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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, and 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 Term 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 Term 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 Term 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 Term 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 Term 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 Term 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 Term 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 Term 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”

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