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W1901 Man in Black: The Life, Times, and Music of Johnny Cash
Presenter: Jeremy Baldwin
Dates: Mondays, January 7 and 14
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

Join us as we trace the arc of the Man in Black's 71 years on Planet Earth through his music – music that intersected with politics, religion, cultural identity, depression, and salvation. We will journey from Johnny Cash’s early life in Dyess, Arkansas, to the studios of Sun Records in Memphis, on through to his super stardom in the 1960s. Later, Johnny became a tireless champion for the poor and down-trodden, evidenced by his famous prison concerts at Folsom and San Quentin. With over 96 albums to choose from in his discography, you can expect generous music and video samples to illustrate the breadth and depth of a man whose music was truly larger than life.

Jeremy Baldwin has been the host of The Roots Music Project on WEMU 89.1 since 2005. In 2018 he also began hosting The Break for WEMU’s Friday programming. He is the founder of K & J Worldwide, a company specializing in custom travel and study-abroad experiences. Jeremy grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, and is a graduate of Chicago’s Loyola University. He has lived and worked in Ypsilanti since 1998.

 

W1902 Great Classical Composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Presenter: Toby Teorey
Dates: Tuesdays, January 8 and 15
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

Join us as we explore the biographies and important musical achievements of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. All three flourished between the 18th and 19th centuries, one of the most exciting and creative periods in the development of Western classical music. Through the BBC Great Composers series, we will learn about the important inspirations in the lives of these composers, as explained by famous scholars and performers. We will also view a visually stunning presentation of the social and historical background of the music of these composers, and listen to orchestral performances of some of their most beautiful and engaging works.

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

 

W1903 Creative Writing Workshop
Facilitator: Joel Davila
Dates: Thursdays, January 10, February 7, March 7, and March 28
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.

This workshop offers a relaxed setting for writers of all interests and levels. Attendees will discuss each other’s writings and offer suggestions 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.

Joel Davila is a retired Environmental Protection Agency employee and the Chair of Elderwise Council. He has been a long-time participant in this workshop and has led the group on several occasions.

 

W1904 Reading The Canterbury Tales:
Discovering and Rediscovering Chaucer
Presenter: Jeffrey Cordell
Dates: Fridays, January 11 and 18
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25
Text: The instructor will provide copies of the selections to be read from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Class Size: Enrollment for this class is limited to 12 attendees.

In this highly interactive course, participants will read selections from The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th century frame tale. A series of stories told by some of the most vivid characters in English literature, the Tales are a compendium of medieval genres, composed of narratives that are by turns magical, ribald, and moving. Although written in the Middle Ages, the Tales are perennially modern, thanks to Chaucer’s wit, powers of characterization, and craft as a storyteller. We will read the selections in the original Middle English, exploring Chaucer’s pronunciation and metrical forms by reading aloud. The instructor will circulate the selected text in advance of the first session.

Jeffrey Cordell holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from the University of Virginia. He has taught literature and academic writing at Boston University, Harvard, and Alma College. Jeffrey presently is an assistant professor in the Department of Language, Literature, Communication and Writing at Madonna University.

 

W1905 China in 1900: The Boxer Rebellion – Causes, Events, and Outcomes
Presenter: Jiu-Hwa Upshur
Dates: Wednesdays, January 23 and 30
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

In these two sessions we will look at the causes, course of events, and outcomes of the Boxer Rebellion in China, a nation that was in dire straits by the end of the 19th century, the result of a weakened ruling dynasty, humiliating military defeats by Western powers, economic decline, and a series of natural disasters. These problems led to the formation of an anti-foreign secret society called I-ho Chuan, or The Righteous and Harmonious Fists (thus, the Boxers). The members practiced old-style boxing or calisthenics that purportedly gave them magical powers. By 1900 the Boxers had gained a following in northern China, and the patronage of Tz’u-hsi, the Empress Dowager. She and her supporters believed killing Western diplomats and missionaries would free China of Western domination. Ironically, and tragically, the Boxer reign of terror in 1900 led to Western military intervention, Western occupation of the capital of Beijing, and other devastating long-term consequences.

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.

 

W1906 The Unique Geology and Fossils of the Michigan Basin
Presenter: David Thompson
Dates: Thursdays, January 24 and 31
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

This course will focus on the geology of Michigan, principally on the unique fossils of the Michigan Basin. Our presenter, Dave Thompson, will introduce the definitions of basic terms for geological formations, the eras of geological time, and the where and when of specific fossils, including the recent discovery of the Dexter Mammoth. Class materials will include fossil examples, in both images and actual forms, and will identify their locations and describe why they are different or unusual. We will discuss minerals only in connection with the larger geological formations, and there will be no mention of dinosaurs since there were none in Michigan. (The “why” of that will be explained.) Dave’s teaching approach is interactive, and class members are encouraged to bring their own fossil “finds” for identification.

Dave Thompson has been engaged in collecting fossils since childhood and regards it as his adult avocation, with a specialization in the invertebrate fossils of the Michigan Basin. He is a member of the Friends of the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, has exhibited there, and has been a guest paleontologist at the Natural History Museum. Over 200 of his specimen photos are displayed on a website jointly sponsored by the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin.

 

W1907 Book Club
Facilitator: Shirley Southgate
Dates: Mondays, January 28, February 25, and March 25
Times: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., except February 25, 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 Winter 2019 semester are:

January Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Nonfiction
February Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan Nonfiction
March Secret Life of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore Nonfiction

Please read Sing, Unburied, Sing 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 Book Club. She is an avid reader and looks forward to a lively exchange of ideas, opinions, and interpretations.

 

W1908 Two English Romantics: Telling Tales with Traditional Forms
Presenter: Leonore Gerstein
Dates: Tuesdays, January 29 and February 5
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25
Text: The selected poems are readily available online, and in several editions of the poets’
collected works. The instructor will provide copies, upon request.

Turning away from Classicism, the Romantic movement in literature revived an interest in folk poetry, and poets often chose the ballad and romance forms for their narratives. For this course, we will read a well-known ballad, “The Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), and a lesser-known romance, “The Eve of St. Agnes” by John Keats (1795-1821). We will pay special attention to traditional stanza forms and experience the pleasure of stories well told. Both poets strike a balance between rich, sensory description and narrative suspense. And, both poems are considered to be among the finest from Coleridge and Keats.

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.

 

W1909 How the Supreme Court Changed America
Presenter: Michael Homel
Dates: Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon [Please note the 9:30 a.m. start time.]
Fee: Members $32; Nonmembers $45

Unlike Congress, the Supreme Court cannot tax or spend. Unlike the President, the Supreme Court cannot enforce administrative decisions or use military power. Nevertheless, the Court has both clearly and subtly shaped American life. In these four sessions, we will span more than two centuries of American history, covering major issues and court justices from John Marshall to John Roberts. We will trace how the court fostered a strong economy and federal supremacy, helped to
provoke the Civil War, bolstered corporate power, blocked and then ratified the New Deal welfare and regulatory state, expanded civil rights and individual freedoms, then, most recently, reversed course and moved the nation in a conservative direction.

Michael Homel is Professor Emeritus of History at Eastern Michigan University. He specializes in 20th century American history. Mike is the author of two books and other publications on urban education, race, government, and politics. He is a regular Elderwise instructor, offering classes on history, politics, and popular music.

 

W1910 Thomas Hardy: The Return of the Native
Presenter: George Stewart
Dates: Thursdays, February 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.

Clym Yeobright has known worldly success in London and Paris. But Clym is an idealist, and he has returned to his native Wessex determined to lead a life of service, bringing education and culture to the people of the Wessex countryside. However, he has not reckoned on Eustacia Vye – bewitching, discontented, darkly conflicted, irresistible, and anything but an idealist. Their destinies play out in Hardy's fascinating psychological novel. For the first class, please read the first eleven chapters which comprise Book One of the four Books into which the novel is divided.

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 Thomas Hardy. He looks forward to sharing the pleasures of The Return of the Native with like-minded readers.

 

W1911 A Very Special Sound: The Modern Jazz Quartet
Presenter: George Klein
Dates: Fridays, February 8 and 15
Time: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. [Please note the 3:30 p.m. end time.]
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

The Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) retained the same musicians (John Lewis, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, and Connie Kay) over a 40-year period, which is very unusual in the world of jazz. The MJQ were also remarkable for their ongoing exploration of the relationship between jazz and classical music. They could play a Bach fugue, shift seamlessly to a soulful blues, then integrate elements of each into something new. How did this approach come about? What effects did it have on jazz and classical music, and their audiences? What accounts for the group’s longevity in spite of strong musical differences among the group’s individuals, and in spite of their disbandments and reunions? Join us to explore these questions and more with guidance from George Klein, and help from both the film documentary MJQ: 40 Years of Music and selected recordings from the group’s 40-year discography.

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.

 

W1912 A History of Mystery through Illustrations
Presenter: George Hagenauer
Dates: Fridays, February 15 and 22
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

Our presenter is a collector of American mystery fiction in the form of books, magazines, newspaper serials, and comics. He also owns an extensive collection of original art created for these publications which is scheduled for exhibition later in 2019 at the Kenosha, Wisconsin, Public Museum. In this class we will preview works from the exhibition while surveying the history of mystery/suspense/crime novels from their beginnings in the early 19th century through the 1970s. During the two sessions, we will cover more than 50 artists and 40 major mystery writers, many of whom worked in multiple formats.

George Hagenauer holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and recently retired from a directorship career with various nonprofit organizations. He has collected comics and mystery novels for over 50 years and has written about popular culture in books and magazines. For many years, George also performed historical background research for a major mystery writer.

 

W1913 Taking Apart the News: So Much To Consider
Presenter: Al Chambers
Dates: Tuesday, February 19, and Thursday, February 21
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

In this pair of winter-semester sessions, Taking Apart the News will focus on, and discuss, confusing domestic and international issues that are not receiving the attention they deserve. What does the public and the media think and worry about regarding major subjects such as cyber-security, space exploration, the national debt, and the struggling American educational system? The direction of these classes will switch, if and as necessary, to the impossible-to-predict actions and surprises of the Trump White House, and those who are investigating and challenging the President. As something of an experiment, these two sessions will take place in the same week, just two days apart.

Al Chambers has spent decades in front-line journalism, corporate communications and, more recently, consulting with major global corporations. He works hard at trying to understand the fascinating and fast-paced developments of today’s world and how the media covers them.

 

W1914 Elderwise Sewing Circle: A Community Service Project
Presenter: Joan Bulmer
Date: Tuesday, February 26
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Sessions I and II
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25
Class Size: Enrollment for this course is limited to 12 attendees.

Sewing can besuch a solitary activity. But, it need not be! Let’s make it “sewcial” by getting together to sew for a cause. Join these two sessions and make an easy child’ssuperhero cape to donate to Enchanted Makeovers in Taylor, Michigan.The capes will be delivered to children in area homeless shelters.All skills (or no skills!) are welcome for this day of sewing. Come and chat, learn a new skill or revive an old one, and renew your interest in sewing.On one day, we will meet for both the morning and afternoon sessions and send out for a lunch together. Or, bring your own if you prefer.We will provide all sewing supplies, but if you can bring a sewing machine and scissors, please do!These sessions are limited to 12 participants.

Joan Bulmer is a product of many years of 4-H sewing, and has renewed her interest in the craft since her retirement. Currently serving as the Elderwise Treasurer, Joan would love to share her hobby with you, especially for such a good cause.

 

W1915 Another Search for the American Dream
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
Presenter: Kevin Eyster
Dates: Wednesdays, March 6 and 13
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note the 4:00 p.m. end time.]
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25
Text: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. Any of various editions.

Poorly received when first published in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby has since become an American literary classic, taught in almost every high school and college across the country. Set in the fabulous (and fantastical) Jazz Age of the 1920s, the story focuses on Long Island millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession with debutante Daisy Buchanan. Along with several other characters, these two protagonists provide vehicles for the author’s commentary on, among others, themes of decadence, excess, the immorality of wealth, idealism, social mobility, and resistance to change. The novel is often interpreted as a cautionary tale about the American Dream. In these two sessions we will explore Fitzgerald’s characterization, point of view, and themes, through discussion of the novel and viewing the 2003 Great Books series film documentary The Great Gatsby. We will also assess the longevity of the novel’s popularity, and its relevance to our world today.

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

 

W1916 Origins of the Italian Renaissance
Presenter: Susan Nenadic
Dates: Fridays, March 8, 15, 22, and 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Fee: Members $32; Nonmembers $45

Most people, if asked about the Italian Renaissance, will respond with mention of Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo. But, where did these masters get their ideas, and who hired them to create their masterpieces? This course introduces participants to the art, literature, and economy of what is called the proto-Renaissance: 1300-1450 C.E. We begin by focusing on Giotto’s painting, Donatello’s statues, and Brunelleschi’s many contributions to the art and architecture of the period. We will also look at Dante’s Divine Comedy, Petrarch’s sonnets, and Boccaccio’s Decameron, all of which introduced literature written in Italian rather than Latin. We will explore the background of these accomplishments with the rise of the merchant class, and the social and economic repercussions of the arrival of the plague in 1347. Our instructor tells us this will not be just a lecture. Attendees should be prepared to participate in this revealing inquiry.

Susan Nenadic is a retired teacher of 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 the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to spend several months in Florence studying the Renaissance.

 

 W1917 Growing Up in the Shadow of War:
From Occupied Warsaw to the Next Generation
Presenter: Linda Gintowt
Dates: Thursdays, March 14 and 21
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $16; Nonmembers $25

Snapshots of a foreign war and a foreign family filtered through Linda Gintowt’s Canadian upbringing, and through her experiences visiting post-World War II Poland. Her father grew up during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, was a combatant for the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, a prisoner of war in Germany, and a fighter with the Allies in Italy. He was given refuge in Canada, and later relocated to live in France. With this presentation you will meet real members of Linda’s family – those who fought and died, who were executed, who saved others, and one who rose to a position of political influence under Lech Walesa after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Linda is currently piecing together her family’s story, and reckoning with the repercussions of a war that shaped her life and our common history. As a distant daughter, she observes a free 21st century Poland still grappling with scars of identity.

Linda Dziewaltowska-Gintowt holds a B.A. degree from Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada, and an M.A. Drama (history and literature) from the University of Toronto. Linda has a passion for writing as well as the preservation of art and culture. She currently serves as the Elderwise Program Coordinator.

 

 

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W1918 The Dexters of Massachusetts and Michigan
Presenter: Frank C. Wilhelme
Date: Wednesday, January 9
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

From their arrival in Boston in 1642 through the mid 20th century, nine generations of Dexters left an indelible mark on America and ultimately on the world. In this class Frank Wilhelme will show how, primarily through a combination of business acumen and a zeal for public service, the Dexter family made significant contributions to numerous events and movements in American history. Important among those events were the Revolutionary War, the founding of the Republic, settling and developing the Michigan frontier, the abolition of slavery and temperance activism, rebuilding Chicago after the Great Fire, and the 20th century struggle for women's rights. Frank will highlight the Dexter family's involvement in the exploration, settlement, and development of the Michigan frontier between 1824 and 1854.

Frank Wilhelme is a co-founder and former president of the Dexter Area Historical Society, and a former executive director of the Historical Society of Michigan. Since his retirement in 2009 as an assistant dean of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, Frank has renewed his longstanding interest in the history of Dexter, the State of Michigan, and the Dexter family.

 

W1919 A Cinematic Thriller: King Charles III
Presenter: Toby Teorey
Date: Friday, January 11
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

The film King Charles III (2017) is adapted from the Tony-nominated stage play (2014), which centers on the hypothetical ascension of Prince Charles to the throne following the death of Elizabeth II. It is part political thriller and part royal family drama. It is also an examination of contemporary Britain – of political conscience, constitutional crisis, and the question of the current power of the crown. In the movie, acclaimed actor Tim Pigott-Smith stars as Charles. There will be ample time for discussion following the
viewing of the film.

Toby Teorey is a former chair of the Elderwise Council and a long-time member of the Curriculum Committee. He is retired from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and in retirement pursues his enduring love of cultural art forms, especially film and music.

 

W1920 Connecting to the Internet: The Options, Pro and Con
Presenter: Randy Frank
Date: Wednesday, January 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

How you connect to the Internet, both at home and while traveling, is often a matter of happenstance. Vendors intentionally make the process obscure through complicated rate plans, and the bundling of services, making it hard to understand the actual costs. In this class Randy Frank will discuss ACCESS: Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti alternatives for both home and wireless/cellular, and for international travel. Travel is where good Internet access is important for everything from maps to tourist information, and where the wrong choices can lead to astronomical costs. Randy will also cover PERFORMANCE: Are you getting the performance you are paying for? How do you figure out where the problems are? Finally, he will discuss the options for CORD CUTTING, that is, eliminating the cable TV connection and using streaming to obtain television content over your Internet connection.

Randy Frank has been involved in Internet development, management and teaching for over 40 years. In the 1970s and ‘80s he established the first Internet-connected networks and created and taught the First computer-network courses at both the Universities of Utah and Michigan. Randy capped his long and successful professional career as VP for Technology R&D at Fidelity Investments and then as Chief Technology Officer at Internet2.

 

W1921 The Perils of Migration and Safe Passage for Birds
Presenter: Heidi Trudell
Date: Wednesday, January 16
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

In the United States hundreds of millions of healthy birds are killed each year when they collide with the glass of residences and office buildings. With native bird populations experiencing steep declines, it is critical to take immediate action to reduce human threats to their survival. In addition to habitat loss and outdoor cats, glass is the leading cause of death among song birds. The Safe Passage programs are dedicated to making the world a better place for birds through education and outreach regarding bird-window collisions. In this class Heidi Trudell leads a discussion of myriad solutions for saving our birds. Join us to discover how building architects and their designs, wind farms, cell towers, and balloons all relate to bird safety. Explore as well what “dark skies” mean for our built environment, and what environmentally conscious lighting means for Safe Passage.

Heidi Trudell is Chair of Great Lakes Safe Passage for the Detroit Audubon Society, and has been the Regional Coordinator of Washtenaw Safe Passage for the Washtenaw Audubon Society. She is a consultant and speaker on bird-window collisions, often guiding architects on the design of bird-safe buildings.

 

W1922 Primers, Chalk, and Bells: Michigan’s One-Room Schools
Presenter: Rochelle Balkam
Date: Thursday, January 17
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

In the rapidly changing world of education today, it is comforting to look back on the “good old days” of the one-room school. Nearly 20 functioning one-room schools still exist in the State of Michigan. What is it that makes these schools so attractive? During this class, we will address that and other questions by focusing especially on the Geddes Townhall School. In 1987, the Townhall School was moved from its original site on Morgan Road in Pittsfield Township to the campus of Eastern Michigan University. Historian Rochelle Balkam, will guide us on the school’s journey as it made its way, foot by foot, to its present site. Rochelle will enhance her presentation with historic artifacts, and with images of many of the hundreds of one-room schools still standing in Michigan. We will also discuss their architecture, curriculum, rules for teachers, rules for students, and the strong support provided by their communities.

Rochelle Balkam has taught Michigan history at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) for 25 years. She holds an M.A. degree in history and an M.S. in historic preservation from EMU, and is Chair of the Friends of the Townhall School on the EMU campus. Rochelle serves on the board of the Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Association, and is a former board member of the Historical Society of Michigan.

 

W1923 Serious Sudoku
Presenter: Chris Hee
Date: Thursday, January 17
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Do not let the title scare you! Class participants will not be assumed to have any experience with Sudoku. In this class we will go through solutions of four- and five-star difficulty Sudoku puzzles. Even the most elementary moves will be thoroughly explained. Sudoku consists of a 9x9 table of numbers, with nine 3x3 sub-tables, and a smattering of the numbers 1 through 9 printed in the table. The object is to add numbers 1 through 9 in the blank spaces in the table so that each of the numbers 1 through 9 appears exactly once in each row, exactly once in each column, and exactly once in each of the nine 3x3 sub-tables. For each puzzle, there should be only one possible solution.

Chris Hee is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Eastern Michigan University. He has taught several classes at Elderwise, including Calculus Made Accessible, A Tale of Discovery in Math, Fun with Puzzles, Cryptic Crosswords, and Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers.

 

W1924 The Archaeological Search for a Lost Seaport
in Northern Madagascar
Presenter: Henry T. Wright
Date: Friday, January 18
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

The distant past is known to us through fragmentary records and ambiguous material fragments. Madagascar has few written records for the period prior to the later 18th century, so our knowledge of the area‘s ancient past depends on archaeological studies. Archaeology, however, is a discovery-driven science. One often discovers what one does not expect. In this presentation Henry Wright shares the story of the northeast coast of Madagascar, in which archaeologists not only found what they sought, but much more. They discovered not only the trade entrepot of the 15th to 16th centuries C.E., but villages of the earliest farmers of the 8th to 10th centuries as well, and the first evidence ever found of much older hunter-gatherers on this isolated mini-continent.

Henry Wright has studied the development of complex societies since the early 1960s. His doctoral research at the University of Chicago focused on early Mesopotamia. His work in Iraq and Iran led him to parallel studies of early state formation in the Western Indian Ocean, focused on Madagascar. Henry is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and Curator of Near Eastern Collections at the University’s Museum of Anthropological Archaeology.

 

W1925 Tampopo: A Japanese Noodle Western
Presenter: John Stewart
Date: Monday, January 21
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. [Please note the 4:00 p.m. end time.]

Goro is a truck driver with a roughneck cowboy sensibility. His idea of a good meal is a giant bowl filled with noodles, roast pork, and a steaming, savory broth. Tampopo (Dandelion) is a struggling 40ish widow who, like her tiny restaurant, seems to be on the verge of going to seed. The pair unite and enlist others in a quest to transform the failing shop into a paragon of noodle making perfection. As we follow them across the back streets of Tokyo, the camera cannot resist veering off into scenes from the odd lives of other food-obsessed individuals. Tampopo is one of a dozen quirky comedies written and directed by Juzo Itami (1933-1997), all of them starring his wife, Nobuko Miyamoto. Although they were widely popular in Japan, only the humor in this 1985 classic found an
audience abroad. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles and contains some adult situations.

John Stewart is a retired software developer with degrees in biology from the University of Michigan. He is not a movie maven, but he does enjoy watching foreign films and believes Tampopo will appeal to Elderwise cinema lovers.

 

W1926 An Update from the Michigan Innocence Clinic:
Recent Exonerations and Continuing Litigation
Presenter: David Moran
Date: Tuesday, January 22
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

In January 2009, Professors David Moran and Bridget McCormack (now a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court) launched the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School to investigate and litigate claims of innocence by convicted prisoners in cases where DNA evidence is not available. In its first nine years, the Clinic's work has resulted in the release of fifteen men and three women, whose combined wrongful incarceration totaled more than 250 years. Professor Moran, Director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, will return to Elderwise to discuss the several cases in 2018-2019 in which the Clinic won final exonerations for its clients. He will also discuss some of the most interesting cases in which litigation is continuing.

David Moran holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics and mathematics, and he earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He has argued six times before the United States Supreme Court. In 2010, he was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly.

 

W1927 The Silk Road: A Very Early Globalization Lasting 1,500 Years
Presenter: SuiWah Chan
Date: Thursday, January 24
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Globalization of trade and cultural exchange is not a recent phenomenon. Alexander the Great of Macedonia attempted it in the 4th century B.C.E. The Emperor Wu Di of China in the Han Dynasty opened the Silk Road for global trade in 138 C.E. This ancient network of trade routes, both terrestrial and maritime, connected West with East across Central Asia, reaching as well into South and Southeast Asia, and Africa. The Silk Road was central to economic and cultural interaction among peoples across these vast regions for more than 15 centuries. What can we learn from this remarkable project? Who were the traders? What did they trade, and how? Across the main route, in the middle of nowhere, what can the caves of Dunhuang tell us? What has been the impact of the Silk Road on world history, from then until now? SuiWah Chan will explore these and many other questions he and his wife asked on their trips along the Silk Road, and he will share unique photographs of their experiences and impressions.

SuiWah Chan is Professor Emeritus of Medical Education at Michigan State University, and an associate of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. He teaches Chinese history and culture, with a special focus on etymology.

 

W1928 John Brown: The Road to Harpers Ferry
Presenter: Peggy A. Russo
Date: Friday, January 25
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

On October 16, 1859, John Brown and 21 of his followers invaded Harpers Ferry, Virginia. They took possession of the federal armory and arsenal there as part of an attempt to end the institution of slavery. Captured two days later, Brown was tried and convicted of treason, murder, and inciting a slave insurrection. He was hanged on December 2, 1859. Because of his actions, southern states began to arm and eventually to secede from the union. Many historians consider Brown’s act to have been a catalyst for the Civil War, and 160 years later he remains a controversial figure. Was he a hero, a fanatic, a terrorist, a martyr, a “crazy old coot”? A look at John Brown’s life during the years leading up to the Harpers Ferry raid provides some possible answers to these questions.

Peggy A. Russo holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. She recently retired after 25 years of teaching at Pennsylvania State University and is co-editor (with Paul Finkelman) of Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown (Ohio University Press, 2005).

 

W1929 Preserving Your Family Photos
Presenter: Kenneth Hafeli
Date: Wednesday, January 30
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

The first century of photography was an age of black and white in which images were carefully crafted, treasured, and preserved. We are now in an age of digital photography, where photos are easily created and instantly saved, copied, altered, or discarded. Much less thought is given to preserving our own and our ancestors’ legacies through the protection of photographs. Over the course of his career, photo archivist Ken Hafeli has witnessed the transition from darkroom techniques to high-resolution scanning. In this presentation, he will offer hints on identifying formats long forgotten, and he will discuss the dos and don’ts for preserving your family photos for generations to come.

Kenneth Hafeli holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan Technological University in Houghton and a master's degree in history from Wayne State University. He recently retired after 39 years with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor. For the last 20 years he held the position of Senior Photo Archivist and was responsible for cataloging, arranging, and preserving President Ford's White House negatives, as well as the Ford family’s personal pre- and post-presidential photographs.

 

W1930 America's Carnegie Libraries
Presenter: Connie Olson
Date: Wednesday, February 6
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Carnegie libraries may be found in every state in the United States, with the exception of Delaware and Rhode Island. The total number of these libraries is nearly 1,700. All were built within a time frame of approximately 20 years, and mostly in small and medium size communities. The libraries were funded by grants from Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish immigrant who fell in love with America, his adopted country. Join us in this class to learn about this remarkable philanthropist, his requirements for the grants, how the money was allocated, and the impact the libraries have had on their communities and the nation. Connie will share some very special images of many of the Carnegie library buildings.

Connie Olson is a long-time library enthusiast and an expert on the Carnegie Libraries of the United States. She also has a strong interest in the architecture of these and other great public buildings.

 

W1931 Jane: The Fascinating Story of Jane Goodall
Presenter: Toby Teorey
Date: Monday, February 11
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Jane Goodall, British primatologist, anthropologist, and chimpanzee expert, is the subject of the visually stunning 2017 documentary: Jane. In this class we will view footage of her early research in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park in the 1950s and 1960s, plus current interviews and narration for the film. This new biopic reveals never-before-seen footage of the famed primatologist's early work. At the age of 26, Goodall traveled from England to what was then Tanganyika-Zanzibar, equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. Her decades of living with and observing chimpanzees opened an unprecedented window into the lives of our close relatives. Viewing this film, you will experience the joy, exhilaration, and thrill that Jane herself experienced in Gombe. Today, Jane Goodall still works to protect endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encourages people to make the world a better place for all of us.

Toby Teorey is a former chair of the Elderwise Council and a long-time member of the Curriculum Committee. He is retired from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and in retirement pursues his enduring love of film, music, and worldwide cultures and events.

 

W1932 Lifestyle Keys to Vitality and Longevity
Presenter: Robert Breakey
Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The “Standard American Diet” is largely responsible for the epidemic of chronic diseases that we are experiencing in America, including obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and several cancers. The good news is that this means all of these diseases are largely preventable, and many are even reversible. By choosing whole-plant based foods that are truly health supporting, engaging in at least moderate exercise, and ensuring that we sleep well, we have the opportunity to greatly enhance our health and vitality well into our elder years.

Dr. Robert Breakey is a Family Physician who graduated from the University of Michigan and has practiced in Ann Arbor for 33 years. He has a special interest in health promotion, nutrition, positive wellness, and supporting the natural healing process that we all have within us. He leads the Family Medicine Division for his medical group, IHA, and is also on the Board of Directors for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Dr. Breakey personally has followed a plant-based lifestyle for 41 years.

 

W1933 The Connected Vehicle Revolution: An Update
Presenter: Debby Bezzina
Date: Wednesday, February 13
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Talking cars? In Ann Arbor? That’s right! Over a thousand vehicles are connected wirelessly and are communicating with each other right now on the streets of Ann Arbor. These vehicles transmit a basic safety message, sharing their speed, location, and direction with each other. Connected-vehicle and infrastructure technology is the foundation for the future of transportation, and Ann Arbor is the hub for connected and automated vehicle research. Learn about the most recent advances in the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment and the current state of the industry – who is doing what and how.

Debby Bezzina has over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry. Previously, she was the Senior Program Manager for the Safety Pilot Model Deployment at the University of Michigan, and is currently the Senior Program Manager for the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment at the University’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). She is also the Managing Director of the University’s Center for Connected and Automated Transportation.

 

W1934 Tai Chi: Enhancing Mobility and Stability
Presenters: Karla Groesbeck and Steve Harrigan
Date: Thursday, February 14
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. [Please note the 1:30 p.m. start time.]

Tai Chi is a great way to relax and have fun with like-minded folks who desire to continue to move, and thrive, into their senior years. Tai Chi is a body, mind, and spirit exercise which emphasizes a sequence of slow, rhythmic movements. Studies have proven that Tai Chi improves balance, strength, health, and memory, for every body type and group, especially older adults. Everyone who attends this class will have an opportunity to do seated Tai Chi, try some standing movements, and hopefully come away with a deeper understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of this intriguing and beneficial art/exercise.

Karla Groesbeck is a popular and engaging presenter of Tai Chi in Ann Arbor. She is owner of Tai Chi Love Studio and the instructor for many senior emeritus Tai Chi classes at Washtenaw Community College (WCC), Meri Lou Murray Washtenaw County Recreation Center, and the University of Michigan.

Steve Harrigan has been teaching Yang Family style Tai Chi in the Ann Arbor area for more than 40 years. He has conducted classes at WCC, the Ann Arbor Y, and Eastern Michigan University.

 

W1935 Norway: A Land of Health, Happiness, and Breathtaking Vistas
Presenter: Gerlinda Melchiori
Date: Monday, February 18
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Norway? Yes! Land of the Vikings, of 1,000 fjords, dramatic waterfalls, northern lights, stave churches, and cliffs to hike up, sail under, or gently ascend by funicular. Enchanting cities with exciting Nordic architecture, and more bikes than cars. This is a land with a 2,000-year history. Today, it is one with the highest standard of living. Successfully combining socialist and capitalist values, Norway ranks highest on the international happiness scale. The trolls willing, join Gerlinda Melchiori on a virtual journey to Oslo, then along the 1,000-mile coastline, past beautiful Bergen and Stavanger, and all the way to the Arctic Circle, with plenty of Hansa beer on the way!

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.

 

W1936 Adventures at Our Doorstep: New England and Eastern Canada
Presenter: George Jabol
Date: Wednesday, February 20
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

This travelogue describes an excursion by land and by sea to locations right on mid-America’s doorstep, New England and Canada, proving once again that travel does not have to take us to exotic and far-away places to be wondrous and rewarding. George and Jean prefixed the cruise portion of their tripwith a three-day visit to New York City, a highlight of which was a tour of Ellis Island. After boarding the Rotterdam, they sailed to Newport, Rhode Island, and saw the “cottages” built by the wealth of the Gilded Age. They then passed through Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, on the way to the quaint resort town of Bar Harbor, Maine, and then moved into Canada.Starting in Nova Scotia at Halifax, and proceeding to Cape Breton Island, the journey then took them toCharlottetown and Prince Edward Island, ending with several days each in historic Quebec City and Montreal. Reflecting back, George and Jean remember savoring great seafood and gorgeous scenery all along the way.

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

 

W1937 Blaggards, Gentlemen, and Pompous Arses:
Leading Suitors in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
Presenter: Ioana Fracassi
Date: Friday, February 22
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Text: Recommended but not required: Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Any of several editions available in libraries, bookstores, or online. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen readers fawn over her leading male characters, like Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and John Knightley in Emma. Despite their imperiousness, these men are highly intelligent and cultured, not to mention exceedingly handsome and rich! Emphasis on the latter only makes them even more attractive. Yet, it is in Sense and Sensibility, presumably the novel Austen favored most, where depictions of men are much more subtle and dark (as are those of the young women who fall for them). Join us in this class for an in-depth conversation about human character, as exemplified by Austen’s awkward lovers, opportunists, and older men of good character. Our instructor recommends a full reading of the novel, with particular attention to the male protagonists.

Ioana Fracassi is an assistant professor in the Department of Language, Literature, Communications and Writing at Madonna University. She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and passionate about the Regency Era. She would like to dedicate this presentation to Professor Richard Sax, with whom she studied.

 

W1938 Famous World Churches and Cathedrals, Part III
Presenter: Toby Teorey
Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Places of worship are often very prominent along the skylines of great cities, as well as being centers of immense civic pride. In this class we will continue our exploration of famous churches, synagogues, and mosques, through visually stunning video lectures authored by award-winning Professor William R. Cook of The Great Courses series. With this presentation we will learn about several of the most interesting religious structures in the world. Among them, we will visit the mostly Gothic and partly Romanesque Winchester Cathedral in England, and the iconic St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, with Michelangelo’s dome and Pieta sculpture. We will also briefly explore and learn about the history of several great American churches, including the Old North Church in Boston and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Our presenter will allocate ample time for class discussion.

Toby Teorey is a former 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 world events and cultures.

 

W1939 Human Experimentation: Yes? No? Why? Why Not?
Presenter: Pedro R. Lowenstein
Date: Friday, March 1
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Our leading question for this presentation – How do we advance medicine against disease? – is actually an array of questions:
          How does medicine introduce new treatments?
          What is human experimentation?
          What is a clinical trial?
          Would you volunteer for experimentation?
          Would you volunteer for a clinical trial?
          If you are healthy?
          If you are dying?
In this class session, Dr. Pedro Lowenstein will address the benefits and disadvantages, as well as the whys and why nots, of using human subjects in medical research to advance medical practice.

Pedro R. Lowenstein, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Neurosurgery and Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan Medical School. His research is focused on understanding the molecular and physical basis underlying brain tumor growth and invasion, and on how we can harness these mechanisms for treatment.

 

W1940 Another Five Female Artists You Should Know
Presenter: Boyd E. Chapin, Jr.
Date: Monday, March 4
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

In the spring of 2018, Boyd Chapin introduced us to five women whose careers spanned different times and genres and who might justifiably be regarded as great artists. In this presentation, we will look at five more women artists you should know about. They are: Luisa Roldán (1652-1706), who was the first woman sculptor in Spain; Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1996), an aboriginal artist; Frances MacDonald (1873-1921), who was part of the Art Nouveau movement; Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907), the first woman of Native American and African American descent to achieve international renown as a sculptor; and Anna Dorothea Therbusch (1721-1782), a Rococo painter. Each is an artist whose work deserves greater attention than it has previously received.

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. It is a passion he pursues through his own work in pencil, oil, and acrylic.

 

W1941 Jazz Piano Genius: An Encore
Presenter: Nik Thompson
Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Let’s continue and culminate our study of the piano’s evolution as a jazz instrument – picking up right where we left off last time (Winter 2018) with the boogie-woogie, stride, and barrelhouse era of 1930s America. From there, it is on to swing – from Kansas City to New York – followed by be-bop, modern jazz, and even into the edgier avant garde. If renowned names such as Count Basie, Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Bill Evans excite you, then you will love what is in store for you in this class. Come join us and hear the history of jazz piano unfold – the swingin’, stridin’, boppin’ sounds that are only possible with 88 keys and 7 octaves at your fingertips.

Nik Thompson is a lifelong lover of all kinds of music. His eclectic tastes are evident in the music he selects as host of WEMU’s 89.1 FM jazz program, Sunday Best. Nik tells us that he returns to jazz again and again for inspiration. He has been hosting jazz, blues, and roots music programs at WEMU since 1999.

 

 

W1942 Turning to the Past in Crime Fiction of the Present:
Philip Kerr and Jacqueline Winspear
Presenter: David Geherin
Date: Friday, March 8
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Texts:
Recommended:
March Violets by Philip Kerr, in Berlin Noir (Penguin, Random House, 1989)
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press, 2003)

Historical mystery novels often offer the reader a comforting escape from the present. However, two recent mystery series do just the opposite. Phillip Kerr and Jacqueline Winspear both set their novels in the 1930s, but instead of offering escape, they grapple with real historical evil. Kerr’s Bernie Gunther is a private eye in Berlin during the time of Hitler. Winspear’s Maggie Dobbs, who served as a nurse during World War I, is now a London-based private investigator whose cases have their roots in that war. In this class we will explore how and why each writer uses history by discussing the first novel in each series. Class participants are encouraged to read Kerr’s March Violets (1989) [widely available in a collection of his first three novels entitled Berlin Noir] and Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs (2003).

David Geherin is Professor Emeritus of English at Eastern Michigan University. He is the author of nine books on crime and mystery fiction, two of which were finalists for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award. David’s latest book is Carl Hiaasen: Sunshine State Satirist (2018).

 

W1943 Does Anyone Have a Compass?
Navigating the Trump Presidency: A Panel Discussion
Presenters: Jeffrey Bernstein, Michael Homel, Larry Kestenbaum
Date: Monday, March 11
Time: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. [Please note the 3:30 p.m. end time.]

Two years and two months in, the Trump Administration continues to represent a sea change in American politics. Norms are evolving, coalitions are shifting, and the White House continues to be a more chaotic and freewheeling environment than it has been in the past. Nobody can predict where our politics will be when our panel convenes, of course, but whatever the situation, we know there will be a lot to say! Join us as we discuss the successes and challenges of the Trump Administration, the impact of the 2018 midterm elections, both locally and nationally, and the beginning stirrings of the 2020 presidential campaign. 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. He was first elected in 2004. Larry is the creator and owner of PoliticalGraveyard.com, the Internet’s most comprehensive source for American political biography.

 

W1944 The Ford Motor Company in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Presenter: Kenneth Hafeli
Date: Tuesday, March 12
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Henry Ford had an aversion to relying on outside companies to supply his auto empire with raw materials. Consequently, he developed a rubber plantation, coal mines, power plants, and his own steel mill. Because Model T bodies were mostly made from wood, Ford decided he also needed his own forests and sawmills. He asked Edward Kingsford,a cousin by marriage, to quietly purchase land in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. From 1919 until 1954, Ford Motor owned nearly 400,000 acres of timber, several iron mines, and sawmills in the towns of Kingsford, L’Anse, Pequaming, Big Bay, and Munising. Steel gradually replaced wood in automobiles.However, from 1939 through 1951 Ford’s Iron Mountain Body Plant manufactured bodies for the iconic “Woodie” station wagons. During World War II the same plant was converted to military production and turned out over 4,200 gliders for the war effort in Europe.

Kenneth Hafeli has been researching this subject since his days as an undergraduate at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. He holds a master's degree in history from Wayne State University. Ken recently retired after a 39-year career as a photo archivist with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor.

 

W1945 A New Jersey Housewife and the Magic of ‘60s Pop:
A Celebration of Scepter Records
Presenter: Michael Homel
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

While huge entertainment conglomerates dominate today’s popular music business, it was not always that way. In post-World War II America, small independent labels (the “indies”) led innovation. This class is a case study of one such company, Scepter Records. Scepter and its Wand affiliate were the work of suburban housewife Florence Greenberg. Combining her business sense, hard work, and ambition, along with the talent of young local African American women, and the skills of Manhattan music professionals, Greenberg made pop music magic and lasting memories for millions. Scepter recorded the Shirelles, Dionne Warwick, B.J. Thomas, and others. The company’s songwriters included Burt Bacharach, Carole King, and Gerry Goffin. Join us for a morning of romantic delights and a salute to the extraordinary artistry that comes from supposedly “ordinary” people.

Michael Homel is Professor Emeritus of History at Eastern Michigan University. He specializes in 20th century American history. Mike is the author of two books and other publications on urban education, race, government, and politics. He is a regular Elderwise instructor, offering classes on history, politics, and popular music.

 

W1946 Broadway’s Songs: Lost and Found
Presenter: Ken Stevens
Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Composer Julie Styne wrote 56 songs for Funny Girl but, on opening night, Broadway audiences heard only 15 of them. Long before a musical makes it to Broadway, it goes on the road for “tryouts” where shows are honed in front of audiences until the creators feel it is “ready for Broadway.” Songs are written and rewritten, put in and taken out. What happens to those that don’t make it? Some wind up in other shows – “Bill” was in and out of two shows almost a decade before Jerome Kern finally used it in Showboat. Many are rarely heard again. With this presentation you can also prepare for the EMU Theater production of Songs Unsung: A Musical Review, as we sleuth out, learn the back-story, and enjoy tunes cut from some of America’s most popular musicals. (Please see W1959 Songs Unsung, on page 32 of this catalog.)

Ken Stevens began his career in Cincinnati where he co-founded the Showboat Majestic Theater. He joined the faculty of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in 1972 and created both the musical theater program and the graduate and undergraduate programs in arts management. Since retiring, he has continued to teach arts management classes at EMU.

 

W1947 Fortresses and Castles of Italy
Presenter: Marcella Corona
Date: Monday, March 18
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The period spanning the 13th through the 16th centuries was one of the most turbulent eras in the history of the Italian peninsula. Competition and conflict among powerful city-states, the invasion and dominance of French and Spanish conquerors, an emergent and wealthy merchant class, and a blossoming renaissance in arts and letters – this was a sophisticated culture in the throes of change. A hallmark of the period was the proliferation of structures supporting both military defense and extravagant lifestyles. In this class Marcella Corona will guide us through several noteworthy fortresses and castles. Among them, we will visit Rocca Calascio in Abruzzo, the highest fortress in the Appenine Mountains, and Forte Spagnolo, the Spanish Fort of L’Aquila, constructed by Spanish conquerors to control the city-state of Naples. We will also visit Castello di (Castle of) Sermione at Lake Garda, Castello di Fénis on Italy’s northern border, and Castello Torrechiara in Parma. These are only a modest sampling of the architectural array Marcella plans to share.

Marcella Corona was born and raised in Italy, where she went to school, worked, and traveled widely. After relocating to the United States, Marcella has held several professional positions, and has managed her own travel agency. She returns to Italy every year to guide her own organized land tours.

 

W1948 Renewable Energy in Michigan:
Technologies, Public Policies, and Trends
Presenter: John Sarver
Date: Tuesday, March 19
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Earth’s sun and wind are increasingly replacing fossil fuels as sources of energy. A big question is how much our electric supply-and-demand can depend on renewables – 50%, 80%, 100%? In this class our presenter, John Sarver, will discuss solar and wind power technologies, public policies, and trends, focusing especially on issues peculiar to Michigan. With advances in technology and increasing energy costs, many people are considering whether to buy and install their own solar systems. Join us for this presentation to learn about solar and wind energy resources, and how they might impact each of us.

John Sarver was a program director in the Michigan Energy Office for 35 years, where he worked on energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and policies. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, and chairs the Education Committee. John holds a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan Ford School of
Public Policy.

 

W1949 The Arts of the Inuit
Presenter: M. Grace VanderVliet
Date: Wednesday, March 20, at the Red Cross Building, 4624 Packard, Ann Arbor
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) recently received a significant gift of Inuit prints and sculpture from the private collection of Philip and Kathy Power. Both the Power family and UMMA staff intend this gift to serve as the platform for a broad program of research and engaged learning about the artwork of the Canadian Arctic and related cultural issues, including the impact of climate change. The Inuit peoples of Alaska, northern Canada, and the Arctic region are the descendents of migratory populations who arrived in North America about 4,000 years ago. Their lifestyle is adapted to extreme climactic conditions and their essential survival skills are hunting, trapping, and fishing. The artwork of the Inuit reveals their relationship with the environment. In this presentation, Grace VanderVliet introduces the characteristics of Inuit sculpture and prints, as well as contemporary aspects of Inuit life and culture.

M. Grace VanderVliet holds Master’s degrees in education and art history and formerly taught graphic design history at Michigan State University. Currently, Grace is the Education Outreach Program Coordinator at UMMA.

 

W1950 Inuit Art and Sculpture: An Exhibition Tour
at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
Guide: M. Grace VanderVliet
Date: Friday, March 22, at UMMA, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. [Please note the 2:00 p.m. start time.]
Fee: Members $8; Nonmembers $15
Tour Size: This tour is limited to 20 attendees.

Through a major gift of art and endowment, Philip and Kathy Power of Ann Arbor have created the Power Family Program for Inuit Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. This exhibition of Inuit art and sculpture, displayed at the museum from March 16 through August 4, 2019, features selected sculptures and prints from the Power family collection. Inuit artists, living in the northernmost regions of North America, create works of art that reflect their relationship with the Arctic environment. The sculptures and drawings selected for this exhibit come primarily from the mid 20th century, and represent an important phase in the development of the carvings and prints of the people living on Baffin Island in northeastern Canada.

Your exhibition tour guide, M. Grace VanderVliet, holds Master’s degrees in education and art history. She previously taught graphic design history at Michigan State University. Currently, Grace is the Education Outreach Program Coordinator at UMMA. She works with docents, teachers, and the Ann Arbor community to provide engaging opportunities for students of all ages.

 

W1951 Lessons from Deep Time: What Earth History Tells Us About the Future
Presenter: Catherine Badgley
Date: Thursday, March 21
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

This presentation discusses the past, present, and future of Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystems. Today, living species and ecosystems face a host of pressures and disruptions from human activities, and many biologists argue that we are in the early stage of a mass extinction. The fossil record documents the dynamic history of species and ecosystems over millions of years in the past, and is a source of information and insights, especially regarding how biodiversity has responded to local and global stresses of many kinds. The record also documents the variability and stability of ecosystems during “normal” periods without major stresses. In this class Catherine Badgley presents examples of insights from ancient ecosystems that are relevant for our current environmental crises.

Catherine Badgley is a paleontologist, ecologist, and farmer. She is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Residential College at the University of Michigan. Her research concerns the fossil record and modern diversity of mammals, the current biodiversity crisis, and sustainable agriculture. Catherine lives on an organic farm in Chelsea, Michigan.

 

W1952 Ann Arbor: Then and Now
Presenter: H. Mark Hildebrandt
Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Half a century of rapid growth and ceaseless construction has transformed the city of Ann Arbor and its associated university community into an attractive, prosperous metropolis. To long-time residents, the peaceful, pastoral town they once knew seems close to being forgotten. In this presentation, local historian Mark Hildebrandt will share examples from his collection of postcards, most dating from the early and middle 20th century. Many of them were created by bookseller George Wahr, whose State Street shop did a brisk business in the 1940s selling cards to students. Our presenter will pair each postcard with a recent photograph taken in the same location.

H. Mark Hildebrandt is a retired pediatrician who taught and practiced medicine in Ann Arbor for 50 years. He is a 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).

 

W1953 Community Healing and Environmental Justice:
The Flint Water Crisis
Presenter: Mona Munroe-Younis
Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when a careless attempt to save money took precedence over protecting public health. What began as a crisis of democracy, with local government operations being usurped by a State-appointed emergency manager, became a long-term public health and infrastructure crisis for the city of Flint. In this class, Mona Munroe-Younis provides a brief background on how the water crisis evolved, and shares her experience of being pregnant both before and during the time when the existence of lead and other contaminants in the water entered public knowledge. Mona also reviews the water crisis response, the community healing that still needs to occur, and what people can do to help. She offers lessons learned from the Flint water crisis and the environmental justice movement – lessons that are applicable to addressing other environmental issues, such as PFAS contamination.

Mona Munroe-Younis holds a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan, with concentrations in Environmental Justice and Environmental Policy. She previously served in several capacities at the University, and led efforts to foster community-university partnerships addressing the water crisis through public health curricula. Mona is a Flint resident, and currently serves as Executive Director of the nonprofit Environmental Transformation Movement of Flint.

 

W1954 Dogface Poets: Ernie Pyle and Bill Mauldin in Italy, 1943-44
Presenter: Gregory D. Sumner
Date: Thursday, March 28
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

In July of 1943, combined American and British Commonwealth forces invaded Sicily and began a prolonged slog through rugged terrain toward Rome, experiencing some of the most bitter and costly fighting of WWII. Among them was a young infantryman, Bill Mauldin, whose cartoons depicted bedraggled, weary, but irrepressible GIs. Also at the Italian front was seasoned war correspondent Ernie Pyle whose spare, poignant accounts appeared regularly in some 300 American newspapers. In this presentation, Greg Sumner takes us along on his personal journey through southern Italy, revisiting the locales from which the two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, in the words of President Truman, "told the story of the American fighting man as the American fighting men wanted it told."

Gregory Sumner has been a professor of American history at the University of Detroit Mercy since 1993. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Greg has been a Fellow with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and spent two semesters as a visiting Fulbright lecturer at the Universita di Roma Tre. His books include Detroit in World War II and Unstuck in Time: A Journey through the Life and Novels of Kurt Vonnegut.

 

W1955 Elderwise Round Table Coffee Hour
Theme: Unforgettable Experiences We Have Had
Facilitator: Elderwise Host
Date: Friday, March 29
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. [Please note the later start and end times.]
Fee: THERE IS NO FEE FOR THIS EVENT.

Our popular Round Table Coffee Hour continues, with a new theme: unusual, exciting, or fascinating events we have experienced in our lives. We can share important context (where we were living, what we were doing, and when), people we may have encountered during the event, and why these events made such a lasting impression on us.

The informal Elderwise Round Table gathering will be facilitated by an Elderwise Member Host. We warmly welcome all Elderwise members, nonmember friends, and guests to our end-of-semester 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.

 

 

 

TOURS & FIELD TRIPS Back to top

W1956 Ancient Color: An Exhibition at the Kelsey Museum
Guide: Catherine Person, Curator
Date: Friday, March 15 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 2:30 p.m. [Please note the 2:30 p.m. end time.]
Fee: Members $8; Nonmembers $15
Tour Size: Enrollment for this tour is limited to 15 attendees.

The world of ancient Rome was amazingly colorful. While we most often associate Romans with their white marble statues, buildings, and monuments, these sculptures and edifices were actually immersed in color, as were Roman homes, clothing, utensils, pottery, and art. The exhibition Ancient Color, at the University of Michigan Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, displays and examines the colors of the ancient Roman world – how they were produced, where they were found, what they symbolized, what the Romans thought about them, and how we study them today. Visitors to this exhibition will be prompted to think about what different colors mean to them personally, and will be encouraged to compare those meanings to the roles of colors in the world of the Roman Mediterranean. Your guide will be Catherine Person, Co-Curator of the exhibition, which is on display February 8 through May 24, 2019.

Catherine Person received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in classical and Near Eastern archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. Her research interests focus on the daily life of ancient Rome. Catherine previously worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she serves on the Kelsey Museum’s professional staff and is their Educational and Academic Outreach Coordinator.

 

W1957 Food Gatherers: Fighting Hunger Where We Live
Presenters: Professional Staff of the Food Bank Program
Date: Wednesday, March 20 at the Food Gatherers Facility, 1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Members $8; Nonmembers $15
Tour Size: This tour is limited to 30 attendees.

Join us for a tour of Food Gatherers, which is not only Michigan’s first nonprofit food rescue program, but the first program of its kind to be founded by a for-profit business (Zingerman’s Deli). Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at how this hunger relief organization sources and distributes more than nine tons of food daily to a network of 170 partner programs serving our neighbors in need in Washtenaw County. We will begin with an overview of the mission, history, and current state of hunger relief in the county, followed by a walking tour of the Food Gatherers facility. No visit to Food Gatherers would be complete without a look at their Exotic Foods Museum, a collection of curious and noteworthy food items donated through food drives over the years.

Professional Staff of the Food Bank Program will lead the tour. Both the facility and the tour are handicap accessible. Driving directions and parking instructions will be sent to registrants one week in advance of the tour.

 

W1950 Inuit Art and Sculpture: An Exhibition Tour
at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
Guide: M. Grace VanderVliet
Date: Friday, March 22, at UMMA, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. [Please note the 2:00 p.m. start time.]
Fee: Members $8; Nonmembers $15
Tour Size: This tour is limited to 20 attendees.

Through a major gift of art and endowment, Philip and Kathy Power of Ann Arbor have created the Power Family Program for Inuit Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. This exhibition of Inuit art and sculpture, displayed at the museum from March 16 through August 4, 2019, features selected sculptures and prints from the Power family collection. Inuit artists, living in the northernmost regions of North America, create works of art that reflect their relationship with the Arctic environment. The sculptures and drawings selected for this exhibit come primarily from the mid 20th century, and represent an important phase in the development of the carvings and prints of the people living on Baffin Island in northeastern Canada.

Your exhibition tour guide, M. Grace VanderVliet, holds Master’s degrees in education and art history. She previously taught graphic design history at Michigan State University. Currently, Grace is the Education Outreach Program Coordinator at UMMA. She works with docents, teachers, and the Ann Arbor community to provide engaging opportunities for students of all ages.

 

 

THEATER Back to top

W1958 PTD (Petie The Dog) Productions
The Miss Firecracker Contest (1980)
A Comedy-Drama Written by Beth Henley
Director: Susan Morris
Date/ Wednesday, February 27
Time/ 2:00 p.m. Matinee Performance
Place: Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti
Fee: Members and Nonmembers $17 [Includes one ticket to the play plus Elderwise fee.]
Extra tickets are $17 each. Please see W1960 on this catalog’s Registration Form.

NOTE: There will be no pre-performance class for this production. There will be an after-talk with the director and the actors following the performance on February 27. The Miss Firecracker Contest runs from February 21 to March 2, 2019, at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

The setting is the small town of Brookhaven in Mississippi, just a few days before the Fourth of July. Carnelle Scott, locally known as Miss Hot Tamale, is rehearsing for the Miss Firecracker Contest in the hope that winning will salvage her reputation and allow her to leave Brookhaven in a blaze of glory. Her situation is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her cousin Elain, a former Miss Firecracker winner who has abandoned her rich but boring husband and children, and Elain’s eccentric brother, Delmount (recently released from a mental institution), who repeatedly threatens to sell off the family homestead and decamp for New Orleans. But, aided by the touchingly awkward seamstress, Popeye, and several other cheerfully nutty characters, Carnelle perseveres – leading to a denouement of unparalleled hilarity and compassion as all concerned escape their unhappy pasts and turn toward a hopeful future.

Susan Morris has been involved in local theater since coming to Ann Arbor in 1962 to study at the University of Michigan. She sang with The Gilbert & Sullivan Society and at the University’s School of Music, and acted and directed with the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. In 1995, Susan established her own MorrisCo Art Theatre, where she produced and directed two shows each year until closing the company in 2010. She has been active with PTD Productions for more than a year, and is delighted to have the opportunity to direct The Miss Firecracker Contest.

 

W1959 Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Theater
Songs Unsung: A Musical Review
Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Director: Phil Simmons
Music Director: R. MacKenzie Lewis
Dates/Times/Places:
                         Pre-Performance Class: W1946 Broadway’s Songs: Lost and Found
                        Thursday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
                        Elderwise, Red Cross Building, 4624 Packard Road
                        Presenter: Ken Stevens Please see #W1946
                        Matinee Performance: Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m.
                       Sponberg Theatre, EMU Campus
                       [Please note that there will be a talk-back after the play.]
Fee: Members and Nonmembers $15 [Includes one ticket to the play, plus Elderwise fee.]
Emeritus Faculty: $5 [Includes two tickets to the play.]
Extra Tickets are $15 each.
Please see W1961 on this catalog's Registration Form.

NOTE: Ken Stevens’ presentation Broadway’s Songs: Lost and Found (W1946 on page 26 of this catalog) doubles as the pre-performance class for Songs Unsung: A Musical Review. You can enroll for one or the other, or both. The class is not required for attendance at the performance.

The performance of Songs Unsung: A Musical Review offers a variety of catchy tunes from world-renowned composers such as Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, and William Finn. The Review features musical selections that were cut from Broadway shows during production development, but nonetheless stand on their own as examples of high musical achievement. Songs Unsung: A Musical Review provides an entertaining, cabaret-style performance of many of these achievements, including songs originally created for productions such as Into the Woods, Assassins, and Myths and Legends.

Phil Simmons is a professor of musical theater at Eastern Michigan University, and a card-carrying member of the Actors Equity Association. He has lectured and taught master classes in dance across the United States, focusing on dancers such as Bob Fosse and their influence on musical theater. Phil finds his passion in teaching the next generation of actors, singers, and dancers to be happy, thriving, career-long performers.

R. MacKenzie Lewis is music director, composer, and accompanist with the School of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts, as well as the School of Music and Dance, at Eastern Michigan University. Beyond his university responsibilities, Ryan has been involved in the orchestration and musical direction of several favorite projects, including Gypsy at New York’s Hangar Theatre, and composing music for Mockingbird, Wings of Icarus, and Jason Invisible, all three commissioned by and premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

 
 
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