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OLLI at UNT Podcast

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In this episode, Susan speaks with Clinical Associate Professor Cassini Nazir about the important role that curiosity plays in the field of Interaction Design. Interaction designers help us to communicate with digital objects through screen int
The University of North Texas Latinx Alumni Network (UNT-LAN) is the newest culturally based affinity chapter of the UNT Alumni Association. In this episode, Susan learns about the chapter's mission from Bob Garza ('74) President of the UNT-LAN
In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. John McKenzie, who worked for 30 years as a Family Practice Specialist with additional certification in Geriatric Medicine before retiring to teach at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana. D
This semester, UNT welcomes its first cohort of students through the brand new ELEVAR program, which offers an inclusive post-secondary educational experience for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With support from
Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Jeff Coffin finds inspiration all around him. As Susan learns in our latest Alumni Spotlight episode, that’s no accident. He regularly collaborates with renowned musicians, including other UNT alumni. Per
In this episode, Susan speaks with Officer David Causey, Community Relations Officer for the UNT Police Department. Officer Causey explains some of the most common scams he encounters in his work, including various examples of fraud and identit
Please be aware that this episode features a frank conversation about human trafficking and includes some disturbing details about the abuse of minors. In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Kim Robinson, a semi-retired clinical psychologist w
In this episode, Susan speaks with Robin Cole-Jett, a native of the Red River Valley who is known as "The Red River Historian." For nearly twenty years, Robin has been introducing readers and tourists to the history of this unique region of the
In this Alumni Spotlight episode, Susan speaks with Azim Rashid ('94), Senior VP and Head of Urban Promotion at Columbia Records. Azim tells Susan about his journey from performing in the pioneering Dallas-based rap group NEMESIS in the 1980s t
In this episode, Susan speaks with German historian Anette Isaacs about the important role one extraordinary woman played in automotive history. Porsche, BMW, AUDI, and Mercedes Benz have millions of fans all over the world. These brand names a
In this episode, Susan speaks about the history of St. Patrick's Day with Dr. Rudy Ray Seward, UNT Professor Emeritus of Sociology. Professor Seward, who traces his Irish ancestry back to at least the 18th century, has taught many OLLI classes
In this special episode, Susan speaks with Joshua Butler, Founder and Director of Denton's Thin Line Fest, the longest running documentary film festival in Texas. Joshua begins by discussing the festival's origins over a decade ago. He then exp
In this Alumni Spotlight episode, Susan speaks with Wende Zomnir ('89), who is currently serving as Ambassador for the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism's 75th anniversary celebration. In this wide-ranging conversation, Wende gives
We make important decisions every day. What informs those decisions? How can we know if our understanding of the world is based on reliable information? In this episode, Susan speaks with Bryan Lovelace, a board-certified behavior analyst and A
How can you tell what's real from what's fake on the internet? And who's behind the proliferation of misleading posts on social media? In this episode, Susan gets some answers from Dr. Michael Greig, Distinguished Teaching Professor in UNT's De
It usually thrills classical music fans to see their favorite Beethoven composition on a concert program. But how often have you seen his female contemporaries appear alongside him? In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwin
In this Alumni Spotlight episode, Susan speaks with Byron Campbell ('05), Senior Partner at Capitol Insights, a legislative and business consulting practice. Byron assists the Alumni Association with UNT's Day at the Capitol, a program that con
In this special episode, Susan speaks with Harry and Linda Eaddy of the Denton Black Film Festival. They begin by discussing the history of the festival and how it has managed to expand so dramatically in its 7 years of existence. Although the
Our seventh Alumni Spotlight episode features author Angie Ransome-Jones. Now a successful ghostwriter with 12 books (and counting) under her belt, Angie didn't initially plan to write for others. "In this case," she tells Susan, "my pain led t
Our sixth Alumni Spotlight features a timely conversation with award-winning business author and motivational speaker Dean Lindsay. Dean regularly encourages his audiences to view optimism as an asset, prompting our host Susan Supak to ask how
Are you feeling cooped up during the pandemic? The shortest path to a new adventure is through the pages of a good book! If you've already exhausted your 2020 reading list, our guest on this week's episode will inspire your next literary journe
It's National Chemistry Week, which makes it a perfect time to hear from OLLI at UNT's resident chemistry expert, Dr. Diana Mason. Professor Mason has crossed the globe as an advocate for the sciences, inspiring audiences of all ages with her e
Put on your detective caps! In this episode, Susan speaks with Dr. Laura Evans, Associate Professor of Art Education and Coordinator of the Art Museum Education Certificate in UNT's College of Visual Arts & Design. Professor Evans takes Susan o
In this Alumni Spotlight episode, Susan speaks with Elliotte Dunlap (’97), one of the co-founders of UNT's Multicultural Center. Elliotte begins by explaining his family's unique connection to UNT and how his experience at the university has sh
In this episode, Susan discusses some of the latest developments in astrophysics with Dr. Ohad Shemmer, Associate Professor in UNT's Physics Department. Last year, Dr. Shemmer and his colleagues reported their discovery of the oldest black hole
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