Understanding the Media

Presenter: Dick Pryor, General Manager, KGOU Public Radio

Class Size: 35

Class Date: Tuesday,  September 10

Class Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman Room A Conference

Class Cost: $5

Class Description: In today’s noisy and rambunctious media environment, a lot of people just don’t know what to believe. Reliable information is critical to enlightened and engaged citizenship, but who can you trust? How can you tell the difference between real news and “fake news”? How does the news media operate? Why does it matter? Those important questions will be addressed in Dick Pryor’s presentation, “Seeking the Truth: Media Literacy in an Age of Alternative Facts.” Pryor will also take your questions and provide tips on how to become an “educated citizen” and have civil conversations about important topics. Dick Pryor is general manager of KGOU Radio – Your NPR Source, which serves the Oklahoma City metro and delivers news, information, discussion and entertainment programs to more than one million people across the state. Pryor has more than 40 years of experience in television, radio, public relations, law and government service. He has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma and is a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. 

Literature and Life: The Most Intimate Connection

Presenter: Paulo Moreira

Class size: 35

Class Date: Tuesday,  September 17

Class Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman Room C-2

Class Cost: $5

Class Description: This course will talk about the impact of literature and literary studies in everyday life by focusing on two aspects:  narrative and self-expression.  In their daily social interactions, human beings of all ages spin narratives about themselves and about the world in which they live.  Their structure reveals a lot about who people are and what they think.  It also helps us understand ourselves better and people and worldviews different from ours.  Instead of a lecture exposition, class members will be asked to participate on a variation of the Socratic method, responding to the instructor's questions.  They will also read and interpret very short stories that approach the issue:  Julio Torri's "A Poor Actor of His Own Emotions", Jorge Luis Borges' "Borges and I" and Machado de Assis' "The Devil's Church".

Polar Bears and Harp Seals: The Top Predators and Top "Cuties" of Canada

Presenter: Ken Johnson, Geologist Emeritus, Oklahoma Geological Survey

Class Size: 120

Class Date: Tuesday,  October 15

Class Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman Room Conference A

Class Cost: $5

Class Description: Canada is home for two of the premier animals of North America: the Polar Bear is the top predator, and the baby Harp Seal is on top of the "cutie" list.  Polar Bears are 500-1,200 pounds of casual majesty.  Most of the year they live on sea ice, hunting seals and gather near Churchill, Manitoba, waiting for ice to form again on Hudson Bay; this is a great time and place to see these wonderful animals up close (but not too close).  Harp Seals give birth to the "whitecoat" pups in March on sea ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and abandon them after only 10 days of motherhood.  Conservation efforts in the 1970s and 1980s led to an end of the killing of "whitecoats" for their fur.  This program is updated from one given at OLLI in 2015.

 

Is There a Buddhist Take on Hot-Button Political Issues?

Presenter: Haven Tobias

Class Size: 35

Class Date: Tuesday,  October 22

Class Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman Room A Conference

Class Cost: $5

Class Description: Well, that woman, that lawyer, and that Buddhist returned to that same bar to see if a civil conversation could be had about some other hot button issues:  abortion, immigration and gender.  Does the Buddhist have anything to contribute?

Coping with the Holidays

Presenter: Eric Vaughan

Class Size: 35

Class Date: Tuesday,  November 12

Class Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman Room A-2

Class Cost: $5

Class Description: Grief is a lot more than just feeling sad, and the process of bereavement is something we just don't get over in three days of a clearly defined process.  If a loved one has passed away and you'd like to learn about the complexities of grief and the process of healing, join us for this informative course.  The instructor served as a hospice counselor for 14 years and has companioned hundreds through the grieving process from all types of death.  Although we'll address the emotional side of grief, please note that is NOT a support group per se, but a chance to learn from the wisdom of those who didn't "get over it," but healed and did get through it.