OLLI Observer
August 25, 2019    
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In This Issue
We Remember
Candle burning

Ted McIrvine
August 18, 2019
Be a Class Rep
Want to be a Class Rep in the College for Seniors classroom?
The upcoming Fall Term would be a great time to volunteer.
Just sign up once in the Class Reps database, and you will be contacted the day your course schedule arrives (August 30).
See the informational flyer  HERE, and then Click here for access to a form to sign up to be a class rep.

OLLI Fall 2019 Registration 
Closed for Allocation Process

You may come to the Reuter Center to pick up a print copy.

The OLLI registration system for College for Seniors courses is closed until Tuesday, September 3, 10 a.m. when we begin our first-come, first-served add/drop period.  At that time you may sign up for courses if you have not been part of the initial allocation registration or you may add courses to your schedule.

Important Dates for College for Seniors (CFS)

Fall 2019
  • Schedules will be emailed Friday, August 30 by 4:30 p.m. for everyone who requests courses by Thursday, August 22, noon.
  • Last day to request a full refund for Fall 2019 CFS tuition: Friday, September 13, 3 p.m.
  • Fall term dates: September 16 - November 8, 2019
Winter 2020
  • Winter catalog available: November 1, 2019
  • Winter registration: November 6 -13, 2019
  • Winter term dates: January 13 - February 24, 2020
Parking Update
Details Still Pending

You will be able to pay for your decal through OLLI's online registration system.  We will send an email to let you know when you will be able to register your car through the Rydin system and come to the OLLI office to pick up your decal.

The Rydin system is not yet open for registrationand pickup.  We will send an email with complete details when the system is ready. Please don't attempt to sign up for a decal until the system is set up.  Campus police will not be ticketing in the areas adjacent to the Reuter Center until we are distributing decals.
LAS Government Day with
Mayor Esther Manheimer in City Council Chambers

Leadership Asheville Seniors (LAS)
Spaces Still Available 

LAS provides participants with a multi-faceted view of Asheville and Buncombe Count y. Through discussions with community leaders in distinctive venues, newcomers and longtime residents alike can gain new perspectives and consider ways to contribute their diverse experiences and talents for the good of the communit y. Each day of the nine-week program o ffers an inside r 's view of topics concerning our communit y, including histor y,environment, government, food insecurit y,the arts,the econom y,education, health and povert y.
When: W eekly sessions, Tuesdays, September 10 - November 12, 2019 (Orientation Monday, September 9)
Cost: $400 (scholarships available up to 75%)

Questions? Call 828.250.3871.

LAF Leadership Asheville Forum
Critical Issues Forums Schedule
Leadership Asheville Forum (LAF) encourages its members to become active in the network of community leaders by offering a neutral and focused discussion of important local issues, and by promoting camaraderie and networking among the its members.

The Forum's Critical Issues Luncheons take place 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.   (food service begins at 11:45; program begins at 12:15) at  The  Country Club of Asheville .
The cost is $25 for LAF members, $30 for all others, payable at the door.  Check or cash only.
Please RSVP to Nancy Williams, 828-250-2353
or events@leadershipashevilleforum.com (email preferred), and specify which event you will be attending.

2019 Critical Issues Events

August 28: State of the City and County
Esther Manheimer & Brownie Newman

September 18:  Meet the New Symphony Music Director  Darko Butorac

October 23:  Dogwood Health Trust
Janice Brumit, Lakesha McDay

November 20:  Meet the New County Manager
Avril Pender
December 4:  Annual Gala Holiday Party
Biltmore Lake Clubhouse
  The Forum
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, August 30, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 205

  • August 30: Top ten reasons for impeachment: Is any president above the law?
  • Sept. 6: Current events and selection of topics for September
The weekly Forum encourages a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on a wide variety of topics; the group frequently focuses on current events. All OLLI members are welcome to attend.

SIG Contact: Beth Johnson johnson1ea@earthlink.net
New Member Welcome
Friday, September 13, 10 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Come to the New Member Welcome to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and learn what it means to "grow through life."
NC Stage Behind the Scenes
Friday, September 13, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) was a rebellious young slave, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondge to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War.  He stood at the forefront of an African American political movement and led a historic delegation of black Southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and dmand full rights of citizenship.  He later becamse one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature.  Long hidden from history, Galloway's story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us.

Go behind the scenes of professional theatre with NC Stage Artistic Director and co-founder Charlie Flynn-McIver.  Explore the themes of this season's plays, talk with the actors, directors and designers about production choices and the rehearsal process, and experience a scene or two performed live.  Join us for an insider's view of how theatre happens!

New to Medicare 
Friday, September 13, 2-4 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Are you new to Medicare? Are you confused by the many choices? Unbiased and accurate information is available from trained volunteers from the NC Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program.  The class will provide important information to assist you in understanding how Medicare works and what you need to do to obtain benefits and save money.  Spaces are limited, so reserve your space by registering online at www.coabc.org. In addition, beginning at noon, representatives from the Social Security Administratino will be available to answer questions about Social Security benefits and Medicare enrollment.  They will also provide detailed instructions for gaining access to the Agency's online services at www.socialsecurity.gov.
Fall Theme Term on Appalachia
Special Programs

Dr. David Cozzo
OLLI's theme term on Appalachia includes more than 20 courses that examine Appalachia from a variety of perspectives. To supplement these conversations, we have also planned a number of special presentations, two films and two author talks. All presentations are scheduled for the Reuter Center Manheimer Room.  Events are free and open to everyone, and seating is first-come, first served.

Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m.: Filmmaker David Weintraub will present and discuss his documentary "Guardians of Our Troubled Waters."

Wednesday, October 9, 7 p.m.: Ethnobotanist David Cozzo will discuss the revitalization of traditional Cherokee artisan resources, particularly river cane.

Wednesday, October 16, 7 p.m.: Affrilachian writer Crystal Wilkinson will discuss her work.

Friday, October 25, 7 p.m.: Kentucky writer and activist Silas House will discuss his work

Monday, October 28, 6 p.m.: As part of our Fall Member Social, Rodney Sutton will call a square dance, with live music from the Stoney Creek Boys.

Thursday, November  7, 9-11 a.m. OLLI Community Conversation on the theme term.
Whether you took classes, taught one or participated in other Appalachia programs of OLLI, come and share your experience.

Please mark your calendars to attend these wonderful programs. All programs are free and open to everyone and are funded by our Osher Foundation Endowment.

It's Showtime
New OLLI Special Interest Group (SIG)
Friday, September 27, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center 120
Calling all writers, poets, singers, musicians, dancers, actors for the new SIG in town: It's Showtime!
Here is your opportunity to create, perform and have fun with other fun-loving OLLI members. Do you love to write but are too shy to perform? No problem. Plenty of show-offs will love to hog the limelight. The topic of this year's show is aging. We'll make 'em laugh. We'll make 'em cry.
If you play an instrument, we want you!
This new SIG starts with an organizational meeting, Friday, September 27, 11:30 a.m. in Room 120. Can't make that time but want to be included? Not a problem. We can arrange other times and places after the initial meeting.  
SIG contact: Lindsay Leghorn 773-332-3327 ljleghorn@gmail.com

Law Enforcement Forum
Friday, September 27, 4-6 p.m.
 Reuter Center Manheimer Room, the 

OLLI's Inclusion Committee will host a Law Enforcement Forum with Asheville Police Department Chief Chris Bailey, UNC Asheville Vice Chancellor for Public Safety Eric Boyce, and Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller. The panel will address the continuing evolution and challenges of policing and the ways that their departments work together to promote public safety throughout our community. The panel will be moderated by OLLI member Allen Brailsford and there will be time for questions from the audience.

OLLI's Inclusion Committee promotes inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds in all OLLI programs and partners with people from diverse backgrounds to offer culturally rich programs, activities and events in hopes of positioning OLLI and its members as allies in supporting local efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive community.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Men's Wisdom Works 
Special Interest Group (SIG)

Men's Wisdom Works Special Interest Group consists of small groups, typically around 8-12 men, that meet twice a month to discuss common issues and challenges faced by men living in retirement. Groups socialize over breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and other social activities.

Our bottom-line is to enhance the health, well-being, and lifestyle of retired men through friendships and learning from each other to discuss issues of personal importance.  Confidentiality is standard practice.

To learn more or to sign up on our wait list contact:  Patrick Irwin at  jobshoppat@aol.com


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Volunteer Opportunity With 
Read 2 Succeed
The Fall 2019 Training Schedule is available on the Read2Succeed website. Click here.
Read2Succeed   Asheville/ Buncombe  is a local  non-profit  whose mission is " to inspire and teach children to read."  The group needs caring, supportive individuals who are interested in tutoring an elementary school student one hour, one to two days a week during the school year. Training and ongoing support are provided. 

  Email:  julie.claywell@r2sasheville.org
Phone: 910-619-4313

Dear OLLI Members,
We are sad to report the passing of Ted McIrvine.  Ted was a Renaissance man, teaching courses on physics, literature and classical music.  He was also one of our regular bridge players and part of that community of caring friends. In addition to being part of the OLLI community, he wrote for CVNC: An Online Arts Journal in North Carolina, conveying his love of music and performance.  Ted loved learning and sharing what he knew, and we will miss him.

We are just finishing our Paths to Creative Retirement workshop that brings people from around the country to plan for the transition from work to retirement and suggesting all the exciting possibilities of this part of life. Many thanks to OLLI members Bill Carpenter, Carla Greenfield, Dave Greenfield, Rebecca Heartz, John McGrann, Marc Miller, Lori Postal, and Chris Skoczynski, who provide wise facilitation throughout the weekend and to Hannah Furgiuele for organizing the program. 

We have just completed our intial registration period for Fall 2019; we will send schedules on Friday, August 30, late in the afternoon and will begin add/drop on Tuesday, September 3, 10 a.m. We will begin distribution of parking decals beginning on Wednesday, September 4 and will send an email with complete instructions later this week. Many thanks to Frankie Keller who took on the work of managing registration details and to all of the volunteers who helped throughout the week, and to Lynn Spaight, who has come out of retirement to help us through this time of change.  It was wonderful to watch the work of a team in transition.

UNC Asheville has just completed their first week of classes for undergraduates, the second year for our chancellor Nancy Cable and the first for Provost Kai Campbell. Please note the many wonderful learning opportunities offered throughout our university, many right here at OLLI. If you are having trouble reading the full newsletter, be sure to click on the link at the top of this email that allows you to view the entire document in a browser or click on links in the "table of contents" to the left to read complete blocks of text.

Remember that this is your community. If you have questions or suggestions or would like to serve on a committee or volunteer, please let us know by responding to this email,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

Calendar Reminders

OLLI and the Reuter Center will be closed from Friday, August 30, 5 p.m. through Tuesday, September 3, 8 a.m. to commemorate Labor Day. All Monday meetings, events and Special Interest Groups are canceled.  
Our Fall 2019 registration begins again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 10 a.m.

Your Chance to Help with OLLI's New Online Community,  OLLIChat
A small group of volunteers is making progress on a successor online forum to OLLITalk. Can you help us?  We are looking for 


Volunteer moderators who are:

  • Committed to building our OLLI community  
  • Computer literate - for example: you posted messages to the old OLLITalk site; you know how to copy and paste elements in a document; you are comfortable using multiple tabs on a PC or Mac; you are familiar with Gmail
  • Comfortable writing responses
  • Available an hour a day for a few days/week

An expert in free Google Groups who can advise us on what we can and cannot do in Google Groups.


Someone to lead our membership drive efforts who is:  

  • Committed to building community
  • Organized, a quick learner and a self-starter
  • Experienced with online forums, ideally OLLITalk
  • Computer literate - as described above in volunteer moderators
  • Available several hours/week, especially over the next month or two
If any of these describe you, please contact us at  OLLIChatAvl@gmail.com , providing your phone number and which role interests you. We'll call you back to fill in details.

CFS Instructors: It's Time for SkillTalks 
Tuesday, September 3, 8:30 a.m. - Noon

Thinking about teaching a College for Seniors course? On Tuesday, September 3, SkillTalks will offer workshops on developing a good course proposal, revisions to the process, and the importance of honing your Listening Skills in the classroom. Plus more.  

This is an excellent opportunity for instructors to enhance their current skills or learn new ones alongside other College for Seniors instructors! Coffee and breakfast snacks will be included.  

The course proposal deadline for the Spring 2020 term is November 1.
Find proposal form at  https://tinyurl.com/cfsSPRING20

If you are interested in participating in SkillTalks, please fill out the RSVP & workshop sign up form by CLICKING HERE.

To see what's planned, please Click Here.
High Cost of Rx: A Forum Discussion
Sponsored by AARP
Thursday, August 29, 10 a.m. to noon

If you are worried about affording the medications your doctors prescribe, you are not alone. The price of brand-named drugs continues to skyrocket, outpacing inflation by around 400 percent in recent years.  That is why AARP in the Mountain Region and community partners are hosting a forum to help you reign in soaring prescription drug prices. Learn about strategies to lower your prices and ways we, as voters, can fight for more affordable medications. AARP will be joined by representatives of the NC General Assembly, the Council on Aging of Buncombe County,  and pharmacist at the Mountain Area Health Education Center.

This event is free and open to everyone.

The Autumn Players Readers Theatre
Arms and the Man 
by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Jim Reid

Sunday, September 1, 2:30 p.m. /  Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Often viewed as Shaw's wittiest play, this is a borderline farce that will stimulate serious thinking about the nature of both romance and war. What is Raina to do when she finds that an enemy soldier has taken refuge in her room? What will her fiancee say? The plot, of course, thickens! 

The Autumn Players (affiliated with Asheville Community Theatre) is a troupe of seasoned actors dedicated to taking the theatre experience into the community. Their words jump from the page with conviction and emotion, and these actors make their stories come to life. T ickets are $7 at the door.
The Astronomy Club of Asheville
Thursday, September 5,  7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

"The Habitability of Ocean Worlds and NASA's Europa Clipper Mission"
presented by 
North Carolina State University

Jupiter's moon Europa, is now a leading candidate for finding microbial extraterrestrial life in our solar system.  Europa is slightly larger than the earth's moon and has the smoothest surface of any solid object in our solar system. Covered with cracks and streaks and almost completely devoid of impact craters, previous missions to Jupiter discovered evidence of water geysers erupting from within its surface. Scientists now believe that Europa is covered by an icy crust with a liquid water ocean underneath. Given that water is a prerequisite for all life found on earth, exploration of the icy moon could yield fascinating results.

This is the genesis of NASA's  Europa Clipper mission. With a proposed launch date of 2023, the spacecraft would undergo a series of flybys to study the moon and to prepare for a possible future Europa lander. As a planetary geologist, Dr. Byrne will give insight into why scientists are interested in ocean worlds and how the Europa Clipper mission aims to  provide answers to that eternal question: are we alone?

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of each month, from 7- 9 p.m., (except for January and July), with an interesting lineup of speakers and topics. OLLI members may attend club meetings and stargazes, with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena. Meetings are scheduled for September 5, October 3, and December 3, 2019. For more information on the Astronomy Club of Asheville, visit their website at www.astroasheville.org

Sierra Club
"City and County Efforts 
to Fight Climate Change"
with Brownie Newman and Julie Mayfield

Thursday, September 5, 7 p.m. 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1 Edwin Place (corner of Edwin and Charlotte Street in Asheville)

Brownie Newman, chair of the Buncombe County Commissioners and Julie Mayfield, Asheville City Council member, will talk about our community's 100% renewable energy resolutions and how to accomplish them.

This Sierra Club event is free and open to everyone. Contact: Judy Mattox:  j udymattox@sbcglobal.net or  828-683-2176    

Carolinas' Nature 
Photographers Association
Sunday, September 8, 5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet
6 p.m. program
Reuter Center Room 206

Barry Spruce, a professional photographer from Townsend, TN, will offer tips and techniques for shooting images of birds.

The Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA)--Asheville Region helps members more fully experience the beauty of Western North Carolina through photography. The group offers monthly meetings, photo outings, seminars, workshops, exhibits, photo contests, and image critiques. 

To find our more visit http://asheville.cnpa-regions.org/

This meeting is free and open to everyone.
    World Affairs Council
Tuesday , September 10, 7:30 p.m.     
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
"Cold War Redux: Cuba in the Trump Era"
Speaker: Jon Elliston

Jon Elliston is an Asheville-based journalist and historian. The former managing editor of the Mountain Xpress, he's currently the senior editor at WNC Magazine. He's visited Cuba frequently since the 1990s, most recently in May, and has written extensively about U.S.-Cuban relations.

World Affairs Council (WAC) lectures and discussions aim to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina's global ties. Meetings offer a lively line up of topics
and compelling presenters. OLLI members receive a discount on WAC annual membership fee. Lectures are free to WAC members and UNC Asheville undergraduate students. All others are $10 at the door. 

For more details about programs, consult the WAC website, www.main.nc.us/wac/

This year's fall series at the Reuter Center includes the following 
Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Katherine Grenier on "Britain, Brexit, and Beyond"

Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m. Consul General Nadia Theodore of Canada's South-Eastern Consulate in Atlanta will speak on "Canada-U.S. Trade Relationship: A 21st Century Partnership"

Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. UNC Asheville Philosophy Department Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Keya Maitra will speak on  "India: Modi Begins His Second Term"

You Have to Start a Thing: 
North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers 
Thursday and Friday, September 12-13
Lord Auditorium, Pack Memorial Library
67 Haywood Street, Downtown Asheville      

UNC Asheville's Department of History, the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, and the North Carolina Room at Pack Memorial Library will present a two-day symposium, "You Have to Start a Thing: North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers," Thursday and Friday, September 12-13.

The symposium will celebrate the achievements of women in Western North Carolina and examine their impact on breaking down barriers in North Carolina and the nation.

Events in the symposium include a keynote by Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson, Mott Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies and Director of Africana Women's Studies at Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, Thursday, September 12, 6 p.m.On Friday, September 13, speakers will present throughout the day at Lord Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m., concluding at 5 p.m. The symposium will conclude with a reception at Cultivated Cocktails and a lecture by Dr. Dan Pierce, "Daring Amazonian Women: North Carolina Women Moonshiners." 

Events are free and open to everyone. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Seating capacity is limited.  Click here to register for all events associated with "You Have to Start a Thing."

Wilma Dykeman Legacy 
Lecture and Book Discussion Series
Four Great WNC Memoirs 
and Their Authors!

 Eight evenings
September 12- December 12,
7-8 p.m.
West Asheville Public Library
942 Haywood Road, Asheville

Everyone has a story. Many of us attempt to put our story in writing. Some of
us get published. An even smaller number can take credit for having written something of  lasting value.

On eight evenings from September to December, in the West Asheville Public Library  meeting room at 942 Haywood Road just off Patton Avenue, the Wilma Dykeman Legacy  will celebrate four memoirs of lasting value from the mountains of Western North Carolina.
 Through four lectures and four book discussions the  following writers will be featured:

Up from These Hills
Thursday, September 12:   Talk by Michael Lambert, member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a ssociate professor of African studies and anthropology, UNC Chapel Hill, featuring  Up From These Hills, by Leonard Carson Lambert as told to his son Michael Lambert
Wednesday, September 18:  Book discussion of Up From These Hills

Hill of Beans
Thursday, October 10:  Talk by John Snyder, former executive director of Morgan Stanley who grew up near  Brevard, NC and with his aunts in Greenville, SC, featuring his memoir Hill of Beans - which  his father told him he would never amount to
Wednesday, October 16:  Book discussion of Hill of Beans, with the author as participant

Fresh Water from Old Wells
Thursday, November 14:  Talk by Cindy McMahon, member of the Asheville School Board, who grew up in Koinonia, Georgia; Cabbagetown in Atlanta; and Celo, NC, featuring her memoir Fresh Water from Old  Wells
Wednesday, November 20:  Book discussion of Fresh Water from Old Wells, with the author as participant

Flat Broke with Two Goats
Thursday, December 12:  Talk by Jennifer McGaha, Lecturer at UNC Asheville,  featuring her memoir Flat Broke with Two Goats
Wednesday, December 18:  Book discussion of Flat Broke with Two Goats

Twenty copies of each memoir are available for advance purchase, with remaining copies
available for purchase at the events, at the following prices: $20 for Up From These Hills and
Hills of Beans as a pair; $12 for Fresh Water from Old Wells; and $12 for Flat Broke with Two
Goats. Plus $5 shipping. Order from stokely.jim@gmail.com.

About the Wilma Dykeman Legacy
The Wilma Dykeman Legacy is a tax-exempt non-profit organization founded in 2012 to  sustain and promote Wilma Dykeman's values by sponsoring workshops, events, and other  programs. The core values of this extraordinary woman from Buncombe County included  environmental integrity, social justice, and the power of the written and spoken word. For  more information, visit www.wilmadykemanlegacy.org.
Financial Strategies in Retirement 
Special Interest Group Meeting
Friday, September 13,  1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

Annual Open Question and Answer Forum

This group is geared towards people who already have a basic knowledge of finance and investment strategies and wish to share problems and solutions. The group often invites guest speakers to address concerns identified by our members.  We do not invest as a group, but hope to inform members of opportunities that may interest them. We will also discuss major challenges to financial security in retirement.  Any current member of OLLI is invited to attend any session which may be of interest.

Greater Asheville Science for All Book Club
"The Mysteries of Chimney Swifts"
Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 206

The principal selection for the Greater Asheville Science-For-All Bookclub, (GASFAB), for September is Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature is Thriving in An Age of Extinction by Chris D. Thomas. 

The "deeper dive" selection is the Kingdom of Rarities by Eric Dinerstein. Both are available at Malaprops Bookstore and Café at a 10% discount for GASFAB participants.

GASFAB meets every other month and our next gathering is Wednesday, September 18th, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Refreshments will we served, and new members are welcome. For more information, visit Facebook, (Greater Asheville Science-For-All), or contact our Acting Coordinator, Rachel Muir at dr.nature@gmail.com.
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society
"The Mysteries of Chimney Swifts"
Thursday, September 19, 7:30 - 9 pm
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Join us for a fascinating program on the mysteries of chimney Swifts-presented by Curtis Smalling, Director of Conservation for Audubon North Carolina. This program is just in time for the annual Chimney Swift migration and our Swift Night Out on September 26 - location and time TBA. 

The mission of the Elisha Mitchell chapter of the National Audubon Society is to protect birds and their habitats and to promote an awareness and appreciation of nature.  EMAS schedules educational programs on the third Tuesday of the month.  To learn more about EMAS, click here to visit their website.

EMAS programs are free and open to the public
Start Your Summer Reading to Prepare for a Talk by 
StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay
Thursday, September 19, 7:30 - 9 pm
UNC Asheville Campus, Lipinsky Auditorium

Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps and author of five books, will give a free public talk on Thursday, September 19, in Lipinsky Auditorium. 
Isay's most recent book based on StoryCorps interviews, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, is summer reading for first-year UNC Asheville students. 

Isay, a radio producer, began what grew into StoryCorps in 2003 with a story recording booth in New York City. StoryCorps, with a mission "to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world," now has story booths in different cities, and mobile story booths that travel the country.

Fab Friday
"The Opioid Crisis in Older Adults" 
with Blake Fagan
Friday, September 20, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

This presentation includes an overview of the opioid crisis on both a national and local level, paying special attention to why and how the crisis has had an impact on older adults. We will also address how to safely treat acute and chronic pain and substance use disorders. 

Blake Fagan is the chief education officer and a family physician at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville. He is also a clinical consultant for the opioid crisis at the CDC Foundation in North Carolina. This lecture is part of the Health Education Series.

For Fab Fridays members and guests are invited to socialize and then listen to presentations and question and answer sessions.  Purchase lunch in our reuter Cafe, or bringyour own brown bag. These programs are free and open to everyone.


STEM Lecture
" Science vs. Science Denial"
by Howard Jaslow
Monday, September 23, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
This is the first in a series of lectures on "Science vs. Science Denial". This series is especially  important today in light of the current state of science denial, which is having a detrimental  effect on health, the environment and the progress of science.  Covered in this lecture will be the sciences denied, denial factors, and the organizations  denying science and their denial strategy. Then, those advocating for science and their  approaches will be presented. Finally, for the sciences and technologies that are accepted as  valid, there will be a discussion on science constraints with respect to long term concerns,
ethics and dangerous consequences if pursued.

Subsequent lectures will go into more detail on the value and importance of science, climate  change, vaccination, evolution, and ethics.

UNC Asheville Farm-to-Table Dinner on the Quad
"Home Sweet Home"
Monday, September 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
UNC Asheville Main Quad

UNC Asheville's fifth annual Farm-to-Table Dinner will be guest-hosted by MkoMosé (Andrew Judge), with the theme of "Home Sweet Home," and a menu featuring wild and indigenous foods, complemented by our annual array of campus-grown produce and locally produced delicacies. The dinner takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 on the UNC Asheville Quad. MkoMose will also offer the keynote lecture for Greenfest on Tuesday, September 24. We will provide further details and ticket information when they become available.

Our theme for the 2019 dinner and Fall Greenfest as a whole will be HOME SWEET HOME. How do we come to understand what "home" is to each of us? Who belongs and who doesn't? What would it look it to re-inhabit the places we live in ways that connect us to each other, this land, and the living world that surrounds and includes us?

MkoMosé is a professor and coordinator of Indigenous Studies at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Ontario, Canada. He specializes in traditional indigenous knowledge and works with Elders across North America to support "the conscious awakening of his students and himself." Judge is an initiated Mayan day-count keeper and regularly participates in the ancient ceremonial practices of his Anishinaabe ancestors.
He is currently developing programming in Indigenous land-based practices and invites his students to work with traditional medicines and foods to learn the ways of the ancestors. 

Presented by UNC Asheville's Office of Sustainability and the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, the Farm-to-Table Dinner is part of Fall Greenfest, the university's semi-annual celebration of environment and sustainability.  Ticket information and online reservations will soon be available at the  Office of Sustainability website .

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