Monday Courses

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Courses begin on October 4th. This fall, we’re pleased to offer in-person, hybrid, and virtual courses. We look forward to having you join us.

Hurry! Registration closes on September 28th.

All courses are scheduled in local (Ohio) time, which currently follows Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Note that EDT ends on November 7, 2021.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Health: Beginner

This course includes exercises and background information showing how Tai Chi improves balance, energy, and coordination. Qi Gong breathing exercises decrease stress and improve relaxation and sleep. The class will include the following: warm-up deep breathing exercises, Zen walking for balance, stretching exercises, and Five Element Tai Chi Form (includes all the above). Classes are supplemented by other online live lessons and recorded videos that can be accessed through For a more advanced class, see Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Health: Level Two (next column). You’re welcome to register for both courses.

Instructor: Larry C. Bobbert, founder of Tai Chi Village, has 50+ years of martial arts experience and has presented in 35 states and on four continents.

6 Mondays: October 4–November 8, 9:00–10:00am
Format: Virtual
Location: Online
NOTE: Course extends post term

Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids: Everything You Need to Know

Hearing loss and hearing aids can be intimidating and scary for individuals with hearing loss and their families. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We will learn the signs of hearing loss, types of hearing loss, what to expect during a hearing screening or test, communication tips, speech reading tips, and all about hearing aids and assistive devices. Everyone is welcome—no diagnosis of hearing loss is required.

Instructor: Dr. Chip Hahn, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Audiology Education, Miami University, is a practicing audiologist and speech pathologist with over 30 years of experience.

5 Mondays: October 4–November 1, 9:00–10:15am
Format: Classroom
M.U. Police Services Center, Room 123

America in the 1970s: The Decade that Brought Us Modern Life

Star Wars and Watergate, deindustrialization and disco, Nightline and Saturday Night Live, the end of the Vietnam War and start of Apple Computer Co., the passage of Title IX and the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment, the imposition of oil embargos and the invention of designer jeans. So much happened in the 1970s that still resonates with us today. We will look back 50 years to explore the decade that is an underappreciated turning point in recent American history.

Instructor: Rob Schorman, Professor Emeritus of History, Miami University, retired in 2019 after two decades as a faculty member and administrator on Miami’s Middletown campus.

5 Mondays: October 4–November 1, 9:00–10:15am
Format: Hybrid
Location: Online or M.U. Art Museum, Auditorium

Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Health: Level Two

Level Two is designed to follow previous online and in-person classes. Previous participants are welcome to join us for a refresher by taking our Beginner Level course again (see preceding column) and then staying online for Level Two, or take only Level Two to continue healthy exercise.

Level Two continues and refines exercises learned in the Beginner Level course, adds additional video guests, and begins the 24 Postures Form which was submitted by China for inclusion in the Olympics. Health benefits of Level Two include a better understanding of the Beginner Level course exercises as well as learning the first part of the 24 Postures Form practiced by millions around the world.

Instructor: Larry C. Bobbert, founder of Tai Chi Village, has 50+ years of martial arts experience and has presented in 35 states and on four continents.

6 Mondays: October 4–November 8, 10:45–11:45am
Format: Virtual
Location: Online
NOTE: Course extends post term

100 Years Later: Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence

This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Age of Innocence winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first female novelist to win this distinguished prize. In this course, we will read Wharton’s celebrated novel, learn more about its writing and initial appearance (serialized in Pictorial Review), consider both popular and scholarly responses to it, and look at how the novel has remained in the public consciousness through film adaptations such as the well-known Hollywood production and more recent theatrical adaptations.

Class text: Any copy of The Age of Innocence

Instructor: Marianne Cotugno, Professor of English, Miami University

5 Mondays: October 4–November 1, 10:45–noon
Format: Virtual
Location: Online

Miami's Art Museum Up Close

This course highlights art and artifacts currently on display in one of the Art Museum’s five exhibition galleries.

October 4 – Now & Then: Art Faculty & Alumni Exhibition Overview – Jason Shaiman, Miami University Art Museum Curator of Exhibitions

October 11 – The Making of Now & Then: Creating the Art Faculty & Alumni ExhibitionLogan Bowers, Miami University Art Museum Curatorial Intern, Spring 2021, and Jason Shaiman

October 18 – Horsing Around in Galleries 4 & 5Laura Stewart, Miami University Art Museum Collections Manager/Registrar

October 25Docent's Choice – Miami University Art Museum Docent

November 1Docent's Choice – Miami University Art Museum Docent

Coordinators: Laura Stewart, Collections Manager/Registrar, Miami University Art Museum, and Jason Shaiman, Curator of Exhibitions, will be shepherding Miami University Art Museum’s well-received “Up Close” ILR Series with the help of the MUAM Docent Corps.

5 Mondays: October 4–November 1; 10:45am – noon
Format: Hybrid
 Online or M.U. Art Museum, Auditorium

Midday Lecture Series

Each Monday the Midday Lecture Series presents a speaker who will discuss a topic of interest and importance. Feel free to bring an optional brown bag lunch and enjoy this ILR tradition online or in person.

October 4 Nature in Your Backyard – Hays Cummins is Professor Emeritus of Geography and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Western Program.

October 11 – The Myaamia Center: Local and National Impact – Daryl Baldwin (Kinwalaniihsia), Director of Miami University’s Myaamia Center, is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.

October 18 – U.S.-Mexico Border: It Matters. It Matters to You! – Andrew Carey is the Executive Director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership.

October 25Police-Community Relations: Review and Reform – Amber Franklin, Associate Professor of Audiology and Speech, is a member of Oxford’s Police Community Relations & Review Commission.

November 1Climate Change, You, and Your Local Government – Chantel Raghu serves on Oxford City Council and is a veterinarian in local practice.

Coordinator: Charles Ganelin is Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese, Miami University. Charles serves on ILR’s Curriculum Committee and Tech Team.

5 Mondays: March 29–April 26; 12:30 –1:45 pm
Format: Hybrid
 Online or M.U. Art Museum, Auditorium

More Real Stories of the American Revolution

Have you ever wondered what the experiences were of the “forgotten heroes” who fought in the Revolutionary War? What do French royalty, French musketeers, seven battles of the American Revolution, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and countless patriots all have in common? The answer: Marquis de Lafayette. America’s favorite fighting Frenchman had strong influences on all of them. This course will be an integration of both military history and human interest.

Instructor: Mark Holland is an Iraq war veteran, a member of Sons of the American Revolution, a member and writer for American Friends of Lafayette, and an American Revolution living history reenactor.

5 Mondays: October 4–November 1; 12:30–1:45 pm
Format: Virtual

A Retrospective on the 1920s, Part One: Politics and Economics

Sometimes called the “roaring twenties” or “golden twenties,” the 1920s were a pivotal decade in the history of the U.S., Europe, and Soviet Union. Part One of this two-semester retrospective, which will be held in the fall of 2021, will focus on politics and economics; Part Two, in the spring of 2022, will highlight culture and the arts.

October 4Il Duce and the Prisoner: Mussolini and Gramsci: Fascism and Communism in the 20s and 20th CenturySante Matteo, Professor Emeritus of Italian

October 11Germany’s First Democracy, and its Discontents – Erik Jensen, Associate Professor of History

October 18What “£500 and a Room of One’s Own” Signified in the Late 1920s: Virginia Woolf, Gender, and EconomicsMadelyn Detloff, Professor and Chair, Department of English, and Professor of Global and Intercultural Studies

October 25Consumer Culture in the 1920s Susan Spellman, Associate Professor of History

November 1Divided We Fall: American Society and the Great CrashRob Schorman, Professor Emeritus of History

Coordinators: Sara Butler, Professor Emerita of Art, Miami University, is vice-chair of the ILR Curriculum Committee. William J. Gracie, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English and former Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University, is chair of the ILR Curriculum Committee.

5 Mondays: October 4–November 1; 2:15–3:30 pm
Format: Hybrid
Location: Online or M.U. Art Museum, Auditorium

How Broadway Musical Comedy became Musical Theater

Before 1943, Broadway musicals were primarily escapist entertainment with a lot of singing and dancing and not much story. Gradually musicals began to rely more on stories with music integrated into the plot. Through film clips and discussion, we’ll explore that transition by featuring music and shows by George M. Cohan, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Lerner and Loewe, Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Stephen Schwartz, and others.

Instructor: Doug Iden is a big fan of musical theater and enjoys talking with other devotees.

5 Mondays: October 4–November 1; 2:15–3:30 pm
Format: Virtual
Location: Online