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

Presenter: Ken Johnson, Oklahoma Geological Survey

Class Size: 25

Class Date: Tuesday,  March 3

Class Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Class Location: PHF Conference Center | 655 Research Parkway, OKC | Kairos Classroom

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 walrus.  When the ice melts in July, they come ashore.  In October and November, they 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 their “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.

The Mystery of Shakespeare

Presenter: Gordon Greene

Class Date: Tuesday, March 31

Class Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Class Location: PHF Conference Center | 655 Research Parkway, OKC | Kairos Classroom

Class Cost: $5

Class Description: Why do we know so little about the person believed by many to be the greatest writer in the English language?  How could a small-town boy with no more than a grammar school education have earned such a reputation?  Why are there no extant plays or poems in his handwriting?  Why did he spell his name differently on various documents?  And why do a substantial number of modern scholars question the authorship—if not the very literacy—of the man from Stratford-upon-Avon? 

Ironies and Little-known Facts in American History

Presenter: Gordon Greene

Class Date: Tuesday, April 7

Class Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Class Location: PHF Conference Center | 655 Research Parkway, OKC | Kairos Classroom

Class Cost: $5

Class Description: Brush up on your presidential trivia and ironic facts with Gordon Greene in this fun and timely class! Forget the story about Washington’s wooden teeth (a myth) and learn instead about his greatest fear. Which president had never held elected office or even voted in a national election? Which presidents held high national office after their terms as president? What president had the most prophetic dream? Explore these and many other fascinating presidential ironies.