Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

 

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

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

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

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

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

We invite you to join us!

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Curriculum

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

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

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

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Courses

Monday
Course Time Tuition Status
"An Eye For an Eye": Looking at the Theme of Revenge in LiteratureAlthough revenge may be "a dish best served cold," its intensity can scorch the pages of classic and contemporary literature. The desire to retaliate when you have been (or feel you have been) wronged governs works as diverse as... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
"Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been…:" HUAC and the Hollywood BlacklistRecent tweets about “McCarthyism” and the call for re-instituting the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), last year's release of the film Trumbo about the “Hollywood Ten,” and this year's publication of High Noon on the... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 6, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
A New Lens: A New Way of Looking at Important TopicsMalcolm Gladwell and others have advanced our knowledge by looking at familiar topics in thought-provoking new ways. Getting a new perspective engages students and instructors, broadens our understanding, facilitates civil discourse... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
A Survey Course in Human SexualitySome 60 years ago Alfred Kinsey remarked that there is a "conspiracy of silence" around human sexuality, and this silence is still true for many in the OLLI generation.   When we were young, there was NO sex education.  The 21st... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
America Astride the World: U.S. Foreign Policy 1990-2003In a decade sometimes called America's “unipolar moment” because of its overwhelming and unrivaled international power, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush nevertheless found it very difficult to articulate and implement... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 6, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
American Revolution in the SouthThis program examines the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, looking at regional influences and impacts. The reasons of the southern colonies for joining the revolution were different from those of the northern colonies... Sep 11, 2017 to Oct 9, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
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© is designed... Sep 11, 2017 to Oct 9, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Angela Carter Novels: Feminism Meets Magical RealismAngela Carter died at age 51 in 1992. Over the course of the next year, the British Academy received 40 proposals for doctoral research into her work – compared with three on the literature of the entire 18th century! A prolific and... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
Duke Sports HistoryIn this class we will look back into the history of Duke sports. There will be discussions, video presentations, and many memorable pictures to look at. For example, we will talk about the very first basketball team at Duke, all the... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 6, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Canceled
Earth, Life, and Man: An Introduction to Our PlanetThe course looks at how the Earth works and the features of our planet that are crucial to the presence of life.  The aim is to discuss the unique characteristics of the planet, the geologic processes that shape the planet, the long... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Feynman's Dream: An Introduction to NanotechnologyRichard Feynam's dream of the future of nanotechnology is the basis of this introductory course in which we will explore the history of nanoscale technologies and their development toward their current state of the art. A week prior... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Frontiers in Medicine : Exploring the Latest Findings and ControversiesNew research results pertaining to health and wellbeing are constantly being presented in the media. However, new reports often seem to contradict what was previously believed, leading to confusion about the best personal choices.... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
History of Censorship in American FilmTravel back in time to the period between 1927 and 1934: the dawn of talking films dominated by women and before the Hayes Code (censorship) was enforced in 1934. Learn how censorship laws changed Hollywood and set women back for... Sep 18, 2017 to Oct 30, 2017 1:00PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Wait List
How a Symphony Works: The Mechanism behind the MusicIt's 7:55 pm and you are settled into your seat in the balcony at the concert hall. The lights are about to dim and then you will be transported into a world of pure, powerful orchestral sound. A concert can be a magical and... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
How Airports Work: A Behind the Scenes Look at AviationDo you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at airports? Airports are fascinating organizations. While they provide the bases for the worldwide transportation systems, they are like cities unto themselves, a microcosm of the... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
How to Help Your Grandchildren Learn MathHelping school-age children learn math requires time and patience; grandparents typically have an ample supply of both, sometimes more than parents. It's the same math we learned when we were kids, but the approach and terminology... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
It Did Not Start With Gas ChambersIf you are bothered by seeing biased behavior and increased vitriolic rhetoric towards each other, this class is for you.  Learning about the Holocaust might help us understand why this happens and how dangerous such behavior can... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Keeping Your Muscles and Bones Fit: How to Extend the Quality of Your LifeYou already know it's important to maintain strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination to prevent injury and increase the quality of your life; the years you want to live life to the fullest - versus just breathing. . Here's... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Knit a Sweater that FitsLet's knit a sweater that actually fits you!  Everyone has a feature that doesn't quite match ready-to-wear, so we'll adjust a knitting pattern to actually fit and learn how to make that pattern a reality.  We'll start by taking... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Learn to Knit a Warm Winter HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this four week hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast on, knit, purl, decrease, and bind off stitches, or as a refresher for those who... Oct 16, 2017 to Nov 13, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $40.00 Wait List
Learn to Knit a Warm Winter HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this four week hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast on, knit, purl, decrease, and bind off stitches, or as a refresher for those who... Oct 16, 2017 to Nov 13, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $40.00 Wait List
Local Art in FocusExplore the vibrant local arts community! In this class students will practice visual art analysis and interpretation by learning about the works of local and contemporary artists. Students will also learn to identify and explain a... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Muslim Philosophers' Influence on Western ThoughtCultural relations between the Muslims and Christian Europe were established first via Spain and then by way of Sicily and the Kingdom of Naples. Translation of Arabic works into Latin, especially in twelfth century Toledo, where... Oct 16, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
North Carolina and the American Civil WarThis program examines the American Civil War as it applied to, impacted, and influenced North Carolina. What happened in this state during the Nineteenth Century that still resonates today? The presentation begins with the reasons... Oct 23, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Painting by Design: Improve Your Painting Skills Using Color, Composition, Design, and MoreWant to be a better painter? We all do! This class will cover the basic elements that we appreciate in the paintings of the masters. We will do quick studies to loosen up and lose the fear of the blank surface. We'll study color,... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry Writing: Transforming Your Experiences/History into PoetryWhere do poets get their ideas? This class will focus on the raw material of poetry: images, experiences, and triggers, and how to transform them into poems. The class will discuss the techniques and forms of poetry by exploring... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Priceless: How is Value Created and How Do We Set Limits on the Sale of What We Value?Michael Sandel, among others, points out that we are stretching the limits of what we used to believe should be for sale:  he mentions a prison cell upgrade ($82 in Santa Ana, CA), access to a car pool lane while driving alone ($8... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Prophets of the 2nd Axial Age and How to Join ThemThe Axial Age is the name given to the period when prophets rose up independently around the world, laying the foundations of philosophy and contemporary world religions.  These prophets collectively established a paradigm shift in... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Punishment and Moral Responsibility: The Philosophy of H.L.A. HartIn many countries (including the United States) it is possible both to punish an offender and then, once he has completed his punishment, to continue to hold him indefinitely if he remains dangerous. What gives the state the right... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it: chee-goong) refers to a vast body of traditional Chinese exercise designed to enhance personal life-force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, physical power, emotional balance, or spiritual progress. "Qi,"... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Seasons at the Farm 1: Grace the TableAs late summer transitions to fall, the view and jobs around the farm continue to change, adapting to the sunrise and sunset, falling temperatures, and bird migration.  Join a group at the farm for a program this fall and be... Sep 25, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Available
Strength and Power for 50+: Resistance Training for Muscular Strength and EnduranceResistance training is a key component of staying fit as we age, but many of us need the support of a group under the guidance of an expert to get it done. Fight sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) by challenging your muscles and... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Taking Your Photography to the Next Level: Photographic CompositionWant to take your photography to the next level? Want to understand why your camera didn’t capture the image wanted? Studying the artistic aspects of photography will help you move from just taking snapshots to producing great... Sep 11, 2017 to Oct 9, 2017 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
The American Revolution and the Development of the ConstitutionThis course will look at how colonial experiences with Great Britain during the Revolutionary Period from 1765 - 1775 helped shape the principles of a federal government, the role of state governments, individual rights, and rules... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (pork, chicken, beef, or seafood) and students... Sep 11, 2017 to Oct 2, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (pork, chicken, beef, or seafood) and students... Oct 9, 2017 to Nov 6, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Canceled
The Fundamentals of Silver Jewelry MakingStudents will learn to use basic jewelers' tools and practice the skills needed to create their own pieces of jewelry.  Students will gain an understanding of precious metals, learning a short history of gold and silver, along with... Sep 11, 2017 to Sep 27, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The Fundamentals of Silver Jewelry MakingStudents will learn to use basic jewelers' tools and practice the skills needed to create their own pieces of jewelry.  Students will gain an understanding of precious metals, learning a short history of gold and silver, along with... Oct 9, 2017 to Nov 1, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Canceled
The Fundamentals of Silver Jewelry MakingStudents will learn to use basic jewelers' tools and practice the skills needed to create their own pieces of jewelry.  Students will gain an understanding of precious metals, learning a short history of gold and silver, along with... Nov 6, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Available
The Gift of Years: Exploring the Rewards of Conscious AgingEach class will consist of an active two hour discussion based on the last twenty essays in Joan Chittister's book The Gift of Years. Chittister says "My life has been nothing but a series of new beginnings." If you are interested... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Available
Through the Lens of Laughter: American Humor in Historical, Cultural and Social ContextThroughout our history, nothing of consequence has evaded the lens of laughter. From colonial days to the present, we have used jokes, comedic stories, graphic arts, literature, drama, performance, film, and broadcast media to... Sep 18, 2017 to Oct 16, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 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... Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Women's Dance and Exercise: Pacific Island DanceImagine soft Pacific breezes wafting over you as you dance to graceful tropical melodies and enticing island beats. We will work on basic island dance moves in a variety of traditional and modern dances from the Pacific islands. We... Sep 18, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
World War II: Asia & the PacificAmericans generally consider World War II in the Pacific as a war primarily between the Japanese Empire and the United States for mastery of that great ocean.  The reality is that, for Japan, the war with the United States was a... Sep 18, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Tuesday
Course Time Tuition Status
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementThere are many financial stages to each individual's retirement. The decisions one faces can be overwhelming and confusing, they but are extremely important as one plans for 30 years without a paycheck. It all starts when you leave... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
All things beautiful...to Japanese eyes: AestheticsWhen the year's last cherry blossoms flutter to the ground, wistful sighs can be heard throughout Japan.  Rough or misshapen tea bowls can elicit reverence and awe, and expanses of raked sand and rocks move admirers to quiet reverie... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Beginner YogaBeginner Yoga provides participants with foundational poses and gives a glimpse into what yoga is all about.  Yoga is a postural alignment practice that draws awareness to our bodies through yoga poses, breath work, and centering... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
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 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, Birds and CardsStudents will learn to paint some of the most popular brush painting subjects, including flowers (some holiday flowers) and birds.  The pictures can be framed or used to make greeting cards. Each person will complete a beautiful... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Civil Discourse or Civil Discord: Ideas You Might Not Hear So OftenIf those who disagree politically simply have inaccurate or incomplete information, it is possible to resolve differences between them. If those who disagree believe the other is evil, no resolution is possible. Any serious... Oct 17, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 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 spring 2017 class, but... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $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 now powers over 20% of the web because it is the easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man and his Architecture The American Institute of Architects (AIA) hailed him as the "greatest American architect of all time."  Frank Lloyd Wright had great contempt for the AIA, yet he would have agreed with their assessment of him.  He compared himself... Sep 12, 2017 to Oct 10, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Free at Last! Free at Last? Slavery and U.S. Civil RightsThis course will examine the history of slavery in America, which began before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. It will continue through emancipation, segregation and two aspects of the Civil Rights movement in the twentieth... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Highlights of the 2017-2018 Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and NC Opera SeasonsJoin us for an exciting look at operas that will be performed by both the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and by the NC Opera in the 2017-2018 season. Through lecture, DVD, and live performance, we'll learn about the music, composers... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
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 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Improv Theater Games WorkshopLet your playfulness emerge using the “Yes...and” improv philosophy.  Adapted from Viola Spolin's work, Theater Games are easily learned and fun to play without any reason other than to have a good time. They can also help build... Sep 19, 2017 9:00AM - 11:00AM $20.00 Available
Improv Theater: Discover Your CreativityThis course is designed for you to “play” while learning how to create imaginary scenic worlds.  Your improv journey includes warm-ups/exercises that promote living in the present moment through self-discovery, laughter, mindfulness... Oct 10, 2017 to Nov 7, 2017 9:00AM - 11:00AM $40.00 Available
Intro to Photoshop Elements: Photo Editing for Mac and PCLearn 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.14) software for editing... Sep 19, 2017 to Nov 14, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Introduction to Espionage: Methods and OperationsThis survey course introduces the discipline of intelligence and provides the student with an understanding of how intelligence systems function and contribute to policymaking and how they are managed and controlled. It will provide... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Love Actually--CANCELLEDEach week we will investigate different aspects of love, first from a vertical trajectory that expands out from self-love to family love, collective love, and universal love.  Then we will look at a horizontal trajectory,... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
More Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Some Recent Selections Latin American cinema is today considered among the world's  best. Aided by digital advances, favorable production capacity, and international financing, its technical and artistic merit has brought global recognition. Its major... Sep 12, 2017 to Oct 17, 2017 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 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... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 3:30PM - 5:30PM $50.00 Available
Nuclear Power, An Introduction, Analysis and Promise for the FutureThis course will provide an introduction to the physics and technology utilized to produce electricity with nuclear energy and will review the history of nuclear power facilities in the US and worldwide.  The course will include an... Oct 17, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
Poetry of William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney: Irish Nobel Prize RecipientsWilliam Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Nobel Prize winner, is sometimes considered the greatest poet in English in the twentieth century.  Yeats was a late Romantic, a student of the occult, and a student of Eastern traditions.  He was a... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Poetry Writing: A FunshopThis funshop welcomes everyone who writes or wants to write poetry. We generate creative writing through personal experience, the use of poetic forms as models, and “stealing” from some of the greats.  We offer to each other casual... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Reading Poetry: Three Great Twentieth Century VoicesWe will read from the works of three extraordinary twentieth century poets: Pablo Neruda (Chile, 1904-1973; Nobel Prize, 1971), Wislawa Szymborska (Poland, 1923-2012; Nobel Prize, 1996), and Yehuda Amichai (Israel, 1924-2000). All... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Selling and Buying Treasures on the Internet: Using eBay and Other SitesIf you'd like to sell or buy on eBay, we'll show you how. We'll learn to navigate around eBay --both selling and buying --but we'll also explore other venues (Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy, Rubylane, Bonanza), and we'll research and... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Stay Put or Move On: Age-In-Place Or Move To A Retirement CommunityRetirement is not the last of life's major life-cycle decisions. There is at least one other worthy of careful consideration: how to provide for continued independence and the highest quality of life even as aging progresses and... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions!Symposia had become a tradition at OLLI both because of the quality of the speakers who are willing to give us an afternoon of their time, and because with our busy schedules we know if we miss a class we won’t lose course... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
The Blood Libel and Anti-Semitic Show TrialsAfter a historical survey of the origin and extent of the "Blood Libel," and its impact on Jews and society since medieval times, the course will focus on so-called Anti-Semitic "Show Trials."  The following are the principal events... Sep 12, 2017 to Oct 10, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
The Healthy Aging Brain: Good News from Modern NeuroscienceSome people seem to “age gracefully,” gliding through the second half of life.  How do they do that?  Then there are the rest of us.  We seem to be slowing down and our senses aren’t as sharp as they used to be.  We have memory... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Legacies of the Ballets Russes Sergei Diaghilev: The First Lord of the DanceIn the tangled narrative of twentieth-century art, there is no more colorful or influential figure than Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev.  The son of a bankrupt Russian vodka distiller, Diaghilev would reinvent himself as the greatest... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Many Sides of Bob DylanFor more than a half-century, Bob Dylan has been arguably the most influential artistic figure of our time. As a singer-songwriter, he revolutionized popular music. His work spans genres from folk to rock, from blues to country,... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 7, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Trends and Perspectives in Economic Development: Issues in a Globalized WorldActive class participation will be encouraged in a discussion of perspectives, including these questions:  How have driving forces of economic growth and development in different countries been affected by recent developments in the... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Veterinary Medicine for Pet People--CANCELLED"Veterinary Medicine for Pet People," taught by a practicing companion animal veterinarian, covers the following topics: saving money at the vet, how to find legitimate online veterinary pharmacies, how to read a pet food label;... Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Writing Chicken Soup for the SoulIn this course, students will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader. Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes nonfiction stories that are inspirational --as well as frequently poignant, often humorous, and... Oct 10, 2017 to Nov 14, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Wait List
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Afterlife and Eschatology--the End of All ThingsA cultural, religious, historical, and contemporary lively discussions into the tenets and beliefs of the end of all things: eschatology. The course will explore a wide overview of: angels, heaven, afterlife, resurrection, the... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 15, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 15, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 16, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 16, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 8, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
Art and Women: 19th and 20th Century Western ArtIn this discussion-based course we will examine European and American art made by women in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will discuss interdisciplinary trends of feminist scholarship in art history and consider the issue of... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Basic DrawingYou CAN learn to draw, by learning to see. Maybe you've thought about sketching a scene while on vacation, sketching a family member such as a grandchild, or drawing a beautiful flower right in your own yard. You don't have to be an... Sep 20, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitBOOMERS: Feeling old(er)? Want to reverse the signs of aging of your mind and body? Consider: our movement habits at age 50 and 60 will impact how we feel at age 70 and beyond. The good news is we can shed our physically limiting... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Coming of Age in the 1950s: Memory Meets HistoryWe will study the experiences of Americans growing up in the 1950s. As our main sources we will read memoirs by a male white Southerner, a female black Southerner, a New York City girlfriend of Jack Kerouac, and stories from (... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Creative Prose: Transforming Your History/Experiences into Creative WritingWhere do writers get their ideas? Do you have family letters, oral histories, stories and experiences you want to express on paper? How does a writer decide to turn an experience, a story, an idea, or research into fiction, non-... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
Cyber-Security 101: Practical Tips for Non-techiesHow secure is your computer right now? At a guess, you probably don't know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you're like most people, you have no clue how these things work or what the real... Oct 11, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM $60.00 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 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
German Political Currents 1648 to PresentThis course will be a discussion of main currents in German political history since 1648. Following a brief review of chronology, each session will cover one major topic: militarism peaking in WWI; religion's impact, especially the... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Guide To Local Jazz: The Who, What, When, and Where of Jazz LocallyThe local jazz scene is booming! This class will tell you what is happening and where to find local jazz. Some of the local musicians will come to class for discussions and some performances. We will go to selected performances and... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Hand Embroidery for BeginnersAre you interested in finding out more about stitching by hand? This easy-to-learn artistic craft is a rewarding way to embellish fabric and create something beautiful! We will learn how to (1) identify and use different needles,... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Honoring Your Life Stories: A Writing Nonfiction WorkshopEach life contains millions of stories. Have you tried writing yours? With the help of prompts we will reflect, explore, learn from each other and create. Come prepared to craft personal narratives from your own life stories; from... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Improv Theater: SceneworkScenework is the keystone of improvisation. Be prepared to advance your scenework skills to a new level. Our focus will be on building relationships in worlds that you create and living more in the moment, discovering what is... Sep 13, 2017 to Oct 25, 2017 10:30AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
Intermediate DSLR Photography: A Hands-on Exploration!Most people who own a DSLR camera use only a fraction of its capability. This class will help students get the most from their cameras through a combination of classroom lectures and outdoor field trips to practice what they have... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Introduction to 3D Printing Visit this site:  http://www.thingiverse.com.  Using a consumer-level 3D printer, learn the basic workflow to turn raw ideas into physical objects using computer-aided design software programs (e.g., TinkerCAD© and others) and even... Sep 13, 2017 to Oct 18, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
King Lear: Internal and External StormsRobert Brustein, founding director of the Yale Repertory and the American Repertory theatres, writes, "King Lear may very well be the greatest play ever written . . . [It] tells us more about the tragedy and triumph of being human... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Learn to Knit an AfghanKnit a cozy afghan one square at a time. All skill levels are welcome as we learn to create a variety of textured blocks. We'll finish the class by joining them into a blanket to enjoy for years to come. Hands-On Activity Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Matters of Life and Death: An Esoteric PerspectiveOne's view of death is not just one of many aspects of how one views life: we view the whole meaning and purpose of life through the lens provided by our view of death. Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 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.? ?... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
Oh My Aging Body: Using Yoga to Help Manage Health ChallengesYoga has long been recognized as a path to inner peace and a way to boost strength, balance, and flexibility. New research suggests that it also offers powerful therapeutic benefits, including reducing heart rate and blood pressure... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Photography, Beauty, and MeaningWe will start off investigating the nature of photography, working out answers to questions such as: What is unique and essential to photographs? Do they document reality? Tell stories? Why do we value them so much, and how does... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 15, 2017 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? How do our surroundings and past experiences affect us? What can Mother Nature teach us? Is there an unseen connection between all of us, and if so, how can we use that to make this... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Presidents and Politics: From the New Deal to TrumpismOver the last eighty five years fourteen presidents --seven Democrats and seven Republicans --have led the American nation. Under their combined efforts the nation has become the world's preeminent military power, its primary... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Reading Literature and Art: Pairings of Prose, Poetry, Painting, and PhotographyWhether they use print on a page or paint on a canvas, writers and visual artists attempt to create their imaginative vision of the world. Juxtaposing works of American literature and art, we will discuss the creators' craft and... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Selling and Buying Treasures on the Internet: Using eBay and Other SitesIf you'd like to sell or buy on eBay, we'll show you how. We'll learn to navigate around eBay --both selling and buying --but we'll also explore other venues (Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy, Rubylane, Bonanza), and we'll research and... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
The Fundamentals of Silver Jewelry MakingStudents will learn to use basic jewelers' tools and practice the skills needed to create their own pieces of jewelry.  Students will gain an understanding of precious metals, learning a short history of gold and silver, along with... Sep 11, 2017 to Sep 27, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The Fundamentals of Silver Jewelry MakingStudents will learn to use basic jewelers' tools and practice the skills needed to create their own pieces of jewelry.  Students will gain an understanding of precious metals, learning a short history of gold and silver, along with... Oct 9, 2017 to Nov 1, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Canceled
The Fundamentals of Silver Jewelry MakingStudents will learn to use basic jewelers' tools and practice the skills needed to create their own pieces of jewelry.  Students will gain an understanding of precious metals, learning a short history of gold and silver, along with... Nov 6, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Available
The History of Surgery: The Quest for Treatment of Injury and DiseaseSince early times, surgeons have tried to improve treatment of their patients. Progress for the most part was slow, sometimes erratic, and occasionally chaotic. There were long periods of stagnation, punctuated by moments of... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Origins of American Consitutional Thought: A History of Political IdeasThis ten week class and discussion forum explores the ideas that converged in the framing of the United States Constitution and the debates leading up to the ratification of the Constitution by the States. These include the purpose... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Canceled
The Soviet State: Stalin through GorbachevThis course covers the rise of Stalin; Soviet industrialization; the Stalinist purges; Soviet diplomacy and conduct during World War II and the Cold War; Khrushchev and peaceful coexistence; Detente, SALT, and Soviet rule under... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The Supreme Court in the Twenty-First CenturyThis term special consideration will be given to three themes arising from recent Supreme Court decisions. They are: (1) the ambiguous labels "liberal" and "conservative" (2) the State of North Carolina's adventures at SCOTUS; and... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Think Again: Brain Limitations and PotentialsThe human brain, a remarkable organ with close to 100 billion neurons and trillions of connections, developed through evolution for survival and procreation, not for accuracy. As amazing as its capacities may be, it is equally... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Turkey: Between Two WorldsThis course is about Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country located mostly in Asia, though Turkey has been a sturdy member of NATO and a candidate for membership in the EU. The course will move chronologically from the first arrival... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Understanding the Middle East: Roots of the Culture GapWe will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Middle East by comparing its history, culture, and economics to that of Europe. We will discuss surprising literature connections between the Middle East and the West and... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Woodrow WilsonWoodrow Wilson This is the story of a contradictory man, outwardly tumultuous, who improbably rose from an obscure teacher of rowdy boys in a rural college to the most famous political leader in the world, changing the course of... Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
A New Perspective of Islam: Hopeful Visions for Our TimeMuslims are obligated to live true to their identity as defined in the Quran and the life of Muhammed the prophet. The lives of the earliest followers of the religion were a reflection of the correct picture of Islam. However, today... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
A World of Trouble: A History of the 1930sThe world in the 1930s faced immense challenges, including the threat of authoritarian regimes and conflicts in Ethiopia, China and Spain. This course will look at the major world powers in the 1930s (United States, Germany, the... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 16, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 16, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Ballet Smorgasbord: A Mixed Bill of Ballet, Tap, and Other Thoughts on DanceIn this course, we will watch all kinds of videos, many of which can't be classified but which I have always wanted to share. We will watch a variety of ballets --some snippets, some full-length. We will see some clips that are... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Available
Book Culture in European History: From Cuneiform to GutenbergFrom clay tablets, the scroll, moveable type, and mechanized printing, this course will follow changes in European book culture from 1500 BCE to 1575 CE. We'll study such transitions as the move from oral to written culture, how the... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Chess for SeniorsExercise your mind while having fun with this ancient game. The element of competition will be removed during class time as we examine openings and strategy. Discovery --not lecture or demonstration --provides the best teaching of... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 4:30PM $80.00 Available
England's Treasure House: ChatsworthYou've seen it in film and television, you know you've seen it, but do you know the secrets held within the walls and grounds of this stateliest of England's stately homes? We will learn about the architecture of Chatsworth from its... Oct 5, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM $10.00 Wait List
Geometric TopologyHow can you tell if our universe is infinite or finite? Curved or flat? Why are donuts and coffee cups topologically equivalent? What is a torus? A Klein bottle? Starting with 1D and 2D universes and ending with 3D, we investigate... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Harp Ensemble IPlay the harp at last! This course is designed to introduce the novice player to the joy and challenge of playing the harp. Using "Harpsicle" lap harps, you will learn the basics of the "Salzedo" method, explore the range of the... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Harp Ensemble IIThe harp journey continues! This course is designed to build on the foundational harp techniques introduced in the Harp Ensemble I class. With the repertoire focused on the Holiday Harps concert in December, students will master... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
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 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Introduction To Digital PhotographyThis course will provide new or beginning photographers a broad introduction to digital photography. We will discuss how digital cameras work, the advantages/disadvantages of various mega-pixel levels in cameras, and the way these... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 9, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
JusticeWe all see injustice in convicting a person of some crime he didn't commit or in giving stiffer sentences to people of color. Some people think justice demands a flat tax rate, others that the rate should be progressive. But though... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Launch the Future: Your Empowerment as a Climate CooperatorAre you interested in learning about all the positive developments taking place locally and around the world to stem species loss, accommodate climate change, and renew endangered environments? Would you like to be part of this... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Le XVIIe siècle en FranceThe course is geared to students with an intermediate-high level knowledge of French. It will give an outline of important dates in the period and present key figures such as Cardinals Richelieu and Mazarin and Kings Louis XIII and... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Magic Tricks for Grandparents: Impress Your GrandkidsIn this course, you will learn tricks to impress the children in your life, including tricks with cards, ropes, coin, and even mind-reading. The skills are not technically difficult, and you will learn how to make some of the... Sep 28, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Nature in Pen and Ink with ColorUsing a variety of pen and ink techniques to represent natural objects, students will explore ways to express their illustration talents. Color will be added to the black and white images. Subject matter will range from feathers to... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 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 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Available
Read and Discuss: Two Novels: The Immigrant Experience after 9/11We will read and discuss two immigrant novels: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (2008) and Americanah by Chimamana Ngozi Adiche (2014). Both female authors were born in the 1970s, Desai in India and Adiche in Nigeria. Both... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Risking Words: A Writing Group for Women Who Write and Those Who Want toWhen women gather in a circle with the intent to support one another in taking personal risks, the circle is sacred space. Within such a circle, you will find validation and freedom from expectations while exploring the boundaries... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Shakespeare’s Other Comedies: The Road to Twelfth NightAt the midpoint in his career, Shakespeare had written ten comedies. Six of them have remained perennial favorites, but the remaining four have received less attention. An exception may be The Comedy of Errors, the shortest play in... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
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 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Talking Back to Empire: Post Colonial Fiction and Poetry from Africa, Latin America, and the Black AtlanticReadings and discussions of literature from postcolonial Africa and the Black Atlantic, with excursions into contemporaneous projects of writers from Latin America, beginning with two foundational, thematic pieces: Joseph Conrad's “... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Technology--Just Imagine!Technology has always changed lives--opening up new opportunities and imposing new constraints. Yet the pace of recent technological change is breathtaking, exciting and scary. In this five-week course, we will consider forces that... Oct 19, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
The Birth of Modern Air Power: The First Air War 1914-1945This course will trace the evolution of air power from its initial uses in the First World War. We will follow the development of reconnaissance and fighter air-craft as the various military organizations discovered the advantages... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Decline of ViolenceViolence seems ubiquitous: terrorist attacks, atrocities of war, civil unrest, let alone the backdrop of "routine" homicide, violence against women, child abuse, and so on. It seems absurd to argue that violence is declining, that... Sep 14, 2017 to Oct 12, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Canceled
The Evolution of Music 101: A Broad Overview of Classical Music from Chant to What's Cooking NowThis course will involve a lot of listening as we traipse through the development of classical music and observe how music evolves from modal scales to enriched melody to counterpoint to harmony to dissonance (dis-harmony). The role... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Threads Of History, From Fiber to Fabric, From Chemistry to ClothFrom very simple beginnings to the monofilament fibers that transformed the way we see modern textile applications, how many of us appreciate the intense industry required to keep us warm and safe, to heal, and to build shelter?... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Thrive in your “Third Act”: Develop your Passion, Embrace a New PurposeMidlife marks the beginning of what is known as the "third age." I like to refer to it as the "the third act." It is an emerging life stage, ranging from ages 50 to 75, made possible by our longer life expectancy. In essence, it is... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Workshop in Writing PoetryIf you writes poetry or think you might like to write poetry, this class is for ou.  Each week we will read poems we have written (if you haven't written anything, no problem; come and join the discussion), say what we find good in... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Writing Chicken Soup for the SoulIn this course, students will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader. Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes nonfiction stories that are inspirational --as well as frequently poignant, often humorous, and... Oct 12, 2017 to Nov 16, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
You Know Who Got Grandma's Pearls, But Who Got Her Pearls of Wisdom?Simply put, how do you want to be remembered? In this course, you will chronicle your beliefs, recall life lessons, and share your hopes for the future. You decided to whom you want to direct your writings: your children,... Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
Down Homes: More Varieties of the Southern ExperienceWhile it is self-contained, this class is also a continuation from a Winter 2017 class of the same title. It continues an exploration of various aspects of the American South and the “Souths” within it, expanding on some themes from... Sep 15, 2017 to Dec 1, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Seasons at the Farm: Celebrate the Autumn EquinoxAs late summer transitions to fall, the view and jobs around the farm continue to change, adapting to the sunrise and sunset, falling temperatures, and bird migration. Join a group at the farm for a program this fall and be... Sep 22, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM $20.00 Available
Seasons at the Farm: Plein Air Art at the FarmAs late summer transitions to fall, the view and jobs around the farm continue to change, adapting to the light, falling temperatures, and bird migration. Join a group at the farm for a program this fall and be surrounded by all the... Sep 15, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Available
The Plays of Tennessee Williams: Sex, Subjectivity, and the South from The Glass Menagerie to A House Not Meant to StandWidely hailed as one of the greatest American dramatists of the twentieth century, Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) wrote rich, intensely poetic, and brutally honest plays. The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a... Sep 15, 2017 to Dec 1, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Sound of Music: American StyleFrom the beginning of recorded time, music has been a master influence on the hearts, minds, identity, and attitudes of all humanity. American music has served as the taproot of our culture. It speaks to who we are and serves as a... Sep 15, 2017 to Dec 1, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The “Mind Wars” Debate Over The Source of ConsciousnessThe prevailing opinion is that consciousness arises from the physical brain and ceases to exist when we die. This course presents a non-spiritual array of empirical and strong anecdotal evidence suggesting that such an assertion is... Sep 15, 2017 to Dec 1, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Using The Twelve Steps Program as a Way of Life--CANCELLEDMillions of people throughout the world now rely on the 12 Step Program approach to recover from alcoholism, drug addiction, compulsive over-eating, and other problems. This course discussing the 12 Steps as a Way of Life will... Sep 15, 2017 to Dec 1, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Sunday
Course Time Tuition Status
Exploring CinemaEnjoy exploring cinema with an appreciation of film through examination of diverse genres and themes.  Each week a complete film will be screened, followed by a class discussion.  This semester the course will explore three major... Sep 10, 2017 to Nov 26, 2017 2:00PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Food for Life--Kickstart Your Health: Evidence-Based Nutrition Lessons with Easy Recipes and Food SamplingA plant-based diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits can help prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, "appropriately planned... Oct 1, 2017 to Nov 12, 2017 2:00PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
The Historic Bassett Brown House: An OLLI Open House with History & Art TourJust down the street from the Bishop's House at 410 N. Buchanan is an architectural and historical treasure: the Bassett-Brown House. Dating from 1906, the Bassett-Brown House was built by John Spencer Bassett, a Duke professor and... Oct 29, 2017 4:00PM - 6:00PM $10.00 Available
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Availability
All things beautiful...to Japanese eyes: AestheticsWhen the year's last cherry blossoms flutter to the ground, wistful sighs can be heard throughout Japan.  Rough or misshapen tea bowls can elicit reverence and awe, and expanses of raked sand and rocks move admirers to quiet reverie... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... (Wednesdays)Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 15, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... (Wednesdays)Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 15, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... (Wednesdays), (Thursdays)Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 16, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... (Wednesdays), (Thursdays)Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 16, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
American Art: From Colonial to ModernIn this 6 week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey American Art from colonial times to early 20th-century modernism. Lectures in the Museum Auditorium will alternate with... (Wednesdays)Oct 4, 2017 to Nov 8, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
Art and Women: 19th and 20th Century Western ArtIn this discussion-based course we will examine European and American art made by women in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will discuss interdisciplinary trends of feminist scholarship in art history and consider the issue of... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Book Culture in European History: From Cuneiform to GutenbergFrom clay tablets, the scroll, moveable type, and mechanized printing, this course will follow changes in European book culture from 1500 BCE to 1575 CE. We'll study such transitions as the move from oral to written culture, how the... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
England's Treasure House: ChatsworthYou've seen it in film and television, you know you've seen it, but do you know the secrets held within the walls and grounds of this stateliest of England's stately homes? We will learn about the architecture of Chatsworth from its... (Thursdays)Oct 5, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM $10.00 Wait List
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man and his Architecture The American Institute of Architects (AIA) hailed him as the "greatest American architect of all time."  Frank Lloyd Wright had great contempt for the AIA, yet he would have agreed with their assessment of him.  He compared himself... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Oct 10, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Local Art in FocusExplore the vibrant local arts community! In this class students will practice visual art analysis and interpretation by learning about the works of local and contemporary artists. Students will also learn to identify and explain a... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Photography, Beauty, and MeaningWe will start off investigating the nature of photography, working out answers to questions such as: What is unique and essential to photographs? Do they document reality? Tell stories? Why do we value them so much, and how does... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 15, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Threads Of History, From Fiber to Fabric, From Chemistry to ClothFrom very simple beginnings to the monofilament fibers that transformed the way we see modern textile applications, how many of us appreciate the intense industry required to keep us warm and safe, to heal, and to build shelter?... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 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© is designed... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Oct 9, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Cyber-Security 101: Practical Tips for Non-techiesHow secure is your computer right now? At a guess, you probably don't know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you're like most people, you have no clue how these things work or what the real... (Wednesdays)Oct 11, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM $60.00 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 now powers over 20% of the web because it is the easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Intermediate DSLR Photography: A Hands-on Exploration!Most people who own a DSLR camera use only a fraction of its capability. This class will help students get the most from their cameras through a combination of classroom lectures and outdoor field trips to practice what they have... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Intro to Photoshop Elements: Photo Editing for Mac and PCLearn 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.14) software for editing... (Tuesdays)Sep 19, 2017 to Nov 14, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Introduction To Digital PhotographyThis course will provide new or beginning photographers a broad introduction to digital photography. We will discuss how digital cameras work, the advantages/disadvantages of various mega-pixel levels in cameras, and the way these... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 9, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Selling and Buying Treasures on the Internet: Using eBay and Other SitesIf you'd like to sell or buy on eBay, we'll show you how. We'll learn to navigate around eBay --both selling and buying --but we'll also explore other venues (Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy, Rubylane, Bonanza), and we'll research and... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Selling and Buying Treasures on the Internet: Using eBay and Other SitesIf you'd like to sell or buy on eBay, we'll show you how. We'll learn to navigate around eBay --both selling and buying --but we'll also explore other venues (Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy, Rubylane, Bonanza), and we'll research and... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Taking Your Photography to the Next Level: Photographic CompositionWant to take your photography to the next level? Want to understand why your camera didn’t capture the image wanted? Studying the artistic aspects of photography will help you move from just taking snapshots to producing great... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Oct 9, 2017 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Availability
Basic DrawingYou CAN learn to draw, by learning to see. Maybe you've thought about sketching a scene while on vacation, sketching a family member such as a grandchild, or drawing a beautiful flower right in your own yard. You don't have to be an... (Wednesdays)Sep 20, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $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 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, Birds and CardsStudents will learn to paint some of the most popular brush painting subjects, including flowers (some holiday flowers) and birds.  The pictures can be framed or used to make greeting cards. Each person will complete a beautiful... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Hand Embroidery for BeginnersAre you interested in finding out more about stitching by hand? This easy-to-learn artistic craft is a rewarding way to embellish fabric and create something beautiful! We will learn how to (1) identify and use different needles,... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Introduction to 3D Printing Visit this site:  http://www.thingiverse.com.  Using a consumer-level 3D printer, learn the basic workflow to turn raw ideas into physical objects using computer-aided design software programs (e.g., TinkerCAD© and others) and even... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Oct 18, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
Knit a Sweater that FitsLet's knit a sweater that actually fits you!  Everyone has a feature that doesn't quite match ready-to-wear, so we'll adjust a knitting pattern to actually fit and learn how to make that pattern a reality.  We'll start by taking... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Learn to Knit a Warm Winter HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this four week hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast on, knit, purl, decrease, and bind off stitches, or as a refresher for those who... (Mondays)Oct 16, 2017 to Nov 13, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $40.00 Wait List
Learn to Knit a Warm Winter HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this four week hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast on, knit, purl, decrease, and bind off stitches, or as a refresher for those who... (Mondays)Oct 16, 2017 to Nov 13, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $40.00 Wait List
Learn to Knit an AfghanKnit a cozy afghan one square at a time. All skill levels are welcome as we learn to create a variety of textured blocks. We'll finish the class by joining them into a blanket to enjoy for years to come. Hands-On Activity (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Nature in Pen and Ink with ColorUsing a variety of pen and ink techniques to represent natural objects, students will explore ways to express their illustration talents. Color will be added to the black and white images. Subject matter will range from feathers to... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Available
Painting by Design: Improve Your Painting Skills Using Color, Composition, Design, and MoreWant to be a better painter? We all do! This class will cover the basic elements that we appreciate in the paintings of the masters. We will do quick studies to loosen up and lose the fear of the blank surface. We'll study color,... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Seasons at the Farm 1: Grace the TableAs late summer transitions to fall, the view and jobs around the farm continue to change, adapting to the sunrise and sunset, falling temperatures, and bird migration.  Join a group at the farm for a program this fall and be... (Mondays)Sep 25, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Available
Seasons at the Farm: Celebrate the Autumn EquinoxAs late summer transitions to fall, the view and jobs around the farm continue to change, adapting to the sunrise and sunset, falling temperatures, and bird migration. Join a group at the farm for a program this fall and be... (Fridays)Sep 22, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM $20.00 Available
Seasons at the Farm: Plein Air Art at the FarmAs late summer transitions to fall, the view and jobs around the farm continue to change, adapting to the light, falling temperatures, and bird migration. Join a group at the farm for a program this fall and be surrounded by all the... (Fridays)Sep 15, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Available
The Fundamentals of Silver Jewelry MakingStudents will learn to use basic jewelers' tools and practice the skills needed to create their own pieces of jewelry.  Students will gain an understanding of precious metals, learning a short history of gold and silver, along with... (Mondays), (Wednesdays)Sep 11, 2017 to Sep 27, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The Fundamentals of Silver Jewelry MakingStudents will learn to use basic jewelers' tools and practice the skills needed to create their own pieces of jewelry.  Students will gain an understanding of precious metals, learning a short history of gold and silver, along with... (Mondays), (Wednesdays)Oct 9, 2017 to Nov 1, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Canceled
The Fundamentals of Silver Jewelry MakingStudents will learn to use basic jewelers' tools and practice the skills needed to create their own pieces of jewelry.  Students will gain an understanding of precious metals, learning a short history of gold and silver, along with... (Mondays), (Wednesdays)Nov 6, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Available
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Availability
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementThere are many financial stages to each individual's retirement. The decisions one faces can be overwhelming and confusing, they but are extremely important as one plans for 30 years without a paycheck. It all starts when you leave... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $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... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Stay Put or Move On: Age-In-Place Or Move To A Retirement CommunityRetirement is not the last of life's major life-cycle decisions. There is at least one other worthy of careful consideration: how to provide for continued independence and the highest quality of life even as aging progresses and... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Trends and Perspectives in Economic Development: Issues in a Globalized WorldActive class participation will be encouraged in a discussion of perspectives, including these questions:  How have driving forces of economic growth and development in different countries been affected by recent developments in the... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Health & Wellness
Course Time Tuition Availability
Food for Life--Kickstart Your Health: Evidence-Based Nutrition Lessons with Easy Recipes and Food SamplingA plant-based diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits can help prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, "appropriately planned... (Sundays)Oct 1, 2017 to Nov 12, 2017 2:00PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (pork, chicken, beef, or seafood) and students... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Oct 2, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (pork, chicken, beef, or seafood) and students... (Mondays)Oct 9, 2017 to Nov 6, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Canceled
History & Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Availability
A New Lens: A New Way of Looking at Important TopicsMalcolm Gladwell and others have advanced our knowledge by looking at familiar topics in thought-provoking new ways. Getting a new perspective engages students and instructors, broadens our understanding, facilitates civil discourse... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
A World of Trouble: A History of the 1930sThe world in the 1930s faced immense challenges, including the threat of authoritarian regimes and conflicts in Ethiopia, China and Spain. This course will look at the major world powers in the 1930s (United States, Germany, the... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
America Astride the World: U.S. Foreign Policy 1990-2003In a decade sometimes called America's “unipolar moment” because of its overwhelming and unrivaled international power, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush nevertheless found it very difficult to articulate and implement... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 6, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
American Revolution in the SouthThis program examines the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, looking at regional influences and impacts. The reasons of the southern colonies for joining the revolution were different from those of the northern colonies... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Oct 9, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Civil Discourse or Civil Discord: Ideas You Might Not Hear So OftenIf those who disagree politically simply have inaccurate or incomplete information, it is possible to resolve differences between them. If those who disagree believe the other is evil, no resolution is possible. Any serious... (Tuesdays)Oct 17, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Coming of Age in the 1950s: Memory Meets HistoryWe will study the experiences of Americans growing up in the 1950s. As our main sources we will read memoirs by a male white Southerner, a female black Southerner, a New York City girlfriend of Jack Kerouac, and stories from (... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Duke Sports HistoryIn this class we will look back into the history of Duke sports. There will be discussions, video presentations, and many memorable pictures to look at. For example, we will talk about the very first basketball team at Duke, all the... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 6, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Canceled
Free at Last! Free at Last? Slavery and U.S. Civil RightsThis course will examine the history of slavery in America, which began before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. It will continue through emancipation, segregation and two aspects of the Civil Rights movement in the twentieth... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
German Political Currents 1648 to PresentThis course will be a discussion of main currents in German political history since 1648. Following a brief review of chronology, each session will cover one major topic: militarism peaking in WWI; religion's impact, especially the... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
How Airports Work: A Behind the Scenes Look at AviationDo you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at airports? Airports are fascinating organizations. While they provide the bases for the worldwide transportation systems, they are like cities unto themselves, a microcosm of the... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Introduction to Espionage: Methods and OperationsThis survey course introduces the discipline of intelligence and provides the student with an understanding of how intelligence systems function and contribute to policymaking and how they are managed and controlled. It will provide... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
It Did Not Start With Gas ChambersIf you are bothered by seeing biased behavior and increased vitriolic rhetoric towards each other, this class is for you.  Learning about the Holocaust might help us understand why this happens and how dangerous such behavior can... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
North Carolina and the American Civil WarThis program examines the American Civil War as it applied to, impacted, and influenced North Carolina. What happened in this state during the Nineteenth Century that still resonates today? The presentation begins with the reasons... (Mondays)Oct 23, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Presidents and Politics: From the New Deal to TrumpismOver the last eighty five years fourteen presidents --seven Democrats and seven Republicans --have led the American nation. Under their combined efforts the nation has become the world's preeminent military power, its primary... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The American Revolution and the Development of the ConstitutionThis course will look at how colonial experiences with Great Britain during the Revolutionary Period from 1765 - 1775 helped shape the principles of a federal government, the role of state governments, individual rights, and rules... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Birth of Modern Air Power: The First Air War 1914-1945This course will trace the evolution of air power from its initial uses in the First World War. We will follow the development of reconnaissance and fighter air-craft as the various military organizations discovered the advantages... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Blood Libel and Anti-Semitic Show TrialsAfter a historical survey of the origin and extent of the "Blood Libel," and its impact on Jews and society since medieval times, the course will focus on so-called Anti-Semitic "Show Trials."  The following are the principal events... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Oct 10, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
The Decline of ViolenceViolence seems ubiquitous: terrorist attacks, atrocities of war, civil unrest, let alone the backdrop of "routine" homicide, violence against women, child abuse, and so on. It seems absurd to argue that violence is declining, that... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Oct 12, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Canceled
The Historic Bassett Brown House: An OLLI Open House with History & Art TourJust down the street from the Bishop's House at 410 N. Buchanan is an architectural and historical treasure: the Bassett-Brown House. Dating from 1906, the Bassett-Brown House was built by John Spencer Bassett, a Duke professor and... (Sundays)Oct 29, 2017 4:00PM - 6:00PM $10.00 Available
The History of Surgery: The Quest for Treatment of Injury and DiseaseSince early times, surgeons have tried to improve treatment of their patients. Progress for the most part was slow, sometimes erratic, and occasionally chaotic. There were long periods of stagnation, punctuated by moments of... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Origins of American Consitutional Thought: A History of Political IdeasThis ten week class and discussion forum explores the ideas that converged in the framing of the United States Constitution and the debates leading up to the ratification of the Constitution by the States. These include the purpose... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Canceled
The Sound of Music: American StyleFrom the beginning of recorded time, music has been a master influence on the hearts, minds, identity, and attitudes of all humanity. American music has served as the taproot of our culture. It speaks to who we are and serves as a... (Fridays)Sep 15, 2017 to Dec 1, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Soviet State: Stalin through GorbachevThis course covers the rise of Stalin; Soviet industrialization; the Stalinist purges; Soviet diplomacy and conduct during World War II and the Cold War; Khrushchev and peaceful coexistence; Detente, SALT, and Soviet rule under... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The Supreme Court in the Twenty-First CenturyThis term special consideration will be given to three themes arising from recent Supreme Court decisions. They are: (1) the ambiguous labels "liberal" and "conservative" (2) the State of North Carolina's adventures at SCOTUS; and... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Turkey: Between Two WorldsThis course is about Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country located mostly in Asia, though Turkey has been a sturdy member of NATO and a candidate for membership in the EU. The course will move chronologically from the first arrival... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Understanding the Middle East: Roots of the Culture GapWe will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Middle East by comparing its history, culture, and economics to that of Europe. We will discuss surprising literature connections between the Middle East and the West and... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Woodrow WilsonWoodrow Wilson This is the story of a contradictory man, outwardly tumultuous, who improbably rose from an obscure teacher of rowdy boys in a rural college to the most famous political leader in the world, changing the course of... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
World War II: Asia & the PacificAmericans generally consider World War II in the Pacific as a war primarily between the Japanese Empire and the United States for mastery of that great ocean.  The reality is that, for Japan, the war with the United States was a... (Mondays)Sep 18, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Language, Literature & Drama
Course Time Tuition Availability
"An Eye For an Eye": Looking at the Theme of Revenge in LiteratureAlthough revenge may be "a dish best served cold," its intensity can scorch the pages of classic and contemporary literature. The desire to retaliate when you have been (or feel you have been) wronged governs works as diverse as... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Angela Carter Novels: Feminism Meets Magical RealismAngela Carter died at age 51 in 1992. Over the course of the next year, the British Academy received 40 proposals for doctoral research into her work – compared with three on the literature of the entire 18th century! A prolific and... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 10:30AM - 12:00PM $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 spring 2017 class, but... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
King Lear: Internal and External StormsRobert Brustein, founding director of the Yale Repertory and the American Repertory theatres, writes, "King Lear may very well be the greatest play ever written . . . [It] tells us more about the tragedy and triumph of being human... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Le XVIIe siècle en FranceThe course is geared to students with an intermediate-high level knowledge of French. It will give an outline of important dates in the period and present key figures such as Cardinals Richelieu and Mazarin and Kings Louis XIII and... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Poetry of William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney: Irish Nobel Prize RecipientsWilliam Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Nobel Prize winner, is sometimes considered the greatest poet in English in the twentieth century.  Yeats was a late Romantic, a student of the occult, and a student of Eastern traditions.  He was a... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Read and Discuss: Two Novels: The Immigrant Experience after 9/11We will read and discuss two immigrant novels: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (2008) and Americanah by Chimamana Ngozi Adiche (2014). Both female authors were born in the 1970s, Desai in India and Adiche in Nigeria. Both... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Reading Literature and Art: Pairings of Prose, Poetry, Painting, and PhotographyWhether they use print on a page or paint on a canvas, writers and visual artists attempt to create their imaginative vision of the world. Juxtaposing works of American literature and art, we will discuss the creators' craft and... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Reading Poetry: Three Great Twentieth Century VoicesWe will read from the works of three extraordinary twentieth century poets: Pablo Neruda (Chile, 1904-1973; Nobel Prize, 1971), Wislawa Szymborska (Poland, 1923-2012; Nobel Prize, 1996), and Yehuda Amichai (Israel, 1924-2000). All... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Shakespeare’s Other Comedies: The Road to Twelfth NightAt the midpoint in his career, Shakespeare had written ten comedies. Six of them have remained perennial favorites, but the remaining four have received less attention. An exception may be The Comedy of Errors, the shortest play in... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Talking Back to Empire: Post Colonial Fiction and Poetry from Africa, Latin America, and the Black AtlanticReadings and discussions of literature from postcolonial Africa and the Black Atlantic, with excursions into contemporaneous projects of writers from Latin America, beginning with two foundational, thematic pieces: Joseph Conrad's “... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
The Plays of Tennessee Williams: Sex, Subjectivity, and the South from The Glass Menagerie to A House Not Meant to StandWidely hailed as one of the greatest American dramatists of the twentieth century, Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) wrote rich, intensely poetic, and brutally honest plays. The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a... (Fridays)Sep 15, 2017 to Dec 1, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Lifestyles
Course Time Tuition Availability
Beginner YogaBeginner Yoga provides participants with foundational poses and gives a glimpse into what yoga is all about.  Yoga is a postural alignment practice that draws awareness to our bodies through yoga poses, breath work, and centering... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
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 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Chess for SeniorsExercise your mind while having fun with this ancient game. The element of competition will be removed during class time as we examine openings and strategy. Discovery --not lecture or demonstration --provides the best teaching of... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 4:30PM $80.00 Available
Frontiers in Medicine : Exploring the Latest Findings and ControversiesNew research results pertaining to health and wellbeing are constantly being presented in the media. However, new reports often seem to contradict what was previously believed, leading to confusion about the best personal choices.... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
How to Help Your Grandchildren Learn MathHelping school-age children learn math requires time and patience; grandparents typically have an ample supply of both, sometimes more than parents. It's the same math we learned when we were kids, but the approach and terminology... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
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 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Keeping Your Muscles and Bones Fit: How to Extend the Quality of Your LifeYou already know it's important to maintain strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination to prevent injury and increase the quality of your life; the years you want to live life to the fullest - versus just breathing. . Here's... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Magic Tricks for Grandparents: Impress Your GrandkidsIn this course, you will learn tricks to impress the children in your life, including tricks with cards, ropes, coin, and even mind-reading. The skills are not technically difficult, and you will learn how to make some of the... (Thursdays)Sep 28, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Oh My Aging Body: Using Yoga to Help Manage Health ChallengesYoga has long been recognized as a path to inner peace and a way to boost strength, balance, and flexibility. New research suggests that it also offers powerful therapeutic benefits, including reducing heart rate and blood pressure... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it: chee-goong) refers to a vast body of traditional Chinese exercise designed to enhance personal life-force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, physical power, emotional balance, or spiritual progress. "Qi,"... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Strength and Power for 50+: Resistance Training for Muscular Strength and EnduranceResistance training is a key component of staying fit as we age, but many of us need the support of a group under the guidance of an expert to get it done. Fight sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) by challenging your muscles and... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
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 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Gift of Years: Exploring the Rewards of Conscious AgingEach class will consist of an active two hour discussion based on the last twenty essays in Joan Chittister's book The Gift of Years. Chittister says "My life has been nothing but a series of new beginnings." If you are interested... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Available
Thrive in your “Third Act”: Develop your Passion, Embrace a New PurposeMidlife marks the beginning of what is known as the "third age." I like to refer to it as the "the third act." It is an emerging life stage, ranging from ages 50 to 75, made possible by our longer life expectancy. In essence, it is... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Using The Twelve Steps Program as a Way of Life--CANCELLEDMillions of people throughout the world now rely on the 12 Step Program approach to recover from alcoholism, drug addiction, compulsive over-eating, and other problems. This course discussing the 12 Steps as a Way of Life will... (Fridays)Sep 15, 2017 to Dec 1, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Veterinary Medicine for Pet People--CANCELLED"Veterinary Medicine for Pet People," taught by a practicing companion animal veterinarian, covers the following topics: saving money at the vet, how to find legitimate online veterinary pharmacies, how to read a pet food label;... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
What to Eat and Why: Evidence-based Guide to Healthy NutritionRecommendations on what we should eat and drink in order to maximize our longevity and quality of life are abundant. Some are designed to sell us products that are not in our best interest. Others come from well-intentioned sources... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Women's Dance and Exercise: Pacific Island DanceImagine soft Pacific breezes wafting over you as you dance to graceful tropical melodies and enticing island beats. We will work on basic island dance moves in a variety of traditional and modern dances from the Pacific islands. We... (Mondays)Sep 18, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Performing Arts
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Ballet Smorgasbord: A Mixed Bill of Ballet, Tap, and Other Thoughts on DanceIn this course, we will watch all kinds of videos, many of which can't be classified but which I have always wanted to share. We will watch a variety of ballets --some snippets, some full-length. We will see some clips that are... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Available
Exploring CinemaEnjoy exploring cinema with an appreciation of film through examination of diverse genres and themes.  Each week a complete film will be screened, followed by a class discussion.  This semester the course will explore three major... (Sundays)Sep 10, 2017 to Nov 26, 2017 2:00PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Guide To Local Jazz: The Who, What, When, and Where of Jazz LocallyThe local jazz scene is booming! This class will tell you what is happening and where to find local jazz. Some of the local musicians will come to class for discussions and some performances. We will go to selected performances and... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Harp Ensemble IPlay the harp at last! This course is designed to introduce the novice player to the joy and challenge of playing the harp. Using "Harpsicle" lap harps, you will learn the basics of the "Salzedo" method, explore the range of the... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Harp Ensemble IIThe harp journey continues! This course is designed to build on the foundational harp techniques introduced in the Harp Ensemble I class. With the repertoire focused on the Holiday Harps concert in December, students will master... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Highlights of the 2017-2018 Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and NC Opera SeasonsJoin us for an exciting look at operas that will be performed by both the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and by the NC Opera in the 2017-2018 season. Through lecture, DVD, and live performance, we'll learn about the music, composers... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
History of Censorship in American FilmTravel back in time to the period between 1927 and 1934: the dawn of talking films dominated by women and before the Hayes Code (censorship) was enforced in 1934. Learn how censorship laws changed Hollywood and set women back for... (Mondays)Sep 18, 2017 to Oct 30, 2017 1:00PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Wait List
How a Symphony Works: The Mechanism behind the MusicIt's 7:55 pm and you are settled into your seat in the balcony at the concert hall. The lights are about to dim and then you will be transported into a world of pure, powerful orchestral sound. A concert can be a magical and... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Improv Theater Games WorkshopLet your playfulness emerge using the “Yes...and” improv philosophy.  Adapted from Viola Spolin's work, Theater Games are easily learned and fun to play without any reason other than to have a good time. They can also help build... (Tuesdays)Sep 19, 2017 9:00AM - 11:00AM $20.00 Available
Improv Theater: Discover Your CreativityThis course is designed for you to “play” while learning how to create imaginary scenic worlds.  Your improv journey includes warm-ups/exercises that promote living in the present moment through self-discovery, laughter, mindfulness... (Tuesdays)Oct 10, 2017 to Nov 7, 2017 9:00AM - 11:00AM $40.00 Available
Improv Theater: SceneworkScenework is the keystone of improvisation. Be prepared to advance your scenework skills to a new level. Our focus will be on building relationships in worlds that you create and living more in the moment, discovering what is... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Oct 25, 2017 10:30AM - 12:30PM $50.00 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 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 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 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 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 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 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.? ?... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
The Evolution of Music 101: A Broad Overview of Classical Music from Chant to What's Cooking NowThis course will involve a lot of listening as we traipse through the development of classical music and observe how music evolves from modal scales to enriched melody to counterpoint to harmony to dissonance (dis-harmony). The role... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
The Legacies of the Ballets Russes Sergei Diaghilev: The First Lord of the DanceIn the tangled narrative of twentieth-century art, there is no more colorful or influential figure than Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev.  The son of a bankrupt Russian vodka distiller, Diaghilev would reinvent himself as the greatest... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Many Sides of Bob DylanFor more than a half-century, Bob Dylan has been arguably the most influential artistic figure of our time. As a singer-songwriter, he revolutionized popular music. His work spans genres from folk to rock, from blues to country,... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 7, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Science & Technology
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Earth, Life, and Man: An Introduction to Our PlanetThe course looks at how the Earth works and the features of our planet that are crucial to the presence of life.  The aim is to discuss the unique characteristics of the planet, the geologic processes that shape the planet, the long... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Feynman's Dream: An Introduction to NanotechnologyRichard Feynam's dream of the future of nanotechnology is the basis of this introductory course in which we will explore the history of nanoscale technologies and their development toward their current state of the art. A week prior... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Frontiers in Medicine : Exploring the Latest Findings and ControversiesNew research results pertaining to health and wellbeing are constantly being presented in the media. However, new reports often seem to contradict what was previously believed, leading to confusion about the best personal choices.... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Geometric TopologyHow can you tell if our universe is infinite or finite? Curved or flat? Why are donuts and coffee cups topologically equivalent? What is a torus? A Klein bottle? Starting with 1D and 2D universes and ending with 3D, we investigate... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Nuclear Power, An Introduction, Analysis and Promise for the FutureThis course will provide an introduction to the physics and technology utilized to produce electricity with nuclear energy and will review the history of nuclear power facilities in the US and worldwide.  The course will include an... (Tuesdays)Oct 17, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions!Symposia had become a tradition at OLLI both because of the quality of the speakers who are willing to give us an afternoon of their time, and because with our busy schedules we know if we miss a class we won’t lose course... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
The History of Surgery: The Quest for Treatment of Injury and DiseaseSince early times, surgeons have tried to improve treatment of their patients. Progress for the most part was slow, sometimes erratic, and occasionally chaotic. There were long periods of stagnation, punctuated by moments of... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Writing
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Creative Prose: Transforming Your History/Experiences into Creative WritingWhere do writers get their ideas? Do you have family letters, oral histories, stories and experiences you want to express on paper? How does a writer decide to turn an experience, a story, an idea, or research into fiction, non-... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
Honoring Your Life Stories: A Writing Nonfiction WorkshopEach life contains millions of stories. Have you tried writing yours? With the help of prompts we will reflect, explore, learn from each other and create. Come prepared to craft personal narratives from your own life stories; from... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry Writing: A FunshopThis funshop welcomes everyone who writes or wants to write poetry. We generate creative writing through personal experience, the use of poetic forms as models, and “stealing” from some of the greats.  We offer to each other casual... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry Writing: Transforming Your Experiences/History into PoetryWhere do poets get their ideas? This class will focus on the raw material of poetry: images, experiences, and triggers, and how to transform them into poems. The class will discuss the techniques and forms of poetry by exploring... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Risking Words: A Writing Group for Women Who Write and Those Who Want toWhen women gather in a circle with the intent to support one another in taking personal risks, the circle is sacred space. Within such a circle, you will find validation and freedom from expectations while exploring the boundaries... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Workshop in Writing PoetryIf you writes poetry or think you might like to write poetry, this class is for ou.  Each week we will read poems we have written (if you haven't written anything, no problem; come and join the discussion), say what we find good in... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Writing Chicken Soup for the SoulIn this course, students will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader. Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes nonfiction stories that are inspirational --as well as frequently poignant, often humorous, and... (Tuesdays)Oct 10, 2017 to Nov 14, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Wait List
Writing Chicken Soup for the SoulIn this course, students will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader. Chicken Soup for the Soul publishes nonfiction stories that are inspirational --as well as frequently poignant, often humorous, and... (Thursdays)Oct 12, 2017 to Nov 16, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
Social Science & Culture
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"Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been…:" HUAC and the Hollywood BlacklistRecent tweets about “McCarthyism” and the call for re-instituting the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), last year's release of the film Trumbo about the “Hollywood Ten,” and this year's publication of High Noon on the... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 6, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
A Survey Course in Human SexualitySome 60 years ago Alfred Kinsey remarked that there is a "conspiracy of silence" around human sexuality, and this silence is still true for many in the OLLI generation.   When we were young, there was NO sex education.  The 21st... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Book Culture in European History: From Cuneiform to GutenbergFrom clay tablets, the scroll, moveable type, and mechanized printing, this course will follow changes in European book culture from 1500 BCE to 1575 CE. We'll study such transitions as the move from oral to written culture, how the... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Down Homes: More Varieties of the Southern ExperienceWhile it is self-contained, this class is also a continuation from a Winter 2017 class of the same title. It continues an exploration of various aspects of the American South and the “Souths” within it, expanding on some themes from... (Fridays)Sep 15, 2017 to Dec 1, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $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 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Love Actually--CANCELLEDEach week we will investigate different aspects of love, first from a vertical trajectory that expands out from self-love to family love, collective love, and universal love.  Then we will look at a horizontal trajectory,... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
More Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Some Recent Selections Latin American cinema is today considered among the world's  best. Aided by digital advances, favorable production capacity, and international financing, its technical and artistic merit has brought global recognition. Its major... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Oct 17, 2017 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
Priceless: How is Value Created and How Do We Set Limits on the Sale of What We Value?Michael Sandel, among others, points out that we are stretching the limits of what we used to believe should be for sale:  he mentions a prison cell upgrade ($82 in Santa Ana, CA), access to a car pool lane while driving alone ($8... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Technology--Just Imagine!Technology has always changed lives--opening up new opportunities and imposing new constraints. Yet the pace of recent technological change is breathtaking, exciting and scary. In this five-week course, we will consider forces that... (Thursdays)Oct 19, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
The Decline of ViolenceViolence seems ubiquitous: terrorist attacks, atrocities of war, civil unrest, let alone the backdrop of "routine" homicide, violence against women, child abuse, and so on. It seems absurd to argue that violence is declining, that... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Oct 12, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Canceled
The Healthy Aging Brain: Good News from Modern NeuroscienceSome people seem to “age gracefully,” gliding through the second half of life.  How do they do that?  Then there are the rest of us.  We seem to be slowing down and our senses aren’t as sharp as they used to be.  We have memory... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 28, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Many Sides of Bob DylanFor more than a half-century, Bob Dylan has been arguably the most influential artistic figure of our time. As a singer-songwriter, he revolutionized popular music. His work spans genres from folk to rock, from blues to country,... (Tuesdays)Sep 12, 2017 to Nov 7, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Think Again: Brain Limitations and PotentialsThe human brain, a remarkable organ with close to 100 billion neurons and trillions of connections, developed through evolution for survival and procreation, not for accuracy. As amazing as its capacities may be, it is equally... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Through the Lens of Laughter: American Humor in Historical, Cultural and Social ContextThroughout our history, nothing of consequence has evaded the lens of laughter. From colonial days to the present, we have used jokes, comedic stories, graphic arts, literature, drama, performance, film, and broadcast media to... (Mondays)Sep 18, 2017 to Oct 16, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
You Know Who Got Grandma's Pearls, But Who Got Her Pearls of Wisdom?Simply put, how do you want to be remembered? In this course, you will chronicle your beliefs, recall life lessons, and share your hopes for the future. You decided to whom you want to direct your writings: your children,... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Availability
A New Perspective of Islam: Hopeful Visions for Our TimeMuslims are obligated to live true to their identity as defined in the Quran and the life of Muhammed the prophet. The lives of the earliest followers of the religion were a reflection of the correct picture of Islam. However, today... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Afterlife and Eschatology--the End of All ThingsA cultural, religious, historical, and contemporary lively discussions into the tenets and beliefs of the end of all things: eschatology. The course will explore a wide overview of: angels, heaven, afterlife, resurrection, the... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
JusticeWe all see injustice in convicting a person of some crime he didn't commit or in giving stiffer sentences to people of color. Some people think justice demands a flat tax rate, others that the rate should be progressive. But though... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Launch the Future: Your Empowerment as a Climate CooperatorAre you interested in learning about all the positive developments taking place locally and around the world to stem species loss, accommodate climate change, and renew endangered environments? Would you like to be part of this... (Thursdays)Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Matters of Life and Death: An Esoteric PerspectiveOne's view of death is not just one of many aspects of how one views life: we view the whole meaning and purpose of life through the lens provided by our view of death. Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Muslim Philosophers' Influence on Western ThoughtCultural relations between the Muslims and Christian Europe were established first via Spain and then by way of Sicily and the Kingdom of Naples. Translation of Arabic works into Latin, especially in twelfth century Toledo, where... (Mondays)Oct 16, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Practical Wisdom: How to Be Your Authentic Self in This Changing WorldWho are we? How do our thoughts affect our world? How do our surroundings and past experiences affect us? What can Mother Nature teach us? Is there an unseen connection between all of us, and if so, how can we use that to make this... (Wednesdays)Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 29, 2017 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Prophets of the 2nd Axial Age and How to Join ThemThe Axial Age is the name given to the period when prophets rose up independently around the world, laying the foundations of philosophy and contemporary world religions.  These prophets collectively established a paradigm shift in... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Punishment and Moral Responsibility: The Philosophy of H.L.A. HartIn many countries (including the United States) it is possible both to punish an offender and then, once he has completed his punishment, to continue to hold him indefinitely if he remains dangerous. What gives the state the right... (Mondays)Sep 11, 2017 to Nov 27, 2017 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
The “Mind Wars” Debate Over The Source of ConsciousnessThe prevailing opinion is that consciousness arises from the physical brain and ceases to exist when we die. This course presents a non-spiritual array of empirical and strong anecdotal evidence suggesting that such an assertion is... (Fridays)Sep 15, 2017 to Dec 1, 2017 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 purchase a new membership any time between March 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018, your dues are good through June 30, 2018.  If you no longer have an active membership, our registration system will automatically add one to your cart as you are checking out when you enroll in courses during registration.  

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

 

 

How to purchase a membership by phone

Call our registration office Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, EST at 919-684-6259 or at 1-866-edu-Duke.

How to purchase a membership by mail

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

 Duke Continuing Studies
 Box 90700
 Durham, NC 27708-0700

Refund Policy

Membership dues are non-refundable.

Registration

Registration opens at 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 8. There are many ways to register.

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

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Our website offers different ways to search courses:

  1. Search Courses Link.  The most direct way to find your course is to go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on the link for “Search Courses” located on the second horizontal menu at the far right, and enter either the four-digit course number or a portion of the name.  Click on the link to the class, click on the Add to Cart button, and follow steps to checkout.
     
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Registration Event: If you would like help registering online, we will be having a registration event at JRC on Tuesday, August 8, 9:00am to 12:00pm. We will have trained OLLI mentors with computers to assist you. You must have your registration User Name and Password to register. If you have forgotten these, you must be able to access your home e-mail from the computers we will have onsite.

Phone Registrations: If you would like to register by phone, you may call the registration office (919-684-6259) any time after 9:00am on Tuesday, August 8.  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 7, 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 15). After that time, no refunds will be issued except in the event of an emergency, at the discretion of OLLI at Duke staff. There will be a $20 service charge per course dropped. If a course is cancelled by OLLI at Duke, no charge will be incurred by members. Please note: Membership dues are nonrefundable.

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

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Activities & Calendar

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

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

September:  Story of a New Name by E. Ferrante

October:  The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by H. Mantel

November: Just Mercy by B. Stevenson

December: My Name is Lucy Barton by E. Strout

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 at 3:15. Information about the group will also be in the Spotlight and on the OLLI calendar on the member website. People can drop in at any of the meetings. There is no charge. Contact the coordinator, Corinne Schillin at cschillin@yahoo.com or 919-537-8450 to learn more and to be put on a mailing list for this group. A companion course to help navigate the adjustments in retirement, “Now What! A Roadmap into Retirement,” will be offered by Corinne Schillin at various times during the year.

Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteer Projects

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

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

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

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Members & Leadership

Who Belongs to OLLI at Duke?

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

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

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

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

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

Leadership

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

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

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

2016-2017 Officers

(one-year term, elected at annual meeting)

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

At-Large Advisors

(three-year term)

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

Committee Chairs

(one-year term, appointed by President)

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

Staff

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

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Staying in Touch

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

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

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

OLLI Spotlight

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

Member Website

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to my class?

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

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

Where do I park for my OLLI classes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where can I get lunch between OLLI classes?

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

Are OLLI facilities accessible?

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

How do I request a catalog?

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

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

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

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

How long does my membership last? 

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

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Directions

Maps


From I-85 Northbound

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

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

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


From I-85 Southbound

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

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

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


From Raleigh

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

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

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

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

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


From Chapel Hill

Take 15/501 Bypass to Durham.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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