Thursday Courses

Thank You for Another Great Semester!

As we entered our 25th year, our instructors, volunteers, and members assisted in making the spring semester an overwhelming success. With a desire to continually innovate and meet our students where they are, we are proud to announce that in addition to in-person classes, virtual and hybrid courses will continue to be offered for the foreseeable future.

We look forward to seeing you for the fall 2022 semester, as we continue the celebration of ILR’s 25th anniversary!

20th Century Music: Six Major Styles

Each week we will focus on a certain style of music from the 20th century, including: big bands bring back the brass; pre-rock ’n’ roll country and western and blues; the rock ’n’ roll icons of the mid-to-late 50s; the early 60s folk to folk rock; the best of the 60s, Orbison, the Beatles, the Beach Boys; and the best of the late 60s and 70s.

Instructor: Gary Ruff has enjoyed teaching over 50 seminars for OLLI at the University of Dayton. Gary owns a collection of over 5000 records, many of which are from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

6 Thursdays: March 31–May 5; 9:00–10:15 a.m.
Format: Classroom
Location: West Chester, VOALC, Room 127
NOTE: Course extends post-term


The Cat's Meow: Dress in the 1920s and Beyond

From the sedate fashions of the Gibson girls to the wild styles of the flappers, women's clothing changed dramatically between 1900 and 1930. What prompted this fashion revolution? Did men's clothing change radically too? And what happened when the Roaring Twenties ended? This four-session class will explore the many social, cultural, and technological factors that influenced the evolution of dress for both men and women from 1900-1940, with an emphasis on the 1920s.

Instructor: Sara Butler is a retired Miami University Art professor and the volunteer costume curator at the Butler County Historical Society. She is currently on the boards of the historical society and ILR and is vice-chair of the ILR Curriculum Committee.

4 Thursdays: March 31–April 21; 9:00–10:15 a.m.
Format: Virtual
Location: Online


Code Red for Humanity: Ringing the Bell

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There will be a huge cost for humanity if climate change is allowed to continue unchecked. Limits have been passed, natural cycles have been damaged, and life-sustaining resources are in jeopardy of collapse. Recovery is not only about switching to alternative energy sources; our lives must and will change. What are we going to do as a society and what can you do as an individual? Join us for a series of discussions concerning this urgent topic.

Instructors: Ben Mattox is a retired biology teacher from Talawanda High School. Since retiring he has been active in teaching for ILR, acting for OxAct, and coordinating a book club for Three Valley Conservation Trust. Karl Mattox is retired from the Botany department at Miami University and also served as Dean of the College of Arts and Science. Mark Boardman is retired from the Geology department and former director of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability program at Miami University. Mark serves on the board of Three Valley Conservation Trust and also with the City of Oxford Climate Change committee.

5 Thursdays: March 31–April 28; 9:00–10:15 a.m.
Format: Hybrid
Location: Online or Oxford, Boyd Hall, Room 217


The Plays of Eugene O'Neill

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of two of Nobel Laureate in Literature Eugene O'Neill’s works: The Hairy Ape and Anna Christie (which won one of the four Pulitzer Prizes awarded to O'Neill over his lengthy career). This course will focus on in-class discussions of these two works, as well as O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones, Beyond the Horizon, and A Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Class texts: Any copy of Four Plays by Eugene O’Neill (available online and via public libraries and booksellers); any copy of A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (available hard copy, paperback, or via Kindle).

Instructor: Michael Griffith, Professor Emeritus of Theatre, is the former chair of the ILR Board of Directors.

5 Thursdays: March 31–April 28; 10:45 a.m.–noon
Format: Virtual
Location: Online


The Evolution of Doo-Wop and Classic Vocal Groups

Let’s compare music from some of the greatest Doo-Wop groups such as the Ink Spots, Andrews Sisters, Flamingos, Four Aces, Five Satins, and many others. Let’s focus on harmony to discover what made these classic groups great. Recorded music and vintage video will also be presented, and the class will be surveyed on their favorites.

Instructor: Gary Ruff has enjoyed teaching over 50 seminars for OLLI at the University of Dayton. Gary owns a collection of over 5,000 records, many of which are from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

6 Thursdays: March 31–May 5; 10:45 a.m.–noon
Format: Classroom
Location: West Chester, VOALC, Room 127
NOTE: Course extends post-term


Let’s Talk Patho

Have you ever wanted to know about coronary artery disease, COPD, diabetes, stroke, or kidney disease? If so, then come sit in! We'll go over the normal function of the body systems, and then highlight what goes wrong and how it leads to disease.

Instructor: Jill Russell, Assistant Teaching Professor in Biology, Miami University, teaches human anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.

5 Thursdays: March 31–April 28; 10:45 a.m.–noon
Format: Classroom
Location: Oxford, Boyd Hall, Room 117


Your Unique Landscape

New and intermediate artists alike will enjoy creating a landscape as we learn to paint the sky, mountains, trees, and a stream. Each student will pick each of these elements from the photos provided.

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 and the Arts Alliance Painters.

5 Thursdays: March 31–April 28; 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Format: Classroom
Location: West Chester, VOALC, Room 123
Supplies: The supply list will be emailed upon registration.


Vaccines and the Diseases They Protect Us From: Part 2

We will continue our discussion of vaccines, including how they work and the history of how they have been used to prevent infectious diseases in humans. We will also discuss the impact of recent anti-vaccine movements and the disease outbreaks they have fostered. In addition to cholera, COVID-19, influenza, pneumonia, polio, rabies, and tetanus, we will discuss other diseases of interest with course participants. Part 1 of this series, held in the fall of 2019, is not a prerequisite for attending this course.

Instructor: John Stevenson, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, retired from Miami in 2015 after 41 years of teaching and research focused on immunology and infectious diseases.

5 Thursdays: March 31–April 28; 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Format: Virtual
Location: Online


Human Development as Taught Through Popular Songs

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Lifespan human development has been taught primarily through textbooks, scholarly articles, and other written materials. However, its stages, issues, and growth experiences also can be described through many of the popular songs that have been published in the past 100 years. The instructor will discuss various stages of life using popular songs to describe them. Students also will share songs that have been especially meaningful in their own development at various life stages. By investigating these music/life connections, students will gain a deeper experience of their own development as well as that of family and friends.

Instructor: Doris Bergen, Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology Emerita at Miami University and former department chair, is also a Miami University Distinguished Scholar, having published twelve books and over 60 refereed articles and book chapters.

5 Thursdays: March 31–April 28; 12:30–1:45 p.m.
Format: Virtual
Location: Online


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.

Instructors: 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. Ingrid Schreiber came to Oxford in 1989. Ingrid is Program/Activity Coordinator at Oxford Seniors.

5 Thursdays: March 31–April 28; 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Format: Classroom
Location: Oxford Seniors, Glass Studio
Supply fee: $10.00, payable on the first day of class


RAGE: Discovering Together Homer's Iliad

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The Greek poet Homer’s Iliad covers some fifty 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

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.

Instructor: Judith de Luce, Professor Emerita in Classics, Miami University. Though officially a Latinist who wrote her dissertation on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, 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.”

5 Thursdays: March 31–April 28; 2:15–3:30 pm
Format: Virtual
Location: Online


Live Longer: Yes. Live Better?

There is no doubt that we are now living longer than our ancestors. The question is, can we live better, fuller lives than seniors have experienced in the past? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’ if we follow the common-sense principles outlined in the Seven Dimensions of Senior Wellness.

Instructor: Roy Franchi was born in London, England. In 1950, he joined the U.K. division of Procter & Gamble as a sales representative and eventually became Director of Sales and Distribution. Today his primary interests are the aging process, new approaches to retirement, and whole-person wellness.

1 Thursday: March 31; 2:15–3:30 pm
Format: Classroom
Location: West Chester, VOALC, Room 116


Egypt in the Eyes of its Lovers

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt? Did you dream of visiting Egypt as a child? Your dream will come true as we virtually explore the ancient land of Egypt and learn its geography, history, culture, and people. We will travel through nearly 5000 years from the settlement of the Nile to the creation of the first state to the middle and late pharaonic kingdoms. We will study Egypt’s interactions with Africa and the Middle East, the Hellenic and Roman times, the Christian Era, Islamic times, and how these eras have shaped modern Egypt.

Instructor: Noha Eyada graduated as a medical doctor in Egypt specializing in oncology and hematology. Noha currently works at Hoxworth Blood Donation Centers through the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing a degree in psychology through Sinclair Community College.

5 Thursdays: April 7–May 5; 2:15–3:30 pm
Format: Classroom
Location: West Chester, VOALC, Room 128
NOTE: Late start date