Art History: Romanticism

Presenter: Allison Palmer, School of Visual Arts

Class Size: 35

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

Class Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: At the end of the 18th century, a philosophical shift occurred in Europe that formed the basis for the era called Romanticism. Romanticism grew out of the lingering effects of the French Revolution and was based on the observation that straightforward or uniform responses are simply not possible given the great diversity of ideas that are often in conflict. Romantic art began in the studios of Neoclassical artists such as Jacques-Louis David, exemplified in the paintings of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson, and Antoine-Jean Gros. The style soon spread to England, Germany, and into Scandinavia. Human emotion, with its fullest range and depth, was an important subject, as were exotic scenes and dramatic historical narratives that revealed a great variety of human experience.

Health: Exploring Contemplative Practices

Presenter: Anita Mann

Class Dates: Tuesdays, March 24 - April 14

Class Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman | A-3

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: Discover how a contemplative practice might enrich your life.  We’ll continue with exploration of contemplative practices represented in The Tree of Contemplative Practices, created from research findings of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.  The tree’s principles are grounded in awareness, communication, and connection and the categories of practice include stillness, movement, creative, generative, active, relational, and ritual.  We’ll study aspects of specific practices covered in the Fall 2018 course such as yoga, meditation, walking, and council circles.  Additionally, we’ll explore practices such as loving-kindness meditation, inspirational reading, writing, and storytelling.  

Politics: US Presidents and Intelligence

Presenter: Chris Sartorius, International and Area Studies 

Class Dates: Wednesdays, April 8 - 29

Class Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Class Location: Sam Noble Museum | 2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman | Kerr Auditorium

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: This course will examine how presidents use foreign intelligence to formulate national security strategy, pursue US foreign and defense policy objectives, and manage crises.  The President of the United States is the ultimate intelligence consumer.  Each president has exhibited his own style for consuming information.  As you might expect, some presidents have used intelligence better than others to formulate wise, sound policies in pursuit of US interests around the world.  This course will examine how the US Intelligence Community produces and presents intelligence to presidents and how receptive the president and other senior decision makers were to that information.  We will concentrate on the historical era from the end of World War II to the present day, the period in which our modern Intelligence Community was created and during which it has evolved into the most effective, capable intelligence organization in the world.

History: The Breakup of Yugoslavia and Shaping the New Europe

Presenter: Dr. Andrew Horton, Film and Media Studies; Dr. Rozmeri Basic, Art History 

Class Dates: Wednesdays, January 29 - March 4

Class Time: 1 - 3:30 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: The Country of Yugoslavia was known as the little “America” during the reign of Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980). After his death, the utopian existence of this non-align country become a battlefield of different economic interests and political influences. Unfortunately, it became obvious that the civil war and Tito’s parole of unity and brotherly love became obsolete. In order to shape this new and more balanced Europe, Yugoslavia embarked into civil war and initiated the international military interventions to stop multi-ethnic genocides. The process is not over yet and it seems that there is no end in near future. To shape new order, the European Union continues to be selective and bias, especially in its relationship with former countries of Eastern Europe and Yugoslavia (Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and province of Kosovo). 

Dr. Andrew Horton and Dr. Rozmeri Basic will use multimedia approach to discuss different economic, political, and artistic issues relevant to these newly-established independent countries in search of their place in Europe.

Art History: Masterpieces of Impressionist Painting

Presenter: Victor Youritzin, Art History  

Class Dates: Wednesdays,  April 1 - 22 

Class Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman | Room B-6

Class Cost: $45

Class Description:  Join OU Art History Professor Emeritus Victor Youritzin in an enriching course to explore “Masterpieces of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting.” He will discuss such artists as Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Seurat, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec, among others. Professor Youritzin will combine fast-paced lectures and hundreds of slides to help you increase your ability to analyze, evaluate, and appreciate individual works of art.

Religion: Women in the Bible

Presenter: Jill Hicks-Keeton, Religious Studies

Class Dates: Wednesdays, April 1 - 22

Class Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m. 

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: In-depth exploration of select famous, infamous, and unnamed women in the Bible from literary and historical perspectives. 

Film: The Screen Passion of Arthur Penn

Presenter: Betty Robbins

Class Dates: Mondays,  February 3 - March 9 

Class Time: 1 - 4 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: If you’re a serious film viewer, ya’ gotta’ love Arthur Penn. This course will screen six of Penn’s films beginning with his debut film starring Paul Newman, The Left-Handed Gun in 1958, to his later films, ending with The Missouri Breaks in 1976 featuring Brando and Jack Nicholson. After Breaks Penn seems to have lost his passion. At the peak of his filmmaking power, however, Penn was one of the most exciting and unpredictable directors in the US. In addition to the films listed above, the course will screen Alice’s Restaurant, Bonnie and Clyde, Night Moves, and Little Big Man, which he considered the only authentic film he could make on the holocaust.  

Literature: The Hero's Underworld Journey

Presenter: Ralph Doty, Classics and Letters

Class Dates: Wednesdays, February 19, March 25, April 15, and May 20

Class Time: 9 - 10:30 a.m. 

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: What is the inside of your mind like?  Ever since ancient times, people have told stories of a hero who descends into the Underworld – symbolizing the unconscious mind – to discover his identity and destiny.  The first lecture will deal with this theme’s origins in classical antiquity.  In the succeeding weeks, we will read and discuss some medieval and modern variations on the theme: Dante’s Inferno, Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.

History: Abraham's Heirs: Medieval Jewish-Christian Relations

Presenter: Jacob Lackner

Class Dates: Fridays, February 7 - March 6*  

Note:*Class will not meet February 21

Class Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: 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.

History: Medieval Western Christianity: Its History and Practices

Presenter: Jacob Lackner

Class Dates: Fridays,  March 13 - April 10*  

Note: *Class will not meet March 20

Class Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.

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

Class Cost: No Cost

Class Description: 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.

History: Holy War: History of the Crusades 

Presenter: Jacob Lackner

Class Dates: Thursdays, April 2 - 30*

Note: *Class will not meet April 23

Class Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m. 

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: This course will examine the medieval crusading movement, which began in 1096 as a European Christian attempt to capture the city of Jerusalem and its surroundings from Muslims and ended in 1291 with the capture of the last European stronghold in the Levant.  We will discuss the way the Crusades impacted medieval European society,as well as the major battles and turning points of the Crusades.

History: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Famine, Plague, War and Death in 14th-Century Europe

Presenter: Jacob Lackner

Class Dates: Fridays, May 1 - 22

Class Time: 1 - 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 14th-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 of 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.  This course will discuss these events and the impacts they had on society.

History: The Modern Middle East

Presenter: Daniel Snell, History

Class Dates: Tuesdays, February 25 - April 7*

Note: *Class will not meet March 17

Class Time: 2 - 4 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: The Modern Middle East includes the countries of Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran. Known today for its oil, it has long been a crossroads of cultures. We will look at its history from 1500 CE to the present.

Art History: Sculpture in Modern and Contemporary Art

Presenters: Susan Havens Caldwell, School of Visual Arts

Class Dates: Tuesdays, February 4 - March 10

Class Time:1 - 3 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: In the late nineteenth century, in order to bring vitality to their forms, sculptors abandoned Classical traditions of figural sculpture, which they considered tired and over-done.  Looking for new forms and techniques they began to embrace non-Western sculptural traditions, as well as new materials and techniques, in order to bring new vitality to sculpture.  We will sample the amazing variety of three-dimensional works -- the carved monoliths of Moore and Arp, constructed works of Cubists like Picasso, Futurists like Boccioni, Constructivist works by Tatlin, kinetic works like those of Calder, welded steel works like those of David Smith, Minimal works like Donald Judd's, earth works as by Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt, architectural works by Alice Aycock, Happenings by Pop artist Oldenburg to the mixed media performances of Laurie Anderson -- and much more.

 

Health: One Side Saw a Forest, but no Trees.  The Other Side Saw Trees and no Forest

Presenter: Dr. Gale Llewellyn Hobson

Class Dates: Tuesdays, February 4 - 25

Class Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: Why do most of us only want to talk to people with whom we already agree?  Please think about the following.  There are hundreds of news outlets, cable and otherwise, blogs, social media sites, texting, emails, I-phones in every pocket and many other methods of communication that do not require the active interaction of something we used to call a "conversation".   How often do you see a family having dinner in a local restaurant that spends the entire time either eating or gazing at their smart phones, exchanging thoughts with friends or acquaintances hundreds or even thousands of miles away while not sharing a single syllable with anyone else at their own table!

Even talking heads on TV often spend most of their precious time on air simply interrupting their guests, driving home their own already strongly held views which means they learn nothing new, nor do their audiences.  However, as Robert Putnam made clear in his landmark book entitled "Bowling Alone", we seem to only want to listen or talk to those with whom we already agree.  CNN for me, Fox for you.  Never shall the two meet.

Please join Dr. Gale Llewellyn Hobson, a fifth generation Oklahoman with over forty years experience as a Psychologist, listening to the fears, hopes, dreams and doubts of thousands of her fellow citizens for this class.  Times are perilous for young folks, seniors and those in between, not to mention the issues with the leadership of our nation.  President Donald J Trump faces an impeachment inquiry for only the fourth time in our nation's 270 year history.

This session will be about finding common ground, using common sense during very uncommon times in our country.  By listening, learning and sharing, under the gentle and experienced leadership of our learned friend Dr. Hobson, we believe this course will turn out to be uncommonly good!  

History: Cruising the Rivers and Canals of Europe

Presenter: J. Thomas Pento

Class Dates: Thursdays,  February 6 - 27 

Class Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Class Location: Sam Noble Museum | 2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman | Kerr Auditorium

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: My wife, Maureen, and I have taken a number of cruises over the years. We have had numerous ocean cruising experiences to the Caribbean, Baltic, Panama Canal, South America, the Mediterranean, Alaska, Norway up to the Arctic Circle, the Hawaiian Islands and several Transatlantic Cruises.  However, during the past 10 years, we have focused on European river and canal cruises, and we often enjoyed these inland river cruises more than the ocean cruises for several reasons. The first aspect of the river cruises that we really enjoy is the fact that you are on a much smaller vessel, usually holding from 20 to 150 passengers so that you can become acquainted with most, if not all, of your cruising companions. Further, you stop each day at a small picturesque town or mid-sized city along the river and importantly, a bus follows the ship along the entire route! Thus, when you stop at your new port each morning and have breakfast, the bus is waiting outside to take you on a tour of all of the cathedrals, palaces and points of interest within a 20-30 mile radius of your port of call – and there is usually NO additional excursion fee for this service! 

After you return to the vessel in the early afternoon, you can do some sightseeing and shopping around the town at which your ship has docked. After dinner, you have ship board or local entertainment, and it’s off to the next port of call. River cruises are available on almost all of the significant European rivers and a number of the larger canals. The river cruises give you a much better feel of European life and culture than cruises that only stop at the large cities. 

 In this course, we will be covering cruises which we have experienced on the Seine River from Paris to Honfleur France; on the Elbe River from Prague, Czech Republic to Berlin, Germany; on the Danube River from Budapest, Hungary to Passau Germany and on the Douro River from Lisbon to Porto, Portugal. Further we will discuss our canal cruises on the Burgundy Canal from Chagny to Buxy, France and on the Rhone Canal in the Alsace Region of Germany from Baden to Strasbourg.

In conclusion, we have found the European river cruises are usually less expensive than American river cruises. Further, with some of the European river cruises, the roundtrip transportation costs to the site of departure and return were included in the cost of the cruise. 

 

Politics: The News:  Fake, Real, Unreal, or Something In-Between

Presenter: Cal Hobson

Class Dates: Mondays, March 23 - April 20*

Note: *Class will not meet April 6

Class Time: 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Class Location: Sam Noble Museum | 2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman | Kerr Auditorium

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: As New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan liked to say, "everybody has a right to their own opinions; just not their own facts".  However, in an increasingly contentious, dangerous and divided world the lines between the two - opinions and facts - are easily blurred and thus fraught with confusion and misunderstanding. That's why many of us prefer to live in H. L. Mencken's world where he confidently observed that "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong".  Answers like:  Yes or no.  Go or stop.  You are with us or against us.  CNN versus FOX, CSPAN be damned.  Those appear to be our options.

The opposite circumstances, however, are found in the real world and are described with such words or phrases as:  Maybe, yellow caution light, can we negotiate.  Those are words of moderation, middle of the road, compromise and therefore are out of style or popularity.  Get to the left or to the right but for sure get the hell out of the middle!  That's where skunks and politicians get run over and for news outlets rating points are few and far between there. 

Things are complicated these days.  Nine brilliant lawyers sit on our Supreme Court and often they split 5 to 4 on the critical issues of the day.  The Congress is almost devoid of middle men, and women, the type who previously were counted on to patch together workable solutions.  Henry Clay comes to mind.  The term "my way or the highway" is not just a clever, directional dictum; rather, it has become a mandate, enforced with vigor by the party in power but what results when both parties have power as is the situation right now?  Stalemate,  stagnation, finger pointing, endless campaigning and funding raising all take center stage.

The media, the news itself, is no longer just three middle aged white men, uttering almost the exact language to us and at the same time.  Thirty years ago it was the 6PM segment of ABC, CBS, or NBC  conveying solemnly what happened earlier in the day.  No, now there are thousands of outlets, sharing the truth as they see it and each attracting only followers who mostly agree with them.  

These days where do we get our news?  Who do we trust?  How much of it do we want, in what format, through which mediums?  Is it still used car dealers and political hacks at the bottom of the trust meter with the clergy at the top?  Maybe not especially if you are Catholic. 

Let's get together this coming spring to talk, listen and look.  We'll hear from wise men, and of course wise women, word smiths and TV talking heads, spin doctors, voices perfect only for radio and faces  best displayed on internet videos.  Do we know anymore the difference between babble and brilliance; propaganda versus piety?

Thomas Jefferson did.  He wrote in 1787 "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter".

Nothing fake about that.

Politics: Humanitarian Crisis in International Affairs

Presenter: Nathan Kelly, Political Science

Class Dates: Thursdays, May 14 - June 4

Class Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description:  While the international community writ large, has seemingly agreed on the need to halt or prevent gross human rights violations and humanitarian crises, the practice of humanitarian intervention by international actors is the exception rather than the rule. This course examines the inconsistent responses by the international community to humanitarian crisis throughout history.  At its core, humanitarian intervention is a coercive practice of interference in the domestic affairs of a foreign country in response to humanitarian crisis. Recent studies on the practice of intervention on behalf of these threatened peoples tend to center around a few central themes this course will cover: the ethical and legal frameworks of intervention, successful strategic decisions and operational logistics of intervening actors, and the practices within and impacts of international institutions on humanitarian operations and human rights in general. The primary goal of this course is to provide a broad picture of the historical, legal, and practical foundations of contemporary intervention practices in response to humanitarian crisis. We will look at cases of humanitarian crisis where no interventions occurred to cases where intervention practices continue to this day. This course will present the key features of the complex environment of humanitarian crisis while honing in on the causes and consequences of humanitarian intervention. 

OLLI Discussion Group

Class Dates: Wednesdays, February 5 - May 27*

Note: *Class will not meet March 18

Class Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Class Location: CCE Forum Building | 1704 Asp Avenue, Norman | Room B-5

Class Cost: No Charge

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 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.

 

History: History of Great Britain: From Prehistoric Times Through 1066 AD

Presenter: Kenneth Johnson, Oklahoma Geological Survey

Class Dates: Thursdays,  April 16 - May 7

Class Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Class Location: Sam Noble Museum | 2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman | Kerr Auditorium

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: Explore the fascinating history of Great Britain, from the beginnings of human settlement until the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  Four sessions deal with: 1) Prehistoric Britain–the Great Ice Age and prehistoric remains, such as Stonehenge and Skara Brae, and later occupation by Celtic tribes from continental Europe; 2) Roman Britain–invasion, construction of Hadrian’s Wall and other major activities, and conflict with the Celts; 3) Anglo-Saxon Britain–invasion/settlement after the Roman Legions leave in 410 AD, King Arthur(?) and other notables, “Sutton Hoo” archaeological site, and the beginnings of British culture; and 4) Viking Britain–raids and settlements, such as Jorvik (Viking-age York), that led to partition of the island and separation of “The Danelaw” from the rest of Britain. The story ends with the invasion of Britain by William the Conqueror.  This program is updated from one given at OLLI in 2015.

Music: Hip Hop for Baby Boomers

Presenter: Catherine John

Class Dates: Thursdays, April 30 - May 21

Class Time: 10 a.m. - noon

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description:  I frequently teach a course in the English Department called "Hip Hop as Poetry, Literature and Cultural Express."  This class, "Hip Hop for Baby Boomers" will be aimed at giving the enrollees a basic introduction to the material and helping them to understand the music that has become a big part of the lives of many people might be the ages of their children and grandchildren.  We will listen to music, watch documentaries, analyze songs and read and discuss a few essays. 

Art: Beginning Drawing

Presenter: Kylie Anderson

Class Dates: Thursdays, February 6 - March 26

Class Time: 10 a.m. - noon

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description:  This course will introduce students to traditional drawing media and the fundamentals of the drawing process. Our first project, a simple still life, will cover proportion measuring techniques and shading to create a sense of form. Students will experiment with the layering of vine and compressed charcoal. During the second project, an organic still life, students will work with ink washes and use ink to create a range of textures. We will finish off the class with a portrait assignment, in which students will study the structure of the human face and practice using a grid to accurately draw from a photograph. The skills taught in this course will provide students with the foundation to tackle any drawing project that interests them in the future.  A list of supplies will be sent to those who register.

Supplies list will be provided to those registered for the course.

History: History of China and Its Place in the World

Presenter: Paul Bell, Jr

Class Dates: Thursdays,  January 30 - March 12

Class Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: The purpose of this course is to give students an introduction to China’s culture and history as a foundation to understand China’s place in the contemporary world. The course will provide students with an introduction to China’s history and culture; China’s historic and contemporary place in the world; and US-China relations. The general division of topics is:

  • Chinese culture and its effects on how Chinese think and communicate.
  • The lessons learned from 5000 years of Chinese history.
  • China’s place in the world from the first century BCE to the present.
  • The history and current state of US-China Relations.

Film: Broadway Musicals from the Movies

Presenter: Marvin Beck

Class Dates: Wednesdays,  February 5 - March 11 

Class Time: 9 a.m. - noon

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: This seminar is adjunct to the series of seminars - Broadway: American Musical Theatre which featured hundreds of video clips that supported the historical content.  Here is the opportunity to watch and discuss the key complete film productions that were specifically originally written for movies before becoming (hit?) Broadway shows.  This 6-week seminar will discuss and feature:

"State Fair" (1945) Original music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein.  The film stars Jeanne Craine, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine.

"The Harvey Girls" (1946) MGM film stars Judy Garland and features John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, and Angela Lansbury.

"The Toast of New Orleans" (1950) MGM musical film stars Mario Lanza, Kathryn Grayson, David Niven, J. Carrol Naish, James Mitchell and Rita Moreno.  [Maybe not a great musical but just hearing Lanza sing makes it worth seeing.]

"Royal Wedding" (1951) MGM Musical starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner.  The film was directed by Stanley Donen.

"Cinderella" (1957) musical written for television; music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein - starring a very young Julie Andrews.

"Victor/Victoria" (1982) British-American musical comedy film directed by Blake Edwards; starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras, and John Rhys-Davies.

The seminars are scheduled to possibly be three hours to allow for time for in-depth discussion and interesting background material.

HIstory: The American Civil War We Ought to Remember 

Presenter: Lance Janda

Class Dates: Fridays, March 27 - May 8

Class Time: 9 - 10:30 a.m.

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description:  At a time when our country continues to struggle with racism and the legacy of slavery, with the notion of states rights and federalism, and with the question of what ought to be celebrated in public spaces with statues and memorials, the American Civil War remains as relevant as ever. What does it mean to be an American? Where is the line between state and federal powers? How do we determine which historical facts are immortalized in textbooks and government buildings, and who makes those decisions? What is the difference between celebrating the heritage and history of a given people or region and perpetuating divisive ideology or myth? All of the questions and more will be considered in our short course on the Civil War. We’ll concentrate on the historical background to the conflict, the causes of the war, the enormous changes the war wrought in social, economic, and governmental affairs, the importance of the war in terms of military tactics and technology, and the experiences of ordinary soldiers and civilians caught in the maelstrom. We’ll conclude with a discussion of the consequences of the war, and the ways in which they loom large in our country even today.

Politics: The 2020 Elections in our Painfully Divided U.S. of A.

Presenter: Cal Hobson

Class Dates: Mondays, January 27 - February 17

Class Time: 1 - 3:30 p.m. 

Class Location: Sam Noble Museum | 2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman | Kerr Auditorium

Class Cost: $45

Class Description: It seems only yesterday that I had the opportunity to lead an OLLI class concerning the 2016 presidential elections.  As many will remember the smart money, not to mention pollsters, pundits, politicians and much of the public seemed confident that America would elect its first female commander-in-chief, Hillary Clinton.  It was expected she would handily dispatch real estate developer, game show host and multi-billionaire Donald Trump.

However, just like the unsinkable luxury liner Titanic, Secretary of State Clinton got sunk and our world has certainly been a wild and wooly place ever since.  Enemies have become friends and friends enemies.  A tweet by Trump on a Tuesday can be contradicted on Wednesday, or earlier, and no one blushes, least of all the President.  Little Rocket Man is now in a love affair with The Trumpster while master manipulator Vlad Putin jokes, or not, that Russia will be manipulating our elections again in 2020.

Trade sanctions are imposed - willy nilly - and subpoenas are more plentiful in DC than lobbyists, but not as fun or helpful.  This year the Democrats have fifteen plus candidates for president.  The Republicans offer only one real one, just the opposite of four years ago and of course records will be smashed for campaign money given, raised and spent.  Some of it will be green; most of it dar.  Oh, and then there is the issue of impeachment.

So, with all of that in mind, the three following seminars are offered for your consideration.

  1. Spring OLLI course.  The Iowa Democratic caucus February 3rd to Super Tuesday March 3rd.
  2. Summer OLLI course.  Later caucuses through the party conventions - Democrats in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 13-16 and Republicans in Charlotte, North Carolina August 13-16.
  3. Fall OLLI course.  A sprint to the finish on election night, November 3rd, 2020.

Along with my frequently biased commentary we will have a plethora of speakers, videos and handouts that will reflect the diversity, opinions and priorities of the two major parties and, as time allows, also mix in a dash of third party thoughts.

Ready or not, want to or not, here comes the most important presidential election in our nation's history….or maybe not!

Music: Piano for Beginners: Level I

Presenter: Hayden Coie  

Class Dates: Mondays and Thursdays, June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25; July 6, 9, 13, and 16* 

Note: *Class will not meet June 29 and July 2.

Class Time: 1 - 2 p.m.

Class Location: Catlett Music Center | 500 West Boyd, Norman | Room 009

Class Cost: $45

Class Description:  Have you always wanted to play the piano?  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 musical experience, Piano for Beginners introduces 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!

History: Marie-Antoinette, Headstrong or Headless?

Presenter: Dane McDowell  

Class Dates: Mondays, February 3 - March 9

Class Time: 10 a.m. - noon

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

Class Cost: $45

Class Description:  Who was really the doomed queen of France?  How the once beloved youngest daughter of the Empress of Austria, Maria-Theresa, who married the heir to the French throne when she was not quite 15, became the most hated woman in the kingdom? A symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy, she was stripped of her riches, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution. Victim or treatress? That is what this class will explore during 6 weeks with the help of great films, books and documents.  

Reading highly recommended to enjoy the course:  Marie-Antoinette by Stephan Zweig

Films featured: 

Marie-Antoinette directed by W.S. Van Dyke (1938) with Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power. Filmed in Versailles and Hollywood

Marie-Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, (2006) with Kirsten Dunst. Filmed in Versailles

Marie-Antoinette directed by David Grubin (2006) A wonderful documentary.

Farewell my Queen directed by Benoit Jacquot (2012) with Diane Kruger and Léa Seydoux