Jacob Lackner
History

The purpose of this course is to introduce the major defining elements in Christian-Jewish relations in the Middle Ages. While anti-Jewish violence and persecution were part of this relationship and will be addressed by this course, much of this course also addresses the more mutual and peaceful relation- ships that existed for much of the Middle Ages.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Tuesdays

September 4 - 25, 2018

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-3

Chelsea Frazier
History

This course will examine the history behind some of America’s favorite songs. Beginning in the 1812s, we will look at how the Star Spangled Banner united a young nation. We will then move to the Civil War and see how music in the North and South brought about concepts of regionalism. Music in the 20th and 21st centuries took on a more political role. This course will look at how music was used in times of trials, such as Vietnam and 9/11.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Tuesdays

September 11 - October 16, 2018

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

Mette Flynt
History

In this course, we will explore the history of Native Americans, tourism, wildlife and environmental change in America’s national parks.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Fridays

November 2 - 30, 2018*

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

*Class will not meet on November 23

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-1

Cal Hobson

Similar to my occasional pecan crops, the governor’s race is cyclical, coming around just once every four years. Also, like pecans some candidates are just nutty, some very promising early, others downright keepers for the long run while more than a few can be a bit wormy and should be discarded immediately. 

And in last June’s primary that was especially true with ten Republicans, three Libertarians and two Democrats vying for spots on the fall final ballot.

Those prelims are now over and therefore it’s time for OLLI political groupies to get serious about what could be the most pivotal and consequential race in decades for the treasured second-floor capitol corner office and a four-year residency in the 23rd street mansion.

Over the last 50 years nine Oklahomans—eight men and one woman—registered by party as five Democrats and four Republicans, racially identified as all Caucasians, have won the title of governor in our state. Some of them were wildly successful, others perhaps just seat warmers and a couple less than stellar to put it kindly. In our class, we’ll cuss and discuss them first, then evaluate the pros and cons of this year’s finalists.

You’ll hear from political know-it-alls representing both major parties, polling experts who actually sometimes get it right, hopefully the candidates themselves, and of course you’ll have to endure some of my admitted but firmly held lefty fringe convictions. Class members can also be counted on to chime in with reckless abandon, informed opinions or just plain inflammatory theories about who outright owns our democracy or is it just occasionally rented through contributions to candidates for office. No censorship is ever allowed in my classes unless comments get too personal about me, my opinions, voting record, hairline or poker prowess. Those are all off limits.

Like voting, I urge you to enroll early but not often. We already have enough trouble with the Russians hacking into our political system and even infiltrating and disrupting my seminars. Most of you guys know who I’m talking about.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Mondays

September 10 - October 1, 2018

1:00 - 3:30 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A Conference

Marvin Beck

This seminar is another adjunct to the series of seminars, Broadway: American Musical Theater, which featured hundreds of video clips that support the historical content. Here is the opportunity to watch and discuss the key complete film productions of some of the most important Broadway shows that exemplify the growth and development of the Broadway musical genre. This six-week seminar will feature:

1961: Broadway music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burrows and 1967 film

“How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” starring Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee

1962: Broadway Show music and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock and 2016 Broadway revival “She Loves Me” starring Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski

1964: Broadway music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, and 1969 film “Hello, Dolly!” starring Barbra Streisand

1966: Broadway Show music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and 1972 film

“Cabaret” directed by Bob Fosse, starring Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey

1975: Broadway Show music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and 2002 film “Chicago”

starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere

1964: Broadway Show music and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock, and 1962 film “Fiddler on the Roof” starring Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey and Molly Picon

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Wednesdays

August 29 - October 3, 2018

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

Alan Levenson
Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies

“On the face of it, it would be hard to imagine a nation more thoroughly biblical than the United States between the American Revolution and the Civil War.”  So wrote Mark Noll, in a seminal essay on the Bible in early America. Many scholars have debated this claim, but one may profitably challenge this premise with a counterexample: the state of Israel in its formative decades, also an arguably “biblical” nation. This course will address three points of comparison: first, the Bible as a constructive political model; second, the Bible as relevant metanarrative; third, the Bible as a cultural touchstone.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Wednesdays

October 10 -31, 2018

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-2

Katy Schumaker
Classics

The Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage (IACH) at OU brings to- gether faculty members in history, political science and law to explore the his- tory, politics and ideas of the U.S. Constitution. Join Kevin Butterfield, director of the IACH, along with guest faculty from around the university, to discuss four of the most interesting, exciting and important books in the field of American constitutional history.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Tuesdays

September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4, 2018

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

Kerry Magruder
History of Science Collections

What particular aspects of the culture of early modern Florence sparked the creative discoveries and transformations we associate with Galileo and his contemporaries? How might we recover that creative spark now? This course will feature materials from the Galileo’s World exhibition held in 2015-16.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Tuesdays

September 4 - October 9, 2018

9:00 -10:30 AM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-1

Katy Krieger
English

This course is developed to bring a wide variety of dramatic works to the students in OLLI and show them how to appreciate and work with the texts. The Norman/OU community has a great appreciation for drama, however, the offerings are limited and sporadic. This course will give students a more hands-on opportunity to experience the texts. This course   will begin with Renaissance-era drama to build a foundation, move throughout the major dramatic periods, and culminate in modern plays hitting the stage. This will allow them to understand the roots of theater (e.g. Hamlet), but also connect with a much younger audience by analyzing plays like Hamilton. The course will have scene readings, video clips of modern adaptations, and provide analysis techniques.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Thursdays

September 6 - October 11, 2018

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-1

Jeff Kimpel and Donald Burgess
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Weather Museum and Science Center opened in the fall of 2016. The many exhibits focus on weather in general and contributions the Norman weather community made to weather science and forecast operations in particular. Lectures will cover the creation of the weather museum itself, Project Rough Rider’s impact on aviation, Doppler weather radar and its evolution over the last 50 years, characteristics of severe thunderstorms and severe weather safety. The last class will meet at the National Weather Museum and Science Center, 1200 West Rock Creek Road, Norman, OK 73089.  
 

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Tuesdays

October 2 - 23, 2018

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-6

Mervin Johnson
Athletics

Do you know the difference between a blitz and a bump and run? What is a nickel defense? When is a play-action pass the most effective? How many players are on the field at one time?

Don’t know all he answers? Don’t worry! This course will lead you through all the X’s and O’s of American football. Discover what coaches and players think about when they are establishing plays in the huddle and how they have to make split decisions.

Led by Merv Johnson, one of Oklahoma’s football legends, this course will teach you everything about football and will make your viewing experience more meaningful this fall and for years to come.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Tuesdays

September 18 - October 23, 2018

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-1

Chris Satorius
International and Area Studies

This course will explore foreign intelligence services and their role in collecting, analyzing and disseminating intelligence to support foreign and military policy-making. Additionally, we will discuss intelligence agencies and clandestine operations. Each course we will cover a specific intelligence service including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Soviet Committee for State Security (KGB)/Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), the British Secret Intelligence Services (MI6), and the Israeli Mossad. We will examine historical successes and failures as well as current operations based on open-source, historical summaries and reporting.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Wednesdays

October 24 - November 14, 2018

1:00 - 3:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-1

Marvin Beck

An in-depth exploration of the first seven operettas (of their total 14 works) including: Thespis, Trial By Jury, The Sorcerer, H.M.S. Pinafore, Patience, and Iolanthe. In this course, we will listen to, watch, read, discuss and enjoy the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Their operettas have become, by far, the most performed theatrical productions for almost 150 years. They introduced innovations in content and form in their operas that directly changed the devel- opment of musical theater. They also influenced political discourse, literature, film and television. We will learn something about what was transpiring in the United Kingdom during the Victorian Era and also the corresponding history we were experiencing in the United States. To completely understand all the parody, humor and sophistication found in Gilbert and Sullivan, you must be somewhat aware of the political, social, historical, judicial, governmental, reli- gious and cultural conditions of the time, as well as the global literature, events and music of the era. Watching and listening to these comic operas is in itself a learning experience of how these topics can be critiqued and discussed in such a conservative environment as 18th century Victorian England. Participants will sample Gilbert and Sullivan operettas performed by the very best professional and amateur groups from all over the world.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Wednesdays

October 24 - December 5, 2018*

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

*Class will not meet Wednesday, November 21

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-1

Cal Hobson

Our state is known nationally for many things—energy, Native Americans, casinos, tornadoes and football all come to mind. Some folks also declare the Oklahoma Standard is their guidepost in life especially during our too frequent natural disasters.

But when election time rolls around, which seems very often, many political candidates and incumbents believe, with some justification, that prioritizing the Triple G planks mentioned above in their campaigns is the likeliest path to victory.

Are they still correct in their beliefs or, conversely, just outdated dinosaurs from Oklahoma’s often biased, bigoted and even xenophobic history? After all, gay men and women have won statewide contests, been elected to the legislature and appointed as judges with no obvious, negative consequences.

Polling data suggest that citizens believe core issues such as good jobs, a quality education, access to safe and affordable health care and a modern and extensive infrastructure system top their priority lists.

In this course, we’ll explore these conflicting signals as well as listen to and question speakers who represent strongly held opinions and viewpoints on our seminar topic. Timely handouts and videos will also be presented during our 10-hour, four-part examination of guns, God and gays.

With the fall elections just around the corner, perhaps now is the time to determine the origins of these concepts and the depths of their influences at the ballot box. Join us and be ready to put in your two cents worth also. After all, everybody else will.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Mondays

October 22 - November 12, 2018

1:00 - 3:30 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A Conference

Derek Donwerth
History

This course examines the history of Ireland from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. To examine this period in Irish history we will engage a wide array of folk music, which embodies the substantial political, social and economic changes the country endured. Major topics in this course will include: the Irish Rebellion of 1798, the Great Famine, the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Troubles of the late twentieth century.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Tuesdays

September 4 - 25, 2018

2:30 - 4:30 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-3

Geoffrey Goble
Religious Studies

This course introduces three important Chinese religions: Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism against the background of foundational elements of ancient Chinese civilization. The basic orientation of the course is historical and it begins with an introduction to ancient Chinese mythologies, cosmologies and worldviews. We will then consider Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism with reference to their historical development in China.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Fridays

August 31 - September 21, 2018

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

Chris Carter
English

This course is an introduction to select masterpieces of modern short fiction, more specifically, to seven highly regarded short pieces by American high mod- ernists. We will meet five times and read the following:

Aug. 31: Gertrude Stein, “Tender Buttons” (1914), brief fragments Ernest Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants” (1927)

Sept. 7: F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Winter Dreams” (1922, coll. 1926) Jean Toomer, “Blood Burning Moon” (1923, from Cane)

Sept 14: William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily” (1930, coll. 1931 and 1950) 

Sept. 28: Katherine Anne Porter, “Flowering Judas” (1930)

Oct. 5:  F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Babylon Revisited” (1931) Ernest Hemingway, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” (1937).

The course will be a mix of informal lecture and discussion. At the first class, you will be given a packet of the readings (a number of them are also online). We will plunge right into the Stein and Hemingway selections.

There is no prerequisite for this course. I have taught three previous Osher courses that introduce modern short fiction, but this will be a brand-new course with different stories.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Fridays

August 31 - October 5, 2018*

2:00 - 3:30 PM

*Class will not meet on September 21

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

JP Morgan
Information Technology

Are you new to an iPhone or new to iOS 11? This course will give you a hands- on learning experience on how to use your iPhone, along with the iOS 11 operating system. Participants will learn the basics of making a phone call, sending and receiving messages, setting up their contacts and calendars, along with unlocking the mysteries of iCloud and so much more.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Thursdays

October 11 - November 15, 2018

9:30 - 11:30 AM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-2

Curis Foxley
History

This course examines the lives and shared crises of John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro. Topics covered include the Cuban Revolution, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the plots each man hatched to assassinate one another. Students will also ex- plore the personal lives of Kennedy and Castro, as well as read and investigate some of the newly declassified documents surrounding these men.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Thursdays

September 6 -27, 2018

2:00 - 4:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-2

Mike Sheriff
Historian

This session will be a first for OLLI on the Norman campus. At each session, a different character will be portrayed. One session will be a Revolutionary War soldier, another session will be a Civil War soldier, the third session will be a drover on a cattle drive and the final session will be a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Indian Territory. Come hear tales of why he is fighting, see authentic period equipment he wears and carries, and his experiences so far. The first part of the presentation will be like you are there during the respective time frame.  For the second part of the presentation, speak more about the topic as a whole, debunking some historical myths that are commonly believed. This ses- sion should be a fun and unique way to learn the different periods.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Mondays

November 19 - December 10, 2018

1:00 - 3:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

Luann Sewell Waters
History Educator

Lonesome Dove, the miniseries, is acclaimed by many as the greatest western ever made. More than a story of a cattle drive, it’s also about relationships and is both a celebration and a critique of the myth of the American cowboy. On the eve of its 30th anniversary, join in the viewing of the miniseries and trekking through the background of the book, the miniseries and the behind-the-scenes information from the Lonesome Dove reunion held in 2016.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Wednesdays

October 17 - November 28, 2018*

1:00 - 3:30 PM

*Class will not meet Wednesday, November 21

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

Victor Youritzen
Professor Emeritus
Art History

As a counterpart to Professor Youritzin’s annual class on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, this course presents masterpieces of French painting from 1800 to the start of Impressionism and treats such movements as Classicism, Romanticism and Realism. Artists discussed will include David, Ingres, Gericault, Delacroix, Daumier and Courbet (along with Goya, Constable and Turner outside France). Also examined is the history of 19th-century American painting, with special attention to such artists as Homer, Eakins, Sargent, Cassatt and Whistler.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Wednesdays

August 29 - September 19, 2018

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-2

Victor Youritzen
Professor Emeritus
Art History

As a counterpart to Professor Youritzin’s annual class on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, this course presents masterpieces of French painting from 1800 to the start of Impressionism and treats such movements as Classicism, Romanticism and Realism. Artists discussed will include David, Ingres, Gericault, Delacroix, Daumier and Courbet (along with Goya, Constable and Turner outside France). Also examined is the history of 19th-century American painting, with special attention to such artists as Homer, Eakins, Sargent, Cassatt and Whistler.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Wednesdays

October 10 - 31, 2018

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-2

Jacob Lackner
History

This course examines the birth of Christianity and the various practices that developed in medieval Europe. Topics addressed include the worship of saints, sacraments, pilgrimage, and art and architecture.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Tuesdays

October 9 - 30, 2018

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-3

Mark Rose
IAR Retirement Solutions, LLC

This course is designed to help individuals comprehend the principles for successful retirement. The primary objective of the course is to help members become familiar with the concepts and terminology involved in an overall retirement plan. Subjects include Social Security, Estate Planning, Types of Investments, Insurance and Overall Retirement Strategies. This curriculum is not biased toward any company or product, but rather focuses on the concepts needed to make informed decisions in this ever-changing environment.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Mondays

September 10 - 24, 2018

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-1

Almira Grammer

There’s nothing better than reading a good mystery, especially when the lightning is flashing, the thunder is rolling and the wind is rattling the windowpanes. In this course, we will read and discuss four British crime novels full of manor houses, quaint villages, quirky characters and charismatic inspectors. However, beneath this bucolic façade lurks danger and deception.  We will also discuss the evolution of the crime novel—who writes it, who reads it and why. Sharpen your sleuthing skills and your powers of deduction and join us in solving a murder so foul.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Fridays

September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room B Conference

Amanda Kis
Meteorology

Oklahoma’s diverse climate and often-hazardous weather are rooted in its unique physical geography. We will explore how its geography influences atmospheric dynamics to produce droughts, floods, heat waves and storms. Attendees may request specific events to supplement chosen events.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Wednesdays

August 29 - September 19, 2018

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-1

Jerry Jerman
Extended Campus (retired)

For many people movies are diversions, but movies can do more than simply entertain. They can enrich, excite, inform and transform. The hours we spend before a screen take us to different worlds, captivating us with characters we love to love and sometimes love to hate. The best movies can examine our deepest fears, our most profound desires, our greatest joys. In the OLLI Movie Club, we will examine a different movie each month. The films for the coming year are based on novels (it’s not necessary to read the book before each class). Each session begins with an introduction to the film followed by film screening and then vigorous discussion. Join us!

Films to be viewed and discussed in 2018-19 include: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Leave Her to Heaven (1945), The Heiress (1949), The Third Man (1949), Dr. Strangelove (1964), Goldfinger (1964) and Brooklyn (2015).

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Tuesdays

2018: September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11

2019: February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14

3:30 - 6:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-2

David Anderson
English

The Poetry Club will specialize in the close analysis of English verse. Each moth, we will discuss a specific poet from English literary history, focusing on one or more short poems. Dr. Anderson will begin with a brief discussion of the poet in question and will guide the group through an analysis of the works.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Mondays

2018: August 27, September 24, October 29, November 26

2019: January 28, February 25, March 25, April 29

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

Mary Carter
Retired Banker and Federal Reserve Bank Examiner

This course will focus on the book of the same name by Robert B. Reich, Chan- cellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration and the book Tailspin by Steven Brill.

The course is an updated version of an earlier course taking into account the recent changes in the economy. It will provide an analysis of how the rules governing America’s form of capitalism continue to be distorted and how these distortions contribute to growing income inequality. It will outline the changes that could restore a capitalism that delivers more opportunities to all.

Resources used in the class: Saving Capitalism for the Many Not the Few along with Supercapitalism, both by Robert Reich, and excerpts from the documen- tary Inequality for All written and narrated by Robert Reich. In addition, the class will include a recent book Tailspin by Steven Brill and other recent articles written on the problems in the economy.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Thursdays

October 4 - 25, 2018

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

Phil Joy

This course is a continuation of the Yang Family Hidden Style Tai Chi Chuan. It is an outdoor “practice” course designed to accommodate new students, while deepening the understanding of more advanced players. Half the period is indoor lecture on physiological health practices that cultivate a deeper more profound experience of traditional Tai Chi. Multiple aspects concerning breath- ing, moving, sitting, meditating, sleeping and nutrition will be investigated.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Thursdays

October 25 - December 6, 2018*

2:00 - 4:00 PM

*Class will not meet Thursday, November 22

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

Ralph Doty
Professor Emeritus
Classics and Letters

What’s your interest? Do you keep up with politics, economics or athletics?  Are you fascinated by the latest developments in psychology, physics or astronomy? Or does your taste lie more towards drama, music or architecture? These words all came to us from Greece. In this class, we will examine some aspects of everyday life in classical Athens, including who the Greeks were, what they ate and drank, the games they played, how they worshipped their gods and how they threw a party.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Wednesdays

October 10 - 31, 2018

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

Ken Johnson
Geologist Emeritus

This beautifully illustrated Senior Seminar is for YOU, if you fit into any of these three categories: 1) you’ve been there, and want to relive the experience; 2) you are going to go there, and want to be prepared for the trip; or 3) you never plan to go there, but wonder what all the fuss is about.

Alaska was formed by volcanic activity and by the accretion of islands and small geologic plates that collided with the northwest coast of North America over the past 200 million years, and geologic processes have emplaced the great stores of gold, oil, and other mineral resources of the State. Glaciers then molded and shaped the landscape we see today and helped set the stage for the variety of wildlife and humans that have inhabited this great American wilderness.  For many Americans, their first visit to the 49th State is on a cruise ship from Seattle or Vancouver that goes through the famed “Inside Passage”—a network of passages that weave through islands of British Columbia and southeast Alaska.

Original settlers of Alaska were natives that crossed the Beringian land bridge from Siberia during the Great Ice Age, and those that still live in Alaska are referred to as “Alaskan Natives.”  Vitus Bering “discovered” Alaska in 1741 and claimed Alaska for Russia.  Russian hunters and fur trappers harvested so many otters, seals, sea lions, walruses, and sea cows that they thought they had annihilated the significant (“fur-bearing”) wildlife.

The United States then purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million (about 2 cents per acre), and a few years later gold was discovered in the Juneau area (ohhhh…the Russians must have been mad!).  This set off the first rush to Alaska.  Then the discovery of gold in the Canadian Klondike in 1896 set off the second great rush, because several access routes to these new gold fields were through the District of Alaska (before it became a Territory or a State [1959]).  And in 1968, discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay led to another rush, this time for “black gold.”

Glaciers have carved Alaska into a beautiful and rugged landscape.  Phantastique fjords and coastal waters are the home for much of the marine life, including whales, orcas, seals, sea otters, salmon, and halibut—to name a few.  And the pristine wilderness has helped preserve large numbers of bald eagles, moose, caribou, and bears (grizzly, black, and polar bears).  There also are many reports of Bigfoot-sightings in the vicinity of bars and pubs in the smaller villages—mostly just after closing time. 

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Mondays

October 22 - November 12, 2018

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-1

Lisa Seale

Nineteenth-century novels! Love and intrigue! Parliament! Oddly, Anthony Trol- lope’s six Palliser novels, the political series intertwining the public and private lives of the British landed gentry, makes even the last of these three zingers ap- pealing, particularly in the two novels that we’ll read: Phineas Finn and Phineas Redux. The series itself offers a sprawling, delightful survey of mid-nineteenth century London and the countryside. Our particular focus will be on the Irish outsider who makes his way into the innermost circle of the political class, Phineas Finn, and also on one Madame Max Goesler, whom a critic has called ‘the most perfect gentleman’ in Trollope. Along the way, we’ll explore what Trol- lope meant by the term gentleman, and a 1974 BBC production The Pallisers will provide us with a glimpse of it all in action. You are kindly asked to read the two novels in advance, while a class reading packet to be distributed on the first day will offer excerpts of the most relevant sections for our discussions.
 

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Thursdays 

October 4 - November 8, 2018

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-2

John Fishel

Vietnam: A Discussion in Four Parts

  1. Colonialism, the First Indochina War, the Rise of Diem
  2. The Fall of Diem
  3. The Quagmire
  4. Tet and Recovery – too little, too late

This course explores the war in Vietnam from its origins in 19th century colonialism until the Fall of Saigon. While it emphasizes the early part of the American involvement it does address such major events as the Tet offensive and ends with the fall of Saigon in April 1975. Its focus is on American choices that ultimately led to the failure of our attempt to preserve a non-communist South Vietnam. Despite this failure, the ultimate outcome some 40+ years later seems to be positive for both Vietnam and the U.S.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Tuesdays

September 4 -25, 2018

1:00 - 3:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room C-2

Jill Hicks-Keeton
Religious Studies

This course will examine biblical literature from a historical critical perspective, introducing participants to scholarly methods, debates and conclusions about who wrote the Bible and when. We will focus specifically on the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy) and the prophets (e.g., Amos and Obdadiah).

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Wednesdays

August 29 - September 19, 2018

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room B Conference

Anita Mann

Learning and practicing a few of these skills will not only help improve your vitality but also will help reduce stress, restore calm and inner peace, improve fitness and flexibility, and aid in managing symptoms of chronic health conditions. We’ll explore a holistic lifestyle—practicing poses and peaceful moving meditation and discussing yogic philosophy, life purpose and like- minded healthy living choices. This gentle class is both for beginners and those with experience, progressing from discussion format, to chair poses, and to wall and yoga mats. Class size will be limited.

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Cost

$40

Schedule

Thursdays

October 4 - November 1, 2018

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Location

CCE Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave, Norman
Room A-1