Daytime Enrichment Offerings: Fall 2017

Fall is in the air with crisp autumn breezes, changing leaves, and opportunities to refresh your learning at the Friday Center. Discover a new interest or re-engage in an old one, deepen your appreciation of the arts, discuss compelling subjects with peers and scholars, gain new skills and try new things. Whatever your motivation, our enrichment programs are sure to stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity. Invest in yourself at the Friday Center – It is never too late to learn!

All classes meet on Thursdays in the fall at various times. See each course for details.

Fee: Courses range from $10-$20.

UNC Retired Faculty Association Member Discount: All classes are $5 each.

Book Club Series: How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America

Four sessions: Thursdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 12 & 26, Nov. 9. 1:30-3:30 pm. Fee: $20

INSTRUCTOR: Rita Balaban

COURSE #3509

Note: This series is in conjunction with REFUGEE, a free multimedia art exhibit on display at the Friday Center from September 25-November 3, 2017. Learn more about the exhibit and to plan your visit.

What is it like to be an Arab-American in post 9-11 America?  Often talked about, but rarely heard, in his book, How Does it Feel to be a Problem?, Moustafa Bayoumi brings us the stories of seven young Arab-Americans as they navigate the perils of everyday life – college, careers, and finding purpose – under a persistent cloud of suspicion. Join us as we discuss their stories and the treatment of Arab-Americans since 2001. Bayoumi’s book was chosen as the 2017 Carolina Summer Reading book for incoming first-year and transfer students and promises to lead to thought-provoking discussion as it increases our awareness of our fellow neighbor’s struggle to just “be.” Participants will receive copies of the publication at the first session, with the remaining sessions focused on discussions of the book, led by Dr. Rita Balaban, Chair of Carolina’s Summer Reading Project.

Rita Balaban, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Prior to joining UNC, she taught at the College of Charleston and Samford University. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Balaban has directed over 20 undergraduate research projects in various areas of economics that include the music and radio industries, international trade, and the economics of sports. She also enjoys doing volunteer work with students in the community.  Dr. Balaban served as chair of Carolina’s 2017 Summer Reading Project.

The European Union at a Crossroad

Thursday, Oct. 5. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Hélène Ducros

COURSE #3510

The European Union (EU) has been difficult to categorize or compare to any other multi-state governing apparatus. This class will tease out the aspirations and limitations of this unique supranational organization, at one time coined a UPO (Unidentified Political Object). Born in the aftermath of two world wars that devastated the European continent in the 20th century, the EU experienced decades of expansion until recently. Today, it faces some of its greatest challenges. You will learn about the history of the creation of the EU as well as its key institutions in order to understand contemporary issues such as Brexit, the emergence of populist movements, and the migrant crisis. We will also discuss the impact of the EU on the lives of its citizens, from the realm of human rights, to culture, the environment, and its attempts at fostering common European values while carrying out a vision of integration based on its motto of “Unity in Diversity”. Bring your questions for an interactive and engaging session!

Hélène Ducros holds a JD and PhD in human geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research examines rural development and heritage preservation. She has taught international studies at North Carolina State University and Elon University and will be a lecturer in international studies this fall at UNC Wilmington.

Connection and Transformation: A Life-Coaching Journey

Three sessions: Thursdays, Oct. 5 & 12, Nov. 9. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $15

INSTRUCTOR: Steven Lambeth

COURSE #3511

We live in a culture rooted in an idea of human separateness; many people feel disconnected from the earth, from our bodies, and from each other. A sense of inadequacy pervades the North American culture and a sense of belonging is scarce. When we know in our bones that who we are today is enough to receive connection and acceptance, we will be able to choose new, life-sustaining paths for ourselves and for our culture. Through personal learning and collective engagement, this course will work to transform our narratives of disconnection into new visions and skills for creating a deeper sense of meaning in our lives.

In this course, we will learn essential distinctions for living with self-compassion, purpose, embodiment and effective communication. We will work together in small groups to apply these distinctions to our lives and discover meaningful, new ways of being. We will learn the value of our voices and develop a sense of belonging in a community with a shared purpose.  We will venture forth from this course with renewed purpose and enthusiasm for life.

Steven Lambeth is a life coach, entrepreneur and chef with a gift for helping people find joy and meaning in life. He is an ontological coach (certified) through the Newfield Network, where he received training by master-coach Julio Olalla. Steven started his first business, Raw Chocolate for the Soul, at the age of 23 and you can still occasionally find him selling his handmade chocolates at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market.

GramPower 101

Four sessions: Thursdays, Oct. 5 & 12, Nov. 9 & 16. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $20


COURSE #3512

If you are a grandparent of a special needs grandchild, then this series may be just what you are looking for. Learn about the several major developmental disabilities and the many categories of exceptional children. Discuss ways to understand and help your children in working with their children with special needs. The program, structured over four sessions, organized as follows:

Session 1 – Children with Special Needs and their parent’s journey. The important role of Grandparents.

Session 2 – The varieties of special needs and the “Five Bumps in the Road”.

Session 3 – Different Cases – Different Places. Transition Issues and Community Living.

Session 4 – The Law, Services, Resources and Issues.

Don Stedman is a Developmental Psychologist and UNC – Chapel Hill Emeritus Dean and Professor of Education and Child Development who has worked with children with developmental issues and their families for over 45 years. He is former Associate Director of UNC – Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, former Director of the Vanderbilt /Peabody Kennedy Center for Research in Child Development at Vanderbilt University, and former Pediatric Psychologist at the Duke University Medical Center. He loves working with grandparents because he is one, too!

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Thursday, Oct. 12. 9:30 am – Noon. Fee: $15 (includes materials)

INSTRUCTOR: Cathy Dills-Boytos

COURSE #3513

The Zentangle art method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity and provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. The Zentangle method, enjoyed all over the world, crosses a wide range of skills, interests and ages. With the Zentangle art method, anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and easy to do. In this class, students will learn at least eight tangles (patterns) along with some basic shading techniques. Zentangle Starter kits (pen, pencil, blending stump and five white tiles to tangle on) provided.  You only need to bring your imagination and creativity to the classroom!

Cathy Dills-Boytos is a CZT (Certified Zentangle Instructor) living in the North Raleigh area along with her husband, Greg and cat, Annie. She has a lifetime experience in art of all mediums. She spent many years as a Graphic Designer. She also used to teach Graphic Design in a community college. Her true passion is Zentangle.  As a certified Zentangle instructor, Cathy wants to be your guide on a journey that is easy, simple to comprehend and fun!

African Art Appreciation

Thursday, Oct. 12. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Rhonda Wilkerson

COURSE #3514

This session will examine traditional African artwork and learn the background and stories that are part of these beautiful works of art! Learn about masquerades, rituals, creation myths – part of the rich culture and heritage of the African experience. The artwork will feature pieces from the collection of Rhonda Wilkerson, who has numerous works on display, in the newly opened African Gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Rhonda Wilkerson comes with a strong background as a storyteller and educator. She was a classroom teacher in the Wake County Schools for 16 years. She completed her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and then became a member of the UNC School of Education faculty, achieving the rank of Clinical Associate Professor. She has conducted workshops for teachers, administrators, museum educators and curators; spoken at state and national conferences, and presented at numerous museums across the country: Huntington Library in San Marino; Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California; and the Dallas Museum of Art, to name a few. Dr Wilkerson retired from UNC several years ago after almost 30 years of service. She turned her full attention to the NC Museum of Art Docent Organization where she has been a docent since 1988. She has been Chair of the Travel and Enrichment program helping to plan and organize special events, such as, docent trips to Italy, the United Kingdom and Venice.

Living Spiritually In Our Quantum World

Thursday, Oct. 12. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Rev. Dr. Gary W. Duncan

COURSE #3515

The next generation of computers will be quantum computers. Currently the D-Wave has presented itself as the first quantum computer, but not quite. . . What are these devices and how will they change our world? Historically, two parallel scientific tracks, quantum mechanics and computer science, have merged creating quantum computers. This merger sets the stage for a radical shift in our perception of physical and spiritual reality. This new quantum technology will for the first time interface with the broad underpinnings of spirituality creating a new perspective on reality. This interactive session presents an introduction into quantum mechanics, computer science and the shift away from traditional religions into a broader perspective of spirituality. To navigate this new technological future, you need be familiar with several concepts: waves, particles, interference, uncertainty, superposition, nonlocality, collapsing of the wave function, entanglement, quantum internet, quantum teleportation, and the many worlds hypothesis. So get ready for the most profound journey we have seen in human history, a journey that will change everything!

Reverend Dr. (Honorary) Gary W. Duncan’s career spans the funeral business, polymer chemical research, behavioral and social science research, and psychotherapy (21 years). Currently, he is creating Quantum Spirituality Institute focusing on how quantum effects can change our world for the better. He has taught at various colleges and universities, Duke OLLI among them, creating two seminal courses, Spirituality and Science: A Reintegration (2007), and Quantum Computers and Spiritual Reality: A New Perspective (2015). He has studied spirituality, science, religion, mystical and esoteric traditions, and meditational systems for over 40 years. He is an ordained Gnostic Catholic Priest, Futurist, published author, educator, lecturer, workshop facilitator, Professional Coach and consultant.

Move It or Lose It – How to Stay Physically Active throughout Your Lifespan

Thursday, Oct. 26. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Meg Pomerantz

COURSE #3516

As you grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Research shows that exercise can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. Not only is exercise good for your body, it is also good for your mind, mood, and memory. Whether you are generally healthy, managing an illness, or just becoming more sedentary as you get older, there are plenty of ways to get more active, improve confidence, and boost your fitness. This course will describe the components of fitness, offer strategies for staying active and tips for falls prevention, and demonstrate simple flexibility and strength training exercises. There will be plenty of information to take home, but be sure to come dressed to participate.

Meg Pomerantz, MA, HFS, CET, is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health Fitness Specialist and a Cancer Exercise Trainer. Meg earned her Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, and has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry. She began teaching group exercise classes at NC State University, and later served as the Aquatics Director and Director of the Lifetime Fitness Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Meg has taught and coached various age groups from youth sports to adult novice running and swimming programs. Currently, Meg is a former project director in Worksite Wellness research in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and is the founder and CEO of MORE Living, a personal training company that helps cancer survivors Move On through Recreation and Exercise.

Music and the Civil Rights Movement: An Aural History Tour

Thursday, Nov. 9. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Mary D. Williams

COURSE #3517

Experience a capella gospel as you have never experienced before! Listen and learn about the music that brought people together during the Civil Rights Movement. From roots in hymnals, gospel and slave spirituals, to marches and Freedom Riders, learn about the lyrical changes and how music motivated and reinforced the stance for justice and equality. Participants will be taken for an aural tour of history through music, including spirituals, protest songs and gospel music. Join us for a morning of singing as we examine North Carolina history and culture through the lens of gospel.

Renowned gospel singer, historian, and educator, Mary D. Williams received her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies with concentration in African American studies and history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mary has travelled to numerous colleges and universities, public schools, churches and libraries, where she performs song and narrative of the Black South. Along with Timothy B. Tyson, Williams teaches a community-based college course, “The South in Black and White: History, Culture and Politics in the 20th Century South.” The course has been taught at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, North Carolina Central University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Phillis Wheatley, George Moses Horton, and Three Presidents

Thursday, Nov. 9. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Porter

COURSE #3518

Phillis Wheatley of Boston, Massachusetts, the first African American to publish a book of poetry in the UK, and George Moses Horton, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the first African American to publish a book of poetry in the United States, penned important works, met highly placed, famous people and became notable historical figures in their own right. Their lives, their poetry and their encounters with presidents offer us fascinating glimpses into the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This course is, most of all, about two poets. However, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, as well as UNC President and former North Carolina Governor David Swain, loom large, too. If you enjoy poetry, African American studies or presidential studies, U.S. history or North Carolina history, this class is for you. Join us for a lively and engaging discussion!

Robert Porter has taught for more than a quarter of a century, as an instructor for UNC’s Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies. He is the recipient of over a dozen teaching awards. He remains passionate about his interests in history, public history, and African-American history, all of which go back to his grade school days.

Write Your Life

Two sessions: Thursdays, Nov. 9 & 16. 10 am – Noon. Enrollment limited to 22. Fee: $15

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Krawiec

COURSE #3519

A famous writer once said, “Listen to your life; all moments are key moments”. In this fun and supportive – yet challenging class, you will learn how to draw on the “material” of your life to write and revise whatever you wish to work on, including stories, memoirs, novels, poems, or plays. Working individually, in small groups, and one-on-one with the instructor, take your initial writing and develop and polish it so it is ready for publication. This class is guaranteed to inspire your creativity!

Richard Krawiec has published numerous books, one of which was nominated for a National Book Award. He has received Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NC Arts Council; and was the 2009 recipient of the Friday Center Excellence in Teaching Award.

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West: How Mass Entertainment Came to Shape Our Perceptions of History

Thursday, Nov. 16. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10


COURSE #3520

At the turn of the twentieth century, millions of people around the world believed they had experienced the “real” American frontier because they had attended one of the first successful mass entertainment spectacles: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. In the space of a two-hour show, spectators witnessed bucking broncos and horse races, re-enactments of “historic” events like the Battle of Little Bighorn, demonstrations of sharpshooting and trick riding. Real American Indians, cowboys, scouts, and stagecoach drivers gave an aura of authenticity to the melodramatic narrative of frontier settlement, conflict, and triumphant conquest. Modern publicity machines, press releases, newspaper interviews, and eyewitness accounts – all vivified by brilliantly colorful posters, program booklets, and souvenir photographs. No wonder William F. Cody was the world’s most recognizable celebrity and a generation venerated him as a hero.

This lecture, illustrated with visual images and enlivened by film clips, will explore Cody’s career in its historical context and reflect upon the ways in which it anticipated contemporary dilemmas: how to tell the reality from the hype; how to disentangle the fact from the fiction; and how to think critically about our cherished American myths.

Joy Kasson is Professor of American Studies and English Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College and her PhD, from Yale University. She taught courses on American culture in the era of ragtime, introductory courses in American studies, and the visual arts in American culture and American memory. Her work investigates the intersection of American literature, visual studies, and cultural history. Dr. Kasson’s publication, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West: Celebrity, Memory, and Popular History examines popular culture, its texts and images, at the turn of the twentieth century. It explores issues relating to national memory and the blurring of the boundaries between entertainment and history. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Thomas Jefferson Award, in 2012.

Welcome to Entrepreneurship

Thursday, Nov. 16. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10


COURSE #3521

People of all ages are starting new businesses and taking existing businesses to the next level. Be part of one of the hottest trends in America today. Learn about entrepreneurship – how to create the business of your dreams!

In this class, you will discover:

  1. What it takes to start a business and be a successful entrepreneur.
  2. How to evaluate your business idea, determine marketability and profitability (also known as, the Business Model Canvas).
  3. How to transform your business idea into an actionable business plan.
  4. Local resources available to assist you on your entrepreneurial journey.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE, supported by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), has a national network of over 10,000 volunteers and a vibrant local chapter.

John Kiley has been a member of SCORE for 10 years. He has served SCORE as a Certified Mentor, a Chapter Chairman, as the North Carolina District Director and remains a member of their National Advisory Board. He received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Penn State University.  He spent his career in the fabricated copper wire industry serving both the electrical construction and the automotive markets. He was formerly the President, of American Metal Moulding, Edison, NJ; a co-founder, AmRod Corp. Newark, NJ, and as the VP and GM of the Automotive Division of The Essex Group, Ft. Wayne, IN. He is experienced in both national and international consulting focused on Merger & Acquisition due diligence and Operations and Manufacturing “turn around” issues.

Laughter Yoga

Thursday, Nov. 16. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Liza Engstrom

COURSE #3522

Tap into your inner child and learn to laugh for no reason in this fun & energizing laughter yoga workshop. We all know the age-old adage, laughter is the best medicine — turns out it’s true! Laughter produces many health benefits regardless of whether or not the laughter is “real” or “fake”. In this course, you will learn about some of the science behind laughter, as well as enjoy various laughter activities that decrease stress, bring more oxygen to the brain and body, build social cohesion, and equip you with hilarious and effective laughter exercises to incorporate into your daily lives. All ages and mobility levels welcome!

Liza Engstrom is the Founder of Health and Happiness Align (HAHA), a laughter-based wellness organization in the Triangle. As Head Laughter Coach, she teaches people of all ages and life-stages how to laugh freely and laugh often. Liza obtained her Masters in Public Health degree from UNC Chapel Hill and, through HAHA and other work, strives to improve health, wellness, and the creative capacity of her community.

Movies in the Morning Holiday Edition: Christmas in Connecticut

Tuesday, Dec. 5. 10 am – 12:30 pm. Grumman Auditorium Free admission. RSVP required. Call 919-962-2643 or email

INSTRUCTOR: Kimball King

Join the Friday Center for a free screening of the 1945 original black and white version of the holiday classic, Christmas in Connecticut, followed by discussion led by noted film professor, Kimball King.

Directed by Peter Godfrey and based on the screenplay by Lionel Houser and Adele Commandini, the film stars Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, and Sydney Greenstreet. It tells the story of journalist Elizabeth Lane (Stanwyck) one of the country’s most famous food writers. She describes herself in her columns as a hard-working farm woman, devoted mother and an excellent cook. . . all lies! In reality, she is an unmarried New Yorker who can’t even boil an egg! Lane now must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas. What will she do? Join us for this delightful romantic comedy, just in time for the holidays!

Kimball King is professor emeritus of English and adjunct professor of dramatic art at UNC-Chapel Hill.  King co-lectured/taught/began one of the first film criticism courses in the US in 1965.  His books and articles have focused on American, British, and Irish dramatic art.  King has taught film noir topics in a series of classes for Oxford University and The Friday Center. 


Each course varies from $10-$20. Payment must accompany registration. Make checks payable to the Friday Center.

There are four ways to register:

  1. Online: Register online
  2. Mail: Print out the registration form and mail it to
    Daytime Classes Fall 2017
    Campus Box 1020, The Friday Center
    UNC-Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill NC 27599-1020
  3. Fax: Print out the registration form and fax it to 919-962-5549.
  4. Phone: Call 800-845-8640 or 919-962-2643.

If you have special needs to accommodate a motor or sensory impairment, please indicate your needs on the registration form.

UNC-Chapel Hill uses an alternative to the Social Security number called the Personal ID (PID) to aid in keeping records for students and participants. If you do not have a PID, you will be required to enter your birthdate and gender so that we can assign you a PID. We appreciate your cooperation.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity. The University does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


Refunds will not be accepted; substitutions are welcome.


Classes are held at the Friday Center, which offers ample free parking. The Friday Center is located approximately three miles east of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, just off Highway 54 East (Raleigh Road). The Center is a short distance from Interstate 40 (from Raleigh, I-40 exit 273A; from Greensboro, I-40 exit 273). See Map and Directions to the Friday Center.


For information, contact:

Jill Conrad (, Registration Manager
Professional Development and Enrichment Programs
The Friday Center
800-845-8640 or 919-962-2643
Note: In concordance with University policy, minors are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.