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Fall 2018 Program


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F1801 Spiders and Their Kin
Presenter: Cara Shillington
Dates: Thursday, September 6, class at the Red Cross Building
Thursday, September 13, field trip at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

This class and tour will provide a brief introduction to spiders and some of their lesser known relatives, including scorpions, harvestmen and vinegaroons. Cara Shillington will describe
some of the more interesting aspects of their life histories and behaviors, including their varied and surprising mating habits and their amazing web-building abilities. Her class presentation on September 6 will highlight many of the common and easily recognized local spiders, some of which can be identified by examining the forms of their webs. The September 13 field trip, an easy walk along outdoor paths at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, will provide an opportunity for us to develop identification and observational skills.

Cara Shillington is a professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) whose area of expertise is behavioral and physiological ecology. She teaches invertebrate biology at EMU, and has led students on field trips to tropical and subtropical localities in Florida, the Bahamas, and Ecuador. Cara’s research focuses on the arachnids, especially tarantulas, using these creatures as both model and muse.


F1802 Creative Writing Workshop
Facilitator: Jane Bridges
Dates: Thursdays, September 13, October 11, November 1, and November 29
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note the 4:00 p.m. end time.]
Fee: Members $32; Nonmembers $45
Class Size: Enrollment for this class is limited to 12 attendees.

Led by published poet and retired teacher Jane Bridges, this workshop offers a relaxed setting for writers of all interests and levels. Jane will suggest methods for mining memories, maintaining a journal, and adding music and mystery to both prose and poetry. Whether you would like to delve into family history, memoir, or fantasy, or discover new formats, this workshop can help. Sharing your drafts with peers and listening to their reactions is a proven road to more effective writing. In this small group you will never feel overwhelmed or overlooked, and you will meet new friends whose lively company you will enjoy. Please bring 13 copies of your work for distribution among the participants – up to two pages for poetry, three pages for prose.

Jane Bridges grew up in Texas, New Hampshire, and in India. She has lived in Ann Arbor for more than 50 years and has taught writing in both public and private schools. Jane’s poems have been accepted for publication in the journals Paterson Literary Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Third Wednesday, and The MacGuffin. She will be assisted by co-facilitator Carol Westfall.


F1803 The Changing Roles of Chinese Women
Presenter: Jiu-Hwa Upshur
Dates: Tuesdays, September 18 and 25
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

The people of traditional China idealized the model woman as a virtuous wife and devoted mother. However, many women gained power beyond the home by influencing their husbands and dominating their sons. Although some women in China still maintain their power through the position of their husbands, the introduction of Western values and social mores in the 20th century dramatically changed the roles of Chinese women. A leading example is found in Taiwan. During the years since the 1990s, a woman has been elected vice president, and the current president is also a woman. With our presenter Jiu-Hwa Upshur, we will look at the lives and roles of some powerful women of both traditional and contemporary China.

Jiu-Hwa Upshur received her B.A. degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Michigan where she specialized in modern Chinese history. Jiu-Hwa retired from the Department of History at Eastern Michigan University in 2007.


F1804 A History of Orthodox Christianity
Presenter: Fr. Nicolaos H. Kotsis
Dates: Wednesdays, September 19 and 26
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

Christianity, with over 2.4 billion adherents, is the world’s largest religion. Over the course of 20 centuries, it has undergone political and theological disputes resulting in numerous branches. The largest of these are Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Eastern Orthodoxy. In this class Fr. Kotsis will review the development of the Orthodox Church from the time of Christ to the present. We will examine the development of a Biblical canon, the conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity, the series of seven principal Ecumenical Councils which defined many of the religion’s central doctrines, the spread of Christianity to the Balkans and Russia by Byzantine missionaries, and the 11th century schism which led to a lasting separation between Constantinople and Rome. We will conclude with a survey of the various forms of persecution endured by Orthodox Christians from 1215 to the present, and a description of the church’s place in the modern world.

Father Nicolaos Kotsis is the Proistamenos (Presiding Priest) of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Ann Arbor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in divinity from Holy Cross. Father Nick was ordained to the Orthodox priesthood in 2004 and assigned to Saint Nicholas Church, Ann Arbor, in 2005.


F1805 Ludwig van Beethoven: The Late Quartets
Presenter: Toby Teorey
Dates: Fridays, September 21 and 28
Time: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. [Please note the 3:30 p.m. end time.]
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

Ludwig van Beethoven’s quartets are considered to be among the greatest works of any composer in history. Via The Great Courses series, Professor Robert Greenberg takes us into the last several years of Beethoven’s life, to explore the style and history of the composer’s most beautiful and innovative “late” quartets, No. 14 (Op. 131), No. 15 (Op. 132), and No. 16 (Op. 135). To enrich our understanding and appreciation, we will listen to the most exceptional excerpts from each of these quartets after each video lecture.

Toby Teorey is a former chair of the Elderwise Council. He is retired from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and in retirement pursues his enduring love of classical music.


F1806 Best-Seller Book Club
Facilitator: Shirley Southgate
Dates: Mondays, September 24, October 29, and November 26
Times: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., except October 29, which is 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $24; Nonmembers $35

Using prepared questions and our own observations, the discussion each month will explore a book from current best-seller lists. Selected books for the Fall 2018 semester are:

September Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Pernell Nonfiction
October Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough Fiction
November Saving Simon by Jon Katz Nonfiction

Please read Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill before the first class. The facilitator will send a list of discussion questions for each book to all registrants prior to each Book Club session.

Shirley Southgate is a long-time member of both Elderwise and the Best-Seller Book Club. She is an avid reader and looks forward to a lively exchange of ideas, opinions, and interpretations.


F1807 Electric Railways of Eastern Switzerland
Presenter: H. Mark Hildebrandt
Dates: Mondays, October 1 and 8
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

In the fall of 2016, Mark Hildebrandt took us on a vicarious journey through the French-speaking western regions of Switzerland. This fall we will travel by electric-powered railways through the German-speaking eastern regions. The October 1 session begins at the picturesque Alpine town of Brig. From there we make our way up the Rhone Valley to Andermatt, then across the Overalp Pass and down the Rhine Valley to Chur, St. Gallen, and Zurich. Along this journey there are side trips to scenic locales such as Davos, St. Moritz, and Rorshach. The October 8 session is filled with mountaintop excursions from Zurich via narrow gauge lines, cog railways, trams, and funiculars. There are visits to several churches, as well as a steamboat ride on Lake Zurich.

H. Mark Hildebrandt is a retired pediatrician who taught and practiced medicine in Ann Arbor for 50 years. He is a local history enthusiast with a lifelong interest in electric railroads and street cars. He is the co-author, with Martha Churchill, of Electric Trolleys of Washtenaw County (2009). Mark is also the author of A History of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ann Arbor, Part II (2014).


F1808 Gallery Walks, the Sequel
Presenter: Michael R. Kapetan
Dates: Mondays, October 1, 8, 15, and 22
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $32; Nonmembers $45

This is about art and about history, but it is not art history. Let's be foot loose and fancy free, and just follow our feet from one imaginary gallery to another, from one museum to another, to an astonishing building here and a surprising home or factory there. Without any boundaries of time or space, let's enjoy the work of creative people, one by one, asking ourselves how the font of human ingenuity is opened and nourished and fulfilled. Among the imagined galleries we will visit are those of German expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, contemporary British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, French impressionist Claude Monet, and the nameless artists of prehistory who decorated cave walls with images.

Michael R. Kapetan is an artist whose own work is informed by the scientific, the aesthetic, and the spiritual as he creates holy images for churches, synagogues, and temples, plus unique solar sculptures that mark the turning of the seasons. Mike is retired from the University of Michigan School of Art. He holds a degree in art history from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in sculpture from the University of Michigan.


F1809 The Immigration Debate: A Very Long History
Presenter: Michael Homel
Dates: Wednesdays, October 3, 10, and 17
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon [Please note the 9:30 a.m. start time.]
Fee: Members $24; Nonmembers $35

Donald Trump launched his successful campaign for the White House by labeling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers and vowing to build a wall to exclude them. Since then, President Trump has cut immigration and deported foreigners while keeping and strengthening the support of his followers. His views and immigration policies are hardly original. Rather, they have a long history. In these three sessions, we will explore America’s intense debates about immigration since the 1830s. Moreover, we will describe the shifts in immigration policy from the late 1800s to the present. Who opposed immigration to the United States and what were their arguments? Who defended an open door, and what was their motivation? What accounts for the variations in public opinion about foreigners coming to this country? Finally, comparing the present with the past, what is new and what represents continuity?

Michael Homel is Professor Emeritus of History at Eastern Michigan University. Mike specializes in 20th century United States history and U.S. urban history. He is the author of several books and publications on American history, and on urban politics and education.


F1810 United States Foreign Affairs: Current Challenges
Presenter: Toby Teorey
Dates: Fridays, October 5 and 12
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

While problematic international relations are not a new phenomenon, the conduct of foreign affairs in the 21st century has exhibited a growing challenge for American presidents and their administrations. Issues such as the Brexit withdrawal from the European Union, the rise of non-democratic populist leaders worldwide, the backlash against massive immigration resulting from economic and political hardships, threats from terrorism, and the specter of nuclear conflict – all of these and more have made our citizens more intensely interested in what is happening in the Middle East, Europe, Russia, China, and North Korea. In these sessions we will view and discuss two recent videos from the acclaimed PBS Frontline series to help us better understand the background and the challenges of the current world situation, and the options available to America’s leadership.

Toby Teorey is a past chair of the Elderwise Council. He is retired from the University of Michigan College of Engineering, and in retirement pursues his enduring interest in current events and foreign affairs.


F1811 The Yale Younger Poets Series
Presenter: Leonore Gerstein
Dates: Tuesdays, October 16 and 23
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25
Text: George Bradley, ed., The Yale Younger Poets Anthology
Yale University Press, 1998. ISBN 0-300-07473-5.
Available in libraries, and used and new at online book vendors.
The instructor will provide copies of the selected poems, upon request.

Yale University's younger poets' series began 99 years ago. Yale University Press launched many gifted poets under the age of 30 (many of them young women) by publishing their first volumes of poems. In this course, we will begin with the Modern series, Volume 32, (Shirley Barker, 1933) and end with Volume 72 (Olga Boumas, 1977). Some of these poets have had rich careers, and thus will be familiar. Others will be new discoveries for most of us.

Leonore Gerstein was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and spent many of her formative years in Israel, first at a kibbutz, and then in Jerusalem, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy. Leonore is passionate about poetry and is always eager to explore a variety of works with veteran and new Elderwise members.


F1812 Storyville: The Story
Presenters: George Klein and Dana Foster
Dates: Fridays, October 19 and 26
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note the 4:00 p.m. end time.]
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

Storyville was the notorious red-light district in New Orleans that operated legally from 1898 to 1917, when it was closed by the U.S. Navy. Unique as New Orleans itself, Storyville occupied a 16-block area of Basin Street and above, close to the French Quarter and business district, with a nearby train stop. Sailors on leave, out-of-towners, and entertainment seekers from all walks of life patronized the bordellos and enjoyed ragtime and jazz in Storyville saloons. In these two sessions Messrs. Klein and Foster will share Storyville’s story, illustrated by the documentary film Storyville: The Naked Dance, E.J. Bellocq’s iconic collection of 1912 photos (Storyville Portraits) and examples of early jazz. This presentation also offers a case study in urban planning, politics, public health, economics, historic preservation, and entertainment, all in the context of racial attitudes and customs. Please be aware that this course includes adult themes and some visually sensitive material.

George Klein has taught English and humanities at Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University (EMU), and directed EMU’s study abroad programs. George also served as a music program host at WEMU for 30 years. He is now an independent producer of online jazz programs.

Dana Foster is a retired city manager from Brighton, Michigan. With George, Dana is an annual fellow traveler to the New Orleans Jazz Fest. He has become a New Orleans enthusiast and is eager to share his perspective on the great city planning experiment that was Storyville.


F1813 Jesus, Women, and Early Christianity
Presenter: Peggy Clough
Dates: Wednesdays, October 24 and 31
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

In this class we will explore how Jesus interacted with and treated women during his ministry, and the ways in which those women responded. We will consider such questions as: What were the cultural norms for women during the period of Jesus’ lifetime? Was Jesus a feminist? What do Paul’s Letter to the Romans and John’s Gospel tell us about early women disciples? We will also discuss the roles of women in the very early Christian communities up to 300 AD. For this discussion, we will consult the New Testament, as well as other biblical and historical references. Over the past 50 years, academic and research interests have produced a wealth of information, and well over 100 books have been written on these topics.

Peggy Clough is a retired physical therapist with teaching experience as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a lecturer at five other universities. Over the past ten years, Peggy has read about and researched women's roles in Christianity, including the evidence that has been discovered to support the ordination of women in the clerical hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.


F1814 Taking Apart the News (TATN): Forks in the Road
Presenter: Al Chambers
Dates: Wednesdays, October 31 and November 7, 14, and 21
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $32; Nonmembers $45

This TATN fall series includes one session before the mid-term elections, one the day after voting, and two follow-up sessions as the dust settles and speculation about the 2020 presidential contest starts for real. Will presidential communication still be mostly by Twitter and staged events and campaign rallies? Will the real news media have fought off the powerful “fake news” barrage and re-established greater trust? Will the voters and the media feel more, or less, confident about the direction of the nation and about their own futures?

Our presenter, Al Chambers, is a veteran journalist and reputational consultant. He tells us that 2018 may be his most frenetic year with time spent on news and media since his globetrotting years with NBC News during the 1960s and ‘70s. Al welcomes comments from members who are long-time attendees and newcomers who want to learn more about processes and competition in the media world. Today, that world is set against an ever-changing technology, and the growing challenges of managing economics and privacy.


F1815 The Birth and Death of Stars
Presenter: Philip Hughes
Dates: Fridays, November 2, 9, and 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $24; Nonmembers $35

The stars are not eternal. They are born from clouds of gas and dust in the Galaxy, and some live for trillions of years. But, ultimately, their fuel is exhausted and they die through spectacular planetary nebula or supernova events, leaving a white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole. This class will explore that lifecycle and the nature of the exotic remnants that are left. The implosion of such remnants provides a tool for probing the expansion of the Universe, while observation of their merger confirms Einstein's predictions about the Nature of space-time. No knowledge of astronomy or physics is needed for this course.

Philip Hughes teaches in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan. His current research interests include relativistic flows and wavelet analysis, with an emphasis on simulation and imaging.


F1816 Classic Films of the French Cinema, Part II
Presenter: Edward Couture
Dates: Fridays, November 2 and 9
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note the 4:00 p.m. end time.]
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

For our second series of classic French films, and in commemoration of the centennial of the World War I Armistice of 1918, we will view two anti-war films:

J’accuse! (I Accuse!) is a 1938 re-make of the silent feature film by Abel Gance, depicting the horrors of trench warfare. The film includes original newsreels, tracing the lives and deaths of many French soldiers. One returning veteran, though successful in business, suffers increasing depression, and seeks redemption for his role in the war and after.
Grand Illusion, the 1937 masterpiece from Jean Renoir, depicts the interactions of captured French and other soldiers and airmen, together with their German captors, in sometimes light-hearted banter. Always seeking escape, however, and transported ever farther from the front, the troopers find friendship and love across language and class barriers.

Edward Couture earned his master’s degree in French and Russian from Middlebury College in Vermont. He moved from California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1997, after retiring from 35 years of teaching in the Los Angeles City schools. Ed is a student of languages, history, and world cinema.


 F1817 The Peace Tradition
Presenter: Ken Phifer
Dates: Mondays, November 5, 12, 19, and 26
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $32; Nonmembers $45

History books are filled with tales of war and violence, but less so with stories of peace making and nonviolence. In this course Ken Phifer will explore various approaches to the possibility of peace rather than war, non-violence rather than violence, and ways of resolving conflict without harming others. During these classes we will examine several religious understandings of peace. Join us as we look at the ways various historical approaches have been taken by different societies in dealing with difficult issues, and without resorting to arms.

Ken Phifer is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for 45 years, 25 of which were with the Ann Arbor congregation. Ken has taught many courses for Elderwise.


 F1818 Charles Dickens: David Copperfield
Presenter: George Stewart
Dates: Wednesdays, November 7, 14, 21, and 28
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
Fee: Members $32; Nonmembers $45
Class Size: Enrollment for this class is limited to 12 attendees.

Toward the end of his life, Dickens pronounced David Copperfield his personal favorite among his novels. It is easy to see why. It is the most autobiographical of his works. Young David's travails in the novel echo those of the young Charles as he actually lived them. Beyond that, David Copperfield is packed with Dickensian humor, Dickensian pathos, Dickensian plot twists, and a galaxy of classic Dickensian characters – David, himself (stand-in for the author), weaselly Uriah Heep, feckless Mr. Micawber, faithful Nurse Peggoty and her man Barkis, lovable and tragic Little Em'ly, and dozens more. It is - dare we say it - a feast of Dickensian proportions. For the first class, please read the first eleven chapters, roughly the first one-fourth of the book.

George Stewart practiced law for many years in Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, and Ann Arbor. He is honing his retirement skills by reading, and rereading, great writers like Charles Dickens. He looks forward to sharing the pleasures of David Copperfield with like-minded readers.


 F1819 In Search of the American Dream:
Willa Cather’s My Ántonia (1918)
Presenter: Kevin Eyster
Dates: Thursdays, November 8 and 15
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note 4:00 p.m. end time]
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25
Text: Willa Cather, My Ántonia, Dover Thrift Edition, 1994

In 1883, a young Willa Cather was plucked from her comfortable childhood in Virginia and dropped into the wind-swept prairies of Nebraska. This life-changing experience inspired her great novels, among them O Pioneers! (1912), My Ántonia (1918), and the Pulitzer Prize winning One of Ours (1922). It is with My Ántonia that we feel most intensely the connection between what is uniquely regional or local, and what is universal in human behavior. We encounter the experiences of newcomers in a new land – both from Europe and from the East Coast – who saw the western American frontier as a means of pursuing the happiness of the American promise. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of My Ántonia’s publication, we will discuss the novel during our first session on November 8, and view the PBS American Experience documentary Willa Cather: The Road Is All on November 15.

Kevin Eyster is a professor of literature at Madonna University, where he also serves as Chair of Language and Literature and Dean of Arts and Humanities. He still finds time for his favorite pursuit – teaching and discussing a wide range of American literature.




F1820 The Arts of Africa
Presenter: Helen Weingarten
Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

What was once considered to be primitive art by Westerners, African art is now appreciated for its aesthetic value. This change in appreciation began in the early 20th century when artists such as Picasso, Matisse, and Modigliani were inspired by African art. Today, the arts of Africa are undergoing a renaissance with contemporary artists such as El Anitsui of Ghana at the forefront. Come and join us for a two-session exploration of the arts of Africa – the first a slide show and lecture at Elderwise, and the second a visit to the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) to view their permanent African collection and a special exhibit titled Beyond Borders: Global Africa. In conjunction with this class, Helen Weingarten will lead duplicate tours of the Beyond Borders exhibition on September 12 and 20. Please see F1821, below.

Helen Weingarten is an emeritus associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She has studied art history and literature since her undergraduate years at Cornell University. In retirement, Helen has served as a volunteer at the Ford Gallery at Eastern Michigan University and as a docent at UMMA.


F1821 Beyond Borders: Global Africa
A Tour at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
Guide: Helen Weingarten
Dates: Tour A, Wednesday, September 12 at UMMA, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor
          Tour B, Thursday, September 20 at UMMA, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor
Note: These are duplicate tours. Each is limited to 15 participants.
Please register for one tour only.
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. [Please note the 2:00 p.m. start time and 3:30 p.m. end time.]
Fee: Members $8; Nonmembers $15, for one tour only.

This tour of the museum’s permanent African collection and special exhibit Beyond Borders is offered in conjunction with the class “The Arts of Africa,” presented by Helen Weingarten on Wednesday afternoon, September 5. Please see the description of F1820, above. The exhibition Beyond Borders: Global Africa brings together a wide array of arts from Africa and the African diaspora, including historical and contemporary examples, to celebrate the cosmopolitan nature of African art. It features how these artworks have been shaped by, and have contributed to, conversations taking place across the world – crossing ethnic, national, and geographic boundaries.

Helen Weingarten is an emeritus associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She has studied art history and literature since her undergraduate years at Cornell University. In retirement, Helen has served as a volunteer at the Ford Gallery at Eastern Michigan University and as a docent at UMMA.


F1822 A History of Cobblestone Farm
Presenter: Rochelle Balkam
Date: Thursday, September 6
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

When Benajah Ticknor, a navy surgeon from New York, sent his younger brother, Heman, to the Michigan wilderness in 1835, he had two requests for land purchase: it must be near a church with an enlightened congregation, and it must have a habitable dwelling. Washtenaw County provided both. Dr. Ticknor and his wife, Gesie, moved to the farm in 1840, and completed the cobblestone house in 1844. Such houses were built by stone masons who had learned their trade while building the Erie Canal. The unique fishbone pattern on the façade was the hallmark of Stephen Mills, a local mason. In 130 years, the farm has been occupied by only three families: the Ticknors, the Booths, and the Campbells. The City of Ann Arbor acquired the farm from George and Mary Campbell in 1972.

Rochelle Balkam taught history and college prep government at Ypsilanti High School for 36 years, Michigan history at Eastern Michigan University for 24 years, and was a field instructor at the University of Michigan. Rochelle holds advanced degrees in history and historic preservation and is currently vice chair of the Michigan One-room Schoolhouse Association.


F1823 Juvenile Justice:
A Comparison of American and European Approaches
Presenter: Kimberly Thomas
Date: Friday, September 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

In this class we will examine the juvenile justice system in the United States in comparison with youth justice systems in Europe. We will look at international children's rights protections and the European implementation of those protections, with a particular focus on a comparison with Ireland and Ireland's juvenile justice system. In her discussion, Kimberly Thomas will bring to bear her research, teaching experience, and legal practice, all of which concentrate on criminal law and procedure. She will share her special expertise on sentencing law and practice, juvenile justice, parole and post conviction, and indigent persons accused of crimes.

Kimberly Thomas teaches at the University of Michigan Law School, with a focus on clinical teaching related to criminal and juvenile law. She is the co-founder of the University Law School’s Juvenile Justice Clinic. In 2017, Kimberly received a Fulbright Scholar award to teach and pursue research on juvenile justice at the University College Cork’s School of Law in Cork, Ireland.


F1824 The Eyes in Art
Presenter: Boyd E. Chapin, Jr.
Date: Friday, September 7
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The eyes are frequently described as gateways to the soul, and as the place where love begins. In works of art, the eyes can also carry a variety of symbolic associations – clairvoyance, omniscience, intelligence, light, vigilance, truth, and moral consciousness. Carl Jung considered the eye as representing an eternal bosom with its pupil the child. In this presentation, we will take a close look at the representation and attention given by artists to the eyes in portraiture, sculpture, and other artistic forms (including landscapes).

Boyd E. Chapin is a graduate of Wayne State University and a senior attorney with the Detroit firm of Garan Lucow Miller, PC. Boyd is a former docent with the Detroit Institute of Arts and has an ongoing passion for all forms of art which he pursues through his own work in pencil, oil, and acrylic.


F1825 Ypsilanti’s Vintage Architecture
Presenter: Bill Nickels
Date: Monday, September 10
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Ypsilanti was founded in 1823, almost two centuries ago. It retains a variety of homes, both modest and showy, constructed in the many styles that came and went with changing fashion. In 1979 the city set out to preserve some of its historical character by creating what is the second largest historical district in Michigan. In this presentation, we will view examples of the principal home styles found in Ypsilanti. We will learn their characteristic features, and the time periods in which they were popular. Afterward, we will view slides of post cards from the early 20th century showing Ypsilanti’s streets, parks, businesses, homes, and public buildings. Each card will be matched by a photograph showing the same location as it appears today – sometimes greatly altered, sometimes almost unchanged.

Bill Nickels is retired from a career teaching chemistry at Schoolcraft College. He served for twelve years as a member of the Ypsilanti City Council and was a ten-year member of the Ypsilanti Historic District Commission. Currently, Bill is president of the Ypsilanti Historical Society, and a board member of the Motor Cities National Heritage Area.


F1826 The Joy of Gardening
Presenter: Keith Germain
Date: Monday, September 10
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note the 4:00 p.m. end time.]

In this class we will bring the gardening season to a close, with a focus on best practices for fall and preparing for winter while “putting the beds to bed.” Bring all of your gardening problems and questions to this class! Master Gardener Keith Germain will discuss new information and approaches, with a special focus on insects and plant diseases. He will also discuss invasive species in the garden, as well as the art and science of composting. If weather conditions permit, class members will enjoy an additional opportunity for an end-of-the-season plant exchange.

Keith Germain has over 60 years of gardening experience, and plants his own quarter-acre garden with vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Over the years, Keith has worked with several horticulture groups, as well as with plant and flower clubs. He has taught gardening courses regularly with the Elderwise lifelong learning program since 1993.


F1827 Nazi Medievalism
Presenter: Martin B. Shichtman
Date: Wednesday, September 12
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Heinrich Himmler was the Commander (Reichsfürher) of the Schutzstaffel – the SS – and overseer of Nazi Germany’s concentration camp and death camp systems. In 1933, Himmler began renovations on Wewelsburg Castle, a 17th century structure in the North Rhine-Westphalia district of Paderborn, Germany. His plan was to construct an ideological center for what he imagined as a new breed of Germanic warrior. From the outset, stories circulated widely of Himmler’s interests in mysticism and the occult. He was famous for endowing his organization with the trappings of a fabricated Aryan mythology. During this class we will discuss whether the Wewelsburg Castle building project was the Reichsfürher’s attempt to reconfigure King Arthur’s Round Table.

Martin B. Shichtman is Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and Professor of
English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. He has been a Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and at Brandeis University’s Schusterman Institute for Israel Studies. Martin is co-author of Cinematic Illuminations: The Middle Ages on Film and King Arthur and the Myth of History.


F1828 A Wildlife Safari in Southern Africa
Presenters: Chris and Joanne Hee
Date: Monday, September 17
Time: 10:00 to 12:00 p.m.

Africa is known for its magnificent animal life. The continent’s national parks and prairies provide a rich environment for a wide variety of native fauna. In this class Chris and Joanne Hee return to Elderwise to share their experiences at some of the largest wildlife parks in southern Africa. Their presentation features the group wildlife safari they joined in November 2017 and the photos they took . The trip included remarkable visits to South Africa’s Johannesburg and Kruger National Park, Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Namibia’s Impalila Island, and Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Joanne and Chris Hee have traveled extensively, both separately and together, and have previously shared trips with us to such diverse areas as the Antarctic, India, Tahiti, and French Polynesia. Joanne is a retired psychologist and Chris is an emeritus professor of mathematics. Chris has also presented classes on math, puzzles, and baseball.


F1829 Be Safe! A Workshop on Avoiding Identity Theft and Scams
Facilitator: Mark Munzenberger
Date: Friday, September 21
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

How common is identity theft? Is it something you need to worry about? Even if you have not been victimized, when you hear news of another significant data breach, or when a friend tells you their own horror story of ID theft, you may wonder if you will be next. In 2017, over 15 million American consumers lost $16 billion to identity fraud. In this workshop you will learn the essential steps you need to take to protect yourself, and the tools available to help you. Unfortunately, senior citizens in particular fall victim to financial scams. We will cover the dos and don’ts of how to respond to unexpected phone calls and emails. We will also take the Identity Theft Awareness Quiz, and learn about various common scams, ID theft prevention, credit freezes, fraud alerts, and credit monitoring. Your take-away from this workshop will be an action plan you can implement immediately.

Mark Munzenberger is a University of Michigan Credit Union Financial Education Specialist. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, specializing in consumer financial wellness programs. Mark is a certified credit and housing counselor, and also has a certification from the National Financial Educators Council.


F1830 Comic Books and Censorship
Presenter: George Hagenauer
Date: Monday, September 24
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Since the mid 20th century, complex societal problems relating to children periodically have been blamed on the media consumed by our youth. From dime novels to video games, a variety of entertainment forms have come under attack as sources of childhood delinquency. This class will examine one of the most famous of these instances, the anti-comics crusade of the late 1940s and early 1950s. We will look at the diversity of comics being produced during that time, from superhero to Disney ducks, as well as the rise of more adult genres of crime and horror. Then we will review the various strategies (especially economic boycotts) used by anti-comics crusaders, and adjustments made by publishers to address the issue. This presentation will be accompanied by further examples from the presenter’s collection of original art created for comics of the period.

George Hagenauer holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University. He has collected comics for over 50 years and has written about popular culture in books and magazines, including on how legal definitions related to media censorship affected the types of magazines produced in the 1950s and 1960s.


F1831 Scholarship and Service: A History of the Jesuits
Presenter: Fr. Dennis Dillon, S.J.
Date: Wednesday, September 26
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Society of Jesus is a scholarly religious congregation of the Catholic Church. The order originated in 16th century Spain, under the founding leadership of Ignatius of Loyola. The Society’s members are called Jesuits, and historically have been known for their unique dedication to learning and to serving the human community. Saint Francis Xavier, Matteo Ricci, and the current Pope Francis are but a few among the most renowned Jesuits representing the Society’s missions. Today, Jesuits are engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents. Jesuits work in the field of education (founding schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries), pursue intellectual research, and support cultural enhancement. Jesuits also offer retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, sponsor direct social ministries, and promote ecumenical dialogue. Join us in this class for Father Dillon’s discussion of the history of the Jesuits and his experiences as a member of this remarkable order.

Fr. Dennis Dillon, S.J., is currently semi-retired. He continues to work at St. Mary Student Parish on the University of Michigan campus.


F1832 The Politics of the Federal Judiciary in the Age of Trump
Presenter: Beth Henschen
Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

As a presidential candidate in 2016, Donald Trump repeatedly took aim at the independence of the federal judiciary, and has continued to undercut the rule of law during the first two years of his presidency. His administration has also moved quickly to fill vacancies on the federal bench. In this class we will discuss the increasingly contentious process for choosing judges, and the political ramifications of judicial selection on the presidency, Congress, and the courts themselves. We will also consider the long-term consequences President Trump’s attacks on judges and the judiciary will hold for our constitutional democracy.

Beth Henschen received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and is a faculty member specializing in American government and judicial politics in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. Her articles on judges and Court-Congress interaction have appeared in numerous professional journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Politics Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and Public Integrity.


F1833 South America's Deep South
Presenter: George Jabol
Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. [Please note the 3:30 p.m. end time.]

This exciting three-week journey through the southern perimeter of South America started in Santiago, Chile, rounded the continent at turbulent Cape Horn, and ended in Buenos Aires. George Jabol sampled pisco sours and empanadas as he began his travels through the Andes Mountains and Patagonia, and cruised through the Chilean Fjords, the Strait of Magellan, and Beaver Channel. During the trip George visited a prison at Ushuaia, Argentina, which touts itself as the “world’s southernmost city,” and walked among penguins at the Lagoon Bluff rookery on the Falkland Islands. He visited Uruguay’s beautiful capital, Montevideo, before arriving wearily at his final destination in sophisticated Buenos Aires, Argentina.

George Jabol received his B.A. degree from Muskingum University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Michigan. Fully retired now from a career with the federal government and as a consultant on Social Security, George creates photographic slide shows as a way to remember his travels and share them with others.


F1834 The Intertwined Lives of Two Naturalists: Birds, Botany, Bugs, and Other Beasts
Presenters: Michael and Susan Kielb
Date: Tuesday, October 2
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Living with a Naturalist. Two Perspectives. Dual Passions. His and Hers. In this class Michael and Susan Kielb will share their narrative about where they came from, how they arrived at this point in their careers, and how they have interacted with each other’s passions. They will alternate their views while covering every aspect of being a naturalist, one sometimes emphasizing the interests of the other. Susan began her career as an ornithologist, working with Bob Payne as his Research Associate at the University of Michigan and studying Indigo Buntings. Mike started out as a histochemist studying monkeys, but always studied birds on the side. Mike also led natural history tours through the Americas, as far south as Costa Rica. Susan became a 7th grade teacher of math and science, and Mike joined the faculty in the Department of Biology at Eastern Michigan University. Here they will tell us about their remarkable journey of exploration, discovery, and working together.

Michael Kielb currently is a member of the Biology faculty at Eastern Michigan University, and a contributing author for several books on birds.

Susan Kielb is now retired and studies Palm Warblers during the nesting season in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


F1835 Ladino: A Vanishing Language and Culture
Presenter: Michael Fahy
Date: Thursday, October 4
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Most Americans are at least familiar with Yiddish, a Germanic language (with an admixture of Hebrew and Slavic vocabulary) widely spoken among Jewish communities in Eastern Europe, at least until their effective annihilation in the Holocaust. Much less well-known is Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish language spoken by the descendants of the Jewish community expelled from Spain during the 15th century reign of monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand. Five hundred years later, these descendants continued to speak their dialect in sites throughout the Mediterranean basin, including North Africa, Italy, Greece, the former Yugoslavia, Turkey, and Israel. Today, very few Ladino speakers remain, but they leave behind them a rich culture and a fascinating story. In this presentation, Michael Fahy brings that narrative to life with photographs and examples of Ladino music and language.

Michael Fahy holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan and currently teaches in the University’s School of Education. Michael is an anthropologist of the Middle East. He has traveled, resided, and pursued research in both the Middle East and Europe.


F1836 The Lighthouses of Michigan
Presenter: Darlene Chisholm
Date: Thursday, October 4
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state in the United States. Join us for this presentation as Darlene Chisholm takes us on a lighthouse tour of our state, and shows us not only the structures we can easily visit, but also those that are more difficult to find. During this class we will learn about lighthouse festivals, volunteer and visitation opportunities, and a wide variety of Michigan lighthouse accommodations.

Darlene Chisholm and her husband Tom began photographing lighthouses in Michigan in 1969. Since then they have photographed over 3,500 lighthouses worldwide. Darlene and Tom often travel with the United States Lighthouse Society, as well as with the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. Darlene retired in 1998 after 30 years as an elementary school librarian in Albion, Michigan.


F1837 Understanding Michigan Local Government
Presenter: Larry Kestenbaum
Date: Friday, October 5
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

As you examine your general election ballot this fall, you may find candidates running for positions with which you are not familiar. Township park commissioner? Community college board of trustees? Water resources commissioner? Probate judge? Or, take a look at the detailed breakdown of where your property tax dollar goes: to multiple independent taxing authorities. Michigan has a complicated, and even bewildering, set of local government structures, with awkward relationships between and among different levels, as well as a great many elected positions. If you do not understand it all, you are not alone! During this class Larry Kestenbaum will lead us on a tour of the structure of Michigan's local governments, including the history of how they came to be. He will explain how they work – or, in some cases, don't work – and what this means for political issues and tax bills. After this class session, you will be a better-informed citizen, voter, and taxpayer.

Larry Kestenbaum has been involved in local and state government and politics for almost half
a century. In his position as Washtenaw County Clerk, he works directly with all of the different local governments and districts and taxing authorities in the county.


F1838 Building and Operating the Ann Arbor Railroad
Presenters: Dave Harrell and Don Maddock
Date: Tuesday, October 9
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Ann Arbor Railroad was built, as were most 19th century railroads, in a series of segments. It began in Toledo and ended up in both Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The railroad was started as a way to take advantage of Michigan’s vast forests by transporting wood products, but ended up moving a variety of freight from the far Northwest to the East Coast. As the railroad industry evolved during the 20th century, the Annie, as it was called, also evolved. It became a ward of the state and was preserved to maintain commerce within the state. Our presenters will describe the creation of the railroad and the many shenanigans that occurred during its construction. They will share video presentations of steam locomotives traversing the railroad some 40 years after steam had been replaced by other sources of power in most of the railroad industry. We will also see maps of the railroad, hear interesting stories about the people who ran it, and learn about its current existence as two profitable rail systems.

Dave Harrell and Don Maddock are president and vice president of the Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association, respectively, and have been involved in preservation and education regarding the railroad for more than 20 years.


F1839 Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus Is 200 Years Old!
Celebrate the novel by watching the movie, Young Frankenstein.
Presenter: Julie Teorey
Date: Wednesday, October 10
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note the 4:00 p.m. end time.]

In 1818 Mary Shelley published a strange, scary story about a Dr. Frankenstein and The Monster he created. Mary’s first and most famous novel is a gothic horror classic. Countless adaptations have been produced in the last 200 years. We will celebrate by watching Mel Brooks’ four-star comedy classic, Young Frankenstein. This very American version includes such stars as Peter Boyle (The Monster) and Gene Wilder (Dr. Frankenstein). Other well-known stars are: Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Madeline Kahn, and Cloris Leachman. This must-see movie should be watched in the company of friends since it is no fun to laugh all alone. There will be a brief lecture about the novel, and attendees will leave with a summary of the actual book. Come and laugh with your friends. Did we mention there will be birthday cake?!

Julie Teorey received her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. She is a big fan of classic movies.


F1840 The Peninsular Paper Dam Project in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Presenter: Laura Rubin
Date: Thursday, October 11
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Between the time of the earliest European settlements (circa 1700) and the middle of the 20th century, more than 100 dams were constructed along Michigan’s Huron River and its tributaries. Originally built to generate power and/or supply water, today they primarily provide recreation. Only four still produce hydropower, and most have far exceeded their recommended 40-year lifespan. The adverse effects of dams on the health of their host rivers are well documented and several communities are now seriously considering river restoration through dam removal. Ypsilanti is one such community. In partnership with the Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC), the city has moved forward with a technical study focused on the impacts and feasibility of removing the Peninsular Paper Dam. In this class Laura Rubin shares the rationale, processes, and preliminary results of that study, as well as the implications for future river restoration and preservation in Michigan.

Laura Rubin has served as Executive Director of the Huron River Watershed Council for the past 20 years. She holds dual master’s degrees in business and environmental studies from the University of Michigan and leads HRWC efforts to protect and restore the Huron River for healthy and vibrant communities.


F1841 Washtenaw Wildlife from A to Z
Presenter: Don Chalfant
Date: Friday, October 12
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Don Chalfant returns to Elderwise with his photographic display of the beauty and variety of wildlife in our own Washtenaw County. Knowing Don, we can predict that “O” will stand for owls, and “D” very likely for dragonflies. But what about “Q” and “Z”? Come, see, and solve the mystery by attending this fun-filled session and viewing Don’s extraordinary nature photography. He plans to delight and surprise you with several new and updated photographs.

Don Chalfant received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan. He retired from the Ann Arbor Schools in 1995, where he taught elementary students for many years. In retirement, Don indulges his passion for the outdoors, and especially for birding. He has recently added nature photography to his list of enthusiastic pursuits.


F1842 The Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Presenter: Russell Robert Larson
Date: Monday, October 15
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was one of the most influential poets and public intellectuals of the early 19th century in England. His writings on philosophy, religion, politics, and literature have proven to be significant influences on later thought. Most people are familiar with two of Coleridge’s most famous poems, Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Few, however, are familiar with his other major poems such as The Eolian Harp, Frost at Midnight, Dejection: An Ode, To William Wordsworth, and The Nightingale: A Conversation Poem. In this class we will focus on these seven poems, which are readily available online and in Coleridge anthologies. Registrants will also receive a course-pack in advance of the class.

Russell Larson is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). He holds a Ph.D. in 19th century English literature from the University of Michigan, and joined the teaching faculty of the Department of English Language and Literature at EMU in 1970, where he served as department chair from 1999 to 2006.


F1843 Music Inspired by Art and Art Inspired by Music
Presenters: Henry Aldridge and Richard Rubenfeld
Date: Wednesday, October 17
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Composers and artists have long sought inspiration from each other. Join us to hear Emeritus Professors Henry Aldridge and Richard Rubenfeld discuss these cross-media relationships. They will include examples of musical compositions such as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Respighi’s Three Botticelli Portraits and The Fountains of Rome, as well as Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead, Debussy’s Blessed Damoiselle, and others. Our presenters will also include examples of artists who have found inspiration in music, such as James Whistler, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Sonja Delaunay, Piet Mondrian, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gene Davis, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Henry B. Aldridge is Professor Emeritus of Electronic Media and Film Studies at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), and an accomplished musician. He is an incorporating officer of the Michigan Theater Foundation, and has served for many years as one of the theater's staff organists. Dr. Aldridge has written three books and several articles in the field of video and film studies.

Richard Rubenfeld is Professor Emeritus of Art at Eastern Michigan University. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in art history from The Ohio State University. At EMU he taught a wide range of classes on modern and post-modern art to both undergraduate and graduate students, and has curated or co-curated several exhibitions of comic and other pop culture art forms.


F1844 When We Were Kings: The Rumble in the Jungle
Presenter: John Stewart
Date: Thursday, October 18
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note the 4:00 p.m. end time.]

It has been two years since the death of the man chosen by Sports Illustrated as the 20th century’s greatest athlete. Muhammad Ali is remembered as a major figure of the turbulent 1960s and ‘70s. His witty exchanges with sportscaster Howard Cosell delighted TV audiences, his embrace of the Black Muslim movement heightened racial tensions in America, and his support of third-world struggles made him a hero abroad. In 1967, undefeated and at the height of his powers, Ali was stripped of his title for refusing to serve in Vietnam. Six years elapsed before he had an opportunity to regain it, but a fearsome young opponent stood in his way. The October 1974 “rumble” with George Foreman was staged in Kinshasa, Zaire. It was financed by Zaire’s brutal dictator Mobutu Sesi Seko, accompanied by concerts starring James Brown and B.B. King, and chronicled by writers Norman Mailer and George Plimpton. The circus-like atmosphere and psychological gamesmanship are captured in this Academy Award winning documentary.

John Stewart is a retired software developer with degrees in biology from the University of Michigan. He regrets passing up a chance to meet Muhammad Ali during the retired champion’s 1992 visit to Ypsilanti.


F1845 Loving Vincent: An Acclaimed Animated Film
Presenter: Hedy Brodak
Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note the 4:00 p.m. end time.]

Loving Vincent is a 2017 experimental animated biographical film drama about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, about the circumstances of his death. It is the first production of a fully-painted animated feature film. Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, created by a team of 125 painters/artists using the same technique as that used by van Gogh. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It won the Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin, and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.

Hedy Brodak retired in 2007 as the Assistant Library Director of the Troy Public Library where she particularly enjoyed planning film and book discussion events for library patrons. Hedy continues to enjoy the study of films and their relationship to the times in which we live.


F1846 The Music Is from Detroit
Presenter: Ken Stevens
Date: Thursday, October 25
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

This is the story of Detroit’s music, the people who made it, and the places where it was made. From Ragtime to Motown, from Psychedelic to Techno, Detroit has been central to the creation of America’s music. It came from bar rooms and brothels, ballrooms and clubs, and it spread across the country and around the world. In this class we will meander through the City on the Strait with stops at places like the Graystone Ballroom, the Plantation Club, St. Andrew’s Hall, the Grande Ballroom, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, and the Raven. Along the way, we will reminisce with old favorites and explore some new genres.

Ken Stevens began his theater career in Cincinnati where he co-founded the Showboat Majestic and served as a Rockefeller Fellow at Playhouse in the Park and the University of Cincinnati. In 1972 Ken joined the faculty of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) where he created both the musical theater program and the graduate and undergraduate programs in arts management. Since retiring from EMU he has continued to teach arts management classes and lead in the education program of Michigan Legacy Art Park, a wilderness sculpture park at Crystal Mountain Resort.


F1847 Republicans Are Red. Will the Elections Go Blue?
A Panel Discussion
Presenters: Jeffrey Bernstein, Michael Homel, Larry Kestenbaum
Date: Thursday, October 25
Time: 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note the 4:00 p.m. end time.]

November 6, 2018. The mid-term elections. The day when our nation elects one-third of the Senate, the entire House of Representatives, and the majority of governors and state legislators. How will these elections go? Will they reflect satisfaction with the administration, and continuation of Republican control at the congressional and state levels, or will the "blue wave" restore Democrats to power? Come join us for this discussion, which is being held just twelve days before the mid-term elections. We will discuss recent events in the Trump administration, and consider their likely impact on the mid-terms nationally, at the state level, and in our local communities.

Jeffrey Bernstein studies and teaches political science and American politics at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). He specializes in public opinion and political behavior.

Michael Homel is Professor Emeritus of History at EMU. Mike’s special expertise is in the fields of 20th century American history, and American urban history.

Larry Kestenbaum is the Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds. Larry is the creator and owner of, the Internet’s most comprehensive source for American political biography.


F1848 Michigan Mania: Early Settlement of the Michigan Territory
Presenter: Susan Nenadic
Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

After the American Revolutionary War, the area we now call Michigan became part of the United States by treaty with Great Britain. Other areas of the Northwest Territory quickly became the states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. For a while, Michigan lagged behind the others in settlement, but once that movement began (circa 1820), pioneers quickly populated the lower half of the mitten. The opening of the Michigan Territory has been compared to the frenzy caused by the discovery of gold in California. Unlike most migrants to the far west, however, Michigan was settled by families. Why did they come, how did they come, and what problems did they face? During this class Susan Nenadic will answer all these questions and more.

Susan Nenadic is a retired teacher of high school English and history. She is the author of A Purse of her Own: Occupations of Nineteenth Century Women, and Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor. Susan is a former board member of the Washtenaw County Historical Society, and is currently president of a nonprofit organization that is building and financing a secondary school in Uganda. She regularly offers educational programs throughout Michigan.


F1849 The Mediterranean Diet: What Is All the Hype About?
Presenter: Cecilia Sauter
Date: Monday, October 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Are you looking for a heart-healthy eating plan that is flavorful and perhaps includes a glass of red wine? Look no further! The Mediterranean diet is a traditional diet that has evolved over the last 5,000 years, and has been the subject of intensive research for more than 50 years. Hundreds of studies have documented an array of health benefits linked to the traditional Mediterranean diet. These include an increased life span, and lower risks for certain cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, blood pressures, and bad cholesterol. Come join us while we explore the history of the Mediterranean diet and learn about its benefits, as well as why it is not a “magic bullet.” Presenter Cecilia Sauter will teach us how to incorporate some of the diet’s simple ingredients into our own eating habits, and improve our health.

Cecilia Sauter holds an M.S. degree from Texas Woman’s University and is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She currently works at the University of Michigan, training clinical staff in how to help people who have chronic conditions.


F1850 A Watery Menace: Invasive Aquatic Species of the Great Lakes
Presenter: Ulrich Reinhardt
Date: Tuesday, October 30
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Think about the flowers in your garden. Most of them are exotic, meaning they are not native to our region. While the vast majority of exotic plants and animals are harmless to our ecosystems, some of them – those we call ‘invasives’ – have gone rogue. Numerous exotic species have colonized in the Great Lakes region during the last few decades, and have become nuisance species. Examples include earthworms, purple loosestrife, European buckthorn, common reed, and, yes, domestic cats. In this class Uli Reinhardt provides an overview of the most important aquatic invasive species, and shares details about one that is infamous, the sea lamprey. He will discuss the biology of this slimy fish parasite, its complex management, and his own research, as well as that of his fellow scientists, into improving the fight against the sea lamprey.

Ulrich Reinhardt has been a professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University for more than 16 years. He is a specialist in ichthyology and teaches classes on zoology, ecology, and environmental science, as well as summer field-study in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Professor Reinhardt has lived, worked, and studied in America, Germany, Ecuador, Japan, and Canada.


F1851 Confronting Climate Change: What Are the Challenges?
Presenter: Henry Pollack
Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Earth’s climate is changing. Our planet's surface temperature, atmospheric and oceanic chemistries, patterns of precipitation and drought, and sea levels have all seen significant changes from only a century ago. While natural factors continue to play a role in the pace and direction of climate change, since the mid 20th century humans have taken increasing control of Earth’s climate. Today, human beings are the primary drivers of contemporary climate change. These developments are forcing the global population to confront some daunting challenges. Cities, states, national governments, and the private sector around the world face difficult decisions about adaptation and/or mitigation. In this class, Henry Pollack will discuss how the Paris Climate Accord of 2015, the depressed prices of carbon-based fuels, the accelerating flow of capital to renewable energy sources, and the administration in Washington all contribute to an uncertain future.

Henry Pollack is Professor Emeritus of Geophysics at the University of Michigan. In 2007 he was a contributing author to the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 4th Assessment Report, and is currently a scientific adviser to former Vice-President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. Henry has authored two books: Uncertain Science…Uncertain World (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and A World Without Ice (Avery/Penguin 2009).


F1852 Famous World Churches and Cathedrals, Part II
Presenter: Toby Teorey
Date: Monday, November 5
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Churches are often very prominent on the skylines of great cities, and in many instances these buildings have also been places of immense civic pride. In this class we will continue our exploration of famous churches and cathedrals, as well as synagogues and mosques, by viewing and listening to visually stunning video lectures by award-winning Professor William R. Cook of The Great Courses series. We will visit several of the most extraordinary churches in the world: the incredible La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, which was designed by Antoni Gaudi and is still under construction; the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba; and Iceland’s Hallgrimskirkja. In addition, we will feature the Great Synagogue of Budapest in a short film. The lectures for this class include video tours which explain the architecture and religious meaning of the details of each structure, and we will allow ample time for discussion.

Toby Teorey is a former chair of the Elderwise Council. He is retired from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering, and in retirement pursues his enduring interest in the arts, humanities, and cultures of the world.


F1853 Creative Redevelopment in Detroit: The HOPE Village Initiative
Presenter: Maggie Allan
Date: Thursday, November 8
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

In support of creative redevelopment efforts in Detroit, the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute (GSI) has partnered with the Detroit-based nonprofit civil and human rights organization, Focus: HOPE. Together they have conducted the Integrated Assessment known as the Sustainability and HOPE Village Initiative. The objective of this comprehensive, place-based effort is to ensure that, by the year 2031, 100% of neighborhood residents will be educationally well-prepared, economically self-sufficient, and living in a safe, supportive environment. The collaboration of University researchers, Focus: HOPE staff, and community residents has generated data, plans, and recommendations designed to advance the HOPE Village Initiative and revitalize neighborhoods.

Maggie Allan provides day-to-day leadership and management of the GSI Emerging Opportunities Program, which supports collaborative and engaged research, outreach, and project team activities connecting knowledge to real-world sustainability. Maggie holds M.P.P. and M.S. degrees, and has multidisciplinary experience in conservation ecology and policy, and natural resource management. More information about the Graham Institute’s work with the HOPE Village Initiative can be found at the website


F1854 Meditation and Movement: Moving from the Inside Out
Presenter: Layla Ananda
Date: Monday, November 12
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

We often think of meditation as something we experience while sitting still. But, movements – even small ones – as part of a meditation practice, can bring health, pleasure, and peace. This class is for everyone who likes to move, even a little bit, maybe even just fingers or toes. No experience or specific abilities are necessary. We will use music, and quiet meditative states, to find our best ways to move. In this class you will have the opportunity to create your own personal movement plan, and take it home with you.

Layla Ananda, M.A., L.L.P., has studied and practiced meditation over the past 30 years. She is a retired psychotherapist and educator, most recently serving as a faculty member of the Psychology Department at Washtenaw Community College.


F1855 Flights of Imagination: Birds in Poetry
Presenter: Macklin Smith
Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

People have long been fascinated by birds – their flight, beauty, songs, behaviors – and have variously represented birds in myths, fables, dances, and poems. In this class, we will listen to some particularly stunning birdsong, which will segue us right into the first extant song lyric in English, a four-part 13th century round known as the Cuckoo Song. In this piece, and in bird poetry generally, the bird is filtered through an anthropomorphic idea or vision. We will also consider William Langland’s amazingly perceptive 14th century lines about plumage camouflage and the art of nest-building, as well as bird poems by Keats, Shelley, Whitman, Frost, and a few contemporary poets. While we are enjoying these poems, we will also ask how and why birds are depicted as beautiful or meaningful, and what this tells us about our history and culture.

Macklin Smith recently retired from the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, where he taught Medieval literature, Shakespeare, and a variety of poetry courses. Macklin is also an expert birder. He has been pursuing that avocation throughout North America for more than 40 years.


F1856 Race and Culture: A Conversation
Facilitator: Judy Wenzel
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Judy Wenzel, author of Light from the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom, learned the value of talking about – and through – differences, from a very diverse group of students in the federal prison in Milan, Michigan. Both students and teacher struggled with the painful history of Native American genocide, slavery, Jim Crow, and poverty, but they recognized the value of listening to, and learning from, people whose backgrounds and experiences were far different from their own. In addition to discomfort, they experienced personal enrichment, understanding, and compassion. This informal discussion session at Elderwise provides an opportunity for similar conversation and sharing focused on the definitions and importance of culture, and on the interactions and the hope to be found between and among our differences and commonalities.

Judy Wenzel grew up and raised a family in northern Michigan. She did not expect to spend more than two decades in jail when she moved to Ann Arbor to go back to school at the University of Michigan. She taught many subjects in the Milan prison program between 1986 and 2010, primarily in the fields of English and social studies. Judy misses her students, but writing about them has kept them closer.


F1857 Richard Hoffman: Half the House: A Memoir
Presenter: Will Horwath
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Text: Richard Hoffman, Half the House: A Memoir.
New Rivers Press, 2015. Paperback.

Yes, Half the House is a memoir – about the life of Richard Hoffman growing up in the bruising blue-collar world of post-WWII Allentown, Pennsylvania. And, yes, more importantly it is a book about us – about the world that we, as a nation, have created, and the world in which we raise our children. Tragically, it is a world in which boys are raped by coaches, fathers beat their sons, and success goes to those who learn to hit their competitors harder than their competitors hit them. It is this cycle of violence that is America’s national pastime. Yes, Half the House is an important and informative read. Please join Will Horwath to view the Dateline interview with Richard Hoffman, and to discuss the critical societal issues raised by his memoir. And, yes, Will is baking the Midnight Cake.

Will Horwath holds a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Michigan. He has taught literature and creative writing at Moravian College, the University of Michigan, and Oakland University. He most recently taught at Madonna University in the Department of Language, Literature, Communication and Writing.


F1858 Detroit's Historic Churches: More Postcards from the Past
Presenter: Charles Gehrke
Date: Monday, November 19
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

A portion of Detroit’s historic Woodward Avenue was once referred to as “Piety Hill” because of the large number of churches which had been built along that section. Many of these churches remain active today, and many have been renovated or restored. Drawing from his collection of vintage postcards, Charles Gehrke will take us on another visual tour of some of the most elegant among these historic churches. These snapshots of history will be supplemented with photographs of many of the church interiors.

Charles Gehrke, a retired physician, was born and raised in Detroit, attended high school in downtown Detroit, and has maintained an interest in Detroit and its restoration. With his postcard presentations of Detroit’s historic buildings, he combines his interest in history and his hobby of collecting vintage postcards.


F1859 1968-1969: A Fabulous Year for Music
Presenter: Mike Zeiger
Date: Tuesday, November 20
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note the 4:00 p.m. end time.]

1968 -1969 was a year of exciting events. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. The Detroit Tigers won the 1968 World Series. The size and scope of the Woodstock Festival astonished us, as did the debut of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Yet, all of these events and more were overshadowed by the devastating assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the tragedies of the Chappaquiddick drowning and the Charles Manson murders, and the horrors of the Vietnam War. It was the outstanding music surrounding these events that had the power to make us forget, at least for a little while, all of the terrible things that were happening. Illustrating the power and diversity of this music, our presenter Mike Zeiger will play several recordings from 1968-1969, bringing back some of our best memories of that time.

Mike Zeiger is an about-to-retire computer science professor at Eastern Michigan University where he began teaching 50 years ago. Mike is a former New Yorker and an avid fan of pop music. In honor of Mike’s golden anniversary in teaching, he is revisiting the music of 1968-1969, which he considers to be the most innovative and influential of the last half-century.


F1860 Iconic Berlin: Combining Tragedy, Perseverance, and Glamour
Presenter: Gerlinda Melchiori
Date: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The city of Berlin has been the capital of a German province, the Prussian Kingdom, German Empire, Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and now the German Republic. Can any other city boast such a sequence of prominence? In this class we will explore Berlin’s different historical layers, and identify them in association with their key leaders – yes, those myriad counts, kings, emperors, dictators, and prime ministers. Presenter Gerlinda Melchiori will discuss the world views of these luminaries and will highlight their vast creation of art and architecture, literature and music, universities and research institutes. Indeed, Berlin displays the widest range of human achievement, from the depths of tragedy and political disaster to the heights of intellectual and cultural glory.

Gerlinda Melchiori holds advanced degrees in history and business, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Michigan. She has served as an international consultant to universities around the world.


F1861 From Cornwall to the California Gold Fields
Presenter: Warren B. Carah
Date: Thursday, November 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

In the years from 1820 to 1870, hundreds of thousands of Cornish miners and engineers were forced to abandon their native land in search of opportunities elsewhere. Cornish expertise in the design of mining equipment and in the techniques of hard rock mining were much in demand. This is the personal story of one “Cousin Jack” who came to America in 1832 with nothing but an overarching will to succeed. In 1849 he joined the multitudes who had caught gold fever and ventured across the continent by wagon trains to California. During this journey, he learned first-hand the dangers lurking in the Great Plains and the western deserts. Eventually, having lost everything, our presenter’s itinerant ancestor reached California on foot. Not by luck, but by skill and sheer perseverance, he found success in the gold fields of Mariposa.

Warren B. Carah recently retired as president of a firm providing equipment and services to nuclear power facilities. He holds environmental science and engineering degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Washington State University. Warren has written numerous articles on his father’s experiences during World War II and on the history of his Cornish ancestors during the California Gold Rush.


F1862 Elderwise Round Table Coffee Hour
Theme: Extraordinary People We Have Known, Part II
Facilitator: Elderwise Member Host
Date: Friday, November 30
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Our popular end-of-semester Round Table Coffee Hour continues with Part II of the theme “Extraordinary People We Have Known.” Those attending will share their individual memories of unusual, exciting, or fascinating people they have met and/or known over many years, including family, friends, neighbors, and professional colleagues, as well as celebrities and dignitaries. We will also share the important context (where we were living, what we were doing, and when) surrounding the most memorable characters we encountered, and how and why they were extraordinary and made such a lasting impression on us.

The Round Table will be facilitated by an Elderwise Member Host. We warmly welcome all Elderwise members, nonmember friends, and guests to our informal Round Table Coffee Hour. This collegial gathering is free of charge, but we do ask you to register in advance on the Registration Form provided in this catalog.




F1863 A Visit to the Paint Creek Vineyard and Winery
Presenter: Bryanne Patail
Date: Tuesday, September 11 at the winery south of Ann Arbor in Pittsfield Township
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $8; Nonmembers $15
Tour Size: Enrollment for this field trip is limited to 15 attendees.

Are you curious about the wine making process? Join us for a walking tour of the Paint Creek Vineyard and Winery, a small hobby winery in our local Pittsfield Township. The tour will take place just before the fall harvest. We will see the various grapes while they are still on the vines, and then we will see the various steps involved in converting grapes to wine – from measuring the Brix value (sugar content) to crushing and de-stemming, from converting to must (pulpy juice) and fermenting to titrating (measuring acidity), tasting and finally bottling and labeling the wines. Please be prepared to walk in the fields with appropriate attire and sturdy closed-toe shoes. Driving directions and details regarding location will be sent in advance to all registrants.

Bryanne Patail was born in Burma (the current Myanmar), and was educated both in Burma and the United States. He worked as a clinical engineer in the healthcare field for approximately five decades until retiring a few years ago. Mr. Patail prepared for his retirement by planting a vineyard and setting up a small winery with his wife Pat.


F1821 Beyond Borders: Global Africa
A Tour at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
Guide: Helen Weingarten
Dates: Tour A, Wednesday, September 12 at UMMA, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor
          Tour B, Thursday, September 20 at UMMA, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor
Note: These are duplicate tours. Each is limited to 15 participants.
Please register for one tour only.
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. [Please note the 2:00 p.m. start time and 3:30 p.m. end time.]
Fee: Members $8; Nonmembers $15, for one tour only.

This tour of the museum’s permanent African collection and special exhibit Beyond Borders is offered in conjunction with the class “The Arts of Africa,” presented by Helen Weingarten on Wednesday afternoon, September 5. Please see the description of F1820, above. The exhibition Beyond Borders: Global Africa brings together a wide array of arts from Africa and the African diaspora, including historical and contemporary examples, to celebrate the cosmopolitan nature of African art. It features how these artworks have been shaped by, and have contributed to, conversations taking place across the world – crossing ethnic, national, and geographic boundaries.

Helen Weingarten is an emeritus associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She has studied art history and literature since her undergraduate years at Cornell University. In retirement, Helen has served as a volunteer at the Ford Gallery at Eastern Michigan University and as a docent at UMMA.


F1801 Spiders and Their Kin
Presenter: Cara Shillington
Dates: Thursday, September 6, class at the Red Cross Building
Thursday, September 13, field trip at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

This class and tour will provide a brief introduction to spiders and some of their lesser known relatives, including scorpions, harvestmen and vinegaroons. Cara Shillington will describe
some of the more interesting aspects of their life histories and behaviors, including their varied and surprising mating habits and their amazing web-building abilities. Her class presentation on September 6 will highlight many of the common and easily recognized local spiders, some of which can be identified by examining the forms of their webs. The September 13 field trip, an easy walk along outdoor paths at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, will provide an opportunity for us to develop identification and observational skills.

Cara Shillington is a professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) whose area of expertise is behavioral and physiological ecology. She teaches invertebrate biology at EMU, and has led students on field trips to tropical and subtropical localities in Florida, the Bahamas, and Ecuador. Cara’s research focuses on the arachnids, especially tarantulas, using these creatures as both model and muse.


F1864 Urban Biographies, Ancient and Modern
Presenters: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Professional Staff and Docents
Date: Friday, September 14 at the Kelsey Museum, 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor
Note: The museum’s public and accessible entrance is on Maynard Street.
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $8; Nonmembers $15
Tour Size: Enrollment for this tour is limited to 15 attendees.

Just as the biography of an individual tells us why that person is unique, so the biography of a city tells us about the unique experience of a particular urban community. The exhibition Urban Biographies: Ancient and Modern features the Kelsey Museum’s field projects in Gabii (Italy), Olynthos (Greece), and Notion (Turkey), and what the excavations reveal about the profiles of those classical urban centers. What do they have in common? How do they differ? What can we learn from them about cities and city life overall? Such comparisons lead us to a further comparison with modern cities, and with Detroit as the chosen example. What we discover is that there are urban concerns common to cities across all periods and places – housing, crowding, and social complexity. Also common are focal points of economic activity (trades and professions) as well as a diffuse urban agriculture. This exhibition addresses an important question of how the study of the past can help to illuminate the urban challenges and opportunities of the present.

Kelsey Museum Professional Staff and Docents will guide our tour of the exhibition, which is on display from August 24, 2018 through January 6, 2019.


F1865 The Raptors: Our Birds of Prey
Presenter: Lannis Smith
Date: Monday, September 17 at the Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $13; Nonmembers $20
This fee includes a $5 charge for the program and tour.
Class Size: Enrollment for this field trip is limited to 25 attendees.

For this program and tour at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, you should prepare to be astonished, as well as educated, when specialist handlers introduce you to some of the Center's most engaging live birds of prey, and demonstrate their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. The Leslie Science and Nature Center occupies a unique 50-acre site of fields, prairies, forest, pond, and wildlife enclosures, and is the permanent home for injured birds of prey. We will begin our visit with an up-close-and-personal indoor program about these birds, and then take a walk among the outdoor enclosures that house the raptors. The Center’s facilities and central grounds are accessible to those with disabilities.

Lannis Smith is the Wildlife Manager at Ann Arbor’s Leslie Science and Nature Center. Ever since she could walk, Lannis has loved to explore wilderness areas. A Michigan native, she has pursued a career in wildlife biology and environmental education. Lannis received her bachelor’s degree in biology at Albion College and her master’s in environmental science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.


F1866 A Stroll on the Wild Side: In Search of the Sacred Four
Presenter: Andrew Buesser
Date: Wednesday, October 3 at Burns-Stokes Preserve, Dexter
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $8; Nonmembers $15
Class Size: Enrollment for this field trip is limited to 15 attendees.

During this field trip, we will take a leisurely stroll through the Burns-Stokes Preserve with survival instructor Andy Buesser. We will identify plants and other natural materials used for wilderness survival. Andy will discuss the collection, preparation, and various uses of these materials in securing survival’s Sacred Four: shelter, water, fire, and food. We will also learn about the Native American legacy of procuring, maintaining, and conserving natural resources while achieving a better understanding of the true law of nature – “flourishment of the most cooperative.” Please wear appropriate attire for this walk: long pants and shirt sleeves, and sturdy, comfortable boots or shoes. Driving directions to the Burns-Stokes Preserve location will be sent to registrants in advance.

Andy Buesser is a master carpenter who has spent much of his life studying wilderness survival. Under the tutelage of legendary tracker, Tom Brown, Jr., Andy learned the knowledge and skills of Stalking Wolf, a Native American elder and the last of the Apache scouts.



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F1867 Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Theater: She Loves Me
Adapted from the play by Miklos Laszlo.
Director/Presenter: Phil Simmons
                         Pre-Performance Class: Friday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
                        Matinee Performance: Sunday, October 21, 2:00 p.m.
                        (Quirk Theatre, EMU campus)
                        Post-Performance Class: Monday, October 22, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $25; Nonmembers $34 [Includes one ticket to the play.]
Emeritus Faculty: Members $16; Nonmembers $25
Extra Tickets are $9 each. Please see F1869 on this catalog's Registration Form.

She Loves Me is a euphoric romantic comedy with a soaring score. Amalia and Georg work together at a modest Hungarian parfurmerie, and have disliked each other from the very beginning. He thinks she’s stuck up, and she thinks he’s arrogant and mean. Each rapturously writes to a lonely hearts pen pal when the work day is done, and it doesn’t take long for the audience to see that they’re in love without realizing it. Inevitably, through some of the most iconic songs in the musical theatre canon (Vanilla Ice Cream, She Loves Me, Will He Like Me?), Georg and Amalia discover the truth, and rejoice in their love for each other at the story’s sweet and musically delightful conclusion.

Phil Simmons is a professor of musical theater at Eastern Michigan University, and a card-carrying member of the Actors Equity Association. His passion is teaching the next generation of actors, singers, and dancers to be happy, thriving, career-long performers.


F1868 PTD (Petie The Dog) Productions: Shakespeare in Love
A Romantic Comedy-Drama
Adapted by Lee Hall from the film written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard.
Director and Presenter: Joe York
                         Pre-Performance Class: Tuesday, November 6, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
                        Matinee Performance: Sunday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.
                        (Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti)
                        Post-Performance Class: Monday, October 22, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $19; Nonmembers $26 [Includes one ticket to the play.]
Extra tickets are $11 each. Please see F1870 on this catalog’s Registration Form

Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer's block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant. Viola’s fiery passion for poetry leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. She quickly becomes the playwright’s muse, while she disguises herself as a man to become a performer. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing: Romeo and Juliet. With opening night and the wedding day fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?

Joe York has appeared in PTD Productions in a variety of roles, and looks forward to directing Shakespeare in Love this fall. He has both directed and performed in community theaters for many years. Joe has written several full-length plays, and his poetry has been published in journals across the country.

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