Course Description

IN PERSON: Symposia returns with in-person presentations from people making a positive impact on contemporary life. Each week, a different speaker will introduce you to valuable new insights into an important subject that may not have caught your attention otherwise. The opportunity to pose questions to these experts is a key feature of Symposia. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Location: Croasdaile Village Retirement Community, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham NC 27705

Course Schedule

January 30 • History of the Eno River, Geographically and Politically. Jay Williams, MSW, Ph.D. 

The Eno River occupies a central place in the environment and life of Durham. Jay Williams will share vignettes from his knowledge of the fascinating history of the Eno.

February 6  Scams and How to Avoid Them. Jeb Saunders.

Scammers have become more sophisticated in how they approach their potential targets. Jeb Saunders, the special deputy attorney general for consumer protection at the North Carolina Department of Justice, will prepare us to recognize the worst scams, and then tell us how to guard against becoming a victim. 

February 13 • Your Eyes as You Age. Jullia Rosdahl, M.D., Ph.D.

As we age, our eyes are subject to myriad issues, and these issues are the most common causes of vision loss in older Americans. Jullia Rosdahl, an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Duke Eye Center, will tell us how these eye diseases can affect our eyes, and then tell us what may be done for them.

February 20 • Are You Prepared for Confident Aging? Allison O'Shea.

Aging is a universal experience, but everyone’s specific journey is unique. Allison O’Shea has over 20 years of direct hands-on experience working with aging individuals and their families to help them take a proactive approach on their journey. 

February 27 • How SELC Protects the South's Environment. Brooks Rainey Pearson, J.D., M.S., Mary Maclean Asbill, J.D.

For over 35 years, Southern Environmental Law Center has worked to secure landmark environmental victories for the beautiful, complex region we call home. Brooks Rainey Pearson and Mary Maclean Asbill will give us an inside look at how they go about shaping legislation and pursuing court cases to accomplish these goals.

March 5 • The Insect Apocalypse? Phil Baer, Ph.D.

Over the past 30 years, some insect populations have decreased by as much as 80%, with profound adverse impacts on higher species that depend on them. Phil Baer will discuss his findings, including the effects and direct causes of decreasing insect populations, such as habitat loss, pollution, industrial agricultural practices and climate change. 

March 12 • America's Challenges on the World Stage. Dennis Blair, Adm., U.S. Navy (Retired)

The world has become a more dangerous place over the past decade. Join Dennis Blair, who served as commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific region and director of national intelligence, when he returns to update us on the greatest current threats to the U.S. based on his first-hand knowledge of geopolitics.

March 19  Managing Duke University's Assets. Scott Selig, MBA.

Duke and its medical center have grown to prominence on the world stage from the fertile social, economic and cultural soil of Durham, North Carolina. Join us to hear more about the development and implementation of the Durham Innovation District, American Tobacco Campus and other real estate and economic development missions.

March 26 • Preparation for the End of Life: Options and Decisions. Janet O'Keefe.

The end of life is inevitable for us all, but how many of us have prepared adequately for its arrival on our doorstep? Janet O'Keefe's talk will touch on areas that you may not have considered, and provides a blueprint for us to follow in making our own plans.

April 2 • The Role of Protein in Combating Aging-related Muscle Loss. Kathryn Porter Starr, PhD, RD

Aging-related muscle loss is a major issue for seniors, with associated loss of mobility and susceptibility to falls. Nutritional intervention to optimize dietary protein intake is a key strategy in preventing muscle loss. Kathryn Porter Starr will review the current expert guidelines and recommendations for protein intake and share examples of effective methods of improving the quality and quantity of protein that aging adults consume.

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