Course Description

Symposia appeals to many OLLI members, and perhaps to you, for at least two reasons. Most importantly, some very interesting people agree to take time from their professional schedules to talk with our classmates. It also matters to our classmates, who have their own busy schedules, that they can miss a lecture or two and not lose course continuity—each speaker is addressing a different topic. Although the schedule is subject to change, the Symposia partners are very pleased to announce the program described here. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
Symposia: (Mostly) Scientific Excursions and Diversions
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 2:45PM
May 25, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021
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Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Guest Speakers:
May 25: Our speaker today is Daniel Taylor, the founder and president of Future Generations, an international community development and educational organization. Taylor will be telling about its work, motivated in 1992 by UNICEF which was seeking knowledge of the “black box” of social change—what worked and what didn’t.
For example, sometimes, better lives take off with modest intervention and other times huge costs of money and people provide no results. One positive result of the work was the SEED-SCALE approach, which uses society-growing tools grounded in values of opportunity for all people. To gain a broader understanding of Future Generations, please follow the links www.future.org and www.seed-scale.org.

Jun 1: Vera Cecelski, Site Manager of the Stagville State Historic Site, will highlight the stories of individual African American women who experienced slavery on the massive plantations of the Bennehan and Cameron families, in what is now Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties. Through archival documents and oral history, the histories of these women illustrate the specific experiences of enslaved women at one of the largest sites of slavery in North Carolina. The stories of Emma, Mary Walker, and Phoebe Bennehan reveal how enslaved women experienced resistance, sexual harassment, family separation, freedom, and emancipation. Beth Friedman will moderate this lecture.

Jun 8: Our speaker today is Patrick Halpin, Professor of Marine Geospatial Ecology in the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. He will speak of Marine Geospatial Ecology Mapping & Analysis. Halpin is a member of a number of international scientific and conservation program steering committees including the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), the Global Oceans Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), the Marine Working Group for the Group on Earth Observations—Biodiversity Observing Networks (GEO-BON) and the Google Oceans Advisory Council. Jim Hollowood will moderate this lecture.

Jun 15: Today’s topic is Alzheimer’s Disease: The Search for a Cure. James Cappola, MD, PhD, Medical Director at Harvard Clinical Research will present the cause, prevalence, progression, treatment, and current research as the medical and scientific communities make progress in the campaign to end this disease. Mike Smith will moderate this lecture.

Jun 22: Dr Craig Heacock, a psychologist practicing in Colorado, is deeply involved with clinical trials using psychedelic drugs, and says, “Psychiatry and mental health treatment have traditionally focused on talk therapy and medications, interventions which are often quite helpful at relieving many types of psychological distress. Yet I never truly understood why we couldn’t successfully talk or medicate some of our patients out of their trauma, until I began to work with psychedelics in 2017. I’m finding that my entire perspective on healing trauma is rapidly changing, one psychedelic session at a time.” Tony Waraksa will moderate this lecture.