Daytime Enrichment Offerings: Spring 2018

Daytime classes will return Fall 2018. Please check back to register.

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, 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 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. RFA members must identify at the time of registration to receive the discount fee.

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

Thursday, March 1. 10 am–Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Meg Pomerantz

COURSE #3534

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.


Beginner’s Introduction to Zentangle

Thursday, March 1. 9:30 am–Noon. Fee: $15 (includes materials)

INSTRUCTOR: Cathy Dills-Boytos

COURSE #3535

The Zentangle art method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. 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. This class will provide a beginner with a background in the history of Zentangle, while learning the basics steps of the method and the associated vocabulary and tools used. Students will be immersed in creating actual Zentangle tiles and will leave with a clear understanding that, “Anything is possible one stroke at a time”.  Zentangle Starter Kits (pen, pencil, blending stump and five white tiles to tangle on) are provided.  You only need to bring your imagination and creativity!

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!


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

This course is now full, and registration is closed. To add your name to a wait list, contact Jill Conrad.

This course consists of two sessions: Thursdays, March 1 & 8. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $15

INSTRUCTORS: Nina Lloyd & Janna Deegan

COURSE #3536

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?

During this informative course, you’ll 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’ll 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.

Paris from Lutèce to the Olympic Games: The Making of a Global City

This course consists of two sessions: Thursdays, March 8 & 22. 10 am–Noon. Fee: $15

INSTRUCTOR: Hélène Ducros

COURSE #3537

In 2024, Paris will host the Summer Olympic Games, one hundred years after it last hosted them. While the attribution of the Games can be seen as a consecration for the city, it also illustrates the processes by which even an ancient city like Paris has been planned. Over centuries, Paris has carved its place on the global stage, not only as a center of intellectual thought, and a capital of culture, but as a modern metropolis. This course proposes a geo-history of the City of Light, focusing on successive waves of urban planning from a Gallo-Roman town to the contemporary ambition of the “Grand Paris”, which alters the very conceptualization of Paris. Participants will review some of the most salient challenges that have shaped the collective memory and identity of the city and its residents, such as the Great Flood of 1910, or the more recent terrorism threat. Going beyond myth and the Paris of tourists, the course will delve into the concept of global cities, intra-city competition, and the role of architecture, culture and sports in global diplomacy and politics to show that Paris did not just happen but is the result of development policies aiming at its global positioning. 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 currently a lecturer in International Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


What is Bluegrass Anyway? Tradition, Change, and How We Got to Today’s Music

Thursday, March 15. 10 am–Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Jocelyn Neal

COURSE #3538

Fans of bluegrass love to debate what should and should not be included in the genre. The inevitability of these conversations has spawned an acronym for “What is bluegrass, anyway?” WIBA, a short-hand acknowledgement that listeners have always been invested in the politics of authenticity. In this session, we will look at the ways in which bluegrass became a genre, how tradition is trumpeted as a defining value in the music, and the ability of some artists to thwart convention without undercutting their reputations. The session will be framed by an investigation of contemporary bluegrass artists and their relationship to the music’s past.

Jocelyn Neal, PhD, is Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Music and Adjunct Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Neal teaches music theory, analysis, and popular music courses; her research addresses commercial country music, rhythm and meter, and dance/music interactions in popular music. Dr. Neal regularly presents her research at national conferences on American music, popular music, music theory, and cultural studies. She served as Director of the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC from 2012-2013. She is also a series co-editor for Tracking Pop, a popular music book series from the University of Michigan Press, and serves on the College Board’s AP Music Theory Development Committee.


The Moundbuilders and the Beginning of Archaeology in the United States

Thursday, March 15. 10 am–Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Jack Bernhardt

COURSE #3539

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century settlers in the Ohio Valley were struck by the presence of earthen mounds standing tall as 70 feet and earthen circles, squares and octagons covering areas up to four square miles. Unable to identify the builders of these spaces, fanciful theories were proposed attributing them to the Lost Tribes of Israel or members of Hernando de Soto’s expedition. These “explanations” share one common thread: Each is grounded in ethnocentric and racist ideas of their time regarding the intellectual capabilities of the Native American builders. Professor Bernhardt will share his experiences in Moundbuilder Archaeology, examining early speculation and how archaeology evolved from antiquarian hobby to sophisticated modern science

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.


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

This course consists of two sessions: Thursdays, March 15 & 22. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $15


COURSE #3540

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.


The Big Picture: Global Warming, the Anthropocene, and Ecological Civilization

This course consists of four sessions: Thursdays, March 15, 22, 29 & April 5. 10 am–Noon. Fee: $20

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Herman F. Greene

COURSE #3541

As conservatives like to point out, the climate is always changing. Is the current global warming trend different? Can it be stopped or controlled? All of human civilization has taken place in the 10,000 year period of benign climate known as the Holocene. Civilizations tend to assume tomorrow will be like today, not vastly different. Yet, Earth’s history is one of wide climate fluctuations. Now Earth again enters into the picture as a primary agent. Some believe there are technological solutions to whatever may arise, others seek out small scale ecovillages. Ecology would seem to unify, but it is driving us crazy. The North Carolina geologian, Thomas Berry presented a set of ecozoic principles for the future. Ecozoic stands for Earth as a house (oikos) of life (zoion). An ecological civilization is one that is adaptive and responsive to changes in Earth, one whose citizens include animals, plants, life systems, and widely diverse humans. The well-being of the human community depends on realizing it, but the challenges are immense.  Join us for this thought-provoking and engaging course!

Session One: Global Warming – A Billion Year History (March 15)

Session Two: The Meaning of the Anthropocene – Earth Awakens (March 22)

Session Three: Competing Responses to the Anthropocene – Thomas Berry’s Ecozoic Principles (March 29)

Session Four:  The Challenge and Promise of Ecological Civilization (April 5)

Herman F. Greene, JD, DMin is Founder and President of the Center for Ecozoic Studies in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a thought, imagination and dialogue center for an ecological-cultural age. He serves on the Boards of Toward Ecological Civilization and the International Process Network, and on the Advisory Boards of the Center for Process Studies and the Institute for the Post-Modern Development of China. He holds degrees in Spirituality and Sustainability, DMin, United Theological Seminary 2004; Law, JD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1979; Ministry, MTh and MDiv, University of Chicago Divinity School 1969 and 1970; Political Science, MA, Stanford University 1967; and Political Science, BA, University of Florida 1966.


Write Your Life

This course is now full, and registration is closed. To add your name to a wait list, contact Jill Conrad.

This course consists of three sessions: Thursdays, March 22, 29 & April 5. 10 am–Noon. Fee: $15. Enrollment limited to 22.

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Krawiec

COURSE #3542

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. 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 North Carolina Arts Council; and was the 2009 recipient of the Friday Center Excellence in Teaching Award.

Let ‘Em Eat Cake: Political Musical Theatre in 1930’s America

Wednesday, March 28. 10 am–Noon. Fee: $10


COURSE #3543

Among all the classic Broadway shows of the 1930s, a fair number stand out by engaging directly with the New Deal politics of a turbulent decade. Why did the likes of George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart take this leftist turn, and how should one read the great American songs that emerged?

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.


North Carolina Politics: How We Got Here and Where We Might Be Going

Thursday, March 29. 10 am–Noon. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Rob Christensen

COURSE #3544

Join us for a lively and interactive session with chief political columnist for The News and Observer, Rob Christensen, as we look at North Carolina’s political history, demographics and trends, and what it tells us about what is likely to come next.

Rob Christensen has covered North Carolina politics for 45 years for The News and Observer. He has appeared on more than 500 TV programs as a guest analyst including the CBS Evening News, PBS’ The American Experience, MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki, The Jim Lehrer News on PBS, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, ABC’s Nightline, CNN’s Capital Gang and Inside Politics, and Fox News with Jenna Lee. He has contributed to four books. In 2008, his first solo book, The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics (UNC Press) won the award for the best work of non-fiction by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. His next book, Branchhead Boys, is scheduled to be published by UNC Press in 2019.


Movies in the Morning: Casablanca

Wednesday, April 4. 10 am–12:30 pm. Fee: $10

INSTRUCTOR: Kimball King

COURSE #3545

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the 1942 iconic film, CasablancaJoin us as the Friday Center hosts a morning movie screening of the classic romantic drama, followed by a discussion led by noted film professor, Kimball King. Join us for an entertaining session, and . . . “Here’s looking at you, kid!”

Directed by Michael Curtiz and based on the unproduced stage play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison, Everybody Comes to Rick’s; the film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid as lead characters.

Set during World War II, it features Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a night club owner in Casablanca, who discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo, a Czech Resistance leader and a famed rebel, has the Germans on his tail, but Ilsa knows that Rick can help get them out of the country. Rick must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her husband escape to continue the fight against the Nazis. What will Rick do?

The film was nominated in 1943, for eight Academy Awards, and won three – Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is widely considered one of the greatest films in history – as well as a showcase for lead characters, memorable lines and the pervasive theme song . . . “As Time Goes By.”

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.


Advanced Zentangle: Renaissance Tiles

Thursday, April 5. 9:30 am–Noon. Fee: $15 (supplies included)

INSTRUCTOR: Cathy Dills-Boytos

COURSE #3546

During the Renaissance, a drawing technique called Chiaroscuro emerged in the fine art world. These types of drawings were done on subtly colored or toned paper, usually gray or tan. Using the paper as a neutral starting point, the artist would then use white pencil or paint to work towards light or to create highlights and then use black ink and graphite to work towards dark or create shading. This technique created opportunity to exemplify the juxtaposition of light and dark.

This class will introduce how the Zentangle method and components of this Renaissance drawing technique come together. Participants will become familiar with the techniques that will give their work that recognizable Renaissance look and feel. Working on Zentangle Renaissance Tiles, students will use brown, black and white pens to work the surface, and continue to create shadow and highlight with graphite and white charcoal pencils.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Zentangle Class or understanding of the basic Zentangle method.  Zentangle drawing kits (brown micron pen, charcoal pencil and tan renaissance tiles) will be provided.

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!



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 Spring 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:

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.