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Environmental History of Dharmic Communities

Description: Presentation for the Dallas Philosophers Forum. This presentation discusses the intertwining of environmentalism in the dharmic practices of traditional grass-roots rural communities such as Bishnois, Bhils, and Swadhyaya.
Date: January 8, 2019
Creator: Jain, Pankaj
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

AT#650 - Travel to Rajasthan, India

Description: Audio recording of a podcast episode from Amateur Traveler. This episode contains a discussion of travel ito the northern India state of Rajasthan.
Date: March 30, 2019
Creator: Christensen, Chris & Jain, Pankaj
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

America Losing its Religion?

Description: Audio recording of a news segment from News Radio KFB. This episode discusses results from the General Social Survey in relation to religion and spirituality.
Date: April 9, 2019
Creator: Mendonsa, Cristina & Jain, Pankaj
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

Episode 4: Dr. Reid Ferring

Description: Interview with Dr. Reid Ferring for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan has a wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Reid Ferring of UNT's Department of Geography and the Environment. They discuss his professional accomplishments in the fields of archaeology and geology, why he loves teaching for OLLI, and the reasons for his interest in the relationship between science and faith.
Date: January 2, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Ferring, C. Reid
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

Episode 5: Dr. Max Morley

Description: Interview with Dr. Max Morley for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Max Morley about his background in music education, his work on the OLLI at UNT Advisory Council and with our OLLI at UNT Ambassadors, as well as his experiences teaching and attending OLLI at UNT courses.
Date: January 10, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Morley, Max
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Episode 6: Dr. Andrew Torget

Description: Interview with Dr. Andrew Torget for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan has a wide-ranging discussion with Andrew Torget, Associate Professor in UNT's History Department. She and Dr. Torget discuss why it's important for us to learn about history, how he recently made history by teaching the world's longest history lesson, and his connection to the recent discovery of a safe full of documents that reveal the presumed-lost history of the Galveston City Company.
Date: January 16, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Torget, Andrew J.
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

Episode 7: Dr. Fred Busche

Description: Interview with Dr. Fred Busche for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Fred Busche about some of his most noteworthy accomplishments, including how he came to work on lunar samples from the Apollo missions as a graduate student, how one of the patents he holds was used to identify the cause of certain SUV rollovers, and how he has used cutting edge Geographic Information Systems to improve the lives of the residents of Highland Village through his work on their City Council.
Date: January 24, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Busche, Fred
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 8: OLLI 101

Description: Interview with Stephanie Reinke, Andrea Tuckness, and Jordan Williams for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. This special episode of the podcast features an overview of the OLLI at UNT program. Susan is joined by three staff members of UNT's Lifelong Learning & Community Engagement department who are responsible for overseeing the program: Director Stephanie Reinke, Assistant Director Andrea Tuckness, and Communications Specialist Jordan Williams. Together, they explain the program in detail, including all of the available membership options, how registration and enrollment works, and all of the programming and benefits that members can enjoy. They even share some behind-the-scenes insights into how a small staff and many dedicated volunteers collaborate to create such a dynamic program.
Date: January 31, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan; Reinke, Stephanie; Tuckness, Andrea & Williams, Jordan
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 12: Dr. Ryan Garlick

Description: Interview with Dr. Ryan Garlick for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Ryan Garlick, Principal Lecturer in UNT's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. They discuss his codebreaking work, including his participation in TV programs such as National Geographic's "Hunt for the Zodiac Killer." Dr. Garlick gives an overview of the codebreaking methods that are being used to decipher the Zodiac's mysterious messages and also talks about his academic and professional background.
Date: February 28, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Garlick, Ryan
Partner: UNT College of Engineering

Episode 13: Dr. Pankaj Jain

Description: Interview with Dr. Pankaj Jain for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Pankaj Jain, Associate Professor in UNT's Department of Philosophy & Religion. They discuss Dr. Jain's interest in connecting ancient practices with contemporary issues, and how he is exploring the connections between religious traditions and sustainability in the US and in India. They also discuss his recent trip to Nepal, where he recorded an episode of National Geographic Channel's "The Story of God" with Morgan Freeman. The episode will air on April 9, 2019.
Date: March 7, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Jain, Pankaj
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

Episode 9: Jonathan Hall

Description: Interview with Jonathan Hall for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with OLLI at UNT member Jonathan Hall about his journey to Denton and how he discovered the program. Jonathan explains why he chose to volunteer in the program, tracing his path from becoming an Ambassador to his current work as our volunteer-in-residence, chair of our Communications/Marketing Committee, as well as Financial Liaison on our Advisory Council. As he details his duties in all of these roles, Jonathan reveals some behind-the-scenes insights into how all of our incredible volunteers contribute to the continued success of OLLI at UNT.
Date: February 7, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Hall, Jonathan
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 10: Dr. James Goodnow Pt. 1 (Great Decisions)

Description: Interview with Dr. James Goodnow for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan sits down with Dr. James Goodnow, Adjunct Professor of International Studies at UNT, to discuss a special series of discussions he's offering for OLLI at UNT this semester as part of the nationwide Great Decisions global affairs program. Dr. Goodnow explains how these discussions work and also talks with Susan about his academic background, how he became involved with OLLI at UNT, and his personal experiences traveling around the world.
Date: February 15, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Goodnow, James D.
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

Episode 11: Dr. James Goodnow Pt. 2 (Day Trippers)

Description: Interview with Dr. James Goodnow for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. Susan speaks with him about his work as co-chair of the Day Trippers Special Interest Group. Dr. Goodnow explains the background of this OLLI at UNT group and the types of trips they'll be taking this semester.
Date: February 21, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Goodnow, James D.
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences

Episode 27: Dr. Bert Hayslip

Description: Interview with Dr. Bert Hayslip for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Dr. Bert Hayslip, Regents Professor Emeritus in UNT’s Psychology Department. Dr. Hayslip explains how an experience he had in a nursing home as a child motivated him to pursue a career working with older adults. He discusses with Susan some of the influences on memory and the ways in which we understand memory in later life. Dr. Hayslip explains why he dislikes the term “senior moment” and why he is a proponent of learning new skills to improve memory as we age.
Date: October 31, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Hayslip, Bert
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 19: Peggy Higgins

Description: Interview with Peggy Higgins for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this premiere episode of our second season, Susan interviews OLLI at UNT Faculty and Advisory Council member, Peggy Higgins. They discuss how Peggy's background in interior design led to a second career in Health Care Sciences and Alzheimer's education, and how her diverse interests have influenced the unique courses she now offers on the psychology of color for OLLI at UNT.
Date: September 5, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Higgins, Peggy
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 25: Scott Kiester

Description: Interview with Scott Kiester for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Scott Kiester, a retired geologist with an M.S. in Environmental Science who is also a certified Texas Master Naturalist and Audubon Master Birder for North Central Texas. He discusses his birding background with Susan and offers helpful birding tips. They then get into a deeper conversation about bird migration patterns. Mr. Kiester also explains how the work of Master Naturalists and Master Birders impacts our environment and communities.
Date: October 17, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 20: Dhanada Kulkarni

Description: Interview with Dhanada Kulkarni for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Dhanada Kulkarni of the Astanga Ayurved Center in Coppell, TX (astangaayurvedcenter.com/). Dhanada is an Ayurvedic Physician, Master Yoga Therapist, founder of SohamAyurYoga, Vedic Astrologer, and Vastu Consultant. Dhanada discusses her background and training, then breaks down the basic concepts of Ayurveda. Later in the conversation, she explains Vedic Astrology and the differences between Ayurvedic medicine and Western medicine. Dhanada also talks with Susan about her positive experiences teaching OLLI at UNT members.
Date: September 12, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Kulkarni, Dhanada
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 15: Donna Zelisko-McLaughlin

Description: Interview with Donna Zelisko-McLaughlin for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with member Donna Zelisko-McLaughlin, who is chair of the OLLI at UNT Great Books club as well as co-chair of the OLLI at UNT Theater group. Donna tells Susan about how she became involved with OLLI at UNT and what it's like participating and serving in a leadership role in these two clubs.
Date: March 28, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Zelisko-McLaughlin, Donna
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 24: Dr. John Neal

Description: Interview with Dr. John Neal for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Dr. John Neal, Professor Emeritus of Journalism at Brookhaven College, who teaches communications-related courses for OLLI at UNT. In addition to discussing his academic background, Dr. Neal goes over some highlights of the history of photography, from the ancient camera obscura to the advent of stereoscopy and 3D movies. He also talks with Susan about his knowledge of the development of typography, including the design of certain typefaces and techniques of arranging type to make printed language more legible and appealing.
Date: October 10, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 17: Jordan Williams

Description: Interview with Jordan Williams for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan speaks with Jordan Williams, Communications Specialist for UNT Lifelong Learning & Community Engagement. Jordan shares a little bit about his background and discusses his work for OLLI at UNT and the UNT Retiree Association.
Date: April 11, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Williams, Jordan
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 22: Dr. Jorg Waltje

Description: Interview with Dr. Jorg Waltje for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Dr. Jörg Waltje, Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at Texas Woman’s University and author of the book Blood Obsession: Vampires, Serial Murder, and the Popular Imagination. Dr. Waltje explains the Center’s various initiatives aimed at helping both students and faculty succeed. He and Susan also discuss his hobbies, his background in languages and literature, as well as his experiences teaching for OLLI at UNT.
Date: September 26, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Waltje, Jorg
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 28: Dr. Joshua Hook

Description: Interview with Dr. Joshua Hook for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Dr. Joshua Hook, Associate Professor in UNT’s Psychology Department and Associate Director of the Counseling Psychology Program. They discuss Dr. Hook’s work at UNT as well as his recent Lunch & Learn lecture for OLLI at UNT, which was titled “How to Live with Gratitude and Appreciation.” Dr. Hook shares some strategies to avoid living our lives on auto-pilot and discover our true purpose. Listeners are also invited to subscribe to Dr. Hook’s newsletter, which is available from his website: www.joshuanhook.com/.
Date: November 7, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Hook, Joshua N.
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 23: Molly Fillmore

Description: Interview with Molly Fillmore for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. In this episode, Susan interviews Molly Fillmore, Professor of Voice in the UNT College of Music and Chair of the Division of Vocal Studies. Professor Fillmore talks with Susan about her musical background and professional career, which has included performances with the Metropolitan Opera. She also provides some helpful tips on how to get the most out of attending an opera performance and discusses some of the factors involved in maintaining a successful musical career.
Date: October 3, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Fillmore, Molly
Partner: University of North Texas

Episode 18: Susan Supak

Description: Interview with Susan Supak for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) podcast. For the final episode of Season 1 of our podcast, Susan assumes the guest role as Jordan Williams interviews her about her remarkable career and her experience working with OLLI at UNT. Susan shares stories about her work as a spokeswoman for the Army, including how her duties took her inside the Soviet Union as our nation pursued an arms reduction agreement near the end of the Cold War. Susan also talks about her work on the civilian side of public relations and her extensive involvement in her community both before and since her relocation to Texas.
Date: April 18, 2019
Creator: Supak, Susan & Williams, Jordan
Partner: University of North Texas