Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

 

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke (OLLI at Duke) began in 1977 as the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement, a joint venture of Duke Continuing Education and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.

Since 2004, we have been members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a group of over 120 lifelong learning institutes funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation, dedicated to providing excellent education for adult learners, and to extending the demographic served by traditional universities.

OLLI at Duke offers a wide array of courses in literature, history, religion, philosophy, natural sciences, social sciences, performing arts, art and architecture, economics, finance, computers and lifestyle issues.

Our curriculum committee is responsive to the requests of our members, so our offerings are always fresh. In addition, we have social events, guest speakers, short trips, and a host of special interest groups, ranging from two book groups to foreign language clubs, from dancing troupes to bands and chorus.

OLLI classes are non-credit there are neither tests nor grades nor educational requirements. We choose to learn from each other, to hear opposing ideas, and to synthesize the expertise of the instructor, the wisdom of our fellow students and our own opinions into new views. This synthesis keeps us strong, as individuals and as a program.

We invite you to join us!

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Curriculum

Our courses conform to an arts and sciences curriculum and are scheduled by a fifty-member curriculum committee, on the basis of member requests, the expertise of class leaders, variety, and balance.  OLLI instructors are a mix of peer teachers, professors from Duke and nearby universities, graduate and postdoctural students, independent scholars, and community experts.

OLLI classes do not have tests, grades or educational requirements, and therefore exemplify “learning for the love of it.” Participation is essential, ranging from keeping up with assigned readings and contributing to class discussion, to sharing the results of one’s own research.  Most classes are held either in The Bishop’s House on Duke’s East Campus or in the Education Building at Judea Reform Congregation (JRC) on Cornwallis Road in Durham. Classes typically meet once per week for 1 ½ hours; class times are usually 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:15 pm. Fall and winter term classes generally last 10 weeks; spring term classes last 6 weeks.  Please check the detailed course descriptions for exceptions.

If you have an idea for a class or know of someone who would make a great OLLI teacher, please contact Garry Crites at 919-684-2703.

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Courses

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Course Time Tuition Status
Achieving Emotional Resilience: Mindfulness and Improv PracticeOur emotions drive us whether we realize it or not. Through mindfulness and improv we will explore and learn just how they drive us, and by doing so, gain greater physical health and mental acuity in the bargain. We will study the... Jan 29, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
An Introduction to Philosophy of ReligionThe questions surrounding God's existence have troubled philosophers and theologians for thousands of years. Despite logical arguments for and against, there simply is no consensus. In this class, we will examine a few of the most... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Art & Times In the 20th Century: Which Imitates Which?How do the history, culture, and the momentous events of any era influence the art of that time and, conversely, how does the art influence history and culture? Are they inextricably conjoined?  This course takes us through the 20th... Jan 8, 2018 to Feb 12, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Art & Times In the 20th Century: Which Imitates Which?How do the history, culture, and the momentous events of any era influence the art of that time and, conversely, how does the art influence history and culture? Are they inextricably conjoined?  This course takes us through the 20th... Feb 26, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Beginning Watercolor at Carolina ArborsA great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have never done this before but always wanted to try it.  Students will learn about materials, glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color mixing,... Jan 8, 2018 to Feb 12, 2018 10:30AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Beginning Watercolor at Carolina ArborsA great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have never done this before but always wanted to try it.  Students will learn about materials, glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color mixing,... Feb 26, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 10:30AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Bel Canto Operas: Rossini, Bellini, and DonizettiIn its narrowest sense, bel canto opera refers to the early decades of 19th-century Italian opera, when Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti dominated the field. However, the overall concept of bel canto started much earlier, with a... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Building Duke ChapelThe course covers the history of the transition of Trinity College into Duke University. The focus is on the building of a fourteenth century Gothic Chapel in the center of the new campus. The stories of the designer, the builders,... Jan 8, 2018 to Feb 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Homegrown: Durham's Dukes, the Family and the UniversityResidents of the Research Triangle have a general sense of the history of Durham, Duke University and the Duke family. But myths, misinformation and confusion abounds. Let's run through a history of our homegrown Dukes. Do you know... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 12, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Introduction to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you.  Maybe that's why, the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and "iPhoneographers" take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today's... Jan 8, 2018 to Feb 12, 2018 1:30PM - 4:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
iPad for New UsersIf your iPad is intimidating or challenging, this course is a good place to start. The iOS system will become your friend after eight weeks of learn-and-review. We will cover the basic apps which came with your iPad plus learn the... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 12, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Keeping Your Muscles and Bones Fit: How to Extend the Quality of Your LifeYou already know it's important to maintain strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination to prevent injury and increase the quality of your life; the years you want to live life to the fullest - versus just breathing. . Here's... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Learn to Knit an AfghanKnit a cozy afghan one square at a time.  All skill levels are welcome as we learn to create a variety of textured blocks.  We'll finish the class by joining them into a blanket to enjoy for years to come.  Hands-On Activity (e.g.,... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Let's Read in French! Maigret, France's Favorite fictional detective.Encore Maigret! Maigret is a French fictional police detective of the Paris " Brigade Criminelle" created by Georges Simenon. Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche and yet he manages to maintain both compassion and a... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 12, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Listening To Modern and Post-Modern MusicA composer of very complex music writes, “I think the listening experience is extraordinarily complex, spontaneous, intuitive, naïve, and sophisticated, all at the same time.” Sharing the joy of new music, whether you’re discovering... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Madame Bovary and Thérèse Raquin: Bored Housewives as Great LiteratureGustave Flaubert wrote Madame Bovary in 1856, and Emile Zola wrote Thérèse Raquin in 1867.  The two novels contain many parallels, but are very different in affect. We will compare and contrast the two works - one a prime example of... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Photographic CompositionComposition can make an interesting subject bland or make an ordinary subject appear beautiful. This course explores the concepts of composition, from basics such as the rule of thirds to more advanced topics such as the way the eye... Feb 26, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Politics and Government 2018This will be a discussion session dealing with the federal government - White House and Congress in the opening months of the congressional election year. There will be a minimum of lecturing and a maximum of class participation,... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 19, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it: chee-goong) refers to a vast body of traditional Chinese exercise designed to enhance personal life-force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, physical power, emotional balance, or spiritual progress. "Qi,"... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Risking Words: A Writing Group for Women Who Write and Those Who Want toWhen women gather in a circle with the intent to support one another in taking personal risks, the circle is sacred space. Within such a circle, you will find validation and freedom from expectations while exploring the boundaries... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Robert E. Lee, American Christian Educator and ReconciliatorRobert Edward Lee is probably the best kept secret in America's contribution to education and reconciliation. The son of Virginia Aristocracy, Lee rose above the failings of his father, "Light Horse Harry" Lee and, with determined... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Simple Handmade Books, An Exploration with Surface DesignDuring this creative hands-on journey through two four hour sessions, participants will learn an array of surface design techniques for small works on paper and fabric to be used for assembling simple handmade books.  Techniques to... Mar 5, 2018 to Mar 12, 2018 1:15PM - 4:45PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Strength and Power for 50+: Resistance Training for Muscular Strength and EnduranceResistance training is a key component of staying fit as we age, but many of us need the support of a group under the guidance of an expert to get it done. Fight sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) by challenging your muscles and... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (pork, chicken, beef, or seafood) and students... Feb 26, 2018 to Mar 19, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Black Press and U.S. History: From the Beginning to the Civil Rights EraThis course is a chronological survey of the African-American press in the United States. Emphasis is on key people and issues during critical eras in the African-American experience. The course will trace the development of the... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Federal Reserve: Debunking the Mystique + MythsDuring and following the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve Board was not popular as the nation's central bank. This class will NOT focus on the primary function of the Federal Reserve, which is monetary policy. Rather, the class... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Gift of Years: Exploring the Rewards of Conscious AgingEach class will consist of an active two hour discussion based on the last twenty essays in Joan Chittister's book The Gift of Years. Chittister says "My life has been nothing but a series of new beginnings." If you are interested... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The History of SubmarinesThis course begins with the scientific principles that underlie the ability to become a submersible, and continues to the development of the modern day nuclear powered submarine. We will review the impact of submarines in warfare,... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Lives and Faiths of Medieval WomenWomen have been almost erased from medieval scholastic history. However, a substantial number of medieval women were literate, well educated, and informed lay religious leaders, and many left us written accounts of their lives and... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 19, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Meaning of Life - Again?Our periodic forays into the question of the meaning of our lives never end. Periodic, because the process is equally frustrating, exhausting, exasperating, and seemingly fruitless. But we can't avoid returning to this question,... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Road To Full Frame: A "Behind the Screens" Journey to the 2018 Documentary Film FestivalEach spring, Durham is home to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, screening nearly 100 films in four days. This course will provide a “behind the scenes” view of the festival: sessions designed to prepare you to either attend... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Transforming Raw Material: Creative ProseTransform your family stories, experiences and observations into creative nonfiction or fictional stories. As we work on our own stories, we will study other writers in multiple genres. We will examine raw material, story... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
US post-Cold War Foreign Policy: Will the US-led global order survive trends toward unilateralism and authoritarianism?From the end of the Cold War, US foreign policy evolved from a focus solely on the nation’s vital interests, to saving people from ethnic, tribal and nationalistic slaughter—with no direct US benefit—as in Kosovo, Somalia and Haiti... Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Voices In FictionIn a fictional world often a character is revealed in"details and decisive moments."  So it is with the novels of three writers - Stefan Zweig, J.L. Carr and Alice McDermott - whose novels  we will read and discuss in class.  While... Jan 8, 2018 to Feb 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Watercolor Painting for Absolute Beginners to Advanced PaintersIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had success, this is the opportunity for you to learn. This active, hands-on course ofa fers highly individualized instruction. Every step... Feb 12, 2018 to Mar 19, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
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A Conservative and a Liberal in Religious Dialogue: Two Views for Respect and UnderstandingAre you bothered by the extreme polarization of religious views in today’s society? Are you put off by the contentiousness in much of our religious/political public debates? Are you irritated when some religious leaders mis-... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
A World of Trouble: A History of the 1930sThe world in the 1930s faced immense challenges, including the threat of authoritarian regimes and conflicts in Ethiopia, China and Spain. This course will look at the major world powers in the 1930s (United States, Germany, the... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
All In The Family: The Primates Including UsOur species is the only living member of the genus Homo. We are alone! For the vast majority of our ancestry however, therewere two or more hominin species living contemporaneously. This may be one reason we search for other living... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Chinese Brush Painting: Mixed SubjectsStudents will choose subjects they prefer to paint such as flowers and birds, landscapes or any other subject.  Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class, while practicing basic brush painting techniques. This... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Conversational SpanishEach week we will listen to Spanish music, read a children's book in Spanish, eat tapas, and learn a bit more culture, grammar, and vocabulary, staying in the present tense. This is a continuation of the spring 2017 class, but... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Difficult Women: Characters Who Disconcert and Intrigue UsWhile the characters we shall encounter in this class might not be people whom you would seek out as friends, it is hard to look away from the strong, flawed women who dominate their literary works.  What is it about clearly... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Easy Riders and Dirty Harry: The Films of the Vietnam EraWhile many remember the Vietnam era for its politics, flower children, and the Beatles, American cinema made waves for its mixture of experimental and blockbuster movies. This course will examine the rise of Vietnam era films,... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Easy WordPress Websites: Professional-looking Websites without Advanced Technical SkillsEven if you are a complete beginner you can learn to build, design, and manage a high-performance WordPress website. WordPress now powers over 20% of the web because it is the easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Emerson: American character and identity then and nowSince colonials days, thoughtful Americans have been working on who they are, how they relate to the world outside this country, and what answers to these questions mean for how they are to live, how we are to live. Before William... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Finding and Sharing Great Children’s Literature - A Short CourseWhat makes some children's literature memorable? How do illustrations and text work together in picture books? Are classic folktales still relevant to children today? What might we look for in sharing books with grandchildren and... Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 6, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Henry Kissinger's "World Order": A Roundtable DiscussionHenry Kissinger as both scholar and policymaker has had a considerable impact on diplomatic history and American foreign relations. In this discussion class we will read "World Order", his 2014 book that succinctly summarizes his... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 6, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Improv Theater BasicsThis is your chance to play with and practice the basics of long-form improv. Whether you are an improv student already, have some theater background, or this is your first improv class, we will play together starting with fun warm-... Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 6, 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Intelligent Investing: How to Generate Income and Preserve Your Wealth in RetirementA generation ago the lack of financial ability wasn’t a handicap for the average person. But in today’s world – where most of us have been forced to manage our own retirement portfolios – it has become essential to understand how to... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Introduction to ZentangleThis course is an introduction to the Zentangle drawing method.  Students will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle, the applications and the steps of creating a Zentangle tile, and at least 9 'tangles' or patterns.  We... Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 6, 2018 8:30AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Introduction to ZentangleThis course is an introduction to the Zentangle drawing method.  Students will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle, the applications and the steps of creating a Zentangle tile, and at least 9 'tangles' or patterns.  We... Feb 13, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 8:30AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Investments & Finance in RetirementToday's financial markets are quite the challenge! How do you make your money last with interest rates at historic lows? In this course we will provide the keys to financial success in retirement. We'll start with an overview of... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Joyful Healing DanceDance allows us a freedom of expression, a way to connect with energies greater than ourselves, and a way to move beyond limiting beliefs, obstacles and barriers to our health and wellness. As we move through the challenges of our... Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 13, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Love ActuallyEach week we will investigate different aspects of love, first from a vertical trajectory that expands out from self-love to family love, collective love, and universal love. Then we will look at a horizontal trajectory,... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Mayberry ModernismWhat's North Carolina's greatest secret? We have the 3rd most Modernist houses in the country. George Smart's discovery of North Carolina's large number of "livable works of art" in 2007 led him to start North Carolina Modernist... Jan 23, 2018 7:00PM - 9:00PM $10.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Meet The Artists: Conversations with the FRANK Gallery artistsWant to know what is going on in the local art scene?  This course introduces the OLLI community to a cross section of some of the most accomplished area artists, who will discuss their work, creative processes, and the influences... Feb 13, 2018 to Mar 13, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Need Some Psychology?We  all need "some psychology!" It applies directly to our lives and helps us make sense of our world. From how you are "psyched" or persuaded to make purchases, to how your body language communicates more than your spoken language... Feb 6, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 3:30PM - 5:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Palette Knife PaintingLearn to paint simple subjects with only palette knives - no brushes. We'll use water soluble oil paints so there won't be any fumes! Along the way, we'll study color and design. You will end up with 5 or 6 small colorful paintings... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Photoshop Elements Refresher for PC and MacReview and strengthen basic skills in working with digital images and learn more about using the editing tools available in Adobe Photoshop Elements software. This class will include practice with the use of layers, selections, and... Jan 23, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Poetry Writing: A FunshopThis funshop welcomes everyone who writes or wants to write poetry. We generate creative writing through personal experience, the use of poetic forms as models, and “stealing” from some of the greats.  We offer to each other casual... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Political Cartooning in America since 1750This course will look at print cartooning in America from its beginning in the 1750s to the present, with emphasis on political cartoons, single-panel gags, and comic strips, plus sidelong glances at comic books and animation. Where... Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 13, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Positive Psychology: How People Can Achieve Authentic HappinessTitles of courses such as this are often misleading and inaccurate. This title is not misleading, but it is inaccurate. The instructor will cover much more than how to achieve authentic happiness.  We will discuss how to achieve... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Promises UnkeptDuring the early 1960s, the Kennedy Administration implemented the Community Mental Health Act establishing non-institutional means of serving the mentally ill.  In the late 1970's many of the state mental health and developmental... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Say "Qi": Picture Yourself - Only BetterQi Gong (pronounce "chee" "gong") is an ancient Chinese practice that has been used for centuries to heal and strengthen the mind and body.  The practice focuses on body alignment, breathing, visualization and self massage to help... Feb 13, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityRetirement is not the last of life's major life-cycle decisions. There is at least one other worthy of careful consideration: how to provide for continued independence and the highest quality of life even as aging progresses and... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 27, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Supermarket Chemical Magic: Chemistry to amuse grandkids using stuff from supermarketsThis course consists of a series of "hands-on" chemistry experiments, which can be done by children of all ages using materials readily available in most supermarkets.  It will begin with demonstrations illustrating the chemistry... Jan 23, 2018 to Mar 6, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions!This is OLLI’s Invited Speakers Series, and this term our curiosity will take us from (winds on) Earth to (what’s happening on) Mars, from death to (how Bitcoin technology helps avoid) taxes. Since every lecture is on a different... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Talkin" Baseball: Which Stories Do You Want - The True Ones or the Other Ones?“The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.” (Bernard Malamud)  “Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.” (George Will... Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 6, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Talkin" Baseball: Which Stories Do You Want - The True Ones or the Other Ones?“The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.” (Bernard Malamud)  “Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.” (George Will... Feb 13, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Jews of France from Revolution to DeportationAn examination into the history of the French Jewish community from the revolution to the present day. The course covers the effect of emancipation after the French revolution and the assimilation from out of the ghettos, through... Feb 13, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Wonderful World of ButterfliesThis course addresses the basic nature of butterflies: origins; global survival tactics; the importance of migrations; enemies and defenses; anatomy; and continental variations. The last three sessions will focus on butterflies of... Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 6, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
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A New Perspective of Islam: Hopeful Visions for Our TimeMuslims are obligated to live true to their identity as defined in the Quran and the life of Muhammed the prophet. The lives of the earliest followers of the religion were a reflection of the correct picture of Islam. However, today... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Afterlife and Eschatology--the End of All ThingsA cultural, religious, historical, and contemporary lively discussions into the tenets and beliefs of the end of all things: eschatology. The course will explore a wide overview of: angels, heaven, afterlife, resurrection, the... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Aging with a Purpose: Tap into Your Inner Wisdom, Discover Your SageThe third phase of life, or what many sociologists call the “third age,” of 50 and beyond, is a prime opportunity to delve into conscientious spiritual, physical, emotional, and psychological growth and development. It is a time to... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Art, Religion and Ritual: Foundations of Asian CultureAsia can look back on more than 5000 years of civilization.  Not surprisingly, during this long time, a vast number of rituals and practices developed in different Asian countries.   The manifestation of these traditions in the... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Basic Android Phone and TabletsThis class will focus on what you need to use your Android device productively. We will cover a little bit of history of Android so you can understand the different versions currently available. Then we will dive right into the... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Basic DrawingYou CAN learn to draw, by learning to see. Maybe you've thought about sketching a scene while on vacation, sketching a family member such as a grandchild, or drawing a beautiful flower right in your own yard. You don't have to be an... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitBOOMERS: Feeling old(er)? Want to reverse the signs of aging of your mind and body? Consider: our movement habits at age 50 and 60 will impact how we feel at age 70 and beyond. The good news is we can shed our physically limiting... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Cities: A Celebratory TourThe world is increasingly urban. This course will examine the history, growth, treasures, variety, and future of the world's cities - with pertinent illustrations. A large variety will be studied, not just a few. Some of the... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Contemporary Issues In SportsThe course will explore the current issues confronting sports. Topics of note in 2016 included the pricing of tickets, concessions, and parking; the finanacing of stadiums; the involvement in social issues; the impact of decisions... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
EisenhowerDwight David Eisenhower was a man of paradoxes. Raised in a small town in Kansas, he adopted the values of Middle America which emphasized strong individualism. His smile captured many. His flares of temper were vocal and physical... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Expatriates in Paris in the 192OsIn the decade after World War I, Paris was a cultural mecca for countless expatriate publishers, writers, musicians, and other artists disaffected with the conventionalism and restrictions of their own homelands and seeking a... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy I: Developing & Enhancing Basic Knowledge, Skills and TechniquesIn this course, the new or experienced family historian will learn genealogical research skills and methods to gain or improve their working knowledge of the genealogical research process and the most frequently used American... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy I: Developing & Enhancing Basic Knowledge, Skills and TechniquesIn this course, the new or experienced family historian will learn genealogical research skills and methods to gain or improve their working knowledge of the genealogical research process and the most frequently used American... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy VI--DNA Testing for Genealogy: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeThis course will help the student analyze their ancestral DNA test results and apply them to their genealogical family tree. The topics covered will include the various ancestral DNA tests and the differences in their results, but... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
German Political Currents 1648 to PresentThis course will be a discussion of main currents in German political history since 1648. Following a brief review of chronology, each session will cover one major topic: militarism peaking in WWI; religion's impact, especially the... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Introduction To Digital PhotographyThis course will provide new or beginning photographers a broad introduction to digital photography. We will discuss how digital cameras work, the advantages/disadvantages of various mega-pixel levels in cameras, and the way these... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
King Lear: Internal and External StormsRobert Brustein, founding director of the Yale Repertory and the American Repertory theatres, writes, "King Lear may very well be the greatest play ever written . . . [It] tells us more about the tragedy and triumph of being human... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Learn to Knit and Felt a Multi-Colored PurseLet's make a colorful purse or tote from a few balls of yarn.  We'll start by learning the basics of knitting and choosing a size and pattern for your purse or tote.  Then we'll use 100% wool yarn in a variety of your favorite... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Light: All around Us, but What is It?Light: It’s all around us, but what is it?  The universe is composed of stuff (matter) and light.  Light, whether we’re bathed in it or in the dark, has many meanings for us.  But what is light?  Our class will talk about visible... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Medieval Histories of BritainThis course will explore the history of Medieval Britain, c. 500 to c. 1250, through the lens of contemporary narrative histories. Each week will highlight one medieval author who chose to narrate and interpret the history of... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
More WatercolorThis course will expand your understanding of and abilities with watercolor painting. There will be demonstrations, handouts, and homework in addition to time for painting. Knowing basic techniques of watercolor painting is... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
New Horizons ChorusMen and Women: Lift Up Your Voices and Sing! The? ?New? ?Horizons? ?Chorus? ?invites? ?you? ?to? ?join? ?with? ?fellow? ?OLLI? ?members? ?in? ?a? ?serious,? ?but? ?fun, atmosphere? ?to? ?learn? ?healthy? ?singing? ?techniques.? ?... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 28, 2018 3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
OLLI at the NasherThis discussion-based class will focus on the art of the recently installed Wilson Pavilion at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. We will alternate between meeting in the museum's classroom and the galleries. The classroom... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Pilotless Commercial Flight - Which is Safer: Man or Machine?"Pilot Error" is most frequently cited as a cause of aircraft accidents.  So it would seem that today's technological evolution (after drones and driverless cars) would logically lead to pilotless commercial aircraft.  Just think... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Tax Smart Investment StrategiesAre you making the most of your resources in retirement? Are taxes "cramping" your retirement lifestyle? Position your money wisely, structure an income flow, and minimize taxes to stretch your financial resources. In this course,... Jan 10, 2018 to Feb 14, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Soviet State: Gorbachev through PutinThis course covers the fall of Soviet rule under Gorbachev, the transition through Boris Yeltsin and the rule of Putin. Topic areas include the transition from government institutions and policy-making under Soviet socialist rule to... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Think Again: Brain Limitations and PotentialsThe human brain, a remarkable organ with close to 100 billion neurons and trillions of connections, developed through evolution for survival and procreation, not for accuracy. As amazing as its capacities may be, it is equally... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Wearing Propaganda: Home Front Textiles in Japan, Britain, and the United States 1931-1945Textiles are rarely thought of as vehicles for propaganda, but in wartime they have frequently served to carry expressions of patriotism, national unity, and support for military goals. These textiles, forgotten or unknown by many... Jan 10, 2018 to Feb 14, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
What in the World: History and Culture Around the WorldEach class will consist of a tour through a major country in the world using lecture, slides, and, occasionally, video. Each class will have a panel of experts, who will participate in a moderated discussion about the country, as we... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
What Makes Great Photographers Great?We will look at works of great photographers, most of them famous, and ask ourselves what makes them great.  To this end, we will explore various types of photography: portrait, protest, fantasy, fashion, street, staged, montage,... Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Thursday
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A Musical History SeriesThis series presents an evolution of music through ages using image and sound, with an ear toward how the development of instruments, methods of sharing, and changing abilities have shaped how we perceive and relate to music.  We... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Botanicals in WatercolorUsing watercolor paints, students will create a traditional, detailed image of the flowers provided with emphasis on accuracy in form and color. We will represent the plants in the style of the 17th and 18th centuries where they... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Celebrating Thoreau at 200: Gleaning Treasures From His JournalOn July 12, 2017 we began a year long celebration of the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau.  A number of events throughout the world are honoring this great American naturalist, philosopher and poet. Although many facets of... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Coalition Development and Current AffairsCoalitions have been in existence for thousands of years shaping governments and communities around the world. This course willexamine how coalitions are developed and the significant role they play in influencing policy, global... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Coming To Terms With Illness, Aging and DeathAtul Gawande, a practicing surgeon and Harvard professor has written a deeply moving, insightful and personal story that is changing medicine and lives. Here is the book we all need to read, ponder and discuss—especially those who... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Early 20th Century American and English PoetryPoetry has changed and evolved over the millennia since writing began but, about 100 years ago, a revolution occurred.  After reading Shakespeare and Tennyson and, with some effort, understanding them, we encounter Eliot, Stevens,... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
European and British Art After WW llWhen World War II ended, artistic life in Europe and the UK lay in a state of disarray. Energized but mostly untouched by the war, New York quickly replaced Paris as the center of Western art with Abstract Expressionism becoming the... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
ExistentialismFor centuries, Westerners have assumed that human nature determines how we act, much the way an animal's nature determines its behavior. That intellectual movement came to be called "existentialism." In this course, we will read and... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Exploration of California ZinfandelJoin us on a journey to discover the regions in California that make the finest Zinfandels. Each week, we will focus on one region, and will try four wines from that region.  Students can expect to cover Sonoma, Napa, Sierra... Mar 1, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Exploration of California ZinfandelJoin us on a journey to discover the regions in California that make the finest Zinfandels. Each week, we will focus on one region, and will try four wines from that region.  Students can expect to cover Sonoma, Napa, Sierra... Mar 1, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Exploration of Wine Beverage OdditiesJoin us on a journey to explore unusual wine beverage styles, such as Saki, Mistelles, aromatized wines, Botrytized dessert wines and morel Each week, we will focus on one wine beverage style , learn the mechanics of production, and... Jan 11, 2018 to Feb 8, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Exploration of Wine Beverage OdditiesJoin us on a journey to explore unusual wine beverage styles, such as Saki, Mistelles, aromatized wines, Botrytized dessert wines and morel Each week, we will focus on one wine beverage style , learn the mechanics of production, and... Jan 11, 2018 to Feb 8, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Fiction and Poetry from Africa, Latin America, and the Black Atlantic: Select Post Colonial LiteratureThis course will focus on select stories and poems representative of post-colonial literature from Africa, Latin America, and the Black Atlantic. Conrad expresses ambivalence and equivocation on Empire. Memmi critiques the Imperial... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Genealogy II, the Next Steps: Learning About and Using More Records than the Census and Vital RecordsThe course will expand the student's genealogical skills and knowledge beyond the basics; emphasis will be on broadening the scope of their research resources. Records at the county, state, and federal level will be discussed,... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy IV - More Than Just the Facts: Telling The Rest of Your Family's StoryThis is a class about adding life to the written narration of your family's genealogical story. We will focus on adding historical context and what will make your finished product something you will be proud of and an interesting... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Harp Ensemble: A Celtic ConcertJoin the OLLI Harp Ensemble's journey to prepare and present, in concert,  music from the seven Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galicia, the Isle of Man, and Brittany.  Performing jigs, reels, and ballads, harp... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
History of Intelligence OrganizationsThis course traces the evolution of intelligence organizations from the ancient world to today. We explore the development of organizations specifically tasked with the mission of collecting, assessing, and reporting information... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
If You Can Walk, You Can Dance: Endless Duet with SpaceAs sure as we can walk, we will dance to celebrate special occasions and to just have fun in this dance/exercise class. Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving posture and balance and increasing core strength and... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Introduction to Cloud Computing and Cloud StorageThe term "The Cloud" is omnipresent, but illusive. This course will demystify the cloud by providing an overview of cloud computing that includes terms and concepts, the technical components of cloud computing, cloud privacy and... Jan 11, 2018 to Feb 15, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Japanese ConstitutionalismJapanese Constitutionalism will be traced from the 6th century; the Meiji Restoration Constitution (19th century) and the current American drafted Constitution of 1947. To understand Constitutionalism in Japan we will look at... Jan 18, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Le siècle des LumièresLe Siècle des Lumières or Enlightenment is geared to students with an intermediate-high level knowledge of French.  Under the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, the Philosophes, Diderot, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, and writers... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys? Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner. In true band fashion, a variety of... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Philosophical Dilemmas: Liberty, Equality, and Justice; Free Will, Mind, and Human NatureA cultural, religious, historical, and contemporary lively discussions into the tenets and beliefs of the end of all things: eschatology. The course will explore a wide overview of: angels, heaven, afterlife, resurrection, the... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Planning for the Long Term: Are You Ready if the Unexpected Happens?All of us need a plan for the long term and we should share this plan with our families and the significant people in our lives. This course will provide you with the information necessary to develop such a plan for the years ahead... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Read and Discuss: Man Booker Prize SelectionsThe Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world. It has recognized outstanding fiction for over 40 years and is awarded annually for a single book of fiction. This Prize, along with the recognition... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Reimagining Sicily: Land of Love & StrifeThis course is based on the film Sicily: Land of Love & Strife. Little has been produced about the cultural or historic relevance of Sicily. Sicily is more fascinating and diverse than other Italian regions and few places... Mar 1, 2018 to Mar 15, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $30.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Shakespeare’s Warrior Heroes: A Study of Four PlaysMany of Shakespeare's protagonists (Hotspur, Othello, Macbeth, Antony, Coriolanus) are warriors proficient in dealing with a known enemy but susceptible to a less visible one. This course will start with a quick look at Talbot (... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionTaijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’üan), a Chinese movement system, arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes, enhances energy, well-being, and mental, emotional, and physical... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Workshop in Writing PoetryIf you writes poetry or think you might like to write poetry, this class is for ou.  Each week we will read poems we have written (if you haven't written anything, no problem; come and join the discussion), say what we find good in... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
You Know Who Got Grandma's Pearls, But Who Got Her Pearls of Wisdom?Simply put, how do you want to be remembered? In this course, you will chronicle your beliefs, recall life lessons, and share your hopes for the future. You decided to whom you want to direct your writings: your children,... Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
Conflicting Theologians and Philosophers - Antiquity to PresentThe well-known case of Athens vs Socrates, was not the first recorded case of religious persecution of antiquity, nor was it the last. The conflict between religion and philosophy continued through the ages to modern times. Some... Jan 12, 2018 to Feb 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Cryptography: The Mathematics of SecretsCryptography, the art of writing or solving codes, has a long history in protecting private correspondence from unfriendly eyes.  Indeed, our modern world (including the internet) depends heavily on encryption of information.  In... Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy III--Surmounting Your Genealogical Roadblocks: Writing an Effective Research PlanThis interactive course will guide the student as they develop a research plan to overcome one of their genealogy problems. Sharing their plans with the class, is an integral part of this learning experience. The class lectures will... Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy V: More Effective Computer ResearchIf you've taken several genealogy courses, but are not finding the records/data you need to move your family history forward, this class is for you. This class is NOT a how-to-do genealogy class; it for teaching you how to be more... Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Modern Architecture Survey - Is Architecture Important?Have we forgotten or unlearned the importance of architecture?  After World War II the United States began building the "suburbs."  The American Institute of Architects decided that it would not participate in the mundane task of... Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 9, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Life and Times of LincolnThere is universal agreement that Lincoln deserves his place among the greatest of our Presidents.   First, we will examine how the frontier experience instilled in him the ambition to succeed and rise far above his roots.  Second,... Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Plays of Arthur Miller: Justice, History, and Memory from the Man Who Had All the Luck to Broken GlassPerhaps no American playwright has been more revered, both at home and abroad, than Arthur Miller (1915-2005). Plays such as All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible demonstrate a universal ethical concern for the plight... Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Rise and Fall of Hitler and the Nazi PartyEach class will consist of three segments: (1) an instructor lecture, (2) viewing a lecture on DVD and (3) class discussion. The DVD lectures are by Thomas Childers, a well respected history professor at the University of... Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Saturday
Course Time Tuition Status
American Poetry: a Tour with Stops, Scheduled and UnscheduledThe course text is an anthology of American poetry from the 17th century to the early 21st.  Some of the poets in it are necessary reading because of their importance and influence:  Bradstreet, Dickinson, Eliot, Frost, Stevens,... Jan 13, 2018 to Mar 24, 2018 8:00AM - 9:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Sunday
Course Time Tuition Status
The Millennial Perspective: Ethics Across GenerationsThis class explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach; ten undergraduates from Duke partner with ten “overgrads” from OLLI to lead discussions and share perspectives on current... Jan 7, 2018 to Apr 22, 2018 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Availability
Art & Times In the 20th Century: Which Imitates Which?How do the history, culture, and the momentous events of any era influence the art of that time and, conversely, how does the art influence history and culture? Are they inextricably conjoined?  This course takes us through the 20th... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Feb 12, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Art & Times In the 20th Century: Which Imitates Which?How do the history, culture, and the momentous events of any era influence the art of that time and, conversely, how does the art influence history and culture? Are they inextricably conjoined?  This course takes us through the 20th... (Mondays)Feb 26, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Art, Religion and Ritual: Foundations of Asian CultureAsia can look back on more than 5000 years of civilization.  Not surprisingly, during this long time, a vast number of rituals and practices developed in different Asian countries.   The manifestation of these traditions in the... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Building Duke ChapelThe course covers the history of the transition of Trinity College into Duke University. The focus is on the building of a fourteenth century Gothic Chapel in the center of the new campus. The stories of the designer, the builders,... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Feb 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
European and British Art After WW llWhen World War II ended, artistic life in Europe and the UK lay in a state of disarray. Energized but mostly untouched by the war, New York quickly replaced Paris as the center of Western art with Abstract Expressionism becoming the... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Mayberry ModernismWhat's North Carolina's greatest secret? We have the 3rd most Modernist houses in the country. George Smart's discovery of North Carolina's large number of "livable works of art" in 2007 led him to start North Carolina Modernist... (Tuesdays)Jan 23, 2018 7:00PM - 9:00PM $10.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Meet The Artists: Conversations with the FRANK Gallery artistsWant to know what is going on in the local art scene?  This course introduces the OLLI community to a cross section of some of the most accomplished area artists, who will discuss their work, creative processes, and the influences... (Tuesdays)Feb 13, 2018 to Mar 13, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Modern Architecture Survey - Is Architecture Important?Have we forgotten or unlearned the importance of architecture?  After World War II the United States began building the "suburbs."  The American Institute of Architects decided that it would not participate in the mundane task of... (Fridays)Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 9, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
OLLI at the NasherThis discussion-based class will focus on the art of the recently installed Wilson Pavilion at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. We will alternate between meeting in the museum's classroom and the galleries. The classroom... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Political Cartooning in America since 1750This course will look at print cartooning in America from its beginning in the 1750s to the present, with emphasis on political cartoons, single-panel gags, and comic strips, plus sidelong glances at comic books and animation. Where... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 13, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Wearing Propaganda: Home Front Textiles in Japan, Britain, and the United States 1931-1945Textiles are rarely thought of as vehicles for propaganda, but in wartime they have frequently served to carry expressions of patriotism, national unity, and support for military goals. These textiles, forgotten or unknown by many... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Feb 14, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
What Makes Great Photographers Great?We will look at works of great photographers, most of them famous, and ask ourselves what makes them great.  To this end, we will explore various types of photography: portrait, protest, fantasy, fashion, street, staged, montage,... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Availability
Basic Android Phone and TabletsThis class will focus on what you need to use your Android device productively. We will cover a little bit of history of Android so you can understand the different versions currently available. Then we will dive right into the... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Easy WordPress Websites: Professional-looking Websites without Advanced Technical SkillsEven if you are a complete beginner you can learn to build, design, and manage a high-performance WordPress website. WordPress now powers over 20% of the web because it is the easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Introduction to Cloud Computing and Cloud StorageThe term "The Cloud" is omnipresent, but illusive. This course will demystify the cloud by providing an overview of cloud computing that includes terms and concepts, the technical components of cloud computing, cloud privacy and... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Feb 15, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Introduction To Digital PhotographyThis course will provide new or beginning photographers a broad introduction to digital photography. We will discuss how digital cameras work, the advantages/disadvantages of various mega-pixel levels in cameras, and the way these... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Introduction to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you.  Maybe that's why, the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and "iPhoneographers" take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today's... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Feb 12, 2018 1:30PM - 4:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
iPad for New UsersIf your iPad is intimidating or challenging, this course is a good place to start. The iOS system will become your friend after eight weeks of learn-and-review. We will cover the basic apps which came with your iPad plus learn the... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 12, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Photographic CompositionComposition can make an interesting subject bland or make an ordinary subject appear beautiful. This course explores the concepts of composition, from basics such as the rule of thirds to more advanced topics such as the way the eye... (Mondays)Feb 26, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Photoshop Elements Refresher for PC and MacReview and strengthen basic skills in working with digital images and learn more about using the editing tools available in Adobe Photoshop Elements software. This class will include practice with the use of layers, selections, and... (Tuesdays)Jan 23, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Availability
Basic DrawingYou CAN learn to draw, by learning to see. Maybe you've thought about sketching a scene while on vacation, sketching a family member such as a grandchild, or drawing a beautiful flower right in your own yard. You don't have to be an... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Beginning Watercolor at Carolina ArborsA great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have never done this before but always wanted to try it.  Students will learn about materials, glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color mixing,... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Feb 12, 2018 10:30AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Beginning Watercolor at Carolina ArborsA great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have never done this before but always wanted to try it.  Students will learn about materials, glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color mixing,... (Mondays)Feb 26, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 10:30AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Botanicals in WatercolorUsing watercolor paints, students will create a traditional, detailed image of the flowers provided with emphasis on accuracy in form and color. We will represent the plants in the style of the 17th and 18th centuries where they... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Chinese Brush Painting: Mixed SubjectsStudents will choose subjects they prefer to paint such as flowers and birds, landscapes or any other subject.  Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class, while practicing basic brush painting techniques. This... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Introduction to ZentangleThis course is an introduction to the Zentangle drawing method.  Students will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle, the applications and the steps of creating a Zentangle tile, and at least 9 'tangles' or patterns.  We... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 6, 2018 8:30AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Introduction to ZentangleThis course is an introduction to the Zentangle drawing method.  Students will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle, the applications and the steps of creating a Zentangle tile, and at least 9 'tangles' or patterns.  We... (Tuesdays)Feb 13, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 8:30AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Learn to Knit an AfghanKnit a cozy afghan one square at a time.  All skill levels are welcome as we learn to create a variety of textured blocks.  We'll finish the class by joining them into a blanket to enjoy for years to come.  Hands-On Activity (e.g.,... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Learn to Knit and Felt a Multi-Colored PurseLet's make a colorful purse or tote from a few balls of yarn.  We'll start by learning the basics of knitting and choosing a size and pattern for your purse or tote.  Then we'll use 100% wool yarn in a variety of your favorite... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
More WatercolorThis course will expand your understanding of and abilities with watercolor painting. There will be demonstrations, handouts, and homework in addition to time for painting. Knowing basic techniques of watercolor painting is... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Palette Knife PaintingLearn to paint simple subjects with only palette knives - no brushes. We'll use water soluble oil paints so there won't be any fumes! Along the way, we'll study color and design. You will end up with 5 or 6 small colorful paintings... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Simple Handmade Books, An Exploration with Surface DesignDuring this creative hands-on journey through two four hour sessions, participants will learn an array of surface design techniques for small works on paper and fabric to be used for assembling simple handmade books.  Techniques to... (Mondays)Mar 5, 2018 to Mar 12, 2018 1:15PM - 4:45PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Watercolor Painting for Absolute Beginners to Advanced PaintersIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had success, this is the opportunity for you to learn. This active, hands-on course ofa fers highly individualized instruction. Every step... (Mondays)Feb 12, 2018 to Mar 19, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Availability
Intelligent Investing: How to Generate Income and Preserve Your Wealth in RetirementA generation ago the lack of financial ability wasn’t a handicap for the average person. But in today’s world – where most of us have been forced to manage our own retirement portfolios – it has become essential to understand how to... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Investments & Finance in RetirementToday's financial markets are quite the challenge! How do you make your money last with interest rates at historic lows? In this course we will provide the keys to financial success in retirement. We'll start with an overview of... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Planning for the Long Term: Are You Ready if the Unexpected Happens?All of us need a plan for the long term and we should share this plan with our families and the significant people in our lives. This course will provide you with the information necessary to develop such a plan for the years ahead... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityRetirement is not the last of life's major life-cycle decisions. There is at least one other worthy of careful consideration: how to provide for continued independence and the highest quality of life even as aging progresses and... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 27, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Tax Smart Investment StrategiesAre you making the most of your resources in retirement? Are taxes "cramping" your retirement lifestyle? Position your money wisely, structure an income flow, and minimize taxes to stretch your financial resources. In this course,... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Feb 14, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Federal Reserve: Debunking the Mystique + MythsDuring and following the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve Board was not popular as the nation's central bank. This class will NOT focus on the primary function of the Federal Reserve, which is monetary policy. Rather, the class... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Health & Wellness
Course Time Tuition Availability
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (pork, chicken, beef, or seafood) and students... (Mondays)Feb 26, 2018 to Mar 19, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
History & Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Availability
A World of Trouble: A History of the 1930sThe world in the 1930s faced immense challenges, including the threat of authoritarian regimes and conflicts in Ethiopia, China and Spain. This course will look at the major world powers in the 1930s (United States, Germany, the... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Art & Times In the 20th Century: Which Imitates Which?How do the history, culture, and the momentous events of any era influence the art of that time and, conversely, how does the art influence history and culture? Are they inextricably conjoined?  This course takes us through the 20th... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Feb 12, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Art & Times In the 20th Century: Which Imitates Which?How do the history, culture, and the momentous events of any era influence the art of that time and, conversely, how does the art influence history and culture? Are they inextricably conjoined?  This course takes us through the 20th... (Mondays)Feb 26, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Coalition Development and Current AffairsCoalitions have been in existence for thousands of years shaping governments and communities around the world. This course willexamine how coalitions are developed and the significant role they play in influencing policy, global... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Conflicting Theologians and Philosophers - Antiquity to PresentThe well-known case of Athens vs Socrates, was not the first recorded case of religious persecution of antiquity, nor was it the last. The conflict between religion and philosophy continued through the ages to modern times. Some... (Fridays)Jan 12, 2018 to Feb 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Contemporary Issues In SportsThe course will explore the current issues confronting sports. Topics of note in 2016 included the pricing of tickets, concessions, and parking; the finanacing of stadiums; the involvement in social issues; the impact of decisions... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Cryptography: The Mathematics of SecretsCryptography, the art of writing or solving codes, has a long history in protecting private correspondence from unfriendly eyes.  Indeed, our modern world (including the internet) depends heavily on encryption of information.  In... (Fridays)Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
EisenhowerDwight David Eisenhower was a man of paradoxes. Raised in a small town in Kansas, he adopted the values of Middle America which emphasized strong individualism. His smile captured many. His flares of temper were vocal and physical... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
German Political Currents 1648 to PresentThis course will be a discussion of main currents in German political history since 1648. Following a brief review of chronology, each session will cover one major topic: militarism peaking in WWI; religion's impact, especially the... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Henry Kissinger's "World Order": A Roundtable DiscussionHenry Kissinger as both scholar and policymaker has had a considerable impact on diplomatic history and American foreign relations. In this discussion class we will read "World Order", his 2014 book that succinctly summarizes his... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 6, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
History of Intelligence OrganizationsThis course traces the evolution of intelligence organizations from the ancient world to today. We explore the development of organizations specifically tasked with the mission of collecting, assessing, and reporting information... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Homegrown: Durham's Dukes, the Family and the UniversityResidents of the Research Triangle have a general sense of the history of Durham, Duke University and the Duke family. But myths, misinformation and confusion abounds. Let's run through a history of our homegrown Dukes. Do you know... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 12, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Japanese ConstitutionalismJapanese Constitutionalism will be traced from the 6th century; the Meiji Restoration Constitution (19th century) and the current American drafted Constitution of 1947. To understand Constitutionalism in Japan we will look at... (Thursdays)Jan 18, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Medieval Histories of BritainThis course will explore the history of Medieval Britain, c. 500 to c. 1250, through the lens of contemporary narrative histories. Each week will highlight one medieval author who chose to narrate and interpret the history of... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Political Cartooning in America since 1750This course will look at print cartooning in America from its beginning in the 1750s to the present, with emphasis on political cartoons, single-panel gags, and comic strips, plus sidelong glances at comic books and animation. Where... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 13, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Politics and Government 2018This will be a discussion session dealing with the federal government - White House and Congress in the opening months of the congressional election year. There will be a minimum of lecturing and a maximum of class participation,... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 19, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Reimagining Sicily: Land of Love & StrifeThis course is based on the film Sicily: Land of Love & Strife. Little has been produced about the cultural or historic relevance of Sicily. Sicily is more fascinating and diverse than other Italian regions and few places... (Thursdays)Mar 1, 2018 to Mar 15, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $30.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Robert E. Lee, American Christian Educator and ReconciliatorRobert Edward Lee is probably the best kept secret in America's contribution to education and reconciliation. The son of Virginia Aristocracy, Lee rose above the failings of his father, "Light Horse Harry" Lee and, with determined... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Talkin" Baseball: Which Stories Do You Want - The True Ones or the Other Ones?“The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.” (Bernard Malamud)  “Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.” (George Will... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 6, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Talkin" Baseball: Which Stories Do You Want - The True Ones or the Other Ones?“The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.” (Bernard Malamud)  “Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.” (George Will... (Tuesdays)Feb 13, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Black Press and U.S. History: From the Beginning to the Civil Rights EraThis course is a chronological survey of the African-American press in the United States. Emphasis is on key people and issues during critical eras in the African-American experience. The course will trace the development of the... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The History of SubmarinesThis course begins with the scientific principles that underlie the ability to become a submersible, and continues to the development of the modern day nuclear powered submarine. We will review the impact of submarines in warfare,... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Jews of France from Revolution to DeportationAn examination into the history of the French Jewish community from the revolution to the present day. The course covers the effect of emancipation after the French revolution and the assimilation from out of the ghettos, through... (Tuesdays)Feb 13, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Life and Times of LincolnThere is universal agreement that Lincoln deserves his place among the greatest of our Presidents.   First, we will examine how the frontier experience instilled in him the ambition to succeed and rise far above his roots.  Second,... (Fridays)Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Rise and Fall of Hitler and the Nazi PartyEach class will consist of three segments: (1) an instructor lecture, (2) viewing a lecture on DVD and (3) class discussion. The DVD lectures are by Thomas Childers, a well respected history professor at the University of... (Fridays)Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Soviet State: Gorbachev through PutinThis course covers the fall of Soviet rule under Gorbachev, the transition through Boris Yeltsin and the rule of Putin. Topic areas include the transition from government institutions and policy-making under Soviet socialist rule to... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
US post-Cold War Foreign Policy: Will the US-led global order survive trends toward unilateralism and authoritarianism?From the end of the Cold War, US foreign policy evolved from a focus solely on the nation’s vital interests, to saving people from ethnic, tribal and nationalistic slaughter—with no direct US benefit—as in Kosovo, Somalia and Haiti... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Wearing Propaganda: Home Front Textiles in Japan, Britain, and the United States 1931-1945Textiles are rarely thought of as vehicles for propaganda, but in wartime they have frequently served to carry expressions of patriotism, national unity, and support for military goals. These textiles, forgotten or unknown by many... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Feb 14, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Language, Literature & Drama
Course Time Tuition Availability
American Poetry: a Tour with Stops, Scheduled and UnscheduledThe course text is an anthology of American poetry from the 17th century to the early 21st.  Some of the poets in it are necessary reading because of their importance and influence:  Bradstreet, Dickinson, Eliot, Frost, Stevens,... (Saturdays)Jan 13, 2018 to Mar 24, 2018 8:00AM - 9:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Celebrating Thoreau at 200: Gleaning Treasures From His JournalOn July 12, 2017 we began a year long celebration of the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau.  A number of events throughout the world are honoring this great American naturalist, philosopher and poet. Although many facets of... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Conversational SpanishEach week we will listen to Spanish music, read a children's book in Spanish, eat tapas, and learn a bit more culture, grammar, and vocabulary, staying in the present tense. This is a continuation of the spring 2017 class, but... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Difficult Women: Characters Who Disconcert and Intrigue UsWhile the characters we shall encounter in this class might not be people whom you would seek out as friends, it is hard to look away from the strong, flawed women who dominate their literary works.  What is it about clearly... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Early 20th Century American and English PoetryPoetry has changed and evolved over the millennia since writing began but, about 100 years ago, a revolution occurred.  After reading Shakespeare and Tennyson and, with some effort, understanding them, we encounter Eliot, Stevens,... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Expatriates in Paris in the 192OsIn the decade after World War I, Paris was a cultural mecca for countless expatriate publishers, writers, musicians, and other artists disaffected with the conventionalism and restrictions of their own homelands and seeking a... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Fiction and Poetry from Africa, Latin America, and the Black Atlantic: Select Post Colonial LiteratureThis course will focus on select stories and poems representative of post-colonial literature from Africa, Latin America, and the Black Atlantic. Conrad expresses ambivalence and equivocation on Empire. Memmi critiques the Imperial... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Finding and Sharing Great Children’s Literature - A Short CourseWhat makes some children's literature memorable? How do illustrations and text work together in picture books? Are classic folktales still relevant to children today? What might we look for in sharing books with grandchildren and... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 6, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Improv Theater BasicsThis is your chance to play with and practice the basics of long-form improv. Whether you are an improv student already, have some theater background, or this is your first improv class, we will play together starting with fun warm-... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 6, 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
King Lear: Internal and External StormsRobert Brustein, founding director of the Yale Repertory and the American Repertory theatres, writes, "King Lear may very well be the greatest play ever written . . . [It] tells us more about the tragedy and triumph of being human... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Le siècle des LumièresLe Siècle des Lumières or Enlightenment is geared to students with an intermediate-high level knowledge of French.  Under the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, the Philosophes, Diderot, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, and writers... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Let's Read in French! Maigret, France's Favorite fictional detective.Encore Maigret! Maigret is a French fictional police detective of the Paris " Brigade Criminelle" created by Georges Simenon. Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche and yet he manages to maintain both compassion and a... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 12, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Madame Bovary and Thérèse Raquin: Bored Housewives as Great LiteratureGustave Flaubert wrote Madame Bovary in 1856, and Emile Zola wrote Thérèse Raquin in 1867.  The two novels contain many parallels, but are very different in affect. We will compare and contrast the two works - one a prime example of... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Read and Discuss: Man Booker Prize SelectionsThe Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world. It has recognized outstanding fiction for over 40 years and is awarded annually for a single book of fiction. This Prize, along with the recognition... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Shakespeare’s Warrior Heroes: A Study of Four PlaysMany of Shakespeare's protagonists (Hotspur, Othello, Macbeth, Antony, Coriolanus) are warriors proficient in dealing with a known enemy but susceptible to a less visible one. This course will start with a quick look at Talbot (... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Lives and Faiths of Medieval WomenWomen have been almost erased from medieval scholastic history. However, a substantial number of medieval women were literate, well educated, and informed lay religious leaders, and many left us written accounts of their lives and... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 19, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Plays of Arthur Miller: Justice, History, and Memory from the Man Who Had All the Luck to Broken GlassPerhaps no American playwright has been more revered, both at home and abroad, than Arthur Miller (1915-2005). Plays such as All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible demonstrate a universal ethical concern for the plight... (Fridays)Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Voices In FictionIn a fictional world often a character is revealed in"details and decisive moments."  So it is with the novels of three writers - Stefan Zweig, J.L. Carr and Alice McDermott - whose novels  we will read and discuss in class.  While... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Feb 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Lifestyles
Course Time Tuition Availability
Achieving Emotional Resilience: Mindfulness and Improv PracticeOur emotions drive us whether we realize it or not. Through mindfulness and improv we will explore and learn just how they drive us, and by doing so, gain greater physical health and mental acuity in the bargain. We will study the... (Mondays)Jan 29, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Aging with a Purpose: Tap into Your Inner Wisdom, Discover Your SageThe third phase of life, or what many sociologists call the “third age,” of 50 and beyond, is a prime opportunity to delve into conscientious spiritual, physical, emotional, and psychological growth and development. It is a time to... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitBOOMERS: Feeling old(er)? Want to reverse the signs of aging of your mind and body? Consider: our movement habits at age 50 and 60 will impact how we feel at age 70 and beyond. The good news is we can shed our physically limiting... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Exploration of California ZinfandelJoin us on a journey to discover the regions in California that make the finest Zinfandels. Each week, we will focus on one region, and will try four wines from that region.  Students can expect to cover Sonoma, Napa, Sierra... (Thursdays)Mar 1, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Exploration of California ZinfandelJoin us on a journey to discover the regions in California that make the finest Zinfandels. Each week, we will focus on one region, and will try four wines from that region.  Students can expect to cover Sonoma, Napa, Sierra... (Thursdays)Mar 1, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Exploration of Wine Beverage OdditiesJoin us on a journey to explore unusual wine beverage styles, such as Saki, Mistelles, aromatized wines, Botrytized dessert wines and morel Each week, we will focus on one wine beverage style , learn the mechanics of production, and... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Feb 8, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Exploration of Wine Beverage OdditiesJoin us on a journey to explore unusual wine beverage styles, such as Saki, Mistelles, aromatized wines, Botrytized dessert wines and morel Each week, we will focus on one wine beverage style , learn the mechanics of production, and... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Feb 8, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
If You Can Walk, You Can Dance: Endless Duet with SpaceAs sure as we can walk, we will dance to celebrate special occasions and to just have fun in this dance/exercise class. Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving posture and balance and increasing core strength and... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Joyful Healing DanceDance allows us a freedom of expression, a way to connect with energies greater than ourselves, and a way to move beyond limiting beliefs, obstacles and barriers to our health and wellness. As we move through the challenges of our... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Feb 13, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Keeping Your Muscles and Bones Fit: How to Extend the Quality of Your LifeYou already know it's important to maintain strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination to prevent injury and increase the quality of your life; the years you want to live life to the fullest - versus just breathing. . Here's... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it: chee-goong) refers to a vast body of traditional Chinese exercise designed to enhance personal life-force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, physical power, emotional balance, or spiritual progress. "Qi,"... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Say "Qi": Picture Yourself - Only BetterQi Gong (pronounce "chee" "gong") is an ancient Chinese practice that has been used for centuries to heal and strengthen the mind and body.  The practice focuses on body alignment, breathing, visualization and self massage to help... (Tuesdays)Feb 13, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Strength and Power for 50+: Resistance Training for Muscular Strength and EnduranceResistance training is a key component of staying fit as we age, but many of us need the support of a group under the guidance of an expert to get it done. Fight sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) by challenging your muscles and... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionTaijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’üan), a Chinese movement system, arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes, enhances energy, well-being, and mental, emotional, and physical... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Gift of Years: Exploring the Rewards of Conscious AgingEach class will consist of an active two hour discussion based on the last twenty essays in Joan Chittister's book The Gift of Years. Chittister says "My life has been nothing but a series of new beginnings." If you are interested... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
What in the World: History and Culture Around the WorldEach class will consist of a tour through a major country in the world using lecture, slides, and, occasionally, video. Each class will have a panel of experts, who will participate in a moderated discussion about the country, as we... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Musical History SeriesThis series presents an evolution of music through ages using image and sound, with an ear toward how the development of instruments, methods of sharing, and changing abilities have shaped how we perceive and relate to music.  We... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Bel Canto Operas: Rossini, Bellini, and DonizettiIn its narrowest sense, bel canto opera refers to the early decades of 19th-century Italian opera, when Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti dominated the field. However, the overall concept of bel canto started much earlier, with a... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Easy Riders and Dirty Harry: The Films of the Vietnam EraWhile many remember the Vietnam era for its politics, flower children, and the Beatles, American cinema made waves for its mixture of experimental and blockbuster movies. This course will examine the rise of Vietnam era films,... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Harp Ensemble: A Celtic ConcertJoin the OLLI Harp Ensemble's journey to prepare and present, in concert,  music from the seven Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galicia, the Isle of Man, and Brittany.  Performing jigs, reels, and ballads, harp... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Listening To Modern and Post-Modern MusicA composer of very complex music writes, “I think the listening experience is extraordinarily complex, spontaneous, intuitive, naïve, and sophisticated, all at the same time.” Sharing the joy of new music, whether you’re discovering... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys? Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner. In true band fashion, a variety of... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 3:30PM - 5:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
New Horizons ChorusMen and Women: Lift Up Your Voices and Sing! The? ?New? ?Horizons? ?Chorus? ?invites? ?you? ?to? ?join? ?with? ?fellow? ?OLLI? ?members? ?in? ?a? ?serious,? ?but? ?fun, atmosphere? ?to? ?learn? ?healthy? ?singing? ?techniques.? ?... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 28, 2018 3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Road To Full Frame: A "Behind the Screens" Journey to the 2018 Documentary Film FestivalEach spring, Durham is home to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, screening nearly 100 films in four days. This course will provide a “behind the scenes” view of the festival: sessions designed to prepare you to either attend... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Availability
All In The Family: The Primates Including UsOur species is the only living member of the genus Homo. We are alone! For the vast majority of our ancestry however, therewere two or more hominin species living contemporaneously. This may be one reason we search for other living... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Cryptography: The Mathematics of SecretsCryptography, the art of writing or solving codes, has a long history in protecting private correspondence from unfriendly eyes.  Indeed, our modern world (including the internet) depends heavily on encryption of information.  In... (Fridays)Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Light: All around Us, but What is It?Light: It’s all around us, but what is it?  The universe is composed of stuff (matter) and light.  Light, whether we’re bathed in it or in the dark, has many meanings for us.  But what is light?  Our class will talk about visible... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Pilotless Commercial Flight - Which is Safer: Man or Machine?"Pilot Error" is most frequently cited as a cause of aircraft accidents.  So it would seem that today's technological evolution (after drones and driverless cars) would logically lead to pilotless commercial aircraft.  Just think... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Supermarket Chemical Magic: Chemistry to amuse grandkids using stuff from supermarketsThis course consists of a series of "hands-on" chemistry experiments, which can be done by children of all ages using materials readily available in most supermarkets.  It will begin with demonstrations illustrating the chemistry... (Tuesdays)Jan 23, 2018 to Mar 6, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions!This is OLLI’s Invited Speakers Series, and this term our curiosity will take us from (winds on) Earth to (what’s happening on) Mars, from death to (how Bitcoin technology helps avoid) taxes. Since every lecture is on a different... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The History of SubmarinesThis course begins with the scientific principles that underlie the ability to become a submersible, and continues to the development of the modern day nuclear powered submarine. We will review the impact of submarines in warfare,... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Wonderful World of ButterfliesThis course addresses the basic nature of butterflies: origins; global survival tactics; the importance of migrations; enemies and defenses; anatomy; and continental variations. The last three sessions will focus on butterflies of... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 6, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Writing
Course Time Tuition Availability
Poetry Writing: A FunshopThis funshop welcomes everyone who writes or wants to write poetry. We generate creative writing through personal experience, the use of poetic forms as models, and “stealing” from some of the greats.  We offer to each other casual... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Risking Words: A Writing Group for Women Who Write and Those Who Want toWhen women gather in a circle with the intent to support one another in taking personal risks, the circle is sacred space. Within such a circle, you will find validation and freedom from expectations while exploring the boundaries... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Transforming Raw Material: Creative ProseTransform your family stories, experiences and observations into creative nonfiction or fictional stories. As we work on our own stories, we will study other writers in multiple genres. We will examine raw material, story... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Workshop in Writing PoetryIf you writes poetry or think you might like to write poetry, this class is for ou.  Each week we will read poems we have written (if you haven't written anything, no problem; come and join the discussion), say what we find good in... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Social Science & Culture
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Musical History SeriesThis series presents an evolution of music through ages using image and sound, with an ear toward how the development of instruments, methods of sharing, and changing abilities have shaped how we perceive and relate to music.  We... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Achieving Emotional Resilience: Mindfulness and Improv PracticeOur emotions drive us whether we realize it or not. Through mindfulness and improv we will explore and learn just how they drive us, and by doing so, gain greater physical health and mental acuity in the bargain. We will study the... (Mondays)Jan 29, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Cities: A Celebratory TourThe world is increasingly urban. This course will examine the history, growth, treasures, variety, and future of the world's cities - with pertinent illustrations. A large variety will be studied, not just a few. Some of the... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Coming To Terms With Illness, Aging and DeathAtul Gawande, a practicing surgeon and Harvard professor has written a deeply moving, insightful and personal story that is changing medicine and lives. Here is the book we all need to read, ponder and discuss—especially those who... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Easy Riders and Dirty Harry: The Films of the Vietnam EraWhile many remember the Vietnam era for its politics, flower children, and the Beatles, American cinema made waves for its mixture of experimental and blockbuster movies. This course will examine the rise of Vietnam era films,... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy I: Developing & Enhancing Basic Knowledge, Skills and TechniquesIn this course, the new or experienced family historian will learn genealogical research skills and methods to gain or improve their working knowledge of the genealogical research process and the most frequently used American... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy I: Developing & Enhancing Basic Knowledge, Skills and TechniquesIn this course, the new or experienced family historian will learn genealogical research skills and methods to gain or improve their working knowledge of the genealogical research process and the most frequently used American... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy II, the Next Steps: Learning About and Using More Records than the Census and Vital RecordsThe course will expand the student's genealogical skills and knowledge beyond the basics; emphasis will be on broadening the scope of their research resources. Records at the county, state, and federal level will be discussed,... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy III--Surmounting Your Genealogical Roadblocks: Writing an Effective Research PlanThis interactive course will guide the student as they develop a research plan to overcome one of their genealogy problems. Sharing their plans with the class, is an integral part of this learning experience. The class lectures will... (Fridays)Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy IV - More Than Just the Facts: Telling The Rest of Your Family's StoryThis is a class about adding life to the written narration of your family's genealogical story. We will focus on adding historical context and what will make your finished product something you will be proud of and an interesting... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy V: More Effective Computer ResearchIf you've taken several genealogy courses, but are not finding the records/data you need to move your family history forward, this class is for you. This class is NOT a how-to-do genealogy class; it for teaching you how to be more... (Fridays)Jan 12, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Genealogy VI--DNA Testing for Genealogy: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeThis course will help the student analyze their ancestral DNA test results and apply them to their genealogical family tree. The topics covered will include the various ancestral DNA tests and the differences in their results, but... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Love ActuallyEach week we will investigate different aspects of love, first from a vertical trajectory that expands out from self-love to family love, collective love, and universal love. Then we will look at a horizontal trajectory,... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Need Some Psychology?We  all need "some psychology!" It applies directly to our lives and helps us make sense of our world. From how you are "psyched" or persuaded to make purchases, to how your body language communicates more than your spoken language... (Tuesdays)Feb 6, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Positive Psychology: How People Can Achieve Authentic HappinessTitles of courses such as this are often misleading and inaccurate. This title is not misleading, but it is inaccurate. The instructor will cover much more than how to achieve authentic happiness.  We will discuss how to achieve... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Promises UnkeptDuring the early 1960s, the Kennedy Administration implemented the Community Mental Health Act establishing non-institutional means of serving the mentally ill.  In the late 1970's many of the state mental health and developmental... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Reimagining Sicily: Land of Love & StrifeThis course is based on the film Sicily: Land of Love & Strife. Little has been produced about the cultural or historic relevance of Sicily. Sicily is more fascinating and diverse than other Italian regions and few places... (Thursdays)Mar 1, 2018 to Mar 15, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $30.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Black Press and U.S. History: From the Beginning to the Civil Rights EraThis course is a chronological survey of the African-American press in the United States. Emphasis is on key people and issues during critical eras in the African-American experience. The course will trace the development of the... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Millennial Perspective: Ethics Across GenerationsThis class explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach; ten undergraduates from Duke partner with ten “overgrads” from OLLI to lead discussions and share perspectives on current... (Sundays)Jan 7, 2018 to Apr 22, 2018 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Think Again: Brain Limitations and PotentialsThe human brain, a remarkable organ with close to 100 billion neurons and trillions of connections, developed through evolution for survival and procreation, not for accuracy. As amazing as its capacities may be, it is equally... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
You Know Who Got Grandma's Pearls, But Who Got Her Pearls of Wisdom?Simply put, how do you want to be remembered? In this course, you will chronicle your beliefs, recall life lessons, and share your hopes for the future. You decided to whom you want to direct your writings: your children,... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Conservative and a Liberal in Religious Dialogue: Two Views for Respect and UnderstandingAre you bothered by the extreme polarization of religious views in today’s society? Are you put off by the contentiousness in much of our religious/political public debates? Are you irritated when some religious leaders mis-... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
A New Perspective of Islam: Hopeful Visions for Our TimeMuslims are obligated to live true to their identity as defined in the Quran and the life of Muhammed the prophet. The lives of the earliest followers of the religion were a reflection of the correct picture of Islam. However, today... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Afterlife and Eschatology--the End of All ThingsA cultural, religious, historical, and contemporary lively discussions into the tenets and beliefs of the end of all things: eschatology. The course will explore a wide overview of: angels, heaven, afterlife, resurrection, the... (Wednesdays)Jan 10, 2018 to Mar 21, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
An Introduction to Philosophy of ReligionThe questions surrounding God's existence have troubled philosophers and theologians for thousands of years. Despite logical arguments for and against, there simply is no consensus. In this class, we will examine a few of the most... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Coming To Terms With Illness, Aging and DeathAtul Gawande, a practicing surgeon and Harvard professor has written a deeply moving, insightful and personal story that is changing medicine and lives. Here is the book we all need to read, ponder and discuss—especially those who... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Conflicting Theologians and Philosophers - Antiquity to PresentThe well-known case of Athens vs Socrates, was not the first recorded case of religious persecution of antiquity, nor was it the last. The conflict between religion and philosophy continued through the ages to modern times. Some... (Fridays)Jan 12, 2018 to Feb 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Emerson: American character and identity then and nowSince colonials days, thoughtful Americans have been working on who they are, how they relate to the world outside this country, and what answers to these questions mean for how they are to live, how we are to live. Before William... (Tuesdays)Jan 9, 2018 to Mar 20, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
ExistentialismFor centuries, Westerners have assumed that human nature determines how we act, much the way an animal's nature determines its behavior. That intellectual movement came to be called "existentialism." In this course, we will read and... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
Philosophical Dilemmas: Liberty, Equality, and Justice; Free Will, Mind, and Human NatureA cultural, religious, historical, and contemporary lively discussions into the tenets and beliefs of the end of all things: eschatology. The course will explore a wide overview of: angels, heaven, afterlife, resurrection, the... (Thursdays)Jan 11, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Lives and Faiths of Medieval WomenWomen have been almost erased from medieval scholastic history. However, a substantial number of medieval women were literate, well educated, and informed lay religious leaders, and many left us written accounts of their lives and... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 19, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Meaning of Life - Again?Our periodic forays into the question of the meaning of our lives never end. Periodic, because the process is equally frustrating, exhausting, exasperating, and seemingly fruitless. But we can't avoid returning to this question,... (Mondays)Jan 8, 2018 to Mar 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
The Millennial Perspective: Ethics Across GenerationsThis class explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach; ten undergraduates from Duke partner with ten “overgrads” from OLLI to lead discussions and share perspectives on current... (Sundays)Jan 7, 2018 to Apr 22, 2018 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 05 Dec 2017)
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Membership & Registration

To attend OLLI at Duke classes, activities, and events, you must first remit $35 in non-refundable annual membership dues (payable when you first sign up for courses during the school year).  

If you purchase a new membership any time between March 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018, your dues are good through June 30, 2018.  

There are several ways to purchase an OLLI at Duke Membership:

Automatically during registration

If you have been a member, but your membership has expired, our online registration system will automatically add a new membership to your cart when you enroll in courses.

By phone 

If you have never been an OLLI member, we encourage you to purchase your first membership by phone.  Call our registration office Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, EST at 919-684-6259 or at 1-866-edu-Duke.

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By mail or in person

The OLLI catalog also contains a membership and registration form.

You can deliver the form and your $35 check made payable to Duke University to the Bishop's House or you can mail them to OLLI at Duke, Box 90700, Durham, NC 27708.

Refund Policy

Membership dues are non-refundable.

Registration

Registration opens at 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 5. There are several ways to register.

Online Registration
This video demonstrates how to register online for OLLI classes.

Before registration day, make sure your web browser has been updated to a recent version. (Internet Explorer 11 or later, Firefox 27 and later, Safari 7 and later, Chrome 30 and later). 

Not sure which version of browser you have?

You can check the version of your browser using these instructions:

Our website offers different ways to search courses:

  1. Advanced Course Search.  The most direct way to find your course is to go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on the link for “Search Courses” located on the second horizontal menu at the far right, and enter either the four-digit course number or a portion of the name.  Click on the link to the class, click on the Add to Cart button, and follow steps to checkout. (If you are on a different page, the “Search Courses” link may not be visible, but there is always an “Advanced Course Search” link at the bottom of the page that you can use in the same way.)
  2. By Day of the Week or by Category.  Go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on Osher Lifelong Learning, click the down-triangle labelled “Show” under “Courses, and click on the tab to “View by day” or “View by category.” Click on the course title to get to the course page, click on Add to Cart, and follow steps to checkout.
  3. Search Box. You may also enter the course number or part of the title into the search box which appears on every page at the top right under the shopping cart symbol.  This will search the entire site and may also retrieve results from the .pdf version of the course catalog. Click on the appropriate link for the course, click on Add to Cart, and follow steps to checkout. Please note: since this is a Google search box refreshed by Google, it may not have the most up-to-date information.

Registration Event: If you would like help registering online, we will be having a registration event at JRC on Tuesday, December 5, 9:00am to 12:00pm. We will have trained OLLI mentors with computers to assist you. You must have your registration User Name and Password to register. If you have forgotten these, you must be able to access your home e-mail from the computers we will have onsite.

Phone Registrations: If you would like to register by phone, you may call the registration office (919-684-6259) any time after 9:00am on Tuesday, December 5.  Please do not ask to register for classes prior to this date. Members will be registered in the order calls are received. If your call goes to voicemail because of heavy call volume, leave a message; a registration member will contact you as soon as possible in the order calls are received. Please do not leave multiple messages, since these only slow down the registration team.

Paper Registrations: You still have the option of registering using the form in the catalog. Please deliver or send your form and personal check to the Bishop’s House no sooner than Monday, December 4, and they will be processed on Registration Day in the order received. Please note: Because of security precautions, persons using the paper form must pay by check. If you prefer to use a credit card, you will need to register online or by phone.

REFUND POLICY
Requests for refunds for dropped courses must be received by the end of the first week of class (January 12). After that time, no refunds will be issued except in the event of an emergency, at the discretion of OLLI at Duke staff. There will be a $20 service charge per course dropped. If a course is cancelled by OLLI at Duke, no charge will be incurred by members. Please note: Membership dues are nonrefundable.

We want our classes to be available to all who wish to participate in them. Please contact Garry Crites at 919-684-2703 to discuss financial aid. All requests are confidential.

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Activities & Calendar

Activities are an integral part of the OLLI program, providing opportunities to learn and socialize outside the classroom. If you have general questions or suggestions for activities, call Kathy Parrish at 919-681-3476. If you want to find out more about any of the listed groups, please contact the coordinator for that activity.

Book Group
This informal group reading contemporary literature meets on the second Monday of every month at 3:15pm in The Bishop’s House.  The books to be discussed are to be determined.  Coordinator: Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com or 919-416-0755.

January - Evicted, Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.

Craft Group
It’s time to dig out that unfinished project from the back of the closet. Knitting, quilting, crocheting, sewing . . . whatever. All are welcome. We will meet every Monday at 3:15pm in The Bishop’s House. For more information, contact Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com or 919-416-0755. 

Winter Crafts Workshop:  "Intermediate Shuttle Tatting," Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 12:30pm, at the Emily K Cetner in Durham.  It's free, but you need to register.

International Folk Dance
Join us for a fun way to get exercise, both physical and mental, and improve your balance. The folk dances we practice are done in a line or circle (no partner is needed) and are low impact (not highly strenuous). Most of the dances originated in Eastern Europe. Our ongoing class meets on Tuesdays, 1:30–2:45pm, at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community. Newcomers are welcome at any time. There is no charge, but you will need to contact coordinator Judy Stafford at 919-383-7172 or judy.stafford@dm.duke.edu for more information.

Language Tables 
La Table Française se réunit le mardi de midi à 13 heures dans l’atélier à “The Forest at Duke Retirement Center.” En ce moment, le groupe est complet,et il y a une liste d’attente. Si vous parlez français couramment et vous voulez que nous y mettions votre nom, envoyez un mail à Emily Lees (emilylees@bellsouth.net) ou à George Entenman (olli@entenman.net). Les résidents de la “Forest” qui parlent français sont toujours bienvenus. Nous sommes heureux aussi de répondre à vos questions. Spanish Table with Margaret Riley (mrileync@gmail.com) meets 12:45–2:30 on the third Friday of each month at local Hispanic-themed restaurants.

Mac Computer Users Group
Mac users will gather for Q&A and short presentations on topics of interest. The group will meet periodically at a day, time, and place to be announced. Coordinators: Mary Jo Fickle, fickle5@aol.com, and Susan Eure, asure@bellsouth.net

Meet and Greet
New to OLLI at Duke? You are invited to join us for a morning Meet & Greet program hosted by our Membership Committee, Saturday, January 6, 10:30 am, at the Bishop's House.  New OLLI at Duke members will have an opportunity to meet other members and supporters, board of advisor members, and our director, Garry Crites.  We'll have refreshments, and afer the program (around 12:30 pm), we will tour nearby Lilly Library and the Marketplace dining hall on Duke's East Campus.  If you are planning to attend, please respond by email to OLLIatDuke@aol.com, with the subject "Meet & Greet."  We look forward to seeing you!

Recorder Group
Bring your instrument and join the group, called the Baillie Branslers. All voice categories are welcome, and we are now welcoming viola di gamba players. It is led by Kay Bailey (kayfbailey01@yahoo.com) and meets Fridays at 1:15pm at Carol Woods Retirement Community, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill.

Science Book Club 
We read and discuss books of substance on topics ranging from biology, evolution, and the physical sciences to medicine, the environment, and biographies of famous scientists. You do not have to have a science degree to participate, and no registration is required. You must be an OLLI member to participate in this book club. The group usually meets the first Thursday of the month at 3:15pm at The Bishop’s House. Coordinator: Dan Oldman, 919-544-2686 or daniel.oldman@gmail.com.

Retirement Transition Group
This informal drop-in group for all OLLI members who are going through transitions in retirement and perhaps experiencing some challenges with that. The group meetings will provide an opportunity to share concerns, offer ideas that have worked, share resources we are aware of, connect with other OLLI members who are going through the same experiences and get ideas we can try on our own. The group will meet the 2nd Friday of each month at The Bishop House at 3:15. Information about the group will also be in the Spotlight and on the OLLI calendar on the member website. People can drop in at any of the meetings. There is no charge. Contact the coordinator, Corinne Schillin at cschillin@yahoo.com or 919-537-8450 to learn more and to be put on a mailing list for this group. A companion course to help navigate the adjustments in retirement, “Now What! A Roadmap into Retirement,” will be offered by Corinne Schillin at various times during the year.

Calendar

Semester Calendar for Current Members
 
When
Event
More Info
Fall 2017
Tuesday, August 8 Registration for Fall courses begins at 9:00 am  
Monday, September 11 OLLI Fall classes begin  
Thursday, September 21 Rosh Hashanah - no classes at JRC  
Sunday, September 24 40th Anniversary Convocation  
Monday-Friday, October 23-27 OLLI Fall Break - no classes  
Monday-Friday, November 20-24 Thanksgiving Break - no classes  
Friday, December 1 Last day for most OLLI Fall classes  
Winter 2018
Tuesday, December 5 Registration for Winter courses begins at 9:00 am  
Monday, January 8 OLLI Winter Classes begin  
Monday, January 15 MLK Day; no classes  
Monday-Friday, February 19-25 OLLI Winter Break - no classes  
Monday, March 26 Last day for most OLLI Winter classes  
Spring 2018
Thursday, March 29 Registration for Spring courses begins at 9:00 am  
Monday, April 16 OLLI Spring classes begin  
Friday, May 25 Last day for most OLLI Spring classes  
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Volunteer Opportunities

OLLI at Duke relies heavily on the volunteer efforts of members to keep the program running.  Members teach classes, coordinate lecture series, lead small-group discussions, organize activities and volunteer projects, serve on the Board of Advisors and committees, act as class hosts, make coffee, and volunteer for all the tasks that make us an exemplary organization.  Please read the bulletin boards, e-mails, and newsletters to find out about opportunities to take advantage of one of the many opportunities listed or to suggest a new program or activities.  Opportunities to volunteer are posted on the member website, in the Spotlight (our e-newsletter) and on bulletin boards.

Class Assistants
Class members act as assistants to the instructors, helping to ensure that announcements are made, equipment is set up, and handouts are distributed.  Class Assistants are essential to the smooth functioning of OLLI at Duke and enjoy the benefit of becoming better acquainted with both faculty and fellow class members.  Training will be provided!  If you would like to volunteer to be the class host in one or more of your classes, contact Kathy Parrish at 919-681-3476 to let her know which instructor you would like to host. 

Board Service
We welcome both new and longtime members to become part of the leadership of OLLI at Duke.  Serving on the Board of Advisors, either in an elected office, as an at-large advisor, or as a committee chair, will allow you to use your talents, contribute to the success of this dynamic organization, and be part of many facets of the OLLI at Duke community.

Activities Coordination
Even if you are not ready to coordinate activities for an entire year, you may want to contribute by organizing a trip so that our members can learn more about a favorite North Carolina attraction; members have coordinated trips to the Duke Primate Center, the North Carolina Zoo, the potteries of Seagrove, North Carolina, and the wineries of the Yadkin Valley.  We need people to do everything from creating lecture series to pouring wine.  We always need help with convocations and picnics.  These activities are important ways to meet new people and learn more about the organization.

Volunteer Projects

The knowledge and experience of OLLI at Duke members has been much sought after and appreciated by a variety of community agencies. Directors of the following projects would be delighted to add new volunteers to their ranks.

Duke Center for Aging and Human Development
In 1977, OLLI at Duke, then called the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement (DILR), began as a joint venture between Continuing Education and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and OLLI at Duke members continue to volunteer to participate in studies for the Center for Aging. Pick up an application in the OLLI office.

Duke University’s International House
University International House provides many services for international students and faculty at Duke. You can help by being an “International Friend” or by participating in English language conversation groups. Call International House, (919) 681-6080, for more information.

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Members & Leadership

Who Belongs to OLLI at Duke?

All adults who wish to pursue academic interests are encouraged to join. Our membership has included high school drop-outs and college presidents, native North Carolinians and newcomers, professionals and homemakers. Uniting such a rich and diverse mix of backgrounds and interests is the common goal of deepening our understanding of the world around us through study and discussion.

The fact that our students are members of OLLI at Duke underscores that this is a cooperative venture, relying on the contributions and participation, both in class and out, of each member. Believing that learning is dependent on active involvement, members teach classes, coordinate lecture series, lead small-group discussions, serve on the Board of Advisors and committees, act as class assistants, help with record-keeping and administration, make coffee, and volunteer for many other tasks, both large and small.

OLLI at Duke, headquartered in The Bishop’s House on Duke’s East Campus, is an organization where lifelong learners can enjoy daytime courses, good conversation, and the companionship of peers.  In this relaxed and congenial atmosphere, OLLI at Duke affords an opportunity to rekindle former interests and pursue new ones in classes without papers or tests, where members have in common a passion for learning and all the benefits that come from keeping mind and body healthy, active, and engaged.  In addition to the programming available exclusively to our members, being part of the Duke community provides access to a wealth of intellectual and cultural activities.

Classes are held in a variety of locations throughout the area: The Bishop’s House on Duke’s East Campus, the Judea Reform Congregation Education Building near the intersection of Highway 15-501 and Cornwallis Road in Durham, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Old Chapel Hill Road and Shannon Road in Durham, Smith Warehouse Computer Lab near the intersection of Main and Buchanan in Durham, area retirement communities, and a variety of sites both on and off Duke’s campus.

Founded in 1977 as a joint venture of Duke University Continuing Education and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, DILR/OLLI has grown from its 42 original members to over 2,100 each year, with a curriculum of over 130 classes each semester.

Leadership

OLLI at Duke operates under the auspices of Duke Continuing Studies and Summer Session.  We are a member-led organization with our own Board of Advisors, bylaws and committees.  OLLI at Duke is managed by a Director and an Assistant to the Director, who are employees of Duke Continuing Studies.

The OLLI Board of Advisors consists of the President and Vice President, who serve one-year terms, six At-Large Advisors, who serve three-year terms, and committee chairs who serve one‑year terms, and the Past President. The Director and the Assistant to the Director are ex‑officio members of the board.  

We are always looking for people to help with events and committees.  If you would like to talk to someone about volunteering at OLLI, or if you have ideas for a new activity or improvements to an existing program, please contact Garry Crites at 919-684-2703.

2016-2017 Officers

(one-year term, elected at annual meeting)

President: Gregg McPherson
Vice President: Marvin Teer
Past President: Wendell Musser

At-Large Advisors

(three-year term)

Term Ending 2017: Betsy Bullen
Term Ending 2018: Margaret Riley, Mary Ellen Walkama

Committee Chairs

(one-year term, appointed by President)

Board Development: Gregg McPherson
Communications: Raymond Conroy
Curriculum: Ginny Knight
Instructor Relations: Mike Bahnaman
Membership: Margaret McKeon
Space: Marvin Teer
Volunteer Relations:  Stephanie Johnson

Staff

Director: Garry Crites
Assistant to the Director:  Kathy Parrish
Representatives at Judea Reform Education Building: Susanna Chabinak-Uhlig, Jo Ann Dubberley, Roz Wolbarsht

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Staying in Touch

OLLI at Duke keeps members informed and connected to the program in a number of ways.

Members can always check out the latest news and find flyers and sign-up sheets for groups and activities on our bulletin boards, located at The Bishop’s House and the Judea Reform Education Building.

OLLI at Duke's staff, instructors, class assistants and leaders send out occasional e-mails to the membership to inform them of breaking news.  Please contact Garry Crites at 919-684-2703 or at garry.crites@duke.edu to make sure that we have your e-mail address if you want to receive these notices.

OLLI Spotlight

The OLLI Spotlight is an online newsletter issued bi-weekly to members via email, provided by the Communications committee and published biweekly on Sundays (less often during holiday breaks and in the summer). If you are an OLLI member and currently do not receive the Spotlight, please contact Garry Crites at garry.crites@duke.edu.  Please email ollispotlight@gmail.com to suggest an item for inclusion.

Member Website

OLLI at Duke maintains a members-only website (olliatduke.org) designed to keep members up to date on available courses, scheduled events, activities, and items of interest. Contact Kathy Parrish (919-681-3476) for the password.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to my class?

See the Directions section below for sites where we hold most OLLI classes.

Most classes are held at The Bishop’s House on the Duke East Campus or at the Education Building at the Judea Reform Congregation on Cornwallis Road. Our computer classes are held at the Smith Warehouse, Bay 6. Directions for classes held at other sites in the community are for the most part listed as part of the course description.

Where do I park for my OLLI classes?

All OLLI at Duke members are eligible to receive a parking pass that will permit them to park at the Bishop’s House, at Judea Reform Congregation (JRC), and certain other locations. You may pick a pass up at either facility.

The Bishop’s House: There are a limited number of parking spaces around The Bishop’s House, including three handicapped spaces. The OLLI parking permit must be kept on your dashboard when you park at The Bishop’s House, or you may receive a $40 ticket from Duke Parking and Transportation. Your parking permit also allows you to park in the EAE (East Commuter) lot on Epworth lane opposite Trinity Avenue.

When classes are changing, please wait in line at the bottom of the small hill leading to The Bishop’s House lot. This allows people to leave, opening up spaces for the next class. Do not drive around those who are patiently waiting in line. Do not block other cars. Try to park carefully so that we can accommodate as many cars as possible. Finally, be careful backing into and out of spaces. The surface in this parking lot is uneven, and we want to avoid accidents.

To use the handicapped spots, you need an official North Carolina handicapped parking tag. Campus parking restrictions are strongly enforced with a $100 fine.

Your OLLI parking permit is also valid for the lot at Asbury United Methodist Church on Markham Avenue and Sedgefield Street. City parking restrictions limit us to two-hour parking on the side streets adjacent to East Campus.

Judea Reform Congregation Education Building: Parking is in the lot adjacent to the building. It is plentiful, well-marked and well-surfaced.  You will need an OLLI parking permit on your dashboard to park at JRC. To use the handicapped spaces, you will need an official North Carolina handicapped parking tag. Please do not park in spaces designated for members of the congregation, or in spots designated for JRC staff. The JRC buildings and grounds are a non-smoking campus.

For classes held at sites in the community: Please check the course description in the online or print catalog for specific guidelines on parking.

Do you hold class if the weather is bad or there is a community emergency?

OLLI at Duke classes will be cancelled when the Durham Public Schools are closed for reasons of weather.  If the situation is ambiguous, or if the schools are delayed, there will be a message on the office phone (919-684-2703) by 8 a.m. on the morning in question.  Listen for details about the Durham schools on WTVD (Channel 11), WDNC (620 AM) or WCHL (1360 AM).  You can also check out the WRAL TV website.

Where can I get lunch between OLLI classes?

Options at The Bishop’s House include bringing a brown-bag lunch, using facilities such as the Marketplace in the nearby Duke East Campus Union, and exploring nearby restaurants in the Ninth Street area.  At Judea Reform, you may bring a lunch and eat in the commons area.  Please note: We comply with the dietary guidelines at Judea—no pork, no shellfish, and no meat and dairy on the same plate. Staff at Judea also maintains a list of restaurants in the area.

Are OLLI facilities accessible?

Duke University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call the OLLI office at 919-681-3476 in advance of your participation or visit.  The first floor of The Bishop’s House (where we hold all OLLI classes and the OLLI administrative staff works) is accessible and includes one accessible rest room.  All facilities at Judea Reform Congregation Education Building are accessible. 

How do I request a catalog?

Click on this link: REQUEST A CATALOG, select the OLLI catalog you wish to order, and click on Submit.

(Note: If you already have a user account, we recommend that you first go to Student Login to retrieve your username and password before making the request.  If you are new to OLLI, make the request, and follow the prompts to create your user account.)

How do I add, drop, or get a refund for an OLLI class?

Please contact Kathy Parrish at 919-681-3476 to find out more about dropping, adding, and refunds. Refunds must be requested by the end of the first week of classes.  There will be a $20 processing fee per transaction per course drop per member. Memberships are not refundable. 

How long does my membership last? 

Membership follows the academic calendar and runs from September through June.  Those who join for the short spring term (beginning in April) will be enrolled for the entire following academic year.

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Directions

Maps


From I-85 Northbound

To West Campus:
Exit at Duke University/HWY 751. At the first light, turn right onto 751. You will drive several miles through Duke Forest. Pass through the light at Erwin Road and follow the West Campus map.

To East Campus:
Exit at Guess Road and Turn right. Follow Guess Road across W. Club Blvd, where Guess will change to Buchanan Blvd. Follow the East Campus map.

To Smith Warehouse Bldg.:
Exit at Guess Road and turn right. Follow Guess Road across W. Club Blvd., where Guess changes to Buchanan Blvd. Follow Buchanan Blvd along Duke’s East Campus. Cross Main Street. The Smith Warehouse is just past the railroad tracks on your right. See the Smith Warehouse Map. Continuing Studies is located in Bay 6.


From I-85 Southbound

To West Campus:
Exit onto 15/501 South toward Chapel Hill, then exit 15/501 at Duke University/Hwy 751 and turn left.  Follow the West Campus map.

To East Campus:
Exit at Guess Road and Turn left.  Follow Guess Road across W. Club Blvd, where Guess will change to Buchanan Blvd.  Follow the East Campus map.

To Smith Warehouse Bldg.:
Exit at Guess Road and turn left. Follow Guess Road across W. Club Blvd., where Guess changes to Buchanan Blvd. Follow Buchanan Blvd along Duke’s East Campus and cross Main Street. The Smith Warehouse is just past the railroad tracks on your right. See the Smith Warehouse Map. Continuing Studies is located in Bay 6.


From Raleigh

Take I-40 to 147N (Durham Freeway). Follow 147 past downtown Durham, exiting at Swift Avenue.

To West Campus:
Turn left and follow Swift to Duke University Road. Turn right, then right on 751, and follow the map of West Campus.

To East Campus:
Turn right on Swift, then right on Main St and follow the East Campus map.

To Smith Warehouse Bldg.:
Turn right onto Swift Ave. Cross the railroad tracks and make a right at the next light onto Main Street. Follow the Main street until you reach Buchanan Blvd. Turn right and cross the railroad tracks. Smith Warehouse will be on your right. See the Smith Warehouse Map. Continuing Studies is located in Bay 6.

To Judea Reform Congregation:
Take I-40 to 147N (Durham Freeway). Follow 147 past downtown Durham and the Swift Avenue exit. Take Exit 16-B / 15-501 South / Chapel Hill. Take 15-501 South to Cornwallis Road exit (Exit 106). Turn left onto Cornwallis Rd. Go under 15-501 and take the third driveway on the right after the Western Bypass service Road.


From Chapel Hill

Take 15/501 Bypass to Durham.

To West Campus:
Exit at 751 and turn right.  and then follow map of West campus.   OR Exit 15/501 at 147S. Follow to Swift Ave and turn right to Campus Drive.  Turn right on Campus Drive and follow the West Campus map.

To East Campus:
Exit 15/501 at 147S (Durham Freeway).  Follow 147S to Swift Avenue.  Exit and turn left on Swift.  Turn right at Main Street and follow the East Campus map.

To Smith Warehouse Bldg.:
Follow 15-501 North, marked to Duke Univ./Med Ctr. Do not take 15-501 Business. Continue on US 15-501 to exit #108 B (N.C. 147 S/Durham Freeway). Take Durham Freeway S. to Swift Ave. exit (#14), marked East Campus. Take exit and turn left onto Swift Ave. Go through your first light, cross the railroad tracks, and make a right at the next light onto Main Street. Follow Main Street until you reach Buchanan Blvd. Take a right on Buchanan Blvd. Cross the railroad tracks and the Smith Warehouse will be immediately to your right. See the Smith Warehouse map. Continuing Studies is located in Bay 6.

To Judea Reform Congregation:
Follow 15-501 North. Take the first exit (Exit 106 - Cornwallis Road); turn right onto Cornwallis Road. Take the third driveway on the right after Western Bypass service road.


To the Bishop's House on East Campus, Office of Continuing Studies

Take 147 Durham Freeway to Swift Avenue exit. From Chapel Hill, turn left onto Swift; from Raleigh turn right. At the traffic light just after the railroad tracks, turn right onto Main Street. At the second light, turn left onto Buchanan Boulevard. Turn left at the second entrance into campus, opposite Dacian Avenue on the right. Follow the road around to the right; it ends at a white house on a slight hill.

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