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Distinguished Lecture Series Session 1
The OLLI Distinguished Lecture Series Session 1 consists of the first five lectures (September through January) in the ten lecture Distinguished Lecture Series. The lectures are held on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, once per month from September through January. The speakers are well-informed experts from town and gown who share their specialized knowledge in an engaging manner. Each lecture is just the beginning; a stimulating question-and-answer period follows most sessions, and frequently there is an opportunity to join the speaker at a dutch-treat lunch afterwards. This event includes the first five lectures in the Distinguished Lecture Series Session 1. These five lectures are also included in the All Lectures Package (10 Distinguished Lecture Series lectures + 30 Thursday Morning Lecture Series lectures + 3 Summer Lecture Series lectures). These five lectures are also included in the Distinguished Lecture Series (10 lectures, September through June). The five Session I lectures (September through January) are: * September 12, 2017 - Exposing Fake News: But It Is Not What You Think Leana Hosea A Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ms. Hosea was a BBC correspondent for twelve years, one of the most trusted news organizations in the world with a worldwide audience of forty million people. Ms. Hosea spent almost three years based in the Middle East. She covered the Arab Spring from day one in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the uprisings in Libya and Yemen. Ms. Hosea also covered the war in Gaza and the massacre of Muslim Brotherhood supporters. She mentions she respects her colleagues and the work they do, but even the BBC is not immune to political pressures. In the U.S., Ms. Hosea is making a film on access to clean water and environmental justice. As part of her film, she was at the Standing Rock Camp, where media workers faced felony charges for covering events. Ms. Hosea is also working in Flint and the Navajo Nation, where people’s water was contaminated. This presentation will provide insights based on her experience as a BBC correspondent on how certain subjects were covered, or not covered, and why. * October 10, 2017 - Redistricting in Michigan and Other States: Should Politics Chose the Voters Susan Smith Sue Smith is Redistricting Director for the League of Women Voters of Michigan and she is a past President of the state League. Sue is retired from Central Michigan University where she was a business professor and administrator for 20 years. While living in Mt. Pleasant, Sue served on the Board of Education and the Mt. Pleasant City Commission and also served as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant. In Michigan and most states redistricting is done by the state legislatures. Why is this a problem and what can citizens do about it? * November 14, 2017 - Standup for the Power of Skillful Teaching by Deborah Loewenberg Ball Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. She is the director of TeachingWorks and a former elementary teacher. Ball’s research focuses on teaching mathematics in ways that disrupt the reproduction of inequity and make it possible for children to enjoy and engage in mathematics in and out of school. Ball is an expert on teacher education, and her current work centers on how to improve the quality of beginning teaching. Despite powerful notions, skillful teaching does not come naturally. Teaching depends on specialized knowledge of content and the ability to understand others. It requires good judgment and the capacity to build relationships with and among people, create respectful learning environments, and understand the role of cultures, contexts and communities. The speaker will focus on what is required to prepare beginning teachers and why everyone needs to stand up for the power of skillful teaching. * December 12, 2017 - An Update on Health Care Reform: Where Does it Stand by Helen G. Levy Dr. Helen G. Levy is a health economist at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include the causes and consequences of lacking health insurance, evaluation of public health insurance programs, and the role of health literacy in explaining disparities in health outcomes. She is a co-investigator on the Health and Retirement Study, a long-running longitudinal study of health and economic dynamics at older ages. This presentation will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act and recent efforts to “repeal and replace” and potential consequences. * January 9, 2018 - Brain Aging and What You Can Do About It by Thad Polk Thad Polk is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Computer Science and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Polk’s research uses functional imaging of the human brain to investigate the neural architecture underlying cognition and how that architecture is influenced by age, by experience, and by genetics. He has lectured extensively on topics related to the human brain, including producing two courses for The Great Courses series. He was also named to the Princeton Review list of the best 300 professors in the U.S. Aging is associated with subtle declines in some cognitive function, but not others. As we age, we become a little more forgetful, we get distracted more easily, and we can’t process information quite as quickly. At the same time, world knowledge, emotional processing and what’s sometimes called wisdom tend to remain stable and may even improve with age. Why is that? This talk will answer that question by explaining what happens to our brains as we age, as well as discussing some scientifically verified approaches that can help our brains age more gracefully.
Event Type : Distinguished Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 09/12/2017 - 01/09/2018
Day of Week : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location : Washtenaw Community College/ Morris Lawrence Building
Address : Towsley Auditorium,
4800 E. Huron River Dr.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Fee : $25.00
Event Status : OPEN