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UAF-OLLI is proud to collaborate with the Osher National Resource Center (Osher NRC) to provide a more exciting selection of online courses. Come learn with other OLLI members across the country, make new friends, and experience these unique and stimulating courses!

Osher Online and the coureses provided are moderated by the dedicated staff and experts at Osher NRC. Registration is only open for a short time, so act now if you are interested! You must have a current membership to register for the course. 

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  • OSH-02-Z Fake News: Keys to Ethical and Impactful Journalism
  • Dates: 2/24/2024 - 3/30/2024
    Days & Times: Sa 5:00 AM - 6:30 AM
    Number of Meetings: 6
    Location: Distance Delivery via Zoom
    Fee: $50.00

    *Course fee is $50; pay OLLI at registration.
    *This course spans across both sessions. Plan your schedule accordingly!
    *A required orientation for this course is scheduled on Feb. 13th.

    While the polarization of politics in recent years has put fuel on the “fake news” fire, the concept of conflicting truths is not new. Dating back to the Renaissance and philosopher Francis Bacon understanding the psychological phenomenon later to be coined as “confirmation bias” our consumption of news continues to evolve. Therefore, so must our lens of reporting transparency. Step into the world of a broadcast journalist to understand what it takes to convey facts and spot shortcomings on TV. Understand first-hand the joys and challenges of standing and reporting in front of major sporting events like an NFL playoff game or MLB spring training to capture the scene for viewers. Or, expand your writing vocabulary in politics discussing first-hand interviews with governors and Congressional senators. Feel more comfortable walking in the health news realm as we all make the post-pandemic world more informed when doctors and nurses share their insights. Understand social media in a new light as storytellers grow their own voices and those they have the responsibility to spotlight as powerful pieces attempt to not die in an echo chamber. Enrollment limited to 10.

    Instructor Annie Krall is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. She is also a former radio news anchor for WLS-Radio (890AM) in Chicago. Additionally, Annie has taken her storytelling abilities on-air as a TV news and sports reporter to NBC in St. Louis, MO (KSDK-TV) and ABC in Green Bay, WI (WBAY-TV). After earning her bachelor and master’s degrees from Northwestern, Annie covered breaking news in Green Bay, the Ryder Cup international golf tournament, as well as the Green Bay Packers. Host of her own weekly medical investigative series “Your Health Matters” Annie was accepted to medical school before pursuing journalism. Prior to WBAY-TV, Annie wrote and produced for ABC NEWS in New York City on the medical and business units for shows like Good Morning America, World News Tonight with David Muir, and 20/20.

 

  • OSH-01-Z Native Ground: Indigenous Communities and Colonization Before 1900
  • Dates: 2/19/2024 - 3/25/2024
    Days & Times: M 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Number of Meetings: 6
    Location: Distance Delivery via Zoom
    Fee: $50.00

    *Course fee is $50; pay OLLI at registration.
    *This course spans across both sessions. Plan your schedule accordingly!
    *A required orientation for this course is scheduled on Feb. 13th.

    "Native Ground" will introduce students to the depth of Native American history in what is now the United States, as well as its diversity. From this foundation, the course will move to consider the implications of the invasion from Europe, the founding of European colonies, and the eventual (not inevitable) establishment of the United States and its expansion across Native North America. The course will emphasize the resilience of Indigenous communities in the face of relentless colonial pressure. Along the way, students can expect to learn about several related topics, including the historiography of Native America and the image of the "Indian" in the American mind. Enrollment limited to 10.

    Instructor Matt Jennings joined the Macon State College (now Middle Georgia State University) faculty in 2007, after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His research interests include Native American history, early American history, and the history of violence. He is currently studying the relationship between Native American peoples and the mounds at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, and the intertwined history of tourism and archaeology at the site, as well as homeland-oriented displays in tribal museums in Oklahoma. 

 

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