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10032 Books You Don`t Have Time to Read, West Metro  

Experienced presenters summarize books of interest, answer questions, and lead a discussion of salient points. Books are chosen by presenters for their current and historic interest. Topics open for learning and discussion include fiction, politics, religion, science, and history.

March 27: A long time presenter, Dan Hunt, will discuss “12 Rules for Life: An Anecdote to Chaos” by Jordan Peterson. The author is a professor of psychology and clinical psychologist at the University of Toronto. He has sparked controversy over his views concerning gender relationships and his advocacy for a return to a simpler life as a way of surviving in today’s cultural milieu. The presenter is a well-read entrepreneur who does a good job of engaging his audiences in a free flow of questions and answers.

April 3: Ron Tabar will present “Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life” by Nassim Taleb. Ron has a Ph.D. in Polymer Sciences and worked for many years for 3M before his retirement. Mr. Tabar has a knack for explaining developments in science and technology that lay people are able to easily understand.

April 10: Lynn Bolnick will present Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” and will offer insights that will be of value, even for people who will have already read the book.

April 17: Fred Beier is Professor Emeritus with the Carlson School of Management where he taught and served as Associate Dean until his retirement in 2003. Professor Beier will discuss “Wolves at the Door” by Judith Pearson. The book is billed as the “True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy.” Professor Beier’s presentation will be lively and provocative.

April 24: Doug Victoria, a longtime Olli member and presenter, will discuss “Black Elk Speaks,” a 1932 book by John Neihardt that portrays the history of the Western Plains and separates romantic mythology from carefully researched and experienced history with a focus on Oglala Lakota Medicine Man, Black Elk.

May 1: In the further interest of a balanced course, “Ida: A Sword Among Lions” by author Paula Giddens will be presented by longtime educator, Lonni Skrentner. The book is a biography of Ida B. Wells who was an African-American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.

May 8: Jim Martin, the course’s leader, has the temerity of presenting William Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” a 1,486 page tome that graces many a book shelf but remains unread by its owners. Shirer was in Berlin during the turbulent 1930s and has written a history of the Weimar Republic that is second to none.

Outline-History of Third Reich

 

 

 

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