Discussion Groups

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at CSUDH


The Thursday Morning Book Club

We’ll read and discuss these books selected by the club members. Some questions to consider might be: How well has the author made his/her point? What surprised you about a character or the ending? How does the story relate to today’s ideas and lifestyles? Bring you own beverage; members provide snacks.

February 22 | Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Linda Brent (Harriet Jacobs)

This is the autobiography of a young mother and fugitive slave published in 1861 by L. Maria Child, who edited the book for its author. Born into slavery, Linda Brent spent her early years in a happy home, but is eventually bequeathed to a master who is cruel and neglectful. The story recounts the horrors of slavery, sexual abuse, mothers being divided from their children, and avaricious slaveholders. It is a story of love, courage and determination under dire circumstances, and the hope for freedom.

March 22 | Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

On his way to teach two sisters, Marian and Laura, how to draw Walter meets a mysterious woman dressed entirely in white who has just escaped from a mental hospital. He falls in love with Laura although she is engaged to untrustworthy Sir Percival. After their wedding Marian goes to live with the newlyweds, and their guests the Foscos, not so nice people. Things go from bad to worse for the sisters. Lots of skullduggery.

April 26 | The Identicals by Elin Hildebrand

Just because twins look exactly alike doesn’t mean they’re anything alike. Tabitha and Harper Frost have spent their lives trying to prove this point. When a family crisis forces them to band together, or at least appear to, the twins come to realize that the special bond that they share is more important than the resentments that have driven them apart.

May 24 | Emma by Jane Austen

Precocious twenty-year old Emma, convinced she will never marry, imagines herself to be naturally gifted in conjuring love matches. She takes it upon herself to find a husband for a friend, when the man becomes interested in Emma herself. Other matches are made with dubious results, as Emma tries to make everyone happy. One needs a dance card to keep in mind all the characters and couples.

 Facilitators: OLLI Members |  Get a Reminder
February 22, March 22
April 26, May 24

10:00am – 12:00pm

  Extended Education Building, EE-1205

Fee: Free to OLLI Members

NLLL 154 Section 02 | Course No. 23813

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The Skeptic’s Guide to American History

Source: Goodreads This is the conclusion of the 24 part lecture series... What if everything you have come to believe about America’s early history was a lie, or in the least, did not tell the entire story? What if the historical facts you were taught in grades five through twelve were presented with a slightly distorted slant to guide your perception of America in relationship to the rest of the world? Professor Mark A. Stoler’s Great Courses lecture series will reframe your understanding of America’s past while also providing a fresh perspective on how to interpret the future.

Professor Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D., is an award-winning scholar from University of Vermont. He provides a fresh insight into history, and how historians think and work. His series will sort through myths, misconceptions and half truths about our nation’s past. Professor Stoler offers an intellectual and delightful journey through America history while giving you the opportunity to rethink historical facts and their meaning.

During this lecture series, we will delve into topics such as the impact other nations had on the American Revolution, the Newburgh Conspiracy in the winter of 1782-83, the Battle at Gettysburg, and America’s Vietnam policies. The course will open your eyes to aspects of American history you may have simply just taken for granted. Come join the ranks of the intellectually curious and satisfy the need to understand a different perspective of American history. This topic will bring a lively discussion on alternative truths.

  • Session #7
    13) Myths about American Isolation and Empire
    14) Early Progressives Were Not Liberals
  • Session #8
    15) Woodrow Wilson and the Rating of Presidents
    16) The Roaring Twenties Reconsidered
  • Session #9
    17) Hoover and the Great Depression Revisited
    18) What Did Roosevelt’s New Deal Really Do?
  • Session #10
    19) World War ll Misconceptions and Myths
    20) Was the Cold War Inevitable?
  • Session #11
    21) Real Blunders of the Vietnam War
    22) Myths about American Wars
  • Session #12
    23) Who Matters in American History?
    24) History Did Not Begin with Us

 Facilitator: Jay Edie, OLLI & Omnilore Member

  6 Mondays |  Get a Reminder
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9

10:00am – 12:00pm

  Extended Education Building, EE-1205

Fee: $20

NLLL 251 Section 01 | Course No. 23826

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