Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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Course Listing

Fall 2020 online courses

Still time to register for 5-week classes taking place Oct. 20-Nov. 24.
Drop/add, late registration starts Oct. 5.

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The following courses represent all available Second 5-Week Session classes as of October 1. Late registration and drop/add for these courses will be available October 5-27.

FINE ARTS

B09–02
FIBER ARTS AND FABRIC DYEING
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Wednesday: 12:30–2 p.m.
Instructors: Sarah Dressler, Nicole Sexton
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Active (Hands-on/Physical Movement)

We will explore the many ways of creating art and functional pieces with fabric and other fibers. Students will learn home and eco-friendly dyeing techniques and make small weaving, sewing and embroidery projects. Open to all levels. Students will receive a list of materials they are asked to purchase on their own prior to the start of class. Class is offered in partnership with The Art Studio. This course has an additional $30 materials fee that is collected at registration. Limited to 10 students.

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PERFORMING ARTS APPRECIATION

C22–02
THE GODFATHER: A FAMILY TRAGEDY
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Monday: 2–4 p.m.
Instructor: Sabatino Maglione
Optimal Viewing Device: Audio and Video—Computer/Laptop Screen
Course Format: Lecture; Video Based

Interviewed in 1972, Francis Coppola explained that The Godfather trilogy was not about a Mafia family, it was, rather, “about a classic noble family. It could be about kings in ancient Greece or in the Middle Ages; about the Kennedys or the Rothschilds. It is about power and the success of power.” We will view Coppola’s films and discuss whether his employment of the Mafia symbolized something much larger than a crime family. Limited to 50 students.

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GENERAL STUDIES

D05–02
GRANDPARENTS CIRCLE
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Monday: 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Instructor: Marcia Adato
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Discussion

This course focuses on shared experiences as grandparents and thoughts related to weekly topics. Each week, a link to an article is provided to serve as a springboard for discussion. Articles include topics such as engaging with grandchildren of different ages, accepting boundaries as grandparents, and staying in touch long distance. Limited to 12 students.

D09–02
INTRODUCTION TO PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Thursday: 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Carol Pollio
Optimal Viewing Device: Audio and Video—Computer/Laptop Screen
Course Format: Lecture

Would you like to learn how to conduct a paranormal investigation? This course presents the knowledge and techniques used to conduct a professional, science-based investigation. Using current technology and recent research, participants will be able to determine the likelihood that experiences in a given location are paranormal in nature. Limited to 50 students.

D10–02
TED TALKS AND DISCUSSION PLUS BREAKOUT ROOMS
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Tuesday: 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Instructor: Carolyn Stankiewicz
Optimal Viewing Device: Audio and Video-Computer/Laptop Screen
Course Format: Discussion; Lecture; Video Based

TED Talks (some controversial, all informative), breakout rooms for discussion of the videos. Plus short trivia games just for fun! Limited to 30 students.

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HISTORY

G11–02
DELAWARE’S NAVAL HERITAGE
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Tuesday: 2–3:15 p.m.
Instructor: William Manthorpe
Optimal Viewing Device: Audio and Video—Computer/Laptop Screen
Course Format: Lecture

This course describes a wide variety of naval activities related to Delaware: battles, heroes, bases, shipbuilding and ships during the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War II and Cold War. Limited to 100 students.

G13–02
GREAT WOMEN IN AMERICAN LIFE
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Wednesday: 9–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Veronica Grady
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Lecture

Each speaker will present a different great woman each week. You will learn about Ida B. Wells, African American journalist and civil rights activist; Sybil Ludington, a teenage Paul Revere; Fanny Kemble, actress, playwright and poet; and Pearl Buck, author of “The Good Earth. Limited to 20 students.

G30–02
TRAIL OF TEARS: SOUTHEASTERN INDIAN REMOVAL
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Wednesday: 2–3:15 p.m.
Instructor: John Gardner
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Discussion; Lecture; Video Based

In the 1830s, led by Andrew Jackson and backed by planters, particularly in Georgia and Florida, the Cherokees, Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws and Seminoles, the largest, most “civilized” Native American Nations of the Southeast and some smaller tribes in the Northwest were forced to abandon their homes and resettle in Oklahoma. On this “Trail of Tears,” thousands died. In this PowerPoint and discussion course we study the history and prehistory of the Southeastern Indians, the Removal and their continuing history east and west of the Mississippi. Required text: Unworthy Republic: The dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory, by Claudio Saunt. Limited to 15 students.

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PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

J04–02
AGING WITH GRACE AND SOULFULNESS, PART 2
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Tuesday: 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Susan Dagenais
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Discussion; Lecture

We will read and discuss Parker J. Palmer’s book, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old (ISBN 9781523095438), which views aging as a dynamic passage of discovery, engagement and deeper development of our inner lives. We will also read some brief selections from contemporary writers such as Joan Chittister and Mary Oliver. This class is a spiritual, somewhat philosophical look at the aging process. Please bring a journal of your choice to each class. Limited to 30 students.

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WRITING

K01–02
IN-LAWS AND OUT-LAWS: EXPLORING THROUGH WRITING
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Wednesday: 2–3:15 p.m.
Instructor: Susan Dion
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Discussion

Focus is on the characters who have entered our lives or inhabited the stories of earlier generations through kinship by marriage or close relationships (rather than strict familial lines). Weekly writing suggestions offered to probe the past. Supportive sharing. Limited to 12 students.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 

L07–02
WORD PROCESSING FUNDAMENTALS II
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Tuesday: 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Instructor: Robert Ehrlich, Anita Sterling
Optimal Viewing Device: Audio and Video—Computer/Laptop Screen
Course Format: Active

This intermediate word processing course uses Microsoft® Word 2016. Use built-in templates to create a letter. Add graphics (images, shapes and text boxes) to a Word document. Orient them with respect to the text. Use mail merge to create labels and envelopes. Experience at the level of Word Fundamentals I is needed as well as basic experience with Zoom, including screen sharing. Limited to 10 students.

OLLI courses covering Microsoft® software products are independent courses and are neither affiliated with, nor authorized, sponsored or approved by, Microsoft Corporation.

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LANGUAGES

O14–02
ITALIAN: ANDIAMO AL CINEMA!
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Thursday: 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Instructors: Janice Durante, Carla Westerman
Prerequisite: Ability to speak and write in Italian at an intermediate level.
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Discussion

This course aims to provide intermediate-level Italian speakers with a glimpse into the creative process of modern Italian film directors. Beginning with Federico Fellini, we will watch an Italian film with English subtitles at home each week and then discuss themes, characters, settings, symbolism and dialogue during class time. Lectures are held to a minimum so that students have ample opportunities for sharing their impressions of the films in Italian. Limited to 12 students.

O18–02
ITALIAN: UP-TO-SPEED PART 2
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Monday: 9–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Sandro Cuccia
Prerequisite: Parts 1 and 2 of the Scuola Di Italiano series or equivalent.
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Lecture

Before moving on, we have some catching up to do! We will review what we covered and continue on to finish Part 2 in preparation for the continuation of your study of Italian. Completion of Part 1 or equivalent for beginners is required. Scuola di Italiano is a seven-part program presented by a native Italian speaker. Limited to 25 students.

O20–02
ITALIAN: UP-TO-SPEED: PART 7
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Monday: 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Sandro Cuccia
Prerequisite: Parts 1 thru 7 of the Scuola Di Italiano series or equivalent.
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Lecture

This five-week course is for students who were enrolled in the spring 2020 semester: Scuola di Italiano Part 7 (of 7). Before the series ends, we have some catching up to do! We will review what we covered and continue on to finish Part 7 with some additional content. Completion of Parts 1–6 or equivalent for beginners is required. Scuola di Italiano is a seven-part program presented by a native Italian speaker. Limited to 25 students.

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LIFE SCIENCES

P03–02
EPIDEMIOLOGY: THE BASIC SCIENCE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Monday: 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Jim Hainer
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Lecture
This class includes a course prepared by epidemiologists from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In addition, relevant contemporary examples are provided by a representative from the University of Delaware epidemiology department. Limited to 25 students.

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Information provided to Health and Wellness class participants is intended to be informational only and should not be construed as advice.

R05–02
SAT REVIEW—MATH ONLY
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Monday: 2–3:15 p.m.
Instructor: Patty Bennett
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Active

Remember SATs? I will provide actual SAT exams for you to try! I will lead you through the high school level algebra and geometry problems. A challenge for your mind, FUN for your body. Limited to 20 students.

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ECONOMICS, FINANCE, POLITICAL SCIENCE, LAW

Information provided to Finance and Economics class participants is intended to be informational only and should not be construed as business, financial, investment, legal, regulatory, tax or accounting advice.

S15–02
MEDIA AND PUBLIC OPINION IN THE 2020 ELECTIONS
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 19–NOVEMBER 23)

Monday: 9–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Ralph Begleiter
Prerequisite: Students should have an interest in the ongoingelection campaign and should follow news reports, debates and opinion polling during the campaign.
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Lecture

Explore the role of media, campaign advertising and public opinion polling in the culminating weeks of the 2020 U.S. election cycle, and analyze results and exit polls after the election. NOTE: Course will include some historical content, familiar to students from previous editions of this class. This class will necessarily include some partisan content. Please note that this course begins Monday, October 19.

S16–02
MEDIA AND PUBLIC OPINION IN THE 2020 ELECTIONS
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 19–NOVEMBER 23)

Monday: 2–3:15 p.m.
Instructor: Ralph Begleiter
Prerequisite: Students should have an interest in the ongoing election campaign and should follow news reports, debates and opinion polling during the campaign.
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Lecture

Same as S15–02 except for time. Please note that this course begins Monday, October 19.

S20–02
OPTIMAL LONGEVITY: THE FIVE PILLARS
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Tuesday: 9–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Scott Fulton
Optimal Viewing Device: Audio and Video—Computer/Laptop Screen
Course Format: Lecture

Add life to your years and years to your life. Applying up-to-date knowledge to make smart proactive choices that fit your needs can dramatically extend health span and independence. Course introduces students to the five pillars of longevity: mind, environment, diet, exercise and community, setting the groundwork for increased resilience and confidence. The course challenges broadly held, outdated beliefs that account for why so many adults get off track. Health is wealth, but it’s a lot more than simply diet and exercise. Limited to 100 students.

S22–02
SCAMS AND FRAUDS—UPDATED
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Monday: 9–10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Craig Lewis
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Lecture

Famous scams and deceptions including 2008’s Great Recession, Wells-Fargo fake accounts, science denial for profit, the vast internet rip-offs. Shockingly, most perpetrators (individuals and corporations) get off scot-free! And, of course, how to protect yourself. Limited to 100 students.

S23–02
STOCKS, BONDS, MUTUAL FUNDS ANDETFS—101
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Wednesday: 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Instructors: Ron Materniak
Optimal Viewing Device: Audio and Video—Computer/Laptop Screen
Course Format: Lecture

This is a basic course on investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs (exchange traded funds). We will cover the basics for beginners with a format of lectures followed by plenty of time for questions and answers. Limited to 30 students.

S33-02
INTRODUCTION TO INFO WARFARE AND INFLUENCE OPS
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Wednesday: 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Curt Smith
Optimal Viewing Device: Audio and Video—Computer/Laptop Screen
Course Format: Discussion; Lecture; Video Based

Students will become familiar with the historical examples, theories and doctrine of information war/influence operations, psychological operations, propaganda, state media, intelligence operations, the increasing influence of the cyber world and social media, and the (arguably) resulting overlap and merger among those disciplines formerly considered separate. A guest speaker may participate.

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EXTRACURRICULAR

X12–02
OSHER CRAFT CIRCLE
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Wednesday: 9–10:15 a.m.
Instructors: Karen McKinnon, Diana Beebe, Johanna Barbati
Optimal Viewing Device: Any Screen
Course Format: Discussion; Active (Hands-on/Physical Movement)

This course is open to any OLLI students who enjoy each other’s company as they work on their handicraft. This is not an instructional course but a venue for creative handiworkers to share what they do best while sitting with genial folks. If you knit or crochet and are looking for a project, we can find you one that will help a good cause! Join the group as your schedule allows. Limited to 20 students.

X14–02
BASKETWEAVERS CIRCLE
SECOND 5 WEEKS (OCTOBER 20–NOVEMBER 24)

Wednesday: 12:30–2 p.m.
Instructors: Karen Schaub, Harriett Smith, Maurice McGrath
Prerequisite: At least one beginner basket weaving class and basic knowledge of basket weaving.
Optimal Viewing Device: Audio and Video—Computer/Laptop Screen
Course Format: Active (Hands-on/Physical Movement)

An opportunity for basket weavers to create baskets independently in their homes while enjoying casual, sometimes lively conversations with other weavers online. While this is not an instructional course and will take place via Zoom, the leaders and classmates may help with weaving questions and share experiences. We look forward to learning and growing with other weavers. Classmates should gather their supplies before class. If you need a website or help ordering supplies, the leaders can provide that information. Limited to 15 students.

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