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Daytime Enrichment Offerings: Spring 2017

Spring is in the air with opportunities to re-tool, refresh and rejuvenate 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, where the learning never stops!

All classes meet on Thursdays in the spring 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.

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Thursday, March 9. 10 am – 11:30 am. Book signing 11:30 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Vivian R. Jacobson

COURSE #3424

The Paris Opera Ceiling at the Palais Garnier was commissioned by Andre Malraux, the Minister of Culture under Charles DeGaulle in 1963.

This monumental work was developed and executed by Chagall when he was 79 years of age. Join us for an interactive and engaging lecture that will be devoted to the original preparatory sketches to the final artwork. In this artwork, Chagall never forgets his love of Vitebsk, his birthplace, Paris or the composers of the music that he adored:  Mussorgsky, Gluck, Adam Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Ravel, Debussy, Rameau, Berlioz, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet and Mozart. All this memory embellished in luscious colors of blue, white, red, green and yellow. Chagall believed that the integration of art and music would bring world peace. The Paris Opera Ceiling is a true example of that dream. This is one opportunity not to be missed!

Vivian R. Jacobson personally met and hosted Marc Chagall at her home in Chicago that began a 15-year friendship with him and his family. Her insights are interesting and unique as she relates her personal experiences in working with Chagall on various national and international projects the last eleven years of his life. She was the president of the American Friends of the Chagall Biblical Message Museum from 1978 – 1982 and the Chairman of the Chagall Tapestry Project at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago from 1982 to 1986. Jacobson has lectured in 22 states, Europe and Israel. She has been a speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council since 2001. Her book, Sharing Chagall: A Memoir provides the reader with many intriguing stories about her experiences in working with Chagall.

Her book has sold 3000 copies and will be available for sale with a book signing after the session.

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

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

INSTRUCTOR: Meg Pomerantz

COURSE #3425

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. And not only is exercise good for your body, it’s also good for your mind, mood, and memory. Whether you are generally healthy, managing an illness, or just becoming more sedentary as you’re getting 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 creator 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. Meg began swimming competitively at age 10 and later competed at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. On a personal side, she has competed in dozens of triathlons and road races. Meg enjoys cycle touring with her husband, most recently riding through the hills of Tuscany. Her longest trip was a cross county trip from Seattle, WA to Rehoboth Beach, DE. 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.

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Thursday, March 16. 9:30 am – Noon. Fee: $15 (includes materials)

INSTRUCTOR: Cathy Dills-Boytos

COURSE #3426

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 is enjoyed all over the world across 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 8 tangles (patterns) along with some basic shading techniques. Zentangle Starter kits (pen, pencil, blending stump and five white tiles to tangle on) will be 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 and as a certified Zentangle instructor, her wish is to be your guide on a journey that is easy, simple to comprehend and fun!

Open a New Window!

Two sessions: Thursdays, March 16 & 30. 10 am – 11:30 am. Fee: $15


COURSE #3427

If you find yourself feeling a bit stuffy, stalled, or stuck in winter doldrums, this course is for you!  Gain inspiration, tools, and encouragement to refresh your thinking and rejuvenate your spirit. You’ll have the opportunity to explore, clarify and renew your own personal path in this unique class. The format combines mini-lectures with time for self-reflection, guided group discussion, and exercises that are both lively and thought-provoking.


Introductory Activity: Introduction and overview of the class, Ice-breaker activity

Life Line Inventory:  Fun and creative exercise called “Your Life Line Inventory” provides each individual with the opportunity to reflect and gain fresh insight into the essential set of strengths, talents, and skills that he/she has used over the years to successfully navigate life changes.

Guided Discussion: Small groups exchange their discoveries from the Life Line Inventory Activity. This format is designed to build a positive sense of connection and open up opportunities for personal discovery.

Backpack Guided Visualization: Visualization exercises to identify and release individual “excess baggage”, then reclaim and repack individual “essential items” needed to “open a new window” and spring forward.

Guided Discussion: Small groups exchange their discoveries from the Backpack Visualization Activity. This format is designed to build a positive sense of connection and open up opportunities for personal discovery.

Whip-Around Activity: Participants reflect individually and then have the opportunity to share 1-3 valuable ideas, tips or discoveries they learned during the session.


Check-In Activity: Using a guided discussion format, participants reflect individually and then meet in small groups to exchange personal discoveries since their last session two weeks ago.

How to Crack Open Stuffy or Stuck Thinking Activity: Using a mini-lecture format and a series of short activities, participants learn tips on how to identify and let go of negative, “downward spiral” thinking and open up and rekindle creative thinking.

Open a New Window to Your Future: Using a series of upbeat and creative exercises, participants discover ways to open up, envision and explore possibilities for their own personal “growing season” ahead.

Guided Discussion:  Small groups share discoveries from the course. This format is designed to reinforce a positive sense of connection and continue the process of personal discovery.

Over the past three decades, Vicki Field has served as a training and development director, coach, and consultant helping organizations, teams, and individuals to navigate and create successful professional and personal change. Vicki’s upbeat and practical approach creates a positive learning environment for participants to exchange ideas, spark possibilities, and move forward with renewed energy and focus.

Grandparents of Special Needs Children

Three sessions: Thursdays, March 16 & 30, April 20. 10 am – 11:30 am. Enrollment limited to 35. Fee: $20


COURSE #3428

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 is structured over three sessions, organized as follows:

  • Session One: Introduction to Exceptional Children: Child Development/EC Categories/Definitions/Bumps in the road/Family challenges/Chronic issues
  • Session Two: Children with multiple disabilities – School and Health
  • Session Three: What Grandparents can/should – can’t/should not do: Resources, support systems, advice and counsel.

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 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!

Shakespeare and War

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Four sessions: Thursdays, March 16 & 30, April 6 & 20. 10 am – Noon. Enrollment limited to 35. Fee: $20

INSTRUCTOR: Christopher Armitage

COURSE #3429

Join us for an interactive and fascinating series that examines war through Shakespeare’s lens, led by distinguished UNC professor Christopher Armitage. The sessions will include a mixture of lecture and discussion and will aim at close readings in the texts, as revealing Shakespeare’s profound understanding of human nature and astounding ability to find the words to articulate that understanding.  Topics include:

  • Session One: Henry V: “Once more unto the breach” with that “band of brothers”
  • Session Two: Julius Caesar: Soothsayers prove more reliable than 21st-century pollsters
  • Session Three: Antony and Cleopatra: War games in bed, on land and at sea
  • Session Four: Troilus and Cressida: The Trojan War wreaks havoc with romance

Christopher Armitage, Professor of English will celebrate his 100th teaching semester at UNC this spring. During his fifty years of teaching, he has taught over 20 different courses. He became the first UNC Professor of Distinguished Teaching in 1995.  He was the pioneer in developing a study abroad summer program on ‘Shakespeare in Performance’ in England.  He has conducted the six-week Honors Summer Program in London and Oxford since 1975.  Born in Manchester, England, Armitage received two degrees from Oxford University and another from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. One of the most memorable moments of his career was when he was asked to play the part of founder William Richardson Davie for the University’s 200th Anniversary. At 83, he shows no signs of slowing down! His passion for literature and the spoken word and his dedication to take teaching seriously, not solemnly, make him a model instructor and inspiration to all!

The Inkling Prophet of Oxford: C.S. Lewis Book Club Series

Three sessions: Thursdays, March 30, April 13 & 27. 10 am – 11:30 am. Enrollment limited to 30. Fee: $20

INSTRUCTOR: Danielle Christmas

COURSE #3430

The imaginative fictions and compelling apologist writings of Clive Staples Lewis have captivated generations of readers. What is it about this self-described “very ordinary layman of the Church of England” that has inspired such a following across age groups, continents, and decades? What sort of mind can invent a children’s paradise like Narnia one day, and move a group of skeptics to Christian belief the next? This course will grapple with these and other questions as participants examine the social and historical context of several of Lewis’ short works including:

  • Session One: Mere Christianity
  • Session Two: The Screwtape Letters
  • Session Three: Perelandra

If you enjoy book clubs, are willing to enthusiastically participate in discussion, and are eager to dig deeper into C.S. Lewis’ writings, this course is for you. Participants should (re)read the text ahead of each session and bring a copy of the book to class.

Danielle Christmas is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. While she primarily works on contemporary African-American and Jewish-American fiction and film, her own conversion story led her to the oeuvre and legacy of C.S. Lewis and has resulted in a lasting personal and professional interest.

Movies in the Morning: Novels to Film – The Third Man3870ccf0521f149fd27adb22dad90ed7

Thursday, April 6. 10 am – 12:30 pm. Grumman Auditorium at the Friday Center. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Kimball King

COURSE #3431

Join us as the Friday Center hosts a morning movie screening of the 1949 film noir masterpiece, The Third Man, followed by a discussion led by noted film professor, Kimball King.

Directed by Carol Reed and based on the novella by Graham Greene of the same name, the film stars Joseph Cotton as Holly Martins, an out of work pulp fiction novelist, who arrives in a crumbling, post-war Vienna, where a shortage of supplies has led to a flourishing black market. Martins arrives at the invitation of his friend, Harry Lime, wonderfully portrayed by actor, Orson Welles, who had offered him a job. However, he learns that Lime recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime’s friends and questionable associates, Martins discovers that the stories are inconsistent, and he is determined to find out what really happened to Harry.

The film won the 1949 Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, the British Academy Award for Best Film, and an Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematography in 1950.  It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing and the Academy Award for Best Director. It is widely considered one of the most influential film noirs of all time – as well as a showcase for great acting, impressive cinematography and a creative musical score.

The post-film discussion will examine Greene’s classic novel and the transition from fictional form to film.

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. 

Write Your Life

Three sessions: Thursdays, April 13, May 4 & 11. 10 am – Noon. Enrollment limited to 22. Fee: $20

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Krawiec

COURSE #3433

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.

Ethics, Smethics! Ethics in an Age of Lies and Deceit

Two sessions: Thursdays, April 6 & 27. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $15

INSTRUCTOR: Edward F. (Ned) Brooks

COURSE #3434

People are basically good, but you’d never know it from the evening news. Hit and runs. Mass murders. Medicare fraud. Cheating athletes. Lying politicians. But, there are countless less obvious issues that surround us all the time. Each of them has ethical implications. Join us for a fascinating and highly interactive session, where we’ll discuss some of these topics; benefit from ours and others’ perspectives, and have fun doing it!

Edward F. (Ned) Brooks DrPH, MBA, retired from University service in 2014, after a long and distinguished career in higher education.  From 1972 to 1986, he was Associate Director of UNC’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.  In 1986, he joined the University’s administration serving as Assistant, and later as Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.  In 1997, Ned was appointed Associate Provost with responsibilities for the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, the Health Sciences Library, and seven research centers.  He has served as a professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and taught leadership and ethics courses in their graduate programs.  Ned has taught ethics and leadership at the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique in Paris since 2011.

Blues Stories, Legends, and CharactersAfrican jazz musician plays saxophone with smoke

Thursday, April 13. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Bill “Slim” McCulloch

COURSE #3435

Author Bill McCulloch, who has performed for decades as his musical alter ego, Windy City Slim, will trace the evolution of the blues from St. Louis saloons in the 1880’s to the medicine shows of the 1900’s and the rural juke-joints of the Great Depression. He and bass player, Ken Yow, will tell stories about love, heartache, murder and hard times, and perform songs associated with Pink Anderson, Charlie Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, and other early blues artists. Join us for a wonderful session of music, storytelling and fun, as we explore the blues!

Bill “Slim” McCulloch has had careers as a freelance writer, a journalist, and a musician. He began moonlighting as a musician in the early 1970’s while working a day job in print journalism. A Chicago native, Slim delivers the blues with stunning conviction and his performances always offer an entertaining tour, often including stories and anecdotes, through America’s musical backwaters. In 2003 he co-authored a non-fiction book about blues legend Robert Johnson. And now, at age 74, he has written his first novel, A Dandy Little Game, released in early 2016.

Surprising Allies: The President and the Young African-American Congresswoman

Thursday, April 20. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Porter

COURSE #3432

Explore the backgrounds of and the encounters between two politicians from the South: President Lyndon B. Johnson and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, the latter a hero of the Watergate years. What did these two political figures have in common? Why did they regard each other so highly? To what extent did Barbara Jordan carry on Johnson’s legacy? What makes both of these figures both fascinating and important? In what ways do some consider them heroic and flawed? How do Jordan and Johnson speak to our time? Join us for a lively and engaging discussion as we address these compelling issues.

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.

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Thursday, April 20. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Hélène Ducros

COURSE #3436

This course provides an overview of key global issues today and examines the relationship between them. We will focus on a number of specific themes with particular attention to cultural, economic, political, and social patterns: global institutions and conceptions of “development”, environmental concerns, urbanization, migration, the debates over the globalization of culture, and the role of technology. Bring your opinions and join us for an interactive, issue-based discussion of contemporary issues.

Hélène Ducros holds a JD and PhD in geography from the University of North Carolina. Her research examines rural development and heritage preservation. She has taught international studies at North Carolina State University and Elon University.

Medicare Made Clear

Thursday, April 27. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Daryl Coston

COURSE #3437

Everyday 10,000 baby-boomers turn 65, and questions begin to surface regarding Medicare. Individuals suddenly find themselves in an avalanche of very confusing information. At this point they ask themselves, “What exactly is Medicare?” In the last several years, asking this question has become more relevant because of how the aging population and the Affordable Care Act are affecting the Medicare system. To unravel the confusion this seminar will focus on Medicare’s history, its parts A, B, C and D, laws and regulations, and the effects of our aging population. Also addressed are the changes effecting Medicare as a result of Affordable Care Act.

Daryl Coston is a licensed independent insurance agent in North Carolina, and is currently working with Senior Life Services, a Florida-based company. Senior Life Services works with individuals between the ages of 50 to 85, providing information on various health needs and options. Daryl also sells Medicare products and services. He is a certified health coach, operated a vitamin business and was a sales representative for several nutritional companies for 12 years. For several years, he also taught seminars on Medicare at Duke University.


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.