Daytime Enrichment Offerings: Fall 2018

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, 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 either Wednesdays or Thursdays in the fall at various times. See each course for details.

Fee: Courses range from $15-$25.


The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World

Wednesday, October 3. 10 a.m. – noon. Fee $15

INSTRUCTOR: Andrew Reynolds

COURSE #3604

The gay rights movement has achieved social transformation at a dizzying pace, upending conventional views on sex, love, marriage, the family, and equality itself. While most scholars understand the movement as a broad-based social movement, Andrew Reynolds argues that the most important catalyst of gay rights is often overlooked: individuals. His new book, The Children of Harvey Milk (Oxford, 2018), tells the epic stories of courageous men and women around the world who came forward to make their voices heard during the struggle for equal rights. Reynolds traces major breakthroughs for the gay rights movement through the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender politicians who advanced the cause. The book documents their successes and failures, heartwarming stories of acceptance and heartbreaking stories of ostracism, demonstrating the ways in which an individual can change the views and voting behaviors of those around him. Blending personal stories with historical data, Reynolds offers both a compelling portrait of LGBT politicians and a powerful explanation of the importance of identity politics in the success of the gay rights movement.

Andrew Reynolds is a Professor of Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill. He received his M.A. from the University of Cape Town and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. His research and teaching focus on democratization, constitutional design and electoral politics. He is particularly interested in the presence and impact of minorities and marginalized communities. He has worked for the United Nations, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the UK Department for International Development, the US State Department, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Foundation for Election Systems. He has also served as a consultant on issues of electoral and constitutional design for many countries, most recently in Libya, Egypt and Burma. In 2012, he embarked on a multi-year research project to study the impact of LGBT national parliamentarians on public policy around the world for his book, The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World (Oxford, 2018).


Move It or Lose It: How to Stay Physically Active throughout your Lifespan

Wednesday, October 3. 10 a.m. – noon.  Fee $15

INSTRUCTOR: Meg Pomerantz

COURSE #3605

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.


Passport to Retirement: Real-World Financial Education for Current Retirees & Those Contemplating Retirement

Offered twice this fall, this informative course is back by popular demand! Each course consists of two sessions:

INSTRUCTORS: Nina Lloyd & Janna Deegan

COURSE #3606 Thursdays, October 4 & 11. 10 a.m. – Noon. Fee $20

COURSE #3607 Thursdays, November 8 & 15. 10 a.m. – Noon. Fee $20

Have you asked yourself these important questions about your finances?

  • Will I outlive my money?
  • Will taxes and inflation erode my nest egg?
  • Could my investments be earning more?
  • Are there better ways to manage my taxes?
  • How will I provide for my family and heirs?
  • Which investments are suitable for me at this point in my life?
  • What tax efficient charitable giving strategies work well under the new tax plan?
  • What can I do to preserve my wealth?
  • What does Long Term Care really cost?

Participants will receive dynamic instruction about various financial concepts and strategies. After attending, you will be better prepared to face financial challenges and enjoy the rewards that retirement can bring. Through examples, exercises, and case studies, you will discover how to position yourself for a brighter financial future while protecting your legacy. This course will provide a skill set enabling you to better:

  • Safeguard your retirement savings
  • Develop a tax efficient retirement income strategy
  • Understand retirement plan rollovers and transfers
  • Preserve wealth and pass it to your heirs and/or charitable causes
  • Assess and prioritize retirement income sources
  • Improve your potential for risk-adjusted investment gains
  • Make informed retirement plan distribution decisions
  • Identify and manage your financial risk
  • Understand the impact of the new tax plan on your family
  • Avoid unnecessary taxes and penalties
  • Protect yourself from potentially devastating costs associated with long term Healthcare

Participants will also receive a comprehensive Financial Planning Workbook as take home guide – a valuable reference tool for the future!

Nina Lloyd, CFP, CRPC – With more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry, Nina is a Register Representative with FSC Securities Corporation and Financial Advisor at Opus Financial Advisors. As a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Nina works closely with a diverse client base in a fiduciary capacity throughout the Triangle and the Charlotte Metro markets. Nina is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Economics and Environmental Studies.

Janna Deegan, CPA – Janna brings a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to financial literacy to the financial planning industry. She received a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1998. She enjoyed a successful career with IBM as a finance and national accounting manager before becoming and investment manager for individuals across North Carolina. Janna is a Register Representative with FSC Securities Corporation and Financial Advisor at Opus Financial Advisors.


Life Fully: Recruit your Whole Self to Create your Life

This course consists of three sessions, Thursdays, October 4, 11, & 18. 10 a.m. – Noon.  Fee $25

INSTRUCTOR: Steven Lambeth

COURSE #3608

Do you ever feel like you could achieve your goals if you could just get out of your own way? When you begin to take your happiness into your own hands, it is common to come across self-defeating habits that can keep you from moving forward in your life. Sometimes this shows up as feelings of inadequacy or indecision, other times the risks of moving forward just seem too high. Whatever the case, the success we meet will be determined by our relationship to these parts of ourselves. We can either fight against our self-limiting patterns or we can learn to recruit them to work alongside us in creating a more meaningful life. This class will help you to discover the purpose that your whole self is ready to move towards. From there, you will find support in the community we form together to move forward towards your true purpose.

Through guided exercises, participants will:

  • name one central goal in their lives that they want to work on for the class duration
  • clarify and discover the deeper purpose that goal is working to address in their lives
  • identify barriers to achieving their goals to illuminate the parts of themselves that are working counter to their intentions.
  • learn to create space for and befriend these parts of themselves so that they can bring themselves fully into service of their goals
  • support each other in this process through partnered and group exercises and gain new friends and allies within the community we form.

Participants will leave the series feeling inspired, empowered and supported to create the life they are longing to live.  Join us for this interactive and introspective course!

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.


Zentangle Expanded!

This course consists of three sessions, Thursdays, October 4, 11 & 18. 9:30 a.m. – Noon. Fee $25 (supplies included).

INSTRUCTOR: Cathy Dills-Boytos

COURSE #3609

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, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. The Zentangle art method is enjoyed all over this world, across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. Life can be compared to an art form and the Zentangle art method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.  Join us for this interactive, hands-on course and leave with a clear understanding that, “Anything is possible one stroke at a time”.

Session 1 – October 4: Introduction to Zentangle

In this beginner class, participants will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle. We will also learn about the necessary pens, pencils and other tools needed and will learn how to create at least eight tangles (patterns) to finish two complete paper tiles. In addition, participants will learn basic shading techniques.

Session 2 – October 11: Renaissance Tiles and Black Tiles

During the Renaissance Art period, a drawing technique called Chiaroscuro emerged in the fine art world. In this class, students will learn how the Zentangle method and components of this Renaissance drawing technique come together. Participants will also learn a new technique using black tiles and white ink along with new shading techniques.

Session 3 – October 18: Zendalas (Zentangle in the Round)

Mandala meets Zentangle in a wonderfully harmonious union that will inspire you to put pen to paper. The geometric flow and circular structure of mandalas seemed to invite the use of the Zentangle Method. It was so natural that the two met to create this beautiful hybrid. Unique stencil templates will be provided to create a stunning patterned round tile.

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!

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

This course consists of two sessions, Wednesdays, October 10 & 24. 10 a.m. – Noon.  Fee $20


COURSE #3610

Donald Trump, Al Franken, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, some athletes on steroids, scammers, Bernie Madoff. . . The list of alleged lairs and cheaters goes on and on. It seems that the amount of questionably ethical behavior just keeps growing until hardly a day goes by that we’re not hit with some glaring example of immorality. Why? And, why do we seem to accept some of it (politicians’ lies, for example), but rise up against other forms of bad behavior (“Me, too” and “Time’s Up” movements)? This course is not some deep probing into the philosophy of ethics. And, it’s definitely not about trying to tell anyone how to behave. Instead, it’s practical, down-to-earth, and grounded in current events. It’s about recognizing, thinking about, and dealing with ethical issues that affect us all the time. Hopefully, too, it’s about having fun and stimulating “the little gray cells.” Join us for an interactive and engaging discussion.

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.  At UNC, he chaired various boards and departmental committees, most notably, the committee to plan the creation of The Friday Center.  He is active in many community and civic organizations.



Paris on a Vertical Axis: From the City Beneath to the City Above

This course consists of two sessions, Thursdays, October 11 & 25. 10 a.m. – Noon. Fee $20

INSTRUCTOR: Hélène Ducros

Course #3611

This course will explore the City of Light in its verticality, from the shadow city of its undergrounds to the invisible life of its rooftops. Since the Middle Ages, subterranean Paris has played an essential role in the history and development of the city.  Participants will review the different strata that support Parisian life, from old quarries to the Metro, the water network and the maze of galleries that have served multiple functions through the ages. We will then climb up to the roofs of the city to the city above and examine how, from culture to nature, Paris’ rooftops have marked the identity of the city as cultural heritage while at the same time engaging the ecological transition as centers for urban agriculture and even apiculture. This course will reveal to you some of the secret life of the city, away from the usual snapshots and tourist spots. Join us on this tour and bring your questions!

Hélène Ducros received a JD and PhD in human geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies lived space, place-making, and landscape change and perception. She is a former lecturer in International Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Thursday, October 18. 10 a.m. – Noon. Fee $15

INSTRUCTOR: Jodi Magness

COURSE #3612

In 1946-1947, the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by accident near the site of Qumran. Eventually the remains of approximately 1000 scrolls were found in 11 caves surrounding Qumran.  These scrolls have been described as the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century.  In this slide-illustrated course, we explore the archaeological remains of Qumran, which was inhabited by members of a Jewish sect who deposited the scrolls in the nearby caves.  Join us for this informative and engaging session as we examine the meaning and significance of the scrolls.

Jodi Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. Magness’ book, The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002), won the 2003 Biblical Archaeology Society’s Award for Best Popular Book in Archaeology in 2001-2002 and was selected as an “Outstanding Academic Book for 2003” by Choice Magazine. She has participated on 20 different excavations in Israel and Greece, including co-directing the 1995 excavations in the Roman siege works at Masada. Since 2011, Magness has directed excavations at Huqoq in Galilee (

Magness serves as President of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) (2017-2019). She is also a member of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. She received a 2016-2017 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholar Award for work on Masada: A New History. In 2008, Magness received a national teaching honor: the Archaeological Institute of America’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She produced a 36-lecture course on “The Holy Land Revealed” (released December 2010), and a 24-lecture course on “Jesus and His Jewish Influences (released December 2015) with The Teaching Company’s Great Courses. Magness consulted for and is featured in a National Geographic screen film on Jerusalem, which premiered in September 2013. She also consulted for and appeared in the National Geographic series, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, which aired in spring 2016.


Write Your Life

This course consists of three sessions, Thursdays, October 18, 25, & November 8.  10 a.m. – Noon. Enrollment limited to 22.  Fee $25

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Krawiec

COURSE #3613

A famous writer, Frederick Buechner, once said, “Listen to your life . . . to the hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments”.  In this interactive 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.  We guarantee this class will 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 North Carolina Arts Council; and was the 2009 recipient of the Friday Center Excellence in Teaching Award.


Holiday Strategies for Wine Success—Gifting and Entertaining

Thursday, October 25. 10 a.m. – Noon. Fee $15

INSTRUCTOR: Lynn Krielow Chamberlain

COURSE #3614

Deciding which wine to choose, simply to pour with tonight’s informal dinner, is as complex or straightforward as what to choose for gifting or entertaining your guests. Visit any independent wine shop, or grocery store, to confirm—choice is welcomed by some, an overwhelming prospect, for others. For those who lie in the first camp, choices always involve many layers of decision making and variables—price, label, place of origin, variety, taste, color, food, culture, geography, setting, mood, reason(s) and importance behind such decisions—complex in nature but pure intuition or joie de vivre based on experience or lack thereof. For the overwhelmed majority, it is best to choose a wine merchant or sommelier wisely—one who knows your budget, your personal taste, and sense of decorum. This course will explore new pathways for gifting and entertaining with wine that embraces the oftentimes vulnerable and emotional process behind choice.

Lynn Krielow Chamberlain started out as a pre-vet major. Along the way, a glass of Cold Duck, exposure to a wide variety of foods, nutrition, microbiology and chemistry classes collided to change the trajectory of her life. Her career experience includes working with wine on-premise, retail, wholesale, production, travel, journalism, radio hosting and production, television guest appearances, public relations, marketing, judging in the US and abroad, academia, social media and networking across many platforms. She is host of the internet radio channel iWineRadio since 1999. Her favorite wines are either naturally sparkling or rosé… very dry, authentic expressions.

American Music: Deep Roots and Sturdy Branches

Thursday, November 8. 10 a.m. – Noon. Fee $15.00

INSTRUCTOR: Jack Bernhardt

COURSE #3615

Country music scholars generally agree that all modern forms of popular music – Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock, and Gospel – derive from musical roots in the American South. Join Professor Bernhardt in the aural journey across the “pond” from the British Isles and Africa to hear how the fiddle of European origin blended with the banjo brought by African slaves and, along with songs of faith catalyzed by the spiritual revivals of the 18th and 19th centuries, are still heard in Southern music today. We will also discuss the impact of radio and the recording industry on the development of Southern music before and after World War II.

Jack Bernhardt is an archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, folklorist and journalist whose career spans more than 45 years.  Professor Bernhardt has excavated pre-Columbian Native American caves and village sites, and performed ethnographic field research on faith and music in the American South.  Since 1987, Jack has served as Traditional Music Correspondent for The News and Observer, and has interviewed and written about hundreds of country and traditional music artists.  Jack’s work has appeared in books, including The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Caves and Culture, the North Carolina Folklore Journal and Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.  Jack has taught courses on archaeology and the culture of country music at Elon University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has donated interviews, articles, photographs, posters and compact discs to the Southern Folk Life Collection archive at UNC-Chapel Hill.


42nd Street (1933): Busby Berkeley and the Depression-Era Musical

Thursday, November 8. 10 a.m. – Noon. Fee $15


COURSE #3616

When Warner Brothers’ Studios lured Busby Berkeley from MGM, they revived their interest in a genre that seemed particularly suited to the relatively recent invention of “talking” movies: the musical. As a director, Berkeley is well known and his work with spectacular choreographies and new camera techniques for filming them is widely heralded. However, he now took a darker turn, drawing both on German expressionist cinema and on contemporary social upheavals. 42nd Street is the perfect example, both for what remained in the movie and for the cut scenes. Join us for an engaging discussion of a Hollywood classic!

Tim Carter is David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His diverse research interests include the music of late Renaissance and early Baroque Italy; Mozart’s Italian operas; and American musical theater in the mid-twentieth century. He is author of books on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and, Carousel; as well as on the operas of Monteverdi and Mozart.


Movies in the Morning Holiday Edition: The Shop Around the Corner

Wednesday, December 5, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free admission.

INSTRUCTOR: Kimball King

COURSE #3617

Join the Friday Center for a free screening of the 1940 original black and white version of the romantic comedy, The Shop Around the Corner, followed by discussion led by noted film professor, Kimball King.

Produced and directed by Ernst Lutitsch, the film stars Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan as the lead characters.  The screenplay was written by Samson Raphaelson and based on the 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo. The film tells the story of two employees, Alfred Kralik (Stewart) and new employee Klara Novak (Sullavan) who work at a gift shop in Budapest. Christmas is fast approaching and the store is busy. Alfred and Klara, however, can barely stand each other, not realizing they are falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters. The relationship of these bickering store clerks who are secret pen pals is the perfect backdrop for this romantic comedy. What will become of their secret “romance” by post office? The Shop Around the Corner, is sure to set the perfect mood for the holiday season! Join us for this timeless Hollywood classic!

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 $15-$25. 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 2018
    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 not available. 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:

Janice Durham
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.