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January 30 – March 28


Thank you for making OLLI at the Browne Center a vibrant and happy place to learn! Because of your ideas, comments, financial help, and participation, our membership and attendance continue to grow. We are excited for our winter classes with new course offerings and first time instructors, and we hope you join us for the fun. If you are not yet a member, now is the time to become one as there is even greater value in all that membership has to offer (see page 2).

U.S. – Russian Relations 9:30-11:30 am Fountain Street Church: A Grand Rapids Landmark 2:00-3:30 pm Central Asia & the Silk Roads 9:30-11:30 am Tour of the Amberg House 1:30-2:30 pm An Early Historical Tour of the Grand River Valley 1:30-3:30 pm

TUESDAY Grand Rapids in the Civil War & After 9:30-11:30 am Footsteps: Exotic & Intriguing Sites of Ancient Syria & Lebanon 1:30-3:30 pm Office of the President: What Makes a GoodLeader? 9:30-11:30 am History of Words, Phrases & Holidays 1:30-3:30 pm Have I Gotta Story to Tell You, Dave 1:30-3:30 pm

Fountain Street Church: A Grand Rapids Landmark page 3 Central Asia & the Silk Roads page 3

Rick Steketee and Sheila Pantlind





OLLI Book Seminar II 1:30-3:30 pm

Meditation: It’s Not What You Think 9:30-11:30 am

Hot Topics in Constitutional Law 9:30-11:30 am

Travel Hot & Cold with Mary Jane 1:30-3:30 pm

Charles Darwin Then & Now 1:30-3:30 pm

Consequential Presidents 1:30-3:30 pm

Sports Time with Greg 1:30-3:30 pm

Blessed Among All Women 9:30-11:30 am

Hitchcock’s Wrong Men (and Women) 9:30-11:30 am

Hildegard of Bingen & The Living Light 7:00-8:00 pm

Furnishings for the World: Grand Rapids as America’s Furniture Capital 1:30-3:30 pm

Contemporary Ireland 1:30-3:30 pm

From Mid-Life Adventure to Shakespeare’s Romantic Comedies Mid-Life Crisis in Saudi Arabia 1:30-3:30 pm 9:30-11:30 am Change Happens 9:30-11:30 am

FRIDAY Living Southern Authors & Those Who Came Before 9:30-11:30 am Tasting & Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip 9:30-11:30 am Roman Emperors & the Women Who Influenced Them 9:30-11:30 am FREE MEMBER CLASSES: Lives Worth Living: The Great Fight for Disability Rights Noon-1:30 pm The Dementia Caregiver Journey: How to Help 9:30-11:00 am For Those in Peril: Shipwrecks of Ottawa County Noon-1:30 pm

An Early Historical Tour of the Grand River Valley page 3 Hot Topics in Constitutional Law page 5 Hildegard of Bingen & the Living Light page 7 Living Southern Authors & Those Who Came Before page 8 Tasting & Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip page 8 Roman Emperors & the Women Who Influenced Them page 9

OLLI Membership Structure (September 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) For the 2012-2013, OLLI academic year, we are again offering a tiered membership designed to provide you with options and monetary savings. As you see below there are 3 different memberships from which to choose. The more classes you take, the more you can save. Membership Structure (M = member; NM = non-member) 4 week class 3 week class 2 week class 1 week class M NM M NM M NM M NM $63 $76 $52 $62 $35 $42 $16 $21

Bronze Membership: $25 Membership fee

Silver Membership: $60 Membership fee

Gold Membership: $385 Membership fee

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

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

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

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

For further explanation of why one should become a Bronze, Silver or Gold please call 616.632.2430. By becoming an OLLI member, you are eligible to take Free Member Classes designated in each catalog.

Advantages of Membership • • • •

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

Become an OLLI Member today!

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

Effective February 1, 2013

NEW PRO-RATED MEMBERSHIPS Because OLLI’s year is half way over, we have reduced our annual Bronze and Silver membership fee by 50%. Starting February 1, Bronze Memberships will be $12.50, and Silver Memberships will be $30 through June 2013. All membership advantages still apply with reduced pricing on tuition classes.



MONDAY U.S. – Russian Relations Mondays, 9:30-11:30 am Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25 Heather L. Tafel, Ph.D., is associate professor of political science at GVSU. Her research centers on the development of political institutions in postSoviet Russia. She has lived in Russia, Germany and Austria for extended periods. There is never a dull moment when it comes to U.S.-Russian relations. In this course, we will travail the ups and downs of U.S.-Russian relations by first comparing the Cold War period with the post-Cold War period. We will approach our study thematically by discussing the following topics: 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. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Fountain Street Church: A Grand Rapids Landmark Monday, 2:00-3:30 pm Feb. 4 Fountain Street Church was established in 1869 as a mainstream Baptist church, but severed its ties to the American Baptist Church and became the non-creedal liberal church it is known as today. After a fire destroyed the original structure in 1917 the current sanctuary and church house were built in 1924. Tour this Romanesque building full of Byzantine art housed in a 21st Century religious institution - you will see why FSC is one of Grand Rapids’ treasures.

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M: Bronze $10 Silver $8 NM: $15 Location: 24 Fountain NE Grand Rapids, 49503 Note: Please arrive at 1:45 pm tour begins at 2:00 pm. Call OLLI office for parking directions or map. Class Maximum is 60.

Central Asia & the Silk Roads Mondays, 9:30-11:30 am March 4, 11, 18 & 25 Dr. Craig Benjamin is an associate professor of history at GVSU and also teaches in the Meijer Honors College. He is the author of numerous published articles, chapters and books on ancient Central Asian history and world history historiography. OLLI students have enjoyed Craig’s energetic, passionate lectures for many years. Since the emergence of the earliest cultures, humans have traded with each other, often over long distances. However, during the Classical and Medieval Eras the establishment of major empires from the Mediterranean to China facilitated extraordinary levels of commercial and cultural exchange across the vast Afro-Eurasian world zone. At the heart of this great network was the landlocked region of Central Asia, the mountainous and arid Crossroads of Eurasia, where a series of powerful states and empires facilitated and controlled these lucrative exchanges. This course looks at the history of this fascinating region during the ancient and medieval periods, and at the profound impact of the Silk Roads on both Central Eurasian and world history. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Tour of the Amberg House Monday, 1:30-2:30 pm March 4


The Amberg House was contracted in 1909 to Frank Lloyd Wright and he subcontracted the design to a Chicago architect who hired Wright’s long-time associate, Marion Mahony, to design the house. It displays the characteristics of the Prairie Style that Wright practiced in this period, including the horizontal emphasis, open floor plan, and strong relationship of house to landscape. Interior decorative detailing is rich but simple, featuring a strong pattern of oak woodwork and leaded glass in warm, earthy colors. The main living quarters are on the upper floor, allowing most rooms to have vaulted ceilings. Join Tom Logan, the homeowner today, and enjoy the display of an extensive art collection in the rooms of the house. M: Bronze $10 Silver $8 NM: $15 Location: 505 College SE Grand Rapids – corner of Logan & College. Note: Please meet at this location by 1:15 pm – tour begins at 1:30 pm. Street parking in the area is available.

An Early Historical Tour of the Grand River Valley Mondays, 1:30-3:30 pm March 18 & 25 Kevin Finney is the executive director of the Great Lakes Lifeways Institute. Kevin is a cultural historian and educator who specializes in the life and history of Native Americans of the Great Lakes region. He has written three books including a Potawatomi-English dictionary. Come and find out what Grand Rapids was like before it was a town, how Indian trails became the roads you know today and how fur traders like Rix Robinson and Louis Campau became our areas first

COURSES CONT. prominent business men. In this two part class we will be traveling down the Grand River from Ada to Lake Michigan and discovering some of our region’s lesser known, but most fascinating history including Hopewell Mounds, Historic Ottawa Indian villages, trails, fur trading posts and early natural features. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

TUESDAY Grand Rapids in the Civil War & After Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am Feb. 5 & 12 Gordon Olson is Grand Rapids City Historian Emeritus and author of numerous history books about the city of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapidians watched anxiously as the nation slid closer and closer to the Civil War in the late 1850’s, debating the states’ rights and slavery issues at its core. When war came, nearly 5,000 Kent County volunteers turned out to serve in all branches of the military and in all campaigns – from Bull Run to Gettysburg, and the final confrontations in the east. When the war was over slightly more than 1 in 8 had fallen to battle or disease. Among those who returned were the region’s business and government leaders for the remainder of the 19th century. Matching archival images and the words of participants, the class will begin with the pre-war 1850’s, continue through the war, and conclude by looking at its postwar impact. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

Footsteps: Exotic & Intriguing Sites of Ancient Syria & Lebanon Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26 Neal Bierling, a Calvin College graduate, began his archaeological dig adventures back in 1972 in Israel. He has created curriculum for Old and New Testament Bible translations and Christian Schools International based on the rich history he has unearthed. Neal and his son Joel now create virtual tours and curriculum about the Middle East. 2012-13 is a year of turmoil and conflict for Syria and Lebanon. Both countries were prominent in the history of the region two to four thousand years ago. Damascus, the capital city of Syria, has been its capital even before we read about Damascus in the Biblical books of Kings. Back in the 20th century, Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East. This series of classes will explore why and which sites you should know (and visit when you can). M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Office of the President: What Makes a Good Leader? Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am Feb. 26, Mar. 5 & 12 Robert SchooneJongen is assistant professor of history at Calvin College and is the grandson of Dutch immigrants. He has published numerous articles on the history of American immigration. From George Washington to Barack Obama, forty-three people have occupied the office of president. All but one of European descent, and all male, they came to the office 4

from a wide range of backgrounds, bringing an equally wide range of hopes, agendas, and personalities to the job. Some rose to historical immortality, others sank into the ranks of villains. Many simply have been forgotten. This class will examine how history influences our views of this select group of people. We will search for answers by contrasting their personalities, their performances in office, and the legacies they created. We will consider what we, as citizens, expect of those chosen to lead a nation and ask the question: What makes a good leader in a democratic society? M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

History of Words, Phrases & Holidays Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm Mar. 19 & 26 Scott Stabler, Ph.D. is associate professor of history at GVSU. He has taught many classes at OLLI including those on the Civil War and the Founding Fathers. During this 2 week course, we will look at the history of holidays, everyday items and famous colloquialisms. Holidays evolve over time mostly from interesting twists and turns. Christmas comes minimally from Christ’s birth; its popularity in the U.S. comes mainly from big business. How Americans celebrate Thanksgiving has little basis in history. Colloquialisms and practical items have a historical basis that few know. “Raining cats and dogs,” a threshold, canopy beds and “dirt poor” all have an explanation based on homes in the Medieval Era. Sayings like “graveyard shift” and “dead ringer” come from the Black Plague era. Join Scott and take an interesting and insightful look at a different side of history. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

Call to register: 616.632.2430

Have I Gotta Story to Tell You, Dave

of Women Voters, Advocates for Senior Issue are just a few.

Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 pm March 19

This is a 6 week book seminar facilitated by Deb Snow. The book A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize Our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country by Professor Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia will be used for discussion, along with a series of DVDs.

Dave Kampfschulte is the president of Amazing Circles Workshops. His interactive workshops have been popular throughout the state and country because of his energy, experiences, empathy, and humor. He has a M.A. in Education and is a certified grief specialist. His book, Amazing Circles, has helped people to broaden and deepen their understanding of others and themselves. Finding meaning in our lives is an age old challenge. It is often found through the stories hidden between the folds of everyday life. Join veteran educator, Dave Kampfschulte for an entertaining session as he relates his experiences in interviewing participants for the My Life Story program. Learn about the constant themes that flow through all our lives and some new tips on how to coax stories from your family and friends. If you have a story – you have a life! M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center

WEDNESDAY OLLI Book Seminar II Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm Jan. 30, Feb. 13, 27, Mar. 13, 27 & Apr. 17 Deb Snow is a graduate of Aquinas College and earned her M.A. in Political Science from WMU. She taught for 40 years at East Kentwood High School and coached the school’s We the People team for 25 years. Deb is active in many organizations – League

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Charles Darwin Then & Now Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm Feb. 6 & 13 Dr. Carl Bajema is Professor Emeritus of biology at GVSU. He has a Ph.D. in Zoology from MSU and has measured ongoing evolution in human populations, as well as studied the history of the Darwinian theory of evolution by natural selection.

Member Rate for Bronze, Silver & Gold: $50 Location: Browne Center Note: OLLI Membership required. Class limited to 20.

Hot Topics in Constitutional Law


Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27


Professor Devin Schindler is highly regarded at OLLI. Far from being a dry law school class, his presentations are lively, entertaining and interactive. He is an award-winning associate professor of constitutional law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and was recognized by the Detroit News as a “Super Lawyer.” The U. S. Constitution remains as vital and important now as it was 200 years ago. In recent years, federal courts have contended with some of the most difficult constitutional issues that have divided our country. Debates over gun control, healthcare, gay rights, abortion, death penalty and the proper role of the courts in our Constitutional scheme of government continue unabated as cases work their way to an ideologically divided Supreme Court. Professor Schindler will analyze the major issues currently facing our country. He will take cases right from the headlines and explore personalities, constitutional principles and legal issues that will drive the ultimate decisions. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center 5

Charles Darwin constructed and championed one of the most important scientific theories with respect to better understanding living organisms and the ways in which they behave. Darwin’s theory is widely misunderstood by not only the general public, but also by many biologists. Professor Bajema will provide the class with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the natural processes that biologists have identified that have been and are still involved in producing the adaptations we observe in nature. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

Sports Time with Greg Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm Feb. 27 & Mar. 6 Greg Johnson has been an award winning sports journalist for 30 years primarily for The Grand Rapids Press and Booth Newspapers. Currently Greg is Chief Information Officer for Ingenuity International. Feb. 27 – The Final Four Tournament: It’s time to fill in your bracket for “The Big Dance.” Greg will share stories and history from this wildly popular icon of American culture, college basketball tournament. He will take the class down memory lane: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson at center stage in ’79. UCLA and Coach John

COURSES CONT. Wooden, University of Kentucky, and the Duke Blue Devils are all synonymous with winning the National Championship. Sharpen your pencils and get ready for March Madness! Mar. 6 – History of the Masters Tournament: Few events captivate its intended audience of golfers more than the Masters Tournament. One of professional golf’s four “major” championships, the Masters is the youngest of the majors yet has the richest and compelling history. A vision, a famous golf architect and a three-hole stretch called “Amen Corner” are part of a rich history. And in 2012, for the first time in history, women were added as members. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Note: Priced per lecture Location: Browne Center

Hitchcock’s Wrong Men (and Women) Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am Mar. 6, 13, 20 & 27 Andrew Jefchak received a Ph.D. in American Literature from MSU. He taught courses in literature, writing, and film study at Aquinas College for more than 40 years, and was a regular movie critic for The Grand Rapids Press for 30 years. He is the author of dozens of articles on film subjects: Alfred Hitchcock, Westerns, individual films such as On the Waterfront, and many others. Although Sir Alfred Hitchcock has long been considered the greatest of all film directors at creating suspense, his work also reflects an obsession with central characters who are falsely accused of serious crimes, usually murder. Beginning with his silent masterpiece The Lodger, a mystery reminiscent of the Jack the Ripper stories, through his brutal study of serial sex murders, Frenzy, Hitchcock explored the desperate world of innocent

people on the run because of things they didn’t do. Andrew will focus on the circumstances – often accidental – which create panic in the lives of ordinary people. Scenes from The Wrong Man, The Lodger, Saboteur, Notorious and North by Northwest are just a few of the films Andrew will show to demonstrate this theme. M: Bronze $63 Silver $50 NM: $76 Location: Browne Center

Furnishings for the World: Grand Rapids as America’s Furniture Capital Wednesdays, 1:303:30 pm Mar. 13 & 20 Matthew Daley, Ph.D., is associate professor of history at GVSU. Dr. Daley’s research focuses on urban public and social policy, Great Lakes maritime culture and technology, and public history. He is editor of the Grand Rapids Historical Society’s magazine Grand River Valley History. Beginning in the middle of the 19th century, a group of cabinetmakers and entrepreneurs remade a river town in Michigan into the center of the furniture production in the U.S. Capturing the growth of the middle class and the urbanization of the nation, Grand Rapids took the lead on its larger rivals and has remained a vital part of the industry today. Far from a simple story of luck and perseverance, the city’s place was achieved by vision, skill, trials, and struggle including the furniture strike of 1911. “Furniture City, U.S.A.” is far more than chairs and tables – it is the story of a city and its community. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center


Shakespeare’s Romantic Comedies Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm Mar. 13, 20 & 27 Ben Lockerd, popular professor of English at GVSU, received a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He is a published writer whose most recent book and essay are the Aethereal Rumours: T.S. Eliot’s Physics and Poetics and Eliot in Context respectively. We will explore a sampling of Shakespeare’s witty and wonderful comedies, discussing the texts of those plays and some film versions. Participants are asked to bring a copy of the following to each meeting: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

THURSDAY Meditation: It’s Not What You Think Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am Feb. 7, 14 & 21 Fred Stella, writer and lecturer, is an ordained Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple. He is currently president of Interfaith Dialogue Association and hosts its weekly radio program. Fred will provide an overview of the tradition of meditation, basic meditation procedures, correct posture and important keys to starting and maintaining a serious discipline of daily practice. Although Fred’s credentials are Hindu, he teaches in a manner that will resonate with people of all beliefs.

Call to register: 616.632.2430

While some teach meditation from a purely secular point of view as a stress release technique, this course is for those who wish to enlarge their spiritual lives.

writes and lectures nationally on presidential history and leadership. His series on the modern day U.S. presidents was a highlight of OLLI’s 2011-12 year.

Hildegard of Bingen & The Living Light

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Feb. 28 – Abraham Lincoln: The melancholy young man who split rails on the frontier was the unlikeliest person to become president of the U.S. In this presentation, we will explore all of the obstacles Lincoln overcame to reach the White House.

OLLI at Aquinas is pleased to announce a special appearance by Linn Maxwell performing her one woman show Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light. Linn combines her passion for acting and singing to bring to life many characters, both historical and fictional, and invites her audience to discover them with her. Please see page 10 for details.

Travel Hot & Cold with Mary Jane Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm Feb. 7 & 14 Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray received her B.S. in Geology and her doctorate in Conservation Education from MSU. From 1968 – 1990 she was Curator – Naturalist of the Blandford Nature Center. Mary Jane is OLLI’s resident world traveler and scientist. Journey with Mary Jane to the tiny island of Trinidad - 9 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Tobago is just to the north and even smaller. Travel the winding roads, blooming with tropical vegetation, busy villages, Caroni Swamp with clouds of scarlet ibis, a close encounter with rare oil birds – all this and Carnival! Her next stop is Iceland. What am I doing here? Vikings probably asked this question when they landed in the early 800’s along with the tourist who arrives on the rugged landscape that was a training site for astronauts. Iceland offers vignettes of great beauty, interest and a literate populous – a country dominated by sea, ice and fire. M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center

Consequential Presidents Thursday, 1:30-3:30 pm Feb. 28 & Mar. 21 Gleaves Whitney is director of GVSU’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. He is a scholar who

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Mar. 21 – Theodore Roosevelt: Few presidents have pursued reform more energetically than TR. In fact, he transformed American’s view of presidential power at the very time when the nation was coming of age on the world stage. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Note: Price per lecture Location: Donnelly Center

Blessed Among All Women Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am Mar. 7 & 14 Sister Sue Tracy OP has been a Dominican sister for over fifty years. She is the chaplain at Spectrum Hospital, where she ministers cancer patients and their families. She is an author and speaks on a variety of topics. Sister Sue will explore the lives of contemporary women saints, prophets and witnesses. Through input, reflection and discussion, students will discover elements that women have in common as they fulfill their own special missions here on Earth. Sister will carve out time to inspire and hopefully motivate students to continue maximizing the gifts of life we all have to make the 21st century in America the best. Join us with Sister Sue for another spiritually uplifting class – with much laughter and joy! M: Bronze $35 Silver $30 NM: $42 Location: Browne Center 7


Thursday, 7:00-8:00 pm Mar. 7

All OLLI Members $10 NM: $15 Location: Kretschmer Hall Aquinas College

Contemporary Ireland Thursday, 1:30-3:30 pm Mar. 14 Pat Commins is a De La Salle Christian Brother. He graduated from the University College Dublin and has taught in the Republic and Northern Ireland at both the elementary and secondary levels. As an administrator, he has traveled widely and his interest lies in local and national Irish history. In his presentation, Brother Patrick will trace the roots of contemporary Ireland by focusing on the principal, political, social and religious events which have shaped modern Ireland. These will include the country’s relationship with Britain, moments of political and social reform in the 19th century, the great famine, the pursuit of independence, partition, Northern Ireland, liberalization issues, and the truth about St. Patrick. This talk is definitely not blarney! M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center


COURSES CONT. From Mid-Life Adventure to Mid-Life Crisis in Saudi Arabia Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am Mar. 21 Pam Daugavietis, author of Through the Eyes of a Child: The Story of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital was executive producer of The Gift of All: A Community of Givers, a 2009 documentary about how West Michigan has been shaped by a generation of generous citizens following WWII. She is a member of the Association of Personal Historians and creator of Pam’s Pocketbooks – Distilled Wisdom for People on the Go. In 1989, newlyweds Dr. Andy and Pam Daugavietis moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where Andy became a staff rheumatologist at the King Fahad National Guard Hospital and Pam became the hospital’s first Christian, Western, female staff writer in the public relations department. During their stay, Iraq invaded Kuwait in the early hours of August 2, 1990, changing their mid-life adventure to a mid-life crisis. The couple returned home January 10, 1991, one week before the Gulf War (Desert Storm) started. Pam, a local free-lance writer, will share highlights of their adventures from her perspective as a female, including a desert picnic with a royal prince, interviewing the 1989 Faisal Foundation Award winners, and meeting California native Marianne Alireza, who married a Saudi national in the U.S. in 1941 and became the first American woman to live in Saudi Arabia. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center

Change Happens Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am March 28 Maureen Burns is a professional speaker and author of 6 books. She is also a weekly columnist for The Daily News and a monthly columnist for Faith Magazine – Grand Rapids. She is warm, down-to-earth, witty and wise. Maureen’s last presentation for OLLI was on “Forgiveness.” Change happens and it’s everywhere. Maureen carefully explains the steps involved in change, why we resist it, and most importantly, practical tools to anticipate, accept and even enjoy it. She will also share wit and wisdom from her new book On My Mind… Or What’s Left of It. You won’t want to miss Maureen’s class. M: Bronze $16 Silver $12 NM: $21 Location: Browne Center

FRIDAY Living Southern Authors & Those Who Came Before Fridays, 9:30-11:30 am Feb. 1, 8 & 15 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 the University of Michigan. His interests in literature include contemporary Southern writers as well as Michigan authors. Mark will take you back in time to look at the Southern writing tradition of oldsters such as Faulkner and the recently deceased such as Walker Percy. He will also give overviews and short video interviews of mature authors out


there who have shaped the past century of the field (and still today) like Robert Morgan, Lee Smith, Wendell Berry, and Kaye Gibbons. Mark will also delve into details of the great characters and scenarios developed in works by these authors. To complete the talk of Southern voices, Mark will tour the youngest stable of those, especially Silas House and C.E. Morgan. In the last class, he will discuss interesting comparisons with recent contemporary writers of other regional standing to illustrate how they differ. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

Tasting & Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip Friday, 9:30-11:30 am Feb. 22 Buckle up as award winning journalist Jaye Beeler and photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick lead a tasting tour that reaches north through the thimbleberry patches of the Upper Peninsula to the southeast inner-city vegetable plots of Detroit. Dianne will present a slideshow as the pair share the back-stories about each farmer and culinary artisans featured in Tasting and Touring Michigan. Jaye will offer a tasting and demonstration focusing on eating locally in the winter – think hibernation foods like heritage meats, dried beans and atmosphere controlled produce. Are you hungry now? M: Bronze $21 Silver $17 Gold $5 NM: $26 Location: Browne Center Note: Food cost included

Call to register: 616.632.2430

Rome in the first century A.D. In addition to articles and stories, Dr. Bell has published historical mysteries for adults and children. His recent book, The Corpus Conundrum was published in 2011.

FRIDAY CONT. Roman Emperors & the Women Who Influenced Them

In ancient Rome men ruled. Women had no political power, but they had enormous influence. They often determined who would become emperor and then guided the decisions that the emperors made. For over two hundred years,

Fridays, 9:30-11:30 am Mar. 8, 15 & 22 Dr. Albert Bell is professor of history at Hope College. His research interests focus on ancient

beginning with the first emperor, Augustus, women of the imperial families worked behind the scenes and gradually became more visible in the running of the empire. Coins, artwork, and inscriptions trace their exercise of power. M: Bronze $52 Silver $42 NM: $62 Location: Browne Center

FREE MEMBER CLASSES - FRIDAYS AT THE BROWNE CENTER Lives Worth Living: The Great Fight for Disability Rights

Community will address issues for current caregivers of people with memory loss, cognitive changes, and dementia. They will review the importance of evaluation, as well as where to go for diagnostic services. Types of dementia and competencies needed for caregivers will be highlighted. This will include how to share information with family and friends, how to communicate effectively, and community resources.

Friday, Noon-1:30 pm Feb. 8 Stan Roth is vice president of the Advocates for Senior Issues and an organizer for the Disability Advocates of Kent County. Join Stan as he gives the history of the fight for disability rights in our country that led to the passage of The Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. It has been a long road for equality, independence, and full access for all – and the journey continues.

For Those in Peril: Shipwrecks of Ottawa County Friday, Noon-1:30 pm Mar. 22 Craig Rich is a 42-year veteran Great Lakes master diver, historian, shipwreck hunter, and co-founder of Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates. Craig will give a multimedia program about the loss of four vessels from vastly different eras to illustrate the variety of maritime losses in the Grand Haven and Holland area from the early 1800s to 1980.

The Dementia Caregiver Journey: How to Help Friday, 9:30-11:00 am Mar. 1 Dr. Suzann Ogland-Hand, geropsychologist and Director for the Center for Senior Care at Pine Rest and Chris Simons, Dementia Services Coordinator for Clark Retirement


Save the date May 17 travel by coach to Chicago and enjoy the Art Institute of Chicago and the Oriental Art Institute with popular Professor Henry Luttikhuizen as our guide. Call the OLLI office at 616.632.2430 for more information.


OLLI Welcomes Linn Maxwell’s One Woman Show

Hildegard of Bingen & The Living Light

How often does one get a glimpse into the life of a monastic nun from the 12th century? International mezzo soprano Linn Maxwell presents her new play, Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light, about the 12th century German Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), who was moreover the first known woman composer. Way ahead of her time -- by centuries! -- in a male-dominated world, Hildegard challenged the established authority of the Church, both philosophically and musically. Accompanying herself on authentic medieval instruments including psaltery, organistrum and medieval harp, Linn Maxwell performs seven of Hildegard’s original songs. Actual letters and writings will transport us to the turbulent times of the Crusades in Western Europe. Hildegard’s eternal, universal message of spiritual truth, holistic healing and caring for the earth is more urgent today than ever.

Thursday, March 7 7:00-8:00 pm

Kretschmer Hall, Aquinas College. All OLLI Members $10 NM: $15 Please call OLLI at 616.632.2430 for details or to register.

Join Linn Maxwell after the performance. The DVD will be available for purchase and signing.


M = members

NM = non-members

Registration Form (Winter 2013)

Phone Registration: 616.632.2430

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

q Bronze $25 $12.50 q Silver $60 $30

Please remember all OLLI members may select any Free Member Course. If registering more than one person please indicate student’s name to specific class.


TUESDAY Grand Rapids in the Civil War & After q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

U.S. – Russian Relations q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM) Fountain Street Church: A Grand Rapids Landmark q $10 (M Bronze) q $8 (M Silver) q $15 (NM)

Footsteps: Exotic & Intriguing Sites of Ancient Syria & Lebanon q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

WEDNESDAY OLLI Book Seminar II q $50 (M Bronze, Silver and Gold) OLLI MEMBERS ONLY Hot Topics in Constitutional Law q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

Office of the President: What Makes a Good Leader? q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM)

Tour of the Amberg House q $10 (M Bronze) q $8 (M Silver) q $15 (NM) An Early Historical Tour of the Grand River Valley q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

History of Words, Phrases & Holidays q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM) Have I Gotta Story to Tell you, Dave q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Meditation: It’s Not What You Think q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM) Travel Hot & Cold with Mary Jane q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

Charles Darwin Then & Now Central Asia & q $35 (M Bronze) the Silk Roads q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)


q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

Sports Time with Greg q Feb. 27 - The Final Four Tournament q Mar. 6 - History of the Masters Tournament q $16 (M Bronze) each q $12 (M Silver) each q $21 (NM) each Hitchcock’s Wrong Men (and Women) q $63 (M Bronze) q $50 (M Silver) q $76 (NM)

Consequential Presidents q Feb. 28 Lincoln q Mar. 21 Roosevelt q $16 (M Bronze) each q $12 (M Silver) each q $21 (NM) each Blessed Among All Women q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM) Hildegard of Bingen and The Living Light q $10 All OLLI members q $15 (NM)

Furnishings for the World: Grand Rapids as America’s Furniture Capital q $35 (M Bronze) q $30 (M Silver) q $42 (NM)

Contemporary Ireland q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Shakespeare’s Romantic Comedies q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM)

From Mid-Life Adventure to Mid-Life Crisis in Saudi Arabia q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

Change Happens q $16 (M Bronze) q $12 (M Silver) q $21 (NM)

FRIDAY Living Southern Authors & Those Who Came Before q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM) Tasting & Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip q $21 (M Bronze) q $17 (M Silver) q $5 (M Gold) q $26 (NM) Roman Emperors & the Women Who Influenced Them q $52 (M Bronze) q $42 (M Silver) q $62 (NM) FREE MEMBER CLASSES: q Lives Worth Living: The Great Fight for Disability Rights q The Dementia Caregiver Journey: How to Help q For Those in Peril: Shipwrecks of Ottawa County

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Aquinas College OLLI at Aquinas 1607 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506-1799

Look for these classes and more in the Spring 2013 catalog:

Origins of the Bible History of Ancient Art OLLI Bus Trip to Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago & Oriental Art Institute The History of the Great Grand Rapids Department Stores Women in African Politics Durham’s Update on Syria & Libya

Winter 2013

Course Schedule Classes begin: January 30 Registration begins: January 4 Phone: 616.632.2430 Fax: 616.732.4480

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OLLI Catalog :: Winter 2013  

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