Monday

OL 101 Humor in the Opera House  (OLLI Shares)
Jan 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26; March 4
9 – 10:15 a.m.
Dr. Elizabeth Aversa
The course explores operas that are just fun and that have kept audiences laughing through the years.  Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte” (1789), Verdi’s “Falstaff” (1893), and Shostakovich’s “The Nose” (1928) are among the works we’ll enjoy while learning about comic opera’s history and characteristics. 

 

Tuesday

OL 117 Philosophy of Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology  (OLLI Shares)
Jan 30; Feb 6, 13, 20
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Jim Beaupre & Dr. Ken Rex
The advances of modern physics and astronomy lead to a reality very different from the one that we experience in everyday life. The philosophies of science deal with how should we deal with these realities and interact with the big questions of philosophy:  What is reality? How do we know/learn things? What are the critical components that make up our universe and what is our best idea of how it started and evolved? What are the scientific and philosophical uncertainties in our understanding of the universe?  What aspects of its evolution are most important to life ? 

OL 118  Wagner, Nietzsche and the Origins of Post-Truth   (OLLI Shares)
Jan 16, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Jay West Discover the roots of our Post-Modern, Post-Truth era by delving into the ideas of Richard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche. This course explores how their works and philosophies set the stage for today’s world of skepticism, subjectivity, and blurred truths. We’ll examine their impact on culture, music, and philosophy, connecting the dots between the 19th century and our current information landscape. Ideal for those interested in the evolution of truth in a changing society. 

OL 119 The Atomic Bomb and the End of WWII   (OLLI Shares)
Jan 16, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Frank Broz
This course will examine Japan’s response to the bombing and destruction of their cities and industries by the US military, as well as the USSR’s entry into the war in its final days. We will discuss the creation of Japan’s political system, the development of the atomic bomb and other weapons, and their role in Japan’s surrender. We will also review the film Oppenheimer and its place in the historical narrative. 

OL 120  Michelangelo, Rebel With A Cause, Sistine Secrets  (OLLI Shares) 
Jan 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27; Mar 5
1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Debbie West
Meet Michelangelo, the Italian Renaissance genius. Follow his mastery of sculpture, painting, architecture, and his triumphant coded vision few knew or know even today. Many of you have seen these masterpieces but now you can learn this backstory to fully appreciate his prowess. 

OL 106 Common and Colorful: Four Southern Governors   (OLLI Shares) 
Jan. 16, 23, 30; Feb. 6
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Dr. Richard Rhone
The 20th century American South is known for its colorful politicians. We will discuss four of the most fascinating and charismatic populist governors including Texas’ Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, Louisiana’s Huey “Kingfish” Long and “Uncle Earl” Long as well as Alabama’s “Big Jim” Folsom. 

OL 107 Scoundrels of Betrayal in Early America   (OLLI Shares) 
Feb. 13, 20, 27; March 5
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Dr. Richard Rhone
Our nation has had its share of scoundrels in public life, but some of worst were in our country’s early years. We’ll discuss the evil betrayals of four of the most treasonous scoundrels from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 who share an infamous legacy of profit over patriotism. 

OL 122   The High Middle Ages: Europe from the 9th to the 12th centuries   (OLLI Shares)
Jan 16, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Joseph Kicklighter
Explore Europe during the High Middle Ages, from the 9th to the 12th centuries. Our focus is to investigate the historical roots of Western civilization during this period. 

OL 109 Downsize and Declutter with Movers and Shakers   (OLLI Shares)
Feb. 13, 20, 27; March 5
3 – 4:15 p.m.
Alice Maxwell
Downsizing can be a daunting task on your own. Join Alice Maxwell who has 29 years of experience in helping people Downsize & Declutter the right way.  Get tips and tricks for moving on or moving out- from decorators to movers, estate sales and everything in between. Walk away as an expert downsizer 

 

Wednesday

OL 123  Why Motivating Ourselves Matters as We Age  (OLLI Shares)
Jan. 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Dr. William Confer
Our beliefs and our behavior contribute to how long and how well we will live within the limits of our biology. This course will identify dilemmas of existence in general (and aging in particular) before addressing the acquisition of key attitudes and competencies associated with life satisfaction at any age: how to stick to a self-development plan, what works in relationships, and what works in pursuit of the good life.