Calendar

Fall 2021

Course Catalog & Calendar

Please note that a number of classes listed in the catalog as taking place in-person are now scheduled as online courses. Course descriptions in the online registration system include the most accurate locations.

View Fall 2021 Catalog

Program Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at the Reuter Center and are free and open to everyone.

August

Friday, August 20, 5-6:30 p.m. | Death Café
Partner Program (online)
Register here; after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Email questions to kcanderella@gmail.com. For more information about Death Café, visit www.thirdmessenger.com

September

Thursday, September 2, 7 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program (online)
For more information and Zoom link, visit www.astroasheville.org.

Sunday, September 12, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program (online)
For more information, visit www.cnpa-asheville.org; for Zoom link, email cnpaashevillecoordinator@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 16, 6:30 p.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: Dr. David Moore Presents Joara (in-person + streaming)
Dr. David Moore discusses the history and archaeological work at the Joara site in Burke County.
Free for OLLI and WNCHA members, $5 for general admission.

Friday, September 17, 10 a.m.
New Member Welcome (online)
Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Come to the New Member Welcome to learn about all that OLLI has to offer and about ways to get involved. Meet other members and learn what it means to “grow through life.” Please watch the newsletter, or email olli@unca.edu for the link to join.

Friday, September 17, 5-6:30 p.m. | Death Café
Partner Program (online)
Register here; after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Email questions to kcanderella@gmail.com. For more information about Death Café, visit www.thirdmessenger.com

Tuesday, September 21, 7 p.m. | Blue Ridge Audubon
Partner Program
Olya Milenkaya, professor of ornithology at Warren Wilson College, offers insights about bird behavior.

Friday, September 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday: Women in Chinese Cinema: From Mulan to Half of the Sky (online)
UNC Asheville associate professor Dr. Jinhua Li will trace the representation of women in contemporary Chinese language cinema from Hua Mulan (Mulan) to metropolitan professional women who “hold half of the sky,” to quote Chairman Mao’s famous declaration and one of his most important political legacies. What do cinematic women tell us about China and its gender politics?
Dr. Jinhua Li is associate professor of Chinese studies and language at UNC Asheville. Dr. Li’s research interests include comparative cinema studies, transnational cultural studies, and gender politics. She has published many journal articles on gender politics in transnational cinema, contributed book reviews regularly to journals on China studies, and is currently working on a monograph on contemporary Chinese cinema.

October

Thursday, October 7, 7 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program (online)
For more information and Zoom link, visit www.astroasheville.org.

Friday, October 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday: Combating Homelessness in Asheville: How Did We Get Here, and Where Are We Going? (online)
Vann Vogel, a retired attorney, will examine the current state of homelessness in Asheville and review the many causes of homelessness. He will present local factors that may make the situation especially challenging and take a critical look at “Housing First,” a strategy for ending homelessness that posits that the solution to homelessness is housing without preconditions such as sobriety or willingness to participate. While “Housing First” is one strategy for successfully housing the chronically homeless, it may not be the perfect solution for all types of homelessness. The presentation will also cover current programs in Asheville including encampment policies, Homeward Bound’s Days Inn motel conversion, the proposal by the City of Asheville to create a low-barrier shelter, and other transitional and emergency shelter programs.
Vann Vogel is the current board chair of Homeward Bound and a volunteer lawyer for Pisgah Legal Services. He received two 2021 Pro Bono Awards by the Buncombe County Bar Association for his volunteer work on behalf of those seeking unemployment as a result of COVID-19. The views presented are Vann’s and are not the opinions of either Homeward Bound or Pisgah Legal Services.

Monday, October 11, 4 p.m. chat room, 4:30-5:45 p.m. meditation
OLLI Meditation Shared Interest Group: Universal Life Energy to Transform Our Conscious Awareness
Peggy Moore
Learn more and access Zoom link.

Monday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program (online)
For more information, visit www.cnpa-asheville.org; for Zoom link, email cnpaashevillecoordinator@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 14, 9-11 a.m.
OLLI Inclusion Committee and Leadership Asheville Seniors: The Affordable Housing Crisis: What Will It Take to Move the Needle? (online)
Read more and register.

Thursday, October 14, 4:30 p.m.
OLLI Authors: Barricaded Bards Poetry Reading (in-person + online)
Read more.

Thursday, October 14, 6 p.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: The Marion Mill Massacre in Memory (online)
Megan Stevens
Read more and register.

Friday, October 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday Health Education Series: Talk Saves Lives: Suicide Risk and Prevention for Older Adults (online)
Depression is not a normal part of the aging process. Suicide is a public health crisis that continues, and there are increased warning signs of risk as we age. Education is empowering. The more each of us know and understand about suicide risk and prevention. the more able we are to live healthier lives ourselves and to encourage others. This “Talk Saves Lives” presentation will cover facts, warning signs and options for support for vitality of life at any age.
Our speaker Marshall K. Hammer serves on the NC Chapter Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, serving on the Loss & Healing and Public Policy committees. She also facilitates a local support group for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. She is a survivor of suicide loss, having lost her father in August 2011, and has been an enthusiastic advocate for suicide prevention for the past ten years. Marshall is a Reiki practitioner in Asheville, NC, working specifically with animals and caregivers. She has recently completed her seminary education and is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister.

Friday, October 15, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: American Gun Culture: The Causes, the Complications, and Any Cures? (online)
Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Friday, October 16, 5-6:30 p.m. | Death Café
Partner Program (online)
Register here; after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Email questions to kcanderella@gmail.com. For more information about Death Café, visit www.thirdmessenger.com

Tuesday, October 19, 7 p.m. | Blue Ridge Audubon
Partner Program
Bruce Beehler, ornithologist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, will highlight his new book New Guinea: Nature and Culture of Earth’s Grandest Island.

Thursday, October 21, 6 p.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: Beacon Blanket Mill (online)
Rebecca Williams
Read more and register.

Friday, October 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday: The Cradle of Forestry in America (online)
Nestled in Pink Beds Valley in Western North Carolina is the Cradle of Forestry in America. This heritage site is the birthplace of the profession of forestry in the U.S. George & Edith Vanderbilt, of the nearby Biltmore Estate, are credited with this living legacy. They hired Gifford Pinchot, the first American to be trained as a forester, in February 1892. Upon his arrival, he wrote the first scientific forest management plan in North America. Later, his successor, Dr. Carl A. Schenck, opened the nation’s first forestry school. Some 87,000 acres of the Vanderbilts’ “Pisgah Forest” tract later became the nucleus of the Pisgah National Forest, established in 1916.
Robert Beanblossom retired from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and moved to the Cradle of Forestry five years ago. Since then, he has extensively researched the roots of forestry and has a wealth of knowledge and interesting stories.

Friday, October 22, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: What Issues and Challenges Nationally and Internationally Will Be Most Prominent for the Remainder of the 21st Century and Beyond? (online)
Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Friday, October 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday Health Education Series: Oral and Systemic Health: Exploring the Connection (online)
Research over many years has established a correlative, and in some cases, causative relationship between the health of the mouth and the rest of the body. The goal of this lecture is to highlight some of those relationships and present helpful ways to prevent disease of the mouth. Attendees will learn how to feel younger and live longer by connecting the dots between oral and systemic health.
A graduate of the UAB School of Dentistry, Dr. Tim Gillespie has maintained a private dental practice in Asheville for over 28 years. Over that time, his practice has earned a reputation for excellence in clinical dentistry as well as customer service.

Friday, October 29, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: COVID-19: Anti-Vaxxers, Anti-Maskers, and Politics (online)
Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Friday, October 29, 2-4 p.m. | Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Partner Program: New to Medicare
Space is limited; register online at www.coabc.org or call 828.277.8288.

November

Tuesday, November 2, 7:30 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program: Global Fishing Watch with Paul Whitaker
Global Fishing Watch seeks to make human activity at sea common knowledge in order to safeguard the global ocean.  They create and publicly shard map visualizations, data and analysis tools to transform the ways we manage the ocean. Paul Whitaker has worked in earth observation for over a decade, focusing on the use of radar and satellite imagery. This year, as the result of the generosity of donors, all World Affairs Council programs will be free and open to everyone.

Thursday, November 4, 7 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program (online)
For more information and Zoom link, visit www.astroasheville.org.

Friday, November 5, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday: The History and Legacy of Black Mountain College (online)
Join Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center’s outreach manager Kate Averett for a discussion about the history and legacy of Black Mountain College in our region and abroad. We will explore the elements of the Black Mountain College community that fostered such luminaries as Anni & Josef Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, M.C. Richards, Ruth Asawa and Robert Rauschenberg. From the integral placement of arts at the center of education to the role of the farm in the college’s interdisciplinary ethos, we will gain new perspectives on the acclaimed incubator of modernism that shone brightly in Western North Carolina from 1933 to 1957.
Kate Averett is the project coordinator for BMCM+AC’s performance initiative and graduated from UNC Asheville with her bachelor’s degree in art history and from UNC Chapel Hill with her master’s degree in art history.

Monday, November 8, 10 a.m. – Monday, November 15, 12 p.m.
Open enrollment: College for Seniors winter 2022 term
Take a sneak peek at the course lineup.

Sunday, November 14, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program (online)
For more information, visit www.cnpa-asheville.org; for Zoom link, email cnpaashevillecoordinator@gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 16, 7 p.m. | Blue Ridge Audubon
Partner Program
Caleb R. Hickman, supervisory fish and wildlife biologist for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians’ office of fisheries and wildlife management, will speak about his role managing wildlife resources on the Qualla Boundary.

Friday, November 19, 3 p.m. | Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Talk
Come hear Maestro Darko Butorac introduce the upcoming ASO Masterworks concert, “Uncaged.” He will discuss the composers and compositions: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, J.S. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, and Errollyn Wallen’s Mighty River. Maestro Butorac will interview the violin soloists Alina Kobialka and Megan Lin.
For more information about the ASO or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit www.ashevillesymphony.org.

Friday, November 19, 5-6:30 p.m. | Death Café
Partner Program (online)
Register here; after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Email questions to kcanderella@gmail.com. For more information about Death Café, visit www.thirdmessenger.com

December

Thursday, December 2, 7 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program (online)
For more information and Zoom link, visit www.astroasheville.org.

Tuesday, November 2, 7:30 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program: Graveyard of Empires with Larry Wilson
Afghanistan is sometimes called “the graveyard of empires” because so many nations have tried and failed to occupy and govern there. Learn more about the recent withdrawal of the US from the region and the ways our experience reflects historical and unique challenges. Larry Wilson has worked with the government of the United Arab Emirates for 21 years and lived there for 12 years. He was a founder and then deputy vice-president of Zayed University, a federal university for Emirati female students and as the designer and director of a national school reform project. Currently he is working on a new federal program to promote tolerance, inclusion and peace in the UAE and, hopefully, across the Middle East, and beyond. He also has worked in Egypt, Oman, and Qatar.  He founded the World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina and assisted Chancellor David Brown in establishing the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, now OLLI. This year, as the result of the generosity of donors, all World Affairs Council programs will be free and open to everyone.

Thursday, December 9, 6:30 p.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award Celebration (in-person + streaming)
The 2021 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award finalists will discuss their works, and WNCHA will present the annual award.
Free for WNCHA and OLLI members, $10 for general admission.