball Game! Early ‘Base’ Ball Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 9 G.F. Korreck is a freelance writer and editor, a sometimes voice talent, a regionally-published poet, and a longtime vintage base ball player. He is also a member of the Grand Rapids Historical Commission and serves as copy editor for The Grand River Valley History magazine published by the Grand Rapids Historical Society. If you love baseball, you will want to come and hear from someone who loves and really knows it. G.F. will begin with the earliest games and oldest equipment and end with the current National League. You will be surprised to hear who played it first and where they played. This class will be great fun and bring back wonderful memories of old heroes. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center
History of Christianity in East Asia – China, Korea and Japan Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 9, 16, 23 & 30 Dennis Donahue is a retired professor of East Asian history at Aquinas College and Calvin College. He is also a retired Foreign Service Officer and journalist. Dennis holds a M.A. in International Communication from American University and a B.A. in English from Marian University. Christianity has been a small, but
important, part of Asian history since the Nestorians first walked off the Silk Road into the T’ang Dynasty capitol of Chang’an in 635 C.E. Later Christians became missionaries to the poor and advisors to emperors; they have been a persecuted minority as well as leaders of their modern countries. This class will be a survey of Christianity’s many encounters with China, Korea and Japan- both Catholic and Protestant- through current times. Dennis will address issues and events including the Rites Controversy, Boxer Rebellions and Japan’s “hidden Christians.” M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center
Stratford Shakespeare Preview Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 23, 30, May 7 & 14 Gary Eberle is a professor of English at Aquinas College and the author of several books including Sacred Time and the Search for Meaning, and Dangerous Words: Talking About God in an Age of Fundamentalism. Eberle has twice been awarded “Outstanding Member of the Faculty” at the College, and has been a popular Emeritus/OLLI professor for more than 20 years. Whether you travel to Stratford or just want to take a class with Professor Eberle, join Gary in this four-week preview of Stratford’s Shakespeare theatre productions for 2014. The four plays performed by the Festival’s outstanding company will be: the rarely performed King John; the delightful comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream; the romantic tragedy Antony and Cleopatra; and Shakespeare’s tragically moving meditation on age and death King Lear. Short excerpts of filmed productions will enhance the lecture/discussion and provide
a basis of comparison for those who will be journeying to Stratford this summer or for those who simply wish to “brush up their Shakespeare.” M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center
Navy Pier Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Trip Wednesday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. May 21
As an extra bonus, travel with Professor Eberle to see Henry V in Chicago .The bus will leave from the Browne Center at 8 a.m. and return around 8 p.m. Lunch will be on your own at the Navy Pier Food Court before the matinee. Sign up early as space will be limited. Members Bronze Silver & Gold: $95 NM: $110 Note: Maximum 26 people Location: Meet in Browne Center parking lot by 7:45 a.m.
Islam and Modernity Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 23 & 30 Since 2009, Muaz Redzic has been serving as Imam at the Bosnian Cultural Center in Grand Rapids, offering prayers and sacred texts in Arabic and then translating into Bosnian. He earned his B.A. at Kuwait University, his M.A. in Religion at Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana. There are approximately 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. Muslims
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represent immense diversities of languages, ethnicities, cultures, contexts and perspectives. How do these very different backgrounds confront and cope with modernity issues? More specifically, how do rapidly growing Muslim communities in the west and especially, in the U.S., both immigrant and domestic, address this issue?
they can accept the idea that each religion has intrinsic value. Historic and current political reflections will be shared. Join Doug as he looks at the challenge of peace among religions, especially in this sensitive part of the world. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center
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Israel and Palestine: An Interfaith Perspective Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 7 & 14 Dr. P. Douglas Kindschi is the director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute and professor of mathematics and philosophy at GVSU. He served for 28 years as dean prior to moving to his current faculty position. He did graduate study at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago prior to completing his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin. He originated the year-long, Grand Rapids area “2012 – Year of Interfaith Understanding” which has sponsored and promoted over 300 interfaith events. Last year he was a visiting fellow at the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme at Cambridge University. He recently returned from a three week study trip with a class from McCormick Theological Seminary where he serves on the board of trustees. Can Judaism, Christianity, and Islam be pluralistic? From his recent trip to Israel and the West Bank, Doug will share his insights, perspectives, and pictures from this land considered to be holy by the three Abrahamic traditions. The question is more than whether the three faiths can tolerate one another, but whether
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THURSDAY Faith of Our Founding Fathers Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 10, 17, 24 & May 1 R. Paul Nelson is a lover of baseball, history, biography, religion and Aquinas! He was the fourth president of Aquinas College from 1990-1997. Through the lives and writings of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, Paul will explore and discuss the religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers. Were they more men of reason or faith Christian or Deist, religious or secular, believers or scoffers? Paul has great knowledge of and love for religion and history so this will be a most interesting discussion of the thoughts of the “fathers” of our country. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center
Spies, Espionage and American National Security Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 17 & May 15 Gleaves Whitney is director of GVSU’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. An OLLI favorite, Gleaves writes and lectures nationally on presidential history and leadership. April 17 – Best Spy Stories of World War I and World War II From Mata Hari to Julia Child, the first half of the twentieth century offers up dramatic stories of espionage, many of which have been made into movies. Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein’s experiences with spies in World War II will also be told. May 15 – Best Spy Stories of the Cold War and Post 9/11 Who got Cold War spycraft better, Ian Fleming or John le Carre? Despite some great Cold War spy novels, truth is stranger than fiction, and in this finale Gleaves will tell the stories of some of the most consequential spies on both sides of the Iron Curtain in the Cold War. He will also look at the spy who did the most damage to the United States. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Donnelly Center
U. S. – Russian Relations: A New Cold War?
Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 8, 15, 22 & 29 Heather L. Tafel, Ph.D., 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 for extended periods.
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There is never a dull moment when it comes to US-Russian relations. In this course, Heather will travail the ups and downs of US-Russian relations by first comparing the Cold War period with the post-Cold War period. She will discuss the following topics, with emphasis placed on the post-2000 period: security and terrorism, democracy and human rights, and trade and energy in an attempt to answer the question as to whether we are indeed experiencing a new Cold War with Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.
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Clutter: The Mess that Came to Stay Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 22 Mary Witte is owner and creative director of r.o.i. Design since 1993. Previously a fine arts educator, writer, curator, retailer and social worker, Mary’s diverse experience has played a role in her ability to efficiently and successfully run a business recognized industry wide. She solves design challenges of all types and sizes throughout the Mid-West. This class will help you understand how to identify what is clutter and how to manage it. Join Mary as she discusses the emotional and behavioral impact clutter has on our lives. She will provide resources and tips on how to deal with clutter. Is spring cleaning on your “to-do” list? Mary will give you the support, encouragement and motivation to de-clutter. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center
Kate Dernocoeur is motivated by the unknown – and this journey was a “top two” event in her life of exploration and curiosity about the wider world. One of her favorite things is sharing the stories of her adventures with others. When home, Kate is a volunteer firefighter/EMT and an active member of Kent County Search & Rescue K9 unit. In October 2013, the International Center for Human Rights offered Kate a rare and sudden opportunity: cover the Closing Statements for the 222-day war crimes trial of the highest-ranked members of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. This is the story of Kate traveling halfway around the world on only eight days’ notice, and of trying to explain the complex historical events that led to the deaths of one-third of Cambodians in just four years. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center
FRIDAY Peering Inside the Detroit Institute of Arts Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 11 & 18 Dr. Henry Luttikhuizen received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and is professor of art history at Calvin College. He has authored
numerous books and articles on medieval and northern renaissance art. He also has been a curator of many exhibitions in museums and galleries. Henry will be OLLI’s guide when we travel to the Detroit Institute of Arts on April 25. During the last year, the Detroit Institute of Arts has frequently been in the news. Much of the discussion has centered upon whether the collection should be sold to compensate creditors of a bankrupt city. However, the media has given little attention to the objects in the museum beyond their financial value. The course will consist of two lectures addressing particular works in the museum’s permanent collection in terms of their significance within the history of art, followed by a field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts to see and to study their collection first hand. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center
Detroit Institute of Arts – Tour Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 25 The Detroit Institute of Arts is proud to claim one of the largest, most significant art collections in the nation. Take this special OLLI bus trip with Professor Henry Luttikhuizen as your own personal guide. Sign up early as space will be limited. Members Bronze Silver & Gold: $85 NM: $99 Note: Maximum 27 people. Price includes box lunch Location: Meet in the Browne Center parking lot by 9:45 a.m.
Having Fun with Watercolor Friday, 11:30-1:30 p.m. April 11, 18, 25 & May 2
M = members
NM = non-members
COURSES CONT. 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. This watercolor class will help you have fun while becoming a better painter. The first session will review the basics while subsequent sessions will deal with composition, value, layering, local color and shadows. As painters, we will learn how to identify problems so we can correct and improve our work. It’s through the experience of painting
that you will learn to paint with joy and confidence. M: $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center Note: Students will provide their own materials (ask for supply list at registration). Maximum: 12 students
World in Crisis: A Look at International Relations Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 16, 23 & 30 Dr. Roger Durham is the chair of the political science and economics
departments 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. This three week course will introduce students to the dynamics of global interaction and international relations, focusing on modes of conflict and cooperation. Students will discuss human rights violations, religious confrontation, diplomacy and even terrorism to gain a better understanding of the term ‘international relations.’ M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center
FREE MEMBER CLASSES AT THE BROWNE CENTER Sustainability in the Steelcase Supply Chain Monday, 1:30-3 p.m. May 5 Mary Ellen Mika, Clinton Boyd, and John DeAngelis from the Sustainability & Energy group within the Global Procurement department at Steelcase would like to share their insights about sustainability from working with suppliers to Steelcase. We will start from Steelcase’s Corporate Sustainability Report and explain how employees, customers, shareholders and suppliers are affected by our sustainability decisions.
M = members
The Gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Friday, 9:30-11 a.m. May 9
Friday, 9:30-11 p.m. May 30
It seems that Thomas Jefferson was known for more than being the President of the United States, author, inventor, and architect. He was also known as an expert gardener who grew many of our American native plants, including those native to Michigan. Craig Elston - Naturalist for the city of Hudsonville, has traveled to Monticello many times to explore the beautiful gardens that were created by Mr. Jefferson (as he is known in Virginia). He will take us down some of those lovely garden paths as he explains the role Mr. Jefferson took in being the “father” of the flowers. Discover which ones are in your gardens – you may have a Jeffersonia!
NM = non-members
Call to register: 616.632.2430
Family Traditions: The Glue that Holds Us Together
Family traditions play a critical role in the development of healthy families. Those things we remember as the “we always” can open communication, create memories, sustain us through difficult times, and help define who we are. Traditions can last a lifetime and new traditions can be started as needed anytime. Anne King, former GRPS principal and exercise guru, will explore three kinds of family traditions, and discuss ideas for starting new traditions. Participants will have opportunity to share some of their own traditions and learn how everyday interactions become meaningful when practiced with intent.
Registration Form (Spring 2014)
Call to register: 616.632.2430
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Please remember all OLLI members may select any and all Free Member Classes MONDAY
Join the Dance: Writing Poetry in Forms q$63 (B) q$50 (S) q$76 (NM)
Wonderful Collectibles q$16 (B) q$12 (S) q$21 (NM) The Actor & the Director – The Heart of the Art q$16 (B) q$12 (S) q$21 (NM)
My Dearest Friend: The Lives and Love of John and Abigail Adams q$19 (B) q$15 (S) q$3 (G) q$24 (NM) Has the Weather Become More Extreme? q$35 (B) q$30 (S) q$42 (NM)
History of the Navy: Six Frigates q$35 (B) q$30 (S) q$42 (NM)
Jazz, Blues, Behop, and Hughes q$35 (B) q$30 (S) q$42 (NM) Changing Images of Women’s Empowerment q$35 (B) q$30 (S) q$42 (NM) Michigan Roadside Attractions q$16 (B) q$12 (S) q$21 (NM)
FREE MEMBER CLASS: Sustainability in the Steelcase Supply Chain q May 5
WEDNESDAY Take Me Out to the Old Ball Game! Early ‘Base’ Ball q$16 (B) q$12 (S) q$21 (NM)
Dead Sea Scrolls q$63 (B) q$50 (S) q$76 (NM)
History of Christianity in East Asia – China, Korea and Japan q$63 (B) q$50 (S) q$76 (NM)
No Barriers: Life without Limits q$16 (B) q$12 (S) q$21 (NM)
Stratford Shakespeare Preview q$63 (B) q$50 (S) q$76 (NM)
A Thousand Letters Home q$16 (B) q$12 (S) q$21 (NM)
Navy Pier Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Trip q$95 Members Bronze Silver & Gold q$110 (NM)
Mid- Century Modern: 20th Century Fashion & Art 1945-1968 q$35 (B) q$30 (S) q$42 (NM) Regional Styles of American Writers q$52 (B) q$42 (S) q$62 (NM) Cry of Freedom q$10 (B) q$8 (S) q$15 (NM)
Islam and Modernity q$35 (B) q$30 (S) q$42 (NM)
Faith of Our Founding Fathers q$63 (B) q$50 (S) q$76 (NM)
Peering Inside the Detroit Institute of Arts q$35 (B) q$30 (S) q$42 (NM)
Spies, Espionage and American National Security q$35 (B) q$30 (S) q$42 (NM)
Detroit Institute of Arts - Tour q$85 Members Bronze Silver & Gold q$99 (NM)
U.S. – Russian Relations: A New Cold War? q$63 (B) q$50 (S) q$76 (NM)
Having Fun with Watercolor q$63 (B) q$50 (S) q$76 (NM)
Clutter: The Mess that Came to Stay q$16 (B) q$12 (S) q$21 (NM)
World in Crisis: A Look at International Relations q$52 (B) q$42 (S) q$62 (NM)
Cambodia’s War Crimes Trial: A Surprising Journey q$16 (B) q$12 (S) q$21 (NM)
Israel and Palestine: An Interfaith Perspective q$35 (B) q$30 (S) q$42 (NM)
FREE MEMBER CLASSES The Gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello q May 9 Family Traditions: The Glue that Holds Us Together q May 30
Redistricting Run Amok q$16 (B) q$12 (S) q$21 (NM) Advance Directives q$16 (B) q$12 (S) q$21 (NM)
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Look for these classes and more in the June 2014 catalog:
WWI America: Political, Economic & Social Effects of the Great War in the U.S. John Otterbacher - “Solo” Trolley Tour of Mid-Century Homes
Music of the ‘70s
If You Dream It, You Can Do It Have You Heard a Good Joke Today? A Physician’s Perspective on ObamaCare
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: April 7 Phone: 616.632.2430 Fax: 616.732.4480 aquinas.edu/olli
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Course catalog for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Aquinas College.