OLLI Observer
February 17, 2019    
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In This Issue
John Plant
World Affairs Council
Great Decisions Series

"The Rise of Populism in Europe"
John Plant

Tuesday, February 19,  7:30 p.m.
Reuter Center  Manheimer Room 

John Plant, a defense analyst and scholar of demographics and population change, will examine the role of immigration as a driver of BREXIT and the rise of populist and far-right parties in Europe, and the implications of these political shifts for the U.S. Plant, who has a doctorate in public policy from George Mason University, was a 20-year active-duty officer in the U.S. Army and served as an advisor to the Czech Republic's Ministry of Defense. He now works at Kriticos Solutions Group as a proposal author for defense contractors.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate and learn about international affairs, national security and U.S. foreign policy.

These lectures are free to WAC members and undergraduate students, and $10 at the door for all other participants.  OLLI members receive a discount on WAC membership. 


Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Finding new homes for used goods and supporting Habitat for Humanity

MANNA Foodbank
Working to end hunger and food insecurity in WNC

Make A Difference!

Reading Buddy Training
Wednesday and Thursday,
February 20 and 21 and 
Wednesday,  March 13, 
1-3:30 p.m.

Read To Succeed is a nonprofit with a  mission "to inspire and teach children to  read." The group has an urgent need for caring,  supportive individuals who are interested in  making a difference and giving back by
tutoring a student one hour, one day a week
during the school year.


Skill Talks Workshops for 
College for Seniors Instructors:
Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, March 14
Come share a day with colleagues 
and learn ways to building community 
through the CFS classroom

Read more and submit your RSVP HERE.
Reuter Center Singers Performance

"When Dreams Take Flight"
Sunday, February 24, 3 p.m.
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville Campus

This performance will feature UNC Asheville's Wind Ensemble, University Chorale, Asheville Singers and the Reuter Center Singers.  In honor of Black History Month, part of the program will feature compositions by African American composers and poets. Works by contemporary composers on themes of hope and delight will also be included.
Director Chuck Taft - Reuter Center Singers    Director Fletcher Peacock - UNC Asheville Wind Ensemble    
Accompanist Brad Curtioff
Suggested Admission Donation of $10   
March Madness Lecture
Tuesday, February 26, 3:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room 

Bubble teams and brackets.  Upsets and Cinderellas.  Blocks, dunks, layups and buzzer beaters.  Bitter defeats, thrilling wins and "one shining moment." They're all elements of the "big dance" we call March Madness, the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Learn more about this annual college sports ritual from two UNC Asheville experts.  Larry Griswold, a sports history instructor at College for Seniors, will begin the program with a talk about some of the surprises in  last year's championship tournament.

Janet Cone, UNC Asheville's athletics director and only the fourth woman to serve on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball committee, will give us an insider's view of the selection and seeding process.

This will be Janet Cone's only Asheville area presentation before she travels to New York City 
to help select the field for this year's NCAA Division I Men's Championship Tournament.  

Feel free to wear your college colors, if you remember that here at UNC Asheville we are all Bulldogs!

Free and open to everyone!
Volunteers Needed
Boundary End Center
The Boundary End Center (BEC) is a nonprofit residential research library, located at the entrance of the Big Ivy section of the Pisgah National Forest, Barnardsville. In 1997 BEC was established as a scholarly retreat, library and meeting space place by Dr. George Stuart, formerly Associate Editor of the National Geographic Magazine. OLLI members may remember the wonderful courses on the Maya that George offered.

BEC maintains a library specialized in the archaeology, colonial history and ethnology of the Pre-Columbian Americas, especially the Maya area, the Andean World and the U.S. Southeast. BEC is seeking volunteers to help catalog, stamp and organize its extensive holdings.

Astronomy Club of Asheville

The  MaNGA Survey
Dissecting 10,000 Galaxies in 3D" 
by  David Wake, PhD, University of North Carolina Asheville

Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

In this talk, Dr. Wake will present an overview of our current understanding of how the varied array of different galaxies formed, from the almost smooth gas of hydrogen and helium in the early universe, along with the many questions we still have to answer.
Finally, Dr. Wake will introduce the ongoing  MaNGA project in which spectroscopic maps of 10,000 galaxies, using the 2.5 meter Sloan Telescope in New Mexico, are being made. His aim is to give us an idea of how such a project is conceived, designed and executed, and how we analyze the almost 4 million individual spectra spread over those 10,000 galaxies, and measuring the properties and motions of their stars, gas and even dark matter. Finally he'll talk about some of the scientific insights that have come from the MaNGA data that are answering some of those outstanding questions about how such a dizzying array of galaxies came to be. 

The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets the first Thursday of most months at 7 p.m. and offers an interesting lineup of speakers and topics.  OLLI members may attend club meetings and star gazes, with club members on hand to advise and assist them in the basics of astronomy and the techniques of observing celestial phenomena.   Click here to visit the Astronomy Club of Asheville website.

OLLI would like to thank Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW) Sponsor, Deerfield  for their generous  support!

CREW helps those considering relocation in retirement examine all their options carefully and make an informed decision about this major life transition.  For more about 2019 CREW Program, click here.


Ronnie Pepper
A Patchwork of Stories
Sunday, March 24, 
2 p.m.
Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Milepost 382

Presented by Stories on Asheville's Front Porch  and sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild,  with storytellers Christine Westfeldt, Ronnie Pepper, Chuck Fink and Barbara McBride Smith

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Dear OLLI Members,

Print editions of our catalog may not be available until Wednesday, February 20.  We will send an email as soon as you can pick them up.   Click here to see the online edition of the Spring 2019 catalog. If you want to see outlines, read instructor biographies or find out about materials or reading lists,  you may click here to see the online College for Seniors course database. You may read David Langdon's story about Stan Glickman, who will be teaching lawn bowling this spring, in this newsletter. Don't forget that registration for Spring 2019 opens on Friday, February 22, 10 a.m. We have helpers here at the Reuter Center every week day February 22-February 28, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and March 1, 8:30 a.m.-noon.  

This is another busy week at the Reuter Center, with the World Affairs Council on Tuesday, a Pan Harmonia open rehearsal on Wednesday, a lecture by a candidate for the position of director for UNC Asheville's Center for Jewish Studies on Thursday and a full schedule of lectures and discussions on Friday, including a Fab Friday lecture on palliative and hospice care, an organizational meeting to explore an OLLI group of solo aging, the weekly meeting of The Forum, a meeting of our Thriving in Community Special Interest Group and Symphony Talk.  We hope you will read Judy LaMee's article about Asheville Amadeus, an exciting series of events that will engage many different artists in our community.  

Thanks to all of you for contributing to the success of our vibrant community of teachers and learners,
Catherine Frank
Executive Director

 Check the links here to see OLLI and UNC Asheville current events:
  Schedule for Registration for Spring 2019 Classes 

Our initial allocation registration begins Friday, February 22, 10 a.m. 

You may come to the Reuter Center for registration help on Friday, February 22 or Monday through Thursday, February 25-28, 10 a.m. -3:30 p.m. each day and Friday, March 1, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Priority allocation closes Friday, March 1, at noon. Being the first person to register does not give you an advantage, but we do urge you to register before February 28 so that you can get help if you need it. The system will be shut down right at noon on March 1, and incomplete orders cannot be processed, so give yourself some time. 

Important Dates
  • Registration opens Friday, February 22.
  • The registration system for College for Seniors courses will be closed from Friday, March 1, noon.  
  • Schedules will be sent late in the afternoon on Friday, March 8.  
  • The registration system will re-open for add/drop and new, first come, first served registration on Monday, March 11, 10 a.m.
  • Spring 2019 College for Seniors courses begin on Monday, March 25. 
Stan Glickman 
A Supreme Court for Asheville
by David Langdon

If the supreme lawn bowling court in the country is now in Asheville, the "chief justice" might just be OLLI lawn bowling instructor Stan Glickman. This is the story of the Asheville Lawn Bowling Club, that amazing, world-class lawn bowling court, and how you could take a College for Seniors class this spring at OLLI to play on the court while Stan teaches you how to lawn bowl.

Pan Harmonia
Midday Music
with Pan Harmonia
Wednesday, February 20, Noon
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Join Pan Harmonia musicians, mezzo-soprano Brittnee Siemon, flutist Kate Steinbeck, and pianist Ko Eun Grace Lee, for Midday Music. Peek behind-the-scenes in an open working rehearsal as these artists come together to create music for upcoming performances. 

Now in its 19th season, Pan Harmonia offers a mosaic of concerts, community outreach and educational residencies and enjoys taking its music out of the concert hall and into spaces all around the community - from art galleries and historic churches to prisons and homeless shelters. Its musicians believe in social justice through arts access and enjoy bringing high-quality performances to audiences of all ages and socioeconomic strata. Directed by flutist Kate Steinbeck, Asheville, NC's award-winning chamber music repertory company has been nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and creative vision.

Feel free to bring your lunch and friends. This event is free and open to everyone.

Evenings with Candidates 
for the Position of  Director for 
UNC Asheville's
 Center for Jewish Studies
Thursdays, February 21 and 28
7 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m.
February 21, 7 p.m.  
Nick Block 
"Discursive Holocaust Memory: 
Jewish Critique of Germany's Holocaust Memorials"

Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m.
Eric Kligerman 
"Leaps of Faith/Quantum Leaps: 
Representing Jewish Identity in Kafka and the Coen Brothers"

Fab Friday Lecture

Aditi Sethi-Brown
"Palliative Care and Hospice Care: 
Definitions, Differences and Benefits"
Dr. Aditi Sethi Brown

Friday, February 22, 11:30 a.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

We will explore the definitions and  differences between palliative care and hospice care. We will  examine physician practices (who), medications and treatment  (what) and facilities and care of patients (where). We will discuss  the clinical course and patient symptoms which may initiate a  palliative care or hospice care treatment as well as the physical,  mental, social, financial, spiritual and end of life considerations  for patients and families as they move through these processes.

Dr. Aditi Sethi-Brown is a hospice and palliative medicine  and family physician who currently serves as assistant medical d irector at the CarePartners/Mission Solace Center, an inpatient  hospice facility in Asheville. She received her M.D. from the  Medical College of Georgia in 2008 and completed her post- graduate training with MAHEC in 2012. This lecture is part of the  Health Education Series.

Fab Fridays are free and open to everyone.
This is the final Fab Friday lecture for Winter 2019
Fab Friday Lectures for Spring 2019 will begin Friday, March 29

The Forum Special Interest Group
Friday, February 22, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reuter Center, Room 205

Topic: The Effects on Economics and Global Politics of Mineral Security 
(Rare Earth Minerals)

The Forum encourages a free-flowing dialogue designed to enrich and expand participants' thinking on topics ranging from changing demographics of retirees to  nuclear disarmament. 

SIG contact: Beth Johnson,  johnson1ea@earthlink.net 
Panelists for Fab Friday Presentation on Solo Aging: 
OLLI members Martha Marshall, Jim Tyson and Sandi Taylor. 
Organizational Meeting
Solo Aging Group
Friday, February 22, 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Room 206

There will be an organization/information-
gathering meeting to discuss OLLI member interest in developing a group for single individuals who have similar interests and concerns. 

To be clear: This is not intended to be an OLLI  dating mechanism!

The meeting will be held just prior to the next Thriving in Community SIG on Friday, February 22, 1:30-3 p.m. (won't necessarily run that long) in Room 206.

We look forward to hearing what needs/ideas folks have for such a group!

Barbara Rapchak ( bjohnrap@gmail.com) and Jan Griffen ( jan.griffen@gmail.com), Co-organizers

Symphony Talk
Friday, February 22, 3 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Symphony Talks are an entertaining and educational way to hear about the music to be performed at the upcoming Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Masterworks Concerts.  The program begins with a presentation by Chip Kaufmann, who talks about the life and times of the featured composers.  Guest Conductor Mei-Ann Chen will appear with violinist Alexi Kenney to talk about how the orchestra prepares and to offer ways to listen to the performance. 

The three very distinct composers presented on this concert all found great inspiration in connecting with their roots. Zoltan Kodály pioneered the field of ethnomusicology while exploring the music of his native Hungary. His Dances of Galánta are a collection of village dances reimagined as a symphonic work and transformed with colors of the modern symphony orchestra. Next, Alexi Kenney, winner of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, brings his unique perspective to Dvořák's Violin Concerto - full of lyricism inspired by the rich Czech folkloric tradition. The concert's centerpiece is Beethoven's beloved "Pastoral" symphony, which was inspired by the composer's love of the countryside. 

For more information about the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit   ashevillesymphony.org
Darko Butorac
Asheville Symphony Welcomes Music Director Darko Butorac,
Promotes Asheville Amadeus Festival Highlights
by Judy LaMée

OLLI at UNC Asheville proudly boasts connections with its community partners. The Asheville Symphony is one that involves many of our members. This is the first in a series of occasional articles about those partnerships. Darko Butorac (pronounced Boo - toh - raats) bonded immediately with orchestra members and our community while interviewing here, and joyfully sealed that bond when he took over the baton as Asheville Symphony's new music director last June. "It was magical to reconnect with the orchestra [after such a lengthy interview process]," he says. That magic continues.

Meditation SIG with Bill Walz
Waking Up
Monday, February 25,  4:15 - 5:45 p.m. 
Reuter Center, Room 120

Bill Walz
Bill Walz writes, "Buddhism and Buddhist meditation is about waking up into who we are, what is real and possible, and how to live in a deeper and clearer manner psychologically, spiritually , and socially.  While Buddhism is considered a religion, I approach Buddhist teaching and meditation as fundamentally a profound transpersonal psychology that includes a powerfully effective system of ethical teachings necessary to living a balanced and stable life.  The meditation practice has the capacity to clear away old chaotic and ineffective patterns of deeply ingrained behavior, thought , and emotion, while opening us into profound levels of insight into our true nature, place and purpose within the greater scope of Life.

Bill Walz has evolved from a career as a clinical psychologist into teaching meditation and evolving consciousness as a path to personal healing and growth. He has taught meditation and consciousness at UNC Asheville, in public forums and with a private clientele, and has taught at OLLI for over ten years. He also writes a monthly consciousness column in Asheville's Rapid River Magazine.

The Meditation SIG meets the second and fourth  Mondays of the month at 4:15 p.m.  SIG contact:  Sally Ekaireb  beriake@yahoo.com   

Financial Strategies in Retirement 
Special Interest Group (SIG)
"The Impact of Fear and Uncertainty on Human Behavior Relative to Economic Thinking and Behavior"

Special Guest Shirley Browning
  Friday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 205
Dr. Browning,  a native of Kentucky,  taught economics and a wide range of courses at UNC Asheville for 42 years. He has also taught many popular
economics classes at OLLI and been a featured speaker in many other venues, including the Financial Strategies in Retirement SIG. He says, " Bottom line:  Stay calm folks, do not adopt the 'herd mentality!'"
Join us for a stimulating discussion.

Financial Strategies in Retirement is open to all OLLI members.  Email or call Kate Beatty for further information at kkbmom@yahoo.com  or 828-231-7710. 

CFS Theme Term on Appalachia

College for Seniors announces a theme term on Appalachia for Fall 2019 (September 16- November 8). While a varied array of courses will be offered during the Fall term, the theme term is also an opportunity to create courses aligned with this special theme. 

The CFS Theme Term Advisory Committee is receiving and reviewing preliminary course proposals on Appalachia. See the committee's description of the term  HERE

The deadline for the Advisory Committee to receive and offer advice on course proposals is March 1. Please use this dedicated URL to submit your ideas to the committee.

WNC Historical Association Lecture
Child of the Woods: 
An Appalachian Odyssey
with Susi Séguret
Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

Join the WNC Historical Association (WNCHA) and Susi Séguret for the release of her new book Child of the Woods, a collection of short stories and observations of growing up in the natural settings of rural Appalachia. The book is an opportunity to experience nature through the eyes of a true child of the woods. Séguret grew up in Madison County, North Carolina, and honed her culinary skills in France where she studied at the Cordon Bleu and the Université de Reims. As director of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts, she is passionate about taste and style, and how they extend from our palate into our daily lives. She has written and edited cookbooks, including Appalachian Appetite.

The mission of WNCHA is to the preservation and promotion of the history of Western North Carolina through the care, interpretation and presentation of the Smith-McDowell House, the education of the public through lectures, exhibitions elated events and the facilitation of cooperation among regional historical organizations. 

The lecture is open to everyone; a $5 donation is requested at the door.

STEM Lecture
"Community Resilience Related to Climate"
Wednesday, March 6, 4:30 p.m.
Reuter Center Manheimer Room
Jim Fox
Jim Fox, 
Director for UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling 
and Analysis Center
Wednesday, March 6, 4:30 p.m. 
Reuter Center Manheimer Room

The STEM Lecture Series is interdisciplinary, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

These lectures are free and open to everyone.
History Book Lovers
Special Interest Group (SIG)
Andrew Jackson and The Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle that Shaped America's Destiny

Friday, March 15, 1 p.m.
Reuter Center Room 120

History Book Lovers SIG meets on the third Friday of each month to share books, engage in discussion and connect with other OLLI members who love history. In upcoming months they will read
April: The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
May: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
June: A discussion of Kublai Khan 1215-1294, Emperor of China

All OLLI members are welcome.  SIG contact: Mike Wang, 267-243-3011,  mbwhome@gmail.com
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