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The 2022 fall session will take place September 10th – October 14th and October 17th – November 18th

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Membership has its privileges! Learn more about the free OLLI member courses and activities planned for Fall 2022. When registering for OLLI, you’ll be able to RSVP to the members-only courses and events that you are interested in attending.

Mindfulness–Based Eating and Lifestyles
Fridays | September 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14
10am - 11am via Zoom 
We draw from the experience of Clinical Nutrition, Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Behavior Design to help you create your optimal lifestyle and eating program. Do anxiety and other emotions play a role in your challenges with eating?
We will explore the science behind the behavior of eating, cravings and unwanted snacking. With brief mindfulness practices we will explore a sense of presence to support you on your journey.

Stories for Halloween: Tales by 19th Century Masters of Mystery & Suspense
Fridays | September 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14
11:30am – 12:30pm via Zoom
We will be read and discuss stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Washington Irving, M. R. James, and Bram Stoker.

The Golden Ages of Radio & Television
Fridays | September 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14
1pm – 2pm via Zoom
We will continue to explore some of the programs that were broadcast during the decades known as The Golden Age of Radio, and The First Golden Age of Television. We will discuss television drama programs including The Twilight Zone, comedy programs such as The Honeymooners, and radio programs including The Mercury Theater on The Air (Orson Welles).

Intentional Philanthropy
Fridays | October 21, 28, Oct 4, 11, 18
10am – 11pm via Zoom
This course has been designed to provide the participant with tactical tools and techniques to broaden their knowledge of the philanthropic sector, and to encourage their exploration of the role of philanthropy (time, talent and/or treasure) in their lives. Practical tools and techniques will be discussed for the novice and advanced learner.  Explore: Role of Philanthropy in the US/Nonprofit Sector; Intentional Philanthropy‚ What Inspires you to give, Time, Treasure and Talent; Selecting charitable causes and organizations to support, Due diligence tips; What Will Be Your Legacy; Charitable Vehicles, What makes sense for you; Current Topics in Philanthropy
 
Current Events Forum
Fridays | October 21, 28, Oct 4, 11, 18
11:30am – 12:30pm via Zoom
This course will provide a moderator-led open forum to discuss current topics of interest to the class.  The moderator will propose topics, and the class will suggest topics. The topics are typically in the areas of national politics, international events, and diplomacy. The discussions are always lively and informative.

Two 19th Century Masters of the Short Story: Robert Louis Stevenson, & Rudyard Kipling
Fridays | October 21, 28, Oct 4, 11, 18
1pm – 2pm via Zoom
In this course, we will be reading and discussing some of the works of Robert Louis Stevenson, and Rudyard Kipling.

Battery Electric Vehicles: Current and Future
Instructor: Nicholas DiMarino
Monday | September 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10
11:30 pm – 12:30 pm | Exton
$35
Understand the development of battery electric vehicles (BEV's), comparison to the history of the development of the internal combustion powered vehicles, the current availability and status of BEV's and the problems we will solve to make these vehicles mainstream.

Major League Baseball
Instructor: Robert Collins
Monday | October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14
10 am – 11 am | Exton
$35
This course will discuss the origins of baseball, the founding of the National and American Leagues, the history, best players, ballparks, and accomplishments of all 30 Major League Baseball teams, outstanding position players and pitchers, and notable moments and events that have occurred during Major League Baseball nearly 150year history.

Where Was "Little Women's" Father?
Instructor: Sharon Nelton
Monday | October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14
10 am – 11 am | Exton
$35
The four young daughters' father was missing in Louisa May Alcott's beloved Civil War novel, "Little Women." Where was he? Geraldine Brooks dared to imagine where Mr. March was and to examine his absence in her 2005 novel, "March." We will read both novels and discuss many of their themes, particularly war, fatherhood, faith, marriage, and idealism. Please obtain both books and, for the first class, read chapters one through four of each.

The Art of Listening
Instructor: Nancy Rosenberger
Tuesday | September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11
10 am – 11 am | Exton
$35
The Art of Active Listening - Never before has there been a greater need for deeper listening and more open communication to cope with the complex problems facing our world today.  Listening actively, however, is an art learned over a lifetime, as it demands attention, skill, sincerity, integrity, courage, and vulnerability.  Psychologists, philosophers, theologians, educators, and physicists ‚ among others ‚ offer ways to strengthen listening skills which are an integral part of every relationship, including the one with ourselves. This course will discuss and practice the writings of these professionals.  Each week a controversial or thought-provoking article will be assigned reading.  Class participants will form small groups where they will listen actively to each other responses to the articles, and then share their own views.  Listening, not to respond, but to learn, will be the purpose of these practices.  

Shostakovich, His Difficult Life and His Music
Instructor: Lee Bettenhausen
Tuesday | September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11
11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Exton
$35
Dimitry Shostakovich (DDS) was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1906 and lived in Soviet Russia through difficult times.  His musical output was incredible - 15 symphonies, 15 string quartets, dozens of film scores, operas, and so forth in sixty years of composition. The class will incorporate many musical selections to accompany his life story.

Poetry....Some Poets That Resonate With Our Sensibilities
Instructor: Bill DeVry
Tuesday | September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11
11:30 pm – 12:30 pm | Exton
$35
We will discuss five poets and their poems. With so many poets in countless anthologies, it is difficult to decide where to start. I have tried to choose poets whose poems remain with us reading after reading. They resonate with me and I hope with you after our discussions.
Our weekly schedule will be:
Week 1                   Walt Whitman
Week 2                   William Butler Yeats
Week 3                   Robert Frost
Week 4                   William Wordsworth
Week 5                   James Wright          

American Songbook Masters: Defining the Great American Songbook
Instructor: Bill Palmerio
Tuesdays | September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11
1 pm – 2 pm | Exton
$35
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase ‚The Great American Songbook?  You might be familiar with some of the great melodies composed by the likes of Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, and Cole Porter. Or the poetic lyrics of master wordsmiths like Lorenz Hart, Ira Gershwin and Johnny Mercer. But what about the equally important contributions of less known Songbook greats like Harry Warren, Harold Arlen, Billy Strayhorn, Dorothy Fields and Yip Harburg? The Great American Songbook is not simply a random collection of popular hits. At its best, the Songbook represents the true expression of the American experience. In this class we will take an introductory look at the songwriters, lyricists, and performers whose artistic contributions helped define the essence of the Great American Songbook.

Art Face to Face: Looking at Portraits
Instructor: Jaan Troltenier
Tuesday | October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Exton
$35
Before there were landscapes and still life in art, there were portraits.  This course focuses on how and why artists through the millennia have portrayed their subjects, and will include plenty of contextualizing history.  How have portraits changed through time?  What functions have portraits performed through the miles and millennia?  What are the artists and his/her subject telling us?  We will of course also examine self-portraits.  We all decipher the coded messages in the portrait of a very famous princess.  Examine a portrait that contained an actual body part of its subject, learn the heartbreaking story of a pair of artists who were also star crossed lovers, and marvel at the secrets of a world-famous double portrait, among many others.  Come meet some fascinating people.

Learn to Play Guitar for Beginners 
Instructor: Stephen Mangiola 
Tuesday | October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
1 pm – 2 pm | Exton
$35
Learn basic chords and notes and learn to play some easy songs. No previous musical experience is necessary.  The class will have instruction and playing/jamming time. A basic six string acoustic guitar, and guitar picks are required. A guitar tuner would be useful but is not an absolute requirement.  No electric guitars please. 

Heist Movies
Instructor: Bruce Graham
Wednesday | September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12
9 am – 12 pm | Widener
$35
After all, crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.
The Asphalt Jungle
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will study the genre of the heist/caper/intricately planned robbery movie.
The following will all be topics of lecture and discussion:
1. The sub-genres.  The heist film includes film noir, docudrama, romantic comedy...etc.  
2. The moral question.  Are we complicit if we root for the bad guys? When, if ever, is breaking the law acceptable?
3. The act structure.  Most heist films follow a very strict structure.  We will begin the class following the classic structure before viewing films that break the rules.

The Art of Public Speaking 
Instructor: Loretta Wehbe
Wednesday | September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12
1 pm – 2 pm | Widener
$35
Learn to speak in front of a large audience with style.  We will develop creative motivations and skills that will gain the attention of the audience. Special relaxation techniques will be used to create an air of confidence and self-assurance!

Classical Music 101
Instructor: Barbara Bassoline
Wednesday | October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16
10 am – 11 am | Widener
$35
The beauty of classical music from Haydn, Bach, and Beethoven, to Dvorak, Stravinsky, and Gershwin, will be presented in HD videos of great orchestras and soloists.  Each class will focus on a classical form symphony, concerto, symphonic poem, choral, and ballet.  Information on the elements of the form, the composers, the musical piece composition and interpretation, the orchestra, and soloists will be shared and discussed.  Participants will have a better understanding of the pleasure classical music inspires.

The Creative Acting Experience
Instructor: Loretta Wehbe
Wednesday | October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16
1 pm – 2 pm | Widener
$35
Escape into a world of fantasy, by connecting with award winning Comedy and Tragedy Playwrights. Experience the joy that is generated, when you learn the skills of acting. Escape into the world of Theatre. Play selections will be customized to each person individual interests. No line memorization! Just lots of fun and whimsy!!!

The American Popular Songbook 
Instructor: Richard Smolens
Thursday | September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
10 am – 11 am | Swarthmore
$35
Born on Broadway, Hollywood, and Harlem, songs from the first half of the twentieth century have become the standard repertoire of both instrumentalists and vocalists. We'll sample how these songs were originally presented and explore the interpretations of artists through the years.

Musical Echos of the Depression Era
Instructor: Richard Smolens
Thursday | September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Swarthmore
$35
The Depression Era provided some of the most memorable songs of our nation's musical heritage. The Swing Era with its big bands, movies, Broadway shows, and radio reflected both mood of the people and their attempts to escape. Travel back in time to both see and hear some prime examples of the period.

Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews - Living Legends and Best Friends Forever 
Instructor: Patricia Garver 
Thursday | October 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17 
1pm – 2pm | Swarthmore 
$35 
They've done it all; they've won it all; and are still going strong.   In this class, we will celebrate the lives of these two remarkably talented women, learn about the uncanny similarities and friendship between them, and enjoy some performances of laughter and music from their incredibly successful careers.   "I Have Confidence" that you will be "So Glad We Had This Time Together." 

The American Revolution - 1775-1783
Instructor: John Meicht
Monday | September 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10
10am – 11am | Exton
$35
Discontent smoldering in the American colonies under British rule flared into open hostilities on April 19, 1775. What brought these colonists to this world changing event? What did it mean for the British Empire and for this new country that ultimately won its independence? Come and be engaged in this discussion of cause and effect approach to this creation of a new nation.

Nazi Cinema
Instructor: Neall Newman
Monday | September 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10
11:30pm – 2pm | Exton
$35
How does an authoritarian society use the resources of cinema to seduce and control the population?  This is the opportunity to view some very rare films, that illustrate the fascinating era of leading up to and during World War Two.  They will include historical dramas, comedies, and musicals that offer insight into the understanding of today world.  

France in World War II
Instructor: George Falk
Mondays | October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14
11:30am – 12:30pm | Exton
$35
In June 1940, The German Army, after having overwhelmed a French Army which was rated the best in the world, began a four-year occupation which is considered the darkest period in French history. This course will focus on the events which took place during that time. Personal recollections will be shared by the instructor who lived through these events.

Antietam and Gettysburg
Instructor: Ed Goll
Mondays | October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14
1pm – 2pmm | Exton
$35
This class will explore the history behind these famous Civil War Battles.  The controversies and profusion of "what if's" surrounding these battles will be discussed and some will be examined and played out using computer simulation.  This tool is used in the United States Army Command and General Staff College in its suite of classroom training simulations. 

Accidental Presidents
Instructor: David Hudiak
Tuesdays | September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11 
10am – 11am | Exton
$35
This course will cover the individuals who ascended to the Presidency due to accident or fate--the death or resignation of their predecessor--and how well they did after becoming President.  Specifically, students will learn why each of these Accidental Presidents was nominated for Vice-President in the first place, the circumstances of their predecessor's death or resignation which put them into the White House and how well (or not so well) each of the Accidental Presidents did after assuming office.  Students will also learn "fun facts" about each of the Accidental Presidents.

George Washington
Instructor: Gerald McNeff
Tuesday | October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
11:30am – 12:30pm | Exton
$35
Washington was the indispensable founding father.  He guided us through the Revolution against incredible odds despite losing most of his battles.  He then reluctantly agreed to be our first President and had to deal with a host of difficult personalities- Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams. Join our course and you will discover, as I did, how much you didn’t know about Washington.

Mothers of Invention: Women Who Created & Invented
Instructors: Roberta Matz & Roberta McManus
Tuesday | October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
1pm – 2pm | Exton
$35
Women have been inventing since the beginning of time. We'll learn about the American women who helped modernize and improve our lives, beginning in the 1600s. 

Einstein, A Man of Contradictions
Instructors: Gerry Mello
Tuesday | October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
1pm – 2pm | Exton
$35
Literature of Einstein would fit better within the walls of a library, rather than in a single book.  Although Einstein, a man of great intellect, was mainly known as a scientist, this course will attempt to paint a more balanced picture of this multi-faceted and unique individual apart from his scientific fame by delving into his life from essentially a human perspective.  We will focus more on the man than on the science.  Einstein was a man of contradictions, as we will discover by looking at his personal life, his political, philosophical and religious views as well as his groundbreaking scientific achievements.
Albert Einstein was undoubtedly one of the twentieth century's most famous characters and is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time.

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict--Its Past, Its Present and Its Future
Instructors: David Hudiak
Wednesday | September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12
10am – 11am | Widener
$35
The current conflict between Russia and the Ukraine cannot be studied in a vacuum.  The roots of the conflict go back centuries and have been affected by long standing cultural, historical and political ties between the Russian and Ukrainian peoples. This course will study those ties, taking into consideration both the historical relationship between the Russian and Ukrainian peoples and the more recent events of the last fifty years leading up to this year's Russian invasion of the Ukraine.  This course will also study the conflict's political and economic effects on the countries involved and the international community. 

Lessons of the Holocaust - Righteous Gentiles
Instructor: Roberta Matz
Thursday | September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
10am – 11am | Swarthmore
$35
There were more than 26,000 Righteous Gentiles recognized by the State of Israel.  We will learn about many of these individuals who risked their lives to save Jewish lives, with no reward for themselves.    This is one of the several unknown chapters of history.

The Ever Changing World of Sports
Instructor: Bill Werndl
Monday | October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14
11:30am – 12:30pm | Exton
$35
This course will examine some of the hot button issues in sports.  It will take a look at how the sports landscape has changed through the years and its impact on fans. Famous local sports personalities will be special guests during the course. Previous guests include Pete Rose, Vince Papale, Merrill Reese, Dick Vermeil, and others.

Space Exploration
Instructor: James ("Jim") Myers
Tuesday | October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15
10am – 11am | Exton
$35
This course examines what we have learned about our solar system, including all the planets plus some of their moons.  We will discuss the far reaches of the universe as determined by astronomers using space probes and telescopes launched from Earth.  The course will include descriptions of exoplanets, relativity effects, black holes, and pulsars.

Mindfulness Meditation
Instructor: Brooke George
Monday | September 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10
10:00am – 11:00am | Exton
$35
Ease your mind, body and spirit through mindfulness and meditation. Learn how to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life with easy life hacks.  As well as different styles of meditation to ease anxiety in minutes, boost your immune system, release tension, and enhance your breaking power. 

Don't Worry, Be Happy - Finding Balance and Peace in Trying Times
Instructor: Patricia Garver
Tuesdays | September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11
1pm – 2pm | Exton
$35
There is scientific proof that joy/laughter and music can raise your vibration.  In this class, we will have plenty of both; and we will also learn about the phases of change and discover strategies to help lead a more fulfilling and balanced life, no matter what the circumstance.  Life is made of choices, so choose wisely - choose to be happy.

Silver Age Yoga
Instructor: Roberta Matz
Tuesday | October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 
10am – 11amm | Exton
$35
Yoga is a healthy discipline perfect for improving flexibility, balance and posture. This class will use seated chair and chair supported postures to improve your mental and physical well-being.  Men and women can benefit from improving their mind-body connection through this exercise form

Let's Play SIMPLE Games
Instructor: Leonard Weiner
Tuesday | October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 
10am – 11amm | Exton
$35
The idea is it take only ~15 minutes to teach rules for most of these games and we can play for the remaining class time. Since the number of players varies we can pick games to play based on the number of class members attending that day. I would have rules printed to handout or display on screen in each class and they would be on one page - large print.

(Proposed list of games and can be revised, added to or shortened.)

Backgammon (2 players)
Spades (partner game with 4 players)
Cribbage (can be played with 2-4 players w/game board)*
Sargent Major (a game for 3 players)
Hearts (3 - 5 player game w/no partners)
Euchre (4 players partner game)
Go (2 player board game)*
Sequence (board game for 2 to 6 players - team or alone)
* A little difficult due to rules and strategies - may need 2 classes to teach

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