Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM | Catalog | Summer 2022

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SUMMER 2022 Short Courses Talks Special Interest Groups Registration for courses opens May 10 uwm.edu/sce/osher

Greg Jenks Osher President Elect New Berlin


Your Osher Connections

Osher Core Programming Committee Members Special thanks to the committee members who put together our course offerings: Eva Eisman.............................................. saftaeve@gmail.com

NICOLE HAIGHT Interim Director ndhaight@uwm.edu 414-227-3186

LAURIE YINGLING Program Coordinator yinglinl@uwm.edu 414-227-3255

Dennis Funk........................................... denfun04@gmail.com Mary Ann Horky.............................. horkym2002@yahoo.com Greg Jenks................................ gregjenksretired@gmail.com Pat Katisch............................................... patkatisch@aol.com Gretchen Lindstrom ................................ grlindstrom@att.net

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John Link .................................................. jmlink@milwpc.com Shirley Minga....................................shirleyminga@mac.com

Member Information................................................................. 3

Dale Olen......................................................daleolen@me.com

Important Policies...................................................................... 4

Cheryl Randall.....................................cherylrndll@gmail.com

Summer Registration Update................................................... 5

Brenda Thompson.......................bthompson004@gmail.com

Short Courses........................................................................6-10

Ted Tousman.......................................... ttousman@gmail.com

Osher Talks...........................................................................11-16 Special Interest Groups.......................................................... 17

Linda Vieth............................................... lsv54@sbcglobal.net Beth Waschow .................................. bwaschow@gmail.com Catherine Washabaugh................ cathwash707@gmail.com Barbara Weber..................................... bweber37@gmail.com Osher relies on the generosity of members serving on committees to keep our programs running smoothly. Visit the “about us” page of the Osher website at uwm.edu/sce/osher for all of the ways in which you can get involved.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a program of the UWM School of Continuing Education, which is the largest provider of professional development in southeastern Wisconsin, serving more than 15,000 participants each year and offering over 1,000 programs. As part of the University of WisconsinMilwaukee, which is recognized as one of the nation’s top research universities, Continuing Education offers individual courses, certificate programs, events and conferences, as well as personal enrichment learning opportunities for all ages. Our full-service conference center, complete with classrooms, computer labs and on-site catering, is located in downtown Milwaukee.


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OSHER MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION Step One: Sign Up for Your Membership Join Osher anytime! You must be a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM to register for programs.

NEW MEMBER FEE SCHEDULE When you join in these months

Fee for one person

Fee for a couple

First-Time Member

Sept - Dec 2021



As a first-time member you pay a prorated fee based on the month in which you join. Payment takes your membership to the following Aug 31, after which your membership joins the continuing member fee schedule.

Jan - Apr 2022



May - Aug 2022



It’s easy to join or renew. If you haven’t done so already, activate or renew your Osher membership online at uwm.edu/sce/osher.

Next year’s fee will be due

Aug 31, 2022

Couple Memberships Two individuals living at the same address (whether spouses, siblings or partners).

Annual Membership Renewal To register and participate in Summer 2022 programs, you will need to have an active membership for the 21/22 year. Annual membership lasts from September 1 to August 31 of the following year. Renewal fees are $45.00 for an individual and $80.00 for a couple. To renew your membership, please go to the UWM Osher website at: uwm.edu/sce/osher and scroll down to the yellow Renew Your Membership 2021-2022 button. If you have not registered online before, you will need to create an account with a password, and use a credit card for payment.

Step Two: Select/Enroll for Courses ` Registration Opens May 10


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IMPORTANT POLICIES: PLEASE READ! Becoming an Osher Member The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a membership program for adults age 50 and over who understand that quality of life is enhanced through learning. You need not be an alumnus/alumna of UWM in order to join. Osher is the perfect way to expand your knowledge while joining more than 1,200 like-minded, active older adults. ` You must be a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM to select/enroll for programs. ` If you have not joined Osher or renewed your membership, you may do so by paying the membership fee (see page 3). Visit uwm.edu/sce/osher. ` To verify your membership status, call the Osher office at 414-227-3320.

Osher Member Benefits ` Attend short courses and lectures taught by UWM faculty, Osher members and other noted experts who explore a variety of thought-provoking topics ` Participate in Go Explore excursions to some of the most interesting places in the Greater Milwaukee area ` Enroll in peer-directed Special Interest Groups (SIG) focused on a variety of subjects ` Participate in Institute-sponsored travel programs to remarkable locations around the world ` Enjoy social events throughout the year (will resume when public health and safety permits) ` Meet new friends who share a love of learning ` Keep up-to-date with the organization through emails highlighting member profiles, future activities and events of interest


Participation Expectations

Registration Confirmations

Osher is committed to offering exceptional socially interactive learning experiences. Each class brings a new group of individuals with divergent interests, abilities and world views, all which enrich Osher’s programs. Part of the success of Osher programs relies on the supportive and respectful interactions that our members experience. The following suggestions allow members to maximize their experience and create a community that encourages conversation and learning.

Please note that you will receive confirmations of your class enrollments by email. Delinquent accounts must be paid in full before selecting/enrolling for the current semester. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your order.

Respect the importance your fellow members and presenters place on learning. As a member of our learning community: ` Arrive on time since late arrivals can be distracting ` Silence electronic devices ` Ask questions that are on topic ` Share talking time; allow others to speak or ask questions ` Refrain from side conversations during the presentation that can impede hearing for others ` Remember our presenters and facilitators volunteer their time ` Respect and support each other’s differences in belief, ethnicity, lifestyle, and opinions, recognizing that we learn from each other ` Be aware of your own opinions and beliefs while acknowledging the differences of others Recognize that members may have health conditions, some of which may not be noticeable. ` Respect that some members could have increased susceptibility to pain or injury through even light physical contact ` If you have special needs or limitations, please address any concerns with specific presenters and/or the Osher office ` Osher members or guests who interfere with the goals of our learning community, or create a safety concern, will be asked to leave the class or activity. Serious or repeated violations may impose appropriate penalties including suspension of membership privileges.

Program Cancellations/ Refunds ` For programs with a fee of $35 or less, no refunds or transfers will be given ` Once a program has begun, refunds are no longer issued ` A full refund is issued to program participants if the School of Continuing Education cancels a program for any reason ` Participant withdrawals made at least 10 business days prior to the start of a program can receive a 100% refund ` When a participant withdraws less than 10 business days prior to the program start, participant may have their fees transferred one time to any available program; otherwise participants will receive a refund minus a 20% administrative fee ` This policy does not apply to Travel or Go Explore programs which have no-refund policies ` Check the Osher website for weatherrelated cancellations

Images The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute may take photographs, video, audiotape and other image and sound-based media of the campus and its employees, students and visitors (collectively, the “Images”). UWM may use such Images for educational, promotional, advertising and other purposes including, but not limited to, print and digital applications.

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We’re back and better than ever! The Summer 22 semester brings the exciting opportunity to resume in-person programming, while continuing to offer the option of learning from home and enjoying the perks of the online “Zoom classroom.” Registration for Summer programs will be online only, however, you may notice some new options when filling out the online form. In-person, mail and phone registration are not an option.

Delivery Types We will be delivering our programs to you in the following ways: In-person – Programs designated by this delivery type will be offered at either the Hefter Center on Lake Drive, or the School of Continuing Education at our downtown conference center. Registration will be limited to classroom capacity and will not offer any online option. Live Online – Programs designated by this delivery type will be offered online via the Zoom platform and will have unlimited capacities. Programs are not recorded and must be attended on the date and time listed. In-person with livestream – Programs designated by this delivery type will have both an ‘In-person’ and ‘livestream’ participation option. When filling out the online form, classes designated as ‘In-person with livestream’ will be listed twice. Once as

the ‘In-person’ option, and once as the ‘livestream’ option. Make sure to check the box next to the delivery type you are interested in. If the ‘In-person’ delivery option of the desired program is at capacity, you will not be able to register for the program and should check the box next to the ‘livestream’ option if you still wish to participate in the program. THERE WILL BE NO WAITLISTS THIS SUMMER.

How-To Register Online (uwm.edu/sce/osher) From the Homepage, click the “Register for Summer 2022” button. 1. This takes you to the Sign In page. If you are a “New Customer” (someone who has not registered online before), click the “Sign Up” button to make an account. If you are a returning customer (someone who has registered online before), enter your email and password. If you forgot your password, simply click on the “Forgot your password?” link to reset your password. 2. The next page asks you to confirm your personal information. Make sure all fields marked with a red asterisk are filled out. Click the “Next” button. 3. It’s time to select your programs. Programs are divided by type: Short Courses & Talks. Within each subgroup, programs are listed by Program Number, Title, Date, Time and Price. Check the box next to all your desired programs. Click the “Next” button.

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4. If you are registering for more than one person, this is your chance to add them to your order. Click the “Add Another Registrant” button at the top of the page. A pop-up window will appear with the following questions: ` “Who is the additional registrant?” If you share a membership account, live at the same address, or have registered with this person before, the web will pull up their name which you must simply select. Otherwise, select the “This person has never registered” bubble. ` “Do you want to copy items from an existing registrant?” If the second registrant is taking all the same programs, select the “Yes, copy items from the following registrant” bubble. If the second registrant is not taking all the same programs, select the “No, do not copy items from existing registrant” button. Click the “OK” button. 5. You should now be able to see a list of all the classes you selected on the previous page. If you missed any classes, hit the “Edit” button to return to the previous screen. Once you confirm that everything is correct, you can enter your payment information. Pro Tip: Do not include spaces or dashes when entering your credit card number! Scroll to the bottom of the screen and check the box to “agree to the terms and conditions.” Click the “Submit” button. 6. The final screen confirms your registration.


SHORT COURSES Osher Short Courses are multiweek noncredit sessions on various topics such as the arts, literature, ethics, science, politics, religion and history. Courses are taught by UWM faculty and experts and professionals in the community. Presenter biographies are located online at uwm.edu/sce/osher

The Big Bang to Modernity This course will cover the major events that have occurred in the past 13.8 billion years from the big bang to the modern age. By better understanding what multiple disciplines, from astronomy to geology, and eventually human history have discovered, participants will better understand why we are where we are and might be headed. Presenter: Ken Solis 5 Wed, June 1-29, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $30, Program No. SUM:100

Summer Potpourri I

2 Mondays, June 6-13, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream (June 6) & Live Online (June 13) Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, Program No. SUM:102

June 6 – Gardening for the Soul – From ancient Zen gardens and Mary Gardens of the Middle Ages to healing gardens of today, gardens and gardening have been seen as ways of finding inner peace and connecting with the Divine. In this session we will explore these and other garden traditions, and learn about elements which you can incorporate into your own garden. Presenter: Jim Gill June 13 – How the U.S. Ranks Globally – This class will share a comparison of the US rankings in over 25 key global categories for 2022. We will examine 6

economic factors like GDP, incomes, deductions, the national debt and taxes, global warming, the environment and pollution, energy sources, healthcare costs and outcomes, marriage, divorce and birth rates, population trends, an index on religiosity and atheism, a national prosperity index, murder and crime rates, a change in readiness index, happiest and most competitive countries and more. All charts and links to data sources will be shared with participants. Presenter: Doug Stowell

Comedies From Across the Pond Is comedy culture-specific? Do we Americans laugh at the same puns, stunts, clowning and capers as Europeans? We will watch three comedy films from France, Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain (2001), Italy, Amarcord, (1973), and Russia, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980). These films occupy slots on multiple Best of lists. We will discuss the nature of comedy, film comedy and cultural differences in the expression and appreciation of humor. Presenter: Kathy Johnson 3 Mon, June 6-27, 12:30-3pm No class 6/20 Delivery Type: In-person Location: UWM SCE $20, Program No. SUM:104

FOCUS System for Organizing Photos We know we need to save our photos, but why does it seem so daunting? The truth is that saving family photos is truly a journey from starting with old heritage photos to managing the pictures we are taking today. Get tips, tricks, ideas, motivation and even inspiration to complete your photo projects in this two class course. Printed Photo Organization – People often have printed photos stored in a variety of places and are overwhelmed with sorting their photos and other media. Attendees will learn a simple system to organize all of their family photos, which photos are important to save and how to scan photos easily. Digital Photo Organization – With the advent of digital photography, consumers have photos in a wide variety of homes. The technology to manage your photos can be confusing and even overlap. With this course, we’ll provide an overview to choosing one digital home, a demonstration of transferring photos from a variety of places to your computer and an explanation of cloud based photo storage options. In both cases, attendees will leave with a copy of handouts, worksheets and a list of resources to continue on after the classes are done. Presenter: Mollie Bartelt 2 Wed, June 8-15, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, Program No. SUM:106

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

Managing A Successful Retirement

There is insight and discovery, creative self-expression, and accomplishment in writing your family history. This four week course introduces you to family history writing and leads you through the who, what, when, where, why and how, moving from organizing and researching to writing the stories that surround you. It’s never too early, or too late to take the steps toward leaving a family storybook that will be treasured far into the future. Presenter: Mary Patricia Voell 4 Wed, July 6-27, 12:30-2:30pm Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $25, Program No. SUM:112

Living Through the Climate Crisis

George Cukor: Masculine/Feminine Four gems (THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, ADAM’S RIB, BORN YESTERDAY and A STAR IS BORN) by a sophisticated film director who walked the tightrope of on- and off-screen taboos in Hollywood’s Golden Age and whose personal homosexuality brilliantly informed his lifetime’s work. He saw masculinity and femininity differently than any other filmmaker and treated gender roles in far-sighted fashion. Great actresses such as Katharine Hepburn soared under his guidance and uniquely served, in his films, as Cukor alter egos. Presenter: Patrick McGilligan 4 Thu, July 7-28, 2-5:30pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $25, Program No. SUM:114

Short Courses

Unlike many one to two-hour workshops that promote specific financial products, this short course is completely educational. The information you receive is objective and factual, without any references to specific financial products. This course introduces concepts and strategies to help you make informed financial decisions in retirement. However, if you want to discuss specific financial products and services, you may do so during the optional free retirement planning consultation. Presenter: Blaine Gibson 4 Thu, June 9-30, 4-6pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $25, Program No. SUM:108

Making of a Family Historian | Part 3 Writing

Summer Potpourri II

In this 3-session course we will share our feelings and reactions to the climate crisis; help you understand the state of the crisis; inspire hope from the movements building a sustainable world; show you the many paths to re-creating a secure world for all. In addition, we will read a few articles and chapters from The Sea Is Rising and So Are We by Cynthia Kaufman, who will also present to our group in Session Two. With input from a variety of speakers, we will also have some small and large group discussion throughout. Presenter: Dale Olen & Cynthia Kaufman 4 Mon, June 27, July 11, Aug 1 & Aug 22, 2:15-4:15pm Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $25, Program No. SUM:110

2 Mon, July 11-18, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, Program No. SUM:116

July 11 – Strength Training for Older Adult – Most older adults spend their last 10-20 years of life not able to enjoy physical activity due to whole body weakness. This is evident by observing most adults in Nursing Homes. The pragmatic solution is to begin strength training beginning in your 60’s and continue into your 90’s. Presenter: Paul Martino July 18 – Out and About in MKE – Learn about new hot spots, historic points of interest and old favorites you may have missed in Milwaukee from Jenna Kashou, author of “100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before You Die” and the forthcoming “Milwaukee Scavenger.” Presenter: Jenna Kashou

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The Gig Economy and Us In their 70s, a couple sees a crack in its “Nest Egg.” New employment is the glue! Ageism rears its head. No prospects in spite of award-winning professional success. A plan as Food delivery drivers! An adventure with unexpected rewards: fascinating people, community building, lessons learned. No Retirement in sight, but fulfillment, knowledge, acceptance, awareness, a beacon of light. A desire to share our story. The result: Making a U-Turn in the Gig Economy! Presenter: Joel Kriofske 2 Fri, July 15-22, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, Program No. SUM:122

Checking in With the Supreme Court

Modern Sculpture The modern era in sculpture began with Auguste Rodin toward the end of the 19th century. Traditional sculpture was always figural, used natural materials, forms were idealized, and scale was usually human. All of this would change. Some new trends we will observe include abstraction; geometry; new, often industrial materials; and tribal sources. New methods of working, such as using found materials, appeared and space was incorporated into the works themselves. Presenter: Priscilla Camilli 2 Tue, July 12-19, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, Program No. SUM:118


Contemporary Economic Policy Issues Economics plays a central role in the functioning of every aspect of society. This course will address a set of prominent policy issues where economics is at their core. We will explore their origins as policy matters, the underlying data and evidence, and what policy levers are available to deal with them. Lectures will be standalone, taught by a subject matter expert – all of whom have a Ph.D. in Economics. Potential topics include Climate Change, Healthcare Economics, Economic Inequality, and many more. The topics presented will be determined by what is most topical at the time of the course. Presenter: Jon Haveman 3 Thu, July 14-28, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $20, Program No. SUM:120

What’s the latest from our Supreme Court? Discuss the major decisions of the 2020-2021 term. Our nation’s High Court is addressing everything from health care to voting rights, climate change to juvenile justice, same-sex adoption to software interfaces, and religious freedom to immigration protocols. This course analyzes significant rulings among the 40 or so to be decided by the nine justices of our Supreme Court. Join us for a straightforward discussion of these allimportant cases and many opportunities to ask questions. Presenter: James Santelle 3 Fri, July 15-29, 1:30-3pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: UWM SCE & Zoom $20, Program No. SUM:124

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

The Day the Music Died

Practical & Ethical Implications of Bad Driving Many of us are upset by the apparent bad driving we encounter, in actuality or just visually. How bad is it really, not just in terms of physical damage to vehicles and people but also in thinking about the ethical considerations around this behavior? First, we will learn what the data tells us about the former. Then in class two we will explore and discuss potential responses from the esoteric to the practical, how to think about it to what can we do about it. Presenter: Kathy Johnson 2 Tue, July 27-Aug 3, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, Program No. SUM:128

Short Courses

Thanks to Don McLean’s song, American Pie, Buddy Holly’s 1959 plane crash has been forever etched in the American consciousness. But, how much do you really know about the tragic event? Who else was on the plane, and why did they fly that evening? What were four of hottest rock and roll artists of the time doing touring the upper Midwest in the middle of winter, in a school bus? What are Wisconsin’s ties to the story? These are just some of the questions that will be answered as we review the lives of the artists and tell the heartbreaking story that ended in a snowy cornfield in Clear Lake, Iowa. Presenter: Greg Jenks 2 Tue, July 19-26, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, Program No. SUM:126

Summer Potpourri III

3 Mon, Aug 1-15, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, Program No. SUM:130

Aug 1 – Les Paul’s Milwaukee Connections – Recording artists around the world hail Waukesha native Les Paul as the father of modern music. His many recording inventions and gold record performances introduced a new way to perform and record music. Hear little-known stories about the Wizard of Waukesha from one of his close friends. See his cutting-edge inventions and photos of his family. Be amazed at Les Paul’s many connections to the Milwaukee area. Presenter: Sue Baker Aug 8 – The Kichwa Art of Ecuador – The indigenous Kichwa people of Quilotoa, Ecuador proudly portray their culture for touristic consumption. As they paint pictures and choreograph folkloric dances, they simultaneously cater to touristic expectations and engage in critical reflection on indigenous community life. In this talk, I tell the story of the grand inauguration of a new community-owned hotel in Quilotoa, and reveal the way that community members celebrated their collective success through painting and dance. Presenter: Joe Quick Aug 15 – Wicked Milwaukee – This talk and presentation provides an understanding of people that were considered wicked in Milwaukee’s For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher

history and the efforts that upstanding citizens and police used to try and remove this wickedness. It covers prostitution, vice, and the alcohol that has given Milwaukee an interesting history. Presenter: Yance Marti

Impact of Native American Boarding Schools Learn about the history and devastating legacy of the Native American boarding schools and the U.S. government’s assimilation policy that led to intergenerational trauma still impacting indigenous individuals, families and communities. Our presenters are Richard Gonzalez and Kate Erickson — accomplished Wisconsin educators who are both members of the Oneida Nation. Both are descendants of relatives who were forced to attend the boarding schools to be “assimilated” into white culture. In this 3-part series, they will share their research and personal stories about the history and impact of the boarding schools as well as the current status and challenges of including Native American history in the curriculum of Wisconsin’s schools. Presenters: Richard Gonzalez & Kate Erickson 3 Mon, Aug 1-15, 12:30-2pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $20, Program No. SUM:132 9

iPhone Photography Yes, it’s a phone, but it’s also a powerful camera. In this interactive two-part course, learn about native iPhone camera functions, composition and lighting, apps to help take better pictures, apps to edit photos, gear to extend possibilities as well as digital photo storage and sharing. Please note that functions specific to the Apple iPhone will be demonstrated, though some of the content is applicable in different ways to other phone cameras. Presenter: Terri Hart-Ellis 2 Tue, Aug 2-9, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $15, Program No. SUM:134

Reflections on Being Alone “We who live alone”, writes Barbara Holland author of One’s Company, “can treat the situation as an illness and spend our days searching for the cure, or we can make ourselves comfortable here.” Using Holland, Eric Klinenberg’s “Going Solo”, Lane Moore’s“ How To Be Alone”, Dawna Markova’s “No Enemies Within”, and others as our guides, I invite Osher members into an online conversation exploring the history and statistics, psychology, portraits and trends of the rise in being solo – together. Presenter: Mary Patricia Voell 3 Wed, Aug 3-17, 12:30-2pm Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $20, Program No. SUM:136


Supplements: Good, Bad and Ugly

Science of Color – A DVD Class

In the US, 77% of adults take dietary supplements. The global market for supplements reached $140 billion in 2018 and is predicted to be $216 billion by 2026. Does using supplements make you healthier? Extend your life? Or just empty your wallet? We’ll look at how supplements have become so popular and examine the evidence about their effectiveness and value in a healthy lifestyle. We’ll also explore some of the most popular supplements taken by older adults. Presenter: Betsy Adrian 3 Thu, Aug 4-18, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $20, Program No. SUM:138

There’s more to colors than just aesthetics. There’s an actual science behind how colors work in one’s eyes and brain. The secrets that scientists are uncovering offer astounding revelations on how colors influence the way one thinks, feels and behaves often without conscious awareness. Presenter: Beth Waschow 3 Thu, Aug 4-18, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $20, Program No. SUM:140

Philip Roth’s The Human Stain This course will be devoted to a close reading, and active discussion, of one of Philip Roth’s greatest novels. The story’s principal setting is 1998, a year in which the United States was wracked by the impeachment of a president, in a small New England college town. At the college an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree him to be a racist. The charge is false, but the real truth about Silk goes far beyond anything his detractors would have imagined. It also tells us something troubling about our own country’s cultural climate at the time. Presenter: Jay Miller 3 Wed, Aug 10-24, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $20, Program No. SUM:142

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

TALKS Talks are single-session programs that offer insights on a diverse array of topics in the arts, humanities, sciences and current issues.

Outbreaks From History

Strength and Balance for the Aging Body Arthritis, joint pain, muscle stiffness, impaired balance and slower movements are part of the natural aging process. Many people are afraid to exercise due to fear of worsening their condition, however gentle exercise can not only be safe for aging bodies, but essential to protect arthritic joints & reduce fall risk. Learn how to counteract the degenerative process with strength, flexibility, improved gait and balance in just 10 minutes a day. Presenter: Angela Domnitz Wed, June 1, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $10, Program No. SUM:302

The adjudication of religious life in the United States plays out on a field generated by, on one hand, our Constitution and the political institutions that flow from it, and on the other, by a religious culture that hugely values religious freedom but that has also been highly inflected by various claims that the United States is a Christian nation. These conditions create a central dilemma: are there circumstances in which religious beliefs and the practices that issue from them make a group seem incapable of being good citizens—even though the nation’s basic values would seem to preclude religious identity as a condition of citizenship? The United States has been defined in various ways as a “Christian nation”; if so, how do Jews and Muslims—whose understandings of such things as sacred space, sacred time, food, and the religious meaning of the state, can be quite different from those of Christians—fit into American society? Does religion create potential fault lines around these things, and, if so, how? American political and culture systems can generally handle most differences, but a few issues are explosive—particularly those that question whether a group’s religion precludes its becoming loyal to the United States, i.e., becoming American citizens. Presenter: Charles Cohen Thu, June 2, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:304

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More to Life Than More Alan Pesky is an entrepreneur who entered retirement by founding the Lee Pesky Learning Center 25 years ago, after the sudden death of his son Lee. At 87, Alan is publishing a book about how his loss became the catalyst for the nonprofit that has since touched thousands of young lives. “More to Life than More: A Memoir of Misunderstanding, Learning, and Loss” tells the story of Lee’s learning challenges, Alan’s grief after his son’s death and Alan’s efforts to form a successful center to help children with learning disabilities. Alan will discuss becoming an entrepreneur, founding a nonprofit in retirement, and writing a book as an octogenarian. Presenter: Alan Pesky Tue, June 7, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:306


Learn about some of the most infamous microorganisms in history and how they influenced society. We’ll discuss how scientists are able to connect outbreaks to a microorganism and our strategies to treat and prevent the spread of disease. Presenter: Dave Westenberg Tue, May 31, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:300

Jews and Muslims in Christian America

Short Courses

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Eavesdropping on the Microbial World In this session we will talk about how bacteria communicate with each other. We will learn about how scientists are using this information to prevent and treat diseases or to improve the behavior of beneficial microorganisms. Presenter: Dave Westenberg Tue, June 7, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:308


Reconstructing a Lost Place

Fred, Ginger and Gene Kelly

Reaching Across Racial Divide: Cousins

The revered American dancers Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly did not find success overnight. Learn the backstories of the training, early performing, and off-stage lives of these beloved multi-faceted performers. Presenter: Nancy Weiss-McQuide Wed, June 8, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:310

Connected Through Slavery – What happens when a White woman, Phoebe, contacts a Black woman, Betty, saying she suspects they are connected through slavery? The answer is revealed as they tell the dramatic story of their meeting, sharing of family histories, and search for reconciliation – from Betty’s experience desegregating her county’s only high school to Phoebe’s eventual question to Betty: “How do I begin to repair the harms?” Presenters: Betty Kilby & Phoebe Kilby Wed, June 15, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:316

Bible Basics for Beginners Do you have questions about the origins or makeup of the bible, or how to make sense of it today? This course will address the basics of the bible from a main-line Christian viewpoint reflecting modern biblical interpretation methods. We will discuss your questions about the bible, and possible interpretations, but not specific doctrinal issues. Presenter: Jim Gill Thu, June 9, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:312


Auroras and Eclipses

The spaces that we occupy are almost always saturated with meaning. But in our hustle, bustle, and pursuit of ‘progress’ we have quite frequently forgotten the deeper profundity at our feet. In this session, participants will have a chance to consider what it means to resurrect meaning in our everyday places. The example that will serve to anchor this presentation comes from Bardejov, Slovakia. Like so many other small towns in Eastern Europe, Bardejov lost touch with its Jewish past as a result of the Holocaust. By exploring the steps being taken to recover this heritage, we may be inspired to discover the invisible pasts buried just below the surface of all things. Presenter: Daniel Haumschild Thu, June 16, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:320

Wisconsin’s Last Undeveloped Lakes Undeveloped wild lakes are a relative rarity on Wisconsin’s landscape despite our wealth of lakes in the state. Paddling a wild lake offers a peace that’s often hard to find as well as an insight into our native plant and animal communities that live in and on our lakes. So, where are these lakes? What are their keynotes? And why should we care? Presenter: John Bates Wed, June 22, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:322

Auroras & Eclipses are two fascinating sky sights–and rare! Learn more about these celestial wonders and how you can see them in this lively talk. Presenter: Robert Bonadurer Thu, June 16, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:318

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

Golden Era of Steam Yachting Immerse yourself in the luxury of cruising Geneva Lake in private steam yachts… some built locally, some in Racine and one traveled the Great Lakes from New York to Kenosha on its way to Geneva Lake. Learn the history of the lake: early dams, floods, shipwrecks, sailing and yacht clubs, excursion boats, steam yachts and more. At the Era’s height, there were over 50 steam yachts on the water each summer, anchored at their owner’s summer mansions for the season. Presenter: Michael Rehberg Tue, July 12, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:328

Words Can Change the World Words Can Change the World. When Ida Wells, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Charles Darwin wrote, their work was fueled by a deep purpose. Novelists George Orwell and Octavia Butler also wrote to address injustice in the world. That personal mission helped these writers to develop focus, overcome obstacles, and succeed. Learn the stories of these writers: how they found their purpose, overcame challenges, and succeeded in changing the world. Presenter: Rochelle Melander Wed, June 22, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:324

Heroes of the Holocaust Adjacent to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem is The Avenue of Righteous Gentiles. Thousands of trees have been planted there to commemorate the lives of these brave men and women who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. We are often confronted with the horrors and atrocities that made up the Holocaust but are too seldom presented the incredible stories of these heroic individuals. This short course will bring their actions to life. Presenter: Lloyd Levin Wed, June 29, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:326

For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher


Ben Franklin: Philosophy and Life Ideas of Ben Franklin’s philosophy are derived from the book: “Benjamin Franklin’s The Art of Virtue”, edited by George L. Rogers. Starting in his youth, Franklin made a plan using twelve principles to achieve success and prosperity in his life. He became a renaissance man in that he was accomplished as a printer, writer, inventor, diplomat, and statesman among other things. This course will explore his philosophies and accomplishments. Presenter: Mary Zarse Tue, July 12, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:330


The Great Waukesha Water War

How to Vote Absentee

In 1891 a mysterious man named James McElroy approached the Village of Waukesha with a plan to supply Waukesha spring water to the Columbian Exposition. His seemingly impossible scheme set off a three-year battle which included a dramatic midnight confrontation in Waukesha. His exploits were mentioned in the best-selling novel “Devil in the White City.” This presentation will focus on the battles McElroy provoked more than 100 years ago. Presenter: John Schoenknecht Wed, July 13, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:332

Join us for a fact-filled discussion of how absentee voting works in Wisconsin which will include a live demonstration of how to sign up online. This course covers the requirements for absentee voting and demonstrates how to verify your vote has been received and counted. We will discuss some of the issues from previous elections and how to avoid the crowds and lines in the upcoming elections of 2022. We pull back the curtain to see what occurs behind the scenes in the voting process. Joining us will be Tina Mayer, Clerk of the Town of Waterford with 25 years of election experience. Presenter: Jan Thornberg Mon, July 18, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:336

Luckiest Boy in the World

Our Cosmos: Did You Know? Our universe is filled with amazing objects and scientific facts. Dr. Roscoe has selected just a few topics that are guaranteed to blow your mind by asking the question “Did you know?”. There will also be time for your questions about the cosmos. Presenter: Dennis Roscoe Wed, July 13, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:334


Every kid in America would love to be a batboy for a major league team, work for an NBA team, or be on the sidelines for an NFL team. Pat McBride is the only kid who was a batboy for the Milwaukee Brewers, a ball boy for the 1971 world champion Milwaukee Bucks, and worked in the locker room and on the sidelines for the Green Bay Packers, winners of the first two Super Bowls. He tells the story of escaping a very dysfunctional home and finding mentors in the world of sports who inspired him to go to medical school. McBride tells the story of meeting some of the most famous athletes and celebrities in the world, and eventually becoming a nationally recognized professor and dean at a medical school. Most importantly he learned to forgive, and became a successful father and husband with a wonderful and stable family. Come along and read the wonderful inside stories of the luckiest boy in the world! Presenter: Patrick McBride Tue, July 19, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:338

ARTservancy: Art and Conservation ARTservancy is a collaboration between an art gallery and several land trusts. The program pairs artists with nature preserves for a year-long residency. Artists visit the properties during the year and create artworks inspired by their visits. While I have myself served as an artist in residence, my main role has been to document the program and promote it and the artists on my blog, The Natural Realm. I will explain the program and share slides of the work of selected artists and their relationship to their preserves. Presenter: Eddee Daniel Wed, July 20, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:340

Observations on the Resilience of Bone Bone resilience is a crucial component of the human body’s resilience. It is complex, serving as the structural framework for the body, and has an amazing capacity for self-repair. We will examine some aspects of the marvelous resilience of bone in order to help us understand what resilience and resilience engineering are. The goal of this presentation is to make you think of bone whenever you hear the word resilience. Presenter: Richard Cook Thu, July 21, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:342

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

Voices of Milwaukee Bronzeville “Some people don’t have to imagine what Milwaukee’s Bronzeville was like. They have only to remember.” This course is based on the oral history of eight African Americans born in Milwaukee between the 1920s and the 1940s that lived in the now historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Presenter: Sandra Jones Mon, July 25, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:344

Rolfing: What Is It? Many people have heard of Rolfing but haven’t experienced it. Rolfing is a manual therapy (hands on) approach for releasing fascial restrictions that impede movement and cause pain. It is typically done in a 10-session series. This course will explain the basics of Rolfing and show, through video and volunteer demonstration, what makes Rolfing different from massage, and how you can benefit from it. Presenter: Lynn Cohen Tue, Aug 2, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:350

The World’s Most Famous Shipwrecks

1925 Scopes Monkey Trial There’s more to the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial than what’s seen in the movie Inherit the Wind. We’ll examine what led to the famous trial, it’s larger-thanlife participants (William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow), and how beliefs about human evolution remained a battleground long after the trial concluded. Presenter: Helen Adelt Tue, Aug 2, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:352

Conversations with Author J.F. Riordan Award-winning novelist and essayist, J.F. Riordan has been called “a modern day Jane Austen” for her keen observations on society and human nature, her sense of humor, and her engaging literary style. She will discuss her work; her writing experience; and why she is a book club drop out. Questions from participants about her books and the writing process in general will be encouraged. Presenter: Jan Riordan Thu, Aug 4, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:354

For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher


Learn about the most famous shipwrecks of all time. Biblical accounts of the Ark and St. Paul’s shipwreck may be the most published stories of all time, but they aren’t the first tales recorded. Ric shares stories over four thousand years old from cuneiform tablets and he shares Phoenician and Egyptian wrecks that have been discovered in addition to Titanic, Lusitania, Arizona and so many other wrecks that have received headlines over the centuries. With a special emphasis on Great Lakes wrecks, this is a popular new topic! Presenter: Ric Mixter Thu, July 28, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:346


Statehood Delayed: Wisconsin’s Failed 1847 Constitution

Your Story is Your SuperPower

After ten years as a territory, Wisconsin residents eagerly anticipated becoming a state. The first step, writing a constitution, nearly derailed the whole process as badtempered delegates argued over divisive social and economic issues during the winter of 1846-47. Property rights for married women? Voting rights for African Americans? Paper money? The end result satisfied no one, and voters rejected the proposed constitution by a wide margin just as sectional conflict threatened the very existence of the nation. Presenter: Jonathan Kasparek Mon, Aug 8, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:356

Feeling Brilliant and Having Fun When was the last time you felt brilliant? When is the last time you had fun? This class will do both. Join us for an afternoon of fun as you learn quick and easy math tricks to pass on to your family and friends. Even if you’re not a math fan, we will give you concrete examples that will demonstrate how math can be fun, easy to learn, and easy to use and apply in daily life. You’ll be the life of the party! Presenter: Mohammad Dakwar Tue, Aug 9, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:358


Utilizing Marshall Ganz’s “Public Narrative” methodology framework, including “the Story of Self, Us and Now,” this course will help participants improve their personal storytelling. After taking the course, participants will increase their ability to mobilize people for change, because whether using digital outreach strategies or in person conversations, audiences respond to stories. We will also discuss how these methods have been used by the Obama’s and business leaders, politicians and community organizers. Presenter: Robert Baker Tue, Aug 9, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:360

Family Legacy Conversations: Ethical Wills When planning for the future, some families are able to retain their assets and keep the family connected because they add vital conversations to the planning mix. They integrate their values, vision, and family stories. When families engage in this process they learn to do their best thinking and act as a resource for one another. One useful tool is the Ethical Will, which defines values, beliefs, life lessons and blessings for the next generation. It can also be used for philanthropic giving. Participants will be immersed in an Ethical Will writing exercise. Presenter: Eric Weiner Wed, Aug 10, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:362

Truck Driver Turnover Problem The persistence of high driver turnover during this century creates a logistics challenge for companies and their shippers. High turnover rates (driver shortages) have contributed to product shortages and high inflation during the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will examine the factors contributing to truck driver turnover, and provide prescriptions to mitigate these high turnover rates. Presenter: James Peoples Wed, Aug 10, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:364

Inspiring Compassion: Heartland Farm Sanctuary Heartland Farm Sanctuary, which opened in 2010, is Wisconsin’s first sanctuary dedicated to rescuing farm animals. Join Heartland’s Communications Director, Jamie Monroe, to learn about Heartland’s mission of inspiring compassion for all beings. We’ll talk about the sanctuary’s 12 species of rescued farm animals and the educational and therapeutic programming HFS provides for kids and teens in our community. Presenter: Jamie Monroe Fri, Aug 19, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:366

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS Join socially stimulating, peer-led study groups that meet on a regular basis. Presenter biographies are located online at uwm.edu/sce/osher

Italian Reading and Conversation – Primary Level

Cominciamo di leggere, scrivere e parlare la lingua italiana! We begin to read, write and speak the Italian language. The first portion of our session is learning the Italian alphabet, cordial greetings and phrases, numbers and the basic structure of Italian verbs. The latter portion features reading “Ad Alta Voce” for practice in reading Italian and getting its meaning. Our literature selection is “Read and Think Italian,” by McGraw-Hill. We use internet resources to assist and enhance our language experience. For more information, Contact: Gus Ricca, gusricca@yahoo.com. 13 Tue, May 31-Aug 23, 10-11:30am Meets weekly on Tuesday Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $20, Program No. SUM:502

Italian Intermediate Level

Theatre Writing Explore the craft of playwriting, share your writing with others, receive feedback and give encouragement. Contact: Reed Groethe, reed.groethe@gmail.com. 6 Thu, June 2-Aug 18, 2:15-3:45pm Meets the 1st and 3rd Thu of the month Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $15, Program No. SUM:508

For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher

Share your writing with others, receive and give feedback along with encouragement. Ideas and information on writing are also discussed. All levels of writing and genres are welcome. The only qualification is a desire to write. Meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Contact: Nancy Martin, nancymartin2006@yahoo.com. 6 Tue, June 7-Aug 16, 2:15-3:45pm Meets the 1st and 3rd Tue of the month Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $15, Program No. SUM:510

Spanish Language Book Club This group meets one time per month to discuss a novel, book of non-fiction or short stories written in an author’s native language. The ability to read and speak in Spanish is the only requirement. Fluency is not a prerequisite. The goals of this experience are to enrich appreciation of Spanish literature and to further the participant’s ability and confidence in reading and conversing in Spanish. Books will be chosen by group members. Contact: Joelyn Olen, joelynolen@gmail.com. 3 Thu, June 16-Aug 18, 12:30-1:45pm Meets the 3rd Thu of the month Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:512

Special Interest Groups

This intermediate-level class in the Italian language meets once a week for 90 minutes and focuses on three areas: conversation practice on an announced topic with the introduction of new useful vocabulary; written and verbal exercises designed to review grammar concepts; and oral reading from modern Italian literature. Class discussions explore topics of Italian culture, art and cuisine. Contact: Ned Turner, nedmturner2@sbcglobal.net 13 Tue, May 31-Aug 23, 12:30-2pm Meets weekly on Tuesday Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $20, Program No. SUM:504



This group is composed of Osher members who have completed basic introductory classes in Italian and/or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The group focuses on listening, speaking, reading and writing in Italian, with an emphasis on building vocabulary, strengthening grammatical constructions, improving conversational skills and reading Italian literature. We share a common love of all things Italian—culture, history, art and food. All members of the group take turns developing lessons, providing readings and listening comprehension exercises, including homework. The class facilitator/ leader responsibility rotates on a weekly basis. Contact: Theresa Bellone, tjbellone@gmail.com 12 Mon, May 30-Aug 22, 10-11:30am Meets weekly on Monday Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $20, Program No. SUM:500

Italian Language Introduction

Climate Crisis If you are concerned about the climate crisis, join our small group of interested members to study and discuss the many facets of the threats and opportunities of this wounded planet. As a group we identify articles, reports and books to read on a specific aspect of the climate crisis and come to the meeting ready to share and learn. Together we clarify the problems and hopefully find some solutions. Contact: Dale Olen, daleolen@me.com. 3 Fri, June 17-Aug 19, 10-11:30am Meets the 3rd Fri of the month Delivery Type: Live Online Location: Zoom $10, Program No. SUM:514 17