Whether its exploring the history of flight, finding out about famous New Zealanders, or making sure you are using the word “fascist” correctly, the winter semester of the Oregon Coast Learning Institute has something to satisfy the most enquiring of minds.

Meeting every Tuesday, this all-volunteer, non-profit organization is made up of retired people who want to stimulate their intellectual interests in an atmosphere of shared learning. Membership dues of $50 cover all 12 Tuesdays in the winter semester, and guests are always welcome to try the group out by attending a full day’s presentations for free.

Sessions take place at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, located east of the traffic light at Gleneden Beach.

For more information, go to ww.ocli.us or call 541-994-4810.

10 am: Valley to Coast trail

Jim Golden presents the history of the Corvallis to the Sea (C2C) trail, which has been under development for a couple of decades. The eastern half is currently open to the public.


11 am: The Stepping Up Initiative

County Commissioner Bill Hall talks about efforts to reduce the number of people with serious mental illnesses ending up in jail.


1 pm: Exchange Students

Current exchange students will share information about the program and talk about learning to socialize in Lincoln County.

10 am: National Wildlife Refuges

Roy Lowe, former manager of the Oregon Coast’s six National Wildlife Refuges, talks about the history and purpose of the nation’s refuge system.


1 pm: Big Creek Dams

Tim Gross, Newport public works director, on replacing aging infrastructure and providing a secure water system for future generations.

10 am: Back-to-the-Land in America

Wallace Kaufman on the history and current state of the back-to-the-land idea, including several experiments from own experience.


1 pm: Ten Ways to Screw-Up Your Estate Plan

Attorney Brian Haggerty on how your estate plan works — or how it doesn’t.

10 am: Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Journey

Dr. Kerry Carlin-Morgan, director of education and volunteer services, presents an overview of the aquarium’s history, its current operations and a vision for its future.


11 am: Folk Music in Story and Song

Frank Jones brings his guitar and shares songs while giving the historical perspective of the way folk music progressed in England, Ireland and Scotland before coming to America.


1 pm: Black Poetry

Mark Black History Month with this talk from Mindy Spencer on the beautiful, often poignant, writings of black poets.

10 am: Kiwis — Famous and Infamous

Lynette Sproul on noteworthy New Zealanders, including Lord Rutherford, Katherine Mansfield, Sir Edmund Hillary, Kiri Te Kanawa and the All Blacks rugby team.


1 pm: Gardening Through the Ages

Dawn Hummel presents a retrospective on the landscapes created by Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, the first female landscape architects in the Pacific Northwest.

10 am: Fascism

John Pinto pins down the origin and meaning of a term that is appearing more and more in modern political dialog.


1 pm: A Look at Mexican Muralism

Michael Freeman looks at the strong tradition of socially-engaged mural painting in 20th-century Mexican art, touching on works by José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

10 am: Restoration Update

Kami Ellingson returns with an update on restoration of the Salmon River Estuary, accompanied by a panel of experts to discuss resulting changes in flora and fauna.


1 pm: Samaritan House

Lola Jones, executive director, explains the goals and needs of Samaritan House, which aims to assist families in achieving self-sufficiency and stable housing.


2 pm: Death Café

Peggy O’Callaghan and Barb LaBoss on a Newport program that encourages people to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.

10 am: The Origin of Flight

Dr. William Orr explores how animals took to the air, and asks ‘what counts as flight anyway?’


1 pm: The Confederacy

Brent Burford looks at what happened in the years leading up to the establishment of the Confederate States of America, and the Confederacy’s long-term influence.

10 am: Trophic Cascades

A multimedia presentation from Mark Marks on how habitats influence predator-prey relationships and the importance of carnivore keystone species within National Parks.


1 pm: History of the Sitka Center

Sharon Overton and Leslie Jordan present the history of this artistic sanctuary as well as a glimpse at its plans for the future.

10 am: Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

Simeon Dreyfuss and Jenny Sasser host an interactive conversation on intergenerational friendships and how they are a crucial component of individual and community resilience.


1 pm: Stories of Courage

Rob Parks offers stories of quirks in history that changed things as we know them, including tales of individual courage.

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