Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM | Catalog | Spring 2024

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Spring 2024

Short Courses Talks Special Interest Groups Go Explores

Registration for courses opens January 9 uwm.edu/sce/osher


Osher Core Programming Committee Members Special thanks to the committee members who put together our course offerings:

SARAH GRAMMER Director grammer@uwm.edu 414-251-5799

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

MARCY DICKER Program Coordinator mdicker@uwm.edu 414-251-6841

NATALIE HEY Program Assistant nmhey@uwm.edu 414.251.7913

Diana Ahmad.................................. graysquirrels24@gmail.com Joan Becker Friedman...................................... jbf427@live.com Eva Eisman..................................................saftaeve@gmail.com Reesa Gottschalk........................................reesag5@gmail.com Mary Ann Horky - Co-chair................horkym2002@yahoo.com Holly Jeffrey.....................................................hlyjfr@yahoo.com Greg Jenks................................... gregjenksretired@gmail.com Pat Katisch...................................................patkatisch@aol.com Cheryl Randall.........................................cherylrndll@gmail.com Linda Vieth................................................... lsv54@sbcglobal.net Barbara Weber - Co-chair..................... bweber37@gmail.com Dave Woodard..........................................connemara39@att.net

Go Explore Planning Committee Members

Spring Registration Update...................................................... 5

Geri Halaska..............................................glhalaska@gmail.com Steve Kessel............................................skessel700@gmail.com Terry King – Chair.......................... terrencejking41@gmail.com Michelle Robinson................... ymichellerobinson@gmail.com Marcia Scherrer - Co-chair.............. dmscherrer1@gmail.com Beth Waschow...................................... bwaschow@gmail.com Anne Szcygiel........................................................ Als@wi.rr.com

Short Courses........................................................................6-12

Robert Gerry Staggenborg....................... Rgstagg@yahoo.com

Osher Talks...........................................................................13-21

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.

Table of Contents Member Information................................................................. 3 Important Policies...................................................................... 4

Special Interest Groups.....................................................21-24 Go Explores..........................................................................24-30

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. As part of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the School offers individual courses, certificate programs, events and conferences, as well as personal enrichment learning opportunities for all ages. The School’s full-service conference center is located at 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 6000, Milwaukee, WI 53203 in downtown Milwaukee. Osher classes at this location are labeled “UWM-SCE.” Osher Programming Tie-ins At the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM, we strive to create connections across our program types. When you see the knot symbol in our catalog, you will find a class and Go Explore with a shared theme or topic. We want to bring these to your attention as a way to enhance and deepen your learning experience. When registering on our website, you will still need to register for your classes and Go Explores in two separate transactions.


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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 2024



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 2024



May–Aug 2024



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.

The 2024-25 membership fee is due:

Sept 1, 2024

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

Annual Membership Renewal To register and participate in Spring 2024 programs (including classes, Go Explore events and travel), you will need an active membership for the 23/24 year. Annual membership lasts from Sept 1 to Aug 31 of the following year. Renewal fees are $45 for an individual and $80 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 2023-2024 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 and Go Explore Events ` Registration Opens Jan. 9


For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher


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 1,300 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 ` 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 ` Obtain a complimentary library card for UWM’s Golda Meir Library


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. Reminder emails are sent one day before each class/event for which you register. 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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Programs In-Person or On Zoom! The Spring 24 semester is full of opportunities for you to join Osher programs in-person or on Zoom. Sessions start throughout the semester, so you may add classes at any time.

Delivery Types

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. WE WILL ONLY USE WAITLISTS FOR OUR GO EXPLORE EVENTS; THERE WILL BE NO WAITLISTS FOR CLASSES THAT REACH CAPACITY.

We will be delivering our programs to you in the following ways:

How-To Register Online (uwm.edu/sce/osher)

In-person – Programs designated by this delivery type will be offered primarily at the Hefter Center. A few classes will be held at the downtown School of Continuing Education Conference Center. Registration will be limited to classroom capacity and will not offer any online option.

From the Homepage, for Go Explore events, click the yellow button labeled “Spring 2024 Go Explore Registration” and for classes, click on the yellow button labeled “Spring 2024 Class Registration.”

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.

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 and Special Interest Groups. Within each subgroup, programs are listed by Program Number, Title, Date, Time and Price. Check the box next to all your desired programs. For more detailed information about courses read the description in the catalog. After checking the boxes, click the For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher

“Next” button. 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.


Atlas of the Heart 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

James Joyce’s Dubliners James Joyce called the short stories in his collection Dubliners a “nicely polished looking-glass.” Published in 1914, the 15 stories in the book examine the everyday lives of people in the city of Dublin, Ireland, as they were in 1907. This short course will set the stories in the context of Ireland’s history and Dublin’s streets, as well as examine some of the symbolism of the stories and Joyce’s famous use of “epiphanies.” Copies of the stories are freely available online and at the library. Presenter: Marguerite Helmers 3 Thu, Feb 1-15, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $20, SPRI:100


In her book, “Atlas of the Heart,” Brene Brown, Ph.D. identifies 87 emotions we all experience and gives us the language to label and discuss these feelings. In 13 chapters, Brown takes us into “Places We Go” when things are uncertain or too much, when we are hurting, when we search for connection, when our heart is open, and so on. In this fourpart discussion, we will read sections of Brown’s book and discuss questions sent out beforehand. Please join us in sharing this enlightening and easy-to-read book. Presenter: Dale Olen 4 Fri, Feb 2-May 3, 10-11:15am Meets first Fri of the month Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $25, SPRI:102

Spring Potpourri I

3 Mon, Feb 5-19, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:104

February 5 – American Sign Language: It’s Not English – American Sign Language (ASL) is a rich and expressive visual language used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in the United States. This Osher Talk delves into the fascinating world of ASL, focusing on its unique syntax and linguistic features. Participants will learn how specific linguistic features of ASL are used to alter the intended meaning of a message, including variations in movement/intensity, facial movement/ expression, sign placement and classifiers. Through explanation, demonstration and engaging activities, participants will gain a deeper understanding of ASL’s grammar and features, and how ASL differs from English. Participants will leave with an appreciation for the linguistic complexity and richness of this visual language. Presenter: Marcy Dicker

February 12 – That Salsa Lady: People Before Profits – Created by a mom for her youngest daughter and YOU, “That Salsa Lady” (TSL) is not simply a familyowned artisan enterprise. Proudly located In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it is also the only black-woman owned fresh salsa company in the United States with an on-site micro farm. Dedicated to the elimination of food deserts, TSL works to create verifiable and accessible food networks of single-source growers, urban gardens, small farms, non-GMO producers and more. TSL does more than make salsa. It empowers and educates as it engages those on the fringes with our great “flava” (flavor) and flexibility of our salsa. Then, through reconnecting people to healthy affordable nutrition, salsa becomes the difference in how people relate to food. Presenter: Angela Moragne February 19 – Milwaukee’s Incomparable Hildegarde: Roaring Twenties – Explore 1920s Milwaukee through the lens of Hildegarde Loretta Sell. The teenager from New Holstein, Wisconsin, worked at theaters accompanying silent movies while attending St. John’s Cathedral High School and the Marquette Conservatory of Music. A job at Gimbels led to performing on Milwaukee’s first radio station. A Vaudeville act at the Palace Theater inspired her to audition and led to early success as “a local girl who makes good” headlining a show at the Riverside. Who could have predicted she would become the Incomparable Hildegarde, “the dear who made Milwaukee famous!” Her biography also provides glimpses of family life for middle-class residents moving from rural Wisconsin to Milwaukee. The presentation includes live music from the 1920s. Presenter: Jean Kaldunksi

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This basic Spanish class will cover topics such as pronunciation, greetings, ordering at a restaurant, directions, weather, expressions, shopping in the “mercado,” time, days of the week, months, numbers and useful conversational expressions. We will practice Spanish in pairs in each class. There will be some homework. Attendance is important. Each week will build on the previous week’s practice. There are no prerequisites. Presenter: Esteban Bell 14 Wed, Feb 7-May 15, 10:30am-Noon No Class Mar 20 Delivery Type: In-person Location: UWM-SCE $80, SPRI:106

Intermediate Spanish Short Stories Explore the Spanish language, read short vignettes in Spanish, speak Spanish with partners, listen to Spanish music and videos, write short paragraphs in Spanish and share in class with a partner. Review Spanish tenses (poco a poco) as the year progresses. Homework is shared in class each week. Class learning builds each week, so attendance is important. Note: This course is not grammar based. Prerequisite: Osher Spanish for Travelers class or previous high school/college Spanish courses. Presenter: Esteban Bell 14 Thu, Feb 8-May 16, 10:30am-Noon No Class Mar 21 Delivery Type: In-person Location: UWM-SCE $80, SPRI:108

Mindfulness as a Daily Practice This session is an overview of mindfulness as a tool for daily life. Learn to practice breath awareness and body awareness, as well as mindfulness of daily activities. You’ll also learn about the mechanisms of these methods and how they help us. These simple methods, that have been used for millennia, are tried-andtrue ways to heal, nurture and grow. Presenter: Paul Norton 5 Thu, Feb 8-Mar 7, 2:15-3:45pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $30, SPRI:110

Movie Sampler Classes will meet on five consecutive Friday afternoons. The selected movies will follow a theme, actor, director or genre of films. The final roster of movies will be shared in an Osher newsletter and via email. Presenter: Roy Krueger 5 Fri, Feb 9-Mar 8, 12:30-3pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $30, SPRI:112

For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher

Grief 101 These five sessions are targeted to those who are two to three years from their grief event; or for people who just want to learn how grief affects people. All information is from 132 CEUs in Grief and research on bereavement. Session 1 defines what grief is and is-not, healthy mourning, nine types of grief and tasks of grieving. Session 2 discusses the lenses through which we filter grief – beliefs, religion, family, culture, life experiences, level of self-awareness and resilience. Session 3 shares strategies for the 3 Big Forgives – God/higher power, self and others for non-believers and believers. Session 4 addresses the importance of ritual in grief work. We’ll view a 22-minute DVD and end with after-death experiences. Session 5 discusses communication skills to help others and for those wanting to establish a Bereavement Ministry. Handouts will be emailed each Monday for you to download and print: Text of the PowerPoint and worksheets. Presenter: Marage Schell 5 Mon, Feb 12-Mar 11, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom

Short Courses

Spanish for Travelers


Is Human Nature Changing?

Fathers, Fiction & Children: The Male Gaze

In this course, we will explore some ways in which human nature, which we long took for unchangeable, is in fact, changing in our time with momentous consequences for our political, social and cultural life. We will contrast former ideas of human nature with some emerging ideas in four areas: 1) the place of human beings in the chain of living things, 2) new concepts and experiences of sex and gender, 3) the intelligence of human beings in relation to the minds of the machines we have created, and 4) changing notions of the purpose and direction of a human being’s life. We will highlight how new works of nonfiction, fiction and media are driving and illustrating changes in our understanding of what it means to be human. Presenter: Donna Engelmann, Ph.D. 4 Fri, Feb 16-Mar 8, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $25, SPRI:116

In the last 50 years, writers have focused on characterization, theme and family dynamics, but few have turned their full gaze on men as fathers. In fact, in the spring of 2023 in a previous class, one class member lamented this absence. This class will illuminate some remarkable exceptions: per Petterson’s novel, “Out Stealing Horses,” and Norman Maclean’s “A River Runs Through It” and other stories. Join us for three lively discussions of the novel, and one final session on Maclean’s novella. These books are available in inexpensive paperbacks, in the Milwaukee Public Library, and at Boswell’s. The novel is also available in Kindle. Presenter: Paula Friedman 4 Tue, Feb 27-Mar 26, 10-11:15am No Class Mar 19 Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $25, SPRI:122

Are Non-American Westerns Really Westerns? In addition to that question, we’ll try to answer other queries about this film genre that we tend to think of as strictly American. What are the characteristics that make a film a western? What characterizes good westerns? Are westerns still relevant? We’ll watch three films from China and filmed in Tibet, “Soul on a String” (2016), 129 minutes; the 1970 Russian film, “White Sun of the Desert,” 85 minutes; and the contemporary American western, “The Rider” (2017), 105 minutes. Watch these films before the class if you can – you will see much more when you watch again. Presenter: Kathy Johnson 3 Tue, Feb 20-Mar 5, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $20, SPRI:118


Listening to Movies: Decoding Film Scores Listening to movies in a whole new way. Michael Barndt (music) and Rita Rochte (cinema) introduce classic film clips to demonstrate how this new media learned to combine storytelling, cinematography and film scoring to capture our imagination. Even when films were silent, there was a need to fill that silence. At the height of this period, major producers employed composers and orchestras in grand movie palaces. With the creation of Hollywood studios, classical composers helped to invent a new genre — music to underscore the story of films. View clips of films and learn to focus on the scores referencing a glossary of terms and techniques. With the creation of Hollywood studios, classical composers helped to invent a new genre — music to underscore the story of films. In the decades since, film music has not “evolved” but taken several diverse paths. Presenters: Michael Barndt, Ph.D. & Rita Rochte 4 Thu, Feb 22-Mar 14, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $25, SPRI:120

Everyday Ethics We continue to discuss ethical issues quite frequently faced as we live our lives every day. Classes consist of lectures from the Great Courses, Moral Decision Making: How to Approach Everyday Ethics followed by small group discussion, and large group summation. The lecturer is Clancy Martin, Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of MissouriKansas City, who takes an approach that is practical, but is rooted in the thinking of the great philosophers. Participants review articles/videos to familiarize themselves with the philosophers and their views. Anyone can enjoy this class – it is not necessary to have taken the prior lectures. This semester’s topics address the death penalty, the use of torture, animal rights, and ethics of both recycling and shopping. The lectures close with the question: what would Socrates do? Presenter: Kathy Johnson 6 Mon, Mar 4-Apr 15, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $35, SPRI:126

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Spring Potpourri II

2 Mon, Mar 4-11, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:124

March 11 – Shipwrecks of Milwaukee – Be surprised by the many shipwrecks in Milwaukee. In this course, learn about a ghost ship, Lake Michigan’s own Titanic and a fish you can catch with your hands. Be surprised by the ship sunk by air pollution, two shipwrecks with the same name, and a shipwreck you used to see all the time. But wait! There are more: A Spanish gunboat from the SpanishAmerican War; two shipwrecks you can walk across; a ship sunk by its rescuers; a fireboat on fire; a shipwreck connected to Bill Clinton, Robert DeNiro, a witch, a civil rights murder, the West Coast doowop sound and the man who made the most amount of money on an hourly basis in history; an upside down shipwreck; a plague ship; and a shipwreck that stopped being a shipwreck. And of course, we’ll cover Yogi Berra. Presenter: James Heinz

3 Mon, Apr 1-15, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:128

April 1 – The Truth About Theatre – David will share some highlights of his 45-year theatre journey, including stories about his personal development in the field as well as experiences as an artistic administrator. He will also look at what challenges lie ahead for live theatre today. And he may even share what lies ahead for him. Presenter: David Cecsarini April 8 – How the Brain Learns New Topics – What is a dog? When you see one on a walk through your neighborhood, you probably automatically recognize this animal. But how does your brain make these classifications? This talk will cover the cognitive neuroscience of concept learning, including how we acquire new concepts and how that process may change as we age. Presenter: Caitlin Bowman April 15 – Assuring the Safety of Foods We Love – Foods can naturally contain or develop hazards to humans. Hazards are microbiological, chemical or physical. Processing controls eliminate, reduce or control hazards. To assure uniform controls in food manufacturing and distribution facilities, food safety management systems are developed and certified according to commercial food safety standards. We will also look at various regulations and controls of foods you buy regularly and explore how they make the foods safe. Presenter: Stephen Thome

For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher

One Hit Wonders: 1965-1969 Many of you no doubt remember the #1 song of 1965, “Wooly Bully,” but can you name the band that sang the song? This is but one of the dozens of popular tunes from the last half of the 60s, recorded by artists that hit the top of the pop charts once, but never again. So “Come on Down” and be prepared to shed “96 Tears” and have a “Psychotic Reaction” as we “Get Together” to reminisce as, “Those Were the Days.” What’s the “Worst That Could Happen?” Presenter: Greg Jenks 2 Tue, Apr 2-9, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:130

Short Courses

March 4 – Famous People Who Lived in Milwaukee – Expect to be amazed by all the famous men and women who lived in Milwaukee. Learn about these Milwaukee natives in this overview, including a firstof-his-kind politician who left us a legacy you can buy in a bag and see on TV every week, two civil rights leaders, the man who actually won the Cold War; the man who invented two things most of us in this room are now using or soon will, the woman who introduced something all of us and our kids have used, one of the world’s greatest scientific geniuses, two heads of the world’s greatest corporation, the leaders of two foreign countries, the man who put the “On Wisconsin” in “On Wisconsin”, two of our greatest generals (one of whom predicted the death of a man you have all seen die), the man whose memorial you have all seen, but did not know who it was for, a starship captain, and of course, Oprah and many others. Presenter: James Heinz

Spring Potpourri III

Post-Impressionists: Van Gogh, Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec The Post-Impressionists started out as Impressionists but became dissatisfied with their focus on concrete, tangible subjects. Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec continued to depict contemporary themes, and to use pure color. But they felt they needed to explore new horizons, to create a more serious art, to deal with the essentials of life. They each developed in individual directions — Post-Impressionism is more a time period than a school of painting. These three artists had a profound influence on the following generation of artists. Presenter: Priscilla Camilli 2 Tue, Apr 2-9, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:132


Shakespeare. Now More Than Ever

Reflecting on Current Events

Power of One: Starting with Joy

“Shakespeare, Now More Than Ever” will explore the magic of the world’s greatest writer, and how his plays change and affect our whole lives. With guest actors and scene explorations from “Macbeth” and “Hamlet,” Dale will share with you humorous and touching stories about and insightful analysis into the plays and productions of the works of the Bard of Avon. From novice to dedicated devotee, you will discover Shakespeare anew in these exciting classes. Presenter: Dale Gutzman 2 Wed, Apr 3-10, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:134

This course focuses on current events and “breaking news” in areas of public interest: government operations and decision-making, civil and human rights advocacies, promotion of the Rule of Law domestically and internationally, equal protection and due process challenges, law enforcement and community-based policing, and prosecutorial and judicial proceedings, among others. Based on reading assignments and consideration of fact-based public reports and news articles, participants are afforded opportunities for discussion and to delve into the occurrences of our times. Presenter: James Santelle 6 Fri, Apr 5-May 10, 1-2:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $35, SPRI:136

While we may feel powerless or overwhelmed about the issues and problems facing our world and our communities, even the smallest action we might take as individuals can make a big difference. Join us to discover the vast possibilities to actually “be the change” — from simple acts of kindness to more intensive civic engagement. We will explore how we can build upon whatever gives us joy – and whatever we care about — to enhance connection within our communities. Learn how compassionate action can counter defeatism and foster personal well-being and relatedness – regardless of how we express it. Presenter: Virginia Small 2 Thu, Apr 11-18, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:140

Imagined Communities: Sara Orne Jewett and Willa Cather

Technology Camp Join us for a hands-on exploration of basic computer skills. We will dig into safety practices when using email and technology, internet searching tips, and the benefits of using the Chrome web browser. This class will also focus on web-based file management protocols using the collaborative Google Apps suite (Google Drive, Docs and Gmail). PC and Mac. We will meet in a computer lab at SCE in a stress-free and relaxed learning environment. Make peace with technology. Members will provide input into learning goals. Presenter: Laurie Yingling 5 Thu, Apr 4-May 2, 2:15-3:45pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: UWM-SCE $30, SPRI:135


Willa Cather didn’t just see 19th-century writer Sarah Orne Jewett as a mentor. She also considered Jewett’s “The Country of the Pointed Firs” (1896) – along with Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” and Twain’s “Huck Finn” – to be one of three greatest works of American literature. This six-week class will explore Jewett’s masterpiece as well as Cather’s own “My Antonia” (1918), focusing on the communities each novel imagines into being, the role of women within those communities, the gestures of inclusion and exclusion practiced within each community (Jewett’s Maine; Cather’s Nebraska), and what these communities can tell us about the way American imagined itself as it assumed an increasingly prominent role on the world’s stage. Presenter: Michael Fischer 6 Tue, Apr 9-May 14, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $35, SPRI:138

Beginning Creative Writing Anais Nin (1903-1977), an American author born and raised in France and best remembered for her journal writing, said, “It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see new meaning in it.” While you will learn, or review, the traditional basics of a story, including character, plot and intention, we will also shake things up, experiment with the writing process and push ourselves to become better see-ers. In other words, we will begin with the gentle art of noticing and how to take a walk in the woods. Presenter: Amanda Reavey 5 Thu, Apr 11-May 9, 2:15-4:15pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $30, SPRI:142

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

Flannery O’Connor: History, Landscape, Relationship, Modernity

The Manhattan Project and Its Consequences Place the Manhattan Project into the context of World War II, consider its role in ending the six-year war and study the weapons created and their effects on people. Inquire into nuclear reactors for power generation and their potential role in alleviating the climate crisis brought on by overuse of fossil fuels. Presenter: Dennis Hafemann 4 Tue, Apr 16-May 7, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $25, SPRI:145

Diverse Individuals and Communities

The Big Bang and the Early Universe

No individual or community consists of a single story. We do great damage to ourselves and others when we respond as if only a single story exists. We will begin this two-week class with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk “The Danger of a Single Story.” We will then examine two short stories by Sandra Cisneros: “Eleven” and “Little Miracles, Kept Promises.” The voices in these stories remind us that we — as individuals and members of various communities — are shaped by a montage of experiences, struggles and dreams. Consequently, these stories remind us not to settle for the limitations of a single story. Presenter: Leslie Babcox 2 Wed, Apr 17-24, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:146

Running our expanding cosmos backward in time from now to its first few seconds yields a scorching, jammed multitude of particles at its birth. As the universe expanded, nearly all these particles ended up as a cosmic background of light, still visible as static on an old TV, and as invisible dark matter; the rest clumped into galaxies of stars or collapsed to form giant black holes that lurk in the galaxies’ centers. We will discuss how this happened and how we know what we know, including recent results from the James Webb Telescope and the Nanograv gravitational-wave observatory. Presenter: John Friedman 3 Wed, Apr 24-May 8, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $20, SPRI:150

Short Courses

We extend our study of “Special Topics” with the insight of more excellent “O’Connor Guest Scholars,” including several from the NEH 2023 Summer Institute, Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor. We will look more deeply at Flannery’s life at Andalusia, in the South with its unique history, examine additional pivotal relationships she had and explore her interest in “modernity” and mysticism. Presenter: Craig Martell 5 Mon, Apr 15-May 13, 2:15-3:45pm Delivery Type: Livestream Location: Zoom $30, SPRI:144

Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds On the evening of October 30, 1938, radio listeners across the United States heard a startling report of mysterious creatures and terrifying war machines moving toward New York City. This short course will retell the story of Orson Welles’s rise to fame, his innovative radio drama and play significant portions of the broadcast. We’ll discuss the bewitching power of early radio, how “fake news” programs got their start and whether War of the Worlds actually caused mass hysteria. Presenter: Greg Jenks 2 Tue, Apr 23-30, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:148 For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher


Spring Potpourri IV

2 Mon, May 6-13, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $0, SPRI:152

May 6 – The Legacy of Milwaukee’s QWERTY Keyboard – Milwaukee’s most famous export is the Qwerty keyboard, named after the arrangement of letters on the first commercially successful typewriter, which went into production in 1873. Typewriters are mostly obsolete today, but their keyboards are not. Billions of people still type on the same keyboard every day, a quaint Victorian relic at the heart of even the most advanced computer. Why has Qwerty been so durable, and where did it come from? Join UWM Professor Jason Puskar for a tour of Qwerty’s past, present and future. He’ll debunk the myth that the keys had to be scrambled to slow down typing to prevent keys from jamming. And he’ll show you how to spot the vestigial remains of even earlier technologies, such as pianos and printing telegraphy, in your computer keyboard today. Presenter: Jason Puskar May 13 – Staying Safe in the Community – This presentation will ensure that you are safe, secure and comfortable going to the grocery store, concerts and traveling. Scasny will share tips for moving about your community. Presenter: Mike Scasny


Madama Butterfly: Puccini’s Tragic Masterpiece “Butterfly,” set in Japan in 1904, is the story of immature love and passion embroiled in a clash between eastern and western cultures that tragically ends in birth, death and remorse. Its vocal and orchestral score is of miraculous beauty and aching and deeply emotional dramatic power and truth. We will view carefully selected excerpts from outstanding DVD productions. We will also discuss why “Butterfly” has always been one of the most adored and frequently presented operas, but also in our modern world, why it is one of the most controversial operatic works depicting cultural stereotypes, racism and domestic abuse. So much to enjoy and contemplate! Presenter: Howard Tolkan 3 Wed, May 1-15, 4-5:15pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $20, SPRI:154

U.S. COVID Experience: Legacy and Questions COVID presented us with the worst global pandemic in a century and the greatest financial crisis in almost a century. The U.S. COVID experience tally: at least 1.2 million American COVID deaths; more than seven million hospitalizations and almost 40 million cases of long COVID at some point; a presidential election was shaped by COVID; an estimated economic toll of $14 trillion; and staggering life altering costs. What happened by the numbers? What have we learned about COVID and handling future U.S. pandemics? Do we need to know the source of COVID? Will COVID disappear? How prepared are we for the next pandemic? This class will attempt to answer some questions that were collected from UWM Osher members. Lastly, who offered the best prediction of the 2020-2023 COVID events: the Boy Scouts or Pogo? Bring your critical thinking hats. Presenter: Michael Silver 2 Wed, May 8-15, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:156

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

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

The Beatles at Shea Stadium

Common Scams and Frauds Targeting Seniors Ben Merens from the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection will discuss the details of common scams that target seniors, the warning signs of a scam, and what to do if you or someone you know falls victim to a scam or fraud. Helpful factsheets from The Bureau of Consumer Protection will be available. As Wisconsin’s lead agency for consumer protection, the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, provides information and education, mediates complaints, investigates cases and takes enforcement actions to fight fraudulent and deceptive practices that harm consumers and honest businesses. Presenter: Ben Merens Tue, Feb 6, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:304

For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher

The Battle of Okinawa (April 1–June 23, 1945) was the largest sea-air-land battle in history and the last major battle of the preatomic era. Both sides regarded it as a dress rehearsal for an invasion of Japan proper. This talk will examine the battle, its aftermath and legacies. Presenter: Christopher Kolakowski Wed, Feb 7, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:306

One Block at a Time Bridge Builders is a local not-for-profit organization focused on removing neighborhood blight, one block at a time. The organization looks at infrastructure and streetscape improvements, code enforcement and removal of slum conditions as key steps toward restoring a block. Bridge Builders emphasizes improved housing conditions with targeted rehabilitation and new construction assistance. Bridge Builders also injects resources back into a block, stable communities re-emerge and growth accelerates. Their target area is over 170 blocks, covering the Thurston Woods and Old North Milwaukee neighborhoods. Presenter: Kurt Owens Wed, Feb 7, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:308


Introduced to America by promoter Sid Bernstein, and brought into living rooms by Ed Sullivan, the Beatles eclipsed all expectations of a concert audience, appearing before 55,600, mostly screaming, fans at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965. Overcoming an overmatched sound system, it was epic, but almost never happened. It did happen, and changed rock music forever. This class looks at the road to Shea, the often overlooked encore 1966 concert, and its enduring legend. Presenter: Terry Rindt Thu, Feb 1, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:300

Wisconsin is home to more than 40 nonprofit organizations known as land trusts. Land trusts work with private landowners to protect wildlife habitat, water quality and other conservation values. Gathering Waters is the state association for Wisconsin’s land trusts. We advocate for public funding for conservation, work to strengthen our land trust members, and promote the value of land conservation. In this session, learn about the land trust community and how people can get involved. Presenter: Mike Carlson Mon, Feb 5, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:302

Steel Storm: The Battle of Okinawa

Short Courses

Presenter biographies are located online at uwm.edu/sce/osher

Gathering Waters: Wisconsin Land Conservation and Trusts


Is Social Security Going Broke? The Social Security system, the Federal government’s most popular program, was designed in the 1930s to ensure against old-age poverty, or as President Roosevelt said, “…the hazards and vicissitudes of life.” In its latest annual report, however, the Social Security Administration warns that one of the program’s key sources of revenue — sale of bonds from the “Trust Fund” to the Treasury — will run out of bonds in 2032. (Find the report summary here: https://www.ssa.gov/oact/TRSUM/). This has led to banner headlines about the system going broke and false analogies to business insolvency. Without the cash from bond sales, the currently projected payroll tax revenue will pay for only about 75% of scheduled benefits; tax revenue from outside the system will be required to maintain full benefits. This Osher course will focus on ways to shore up the system. Presenter: William Holahan Thu, Feb 8, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:310

Minimizing Climate Change Effects in Wisconsin Human-caused climate change poses an existential threat to the global community. However, not all regions will be affected in the same way. While Wisconsin is considered one of the best places to be with respect to climate change impacts, it will still experience changes in temperature and precipitation. While this seems overwhelming, there are different steps we can take to minimize the effects of climate change and create a better future. Presenter: Andrew Westgate Mon, Feb 12, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:312


What Happens at the Medical Examiner’s Office? Take a virtual tour of the functions of the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. On this tour, you’ll learn about the cases investigated by the office, the processes employed, the forensic toxicology laboratory and much more. Presenter: Sara Schreiber Tue, Feb 13, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:314

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault This is the Noah’s Ark for seeds. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the world’s largest repository for duplicates of seeds that are conserved in genebanks. If a genebank loses seeds, back-up samples saved in the Seed Vault can be returned and seed collections can be restored. The presentation will explain why and how seeds are conserved in Svalbard. Presenter: Asmund Asdul Wed, Feb 14, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: Online Location: Zoom $10, SPRI:315

Love 101 Borrowing from the works of Leo Buscaglia and others, this presenter will talk about the importance of love. He will discuss the different kinds of love, loneliness, the power of vulnerability, the impact of a smile, the love languages, and how to keep romance fresh. There will be some short interpersonal exercises, so in-person attendance will give members the best experience. Presenter: Kurt Worden Wed, Feb 14, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:316

Monumental Lies and Wild West Folklore Early Western folklore celebrated a playful embrace of tall tales and exaggeration, a brand of deceit woven into diverse traditions by people placing their mark on the region. James describes how folklore, affected by emigration and industry, took root in rocky soil during the 19th century. The importance of Mark Twain and William Wright (writing as Dan De Quille) will be considered in how folklore shaped the modern image of the Wild West. Presenter: Ronald James Tue, Feb 20, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Online Location: Zoom $10, SPRI:318

A Place for History at Pride Festivals With the enactment of historic legal victories and generally more open debate about the place of LGBTQI+ people in society, interest in the history of queer movements, persons, places and ideas has exploded over the last decade. Now we see municipalities, museums, nonprofits and corporations seeking to participate in various ways and for various reasons. But Pride starts at home! Every Pride festival and parade can enhance a connection to the past, both the happy and the sad times, and the future of our peoples and movements. Presenter: Vince Tripi Wed, Feb 21, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:320

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

Cowboys: An American Symbol

U.S. Army and the Fall of Japan 1945 The dawn of 1945 finds a U.S. Army at its peak in the Pacific. Allied victory over Japan is all but assured. The only question is how many more months — or years — of fight does the enemy have left. On the island of Luzon, a months-long stand-off between the United States and Japanese troops finally breaks open, as American soldiers push into Manila, while paratroopers and amphibious invaders capture nearby Corregidor. The Philippines are soon liberated, and Allied strategists turn their eyes to China, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Japanese home islands themselves. Participants will walk in the boots of American soldiers and officers, braving intense heat, rampant disease, and a by-now suicidal enemy, determined to kill as many opponents as possible before defeat, and they will encounter Japanese soldiers faced with the terrible choice between capitulation or doom. At the same time, this outstanding narrative lays bare the titanic ego and ambition of

Russian Shades of Red: Meaning of Color Through the centuries, Russian visual culture used the color “red” in various shades of meaning. While these usages pre-dates the Soviet era, the color takes on specialized meaning during that era. Exploring how “red” became such a powerful symbol involves describing its historic importance to understand how the color became associated especially with the communist experiment. Presenter: Carol Rudie Wed, Feb 28, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Online Location: Zoom $10, SPRI:326

Organizing Your Digital Collection Learn about this 10-point system for creating a photo estate. Are you are dealing with albums, photos, slides, film, video and other media, including an overwhelming digital collection? We’ll talk about creating a photo estate where you can see how to bring it all together in a meaningful family archive. Get clarity on what should be done first; see what projects you should tackle yourself and which should be done by a professional. Create your plan to save your family memories once and for all. Presenter: Molly Bartelt Mon, Mar 4, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:330

For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher

Owning Grief Gael Garbarino Cullen, author of “Owning Grief,” describes her journey through unspeakable loss to finding resilience, growth and even joy after the sudden death of her 40-year-old husband. Gael dealt with her own grief, and that of her four young daughters whom she had to raise single-handedly. Her story is raw and heartbreaking, yet insightful and hope-filled, as she learned the intricacies of post-traumatic growth. Gael is joined in this course by one of her daughters, Kathleen Cullen Ritter, who works as a professional grief coach. Kathleen will share her own anecdotal story of loss and recovery, but, in addition, she will bring expertise to the discussion, offering practical advice on the process of owning grief. Presenters: Gael Cullen Kathleen and Cullen Ritter Tue, Mar 5, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:332


Cowboys remain the most enduring image of the 19th century American West. According to legend, cowboys could lasso a steer with one hand while simultaneously rescuing a damsel in distress with the other. Contemporary sources describe cowboys as creatures distinct from regular human beings, as men who ranked above those in urban areas because of the cowboys’ abilities to handle the elements and the cattle and look good doing it. Journalists commonly describe the characteristics of the men who worked long hours for low pay herding, branding and driving cattle north. Their writings likely contribute to the cowboy being considered a mythological creature and part of the creation story of the United States. Presenter: Diana Ahmad, Ph.D. Thu, Feb 22, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:322

the Pacific War’s most prominent general, Douglas MacArthur, and the complex challenges he and his two most prominent commanders, Walter Krueger and Robert Eichelberger, faced in the war’s final year. Presenter: John McManus Mon, Feb 26, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Online Location: Zoom $10, SPRI:324


Regime Stability in Russia Vladimir Putin has ruled Russia for 24 years. What makes Putin’s regime so stable? Why do citizens and elites continue to support his rule? What are the effects of the war in Ukraine on the stability of his regime and what are the prospects for the future? This talk considers these questions drawing on Professor Reuter’s recent research in Russia as well as comparative studies of autocracies around the world. Presenter: John Reuter Wed, Mar 6, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:334

Ho-Chunk Nation: People and the Sacred Language Ho-Chunk Nation originated in Red Banks (Mogasuc), just outside of Green Bay. Over time, the territory expanded to include Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, as well as other areas in Wisconsin. What does it mean to be Ho-Chunk? Why are they known as People of the Sacred Language? How do members survive in two worlds? Look at the past, present and future of Ho-Chunk. Learn about the people, language and traditions. Presenter: Andi Cloud Wed, Mar 6, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:336


Life and Music of Neil Diamond Explore the world of Neil Diamond and immerse yourself in his music like never before! Join us as Worden takes you on a journey through Neil Diamond’s life, delving into the stories behind his songs. As you delve into Diamond’s musical legacy, savor the thrill of live music, while Worden plays the keyboard and delivers soulful renditions of around 15 of Diamond’s most iconic hits! Presenter: Kurt Worden Thu, Mar 7, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:338

Generational Changes of South Indian Food Maya looks at three generations of South Indians and describes how recipes have changed. The impact of travel, availability of food, cooking methods, nutritional information and technology have all contributed to this change. Learn the differences among lacto-vegetarians, ovolacto-vegetarians and vegans. Discover how present-generation South Indians eat in India versus in the United States and its impact on their health. You’ll receive three simple vegetarian recipes to make at home and impress your family and friends. Presenter: Maya Seshagiri Tue, Mar 12, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Online Location: Zoom $10, SPRI:340

Leading a Village Ever wonder how communities are run? Just ask a village manager. Rebecca Ewald, Village Manager of Shorewood, will provide an overview of how municipalities are run and how village policies lead communities into the future. Presenter: Rebecca Ewald Tue, Mar 12, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:342

Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking in Milwaukee Domestic violence and human trafficking are at an all-time high in the greaterMilwaukee area and have been since the pandemic. Domestic violence has been up as high as 800% since 2020 with the homicide rate soaring. Trafficking has been increasing in Milwaukee for years, becoming more pronounced each year in both the city and the suburbs. This talk will provide an overview of domestic violence and human trafficking basics and how they present in the Milwaukee area. The presenter, a high-risk advocate for Sojourner Family Peace Center representing most of the suburban areas and occasionally MPD districts, will speak about her first-hand experiences and will share her perspective that these are problems that are not going away without a community response to the issues. Presenter: Andria De Toro Wed, Mar 13, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:344

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

China’s Century of Humiliation: Relevance Today

Secret Societies in American History From the Masons to the Mafia, ritualized organized groups operating in secret have had great influence on American history for good as well as for ill. Secret Societies in American History will focus on the most prevalent and positive of the groups — the Free Masons. Presenter: Dave Luhrssen Tue, Apr 2, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:348

Frank Lloyd Wright vs Russell Barr

Nearly every day, the James Webb Telescope is making discoveries that deepen our understanding of the universe. Dr. Roscoe will discuss some of the major discoveries that have changed how we think the very first stars and galaxies were formed. We are now being hypnotized by the unimaginable, Dark Matter Stars. Presenter: Dr. Dennis Roscoe Wed, Apr 3, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:350

In the wake of the failure of the American System Built Homes project “in which Wright and Williamson had invested over three years of mutual effort” the men never spoke again and, tellingly, erased the experience from their professional and personal Curricula Vitae. Nicholas Hayes, author and co-steward of Wright’s Elizabeth Murphy House, will reveal the causes of a split that never mended and altered lives, legacies and the course of American suburban architecture. Presenter: Nicholas Hayes Thu, Apr 4, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:354

Corporate Landlords in Milwaukee Citywide, 14% of all houses suffered at least one foreclosure from 2007 to 2016. Prices collapsed, and homeownership continued to decline until 2018, creating profuse opportunities for investors. In the late 2010s, a new breed of privateequity-backed corporate landlord entered the city, applying a business model first pioneered in the sunbelt to the postindustrial rustbelt. At the same time, homeownership began a nascent recovery. This talk will describe the changing nature of property investment in Milwaukee and the implications for would-be homeowners. Presenter: John Johnson Thu, Apr 4, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:352

For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher

Summerfest: 55+ Years of Success


China’s “Century of Humiliation” describes the period from the Opium Wars through World War II. It is a key part of modern China’s founding narrative. Opinions diverge on applying the lessons from this difficult history. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) asserts that their victory in the 1949 civil war ended the Century of Humiliation, validating their legitimacy. The CCP believes that Taiwan must be united with Mainland China to correct remaining historical wrongs. Many people in Taiwan believe that the Chinese people were wronged during this period but they object to the CCP using this narrative to take control of Taiwan. We will explore what was the Century of Humiliation and how it is being used in modern politics. Presenter: Rick Rocamora Thu, Mar 14, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:346

James Webb Space Telescope Updates

Keeping Entertainment Fresh: The Milwaukee Summerfest has a 55+ year tradition of success. Join this class and get an in-depth look at Summerfest from the prospective of a long-time Summerfest employee, Vic Thomas, associate entertainment director. Thomas will talk about Summerfest history, fun facts and the future of Summerfest. Summerfest trivia and amusing stories are welcomed and encouraged. Presenter: Victor Thomas Mon, Apr 8, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:356


League of Women Voters: Then and Now After a brief history of the grass roots organization League of Women Voters (LWVMC), Nancy will discuss the League’s voter services and current activities. This includes candidate forums, VOTE411 and committees on police reform and the environment. Presenter: Nancy Maloney Wed, Apr 10, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:358

Braver Angels Do you dread talking politics with friends and family members who don’t share your political beliefs? Learn how Braver Angels, a national nonprofit organization, is helping Americans bridge our increasing political/cultural divide through workshops, debates, dialogue and other events where “red” (conservative) and “blue” (liberal) participants attempt to better understand one another’s positions and discover their shared values. Committed to depolarizing America, Braver Angels brings together individuals with differing political beliefs to engage in constructive conversations, fostering understanding and empathy. Learn why we must “depolarize within” to enable respectful conversations with others and find out how to get involved locally and/or nationally. Presenter: Cameron Swallow Wed, Apr 10, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:360


WSO: In Support of Wisconsin Birds

Official Scorer of Major League Baseball

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology (WSO) has been promoting the enjoyment, study and conservation of Wisconsin’s birds since 1939. They have a long history of supporting ornithological research in the state — both professionally and, more recently, citizen science. They are a key partner in creating the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas — a statewide, comprehensive survey to document the distribution and abundance of our breeding birds. They offer birding field trips throughout the state and throughout the year and encourage its neighbors, fellow birders and newcomers to observe and enjoy our avian friends. Additionally, WSO advocates for birds and educates on the issues that affect our bird populations and speak for the birds! Presenter: Greg Bisbee Thu, Apr 11, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:362

This class will provide the information that will explain the duties of the official scorer who is assigned by the Commissioner of Baseball in each of the 30 cities that have a Major League Baseball Team. The Official Scorer has the sole authority to make all decisions that involve judgement, such as whether a batter’s advance to first base is the result of a hit or an error. Tim O’Driscoll, who has been the Official Scorer for the Milwaukee Brewers for the past 37 years and has scored 2,275 games, will give his insights into what the job entails. He will give a candid view of the various situations that he has faced as scorer. He will also talk about very unique games that he has scored including. Nolan Ryan’s 300th win, Paul Molitor’s 39-game hitting streak, Robin Yount’s 3,000th hit, Trevor Hoffman’s 600th save, 2002 Tied All-Star Game, two no-hitters by Cub pitchers, and many play-off games. Presenter: Tim O’Driscoll Fri, Apr 12, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:363

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

History and Hype of Artificial Intelligence

This presentation will cover mass incarceration, the criminal justice system’s involvement, and those re-entering from Wisconsin’s penal system. This session will give an overview of how certain aspects of the criminal justice system have contributed to mass incarceration in Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s prison population has more than doubled in the past 25 years. Is there more criminal activity in the state? Or, is our criminal justice system taking more of a punitive approach when it comes to crime? These are questions and answers we will explore and explain as we discuss crime and rehabilitation in the world of mass incarceration. Participants will learn about the positive things that have been and are being done to end mass incarceration and restore rehabilitation to individuals, families and communities. With this course on re-entry, you will walk away with an understanding and appreciation for the effective services offered in the re-entry industry. Presenter: Andre Brown Tue, Apr 16, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:366

For more information uwm.edu/sce/osher

Weather You Like it or Not TMJ4’s Chief Meteorologist Brian Niznansky gives us an inside look at being a television meteorologist in Milwaukee, from what’s the most challenging to the most enjoyable parts of the job. Brian also looks ahead to the upcoming severe weather season with bold predictions and the best practices when tracking storms. Presenter: Brian Ninzansky Wed, Apr 17, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:368

Nature’s Prolific Pollinators Imagine a world without flowers, fruit, coffee or chocolate! Over half of dietary fats and oils come from crops pollinated by animals. They also facilitate reproduction in 90% of the world’s flowering plants. While bees are the alpha pollinators, they are hardly alone as butterflies, bats, birds and even ants play a role. Explore the work of pollinators and efforts to support their labor so we can continue to enjoy a cornucopia of produce. Presenter: Deb Jenks, Ph.D. Thu, Apr 25, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:370


UWM Professor Thomas Haigh contends that the history of artificial intelligence (AI) is the history of an overhyped brand that has only very recently come to signify a set of deployable technologies with broad applications and clear, if somewhat horrifying, purposes. For almost 70 years, AI has been attached to a range of loosely related projects, none of which have yet come close to delivering on the promise of creating computer systems with human-like intelligence. One insider characterized the story of AI as “the history of failed ideas.” Yet in the process of failing, early AI researchers made vital but incidental contributions to the development of computer technology and computer science. Learn about the history of “artificial intelligence” and both the rhetoric and actual practice of artificial intelligence as it institutionalized through research labs, curricula, textbooks and professional associations leading up to the most current breakthroughs in AI. Presenter: Thomas Haigh Mon, Apr 15, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:364

Project Return


History of Chinese Tea Ceremony

Chapel at Calvary Cemetery

Canada’s Apology to Indigenous Peoples

Learn about the history and evolution of the Chinese tea culture. Then, participate in a traditional Gongfu tea ceremony as Jingbo explains each step. You’ll taste a specially selected tea as you learn and enjoy ancient Chinese traditions. Presenter: Jingbo Liu Thu, Apr 25, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $10, SPRI:372

A review of the historic chapel at Calvary Cemetery that was designed by architect Erhardt Breilmeier more than 100 years ago. We will present its history, the history of the architect, history of the cemetery and the Friends of Calvary Cemetery and their preservation accomplishments. This is an in-class presentation; a Go Explore site visit to the Chapel and tour of cemetery will be scheduled for Summer 2024. Presenter: Keith Schultz Thu, May 2, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:376

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was created through a legal settlement among Residential Schools Survivors, the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit representatives, the Canadian government and certain churches that were responsible for creation and operation of the schools. The speaker grew up secure in a Winnipeg middle-class neighborhood full of family, friends, and most importantly to his parents, new public schools. That neighborhood also included one of the notorious residential schools where Indigenous children were scooped from their families and kept there in an effort by the church and state to remove any trace of their ancestral heritage. The Commission documented widespread emotional, physical and sexual abuse that occurred in furtherance of this effort. Talking about his recent realizations is part of the speaker’s response to the Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Presenter: Rocky Pollack Wed, May 8, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Online Location: Zoom $10, SPRI:382

History of Chinese Tea Ceremony Learn about the history and evolution of the Chinese tea culture. Then, participate in a traditional Gongfu tea ceremony as Jingbo explains each step. You’ll taste a specially selected tea as you learn and enjoy ancient Chinese traditions. Presenter: Jingbo Liu Thu, Apr 25, 2:15-3:30pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $10, SPRI:374

Endangered Species Conservation Leading experts estimate that more than 40,000 species are considered “threatened” and more than 9,000 species are “critically endangered.” Learn about endangered species from across the world to right here in our Wisconsin backyard. Auriana Donaldson, conservation programs coordinator for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, will explain how conservation status for species is determined, which species are most threatened and how the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, in partnership with the Milwaukee County Zoo, supports endangered species conservation. You will also learn how you can help as well. Presenter: Auriana Donaldson Mon, Apr 29, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:375 20

A Brief Intro to the Art of Bonsai This is an introduction to the history, styles and care of bonsai trees. Participants will be able to view and discuss a number of award-winning trees. This talk will prepare participants to more fully appreciate viewing bonsai trees especially those who will be participating in the “Go Explore” to Lynden Sculpture Gardens and its Bonsai Exhibit. Presenter: Judy Schmidt Thu, May 2, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $10, SPRI:378

The Art of Storytelling From the time we are born, we hear stories, and they help shape who we are, how we feel, what our hopes and dreams are, what we fear and celebrate. Storytelling can be a magical, transformative experience, both for the storyteller and the audience. It draws a community of people closer and helps us appreciate the humanity we all share despite our differences. We will explore the art of storytelling and share some stories. Presenter: Sandy Brusin Tue, May 7, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:380

We Gotta Get Out of This Place “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War” places popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. The presentation explores how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the World back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. It also demonstrates that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans— black and white, Latino and Native American; men and women; officers and “grunts”—whose personal reflections drive the book’s narrative. Presenter: Dough Bradley Tue, May 14, 10-11:15am Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:384

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

Asian America in Milwaukee in 1880s

Haunted House Stories in Literature and Film

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 SIG – Reading Level A2-B1 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. 14 Mon, Feb 5-May 13, 10-11:30am Meets weekly on Mon No Class Mar 18 Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $25, SPRI:500

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Learn to knit or share your skills while learning new techniques. This group is open to male and female knitters of all skill levels. A small supply of yarn will be provided to novice knitters for practice, and a limited supply of needles will also be made available. From casting on to binding off, various stitches, cables and color work, we’ll explore it all, and then some. Come join us as we tie ourselves in knots with this ancient craft. An orientation meeting for this new SIG will be held on Mon, Jan 29 at 12:30pm at the Hefter Center. Presenters: Mary Ann Horky, Lisa Schuldt, Kathy Johnson 7 Mon, Feb 12-May 13, 12:30-2pm Meets on 2nd and 4th Mon Delivery Type: In-person Location: Hefter $20, SPRI:502

Advanced Spanish Literature and Grammar SIG This course will provide a connection for native Spanish speakers who want to keep up with their conversation skills and those of us who are trying to speak like native Spanish speakers. It will involve conversation about various works of modern literature that the class will decide on, as well as a short discussion of one grammar topic each week and hopefully be a great opportunity to forge a greater connection with different communities and spread to more community involvement. Presenter: Jane Collis-Geers 14 Mon, Feb 5-May 13, 12:30-2pm Meets weekly on Mon No Class Mar 18 Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $25, SPRI:504

Special Interest Groups

Haunted house tales, stories about places inhabited by ghosts, entities and energies, offer a way to explore the forgotten, the repressed and the unresolved. In this talk and discussion, we’ll consider stories such as “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allen Poe and “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson. We’ll also examine some classic films of the genre including, “The Shining,” “The Amityville Horror,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca,” and “Curse of the Cat People.” What does it mean to say that a place or person is haunted? What does our fascination with hauntings say about us? Presenter: James Reed Fri, May 17, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $10, SPRI:388



Asian America in Milwaukee in the 1880s: The Flashpoint of Milwaukee’s anti-Chinese riot in 1889. Few people know about this event today, but Milwaukee was the only location east of the Mississippi River where a large anti-Chinese event happened. Usually associated with “The West,” this example of anti-Asian violence in the Midwest saw four days of vandalism, anti-Chinese sloganeering and rioting. This talk will explore what happened and locate it within the larger contexts of Wisconsin history as well as Asian American History. Presenter: Victor Jew Thu, May 16, 12:30-1:45pm Delivery Type: Online Location: Zoom $10, SPRI:386

Knitting SIG


Italian Language Introduction SIG Each Italian introduction session begins with Italian grammar instruction using a McGraw-Hill workbook. Then each participant will offer a statement or more in Italiano to either comment on or inquire in Italiano. Our aim is to become attuned to writing, hearing and speaking Italian. Contact Gus Ricca at gusricca@yahoo.com. 15 Tue, Jan 30-May 14, 10-11:30am Meets weekly on Tue No Class Mar 19 Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $25, SPRI:506

Current Events in Sports SIG This group provides a monthly forum for members who are interested in sports to discuss hot topics of the day such as: Should college athletes be paid? Should professional athletes compete in the Olympics? For more information, contact: Dennis Funk at denfun04@gmail.com 4 Tue, Feb 13-May 14, 10-11:30am Meets 2nd Tue Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:508


Italian Intermediate Level SIG 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 at nedmturner2@sbcglobal. net. Presenters: Ned Turner and Richard Sorbello 15 Tue, Jan 30-May 14, 12:30-2pm Meets weekly on Tue No Class Mar 19 Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $25, SPRI:510

Writing SIG 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. Call Nancy Martin at 414.339.1172 for more information. 6 Tue, Feb 6-May 7, 2:15-3:45pm Meets 1st and 3rd Tue No Class Mar 19 Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $20, SPRI:512

History SIG Read and discuss books selected by participants, who also volunteer to lead a discussion in an informal manner. Qualifications: An interest in history and a willingness to lead and participate in discussion. This SIG has had a waiting list in the past, so regular attendance is expected. A text will be selected for discussion and the title/author will be shared with registered members. Contact: John Link at jmlink@milwpc.com. 7 Wed, Feb 14-May 8, 10-11:30am Meets 2nd and 4th Wed Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $20, SPRI:514

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

Advanced Beginner / Intermediate Spanish Conversation SIG

Spanish Language Book Club SIG 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. Presenter: Joelyn Olen 4 Thu, Feb 8-May 9, 12:30-1:45pm Meets 2nd Thursday Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:522

Theatre Writing SIG Explore the craft of playwriting, share your writing with others, receive feedback and give encouragement. For more information, contact Reed Groethe at reed.groethe@gmail.com. 7 Thu, Feb 15-May 16, 2:15-3:45pm Meets 1st & 3rd Thu No Class Mar 21 Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $20, SPRI:524

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Nonfiction Book Group SIG Many interesting and important nonfiction books have been published recently on social and cultural issues, psychology, politics and science, i.e., astronomy, community and relationships, the environment and so on. Anyone interested in reading this type of literature and discussing it among friends is invited to join our group. We will select books to read/discuss. Each member of the group will facilitate one discussion during the year. The book title will be shared postregistration. For more information, contact Dale Olen at 262-339-5481 or daleolen@me.com. 4 Fri, Feb 9-May 10, 10-11:30am Meets 2nd Fri Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Zoom $15, SPRI:526

Book Group SIG Discuss selected books of fiction and nonfiction. Qualifications: a love of reading and a desire to share knowledge of good books. Contact Jane Svinicki at svinicki@ gmail.com for more information. Feb 16-May 17 Meets 3rd Fri Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:528

Special Interest Groups

This group is for Osher members with an advanced beginner / low intermediate knowledge of Spanish (described as Levels A-2 to B-1 of the Common European Framework Reference for language study). Members will improve their ability to express themselves with reasonable fluency about past, present and future events, as well as a variety of topics of interest to them; respond, ask, summarize, communicate and offer opinions with some confidence on topics of interest or daily life, even if one must ask for sentences to be repeated a few times when the interlocutor speaks very fast; understand, in general, simple and brief speeches; find and understand information to achieve an objective such as navigating the city, renting a car, instructions for cooking a dish, etc.; express emotions and respond to feelings such as surprise and happiness. Members take turns leading weekly classes, which typically are arranged in three 30-minute sections. One section focuses on grammar and vocabulary (using the text designated below); the second on reading, pronunciation and literary discussion (using the reading text which will be announced to registered SIG members before the fall term begins); and third, the discussion section focusing on spoken Spanish using the leader’s choice of tools, including directed questions selected by the leader, articles made available by the leader, and online resources including YouTube videos selected by the leader. Members of the SIG should have the grammar text on hand at the beginning of the term. It is “The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice Book,” available from Amazon for $20 or $10 Kindle Edition). As noted, the reading text will be selected and announced before the fall term begins and each member will be expected to have a copy available on

the first day. Questions may be directed to Harvey Kurtz at hkurtz@ameritech.net. 16 Thu, Feb 1-May 16, 10:30am-Noon Meets Thu, Online ONLY 3rd Thu No Class Mar 21 Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $25, SPRI:520


Hope for an Environmentally Challenged World SIG


This SIG will investigate and discuss a variety of current environmental issues and their respective solutions. During the spring session, we will focus on reducing wastewater, energy and materials, new ways of using energy in the build environment and transportation sectors, and preserving habitats, such as wetlands, grasslands and boreal forests. Together, we will build hope that our children’s and grandchildren’s worlds will be healthier and vibrant. We will identify solutions and action steps that we can take as individuals. The discussion will use a variety of sources, such as books, articles, videos and podcasts. This revised SIG was previously titled Climate Crisis SIG. Presenters: Judy Olson and Brenda Wingard 4 Fri, Feb 16-May 17, 10-11:30am Meets 3rd Fri Delivery Type: In-person with Livestream Location: Hefter & Zoom $15, SPRI:530


America’s Black Holocaust Museum America’s Black Holocaust Museum was founded in 1988 in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, storefront by Dr. James Cameron, the only known survivor of a lynching. In 1992, Cameron acquired a spacious free-standing building, which he renovated and opened on Juneteenth Day 1994 with expanded exhibits. Since that time, the Museum has undergone significant changes, including losing funding and their building, developing a virtual museum and ultimately, obtaining a new space on North Avenue and 4th Street, where the museum is currently located. Join Osher on a guided tour of this unique museum, which describes and commemorates the Black Holocaust from pre-captivity in Africa to the present day. Visit the new facility in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville Culture and Entertainment District, learn about the history of the museum’s existence and the once-thriving Black neighborhood around ABHM, and explore the galleries on a guided tour that takes visitors on a chronological journey through the Black Holocaust from 1619 to the present. Tue, Feb 6, 10-11:30am Location: America’s Black Holocaust Museum, 401 W. North Ave., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:600

Historic Tour of the Wisconsin “City” Club While the Wisconsin Club (formerly the Deutscher Club) has been in existence since 1891, the Mitchell Mansion where the Club resides was built in 1845 by Alexander Mitchell, grandfather of General Billy Mitchell. The current Wisconsin Club has long been considered an architectural treasure. Join this Go Explore to learn about the mansion and the Club’s rich heritage and role in Milwaukee’s history and to see the architectural features that put this building on the National Registry of Historical Places. Wed, Feb 7, 10-11am Location: Wisconsin “City” Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:602

Milwaukee Transit Archives & Museum All Aboard! Let’s go explore streetcars, trains and trolleys at the Milwaukee Transit Archives & Museum. The Milwaukee Transit Archives & Museum is the only archival museum solely dedicated to preserving the transit history of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin, with particular emphasis on the Milwaukee Electric and North Shore Lines, their predecessors and successors. The galleries showcase artwork, scale models, artifacts and other memorabilia, representing streetcars, interurbans, trackless trolley and motor buses from the late 1800s to the present. The archives include extensive photo collections, maps, drawings, books and pamphlets, timetables, passes, tickets and transfers. Tue, Feb 13, 1-2:15pm Location: Milwaukee Transit Archives & Museum, 4763 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy $15, SPRI:604

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

Milwaukee City Hall Tour Participate in a tour of Milwaukee’s City Hall to learn a brief history of Milwaukee, the intricacies of this historic building, and how local government functions to create a thriving community. Participants will also have a brief tour of the mayor’s office. Thu, Feb 15, 9:30-10:30am Location: Milwaukee City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:606

Historic Milwaukee Skywaukee Tour Explore downtown Milwaukee from indoors! Stroll through the skywalk system and learn about significant Milwaukee landmarks from a new angle — one story up! This indoor tour is also an exploration of the recent redevelopment of the old Grand Avenue Mall into The Avenue with residential living and amenities, commercial space and the Third Street Market Hall. Tue, Feb 20, 10am-Noon Location: Grand Avenue Mall, 1st Floor Rotunda Statue 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:608

The Pritzlaff Building

The Wisconsin Black Historical Society/ Museum (WBHS/M) is the only institution in Wisconsin dedicated to the business of preserving our state’s African history. The WBHS/M opened its door and its heart to the community, city and state in 1987. The focus of the exhibits in WBHS/M is on the history of African Americans in Wisconsin. The museum has targeted key historical, social and economic events that affected and influenced African Americans in Wisconsin. Join this Go Explore to learn about the historical heritage of African descent in Wisconsin. The WBHS/M’s founding director, Clayborn Benson III, will provide a guided tour of this fascinating and important museum. Wed, Feb 28, 10-11:30am Location: Wisconsin Black Historical Society & Museum, 2620 W. Center St., Milwaukee $20, SPRI:612

Have you ever curled? Join this Go Explore to learn about this activity that dates back to the early 1500s and was finally added as a full-medal sport at the 1998 Olympic Games. Curling consists of pushing granite stones down a sheet of ice by crouching and sliding, or from a standing or sitting (wheelchair) position. If you don’t think you are up for attempting the full Olympic style curling, you can try your hand at the Tosa’ Curling Club’s Adaptive Curling program, which consists of pushing granite stones down a sheet of ice from a standing or sitting position using a “pusher” stick. “Stick” curling allows all people, regardless of physical ability and age, to experience the excitement and fun of this fast-growing international sport. After learning about the sport, you’ll get a chance to experience the sport yourself. There is a large viewing room to take a break from curling or for those who prefer to learn by watching. Volunteers will be on hand to teach the game and explain strategy. Think you are too old to curl? Nonsense! (snow date is 3/1/2024) Thu, Feb 29, 10am-2pm Location: Wauwatosa Curling Club, 7300 W. Chestnut St., Wauwatosa $30, SPRI:614

Go Explore

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Sweep and Slide: Tosa Curling Club Tour

Special Interest Groups

The Historic Pritzlaff Building has a rich Milwaukee history. This former hardware store, built in 1875, has been converted to beautiful event space, restaurants and loft dining. Even with a complete renovation, this iconic Milwaukee landmark still tells its unique story in its beautiful accents, cream city brick construction and early 1900s era details. Join us on a tour guided by the building’s owner, learn about this unique building’s history, and witness the restorations that have paid respect to the past while turning this building into a beautiful modern use space. Wed, Feb 21, 10-11am Location: Pritzlaff Building, 143 W. St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:610

Tour the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum


Behind the Scenes: Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s Office Get a behind-the-scenes tour and presentation of the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, the only accredited medical examiner office in Wisconsin. The tour includes the toxicology laboratory, autopsy suite and a video presentation of several autopsies. Be prepared for offensive smells and graphic imagery and sights. No photography is allowed. The tour will include two levels accessed by stairs only. Tue, Mar 5, 1-2pm Location: Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s Office, 933 W. Highland Ave., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:616

Pixologie Tour and Photo Scanning Wondering what to do with all your old, printed photos as well as the digital pictures you’ve collected? Come to Pixologie and tour a studio where the Pixologiest have organized a million photos over the past 10 years! During your time, you’ll see how to tame a printed photo mess, scan photos fast, digitize slides and negatives, convert videos and film to digital files, preserve memories with photo books and save your family memories for generations to come with online permanent photo storage. Bring 25 photos (flat and regular sized) for free scanning. Photos will be uploaded to your own free Forever account. Thu, Mar 7, 10-11am Location: Pixologie, 2745 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield $20, SPRI:618 Thu, Mar 7, 1-2pm Location: Pixologie, 2745 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield $20, SPRI:620


Milwaukee Gems: La Lune Furniture Factory and the Florentine Opera Costume Shop and Practice Space What do the Florentine Opera Practice Space and Costume Shop and the La Lune Furniture Factory have in common? They are both housed in the same cream city brick buildings that have been restored to their original beauty dating back to the early 1900s. This tour includes the Florentine Opera Practice Space and its Costume Shop and the La Lune Furniture Factory and Collection of beautiful and unique rustic furniture created using machinery and equipment from the turn of the century. We will start the tour at the La Lune Furniture Factory and Collection at noon, followed by a tour of the Florentine Opera Practice Space and their Costume Shop. Both are located in the same building complex. Fri, Mar 8, Noon-2pm Location: Florentine Opera Costume Shop and Practice Space, 930 E. Burleigh, Milwaukee $15, SPRI:622

Waukesha Civic Theatre Backstage Tour Participants will be a behind the scenes tour of the Waukesha Civic Theatre, including Its brand new performing and classroom spaces. After the tour, there will be a brief, interactive workshop where participants will learn a couple of very fun group theatre/improv games. Tue, Mar 12, 10am-Noon Location: Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., Waukesha $20, SPRI:624

Florence Eiseman Children’s Clothing Warehouse Tour The Florence Eiseman Children’s Clothing Company was founded by Milwaukeean Florence Eiseman in 1945 and has always been owned and operated locally. Learn about the history of this Milwaukee business and the brand that has dressed the children of notable individuals and families, including the Kennedys, Debbie Reynolds, Beyonce and the Princess Grace of Monaco. Tour the offices and warehouse for a firsthand look at the design work, pattern making and samples, which are created on site. Florence Eiseman herself is credited for changing children’s fashion; rather than dressing children like little adults, she created whimsical children’s clothing that celebrated childhood. On this Go Explore tour, learn more about this celebrated Milwaukee businesswoman and the company she created! Wed, Mar 13, 10-11:30am Location: Florence Eiseman Warehouse, 1966 S. 4th St., Suite 100, Milwaukee $15, SPRI:626

Exploring Kenosha: Museums, History and a Streetcar Ride Join Osher on an all-day Go Explore to Kenosha. Start the day with a guided tour of the Kenosha Civil War Museum, which focuses on the Civil War from the perspective of people of the seven states of the upper middle west. Then, ride into yesteryear aboard an electric streetcar and enjoy a scenic tour of the Lake Michigan shoreline and downtown Kenosha. Recharge over lunch at the BoatHouse Pub & Eatery. Finally, explore the fascinating intersection of art and science at the Kenosha Public Museum, whose exhibits feature mammoths, world cultures, Native Americans, zoology, geology, fossils and fine and decorative arts. Thu, Mar 14, 8am-5:30pm Location: Pick Up: Bayshore Park & Ride, 5725 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale $110, SPRI:628

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

Behind the Scenes: Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s Office Get a behind-the-scenes tour and presentation of the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, the only accredited medical examiner office in Wisconsin. The tour includes the toxicology laboratory, autopsy suite and a video presentation of several autopsies. Be prepared for offensive smells and graphic imagery and sights. No photography is allowed. The tour will include two levels accessed by stairs only. Tue, Mar 26, 1-2pm Location: Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s Office, 933 W. Highland Ave., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:630

Backstage Tour at the Milwaukee Rep This tour guided by Milwaukee Rep staff will explore the “backstage” spaces of all three Milwaukee Rep stages, as well as the many on-site shops that create props, costumes and more! The tour will cover the history (and future) of Milwaukee Repertory Theater and explore how Milwaukee Rep’s plays and characters come to life. Learn more about the work behind that curtain that makes magic happen onstage! Thu, Mar 28, 10-11:30am Location: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, 108 E. Wells St., Milwaukee $20, SPRI:632

Milwaukee Public Library Rare Books Room Lydia D. Ely (1833-1914) is a woman from Milwaukee’s past whose accomplishments are untold and mostly forgotten. Well, not any longer. Join us at the Rare Books Room of the Milwaukee Central Public Library to learn about Lydia and her contributions to Milwaukee history. You’ll then view one of Milwaukee’s largest and rarest books, “The Autograph Book,” that Lydia created between 1896 and 1898. Just imagine viewing an enormous book that weighs 50 pounds and contains over 2,800 autographs of notable Americans of that period — authors, musicians, politicians, scientists, artists and more! This is truly a rare opportunity for you to not only hear Lydia’s story, but also to see her remarkable book at this session presented by Anita Pietrykowski, Forest Home Cemetery historical educator, and Timothy Rush, Rare Books Librarian. Tue, Apr 2, 1:30-3:30pm Location: Milwaukee Public Library Rare Books Room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee $35, SPRI:634

All Things Milwaukee: Bobbleheads and Radio 88Nine The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum houses the world’s largest collection of bobbleheads and features dozens of exhibits related to the history of bobbleheads, making of bobbleheads and much more. In August of 2013, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee moved into its new home in Walker’s Point, a renovated 1952 manufacturing building originally built for J.C. Busch Co. The new home has new studios equipped with the latest technology; sound-proof recording studios for broadcasting, recording and production; a 100-seat performance studio for live performances and events; opportunities for local musicians to meet and collaborate in a physical space and more. The tour will start in Studio Milwaukee performance space and include the green roof, offering unique views of the Hoan Bridge, Summerfest grounds, Walker’s Point and downtown Milwaukee. Stick around after the tour for State of Sound, a live music performance. Thu, Apr 4, 2:30-5pm Location: National Bobblehead Hall of Fame, 170 S. 1st St., Milwaukee $20, SPRI:636

Go Explore

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Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Join Osher and explore the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion founded during the 15th century in the Punjab region, by Guru Nanak. It is the fifth-largest organized religion in the world, with approximately 30 million Sikhs. The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin suffered the deadliest mass-casualty attack on a house of worship that the United States had seen in almost 50 years. Nonetheless, the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin continues to thrive and helps to organize many cultural activities in the area and represents the Sikh community in various local and national cultural competitions. Learn more about the principles and ideals of the Sikh religion and the history of the building itself on this unique Go Explore. Tue, Apr 9, 10-11:30am Location: Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, 7512 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek $15, SPRI:638

Dinner at Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant The Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant is the oldest Serbian restaurant in Milwaukee. The restaurant serves oldschool European cuisine, which includes flavors of the Balkan, Mediterranean and Slavic foods. Join Osher members at the Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant and learn more about Serbian flavors and foods and the history of this restaurant. In addition, enjoy an early dinner of delicious and authentic Serbian cuisine. Wed, Apr 10, 5-7pm Location: Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant, 522 W. Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee $40, SPRI:640


Chicago Theater, Gangsters and Italian Lunch Adventure Begin the day with the history-filled journey of the Chicago Theater, from the inception of this majestic venue in 1921, all the way to its present-day incarnation as a premiere entertainment venue. This tour encompasses historical and architectural highlights of the building, including the grand lobby, sweeping staircase and majestic auditorium. Tour guests have the chance to stand on The Chicago Theatre stage, plus view artist signatures on the dressing room walls, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton and so many more! Next, join the educational and entertaining “Chicago’s Untouchables Tour.” Guides, in the persona of 1920s gangsters, present an accurate account of the crimes and activities that were going on in Chicago during the prohibition era. Be entertained and learn about the exploits of Capone, Moran, Dillinger and the rest of the boys on this unforgettable Chicago crime tour. Finally, relax and enjoy lunch with fellow Osher members at Osteria Via Stato, an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Chicago’s vibrant River North neighborhood. Thu, Apr 11, 7:30am-5:30pm Location: Pick Up: Bayshore Park & Ride, 5725 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale $140, SPRI:642

Making a Difference for Animals Did you know that the Wisconsin Humane Society annually serves 40,000 animals. Founded in 1879, the Wisconsin Humane Society has been saving the lives of animals in need for over 140 years. Learn how they do it, through innovative programs and specialized services, including adoption, spay/neuter clinics, a pet food bank, outreach programs and training. As part of this special tour, learn about the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, an urban wildlife hospital and resource center. While you visit, participants will get to meet some adorable adoptable animals and perhaps see some of the baby critters from the wild. Wed, Apr 17, 10-11:30am Location: Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:644

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

Direct Supply Innovation & Technology Center and Focus Group The Direct Supply Innovation and Technology Center (ITC) is in the heart of Milwaukee School of Engineering’s campus. This 55,000 square foot building was completely renovated to serve as a forward-thinking space, where ideas can be independently tested, validated and implemented. Unlike anything in Senior Care, the ITC is truly a unique place to explore the next generation of senior health solutions. On this Go Explore learn more about the ITC and get involved in “testing” an idea by participating in a product focus group after the tour. Thu, Apr 18, 1-4pm Location: Innovation and Technology Center, 1020 N. Broadway, Milwaukee $15, SPRI:646

Explore Milwaukee Soldiers’ Home Take a walking tour of a hidden jewel right in the heart of Milwaukee and learn about its incredible history and preservation story. The Milwaukee Soldiers’ Home was established as a place for Civil War soldiers to recuperate and transition back into society. Established in 1867 as one of the three original Soldiers’ Homes in the nation, it continues to serve veterans to this day. Tue, Apr 23, 1:30-3pm Location: Milwaukee Soldiers’ Home, 515 S. General Mitchell Blvd., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:648

Women’s History Tour with Historic Milwaukee

Walking Tour of Mitchell Park with Virginia Small

Downtown Milwaukee’s narrative has most often focused on the stories of Milwaukee’s three founders, omitting the many contributions of women. This walk will explore these stories and connect them to the places, familiar and new, downtown. Explore downtown Milwaukee through the lens of the women who walked before. Hear stories you may not know and see familiar places in a new light. Thu, Apr 25, 10am-Noon Location: Historic Milwaukee, 235 E. Michigan Ave., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:650

Mitchell Park encompasses many layers of history, going back before Milwaukee was settled and incorporated. The park was designed by Warren H. Manning, one of America’s most renowned landscape architects and environmental planners. We will explore all this history as we stroll through rolling hills and dramatic vistas, including a lagoon. We will also learn of the challenges this and other parks face after decades of disinvestment. Wed, May 1, 10-11:30am Location: Mitchell Park, 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:654

Harley Davidson Museum Tour Whether you are an avid motorcyclist or just a curious observer, join this guided Go Explore and learn about the Harley Davidson culture and history through stories and interactive exhibits that celebrate expression, camaraderie and love for the sport. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and memorabilia on two floors of exhibits, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and one-of-akind shopping and dining experiences, the Harley-Davidson Museum is a Milwaukee treasure and not to be missed! Tue, Apr 30, 10am-Noon Location: Harley Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee $35, SPRI:652

Gallery Tour: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is home to two nationally recognized museum galleries that are open to the public: the Brooks Stevens Gallery and the Frederick Layton Gallery. MIAD also hosts several auxiliary gallery spaces on campus which generally feature student work. Join fellow Osher members on this Go Explore guided tour of the galleries at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Thu, May 2, 10am-Noon Location: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 273 E. Erie St., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:656

Frankly Music’s “String Theory” and Reception

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Join Osher members for “String Theory” sponsored by Frankly Music at the Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Grand Finale of its 20th Anniversary Season. The performance, featuring the music of Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky, will showcase Frank Almond and other performers from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Following the performance, enjoy a post-concert reception. Mon, May 6, 6:30-9pm Location: Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8800 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee $40, SPRI:658



Sprecher Brewery Tour & Tasting

Bay View Walking Tour with Ron Winkler

Did you know that the “New York Times” rated Sprecher Root Beer the best in America? Sprecher Brewing Co. has a long history as the oldest Craft Brewery in Milwaukee and is one of the only breweries in the United States that uses fire brewing to create craft beer and soda with bold flavor. The popularity of Sprecher’s unique craft beverages has led to continued expansion of the Glendale, Wisconsin, facilities. Join Osher Go Explore and take a tour of Sprecher to see the lab, brewhouse and production area. Learn all about Sprecher’s history and craft brewing process. Then, relax in the beer garden and sample complimentary craft beverages while munching on local snacks. Thu, May 9, 1-2pm Location: Sprecher Brewery Company, 701 Glendale Ave., Milwaukee $20, SPRI:660

Bay View was established in 1867 as a company town for the Milwaukee Iron Company. It was annexed to the city of Milwaukee 20 years later in 1887 but remains a distinct community with its own proud history. On this tour, Bay View historical lecturer, guide and author Ron Winkler shares the history of some of the neighborhood’s most historic homes, boarding houses and businesses. The starting point for this tour is the South Shore Pavilion. Accessibility: This is a twohour walking tour, outside, over uneven ground. Tue, May 14, 1-3pm Location: South Shore Pavilion, 2900 S. Shore Dr., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:662

Bonsai Exhibit at the Lynden Sculpture Gardens Lynden Sculpture Gardens offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of over 50 monumental sculptures situated across 40 acres of park, lake and woodlands. This guided walking tour of Lynden Sculpture Gardens starts at the Bonsai Exhibit. Bonsai, the Japanese and East Asian art of growing and training miniature trees, is a worldwide art form that started centuries ago. Osher member and past president of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society, Judy Schmidt, will be our docent for this part of the tour. Wed, May 15, 1-3pm Location: Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee $15, SPRI:664

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education

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