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Distinguished Lecture Series
The OLLI Distinguished Lecture Series consists of ten lectures. Lectures are held on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., once per month from September through June. 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 all ten lectures in the Distinguished Lecture Series. These ten 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). The Distinguished Lecture Series lectures may also be purchased in packages of five lectures each: Session 1, September through January and Session 2, February through June. The speakers for the five Session 1 lectures (September through January) are: * September 18, 2018 - European Populism: Similarities and Differences with the Past (NOTE: THIRD TUESDAY) Andrei S. Markovits Professor Markovits is dedicating his lecture to the memory Joan Badgley Innes, a dear friend, neighbor, and OLLI member. In Germany, France, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, and a number of other European countries, populist movements have appeared recently in many guises, altering these countries’ politics and policies. The movements have displayed characteristics that are reminiscent of - though not identical to - developments of the 1920s and 1930s. The lecture will highlight the current situation, analyze its causes and manifestations, and look at similarities and differences to earlier events that contributed to a very turbulent history in Europe. Andrei S. Markovits is the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. His many books, articles and reviews on topics as varied as sports, dog rescue and many aspects of European and comparative politics have been published in fifteen languages. Markovits has received many prestigious prizes and fellowships. He has also won multiple teaching awards, most notably the Golden Apple Award at the University of Michigan in 2007. In the same year, the University of Lueneburg in Germany awarded Markovits an honorary doctorate. In 2012, the Federal Republic of Germany bestowed on Markovits its Cross of the Order of Merit, First Class, one of the highest honors given by that country to its citizens or foreigners. * October 9, 2018 - How Legal "Ethics" Kept an Innocent Man in Prison for 26 Years Berl Falbaum Alton Logan, of Chicago, was convicted of a murder he did not commit. Four attorneys knew he was innocent from the outset (their own client had committed the crime), but because of lawyer-client confidentiality, they remained silent for more than 2 ½ decades. They broke their silence when their client died. Berl Falbaum is a political reporter for The Detroit News, an administrative aide to Michigan’s lieutenant governor, has done corporate PR for 30 years, has been an adjunct member of Wayne State University’s journalism department for 45 years, and is the author of nine books. * November 20, 2018 - What Happened in the November 2018 Elections Michael Traugott (NOTE: THIRD TUESDAY) Professor Traugott studies the mass media and their impact on American politics. This includes research on the use of the media by candidates in their campaigns and its impact on voters, as well as the ways that campaigns are covered and the impact of this coverage on candidates. He has a particular interest in the use of surveys and polls and the way news organizations employ them to cover campaigns and elections. * December 11, 2018 - The Trump Administration and the Middle East: Dissecting the Chaos Saeed A. Khan The first year of the Trump presidency has been marked by considerable rhetoric and by shifts in long standing US foreign policy for the Middle East. Understanding the difference between mere rhetoric and reality matters in a complex, conflict-ridden international hotspot. This lecture will provide a historical survey of America’s role in one of the world’s most volatile areas as well as an analysis of current policy and trends, including assessments of what will be the consequences to regional and global security. Saeed A. Khan is Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Near East & Asian Studies and Global Studies at Wayne State University - Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Politics and Culture, and where he also is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Citizenship. He is also Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, co-teaching a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity. In addition, he is a founding member and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding: a DC and Michigan-based Think Tank promoting the study and analysis of US social and domestic policy. With areas of focus including US policy, globalization, Middle East and Islamic Studies, as well as genomics and bioethics, Prof. Khan has been a contributor to several media agencies, such as CSpan, NPR, Voice of America, the National Press Club and is a regular panelist on Turning Point, appearing on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as newspapers and other outlets including Time, Quartz, The Hindustan Times and Veja in Brazil. Recently, he was appointed as a consultant to the Vatican’s Cor Unum Dicastery. * January 8, 2019 - What to Expect in Health Policy After the 2018 Elections John Z. Ayanian In this presentation, Dr. Ayanian will review the controversial history of the Affordable Care Act over the past decade (“Obamacare” and now “Trumpcare”), the role that health care issues played in the 2018 election in Michigan and the nation, and what to expect in health policy from the new Governor and legislature in Michigan and the new Congress in Washington, DC. Dr. Ayanian has served since 2012 as the inaugural Director of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, which includes over 500 faculty from 14 U-M schools and colleges, and he is also the Alice Hamilton Professor of Medicine. He previously served as Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. The five Session 2 lectures (February thru June) will be held on: • February 12, 2019 • March 12, 2019 • April 9, 2019 • May 14, 2019 • June 11, 2019
Event Type : Distinguished Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 09/18/2018 - 06/11/2019
Day of Week : Tuesday 2nd except for 9/18 & 11/20 - on 3rd Tues
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 : $50.00
Event Status : OPEN