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 Network, a group of over 120 lifelong learning institutes funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation, dedicated to providing excellent education for adult learners, and to extending the demographic served by traditional universities.

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

Our curriculum committee is responsive to the requests of our members, so our offerings are always fresh. In addition, we have social events, guest speakers, short trips, and a host of special interest groups, ranging from two book 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 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 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 six 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 Brief History of Life on Earth: The Record of Life on Our Planet over the Last Four Billion YearsWe inhabit a planet that is the only place known to us where life exists. Life on Earth has a history that stretches back some four billion years and that can be reconstructed from the record preserved in the rocks. We’ll review...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
A World in TurmoilFrom 1939 to 1945 the world was engulfed in a war that shook the foundations of the Eurocentric geopolitical system. The battles and bombings were the most obvious and brutal outcomes, but underlying those were critical economic,...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Campaign and Election 2016: A Reporter's PerspectiveA discussion of the 2016 presidential campaign covering events as they happen, with history and background from a retired reporter who covered national politics for more than 40 years. There will be no textbooks, but participants...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Current Health Topics: Discussion of the Latest Health Information and ControversiesThe mass media regularly report the results of new research pertaining to health and wellbeing.  However, new reports often seem to be contradictory to what was previously believed, leading to public skepticism about the value of...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Curso de Cultura y Conversación: Poner a Punto Tu EspañolUna "mesa de tertulia" más que un curso, donde juntos vamos a descubrir las perlas poco conocidas de los escritores hispanos, tanto de España como de América Latina y charlar sobre temas contemporáneos. Pensado para los estudiantes...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Digital Camera ExperienceDo you have a digital camera? Do you want to learn and practice the ins and outs of digital photography? This course, a combination of lecture and digital photo-taking, will teach what you really need to know to use your camera’s...
Sep 12, 2016 to Oct 10, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
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,...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 14, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Edith Wharton, Novels and Films: Critiques of a Society in TransitionWhile Wharton was very popular in her lifetime, her work fell out of fashion until the rise of feminism. Her fiction is firmly rooted in a tradition of social and psychological realism, but her primary concern is women's experiences...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
Fall Harvest with Art: Drawing and Painting from the Garden to the TableUsing fall's bounty this class will explore the goodness of the garden and transform it into a beautiful still life using harvested vegetables and more. With your favorite recipe or one you just dreamed up you can create beautiful...
Nov 14, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
2:00PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Available
Improving Investor Outcomes in Retirement: Avoiding Investor Pitfalls POSTPONED UNTIL WINTERThere are various transitions within retirement that we all face at one point and there are many things that you can do to increase your odds of success. Each scheduled class would include a different transition stage and provide an...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Introduction to 3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is rapidly transforming many fields of endeavor by enabling low-cost, accurate prototyping and production of highly-detailed solid objects under computer control. The technique...
Sep 12, 2016 to Oct 31, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
Introduction to Calligraphy WorkshopThis one day hands on workshop will provide you with an introduction to Calligraphy and help you look at letters in a new light.  You  will also explore the possibilities in using a broad tip pen while learning the basic strokes of... Sep 12, 2016 1:30PM - 4:30PM $20.00 Available
iPad for New UsersIf your iPad is intimidating or challenging, this course is a good place to start. The iOS system will become your friend after eight weeks of learn-and-review. We will cover the basic apps which came with your iPad plus learn the...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 14, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Italic CalligraphyWrite notes, invitations, address envelopes and even create works of art in elegant Calligraphy. Students will learn the basic strokes of lettering in Italic font. Each student will need to bring a broad felt tip Calligraphy pen (...
Sep 19, 2016 to Nov 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Making A Murderer: A Quest for Justice?Why has Making a Murderer become a nationwide legal phenomenon? This course will present an in-depth look at the failings and strengths of the American criminal justice system centered on the issues presented in this popular...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Narrative Writing Workshop: Fiction, Memoir, and in BetweenThis workshop-centered course will guide workshop participants, both experienced and not, through the process of narrative writing. You will learn about narrative craft, story structure, the demands of different genres, and more....
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 14, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Wait List
Patrons and Painters in the Renaissance and BaroqueThe cult of the artist as an independent, creative genius had its origins in the Renaissance. Yet, like other professionals then and now, artists had to make a living: they had families to support, reputations to uphold, job...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Available
Personal Finances in Retirement: How to Protect and Grow (Not Scramble or Fry) Your Nest EggYou spent a lifetime building savings. How do you make your money last? Over 10 sessions, we will provide the keys to financial success in retirement, using a mini case each session to "make it real." We'll start with an overview of...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Philosophies of Human NatureWe will sample philosophers from Ancient Indian through modern European and American traditions to survey the major ideas people have had about what makes humans distinctive. Readings will include Buddhist texts, Confucius, Plato,...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Reading Poetry: Her Infinite Varieties“Aren't poems supposed to rhyme?” is a frequent question from readers of contemporary poetry. The simple answer is "it depends on what kind of poem it is." In this course we will examine many of the varieties of poetry, including...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Strength and Power for 50+: Resistance Training for Muscle and Bone HealthResistance 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...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Ten Modern Poets: From Yeats and Frost to Levertov and GluckWe will read and discuss selected poems by ten modern poets--mostly American but including two English poets. The poetry ranges from Yeats's metaphysical style and the conversational but iambic language of Frost, to Moore's syllabic...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
The Baha'i Faith: Unifying the Human FamilyThe Baha'i faith's pivotal message is to be at one, in complete dignity and freedom with all on earth. This world religion originated in Persia (Iran) during the mid-1800s and is now established in 230 countries and territories...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
The Golden Age of Radio: Vintage Radio Broadcasts from the 1930s and 1940sMany OLLI members recall fondly the era when radio was the entertainment center of the home. During the 1930s and 40s, families gathered around their radio to listen to comedies, westerns, mysteries, quiz shows, soap operas,...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Canceled
The Hero's Journey: Your Life's TransformationThe hero's journey has illuminated life's most profound psychological and religious transformative experiences over recent decades. Joseph Campbell was the first to recognize, articulate, and name the concepts within his "monomyth...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Rise and Demise of DétenteThis lecture/discussion class will explore the rise and fall of détente during the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations. We will analyze the roots of détente in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Nixon and Kissinger's...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 14, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
The Roman Emperors Augustus to Constantine: The Good, the Bad and the UglyWe will look at the 56 men who were "Emperors of Rome" for the first 300 years of the Empire, when it was in its height of power and fame. Some were good at their jobs, some were bad, some were very bad, many ere controversial, but...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
The Story Of The Ottoman EmpireThis course will cover the Ottoman Empire, from the founding of the Sultanate in central Anatolia around 1300 CE to its ultimate collapse in the aftermath of World War I. It will examine the dynastic, military, economic and...
Sep 19, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Supreme Court in the Twenty-First CenturyWe will review, discuss and critique Supreme Court cases decided during the past fifteen years that have effected significant changes in constitutional law. Issues such as voting rights, gender equality, corporate personhood and...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Watercolor and Acrylic Painting with CollageThis class is for watercolor or acrylic painters, beginners or seasoned artists, who want to develop or enhance their skills by using collage and other techniques. We will explore the elements and principles of design and color as...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
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...
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
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...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Your Fantastic but Fallible Brain: Why You Can't Believe Everything You Think, and What You Can Do About It!This course centers on the concept that what's in our minds is a function of what's in our brains, no two of which are the same, and all of which are imperfect. The presentations will cover the following topics: 1) Brief overview...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Your Fantastic but Fallible Brain: Why You Can't Believe Everything You Think, and What You Can Do About It!This course centers on the concept that what's in our minds is a function of what's in our brains, no two of which are the same, and all of which are imperfect. The presentations will cover the following topics: 1) Brief overview...
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Tuesday
Course Time Tuition Status
A Visitor's Guide to the Literary SouthThe course will trace writers and landmarks associated with the South.  We will follow the major authors associated with some southern states and highlight what they wrote.    Among them are  are Robert Penn Warren, William Faulkner...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
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...
Sep 13, 2016 to Oct 11, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Beginning Photo Editing for Mac and PC: Using Photoshop ElementsLearn to use photo-editing software for improving those less-than-perfect shots, retouching photos, cropping and resizing images for the internet or other special uses. We will use Photoshop Elements (v. 11) software for editing...
Sep 20, 2016 to Nov 15, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Beginning Watercolor PaintingThis course is a great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have always wanted to try it. Students will learn about paint, paper glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color mixing, controlling edges,...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Beginning Watercolor PaintingThis course is a great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have always wanted to try it. Students will learn about paint, paper glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color mixing, controlling edges,...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, Birds and CardsStudents will learn to paint flowers and birds, which are popular brush painting subjects.  The pictures can be framed or used to make greeting cards. Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class, while practicing...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Cities: A Celebratory TourThe world is increasingly urban. This course will examine the history, growth, treasures, variety, and future of the world's cities - with pertinent illustrations. A large variety will be studied, not just a few. Some of the...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Conversational SpanishEach week we will listen to Spanish music, read a children's book in Spanish, eat tapas, and learn a bit more culture, grammar, and vocabulary, staying in the present tense.  This is a continuation of the fall 2015 class, but anyone...
Sep 20, 2016 to Nov 15, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Creative Prose -- Transforming Raw Material: Turning Images, Experiences and Ideas into Publishable ProseWhere 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...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Creative Sharing with Weebly: Build a Website for Something That Interests YouDo you have some hobby / pastime / interest which you would like to share with others by setting up a website?  This is a hands-on course in which you will learn to create a website containing material you bring to the class. The...
Sep 13, 2016 to Oct 18, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
Ethics and Issues in Sports: Perspectives from Both Inside and Outside "The Lines"This course examines ethical issues in the worlds of high school, collegiate and professional sports from current as well as historical perspectives. The purpose of sports and the dichotomy between "gamesmanship" and "sportsmanship...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 8, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Exploring European Book Cultures: Changing Forms of the Book, from Ancient Greece to GutenbergFrom the scroll to moveable type and mechanized printing, this course will follow changes in European book culture from 300 BCE to 1575 CE. We?ll study such topics as how and why the codex replaced the scroll and what role the book...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Great Films, Great Directors: Behind the Scenes Look At Some of America's Most Renowned Films and the Directors Behind the CameraGo behind the scenes and learn about some of the most important films and the directors behind them. The course will concentrate on film clips, film interviews with directors, scenes from the movies and handouts with a possible...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Great Films, Great Directors: Behind the Scenes Look At Some of America's Most Renowned Films and the Directors Behind the CameraGo behind the scenes and learn about some of the most important films and the directors behind them. The course will concentrate on film clips, film interviews with directors, scenes from the movies and handouts with a possible...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Highlights of the 2016-2017 Metropolitan Opera and NC OperaJoin us for an exciting look at operas that will be performed by the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and by the North Carolina Opera in their 2016-2017 seasons. Through lecture and performance, we'll learn about the music, composers,...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
How to Write for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Writing the Personal EssayIn this course, the student learns to write a personal essay that evokes an emotion in the reader. Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes non-fiction stories that are inspirational--sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, and sometimes...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Hubris, Hollywood, and Helicopters: Howard Hughes -- His Ventures and Adventures, Failures and SuccessesIt's a corporate history like no other. Each session includes Hughes' lifestyle, the company he founded to design aircraft during WWII, and the aircraft themselves. While his movie-making and world-record-setting efforts were often...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Humor: What We Laugh At and Why?Laugh and the world laughs with you," goes the old adage. But why do different people laugh at different things? Our sense of humor changes with age. What we once thought funny now seems stale; and, what was once very serious now...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
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 group creativity and discovery. This class is designed for you to “play” while learning how to create...
Sep 13, 2016 to Oct 18, 2016
9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Available
Improv Theater II: Discover Your CreativityYou've already taken an improv class or you have some theater background. Now you want to dive in a little deeper...This long-form improv class is for players who want to strengthen their basic skills and add something special:...
Nov 1, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
8:30AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Available
Living a Moral and Happy Life without God CANCELLEDThis course examines whether people can live a moral and happy life without God being a consequential part.  We begin by looking at worship of God 70,000 years ago up to the present and continue by examining what or who people...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Mac OS X (El Capitan) for Mac Computer UsersThis course is not a beginner's Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about navigating in and using the latest Mac operating system, El Capitan. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the...
Sep 13, 2016 to Oct 18, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
More Greek Myths in Western ArtThis course will cover myths of the Trojan War and the House of Atreus and Agamemnon represented by artists from the Classical period to the present. We will also view the films Iphigenia at Aulis and The Trojan Women, directed by...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
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...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:30PM - 5:30PM $50.00 Available
Nordic Symphonies: Music of the Nordic and Baltic CountriesThe music of the northern-most countries is as unique and inspiring as their awesome landscapes. This course will include music by well-know composers of the region, such as Grieg and Sibelius, plus some you may have never heard...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
One Craft--Two Cultures: Quilting in America and JapanIn the early 1970s quilting, once considered the quintessence of American traditional arts, was revived as an art form in the United States. At the same time, thousands of miles away, Japanese women were only just beginning to...
Nov 1, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $40.00 Available
Peter the Great: The Transformation of RussiaAt the dawn of the Eighteenth Century, Russia was still a semi-oriental country and society and one far less modern than its European neighbors. In less than a quarter century, Peter the Great singlehandedly transformed Russia into...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
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...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Available
Re-engineering Your Life: How To Thrive, Not Just Survive In Your Senior YearsThis interactive course will focus on the resources and knowledge of experts, utilizing Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)-the way we communicate with ourselves. In class, we will use music, exercises, demonstrations, white papers...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
6:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Available
Retirement Communities: What Are They, Why Are They Popular, What Do They Cost?NOTE: Two different, overlapping, courses are offered this term. Do not sign up for this course, if you sign up for Stay Put or Move On? this semester. This two class session course is for those who want some information about...
Oct 11, 2016 to Oct 18, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $20.00 Wait List
Spiritual Beings, Human LivesIt is universally maintained by "esoteric" sources-philosophers that attempt to provide insight into the transpersonal and spiritual nature of human beings--that the human self is actually a complex system functioning at multiple...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityNOTE:  Two different, overlapping, courses are offered this fall term. DO NOT sign up for this course if you register for "Retirement Communities", A Brief Overview OR you Do NOT sign up for this course, if you: (1) sign up for...
Sep 13, 2016 to Dec 13, 2016
10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Symposia at The Forest at Duke: An Invited Speakers Program with Mostly Scientific Topics but With an Occasional DiversionSymposia has returned to the auditorium in the newly remodeled main building at The Forest at Duke, and we’re happy to report there’s much more onsite parking too. This course is popular with OLLI members both because of the variety...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Amazing Beauty of Numbers: A Mathematical History Based on Euler's FormulaEuler's Identity (e^(i*pi)+1=0) is widely regarded as the most beautiful equation in mathematics. We study the five constants in this equation and their importance as a way to study the history and evolution of modern mathematics....
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Pen and the Paintbrush: A Dialogue Between American Literature and American ArtThis discussion-based course will explore selected pairings of literature and art, testing Ionesco's assertion that "a work of art is above all an adventure of the mind." This approach invites us to examine how works reflect their...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Story Of The Ottoman EmpireThis course will cover the Ottoman Empire, from the founding of the Sultanate in central Anatolia around 1300 CE to its ultimate collapse in the aftermath of World War I. It will examine the dynastic, military, economic and...
Sep 20, 2016 to Dec 6, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Wire Sculpture: Drawing in SpaceWire sculpting is an ideal media for understanding and enjoying spatial reasoning. This class will teach basic technical skills in combination with elements and principals of design. We will discuss aesthetics, problem solving, and...
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
6:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Available
Wednesday
Course Time Tuition Status
Ballet in Cinema, OLLI StyleThe company Ballet in Cinema no longer presents ballets in HDTV at local music theaters, so this course will try to emulate it. Over a period of 10 weeks, we will watch ballets presented as Serge Diaghilev would: some full-length...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Beyond the Travel Guide Book: Preparing for a Big Trip, Real or ImaginedWould you like to go beyond the typical tourist experience on your next trip? Would you like to understand more about the lifestyle, values, history, or natural surroundings of the places you pass through? And would you like to...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitBOOMERS: Feeling old(er)? Want to reverse the signs of aging of your mind and body? Consider: our movement habits at age 50 and 60 will impact how we feel at age 70 and beyond. The good news is we can shed our physically limiting...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Design Greeting Cards, Quotes & Calendars with Italic Calligraphy!Learn the art of "beautiful writing," the actual meaning of the word "calligraphy", and learn some of its many uses! If you can write, you can learn calligraphy. You will learn the Italic style of calligraphy, beloved for...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Does Randomness Rule Our Lives? Why Most Predictions Usually Turn Out WrongIn this course we will discuss how randomness is a major factor in our everyday lives. How much does luck play in the success of businessmen? In the success of sports teams? Are great men of history really geniuses? How much...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Exploratory Painting with GouacheLet loose and learn new skills while experimenting with methods for creating paintings. We will build compositional skills and explore primarily abstraction and formalism as a means for personal expression and dynamic imagery. We...
Sep 14, 2016 to Oct 12, 2016
10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Exploratory Painting with GouacheLet loose and learn new skills while experimenting with methods for creating paintings. We will build compositional skills and explore primarily abstraction and formalism as a means for personal expression and dynamic imagery. We...
Oct 19, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Exploring Four Grape Varieties and Their Wines: Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Grenache, ChardonnayJoin us on a journey to discover four grapes, where they grow best and the wines they produce. Each week, we will focus on one grape and will try examples from different countries to find some of the best. We will study Pinot Noir...
Nov 2, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
FDRFranklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) was the thirty-second president of the United States of America. For an unprecedented four terms, he held the presidency, longer than any other man before him. He was probably among the most...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Federal Institutions and American Foreign PolicyThe course considers the formal and informal powers of the various institutions of Federal authority in foreign policy-making. In doing so, it treats the hotly argued strategic considerations and political outcomes of the foreign...
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Free at Last!, Free at Last? But What, at Last, Are Blacks Free From?This course will explore the history of slavery, 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 century; the...
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Canceled
Guide To Local JazzThere's still plenty to learn about local jazz! We'll talk with new performers (and some old ones) and a jazz venue proprietor or two, listen to plenty of recorded jazz and some in-class live jazz, have at least one performance at a...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
How Airports Work: A Behind the Scenes Look at Aviation Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at airports?  Airports are fascinating organisms.  While they provide the bases for worldwide transportation systems, they are like cities unto themselves-- a microcosm of the...
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island...
Oct 26, 2016 to Oct 29, 2016
9:00AM - 6:00PM $400.00 Available
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island...
Oct 26, 2016 to Oct 29, 2016
9:00AM - 6:00PM $500.00 Wait List
Joyful Healing Dance: How Sacred Dance Movements Can Heal Body, Mind, Heart and SpiritExperience the healing power of Dance. Dance allows us a freedom of expression, a way to connect with energies greater than ourselves, and a way to move beyond limiting beliefs, obstacles and barriers to our health and wellness.  As...
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Keeping Fit For Life: Body Mechanics, Flexibility, Strength, Balance, and CoordinationWhat do exercise, a good diet, relaxation and socialization have in common?  They all help to extend the quality of life.  Added together, there can be 16 years more of quality years.  You already know it's important to maintain...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey.  Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable...
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Available
New Horizons ChorusMen and Women: Lift Up Your Voices and Sing! The New Horizons Chorus invites you to join with fellow OLLI members in a serious, but fun, atmosphere to learn healthy singing techniques.  Making music is enjoyable, but it's serious...
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
OLLI at the NasherThis discussion-based class will focus on the art of the recently installed Wilson Pavilion at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. We will alternate between meeting in the museum's classroom and the galleries. The classroom...
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Playback Storytelling Theater: Improv, Life Stories, and MusicPlayback Theater is a fusion of improv theater, improv music, and storytelling. Moments and life stories are told and then enacted or "played back" on the spot. Stories can range from what happened that day to events of 30+ years...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
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...
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Populism, Poverty, and Inequality: Current Issues in Economic DevelopmentPoverty and inequality are issues prevalent in today's world. We will examine the causes, remedies, and policies as discussed by recognized authors and experts, emphasizing those from developing countries. The rise and results of...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Practical Wisdom: How to Be Your Authentic Self in This Changing WorldWho are we, how do our thoughts affect our world, and how do our surroundings and past experiences affect us? What can Mother Nature teach us? In our hectic lives, as we move through the world, we don’t realize how often we fall...
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Reflections On Your Life: You Know Who Got Grandma's Pearls; Do You Know Who Got Her Pearls of Wisdom?This course will offer you the opportunity to create a document explaining your beliefs, life lessons and hopes for the future. Simply put, it is how you want to be remembered. You decide to whom to direct your writings: your...
Sep 21, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Screenwriting Techniques: Cinematic Storytelling for All Writers and Film LoversMaybe you're interested in writing a script for a short video, feature film, or webisode. Maybe you want to enrich your prose with visual storytelling techniques. With lectures, film clips, discussions, in-class-writing and feedback...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice: Mercy and VengeanceIn 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 in this play. Is...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Taking Your Photography to the Next Level: Photographic CompositionAre you ready to participate in an instructor-led discussion and analysis of your photographs and the photos of your classmates? The workshop will focus on composition, Photoshop Elements, and color printing, and will evolve based...
Sep 14, 2016 to Oct 12, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The $100,000 Stock Market Challenge: An Introduction to InvestingHow would you invest 100,000 virtual dollars? Using The Stock Market Game™, participants have ten weeks to maximize returns with an online simulation of investing in global stock and capital markets.  Using actual quotes on stock...
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Canceled
The American Revolutionary War: A Military HistoryThis course concentrates on the military aspects of the American Revolutionary War from the points of view of both the colonists and their British overlords. We will begin by considering the nature of the two societies, what they...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Constitutional History of the United States: Law and Politics in American HistoryIn modern America he decisions and personnel of the Supreme Court are increasingly the subjects of vociferous public debate. Yet few citizens are fully aware of or appreciate the long and controversial history of the Constitution;...
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Sistine Chapel: A Study of Its Famous ArtWe will study the Sistine Chapel and its great art by Michelangelo and other Renaissance master artists. This chapel's art has a complex and astonishing history resulting in multiple layers of art on its surfaces. Learn about...
Sep 28, 2016 to Nov 2, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
The Supreme Court in the Twenty-First CenturyWe will review, discuss and critique Supreme Court cases decided during the past fifteen years that have effected significant changes in constitutional law. Issues such as voting rights, gender equality, corporate personhood and...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The World TodayThis course is for those who are interested in current events. Each week, we discuss news from the United States, the world, and the Triangle. We begin each class with a list of proposed topics and discuss those of interest to the...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Visiting 1920s AmericaStep into a time machine and visit America in the 1920s, when people were experiencing many of the same hopes, delights and fears as we are today. During our ten-week visit, try on different identities. Be a Progressive and deal...
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Visual Storytelling Workshop: Writing Laboratory Exploring Screenwriting techniques and Cinematic StorytellingHands-on workshop. Put the concepts of cinematic storytelling into practice. Brainstorm ideas. Play with exercises in dramatic structure, characterization, dialogue, conflict, subtext, exposition, setup/payoff, and show-don’t-tell....
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Wine Exploration in the Southern Hemisphere: A Tasting Tour of Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, and South AfricaJoin us on a journey through the southern hemisphere and explore some of its most famous wine regions: Mendoza, Barossa, Maipo, Stellenbosch and Marlborough.  Each week, we focus on one country by tasting four wines from different...
Sep 14, 2016 to Oct 12, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Wait List
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
America's Pastime in the Tar Heel State: Baseball In North Carolina Since the Civil WarThis course will begin with baseball's North Carolina origins in the Confederate prison in Salisbury, cover the state's numerous minor league teams and famous ballparks, describe the North Carolina members of baseball's Hall of Fame...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Discovering the Gift of Years: Sharing Insights for Growing Older Gracefully“My life has been nothing but a series of new beginnings.” Joan Chittister. This guided discussion will explore how we relate to the opportunities and challenges offered at this time of our lives. Each week students are assigned the...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Early Shakespeare: The Road to Richard IIIThis course will deal with five plays. After a quick look at The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare's shortest (and funniest) play, we will read the three parts of Henry VI that display the origin of the Wars of the Roses and provide the...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
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...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Exploring the Cyanotype ProcessCome revisit or explore for the first time the interesting process of Cyanotype. This workshop explores cyanotypes and the sun-print process with paper and fabric. Cyanotype is a photographic process using a solution of iron...
Nov 17, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $40.00 Available
Films About Food & Cultural Diversity: Cinematic Non-Melting PotsThis course explores the rich depiction of diverse cultures and their food in award-winning films. We will explore the specifics of different cuisines and cultural attitudes toward food. We will also consider the larger questions of...
Sep 15, 2016 to Oct 13, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
Financial Fitness for Women: Get in Shape, Stay in ShapeDo you want to feel more empowered about your personal finances? Are you confused by terms like ETF, NAV, OER and GDP? In this course we will start with the basics. We will begin with an exercise to help you assess your personal...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
From Ballet to Broadway: Major Works of American Crossover ChoreographersExplore the breakthrough ballets of American born choreographers Eugene Loring, Agnes deMille and Jerome Robbins. They created new Americana ballet classics in the 1930's and 1940's about frontier life in Billy The Kid and Rodeo -...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Fundamentals of Acting for Theater and LifeAn actor brings a story, a personality, a vision, or a philosophy to life. We will explore how to bring a character to life through discussion of an actor's resources and then through the enjoyment of practice - first with dialogue...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island...
Oct 26, 2016 to Oct 29, 2016
9:00AM - 6:00PM $400.00 Available
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island...
Oct 26, 2016 to Oct 29, 2016
9:00AM - 6:00PM $500.00 Wait List
If You Can Walk, You Can Dance: Endless Duet with SpaceAs sure as we can walk, we will dance to celebrate special occasions and to just have fun in this dance/exercise class. Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving posture and balance and increasing core strength and...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Le Moyen Age en France: L'histoire, la vie, les personnages, l'art, la littératureThe 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 one thousand years of the period, present key figures of the era, the way of life...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Maintaining Your Mojo: Easy Tools to Support Overall Vitality with a Special Focus on Heart HealthEnergy Medicine is a simple practice that works with the vital forces of the body's energies which are at the foundation of our well-being. In Energy Medicine, you support the body by activating its natural healing energies and...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
Music Speaks: Expression in Classical Music"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways". In this course you will discover the contrasting ways classical music speaks to us, not just with love, but with wit, nostalgia, passion, melancholy, joy, nobility, and more. Exploring...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Nature Art in Multimedia: Graphite and ColorStart with a graphite (pencil) drawing of your favorite bird, animal or plant, and when you're happy with that, you'll add color to the image. You can use colored pencil, watercolor, or even pastel dust. This course is designed for...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Available
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...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Available
Nia: Dance with Joy: Move with AwarenessNia is a cardio-dance workout, a movement practice, and lifestyle based on the intelligent design of the body. Every person can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
Poetry Writing Workshop: A Roundtable for Writing, Reading, and Constructive CritiqueWhat’s a poem, after all? Is it how you say something, or how you see it?  Poems are personal renderings of experience, idea, or image with language that is as exact and fresh as possible.  When they work well, poems make the...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Read and Discuss: Sex, Love and Obsession in Modern Istanbul - Two Novels by Orhan PamukIn two mesmerizing stories of human longing, Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk plumbs the depths of a half-Western and half-traditional Istanbul-amidst its emergent modernity and its complex cultural history. Infidelity and...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Reading Cathedrals of Britain: Their Design, Architecture, and ImageryCathedrals, a favorite destination for adventures and photographers, have wonderful stories to tell us. But to understand their stories you have to speak the language. This 5-week class explores the reasons behind the construction,...
Sep 15, 2016 to Oct 20, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
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...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
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...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Technology Advances and Trends: What is New and Changing in TechnologyTechnology has become integral to most parts of our lives, from banking to communicating with our families and friends. With advances in technologies come repercussions, such as privacy issues, cyber-crime, and the permanence of our...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
The Future of Nonprofit America: Examination of Forces and Changes Impacting Nonprofit OrganizationsOperating in an increasingly competitive environment, nonprofit organizations have been called on to make significant changes in the way they operate. This course offers an overview of the state of America's nonprofit profit sector...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
The Second Battle of the AtlanticThis course provides an overview of the "Second Battle of the Atlantic," waged from 1939-1945. We will examine the strategies, the relative naval strengths, and the operational doctrines of the nations involved. The course is...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Star Wars Saga: Let's Discuss the Movies Your Grandchildren are Talking About!Star Wars is an American space opera of epic proportions. The enormously successful film series has become a worldwide phenomenon, a franchise now very popular even with our grandchildren (who also love the action figures!). The...
Sep 15, 2016 to Nov 17, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
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...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Trees of the N. C. Mountains-to-the-Sea TrailJoin naturalist and herbalist Riverdave Owen as we study native trees along six different sections of the North Carolina Mountains-to-the Sea Trail as it winds its way through Durham County. This is an opportunity for you to be...
Oct 6, 2016 to Nov 17, 2016
9:00AM - 11:00AM $90.00 Wait List
Trees of the N. C. Mountains-to-the-Sea TrailJoin naturalist and herbalist Riverdave Owen as we study native trees along six different sections of the North Carolina Mountains-to-the Sea Trail as it winds its way through Durham County. This is an opportunity for you to be...
Oct 6, 2016 to Nov 17, 2016
2:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Available
Understanding Organic Chemistry and Its Role in Living SystemsLife depends on organic chemicals and their reactions. In turn, the reactions and properties of organic chemicals depend upon their molecular structure -- how atoms are arranged in molecules and how they can be reorganized in...
Sep 15, 2016 to Nov 17, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Wealth, Poverty, and Well-Being: Inequality within Countries, across Countries, and across TimeThis course will offer a broad exploration of economic and social well-being in the USA, in other nations, across countries, and across history. Why are some people spectacularly wealthy while others are destitute? Why are some...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Why Read the Classics?: Robinson Crusoe and Jane Eyre in the 20th CenturyWhat do "classic" and "contemporary" mean? Are those terms mutually exclusive? Why are our debates with landmark texts never settled? Why do our most experimental and politically combative writers continually find inspiration in...
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
Bring a Book to Life: Digital Media and Service LearningIf you enjoy books and working with children, and aren't afraid of an iPad, you will enjoy this course. First you will learn some very easy apps, such as iStopMotion (five minutes to learn) and then will practice creating green...
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeBetween the fall of 1492, when Christopher Columbus first made note of the "Indian" natives on our eastern shores, and the early winter of 1890, when the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry Regiment massacred over 144 "Indians" at Wounded Knee...
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Eight Keys to Thriving as You Age!: Build Your Own "Life-Map" with a Set of Fun and Simple ToolsAging can feel like a daunting task; filled with many decisions and changes that are challenging and out of our control. Now you can take back the wheel! In this class you will find yourself back in the driver's seat, as we explore...
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Great Books Discussion GroupEngage in lively facilitated discussion of classic texts. Through text-based "shared inquiry" discussion, we'll seek to determine what the author is saying and how this may relate to our current lives. Our selections will be taken...
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
How to Break a State: The Fall of the Roman Republic (218 B.C.E. - 27 B.C.E.)This course examines the social, political, and military history of Rome in the last two centuries B.C.E. How did Rome change from a regional power into the dominant state in the Mediterranean World? How did the Romans adjust to...
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island...
Oct 26, 2016 to Oct 29, 2016
9:00AM - 6:00PM $400.00 Available
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island...
Oct 26, 2016 to Oct 29, 2016
9:00AM - 6:00PM $500.00 Wait List
Indigo at Duke Campus FarmJoin Catherine Cross Tsintzos and the staff at Duke Campus Farm for a half day of fun at an Indigo dyeing workshop. Engage with the Heritage plants at the farm while learning about the history of indigo and experience ways of... Sep 23, 2016 10:00AM - 2:30PM $30.00 Wait List
Theater of the Absurd: Avant-Garde Postwar European Drama from Caligula to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadT. S. Eliot once remarked that what defines modernist literature, above all, is difficulty. Given the difficult plays that characterize the post-WWII European avant-garde, this holds true for drama as much as it does for poetry and...
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Saturday
Course Time Tuition Status
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island...
Oct 26, 2016 to Oct 29, 2016
9:00AM - 6:00PM $400.00 Available
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island...
Oct 26, 2016 to Oct 29, 2016
9:00AM - 6:00PM $500.00 Wait List
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island...
Oct 1, 2016 to Oct 22, 2016
10:30AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Available
Improv Theater Short Form: Theater Games WorkshopShort form improv, sometimes called "theater games," are consists of short exercises that have clear rules upfront and incorporate the "Yes...and" improv philosophy. Laughter and a good time follow. Short form encourages spontaneity... Oct 15, 2016 10:00AM - 1:00PM $20.00 Wait List
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Availability
Exploring European Book Cultures: Changing Forms of the Book, from Ancient Greece to GutenbergFrom the scroll to moveable type and mechanized printing, this course will follow changes in European book culture from 300 BCE to 1575 CE. We?ll study such topics as how and why the codex replaced the scroll and what role the book... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
OLLI at the NasherThis discussion-based class will focus on the art of the recently installed Wilson Pavilion at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. We will alternate between meeting in the museum's classroom and the galleries. The classroom... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
One Craft--Two Cultures: Quilting in America and JapanIn the early 1970s quilting, once considered the quintessence of American traditional arts, was revived as an art form in the United States. At the same time, thousands of miles away, Japanese women were only just beginning to... (Tuesdays)
Nov 1, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $40.00 Available
Patrons and Painters in the Renaissance and BaroqueThe cult of the artist as an independent, creative genius had its origins in the Renaissance. Yet, like other professionals then and now, artists had to make a living: they had families to support, reputations to uphold, job... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Available
Reading Cathedrals of Britain: Their Design, Architecture, and ImageryCathedrals, a favorite destination for adventures and photographers, have wonderful stories to tell us. But to understand their stories you have to speak the language. This 5-week class explores the reasons behind the construction,... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Oct 20, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
The Pen and the Paintbrush: A Dialogue Between American Literature and American ArtThis discussion-based course will explore selected pairings of literature and art, testing Ionesco's assertion that "a work of art is above all an adventure of the mind." This approach invites us to examine how works reflect their... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Sistine Chapel: A Study of Its Famous ArtWe will study the Sistine Chapel and its great art by Michelangelo and other Renaissance master artists. This chapel's art has a complex and astonishing history resulting in multiple layers of art on its surfaces. Learn about... (Wednesdays)
Sep 28, 2016 to Nov 2, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
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... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Oct 11, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Beginning Photo Editing for Mac and PC: Using Photoshop ElementsLearn to use photo-editing software for improving those less-than-perfect shots, retouching photos, cropping and resizing images for the internet or other special uses. We will use Photoshop Elements (v. 11) software for editing... (Tuesdays)
Sep 20, 2016 to Nov 15, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Bring a Book to Life: Digital Media and Service LearningIf you enjoy books and working with children, and aren't afraid of an iPad, you will enjoy this course. First you will learn some very easy apps, such as iStopMotion (five minutes to learn) and then will practice creating green... (Fridays)
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Creative Sharing with Weebly: Build a Website for Something That Interests YouDo you have some hobby / pastime / interest which you would like to share with others by setting up a website?  This is a hands-on course in which you will learn to create a website containing material you bring to the class. The... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Oct 18, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
Digital Camera ExperienceDo you have a digital camera? Do you want to learn and practice the ins and outs of digital photography? This course, a combination of lecture and digital photo-taking, will teach what you really need to know to use your camera’s... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Oct 10, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Easy WordPress Websites: Professional-looking Websites without Advanced Technical SkillsEven if you are a complete beginner you can learn to build, design and manage a high-performance Wordpress website. WordPress powers over 20% of the web because it is an easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full-blown... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
iPad for New UsersIf your iPad is intimidating or challenging, this course is a good place to start. The iOS system will become your friend after eight weeks of learn-and-review. We will cover the basic apps which came with your iPad plus learn the... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 14, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Mac OS X (El Capitan) for Mac Computer UsersThis course is not a beginner's Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about navigating in and using the latest Mac operating system, El Capitan. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Oct 18, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Taking Your Photography to the Next Level: Photographic CompositionAre you ready to participate in an instructor-led discussion and analysis of your photographs and the photos of your classmates? The workshop will focus on composition, Photoshop Elements, and color printing, and will evolve based... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Oct 12, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Technology Advances and Trends: What is New and Changing in TechnologyTechnology has become integral to most parts of our lives, from banking to communicating with our families and friends. With advances in technologies come repercussions, such as privacy issues, cyber-crime, and the permanence of our... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Availability
Beginning Watercolor PaintingThis course is a great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have always wanted to try it. Students will learn about paint, paper glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color mixing, controlling edges,... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Beginning Watercolor PaintingThis course is a great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have always wanted to try it. Students will learn about paint, paper glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color mixing, controlling edges,... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Bring a Book to Life: Digital Media and Service LearningIf you enjoy books and working with children, and aren't afraid of an iPad, you will enjoy this course. First you will learn some very easy apps, such as iStopMotion (five minutes to learn) and then will practice creating green... (Fridays)
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, Birds and CardsStudents will learn to paint flowers and birds, which are popular brush painting subjects.  The pictures can be framed or used to make greeting cards. Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class, while practicing... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Design Greeting Cards, Quotes & Calendars with Italic Calligraphy!Learn the art of "beautiful writing," the actual meaning of the word "calligraphy", and learn some of its many uses! If you can write, you can learn calligraphy. You will learn the Italic style of calligraphy, beloved for... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Exploratory Painting with GouacheLet loose and learn new skills while experimenting with methods for creating paintings. We will build compositional skills and explore primarily abstraction and formalism as a means for personal expression and dynamic imagery. We... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Oct 12, 2016
10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Exploratory Painting with GouacheLet loose and learn new skills while experimenting with methods for creating paintings. We will build compositional skills and explore primarily abstraction and formalism as a means for personal expression and dynamic imagery. We... (Wednesdays)
Oct 19, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Exploring the Cyanotype ProcessCome revisit or explore for the first time the interesting process of Cyanotype. This workshop explores cyanotypes and the sun-print process with paper and fabric. Cyanotype is a photographic process using a solution of iron... (Thursdays)
Nov 17, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $40.00 Available
Fall Harvest with Art: Drawing and Painting from the Garden to the TableUsing fall's bounty this class will explore the goodness of the garden and transform it into a beautiful still life using harvested vegetables and more. With your favorite recipe or one you just dreamed up you can create beautiful... (Mondays)
Nov 14, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
2:00PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Available
Indigo at Duke Campus FarmJoin Catherine Cross Tsintzos and the staff at Duke Campus Farm for a half day of fun at an Indigo dyeing workshop. Engage with the Heritage plants at the farm while learning about the history of indigo and experience ways of... (Fridays)Sep 23, 2016 10:00AM - 2:30PM $30.00 Wait List
Introduction to 3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing, is rapidly transforming many fields of endeavor by enabling low-cost, accurate prototyping and production of highly-detailed solid objects under computer control. The technique... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Oct 31, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
Introduction to Calligraphy WorkshopThis one day hands on workshop will provide you with an introduction to Calligraphy and help you look at letters in a new light.  You  will also explore the possibilities in using a broad tip pen while learning the basic strokes of... (Mondays)Sep 12, 2016 1:30PM - 4:30PM $20.00 Available
Italic CalligraphyWrite notes, invitations, address envelopes and even create works of art in elegant Calligraphy. Students will learn the basic strokes of lettering in Italic font. Each student will need to bring a broad felt tip Calligraphy pen (... (Mondays)
Sep 19, 2016 to Nov 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Nature Art in Multimedia: Graphite and ColorStart with a graphite (pencil) drawing of your favorite bird, animal or plant, and when you're happy with that, you'll add color to the image. You can use colored pencil, watercolor, or even pastel dust. This course is designed for... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Available
One Craft--Two Cultures: Quilting in America and JapanIn the early 1970s quilting, once considered the quintessence of American traditional arts, was revived as an art form in the United States. At the same time, thousands of miles away, Japanese women were only just beginning to... (Tuesdays)
Nov 1, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $40.00 Available
Watercolor and Acrylic Painting with CollageThis class is for watercolor or acrylic painters, beginners or seasoned artists, who want to develop or enhance their skills by using collage and other techniques. We will explore the elements and principles of design and color as... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Wire Sculpture: Drawing in SpaceWire sculpting is an ideal media for understanding and enjoying spatial reasoning. This class will teach basic technical skills in combination with elements and principals of design. We will discuss aesthetics, problem solving, and... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
6:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Available
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Availability
Eight Keys to Thriving as You Age!: Build Your Own "Life-Map" with a Set of Fun and Simple ToolsAging can feel like a daunting task; filled with many decisions and changes that are challenging and out of our control. Now you can take back the wheel! In this class you will find yourself back in the driver's seat, as we explore... (Fridays)
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Financial Fitness for Women: Get in Shape, Stay in ShapeDo you want to feel more empowered about your personal finances? Are you confused by terms like ETF, NAV, OER and GDP? In this course we will start with the basics. We will begin with an exercise to help you assess your personal... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Improving Investor Outcomes in Retirement: Avoiding Investor Pitfalls POSTPONED UNTIL WINTERThere are various transitions within retirement that we all face at one point and there are many things that you can do to increase your odds of success. Each scheduled class would include a different transition stage and provide an... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Personal Finances in Retirement: How to Protect and Grow (Not Scramble or Fry) Your Nest EggYou spent a lifetime building savings. How do you make your money last? Over 10 sessions, we will provide the keys to financial success in retirement, using a mini case each session to "make it real." We'll start with an overview of... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Populism, Poverty, and Inequality: Current Issues in Economic DevelopmentPoverty and inequality are issues prevalent in today's world. We will examine the causes, remedies, and policies as discussed by recognized authors and experts, emphasizing those from developing countries. The rise and results of... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Re-engineering Your Life: How To Thrive, Not Just Survive In Your Senior YearsThis interactive course will focus on the resources and knowledge of experts, utilizing Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)-the way we communicate with ourselves. In class, we will use music, exercises, demonstrations, white papers... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
6:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Available
Retirement Communities: What Are They, Why Are They Popular, What Do They Cost?NOTE: Two different, overlapping, courses are offered this term. Do not sign up for this course, if you sign up for Stay Put or Move On? this semester. This two class session course is for those who want some information about... (Tuesdays)
Oct 11, 2016 to Oct 18, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $20.00 Wait List
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityNOTE:  Two different, overlapping, courses are offered this fall term. DO NOT sign up for this course if you register for "Retirement Communities", A Brief Overview OR you Do NOT sign up for this course, if you: (1) sign up for... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Dec 13, 2016
10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The $100,000 Stock Market Challenge: An Introduction to InvestingHow would you invest 100,000 virtual dollars? Using The Stock Market Game™, participants have ten weeks to maximize returns with an online simulation of investing in global stock and capital markets.  Using actual quotes on stock... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Canceled
The Future of Nonprofit America: Examination of Forces and Changes Impacting Nonprofit OrganizationsOperating in an increasingly competitive environment, nonprofit organizations have been called on to make significant changes in the way they operate. This course offers an overview of the state of America's nonprofit profit sector... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Wealth, Poverty, and Well-Being: Inequality within Countries, across Countries, and across TimeThis course will offer a broad exploration of economic and social well-being in the USA, in other nations, across countries, and across history. Why are some people spectacularly wealthy while others are destitute? Why are some... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Language, Literature & Drama
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Visitor's Guide to the Literary SouthThe course will trace writers and landmarks associated with the South.  We will follow the major authors associated with some southern states and highlight what they wrote.    Among them are  are Robert Penn Warren, William Faulkner... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Conversational SpanishEach week we will listen to Spanish music, read a children's book in Spanish, eat tapas, and learn a bit more culture, grammar, and vocabulary, staying in the present tense.  This is a continuation of the fall 2015 class, but anyone... (Tuesdays)
Sep 20, 2016 to Nov 15, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Curso de Cultura y Conversación: Poner a Punto Tu EspañolUna "mesa de tertulia" más que un curso, donde juntos vamos a descubrir las perlas poco conocidas de los escritores hispanos, tanto de España como de América Latina y charlar sobre temas contemporáneos. Pensado para los estudiantes... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Early Shakespeare: The Road to Richard IIIThis course will deal with five plays. After a quick look at The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare's shortest (and funniest) play, we will read the three parts of Henry VI that display the origin of the Wars of the Roses and provide the... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Edith Wharton, Novels and Films: Critiques of a Society in TransitionWhile Wharton was very popular in her lifetime, her work fell out of fashion until the rise of feminism. Her fiction is firmly rooted in a tradition of social and psychological realism, but her primary concern is women's experiences... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
Great Books Discussion GroupEngage in lively facilitated discussion of classic texts. Through text-based "shared inquiry" discussion, we'll seek to determine what the author is saying and how this may relate to our current lives. Our selections will be taken... (Fridays)
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
Great Films, Great Directors: Behind the Scenes Look At Some of America's Most Renowned Films and the Directors Behind the CameraGo behind the scenes and learn about some of the most important films and the directors behind them. The course will concentrate on film clips, film interviews with directors, scenes from the movies and handouts with a possible... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Great Films, Great Directors: Behind the Scenes Look At Some of America's Most Renowned Films and the Directors Behind the CameraGo behind the scenes and learn about some of the most important films and the directors behind them. The course will concentrate on film clips, film interviews with directors, scenes from the movies and handouts with a possible... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Le Moyen Age en France: L'histoire, la vie, les personnages, l'art, la littératureThe 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 one thousand years of the period, present key figures of the era, the way of life... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
More Greek Myths in Western ArtThis course will cover myths of the Trojan War and the House of Atreus and Agamemnon represented by artists from the Classical period to the present. We will also view the films Iphigenia at Aulis and The Trojan Women, directed by... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Read and Discuss: Sex, Love and Obsession in Modern Istanbul - Two Novels by Orhan PamukIn two mesmerizing stories of human longing, Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk plumbs the depths of a half-Western and half-traditional Istanbul-amidst its emergent modernity and its complex cultural history. Infidelity and... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Reading Poetry: Her Infinite Varieties“Aren't poems supposed to rhyme?” is a frequent question from readers of contemporary poetry. The simple answer is "it depends on what kind of poem it is." In this course we will examine many of the varieties of poetry, including... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice: Mercy and VengeanceIn 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 in this play. Is... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Ten Modern Poets: From Yeats and Frost to Levertov and GluckWe will read and discuss selected poems by ten modern poets--mostly American but including two English poets. The poetry ranges from Yeats's metaphysical style and the conversational but iambic language of Frost, to Moore's syllabic... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
The Pen and the Paintbrush: A Dialogue Between American Literature and American ArtThis discussion-based course will explore selected pairings of literature and art, testing Ionesco's assertion that "a work of art is above all an adventure of the mind." This approach invites us to examine how works reflect their... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Star Wars Saga: Let's Discuss the Movies Your Grandchildren are Talking About!Star Wars is an American space opera of epic proportions. The enormously successful film series has become a worldwide phenomenon, a franchise now very popular even with our grandchildren (who also love the action figures!). The... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Nov 17, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Theater of the Absurd: Avant-Garde Postwar European Drama from Caligula to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadT. S. Eliot once remarked that what defines modernist literature, above all, is difficulty. Given the difficult plays that characterize the post-WWII European avant-garde, this holds true for drama as much as it does for poetry and... (Fridays)
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Why Read the Classics?: Robinson Crusoe and Jane Eyre in the 20th CenturyWhat do "classic" and "contemporary" mean? Are those terms mutually exclusive? Why are our debates with landmark texts never settled? Why do our most experimental and politically combative writers continually find inspiration in... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Lifestyles
Course Time Tuition Availability
Beyond the Travel Guide Book: Preparing for a Big Trip, Real or ImaginedWould you like to go beyond the typical tourist experience on your next trip? Would you like to understand more about the lifestyle, values, history, or natural surroundings of the places you pass through? And would you like to... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitBOOMERS: Feeling old(er)? Want to reverse the signs of aging of your mind and body? Consider: our movement habits at age 50 and 60 will impact how we feel at age 70 and beyond. The good news is we can shed our physically limiting... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Current Health Topics: Discussion of the Latest Health Information and ControversiesThe mass media regularly report the results of new research pertaining to health and wellbeing.  However, new reports often seem to be contradictory to what was previously believed, leading to public skepticism about the value of... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Discovering the Gift of Years: Sharing Insights for Growing Older Gracefully“My life has been nothing but a series of new beginnings.” Joan Chittister. This guided discussion will explore how we relate to the opportunities and challenges offered at this time of our lives. Each week students are assigned the... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Eight Keys to Thriving as You Age!: Build Your Own "Life-Map" with a Set of Fun and Simple ToolsAging can feel like a daunting task; filled with many decisions and changes that are challenging and out of our control. Now you can take back the wheel! In this class you will find yourself back in the driver's seat, as we explore... (Fridays)
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Exploring Four Grape Varieties and Their Wines: Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Grenache, ChardonnayJoin us on a journey to discover four grapes, where they grow best and the wines they produce. Each week, we will focus on one grape and will try examples from different countries to find some of the best. We will study Pinot Noir... (Wednesdays)
Nov 2, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
If You Can Walk, You Can Dance: Endless Duet with SpaceAs sure as we can walk, we will dance to celebrate special occasions and to just have fun in this dance/exercise class. Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving posture and balance and increasing core strength and... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Joyful Healing Dance: How Sacred Dance Movements Can Heal Body, Mind, Heart and SpiritExperience the healing power of Dance. Dance allows us a freedom of expression, a way to connect with energies greater than ourselves, and a way to move beyond limiting beliefs, obstacles and barriers to our health and wellness.  As... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Keeping Fit For Life: Body Mechanics, Flexibility, Strength, Balance, and CoordinationWhat do exercise, a good diet, relaxation and socialization have in common?  They all help to extend the quality of life.  Added together, there can be 16 years more of quality years.  You already know it's important to maintain... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
Maintaining Your Mojo: Easy Tools to Support Overall Vitality with a Special Focus on Heart HealthEnergy Medicine is a simple practice that works with the vital forces of the body's energies which are at the foundation of our well-being. In Energy Medicine, you support the body by activating its natural healing energies and... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
Nia: Dance with Joy: Move with AwarenessNia is a cardio-dance workout, a movement practice, and lifestyle based on the intelligent design of the body. Every person can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
Strength and Power for 50+: Resistance Training for Muscle and Bone HealthResistance 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)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
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)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
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)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
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... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Wine Exploration in the Southern Hemisphere: A Tasting Tour of Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, and South AfricaJoin us on a journey through the southern hemisphere and explore some of its most famous wine regions: Mendoza, Barossa, Maipo, Stellenbosch and Marlborough.  Each week, we focus on one country by tasting four wines from different... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Oct 12, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Wait List
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)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Availability
Ballet in Cinema, OLLI StyleThe company Ballet in Cinema no longer presents ballets in HDTV at local music theaters, so this course will try to emulate it. Over a period of 10 weeks, we will watch ballets presented as Serge Diaghilev would: some full-length... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
From Ballet to Broadway: Major Works of American Crossover ChoreographersExplore the breakthrough ballets of American born choreographers Eugene Loring, Agnes deMille and Jerome Robbins. They created new Americana ballet classics in the 1930's and 1940's about frontier life in Billy The Kid and Rodeo -... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Fundamentals of Acting for Theater and LifeAn actor brings a story, a personality, a vision, or a philosophy to life. We will explore how to bring a character to life through discussion of an actor's resources and then through the enjoyment of practice - first with dialogue... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Guide To Local JazzThere's still plenty to learn about local jazz! We'll talk with new performers (and some old ones) and a jazz venue proprietor or two, listen to plenty of recorded jazz and some in-class live jazz, have at least one performance at a... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Highlights of the 2016-2017 Metropolitan Opera and NC OperaJoin us for an exciting look at operas that will be performed by the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and by the North Carolina Opera in their 2016-2017 seasons. Through lecture and performance, we'll learn about the music, composers,... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
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 group creativity and discovery. This class is designed for you to “play” while learning how to create... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Oct 18, 2016
9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Available
Improv Theater II: Discover Your CreativityYou've already taken an improv class or you have some theater background. Now you want to dive in a little deeper...This long-form improv class is for players who want to strengthen their basic skills and add something special:... (Tuesdays)
Nov 1, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
8:30AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Available
Improv Theater Short Form: Theater Games WorkshopShort form improv, sometimes called "theater games," are consists of short exercises that have clear rules upfront and incorporate the "Yes...and" improv philosophy. Laughter and a good time follow. Short form encourages spontaneity... (Saturdays)Oct 15, 2016 10:00AM - 1:00PM $20.00 Wait List
Music Speaks: Expression in Classical Music"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways". In this course you will discover the contrasting ways classical music speaks to us, not just with love, but with wit, nostalgia, passion, melancholy, joy, nobility, and more. Exploring... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
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)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Available
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)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:30PM - 5:30PM $50.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey.  Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Available
New Horizons ChorusMen and Women: Lift Up Your Voices and Sing! The New Horizons Chorus invites you to join with fellow OLLI members in a serious, but fun, atmosphere to learn healthy singing techniques.  Making music is enjoyable, but it's serious... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
Nordic Symphonies: Music of the Nordic and Baltic CountriesThe music of the northern-most countries is as unique and inspiring as their awesome landscapes. This course will include music by well-know composers of the region, such as Grieg and Sibelius, plus some you may have never heard... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Playback Storytelling Theater: Improv, Life Stories, and MusicPlayback Theater is a fusion of improv theater, improv music, and storytelling. Moments and life stories are told and then enacted or "played back" on the spot. Stories can range from what happened that day to events of 30+ years... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Brief History of Life on Earth: The Record of Life on Our Planet over the Last Four Billion YearsWe inhabit a planet that is the only place known to us where life exists. Life on Earth has a history that stretches back some four billion years and that can be reconstructed from the record preserved in the rocks. We’ll review... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Does Randomness Rule Our Lives? Why Most Predictions Usually Turn Out WrongIn this course we will discuss how randomness is a major factor in our everyday lives. How much does luck play in the success of businessmen? In the success of sports teams? Are great men of history really geniuses? How much... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island... (Wednesdays), (Thursdays), (Fridays), (Saturdays)
Oct 26, 2016 to Oct 29, 2016
9:00AM - 6:00PM $400.00 Available
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island... (Wednesdays), (Thursdays), (Fridays), (Saturdays)
Oct 26, 2016 to Oct 29, 2016
9:00AM - 6:00PM $500.00 Wait List
How to Read a Beach: Understanding How Beaches Evolve In a Time of Rising Sea LevelTwo preliminary lectures will introduce students to the oceanography of beaches. On the field trip we will walk beaches near the Trinity Center and will (slowly) walk across Shackleford Banks to learn the processes of barrier island... (Saturdays)
Oct 1, 2016 to Oct 22, 2016
10:30AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Available
Hubris, Hollywood, and Helicopters: Howard Hughes -- His Ventures and Adventures, Failures and SuccessesIt's a corporate history like no other. Each session includes Hughes' lifestyle, the company he founded to design aircraft during WWII, and the aircraft themselves. While his movie-making and world-record-setting efforts were often... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Symposia at The Forest at Duke: An Invited Speakers Program with Mostly Scientific Topics but With an Occasional DiversionSymposia has returned to the auditorium in the newly remodeled main building at The Forest at Duke, and we’re happy to report there’s much more onsite parking too. This course is popular with OLLI members both because of the variety... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Technology Advances and Trends: What is New and Changing in TechnologyTechnology has become integral to most parts of our lives, from banking to communicating with our families and friends. With advances in technologies come repercussions, such as privacy issues, cyber-crime, and the permanence of our... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
The Amazing Beauty of Numbers: A Mathematical History Based on Euler's FormulaEuler's Identity (e^(i*pi)+1=0) is widely regarded as the most beautiful equation in mathematics. We study the five constants in this equation and their importance as a way to study the history and evolution of modern mathematics.... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Trees of the N. C. Mountains-to-the-Sea TrailJoin naturalist and herbalist Riverdave Owen as we study native trees along six different sections of the North Carolina Mountains-to-the Sea Trail as it winds its way through Durham County. This is an opportunity for you to be... (Thursdays)
Oct 6, 2016 to Nov 17, 2016
9:00AM - 11:00AM $90.00 Wait List
Trees of the N. C. Mountains-to-the-Sea TrailJoin naturalist and herbalist Riverdave Owen as we study native trees along six different sections of the North Carolina Mountains-to-the Sea Trail as it winds its way through Durham County. This is an opportunity for you to be... (Thursdays)
Oct 6, 2016 to Nov 17, 2016
2:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Available
Understanding Organic Chemistry and Its Role in Living SystemsLife depends on organic chemicals and their reactions. In turn, the reactions and properties of organic chemicals depend upon their molecular structure -- how atoms are arranged in molecules and how they can be reorganized in... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Nov 17, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Your Fantastic but Fallible Brain: Why You Can't Believe Everything You Think, and What You Can Do About It!This course centers on the concept that what's in our minds is a function of what's in our brains, no two of which are the same, and all of which are imperfect. The presentations will cover the following topics: 1) Brief overview... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Your Fantastic but Fallible Brain: Why You Can't Believe Everything You Think, and What You Can Do About It!This course centers on the concept that what's in our minds is a function of what's in our brains, no two of which are the same, and all of which are imperfect. The presentations will cover the following topics: 1) Brief overview... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Writing
Course Time Tuition Availability
Creative Prose -- Transforming Raw Material: Turning Images, Experiences and Ideas into Publishable ProseWhere 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)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
How to Write for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Writing the Personal EssayIn this course, the student learns to write a personal essay that evokes an emotion in the reader. Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes non-fiction stories that are inspirational--sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, and sometimes... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Narrative Writing Workshop: Fiction, Memoir, and in BetweenThis workshop-centered course will guide workshop participants, both experienced and not, through the process of narrative writing. You will learn about narrative craft, story structure, the demands of different genres, and more.... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 14, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Wait List
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... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Poetry Writing Workshop: A Roundtable for Writing, Reading, and Constructive CritiqueWhat’s a poem, after all? Is it how you say something, or how you see it?  Poems are personal renderings of experience, idea, or image with language that is as exact and fresh as possible.  When they work well, poems make the... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
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)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Available
Screenwriting Techniques: Cinematic Storytelling for All Writers and Film LoversMaybe you're interested in writing a script for a short video, feature film, or webisode. Maybe you want to enrich your prose with visual storytelling techniques. With lectures, film clips, discussions, in-class-writing and feedback... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Visual Storytelling Workshop: Writing Laboratory Exploring Screenwriting techniques and Cinematic StorytellingHands-on workshop. Put the concepts of cinematic storytelling into practice. Brainstorm ideas. Play with exercises in dramatic structure, characterization, dialogue, conflict, subtext, exposition, setup/payoff, and show-don’t-tell.... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Social Science & Culture
Course Time Tuition Availability
Cities: A Celebratory TourThe world is increasingly urban. This course will examine the history, growth, treasures, variety, and future of the world's cities - with pertinent illustrations. A large variety will be studied, not just a few. Some of the... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Ethics and Issues in Sports: Perspectives from Both Inside and Outside "The Lines"This course examines ethical issues in the worlds of high school, collegiate and professional sports from current as well as historical perspectives. The purpose of sports and the dichotomy between "gamesmanship" and "sportsmanship... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 8, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Exploring European Book Cultures: Changing Forms of the Book, from Ancient Greece to GutenbergFrom the scroll to moveable type and mechanized printing, this course will follow changes in European book culture from 300 BCE to 1575 CE. We?ll study such topics as how and why the codex replaced the scroll and what role the book... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Films About Food & Cultural Diversity: Cinematic Non-Melting PotsThis course explores the rich depiction of diverse cultures and their food in award-winning films. We will explore the specifics of different cuisines and cultural attitudes toward food. We will also consider the larger questions of... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Oct 13, 2016
1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
Humor: What We Laugh At and Why?Laugh and the world laughs with you," goes the old adage. But why do different people laugh at different things? Our sense of humor changes with age. What we once thought funny now seems stale; and, what was once very serious now... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
One Craft--Two Cultures: Quilting in America and JapanIn the early 1970s quilting, once considered the quintessence of American traditional arts, was revived as an art form in the United States. At the same time, thousands of miles away, Japanese women were only just beginning to... (Tuesdays)
Nov 1, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $40.00 Available
Re-engineering Your Life: How To Thrive, Not Just Survive In Your Senior YearsThis interactive course will focus on the resources and knowledge of experts, utilizing Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)-the way we communicate with ourselves. In class, we will use music, exercises, demonstrations, white papers... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
6:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Available
Reflections On Your Life: You Know Who Got Grandma's Pearls; Do You Know Who Got Her Pearls of Wisdom?This course will offer you the opportunity to create a document explaining your beliefs, life lessons and hopes for the future. Simply put, it is how you want to be remembered. You decide to whom to direct your writings: your... (Wednesdays)
Sep 21, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Technology Advances and Trends: What is New and Changing in TechnologyTechnology has become integral to most parts of our lives, from banking to communicating with our families and friends. With advances in technologies come repercussions, such as privacy issues, cyber-crime, and the permanence of our... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
The Future of Nonprofit America: Examination of Forces and Changes Impacting Nonprofit OrganizationsOperating in an increasingly competitive environment, nonprofit organizations have been called on to make significant changes in the way they operate. This course offers an overview of the state of America's nonprofit profit sector... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
The Golden Age of Radio: Vintage Radio Broadcasts from the 1930s and 1940sMany OLLI members recall fondly the era when radio was the entertainment center of the home. During the 1930s and 40s, families gathered around their radio to listen to comedies, westerns, mysteries, quiz shows, soap operas,... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Canceled
The Hero's Journey: Your Life's TransformationThe hero's journey has illuminated life's most profound psychological and religious transformative experiences over recent decades. Joseph Campbell was the first to recognize, articulate, and name the concepts within his "monomyth... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Wealth, Poverty, and Well-Being: Inequality within Countries, across Countries, and across TimeThis course will offer a broad exploration of economic and social well-being in the USA, in other nations, across countries, and across history. Why are some people spectacularly wealthy while others are destitute? Why are some... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Availability
Living a Moral and Happy Life without God CANCELLEDThis course examines whether people can live a moral and happy life without God being a consequential part.  We begin by looking at worship of God 70,000 years ago up to the present and continue by examining what or who people... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Philosophies of Human NatureWe will sample philosophers from Ancient Indian through modern European and American traditions to survey the major ideas people have had about what makes humans distinctive. Readings will include Buddhist texts, Confucius, Plato,... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Practical Wisdom: How to Be Your Authentic Self in This Changing WorldWho are we, how do our thoughts affect our world, and how do our surroundings and past experiences affect us? What can Mother Nature teach us? In our hectic lives, as we move through the world, we don’t realize how often we fall... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Spiritual Beings, Human LivesIt is universally maintained by "esoteric" sources-philosophers that attempt to provide insight into the transpersonal and spiritual nature of human beings--that the human self is actually a complex system functioning at multiple... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
The Baha'i Faith: Unifying the Human FamilyThe Baha'i faith's pivotal message is to be at one, in complete dignity and freedom with all on earth. This world religion originated in Persia (Iran) during the mid-1800s and is now established in 230 countries and territories... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Your Fantastic but Fallible Brain: Why You Can't Believe Everything You Think, and What You Can Do About It!This course centers on the concept that what's in our minds is a function of what's in our brains, no two of which are the same, and all of which are imperfect. The presentations will cover the following topics: 1) Brief overview... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Your Fantastic but Fallible Brain: Why You Can't Believe Everything You Think, and What You Can Do About It!This course centers on the concept that what's in our minds is a function of what's in our brains, no two of which are the same, and all of which are imperfect. The presentations will cover the following topics: 1) Brief overview... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
History and Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Availability
A World in TurmoilFrom 1939 to 1945 the world was engulfed in a war that shook the foundations of the Eurocentric geopolitical system. The battles and bombings were the most obvious and brutal outcomes, but underlying those were critical economic,... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
America's Pastime in the Tar Heel State: Baseball In North Carolina Since the Civil WarThis course will begin with baseball's North Carolina origins in the Confederate prison in Salisbury, cover the state's numerous minor league teams and famous ballparks, describe the North Carolina members of baseball's Hall of Fame... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeBetween the fall of 1492, when Christopher Columbus first made note of the "Indian" natives on our eastern shores, and the early winter of 1890, when the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry Regiment massacred over 144 "Indians" at Wounded Knee... (Fridays)
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Campaign and Election 2016: A Reporter's PerspectiveA discussion of the 2016 presidential campaign covering events as they happen, with history and background from a retired reporter who covered national politics for more than 40 years. There will be no textbooks, but participants... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
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)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 14, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
FDRFranklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) was the thirty-second president of the United States of America. For an unprecedented four terms, he held the presidency, longer than any other man before him. He was probably among the most... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Federal Institutions and American Foreign PolicyThe course considers the formal and informal powers of the various institutions of Federal authority in foreign policy-making. In doing so, it treats the hotly argued strategic considerations and political outcomes of the foreign... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Free at Last!, Free at Last? But What, at Last, Are Blacks Free From?This course will explore the history of slavery, 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 century; the... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Canceled
How Airports Work: A Behind the Scenes Look at Aviation Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at airports?  Airports are fascinating organisms.  While they provide the bases for worldwide transportation systems, they are like cities unto themselves-- a microcosm of the... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
How to Break a State: The Fall of the Roman Republic (218 B.C.E. - 27 B.C.E.)This course examines the social, political, and military history of Rome in the last two centuries B.C.E. How did Rome change from a regional power into the dominant state in the Mediterranean World? How did the Romans adjust to... (Fridays)
Sep 16, 2016 to Dec 2, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Hubris, Hollywood, and Helicopters: Howard Hughes -- His Ventures and Adventures, Failures and SuccessesIt's a corporate history like no other. Each session includes Hughes' lifestyle, the company he founded to design aircraft during WWII, and the aircraft themselves. While his movie-making and world-record-setting efforts were often... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Making A Murderer: A Quest for Justice?Why has Making a Murderer become a nationwide legal phenomenon? This course will present an in-depth look at the failings and strengths of the American criminal justice system centered on the issues presented in this popular... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 28, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Peter the Great: The Transformation of RussiaAt the dawn of the Eighteenth Century, Russia was still a semi-oriental country and society and one far less modern than its European neighbors. In less than a quarter century, Peter the Great singlehandedly transformed Russia into... (Tuesdays)
Sep 13, 2016 to Nov 29, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The American Revolutionary War: A Military HistoryThis course concentrates on the military aspects of the American Revolutionary War from the points of view of both the colonists and their British overlords. We will begin by considering the nature of the two societies, what they... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Constitutional History of the United States: Law and Politics in American HistoryIn modern America he decisions and personnel of the Supreme Court are increasingly the subjects of vociferous public debate. Yet few citizens are fully aware of or appreciate the long and controversial history of the Constitution;... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Nov 30, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Rise and Demise of DétenteThis lecture/discussion class will explore the rise and fall of détente during the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations. We will analyze the roots of détente in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Nixon and Kissinger's... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Nov 14, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
The Roman Emperors Augustus to Constantine: The Good, the Bad and the UglyWe will look at the 56 men who were "Emperors of Rome" for the first 300 years of the Empire, when it was in its height of power and fame. Some were good at their jobs, some were bad, some were very bad, many ere controversial, but... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
The Second Battle of the AtlanticThis course provides an overview of the "Second Battle of the Atlantic," waged from 1939-1945. We will examine the strategies, the relative naval strengths, and the operational doctrines of the nations involved. The course is... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Story Of The Ottoman EmpireThis course will cover the Ottoman Empire, from the founding of the Sultanate in central Anatolia around 1300 CE to its ultimate collapse in the aftermath of World War I. It will examine the dynastic, military, economic and... (Mondays)
Sep 19, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Story Of The Ottoman EmpireThis course will cover the Ottoman Empire, from the founding of the Sultanate in central Anatolia around 1300 CE to its ultimate collapse in the aftermath of World War I. It will examine the dynastic, military, economic and... (Tuesdays)
Sep 20, 2016 to Dec 6, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Supreme Court in the Twenty-First CenturyWe will review, discuss and critique Supreme Court cases decided during the past fifteen years that have effected significant changes in constitutional law. Issues such as voting rights, gender equality, corporate personhood and... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Supreme Court in the Twenty-First CenturyWe will review, discuss and critique Supreme Court cases decided during the past fifteen years that have effected significant changes in constitutional law. Issues such as voting rights, gender equality, corporate personhood and... (Mondays)
Sep 12, 2016 to Dec 5, 2016
9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those who are interested in current events. Each week, we discuss news from the United States, the world, and the Triangle. We begin each class with a list of proposed topics and discuss those of interest to the... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The World TodayThis course is for those who are interested in current events. Each week, we discuss news from the United States, the world, and the Triangle. We begin each class with a list of proposed topics and discuss those of interest to the... (Thursdays)
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 1, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Visiting 1920s AmericaStep into a time machine and visit America in the 1920s, when people were experiencing many of the same hopes, delights and fears as we are today. During our ten-week visit, try on different identities. Be a Progressive and deal... (Wednesdays)
Sep 14, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
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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 9:00am on Tuesday, August 9. 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:

With our new website, there are now three ways to find your course. Go to learnmore.duke.edu to get started.

  • By course number or name: At the top right, there is a search box under the shopping cart symbol. Type in either a portion of the title (e.g., World Today) or the four-digit course number from the catalog (e.g., 0393), and hit “Enter.” The first entry that comes up in the search should be your course. Click on it, add it to the cart, and then either check out or, if you want another class, click “Close” and type another course into the search box.
  • By day of the week: Click “Osher Lifelong Learning Institute,” then click the down triangle labeled “Show” under “Courses” (on the left side). Scroll down until you see your course— they are listed by day of the week—and click on it. Now you can add it to your cart.
  • By Search for Courses*: Click on the Search by Courses link located on the second horizontal menu of learnmore.duke.edu, enter the four-digit course number, and then add to cart. You will then be prompted to login with your username and password.
    • *This advanced search by course number is recommeded for the most efficient registration.  See our detailed instructional handout for registration.  If you have trouble on registration day, here is a survey to fill out.

Registration Event: If you would like help registering online, we will be having a registration event at JRC on Tuesday, August 9, 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, August 9. 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, August 8, 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 (September 16). 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.

Fall Picnic
 
The spring picnic, cancelled due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 17 from 4:00-7:00pm at Duke Homestead off of Guess Road on 2828 Duke Homestead Road here in Durham. For $10, you can enjoy fried chicken and beverages. (Please bring a dish to share: an appetizer, salad or dessert or anything you would like to share.)
 
If you signed up for the spring picnic, you don’t have to do anything—just come! If you don’t have a ticket, you can purchase one by calling 919-684-6259 or by going to learnmore.duke.edu, accessing your account at Student Login (as during registration), and clicking Special Requests. You can also click on this link to add the Picnic to your cart and follow directions to check out. Friends are welcome—just purchase the correct number of tickets.
 
See you there!

 

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

September:    My Brilliant Friend by E. Ferrante

October:   Between the world and Me by T. Coates

November: Away by A. Bloom  

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 cschllin@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
 
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Fall 2016
Tuesday, August 9 Registration for Fall courses begins at 9:30 am  
Sunday, September 11 Opening Convocation at JRC from 2:00-4:00 pm  
Monday, September 12 OLLI Fall classes begin  
Monday, October 3 Rosh Hashanah - no classes at JRC  
Wednesday, October 12 Yom Kippur - no classes at JRC  
Monday-Friday, October 24-28 OLLI Fall Break - no classes  
Monday-Friday, November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break-no classes  
Friday, December 2 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 assistants, make coffee, and volunteer for all the tasks that make us an exemplary organization.  Please read the bulletin boards, e-mails, and newsletters to find out about opportunities to take advantage of one of the many opportunities listed or to suggest a new program or activities. A volunteer form is also included in the OLLI course catalog.

Class Assistants
Class members act as assistants to the instructors, helping to ensure that announcements are made, equipment is set up, and handouts are distributed.  Class assistants are essential to the smooth functioning of OLLI at Duke and enjoy the benefit of becoming better acquainted with both faculty and fellow class members.  Training will be provided!  If you would like to volunteer to be the class assistant in one or more of your classes, contact Garry Crites at 919-684-2703 to let him know which instructor you would like to assist. 

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

Activities Coordination
Even if you are not ready to coordinate activities for an entire year, you may want to contribute by organizing a trip so that our members can learn more about a favorite North Carolina attraction; members have coordinated trips to the Duke Primate Center, the North Carolina Zoo, the potteries of Seagrove, North Carolina, and the wineries of the Yadkin Valley.  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, Smith Warehouse Computer Lab near the intersection of Main and Buchanan in Durham, area retirement communities, and a variety of sites both on and off Duke’s campus.

Founded in 1977 as a joint venture of Duke University Continuing Education and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, DILR/OLLI has grown from its 42 original members to over 1800 each year, with a curriculum of over 100 classes each semester.

Leadership

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

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

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

2015 - 2016 Officers

(one-year term, elected at annual meeting)

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

At-Large Advisors

(three-year term)

Term Ending 2017: Betsy Bullen, Charlie Squillante
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
Strategic Planning: Mary Alexion
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. Beginning the 2015-2016 school year, you will need an OLLI parking permit on your dashboard to park at JRC. To use the handicapped spaces, you will need an official North Carolina handicapped parking tag. Please do not park in spaces designated for members of the congregation, or in spots designated for JRC staff. The JRC buildings and grounds are a non-smoking campus.

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

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

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

Where can I get lunch between OLLI classes?

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

Are OLLI facilities accessible?

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

How do I 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 Garry Crites at 919-684-2703 to find out more about dropping, adding, and refunds. Refunds must be requested by the end of the first week of classes.  There will be a $20 processing fee per transaction per course drop per member. Memberships are not refundable. 

How long does my membership last? 

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

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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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