Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (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 Network, 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 clubs and a photography group to our own New Horizons Band 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!

more: expand to show more details about this program
less: collapse to show fewer details about this program

Curriculum

Our courses conform to an arts and sciences curriculum and are scheduled by a twelve-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, Duke professors, graduate 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 in The Bishop’s House, and in the Education Building at Judea Reform Congregation on Cornwallis Road in Durham, meeting once a 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 11 weeks; spring term classes last five to six weeks.  Please check the detailed course descriptions for exceptions.

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.

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.

show the curriculum
hide the curriculum

Courses

Monday
Course Time Tuition Status
Campaign 2016: A Reporter's PerspectiveA discussion of the 2016 presidential campaign covering events as they happen, with history and background from a retired reporter who covered national politics for more than 40 years. There will be no textbooks, but participants...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Chair Yoga: An Undemanding Way to Do YogaThis course is perfect for you if standing or being on the floor would be difficult.  Chair Yoga is a yoga practice using modified yoga postures and other exercises to develop strength, enhance balance, increase flexibility and...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 2:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Cyanotype Process: Nature and Cyanotype PrintingExplore and learn about the cyanotype and sunprint process with paper and fabric. Cyanotype is a photographic process using a solution of iron compounds with objects or photo negatives placed on the material to make a print. The...
Jan 25, 2016 to Feb 8, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $60.00 Canceled
Digital Camera ExperienceDo you have a digital camera? Do you want to learn and practice the ins and outs of digital photography? This course, a combination of lecture and digital photo-taking, will teach what you really need to know to use your camera’s...
Feb 29, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
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 powers over 20% of the web because it is the easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full-...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Exoticism to Multiculturalism: 20th-Century Music and CultureWe know that the West has changed the world, but how has the world changed the West? At the beginning of the twentieth century, Western culture was fascinated by exotic cultures from around the world. At that time musicians and...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Growing up at Any Age: Stories of People Who Find out Who They Are, Early or LateThe phenomenon of self-discovery is not limited to the young. We will read and talk about four novels and one memoir. They vary greatly in time, style, and setting, but all have protagonists who find out who they are -- suddenly...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Gustav Mahler: A Life in MusicA controversial composer and conductor throughout his life, Gustav Mahler is now arguably the most-performed symphony composer. His biography is no less captivating than his music. Child of a poor Jewish peddler and tavern-keeper,...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Humanity and the Environment, the Environment and Humanity: Is Climate Change the Greatest Threat Ever Faced by Humankind?Services provided by nature--like predictable climate to grow crops, watersheds to collect water, coral reefs that provide nurseries for the main source of protein for millions of coastal dwellers--are almost always taken for...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Introducing Philosophy: Everyday ExamplesThis introductory philosophy class seeks to engage participants in a discussion of philosophic issues by using everyday examples of them and inviting students to entertain a variety of approaches to working with them. The text has a...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Introduction to Calligraphy: The Art of WritingThis hands-on workshop will provide you with an introduction to calligraphy and help you look at letters in a new light. You will also explore the possibilities in using a broad tip pen while learning the basic strokes of... Jan 25, 2016 9:00AM - 12:00PM $10.00 Available
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 11, 2016 to Mar 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Kazuo Ishiguro, Novels and Films: From British Butlers to Cloned ChildrenProbably best known for "The Remains of the Day" this major contemporary British author and Man Booker Prize winner has produced a fascinating body of work that is diverse in style yet with certain themes that keep recurring. His...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of MilanLuke Syson, protégé of Dr. Martin Kemp and Curator of the National Gallery in London's landmark 2012 Leonardo exhibition, when asked how he would characterize the Leonardo who had spoken to him through his painted works said, "The...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 14, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Mac OS X (Yosemite) for Mac Computer UsersThis course is not a beginner’s Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about navigating in and using the latest Mac operating system, Yosemite. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the...
Feb 1, 2016 to Mar 14, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Mastery of Your ipad: For iOS 9: iPads and iPad MinisFrustrated with your iPad or love your iPad? This course will help intermediate-level users to become more proficient with the iOS 9 System while adding new skills for familiar apps. The topics to be covered are: The new system and...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 14, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Nation Building in Japan: From Samuri to Renunciation of War to "Collective Self-Defense"The course will discuss the development of the current Japanese state from before the first Samurai government in the 13th Century to the dissolution of central Government (although the retention of the Emperor) to Reunification and...
Jan 25, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Operetta: Opera LiteOperetta, a precursor of the modern musical theater, sprang up in Paris in the middle of the nineteenth century. Most operettas can be described as light operas with spoken dialogue, whereas most musicals are plays with singing and...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Printmaking without a Press: Printmaking 101Learn how to work with gelatin to create your own prints without purchasing a premade gelatin plate. Explore painterly monoprint techniques that provide beautiful results without a press. Learn easy ways to incorporate screenprint...
Feb 29, 2016 to Mar 14, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $60.00 Available
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 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Tensor Calculus for Poets Who Can CountUntil very recently, general relativity was taught only in postgraduate mathematics or physics courses because the mathematical foundations of the theory were regarded as much too demanding for undergraduates. But Lillian Lieber (...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Art of CookingDavid Sovero, who is a chef for a local restaurant, believes you can create a good, healthy, and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry.  Each week he will provide a meat, either beef, chicken, or seafood...
Feb 1, 2016 to Mar 7, 2016
5:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Canceled
The Great Unknowns: The Best Architects You've Never Heard ofThere are architects whose lives and work are almost forgotten, either overshadowed by the greats or not fully appreciated in their time. Their designs don't fit neatly into stylistic categories or schools of thought. Some weren't...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Origins and Evolution of the Cold War: 1945-1962This class will focus on the Soviet and American strategies for global preeminence from World War II to the Cuban Missile Crisis. It will examine the reasons for the onset of the Cold War, compare and contrast the American and...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Wait List
Top Hits in Spanish Cinema: Part IILearn about Spanish society, history and culture while watching award-winning films! All films are subtitled and will be followed by a PowerPoint presentation on a related topic and class discussion. A continuation of Greatest Hits...
Jan 11, 2016 to Feb 15, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself": From the Mystery of God and Death to the Beauty of the Human BodyWalt Whitman is one of America,s greatest poets, and "Song of Myself" is his longest (fifty-two pages) and probably finest poem. It is rich with detail, scenes/characters (including the persona "Walt"), and themes. Some is...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Women's Dance from Tropical Islands: Get Fit Learning Island Dances from Around the WorldWarm up your winter with tropical dances that build flexibility and are great core exercise. Have fun traveling to warm lands and beautiful islands where women express themselves fully through dance. Learn slow, graceful dances...
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 2:50PM $90.00 Available
Zentangle Meets Art Journal: Take Your Tangles to the Next LevelStudents will make a one-of-a-kind handmade book using a GelliArts gelli plate for a monoprinted page. The pages will be textured with acrylic paints, marbling paint, molding paste, pen and ink. The books will be used to showcase...
Feb 29, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
10:00AM - 1:00PM $60.00 Canceled
Tuesday
Course Time Tuition Status
3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is rapidly transforming many fields of endeavor by enabling low-cost, accurate prototyping and production of highly-detailed solid objects under computer control. The technique...
Jan 12, 2016 to Feb 9, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is rapidly transforming many fields of endeavor by enabling low-cost, accurate prototyping and production of highly-detailed solid objects under computer control. The technique...
Feb 16, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
Awakening the Questions Within: Creative Nonfiction WritingIn this course we will engage in nonfiction writing driven by the questions we have about our own pasts, about someone else's story, or about any subject we would like to explore at a deeper level and ...personally feel are...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Beyond Atheism: Re-conceiving God, Jesus, Humanity, and ChurchHow can you be a person of faith and an ally of some of the New Atheist movements at the same time? Some progressive religious leaders now think we have to accept the conclusions of atheism and move forward with new forms of human...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
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 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Common Sense Economics: The Economic History of the United StatesHaving trouble understanding today’s economy: high unemployment, a debt crisis, a declining dollar, a crashed housing market, FED policy, threat of inflation, the shrinking value of our investments? Not only here in the United...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
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 fall 2015 class, but anyone...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Creating Stories to Keep and Pass On: A Writing WorkshopThe late poet Stanley Kunitz wrote that a good story, like a good garden, cultivates the “wild permissiveness of the inner life.”  In this writing workshop, we will probe and give voice--through a series of prompts and craft...
Jan 19, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Euripides' Late Plays:At the end of his career Euripides became very disillusioned with Athenian politics. His last three plays, Herakles, Phoenician Women, and the Bacchae reflect his pessimism. They also brilliantly illustrate how he thrilled his...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Exploring Cultural Complexity through Film: An Anthropological LensCulture is a complex term anthropologists have long debated its definition. In today's multicultural world, the term becomes even more complex as cultures interact, clash, and mix. Subcultures add even more layers to the mix. This...
Jan 12, 2016 to Feb 9, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Financial Fitness for Women: Get in Shape, Stay in ShapeDo you want to feel more empowered about your personal finances? Are you confused by terms like ETF, NAV, OER and GDP? In this course we will start with the basics. We will begin with an exercise to help you assess your personal...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Highlights of the Metropolitan Opera/NC Opera Company's Live in HD and Live Performances, 2015-2016Enhance your enjoyment of both the Metropolitan Opera's 2015-2016 Live in HD season and performances by the NC Opera by learning about the music, composers, and history of: Otello and Il Trovatore (Verdi); Les Pecheurs de Perles (...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Howard's Helicopters: A Brief History of Hughes Helicopters, Inc. and Its Weird and Wonderful People and ProductsThis course is a review of the history of Howard Hughes' aircraft company (now a part of the Boeing Company). A general interest in aircraft will be sufficient to understand and appreciate the material. Little attention will be...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Let's Read in French! France's Favorite Fictional DetectiveParlez-vous 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...
Jan 12, 2016 to Feb 16, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité: Three Words that Changed the Course of HistoryExplore 19th century European history from the French Revolution to the period just before the Russian Revolution. This course will follow movements that determined many of the 20th century developments still reverberating today....
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Nia: Dance with Joy: Move with AwarenessNia is a cardio-dance workout, a movement practice, and lifestyle based on the intelligent design of the body. Every person can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
Oil PaintingIn this course the first half of the first class is a general introduction to art history including the styles/schools of classical, realism, impressionism, expressionism, modern and contemporary art.  After that, students will...
Feb 2, 2016 to Mar 8, 2016
11:00AM - 2:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Paint Some More: Opportunities to Practice Using and Learning More about Watercolor PaintingThis course will expand your abilities and understanding of watercolor painting. There will be demonstrations, handouts, and homework in addition to time for painting. Experience with watercolor painting will be most helpful,...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Photoshop Elements Refresher for PC and MacReview and strengthen your Adobe Photoshop Elements skills while learning more about the software's digital image editing tools.  This class will include practice with the use of layers, selections, and procedures for editing and...
Jan 26, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Regional Geological History of North America: National Parks IncludedThis course will consist of lecture & discussions sessions covering ten major geologic regions of North America. Each session will focus on the geologic history of one of these regions, including the presence of national parks...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
So You Think You Want to be a Consultant: Six Secrets for Consulting SuccessConsulting can be a rewarding and exciting profession, and not always in a financial sense. Anyone can become a consultant, but becoming a successful consultant is a different story. This course will assist students in assessing if...
Feb 9, 2016 to Mar 8, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $40.00 Available
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityWe'll review two choices: aging-in-place (in your current home) and retirement communities.  First, we'll cover assistive technologies and assessing the suitability of your home and your community.  Next, we'll cover health care...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and DiversionsEleven weeks, eleven different speakers, each offering us insights into their work.  If your schedule means you have to miss a class or two, you won't lose course continuity because each lecture stands alone, but you can expect to...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Taking Your Photography to the Next Level: Photographic CompositionAre you ready to participate in an instructor-led discussion and analysis of your photographs and the photos of your classmates? The workshop will focus on composition, Photoshop Elements, and color printing, and will evolve based...
Mar 1, 2016 to Mar 29, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
TedTalks: Ideas Worth SpreadingTED is a global organization that provides a forum for speakers to present their ideas, passions and information in cutting edge, interesting and remarkable talks. TED's mission of "Ideas Worth Spreading" reaches far beyond the...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The $100,000 Portfolio: A Basic and Intermediate Introduction to InvestingHow would you invest 100,000 virtual dollars? Using The Stock Market Game™, participants have ten weeks to maximize returns with an online simulation of investing in global stock and capital markets.  Using actual quotes on stock...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Fierce Urgency of Now: Liberation and the Prophetic Imagination“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there 'Is' such a thing as being too late… This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Sometimes it...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Meaning of Life? Essays on Many SidesMan's concern about a meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human ' wrote Viktor Frankl, and it is a subject that has been the compass of whole literatures and philosophies. The late professor E.D. Klemke...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The Story of Tin Pan Alley: Early Years and Roaring TwentiesThis class will focus on the early years of Tin Pan Alley from the 19OOs to 192Os.  The amazing contribution of African-Americans to the American Popular Song book; the teenagers who kick-started the music publishing industry in the...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
The Wars of the Middle Eastern Succession: 1945-2015Since 1945, a series of wars has been fought to determine the outcome of regional rivalries. The military outcome of each war has left its imprint on the overall political situation. In the last four years the contestation for...
Jan 12, 2016 to Feb 16, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30PM $60.00 Wait List
The Wonderful World of Butterflies: More Amazing Than You Could ImagineThis course, in eight sessions, will address the basic nature of butterflies: Origins; Global survival tactics; The importance of migrations; Enemies/defenses; Anatomy; and Contiental variations. The last three sessions will focus...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 8, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Tropical Tree Camp: The Medicinal Plants of IndiaJoin naturalist Riverdave Owen for a two hour study/walk through the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory greenhouse at the Museum of Life and Science. This hands-on class will focus on the plants used in the native botanical medicine... Jan 12, 2016 1:30PM - 3:00PM $10.00 Available
Writing an Ethical Will: Passing Your Beliefs and Blessings to Future GenerationsAn ethical will is not a legal document. It is designed to communicate your values, blessings, life lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love, spiritual values and forgiveness with your family, friends and/or community. The...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Yoga for BeginnersIn Yoga for Beginners, participants will practice basic breathing techniques. Participants will learn basic yoga poses (asanas) that will prepare them for more advanced classes.  Participants will also engage in brief meditations...
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Wednesday
Course Time Tuition Status
A Literary Journey through California: San Diego to San FranciscoWhile few of us associate the Golden State with acclaimed writers, California dominates every other state. An hour from San Francisco, the Eugene O'Neill home, where plays are held in the barn every summer, is almost as he left it...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
A Road Map to Connecting with Adult ChildrenThis course invites fathers and mothers to engage in rich conversations together, as parents of adult sons and daughters.  Subjects will include the wisdom of giving advice, establishing trust and boundaries, avoiding triangulation...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Acrylic Watermedia Adventures: Painting Abstract and Improvisational Landscapes, Trees, Figure, FlowersLet go of the rules and loosen up while learning composition, color theory, color mixing, collage and other special techniques. Fearless Fun!
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 9, 2016
1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
American Government and PoliticsThe course covers the structure, institutions, and functioning of the American system of government. Coverage is divided into four units: The Constitution and Federalism; Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Political Parties and...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
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 50and 60 will impact how we feel at age 70 and beyond. The good news is we can shed our physically limiting...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Free Your Writing: A Mindful Prompt Writing SeriesCome join a warm, supportive group of writers to seek surprise and freedom in your writing. No writing experience necessary, just a willingness to take risks, be kind to ourselves and others, and keep the pen moving across the page...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
From Page to Stage: Reading, Understanding, Performing DramaThis class will provide an opportunity to read and discuss a series of one-act plays and subsequently to perform them with script in hand. Issues such as ageism, sex for seniors, and crossing the generations will be presented in a...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Genealogy I, For the Novice and Beyond: 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 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Genealogy I, For the Novice and Beyond: 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 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
Genealogy VI--DNA Testing for Genealogy: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeThis course will help the student analyze their ancestral DNA testing results and apply them to their genealogical research/family tree. The topics covered will include the various ancestral DNA tests and the differences in their...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
George Balanchine, Ballet Master: An in-Depth Look at George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet CompanyBalanchine's biography, interviews with his dancers, documentaries, and lots of ballet videos will help you appreciate the man who many consider the most important choreographer of the 20th century.
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
How to Write It so They'll Want to Read ItAt its most basic, a good story/novel/memoir involves a sympathetic character, engaged in a dramatic struggle that results in transformation. How difficult can it be to write that? Damn difficult! This course will focus on the four...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Interval Training Workouts: High-intensity, Low-Impact WorkoutsNumerous studies demonstrate that high-intensity interval training of a shorter duration may be more efficient in burning fat and improving fitness than exercise of a lower intensity and longer duration.  In this course, we will use...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Journeying from Happiness to Life Satisfaction: Transforming Your Inner World and Creating a Life Worth LivingMost of us want to be happy. We seek happiness, chase it, plan for it and then when we think we have it in our grasp, it slips through our fingers. Happiness just isn't what it used to be. It's taken another turn. In this course, we...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Joyful Dance: How Brazilian Dance Movements Help Us to Heal Body, Mind, Heart and SoulExperience the healing power of Dance. Dance 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...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 9, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
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...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Available
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.  Making music is enjoyable, but it's serious...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
Presidential Candidates 2016: Primary Elections and Party Platform ArticulationThis course is for those who are really interested in politics, public policy and especially in the possible 2016 presidential candidates. The NC Presidential Primary will be Tuesday, March 15, so there will be heightened...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Salli's Senior Workout: Fun, Low Impact Fitness to Improve Balance, Posture, Strength and FlexibilityWhen was the last time you enjoyed exercising? Join this fantastic and fun fitness class taught to local seniors for more than twenty-five years. The music is great, the people are great, and it's good for you, too! Your flexibility...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Science behind Energy Generation and Climate ChangeEnergy makes our civilization go and we, and emerging nations, consume more and more energy. These days nearly every newscast includes a story about energy sources, energy costs, and energy consequences. What are these sources? How...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Shakespeare's Hamlet: Tragedy for the AgesFrequently hailed as Shakespeare's finest play, if not one of the greatest works of literature the world has known, Hamlet touches the human soul on every level. It is a tragedy of family, country, friendship, love, and individual...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Tax Smart Investments Strategies: What You Need to Know to Make the Most of What You HaveManage your income and investments!  Select and position your money wisely in taxable, tax-free, and tax-deferred accounts, and you can save big $$.  Learn ways to gain "tax-efficiency" by managing income flows, positioning...
Jan 13, 2016 to Feb 17, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
The History of New York City: A Hell of a TownFounded in 1624, New York has always played a vital role in American History. It reigns today as the commercial, financial, intellectual and psychological heart of the nation, yet remains "foreign" to many citizens. Our lecture/...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those who are interested in current events. Each week, we discuss news from the United States, the world, and the Triangle. We begin each class with a list of proposed topics and discuss those of interest to the...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Tropical Tree Camp: The Medicinal Plants of IndiaJoin naturalist Riverdave Owen for a two hour study/walk through the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory greenhouse at the Museum of Life and Science. This hands-on class will focus on the plants used in the native botanical medicine... Jan 13, 2016 1:30PM - 3:00PM $10.00 Canceled
Visual Art: What's It Made Of? How Does Medium Influence the Artist's Creative Act and Productivity?A study of Architecture, Painting, and Sculpture beginning with the question:? What is it made of? The answer "medium" is from the Latin word "medium" which denotes the means. It is the concrete material by which an artist makes...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
War in the Pacific--l920-1945: History of the Emergence of Japan Post Meiji to 1945There will be a preface on the evolution of the Japanese peoples prior to the Meiji Restoration. Emperor Meiji mandated for the Yamato nation an industrial revolution similar to those then occurring in the Western world and...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 9, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
What to Eat and Why: Evidence-based Guide to Healthy NutritionRecommendations on what we should eat and drink in order to maximize our longevity and quality of life are abundant. Some are designed to sell us products that are not in our best interest. Others come from well-intentioned sources...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Enrollment Closed
Woodrow WilsonWoodrow Wilson This is the story of a contradictory man, outwardly tumultuous, who improbably rose from an obscure teacher of rowdy boys in a rural college to the most famous political leader in the world, changing the course of...
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
A Review of Estates and TrustsThis course will address your deepest concerns: What about the worthless son-in-law? Must he be included? What about land inherited from a rich uncle? Does your spouse have an interest in that property? Can you set up a trust...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Beginning Botanical DrawingThis course is designed for those who have a desire to create realistic botanical art but have little or no experience. Students will be led in the basic skills of drawing, which can later be applied to the creation of nature art in...
Jan 14, 2016 to Feb 18, 2016
11:00AM - 1:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Beyond the Travel Guide Book: Preparing for a Big Trip, Real or ImaginedWould you like to go beyond the typical tourist experience on your next trip? Would you like to understand more about the lifestyle, values, history, or natural surroundings of the places you pass through? And would you like to...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 10, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
DeceptionDeception is inherent to the practice of intelligence. The objective is to convince your adversary that you are going to do something different from what you are actually planning or maybe nothing at all. History is replete with...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Destination--Culture USA: What Are Museums For?Museums are places where Americans go to pursue the discovery of art, history, science, technology and the natural world. They are also a big part of the cultural tourism industry in this country: a $192 billion industry. So, what...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 17, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Expatriates in Paris in the 192Os: The Lost GenerationIn the decade after World War I, Paris was a cultural mecca for countless Americans disaffected with the conventionalism of American society and seeking intellectual and/or personal freedom in a city known for its openness to...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Genealogy II, the Next Steps: Learning About and Using More Records than the Census and Vital RecordsThis 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 14, 2016 to Mar 31, 2016
8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
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 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Greeting Cards and Paper Crafts: New and Recycled/Repurposed Paper ProjectsDo you love the look of handcrafted greeting cards, party favors and 3-D paper projects? In this hands-on course you'll be making cards with unusual folds and pop-ups, gift boxes, envelopes, paper gifts and more. We'll be...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Hannah Arendt on Human Nature, Jewish and German Identity, and the HolocaustHannah Arendt, a Jew born in Germany about a century ago, studied with the leading philosophers working in phenomenology and existentialism. She emigrated to New York when the Nazis came to power, taught political theory at the New...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
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 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Introduction to Spain's Greatest Wine RegionsJoin us on a journey through Spain and explore some of its most famous wine regions: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Catalunya, and Galicia. Each week we will discover these well known regions by tasting four wines from the region...
Feb 11, 2016 to Mar 10, 2016
1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Introduction to Spain's Greatest Wine RegionsJoin us on a journey through Spain and explore some of its most famous wine regions: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Catalunya, and Galicia. Each week we will discover these well known regions by tasting four wines from the region...
Feb 11, 2016 to Mar 10, 2016
3:15PM - 4:30PM $40.00 Wait List
La Cantatrice chauve: Le théâtre de l'absurdeThe course is geared to students who have reached the intermediate level of French. The play, La Cantatrice Chauve, by Eugene Ionesco, is a comedy that makes us think about the banality of life, and about estrangement and lack of...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Maintaining Your Mojo: Easy and Fun Ways to Increase and Maintain Wellness, Health and VitalityEnergy medicine is a simple practice that works with the vital, moving force of the body's energies which is at the foundation of our well-being. In energy medicine, you heal the body by activating its natural healing energies and...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Wait List
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 14, 2016 7:00PM - 8:30PM $10.00 Wait List
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 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Available
Palette Knife Painting with Water Soluble OilsIn this class, students will paint simple subjects like fruits, flowers, boats, and seasonal subjects like presents, hearts, etc. The instructor will demonstrate and then the class will all paint the same thing. The instructor bring...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 10, 2016
1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry WorkshopWhat's a poem, after all?  Is it chiefly a matter of how you say something, or how you see it?  Poems are a personal rendering of experience, idea, or image with language that is as exact and fresh as possible.  They aim to make the...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry Writing: A FunshopThis "funshop" is for everyone who writes or wants to write poetry. We will generate creative writing through personal experience, poetic forms as models, and "stealing" from some of the greats. Poems will be conceived, birthed, and...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry Writing: A FunshopThis "funshop" is for everyone who writes or wants to write poetry. We will generate creative writing through personal experience, poetic forms as models, and "stealing" from some of the greats. Poems will be conceived, birthed, and...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Read and Discuss: The Architect as GeniusIs it ever easy to live with a genius? Explore in T.C. Boyle's novel The Woman. Four women had a role in influencing the direction of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural projects. Also, read Simon Mawer's The Glass Room, a Man Booker...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Reading Poetry: Good Poems, Hard Times"Poetry," says Garrison Keillor, "is the last preserve of honest speech and the outspoken heart." He is convinced that in hard times, and most times are hard in one way or another, poetry can provide courage by speaking directly...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Relativity as Explained by the MasterIn 19l6 Einstein was at the height of his powers. He had recently completed his arduous odyssey to his gravitational field equations. General Relativity was now complete. He then proceeded to present his theory to two diverse...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Shakespeare's Late Romances: A Study of Four PlaysThis course will deal with four plays from the end of Shakespeare's career that have been labeled romances or tragicomedies. First, we will start with a quick look at Pericles, which is definitely not a masterpiece (and co-authored...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 17, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionPrerequisite: this special 6-week course is only open to those who have taken one or both of Dr. Jay’s classes at OLLI, as we will be combining “Moonlight” (taught in the fall) and “Starlight” (taught in the winter) into the...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Art of CookingDavid Sovero, who is a chef for a local restaurant, believes you can create a good, healthy, and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry.  Each week he will provide a meat, either beef, chicken, or seafood...
Feb 4, 2016 to Mar 10, 2016
2:00PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those who are interested in current events. Each week, we discuss news from the United States, the world, and the Triangle. We begin each class with a list of proposed topics and discuss those of interest to the...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Wright Brothers and the Invention of Powered FlightWe will review the effort of dozens of aviation pioneers who preceded the Wright Brothers' success. Wilbur and Orville had only high school educations and they had no formal technical or aviation training. Yet in part they invented...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Traveling into New Worlds via Art: The Art of Africa and the African American DiasporaExplore how treasures from near and far away can take us to other times and places. Faculty from nearby universities and museums will show us the diverse ways African and African American artists address spiritual, religious,...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Wagner's Ring: An in-Depth Look at the Most Phenomenal Creation by a Single Artist in Human HistoryCreating The Ring occupied Wagner, on and off, for about thirty years. It was a totally new concept in artistic creation both dramatically and musically. This course will look at it from many angles: how it was written, Wagner's...
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
A New Way of Seeing Everything: Designing and Creating the World TogetherThe rational cognitive capacity of humans is only the tip of the iceberg. Human reason is informed and shaped by a vast network of real-time and stored responses based on memory and environmental cues. If, as contemporary...
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
A Time to Remember: The Post World War II Years--1945-1963 in the United States"It was the best of times and the worst of times" depending on who you were, and where you were. On the surface life in the United States was placid, pleasant, and peaceful; however, there was an increasingly strong undercurrent of...
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
American Tobacco HeritageFor thousands of years, tobacco, that controversial herb, has endured and flourished, even in the face of adversity and scorn from every quarter. Since 1612, when John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas, commercialized, and then cashed in...
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Creative Sharing with Weebly: Build a Website for Something That Interests YouDo you have some hobby / pastime / interest which you would like to share with others by setting up a website?  This is a hands-on course in which you will learn to create a website containing material you bring to the class. The...
Jan 15, 2016 to Feb 19, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Encouragement Makes Good Things Happen: An Introduction to the Practice of Positive PsychologyBased on a growth as opposed to a disease psychological model, this course is designed to help you learn better how to encourage yourself and others. It is an antidote to the many problems faced in today's society, inasmuch as many...
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Genealogy III--Surmounting Your Genealogical Roadblocks: Writing an Effective Research PlanThis is an interactive course designed to increase the student's ability to create effective genealogical research plans. Students will be guided through the development of a research plan for one of their own genealogy problems....
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Available
Genealogy V: More Effective Computer ResearchYou have taken several genealogy courses and are not finding the records/data you need to move your family history forward. This class may be designed for you. First, this class is not a how-to do genealogy class; it is designed to...
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Heart of William James: The Trajectory of His ThoughtWilliam James, this country's most famous philosopher, pioneered in many scientific fields. He was largely homeschooled as a young person, and attended many schools because his family moved frequently. He eventually became a full...
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Plays of Samuel Beckett: Disembodiment, Indefinition, and Antitheatricality from Eleutheria to What WhereArguably the most important playwright of the twentieth century, the Irish-born writer Samuel Beckett (19O6-1989) redefined the possibilities of theater. Works such as Waiting for Godot and Endgame deconstructed nearly every...
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Sunday
Course Time Tuition Status
Food for Life--Diabetes Initiative: The Power of Food for Diabetes Prevention and TreatmentDiabetes is a major public health problem of epidemic proportions. Eleven percent of the United States adult population has diabetes, and nearly one-third of those 65 and older have the disease.  Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to...
Jan 17, 2016 to Feb 14, 2016
1:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Intergenerational Perspectives on Contemporary Issues and Practical Ethics: OLLI Students and Duke UndergraduatesThis interactive course explores different generations’ perspectives on ethical issues relevant in our world today.  Eight to ten undergraduates partner with the “overgrads” in OLLI each week to explore and share ideas and...
Jan 17, 2016 to Apr 10, 2016
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Availability
Destination--Culture USA: What Are Museums For?Museums are places where Americans go to pursue the discovery of art, history, science, technology and the natural world. They are also a big part of the cultural tourism industry in this country: a $192 billion industry. So, what... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 17, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of MilanLuke Syson, protégé of Dr. Martin Kemp and Curator of the National Gallery in London's landmark 2012 Leonardo exhibition, when asked how he would characterize the Leonardo who had spoken to him through his painted works said, "The... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 14, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
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... (Thursdays)Jan 14, 2016 7:00PM - 8:30PM $10.00 Wait List
The Great Unknowns: The Best Architects You've Never Heard ofThere are architects whose lives and work are almost forgotten, either overshadowed by the greats or not fully appreciated in their time. Their designs don't fit neatly into stylistic categories or schools of thought. Some weren't... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Traveling into New Worlds via Art: The Art of Africa and the African American DiasporaExplore how treasures from near and far away can take us to other times and places. Faculty from nearby universities and museums will show us the diverse ways African and African American artists address spiritual, religious,... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Visual Art: What's It Made Of? How Does Medium Influence the Artist's Creative Act and Productivity?A study of Architecture, Painting, and Sculpture beginning with the question:? What is it made of? The answer "medium" is from the Latin word "medium" which denotes the means. It is the concrete material by which an artist makes... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Availability
Creative Sharing with Weebly: Build a Website for Something That Interests YouDo you have some hobby / pastime / interest which you would like to share with others by setting up a website?  This is a hands-on course in which you will learn to create a website containing material you bring to the class. The... (Fridays)
Jan 15, 2016 to Feb 19, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Digital Camera ExperienceDo you have a digital camera? Do you want to learn and practice the ins and outs of digital photography? This course, a combination of lecture and digital photo-taking, will teach what you really need to know to use your camera’s... (Mondays)
Feb 29, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
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 powers over 20% of the web because it is the easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full-... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
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 11, 2016 to Mar 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Mac OS X (Yosemite) for Mac Computer UsersThis course is not a beginner’s Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about navigating in and using the latest Mac operating system, Yosemite. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the... (Mondays)
Feb 1, 2016 to Mar 14, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Mastery of Your ipad: For iOS 9: iPads and iPad MinisFrustrated with your iPad or love your iPad? This course will help intermediate-level users to become more proficient with the iOS 9 System while adding new skills for familiar apps. The topics to be covered are: The new system and... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 14, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Photoshop Elements Refresher for PC and MacReview and strengthen your Adobe Photoshop Elements skills while learning more about the software's digital image editing tools.  This class will include practice with the use of layers, selections, and procedures for editing and... (Tuesdays)
Jan 26, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Taking Your Photography to the Next Level: Photographic CompositionAre you ready to participate in an instructor-led discussion and analysis of your photographs and the photos of your classmates? The workshop will focus on composition, Photoshop Elements, and color printing, and will evolve based... (Tuesdays)
Mar 1, 2016 to Mar 29, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Availability
3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is rapidly transforming many fields of endeavor by enabling low-cost, accurate prototyping and production of highly-detailed solid objects under computer control. The technique... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Feb 9, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is rapidly transforming many fields of endeavor by enabling low-cost, accurate prototyping and production of highly-detailed solid objects under computer control. The technique... (Tuesdays)
Feb 16, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
Acrylic Watermedia Adventures: Painting Abstract and Improvisational Landscapes, Trees, Figure, FlowersLet go of the rules and loosen up while learning composition, color theory, color mixing, collage and other special techniques. Fearless Fun! (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 9, 2016
1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Beginning Botanical DrawingThis course is designed for those who have a desire to create realistic botanical art but have little or no experience. Students will be led in the basic skills of drawing, which can later be applied to the creation of nature art in... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Feb 18, 2016
11:00AM - 1:00PM $60.00 Wait List
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 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Cyanotype Process: Nature and Cyanotype PrintingExplore and learn about the cyanotype and sunprint process with paper and fabric. Cyanotype is a photographic process using a solution of iron compounds with objects or photo negatives placed on the material to make a print. The... (Mondays)
Jan 25, 2016 to Feb 8, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $60.00 Canceled
Greeting Cards and Paper Crafts: New and Recycled/Repurposed Paper ProjectsDo you love the look of handcrafted greeting cards, party favors and 3-D paper projects? In this hands-on course you'll be making cards with unusual folds and pop-ups, gift boxes, envelopes, paper gifts and more. We'll be... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Introduction to Calligraphy: The Art of WritingThis hands-on workshop will provide you with an introduction to calligraphy and help you look at letters in a new light. You will also explore the possibilities in using a broad tip pen while learning the basic strokes of... (Mondays)Jan 25, 2016 9:00AM - 12:00PM $10.00 Available
Oil PaintingIn this course the first half of the first class is a general introduction to art history including the styles/schools of classical, realism, impressionism, expressionism, modern and contemporary art.  After that, students will... (Tuesdays)
Feb 2, 2016 to Mar 8, 2016
11:00AM - 2:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Paint Some More: Opportunities to Practice Using and Learning More about Watercolor PaintingThis course will expand your abilities and understanding of watercolor painting. There will be demonstrations, handouts, and homework in addition to time for painting. Experience with watercolor painting will be most helpful,... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Palette Knife Painting with Water Soluble OilsIn this class, students will paint simple subjects like fruits, flowers, boats, and seasonal subjects like presents, hearts, etc. The instructor will demonstrate and then the class will all paint the same thing. The instructor bring... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 10, 2016
1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Printmaking without a Press: Printmaking 101Learn how to work with gelatin to create your own prints without purchasing a premade gelatin plate. Explore painterly monoprint techniques that provide beautiful results without a press. Learn easy ways to incorporate screenprint... (Mondays)
Feb 29, 2016 to Mar 14, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $60.00 Available
Zentangle Meets Art Journal: Take Your Tangles to the Next LevelStudents will make a one-of-a-kind handmade book using a GelliArts gelli plate for a monoprinted page. The pages will be textured with acrylic paints, marbling paint, molding paste, pen and ink. The books will be used to showcase... (Mondays)
Feb 29, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
10:00AM - 1:00PM $60.00 Canceled
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Review of Estates and TrustsThis course will address your deepest concerns: What about the worthless son-in-law? Must he be included? What about land inherited from a rich uncle? Does your spouse have an interest in that property? Can you set up a trust... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Common Sense Economics: The Economic History of the United StatesHaving trouble understanding today’s economy: high unemployment, a debt crisis, a declining dollar, a crashed housing market, FED policy, threat of inflation, the shrinking value of our investments? Not only here in the United... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Financial Fitness for Women: Get in Shape, Stay in ShapeDo you want to feel more empowered about your personal finances? Are you confused by terms like ETF, NAV, OER and GDP? In this course we will start with the basics. We will begin with an exercise to help you assess your personal... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
So You Think You Want to be a Consultant: Six Secrets for Consulting SuccessConsulting can be a rewarding and exciting profession, and not always in a financial sense. Anyone can become a consultant, but becoming a successful consultant is a different story. This course will assist students in assessing if... (Tuesdays)
Feb 9, 2016 to Mar 8, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $40.00 Available
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityWe'll review two choices: aging-in-place (in your current home) and retirement communities.  First, we'll cover assistive technologies and assessing the suitability of your home and your community.  Next, we'll cover health care... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Tax Smart Investments Strategies: What You Need to Know to Make the Most of What You HaveManage your income and investments!  Select and position your money wisely in taxable, tax-free, and tax-deferred accounts, and you can save big $$.  Learn ways to gain "tax-efficiency" by managing income flows, positioning... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Feb 17, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
The $100,000 Portfolio: A Basic and Intermediate Introduction to InvestingHow would you invest 100,000 virtual dollars? Using The Stock Market Game™, participants have ten weeks to maximize returns with an online simulation of investing in global stock and capital markets.  Using actual quotes on stock... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Health & Wellness
Course Time Tuition Availability
Chair Yoga: An Undemanding Way to Do YogaThis course is perfect for you if standing or being on the floor would be difficult.  Chair Yoga is a yoga practice using modified yoga postures and other exercises to develop strength, enhance balance, increase flexibility and... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 2:30PM $90.00 Wait List
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 50and 60 will impact how we feel at age 70 and beyond. The good news is we can shed our physically limiting... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Food for Life--Diabetes Initiative: The Power of Food for Diabetes Prevention and TreatmentDiabetes is a major public health problem of epidemic proportions. Eleven percent of the United States adult population has diabetes, and nearly one-third of those 65 and older have the disease.  Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to... (Sundays)
Jan 17, 2016 to Feb 14, 2016
1:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Canceled
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 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Nia: Dance with Joy: Move with AwarenessNia is a cardio-dance workout, a movement practice, and lifestyle based on the intelligent design of the body. Every person can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
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 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionPrerequisite: this special 6-week course is only open to those who have taken one or both of Dr. Jay’s classes at OLLI, as we will be combining “Moonlight” (taught in the fall) and “Starlight” (taught in the winter) into the... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Art of CookingDavid Sovero, who is a chef for a local restaurant, believes you can create a good, healthy, and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry.  Each week he will provide a meat, either beef, chicken, or seafood... (Mondays)
Feb 1, 2016 to Mar 7, 2016
5:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Canceled
The Art of CookingDavid Sovero, who is a chef for a local restaurant, believes you can create a good, healthy, and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry.  Each week he will provide a meat, either beef, chicken, or seafood... (Thursdays)
Feb 4, 2016 to Mar 10, 2016
2:00PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
History & Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Time to Remember: The Post World War II Years--1945-1963 in the United States"It was the best of times and the worst of times" depending on who you were, and where you were. On the surface life in the United States was placid, pleasant, and peaceful; however, there was an increasingly strong undercurrent of... (Fridays)
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
American Government and PoliticsThe course covers the structure, institutions, and functioning of the American system of government. Coverage is divided into four units: The Constitution and Federalism; Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Political Parties and... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
American Tobacco HeritageFor thousands of years, tobacco, that controversial herb, has endured and flourished, even in the face of adversity and scorn from every quarter. Since 1612, when John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas, commercialized, and then cashed in... (Fridays)
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Campaign 2016: A Reporter's PerspectiveA discussion of the 2016 presidential campaign covering events as they happen, with history and background from a retired reporter who covered national politics for more than 40 years. There will be no textbooks, but participants... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
DeceptionDeception is inherent to the practice of intelligence. The objective is to convince your adversary that you are going to do something different from what you are actually planning or maybe nothing at all. History is replete with... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Humanity and the Environment, the Environment and Humanity: Is Climate Change the Greatest Threat Ever Faced by Humankind?Services provided by nature--like predictable climate to grow crops, watersheds to collect water, coral reefs that provide nurseries for the main source of protein for millions of coastal dwellers--are almost always taken for... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité: Three Words that Changed the Course of HistoryExplore 19th century European history from the French Revolution to the period just before the Russian Revolution. This course will follow movements that determined many of the 20th century developments still reverberating today.... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Nation Building in Japan: From Samuri to Renunciation of War to "Collective Self-Defense"The course will discuss the development of the current Japanese state from before the first Samurai government in the 13th Century to the dissolution of central Government (although the retention of the Emperor) to Reunification and... (Mondays)
Jan 25, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Presidential Candidates 2016: Primary Elections and Party Platform ArticulationThis course is for those who are really interested in politics, public policy and especially in the possible 2016 presidential candidates. The NC Presidential Primary will be Tuesday, March 15, so there will be heightened... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
TedTalks: Ideas Worth SpreadingTED is a global organization that provides a forum for speakers to present their ideas, passions and information in cutting edge, interesting and remarkable talks. TED's mission of "Ideas Worth Spreading" reaches far beyond the... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Fierce Urgency of Now: Liberation and the Prophetic Imagination“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there 'Is' such a thing as being too late… This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Sometimes it... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The History of New York City: A Hell of a TownFounded in 1624, New York has always played a vital role in American History. It reigns today as the commercial, financial, intellectual and psychological heart of the nation, yet remains "foreign" to many citizens. Our lecture/... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Origins and Evolution of the Cold War: 1945-1962This class will focus on the Soviet and American strategies for global preeminence from World War II to the Cuban Missile Crisis. It will examine the reasons for the onset of the Cold War, compare and contrast the American and... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Wait List
The Wars of the Middle Eastern Succession: 1945-2015Since 1945, a series of wars has been fought to determine the outcome of regional rivalries. The military outcome of each war has left its imprint on the overall political situation. In the last four years the contestation for... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Feb 16, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30PM $60.00 Wait List
The World TodayThis course is for those who are interested in current events. Each week, we discuss news from the United States, the world, and the Triangle. We begin each class with a list of proposed topics and discuss those of interest to the... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The World TodayThis course is for those who are interested in current events. Each week, we discuss news from the United States, the world, and the Triangle. We begin each class with a list of proposed topics and discuss those of interest to the... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
War in the Pacific--l920-1945: History of the Emergence of Japan Post Meiji to 1945There will be a preface on the evolution of the Japanese peoples prior to the Meiji Restoration. Emperor Meiji mandated for the Yamato nation an industrial revolution similar to those then occurring in the Western world and... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 9, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Woodrow WilsonWoodrow Wilson This is the story of a contradictory man, outwardly tumultuous, who improbably rose from an obscure teacher of rowdy boys in a rural college to the most famous political leader in the world, changing the course of... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Language, Literature & Drama
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Literary Journey through California: San Diego to San FranciscoWhile few of us associate the Golden State with acclaimed writers, California dominates every other state. An hour from San Francisco, the Eugene O'Neill home, where plays are held in the barn every summer, is almost as he left it... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
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 fall 2015 class, but anyone... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Euripides' Late Plays:At the end of his career Euripides became very disillusioned with Athenian politics. His last three plays, Herakles, Phoenician Women, and the Bacchae reflect his pessimism. They also brilliantly illustrate how he thrilled his... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Expatriates in Paris in the 192Os: The Lost GenerationIn the decade after World War I, Paris was a cultural mecca for countless Americans disaffected with the conventionalism of American society and seeking intellectual and/or personal freedom in a city known for its openness to... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Growing up at Any Age: Stories of People Who Find out Who They Are, Early or LateThe phenomenon of self-discovery is not limited to the young. We will read and talk about four novels and one memoir. They vary greatly in time, style, and setting, but all have protagonists who find out who they are -- suddenly... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Kazuo Ishiguro, Novels and Films: From British Butlers to Cloned ChildrenProbably best known for "The Remains of the Day" this major contemporary British author and Man Booker Prize winner has produced a fascinating body of work that is diverse in style yet with certain themes that keep recurring. His... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
La Cantatrice chauve: Le théâtre de l'absurdeThe course is geared to students who have reached the intermediate level of French. The play, La Cantatrice Chauve, by Eugene Ionesco, is a comedy that makes us think about the banality of life, and about estrangement and lack of... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Let's Read in French! France's Favorite Fictional DetectiveParlez-vous 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... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Feb 16, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Read and Discuss: The Architect as GeniusIs it ever easy to live with a genius? Explore in T.C. Boyle's novel The Woman. Four women had a role in influencing the direction of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural projects. Also, read Simon Mawer's The Glass Room, a Man Booker... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Reading Poetry: Good Poems, Hard Times"Poetry," says Garrison Keillor, "is the last preserve of honest speech and the outspoken heart." He is convinced that in hard times, and most times are hard in one way or another, poetry can provide courage by speaking directly... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Shakespeare's Hamlet: Tragedy for the AgesFrequently hailed as Shakespeare's finest play, if not one of the greatest works of literature the world has known, Hamlet touches the human soul on every level. It is a tragedy of family, country, friendship, love, and individual... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Shakespeare's Late Romances: A Study of Four PlaysThis course will deal with four plays from the end of Shakespeare's career that have been labeled romances or tragicomedies. First, we will start with a quick look at Pericles, which is definitely not a masterpiece (and co-authored... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 17, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The Plays of Samuel Beckett: Disembodiment, Indefinition, and Antitheatricality from Eleutheria to What WhereArguably the most important playwright of the twentieth century, the Irish-born writer Samuel Beckett (19O6-1989) redefined the possibilities of theater. Works such as Waiting for Godot and Endgame deconstructed nearly every... (Fridays)
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself": From the Mystery of God and Death to the Beauty of the Human BodyWalt Whitman is one of America,s greatest poets, and "Song of Myself" is his longest (fifty-two pages) and probably finest poem. It is rich with detail, scenes/characters (including the persona "Walt"), and themes. Some is... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Lifestyles
Course Time Tuition Availability
Beyond the Travel Guide Book: Preparing for a Big Trip, Real or ImaginedWould you like to go beyond the typical tourist experience on your next trip? Would you like to understand more about the lifestyle, values, history, or natural surroundings of the places you pass through? And would you like to... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 10, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Interval Training Workouts: High-intensity, Low-Impact WorkoutsNumerous studies demonstrate that high-intensity interval training of a shorter duration may be more efficient in burning fat and improving fitness than exercise of a lower intensity and longer duration.  In this course, we will use... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Introduction to Spain's Greatest Wine RegionsJoin us on a journey through Spain and explore some of its most famous wine regions: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Catalunya, and Galicia. Each week we will discover these well known regions by tasting four wines from the region... (Thursdays)
Feb 11, 2016 to Mar 10, 2016
1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Introduction to Spain's Greatest Wine RegionsJoin us on a journey through Spain and explore some of its most famous wine regions: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Catalunya, and Galicia. Each week we will discover these well known regions by tasting four wines from the region... (Thursdays)
Feb 11, 2016 to Mar 10, 2016
3:15PM - 4:30PM $40.00 Wait List
Joyful Dance: How Brazilian Dance Movements Help Us to Heal Body, Mind, Heart and SoulExperience the healing power of Dance. Dance 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... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 9, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Maintaining Your Mojo: Easy and Fun Ways to Increase and Maintain Wellness, Health and VitalityEnergy medicine is a simple practice that works with the vital, moving force of the body's energies which is at the foundation of our well-being. In energy medicine, you heal the body by activating its natural healing energies and... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Wait List
Salli's Senior Workout: Fun, Low Impact Fitness to Improve Balance, Posture, Strength and FlexibilityWhen was the last time you enjoyed exercising? Join this fantastic and fun fitness class taught to local seniors for more than twenty-five years. The music is great, the people are great, and it's good for you, too! Your flexibility... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
What to Eat and Why: Evidence-based Guide to Healthy NutritionRecommendations on what we should eat and drink in order to maximize our longevity and quality of life are abundant. Some are designed to sell us products that are not in our best interest. Others come from well-intentioned sources... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Enrollment Closed
Women's Dance from Tropical Islands: Get Fit Learning Island Dances from Around the WorldWarm up your winter with tropical dances that build flexibility and are great core exercise. Have fun traveling to warm lands and beautiful islands where women express themselves fully through dance. Learn slow, graceful dances... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 2:50PM $90.00 Available
Yoga for BeginnersIn Yoga for Beginners, participants will practice basic breathing techniques. Participants will learn basic yoga poses (asanas) that will prepare them for more advanced classes.  Participants will also engage in brief meditations... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Availability
Exoticism to Multiculturalism: 20th-Century Music and CultureWe know that the West has changed the world, but how has the world changed the West? At the beginning of the twentieth century, Western culture was fascinated by exotic cultures from around the world. At that time musicians and... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
From Page to Stage: Reading, Understanding, Performing DramaThis class will provide an opportunity to read and discuss a series of one-act plays and subsequently to perform them with script in hand. Issues such as ageism, sex for seniors, and crossing the generations will be presented in a... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
George Balanchine, Ballet Master: An in-Depth Look at George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet CompanyBalanchine's biography, interviews with his dancers, documentaries, and lots of ballet videos will help you appreciate the man who many consider the most important choreographer of the 20th century. (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Gustav Mahler: A Life in MusicA controversial composer and conductor throughout his life, Gustav Mahler is now arguably the most-performed symphony composer. His biography is no less captivating than his music. Child of a poor Jewish peddler and tavern-keeper,... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Highlights of the Metropolitan Opera/NC Opera Company's Live in HD and Live Performances, 2015-2016Enhance your enjoyment of both the Metropolitan Opera's 2015-2016 Live in HD season and performances by the NC Opera by learning about the music, composers, and history of: Otello and Il Trovatore (Verdi); Les Pecheurs de Perles (... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
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 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Available
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)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Available
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.  Making music is enjoyable, but it's serious... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
Operetta: Opera LiteOperetta, a precursor of the modern musical theater, sprang up in Paris in the middle of the nineteenth century. Most operettas can be described as light operas with spoken dialogue, whereas most musicals are plays with singing and... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
The Story of Tin Pan Alley: Early Years and Roaring TwentiesThis class will focus on the early years of Tin Pan Alley from the 19OOs to 192Os.  The amazing contribution of African-Americans to the American Popular Song book; the teenagers who kick-started the music publishing industry in the... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Wagner's Ring: An in-Depth Look at the Most Phenomenal Creation by a Single Artist in Human HistoryCreating The Ring occupied Wagner, on and off, for about thirty years. It was a totally new concept in artistic creation both dramatically and musically. This course will look at it from many angles: how it was written, Wagner's... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Availability
Howard's Helicopters: A Brief History of Hughes Helicopters, Inc. and Its Weird and Wonderful People and ProductsThis course is a review of the history of Howard Hughes' aircraft company (now a part of the Boeing Company). A general interest in aircraft will be sufficient to understand and appreciate the material. Little attention will be... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Regional Geological History of North America: National Parks IncludedThis course will consist of lecture & discussions sessions covering ten major geologic regions of North America. Each session will focus on the geologic history of one of these regions, including the presence of national parks... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Relativity as Explained by the MasterIn 19l6 Einstein was at the height of his powers. He had recently completed his arduous odyssey to his gravitational field equations. General Relativity was now complete. He then proceeded to present his theory to two diverse... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Science behind Energy Generation and Climate ChangeEnergy makes our civilization go and we, and emerging nations, consume more and more energy. These days nearly every newscast includes a story about energy sources, energy costs, and energy consequences. What are these sources? How... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and DiversionsEleven weeks, eleven different speakers, each offering us insights into their work.  If your schedule means you have to miss a class or two, you won't lose course continuity because each lecture stands alone, but you can expect to... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Tensor Calculus for Poets Who Can CountUntil very recently, general relativity was taught only in postgraduate mathematics or physics courses because the mathematical foundations of the theory were regarded as much too demanding for undergraduates. But Lillian Lieber (... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Wonderful World of Butterflies: More Amazing Than You Could ImagineThis course, in eight sessions, will address the basic nature of butterflies: Origins; Global survival tactics; The importance of migrations; Enemies/defenses; Anatomy; and Contiental variations. The last three sessions will focus... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 8, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Wright Brothers and the Invention of Powered FlightWe will review the effort of dozens of aviation pioneers who preceded the Wright Brothers' success. Wilbur and Orville had only high school educations and they had no formal technical or aviation training. Yet in part they invented... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Tropical Tree Camp: The Medicinal Plants of IndiaJoin naturalist Riverdave Owen for a two hour study/walk through the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory greenhouse at the Museum of Life and Science. This hands-on class will focus on the plants used in the native botanical medicine... (Tuesdays)Jan 12, 2016 1:30PM - 3:00PM $10.00 Available
Tropical Tree Camp: The Medicinal Plants of IndiaJoin naturalist Riverdave Owen for a two hour study/walk through the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory greenhouse at the Museum of Life and Science. This hands-on class will focus on the plants used in the native botanical medicine... (Wednesdays)Jan 13, 2016 1:30PM - 3:00PM $10.00 Canceled
Writing
Course Time Tuition Availability
Awakening the Questions Within: Creative Nonfiction WritingIn this course we will engage in nonfiction writing driven by the questions we have about our own pasts, about someone else's story, or about any subject we would like to explore at a deeper level and ...personally feel are... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Creating Stories to Keep and Pass On: A Writing WorkshopThe late poet Stanley Kunitz wrote that a good story, like a good garden, cultivates the “wild permissiveness of the inner life.”  In this writing workshop, we will probe and give voice--through a series of prompts and craft... (Tuesdays)
Jan 19, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Free Your Writing: A Mindful Prompt Writing SeriesCome join a warm, supportive group of writers to seek surprise and freedom in your writing. No writing experience necessary, just a willingness to take risks, be kind to ourselves and others, and keep the pen moving across the page... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
How to Write It so They'll Want to Read ItAt its most basic, a good story/novel/memoir involves a sympathetic character, engaged in a dramatic struggle that results in transformation. How difficult can it be to write that? Damn difficult! This course will focus on the four... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry WorkshopWhat's a poem, after all?  Is it chiefly a matter of how you say something, or how you see it?  Poems are a personal rendering of experience, idea, or image with language that is as exact and fresh as possible.  They aim to make the... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry Writing: A FunshopThis "funshop" is for everyone who writes or wants to write poetry. We will generate creative writing through personal experience, poetic forms as models, and "stealing" from some of the greats. Poems will be conceived, birthed, and... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry Writing: A FunshopThis "funshop" is for everyone who writes or wants to write poetry. We will generate creative writing through personal experience, poetic forms as models, and "stealing" from some of the greats. Poems will be conceived, birthed, and... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Social Science & Culture
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Road Map to Connecting with Adult ChildrenThis course invites fathers and mothers to engage in rich conversations together, as parents of adult sons and daughters.  Subjects will include the wisdom of giving advice, establishing trust and boundaries, avoiding triangulation... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Encouragement Makes Good Things Happen: An Introduction to the Practice of Positive PsychologyBased on a growth as opposed to a disease psychological model, this course is designed to help you learn better how to encourage yourself and others. It is an antidote to the many problems faced in today's society, inasmuch as many... (Fridays)
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Exploring Cultural Complexity through Film: An Anthropological LensCulture is a complex term anthropologists have long debated its definition. In today's multicultural world, the term becomes even more complex as cultures interact, clash, and mix. Subcultures add even more layers to the mix. This... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Feb 9, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Genealogy I, For the Novice and Beyond: 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 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Genealogy I, For the Novice and Beyond: 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 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
Genealogy II, the Next Steps: Learning About and Using More Records than the Census and Vital RecordsThis 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 14, 2016 to Mar 31, 2016
8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Genealogy III--Surmounting Your Genealogical Roadblocks: Writing an Effective Research PlanThis is an interactive course designed to increase the student's ability to create effective genealogical research plans. Students will be guided through the development of a research plan for one of their own genealogy problems.... (Fridays)
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Available
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 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Genealogy V: More Effective Computer ResearchYou have taken several genealogy courses and are not finding the records/data you need to move your family history forward. This class may be designed for you. First, this class is not a how-to do genealogy class; it is designed to... (Fridays)
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Genealogy VI--DNA Testing for Genealogy: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeThis course will help the student analyze their ancestral DNA testing results and apply them to their genealogical research/family tree. The topics covered will include the various ancestral DNA tests and the differences in their... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Top Hits in Spanish Cinema: Part IILearn about Spanish society, history and culture while watching award-winning films! All films are subtitled and will be followed by a PowerPoint presentation on a related topic and class discussion. A continuation of Greatest Hits... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Feb 15, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Writing an Ethical Will: Passing Your Beliefs and Blessings to Future GenerationsAn ethical will is not a legal document. It is designed to communicate your values, blessings, life lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love, spiritual values and forgiveness with your family, friends and/or community. The... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Availability
A New Way of Seeing Everything: Designing and Creating the World TogetherThe rational cognitive capacity of humans is only the tip of the iceberg. Human reason is informed and shaped by a vast network of real-time and stored responses based on memory and environmental cues. If, as contemporary... (Fridays)
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Beyond Atheism: Re-conceiving God, Jesus, Humanity, and ChurchHow can you be a person of faith and an ally of some of the New Atheist movements at the same time? Some progressive religious leaders now think we have to accept the conclusions of atheism and move forward with new forms of human... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Hannah Arendt on Human Nature, Jewish and German Identity, and the HolocaustHannah Arendt, a Jew born in Germany about a century ago, studied with the leading philosophers working in phenomenology and existentialism. She emigrated to New York when the Nazis came to power, taught political theory at the New... (Thursdays)
Jan 14, 2016 to Mar 24, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Intergenerational Perspectives on Contemporary Issues and Practical Ethics: OLLI Students and Duke UndergraduatesThis interactive course explores different generations’ perspectives on ethical issues relevant in our world today.  Eight to ten undergraduates partner with the “overgrads” in OLLI each week to explore and share ideas and... (Sundays)
Jan 17, 2016 to Apr 10, 2016
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Introducing Philosophy: Everyday ExamplesThis introductory philosophy class seeks to engage participants in a discussion of philosophic issues by using everyday examples of them and inviting students to entertain a variety of approaches to working with them. The text has a... (Mondays)
Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Journeying from Happiness to Life Satisfaction: Transforming Your Inner World and Creating a Life Worth LivingMost of us want to be happy. We seek happiness, chase it, plan for it and then when we think we have it in our grasp, it slips through our fingers. Happiness just isn't what it used to be. It's taken another turn. In this course, we... (Wednesdays)
Jan 13, 2016 to Mar 23, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Heart of William James: The Trajectory of His ThoughtWilliam James, this country's most famous philosopher, pioneered in many scientific fields. He was largely homeschooled as a young person, and attended many schools because his family moved frequently. He eventually became a full... (Fridays)
Jan 15, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Meaning of Life? Essays on Many SidesMan's concern about a meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human ' wrote Viktor Frankl, and it is a subject that has been the compass of whole literatures and philosophies. The late professor E.D. Klemke... (Tuesdays)
Jan 12, 2016 to Mar 22, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
show OLLI courses
hide OLLI courses

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 purchased a membership any time between March 1, 2015 and today, your dues are good through June 30, 2016.  If you no longer have an active membership, our registration system will automatically add one to your cart as you are checking out.  If you wish to purchase a membership separate from your course registration, you can do so by clicking on the link below:

OLLI 2015-2016 Membership

How to purchase a 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.

How to purchase a membership by mail

The OLLI catalog also contains a membership form. You are welcome to return it to our registration office with check payment only. Mail it to us at:

 Duke Continuing Studies
 Box 90700
 Durham, NC 27708-0700

Refund Policy

Membership dues are non-refundable.

Registration

1. Register Online

Beginning at 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 you can enroll in classes online from the comfort of your own home and receive immediate confirmation of your classes. 

  • Expand the Courses section to see a set of courses that can have the display filtered by day of the week, or by category. Here you can see if the course is available, waitlisted, or canceled. You should also see the time for the course, and the cost of registration.
  • Once you have found the course you would like, click the title of the course to go to the course details page. You will then be able to add it to your cart (i.e., enroll in the course), and then either check out ("Continue Checkout") or search for another class ("Keep Shopping").
  • If your course has more than one section available, you will be able to choose which section you prefer to enroll in.
  • Before checking out and paying for your classes, if you do not have a current membership, a membership will be added to your cart automatically.

2. Attend a Registration Event

If you would like help registering online, we will be having a registration event on the day of registration. 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 email from the computers we will have on site.

3. Register by Phone

If you would like to register by phone, you may call the registration office (919-684-6259) anytime after 9:00 am on Tuesday August 11. 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 voice mail due to heavy call volume, a registration member will contact you as soon as possible in the order calls are received.

4. Register by Printed Form

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 one business day (August 10) prior to the opening of registration on August 11, and they will be processed in the order received at that time.

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 in the OLLI Office by the end of the first week of class (January 15, 2016). After that time, no refunds will be issued. 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 non-refundable.

show membership and registration
hide membership and registration

Activities & Calendar

Meet & Greet At The Bishop's House
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 10:30am

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, judygrauer@gmail.com or 919-416-0755.

Conscious Aging Series
A free lunchtime lecture series with knowledgeable speakers addressing relevant issues and topics:

  • Jan 20 - 60% Chance of Something: NC’s Changing Weather (Nate Johnson, WRAL) 
  • Jan 27 - Staying Active to Preserve Independence (Cassandra Germaine) 
  • Feb 3 - Off the Beaten Path: NC’s Hidden Travel Gems (Scott Mason)
  • Feb 10 - Close & Caring Connections: Building Relationships as We Get Older (Susan Orenstein)  
  • Feb 17 - Medicine or Meditation? Cardiology & Complementary Therapies (Mitch Krucoff) 
  • Mar 2 - Duke Performances, Putting the World Onstage (Aaron Greenwald)
  • Mar 9 - Who’s Up Your Family Tree? Exploring Genealogy (Margo Brewer) 
  • Mar 16 - Advancing the Prevention & Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease by 2025(Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer) 
  • Mar 23 - How to Fix College Sports: Does Foreign Soccer Hold a Clue? (David Fellerath)

Wednesdays, 12:45–1:45pm, Judea Reform Education Building (Commons). Attend as many sessions as you wish; no advance registration is necessary. Watch the OLLI bulletin boards for details. The schedule is subject to change.

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: Intarsia Knitting with Two or More Colors
Knitting with more than one color can be done with the help of bobbins. In this workshop, we will learn how to do just that. This workshop is not for beginners, as there will be no teaching of basic skills. The materials required are one set of size 4 or 5 straight knitting needles, two contrasting colors of sports-weight yarn and several medium-sized bobbins. More details will be provided upon registration. There is no fee, but you must register for this class with the instructor.

5 Fridays, February 12–March 18, 1:30–3:00pm. The Bishop’s House. Maximum: 6. To register, or if you have questions about materials in order to make an enrollment decision, please contact Hannelore Rogers at 919-688-4733 or hannelore1@frontier.com

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@duke.edu for more information.

Language Tables
La table française avec Emily Lees (emilylees@bellsouth.com) et George Entenman (olli@entenman.net) se réunit le mardi de midi à 1 heure de l’après-midi. Si vous parlez français, venez vous joindre à notre groupe pour des conversations animées. Le groupe se réunit dans “The Studio at the Forest at Duke Retirement Center.” Spanish Table with Margaret Riley (mriley@duke.edu) meets 12:45–2:30pm 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. We 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.

Photography Group
Are you interested in working on photography with like-minded OLLI members? We meet throughout the year on the second Thursday of the month at 3:15pm in The Bishop’s House. Coordinator: Ken Lundstrom, 919-206-4639 or kenlundstrom@yahoo.com.

Recorder Group
Bring your instrument and join the recorder group, called the Baillie Branslers. All voice categories are welcome, and we are now welcoming viola di gamba players. Led by Kay Bailey (kayfbailey01@yahoo.com), we meet 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. We usually meet 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.

Calendar

Semester Calendar for Current Members
 
When
Event
More Info
Fall 2015
Monday - Friday, November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break (no classes)  
Monday, December 7 Last day of Fall classes  
Tuesday, December 8 Registration for Winter courses begins at 9:00 am  
Winter 2016
Monday, January 11 OLLI Winter classes begin  
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes)  
Monday - Friday, February 22 - 26 OLLI Winter Break (no classes)  
Monday, March 28 Last day for most OLLI classes  
Spring 2016
Tuesday, April 5 Registration for Spring courses begins at 9:00 am  
Monday, April 18 OLLI Spring classes begin  
Friday, May 27 Last day for most OLLI spring classes  
show activities and calendar
hide activities and calendar

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 assistants, 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. A volunteer form is also included in the OLLI course catalog.

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 assistant in one or more of your classes, contact Garry Crites at 919-684-2703 to let him know which instructor you would like to assist. 

Board Service
We welcome both new and longtime members to become part of the leadership of OLLI at Duke.  Serving on the board, either in an elected office 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.  Volunteers organize retreats to the North Carolina mountains in the fall and the North Carolina coast in the spring.  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.

show the volunteer opportunities
hide the volunteer opportunities

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, 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 1800 each year, with a curriculum of over 100 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.

2015 - 2016 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, elected at annual meeting)

Term Ending 2016: Ed Eastman, Pam Somers
Term Ending 2017: Betsy Bullen, Charlie Squillante
Term Ending 2018: Margaret Riley, Jack Murray

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
Strategic Planning: Mary Alexion
Space: Marvin Teer

Ex-Officio

Director: Garry Crites
Recording Secretary: Mike Bahnaman

show members and leadership
hide members and leadership

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.

show ways to stay in touch
hide ways to stay in touch

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. Beginning the 2015-2016 school year, 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 and map listing 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 add, drop, or get a refund for an OLLI class?

Please contact Garry Crites at 919-684-2703 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.

show the frequently asked questions
hide the frequently asked questions

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.

show the directions
hide the directions