Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

 

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

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

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

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

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

We invite you to join us!

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Curriculum

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

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

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

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Courses

Monday
Course Time Tuition Status
A New Lens: A New Way of Looking at Important TopicsMalcom Gladwell and others have advanced our knowledge by looking at familiar topics in thought-provoking new ways.  Getting a new perspective engages students and instructors, broadens our understanding, facilitates civil discourse...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
A Random Walk Through the Garden of Human Sexual DiversityRaised between the 40’s and 60’s, many of us are totally without sex education.   We grew up in an atmosphere of sex negativity and echoes of this still remain with us.  We are uncomfortable talking about sex!  This class will...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
American Art After Abstract ExpressionismAbstract Expressionism, developed in New York City in the 1940’s, was the first American art movement to achieve global acclaim, but by the mid 1950’s many artists thought Abstract Expressionism had become too introspective and...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
An Introduction to Digital Image Editing and Photo Editing with Adobe LightroomThe difference between a good digital photograph and a great one can be a simple matter of post-processing. The tools needed to take your images to the next level are all contained in one application. Adobe Lightroom (c) is designed...
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 13, 2017
9:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Body Mechanics: Flexibility, Strength, Balance, and Coordination to Extend the Quality of Your LifeExercise, a good diet, relaxation, and socialization all help to extend the quality of your life.  You already know as well that it’s important to maintain the basic elements of your physical condition as much as possible to prevent...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Building Duke ChapelThe course will cover the building of West Campus' most iconic building, from choosing the site, selecting the materials, the design and construction.  The history of the origins of the university from Trinity College and the Duke...
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Creative Travel JournalsWhether you travel around your community or around the world, you can record and bring back memories of your journey that are as unique as your own experience of the trip.  You will discover that capturing visual history and images... Jan 9, 2017 8:30AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Current Health Topics: Discussion of the Latest Health Information and ControversiesThe media regularly report the results of new research outcomes on health and wellbeing.  However, those reports often seem to contradict what was previously believed, leading to public skepticism about the value of science to guide...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Designing Your DownsizeToday's average single family home is 2,700 square feet. How do you pare down to live graciously in your senior years? How do you decide what to keep versus what to give away? How do you bring all the pieces together to create a... Jan 9, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $10.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Duke Sports HistoryThis class will cover Duke sports history, concentrating on basketball and football. The course will consist of class discussions, guest speakers, video presentations, and much more, as we look at the rich history of Duke sports,...
Jan 23, 2017 to Mar 20, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Exploring Leadership Opportunities at OLLI at DukeWould you like to get a look behind the scenes at one of the nation's premier lifelong learning organizations? Would you like to learn about OLLI at Duke's strategy and how we partner with Duke University to provide lifelong...
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 6, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Free at Last! Free at Last? Slavery and U.S. Civil RightsThis course will examine the history of slavery in America, which began before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. It will continue through emancipation, segregation and two aspects of the Civil Rights movement in the twentieth...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
From Campaign 2016 to Presidential Transition 2017This discussion course will first analyze the transition from the 2016 presidential and congressional campaigns to the Inauguration.  We will compare the 2017 presidential transition to a new administration with those of the past....
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Glass's World: Philip Glass at 80Glass is “one of the most commercially successful, and critically reviled, composers of his generation,” according to Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians.  Focusing on the works being performed in Carolina Performing Arts' ...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Hubris, Hollywood & Helicopters: Howard Hughes' Ventures & Adventures, Failures & SuccessesIt's a corporate history like no other: duck decoys, feral cats in the bean fields, secret meetings in a celery shed.  Each session focuses equally on Howard Hughes' lifestyle, the aircraft company he founded during WWII, and on the...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Introduction to Flash FictionFlash fiction is an exciting new art form, playing in the middle ground between storytelling and lyricism. Whether you’re experienced or new, flash will accelerate your development. Work on a variety of voices, styles, and subjects...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Words that Changed 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 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Magical Realism in Four NovelsMagical (or magic) realism is a narrative technique characterized by the integration of fantastical or mythical elements into a realistic chain of events. It usually juxtaposes elements from opposing cultures, be they colonizer and...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Mastery of the iPad and iOS 10: An Intermediate CourseEach new iPad system requires some new user time and attention.  Invest that time and attention in this class to speed up the process with iOS 10.  The class material assumes the following prerequisites:  that you use the iPad...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 13, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 23, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Operatic Confusion: Same Story, Different ComposerThe Cinderella story was set in 1817 by Rossini as “La Cenerentola” and in 1899 by Massenet as “Cendrillon”; Beaumarchais's play “The Barber of Seville” was turned into operas entitled “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in 1782 by Paisiello...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Poetry -- Transforming Raw Material: Turning Images, Experiences and Ideas into Publishable PoetryWhere do poets get their ideas? This class will focus on the raw material of poetry: images, experiences, and ideas and how to transform them into publishable poems. We will discuss the techniques and forms of poetry by exploring...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it: chee-goong) refers to a vast body of traditional Chinese exercise designed to enhance personal life-force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, physical power, emotional balance, or spiritual progress. "Qi"—...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Reading Poetry: Voices From Around the WorldThe aim of this class is to introduce American readers to some of the rich variety of contemporary poetry written in languages other than English. We will read and discuss poets and poetry from Latin America, the Middle East, Europe...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, W. H. Auden: Three Major Modern PoetsIn Frost we will be reading conversational language in structured poems. Often seen as a folksy New England farmer-philosopher talking with neighbors in a country store, Frost is much more.  Under the influence of Emerson, he uses...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Story: The Science and the ArtWhat is a good story, well told?  Modern studies in neuroscience, evolution, mythology and drama give us great new tools to improve the impact of our story telling and writing.  We'll ask core writing questions:  how does the writer...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Sustainable Development: The Role of Microfinance and InnovationThere are numerous aid agencies and organizations working towards poverty eradication in the world we live in today. Yet, when we look around us, there is visible poverty and suffering. There seems to be a clear disconnect between...
Jan 23, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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...
Feb 27, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Tax Smart Investment Strategies: Stretch Your PortfolioManage your income and make investments to last longer in retirement! Select and position your money wisely in taxable, tax-free, and tax-deferred accounts, and you can save big $$. In this course, you will learn ways to lessen "tax...
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero will show you how to create a gourmet, yet good, healthy, and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (beef, pork, chicken or seafood); students...
Jan 30, 2017 to Mar 13, 2017
5:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Art of Writing in Gothic CaligraphyIn this class, students will learn the basic strokes of lettering in Gothic font.  Then, in a short time, students will be creating inspirational pieces and works of art in intricate Gothic calligraphy.  Hands-On Art. 
Feb 6, 2017 to Mar 20, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Biology of the Sexes: The Whole SpectrumThis course will present fundamental up-to-date knowledge of embryonic sexual differentiation and development, including sexual differentiation of the brain and childhood sexual developmental milestones.  Genetic and embryonic...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The History of Submarines: From Item of Curiosity to Strategic WeaponThe course begins with the scientific principles that underlie the ability to create a submersible to the development of the modern submarine. Then the class will review the impact of submarines on warfare, and examine the current...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Works of Woody Allen: The World According to the WoodmanThis course will be a consideration of the works of Woody Allen—his films, short stories, one-act plays, and essays in periodicals, as well as his early stand-up comedy routines and interviews he has given on television.It is...
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 27, 2017
1:30PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Think Again: Brain Limitations and PotentialsDid you know the resting brain uses more energy every day than 30 minutes of strenuous exercise does?  Despite its 100 billion neurons and hundreds of trillions of connections, our brain developed for survival and procreation, not...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Three Contemporary NovelsLongfellow wrote, "Age is opportunity no less/Than youth itself, though in another dress."  Perhaps no writer illustrates this observation more than British novelist Penelope Fitzgerald who published her first novel at sixty-one. ...
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 27, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Watercolor Painting for Absolute Beginners to Advanced PaintersIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had success, this is the opportunity for you to learn.  This active, hands-on course offers highly individualized instruction.  Every step...
Feb 13, 2017 to Mar 20, 2017
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Women's Dance/Exercise-- Belly dance, Gypsy Dance, Flamenco: Core Exercise, Flexibility and Fun!Get great Core Exercise and Build Flexibility while Dancing! Learn unique ethnic dance styles that resulted from the blending of southern and eastern Mediterranean dance with Roma-style dance from northern India. These exotic dance...
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 2:50PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Tuesday
Course Time Tuition Status
Art of the GuitarThis course is a colorful immersion into the uniquely lyrical sound-world of the classical guitar.  One of the course highlights will be an 8-segment video that was shot on location in Spain that traces the development of the guitar...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Beauty: Aesthetics in Art, Nature, and PhotographyWhat is aesthetics? What is the connection between aesthetics and art? Do we experience beauty differently in art than in nature? Does beauty actually exist out there at all, or only in the eye of the beholder? Why does aesthetic...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Becoming Wise: Delving Into the Mystery and Art of LivingIn this course we will discuss Becoming Wise, a New York Times bestseller by Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist, Krista Tippett. Ms. Tippett shines a light on leading thinkers who ask the big...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Beyond the Travel Guide Book: Preparing for a Big Trip, Real or ImaginedWhether your travel plans are real or imaginary, the experience can be enhanced by a broad approach to learning about your destination.  Many people intend to "read up" before departure, and this course helps you do so.  You’ll...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 7, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Chinese Brush Painting: Fruits, Vegetables, and Sea CreaturesThe participants will learn to paint assorted fruits,vegetables, and sea creatures, such as fish or shrimp. These subjects are popular in Chinese brush painting and fun to paint. You will be able to complete a painting and practice...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Common Sense Economics: The Economic History of the United StatesWhen surveyed, Americans rate our economy as one of their critical concerns.  Yet, how many understand the economy?  What causes unemployment and what can be done about it?  Why are interest rates and inflation so low?  Is the...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Creative Prose:Transforming Raw MaterialWhere do writers get ideas? How does a writer decide to turn an experience, a story, an idea or research into publishable material? We will examine the raw material of writing and how to make that decision. We will discuss...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Crying Out For Peace: Finding Personal & Planet Peace"Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered.  We must hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil." Whether I am seeking peace of mind in the home, within the community or the world, peace begins and ends...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Down Homes: The Varieties of Southern ExperienceIn his 1941 classic The Mind of the South, the journalist W.J. Cash remarked that, “If it can be said there are many Souths, the fact remains there is also one South.” Flip that statement around and it’s equally true. Using Durham...
Jan 17, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 an easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full-blown...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Improv Theater Basics: Discover Your CreativityImprov is a popular, informal theater art form that uses a playful mindset and the accepting environment of ‘Yes…and’ to unleash creativity, discovery, and fun. This class is designed for you to ‘play’ while learning how to create...
Jan 10, 2017 to Feb 7, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Improv Theater GamesTheater Games are exercises that let your playfulness emerge. They encourage spontaneity and creativity and incorporate the “Yes...and” improv philosophy. Games are easy to learn and fun to play without any reason other than to have...
Feb 28, 2017 to Mar 7, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Improving Investor Outcomes in Retirement: Avoiding Investor PitfallsThere are various financial transitions within retirement that we all face at some point, and there are many smart actions that investors can take to increase their odds of success. Each scheduled class will include a look at a...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Introduction to 3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is rapidly transforming many fields of endeavor, such as manufacturing, medicine, and the arts, by enabling low-cost, accurate creation of highly-detailed solid objects under...
Jan 10, 2017 to Feb 14, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Learn to Knit a Warm Winter HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this four-week hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast-on, knit, purl, decrease and bind-off stitches or as a refresher for those who...
Feb 7, 2017 to Mar 7, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Let's Read in French! Maigret, 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...
Feb 7, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 10, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM $10.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
More Watercolor: Opportunities to Practice Using Watercolors and Learn More about Watercolor PaintingThis course will expand your understanding of and abilities with watercolor painting.  There will be demonstrations, handouts, and homework in addition to time for painting.  Experience with watercolor painting will be most helpful...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
3:30PM - 5:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Nia: Dance with Joy: Move with AwarenessNia is a cardio-dance workout, a movement practice, and a lifestyle based on the intelligent design of the body.  Each Nia workout brings mindfulness to your movement, leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Now What! A Roadmap into RetirementMost of us look forward to our retirement from full-time work, eagerly anticipating more free time and opportunities to play. But the reality of retirement can be very different. Roles differ, relationships with family and friends...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Photoshop Elements Refresher for PC and MacReview and strengthen basic skills working with digital images and learn more about using the editing tools available in Adobe Photoshop Elements.  This class will include practice with the use of layers, selections, and procedures...
Jan 24, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Pragmatism: An American Approach to PhilosophyEach winter I offer three classes in philosophy. This one is primarily intended for those who know something of the history of philosophy and its concerns and who have been involved in previous sessions with me, but welcomes all who...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Re-imagining Religions: What Matters MostIn an age of skepticism, atheism, scientific world views, social injustice, and interfaith interaction, do particular religious beliefs still matter?  Do they change us or the world? Traditional literalistic and supernatural...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityPlease note: If you do not plan to attend all class sessions (see dates below), do not sign up for this course. We'll review two choices: aging in place and retirement communities.  First, we'll discuss assistive technologies and...
Jan 10, 2017 to Apr 4, 2017
10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Strong Literary Women: Heroines, Harridans, or Hussies?In literature, as in life, strong women often are misunderstood and maligned when they challenge societal expectations and assert themselves.  By watching film clips and reading two short stories, two plays, and two novels, we will...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Symposia at the Forest at Duke: A (mostly) Scientific Invited Speakers ProgramThis is an invited speakers series with topics that are mainly science, but ranging from science to an occasional, interesting diversion.  All talks will be held at The Forest at Duke Retirement Community. Symposia is a popular...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The $100,000 Portfolio: A Financial EducationUsing The Stock Market Game™, participants will explore the financial world. This class will allow “investors” to learn about mutual funds, margin accounts, shorting stocks, support and resistance levels, bonds, interest rates, how...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Impact of Technology on Society - What you should Know!This course takes a broad look at technology and its impact on our daily lives.  Can we live safely with technology?  Is there an app for that?  How much is too much technology? Did you really mean to post that?  Are you secure when...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Many Sides of Bob DylanFor more than a half-century, Bob Dylan has been arguably the most influential artistic figure of our time. As a singer-songwriter, he revolutionized popular music. His work spans genres from folk to rock, from blues to country,...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 7, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Wonderful World of Butterflies: More Amazing Than You Could ImagineThis course will discuss the basic nature of butterflies: origins, global survival tactics, the importance of migrations, enemies/defenses, anatomy and continental variations.  The last three sessions will focus on butterflies of...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 7, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Tropical Tree Camp: The Medicinal Plants of Tropical America and South AsiaThis two session winter Tree Camp will be held in the Magic Wings Tropical Butterfly Conservatory in Durham NC.  In session one we will explore the traditional medicinal use of plants in the Vegetalismo, Curanderismo and Root...
Jan 10, 2017 to Jan 17, 2017
1:30PM - 3:30PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
When the Walls Fell: The Ending of the Cold WarIn light of the serious deterioration in U.S.-Russian relations, it might be difficult to recall that for a brief time a generation ago, Washington and Moscow appeared on the verge of forging a partnership. This lecture/discussion...
Jan 10, 2017 to Feb 28, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Writing the Young Adult NovelPost-apocalyptic dystopia, snarky humor, and adolescent alienation have become the familiar hallmarks of the young adult novel. But what's really going on beneath those superficial clichés? To write a compelling YA novel, you need...
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Wednesday
Course Time Tuition Status
A Literary Journey through New EnglandA traveling literary tour through New England: from Massachusetts to New Hampshire, from Connecticut to Maine. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Louisia May Alcott, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Eugene O'...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Acting Fundamentals for Theatre and LifeThe joy of acting is in letting our creative selves become a character who brings a story, a personality, a vision, or a philosophy to life. Together, we will enjoy the pleasure of becoming someone else! Knowing the fundamentals of...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Art and Women: An Examination of Women Artists and Women Subjects from Antiquity to the 20th CenturyIn this class we will look at European and American art featuring women from ancient times to the beginning of the 20th century, considering woman as subject and woman as artist. We will discuss trends of feminist scholarship in art...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Art Nouveau Architecture: An International Style?Have you ever traveled and seen buildings with beautiful swirling lines and decorations that had a somewhat contemporary feel? Maybe you are seeing the Art Nouveau style of the early 20th century! This style is unique in that it was... Mar 22, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $10.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Basic Android Phone and TabletsThis class will focus on what you need to use your Android device productively. We will cover a little bit of history of Android so you can understand the different versions currently available. Then we will dive right into the...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitBOOMERS: Feeling old(er)? Want to reverse the signs of aging of your mind and body? Consider: our movement habits at age 50 and 60 will impact how we feel at age 70 and beyond. The good news is we can shed our physically limiting...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Comic Book and Graphic Novel Techniques- Storytelling with Words and Images- Production to PublicationThis course explores comic books and graphic novels as literary forms and ultimately focuses on elucidating the means by which to tell a story utilizing both the written word and expressive imagery. We will cover entry-level...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Digital Camera Experience: The BasicsJust about everyone today has some form of digital camera, from smartphones to simple point-and-shoot cameras to complex Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras.  The learning curve for good photography can be significantly...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR): Beyond Automatic!It is true that great pictures can be made with pocketable cameras, from simple point-and-shoot cameras to iPhones, but true photo enthusiasts quickly realize the limitations of those cameras and desire the versatile lens offerings...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Does God Exist? Answers and Arguments Throughout HistoryThe questions surrounding the existence of God have troubled philosophers and theologians for more than two thousand years. Despite logical arguments for and against there simply is no consensus. In this class we will examine a few...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Druids, Saints, and Riverdance: An Introduction to Early Celtic CultureThere is an ongoing interest in all things Celtic, even among people who have no roots in Ireland, Scotland, or other Celtic lands. Bookstores have shelves lined with Celtic treasures, the songs of Celtic Woman have found their way...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
6:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Exploring How to Bring the Right Person Into Your Life: A Class for SinglesIt can be daunting to venture out into the mature dating world.  This class will provide support and practical suggestions for those looking for companionship.  Topics will include: liking one's own company; creating a road map;...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Genealogy VI--DNA Testing for Genealogy: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeThis course will help the student analyze their ancestral DNA test results and apply them to their genealogical  family tree. The topics covered will include the various ancestral DNA tests and the differences in their results, but...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Great Films, Great DirectorsTake a film journey through some of the most memorable films in cinema history. Tracing the film industry from the silent era to the Talkies, the course will highlight key directors and films from epics like William Wyler's "Ben Hur...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Honoring Your Life Stories: A Writing WorkshopEach life contains millions of stories. Have you tried writing yours?  With the help of prompts we will reflect, explore, learn from each other and create. Come prepared to craft personal narratives from your own life stories; from...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Images of Aging: Prose, Poetry, and Film about Getting OldThe text for this course collects writings from cultures, religions, and traditions from 2500 BCE to the present, among them works by authors from Huang Ti and Sophocles to Doris Lessing and Annie Dillard, as well as passages from...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Italian Renaissance Art: with a focus on VeniceThis class is a preview and survey of the upcoming North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition, Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, which focuses on Renaissance painting in Venice from the second half of the 1400s to the...
Jan 25, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Italian Renaissance Art: with a focus on VeniceThis class is a preview and survey of the upcoming North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition, Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, which focuses on Renaissance painting in Venice from the second half of the 1400s to the...
Jan 25, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Italian Renaissance Art: with a focus on VeniceThis class is a preview and survey of the upcoming North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition, Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, which focuses on Renaissance painting in Venice from the second half of the 1400s to the...
Jan 25, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Italian Renaissance Art: with a focus on VeniceThis class is a preview and survey of the upcoming North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition, Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, which focuses on Renaissance painting in Venice from the second half of the 1400s to the...
Jan 25, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Italian Renaissance Art: with a focus on VeniceThis class is a preview and survey of the upcoming North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition, Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, which focuses on Renaissance painting in Venice from the second half of the 1400s to the...
Jan 25, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Molecules: Building Blocks of Our WorldThe beautiful and complex universe around us is created from relatively few building blocks - molecules - and we, ourselves, are made of molecules.  What are molecules?  What holds them together?  What gives them their properties?  ...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Money and Happiness: An Economist Looks at the Latest ResearchIt's an age-old question: "Can money buy happiness?" The Greek philosopher, Epictetus, said: "Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants." The classical economist, Adam Smith, opined that strivers may...
Jan 11, 2017 to Feb 1, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Power and Policy in the Soviet and Russian State: Part One, Lenin through KhrushchevThe course examines the Russian revolutionary movement from Populism to the rise of Marxism-Leninism and the conquest of Bolshevik power in 1917.  It considers the leaders and policies through the civil war, wartime communism, the...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice: Mercy and JusticeIn defining moments of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Shylock justifies his vengeance and Portia pleads with him to be merciful. Scholars, actors, audiences, and readers have debated Shakespeare's intentions. Is Shylock a...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Time Travel to Medieval England: Daily Life in a Feudal Society In this course, you will learn what it was like to wake up each day in medieval England as a noble, knight, merchant or serf. As a noble, you might spend the day speaking French unable to understand your Anglo-Saxon speaking serfs...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Wagner's Other Three Masterpieces: Tristan, Meistersinger, ParsifalThis course will examine Wagner's three masterpieces, apart from the Ring Cycle, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, and Parsifal, and the influences behind their creation, the circumstances surrounding their...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Watercolor Painting for Absolute Beginners to Advanced PaintersIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had success, this is the opportunity for you to learn.  This active, hands-on course offers highly individualized instruction.  Every step...
Feb 15, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 4:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Winston S. ChurchillWinston Churchill was one of the most exciting and exasperating men of modern times. By participating in this course, we will attempt to add to the international efforts to share with future generations his contributions to the...
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
An Exploration of Wines of the Mediterranean Rim of France and SpainJoin this class for a journey through the Mediterranean coastal regions of France and Spain and explore some of Europe’s most famous wine regions: Catalonia, Roussillon, Languedoc, the Rhone Valley, and Provence.. Each week, we will...
Jan 12, 2017 to Feb 9, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
An Exploration of Wines of the Pacific NorthwestJoin us on a journey to discover the grapes that grow best in the unique terroir of the Pacific Northwest and the wines they produce. Each week, we will focus on one or two varieties of wine and will try examples from different...
Feb 16, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Art & Memory: Examining the Repercussions of ConflictDuring times of prolonged struggle, art has often played a role in examining issues, documenting actions, protesting causes and then remembering loss and triumph. Throughout this 10-week course we will discover how the art and...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Exploring Ethics: Debating Contemporary Moral IssuesWe will be reading essays by ethicists arguing each side of several important ethical issues: the morality of abortion, whether euthanasia should ever be practiced, how we should respond to world hunger, what counts as terrorism,...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Exploring Watercolor Techniques Using PlantsUsing live plants as subjects, students will explore and refine their skills in painting realistic florals with watercolor. We will work on backgrounds, interesting techniques, and accuracy in describing the plant.  Hands-On-Art.
Jan 12, 2017 to Feb 16, 2017
11:00AM - 1:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Genealogy II, the Next Steps: Learning About and Using More Records than the Census and Vital RecordsThe course will expand the student's genealogical skills and knowledge beyond the basics; emphasis will be on broadening the scope of their research resources. Records at the county, state, and federal level will be discussed,...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 12, 2017 to Mar 30, 2017
8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Harp Ensemble IPlay the harp at last! The "Harp Ensemble I" class is designed to introduce the novice player to the joy and challenge of playing the harp. Using "Harpsicle" lap harps, students will learn the basics of the "Salzedo" method, explore...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Heroines and Pioneers of American Modern Dance: A Look at the Major ContributorsAt the forefront of a period of artistic and feminist enlightenment in the early twentieth century, a new dance genre began to evolved in America.  As this “art dance” developed, it was variously referred to as “aesthetic,” “...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Interpreting Earth History: Principles and methodsInterpreting Earth History involves relatively few principles, but many ramifications of them.   Sedimentary rocks have ages and environments, represented within sequences; these ages are relative, based on superposition of...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Knit Samplers and Learn New TechniquesThere's no better way to learn new knitting techniques than by making a “dishcloth.”  In this ten-week class we will learn the basics of knitting by making a simple garter stitch “dishcloth” square and then expand into color, lace,...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
La Renaissance en FranceThe course, taught in French, is geared to students with an intermediate level knowledge of French.  It will give an outline of important dates in the period, present key figures of the era, the way of life, art, such as the...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Maintaining Your Mojo: Easy Ways to Increase and Maintain Wellness, Health and VitalityEnergy lies at the foundation of your well-being.  Learning to harness the energies of the body provides an easy, cost effective path to creating and maintaining a more vibrant, healthy body and life.  Through working with energy,...
Jan 12, 2017 to Feb 16, 2017
11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Mindful Wellness Through Music, Rhythm and Movement: Healing Mind and BodyExplore the self, release body tensions and psycho-emotional anxieties with a mindfulness brought about through music and rhythmic movement activities. Coordinate mind-body, strengthen muscles, balance body movement to decrease risk...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Music and Emotions: How Do Composers Manipulate Your Moods?Hearing music is a whole-brain, whole-body holistic experience.  Music awakens emotions and feelings in mind and body.  Yet music is fundamentally a non-verbal form of expression that does not require semantic interpretation.  How,...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 12, 2017 to Mar 30, 2017
3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Philosophical Dilemmas 1Each winter term I offer three sessions in philosophy. This one is intended for those who have little or no experience with either the history of philosophy or its methods. Through the use of an interactive text for class...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Planning for the Long Term: Will I be Ready When the Unexpected Happens?This course will give you the skills both to develop an aging plan and to communicate it to your family and the significant people in your life.  If healthy aging is no longer an option, you will have information on managing your...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Return 2 Recess!"Return 2 Recess!" is a fun, non-competitive activity class that focuses on the things we loved so much as kids  - just back for you as adults - and that is PLAY! Amusing activity stations such as hula hoops and hopscotch, will take...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:15PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Sea Power in the Great War"Sea  Power in the Great War" addresses the role played by maritime power in the First World War. Many histories of this conflict focus on the horror of the trenches and what became a war of attrition. The British blockade and...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionTaijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’üan), a Chinese movement system, arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes, enhances energy, well-being, and mental, emotional, and physical...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The American Revolution and the Shaping of the ConstitutionThis course will look at how colonial experiences with Great Britain during the Revolutionary Period from 1765 - 1775 helped shape the principles of a federal government, the role of state governments, individual rights, and rules...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Role of the American Colonies in the Development of a New Form of Government, 1607 - 1776This course will shine a light on the growth of Colonial America from 1607 -1776.  We will analyze how that growth created the "American System" of government.  By looking at rights, equality, and political beliefs of the times we'...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Tragic Love: Shakespeare, Webster, and MiddletonDrama in the English Renaissance theater has it all: passion, rage, nobility, intrigue, love, and murder. To see Shakespeare’s plays not in isolation but in the context of his contemporaries is to appreciate the full range of such...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Wellsprings of Western CultureAmong the greatest poems of Western civilization are The Iliad, The Aeneid, Dante's Comedy and Hebrew Scriptures.  These great works were written to explore humankind's profound dilemmas and provide the principles of how to live. ...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Writing PoetryWhat’s a poem, after all? Is it how you say something, or how you see it?  Poems are renderings of closely observed experience, idea, or image using language that is as exact, fresh, and evocative as possible. They make the everyday...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Writing Short Fiction: From Seed to StoryMicro-fiction, flash fiction, and short stories--every story begins with a spark!  But how do we get from the idea to the complete story draft?  And what do we do when we think we are done? In this class we will explore different...
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
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 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Adolf Hitler, Germany's Trojan HorseLittle did the world know how wrong US President Woodrow Wilson was when, in November of 1918, he proclaimed that World War I was the “the war to end all wars.” Brewing in the mind of a physically wounded and emotionally scarred...
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Genealogy III--Surmounting Your Genealogical Roadblocks: Writing an Effective Research PlanThis interactive course will guide the student as they develop an effective genealogical research plan. Students for one of their own genealogy problems. Sharing their plans with the class is an integral part of this learning...
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Intergenerational Conversations on Balance: Willpower & Mindfulness What was Aristotle’s idea of the good life as a balanced life?  And, what roles do willpower and mindfulness play in this?  This course provides a forum for OLLI members to converse with high school students from Camelot Academy to...
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 17, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Mid-Twentieth Century American Drama: Five Masterpieces from Long Day's Journey Into Night to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Much as the mid-twentieth century was an outstanding period for drama in Europe, it was also an outstanding period for drama in the United States, with formal innovation and thematic depth that remain the hallmarks of contemporary...
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Petals and Pigments: Printing with BotanicalsCreate floral inks.  Print a small hand bouquet tied with a ribbon using the Hapazome technique.  Create fabric and paper surface designs with natural plant dye, including indigo.  Bundle some petals and explore the process of eco-... Feb 3, 2017 1:00PM - 5:00PM $36.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Philosophical Dilemmas 2Each winter I offer three sessions in philosophy. This one is intended for those who have some background in philosophic history and discourse. The first two chapters of this text are being used in the class for "beginners" and so...
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Reading Cormac McCarthy and the Christian SacramentsCormac McCarthy is arguably one of the great American writers of our time --- likely because he speaks about perennial life questions: Is there a God? Is there any meaning to our lives? How do we create a stable moral system in the...
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
War and Warriors in the Ancient MediterraneanThis course will examine the military history of the ancient Mediterranean world, focusing in particular on the role of warfare in Greek and Roman society.  We will discuss the ideologies of the civilizations constructed around...
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Sunday
Course Time Tuition Status
Alfred Hitchcock: A CareerBeginning with Hitchcock's early, silent era success, covering his transition to sound, and relocation to America, the course will explore his influences, themes, motifs, and imagery.  Each week the class will view a complete film...
Jan 8, 2017 to Mar 19, 2017
2:00PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Food for Life--Kickstart Your Health: Evidence-Based Nutrition Lessons with Easy Recipes and FoodAccording to the American Dietetic Association, "appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and...
Jan 15, 2017 to Feb 12, 2017
2:30PM - 5:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Millennial Perspective: Ethics Across Generations This class explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach; ten Duke undergraduates partner with “overgrads” in OLLI to lead discussions and to pursue and share perspectives on current...
Jan 15, 2017 to Apr 23, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Availability
American Art After Abstract ExpressionismAbstract Expressionism, developed in New York City in the 1940’s, was the first American art movement to achieve global acclaim, but by the mid 1950’s many artists thought Abstract Expressionism had become too introspective and... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Art & Memory: Examining the Repercussions of ConflictDuring times of prolonged struggle, art has often played a role in examining issues, documenting actions, protesting causes and then remembering loss and triumph. Throughout this 10-week course we will discover how the art and... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Art and Women: An Examination of Women Artists and Women Subjects from Antiquity to the 20th CenturyIn this class we will look at European and American art featuring women from ancient times to the beginning of the 20th century, considering woman as subject and woman as artist. We will discuss trends of feminist scholarship in art... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Art Nouveau Architecture: An International Style?Have you ever traveled and seen buildings with beautiful swirling lines and decorations that had a somewhat contemporary feel? Maybe you are seeing the Art Nouveau style of the early 20th century! This style is unique in that it was... (Wednesdays)Mar 22, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $10.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Beauty: Aesthetics in Art, Nature, and PhotographyWhat is aesthetics? What is the connection between aesthetics and art? Do we experience beauty differently in art than in nature? Does beauty actually exist out there at all, or only in the eye of the beholder? Why does aesthetic... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Building Duke ChapelThe course will cover the building of West Campus' most iconic building, from choosing the site, selecting the materials, the design and construction.  The history of the origins of the university from Trinity College and the Duke... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Designing Your DownsizeToday's average single family home is 2,700 square feet. How do you pare down to live graciously in your senior years? How do you decide what to keep versus what to give away? How do you bring all the pieces together to create a... (Mondays)Jan 9, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $10.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Italian Renaissance Art: with a focus on VeniceThis class is a preview and survey of the upcoming North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition, Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, which focuses on Renaissance painting in Venice from the second half of the 1400s to the... (Wednesdays)
Jan 25, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Italian Renaissance Art: with a focus on VeniceThis class is a preview and survey of the upcoming North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition, Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, which focuses on Renaissance painting in Venice from the second half of the 1400s to the... (Wednesdays)
Jan 25, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Italian Renaissance Art: with a focus on VeniceThis class is a preview and survey of the upcoming North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition, Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, which focuses on Renaissance painting in Venice from the second half of the 1400s to the... (Wednesdays)
Jan 25, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Italian Renaissance Art: with a focus on VeniceThis class is a preview and survey of the upcoming North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition, Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, which focuses on Renaissance painting in Venice from the second half of the 1400s to the... (Wednesdays)
Jan 25, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Italian Renaissance Art: with a focus on VeniceThis class is a preview and survey of the upcoming North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition, Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, which focuses on Renaissance painting in Venice from the second half of the 1400s to the... (Wednesdays)
Jan 25, 2017 to Mar 15, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Mayberry ModernismWhat's North Carolina's greatest secret? We have the 3rd most Modernist houses in the country. George Smart's discovery of North Carolina's large number of "livable works of art" in 2007 led him to start North Carolina Modernist... (Tuesdays)Jan 10, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM $10.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Availability
An Introduction to Digital Image Editing and Photo Editing with Adobe LightroomThe difference between a good digital photograph and a great one can be a simple matter of post-processing. The tools needed to take your images to the next level are all contained in one application. Adobe Lightroom (c) is designed... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 13, 2017
9:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Basic Android Phone and TabletsThis class will focus on what you need to use your Android device productively. We will cover a little bit of history of Android so you can understand the different versions currently available. Then we will dive right into the... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Digital Camera Experience: The BasicsJust about everyone today has some form of digital camera, from smartphones to simple point-and-shoot cameras to complex Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras.  The learning curve for good photography can be significantly... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR): Beyond Automatic!It is true that great pictures can be made with pocketable cameras, from simple point-and-shoot cameras to iPhones, but true photo enthusiasts quickly realize the limitations of those cameras and desire the versatile lens offerings... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 an easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full-blown... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Mastery of the iPad and iOS 10: An Intermediate CourseEach new iPad system requires some new user time and attention.  Invest that time and attention in this class to speed up the process with iOS 10.  The class material assumes the following prerequisites:  that you use the iPad... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 13, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Photoshop Elements Refresher for PC and MacReview and strengthen basic skills working with digital images and learn more about using the editing tools available in Adobe Photoshop Elements.  This class will include practice with the use of layers, selections, and procedures... (Tuesdays)
Jan 24, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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... (Mondays)
Feb 27, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Availability
Chinese Brush Painting: Fruits, Vegetables, and Sea CreaturesThe participants will learn to paint assorted fruits,vegetables, and sea creatures, such as fish or shrimp. These subjects are popular in Chinese brush painting and fun to paint. You will be able to complete a painting and practice... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Creative Travel JournalsWhether you travel around your community or around the world, you can record and bring back memories of your journey that are as unique as your own experience of the trip.  You will discover that capturing visual history and images... (Mondays)Jan 9, 2017 8:30AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Exploring Watercolor Techniques Using PlantsUsing live plants as subjects, students will explore and refine their skills in painting realistic florals with watercolor. We will work on backgrounds, interesting techniques, and accuracy in describing the plant.  Hands-On-Art. (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Feb 16, 2017
11:00AM - 1:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Introduction to 3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is rapidly transforming many fields of endeavor, such as manufacturing, medicine, and the arts, by enabling low-cost, accurate creation of highly-detailed solid objects under... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Feb 14, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Knit Samplers and Learn New TechniquesThere's no better way to learn new knitting techniques than by making a “dishcloth.”  In this ten-week class we will learn the basics of knitting by making a simple garter stitch “dishcloth” square and then expand into color, lace,... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Learn to Knit a Warm Winter HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this four-week hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast-on, knit, purl, decrease and bind-off stitches or as a refresher for those who... (Tuesdays)
Feb 7, 2017 to Mar 7, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
More Watercolor: Opportunities to Practice Using Watercolors and Learn More about Watercolor PaintingThis course will expand your understanding of and abilities with 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 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Petals and Pigments: Printing with BotanicalsCreate floral inks.  Print a small hand bouquet tied with a ribbon using the Hapazome technique.  Create fabric and paper surface designs with natural plant dye, including indigo.  Bundle some petals and explore the process of eco-... (Fridays)Feb 3, 2017 1:00PM - 5:00PM $36.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Art of Writing in Gothic CaligraphyIn this class, students will learn the basic strokes of lettering in Gothic font.  Then, in a short time, students will be creating inspirational pieces and works of art in intricate Gothic calligraphy.  Hands-On Art.  (Mondays)
Feb 6, 2017 to Mar 20, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Watercolor Painting for Absolute Beginners to Advanced PaintersIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had success, this is the opportunity for you to learn.  This active, hands-on course offers highly individualized instruction.  Every step... (Mondays)
Feb 13, 2017 to Mar 20, 2017
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Watercolor Painting for Absolute Beginners to Advanced PaintersIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had success, this is the opportunity for you to learn.  This active, hands-on course offers highly individualized instruction.  Every step... (Wednesdays)
Feb 15, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 4:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Availability
Common Sense Economics: The Economic History of the United StatesWhen surveyed, Americans rate our economy as one of their critical concerns.  Yet, how many understand the economy?  What causes unemployment and what can be done about it?  Why are interest rates and inflation so low?  Is the... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Exploring Leadership Opportunities at OLLI at DukeWould you like to get a look behind the scenes at one of the nation's premier lifelong learning organizations? Would you like to learn about OLLI at Duke's strategy and how we partner with Duke University to provide lifelong... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 6, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Improving Investor Outcomes in Retirement: Avoiding Investor PitfallsThere are various financial transitions within retirement that we all face at some point, and there are many smart actions that investors can take to increase their odds of success. Each scheduled class will include a look at a... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Money and Happiness: An Economist Looks at the Latest ResearchIt's an age-old question: "Can money buy happiness?" The Greek philosopher, Epictetus, said: "Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants." The classical economist, Adam Smith, opined that strivers may... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Feb 1, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Now What! A Roadmap into RetirementMost of us look forward to our retirement from full-time work, eagerly anticipating more free time and opportunities to play. But the reality of retirement can be very different. Roles differ, relationships with family and friends... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Planning for the Long Term: Will I be Ready When the Unexpected Happens?This course will give you the skills both to develop an aging plan and to communicate it to your family and the significant people in your life.  If healthy aging is no longer an option, you will have information on managing your... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityPlease note: If you do not plan to attend all class sessions (see dates below), do not sign up for this course. We'll review two choices: aging in place and retirement communities.  First, we'll discuss assistive technologies and... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Apr 4, 2017
10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Sustainable Development: The Role of Microfinance and InnovationThere are numerous aid agencies and organizations working towards poverty eradication in the world we live in today. Yet, when we look around us, there is visible poverty and suffering. There seems to be a clear disconnect between... (Mondays)
Jan 23, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Tax Smart Investment Strategies: Stretch Your PortfolioManage your income and make investments to last longer in retirement! Select and position your money wisely in taxable, tax-free, and tax-deferred accounts, and you can save big $$. In this course, you will learn ways to lessen "tax... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The $100,000 Portfolio: A Financial EducationUsing The Stock Market Game™, participants will explore the financial world. This class will allow “investors” to learn about mutual funds, margin accounts, shorting stocks, support and resistance levels, bonds, interest rates, how... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Health & Wellness
Course Time Tuition Availability
Food for Life--Kickstart Your Health: Evidence-Based Nutrition Lessons with Easy Recipes and FoodAccording to the American Dietetic Association, "appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and... (Sundays)
Jan 15, 2017 to Feb 12, 2017
2:30PM - 5:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero will show you how to create a gourmet, yet good, healthy, and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (beef, pork, chicken or seafood); students... (Mondays)
Jan 30, 2017 to Mar 13, 2017
5:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Language, Literature & Drama
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Literary Journey through New EnglandA traveling literary tour through New England: from Massachusetts to New Hampshire, from Connecticut to Maine. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Louisia May Alcott, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Eugene O'... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Great Films, Great DirectorsTake a film journey through some of the most memorable films in cinema history. Tracing the film industry from the silent era to the Talkies, the course will highlight key directors and films from epics like William Wyler's "Ben Hur... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Images of Aging: Prose, Poetry, and Film about Getting OldThe text for this course collects writings from cultures, religions, and traditions from 2500 BCE to the present, among them works by authors from Huang Ti and Sophocles to Doris Lessing and Annie Dillard, as well as passages from... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
La Renaissance en FranceThe course, taught in French, is geared to students with an intermediate level knowledge of French.  It will give an outline of important dates in the period, present key figures of the era, the way of life, art, such as the... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Let's Read in French! Maigret, 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)
Feb 7, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Magical Realism in Four NovelsMagical (or magic) realism is a narrative technique characterized by the integration of fantastical or mythical elements into a realistic chain of events. It usually juxtaposes elements from opposing cultures, be they colonizer and... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Mid-Twentieth Century American Drama: Five Masterpieces from Long Day's Journey Into Night to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Much as the mid-twentieth century was an outstanding period for drama in Europe, it was also an outstanding period for drama in the United States, with formal innovation and thematic depth that remain the hallmarks of contemporary... (Fridays)
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Reading Poetry: Voices From Around the WorldThe aim of this class is to introduce American readers to some of the rich variety of contemporary poetry written in languages other than English. We will read and discuss poets and poetry from Latin America, the Middle East, Europe... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, W. H. Auden: Three Major Modern PoetsIn Frost we will be reading conversational language in structured poems. Often seen as a folksy New England farmer-philosopher talking with neighbors in a country store, Frost is much more.  Under the influence of Emerson, he uses... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice: Mercy and JusticeIn defining moments of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Shylock justifies his vengeance and Portia pleads with him to be merciful. Scholars, actors, audiences, and readers have debated Shakespeare's intentions. Is Shylock a... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Strong Literary Women: Heroines, Harridans, or Hussies?In literature, as in life, strong women often are misunderstood and maligned when they challenge societal expectations and assert themselves.  By watching film clips and reading two short stories, two plays, and two novels, we will... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Three Contemporary NovelsLongfellow wrote, "Age is opportunity no less/Than youth itself, though in another dress."  Perhaps no writer illustrates this observation more than British novelist Penelope Fitzgerald who published her first novel at sixty-one. ... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 27, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Tragic Love: Shakespeare, Webster, and MiddletonDrama in the English Renaissance theater has it all: passion, rage, nobility, intrigue, love, and murder. To see Shakespeare’s plays not in isolation but in the context of his contemporaries is to appreciate the full range of such... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Wellsprings of Western CultureAmong the greatest poems of Western civilization are The Iliad, The Aeneid, Dante's Comedy and Hebrew Scriptures.  These great works were written to explore humankind's profound dilemmas and provide the principles of how to live. ... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Lifestyles
Course Time Tuition Availability
An Exploration of Wines of the Mediterranean Rim of France and SpainJoin this class for a journey through the Mediterranean coastal regions of France and Spain and explore some of Europe’s most famous wine regions: Catalonia, Roussillon, Languedoc, the Rhone Valley, and Provence.. Each week, we will... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Feb 9, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
An Exploration of Wines of the Pacific NorthwestJoin us on a journey to discover the grapes that grow best in the unique terroir of the Pacific Northwest and the wines they produce. Each week, we will focus on one or two varieties of wine and will try examples from different... (Thursdays)
Feb 16, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Beyond the Travel Guide Book: Preparing for a Big Trip, Real or ImaginedWhether your travel plans are real or imaginary, the experience can be enhanced by a broad approach to learning about your destination.  Many people intend to "read up" before departure, and this course helps you do so.  You’ll... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 7, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Body Mechanics: Flexibility, Strength, Balance, and Coordination to Extend the Quality of Your LifeExercise, a good diet, relaxation, and socialization all help to extend the quality of your life.  You already know as well that it’s important to maintain the basic elements of your physical condition as much as possible to prevent... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitBOOMERS: Feeling old(er)? Want to reverse the signs of aging of your mind and body? Consider: our movement habits at age 50 and 60 will impact how we feel at age 70 and beyond. The good news is we can shed our physically limiting... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Crying Out For Peace: Finding Personal & Planet Peace"Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered.  We must hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil." Whether I am seeking peace of mind in the home, within the community or the world, peace begins and ends... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Current Health Topics: Discussion of the Latest Health Information and ControversiesThe media regularly report the results of new research outcomes on health and wellbeing.  However, those reports often seem to contradict what was previously believed, leading to public skepticism about the value of science to guide... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Designing Your DownsizeToday's average single family home is 2,700 square feet. How do you pare down to live graciously in your senior years? How do you decide what to keep versus what to give away? How do you bring all the pieces together to create a... (Mondays)Jan 9, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $10.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Exploring Leadership Opportunities at OLLI at DukeWould you like to get a look behind the scenes at one of the nation's premier lifelong learning organizations? Would you like to learn about OLLI at Duke's strategy and how we partner with Duke University to provide lifelong... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 6, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Maintaining Your Mojo: Easy Ways to Increase and Maintain Wellness, Health and VitalityEnergy lies at the foundation of your well-being.  Learning to harness the energies of the body provides an easy, cost effective path to creating and maintaining a more vibrant, healthy body and life.  Through working with energy,... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Feb 16, 2017
11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Mindful Wellness Through Music, Rhythm and Movement: Healing Mind and BodyExplore the self, release body tensions and psycho-emotional anxieties with a mindfulness brought about through music and rhythmic movement activities. Coordinate mind-body, strengthen muscles, balance body movement to decrease risk... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Nia: Dance with Joy: Move with AwarenessNia is a cardio-dance workout, a movement practice, and a lifestyle based on the intelligent design of the body.  Each Nia workout brings mindfulness to your movement, leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it: chee-goong) refers to a vast body of traditional Chinese exercise designed to enhance personal life-force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, physical power, emotional balance, or spiritual progress. "Qi"—... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Return 2 Recess!"Return 2 Recess!" is a fun, non-competitive activity class that focuses on the things we loved so much as kids  - just back for you as adults - and that is PLAY! Amusing activity stations such as hula hoops and hopscotch, will take... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:15PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionTaijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’üan), a Chinese movement system, arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes, enhances energy, well-being, and mental, emotional, and physical... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Women's Dance/Exercise-- Belly dance, Gypsy Dance, Flamenco: Core Exercise, Flexibility and Fun!Get great Core Exercise and Build Flexibility while Dancing! Learn unique ethnic dance styles that resulted from the blending of southern and eastern Mediterranean dance with Roma-style dance from northern India. These exotic dance... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 2:50PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Availability
Acting Fundamentals for Theatre and LifeThe joy of acting is in letting our creative selves become a character who brings a story, a personality, a vision, or a philosophy to life. Together, we will enjoy the pleasure of becoming someone else! Knowing the fundamentals of... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Alfred Hitchcock: A CareerBeginning with Hitchcock's early, silent era success, covering his transition to sound, and relocation to America, the course will explore his influences, themes, motifs, and imagery.  Each week the class will view a complete film... (Sundays)
Jan 8, 2017 to Mar 19, 2017
2:00PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Art of the GuitarThis course is a colorful immersion into the uniquely lyrical sound-world of the classical guitar.  One of the course highlights will be an 8-segment video that was shot on location in Spain that traces the development of the guitar... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Glass's World: Philip Glass at 80Glass is “one of the most commercially successful, and critically reviled, composers of his generation,” according to Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians.  Focusing on the works being performed in Carolina Performing Arts' ... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Harp Ensemble IPlay the harp at last! The "Harp Ensemble I" class is designed to introduce the novice player to the joy and challenge of playing the harp. Using "Harpsicle" lap harps, students will learn the basics of the "Salzedo" method, explore... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Heroines and Pioneers of American Modern Dance: A Look at the Major ContributorsAt the forefront of a period of artistic and feminist enlightenment in the early twentieth century, a new dance genre began to evolved in America.  As this “art dance” developed, it was variously referred to as “aesthetic,” “... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Improv Theater Basics: Discover Your CreativityImprov is a popular, informal theater art form that uses a playful mindset and the accepting environment of ‘Yes…and’ to unleash creativity, discovery, and fun. This class is designed for you to ‘play’ while learning how to create... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Feb 7, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Improv Theater GamesTheater Games are exercises that let your playfulness emerge. They encourage spontaneity and creativity and incorporate the “Yes...and” improv philosophy. Games are easy to learn and fun to play without any reason other than to have... (Tuesdays)
Feb 28, 2017 to Mar 7, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Music and Emotions: How Do Composers Manipulate Your Moods?Hearing music is a whole-brain, whole-body holistic experience.  Music awakens emotions and feelings in mind and body.  Yet music is fundamentally a non-verbal form of expression that does not require semantic interpretation.  How,... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 12, 2017 to Mar 30, 2017
3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
3:30PM - 5:30PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Operatic Confusion: Same Story, Different ComposerThe Cinderella story was set in 1817 by Rossini as “La Cenerentola” and in 1899 by Massenet as “Cendrillon”; Beaumarchais's play “The Barber of Seville” was turned into operas entitled “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in 1782 by Paisiello... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Many Sides of Bob DylanFor more than a half-century, Bob Dylan has been arguably the most influential artistic figure of our time. As a singer-songwriter, he revolutionized popular music. His work spans genres from folk to rock, from blues to country,... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 7, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Wagner's Other Three Masterpieces: Tristan, Meistersinger, ParsifalThis course will examine Wagner's three masterpieces, apart from the Ring Cycle, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, and Parsifal, and the influences behind their creation, the circumstances surrounding their... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Availability
Hubris, Hollywood & Helicopters: Howard Hughes' Ventures & Adventures, Failures & SuccessesIt's a corporate history like no other: duck decoys, feral cats in the bean fields, secret meetings in a celery shed.  Each session focuses equally on Howard Hughes' lifestyle, the aircraft company he founded during WWII, and on the... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Interpreting Earth History: Principles and methodsInterpreting Earth History involves relatively few principles, but many ramifications of them.   Sedimentary rocks have ages and environments, represented within sequences; these ages are relative, based on superposition of... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Molecules: Building Blocks of Our WorldThe beautiful and complex universe around us is created from relatively few building blocks - molecules - and we, ourselves, are made of molecules.  What are molecules?  What holds them together?  What gives them their properties?  ... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Symposia at the Forest at Duke: A (mostly) Scientific Invited Speakers ProgramThis is an invited speakers series with topics that are mainly science, but ranging from science to an occasional, interesting diversion.  All talks will be held at The Forest at Duke Retirement Community. Symposia is a popular... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Biology of the Sexes: The Whole SpectrumThis course will present fundamental up-to-date knowledge of embryonic sexual differentiation and development, including sexual differentiation of the brain and childhood sexual developmental milestones.  Genetic and embryonic... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The History of Submarines: From Item of Curiosity to Strategic WeaponThe course begins with the scientific principles that underlie the ability to create a submersible to the development of the modern submarine. Then the class will review the impact of submarines on warfare, and examine the current... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Impact of Technology on Society - What you should Know!This course takes a broad look at technology and its impact on our daily lives.  Can we live safely with technology?  Is there an app for that?  How much is too much technology? Did you really mean to post that?  Are you secure when... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Wonderful World of Butterflies: More Amazing Than You Could ImagineThis course will discuss the basic nature of butterflies: origins, global survival tactics, the importance of migrations, enemies/defenses, anatomy and continental variations.  The last three sessions will focus on butterflies of... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 7, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Tropical Tree Camp: The Medicinal Plants of Tropical America and South AsiaThis two session winter Tree Camp will be held in the Magic Wings Tropical Butterfly Conservatory in Durham NC.  In session one we will explore the traditional medicinal use of plants in the Vegetalismo, Curanderismo and Root... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Jan 17, 2017
1:30PM - 3:30PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Writing
Course Time Tuition Availability
Comic Book and Graphic Novel Techniques- Storytelling with Words and Images- Production to PublicationThis course explores comic books and graphic novels as literary forms and ultimately focuses on elucidating the means by which to tell a story utilizing both the written word and expressive imagery. We will cover entry-level... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Creative Prose:Transforming Raw MaterialWhere do writers get ideas? How does a writer decide to turn an experience, a story, an idea or research into publishable material? We will examine the raw material of writing and how to make that decision. We will discuss... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Honoring Your Life Stories: A Writing WorkshopEach life contains millions of stories. Have you tried writing yours?  With the help of prompts we will reflect, explore, learn from each other and create. Come prepared to craft personal narratives from your own life stories; from... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Introduction to Flash FictionFlash fiction is an exciting new art form, playing in the middle ground between storytelling and lyricism. Whether you’re experienced or new, flash will accelerate your development. Work on a variety of voices, styles, and subjects... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Poetry -- Transforming Raw Material: Turning Images, Experiences and Ideas into Publishable PoetryWhere do poets get their ideas? This class will focus on the raw material of poetry: images, experiences, and ideas and how to transform them into publishable poems. We will discuss the techniques and forms of poetry by exploring... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Story: The Science and the ArtWhat is a good story, well told?  Modern studies in neuroscience, evolution, mythology and drama give us great new tools to improve the impact of our story telling and writing.  We'll ask core writing questions:  how does the writer... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Writing PoetryWhat’s a poem, after all? Is it how you say something, or how you see it?  Poems are renderings of closely observed experience, idea, or image using language that is as exact, fresh, and evocative as possible. They make the everyday... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Writing Short Fiction: From Seed to StoryMicro-fiction, flash fiction, and short stories--every story begins with a spark!  But how do we get from the idea to the complete story draft?  And what do we do when we think we are done? In this class we will explore different... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Writing the Young Adult NovelPost-apocalyptic dystopia, snarky humor, and adolescent alienation have become the familiar hallmarks of the young adult novel. But what's really going on beneath those superficial clichés? To write a compelling YA novel, you need... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Social Science & Culture
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Random Walk Through the Garden of Human Sexual DiversityRaised between the 40’s and 60’s, many of us are totally without sex education.   We grew up in an atmosphere of sex negativity and echoes of this still remain with us.  We are uncomfortable talking about sex!  This class will... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Crying Out For Peace: Finding Personal & Planet Peace"Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered.  We must hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil." Whether I am seeking peace of mind in the home, within the community or the world, peace begins and ends... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Down Homes: The Varieties of Southern ExperienceIn his 1941 classic The Mind of the South, the journalist W.J. Cash remarked that, “If it can be said there are many Souths, the fact remains there is also one South.” Flip that statement around and it’s equally true. Using Durham... (Tuesdays)
Jan 17, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Druids, Saints, and Riverdance: An Introduction to Early Celtic CultureThere is an ongoing interest in all things Celtic, even among people who have no roots in Ireland, Scotland, or other Celtic lands. Bookstores have shelves lined with Celtic treasures, the songs of Celtic Woman have found their way... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
6:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Exploring How to Bring the Right Person Into Your Life: A Class for SinglesIt can be daunting to venture out into the mature dating world.  This class will provide support and practical suggestions for those looking for companionship.  Topics will include: liking one's own company; creating a road map;... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Genealogy II, the Next Steps: Learning About and Using More Records than the Census and Vital RecordsThe course will expand the student's genealogical skills and knowledge beyond the basics; emphasis will be on broadening the scope of their research resources. Records at the county, state, and federal level will be discussed,... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Genealogy III--Surmounting Your Genealogical Roadblocks: Writing an Effective Research PlanThis interactive course will guide the student as they develop an effective genealogical research plan. Students for one of their own genealogy problems. Sharing their plans with the class is an integral part of this learning... (Fridays)
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 12, 2017 to Mar 30, 2017
8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Genealogy VI--DNA Testing for Genealogy: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeThis course will help the student analyze their ancestral DNA test results and apply them to their genealogical  family tree. The topics covered will include the various ancestral DNA tests and the differences in their results, but... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Intergenerational Conversations on Balance: Willpower & Mindfulness What was Aristotle’s idea of the good life as a balanced life?  And, what roles do willpower and mindfulness play in this?  This course provides a forum for OLLI members to converse with high school students from Camelot Academy to... (Fridays)
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 17, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Impact of Technology on Society - What you should Know!This course takes a broad look at technology and its impact on our daily lives.  Can we live safely with technology?  Is there an app for that?  How much is too much technology? Did you really mean to post that?  Are you secure when... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Many Sides of Bob DylanFor more than a half-century, Bob Dylan has been arguably the most influential artistic figure of our time. As a singer-songwriter, he revolutionized popular music. His work spans genres from folk to rock, from blues to country,... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 7, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Millennial Perspective: Ethics Across Generations This class explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach; ten Duke undergraduates partner with “overgrads” in OLLI to lead discussions and to pursue and share perspectives on current... (Sundays)
Jan 15, 2017 to Apr 23, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Works of Woody Allen: The World According to the WoodmanThis course will be a consideration of the works of Woody Allen—his films, short stories, one-act plays, and essays in periodicals, as well as his early stand-up comedy routines and interviews he has given on television.It is... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Feb 27, 2017
1:30PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Think Again: Brain Limitations and PotentialsDid you know the resting brain uses more energy every day than 30 minutes of strenuous exercise does?  Despite its 100 billion neurons and hundreds of trillions of connections, our brain developed for survival and procreation, not... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Availability
Becoming Wise: Delving Into the Mystery and Art of LivingIn this course we will discuss Becoming Wise, a New York Times bestseller by Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist, Krista Tippett. Ms. Tippett shines a light on leading thinkers who ask the big... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Does God Exist? Answers and Arguments Throughout HistoryThe questions surrounding the existence of God have troubled philosophers and theologians for more than two thousand years. Despite logical arguments for and against there simply is no consensus. In this class we will examine a few... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Exploring Ethics: Debating Contemporary Moral IssuesWe will be reading essays by ethicists arguing each side of several important ethical issues: the morality of abortion, whether euthanasia should ever be practiced, how we should respond to world hunger, what counts as terrorism,... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Intergenerational Conversations on Balance: Willpower & Mindfulness What was Aristotle’s idea of the good life as a balanced life?  And, what roles do willpower and mindfulness play in this?  This course provides a forum for OLLI members to converse with high school students from Camelot Academy to... (Fridays)
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 17, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Philosophical Dilemmas 1Each winter term I offer three sessions in philosophy. This one is intended for those who have little or no experience with either the history of philosophy or its methods. Through the use of an interactive text for class... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Philosophical Dilemmas 2Each winter I offer three sessions in philosophy. This one is intended for those who have some background in philosophic history and discourse. The first two chapters of this text are being used in the class for "beginners" and so... (Fridays)
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Pragmatism: An American Approach to PhilosophyEach winter I offer three classes in philosophy. This one is primarily intended for those who know something of the history of philosophy and its concerns and who have been involved in previous sessions with me, but welcomes all who... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Re-imagining Religions: What Matters MostIn an age of skepticism, atheism, scientific world views, social injustice, and interfaith interaction, do particular religious beliefs still matter?  Do they change us or the world? Traditional literalistic and supernatural... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Mar 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Reading Cormac McCarthy and the Christian SacramentsCormac McCarthy is arguably one of the great American writers of our time --- likely because he speaks about perennial life questions: Is there a God? Is there any meaning to our lives? How do we create a stable moral system in the... (Fridays)
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Millennial Perspective: Ethics Across Generations This class explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach; ten Duke undergraduates partner with “overgrads” in OLLI to lead discussions and to pursue and share perspectives on current... (Sundays)
Jan 15, 2017 to Apr 23, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
History and Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Availability
A New Lens: A New Way of Looking at Important TopicsMalcom Gladwell and others have advanced our knowledge by looking at familiar topics in thought-provoking new ways.  Getting a new perspective engages students and instructors, broadens our understanding, facilitates civil discourse... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Adolf Hitler, Germany's Trojan HorseLittle did the world know how wrong US President Woodrow Wilson was when, in November of 1918, he proclaimed that World War I was the “the war to end all wars.” Brewing in the mind of a physically wounded and emotionally scarred... (Fridays)
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Duke Sports HistoryThis class will cover Duke sports history, concentrating on basketball and football. The course will consist of class discussions, guest speakers, video presentations, and much more, as we look at the rich history of Duke sports,... (Mondays)
Jan 23, 2017 to Mar 20, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Free at Last! Free at Last? Slavery and U.S. Civil RightsThis course will examine the history of slavery in America, which began before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. It will continue through emancipation, segregation and two aspects of the Civil Rights movement in the twentieth... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
From Campaign 2016 to Presidential Transition 2017This discussion course will first analyze the transition from the 2016 presidential and congressional campaigns to the Inauguration.  We will compare the 2017 presidential transition to a new administration with those of the past.... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Hubris, Hollywood & Helicopters: Howard Hughes' Ventures & Adventures, Failures & SuccessesIt's a corporate history like no other: duck decoys, feral cats in the bean fields, secret meetings in a celery shed.  Each session focuses equally on Howard Hughes' lifestyle, the aircraft company he founded during WWII, and on the... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
La Renaissance en FranceThe course, taught in French, is geared to students with an intermediate level knowledge of French.  It will give an outline of important dates in the period, present key figures of the era, the way of life, art, such as the... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Words that Changed 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.... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 23, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Power and Policy in the Soviet and Russian State: Part One, Lenin through KhrushchevThe course examines the Russian revolutionary movement from Populism to the rise of Marxism-Leninism and the conquest of Bolshevik power in 1917.  It considers the leaders and policies through the civil war, wartime communism, the... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Sea Power in the Great War"Sea  Power in the Great War" addresses the role played by maritime power in the First World War. Many histories of this conflict focus on the horror of the trenches and what became a war of attrition. The British blockade and... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The American Revolution and the Shaping of the ConstitutionThis course will look at how colonial experiences with Great Britain during the Revolutionary Period from 1765 - 1775 helped shape the principles of a federal government, the role of state governments, individual rights, and rules... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The History of Submarines: From Item of Curiosity to Strategic WeaponThe course begins with the scientific principles that underlie the ability to create a submersible to the development of the modern submarine. Then the class will review the impact of submarines on warfare, and examine the current... (Mondays)
Jan 9, 2017 to Mar 27, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
The Role of the American Colonies in the Development of a New Form of Government, 1607 - 1776This course will shine a light on the growth of Colonial America from 1607 -1776.  We will analyze how that growth created the "American System" of government.  By looking at rights, equality, and political beliefs of the times we'... (Thursdays)
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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 12, 2017 to Mar 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
Time Travel to Medieval England: Daily Life in a Feudal Society In this course, you will learn what it was like to wake up each day in medieval England as a noble, knight, merchant or serf. As a noble, you might spend the day speaking French unable to understand your Anglo-Saxon speaking serfs... (Wednesdays)
Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
War and Warriors in the Ancient MediterraneanThis course will examine the military history of the ancient Mediterranean world, focusing in particular on the role of warfare in Greek and Roman society.  We will discuss the ideologies of the civilizations constructed around... (Fridays)
Jan 13, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
When the Walls Fell: The Ending of the Cold WarIn light of the serious deterioration in U.S.-Russian relations, it might be difficult to recall that for a brief time a generation ago, Washington and Moscow appeared on the verge of forging a partnership. This lecture/discussion... (Tuesdays)
Jan 10, 2017 to Feb 28, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 06 Dec 2016)
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Jan 11, 2017 to Mar 22, 2017
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Membership & Registration

To attend OLLI at Duke classes, activities, and events, you must first remit $35 in non-refundable annual membership dues (payable when you first sign up for courses during the school year). If you purchased a membership any time between March 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016, your dues are good through June 30, 2017.  If you no longer have an active membership, our registration system will automatically add one to your cart as you are checking out when you enroll in courses during registration.  

 

If your membership has expired and you wish to purchase a new one online with a credit card, you can do by clicking on the link below and following instructions to checkout:

 

 

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

Registration opens at 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 6. There are many ways to register.

Online Registration:  Duke Continuing Studies has a new website that should make it easier for you to register!

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

Not sure which version of browser you have?

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

Our website offers different ways to search courses:

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

Registration Event: If you would like help registering online, we will be having a registration event at JRC on Tuesday, December 6, 9:00am to 12:00pm. We will have trained OLLI mentors with computers to assist you. You must have your registration User Name and Password to register. If you have forgotten these, you must be able to access your home e-mail from the computers we will have onsite.

Phone Registrations: If you would like to register by phone, you may call the registration office (919-684-6259) anytime after 9:00am on Tuesday, December 6.  Please do not ask to register for classes prior to this date. Members will be registered in the order calls are received. If your call goes to voicemail because of heavy call volume, leave a message; a registration member will contact you as soon as possible in the order calls are received. Please do not leave multiple messages, since these only slow down the registration team.

Paper Registrations: You still have the option of registering using the form in the catalog. Please deliver or send your form and personal check to the Bishop’s House
no sooner than Monday, December 5, and they will be processed on Registration Day in the order received. Please note: Because of security precautions, persons using the paper form must pay by check. If you prefer to use a credit card, you will need to register online or by phone.

REFUND POLICY
Requests for refunds for dropped courses must be received by the end of the first week of class (January 13). After that time, no refunds will be issued except in the event of an emergency, at the discretion of OLLI at Duke staff. There will be a $20 service charge per course dropped. If a course is cancelled by OLLI at Duke, no charge will be incurred by members. Please note: Membership dues are nonrefundable.

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

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Activities & Calendar

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

Book Group
This informal group reading contemporary literature meets on the second Monday of every month at 3:15pm in The Bishop’s House. 

December:  The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by V. Vida

January:  All the Light We Cannot See by A. Doerr

Coordinator: Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com or 919-416-0755.

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. 

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

Language Tables 
La Table française se réunit le mardi de midi à 13h00 se réunit le mardi de midi à « The Forest at Duke ».  Tous ceux qui parlent français couramment sont bienvenus! Vous nous trouverez dans l'atelier (the Craft Studio).  Renseignements: Emily Lees (emilylees@bellsouth.com) et George Entenman (olli@entenman.net).  Le groupe se réunit dans “The Studio at the Forest at Duke Retirement Center.”  Spanish Table with Margaret Riley (mrileync@gmail.com) meets from 12:45-2:30 on third Friday of each month at local Hispanic-themed restaurants.  

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

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

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

Retirement Transition Group
This informal drop-in group for all OLLI members who are going through transitions in retirement and perhaps experiencing some challenges with that. The group meetings will provide an opportunity to share concerns, offer ideas that have worked, share resources we are aware of, connect with other OLLI members who are going through the same experiences and get ideas we can try on our own. The group will meet the 2nd Friday of each month at The Bishop House from 1:30-3:00. Information about the group will also be in the Spotlight and on the OLLI calendar on the member website. People can drop in at any of the meetings. There is no charge. Contact the coordinator, Corinne Schillin at cschillin@yahoo.com or 919-537-8450 to learn more and to be put on a mailing list for this group. A companion course to help navigate the adjustments in retirement, “Now What! A Roadmap into Retirement,” will be offered by Corinne Schillin at various times during the year.

Calendar

Semester Calendar for Current Members
 
When
Event
More Info
Winter 2016
Tuesday, December 6 Registration for Fall courses begins at 9:30 am  
Monday, January 9 OLLI Winter classes begin  
Monday, January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - no classes  
Monday-Friday, February 20-24 OLLI Winter Break - no classes  
Monday, March 27 Last day for most OLLI Fall classes  
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Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

Board Service
We welcome both new and longtime members to become part of the leadership of OLLI at Duke.  Serving on the board, 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.  We need people to do everything from creating lecture series to pouring wine.  We always need help with convocations and picnics.  These activities are important ways to meet new people and learn more about the organization.

Volunteer Projects

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

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

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

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Members & Leadership

Who Belongs to OLLI at Duke?

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

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

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

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

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

Leadership

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

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

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

2016-2017 Officers

(one-year term, elected at annual meeting)

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

At-Large Advisors

(three-year term)

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

Committee Chairs

(one-year term, appointed by President)

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

Staff

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

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Staying in Touch

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

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

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

OLLI Spotlight

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

Member Website

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to my class?

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

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

Where do I park for my OLLI classes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where can I get lunch between OLLI classes?

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

Are OLLI facilities accessible?

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

How do I request a catalog?

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

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

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

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

How long does my membership last? 

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

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Directions

Maps


From I-85 Northbound

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

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

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


From I-85 Southbound

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

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

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


From Raleigh

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

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

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

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

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


From Chapel Hill

Take 15/501 Bypass to Durham.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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