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EVER WONDER “WHY” CERTAIN EVENTS HAPPEN?  A discussion class on lifelong questions (SS 311)

Are you the curious type, always asking “Why?”  to explain events and phenomena occurring around us? This discussion course will engage the group in discussing the issues below. For example, why have dictators come to power? Why and what political, economic, or social factors allowed this to happen? Attendees will be notified in advance via OLLI communication to prepare them for the week’s discussion topics.

November 6: Civilization:  dictators, revolutions/rebellions, free press

Class Presentation: Why Things Happen – Nov 6 Class Session

November 13: The Economy:  inflation, national debt, recession

Class Presentation: Why Things Happen – Nov 13 Class Session

November 20: Events in Our Current World:  homelessness, immigration, injustice to women

Class Presentation: Why Things Happen – Nov 20 Class Session

Presenter: Dr. Edgar Moran, Emeritus Professor of Hematology-Oncology, UCI Department of Medicine

Developer: Gary Oberts, STEM Committee

Wednesdays, November 6, 13, 20

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

I’LL TAKE THAT BET: Balancing Risk and Reward (SC 203)

This course examines techniques for balancing risk against benefits and their use in fields ranging from medicine to investments.

 September 26 – A History Channel episode, “Professor Blackjack,” the story of how MIT’s Edward Thorp, later a UCI professor, beat Vegas.

October 3 – The history of risk prior to the 20th Century.

October 10 – Modern philosophy and mathematics of uncertainty, risk and probability.

October 17 – 20th century decision theory – Mathematics for making risky choices.

October 24 – Risk on Wall Street – how risk is managed (or not!).

Class Presentations:

Lecture 0A – Introduction

Lecture 1A – Fundamental Definitions and Concepts

Lecture 2A – The History of Risk

Presenter: Howard Mirowitz, MBA,

Wharton School, University Pennsylvania, manages a private venture fund, teaches at UCI’s Merage School of Business.

Developer:     Larry Wayne (z”l)

Thursdays, September 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24 

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Onken Classroom at the Irvine Station

SC 212 – SCAMMERS, HACKERS, THIEVES AND CONS: Protecting Your Identity and Assets. Class presentations available to view.


Protecting Your Identity and Assets

SC 212

This course will increase your awareness of consumer fraud and identity theft conducted through phone, mail and online.

May 3: Identity Theft and Cyber Attacks

Presenter: Linda Zimmer, President & CEO of Marcom: Interactive; Certified Information Privacy Manager

Class Presentation: SC 212 – May 3 – Identity Theft & Cyber Attacks

May 10: Financial Fraud: Tips to Protect Your Assets

Presenter: Paul Greenwood J.D., Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County, Director of the Elder Abuse Protection Unit. (Retired)

Class Presentation: SC 212 – May 10 Class Mtg – Recognizing-Elder-Abuse-by-Paul-Greenwood

May 17: Getting Assistance

Presenter: Kelli Morris

Class  Presentation: SC 212 – May 17 Class Mtg – Getting Assistance – by Kelli Morris

Developer: Pam McGovern, Mike McGovern


The Fifth Annual Keith Nelson Lecture in U.S. International History: “The Hearts of Foreigners, How Americans Understand Others” featuring Dr. Tim Borstelmann

Event Details

The UCI Department of History Presents: The Fifth Annual Keith L. Nelson Lecture in U.S. International History The Hearts of Foreigners: How Americans Understand Others featuring: Thomas Borstelmann (Elwood N. and Katherine Thompson Professor of Modern World History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Departments of Global and International Studies.

This event is open to the public. No registration required. 

Department: History

Date and Time: April 18, 2019 | 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Event Location: HG 1030

HG 1030
A light reception will precede the event at 3:30 pm.
Parking information is available at: https://www.parking.uci.edu/

About the Speaker
Thomas (“Tim”) Borstelmann is the Elwood N. and Katherine Thompson Professor of Modern World History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He taught previously at Cornell University and is a recent president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). His books include Apartheid’s Reluctant Uncle: The United States and Southern Africa in the Early Cold War (1993), The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena (2001), and The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality (2012). His co-authored study, Created Equal: A Social and Political History of the United States, is in its 5th edition. His next book, The Hearts of Foreigners: How Americans Understand Others, will be published in 2020.

About the Keith L. Nelson Lecture in U.S. International History
The Keith L. Nelson Lecture in International History is made possible by the allocation of funds from the Edward A. Dickson professorship awarded to Keith L. Nelson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UCI.

About Keith L. Nelson
Nelson was a founding member of the History department in 1965 and served the campus, Humanities, and History in numerous ways. His publications include The Impact of War on American Life; Victors Divided: America and the Allies In Germany, 1918-1923; The Making of Détente: Soviet-American Relations in the Shadow of Vietnam; and Why War? Ideology, Theory, and History (with Spencer Olin).

UCI Department of History
200 Murray Krieger Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3275
(949) 824-6521

Exploring the Universe: Stars and Gamma Ray Bursts (SC 218). Class presentations available for viewing.

January 8: The Life of Stars

What is the life cycle of a typical star, including our Sun? How are they formed, how do they create energy? Why do some stars become neutron stars or black holes?

Class presentation: Life of Stars

January 15 and 22: Gamma Ray Bursts

Gamma Ray Bursts help explain the universe’s early history. They remained a complete mystery for 30 years but were accidentally discovered while monitoring the first nuclear test ban treaty in 1967. We will discuss their significance and how they came to be understood.

Class Presentation:

January 15: Gamma Rays 

January 22: Gamma Rays Burst Theories

Presenters/Developers: Robert B. Wilson, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (ret.), Co-Investigator, Compton Gamma Ray Observatory; and UCI Professor (ret.) Dennis Silverman.

Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


LOCAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND HOW WE RESPOND (SC 219). Class presentation available for viewing.

We will discuss the effects of climate change and air pollution on California communities, including the actions being taken and local programs to lower greenhouse gas pollution and adapt to climate change.

January 9: Newport Beach and Southern California

The Newport FloodRISE program for Newport Beach. 

Presenter: Jochen Shubert, Computational Hydraulics Lab, UCI

Examples of actions for homeowners and local government: Santa Ana, Irvine, and Southern California. 

Presenter: Gary Oberts, OLLI STEM Committee

California sea level rise, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.

Presenter:  Dennis Silverman, UCI Physics and Astronomy (retired)

Class Presentation: SC 219 – Local Climate Change

Developers:  Dennis Silverman and Gary Oberts, OLLI STEM Committee

Wednesdays, January 9 (NOTE – The 2nd session scheduled for January 16 has been cancelled.)

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

(SS 312) The Changing American Family. Class presentation and 2018 Family Manifesto available for viewing.


Families in 21st century America reflect an increasingly diverse and multicultural country, with complex needs and challenges. The presenter will identify and discuss family diversity and the central social, political, economic and cultural developments that are impacting the family.

November 7:  American family diversity in the 21st century

November 14:  Social, political, economic and cultural megatrends impacting the American family. The presenter encourages interactive discussion during class sessions.

Class Presentation:

FamilyPP Fall 2018 Rev

Family Manifesto 2018

Presenter/Developer:  OLLI member Mel Roth, MSW, is the former CEO of Jewish Family Service of Orange County.

Wednesdays, November 7, 14

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Southern California Earthquakes: Occurrence and Preparedness. Class presentation available for viewing.


Occurrence and Preparedness

SC 211

We live in a portion of California where earthquakes are a routine part of life. This course will let you know where earthquake-generating faults are likely, as well as how and at what severity they are likely to occur.  We will discuss how to prepare yourself and your surroundings for when the inevitable happens, and what to expect from those agencies charged with emergency response when it does.

November 9: Earthquake Preparedness for Orange County

Presenter: Larry Fortmuller (OLLI member), American Red Cross

November 16: The Earthquake System in Southern California

Class Presentation: Geologic Fault System of Southern California November 2018

Presenter: Mark Bordelon, Adjunct Professor of Geology, Irvine Valley College

Developer: Gary Oberts

Fridays, November 9, 16

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Great Historical Events (SS 310) – Clarification from the Nov. 6 lecture: The 90s-The Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station

Great Historical EventsClarification from the November 6 lecture Remembering Great Historical Events: The 90s- The Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station

One of the slides included three images of Saturn. The white coloring near the poles was erroneously identified as “polar ice.”  These spots are actually auroras (analogous to Earth’s Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis) over Saturn’s polar region.  Saturn is a gaseous planet and has no deposits of ice.  On the other hand, Mars—a solid planet—has been shown to have polar ice deposits (actually carbon dioxide ice or as colloquially called, dry ice). Marc Nussbaum

(SC 207) How The Earth Works: Part 1, Earth 101. Class presentation available for viewing.

This is a multi-semester series based on DVD lectures by geology professor Michael Wysession. His lively lectures describe the geologic processes that formed the interior structure of the Earth and shaped its continents and seas since its formation 4.5 billion years ago. Supplemental information will be provided by the OLLI developers.

October 5: Structure and Age of the Earth

October 12: Heat and Its Consequences

October 19: Components of the Earth

October 26: From Magma to Crust

Class Presentation: DVD #10 Magma ABBREV Short Presentation 102618

Presenter: Dr. Michael E. Wysession (via Teaching Company DVDs),

Professor of Geophysics, Washington University, Saint Louis

Developers:  John Bush and Gary Oberts, OLLI STEM Committee

Fridays, October 5, 12, 19, 26

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

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