Non-Fiction Book Club
Day/Date: 2nd Tuesday, January 8, 1st Tuesday of each month, February 5, March 5, April 2, & May 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Rolling Hills Baptist Church
Cost: Free to OLLI Members
Max. Enrollment: 15 Min. Enrollment: 8
Instructor: Phil Zimmerman, OLLI Member
Phil is a Fayettevillian by choice, former corporate executive and general contractor, and has been dedicated to book clubs since
Come and join a group of OLLI members as they read and discuss books that book club members chose! The book for January is American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears by Daniel Blake Smith; February is Civil War Arkansas, 1863: The Battle for a State by Mark Christ; March is Boss: Richard J. Daley by Mike Royko. Members will decide on the books for April and May.
A Study in Sherlock
Day/Date: Mondays, February 18 – March 11
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: GLBL- Fay
Max. Enrollment: 25 Min. Enrollment: 12
Instructor: Ashley Robinson, Graduate Student and Ph.D. Candidate
Ashley is a teaching assistant at the University of Arkansas as well as a Ph.D. candidate and U of A Departmental Fellow. She has taught classes such as the Introduction to Sherlock Holmes and World Literature I.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes took the English literary world by storm in the late nineteenth century, and his popularity endures. Unlike other literary characters, Holmes has never fallen out of popularity. He’s been the subject of everything from literary pastiches to video games; he’s inspired entire genres, like hard-boiled detective fiction and police procedurals. Holmes even dominates the box office: the Guinness Book of World Records recently proclaimed Sherlock the most portrayed human literary character in the history of film. So why are we still fascinated with a character created over a century ago? This class revolves around this central question as we explore the ways Doyle’s textual themes speak to modern audiences. The books we will address are A Study in Scarlet, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Sign of Four. Class will meet 4 times. (Cost includes instructor compensation, room rental & parking fees.)
Shakespeare and Old Age
Day/Date: Monday, April 22
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: GLBL- Fay
Max. Enrollment: N/A Min. Enrollment: 6
Instructor: Joseph Candido, English Professor, University of Arkansas
Joe is the Chair of the English Department and teaches classes dedicated to studying the work of Shakespeare. He has taught at the University of Arkansas for 31 years. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University.
This class will explore the process of aging in the works of Shakespeare from a variety of perspectives. We will examine the concepts of aging and love that appear in the Sonnets (but also in many of the plays), as well as the status of the aged in Shakespeare’s society as parents, counselors, or as representatives of an earlier (and often more chivalric or genteel) generation. We will also consider the impact of the aged on those who are young, with a special emphasis on parent-child relationships and some of the familiar problems inherent in these relationships both in Shakespeare’s time and in our own. Handouts of all relevant passages from Shakespeare’s works will be provided. No previous knowledge of Shakespeare is required or expected. (Cost includes instructor compensation, room rental & parking fees, handouts.)
UA Press Book Club
Day/Date: Wednesdays, March 27 & April 3
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Butterfield Trail Village
Max. Enrollment: N/A Min. Enrollment: 8
Instructors: Genie Donovan, OLLI Member; Jan Morrill, Author
Jan’s award-winning short stories and memoir essays have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books and several anthologies. She was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her short story “Xs and Ox,” which appeared in the Voices Anthology.
Come join other OLLI members in the UA Press Book Club to review and discuss The Red Kimono by Northwest Arkansas award-winning author Jan Morrill. Ms. Morrill will talk about her book and the creative process when she attends the Club’s second meeting. The Red Kimono tells the story of Japanese Americans, Sachiko Kimura, her brother, Nobu and his African American friend, Terrence Harris and how their lives are changed by prejudice, revenge and forgiveness during the years of World War II. Members will need to purchase and read a copy of the book for the group discussion.