Thursday Courses

Registration for Fall '22 Opening Soon!

Join us this fall, October 3 through November 4, for another blockbuster semester. 

ILR fall semester registration opens September 1st , 9 a.m.

RAGE: Discovering Together Homer's Iliad

The Greek poet Homer’s Iliad covers some 50 days towards the end of a ten-year war between the Greeks and the Trojans. His epic poem remains as painfully relevant to women’s and men’s experiences in this century as it was when he sang his poem in the 8th century BCE. If you have heard of the epic but never read it, you are in for some surprises, including the perspective of Jonathan Shea, MD, Ph.D., in his book Achilles in Vietnam. Bring your class text to every session. In addition, you will be emailed a course booklet in PDF form before the first class. If you cannot access the PDF, please be sure to contact the instructor as early as possible so that other arrangements can be made.

Class text: Homer, The Essential Iliad, translated by Stanley Lombardo, Hackett, 2000, ISBN-10: 0872205428, ISBN-13: 978-0872205420

For the first class read in Lombardo pp. xi-xx, xxxii-xlii, review the list of characters p. 158-165, and read Bk.1 p. 1-19.

Instructors: Judith de Luce is Professor Emerita in Classics. Though officially a Latinist, Homer was her special Greek author with an emphasis on the Iliad. On occasion, she will tell you tales of her first efforts to read Homeric Greek including discovering that Homer really did describe a warrior “biting the dust.” Paul Allen is a member of the ILR Board of Directors, Curriculum Committee, and Tech Team. He is a retired U.S. Navy officer and Ohio civil servant who remains actively engaged in public and political issues.

5 Thursdays: October 6–November 3; 9–10:15 a.m.
Format: In-person
Location: Knolls of Oxford, Boardroom


Getting Started with Google Photos

Google Photos will give you everything you need to store your lifetime of photo and video memories in one place, safely online in Google’s cloud. You can use their powerful tools to search, organize, edit, and share them from any authorized computing device connected to the internet. This online course is for beginner to intermediate users of Google Photos. Students will need a Google/Gmail account and password and should have their smartphone, tablet, and/or laptop available for using Google Photos during the class.

Class Text: A PDF copy of the recommended text, Chris Guld’s Learn Google Photos 2022, will be sent to you ahead of the first session. Kindle and print versions of the text are available for purchase from Amazon, though not required.

Instructor: Robin Seaver spent her career teaching basic computer skills from mainframe computers to today’s smartphones and tablets.

5 Thursdays: October 6–November 3; 9–10:15 a.m.
Format: Virtual
Location: Online


Passport to Retirement

Learn how to manage your retirement to be financially secure. This course provides a comprehensive approach that helps you set realistic goals and make more informed decisions for your overall financial retirement management. Address your concerns with tools that will last a lifetime. The instructor will use full-color graphics to explain concepts clearly and concisely. Participants will receive a 135-page workbook packed with exercises, checklists, and self-analysis quizzes. This valuable resource helps students apply what they learn to their personal financial situations.

Instructor: Gary Hollander, CFP, is a practicing financial professional with over 46 years of experience. He has been recently awarded “Five Star Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager” by Cincinnati Magazine and was recently awarded by the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau for being an accredited member and A+ rated since 1991. He has been president of Hollander & Associates LLC since 1976.

6 Thursdays: October 6–November 10; 9–10:15 a.m.
Format: In-person
Location: Oxford, Police Services Center, Room 123
NOTE: Course extends post-term


How Did You Make That? Creating Functional Fused Glass

Ever wonder how fused glass is created? Join us to learn about the possibilities and constraints of working with this fascinating medium and to see the many steps involved in shaping glass sheets, rods, stringers, and scraps into functional art. This class will demonstrate the many steps involved in creating fused glass, from cutting glass, piecing it together to form a design, and slumping it into a glass mold. Along the way we’ll pass around many examples of glass at each step of the process.

Instructors: Sally Lloyd and Dionn Tronn have been creating fused glass art since 2014. Their passion for glass started with Miami's CraftWinter course “Glass in All Its Glory,” and they have continued to learn new techniques via classes at Brazee Street Studios with nationally renowned glass artists.

1 Thursday: October 27; 10 a.m.–noon
Format: In-person
Location: West Chester, VOALC, Room 123


Tobias Wolff's Remarkable Short Stories

In The Garden of the North American Martyrs, prize-winning contemporary American writer Tobias Wolff invites us into revealing relationships among partners, friends, colleagues, and families. According to Raymond Carver, “Wolff has somehow gotten his hands on our shared secrets, and he's out to tell everything he knows.” Come join our conversational, reader-centered discussions of these insightful, readable stories. For our first class, read “Next Door” and “Hunters in the Snow,” pp. 3-26.

Class Text: Tobias Wolff, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, Ecco Press, 1981, ISBN: 0-88001-245-5

Instructor: Don Daiker is Professor Emeritus of English with special interests in Hemingway and contemporary American fiction.

5 Thursdays: October 6–November 3; 10:45 a.m.–noon
Format: Hybrid
Location: Online or Oxford, Boyd Hall, Room 117


Take Your Photos from Shoebox to Shareable Stories

Ready to downsize, organize, and preserve your photos to capture the highlights of your life? Tame your photo clutter and learn The Memory Montage Method to curate your photo memories. Rescue your photos from the shoebox and create a permanent family photo archive. Each session will include strategies to help you plan, prioritize, and store your photos and memories. There is hands-on preparation time in the class along with the opportunity for a "show and tale" to share your photos along with the story.

Instructor: Shelia Merkel is a "Memory Catcher" and a Certified Professional Photo Organizer. She has devoted the last phase of her life to connecting families through their photos and memories. She helps families create priceless treasures that can be enjoyed for years to come.

5 Thursdays: October 6–November 3; 10:45 a.m.–noon
Format: In-person
Location: Oxford, Lane Library, Havighurst Room


Four Decades of Great Music

You know your favorite songs of the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s, but have you heard them lately? One of the many charms of this class is that it's held “old school.” The 45s will be spinning on a record player—remember those? Choose your favorites from a list of first and second top 40 songs, then enjoy each while learning a bit of background about the artist or group. Toe-tapping guaranteed; singing along optional.

Instructor: Gary Ruff has enjoyed teaching over 50 classes at the UD OLLI (University of Dayton) and several at ILR. He owns a collection of 5000 45 RPM records. Many of his records are from the '50s, '60s, and '70s.

6 Thursdays: October 6–November 10; 10:45 a.m.–noon
Format: In-person
Location: West Chester, VOALC, Room 127
NOTE: Course extends post-term


No Weeds Here! Paint a Bouquet

Calling all new and intermediate oil/acrylic painters. In this class, you’ll have fun learning to paint different kinds of flowers, incorporating them into a bouquet of your original design.

Instructor: Marian Fisher began her art career in 2008 in Morgantown, West Virginia. She retired and moved to Cincinnati in 2013 and is currently a member of the Cincinnati Women's Art Club.

6 Thursdays: October 6–November 10; 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Format: In-person
Location: West Chester, VOALC, Room 123
Supplies: A supply list will be emailed upon registration.
NOTE: Course extends post-term


Way Out West at the Movies

Why are western movies so popular? What are the primary themes? During the six-week class, we will discuss acting, directing, cinematography, scoring, set design, and more. After watching the films on your own, we will discuss the movies including Winchester 73, The Searchers, High Noon, Unforgiven, and Cat Ballou, featuring actors Jimmy Stewart, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, and Jane Fonda. The films should be available online or at a library.

Instructor: Doug Iden is a lifetime movie lover who enjoys watching and discussing films.

6 Thursdays: October 6–November 10; 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Format: Virtual
Location: Online
NOTE: Course extends post-term


Putting the Pop in Popular Music Genres

Polish the saddle shoes and pull out the tie-dye. One of the many charms of this class is that it's held “old school.” The 45s will be spinning on a record player—remember those? We'll explore the following genres of popular music: early Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, teen idols of the late '50s and early '60s, the history of Motown, British invasion, folk to folk rock, and icons of the '60s and '70s. Toe-tapping guaranteed; dancing optional.

Instructor: Gary Ruff has enjoyed teaching over 50 classes at the University of Dayton’s OLLI and several at ILR. He owns a collection of 5000 45 RPM records, many of them from the '50s, '60s, and '70s.

6 Thursdays: October 6–November 10; 12:30–1:45 pm
Format: In-person
Location: West Chester, VOALC, Room 127
NOTE: Course extends post-term


Stained Glass for Beginners

See the world through stained glass. Beginners will focus on basic techniques and be provided with clear instructions and all the tools needed to successfully complete a project. With a variety of patterns and colors to choose from, students will create a finished artwork such as a suncatcher, a picture frame, or a panel. In addition to instruction time, open studio work hours will be available.

Instructor: Ayako Reiff grew up watching her mom teach glass staining and recently started teaching after years of enjoying it as a hobby. Ayako teaches Japanese at Miami.

5 Thursdays: October 6–November 3; 2-3:30 p.m.
Format: In-person
Location: Oxford Seniors, Glass Studio
Supply fee: $10.00, payable on the first day of class


Egypt in the Eyes of its Lovers II

Join us as we examine the history, literature, and culture of ancient Egypt and its peoples from the origins of Egyptian civilization to the culture’s eventual decline under the dominance of foreign powers. Each week we will examine a different stage or aspect of ancient Egyptian development and culture.
You will gain a general knowledge of the ancient Egyptian world from a historical perspective while developing an awareness of history’s complexity and relevance to your own life. You will learn to interpret literary, historical, and philosophical texts and to conduct independent critical assessments of primary documents and their ideas. NOTE: This class is a continuation of Part I, offered spring 2022, but that class is not a prerequisite for this one.

Instructor: Noha Eyada graduated as a medical doctor in Egypt specializing in oncology and hematology, and she currently works at Hoxworth Blood Donation Centers through the University of Cincinnati.

5 Thursdays: October 6–November 3; 2:15–3:30 p.m.
Format: In-person
Location: West Chester, VOALC, Room 128


The Basics of Estate Planning

Is a will really necessary? What's a family trust? Is a power of attorney only necessary if I'm incapacitated? These are questions you or your loved ones may have contemplated, but unfortunately often go unanswered or pushed aside to discuss at a later time. This course provides an overview of estate planning. We will discuss the instruments that may be used as part of an estate plan, considerations you often encounter in the estate planning journey, and some common misconceptions you may have heard.

Instructor: Kristen Humphrey-Schulz is an Ohio licensed attorney and currently serves as Assistant Regional Counsel for Northwest Title and Northwest Law firm, Tri-State Region.

1 Thursday: October 6; 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual
Location: Online


Estate Planning and Real Property Transactions

Why does estate planning matter when you buy a house? How does real property fit into the estate planning realm? What is the role of a title company in a property closing? This class explores these questions and more as we discuss real property transactions and how estate planning can play a part in them. Almost every American is involved in the home sale or purchase process at some point in their lives. How does it affect your estate plan?

Instructor: Kristen Humphrey-Schulz is an Ohio licensed attorney and currently serves as Assistant Regional Counsel for Northwest Title and Northwest Law firm, Tri-State Region.

1 Thursday: October 13; 4–5:15 p.m.
Format: Virtual
Location: Online


Future Perfect

Remember the book 1984 and THAT was the future! How about 2000, the new millennium, and THAT was the future! We’ve lived through all of these futures, so what’s the next one? One thing is certain, the pace of technological change is constantly accelerating. First, we’ll take a quick look back, just to set the stage. Remember how you did things prior to the smartphone? Now let’s look ahead to the next 10 years; where will technology take us by 2032? We will discuss the progression of autos, airplanes (are you ready for pilotless airliners?), railroads, space travel, highways, healthcare, education, climate and environment, energy generation, and more. Will this be “Future Perfect”?

Instructor: Douglas Stowell has been a Furman University OLLI instructor in Greenville, SC, since 2015 and in OLLIs across the U.S. since 2018. His background is in corporate market research and public opinion polling. He opened Market Resource Associates in 2008 and continues conducting global consumer and political issues surveys to this day.

1 Thursday: October 20; 4–5:15 p.m.
Format: Virtual
Location: Online


A Senior Cruises the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Aegean Seas

A combination of the sights, sounds, and experiences on the Road Scholars’ “The Aegean Odyssey,” as visits are made from Barcelona to Venice to Athens to Istanbul over an eight-week period. Some travelogs and some sea stories. There will be plenty of time for questions and sharing others’ experiences.

Instructor: Rich Daniels served as President/CEO of McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital for over 28 years before retirement in 2008.

2 Thursdays: October 27–November 3; 4–5:15 p.m.
Format: In-person
Location: Oxford, Boyd Hall, Room 107