Fall Term 2013 - Special Events

We are pleased to offer the following special events for the Fall 2013 term. Special events may include travelogues, art tours, field trips, or cultural outings. Members may participate in an unlimited number of special events if space permits.

OLLI Book Club & Reading Discussion Group

OLLI Book Club & Reading Discussion Group

Dates: Weds. Oct. 2, Mon. Nov. 18, Thurs. Dec. 12
Time: 9:30 am - 11 am
Location: Krauss 113-B

Description: Looking for some thought-provoking conversations about books? Joining the OLLI Book Club is a good way to challenge yourself and find common ground. In these monthly leaderless sessions, everyone has an opportunity to contribute and voice opinions. The Book Club for Fall Term will resume Wednesday, October 2. The book choice for the first session will be announced to enrollees via email or post in September. Please come prepared to discuss the selected book at the first session. Subsequent books to be discussed by the Book Club will be chosen by the group’s participants.

Mere Coincidence? Time as a Medium of Meaning

Mere Coincidence? Time as a Medium of Meaning

Instructor: William Rogers, II, MD, MPH
Date: Weds. Dec. 4 and Fri. Dec. 6
Time: 1 pm - 3 pm
Location: Krauss 113-B
Enrollment limit: 12

Description: The term synchronicity first entered the modern lexicon with Carl Jung’s work on the phenomenology and psychology of meaningful coincidences. Jungian and post-Jungian theories will provide starting points for our exploration of synchronicity - from both personal and theoretical perspectives. We will look beyond the conventional conception of time as an abstract fourth dimension in the physical universe to consider the possibility that time is an active agent of meaning in the inner world of the psyche. Prior to the workshop, participants are encouraged to become familiar with:

Armchair Tour of Spain: Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, and the Basque Country

Armchair Tour of Spain: Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, and the Basque Country

Presenters: Tom Sheeran and Michael Cheang
Date: Monday, Dec. 9
Time: 10 am - 11:30 am
Location: Krauss 111

Description: In this travelogue, we will describe our recent travels in northern and central Spain. The Basque country in the Pyrenees Mountains and on the Atlantic coast is a distinct region that includes areas of southern France. The Basques are noted for their independent nature, resisting domination by outsiders from the time of the ancient Romans to the Franco era of the 20th century. Fierce as they are, the Basque are also welcoming and friendly to visitors, proud to share the beauty of the region and their renowned cuisine. Tour highlights include Bilbao, the industrial city revitalized in recent years by the Guggenheim Museum. Nearby is the sea-side resort of San Sebastian, noted for spectacular ocean views and excellent cuisine. A short drive across the mountainous border into France is the charming town of St. Jean Pied de Port where pilgrims for 1,000 years have begun their long trek to Santiago de Campostella. On the Spanish side of the pass is Pamplona, made famous by Hemingway for the running of the bulls during the festival of San Fermin. In Central Spain we’ll visit the capital city Madrid, home to palaces and museums, including the foremost collection of masterpieces in the Prado, and Picasso’s Guernica at the Museo Reina Sofia. A side trip to Segovia includes views of the impressive Roman aqueduct, as well as a medieval cathedral and royal palace. In Toledo, ancient capital of Visigoth, Moorish, and early Christian kings, we’ll explore where El Greco lived the last half of his life and painted masterpieces that remain treasures of Spain’s artistic heritage.

Anyone with an interest in history, architecture, and art, as well as a keen appreciation for good food, will enjoy this Spanish feast for the senses.

Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice

Presenter: Maria Lowder, World Traveler
Dates: Monday, September 30
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Location: Krauss Hall 111

Description: Iceland’s landscape is stunningly beautiful with deep blue geothermal pools, geysers, steaming sulfur pits, steep fjords, waterfalls, glaciers, icebergs, high deserts, and picturesque fishing villages. In this travel presentation, Maria Lowder will discuss her recent 11-day Summer solstice tour of Iceland - first to Reykjavik, where two-thirds of
the nation’s population lives, then beyond to remote, uninhabitable areas in the highlands and along the coast. Hiking over a moraine, her group took a precarious and challenging walk onto a glacier. As the glaciers melt and shrink from climate change, deep crevasses form and spectacular waterfalls roar over the thinning ice ledges.

Iceland sits on the Mid-Atlantic rift zone with a high concentration of active volcanoes that have erupted often and spectacularly. (In 2010, the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, one of 30 in Iceland, erupted and disrupted air traffic and transportation networks across Europe with thick plumes of ash that traveled hundreds of miles downwind.) Not surprisingly, a large portion of Iceland is underlain by strong geothermal activity that yields a steady supply of hot water to heat homes and provide electricity. The original namesake geyser - Geysir - is in Iceland. In addition to its rugged physical beauty, Iceland is home to many migratory birds, sea life, and wildlife.

Join Maria as she presents photos of her recent trip and relates her impressions of Iceland’s hospitable people and magnificent landscapes.

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