The Changing American Family (SS 305)

The Fall 2014 OLLI Class titled The Changing American Family in the 21st Century (SS 305) concluded its last session on September 29th. The presenter challenged the class to develop a document that identifies the components of a strong family and to put these components in list form. The class responded enthusiastically. The document is a type of manifesto and it is called The Ten Commandments for American Families:

The Ten Commandments for American Families

World War II Remembered: Part 5 – Class presentations available.

Week 1 Group WW II pptsThis year we are focusing on the Veterans from the Orange County Freedom Committee who fought in WW II along with Japanese-American servicemen, who will recount their experiences and explain the importance of the oil supply in Africa and eastern Europe at that time.

We will learn about the European Theatre from those who fought there and hear stories from those who flew in the South Pacific as well. Some were shot down and captured. We will hear about the service of the Japanese-American community, and close with the historic details of the fighting involved in securing oil supplies to support the war.

Tuesday, October 7: Series Introduction, “Heroes in Our Midst” and From Normandy to the Elbe

Presenters: Gary Oberts and members of the Orange County (Costa Mesa) Freedom Committee: Dick O’Brien, Howie Beach, Bob Meyer, George Ciampa

Class Presentations:


From Normandy to the Elbe

ww ii

Tuesday, October 14: “In the Air – It Doesn’t Always End Well” airplane

Presenters: Gary Oberts and members of the Orange County (Costa Mesa) Freedom Committee: Richard Billera, Ted Tanner, Harry Selling, George Emerson

Presentation: In the Air – It Doesn’t Always End Well

Tuesday, October 21: “The Japanese-American Experience”

Presenter: Florence Ochi of the Japanese American National Museum and guests

Tuesday, October 28: Strategic Oil in Africa/Ploesti, Romania

Presenters: Don Schwartz (CSULB History Professor Emeritus) and members of the Freedom Committee


Gary Oberts, Al Fuller, Jonathan Weil


Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28

9:30 – 11:30 AM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

“America: How We Look Now”, by Jessie Tromberg

The Fourth of July, the day we celebrate American independence, always makes me remember the old Saturday Evening Post magazine with its cover paintings of idyllic American life. Last month — on June 3, to be precise — I believe I actually lived one of those covers.

It was primary day here in California, and I had volunteered my services as a poll worker in my Irvine neighborhood. It sounded simple enough: Go to a three-hour training session, show up the evening before primary day to help set up the e-booths for the actual voting and follow all the instructions in our training manual — a very big book.

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SC 217: Topics in Science – Class presentation available.

This class is a collection of short presentations on science topics that are of interest to the general public. It is intended to be in plain English and easily understood, although some scientific principles will be presented.

Monday, June 2: The Dynamics of Sleep. Sleep, a fundamental necessity of animal life, has been the subject of a vast amount of research. Some of the features that will be covered in this talk include jet lag, sleep apnea, circadian rhythm, REM sleep, napping, sleep physiology and multiple hypotheses of why we sleep.

Presenter:  Jerry Florman, retired pharmacist and longtime OLLI Science Committee member, has presented classes on many diverse topics in science, art and philosophy.

Monday, June 9: Cholesterol and You. A gut check may someday soon become a superior way to access cardiovascular health. The stomach compound trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) has been shown to be highly associated with cholesterol distribution in the blood stream and risk for cardiovascular disease. Healthy intestinal bacteria also play an important role, and successful treatment of a debilitating intestinal bacterium has recently been achieved by a non-medical approach sometimes referred to as fecal transplantation. The medical findings involving the role of cholesterol will be discussed with regard to future impact on heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases.

Presenters:   Vern Roohk, Ph.D. in Physiology and Biochemistry, Postdoc in Bioengineering. He has been a biomedical device consultant for more than 25 years, and currently is sole proprietor of BioCor Scientific, a technical author and an OLLI Science Committee Member.

Barbara Pogosian, M.S., Microbiology, CSULB, California certificated Public Health Microbiologist, and retired Professor of Biology at Golden West College.

Class Presentation: Cholesterol And You by Vern Roohk and Barbara Pogosian

Developer:   Gary Oberts


Mondays, June 2 and 9

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:      Woodbridge Onken Classroom



AH 103: The Phenomenon of Bob Dylan. Class presentations available.

AH 103             THE PHENOMENON of BOB DYLAN:

                                  CULTURAL WEATHERVANE

Dylan_Lecture_1Perhaps the best known American songwriter of the second half of the 20th century, Bob Dylan has had a deep impact on American culture. Named one of the 100 most influential people of the century by Time magazine, he continues to perform and produce new and vital music today at age 72, as well as branching out into other modes of artistic expression. Yet he himself remains an enigmatic figure. This course will expose students to his recordings, videos and — through live performance — his songs. His lyrics will be reviewed and discussed.

Presenter/Developer: Howard Mirowitz, MBA is retired from the world of high tech business development and venture capital and is now a community volunteer, amateur mathematician and musician. He has also taught at UCI and has presented seven courses at OLLI. A fan and follower of Dylan since the early 1960s, Howard has contributed articles to blogs and fanzines such as ISIS.

April 25: Introduction and showing of D.A. Pennebaker’s classic rock & roll documentary Don’t Look Back with the first music video ever made.

Class Presentation: Dylan_Lecture_1

May 2: Dylan through the 1960s; his influence on American culture and music and American culture’s influence on him; relationships with other musicians and culturally significant figures.

Class Presentation: Dylan_Lecture_2

May 9: Dylan in the 1970s and 1980s; his seclusion, divorce, Rolling Thunder Revue and born-again Christian conversion.

Class Presentation: Dylan_Lecture_3

May 16: Never Ending Tour. Dylan’s present relevance. A showing of the film, Masked And Anonymous, written by Dylan and Larry Charles (writer for Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld).

Class Presentation: Dylan_Lecture_4



Fridays, April 25, May 2, 9, and 16

10:00 AM -12:00 Noon


Location:   Woodbridge Onken Classroom


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