Spring 2014 Course and Activity Schedule
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida State University A Message from the OLLI Member President
As your OLLI president, I would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday Season and a New Year blessed with good health and increased opportunities to engage in lifelong learning. We have had an outstanding Fall Term, adding more than 200 new members and offering more classes and activities than ever. Spring Term will be even better. We have scheduled about 40 classes, numerous stimulating activities and travel opportunities. Be sure to read the class and activities summaries in this Course and Activity Schedule. Our drive to increase our membership to 1,000 this year got off to a rousing start in the Fall, but there’s still a way to go. That’s why we are renewing our efforts to reach out to previous members and recruit new ones. We will unleash another publicity blitz in the weeks leading up to our Spring Term Showcase on January 7th. Why is the 1,000-member goal so important? Reaching it will be a vital factor in persuading the Osher Foundation to give us a second $1 million endowment. Growth is good, providing more opportunities for lifelong learning to all OLLI members, but it is also expensive. Another Osher endowment, coupled with our own fundraising efforts, will ensure OLLI of sustainability for years to come. I urge all of you to help OLLI get to where we need to go. If you know of former members who have not returned to OLLI this year, please urge them to become a Spring Term member. I also urge you to reach out Tuesday, January 7, 2014 to friends, relatives and neighbors who have not yet 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. experienced the rich rewards of OLLI membership. FSU Conference Center (Turnbull Center) Remember our recruiting drive slogan: “Each One, 555 W. Pensacola Street Reach One. It’s Worth a Million Bucks.” If you need Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1640 information on the benefits of OLLI membership, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (map available at www.olli.fsu.edu) Thank you for your continuing support of OLLI. I I Come and listen as Spring OLLI instructors look forward to renewing old friendships and making describe their upcoming courses. Also, take the new ones at Spring Term classes and activities. opportunity to pre-register for OLLI activities. John Van Gieson, Member Board President For further information call 644-7947. FREE parking!
Adults 50+ You’re Invited to OLLI’s Spring 2014 Showcase of Classes
From the OLLI Director Come out and join us on Tuesday, January 7th at 1 p.m. at the FSU Conference Center to hear the OLLI instructors give presentations about their classes for the Spring Term. You can also sign up for the special events and activities. If that’s not enough, you’ll learn about new and exciting travel and study opportunities abroad. As we grow, special interest groups continue being added, and now a new hands-on art club is forming! So much is happening!! Classes will begin the last week of January so that we finish up the six-week term before the FSU Spring Break. I hope you enjoy your holidays and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
Deb Herman, Executive Director
Sign up for Membership or renew your Membership NOW Course and activity registration begins Thursday, January 9th, at 10:00 a.m. all at www.olli.fsu.edu
OLLI at FSU Spring 2014 TERM Classes begin January 27th and continue through March 7th.
2014 Spring Courses by Subject Area/Classes Begin January 27th
Classes begin January 27th and continue through March 7th.
All classes meet two hours once a week for six weeks unless otherwise noted. Class locations and addresses are listed on the back page of this brochure or in the following descriptions. Course Registration begins Thursday, January 9th at 10:00 a.m. See page 18 for details.
ARTS, CULTURE and MUSIC Aesthetics of Performing Arts Presenting (NEW) Christopher Heacox, Executive Director of Seven Days of Opening Nights, the Performing Arts series at Florida State University 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Mondays (Room 214, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
The Aesthetics of Performing Arts Presenting will take a glimpse at the world of professional performing arts presenting from the producers’, artists’, and consumers’ roles. The disciplines of music, theatre, and dance will help frame the discussions of: What constitutes a good performance?; How are artists selected?; and How do the performing arts bring together communities? These questions and others will be explored using performances on the Seven Days of Opening Nights 2014 calendar and with discussions from the instructor, visiting artists, and other special guests.
Maximum class size: 30.
Classical Guitar Appreciation (NEW) Marco Villa, Ph.D. Candidate, College of Music, FSU 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Thursdays (Westminster Oaks, Maguire Center, Room C)
Florida State University College of Music recitals regularly feature some of the best professional and student classical guitarists in the country. However, with the broad range of repertoire available to classical guitarists, the task of discussing and categorizing the different styles can be daunting to a non-musician. This course will serve as an introduction to classical guitar repertoire from the Renaissance to the present, and will feature historical contextualization, biographical information on composers and guided listening. Maximum class size: 80
Dancing in the Movies: Cultural Identity in Global Dance Films (NEW) Jennifer Atkins, Assistant Professor, School of Dance, FSU 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Thursdays (Westminster Oaks, Maguire Center, Room C)
Dining in Florence (NEW) Chef Robert Citto 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saturdays (Three Weeks: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15) (Aprons Cooking School Publix Supermarket, 3521 Thomasville Rd)
Dancing in the movies is a fascinating springboard into exploring the terrain of global dance cultures. By looking at filmic representations of dance practices from around the world, this course will consider the varied contexts that create cultural movement styles while also delving into questions of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and ritual. The course will begin with a survey of popular world dance forms, terminology, and perspectives and then utilize cinematic case studies in flamenco, English Country dancing, Bollywood, parkour, and wushu/kung fu as specific entry points into our own observations about the power of dance to embody identity, history, community, and even resistance. Maximum class size: 80
Day One: Foods of Florence Demonstration class. Three-course tasting using authentic recipes of Florence paired with wine. Day Two: Wine tastings with smoked salmon roll and chocolate dipped strawberries. Day Three: Desserts of Florence. We will have recipes and tasting sheets for the classes. Please bring pen and paper. Maximum class size: 30.
The Fabulous Piano (NEW) Tobias Mostel, M.A./Ph.D. program of Art History and Interdisciplinary Humanities, FSU 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesdays Tuition $55 (Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
We shall experience wonderful videos of famous pianists: Libetta, Horowitz, Paderewski, Richter, Pogorelisch, Kissin, Cziffra, Li, Lisitsa, Hofmann, Tatum, Jarrett, Argerich, Cortot and Hamelin. We probably will not get to all of them, since I have to talk, too. Of Nineteenth Century pianists, I hope to get to de Pachmann, Rosenthal, and others. We shall spend time listening to and looking at great music. It is important to see what the hands are doing so that the geographical spread of the keyboard is understood. I hope that everyone will comprehend the use of the keyboard by the great pianists who wrote and improvised for it. Maximum class size: 110.
ARTS, CULTURE and MUSIC continued From the Beatles to Michael Bublé: American Popular Music Since the Late 1960s (NEW) Matt DelCiampo, Ph.D. Candidate, Musicology, FSU 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays (Room 214, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
This class will explore the various musical, political, technological, social, and economic influences that have shaped the history of popular music in this country. You are not required to have any prior musical background. Instead, we will be listening to music and watching video in class as a way to launch class discussions into the deeper issues cited above.
Maximum class size: 30.
Socrates in Love: Love and Passion Expressed in Philosophy, Literature and Art (NEW) Ursula Morgan, Professor of Humanities, Tallahassee Community College 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays Tuition $55 (Tallahassee Community College, Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Room #104)
Based on Christopher Phillips’ book Socrates in Love: Philosophy for a Passionate Heart, we’ll discuss the various expressions of love in philosophy, literature and art. We’ll explore the concepts of Eros, Philia, Agape in Plato’s Symposium, Freud’s contributions to psychology, the controversial Art of Love by Ovid, divine love found in the Bible and Dante’s Divine Comedy, unrequited love in Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris, Romantic love as expressed in poetry, and even love “that dare not speak its name” found in homoerotic literature. To complement the philosophical and literary discussions, we’ll study the art of Picasso, Klimt, and Rodin and enjoy the sentiment expressed in their works. Suggested Reading: Socrates in Love: Philosophy for a Passionate Heart by Christopher Phillips.
Maximum class size: 30
Understanding Film Music (NEW) Dennis Hutchison, Ph.D. in Musicology, Academic Advisor for the Department of Biological Science, FSU 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesdays (Westminster Oaks, Maguire Center, Room C)
Motion pictures count as one of the great American art forms. They can be entertaining, uplifting, even informative. Movies are a combination of sight and sound, drama and music. Music in film often goes unnoticed, but it breathes life into the images on the screen. The goal of this course is to understand the role that music plays in film. We will talk about the language of film music and survey some of the most important periods in film music history, from the Golden Age of Silent Film to Symphonic Scores in the New Millennium. Here are some of the great films we will watch, listen to and discuss: King Kong, Casablanca, Bride of Frankenstein, Ben-Hur, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Mission, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Lord of the Rings. Suggested Reading: Roger Hickman, Reel Music. Maximum class size: 80.
“Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo?” (Posthumous Musical Collaborations with The Bard) (NEW) Ruth Akers, Professor, College of Music, FSU 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wednesdays (Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
This class will explore some of the musical renditions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. From ballet to opera to symphonic poems to Broadway, this love story appears to be ageless. Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Bernstein, Prokofiev, Delius, and Gounod are a few of the composers who have appropriated R & J for their own purposes. Shakespeare’s famous couple even shows up in contemporary popular music and films. Anyone interested in a little tragic romance this term? Maximum class size: 110.
Wines of Italy: History and Culture (NEW) Charles LaTour, Retired Professor from the Dedman School of Hospitality, FSU 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Saturdays (Three Weeks: 2/22, 3/1, 3/8) (Front Porch Restaurant, Wahoo Room, 1215 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32303)
The course will explore the three major wine regions of Italy, Tuscany, Vento, near Venice, and Piedmont in northwestern Italy. After participating in this three week course, you will understand the historic role Italy has played in the development of viticulture and winemaking. We will take an in-depth look at the varietals and styles of wines produced in these regions. You will be more confident in selecting wines by knowing the wine regulations of Italy, and how they are displayed on the label. This information will enhance your enjoyment of wines. We will taste some of the fine wines of these regions, two to three wines per class. Mobility Required: Students must be able to climb a flight of stairs. Suggested Reading: KISS, Guide to Wines, by Robert Joseph & Margaret Rand. You can get it through Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. It is out of print, but they have used copies from .99 cents, plus S & H.
Maximum class size: 35.
CURRENT EVENTS Great Decisions Session 2 (NEW) 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wednesdays (Westminster Oaks, Maguire Center, Room B) Tuition $55
Great Decisions Session 1 (NEW) 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays (Pepper Library, Pepper Center, FSU Campus) Tuition $55
Both sessions are facilitated by Patricia L. Johnson, Ph.D., FSU retired faculty What are the best foreign policy options for the United States in 2014? Specifically, what do we do about “gamechanging” defense technologies such as drones, cyber-weapons, and the use of 3-D printing to fashion weapons that cannot be detected through usual security means? How should the U.S. respond to the unforeseen aftermath of the Arab Spring, which has led to the rise of anti-western, Islamic political movements? What about growing tensions between the U.S. and Israel with respect to Iran? How should the U.S. react to China’s growing dominance in Asia and its current expansionist foreign policy? In this class, participants enjoy an opportunity to discuss six pressing current issues, using the Great Decisions briefing papers as source materials. The Great Decisions briefing book may be purchased for $20 by calling 800-477-5836 or www.greatdecisions.org.
Maximum class size for each session: 35
Sustainability Rather than Growth for the Planet: A New Paradigm Recognizing Finite Limits on Global Warming, Population, Food and Water Ray Bellamy, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wednesdays Tuition $55 (Room 214, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
Impending worldwide shortages of food, water and arable land, and climate change, along with overpopulation and political paralysis, threaten all future generations and urgent changes are needed to address these issues. Suggested Reading: Limits to Growth: The 30 Year Update by Donella H. Mathews, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows; The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth. http://truth-out.org/opinion/ item/19872-capitalism-and-the-destruction-of-life-on-earth-six-theses-on-saving-the-humans. Maximum class size: 30.
GENEALOGY Genealogy Geek: Online Research Lab Session 1 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays (Room 263 Computer Lab, Pepper Center, FSU Campus) Tuition $55
Genealogy Geek: Online Research Lab Session 2 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wednesdays (Room 263 Computer Lab, Pepper Center, FSU Campus) Tuition $55
Both sessions are taught by Deanna Ramsey, Certified Technical Trainer, who currently serves for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and Friends of the State Archives of Florida. This class is intended for individuals who are interested in learning how to employ online resources in researching their family history. You will learn how to create an online toolkit most useful for your genealogy research. The instructor will assist you in navigating online genealogy websites, databases, and forums and help solve problems you encounter in your searches. She will provide pointers for utilizing using both genealogy and non-genealogy features of the internet, including online collections available through State Archives and Historical Societies. Students will also participate in a field trip to a local repository. This class will consist of 75% online research and 25% lecture. Prerequisites: Must know Windows and Internet basics.
Maximum class size for each session: 15.
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HISTORY Arab Spring and the Legacy of Decolonization (NEW) Maureen MacLeod, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History, FSU 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Thursdays Tuition $55 (Adult Education Room, Temple Israel, 2215 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308)
Arab Spring captured the world’s attention in the spring of 2011. While people watched Arab countries revolt against their leaders, many wondered why these countries were rising up against their leaders and what would happen next. We have yet to determine the outcome of this social and political movement, however, in many ways it mirrors the goals and desires of decolonization. This course sets out to explore the not-so-distant past of the countries and people of the Arab Spring. Beginning with the decolonization efforts of the mid-20th century to the governments in power until the Arab Spring, this course engages European and Middle Eastern history with current events. Suggested Reading: There will be short readings emailed out to the class. Maximum class size: 30
Architectural Language: From Stonehenge to Shanghai (NEW) Arleen Pabón , Ph.D. J.D. 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Mondays (Sandels Building, Room 339 [across from the Pepper Center], FSU Campus)
This course is formed of six lessons that aim to interpret Architecture, humanity’s common language, throughout the ages. The sequence studies the architectural artifacts created by humans since prehistory to the present, highlighting Architecture’s spiritual and physical motivations in order to appreciate the magnificence of the art. Urban centers, Architecture’s most relevant context, are also studied. Examples from around the world are used to present ideas. Suggested Reading: Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Global History, Enhanced Edition, 13th edition by Fred S Kleiner; Janson’s History of Art Seventh Edition by Anthony Janson; A History of Architecture by Spiro Kostof; A History of Architecture in All Countries by James Fergusson; A Global History of Architecture Second Edition by Francis D K Ching, Mark Jarzombek, Vikramaditya Prakash. Maximum class size: 30.
The Evolution of Organized Crime (NEW) Vince Mikkelsen, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Reichelt Program for Oral History and Adjunct Professor for the History Department at FSU and TCC 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Mondays Tuition $55 (Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
This course discusses the evolution of organized crime in the United States, the social and legal factors that contributed to its development, and the ethnic groups involved. Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to analyze change and continuity over time, organize historical evidence, and ask and answer critical questions about the past. The student will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of people and events across time, to be used as building blocks for critical interpretation and understanding of the past. Suggested Reading: (For reference reading NOT mandatory) Fox, Stephen. Blood and Power: Organized Crime in the Twentieth Century (William Morrow and Co: New York, 1989). Other versions are acceptable as well. (For leisure reading) Pileggi, Nicholas. Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family (Simon and Schuster: New York, 1990). Other versions are acceptable as well. Maximum class size: 110.
The History of American Baseball Rick Swaine, Author and Researcher 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays (Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom Woody Carlson, Charles B. Nam Professor in Sociology of Population, FSU 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays (Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
This course will cover baseball, from its origins through the modern-day sport. Topics will include brief profiles of notable professional players and teams. Emphasis will be placed on events and conditions that have altered the game over the years, such as major rule and equipment changes, gambling and other scandals, war-time baseball, integration of the sport, steroid usage and the SABRmetrics phenomena. Maximum class size: 110.
This course will compare the generations depicted in the book at six stages in their lives--children growing up in families, young adults finishing school and looking for jobs, young couples getting married and having children, adults following career paths in the military and the civilian labor force, mature families facing retirement in a changing society, and older adults dealing with family, residential and economic issues in old age. We’ll meet at the Pepper Center, and you only need an informed and curious mind to participate, although reading The Lucky Few book may add to the experience of the class meetings. Suggested Reading: E. Carlson. 2008. The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom. New York: Springer Publishers. Maximum class size: 110
HISTORY (continued) Path to War: 1919-1941 (NEW) Rodney Anderson, Professor Emeritus of History, FSU 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays (Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
How can we explain the most destructive war in modern history? What role did appeasement play, and U. S. isolationism? To what extent can blame be laid at the feet of Adolf Hitler and his perverted nationalism? What of the vindictive peace that ended WWI, and the massive unemployment of the Great Depression? How do we account for unimaginable evil that was the Holocaust? How could tiny Japan attack the world’s greatest industrial nation—what were they thinking??!! Looking backward, war seems inevitable, but was it? In short, we will attempt to understand an era of far-reaching events that led the world down the path to war. Suggested Reading: Richard Overy with Andrew Wheatcroft, Road to War. Origins of the Second World War (Penguin, 2000 or Vintage, 2009). Also, Richard J. Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich (Penguin, 2003) is outstanding for its explanation of the role of Hitler and German fascism. Maximum class size: 110
Tallahassee in the Gilded Age (NEW) Mary Cathrin May, Sixth-generation Floridian, Educator and Author 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Thursdays Tuition $55 (The Riley Visitors’ Center & Sean Pittman Conference Room, 419 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32301)
This course is a survey of the history of Tallahassee from the end of the Civil War to the turn of the 20th Century. The course will focus on political, social, and economic upheavals, the town’s subsequent recovery, and the revival of spirit and civic pride among residents, city officials, and businessmen. Some topics about this era in Tallahassee include: Emancipation and Reconstruction; Depression to Boom Times; Attempts to Move the State Capitol from Tallahassee; End of “King Cotton;” Railroad and Hotel “Fever”; Fire, Disease, and Bad Weather; Political and Business Shenanigans; Construction of: Leon County Court House, first Federal Building, Market House, Tallahassee Water Works and Street Railway; White and Black Political Leaders; From Gaslight to Electricity; Rise of Suburbs; Town Celebrations, Entertainments, and Sports; Fate of the St. Augustine Creek and the Cascades, etc., etc. Members will be invited to review and help choose the topics to be presented. Class materials and other activities, such as field trips, and/or outside guests or speakers, will be tailored accordingly. Suggested Reading: Groene, Bertram. Ante-bellum Tallahassee (Tallahassee: Florida Heritage Foundation, 1971). Paisley, Clifton. From Cotton to Quail, an Agricultural Chronicle of Leon County, Florida, 1860-1967 (Tallahassee: University Presses of Florida, 1981 Reissue). The Red Hills of Florida, 15281865 (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1989). “Maps of Tallahassee” (www.floridamemory.com/Photographic Collection). Maximum class size: 35
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LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE Anything Dead Coming Back to Life Hurts’: Contemporary Figurations of Haunting in the Fiction of Toni Morrison (NEW) Maxine Montgomery, Frances Cushing Ervin Professor of English, FSU 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wednesdays (Sandels Building, Room 339 [across from the Pepper Center], FSU Campus)
This course offers a close engagement with the fiction of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison, arguably among the most prolific and gifted novelists on the contemporary literary scene, with regard to her authorial focus on ancestral spirits. Through a reading of Beloved, A Mercy, and Home -- the three novels in her canon that reveal the most nuanced concern with ghosts, ghostliness, or haunting in a New World setting -- we will examine the complex ways in which Morrison’s fiction attempts to “fill in the gaps left by ‘official history,’ pointing to unhealed wounds that linger on or in the body, in sexuality, intrusive memory, and emotional relations” (Laurie Vickroy, Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction, 169). Our discussion will involve an investigation of topics such as memory/ ‘re-memory,’ trauma, and maternal loss, and we will draw upon interviews with the author and her critical essays as a springboard for much of our conversation. Suggested Reading: Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987); Toni Morrison, A Mercy (2008); Toni Morrison, Home (2012); Selected Articles and Essays (On Reserve at Strozier Library). Maximum class size: 30
The Caribbean Shores of American Writers (NEW) Benjamin Lawson, Adjunct Professor, FSU 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Mondays Tuition $55 (Room 214, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
This lively and engaging course centers on the Caribbean and its islands as setting and as cultural context and influence on American literature. Initial sessions furnish a background to the lore and literature of the sea, the American tradition of prose, poetry, and drama about the sea, life at sea, and sometimes-exotic ports of call. Subsequent classes frame discussions of literature more specifically related to the Caribbean and the waters off south Florida. The four authors emphasized are Mark Twain, Eugene O’Neill, Claude McKay, and Ernest Hemingway. Suggested Reading: James Fenimore Cooper, Jack Tier (1848); Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (1838) ; Herman Melville, Typee (1846), Moby-Dick (1851), Billy Budd (1891); Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad (1869); Jack London, The Sea-Wolf (1904); Eugene O’Neill, The Emperor Jones (1920); Claude McKay, Banana Bottom (1933); Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952). Maximum class size: 30
Hablo Español II:¿ Quieres más Español? Laura Gonzalez Morris, OLLI Member 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Mondays (Pepper Library, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
Do you want to improve your Spanish skills and take them to the next level? Well this class will certainly take you in the right direction! The main emphasis of this class is conversation so a working knowledge of Spanish is important. We will be learning various tenses and exploring new vocabulary, idioms, nouns and verbs with fun, interactive activities and scenarios. This is not your drill and conjugate verbs class. Students will be engaged and involved as we become totally immersed in our language with practice in writing, reading, speaking and translating – what fun! So get your “passports” ready as we prepare to travel to Hispanic countries via our Español Express. Suggested Reading: A small, inexpensive Spanish/English dictionary as a handy reference. Maximum class size: 30
Spring into Spanish: Buenos días amigos! Laura Gonzalez Morris, OLLI Member 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Thursdays (Westminster Oaks, Maguire Center, Room B)
This is a basic class designed for students who want to learn Spanish or have not had it for a time (like in High School and can’t remember much!) We will use interactive activities and scenarios to practice reading, writing and conversational skills. How would you like to be “traveling” to Hispanic countries once a week without leaving home. Surprise yourself and see how much you can learn in 12 hours in a fun, non-traditional setting. This is your chance to say “sí” when you are asked if you speak Spanish. ¡HASTA LUEGO! Suggested Reading: A small, inexpensive Spanish/English dictionary as a handy reference. Maximum class size: 30
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (continued)
Passion Through the Ages and Between the Pages: Feminist Theory and Romance Novels (NEW) Josephine Yu, Author and Instructor at Keiser University 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays (Westminster Oaks, Maguire Center, Room B)
Romance is the most popular and yet most denigrated genre of fiction, dismissed as trash, escapism, or women’s porn. This course will challenge participants to examine the prejudices that perpetuate this bias and study the genre in the context of feminist concerns: Do romance novels contribute to the continued subjection of women by fostering unrealistic beliefs about romantic love and reinforcing feelings of weakness and inferiority? Or do romance novels demonstrate a healthy expression of women’s sexuality and promote equality through the portrayal of strong heroines? As we discuss what we love (or love to hate) about these books, we’ll discover there’s more to romance than heaving breasts and muscled chests! Suggested Reading: Participants will read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and a romance novel of their choice. Selections from critical texts such as Janice Radway’s Reading the Romance will be provided.
Maximum class size: 40
SCIENCE Brain and Behavior Richard Hyson is the Director of the FSU Program in Neuroscience and both he and co-instructor, Frank Johnson, are Professors in Psychology/Neuroscience, FSU 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Mondays (Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
This course will provide a foundation of how the brain works. We will provide the basic principles of brain organization and function and how this relates to human and animal behavior. We will discuss a broad range of topics, but will focus on those we believe will be of most interest to OLLI students, such as sensory processes, learning and memory, neurodegenerative diseases, drug action, and circadian rhythms. Drs. Hyson and Johnson will co-supervise presentations which will be led by graduate students in the Program in Neuroscience. Some presentations will include hands-on demonstrations, such as examining real brains that have been preserved for educational purposes. Maximum class size: 110
Diet and Nutrition for Healthy Aging (NEW) Sarah A. Johnson, Professor, College of Human Sciences, FSU 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays (Three week class: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12) (Sandels Building, Room 339 [across from the Pepper Center], FSU Campus)
This course will cover the physiologic changes that occur in aging, their impact on nutrient needs, and the effects of nutrition and diet on these processes as well as overall health and well-being. Some additional topics will include the effects of smell and taste on nutritional status, age-related changes in the gastrointestinal tract, musculoskeletal changes, and risk factors for age-related chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and cancer and nutritional strategies to prevent their occurrence.
Maximum class size: 30
Grow Life- Eating, Growing, and Living Organically (NEW) Claire Mitchell, Co-owner of Ten-Speed Greens Urban Farm 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays (Westminster Oaks, Maguire Center, Room B)
Have you heard the hype about organic food and you’re not sure what all the fuss is about? In this course we’ll not only cover the basics of growing organic food-- like garden planning, seed starting, and tomato growing, but we’ll learn how organic food can fit into your lifestyle with simple recipes, grocery shopping awareness, and seasonal eating. We’ll take a field trip to Tallahassee’s only urban farm business, design a garden plan (no matter how big your growing space is), and finish off the course with a seasonal food potluck. Maximum class size: 40
Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Managing the National Forest as a Common Good (NEW) Haven Cook, Wilderness and Recreational Planner for the National Forest in Florida 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays Tuition $55 (Room 214, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
This course will cover the historical uses of forest in America and the development of Forest Policy and natural resource management. We’ll discuss tree growth and ecology in both urban and forest ecosystems, as well as the science of silviculture - growing trees. Students will learn about the Forest Service philosophy of ecosystem management integrating the numerous sciences, with an emphasis on fire management and restoring fire to this natural role in forest ecosystems. The course will also discuss federal, state, and private forestry; key environmental laws; and global environmental issues regarding natural resources. Maximum class size: 30
SCIENCE (continued) Bones: Tales from the Dead (NEW) Drs. Glen H. Doran (chair, Dept. of Anthropology), Geoffrey Thomas (Assistant in Anthropology), FSU, and Katie Miyar (Acting Division Chief of NAGPRA and Applied Science, Southeast Archaeological Center, National Park Service) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Tuesdays (Department of Anthropology Windover Osteology Lab, Tennessee St., FSU Campus)
The course will provide an overview of how human skeletal material informs us of the past. We will use a combination of lectures and hands on activities at the Department of Anthropology Windover Osteology Lab. The course covers the basics of the human skeletal system and how we assess age, sex, injury and disease, cause, time and manner of death, etc. This includes a consideration of metrics, nonmetrics, and radiographic analysis along with a dash of DNA. This basic information is central to applications in the study of forensics, archaeology, human fossils and evolution. Suggested Reading: This is a great link to a section of an excellent osteology manual: http://www-personal.une.edu.au/~pbrown3/skeleton.pdf - free for the downloading. Here is another really nice online skeleton : http://www.gwc.maricopa.edu/class/bio201/skeletontt.htm You can browse to your heart’s content and it only takes the touch of a distal phalange (#2 to be precise). Maximum class size: 20
TECHNOLOGY Become iPad Savvy in Six Weeks! Session 1 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays (Computer Lab, Room 263, Pepper Center, FSU Campus) Tuition $55
Become iPad Savvy in Six Weeks! Session 2 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Thursdays (Westminster Oaks, Maguire Center, Room B) Tuition $55
Both sessions are taught by Deanna Ramsey, Certified Technical Trainer This workshop is designed to teach you how to use your iPad. We begin with the essentials: how to adjust your settings, set your alarm, create a reminder, send an iMessage, setup an appointment, take a photograph, download an app, and charge the battery. Discover intermediate features such as how to organize your screens, group your apps, navigate iTunes and sync your device with your computer or the iCloud. Then explore more advanced features such as efficient app searches; how to set restrictions; app sharing; the best accessories and hardware for your iPad; tips and tricks that will assist you in becoming more proficient and hands-on practice with a variety of apps. Bring your iPad (including USB Dock Connector/Charger), along with your Apple ID and password and join us!
Maximum class size for each session: 20.
Bob Gabordi, Editor of the Tallahassee Democrat 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Thursdays (Tallahassee Democrat, 277 N. Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301)
Maximum class size: 25
Computer Basics Extravaganza (NEW) Mary Kathryn Long, Adjunct Instructor, Tallahassee Community College 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Mondays Tuition $55 (TCC, Bldg. #38, Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Room #219)
Week 1: WIN7 and File Management; Week #2: Intro to MS Word 2010 (backstage view, Home & Insert--clipart, pictures, WordArt. hyperlinks--tabs, styles and themes, templates); Week #3: Intro to MS Excel 2010 (create spreadsheets, formatting, and charts, templates; Week #4: Intro to MS PowerPoint 2010 (create and format a slide show); Week #5: Overview of MS Outlook 2010 (send & receive emails, make a contact list, manage emails); Week #6: Fun with photographs. Handouts will be given for each subject. NOTE: Student should bring a “flash” drive to save a copy of activities.
Maximum class size: TBA
TECHNOLOGY (continued) Comprehensive Digital Photography Deanna Ramsey, Certified Technical Trainer 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays (Room 263 Computer Lab, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
In this class you will learn a basic understanding of a digital camera from operating tips to maintenance and take a walk about to practice! Learn photography terms and guidelines for better photographic composition. Master downloading pictures from your camera and save them on your computer, then organize them into folders. Using an online FREE Photo Editing program you will learn how to do basic photo editing and enhancements. Skills Required: Must know Windows and Internet basics. NOTE: Students will need to bring their digital camera, USB cord and a flash drive to class. This class will not cover SLR or DSLR camera features, but students who own a professional series camera may benefit from learning how to download and organize their photos as well as learning photo editing. Mobility Required: Students will walk around campus to practice.
Maximum class size: 15
WRITING Developing Your Skills as a Memoir or Fiction Writer (NEW) Heather Whitaker, Freelance Editor and Writing Coach 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Mondays (Lampman Conference Room, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
Whether you are a seasoned writer or just beginning, this class can give you the tools you need to strengthen your craft. The six-week course will focus on topics including: voice, plot turning points, character arc, tension and conflict, dialogue, pacing and more. Conducted in an informal and supportive atmosphere, each session will consist of an interactive lecture followed by guided exercises so you can practice what you’re learning at that moment. Class discussions that are meaningful and constructive will be encouraged, and participants will receive handouts each week covering class material with take-home tips to help you continue to grow as a writer.
Maximum class size: 15
What Makes a Poem a Poem? An Exploration in Reading and Writing Contemporary Poetry (NEW) Laura Newton, Professor, College of Business, FSU 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays (Room 214, Pepper Center, FSU Campus)
We will read poetry, write poetry, share poetry, and try to discover through invention exercises and language play “What Makes a Poem a Poem”. Suggested Reading: In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop, by Steve Kowit ; and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within, by Kim Addonizio. Maximum class size: 18
Now Hear This!
New Member Welcome and Orientation
January 23, 2014 Claude Pepper Center, Broad Auditorium 636 West Call Street 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Broad Auditorium in the Claude Pepper Center is now equipped with listening assisted devices provided through the Ralph Cook Endowment. Hip Hip Hooray!!
Especially for new members, this orientation will acquaint you with our “home base,” the Claude Pepper Center. This is an opportunity to explore our extracurricular activities and volunteer opportunities, meet current members, learn all about the perks of being an OLLI member, and learn how to register online for activities. For more information contact Committee Chair Ruth Cates (850) 383-8534 or email@example.com.
Noon Lecture Series Free lectures by distinguished speakers are held Tuesdays during the semester at noon, in the Broad Auditorium at the Pepper Center on the FSU campus. If you do not have a parking pass for the semester, you may e-mail Debra Herman firstname.lastname@example.org each week for a pass good for that Tuesday’s Lecture. For more information contact Bill Phelan, 850-556-9344, email@example.com. January 28 Dave Mica, Executive Director of the Florida Petroleum Council - “The Future of Energy in America”
February 18 Dominic Calabro, President/CEO Florida Tax Watch - “The State of Florida’s Economy and Fiscal Outlook”
February 4 Marjorie Turnbull, Former State Legislator & Former Executive Director of the TCC Foundation - “A Traveler’s Insight Into Cuba”
February 25 Margaret Farris, Program Development Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association “Aging and Alzheimer’s: What You Need to Know”
February 11 Marc Freeman, Ph.D.; Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience and Biological Science, FSU “Human Reproduction: How It Works”
March 4 Mary Barley, Director of Health and Wellness, Leon County “Creating Optimal Health From the Inside Out”
The OLLI Membership and Volunteerism Committee extends an invitation to all members to serve as volunteers. Use your skills and energy to serve in a wide variety of roles, including in administrative areas, as a class host, in leadership positions, and on OLLI’s many committees. Look for the Volunteer Opportunities on the OLLI website at http://olli.fsu.edu/ and contact a representative of the Membership and Volunteerism Committee, or stop by the Volunteer Table at the spring Showcase of Classes. Committee chair is Ruth Cates, (850) 383-8534 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer Recruitment subcommittee chairs are Mary Rallis, (850) 727-8562, email@example.com; and Pat Steinkuehler, (561) 601-4702, psteinkuehler@ gmail.com. You can also contact Terry in the OLLI office, (850) 644-7947, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Len Adams has volunteered to take photos of the OLLI experience – students, teachers, places – for a digital slide-show. He can’t begin to cover everything so he is asking for your help. Feel free to bring your cameras or smart phones to class, on trips, at lunch – everywhere we are. Send him your selected digital images by email (lpadams2@ gmail.com), via an online Picasa album, or on a CD. We may post them on Facebook on the OLLI at FSU page, display them outside the auditorium on computer laptops, or show them on the big screen at Showcase. For more information contact Len Adams, email@example.com or (850) 241-4193.
DID YOU KNOW? There is limited parking at OLLI classes at Westminster Oaks...so please CARPOOL whenever you can! In addition, please do not park in spaces that are numbered or on grassy areas - or you may be ticketed and towed! 11
Partner News OLLI at FSU is pleased to continue our relationship with Westminster Oaks Active Living and Retirement Community as an official Corporate Partner. We look forward to a relationship that now provides Westminster Oaks residents, membership in OLLI at FSU and the opportunity to participate in an exciting array of educational classes!
OLLI Afternoon Speaker Series at Westminster Oaks, Maguire Center.
Events are FREE to all OLLI members and all Westminster Oaks residents.
OLLIWO Speaker Series
Wednesday, February 19th Allison DeFoor, Former Sheriff, Monroe County and Prison Minister; FSU Project on Accountable Justice and Effective Trends in Criminal Justice
Wednesday, February 26th Fr. William Meninger, Trappist Monk, Author and Retreat Master; The Enneagram: Understanding the Mystery of Yourself and Others
Frequently Asked Questions about OLLI at FSU
What is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida State University? OLLI at FSU is a scholarly and exciting program of classes, programs, activities and opportunities targeted to retired individuals and folks over 50 across Leon County and beyond who want to continue their education in a stress-free environment where there are no tests and no homework. OLLI at FSU is associated with the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy. OLLI is funded through membership dues, class fees, support from the Bernard Osher Foundation and other agencies, as well as private giving. How is OLLI managed? Management consists of a director (Debra Herman), program coordinator (Terry Aaronson), and financial associate (Tiffany Lemon). The director is responsible for planning, administering, and evaluating all activities related to the program and its operations within Florida State Universityâ€™s guidelines as well as responsibility for the program design, goals and procedures. The program coordinator is responsible for managing the daily operations of the program, including online registration, print and social media, as well as assisting in the development and implementation of program objectives. The financial associate is responsible for following the universityâ€™s financial policies and procedures for the program. This includes ordering supplies, providing accounting data, reconciling accounts, ensuring payment for services, and working with instructors of OLLI at FSU. The concept of shared leadership between the professional staff and the members is a long-standing tradition. This shared leadership takes many forms, such as collaboration between staff and members on all committees, curriculum development and members providing administrative support.
What role do members play in the management of OLLI? OLLI at FSU is a member centered organization that has a Member Board. The board gives voice to the membership. Members, through committees, volunteer to establish and direct a wide range of activities beyond classes, including special-interest clubs, field trips, cultural activities, social events and other activities and programs. All members are invited to participate in these activities. How do the staff and the board interact, and who is responsible for the long-term planning of the organization? Staff and board work together to provide the best quality programs and activities possible. How are classes selected? The Curriculum Committee, which consists of the director, program coordinator, board president and first vice president, Westminster Oaks Member-at-large and the Curriculum Subject Committee Chair meet each term to review proposals received from university and college faculty and community experts to determine the courses that match membership interests as determined through periodic surveys. How do members sign up for activities? Registration for activities is open to all current OLLI members at 10:00 a.m. on January 9th with pre-registration available during Spring Showcase. To register online go to www. olli.fsu.edu and select Activities from the menu. If you need assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cindy Foster at 651-239-8805. Credit card payment is preferred, but checks can be mailed for each individual activity. Activities are coordinated by OLLI members and payments for these activities are processed by the OLLI Activities Group.
Clubs Art Club
Discover your inner artist using common recyclables in a hands-on new ART club this Spring Session at OLLI. We will draw inspiration from Picasso, Duchamp, Nevelson, Calder, Rodia, and more. Please email Leslie Cohen at lastslade@yahoo. com if you are interested…enrollment number limited. Sign-up also available at Spring Showcase.
Book Club meets from 4 – 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the months of September – June at the Pool House at Westminster Oaks. Meetings are free to all current OLLI members. Any changes in place and time are announced by e-mail. Discussions of fiction and non-fiction books are facilitated by member volunteers. Nominations for the following year’s books occur in February, with voting in March, and winners announced in May. To receive Book Club e-mail notifications, sign up at Showcase or contact Book Club co-chairs Judy Maynor and Chris Livaudais at email@example.com. January 8 The Night Swimmer: A Novel by Matt Bondurant (fiction), facilitated by Linda Howard. On an isolated coast of Ireland, Fred and Elly Bulkington, newly arrived from Vermont having won a pub in a contest, encounter a wild, strange land. As Fred revels in the life of a new pub owner, Elly devotes herself to open-water swimming, where she encounters a dangerous feud between a farmer and a powerful clan on a nearby island that has no use for outsiders. Bondurant was a Kingsbury Fellow at FSU and is speaking in February as part of “Seven Days of Opening Nights.” February 12 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (fiction), facilitated by Bruce Bickley. This classic short novel is a dark thematic exploration of the savagery-versus-civilization relationship during the African colonial period of the 19th century. It was the basis for Apocalypse Now, the Coppola movie about Vietnam. Bruce is a Professor Emeritus of English at FSU and previously taught an OLLI class on the works of Conrad.
“So many books, so little time.” Frank Zappa
March 12 Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne (non-fiction), facilitated by Angie Hannon. Examines the 40-year battle waged by the Comanche nation against the constant encroachment of pioneers. Quanah perhaps killed more Americans than any other Native-American. However, during the closing years of his life, he raised cattle, ran for the school board and attended the 1905 inauguration of Teddy Roosevelt as a personal guest of the President. April 16 (THIRD Wednesday) The Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout (fiction), facilitated by Nancy O’Farrell. Two brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where long-buried tensions begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever. A tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating story about the ties that bind us to family and home. May 14 The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan (nonfiction), facilitated by Mary Rallis. A fresh take on the secret city built in the mountains of Tennessee as part of the Manhattan Project. Ten women were intensively interviewed for this book. These women labored in a range of occupations in Oak Ridge, from janitor to machine operator to secretary to engineer. All worked under secrecy, but knew something big was happening. June 11 Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks (fiction), facilitated by Charlotte Cummings. As villagers begin to die during the17th-century English plague, residents face a choice: flee their village in hope of outrunning the plague or stay. The lord of the manor and his family pack up and leave; the rector argues that the villagers should stay put to prevent it from spreading. They stay. Cocooned from the outside world, the inhabitants struggle to retain their humanity in the face of the disaster.
Clubs (continued) Eco Club
With the success of the fall EcoTeam, a new team is proposed for spring. Join and learn how to promote sustainability and good environmental practices in our community. Participants will use the Green Living Handbook and learn how to take action in the areas of transportation, energy, waste, and water. For more information contact Laurie Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-545-9437.
El Club Español
Buenos Días amigos, our El Club de Español meets every Wednesday at the Pool House of Westminster Oaks at 11:30 a.m. On the 4th Wednesday of the month we meet at a different Hispanic restaurant to enjoy lunch and learning in a different, stimulating venue! We practice our conversation skills in Español and enjoy a great time sharing experiences. The object of our fun get-togethers is to speak as much Español as possible and thereby learn vocabulary, correct pronunciation, and the culture of our Hispanic neighbors. Come join us for the exciting experience of being totally immersed in another language (without having to travel)! You will be surprised how much you can learn! For more information contact Laura Gonzalez Morris, 850-668-9133.
OLLI has a music performance club for instrumentalists and singers that anyone can join. I’m serving as the coordinator, putting together players/singers of like musical tastes and abilities. To date, we have organized a small a cappella choir (that could use additional members). If you’re interested in joining the Club, please e-mail me and include your instrument or voice part, skill level (beginning, intermediate, or advanced), and what type of music you would like to perform. Andy Hornick, ahornick@ comcast.net.
First meeting of 2014 is Tuesday, January 14, 4:00 p.m., Westminster Oaks. If you are one of those people who is enjoying the freedom of retirement to travel, consider joining the likeminded people in the OLLI Travel Club. The Travel Club ordinarily meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 4:00 at Westminster Oaks, but in January only, will meet the second Tuesday. Come and enjoy discussions involving travel tips, unique travel destinations, trips planned specifically for OLLI members, and much more. We encourage members to bring information about trips they are planning to share with the group and possibly find friends with whom to travel. If you have ideas for a program, let us know. We have an exciting OLLI trip to the beautiful state of Oregon planned for September 2014. We will see many of the scenic areas that Oregon is famous for, as well as sample some local wines. We will answer any questions you may have at our January meeting. We have lots of interest, and limited space, so register soon! February 24 is the deadline for registrations. A donation will be made to OLLI at FSU for each participant. This summer the location of OLLI Abroad study and exploration trip will be Florence and the Tuscany region of Italy. Debra Herman, OLLI’s executive director, will give us more information at our meetings. So…if traveling is something you enjoy, even vicariously, please join us. For more information about the Travel Club, contact Debbie Gibson, email@example.com or Robin Brinkmeyer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like to be a part of the OLLI fitness experience? The OLLI Walking Club organizes walking opportunities throughout Tallahassee Parks and Trails to improve our health, enjoy the fresh air, and inspire conversations. We meet every Friday morning and often add Monday and Wednesday afternoon walks. Locations include both flat trails and “hiking” self-paced experiences for members of all fitness levels. For more information contact Cindy Foster, OLLIWalking@gmail. com or 651-239-9905.
It was a dark and stormy night Writers’ Group
Writers’ Group meets the second Monday of every month at Uptown Café’s meeting room (1325 Miccosukee Rd.) from 10:00 a.m. to noon, then we stay for lunch. Everyone has a story. Please join us! For more information contact Judy Ray, Chair, Judy_Ray@ embarqmail.com or 850-570-0888.
Special Events Annual OLLI at FSU Spring Trip, April 9-11, Sarasota and the Ringling Museums Leave via chartered motorcoach early on Wednesday, April 9 and travel through beautiful horse farm country to Ocala and the Appleton Museum of Art. Lunch nearby at the Horse and Hounds Pub. Board the bus to continue on to the Hampton Inn at the Bradenton/Sarasota Airport for a brief rest prior to heading to the Sarasota Yacht Club for dinner at this beautiful private club on Sarasota Bay. Thursday morning, after breakfast at the hotel, the bus will take us to the fabulous Ringling complex, comprising the world-famous art museum, which features masterpieces by Ruebens, Veronese, Velazquez and Gainsborough, the circus museum, the historic Asolo Theater, and Ca’ d’Zan, the Ringlings’ magnificent winter mansion. There will be plenty of time to tour these venues and have lunch (on your own) on the grounds. Alternatively, at lunchtime the bus will take those who wish to do so to St. Armands Circle on Lido Key, an exclusive shopping and dining area sometimes referred to as the Rodeo Drive of the South. At mid-afternoon, everyone returns to the hotel to freshen up before heading to the Café L’Europe on St. Armands Circle for a dinner prior to attending a performance of the Tony Award winning musical Million Dollar Quartet at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Friday morning back to Tallahassee, stopping at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park for the mermaid show, river cruise and a light lunch (on your own). Home by early evening. Mobility Required: This trip will involve a lot of walking and standing, so please evaluate your capabilities before deciding to participate. The bus will accommodate 56 people. Double and single occupancy hotel rooms available. Cost: approximately $550 single, $400 double – final costs dependent on number of travelers. A $75 per person deposit will hold your reservation until March 1, when the non-refundable balance will become due. Contact: Glenn Hosken, 893-5860 or email@example.com.
Seven Days of Opening Nights – Special Offers to OLLI Members Our “thank you” is heartily extended to Christopher Heacox, Executive Director of Seven Days of Opening Nights Performing Arts Series. OLLI members will receive $10 off regular priced tickets for the shows below: The Graduate – 2/4/14 Urban Bush Women – 2/12/14 (this date only) Nicola Benedetti – 2/13/14 Geoffrey Gilmore Movie – 2/15/14 New York Voices – 2/16/14 Authors: Bondurant & Springer – 2/18/14 For information about these events consult the Seven Days of Opening Nights website: http://www.sevendaysfestival. org/performances-events. NOTE: To purchase tickets with this discount you must go IN PERSON to the FSU Ticket Box Office within the lobby of the Fine Arts Building at 540 W. Call Street. Not valid online or over the phone – discount deadline is February 1. Any problems with ticket purchase will be handled by the Box office with Chris Heacox’s office. According to their website, the Fine Arts Ticket Box Office’s regular office hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., but you may want to call 644-6500 before going in person, especially during the university’s holiday break.
Don’t Miss this January Special Event! OLLI at FSU and the Canopy Roads Theater Company in association with Poemedy. com are pleased to present a very special event on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Monday, January 20, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Canopy Roads actors will perform and discuss scenes from A Raisin in the Sun at the new Southside Arts Complex, 2525 South Monroe Street. Audience will have a chance to meet the actors and learn about the play during a moderated discussion with members of the cast and the director, Kevin Carr, following the performance. Admission will be $10 in advance or at the door, with children under 12 admitted at no charge. Please join us on this special day for a play that celebrates family, community, and the American dream. For more information contact Nancy O’Farrell at 509-3475 or Nancyofarrell047@gmail.com.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Henry Ford
OLLI ACTIVITIES Registration for activities is open to all current OLLI members at 10:00 a.m. on January 9th with pre-registration available during Spring Showcase. To register online go to www.olli.fsu.edu and select Activities from the menu. If you need assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cindy Foster at 651-239-8805. Credit card payment is preferred, but checks can be mailed for each individual activity. Activities are coordinated by OLLI members and payments for these activities are processed by the OLLI Activities Group.
Culture & Arts Group Activities Monte Python’s Spamalot FSU Fallon Theater, 540 W. Call St. Sunday, March 2, 2:00 p.m. Cost: $18
This musical is designed for a fun-loving audience, relaxed and ready for a rip-roaring good time. It was nominated for 14 Tonys and won 3, including Best Musical of 2004-05. Possible homework: watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail - again. Download and recall the Broadway musical theater classics (and roar with the parodies in “Spam”). Just get your tickets, come, kick back, and have a great time. Make early supper reservations with other OLLI attendees so you can relive the hilarity as each of you recalls your personal favs in this FSU production. Tickets will be left at the “Will Call” window. Parking is available at the FSU Call Street Garage next door to the Fallon Theater (Fine Arts Building).For information contact Candace Hundley, 850-727-8608 or Cghollifsu@gmail.com.
Social Committee Activities Dedman Dinner FSU School of Hospitality 288 Champions Way Thursday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. Cost: $35 Enjoy delicious food with OLLI friends when you come to the Dedman dinner at the FSU University Club. The students do everything from planning the themed multi-course meal with wines to creating a signature drink and thematic decorations and service. It’s always a great evening with OLLI friends. We are limited to 50 participants.
Vassily Primakov Piano Concert FSU Opperman Music Hall, within the Kuersteiner Bldg., 114 N. Copeland St. Sunday, April 13, 4:00 p.m. Cost: $20 Russian born Primakov, winner of numerous competition prizes, including first prize in the Rachmaninov International Young Artist Competition while a student at the Moscow Conservatory of Music, entered the Juilliard School at age 17, studying with Jerome Lowenthal. MusicWeb-International hailed his Chopin performances as combining “grace and fire in the service of unflagging intensity.” OLLI is delighted to be collaborating with The Artist Series in offering our members a rare musical opportunity to hear Mr. Primakov and to meet him following the concert. A block of 30 seats has been reserved for OLLI; ticket purchase deadline is Monday, March 3. Purchased tickets will be available in the Opperman foyer just prior to the concert. The entrance to FSU’s Opperman Music Hall is between the Housewright and Kuersteiner Buildings. Parking is available at the FSU Call Street Garage. For information contact Fenn Cawthon, 850-656-1240 or Lafenn@tally.com.
Spring Luncheon Friday, March 7, 11:30 a.m. Location and cost: TBD Come at 11:30 for a cash bar and to mingle with OLLI friends, followed by lunch at noon. We will introduce and hear comments from our new scholarship student, and the gavel will be passed to our next OLLI president. Please come to enjoy good food and the company of good friends. We are limited to 120 participants. For more information about either social event contact Mary Hopping email@example.com; or Robin Brinkmeyer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Trips The Spring House 3117 Opeeheepkee Rd. Tallahassee Friday, February 7, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $15.00 This George and Clifton Lewis home is the only built private residence in Florida designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Spring House Institute, Inc. (SHI) is currently actively pursuing a Florida Department of State acquisition and restoration matching grant. Participants will be given a tour by two SHI Board members. History and information about where Spring House fits in Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy will be shared, as well as some of the contributions George and Clifton Lewis made in the community. See www. preservespringhouse.org/ to learn more. Directions: Drive north on North Monroe Street (Highway 27); take the first right after I-10, which will be Opeeheepkee Rd. Park on the right side of the street. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged. Maximum: 25. For information contact Marjorie Langston, 850-562-3050 or Marjannlan@aol.com.
Lake Talquin Hydroelectric Power Production Plant C. H. Corn Generating Station Friday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Cost: Free Online registration required The dam at Lake Talquin began producing electrical power for our community in 1929 and has been part of the Tallahassee Utilities power production facilities since 1985. It produces energy for us without burning any fossil fuel, and is one of only two renewable energy resources in Florida. Along with providing flood control above and below the dam, it creates a beautiful natural and recreational area for boating, fishing, and wildlife spotting. In addition to alligators and ospreys, we may see a nesting pair of eagles. Directions: Drive approximately 20 miles west of Tallahassee on State Road 20 (Blounstown Hwy.). Turn right about 2 miles past County Road 375; the road will be marked with a sign for the dam. Parking is available but limited, so carpool if you can. A carpool meeting location will be emailed. For information contact Charles Conaway, 850-385-2481 or email@example.com.
Challenger Learning Center & IMAX Theater 200 S. Duval St. Kleman Plaza Friday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. – noon Cost: $10.75 Two programs will be featured. First, February Night Skies over Tallahassee, will showcase prominent constellations, stars and planets visible in the local evening skies, and the planetarium director will answer questions. The IMAX feature is Flight of the Butterflies 3D. “What weighs half a gram and travels thousands of kilometers every year? Every winter, the remote and mountainous volcanic forests of Mexico are home to one of nature’s greatest gatherings - hundreds of millions of migrating monarch butterflies weathering the winter. For centuries this miracle was hidden from all but a few. When it was revealed to the world it was hailed as one of the greatest discoveries in nature. It also unveiled the longest insect migration on Earth.” You may want to make plans for lunch downtown with other OLLI attendees. Paid parking is available in Kleman Plaza Garage. For information contact Marjorie Langston, 850-562-3050 or Marjannlan@aol.com.
Swamp Gravy Colquitt, Georgia Saturday, March 15, noon - 3:00 p.m. Cost: Lunch & Play - $38.25 Play only - $23.50 We’ll meet in Colquitt, Georgia, for a Southern buffet lunch at the Tarrer Hotel at noon, a walking tour of downtown Colquitt which is a mural city, and then a play, Swamp Gravy at Cotton House at 2:00 that is Georgia’s Official Folk-Life Play. Comfortable walking shoes and cameras are suggested. There will be walking, but all within a comfortable distance. Registration deadline is February 5 and we are limited to 50 participants. Directions: Drive north on Highway 27 (North Monroe Street) for 70 miles and plan to leave Tallahassee about 10:00 to be at the Tarrer Hotel in Colquitt by noon for lunch. A car-pool meeting location will be emailed. For information contact Marjorie Langston, 850562-3050 or Marjannlan@aol.com.
International Travel Study Programs Enrichment Voyage is offering
an exciting journey aboard a state-of-theart floating campus through Northern Europe and Iceland, called “Iron and Ice” in May-June, 2014. SEGMENT I - IRON: Embark: Hamburg, Germany on May 17, and visit Rostock, Germany; Gdansk, Poland; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; ending in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 31. SEGMENT II - ICE: Embark: Stockholm, Sweden, on June 1, and travel to Copenhagen, Denmark; Lerwick, UK; Akureyri, Iceland; Isafjordur, Iceland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Belfast, Ireland; Disembark: Southampton (London), England, on June 15. When our OLLI has 15 registrations we will be awarded a free cabin on each segment, and then we will offer an opportunity to win one of these cabins,
which accommodates up to 3 persons. This enables us to fund-raise for OLLI at FSU. If you are interested, go to the web site: enrichmentvoyages.org for more information. Contact Joanne Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org or 8939024 if you are interested in one, or both of these trips. A donation will be made to OLLI at FSU for each participant.
OLLI Abroad in Florence, Italy!
Explore the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy, in June of 2014 with OLLI Abroad. From the heart of the city experience Tuscany at its best. We will be studying art treasures and sacred and secular architecture across the city. The trip will include on-site explorations and excursions across the spectacular Tuscan countryside. For information contact Deb Herman at 644-3520 or Dherman@fsu.edu.
How to Become a New or Returning OLLI Member Membership Registration is now open! Go to the OLLI at FSU website at www.olli.fsu.edu, select Sign In and create an account. If you have already created an account and would like to renew your Spring membership, simply sign in using your password and username. If you have an Annual Membership, please do not add another membership to your cart. The OLLI registration system will recognize you as an Annual Member and will permit you to add a course(s) to your cart once course registration opens. If you have forgotten either your password or username, you may reset them online. In addition, you may make any changes or updates to your profile, i.e., new email address, etc. Once you have signed in, choose Spring Membership, and check out! Should you choose to pay by credit card (MC, VISA, Amex, Discover), you will receive an immediate confirmation by email. If you choose to pay by check, which you will need to mail into the office, you will receive a pending notification. To register for membership by phone or if you need assistance, please call the OLLI volunteer registration Helpline at 644-1347.
Course Registration Begins Thursday, January 9th at 10:00 a.m. It’s easy! There are three ways in which you may register! 1) Online at www.olli fsu.edu. 2) Call the Helpline: 644-1347 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, January 9th and 10th. 3) Come to the Online Registration Assistance Lab, Pepper Center, Computer Lab, Room 263 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday and Friday, January 9th and 10th. You will also be able to buy a parking pass should you need one as well as pay for a replacement lanyard in case you have lost or misplaced it (new members receive their first name badge and lanyard at no cost). Parking passes will be mailed to your home the week before classes begin, and lanyards will be distributed through the class hosts on the first day of class. We hope that you will make every opportunity to use the resources available for either the the Helpline or come into the Pepper Center and complete your registration through the Online Registration Assistance Lab in the Computer Lab. After January 10th you can call in to register at 644-3520 or 644-7947.
How to Sign Up for OLLI Events and Activities Registration for activities is open to all current OLLI members at 10:00 a.m. on January 9th with pre-registration available during Spring Showcase. To register online go to www.olli.fsu.edu and select Activities from the menu. If you need assistance, email email@example.com or call Cindy Foster at 651-239-8805. Credit card payment is preferred, but checks can be mailed for each individual activity. Activities are coordinated by OLLI members and payments for these activities are processed by the OLLI Activities Group.
Spring 2014 Course Listing At-A-Glance Come for the classes. Stay for the friendships!
636 West Call Street Tallahassee, FL 32306-1121 The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The Florida State University
OLLI at FSU Class Venues FSU Campus Pepper Center 636 West Call Street Tallahassee, FL 32306
1) Broad Auditorium, 1st floor 2) Pepper Museum, 1st floor 3) Computer Lab, Room 263, 2nd Floor 4) Room 214, 2nd Floor
Sandels Building 120 Convocation Way Tallahassee, FL 32306 (across from the Pepper Center) Room #339, 3rd floor
Westminster Oaks 4449 Meandering Way Tallahassee, FL 32308-5710 1) Maguire Center Room A 2) Maguire Center Room B 3) Maguire Center Room C
Maps are available online at www.olli.fsu.edu Some classes are held at other locations as noted in the course description.
Parking and Valet Service! For information about parking contact the OLLI office at 644-7947 or 644-3520.
For the Spring 2014 class term, OLLI members who take classes at the Claude Pepper Center will be offered parking by purchasing a membership permit at the FSU Call Street Garage, which is located on the corner of Macomb and Call Street. The membership permit for the Spring 2014 term may be purchased online at www.olli.fsu.edu for $35.00 Directions from the garage to the Pepper Center: from the Call Street level, walk past the Fine Arts Building, cross Copeland Street, and youâ€™ll find the Claude Pepper Center in that block on the right. Total travel is two blocks. With the purchase of a permit you may use the valet parking in front of the Pepper Center. Purchased passes will be mailed to you home address the week before classes.