Health: What Seniors Need to Know About Advance Directives

 

Presenter: Teresa A. Williams

Class Dates: Mondays, Nov. 2-23

Class Time: 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Class Location: PHF Conference Center, OKC

Format: In-Person

Cost: $45

Class Description: This course will introduce seniors to the various advance directives allowed under Oklahoma law. Week One will be an introduction to advance directives. Week Two will focus on powers of attorney for business, health care and mental health.  Week Three will address living wills and health care proxies. Week Four will focus on DNR forms and physician orders for life sustaining treatment. Seniors often have questions about what these forms are and if they are needed.

History: History of Great Britain During Prehistoric, Celtic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Britain Periods

 

Presenter: Ken Johnson

Class Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 15-Nov. 5, 2020

Class Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

Class Location: PHF Conference Center, OKC

Format: In-Person

Cost: $45

Class Description: Explore the fascinating history of Great Britain during four major periods of its history—from the beginnings of human settlement until the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The four sessions deal with: 1) Prehistoric and Celtic Britain–the Great Ice Age and prehistoric remains, such as Stonehenge and Skara Brae, rising sea level separates the island of Great Britain from continental Europe, and later occupation by Celtic tribes from continental Europe; 2) Roman Britain–invasion of Britain by Emperor Claudius in 43 AD, conflict with the Celts, conquest and settling or the best lands, construction of Hadrian’s Wall, the arrival of Christianity and other major activities; 3) Anglo-Saxon Britain–invasion/settlement of the Angles and Saxons after the Roman Legions leave in 410 AD, King Arthur(?) and other notables, the “Sutton Hoo” archaeological site, Beowulf, the beginnings of British culture, and early Viking raids; and 4) Viking Britain–raids and settlements, such as Lindisfarne (monastery) and 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.

History: Oklahoma City – What’s Next

 

Presenter: Mike Adams

Class Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 2-30

Class Time: 1-3 p.m.

Class Location: Zoom

Format: Online

Cost: $45

Class Description: 

In last semester’s class, “Oklahoma City – Why We Are the Way We Are,” we looked back on Oklahoma City’s history and heard from a series of guest speakers as we dove into a few seminal event/periods that molded Oklahoma City and defined the City’s DNA. In this course, we will turn our attention forward and explore what is ahead for Greater Oklahoma City. Many of us have experienced the renaissance and growth in the Oklahoma City area in recent years, even as the state strives for Top 10 status.

A few of the “Top 10” accolades for the city promoted to prospective new residents and businesses include:
•    The #1 city worth moving to if you want to launch a business,
•    Top 10 fastest-growing city,
•    Top 10 for recession recovery,
•    Top 10 job growth ranking,
•    The #1 city for tech growth among its peers,
•    A “must-visit destination in 2016,” and
•    One of the best places for young adults to thrive.

We will invite city planners, economic development leaders, place makers and chamber of commerce officials to tell us about Plan OKC, growth projections and economic development incentives. Local developers will also tell us about some of their current projects and what is in the pipeline. Please join us as we meet visionary leaders and explore Oklahoma City’s future.

Political Science: Current Issues in International Security

 

Presenter: Chris Sartorius

Class Dates: Tuesdays, Nov. 3-Dec. 1

Class Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Class Location: PHF Conference Center, OKC

Format: In-Person

Cost: $45

Class Description: This course provides an overview of current and future international security challenges. We will explore contemporary security issues in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We will discuss security concepts, including inter-state conflict, ethnic conflict, collective security/alliances, nuclear strategy and deterrence, arms control, weapons of mass destruction proliferation, and terrorism. The course will also examine transnational and emerging international security threats and opportunities. Major course goals include increasing understanding of various regional security issues, identifying competing national interests, and analyzing potential U.S. national security policy options. At the end of the course, we will be positioned to better understand the many complex, international security problems facing our country during our next presidential administration.

Political Science: The 2020 Elections

 

Presenter: Cal Hobson

Class Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 12

Class Time: 1-3:30 p.m.

Class Location: PHF Conference Center, OKC

Format: In-Person

Cost: $45

Class Description: As I prepare this narrative, our world is experiencing the early shocks and dangers associated with the coronavirus. The fears are real, and our universal worries appropriate. Therefore, elections matter now more than ever, as does your participation in this seminar, which is the final of three segments covering congressional and presidential contests in 2020.

Political Science: American Government in 2020

 

Presenter: Cal Hobson

Class Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 17-Oct. 8

Class Time: 1-3:30 p.m.

Class Location: PHF Conference Center, OKC

Format: In-Person

Cost: $45

Class Description: 

Even before the coronavirus turned the world upside down, this course was in the planning stage, going back two years. It was suggested by an active OLLI member who prepared an extensive outline that clearly justified our deep dive into the topic.

Some observers of 21st-century America say the federal government is too big, too intrusive, too expensive and too wasteful. On the other hand – and there always seems to be two hands on topics like this one – the opposite view posits that, compared to some European democracies, not enough is being done. For example, not all Americans have guaranteed health insurance unlike Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden that do.

The challenge in this seminar is enormous because the subject is complex and the public divide on it stark, divisive and sometimes even explosive. Experts on both sides can be great talkers, but poor listeners, leaving the great unwashed concerned, confused and even clueless on who has the market on the truth. To wrap up. If you are a government groupie, pro or con, this course is for you.  Experts from both camps will make their case, I will comment, as always, while maintaining the motto for life: Often wrong, but never in doubt. Just ask him.