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April 1 – May 25



Welcome back Spring – and Snowbirds. Be here for enlightenment and great fun. Memberships are now half off – great time to join!

MONDAY Why Discuss History’s Underdogs? – Series with Dr. Fred Johnson 9:30-11:30 a.m. Book Discussion: Edith Wharton 11:30-1:30 p.m. Portraits in Poetry: A Writing Workshop 1:30-3:30 p.m. OLLI Monthly Book Club with Susan Lovell 11:45 - 1:15 p.m. A Fleet for Democracy: Fighting the First World War on the Great Lakes and Atlantic 1:30-3:30 p.m. The White House Wives 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tour of Brookby - The Historic Blodgett Estate 10:00 - Noon

TUESDAY Land and Nation: The IsraeliPalestinian Conflict in Historical Perspective 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday Night at the Movies: Bogart Film Festival 4:00-6:30 p.m. So, Whatever Happened to Czechoslovakia? 9:30-11:30 a.m. Having Fun with Watercolors 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Crime, Culture & Media: Examining the Construction of the U.S. Justice Systems 1:30-3:30 p.m.



Natural Medicine and Homeopathy for a Healthy Future 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Telling, Archiving & Sharing Your Digital Stories 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Finding our way on the Camino de Santiago 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Classical Mythology 1:30-3:30 p.m.

This Is Where I Stand – Discussion Groups 11:45 – 1:15 p.m. & 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Cold War-Era Iconic Photographs 1:30-3:30 p.m.

FRIDAY Traditional Chinese Culture 9:30-11:30 a.m. Young President Ford 9:30-11:30 a.m. Managing the Behavioral Problems of Dementia 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Brash Books/ Audacious Authors/ Dinner & Opera Timeless Ideas –The Marriage of 1:30-3:30 p.m. Figaro The Changing 5:00-10:00 p.m. Poetry Singing Off Landscape for the Page! Downtown Grand Smaller Colleges 1:30-3:30 p.m. Rapids Geology 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Local History The Strange & A Blandford Nature Walking Tour Center “Double Feature” Wonderous Story 9:30-Noon of Jazz: 1890-1960 with “The Doc” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Antiques and Art 9:30-11:30 a.m. with Chuck & Ward Business Ethics... 9:30-11:30 a.m. Exploring the A Continuing Saga World of Travel 1:30-3:30 p.m. 9:30-11:30 a.m. FREE MEMBER Greece 2017 – A Jesus at 2018 CLASSES Classical Tour 9:30-11:30 a.m. Postcards from 9:30-11:30 a.m. East: Wish You Were Shakespeare: Dirty Here! Politics, Stupid Laws 9:30-11:00 a.m. and Forgiveness 1:30-3:30 p.m. The All of Us NIH Research Program The City of Grand 9:30-11:00 a.m. Rapids: The Police Chief’s Perspective 1:30-3:30 p.m. The Garden in Art 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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The White House Wives page 3

Land and Nation: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Historical Perspective page 4

Crime, Culture & Media: Examining the Construction of U.S. Justice Systems page 4

Natural Medicine and Homeopathy for a Healthy Future page 5

The Garden in Art page 5

The Changing Landscape for Smaller Colleges page 6

The Strange & Wonderous Story of Jazz: 1890-1960 page 8

Managing the Behavioral Problems of Dementia – Dr. Madelon Krissoff page 9

PRO-RATED MEMBERSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE Because OLLI’s year is half over, we have reduced our annual Bronze and Silver membership fee by 50%. As of February 1, Bronze Memberships are only $12.50, and Silver Memberships are $30 through June 2018. All membership advantages still apply with reduced pricing on tuition classes. When you purchase a membership, you help the OLLI at Aquinas College program!

• Reminder: No OLLI credit will be given without a 24 hour notice, and all credits must be used before the academic year ends. • All classes are held in the Browne Center (2001 Robinson RD SE) - unless noted or notified. • Class cancellations due to weather at OLLI are based on Aquinas College closing – please check local TV stations and • All special interest and small discussion groups require membership.


MONDAY Why Discuss History’s Underdogs? – Series with Dr. Fred Johnson Monday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fred Johnson, Ph.D., is associate professor of history at Hope College. His primary field of study is 19th Century U.S. History, specifically, the Civil War. He is currently completing a book, America’s Blind Spot: U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa 1945-present. April 9 – Getting the Big Three to do Right – Consumer advocates faced bruising battles to get carmakers to implement safety belts, air bags, and other safety features. Over time, the Big Three learned that safety was very good for business.

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April 23 – Their Longest, Biggest Battle – Throughout history, women fought in wars for reasons of their own and for reasons similar to men. Their biggest battles were often not the opponents of their country, but male attitudes and actions keeping them out of the fight. May 7 – Matters of Blood & Treasure – Modern conflicts have steadily demanded more energy, resources, and cooperation from citizens, but some people refused to cooperate. For speaking out in the name of peace, opponents of war earned scorn and, eventually… respect. May 21 – Something They Can’t Correct – During the 20th century, 32 states carried out federally funded programs of coerced sterilization aimed at undesirables, minorities, and immigrants. Amazingly the struggle against coerced sterilization carried over into the 21st century. 2

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Book Discussion: Edith Wharton Monday, 11:30-1:30 p.m. 4 Classes – April 23, 30, May 7 & 14 Anne Horvitz J.D. received her Masters from Harvard and her J.D. from Cooley Law School. Edith Wharton was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921 (first woman), and was nominated for the Nobel Prize several times. She “radically portrayed the lives and morals of the late 19th century, an era of decline and faded wealth.” Discussion will center on six novels sequentially: The Age of Innocence, Wharton’s poignant characterization of New York

COURSES CONT. upper class society; The House of Mirth, about a well born but impoverished woman, a member of New York society; Ethan Frome, a New England love story; The Reef, about the romance of a widow and her former lover; The Custom of the Country, about travails of a Midwestern girl attempting to ascend New York society; Summer, set in New England about the sexual awakening of a young single mother. Background about life and travels of Edith Wharton also will be presented. Not necessary to read the books to enjoy course. M: Bronze $68 Silver $56 Maximum: 19

Portraits in Poetry: A Writing Workshop

Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 4 Classes - April 9, 16, 23 (**skip 4/30) & May 7 Miriam Pederson is an emeritus professor of English at Aquinas College. She has been published in many poetry journals, anthologies and magazines. She has also authored a poetry chapbook titled, This Brief Light. Poems that paint human portraits have a long history in this genre going back to ancient Greece when Homer vividly brought his heroes to life with brush strokes that have colored readers’ imaginations for centuries. This class will offer examples of poems that allow us to feel we know the person portrayed through the poet’s artful, convincing lines that will inspire class participants in composing their own works to share with fellow poets. M: Bronze $68 Silver $56 NM: $80 Maximum: 14

OLLI Monthly Book Club with Susan Lovell Monday, 11:45 - 1:15 p.m. 1 Class – April 16 If February’s book discussion (Remains of the Day) was light on plot and deep in character, this month’s Grapes of Wrath by Nobel winner John Steinbeck is heavy in plot and less intense about the people in his novel. And while the historical WWII background of Remains of the Day was not significant, the Great Depression setting of Grapes of Wrath is at the heart of this story. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 Maximum: 19

A Fleet for Democracy: Fighting the First World War on the Great Lakes and Atlantic Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 2 Classes – April 16 & 23 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. The German submarine campaign against shipping on the Atlantic was a central battleground during World War I. When the United States joined the war in April 1917, the nation responded by marshalling the talents of men and women to build a fleet to overcome the terrible losses. Students will examine the lives of these shipbuilders, the special-built towns, and the impact the war had on the heartland. M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40 3

The White House Wives Monday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 3 Classes – May 7, 14 & 21 Robert SchooneJongen, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Calvin College teaches courses on the topics of immigration and the American presidency and has published numerous articles on the history of American immigration, especially Dutch immigration to New Jersey and Minnesota. The wives of the Presidents, from Martha Washington to Melania Trump, influenced both the presidency and the history of the United States. All served as hostesses, some as political advisers or personal secretaries or co-presidents or campaigners. Some were hardly seen, or even known; others were public people in their own right. Students will look at the various roles the wives of the presidents have played throughout American history and see what being First Lady has meant over the years. M: Bronze $51 Silver $42 NM: $60

Tour of Brookby - The Historic Blodgett Estate Monday, 10:00 - Noon 1 Class –May 14 Join local historian, Jeff Systma, as he guides you through the historic Blodgett Estate called Brookby on the campus of Aquinas College. Jeff will provide the history of both the estate itself, and also give a glimpse of the once-renowned family who called it home for over 60 years. This presentation will take place at the Brookby estate and will include a

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tour of both the house and grounds. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20 Maximum: 40 Note: Please arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. and park at the Browne Center.

TUESDAY Land and Nation: The IsraeliPalestinian Conflict in Historical Perspective Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 3 Classes – April 3, 10 & 17 Mark Hoolihan, Ph.D., received his doctorate from MSU and has taught there as well as Lawrence Technological University, Kalamazoo College and Aquinas College. His teaching and research interests include Eastern Europe, Jewish history and the Middle East. This course will trace the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from early Zionism to the present day. The major people and events will be looked at from the perspective of two competing narratives. Mark will help students foster a deeper understanding of how this conflict developed and how it is viewed by the people most affected by it. M: Bronze $51 Silver $42 NM: $60

Tuesday Night at the Movies: Bogart Film Festival Tuesday, 4:00-6:30 p.m. April 10, 17 & 24 Henry Idema, Ph.D., received a BA and an MA at U of M and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is an

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ordained Episcopal priest who did his theological training in Cambridge, MA. He has authored two books and for over 25 years has been writing columns for newspapers in West Michigan.

Mary’s personal travels and experiences in both Slovakia and in the Czech Republic.

Humphrey Bogart made a dramatic transition, with much pressure from Warner Brothers, to transform his persona from the “bad guy” to the private detective, to a romantic lead. He pulled it off in the following three movies:

Having Fun with Watercolors

April 10 – Casablanca April 17 – To Have and Have Not April 24 – Key Largo M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20 Note: Price is per date – Please add $5 per date for refreshments. Maximum: 40

So, Whatever Happened to Czechoslovakia? Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 2 Classes – April 17 & 24 Mary L. Williams, a Notre Dame JD, is a first generation American of Slovak decent. She and her husband Chris travel extensivelywhich included a personal pilgrimage to Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 2016. Czechoslovakia, a land with a long, rich and diverse cultural and political history, existed as a sovereign nation from 1918 until 1993. On January 1, 1993, its internal “Velvet Revolution” created two sovereign nations: the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic. Mary will briefly explore the united and divided history of Czechoslovakia. Then, sit back and enjoy the stunning beauty, welcoming people and current vitality of each republic through


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Tuesday, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. 4 Classes – May 1, 8, 15 & 22 Mary Ann Challa is a local artist and art educator. She studied art at GVSU and Aquinas College. She taught art for GRPS for many years, and she continues with her teaching as the “artist in residence” at Goodwillie Elementary in Ada. This watercolor class is designed for both the beginning painter and for those who already know how to paint and want to develop their style. It will offer clear, visual explanations and easy exercises that will build up skills and confidence for amateur artists. M: Bronze $68 Silver $56 NM: $80 Note: Please bring your own supplies – a suggested list is available at registration. Maximum: 12

Crime, Culture & Media: Examining the Construction of the U.S. Justice Systems Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 2 Classes – May 1 & 8 John Walsh Ph.D., received a BA degree in Administration of Justice with a minor in philosophy, then completed an MA in Administration of Justice, as well as a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. In addition to his academic degrees, Dr. Walsh has also served as a police officer within the Chicago Police

COURSES CONT. Department and as a policy analyst within the Cook County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office and the Cook County Department of Corrections. Dr. Walsh will examine the intersection between media representation of crime and public perceptions of crime trends at the local, state and national level. Inclusion of theoretical perspectives of crime causation, moral panics, claims making, and politically driven policymaking will inform our discussion of subjective and objective interpretations of victims and offenders. Presentation and discussion will focus on how the interplay between public officials, media outlets, and community members shape perceptions of crime, criminals, and victims. In addition, how these perceptions form and drive public policy in relation to the growth and focus of criminal justice systems such as policing, courts and corrections will be investigated and couched within the current U.S. culture of crime and punishment. M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40

WEDNESDAY Natural Medicine and Homeopathy for a Healthy Future Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 1 Class – April 4 Bob Huttinga has been a certified physician assistant for over forty years – mostly in family care. He is a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, Certified Homeopath and hypnotherapist. He is the author of A Shortcut to Success and Put Your Health in Your Own Hands as well

as an online course, Why Settle for Average, Be AmaZing.

This Is Where I Stand – Discussion Groups

In this class, students will learn some basic ways to improve their health (and life) by using natural means. Bob has extensive experience in natural medicine, herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, energy medicine and nutrition. Learn some simple ways “ to put your health in your own hands.”

Wednesday, 1.5 hour Classes, 2 Groups Offered – April 11, 18, 25 & May 2

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Finding our way on the Camino de Santiago

Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 3 Week Course – April 11, 18 & 25 Ann Zoellner, MA, is a retired educator/ administrator… and a lifelong world traveler. After 38 years with the Grand Rapids Public Schools she decided to find her way into the next chapter of her life. With four friends, she walked the ancient pilgrim path also known as the Camino Francés, or the Way of St. James. Ann will begin sharing her journey by showing the film, The Way, written, produced and directed by Emilio Estevez, staring his father Martin Sheen. Next, we will hit the road, discussing this historical journey and the accomplishment of completing this 500 mile walk from the French Pyrenees to Santiago, Spain. Finally, we will explore our Lessons Learned, including why did we walk, what did we bring (oh carry what you bring), where did we stay, what did we eat, how many blisters did we treat, and most of all, how did we share the joy of this extraordinary experience with other pilgrims. M: Bronze $51 Silver $42 NM: $60

Group 1 – Meets 11:45 – 1:15 p.m. 2nd Floor Conference Room Browne Center Group 2 – Meets 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. 2nd Floor Conference Room Browne Center Dave Kampfschulte facilitates these popular, on-going, current topic group discussions. If you have been searching for stimulating conversation and the chance to reflect on your opinions and your beliefs – this is the class for you! Participants will have the opportunity to have a facilitated discussion where they stand on current issues, ethical dilemmas and the meanings of words and phrases. Leave with a reinforced clarification of your belief system and a better understanding of other points of view in a time where that is more critical than ever. M: Bronze $52 Silver $44 Maximum 16 - Must be OLLI Member

The Garden in Art Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 3 Classes – April 11, 18 & 25 Suzanne Eberle is a professor of Art History at Kendall College of Art and Design. She specializes in Modern and Contemporary Art, with particular attention to aesthetic issues of the body, including the history of fashion. The garden has long played a role in the history of art. Join Suzanne at this appropriate time of year as


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she explores how, in art, the garden and its many components reflect larger issues of human interventions in nature, social and cultural symbolism, and a deep yearning for wholeness and renewal. You will view and learn about flowers in your garden, imagining and painting the ideal garden and contemporary earthworks.

these special birds. The second part of this tour will be an in-depth visit in the historic buildings that were added to the center over the years. Your guide will be founding director Mary Jane Dockeray, who has many stories to share.

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The Changing Landscape for Smaller Colleges Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1 Class – April 18 Dr. Kevin Quinn, newly appointed 8th president of Aquinas College, will talk about what smaller colleges are doing to increase enrollment and remain sustainable for the future. Most state universities and smaller, private colleges are facing enrollment declines. Issues including affordability, soaring student (and campus) debt, and shrinking state, federal, and foundation funding are raising questions about the sustainability of current higher education. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20

A Blandford Nature Center “Double Feature” with “The Doc” Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1 Class – April 25 Blandford Nature Center has a magnificent collection of live Michigan owls. Students will begin the morning with a “close-up and personal” meeting with the owls. Staff naturalist Sarah Chertos will relate fascinating information about owls and specific facts about

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Exploring the World of Travel Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1 Class – May 2 Susan J. Smith, former Grand Rapids Press writer along with her husband Jack have traveled to many fascinating and exotic destinations. Her travel blog is In a world of super connection, the first half of Susan’s presentation will explore the impact of isolation on two traditional countries, Ghutan and Myanmar, in Southeast Asia. Bhutan has been isolated geographically and by choice while Myanmar has suffered at the hands of an extremely restrictive military dictatorship. What is the impact of their being isolated for so long and how are these countries changing as they begin to join the modern world? In the second half, Susan will start with the famous statement by Saint Augustine, “The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Susan will use her extensive photo portfolio to share thoughts and insights on the benefits of travel – including the dark side of travel. Yes, traveling to historical sites do have unintended, negative consequences! M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20


Jesus at 2018 Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 4 Classes – May 2, 9, 16 & 23 Rev. Maurice A. Fetty received degrees from Union Theological Seminary, NYC, and a MA 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 published 15 books and numerous articles. Jesus was born 2018 years ago. And in the last twenty centuries, He has been one of the major forces shaping human history. Students will explore the basic concepts of how Jesus has been perceived and interpreted. Rev. Fetty will begin with the New Testament and continue to present day while discussing the predominant themes for understanding Jesus. M: Bronze $68 Silver $56 NM: $80

Shakespeare: Dirty Politics, Stupid Laws and Forgiveness Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 4 Classes – May 2, 9, 16 & 23 Author and teacher Gary Eberle is a professor emeritus of English at Aquinas College. Among his nonfiction books are Sacred Time and the Search for Meaning; Dangerous Words: Talking about God in An Age of Fundamentalism and Angel Strings, a novel. Professor Eberle is a well-known lecturer on mythology and literature in west Michigan. In Julius Caesar and Coriolanus, Shakespeare plumbs the depths of dirty politics, from backroom deals and shameless populist pandering

COURSES CONT. to assassination and civil war. In A Comedy of Errors, he shows how one stupid law can inadvertently bring about a miraculous homecoming. In his final play, The Tempest, he shows us a mature, but flawed, ruler who learns to forgive his enemies. Compared with today’s political ups and downs, these plays prove there is nothing new under the sun. (These four plays are being performed at the Stratford Festival in Ontario this summer.) M: Bronze $68 Silver $56 NM: $80

The City of Grand Rapids: The Police Chief’s Perspective Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 1 Class – May 23 David Rahinsky began his tenure as the Police Chief of Grand Rapids in 2014. Supported by his 30+ years of law enforcement experience, Chief Rahinsky holds an extensive knowledge of police leadership, crime control and prevention, and investigative work. He remains committed to the goal of strengthening community relationships while focusing on making Grand Rapids the safest cities of its size in the nation. Chief Rahinsky will discuss the state of the Grand Rapids Police Department: where we are, where we are going and how we will get there. Included will be the current hot topics about trust with community members, the use of body cameras, and what is being done to prevent crime. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20

THURSDAY Telling, Archiving & Sharing Your Digital Stories

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

Cold War-Era Iconic Photographs

Steve Soper is a former digital photo archivist and photographer. Steve also volunteers as a curator at the Museum of Computer Art. View his portfolio at

Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 1 Class – April 19

Come explore digital story telling with Steve and learn how to tell your own story through your camera. In the first week, Steve will discuss how to use your camera to tell digital stories, develop good workflow, use the digital darkroom and give handy tips on taking photographs. He will then ask students to try shooting their own story project for the following week. In that second week, Steve will look at the students’ “projects” and show them how to share these stories online and in print. Please be familiar with your camera and its operation and bring it along to the first session. M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40 Maximum: 20

Classical Mythology Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 3 Classes – April 5, 12 & 19 Jason Stevens Ph.D. is assistant professor of English at Cornerstone University. He earned his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Dallas. Students will survey classical mythology including Greek, Roman, Norse and Celtic mythology. Jason will introduce the pantheon, major sources and of


Anthony Thompson, MFA, is professor of photography at GVSU. His photographs and artworks have been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Professor Thompson will show and discuss photographs from his documentary project Incendiary Iconography: Photographs of the Former Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant and Related Waste Disposal Sites. The project examines the history, land-use, health, safety, and environmental impacts of cold war-era nuclear sites in the American west. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20

Brash Books/Audacious Authors/Timeless Ideas Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Gleaves Whitney - director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will continue this series about the Remarkable Romans. April 26 – The Fall of the Republicans: Cato, Cicero, and Brutus. A century of civil wars severely weakened Roman institutions, especially the Senate, and opened the way for strongman dictators and unconstitutional tyrants to command the military and vie for control of Rome. In the process, the last great defenders of the Republic – Brutus, Cicero,

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and Cato – were all killed. We will hear their stories as Plutarch and Shakespeare told them. May 24 – Remarkable Romans: Ovid and Virgil. Ancient Rome produced some great writers whose works would have a lasting impact on Western literature, especially Shakespeare. In this presentation, we will look at two of Rome’s greatest authors: Ovid, whose Metamorphoses focuses on love (amor, which is Roma spelled backward) and is by turns comic and tragic: and Virgil, whose Aeneid recounts the heroic adventures of Aeneas after he flees from the devastated city of Troy. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20 Note: Price is per lecture

Poetry Singing Off the Page

Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 1 Class – April 26 Award-winning folk musician Laz Slomovits joins published poet Jennifer Burd in a program of poetry set to music. Hear classic lyrics from treasured poets of the English language — William Shakespeare, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost. Also featured will be contemporary poets Dan Gerber, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Linda Nemec Foster — and even a sprinkling of haiku! Jennifer will recite the poems to Laz’s multi-instrumental accompaniment, (guitar, fiddle, and a variety of folk flutes) and then Laz will sing the poems to his original musical settings. On many of the poems, Jennifer accompanies Laz on a 22 stringed harp-like instrument called a “Bowed Psaltery” which dates back to medieval times. It has a haunting sound and adds a

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wonderful flavor to the poems. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20

The Strange & Wonderous Story of Jazz: 1890-1960 Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 3 Classes – May 3, 10 & 17 Jon VanderPloeg, an attorney at Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge in Grand Rapids since 1986, is an avid record collector, listener and music historian. Jazz is a uniquely original American art form. Its seeds arrived in the hearts, minds, and bones of African people purloined to our slave ship docks. Their music survived the Middle Passage and flowed out onto the river, into the fields of endless toil, and into the masters’ kitchens. The music was an unconquerable freedom. Ragtime, blues and jazz were all born of it, and that music traveled the Mississippi by boat to Memphis and Chicago and back to New Orleans, and then to St. Louis, Detroit, New York, Kansas City, Houston, LA ….  We will explore by records (mostly vintage 78’s), video, and stories, the history of America’s music that conquered the world. M: Bronze $51 Silver $42 NM: $60

Business Ethics... A Continuing Saga Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 2 Classes – May 3 & 10 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, he was an executive V.P. at Whirlpool and Herman Miller, and also served as president of Herman 8

Miller International. He currently is an assistant professor at Seidman College of Business at GVSU where he teaches ethics in business courses. Questions in business ethics are important and relevant to everyone. Business activity shapes the world we live in, sometimes for good and sometimes for ill. Join Robert as he discusses recent ethics’ issues with such companies as Wells Fargo and Volkswagen as well as sexual harrassment issues. M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40

Greece 2017 – A Classical Tour Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1 Class – May 24 Greg Carnevale, a lifelong student of theology and philosophy with degrees in both, the former from the Universitá Laterano in Roma, the latter from Villanova University, is a founding teacher of City High School where he taught Latin and Greek. He taught Ancient Greek History and Philosophy at the American Community Schools in Athens, Greece. Returning to GR, he taught Latin at Creston, and at East Grand Rapids. Greg was also an Associate Professor of Latin at Aquinas College. In 2017, Greg led a group of sixteen, many from OLLI, for seventeen days through the ancient sites of mainland Greece and then through four of the islands of Greece: Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, and Delos – Come journey to Greece with Greg! M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20


FRIDAY Traditional Chinese Culture Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 2 Classes – April 20 & 27 Rui Niu-Cooper, Ph.D., is an associate professor and the director of the TESOL and ESL programs at GVSU. Formerly, she was the director of the ESL and Bilingual programs at Aquinas College. Dr. Nui-Cooper uses movie clips to introduce traditional Chinese holidays and ceremonies (food, clothes, decorations, etc.) associated with the selected holidays. Students will have opportunities to experience and view some traditional Chinese holiday ceremony artifacts. She will also introduce some selected Chinese culture rooted from Confucian’s philosophy. This class will help students understand Chinese culture at a deeper level. M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40

Young President Ford Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1 Class – April 20 Caroline Cook and Amy Kornoelje both have lives invested in West Michigan and a love for everything Grand Rapids. Caroline founded Grand Rapids Running Tours in 2014 and Amy is her fellow tour ambassador in telling the fascinating tales of Grand Rapids from the culture, history, entertainment and growth.

the U.S. buried in Grand Rapids, beside his wife, Betty, but he was not born here. In fact, he was not named Gerald R. Ford at birth. This virtual tour will tell the tale of our humble civil servant as you visit places touched by “Junior” during his All-American youth 1913 through 1931 - in old Grand Rapids. Experience the inspirational story of a man raised in this great Midwestern city to become a world leader. Students will learn where he lived, played, worshipped, studied, and competed athletically. Lastly, we will observe Ford’s tomb, his statue in front of the Presidential Museum and his last working office.  M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20

Managing the Behavioral Problems of Dementia Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1 Class – May 4 Madelon Krissoff, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Krissoff serves as the medical director at Resthaven Care Community in Holland. One of the hardest tasks for a caregiver of a person with dementia is to manage the behavioral problems that arise. Such problems include poor sleep, anxiety, restlessness, depression, and many more. There are two ways to handle these problems: changing the environment, and adding medications. Dr. Krissoff will discuss these approaches in a practical manner, hoping to give caretakers more tools to successfully help their loved ones and to improve the quality of life of both. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20

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Dinner & Opera – The Marriage of Figaro Friday, 5:00-10:00 p.m. May 4 OLLI members are invited to a preopera dinner at the University Club before the performance of the Marriage of Fegaro at DeVos Hall. Students can socialize, have dinner, and meet and learn about the production they will see from Artistic Director, Maestro James Meena. Following dinner, students will walk across the street to attend the performance. Tickets to the performance will be discounted 30% for OLLI members; therefore, the seats in the mezzanine will be purchased for $41. The $65 dinner with the Maestro will be discounted to $45 for OLLI members. The total cost for one person for dinner, talk and the performance will be $86! (Note: this is a non-refundable event.) OLLI Member Price $86 per person Note: Must register by Monday, April 16, parking is free in the 5th/3rd Building Lot.

Downtown Grand Rapids Geology and Local History Walking Tour Friday, 9:30-Noon 1 Class – May 4 Explore downtown Grand Rapids with Dr. John Weber professor of geology at GVSU, veteran teacher, lifelong learner, and avocational historian via a 2-3 hour walking tour. He will focus on: 1) the geology of our city’s natural features such as the Grand River, the rapids, and abandoned gypsum mines, 2) uncovering some “hidden” native American and early American history, and 3) exploring

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local, Michigan, national, and global geology by studying building stones in key city structures such as St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Ryerson Library, the Trust Building, and the Kent County Courthouse. Highlights will include relating local history to geology at St. Mark’s and seeing and learning about Michaelangelo’s favorite sculpting stone, the Carrara marble, in the Ryerson Library foyer. Sturdy walking shoes and clothing appropriate to weather conditions are recommended. Walking will be on sidewalks, with occasional indoor stops, and pace will be

steady but not brisk or athletic. M: Bronze $17 Silver $14 NM: $20 Maximum 30 - Meet in the middle of the Blue Bridge by 9:15 a.m.

Antiques and Art with Chuck & Ward

Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 2 Classes – May 18 & 25 It is time to welcome back Chuck Schoenknect and Ward Paul for a two part class. They will discuss

two art periods – Art Nouveau and Art Deco – and how alike and how very different they are in philosophy, technique and design. The 60s art movement was often confused with both Art Deco and Art Nouveau. Many objects from these periods will be shown for comparison. During the second class, Chuck and Ward will conduct their renowned “roadshow” and encourage students to bring in a piece for appraisal – as a reminder: no weapons, stamps or coins! M: Bronze $34 Silver $28 NM: $40

FREE MEMBER CLASSES AT THE BROWNE CENTER Postcards from East Grand Rapids: Wish You Were Here!

The All of Us NIH Research Program

Friday, 9:30-11:00 a.m. May 11 Spectrum Health is part of a research community of one million people who will share their unique health data, answering survey questions about health, environment and lifestyle. The data gathered from this group will be added to a database so that researchers can further understand how different factors impact our health. Dave Chelsea, Director of Research Operations at Spectrum Health, will give an overview of this important research project that may enable a future of precision medicine for all of us.

Friday, 9:30-11:00 a.m. April 13 Join Mary Dersch, curator at the East Grand Rapids History Room, Kent District Library, for a trip through the years in East via postcards and pictures. Visit familiar and unfamiliar East Grand Rapids places and faces and share your memories.

COLLETTE TRAVEL IS OFFERING 4 FABULOUS • IMPERIAL CITIES - PRAGUE, VIENNA & BUDAPEST September 17-27, 2018 • SOUTHERN ITALY & SICILY (Informational presentation April 18 at 11:45 a.m.) November 6-17, 2018 • WINTER IN YELLOWSTONE January 26 - February 1, 2019 • EXPLORING SOUTH AFRICA, VICTORIA FALLS & BOTSWANA March 13 - 26, 2019 CONTACT

Susan Kohloff at or 989-763-1774 for more information.

2018-2019 TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES! Call to register: 616.632.2430


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MONDAY Why Discuss History’s Underdogs 4/9 – Getting the Big Three to do Right 1 4/23 – Their Longest, Biggest Battle 1 5/7 – Matters of Blood & Treasure 1 5/21 Something They Can’t Correct 1 Book Discussion: Edith Wharton 4 Portraits in Poetry 4 Monthly Book Club with Susan Lovell 1 A Fleet for Democracy 2 The White House Wives 3 Tour of Brookby 1



WEDNESDAY, continued Exploring the World of Travel Jesus at 2018 Shakespeare: Dirty Politics, Stupid Laws & Forgiveness

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Grand Rapids Police Chief’s Perspective 1


THURSDAY Tell Your Digital Stories Classical Mythology Cold War-Era Iconic Photographs Brash Books/Audacious Authors 4/26 – The Fall of the Republicans: Cato, Cicero & Brutus 5/24 – Remarkable Romans: Ovid & Virgil Poetry Singing Off the Page Strange & Wonderous Story of Jazz Business Ethics… A Continuing Saga Greece 2017 – A Classical Tour

TUESDAY The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 3 ________ Tuesday Night at the Movies 4/10 – Casablanca 1 **Add $5** ________ 4/17 – To Have and Have Not 1 **Add $5** ________ 4/24 – Key Largo 1 **Add $5** ________ Whatever Happened to Czechoslovakia? 2 ________ Having Fun with Watercolors 4 ________ Crime, Culture & Media 2 ________ WEDNESDAY Natural Medicine and Homeopathy Finding Our Way on the Camino de Santiago This is Where I Stand Group #1 (1.5 hr.) Group #2 (1.5 hr.) The Garden in Art The Changing Landscape for Smaller Colleges A Blandford Nature Center Tour

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FRIDAY Traditional Chinese Culture 2 Young President Ford 1 Managing Problems of Dementia 1 Dinner & Opera – The Marriage of Figaro ** $86 ** GR Geology/History Walking Tour 1 Antiques and Art with Chuck & Ward 2

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Look for the June 2018 OLLI Catalog: Gateway to the Playground of the Nation: A Look Back at Promoting the City and West Michigan Grand Rapids’ Lady Legends State of the Art – Tour Grand Valley State University’s Library The Great Sellout - Advertising Food to the American Public MISSION STATEMENT

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Spring 2018

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Classes begin: April 3 Registration begins: March 5 Phone: 616.632.2430 Fax: 616.732.4480

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