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Fall 2016

Mat Britain, Director of the Vanderbilt Steel Band Program, “Osher Steel Drum Band"

Larry Bartels, Josh Clinton, Marc Hetherington, John Greer, Bruce Oppenheimer, Carrie Russell - Professors of Political Science, Vanderbilt University, “Election 2016"

Billy Teets - Dyer Observatory Outreach Astronomer, Vanderbilt University, David Weintraub - Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Program in Communication of Science & Technology, Vanderbilt University, Andreas Berlind - Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Astrophysics, Vanderbilt University, " From the Moon to the Edge of the Visible Universe - An Astronomy Sampler"

Various Instructors, "Intellectual Sampler"

Ryan Middagh, Director of Jazz Studies, Vanderbilt University, "Jazz History and Appreciation"

Various Instructors, "Moving from Indifference to Action: Why Remembering is Important"

Various Instructors, "OLLI at the Nashville Jazz Workshop"

John Hoomes – CEO & Artistic Director, Nashville Opera, "OLLI at the Opera"

Jessica Greenfield – Lecturer, Department of French and Italian, Vanderbilt University, "Otherness and the Italian Immigrant Experience"

Joseph B. Ingle – Author, criminal justice historian and ordained minister, "Racism and Incarceration in the United States"

Carole Bucy – Professor of History, Volunteer State Community College & Davidson County Historian, "The Sound and the Fury: Controversial Presidential Elections"

Rory Dicker – Director, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Vanderbilt University, "The U.S. Women's Movement"

Victor Judge - Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Lecturer, Vanderbilt University,  "Writing Seminar: The Writing Life"

Summer 2016

Mat Britain, Director of the Vanderbilt Steel Band Program, “Osher Steel Drum Band"

Marlene Hutchinson, Creator of Learn to Play Guitar in a Day! and President of Marlene’s Music, “How to Play Guitar in a Day”

James Myers, Food Columnist for The Tennessean, “Juxtaposition of Flavors”

David Williams, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs, Athletics Director, and Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University, “The Music of Motown Era”

OLLI at OZ, Israeli-American street artist Adam Yekutieli’s ”Vicariously Speaking”

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, “Nutrition and Wellness Seminar”

Mitchell Korn, Adjunct Professor of Music and Community, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, “The Best of Symphony 101: The Music that Created the Sound of the 20th Century”

Pete Holland, Wine Columnist for Nashville Scene, “The World of Wine”

Spring 2016

Marc Stengel, Publisher and Editor, Historix Editions, "David Jones, 'The Last Magus'

Vanderbilt Professors, "Intellectual Sampler"

Laurie Woods, Lecturer, Department of Sociology,  Vanderbilt University, "Guns: An American Obsession"

Pat Cummins, Cherokee Historian, "Culture in Transition: The Cherokee in Middle Tennessee"

Elizabeth Covington, Senior Lecturer, English Department, Vanderbilt University, "More than Mr. Darcy: The Novels of Jane Austen"

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Director, One River Foundation, "Judaism in Six Words"

Robert Barsky, Professor, Department of English, Department of French & Italian, Vanderbilt University, "William Butler Yeats and the Meaning of Poetry in the Modern World"

Clive Mentzel, Senior Lecturer, Political Science/Public Policy, Vanderbilt University, "The Truth & Reconciliation Process in South Africa - Where Is the Truth and Where Is the Reconciliation?"

Ann Jennalie Cook, Professor of English, Emeria, Vanderbilt University & Vice President, International Shakespeare Association, "Shakespeare Across the Centuries"

Ben Adams, Stuart Miller & Ken Penagar, OLLI Members, "Great Decisions, Foreign Policy Discussion Group"

Mitchell Korn, Professor of Music and Educational Research, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University; Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director and CEO, Nashville Ballet, "OLLI at the Ballet"

Winter 2016

Steve Buckingham, Adjunct Instructor in Music History, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University; Mitchell Korn, Adjunct Instructor in Music and Community, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University   "Rhythm & Blues Tore Down the Walls of Segregation"

Jeanette Norden, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Emerita, Vanderbilt University, "Understanding Disorders of the Brain and Spinal Cord"

Carole Bucy, Professor of History, Volunteer State Community College & Davidson County Historian, "A Survey of the Political History of the United States: Tennessee Influences in American Government"

Rolanda Johnson, Ph.D., RN, Associate Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Betsy B. Kennedy, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, "What Makes You Sick?"

Francille Berquist, Professor of Spanish, Emerita, Vanderbilt University, "Language and Culture"

Frank Dobson, Director of Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Vanderbilt University, "The 'Double V' on the Silver Screen: Race Issues in WWII Films"

Ed Rubin, Professor of Law and Political Science, Vanderbilt University,"Climate Change Literature: A New Fictional Genre about a Real Problem"

Ann Jennalie Cook, Professor of Literature, Emerita, Vanderbilt University & Vice-President, International Shakespeare Association, "Celebrating Shakespeare"

Mat Britain, Director of the Vanderbilt Steel Band Program   "Osher Steel Drum Band"

Kate Myers Hanson, MFA, former professor and editor of the literary magazine, 'Passages North' at Northern Michigan University, "Creative Writing Workshop"

Denice Hicks, Artistic Director, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival & Marcia McDonald, PhD, Professor of English, Belmont University, "OLLI at the Shakespeare Festival"

Fall 2015

Steve Buckingham, Adjunct Instructor in Music History, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University "Rhythm & Blues Tore Down the Walls of Segregation"

James L. Crenshaw, Robert L. Flowers Professor of Old Testament, Emeritus, Duke University "Hidden Books from the Biblical World"

Molly Miller, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Emerita, Vanderbilt University "How the Earth Works and Why It Matters"

Michael Newton, Professor of the Practice of Law, Vanderbilt University, "Legal and Policy Issues in Modern Warfare"

Clive Mentzel, Director, Office of Active Citizenship and Service, and Senior Lecturer, Politicial Science/Public Policy, Vanderbilt University "Who Was Nelson Mandela?"

Malcolm Getz, Associate Professor of Economics, Vanderbilt University, "Our Urban Agenda"

Alexandra Sargent Capps (Coordinator), Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Vanderbilt University, "The Artistic and Collaborative Process of Creating the Theatre Experience"

Carl H. Johnson, Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University; Beth Malow, Professor of Neurology, Vanderbilt University & Director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Clinic; Douglas McMahon, Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University; Terry Page, Professor of Biological Sciences, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University "Circadian Rhythms and Sleep"

Mat Britain, Director of the Vanderbilt Steel Band Program "Osher Steel Drum Band"

Susan Kevra, Senior Lecturer, Department of French and Italian, Vanderbilt University "English Country Dancing"

Victor Judge, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Lecturer, Vanderbilt University Divinity School "Writing Seminar: The Writing Life"

Summer 2015

Robert Fry, Senior Lecturer, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University "Exploring the Nashville Soundscape"

Lealan N. Swanson, Professor of Art History (retired), Jackson State University "African-American Art History"

Mat Britain, Director of the Vanderbilt Steel Band Program "Osher Steel Drum Band"

Dave Dowell, Genetic Genealogist and Retired Academic Librarian "Genealogy: Adding DNA Testing"  

Alice Randall, Writer in Residence in African American and Diaspora Studies, Vanderbilt University, Co-author, Soul Food Love Caroline Randall Williams, Co-author, Soul Food Love "Cooking with Soul Food Love!"  

John Bridges, Historian and Product Designer "Design through the Ages"

Carlene Robinson, Trainer and Facilitator "Enriching Life: A Guide to Extraordinary Living "

Mitchell Korn, Professor, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University "Introduction to Symphony 101"

Spring 2015

Michael Shane Neal, Portrait Artist "Palettes, Portraits and Personalities: The Life and Adventures of  Portrait Painter"

Dave MacKenzie, Instructor, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University "Pre-World War II Blues Recordings: An Aural and Visual Survey"

Susan Kevra, Senior Lecturer, Department of French and Italian, Vanderbilt University "Food for Thought: Understanding America through Food"

Robert Barksy, Prof3essor, Department of French and Italian, Department of English, Vanderbilt University "From Romantic Poetry to the Writings of the Beat Generation: Youthful Passion for the Sublime and the Intoxicating"

David Weintraub, Professor of Astronomy, Vanderbilt University "Religions, Exoplanets, and Extraterrestrial Life"

Thomas Schwartz, Professor of History, Vanderbilt University "Henry Kissenger: America’s First Celebrity Diplomat"

Leonard Folgarait, Professor of History of Art, Vanderbilt University "The Meaning of Modern Art"

Vanderbilt Professors of Literature, Music, History & Science "Intellectual Sampler"

Thomas Laney, Associate Director, The Turner Center for Church Leadership, Vanderbilt Divinity School "Enhancing Your Conflict Compliance"

Ben Adams and Stuart Miller, OLLI Members " Great Decisions, Foreign Policy Group" (Davidson County)

Ken Penegar, OLLI Member " Great Decisions, Foreign Policy Group" (Williamson County)

Carolyn Conover, Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services "Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement"

Winter 2015

Mat Britain, Director of the Vanderbilt Steel Drum Band Program "Osher Steel Drum Band"

Kass Kovalcheck, Professor of Communication Studies, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University  "Irish Comedy: Light and Dark"

John Vile, Professor of Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University  "The U.S. Constitution: Foundation and Interpretation"

Brian Owens, Artistic Director of the Nashville Film Festival "Contemporary World Cinema"

Cynthia Cyrus, Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs, Professor of Musicology and Affiliated Faculty in Women's Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University  "Nuns and Prostitutes of the Middle Ages"

Robert Scherrer, Professor of Physics, Vanderbilt University "Science and Science Fiction"

Anna Guengerich, Ph.D., Anthropology  "Ancient Civilizations of the Americas"

Steve Buckingham, Instructor Vanderbilt Blair School of Music "Rhythm & Blues Tore Down the Walls of Segregation"

Patout Burns Jr., Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University and Robin Jensen, Luce Chancellor's Professor of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University  "The Development of Christian Practice and Belief in Roman Africa"

Mary Pat Williams Silveira, retired senior official of the United Nations  "Ukraine: From Kievan Rus to the Euro Revolution"

Fall 2014

Jeffry John Stein, Author, former VP of Production for features in Hollywood, founding Faculty member of the Watkins College of Art and Design Film School and Lecturer at Vanderbilt University
"The Transformations of Consciousness on Film"

Howard Miller, Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Dept. of History, Politics and Philosophy, Lipscomb University "An Introduction to Islam"

Ed Young, OLLI Member  "The Joy of Opera"

Mark Jarman, Centennial Professor of English, Vanderbilt University "The Poetry of George Herbert"

Clint Hendrix, Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese, Vanderbilt University  "Film, Fantasy, and Food: Spanish Cuisine and Culture"

"Neurons to Perception: Insights into Brain Function and Dysfunction" Vanderbilt Brain Institute Neuroscientists;   Mark T. Wallace (VBI Director), Randolph Blake, Alex Maier, Ken Catania, Randy Blakely, Ronald Emeson

Dan Morgan,Senior Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vanderbilt University "Exploring Antarctica"

Mark Zimmerman and Greg Thomas, Director of Publications ROCIC, Professor Emerita, Roosevelt University "Looking for Camels on the Silk Road: A Tale of Funny Money, A Dark Web, and Chinese Laundry"

Cody Case, Interfaith Health Care Chaplain "To Make a World: Exploring Self, Love, and Loss through Spiritual Storytelling"

Summer 2014

Patricia A. Wand, University Librarian Emerita, Adjunct Professor, American University, Washington D.C.  "Living in the Midst of Islam: Perspectives of an American Librarian in the Arabian Gulf"

Mat Britain, Director of the Vanderbilt Steel Drum Band Program "Osher Steel Drum Band"

Robert Bond, Producer, Performer and Composer   "Deconstruction in American Popular Music from 1900 to the Present"

Dave Dowell, Genetic Genealogist and Retired Academic Librarian "Genealogical Research"

Kate Myers Hanson, Former Professor and Editor of the Literary Magazine, Passages North at Northern Michigan University  " Creative Writing Workshop"

Susan Ruach, Retired United Methodist Minister " Spirituality and Photography Workshop"

Spring 2014

Michael Shane Neal, Portrait Artist “Masterpieces - The Greatest Portraits Ever Painted"

Patout Burns, Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University "Christian Theories to Explain the Death of Jesus"

Robert F. Barsky, Professor of French, Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt University "Literature and Law, from Crime andPunishment to Law and Order"

Earl Fitz, Professor of Portuguese, Spanish and Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt University "BRAZIL!"

Gary Jensen, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University "Salem and Other Witch-Hunts"

Cody Case, Interfaith Health Care Chaplain "Theories of “The Good Life”

Joseph B. Ingle, United Church of Christ Minister "Why Does America Imprison More People Than Any Other Country in the World?"

Jeanette Norden, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Emerita, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
"The Neuroscience of Learning and Memory"

Staff from the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health "Integrative Medicine" 

Susan Kevra, Senior Lecturer in French, Vanderbilt University "English Country Dancing"

Ben Adams and Ken Penegar, OLLI Members "Great Decisions" (Foreign Policy Discussion Group)

Winter 2014

Beth Gottlieb, Member of Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band and Former Professor of Music, Rollins College and University of Alabama "Music Hath Charms"

Amy Bertram, French and Film Teacher, Watkins College, Film Teacher, Belmont University  "Inspiring Hollywood: French Films Behind American Remakes"

Jeremy Atack, Professor of Economics, Vanderbilt University "Financial Crisis - Lessons Learned from History"

Vanessa Beasley, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication Studies, Vanderbilt University "The Top Ten Best U.S. Political Speeches You’ve Never Heard"

Carole Bucy, Professor of History, Volunteer State Community College and Davidson County Historian  "The Decade When the World at Home & Abroad Began to Change: 1910- 1920"

Ann Jennalie Cook, Professor of English, Emerita, Vanderbilt University "Shakespeare Across the Centuries"

Joe Hamilton, Land C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics, Vanderbilt University  "Primer of Physics and its Application to Society"

Mat Britain, Director of the Vanderbilt Steel Drum Band Program "Osher Steel Drum Band"

Fall 2013

Vanderbilt Medical Center Doctors "Science Behind the Medicine and Medical Advances"

Billy Teets, Astronomer, Bob O'dell, Distinguished Research Professor Vanderbilt University and David Weintraub, Professor of Astronomy, Vanderbilt University "Hot Topics in Astronomy"

Diane Sasson, Lecturer in Theology and Women's Studies, Vanderbilt University  "The Shakers in America"

Alexandra Sargent, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Theatre, Vanderbilt Univesity "The History of Fashion"

Michael Hodges, Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University "Concepts of  God"

Susan Kevra, Senior Lecturer in French, Vanderbilt University "American Social History through Dance"

Frank Dobson, Director of Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Vanderbilt University
"Diversity, Dignity, and Devotion on Film: War Movies of the 40's - 60's"

J. Thomas Laney, Associate Director of the Turner Center for Church Leadership, Vanderbilt Divinity School
"Our Righteous Minds: Exploring a New Frame for Understanding the Moral and Political Divide in America"

Mitchell Korn, Adjunct Professor of Music and Educational Outreach, Vanderbilt Blair School of Music
"The Amazing World of Illustrated Children's Books: How to be the Best at Reading to Young Children as a Literacy Volunteer, Parent, and Grandparent"

Mat Britain, Director of the Vanderbilt Steel Drum Band Program "Osher Steel Drum Band"

Summer 2013

Mat Britain, Director of the Vanderbilt Steel Drum Band Program   "Osher Steel Drum Band"
 
Douglas Fisher, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Computer Science, Vanderbilt University  "Lifelong Learning on the Web"
 
Ginger Manley, ANP, Associate in Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Certified Diplomate in Sex Therapy  "Dialogues in Sexuality and Aging"
 
Deborah Wilbrink, English Teacher and Freelance Magazine Writer "Writing from Your Life... How to Write Your Memiors"
 
Staff at the Dayani Center "Wellness Seminar"
 

Spring 2013

Starley Carr, Special Agent of the FBI, Dick Garner, Special Agent of the ATF  “Just the Facts, Ma’am, and Only the Facts!”
 
John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy  “Contemporary Moral Problems”
 
Mitchell Korn, Adjunct Professor of Music and Educational Outreach, Blair School of Music  “Meet the Ballet!”
 
Robert Covington (Coordinator), Professor of Law, Emeritus  “The Living Constitution: Supreme Court Decisions that Affect Our Lives”
 
Robert Barsky, Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor, French and Italian  “D. H. Lawrence”
 
Leonard Folgarait, Professor of History of Art “Modern Architecture”
 
Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History; Marshall Eakin, Professor of History  “African Diaspora through the Americas”
 
Joshua D. Clinton, Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Director of CSDI; John Grissom, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education; David E. Lewis, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, Co-Director of CSDI
Alan E. Wiseman, Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Director of CSDI  “Governing in an Era of Polarization in Washington and Beyond”
  
James Crenshaw, Robert L. Flowers Professor of Old Testament, Emeritus  “Ancient Prophecy: Bridging Two Worlds”

Winter 2013

Amy Bertram Read, Lecturer, Film and French Film, Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film  “Sixty-Five Years of French Film: 1895-1960”
 
Michael C. Thomsett, Author  “Skills for Investing in Today’s Evolving Markets”
 
Daniel J. Sharfstein, Professor of Law  “The Invisible Line: A Secret History of Race and American Families”
 
Gregory Barz, Associate Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Religion, and Anthropology  “Global Health and Global Music”
 
John Bridges, Former Classical Music Editor for the Nashville Tennessean and Award-winning Columnist and Editor for the Nashville Scene  “Sailing on the High C’s: The Outlandish, Overwhelming Art of Opera”
 
Thomas A. Schwartz, Professor of History and Political Science  “America and the Vietnam War"

John Siegfried, Professor of Economics, Emeritus “Better Living through Economics”

Various Instructors, Including Speakers in the Medical Field and Nashville Government, as well as, Author Alice Randall
“Obesity: A National Health Crisis”
 
Ann Jennalie Cook Calhoun, Professor of English, Emerita  “Moral Questions in Shakespeare”

Fall 2012

Beth Gottlieb, Percussionist in Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band, Former Professor of Music, University of Alabama and Rollins Collge    “The Rhythm of Music and Life”  
 
James Crenshaw, Robert L. Flowers Professor of Old Testament, Emeritus, Duke University   “The Agony and Ecstasy of Religious Belief: The Book of Psalms”  
 
Sam McSeveney, Professor of History, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University  “New York City and the Gilded Age of the Progressive Era”  
 
Chris Slobogin, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University   “Contemporary Debates in Criminal Justice”  
 
Keith G. Meador, MD, ThM, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry and Preventative Medicine, Professor in the Graduate Department of Religion, Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University 
“Religion and Health: Pitfalls and Possibilities”  
 
Patricia A. Ward (Coordinator), Professor of Comparative Literature, Emerita, Vanderbilt University 
“German Expressionism: In Conjunction with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts”  
 
Gene Polincinski, Senior Vice President/ Executive Director, First Amendment Center, Nashville, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.;   Stu Miller, Member and Retired Chief Information Officer   “Social Media and Digital Technology”  
 
Various Faculty of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center   “Medical Advances”  
 
Lucius Outlaw Jr., Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University   “Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America”

Spring 2012

Ben Adams, Member and Discussion Leader; Mary Pat Silveira, Member and Retired UN Official, Discussion Leader
"Great Decisions 2012: Foreign Policy Discussion Group"

Gottlieb C. Friesinger, Professor of Medicine, Emeritus; R. Lawrence Van Horn, Associate Professor of Economics and Management, Owen Graduate School of Management; Malcolm Getz, Associate Professor of Economics; 
Congressman Jim Cooper, U.S. Representative, 5th District of Tennessee
"Health Care Reform Crisis: Problems and Possibilities"

Mitchell Korn, Adjunct Professor of Music and Education Outreach, Blair School of Music; Robert Bond, Music Educator, Musician and Composer  "Music Appreciation"

Various Faculty of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center  "Medical Advances II"

David A. Owens, Professor of the Practice of Management and Innovation, Owen Graduate School of Management
"How We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying)"

Robert Barsky, Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor (2011/2012), Department of French and Italian
"Living in Paris under Napoleon III"

John Seigenthaler, Founder, First Amendment Center; Gary Gerstle, James G. Stahlman Professor of American History; 
Carole Bucy, Professor of History, Volunteer State Community College; George Barrett, Attorney; Steve Cobb, Attorney and Former Legislator; Mike Murphy, Former Legislator; Steven Tepper, Associate Professor of Sociology  "Protests and Social Change"

Mareike Sattler, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology; Avery Dickens de Girón, Assistant Director, Center for Latin American Studies  "Apocalypse Now? Modern Maya and Ancient Prophecies"

Elaine Goleski, Teacher and Former Staff Member, Jean and Alexander Heard Library  "The Port William Stories of Wendell Berry"

Winter 2012

Charles Hambrick, Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus  “The Antihero from Bret Maverick to Jim Rockford”

Mary Pat Silveira, Member and Retired United Nations Official “The Other UN”

Ginger Manley, ANP, Associate in Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University Medical School and Certified Diplomate of Sex Therapy  “The Journey through Aging and Sexuality”

Marc Hetherington, Professor of Political Science  “Politics in a Polarized Polity”

Various Faculty of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center  “Medical Advances”

Celia Walker, Director of Special Projects, Jean and Alexander Heard Library; Susan Knowles, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Public History, Middle Tennessee State University; “Shades of Gray and Blue: Reflections of Life in Civil War Tennessee”

Various Faculty of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center  “A Window into Human Development and Disabilities”

Gil Campbell, Past President of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt; Ginny Thigpen, Instructor in Film at Volunteer State Community College;  “Bogey and Bacall”

Fall 2011

Jeff Stein, Founding Faculty Member of the Watkins College Film School, Lecturer  “Family on Film: The Last Decade of the 20th Century”

James Crenshaw, Robert L Flowers Professor of Old Testament, Emeritus, Duke University  “Ecclesiastes: The Strangest Book in the Bible”

Ed Young, OLLI Member and Music Enthusiast  “Classics of Musical Genres”

Jessie Register, Director of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools; Kevin Huffman, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education; Top Professors from Vanderbilt and Lipscomb University; Leaders in Nashville’s Public Schools  “Public Education: Searching for the Best”

William Longwell, Retired Senior Lecturer, Department of History; Thomas A. Schwartz, Professor of History, Political Science, and European Studies  “The Road to the ‘Arab Spring’: The Changing Arab World and American Relations”

Richard Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History; Rory C. Dicker, Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of Women’s and Gender Studies; Vivien Fryd, Professor of History of Art; Teresa Goddu, Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies; Michael Kreyling, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English
“The American Civil War: Views from 2011”

Jean Roseman, Retired Teacher of German and Holocaust History, Current Author and Historian
“The History of the Nashville Jewish Community”

James Hoobler, Senior Curator of Art and Architecture at Tennessee State Museum  “World Architecture: From Megaliths to Post-Modern”

Don Bishop, Retired General Manager of U.S. Taxes, Texaco, Inc.  “The Challenges for U.S. Tax Policy: Rhetoric vs, Analysis”

Spring 2011

Ben Adams, Member, Discussion Leader; Mary Pat Silveira, Member and Retired UN Official, Discussion Leader
“Great Decisions 2011: Foreign Policy Discussion Group”

Gottlieb C. Friesinger, Professor of Medicine, Emeritus  “Living Long and Dying in America”

David Lawrence, Professor of History, Lipscomb University  “Lost Civilizations”

Bob Covington, Professor of Law, Emeritus  “Wonderful World of Wine”

David A. Weintraub, Professor of Astronomy  “How Old is the Universe?”

Marshall Eakin, Professor of History  “The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1836”

Leonard Folgarait, Professor of History of Art  “Twentieth-Century Art and Politics”

Joel Harrington, Professor of History “The Figure of Jesus in Western History”

Elaine Goleski, Teacher and former staff member, Jean and Alexander Heard Library  “Pointing to Itself: Exercises in Reading Poetry”

Winter 2011

Ann Jennalie Cook Calhoun, Professor of English, Emerita  “Shakespeare Goes to the Movies”

Kassian Kovalcheck, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies  “The Troubles: Ireland on Film”

James Crenshaw, Robert L. Flowers Professor of Old Testament, Emeritus, Duke University  “The Book of Job and the Problem of Evil”

Joe Rife, Associate Professor of Classics and Anthropology  “Life and Death in Ancient Greece: History, Culture, and Archaeology at the Port of Kenchreai”

Carole Bucy, Professor of History, Volunteer State Community College  “Religious History of the U.S. from Earliest European Settlements to the Present”

Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director and Conductor, Nashville Symphony; Mitchell Korn, Vice President for Education and Community, Nashville Symphony and Distinguished Lecturer for Music and Community, Blair School of Music
“How to Listen to Classical Music”

Mary Pat Silveira, Member and Retired United Nations Official  “Ethnic Conflict” 

Roy Gottfried, Professor of English  “James Joyce: The Short Stories, Dubliners

Fall 2010

Robert McNeilly, Member, OLLI at Vanderbilt  “Great Singers and Their Songs”

Patricia Ward, Professor Emerita of French and Comparative Literature  “Americans and Belle Epoque Paris: Life, Art, and Collecting”

John Miglietta, Professor of Political Science, Tennessee State University  “The Evolution of the American Presidency”

Charles Hambrick, Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus  “Religion: Its Origins, Practices, and Impacts”

Frank Wcislo, Dean of The Commons and Associate Professor of History  “Russia: Empire to Revolution”

John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy  “Great Ideas of the Nineteenth Century”

Peter Brush, History Librarian, Central Library (and Vietnam War Veteran)  “The United States and the Vietnam War”

Gene Policinski, Vice President and Executive Director of the First Amendment Center  “New Technology and Its Effect on Media”

Dale Alden, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Lipscomb University, and Clinical Neuropsychologist
“The Brain’s Orchestra: Music to Sleep By”

Victor Judge, Lecturer, Vanderbilt University Divinity School  “The Writing Life”

Spring 2010

Ben Adams, Member, Discussion Leader; Mary Pat Silveira, Member and Retired UN Official, Discussion Leader
“Great Decisions 2010: Foreign Policy Discussion Group”

Bobby L. Lovett, Professor of History, Tennessee State University
“Comparative History of African Americans in Nashville, 1780-1865”

Gil Campbell, Member  “Tune in Yesterday: Radio’s Golden Age”

Joe Sills, Retired from Career with the United Nations  “United States Foreign Policy: Old Issues, New Challenges”

Jim Lovensheimer, Assistant Professor  “Becoming American: Six Musical Case Studies”

Suhas L. Ketkar, Professor of Economics and Director, Graduate Program in Economic Development
“Economic Controversies”

Victor Judge, Lecturer, Divinity School  “Readings in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot”

Barbara Tsakirgis, Associate Professor, Classical Studies and History of Art; Mireille Lee, Assistant Professor, History of Art; Amanda Krauss, Assistant Professor, Classical Studies; Keith Kitchen, Lecturer, History of Art  “Mortals and Myths in Greece”

Ben Adams, Member, Discussion Leader; Mary Pat Silveira, Member and Retired UN Official, Discussion Leader
“Great Decisions 2010: Foreign Policy Discussion Group” [Brentwood location]

Elaine Goleski, Teacher and former staff member, Jean and Alexander Heard Library  “Two Storytellers: Charles Dickens and John Irving”

Sam McSeveney, Professor of History, Emeritus  “New York City from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era”

Winter 2010

Virginia Thigpen, Retired Associate Professor, Volunteer State Community College
“The Last Laugh: A Brief Look at American Comic Film” (Film Studies Class)

Amanda Krauss, Assistant Professor of Classics  “Humor: Ancient to Modern”

Ron Messier, Professor of History and Historical Archaeology, Emeritus, Middle Tennessee State University; Senior Lecturer in History and Religious Studies
“Islamic History”

Dan Church, Professor of French, Emeritus; Robert Covington, Professor of Law, Emeritus; “Crime and Punishment – On Two Sides of the Channel” (Film Studies Class)

Elizabeth Dachowski, Associate Professor of History, Tennessee State University  “Saints and Sinners in the Middle Ages”

Mel Joesten, Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus  “The Chemistry of Global Environmental Issues”

Fredric Blumberg, Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts, S.U.N.Y.
“Oral Interpretation of Literature and Performance”

Fall 2009

Patricia Ward, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Emerita  “Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson in France”

William Pratt, Professor of English, Emeritus, Miami University  “Faulkner’s Mythical Kingdom”

Katie Delmez, Frist Center Curator  “Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris” 

Susan Edwards, Director and CEO of the Frist Center  “Surrealism and Psychoanalysis” 

Kelli Shay Hix, Film Archivist at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum  “Surrealism and Surrealist Film in 1920s and 1930s Paris” 

Michael Bess, Chancellor’s Professor of History  “The Center Cannot Hold: Europe between Two World Wars, 1924-1039” 

Lisa Weiss, Assistant Director of the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies and Lecturer in French  “The Surrealist Literary Movement in Paris”

Randall Yearwood, Retired Architect  “Eight Buildings in Washington, D.C.”

Mark Jarman, Centennial Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing  “Southern Poetry: The Fugitives to the Present”

Rick Chappell, Research Professor of Physics  “The Adventures of Exploration in America”

John Bridges, Writer, Musician, and Historian  “History of Country Music”

Frank Wcislo, Dean of the Commons and Associate Professor of History  “History of the Soviet Union”

Victor Judge, Lecturer, Vanderbilt University Divinity School  “The Writing Life”

Spring 2009

Ben Adams, Member, Discussion Leader; Mary Pat Silveira, Member and Retired UN Official, Discussion Leader
“Great Decisions 2009: Foreign Policy Discussion Group”

Robert Covington, Professor of Law, Emeritus  “A Century of Crime: English Language Mystery Fiction to 1950”

John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy  “Fundamentals of Morality”

Gerry Calhoun, Petroleum Geologist  “Another Look at Energy Issues”

Jeff Stein, Lecturer, Department of Film Studies  “Family on Film Part II: Myth, Change, Parenting and What Works”

Victor Judge, Lecturer, Vanderbilt University Divinity School  “Scriptio Divina: The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, S. J.

Various Members of the Vanderbilt Faculty  “Perspectives on America: Past and Present” 

Jane Landers, Associate Professor of History  “Big Prince Whitten, An African in the Age of Atlantic Revolution” 

Richard Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History  “Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad” 

Rachel Donelson, Ph.D. Student, Dept of History  “Of, By and For the People: The Culture of the 1930s” 

Gary Gerstle, James Stahlman Professor of History  “America’s Encounter with Immigrants” 

Thomas A. Schwartz, Professor of History  “President Obama’s World: Historical Perspectives on Contemporary  
American Foreign Policy” 

Erwin Hargrove, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus  “Realism and Idealism in Policymaking”

Winter 2009

Gil Campbell, OLLI at Vanderbilt Board Member  “Troubled Genius: The Career of Orson Welles”

Michael Kreyling, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English  “The Gone with the Wind Mythology”

Peter Lorge, Senior Lecturer in History  “Guns and Gunpowder in Asian History”

Carole Bucy, Associate Professor of History and Chair of History Department, Volunteer State Community College
“The Early Years of the Republic: The United States from 1780-1845”

Joe Sills, Retired from Career with the United Nations  “Foreign Policy in the New Administration”

Ann Jennalie Cook Calhoun, Professor of English, Emerita  “Shakespeare Films”

Fall 2008

Bob McNeilly, Member of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute “Richard Wagner, Sociopathic Genius”

Patricia A. Ward, Professor Emerita of French and Comparative Literature  “Americans in Paris, 1865-1955”

Mitiku Adisu, Editor and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Higher Education  “Rediscovering Africa”

Class Taught by Different Instructors from Vanderbilt  “Medicine, Health, and Society” 

Arleen Tuchman, History  “Diabetes, Race, and Ethnicity: Lessons from History” 

David Boyd, Medicine, Health and Society  “Death, Dying, and Shifts in Meaning” 

Larry Churchill, Biomedical Ethics  “Ethics at the End of Life: Who Should Decide What is Too Much?” 

Beth Conklin, Anthropology  “Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Death and Mourning” 

Holly Tucker, French and Italian  “Doctors’ Stories” 

Ruth Rogaski, History  “A History of Qi (Ch’i) in China and America”

Rick Chappell, Director of the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory; Bob O’Dell, the original NASA Chief Scientist for the Hubble and a Distinguished Research Professor of Astronomy  “Magnificent Time Machine: The Year of the Hubble Space Telescope”

Elaine Goleski, Teacher and former staff member, Jean and Alexander Heard Library “Who am I?: Studies in First-Person Narration”

Jim Charlet, Moderator  “Future Gazing in a Rear View Mirror” 

Clint Brewer, Executive Editor of Nashville City Paper, and Past President, National Society for Professional Journalists
“The Presidential Debates Have Ended: What Did We See?” 

William P. Alexander, Brentwood Attorney, Longtime Member of the Tennessee Export Council, and international Commercial Arbitrator  “To Trade, or Not to Trade: What’s our Competitive Interest?” 

Tom Griscom, Editor and Publisher, Chattanooga Times News Free Press, President, Tennessee Press Association, and Former White House Communications Director  “Presidential Transitions: The Election is Over, What Now America?” 

John Morgan, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury  “Tennessee Education at its Crossroads: Compete or Surrender” 

Jeff Bridges, Partner, Carr, Riggs & Ingram  “Staying Alive to Cheat the Estate Tax” 

David Hudson, Legal Counsel, The First Amendment Center  “Life with The Supremes: A Review of the High Court’s Recent Term”

Randall Yearwood, Retired Architect  “The Vanderbilt Family and the Mansions They Built”

Spring 2008

Ben Adams, Member, Discussion Leader  “Great Decisions 2008: Foreign Policy Discussion Group”

Victor Judge, Lecturer, Vanderbilt University Divinity School  “Religious Themes in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson”

Jeff Stein, Founding Faculty Member of the Watkins College Film School  “Myth and the American Family in the Movies”

Bob Duncan, County Historian and Director – Maury County Archives  “Deciphering Your Family History”

Arnold M. Heiser, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Emeritus  “The Milky Way, Galaxies, and the Large Scale Structure of the Observable Universe"

 
Marc K. Stengel, Writer and Translator from the Welsh  “The Dragon Has Two Tongues: An Introduction to Anglo-Welsh Literature”

Willy Stern, Journalist  “Investigative Reporting: An Insider’s Guide”  

Tim Johnson, Professor of History, Lipscomb University  “Manifest Destiny and the Mexican War”

Winter 2008

Ann Jennalie Cook Calhoun, Professor of English, Emerita  “Shakespeare Films”

Bart Victor, Cal Turner Professor of Moral Leadership  “21st Century Business Ethics”

Gene Policinski, Vice President and Executive Director of the First Amendment Center  “The First Amendment in the 21st Century”

Sam McSeveney, Professor of History, Emeritus  “The Southern War of Independence, 1861-1865”

Robert K. Oermann, Author  “How Nashville Became ‘Music City’”

Fall 2007

Donald Menchise, Retired English Professor, Tennessee State University  “Revisiting Prominent Lyric Poetry”

William Pratt, Professor of English, Emeritus, Miami University  “Irish Literature”

John Geer, Professor of Political Science  “The Road to the White House”

Randall Yearwood, Retired Architect  “Architecture – People, Places and Things”

Jeanette Norden, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology  “Brain Development Throughout Life”

Robert Mode, Associate Professor, History of Art  “Great Artists – Myths and Missions”

Joseph Hamilton, Professor of Physics; Richard Haglund, Professor of Physics; “Primer of Physics and its Application to Society”

Marshall Eakin, Professor of History  “The Conquest of the Americas”

Summer 2007

Paul K. Conkin, Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus  “American Agriculture in the 20th Century”

James E. Auer, Director of VIPPS Center for U.S.–Japan Studies and Cooperation  “U.S.-Japan Relations”

Paul Gherman, University Librarian  “Mining the Web: Enriching Your Life through Internet Resources”

Spring 2007

Ben Adams, Member, Discussion Leader  “Great Decisions 2007: Foreign Policy Discussion Group”

Gottlieb C. Friesinger, Professor of Medicine, Emeritus  “Evolution of Medical Education”

Jane L. Landers, Associate Professor of History  “Comparative Slavery in the Americas”

Gerry Calhoun, Certified Petroleum Geologist  “All About Energy”

Arnold M. Heiser, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Emeritus  “Planets, Planets, and More Planets!”

Peg Duthie, Writer and Editor  “Placetne, J. K. Rowling? The Worlds of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harry Potter”

Barbara C. Bowen, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Emerita  “Utopias and Dystopias, from Gilgamesh to Margaret Atwood”

Victor Judge, Divinity School Registrar, and Editor of The Spire   “The Moral Complexities of Henrik Ibsen’s Drama, The Wild Duck

Winter 2007

Dan Church, Professor of French  “The Films of Louis Malle (from France to Exile, and Back)”

John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy  “Great Philosophers of the Nineteenth Century”

Robert Drews, Professor of Classics, Emeritus  “History and Language: The Indo-Europeanizing of Europe”

Carole Bucy, Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department, Volunteer State Community College
“The Constitution: The History of a Living Document”

Christine Mather, Writer  “Women in Theatre: Exit the Actress” 

Fall 2006

Dennis Williams, Retired Engineer  “A Salmagundi of Tennessee Topics”

William Pratt, Professor of English, Emeritus, Miami University  “The Lesson of the Master: Six Lectures on the Modern Short Story”

Christina Peterson, Research Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology  “Current Issues in Health Sciences”

Joe Sills, Retired from Career with the United Nations  “America in the World”

Jeanette Norden, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology  “The Brain and Wellness”

Sam McSeveney, Professor of History, Emeritus  “Critical American Presidential Elections: Three Case Studies”

Jim Lovensheimer, Assistant Professor of Musicology, Blair School of Music  “The Joy of Bernstein: An Investigation of American Musical Genius”

Randall Yearwood, Retired Architect  “Architecture: People and Buildings”

John Seigenthaler, Chairman Emeritus of The Tennessean and founder of the First Amendment Center  “John Seigenthaler and the First Amendment”

Summer 2006

Tracy Barrett, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian  “Medieval Women in Their Own Words”

Cecelia Tichi, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English  “The Mysteries of Mystery Fiction: The Anatomy of Sleuthing in Print in America”

Paul Gherman, University Librarian  “Mining the Web: Enriching Your Life through Internet Resources”

Spring 2006

Ben Adams, Member, Discussion Leader  “Great Decisions 2006: Foreign Policy Discussion Group”

John Egerton, Writer  “Downtown Nashville History: Two Centuries on the Public Square”

Gene Policinski, Executive Director of the First Amendment Center  “The News Media and You”

Virginia L. Shepherd, Professor of Pathology and Associate Professor of Biochemistry; Charles A. Brau, Professor of Physics  “Nobel Prize Winners in Science”

Gottlieb C. Friesinger, Professor of Medicine, Emeritus  “Aging and Society”

Sophia Severino, Independent Scholar  “Of Mosques and Manuscripts: An Introduction to the Arts and Lands around the Mediterranean”

Bart Victor, Cal Turner Professor of Moral Leadership  “Leadership in Business: Perspectives from Science and Practice”

Victor Judge, Divinity School Registrar, and Editor of The Spire  “A Diapason of Terror: The Literary Craftsmanship of Edgar Allan Poe”

Winter 2006

Robert McNeilly, Member of Retirement Learning  “Russian Music: From the Czars to the Commissars”

Marc Stengel, writer  “Cultural Astronomy”

Steven Womack, Professor of Screenwriting and Film Studies, Watkins Film School  “Film Noir – Cinema’s Dark Days”

Fall 2005

Sam McSeveney, Professor of History, Emeritus  “America and Americans at War, 1917-1973”

William Pratt, Professor of English, Emeritus, Miami University  “Modern Novel”

Susan Wiltshire, Professor of Classics and Chair of Classical Studies Department   “Siblings in the Bible and Greek Drama”

Jim Lovensheimer, Lecturer, Blair School of Music  “With a Song in His Heart: The Art of Richard Rodgers”

Jeanette Norden, Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology  “The Amazing Brain”

Eugene TeSelle, Professor Emeritus, Divinity School  “The Progressive Era and the Social Gospel After a Hundred Years: Time for a Revival?”

Carole Bucy, Associate Professor of History and Chair of History Department, Volunteer State Community College
“Tennessee History IS American History”

Randall Yearwood, retired architect  “People and Architecture”

Summer 2005

Willy Stern  “Media Ethics: The Oxymoron and The Reality”

Larry A. Brown, Professor of Theatre, David Lipscomb University  “Mythology Around the World”

Paul Gherman, University Librarian  “Mining the Web: Enriching Your Life through Internet Resources”

Spring 2005

Ben Adams, Member, Discussion Leader  “Great Decisions 2005: Foreign Policy Discussion Group”

Sam McSeveney, Professor of History, Emeritus  “From ‘Black Thursday’ to ‘a date which will live in infamy’: America and Americans 1929-1941”

Robert Barsky, Professor of Comparative Literature, and French and Italian  “Confession and Suffering in Literature and Law”

Calvin Dickinson, Professor of History, Tennessee Technological University  “Some Interesting Kings and Queens and England”

Dr. Jan Van Eys, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics  “Evidence-Based Medicine: Promises and Pitfalls”

Charles Hambrick, Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus  “Japanese Culture”

Leonard Folgarait, Professor of Art History  “The Meaning of Modern Art”

Victor Judge, Divinity School Registrar and editor of The Spire  “The Writing Life”

Winter 2005

Barbara Bowen, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Emerita  “Rabelais and the Renaissance”

Marshall Eakin, Professor of History  “Amazonia: Five Centuries of Change”

Steven Womack, Professor of Screenwriting and Film Studies, Watkins Film School  “Hitchcock: A Life in Film”

Fall 2004

Frank Wcislo, Associate Professor of History  “Modern Russian History”

William Pratt, Professor of English, Emeritus, Miami University  “Modern Poetry”

Jim Lovensheimer, Lecturer, Blair School of Music  “American Musical Theater”

Arleen M. Tuchman, Associate Professor of History  “History of Health, Disease, and Healing”

Rick Chappell, Executive Director, Dyer Observatory, and Research Professor of Physics  “The Nature of Exploration from Columbus to Mars”

John G. Geer, Professor of Political Science  “Presidential Elections”

Bart Victor, Cal Turner Professor of Moral Leadership  “Business Ethics and Morality”

Virginia Abernethy, Professor of Psychiatry (Anthropology), Emerita  “Populations and Environment”

Ben Walter, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus  “Health Care and Medical Insurance”

Summer 2004

Paul Gherman, University Librarian  “Mining the Web: Enriching your Life through Internet Resources”

Joe Sills, Retired from Career with the United Nations  “The United States and Multilateral Institutions: What Lies Ahead?”

Andy Smith, Jazz Enthusiast  “Jazz in Europe”

Spring 2004

Ben Adams, Member, Discussion Leader  “Great Decisions 2004: Foreign Policy Discussion Group”

Frances Hardie, Retired Associate Director for Collections Development, Jean and Alexander Heard Library
“Jane Austen’s Persuasion

Edwin S. Gleaves, State Librarian and Archivist  “The Future of Books, Reading, and Libraries in an Age of Hyperlinks”

John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy  “Great American Philosophers”

Bobby L. Lovett, Professor of History, Tennessee State University  “History of African Americans in Nashville”

W. Calvin Dickinson, Professor of History, Tennessee Technological University  “Interesting Kings and Queens of England”

Charles Hambrick, Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus  “Religion in Japanese History”

Victor Judge, Registrar and Editor of The Spire  “An Allegorical Reading of Albert Camus’ Novel, The Plague

Eric Youngquist, Retired Foreign Service Officer  “Norse Gods and Sagas”

Gene TeSelle, Professor of Church History and Theology, Emeritus  “Christianity Meets Classical Cultural: From Justin to Augustine”

Winter 2004

Luigi Monga, Professor of French and Italian  “Contemporary Italy through its Cinema”

Robert McNeilly, Instructor  “Great Choral Music”

Walter Durham, Gallatin Businessman and Writer  “Early Tennessee History”

Fall 2003

Ljubica Popovich, Associate Professor of Art History and Director of Graduate Studies  “Art in Byzantium and its Commonwealth”

John Compton, Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus “Socrates’ Search for Wisdom”

William O. Whetsell, Jr., Professor of Pathology (Neuropathology), Emeritus  “The Human Brain from Start to Finish”

William Longwell, Senior Lecturer in History  “Nationalism and Islam in the Modern Middle East since 1914”

Michael Rothacker, Instructor  “Jazz: The First Hundred Years”

Paul Conkin, Professor of History, Emeritus  “Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century”

Randall Yearwood, Architect  “The Architecture of Nashville”

John Perry, Author  “Releasing the Writer in You”

Ben Walter, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus  “Current Policy Issues”

Richard Sterns, Professor of Geology, Emeritus “Geology and Old Wars”

Summer 2003

Paul Gherman, University Librarian  “Mining the Web: Enriching Your Life through Internet Resources”

Douglas Fisher, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  “Hands on Exploration of the World Wide Web”

Donia Dickerson, Art Broker, Art Historian  “Great Museums of the World”

Spring 2003

Ben Adams, Member, Discussion Leader  “Great Decisions, 2003: Foreign Policy Discussion Group"

Douglas A. Lee, Professor of Musicology, Emeritus  “Masterworks of 20th-Century Music"

Joe Sills, Retired from Career with the United Nations  “The United Nations: Past, Present, and Future”

Michael D. Bess, Associate Professor of History  “Moral Dimensions of World War II”

Victor Judge, Registrar and Editor of The Spire  “A Dostoyevsky Duet”

Leonard Alberstadt, Associate Professor of Geology and Chair of Geology Department  “Rocks, Fossils, and Geologic Time”

John Perry, Author, Former Award-winning Advertising Copywriter  “One Writer’s Adventures”

Dr. Carole S. Bucy, Associate Professor of History and Chair of History Department, Volunteer State Community College
“A Women’s View of American History”

Charles Sherrill, Director, Brentwood Library  “History in Real Life: Understanding Your Ancestors through Genealogical Research”

Marc Stengel, Writer  “Cultural Astronomy: The Relevance of Ancient Science to Modern Custom and Lore”

Winter 2003

Charles Hambrick, Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus  “Japanese Cinema: Films of the Fabulous Fifties”

Matthew Ramsay, Associate Professor of History  “The French Revolution”

Eric Youngquist, Retired Foreign Service Officer  “Anatomy of an Embassy”

Fall 2002

Robert McNeilly, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt; retired banker “Seven Favorite Symphonies”

Derrick Norman  “A History of Irony: Why Most Americans Don’t Get It!”

Ray Waddle, Religion Editor, The Tennessean; The Rev. Bill Barnes, Edgehill Methodist Church  “Protestant Christianity in the Life of Nashville”

Marion Fowlkes, Architect  “Architecture: The Grand Design”

Joseph Hamilton, Professor of Physics  “Primer of Physics and its Application to Society”

Samuel T. McSeveney, Professor of History, Emeritus  “Public Violence in American History”

Stewart Clifton, Coordinator  “Tennessee State Government: How It Works or Doesn’t”

Tom McCoy, Professor of Law; Tom Kanaday, Attorney  “Significant Issues in the U.S. Constitution”

Summer 2002

Paul Gherman, University Librarian  “A Library on Your Desktop”

Douglas Fisher, Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Science  “What the Computer Can Do for You”

Michael Hime, Lecturer in Music Literature and Technical Liaison, Blair School of Music  “Sonic Symbolism: Does All This Noise Have Any Meaning”

Spring 2002

Ben Adams, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt, Discussion Leader  “Great Decisions 2002”

Gene Policinski, Deputy Director at First Amendment Center  “News and News Media- Today and Tomorrow”

Mark Schimmenti, Design Director of the Nashville Civic Design Center  “Fundamentals of Urban Design”

Victor Judge, Editor, The Spire; Assistant Editor, Alumni Publications  “The Literature of William Faulkner- The Sound and the Fury”

Jan Van Eys, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus  “From Soup to Nuts: Myths, Magical Thinking, and Science in Nutrition”

Charles Hambrick, Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus- “Islam”; Bill Longwell, Senior Lecturer in History- “History of the Middle East”; Pat Nation, Assistant Professor of Sociology, MTSU- “Terrorism”; Joe Sills, Retired from Career with UN- “Role of the UN in the Post Cold War World”  “America and the Middle East”

Madeena Nolan, Author; Alana White, Author, Martha Hickman, Author  “Inspiration and Perspiration: The Writer at Work”

Peter Poremski, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt  “Memoirs/Autobiography Writing Workshop”

Albert Reeves, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt  “A King? A Committee? No, a President!”

Winter 2002

Ben Walter, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus  “Public Policy Issues II”

Richard Stearns, Professor of Geology, Emeritus  “The Geology of History in the Central South”

Dan Church, Professor of French, Emeritus  “The Films of Jean Renoir”

Fall 2001

Eugene TeSelle, Oberlin Professor of Church History and Theology, Emeritus  “Contemporary Religious Movements and Trends”

Charles H. Hambrick, Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus  “World Religions”

Douglas Hall, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Director of Arthur J. Dyer Observatory  “The Real Dangers of Impacts from Outer Space”

James Patty, Professor of French, Emeritus; John Lachs, Professor of Philosophy; Amy Kirschke, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts; Mary Beth Raycraft, Lecturer in French; Enid Katahn, Professor of Piano   “Nineteenth Century French Expression in Music, Art and Literature”    (Organized by the Alliance Francaise of Nashville, through Eloise Barrett)

Peter Lorge, Lecturer in History  “America in Asia”

Marshall Eakin, Professor of Political Science  “Distant Neighbors: The U.S. and Latin American”

Shirley Wilson  “Genealogy 101”

Summer 2001

Paul Gherman, University Librarian  “A Library on Your Desktop”

Douglas Fisher, Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Science  “What the Computer Can Do for You”

Ann Jenalie Cook, Professor of English, Emeritus  “Performing Shakespeare”

Spring 2001

Ben Adams, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt, Discussion Leader  “Great Decisions 2001”

Jan Rosemergy, Ph.D., Director of Communications and Community Relations, John F. Kennedy Center; The Rev. Dan Rosemergy, Pastor of Brookmeade Congregational Church  “Images of God”

Mark Wait, Dean of the Blair School of Music  “Piano Music since 1750”

Victor Judge, Editor, The Spire; Assistant Editor, Vanderbilt Magazine  “The Hours of Clarissa Dalloway”

Ronnie Steine. Vice Mayor of Metro; and Others  “Public Policy Issues in Metro”

Peter Poremski, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt  “From Memories to Memoirs III”

Sheri Sterban and Staff of the Dayani Center  “Wellness for Life”

Winter 2001

Richard Stearns, Professor of Geology, Emeritus
“Geology and the Civil War” (Campaigns of 1863, Stones River, South to Chattanooga)

E.D. Thompson, Writer, Journalist, Musician
“Nashville Nostalgia”

Ben Walter, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus
“Contemporary Policy Issues”

 

Fall 2000

Tom Kanaday, Attorney  “Landmark Supreme Court Decisions”

Sarah Howell, Professor of History, Emeritus  “America Turns a Century: 1880-1917”

Geoffrey Layman, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus  “What is Religion?”

Victor Judge, Associate Editor of Alumni Publications  “A Writer’s Forum”

Douglas Hall, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Director Vanderbilt Observatories   “The Whole Universe II”

Summer 2000

Paul Gherman, University Librarian  “The World of Digital Information - A Library on Your Desktop”

Douglas Fisher, Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Science  “What the Computer Can Do for You”

Cecelia Tichi, Professor of English, Emeritus  “Mystery and Suspense”

Jeanice Moore, Pianist  “Music Appreciation for Those Who Wish They Had Studied It When They Were Ten Years Old!”

Spring 2000

Victor Judge, Associate Editor of Alumni Publications  “Realistic Portraits of Love”

Ben Adams, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt, Discussion Leader  “Great Decisions 2000”

Robert McNeilly Jr., Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt; Retired Banker  “Songs of Love and Death II”

Helen Sanders, Ph.D.  “Ancient Greek Sanctuaries and Religion”

John Greer, Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus  “The Miracle of Water”

*Sedley Hassel, Workshop Leader; Peter Poremski, Writing Workshop Leader*  “Life Writing Workshop II” “Turning Memories into Memoirs: A Life Writing Workshop”

Fall 1999

Ben Adams, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt, Discussion Leader  “Choices for the 21st Century: Defining Our Role in a Changing World”

Marshall Haglund, Jr., Professor of Physics, Chair of Physics and Astronomy Department  “Light Fantastic: from the Green Flash to the Laser”

Marge Davis, Ph.D., Writer  “The Golden Age of Mystery”

Douglas Hall, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Director of Arthur Dyer Observatory  “The Whole Universe” [also Fall 2000]

Ann Jennalie Cook, Professor of English, Emeritus  “Shakespeare in Performance”

Peter Poremski, Writing Workshop Leader  “Turning Memories into Memoirs: A Life Writing Workshop”

Barbara Tsakirgis, Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Fine Arts  “Classical Athens”

Jan Van Eys, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus  “Diseases and History”

Patricia Mynatt, Certified Financial Planner  “Retirement Planning and Investment”

Summer 1999

Charles Brau, Professor of Physics; Glenn Edwards, Professor of Physics  “The Free Electron Laser: On the Cutting Edge”

Douglas Fisher, Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Science  “What the Computer Can Do for You”

Victor Judge, Associate Editor of Alumni Publications  “Readings in the Modern Short Story”

Vivien Fryd, Associate Professor of Art History  “Athens of the South: Art in Nashville”

Spring 1999

Ben Adams, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt, Group Leader “Great Decisions 1999”

Jan Rosemergy, Ph.D., Director of Communications and Community Relations, John F. Kennedy Center  “Life’s Cycles in Poetry”

John Lachs, Professor of Philosophy  “In Love with Life”

Albert Reeves, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt  “A King? A Committee? No, a President!”

Richard Stearns, Professor of Geology, Emeritus   “Geology and the Civil War, In and Near Tennessee” (Nashville and West Tennessee)

Ben Adams, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt, Discussion Leader  “Choices for the 21st Century: Defining Our Role in a Changing World”    [Spring 1999, Fall 1999, 2000]

Sarah Howell, Professor of History, Emeritus  “Director Delbert Mann and American Culture on Film since 1950”

Fall 1998

Vereen Bell, Professor of English  “Rereading the Films of Our Youth”

Victor Judge, Associate Editor of Alumni Publications  “Myths and Variations”

William O. Whetsell, Jr. M.D., Professor of Pathology  “The Human Brain from Start to Finish”

Charles Hambrick, Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus  “Islam”

Dewey Grantham, Professor of History, Emeritus  “From Roosevelt to Reagan: The Challenges of Recent Presidential Leadership”

Robert McNeilly, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt; Retired Banker  “Songs of Love and Death: Music of Opera to Thrill Your Soul and Stir Your Senses”

Spring 1998

Victor Judge, Associate Editor of Alumni Publications  “The Incarnational Art of Flannery O’Connor”

Jan Van Eys, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus  “The Moral Meaning of Childhood: What Are We Doing to Our Children?” 

Discussion Group following Dr. Van Eys’ class

Rabbi Randall Falk  “The State of Israel: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”

Bill Purcell, Director of the Child and Family Policy Center, Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, Moderator
“Public Policy and Public Good: How Do We Get It Right?” 

Presentations by policy leaders concerned with issues including crime, health care, education, services for children, and the environment.

Discussion group, brown bag lunch following each presentation

Barbara Forbes, Coordinator of Senior Health and Health Promotion, The Dayani Center and Staff  “Wellness Journeys: Stress Management, Aerobic Activity, Flexibility and Balance, General Nutrition, Eating Out, and Eating Healthy”

Fall 1997

Charles Hambrick, Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus  “The Three Vehicles of Buddhism”

Harold Whiteman, Ph.D.  “Does the United Sates Have Foreign Policy: Eight Vital Specifics” – based on Great Decisions studies of the American Foreign Policy Association

Michael Hime, Lecturer in Music History and Technical Liaison, Blair School of Music  “How to Listen to Music”

Dewey Grantham, Professor of History, Emeritus  “From Truman to Reagan: Presidential Leadership in Recent American History” 

(Because of illness, he engaged colleagues to present different lectures, as follows:)

Paul Conkin, Professor of History,  “Big Daddy of the Pedernales: Lyndon Baines Johnson” 

Elizabeth Perry, Historian  “Could Eleanor Roosevelt Have Been President? Issues in Political Leadership for Women in the 20th Century” 

Sam McSeveney, Professor of History, Emeritus, “The Party is Over: Political Parties and Politics 1945-1997" 

Cecelia Tichi, Professor of English  “Mt. Rushmore (Can You Name the Four?)" 

Lewis Baldwin, Professor, Department of Religious Studies  “Civil Rights and Presidential Politics” 

Bill Phillips, Chief of Staff, University Relations at Vanderbilt  “Leadership of a California Actor and a Texas Yankee: The Reagan and Bush Years"

Robert McNeilly, Member of Retirement Learning at Vanderbilt; Retired Banker; Tom Kanaday, Attorney
“How to Get It, Conserve It, and Keep It - For a While!”

Radio Shack  “What is Web TV? For Those Interested in the Internet, but Not the Whole Computer Scene”

Spring 1997

Rendigs Fels, Professor of Economics, Emeritus; John Seigfried, Professor (Economics and Sports); Stephen Buckles, Visiting Professor of Economics (Economics of Education); Mark A. Cohen, Assoc. Professor of Management (Economics of Saving High-Risk Youth)  “The Economics of Crime, Drugs, Education and Other Amusements”

The Rev. Beverly Asbury, University Chaplain, Emeritus  “Stories About God and Humanity’s Mythological Universe”

Jan Van Eys, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus  “The Ethics of Genetics”

Rabbi Randall Falk  “Jews and Christian: A Troubled Family”

Marge McCormick Davis, Ph.D.  “From Stereotype to Archetype: Images of Mothers in the English Novel”

Fall 1996

Harold Whiteman, Ph.D., Retired President of Sweet Briar College  “Current Problems in U.S. Foreign Policy,” based on Great Decisions, 1996, American Foreign Policy Association

Mack Prichard, State Naturalist; Ruth Neff, Ph.D.; Janice Nolen, Executive Director, American Ling Association of Tennessee; Ann Tidwell, former member, Tenn. Water Quality Board; Alan Jones, Director, Tenn. Environmental Council; Cliff Russell, Ph.D., Director, Center of Resource and Environmental Policy, Vanderbilt University  “Tennessee Treasures/Trash: Who’s Minding Mother Nature’s Store?”

Howard Boorman, Professor of History, Emeritus   “Traditional China: The First Twenty Centuries”

Tom Kanaday, Attorney  “Financial and Estate Planning”

Barbara Forbes and Staff, Dayani Center  “Thursday Wellness Journeys”

Spring 1996

Nelson Fuson, Professor Emeritus, Fisk University, and Mrs. Marian Fuson  “The Next 25 Years of Marriage can be the Best!”

Charles Delzell, Professor of History, Emeritus   “World War II in Europe 1939-45: The Ordeal and Impact of Total War”

Charles Hambrick, Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus, College of Arts and Science  “World Religions Today”

John Van Wazer, Professor Emeritus, Chemistry  “Sources and Uses of Energy”

Libby Zerfoss Fryer, Research Librarian “A Grassroots History of Middle Tennessee”

Fall 1995

Paul Conkin, Professor of History  “American Originals: New American Varieties of Christianity”

Howard Boorman, Professor of History, Emeritus  “World War II in the Pacific”

Jan Van Eys, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics  “Moral Medicine: A View of Today’s Health Care”

Martha Overholser Hammonds, Ph.D.  “Beyond Cats: The Poetry of T.S. Eliot”

 

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