18th Century Art in Europe: The Age of Enlightenment

Presenter: Allison Palmer 

Class Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 11,13,18, and 20

*Note: Class will not meet Monday, January 21 

Class Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: The eighteenth century presented a highly sophisticated cultural climate in western Europe where art flourished. This age, sometimes called the "age of enlightenment," represents the birth of the "modern consciousness" as exemplified by the writings of Diderot, Voltaire, and Newton, among others.  Ideas in philosophy, science, and other disciplines strongly influenced art of this time period, while a dramatic shift in power structures challenged existing traditions in both politics and art.  In this seminar, we will discuss these ideas via the major artistic trends of the Rococo through Neoclassicism and the Romanticism of the French Revolution.

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To Have and Have Not: Marriage and Divorce in American Cinema

Presenter: Betty Robbins

Class Dates:Tuesdays, July 2 – August 6

Class Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman | Room C-1

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: In watching couples happily marry and sadly divorce on screen, we examine our own relationships. We reflect on what more we know than the couples on the screen and, just as often, we gain added insights from film narratives about love and loss. Representation is the vital element. How the roles of husband, wife, lover, parent and partner are dramatized on screen, what values they carry, what behaviors they valorize and are finally triumphant, transcendent or tragic can mirror our own struggles and successes—or not. This course will screen six films on marriage and divorce chosen from the list below for their diversity in genre, class and race and discuss the films from the critical point of view of spectator theory. 

Where Are My Children, Adam’s Rib, Parenthood, Blue Sky, Heartburn, Mudbound, Texasville, Tender Mercies, 5 Flights Up, Grand Canyon, In the Bedroom, Prince of Tides, Crooklyn, Moonlight Mile, Babel, Living Out Loud, Crash, Like Water for Chocolate, The Pilot’s Wife, The Descendants, A Quiet Place

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Broadway: American Musical Theatre: Broadways Showa that were Movies First

Presenter: Marvin Beck  

Class Dates: Fridays,  June 7 – July 12 

Class Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: 

This seminar is another adjunct to the series of seminars - Broadway: American Musical Theatre which had featured hundreds of video clips that supported the historical content. Here is the opportunity to watch and discuss the key of some of the most important Broadway shows that were originally written for the movies. All went on to be produced as Broadway productions. 

This six-week seminar will feature:                                                                                                         

“Meet Me In St. Louis” Starring Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien                                                              

“Singin’ In The Rain” Starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds 

“Gigi”Starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan and Hermoine Gingold 

“Seven Brides For Seven Brothers”  Starring Jane Powell and Howard keel 

“High Society” Starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm and Grace Kelly                                             

“Mary Poppins”Starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke

All these classics will supply the never to be forgotten songs and dance from the Golden Age of Musical Theatre with historical discussion and critique by Marvin Beck.

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Meditation 

Presenter: Haven Tobias 

Class Dates: Tuesdays and Fridays,  June 18, 21, 28 and July 2*

*NOTE: Class will not meet June 25

Class Time: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: During the hot afternoons of our late June summer, come chill with me in meditation.  We will enjoy meditations derived from three ancient and much beloved Buddhist texts in the Mahayana tradition.  These texts are from a collection known as "the Perfection of Wisdom." We will work with mantras and gathas and other meditations from three of these texts: the Heart Sutra, the Diamond Sutra and the Lotus Sutra.  The Heart Sutra, "The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom," is about compassion and non-duality.  The Diamond Sutra, "The Perfection of Wisdom Text that Cuts Like a Thunderbolt,” is the sutra of wisdom that cuts like a diamond and shatters illusions to get to ultimate reality. The Lotus Sutra, "Sutra on the White Lotus of the Sublime Dharma," encompasses many different teachings because the Buddha's wish to liberate all beings led him to adapt the teachings to suit many different kinds of people, since liberation is available to anyone and everyone, regardless of status, gender, ethnicity, or religion.

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Texas History: Taming the Frontier, Securing Freedom

Presenter: Curt Foxley 

Class Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays,  June 4, 6, 11, and 13 

Class Time:  2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: This course investigates the history of the great state of Texas. This course will examine the region’s Native American history, American settlement, the Texas Revolution, the Civil War in Texas, Reconstruction in Texas, and the Texas Rangers. We will pay particular attention to how Texans defined freedom during these conflicts, and how land use practices and ownership were central to Texan identity.

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:  Famine, Plague, War, and Death in Fourteenth-Century Europe

Presenter: Jacob Lackner 

Class Dates: Wednesdays,  May 29 – June 19

Class Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: Things were so bad in fourteenth-century Europe that many people thought the apocalypse was imminent.  In the Book of Revelation, John of Patmos discusses four figures riding horses who represent various disasters that have to occur at the end times. Fourteenth-Century Europeans saw these horsemen in the events of the century, which include the Great Famine (1315-1317), the first waves of the black death (1346-1353), and the Hundred Years War (1337-1453).  The chaos and upheaval created by these events would reshape Europe, in many ways bringing an end to the medieval period.  In this course, we're going to discuss these events and the impacts they had on society.

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“Lost” Scriptures

Presenter: Jill Hicks-Keeton 

Class Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays,  July 16, 18, 23, and 25

Class Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: Before the Bible became the Bible, there was a vibrant burst of creative literary activity (ca. 300 BCE - 70 CE) among ancient Jewish authors who wrote new stories about scriptural characters and themes. Much of this literature was not eventually included in the canon. This seminar examines selections of those literary works, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Greek “additions” to Esther and the romance narrative of the patriarch Joseph and his Egyptian wife Aseneth.

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OLLI Discussion Group 

Class Dates: Wednesdays, May 29 – July 31*

*NOTE: Class will not meet June 26 or July 3

Class Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

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

Class Cost: No cost

Class Description: The discussion group will meet weekly on Wednesday mornings for OLLI members who would like to share their ideas, feelings and concerns about what’s going on in our world. The purpose is fellowship and learning together through sharing of concerns and ideas while responding to others’ initiation of other ideas. This is not your typical OLLI course led by a faculty member. YOU become the leaders and decide what to talk about. The course will be led by one of Norman’s greatest conversationalists. Come grab a cup of coffee and settle in for stimulating conversation. Other than OLLI membership, there is no cost to attend this course. The sessions are limited to 21 OLLI members and registration is required to attend.

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Using Meteorological Tools

Presenter: Amanda Kis 

Class Dates: Mondays, July 1 – 22

Class Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: 

In this course, we will learn about the various types of tools that meteorologists use to observe and predict the weather, such as: surface weather observations, marine observations, upper air observations, Doppler radar, weather satellite, and numerical weather models. In some cases, we will learn to decode the formats in which observations are reported; plot, contour, and annotate the observations ourselves; and read weather maps and atmospheric soundings.

Focus will be given to using resources that are freely available online.

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Piano for Beginners: Level 1

Presenter: Hayden Coie

Class Dates: Mondays and Thursdays, June 10, 13, 17, 20 and July 1, 8, 11, 15, and 18*

*NOTE:Class will not meet on June 24, June 27, or July 4

Class Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Class Location: Catlett Music Center | 500 West Boyd Street, Norman | CMC 008 

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: Have you always wanted to play the piano? Did you play years ago and wish you had stayed with it? Join Piano for Beginners and fulfill your dream of playing the piano! This course will feature hands-on playing experience in OU’s state-of-the-art electronic piano lab. Designed for students with little or no prior musical experience, Piano for Beginners will introduce the basics of piano including learning repertoire pieces and reading music. In-class activities include brief lectures, collaborative learning activities, and individual practice tasks. It is recommended that students have access to a piano or 88-key keyboard to practice the concepts learned in class at home. Join us for a fun and engaging course on learning to play the piano! 

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Addicted Oklahoma. Honestly, We All Know It is Painfully True

Presenter: Cal Hobson  

Class Dates:Mondays, July 1 – 22

Class Time: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: 

Don't worry.  This seminar will NOT be about judging individuals, except maybe me, but more focused on the worrisome, wacky and sometimes killer behaviors prevalent in Oklahoma.  

Examples abound that expose our bad habits.  Drug and alcohol consumption rank high nationally as well as the number of teenagers smoking, dipping and chewing tobacco.  Opioid abuse is so rampant Attorney General Mike Hunter filed suit against pharmaceutical companies right here at the Cleveland County Courthouse charging, among other things, they purposely put profit ahead of public safety.   Experts, and we will hear from many, say these legal and illegal products are at the source of soaring rates of cancer, diabetes and other life shortening diseases.  Additionally violent and non-violent crimes are natural bi-products of such usage and contribute greatly to our world leading incarceration rates of both men and women.  And tragically suicide among our young is so common it no longer is viewed exclusively through the lens of abject shock and disbelief.  

Less dramatic, but of serious consequence,  in many homes a couch is the most used piece of furniture and a comfortable, swivel chair positioned just opposite from a flashing, blinking and seductive slot machine is frequented by thousands daily when venturing outside their residences.  In other words we don't get much exercise except with our eyes.

Also, if it is true you are what you eat, most of us are not water, bone and blood but burgers, pizza and a delicacy from France called fries.  

So what may be gleaned about our situation in the upcoming summer seminar together?  I propose we hear from health and mental health experts, exercise gurus, people representing our generation who manage to control not only their weight but maintain positive, optimistic attitudes toward life and, perhaps most importantly, from other Oklahomans who have confronted, and defeated, their addictions. 

As an additional inducement for you to enroll OLLI is happy to announce that Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter will be just one of our outstanding speakers during this course.   

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Politicians versus the University of Oklahoma:  Egos, Ethics and Education. Can This Troubled Marriage Be Saved?   

Presenter: Cal Hobson  

Class Dates: Fridays, June 7 – 28

Class Time: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

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

Class Cost: $45

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Honestly I don't know.  On the one hand lawmakers laud the importance of earning a college degree or degrees especially when discussing the future of their own children or grandchildren.  On the other hand they have gleefully cut funding for our 27 institutes of learning deeper over the last eight years than experienced in any other state - about 24%.  When former OU President David Boren led the charge to reverse that trend by promoting a sales tax increase it was soundly rejected by voters in 2016 and then followed by even more draconian reductions in state support.  Shortly afterwards Boren announced his retirement which was effective July 1st of 2018.    

That very public flap was but the most recent example in a long standing war of enormous egos wrestling for dominance in Oklahoma's system of higher education.   For example OU's very first President, David Ross Boyd, who assumed his perch three years after the Land Run of 1889, was fired by Governor Charles N Haskell in 1908 ending his distinguished service of sixteen years on the campus in Norman.  The reason given, and I quote "Boyd was an aristocrat; not democratic enough".  For good measure Harvard educated, future Pulitzer Prize winner and  founder of the English Department Dr Vernon Louis Parrington, and many others,  also received their pink slips simultaneously with Boyd's.    

Therefore, from late in the nineteenth century to early in the twenty first,  one of the great soap operas within our state has been the often contentious, rarely congenial but always interesting relationships between politicians and presidents, donors and deans, the students and  their stewards.  Whether it is setting tuition rates, football schedules, class content or just about anything else everybody and sometimes nobody seems to be in charge.

In keeping with our subject matter join me, Cal Hobson, for a rollicking, rowdy and simmering summer class.  We will study the players, their schemes and resultant shenanigans surrounding the 127 year record of hijinks  and histrionics between our flagship university and the often flagging but always meddling and muddling political factions running, and sometimes ruining, our system of higher education.

As an additional inducement for you to enroll OLLI is happy to announce that OU Professor Emeritus of History Dr. Davy Levy will be just one of our outstanding speakers during this course.   

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