If you participated in the OLLI Book Club last semester, you know how much fun it is - if not join us this time around! So many great new books; read them and then join your fellow OLLI members for collective reflection, critique, rumination, and enjoyment.

Courses

2018 Spring2018 Summer2018 Fall
2018 Spring
OF 0005.02 Qudeen the Magnificent by Patricia Benke with Author Visit

Winner of the 2017 San Diego Book Award for Short Stories, Qudeen the Magnificent features 12 compelling stories of young girls in conflict with their Arabic culture and the world around them. The author, San Diego Appellate Judge Patricia Benke, is a former deputy attorney general for the state of California and Superior Court trial judge. Her stories explore a complex range of universal themes and experiences common to many immigrant populations, especially those involving challenges faced by girls. Whether set in Pennsylvania or California or on a train in between, the stories in Qudeen the Magnificent offer a chorus of individual voices spanning the decades of the 20th century.

Format: 30% Author presentation, 70% Interactive discussion


Course Date(s)
April 24 - April 24
2018 Spring
OF 0006.06 We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie

Americans have always loved the film Casablanca, but why? Serious motifs run through the movie, not the least of which is the perilous plight of war-time refugees. What does this film have to say about them? What are the ideals the movie projects about America, and have we abandoned them today with Islamophobia, immigrant bashing, and a growing desire to build walls from the outside world? In short, have things changed since 1941? Do we still have our mojo, i.e., tolerance of diversity? If not, how can we get it back?

Format: 10% Introduction of material, 90% Interactive discussion


Course Date(s)
March 22 - March 22
2018 Spring
OF 0006.07 Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet

Now that President Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, are we doomed? Will climate change kill us all? NYC former mayor Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope (former head of the Sierra Club) say there is hope. Both men share a belief that cities, businesses, and citizens can lead — and win — the battle against climate change, no matter how the political winds may shift in Washington. We will discuss the efficacy and potential impact of the proposals and solutions these two authors suggest.

Format: 10% Introduction of material, 90% Interactive discussion


Course Date(s)
May 3 - May 3