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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 10, 2019 - The Impact of Religion on Politics in the Middle East Saeed Khan, Senior Lecturer, Near East & Asian Studies, Global Religion in politics is the most crucial issue facing Middle East countries. The region faces challenges for the application of modernity in terms of secularism, especially in a locale where democracy and individualism have had generally little latitude as a whole. This is due partly from its history, and where many use religion to justify their authoritarian political systems. Could technological advances have an impact and at what pace? This presentation will explore the always-changing landscape of the Middle East as a religion, politics and technology compete, clash and coexist. Saeed A. Khan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near East and Asian Studies at Wayne State University. He teaches Islamic and Middle East history, politics and culture, and 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. * October 22, 2019 - Escape from Nazi Germany and the Holocaust to Shanghai (NOTE: FOURTH TUESDAY) Berl Falbaum, Former Political Reporter for the Detroit News The Distinguished Lecture for October 22nd is cancelled due to the speaker's illness. The lecture will be rescheduled for a date in the future. Hitler came to power in 1933. At that time there were approximately 500 thousand Jews in Germany and approximately 180 thousand Jews in Austria. They were loyal to their country, were part of the government, and fought for Germany in World War 1. Hitler had a plan to annihilate the world’s Jews. Jews were stripped of their citizenship, their property taken over and their means of a livelihood destroyed. Jews were given an X amount of time to find a country that would take them over, otherwise they would be thrown into concentration camps. Aside from the Dominican Republic, Shanghai was the only place that remained open to these refugees without requiring a visa. Approximately 20 thousand German, Austrian and Polish Jews were able to make the trip. Mr. Falbaum’s family was among those that made the journey. In his presentation, Mr. Falbaum will describe his family’s experiences and those of other Jews. He has compiled and edited a book Shanghai Remembered: Stories of Jews Who Escaped to Shanghai from Nazi Germany. * November 12, 2019 - Actual Innocence in Michigan: An Update from the Michigan Innocence Clinic David Moran, Professor, Clinical Professor of Law, Michigan Innocence Clinic, University of Michigan Professor Moran will speak about the problem of wrongful convictions in Michigan and how the Michigan Innocence Clinic investigates and litigates cases where persons have been wrongfully convicted but there is no DNA evidence to test. Professor Moran will discuss several recent cases in which the Michigan Innocence Clinic has achieved exonerations for its clients. * December 10, 2019 - How Polio Helped FDR Win the Presidency Professor James Tobin, Professor of Journalism, Miami University According to the conventional wisdom that has grown up around the public image of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the post-Watergate era, he became president only by fooling the public about the paralysis he suffered as a result of poliomyelitis. In fact, the author’s research shows that FDR made masterful use of his disability as he recovered from the disease and rose to the White House. After earning a Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan, James Tobin spent 20 years as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. His books include Ernie Pyle’s War (1997), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography; To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight (2003); and The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency (2013). * January 14, 2020 - Living Transgender: The Struggles and Rewards Max, Will, and Stephanie Celebrate and explore the spirit of tolerance in this Martin Luther King, Jr. panel discussion with three transgender people. Our panel will share stories about their personal struggles and rewards. Meet a married transman who is the father of three young children, a transgender man who leads the UM Spectrum Center, and a woman who identifies as gender non-conforming. OLLI member Bill Roberts will act as panel moderator. Join us for this timely and meaningful discussion on gender perspectives. The five Session 2 lectures (February thru June) will be held on: • February 11, 2020 • March 10, 2020 • April 14, 2020 • May 12, 2020 • June 9, 2020
Event Type : Distinguished Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 09/10/2019 - 06/09/2020
Day of Week : Tuesday
Time : 10:00-11:30am
Location : Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Towsley Auditorium
Address : 4800 E. Huron River Drive,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Fee : $55.00
Event Status : OPEN