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The official podcast of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of North Texas. Hosted by OLLI at UNT member Susan Supak, this podcast is a series of interviews with the faculty, staff, and members who make our program special. Learn more at https://olli.unt.edu/

The official podcast of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of North Texas. Hosted by OLLI at UNT member Susan Supak, this podcast is a series of interviews with the faculty, staff, and members who make our program special. Learn more at https://olli.unt.edu/
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The official podcast of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of North Texas. Hosted by OLLI at UNT member Susan Supak, this podcast is a series of interviews with the faculty, staff, and members who make our program special. Learn more at https://olli.unt.edu/

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Episodes

Episode 17: Jordan Williams

4/11/2019
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In this episode, Susan speaks with Jordan Williams, Communications Specialist for UNT Lifelong Learning & Community Engagement. Jordan shares a little bit about his background and discusses his work for OLLI at UNT and the UNT Retiree Association. To read Jordan's review of Basma Abdel Aziz's novel "The Queue" in American Microreviews and Interviews, go to http://www.americanmicroreviews.com/the-queue-by-basma-abdel-aziz. To learn more about OLLI at UNT, please visit our website,...

Duration:00:17:55

Episode 16: Pamela Jones

4/3/2019
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In this episode, Susan speaks with Pamela Jones, a retired Gifted and Talented Education Specialist, longtime OLLI at UNT member, and OLLI at UNT Ambassador. They discuss Pamela's introduction to our program as well as her experiences as a member. Pamela also describes her role as an official Ambassador for the program. If you're interested in becoming an Ambassador, please visit https://olli.unt.edu/volunteer. To learn more about OLLI at UNT, please visit our website, https://olli.unt.edu/...

Duration:00:13:56

Episode 15: Donna Zelisko-McLaughlin

3/28/2019
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In this episode, Susan speaks with member Donna Zelisko-McLaughlin, who is chair of the OLLI at UNT Great Books club as well as co-chair of the OLLI at UNT Theater group. Donna tells Susan about how she became involved with OLLI at UNT and what it's like participating and serving in a leadership role in these two clubs. To learn more about OLLI at UNT, please visit our website at https://olli.unt.edu/ or email us at olli@unt.edu.

Duration:00:24:29

Episode 14: Dr. Milan Reban

3/21/2019
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In this very special episode, Susan sits down for an extended conversation with Dr. Milan Reban. This episode was recorded on March 15, 2019, exactly 80 years to the day since Nazi troops descended on Dr. Reban's hometown. Dr. Reban shares vivid memories of his childhood in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II, as well as the aftermath of the war and its impact on his own life and that of his family. Dr. Reban also discusses the courses he's taught for OLLI at UNT, many based on...

Duration:00:35:50

Episode 13: Dr. Pankaj Jain

3/7/2019
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In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Pankaj Jain, Associate Professor in UNT's Department of Philosophy & Religion. They discuss Dr. Jain's interest in connecting ancient practices with contemporary issues, and how he is exploring the connections between religious traditions and sustainability in the US and in India. They also discuss his recent trip to Nepal, where he recorded an episode of National Geographic Channel's "The Story of God" with Morgan Freeman. The episode will air on April...

Duration:00:25:38

Episode 12: Dr. Ryan Garlick

2/28/2019
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In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Ryan Garlick, Principal Lecturer in UNT's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. They discuss his codebreaking work, including his participation in TV programs such as National Geographic's "Hunt for the Zodiac Killer." Dr. Garlick gives an overview of the codebreaking methods that are being used to decipher the Zodiac's mysterious messages and also talks about his academic and professional background. To read Dr. Garlick's paper on the...

Duration:00:24:38

Episode 11: Dr. James Goodnow Pt. 2 (Day Trippers)

2/21/2019
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In the second installment of her interview with Dr. James Goodnow, Susan speaks with him about his work as co-chair of the Day Trippers Special Interest Group. Dr. Goodnow explains the background of this OLLI at UNT group and the types of trips they'll be taking this semester. To learn more about OLLI at UNT, visit https://olli.unt.edu/ or email olli@unt.edu.

Duration:00:14:21

Episode 10: Dr. James Goodnow Pt. 1 (Great Decisions)

2/15/2019
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In this episode, Susan sits down with Dr. James Goodnow, Adjunct Professor of International Studies at UNT, to discuss a special series of discussions he's offering for OLLI at UNT this semester as part of the nationwide Great Decisions global affairs program. Dr. Goodnow explains how these discussions work and also talks with Susan about his academic background, how he became involved with OLLI at UNT, and his personal experiences traveling around the world. In next week's episode, they...

Duration:00:17:06

Episode 9: Jonathan Hall

2/7/2019
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In this episode, Susan speaks with OLLI at UNT member Jonathan Hall about his journey to Denton and how he discovered the program. Jonathan explains why he chose to volunteer in the program, tracing his path from becoming an Ambassador to his current work as our volunteer-in-residence, chair of our Communications/Marketing Committee, as well as Financial Liaison on our Advisory Council. As he details his duties in all of these roles, Jonathan reveals some behind-the-scenes insights into how...

Duration:00:20:31

Episode 8: OLLI 101

1/31/2019
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This special episode of the podcast features an overview of the OLLI at UNT program. Susan is joined by three staff members of UNT's Lifelong Learning & Community Engagement department who are responsible for overseeing the program: Director Stephanie Reinke, Assistant Director Andrea Tuckness, and Communications Specialist Jordan Williams. Together, they explain the program in detail, including all of the available membership options, how registration and enrollment works, and all of the...

Duration:00:18:45

Episode 7: Dr. Fred Busche

1/24/2019
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In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Fred Busche about some of his most noteworthy accomplishments, including how he came to work on lunar samples from the Apollo missions as a graduate student, how one of the patents he holds was used to identify the cause of certain SUV rollovers, and how he has used cutting edge Geographic Information Systems to improve the lives of the residents of Highland Village through his work on their City Council. To learn more about OLLI at UNT, visit...

Duration:00:15:42

Episode 6: Dr. Andrew Torget

1/16/2019
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In this episode, Susan has a wide-ranging discussion with Andrew Torget, Associate Professor in UNT's History Department. She and Dr. Torget discuss why it's important for us to learn about history, how he recently made history by teaching the world's longest history lesson, and his connection to the recent discovery of a safe full of documents that reveal the presumed-lost history of the Galveston City Company. You can read about Dr. Torget's record-setting lecture at...

Duration:00:21:57

Episode 5: Dr. Max Morley

1/10/2019
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In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Max Morley about his background in music education, his work on the OLLI at UNT Advisory Council and with our OLLI at UNT Ambassadors, as well as his experiences teaching and attending OLLI at UNT courses. To learn more about OLLI at UNT, visit our website at https://olli.unt.edu/ or send an email to olli@unt.edu. If you're a member who's interested in getting involved in our Advisory Council, Standing Committees, or Ambassador program, please visit...

Duration:00:13:39

Episode 4: Dr. Reid Ferring

1/2/2019
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In this episode, Susan has a wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Reid Ferring of UNT's Department of Geography and the Environment. They discuss his professional accomplishments in the fields of archaeology and geology, why he loves teaching for OLLI, and the reasons for his interest in the relationship between science and faith. To learn more about OLLI at UNT, visit our website at https://olli.unt.edu/ or send an email to olli@unt.edu

Duration:00:17:27

Episode 3: Annette Becker

12/27/2018
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In this episode, Susan speaks with Annette Becker about her work as director of the Texas Fashion Collection at UNT. You can learn more about the TFC on its website: https://tfc.unt.edu/. To explore the TFC's digital collection, go to https://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/TXFC/. To learn more about OLLI at UNT, visit our website at https://olli.unt.edu/ or send an email to olli@unt.edu.

Duration:00:20:19

Episode 2: Kaye Nubel

12/19/2018
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In this episode, Susan speaks with retired professor Kaye Nubel about her background as an educator in the fields of Speech and Intercultural Communication. They also discuss Kaye's experiences teaching courses for the OLLI programs both in California and at the University of North Texas. To learn more about our program, visit our website at https://olli.unt.edu/ or send an email to olli@unt.edu.

Duration:00:11:31

Episode 1: Dr. Craig Neumann

12/12/2018
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In this episode, Susan interviews Dr. Craig Neumann, Distinguished Research Professor in UNT's Department of Psychology, about his background and his research on subjects like psychopathy and mindfulness.

Duration:00:10:47