Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

 

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

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

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

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

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

We invite you to join us!

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Curriculum

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

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

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

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Courses

Monday
Course Time Tuition Status
A Week at the Duke Campus FarmCelebrate the spring season with a series of four one-day workshops with Catherine Cross Tsintszos and the staff at the Duke Campus Farm, a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing positive change in the... May 8, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Beginning Photography SeminarHave you just started down the road to becoming a digital photographer, or does your journey need a jump start? In either case, this seminar may be what you're looking for to help you down the path to better photographs. The...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Biomedical Engineering: Designing Medical DevicesDiscover the science and engineering behind designing a novel medical device.  Learn about brain waves, fluid dynamics of the heart, and how prosthetics are controlled through a series of topic lectures and hands-on labs.  The...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Body Mechanics: Flexibility, Strength, Balance, and Coordination to Extend the Quality of Your LifeExercise, a good diet, relaxation, and socialization all help to extend the quality of your life.  You already know as well that it’s important to maintain the basic elements of your physical condition as much as possible to prevent...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Cyber-Security 101: Practical Tips for Non-techiesHow secure is your computer right now? My guess is that 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...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
6:30PM - 8:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Design Greeting Cards, Quotes & Calendars with Italic CalligraphyLearn the art of "beautiful writing"," the actual meaning of the word "calligraphy", and discover some of its many uses!  If you can write, you can learn calligraphy!  You will learn the Italic style of calligraphy, beloved for...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Global Health Is Local Health: Lessons from Tanzania, Haiti, and Refugees in the U.S.A.“Global Health is Local Health” is a term derived from the medical field to indicate that, in this age of globalization, the problems of one population can quickly become the problems of all. The same is true in the area of...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Great Decisions of the Marshall CourtThis course explores the "greatest hits" of the Marshall Court, ranging from the landmark cases of Marbury v. Madison (1803) to Barron v. Baltimore (1833). Each class session will focus carefully on a particular controversy and...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
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 Hays Code (censorship) was enforced in 1934. Learn how censorship laws changed Hollywood and set women back for...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 1, 2017
6:30PM - 8:30PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Introduction to Letterpress Printing: Metal TypeLearn to set metal blocks of type into lines of text and then print from them on a letterpress (relief) press. Be like Gutenberg! Get your hands inky, and print a small edition of 5-10 lines of text or poetry - your own writing or a...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Journey of the Blues: Black Folk Music as the Soundtrack of the African-American ExperienceThis course considers how the changing forms of African-American folk music -- from its Western Sudanese precursors; through the work songs, hollers, shouts, and spirituals of slavery and the blues and gospel of Jim Crow; to the...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Lizzy and Emma: Jane Austen’s Two Deathless HeroinesJane Austen’s novels continue to enchant and inspire. We will read two of her most popular works, Pride and Prejudice and Emma, which gave us her two most memorable heroines. We will also see at least parts of many adaptations of...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
10:30AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Mathematical Puzzles of Martin GardnerFor many years Martin Gardner wrote a column for Scientific American where he posed and solved puzzles from a diverse range of mathematical fields.  In this course, we will explore the world of mathematics by looking at some of his...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Personal Finances in Retirement: How to Protect and Grow (Not Scramble or Fry) Your Nest EggYou spent a lifetime building savings. How do you make your money last? Over 10 sessions, we will provide the keys to financial success in retirement, using a mini case each session to "make it real." We'll start with an overview of...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Sports Talk: A Conversation about the World of SportsYou are  invited to join this lively conversation about sports events. In addition to current news, we will discuss historical moments in sports, the growth of women's  programs, race, economics, the media and other relevant topics...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Strength and Power for 50+: Resistance Training for Muscular Strength and EnduranceResistance training is a key component of staying fit as we age, but many of us need the support of a group under the guidance of an expert to get it done. Fight sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) by challenging your muscles and...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create an gourmet yet good, healthy, and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry,. Each week, he will provide a meat (beef, pork, chicken or seafood); students...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
5:30PM - 8:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Thinking the "Unsinkable": The Titanic and Mass Media HistoryThis course is a historical examination of mass communication and the sinking of the Titanic a century ago. Students will gain insights into the role of mass media in communicating news, cultural values, and social mores. Students...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Turning Conversations with Authors Into AppsIn this class you and five gifted middle school students from Durham Public Schools will meet, interview, photograph and write about local literary figures. After these conversations, the OLLI and the middle school students will... Apr 10, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM $0.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Write To HappinessWrite to Happiness:  Writing can transform and even save your life, but how?  We’ll discuss the latest research on how writing changes the writer, which techniques work, and how to apply this approach to journaling, poetry, and the...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Writing & Acting Semi-Scripted ImprovMost improv shows start with a suggestion from the audience and a show made up on the spot. Semi-scripted improv differs from that approach. The characters and story outlines are created before the show, rehearsed and then put into...
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
6:30PM - 8:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Tuesday
Course Time Tuition Status
Amid the Smell of Roses...Doris Duke's Islamic Art CollectionDoris Duke surrounded herself with beautiful Islamic art that engaged all the senses.  Her home in Hawaii, Shangri La, both serves to instruct and delight, and to provide a platform for creating appreciation for the art of a part of...
Apr 18, 2017 to Apr 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Automation vs. AirmanshipNo equations, no math, no homework, no deep science—just common sense. There’s no technical background required or needed--only an interest in aviation safety and in why, on very rare occasions, bad things happen. We'll take several...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Chinese Brush Painting: LandscapeLandscape is one of the three major categories of brush painting. Students will learn how to paint various landscapes, including mountains, rivers, trees and figures.  Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class,...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Contemporary Issues In SportsThe course will explore the current issues confronting sports. Topics of note in 2016 included the pricing of tickets, concessions, and parking; the finanacing of stadiums; the involvement in social issues; the impact of decisions...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Conversational SpanishEach week we will listen to Spanish music, read a children's book in Spanish, eat tapas, and learn a bit more culture, grammar, and vocabulary, staying in the present tense.  This is a continuation of the winter 2016 class, but...
Apr 25, 2017 to May 30, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Dynamic Skies: Explosions, Pulses, Bursts, and Collisions in the UniverseNineteenth century astronomers saw a static, ancient sky that changed slowly, over millions of years.   Only recently have we discovered how wrong that view was, and how dynamic the universe really is: exploding stars, colliding...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Finding Your Style: Copy Watercolor Masters to Develop Your Personal Painting StyleThis course is for experienced watercolor painters who have mastered the basic watercolor techniques and are searching for their personal painting styles. (Note: the class is NOT FOR BEGINNERS.)  By copying the work of watercolor...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Healthcare Personalized for You: Understanding Genomics and Precision MedicinePrecision medicine is healthcare tailored to individuals based on their family health history and genes (DNA), their environments, and their lifestyles.  This course will help each person understand (1) the contribution of their...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Highlights of Russian OperaEnjoy the music, pageantry, and politics of Russian opera through a sampling of 18th-20th century operas and recitals by famous opera singers. We’ll focus on Glinka's A Life for the Tsar, Mussourgsky's Boris Godunov, Tchaikovsky's ...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
I Can Get Paid for That?: A Crash Course in Freelance WritingThis course will help aspiring freelancers learn how to get paid a reasonable wage for their work. We will go over how to choose your 'niche' or areas of expertise; how to identify outlets that are looking for writers within your...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Improv Theater: Discover your Creativity - Part IIYou’ve already taken an improv class or you have some theater background. Now you want to dive in a little deeper... This long-form improv class is for players who want to strengthen and expand their basic skills plus add something...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Ivan the Terrible: His Life and his TimesIvan IV (1530 - 1584), a.k.a. the Terrible, was the first Russian Tsar. During his reign Russia emerged from a medieval state to become a multi-ethnic empire and an emerging regional power.  Russian territory doubled to 2.1 million...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Learn to Knit a Summery ShawlWhether you just love colorful accessories or sometimes need a little extra warmth in an air-conditioned theater, summer is the ideal time to wear a colorful, lightweight shawl.  Join the class and learn to knit a simple multi-...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Magic Tricks for Grandparents: Tricks that will Impress Grandkids Ages 6 & UpTwo experienced amateur magicians will take turns teaching some tricks that are not technically difficult, and we will teach you how to make some of the tricks yourself. Based on their experience doing magic for family and friends...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
3:30PM - 5:30PM $30.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Retirement Communities: What Are They, Why Are They Popular, What Do They Cost?This two session course is for those who would like information about some local retirement communities in order to see if they want to pursue them further.  It is also for those who are only interested in local communities and do...
May 9, 2017 to May 16, 2017
10:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions!Symposia is an ongoing invited speakers series with topics ranging from science to an occasional but interesting diversion.  It’s a popular course both because of the topics our speakers bring to our attention and because, if your...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The Next Plague: A History of Infectious DiseaseThe course will cover a brief history of infectious disease and its impact on Western Civilization, particularly in the past 500 years. We will discuss the scientific contributions of some significant figures like Pasteur, Jenner...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
WordPress Website Workshop: Beyond the BasicsThis class covers advanced WordPress topics and is for OLLI students who have taken the Easy WordPress Websites class. Many students  requested a workshop type class where they can suggest topics and ask questions in a more open-...
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Wednesday
Course Time Tuition Status
A Week at the Duke Campus FarmCelebrate the spring season with a series of four one-day workshops with Catherine Cross Tsintszos and the staff at the Duke Campus Farm, a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing positive change in the... May 10, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
An Exploration of California Pinot NoirJoin us on a journey to discover the regions in California that make the finest Pinot Noir.  Each week we will focus on one region and will try four wines from that region.  We will taste the wines of small, forward-thinking...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 10, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
An Exploration of California Pinot NoirJoin us on a journey to discover the regions in California that make the finest Pinot Noir.  Each week we will focus on one region and will try four wines from that region.  We will taste the wines of small, forward-thinking...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 10, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Carolina for Northerners: An Introduction to the Old North StateRecent decades have seen thousands of new residents moving into North Carolina, many from northern states, and now this state's population is among the top ten in the country.  Drawn by employment, universities, warmer weather, and...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Comedy Tonight!In this course we will read five wonderful ancient comedies by the Roman playwrights Plautus and Terence. Bumbling generals, scheming prostitutes, deceitful husbands, interfering mothers-in-law and controlling fathers – they all...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Destination: Renaissance Venice, City of Magnificence, Queen of the AdriaticExploring the cultural life of Venice in the early Renaissance and beyond, this course will examine the city's history, painting, poetry, costume design and decorative arts.  Located at the crossroads of Eastern Mediterranean trade...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Financial Market History and Current Financial Market DebatesWe again bring you a course on the history of financial markets, including the origins of the first currencies, stock markets, bond markets, and futures.  We will discuss bubbles and panics, sovereign defaults, and hyperinflation....
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Fine Arts in the U.S. from 1776 to 1936This course will look at painting and sculpture created between 1776 and 1936 in the U.S. beginning with John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull, and Gilbert Stuart, best known for his portraits of George Washington.  Next we focus on...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Get Down - and Back Up Again: Excerpts from the Change Your Age ProgramIn these classes excerpted from the Change Your Age® Program, you will refine your ability to move from standing to lying on the ground and then back to standing, efficiently, effortlessly—without falling, playfully and safely, like...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Great Books Discussion Group: Sex and LoveTimeless topics, timeless texts.  Through facilitated text-based discussion, we'll explore what classic authors have to say about sex and love and how it relates to us today.  Selections are taken from Great Conversations 2,...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Living Healthier Through the Menopausal/Post Menopausal YearsMenopause/post menopause is a major life transition which is seldom talked about openly. The “taboo” topic often leaves older women with apprehension and confusion about what they can anticipate. This interactive, revolutionary...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
More Practical Wisdom: How to Navigate This Changing World with GraceThere is so much fear and uncertainty in today's changing world. How can you use your spiritual connection to move through this world with grace, love and purpose? Many spiritual traditions speak of a time of change and awakening:...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey.  Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
3:30PM - 5:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Nutrients: Civilizations' Incredible, Edible Change AgentsThis course presents a new, multi-disciplinary theory of human development, providing the key to understanding major advancements in the civilizations of ancient Greece and Renaissance Europe, including the Elizabethan era and the...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
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...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The Nobel Prize: Winners, Losers, and the Nature of ScienceNobel Laureates in the sciences are nearly always highly deserving of their honor, but the process of scientific discovery is a tangled path filled with accidents, wrong turns and a variety of improbable winners and losers-...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of...
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
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,...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
A Week at the Duke Campus FarmCelebrate the spring season with a series of four one-day workshops with Catherine Cross Tsintszos and the staff at the Duke Campus Farm, a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing positive change in the... May 11, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Best Films of World Cinema: Beyond the Hollywood CanonBest Films of World Cinema is a class for movie-lovers who want to expand beyond the Hollywood canon of special effects, stereotypical characters, wild chase scenes, and predictable endings. Each session features an award-winning...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:00PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Civil Discourse or Civil Discord: Introduction to Ideas You Might Not Hear in the New York TimesIf 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...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Creating Extraordinary Characters: A Workshop that Explores Professional Acting TechniquesActing exists only in the presence of an audience when you pretend to be someone other than yourself. Under the direction of SAG actor Ron Barker, you will observe, act out, and critique short scenes that build theatrical techniques...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Guide To Local Jazz: Hidden Treasure, Simple PleasuresNot all good jazz in this area happens at the larger, more popular venues so GTLJ/Spring will take you to a different venue a different evening of the week--no cover charges, often starting at a comfortable evening time. For example...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
7:00PM - 9:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
How to Use Economics to Explain Life: Topics in Applied MicroeconomicsHow does imposing mandatory jail sentences make certain types of people more likely to be victims of crime? How does your name help determine your salary? When is it optimal to stop searching for a romantic partner, and why do many...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
If You Can Walk, You Can Dance: Endless Duet with SpaceAs sure as we can walk, we will dance to celebrate special occasions and to just have fun in this dance/exercise class.  Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving posture and balance and increasing core strength and...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Learn to Knit and Felt a Multi-Colored PurseLearn to make a colorful purse or tote from a few balls of yarn.  We'll start by learning the basics of knitting.  Then we'll use 100% wool yarn in a variety of your favorite colors to knit a purse or tote.  Once your bag is...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Mixed Nuts and Nutcrackers: Not Necessarily the Christmas KindNow that Christmas holidays are a memory, let's take a look at other nutcrackers.  Mark Morris, Matthew Bourne, David Bintley and a few others have their own VERY DIFFERENT way of looking at Tchaikovsky's music.  Seeing more than...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Myth in Early Modern Art: Picturing Ovid's Metamorphses, Botticelli to BerniniOvid's poetic retelling of Greek myths in his Metamorphoses (Transformations) has had a greater influence on the visual arts than any other book, with the exception of the Bible. From the 15th through the 17th century, countless...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys?  Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner.  In true band fashion, a variety of...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
3:30PM - 5:30PM $30.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Read and Discuss: Elena Ferrante Book 3 & 4 Neopolitan NovelsElena Ferrante's novels follow the lives of two girls from childhood to maturity in a poor neighborhood in Naples. The issues raised in the novels have resonated with readers — patriarchy and feminism, friendship and family, poverty...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Risking Words: A Writing Group for Women Who Write and Those Who'd Like To"When 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...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionPre-requisite: this special course is only open to those who have taken either Dr. Jay's "Moonlight" (fall) or "Starlight" (winter) courses, or both.  This course reviews those choreographies, and combines them into the traditional...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The Art and Secrets of ConductingWhat is the conductor doing up there on the stage? Is he having a conniption? Taking a nap? Faking an orgasm? The orchestra doesn't seem to be looking at him, so how can he have any influence on the sound? And why is he the center...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The Soul and the Self: An Introductory InvestigationWhat is a human being?  The view of science is that human beings are fundamentally biological organisms, the latest in a very long line of biological organisms, and this may well be one version of truth.  Nonetheless, human beings...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Trees of the N. C. Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail: The Journey ContinuesLast fall we were introduced to the one thousand mile, cross-state walking trail called the North Carolina Mountains-to-the Sea Trail. Now the journey continues. Join naturalist and herbalist Riverdave Owen as we push west a few...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Trees of the N. C. Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail: The Journey ContinuesLast fall we were introduced to the one thousand mile, cross-state walking trail called the North Carolina Mountains-to-the Sea Trail. Now the journey continues. Join naturalist and herbalist Riverdave Owen as we push west a few...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
2:00PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Trends in 21st Century TechnologyTrends in 21ST Century Technology is a fun and interesting course designed to engage you in the discovery of gadgets, software, and artificial intelligence systems that are changing our lives.  Through course readings, videos, on-...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Warning IntelligenceWarning is often described as the primary intelligence function. Indeed, it is sometimes claimed that the warning mission is what led to the development of most intelligence organizations. Many scholars, for example, assert that...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Your Ticket to Improving Your HealthOne of the biggest shifts in this rapidly changing world is the availability of Energy Medicine to support our health and vitality.  In this course we will review the scientific research in the therapeutic use of energy.  We will...
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
A Week at the Duke Campus FarmCelebrate the spring season with a series of four one-day workshops with Catherine Cross Tsintszos and the staff at the Duke Campus Farm, a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing positive change in the... May 12, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
American Drama Now: Six Contemporary Classics (?) since 2000The mid-twentieth-century American stage produced a number of classics of world-historical importance. Can the same be said of the contemporary American stage? This question is at the heart of this course. Students will read the...
Apr 21, 2017 to May 26, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Creative Sharing with Weebly: Build Your Own WebsiteDo you have some hobby / pastime / interest which you would like to share with others by setting up a website?  This is a hands-on course in which you will learn to create a website containing material you bring to the class. The...
Apr 21, 2017 to May 26, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Encaustic Art ClassEncaustic is a medium dating from the ancient Egyptians and seafaring Greeks that is currently experiencing a renaissance. Discover the fundamentals of encaustic in this comprehensive, extended course. You will learn painting,...
Apr 21, 2017 to May 12, 2017
11:00AM - 2:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
James B Hunt, Jr., A Study in the Dynamics of Growth“James B. Hunt, Jr., A Study in the Dynamics of North Carolina Growth,” is not a course about politics or the political world. Instead, it will examine the collective accomplishments of one man in enhancing the depth and breadth of...
Apr 21, 2017 to May 26, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Tea Time to Sunset: Britain 1870 to 1920This course will first examine Britain in its Glory Days (1830s-1870s) and then explore what happened politically, economically, and socially within Britain that explains the "Changing of the Guard" in all three categories.  The...
Apr 21, 2017 to May 26, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Vocal Meditation: Relaxation & Healing through SoundEverything in the universe is sound and vibration. We shall engage this notion and use the vibrations of our voices to engage our bodies and mind through breath and vocal sound. During this 6-week course, you will experience and...
Apr 21, 2017 to May 26, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Availability
Amid the Smell of Roses...Doris Duke's Islamic Art CollectionDoris Duke surrounded herself with beautiful Islamic art that engaged all the senses.  Her home in Hawaii, Shangri La, both serves to instruct and delight, and to provide a platform for creating appreciation for the art of a part of... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to Apr 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Destination: Renaissance Venice, City of Magnificence, Queen of the AdriaticExploring the cultural life of Venice in the early Renaissance and beyond, this course will examine the city's history, painting, poetry, costume design and decorative arts.  Located at the crossroads of Eastern Mediterranean trade... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Fine Arts in the U.S. from 1776 to 1936This course will look at painting and sculpture created between 1776 and 1936 in the U.S. beginning with John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull, and Gilbert Stuart, best known for his portraits of George Washington.  Next we focus on... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Myth in Early Modern Art: Picturing Ovid's Metamorphses, Botticelli to BerniniOvid's poetic retelling of Greek myths in his Metamorphoses (Transformations) has had a greater influence on the visual arts than any other book, with the exception of the Bible. From the 15th through the 17th century, countless... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Availability
Beginning Photography SeminarHave you just started down the road to becoming a digital photographer, or does your journey need a jump start? In either case, this seminar may be what you're looking for to help you down the path to better photographs. The... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Creative Sharing with Weebly: Build Your Own WebsiteDo you have some hobby / pastime / interest which you would like to share with others by setting up a website?  This is a hands-on course in which you will learn to create a website containing material you bring to the class. The... (Fridays)
Apr 21, 2017 to May 26, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Cyber-Security 101: Practical Tips for Non-techiesHow secure is your computer right now? My guess is that 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... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
6:30PM - 8:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Trends in 21st Century TechnologyTrends in 21ST Century Technology is a fun and interesting course designed to engage you in the discovery of gadgets, software, and artificial intelligence systems that are changing our lives.  Through course readings, videos, on-... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Turning Conversations with Authors Into AppsIn this class you and five gifted middle school students from Durham Public Schools will meet, interview, photograph and write about local literary figures. After these conversations, the OLLI and the middle school students will... (Mondays)Apr 10, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM $0.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
WordPress Website Workshop: Beyond the BasicsThis class covers advanced WordPress topics and is for OLLI students who have taken the Easy WordPress Websites class. Many students  requested a workshop type class where they can suggest topics and ask questions in a more open-... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Availability
A Week at the Duke Campus FarmCelebrate the spring season with a series of four one-day workshops with Catherine Cross Tsintszos and the staff at the Duke Campus Farm, a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing positive change in the... (Mondays)May 8, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
A Week at the Duke Campus FarmCelebrate the spring season with a series of four one-day workshops with Catherine Cross Tsintszos and the staff at the Duke Campus Farm, a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing positive change in the... (Wednesdays)May 10, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
A Week at the Duke Campus FarmCelebrate the spring season with a series of four one-day workshops with Catherine Cross Tsintszos and the staff at the Duke Campus Farm, a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing positive change in the... (Thursdays)May 11, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
A Week at the Duke Campus FarmCelebrate the spring season with a series of four one-day workshops with Catherine Cross Tsintszos and the staff at the Duke Campus Farm, a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing positive change in the... (Fridays)May 12, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Chinese Brush Painting: LandscapeLandscape is one of the three major categories of brush painting. Students will learn how to paint various landscapes, including mountains, rivers, trees and figures.  Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class,... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Design Greeting Cards, Quotes & Calendars with Italic CalligraphyLearn the art of "beautiful writing"," the actual meaning of the word "calligraphy", and discover some of its many uses!  If you can write, you can learn calligraphy!  You will learn the Italic style of calligraphy, beloved for... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Encaustic Art ClassEncaustic is a medium dating from the ancient Egyptians and seafaring Greeks that is currently experiencing a renaissance. Discover the fundamentals of encaustic in this comprehensive, extended course. You will learn painting,... (Fridays)
Apr 21, 2017 to May 12, 2017
11:00AM - 2:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Finding Your Style: Copy Watercolor Masters to Develop Your Personal Painting StyleThis course is for experienced watercolor painters who have mastered the basic watercolor techniques and are searching for their personal painting styles. (Note: the class is NOT FOR BEGINNERS.)  By copying the work of watercolor... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Introduction to Letterpress Printing: Metal TypeLearn to set metal blocks of type into lines of text and then print from them on a letterpress (relief) press. Be like Gutenberg! Get your hands inky, and print a small edition of 5-10 lines of text or poetry - your own writing or a... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Learn to Knit a Summery ShawlWhether you just love colorful accessories or sometimes need a little extra warmth in an air-conditioned theater, summer is the ideal time to wear a colorful, lightweight shawl.  Join the class and learn to knit a simple multi-... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Learn to Knit and Felt a Multi-Colored PurseLearn to make a colorful purse or tote from a few balls of yarn.  We'll start by learning the basics of knitting.  Then we'll use 100% wool yarn in a variety of your favorite colors to knit a purse or tote.  Once your bag is... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Availability
Financial Market History and Current Financial Market DebatesWe again bring you a course on the history of financial markets, including the origins of the first currencies, stock markets, bond markets, and futures.  We will discuss bubbles and panics, sovereign defaults, and hyperinflation.... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
How to Use Economics to Explain Life: Topics in Applied MicroeconomicsHow does imposing mandatory jail sentences make certain types of people more likely to be victims of crime? How does your name help determine your salary? When is it optimal to stop searching for a romantic partner, and why do many... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Personal Finances in Retirement: How to Protect and Grow (Not Scramble or Fry) Your Nest EggYou spent a lifetime building savings. How do you make your money last? Over 10 sessions, we will provide the keys to financial success in retirement, using a mini case each session to "make it real." We'll start with an overview of... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Retirement Communities: What Are They, Why Are They Popular, What Do They Cost?This two session course is for those who would like information about some local retirement communities in order to see if they want to pursue them further.  It is also for those who are only interested in local communities and do... (Tuesdays)
May 9, 2017 to May 16, 2017
10:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Health & Wellness
Course Time Tuition Availability
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create an gourmet yet good, healthy, and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry,. Each week, he will provide a meat (beef, pork, chicken or seafood); students... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
5:30PM - 8:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Language, Literature & Drama
Course Time Tuition Availability
American Drama Now: Six Contemporary Classics (?) since 2000The mid-twentieth-century American stage produced a number of classics of world-historical importance. Can the same be said of the contemporary American stage? This question is at the heart of this course. Students will read the... (Fridays)
Apr 21, 2017 to May 26, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Comedy Tonight!In this course we will read five wonderful ancient comedies by the Roman playwrights Plautus and Terence. Bumbling generals, scheming prostitutes, deceitful husbands, interfering mothers-in-law and controlling fathers – they all... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Conversational SpanishEach week we will listen to Spanish music, read a children's book in Spanish, eat tapas, and learn a bit more culture, grammar, and vocabulary, staying in the present tense.  This is a continuation of the winter 2016 class, but... (Tuesdays)
Apr 25, 2017 to May 30, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Great Books Discussion Group: Sex and LoveTimeless topics, timeless texts.  Through facilitated text-based discussion, we'll explore what classic authors have to say about sex and love and how it relates to us today.  Selections are taken from Great Conversations 2,... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Lizzy and Emma: Jane Austen’s Two Deathless HeroinesJane Austen’s novels continue to enchant and inspire. We will read two of her most popular works, Pride and Prejudice and Emma, which gave us her two most memorable heroines. We will also see at least parts of many adaptations of... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
10:30AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Read and Discuss: Elena Ferrante Book 3 & 4 Neopolitan NovelsElena Ferrante's novels follow the lives of two girls from childhood to maturity in a poor neighborhood in Naples. The issues raised in the novels have resonated with readers — patriarchy and feminism, friendship and family, poverty... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Lifestyles
Course Time Tuition Availability
An Exploration of California Pinot NoirJoin us on a journey to discover the regions in California that make the finest Pinot Noir.  Each week we will focus on one region and will try four wines from that region.  We will taste the wines of small, forward-thinking... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 10, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
An Exploration of California Pinot NoirJoin us on a journey to discover the regions in California that make the finest Pinot Noir.  Each week we will focus on one region and will try four wines from that region.  We will taste the wines of small, forward-thinking... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 10, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Body Mechanics: Flexibility, Strength, Balance, and Coordination to Extend the Quality of Your LifeExercise, a good diet, relaxation, and socialization all help to extend the quality of your life.  You already know as well that it’s important to maintain the basic elements of your physical condition as much as possible to prevent... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Get Down - and Back Up Again: Excerpts from the Change Your Age ProgramIn these classes excerpted from the Change Your Age® Program, you will refine your ability to move from standing to lying on the ground and then back to standing, efficiently, effortlessly—without falling, playfully and safely, like... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Healthcare Personalized for You: Understanding Genomics and Precision MedicinePrecision medicine is healthcare tailored to individuals based on their family health history and genes (DNA), their environments, and their lifestyles.  This course will help each person understand (1) the contribution of their... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
If You Can Walk, You Can Dance: Endless Duet with SpaceAs sure as we can walk, we will dance to celebrate special occasions and to just have fun in this dance/exercise class.  Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving posture and balance and increasing core strength and... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Living Healthier Through the Menopausal/Post Menopausal YearsMenopause/post menopause is a major life transition which is seldom talked about openly. The “taboo” topic often leaves older women with apprehension and confusion about what they can anticipate. This interactive, revolutionary... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Magic Tricks for Grandparents: Tricks that will Impress Grandkids Ages 6 & UpTwo experienced amateur magicians will take turns teaching some tricks that are not technically difficult, and we will teach you how to make some of the tricks yourself. Based on their experience doing magic for family and friends... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
More Practical Wisdom: How to Navigate This Changing World with GraceThere is so much fear and uncertainty in today's changing world. How can you use your spiritual connection to move through this world with grace, love and purpose? Many spiritual traditions speak of a time of change and awakening:... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
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)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Strength and Power for 50+: Resistance Training for Muscular Strength and EnduranceResistance training is a key component of staying fit as we age, but many of us need the support of a group under the guidance of an expert to get it done. Fight sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss) by challenging your muscles and... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionPre-requisite: this special course is only open to those who have taken either Dr. Jay's "Moonlight" (fall) or "Starlight" (winter) courses, or both.  This course reviews those choreographies, and combines them into the traditional... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Vocal Meditation: Relaxation & Healing through SoundEverything in the universe is sound and vibration. We shall engage this notion and use the vibrations of our voices to engage our bodies and mind through breath and vocal sound. During this 6-week course, you will experience and... (Fridays)
Apr 21, 2017 to May 26, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Your Ticket to Improving Your HealthOne of the biggest shifts in this rapidly changing world is the availability of Energy Medicine to support our health and vitality.  In this course we will review the scientific research in the therapeutic use of energy.  We will... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Availability
Best Films of World Cinema: Beyond the Hollywood CanonBest Films of World Cinema is a class for movie-lovers who want to expand beyond the Hollywood canon of special effects, stereotypical characters, wild chase scenes, and predictable endings. Each session features an award-winning... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:00PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Creating Extraordinary Characters: A Workshop that Explores Professional Acting TechniquesActing exists only in the presence of an audience when you pretend to be someone other than yourself. Under the direction of SAG actor Ron Barker, you will observe, act out, and critique short scenes that build theatrical techniques... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Guide To Local Jazz: Hidden Treasure, Simple PleasuresNot all good jazz in this area happens at the larger, more popular venues so GTLJ/Spring will take you to a different venue a different evening of the week--no cover charges, often starting at a comfortable evening time. For example... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
7:00PM - 9:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Highlights of Russian OperaEnjoy the music, pageantry, and politics of Russian opera through a sampling of 18th-20th century operas and recitals by famous opera singers. We’ll focus on Glinka's A Life for the Tsar, Mussourgsky's Boris Godunov, Tchaikovsky's ... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
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 Hays Code (censorship) was enforced in 1934. Learn how censorship laws changed Hollywood and set women back for... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 1, 2017
6:30PM - 8:30PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Improv Theater: Discover your Creativity - Part IIYou’ve already taken an improv class or you have some theater background. Now you want to dive in a little deeper... This long-form improv class is for players who want to strengthen and expand their basic skills plus add something... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Journey of the Blues: Black Folk Music as the Soundtrack of the African-American ExperienceThis course considers how the changing forms of African-American folk music -- from its Western Sudanese precursors; through the work songs, hollers, shouts, and spirituals of slavery and the blues and gospel of Jim Crow; to the... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Mixed Nuts and Nutcrackers: Not Necessarily the Christmas KindNow that Christmas holidays are a memory, let's take a look at other nutcrackers.  Mark Morris, Matthew Bourne, David Bintley and a few others have their own VERY DIFFERENT way of looking at Tchaikovsky's music.  Seeing more than... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys?  Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner.  In true band fashion, a variety of... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
3:30PM - 5:30PM $30.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
3:30PM - 5:30PM $30.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey.  Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
3:30PM - 5:00PM $20.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The Art and Secrets of ConductingWhat is the conductor doing up there on the stage? Is he having a conniption? Taking a nap? Faking an orgasm? The orchestra doesn't seem to be looking at him, so how can he have any influence on the sound? And why is he the center... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Writing & Acting Semi-Scripted ImprovMost improv shows start with a suggestion from the audience and a show made up on the spot. Semi-scripted improv differs from that approach. The characters and story outlines are created before the show, rehearsed and then put into... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
6:30PM - 8:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Availability
Automation vs. AirmanshipNo equations, no math, no homework, no deep science—just common sense. There’s no technical background required or needed--only an interest in aviation safety and in why, on very rare occasions, bad things happen. We'll take several... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Biomedical Engineering: Designing Medical DevicesDiscover the science and engineering behind designing a novel medical device.  Learn about brain waves, fluid dynamics of the heart, and how prosthetics are controlled through a series of topic lectures and hands-on labs.  The... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Dynamic Skies: Explosions, Pulses, Bursts, and Collisions in the UniverseNineteenth century astronomers saw a static, ancient sky that changed slowly, over millions of years.   Only recently have we discovered how wrong that view was, and how dynamic the universe really is: exploding stars, colliding... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Mathematical Puzzles of Martin GardnerFor many years Martin Gardner wrote a column for Scientific American where he posed and solved puzzles from a diverse range of mathematical fields.  In this course, we will explore the world of mathematics by looking at some of his... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions!Symposia is an ongoing invited speakers series with topics ranging from science to an occasional but interesting diversion.  It’s a popular course both because of the topics our speakers bring to our attention and because, if your... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
2:00PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The Next Plague: A History of Infectious DiseaseThe course will cover a brief history of infectious disease and its impact on Western Civilization, particularly in the past 500 years. We will discuss the scientific contributions of some significant figures like Pasteur, Jenner... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The Nobel Prize: Winners, Losers, and the Nature of ScienceNobel Laureates in the sciences are nearly always highly deserving of their honor, but the process of scientific discovery is a tangled path filled with accidents, wrong turns and a variety of improbable winners and losers-... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Trees of the N. C. Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail: The Journey ContinuesLast fall we were introduced to the one thousand mile, cross-state walking trail called the North Carolina Mountains-to-the Sea Trail. Now the journey continues. Join naturalist and herbalist Riverdave Owen as we push west a few... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Trees of the N. C. Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail: The Journey ContinuesLast fall we were introduced to the one thousand mile, cross-state walking trail called the North Carolina Mountains-to-the Sea Trail. Now the journey continues. Join naturalist and herbalist Riverdave Owen as we push west a few... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
2:00PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Trends in 21st Century TechnologyTrends in 21ST Century Technology is a fun and interesting course designed to engage you in the discovery of gadgets, software, and artificial intelligence systems that are changing our lives.  Through course readings, videos, on-... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Writing
Course Time Tuition Availability
I Can Get Paid for That?: A Crash Course in Freelance WritingThis course will help aspiring freelancers learn how to get paid a reasonable wage for their work. We will go over how to choose your 'niche' or areas of expertise; how to identify outlets that are looking for writers within your... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Risking Words: A Writing Group for Women Who Write and Those Who'd Like To"When 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)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Write To HappinessWrite to Happiness:  Writing can transform and even save your life, but how?  We’ll discuss the latest research on how writing changes the writer, which techniques work, and how to apply this approach to journaling, poetry, and the... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Writing & Acting Semi-Scripted ImprovMost improv shows start with a suggestion from the audience and a show made up on the spot. Semi-scripted improv differs from that approach. The characters and story outlines are created before the show, rehearsed and then put into... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
6:30PM - 8:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Social Science & Culture
Course Time Tuition Availability
Global Health Is Local Health: Lessons from Tanzania, Haiti, and Refugees in the U.S.A.“Global Health is Local Health” is a term derived from the medical field to indicate that, in this age of globalization, the problems of one population can quickly become the problems of all. The same is true in the area of... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Great Decisions of the Marshall CourtThis course explores the "greatest hits" of the Marshall Court, ranging from the landmark cases of Marbury v. Madison (1803) to Barron v. Baltimore (1833). Each class session will focus carefully on a particular controversy and... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Introduction to Letterpress Printing: Metal TypeLearn to set metal blocks of type into lines of text and then print from them on a letterpress (relief) press. Be like Gutenberg! Get your hands inky, and print a small edition of 5-10 lines of text or poetry - your own writing or a... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Journey of the Blues: Black Folk Music as the Soundtrack of the African-American ExperienceThis course considers how the changing forms of African-American folk music -- from its Western Sudanese precursors; through the work songs, hollers, shouts, and spirituals of slavery and the blues and gospel of Jim Crow; to the... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Nutrients: Civilizations' Incredible, Edible Change AgentsThis course presents a new, multi-disciplinary theory of human development, providing the key to understanding major advancements in the civilizations of ancient Greece and Renaissance Europe, including the Elizabethan era and the... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Sports Talk: A Conversation about the World of SportsYou are  invited to join this lively conversation about sports events. In addition to current news, we will discuss historical moments in sports, the growth of women's  programs, race, economics, the media and other relevant topics... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Turning Conversations with Authors Into AppsIn this class you and five gifted middle school students from Durham Public Schools will meet, interview, photograph and write about local literary figures. After these conversations, the OLLI and the middle school students will... (Mondays)Apr 10, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM $0.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
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,... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The Soul and the Self: An Introductory InvestigationWhat is a human being?  The view of science is that human beings are fundamentally biological organisms, the latest in a very long line of biological organisms, and this may well be one version of truth.  Nonetheless, human beings... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
History and Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Availability
Carolina for Northerners: An Introduction to the Old North StateRecent decades have seen thousands of new residents moving into North Carolina, many from northern states, and now this state's population is among the top ten in the country.  Drawn by employment, universities, warmer weather, and... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Civil Discourse or Civil Discord: Introduction to Ideas You Might Not Hear in the New York TimesIf 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... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Contemporary Issues In SportsThe course will explore the current issues confronting sports. Topics of note in 2016 included the pricing of tickets, concessions, and parking; the finanacing of stadiums; the involvement in social issues; the impact of decisions... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Great Decisions of the Marshall CourtThis course explores the "greatest hits" of the Marshall Court, ranging from the landmark cases of Marbury v. Madison (1803) to Barron v. Baltimore (1833). Each class session will focus carefully on a particular controversy and... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Ivan the Terrible: His Life and his TimesIvan IV (1530 - 1584), a.k.a. the Terrible, was the first Russian Tsar. During his reign Russia emerged from a medieval state to become a multi-ethnic empire and an emerging regional power.  Russian territory doubled to 2.1 million... (Tuesdays)
Apr 18, 2017 to May 23, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
James B Hunt, Jr., A Study in the Dynamics of Growth“James B. Hunt, Jr., A Study in the Dynamics of North Carolina Growth,” is not a course about politics or the political world. Instead, it will examine the collective accomplishments of one man in enhancing the depth and breadth of... (Fridays)
Apr 21, 2017 to May 26, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Tea Time to Sunset: Britain 1870 to 1920This course will first examine Britain in its Glory Days (1830s-1870s) and then explore what happened politically, economically, and socially within Britain that explains the "Changing of the Guard" in all three categories.  The... (Fridays)
Apr 21, 2017 to May 26, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... (Wednesdays)
Apr 19, 2017 to May 24, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Thinking the "Unsinkable": The Titanic and Mass Media HistoryThis course is a historical examination of mass communication and the sinking of the Titanic a century ago. Students will gain insights into the role of mass media in communicating news, cultural values, and social mores. Students... (Mondays)
Apr 17, 2017 to May 22, 2017
1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
Warning IntelligenceWarning is often described as the primary intelligence function. Indeed, it is sometimes claimed that the warning mission is what led to the development of most intelligence organizations. Many scholars, for example, assert that... (Thursdays)
Apr 20, 2017 to May 25, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 30 Mar 2017)
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Membership & Registration

To attend OLLI at Duke classes, activities, and events, you must first remit $35 in non-refundable annual membership dues (payable when you first sign up for courses during the school year). If you purchased a membership anytime between March 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017, your dues are good through June 30, 2017.  If you purchase a new membership any time between March 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017, 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 Thursday, March 30. There are many ways to register.

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

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

Not sure which version of browser you have?

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

Our website offers different ways to search courses:

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

Registration Event: If you would like help registering online, we will be having a registration event at JRC on Thursday, March 30, 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 Thursday, March 30.  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 Wednesday, March 29, 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 (April 21). 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.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens Tour - April 14, 2017, 10:30 am - noon
To register for this activity, click on this link, request the number of tickets you need, and follow the instructions to checkout. If you have any problems, please email learnmore@duke.edu or call 919-684-6259 to register.

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

April 10:  The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

May 8:  A Lesson Before Dying See by Ernest Gaines

June 12: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (to be held at SW Regional Library)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar

Semester Calendar for Current Members
 
When
Event
More Info
Winter 2017
Tuesday, December 6 Registration for Fall courses begins at 9:00 am  
Monday, January 9 OLLI Winter classes begin  
Monday, January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - no classes  
Monday-Friday, February 20-24 OLLI Winter Break - no classes  
Monday, March 27 Last day for most OLLI Fall classes  
Spring 2017
Monday, March 27 Last day for most OLLI Winter classes  
Thursday, March 30 Registration for Spring courses begins at 9:00 am  
Monday, April 17 OLLI Spring classes begin  
Friday, May 26 Last day for most OLLI Spring classes  
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Volunteer Opportunities

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

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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