Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke seeks to engage the minds, elevate the spirit and foster the wellbeing of our members through a wide range of educational programs and opportunities for volunteer service and social activities. We embrace Duke University’s commitment to community service and lifelong learning through our collaborative work with academic and professional groups, retirement communities, various research projects on aging, and other institutes for learning in retirement. In recent months, OLLI’s efforts to move programming online received national recognition in The New York Times and Next Avenue.

We are a learning community of more than 2,270 members. Some of our members grew up in Durham, but many have moved here from all over the country. OLLI members have a wide range of interests and passions and enjoy attending lectures and performances on campus and online

We offer more than 400 courses annually including economics and public policy, health and wellness, history and literature, and the arts and sciences.

 

Curriculum

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

OLLI classes are all about the love of learning. There are no tests or grades. Participation is essential, ranging from keeping up with assigned readings, contributing to class discussion, and sharing the results of one’s own research. Currently, all OLLI classes are held online using Duke's Zoom account. Classes typically meet once per week for 75 minutes; class times are 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:15 pm. Fall and winter terms classes generally last 10 weeks; spring or summer terms 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 the curriculum committee at curriculum@olliatduke.org.

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Courses

Monday
Course Time Tuition Status
Abstract Painting: Theory and PracticeIf asked to talk about abstract painting—even works we’ve encountered and found engaging—many of us struggle to put what we’d describe as feelings into words. How does an art form that owes part of its place in history to the... Mar 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Better Photos thru CompositionThis course is for those who want to elevate their photography skills and learn how to turn an ordinary snapshot into a striking image worthy of framing. Students will explore the concepts of photographic composition, from basics,... Feb 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Intro to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you. Maybe that’s why the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and “iPhoneographers” take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today’s... Feb 15, 2021 to Mar 22, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
James Joyce: The Most Famous Writer Few Have Read but You ShouldJames Joyce once wrote, apparently seriously, “The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.” Few have actually read all, much less any, of his four major works. Why should we read... Mar 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Joyful Color and Light: Mixing Beautiful Color and Using It to Create the Look You WantMany painters have trouble mixing clear colors and are frustrated when they end up with muddy results. This course will teach students how to mix colors, how to use a limited palette and an expanded palette, and how to identify the... Feb 15, 2021 to Apr 5, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Learn to Knit: Knit a HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this six-week hands-on course. The course is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast on, knit, purl, decrease, and bind off stitches, or as a refresher for those who... Feb 15, 2021 to Mar 22, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM $75.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Philosophies of Human NatureFrom the days of ancient India through modern European and American times, philosophers have developed ideas about what it is that makes humans distinct from other animals. This course will sample widely from their ideas. We’ll read... Feb 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Shakespeare's England: A World Turned Upside DownShakespeare lived from 1564 to 1616, during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I. In popular imagination, this was an era bursting into the modern age, full of scientific and geographic discoveries, military victories, and literary... Feb 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
What To Eat -- And Why!It stands to reason that our diet powerfully influences our health and longevity. Yet nutrition pundits make recommendations at odds with one another, leaving us confused about what we should be eating. This problem arose from the... Feb 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Tuesday
Course Time Tuition Status
A Conservation Garden: An Introduction to the North Carolina Botanical GardenThis short course will provide an introduction to the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and its primary programs, demonstration gardens, and natural areas. The Garden’s research directors will provide an overview of the ongoing... Apr 6, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 12 Apr 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Building Duke ChapelThis course will cover the history of the transformation of Trinity College into Duke University, with the participation of the Duke family, and the buildings that make up the West Campus. The focus will be on the 14th-century... Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 16, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Examining Racial Equality: Durham Public Schools over the Past 50 YearsThis course will examine racial equality in Durham Public Schools. Required reading for the class will be Osha Gray Davidson’s book "The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South," which provides an in-depth history of... Feb 16, 2021 to Apr 6, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Genealogy 201: Genealogy, DNA, and YouOnce you have a multigeneration family tree and have used the genealogy tools available from your DNA test company, what more can you do? This course is intended for individuals with some basic genealogy experience who feel they... Feb 16, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Inside the Artists StudioInspired by James Lipton’s "Inside the Actors Studio," this course will feature some of North Carolina’s best contemporary artists. The format will be an interview between the instructor and the artist, followed by an opportunity... Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 23, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to Meditation: Cultivating Everyday MindfulnessDo you want to learn how to meditate, or expand upon your current meditation practice? Then this is the course for you. In our six sessions, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation and be supported in establishing a... Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 23, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Ivan the Terrible: First Tsar of RussiaIvan IV (1530-1584), aka Ivan the Terrible, was the first Russian tsar. During his reign, Russia emerged from a medieval state to become a multiethnic empire and an emerging regional power. European trade started during his reign.... Mar 2, 2021 to Apr 6, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Mantegna to Manet: Legendary Artists and Their LegaciesMantegna to Manet considers the careers of six celebrated artists in the early modern era and explores the many ways in which the artists’ innovative styles were transmitted to and transformed by their friends, families, and... Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 23, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Poems of Vitality: A Book of Luminous ThingsVitality is essentially the power to live and flourish. Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz's breathtaking anthology, "A Book of Luminous Things," brims with stellar poems. Poets include Tu Fu, Seamus Heaney, Denise Levertov,... Feb 16, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Protecting Our Air and Water: Origins and Lessons for Today from EPA PractitionersAre claims that the US has the best air and water quality in the world correct? Do the recent rollbacks of air pollution and wetlands rules really produce net economic benefits? What does the US experience in addressing major air... Mar 23, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Rhythms of the Latin WorldThis course explores other cultures in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Each week students will experience a different Latin American region through music and dance. Examples of what will be explored include the Caribbean rhythms such... Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 16, 2021 3:30PM - 4:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Symposia: Excursions and DiversionsScientific Excursions and Diversions is a popular invited speaker program where we bring to you experts in the field to tell us about their work. This term the topics range from smallpox to solar power. Our lectures will be coming... Feb 16, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
The Incredible Nansen Family#1: Fridtjof Nansen is considered the godfather of all modern polar explorers. In 1888, he became the first person to cross Greenland. At age 31, he organized and led an expedition to the North Pole that came closer than any humans... Feb 16, 2021 to Feb 23, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $30.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Using Google Maps: Sharing Adventures and HistoryGetting directions or finding restaurants is the tip of the iceberg for Google Maps. Imagine adding geographic, visual, and audio components to a map to tell the story of your family history, or a travel adventure. We will start the... Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 9, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Women in Early ChristianityIn this course, students will be given an in-depth look at some of the most influential women in Christianity during its first four centuries. We will begin with women in the Gospels (Mary, the mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; and... Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 30, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
You Are Where You Live: An Introduction to GeohealthTechnological and societal evolution have changed both our environment and the way we interact with our environment in important ways. The field of geohealth, which operates at the intersection of the earth and health sciences,... Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 16, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Wednesday
Course Time Tuition Status
American Government & PoliticsThe course presents an understanding of the principles and institutions of American government, focusing on the conceptual notions of federalism, separation of powers, representative democracy, civil rights, voting behavior, and... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Becoming Spacefarers: Colonizing the Solar System"The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever."—Konstantin Tsiolkovsky "In order for us to have a future that's exciting and inspiring, it has to be one where we're a spacefaring civilization... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Behind the Scenes on New Meds: Drug Discovery, Development, and CommercializationThe course is designed to provide an overview of the activities and processes that go into discovering, developing, and commercializing a new medicine. First, we will cover a bit of the history and context that informs contemporary... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 6:30PM - 7:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Classical Political Theory: Classical Greek ThoughtIf politics is the study of how we organize and define ourselves as a community, fifth-century Athens fundamentally defined and grounded the conceptions of the moral basis of political action and judgment in Western political... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Computer Security & Privacy: Practical Steps to Stay SafeHow secure is your computer right now? Computers and the internet have revolutionized our world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are. While there are tons of resources on... Feb 24, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
CryptographyCryptography, the art of writing or solving codes, has a long history in protecting private correspondence from unfriendly eyes. Indeed, our modern world (including the Internet) depends heavily on encryption of information. In this... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Functional Fitness at HomeThe goal of this course is for participants to develop several well-rounded workouts they can perform at home using fitness equipment they have accumulated over the years. Household objects like step stools and sacks of sugar can be... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
German Political Currents: 1648 to the PresentThis course will jump off from a consideration of the events of 1989-90 that led surprisingly quickly to German reunification. After establishing the chronology back to 1648, we will look at some powerful currents that have driven... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Global Leadership in the 21st C: Should the US Be the World's Moral and Military Police?Everywhere we look, patriotism is being replaced by nationalism, pluralism by tribalism, objective justice by the tyrannical whim of autocrats. In short, a world order that has produced greater peace, prosperity, and well-being than... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 14, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Memoirish: Write Your Life StoryThis is a memoir-writing course for people at the beginning stages of writing their book. It is for those who: keep hearing from friends and family that they need to write a book, have the best stories to tell at parties, want to... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
OLLI at the Nasher: Modern and Contemporary ArtIn this course, we will have the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the permanent collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Like many university art museums, Nasher’s collection is not encyclopedic. The collection... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 7, 2021 3:30PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Our Invisible Connected WorldAs our scientific tools improve, we continually learn new information about our world that had previously been beyond our reach. Advances not only tell us more about who and what we are but also have practical applications that... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Personal Growth During COVIDWe know the effects of COVID: Isolated from family and friends, we miss their personal presence and hugs. Loneliness may set in. Activities that once structured our days and gave them meaning are gone. We feel those losses as... Feb 17, 2021 to Mar 31, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Poetry Writing: Lifting Your Voice“No ideas but in things.”—William Carlos Williams Poets have used their art to represent their world for millennia, first by voice, then in written form. They express their observations, relationships, and emotions using voice,... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
The Golden Age of Rock Music: May I Introduce to You the Act You’ve Known for All These YearsThe 10-year period from 1964 to 1973 was a time during which many things changed. In popular music, we experienced a surge of creativity and artistry that was unprecedented before and unequaled since. Join us as we explore the music... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 14, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news/issues from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose additional... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Ukulele: Silver StrummersThe ukulele is a fun, affordable, and accessible instrument for all! This course is for beginners, and you will learn a little of the history of the ukulele and how to tune, hold, and play it. You will learn six to eight chords and... Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 14, 2021 1:30PM - 2:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Walking the Camino de SantiagoThe Camino de Santiago is a network of medieval Christian pilgrimage routes that run throughout Europe to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The most popular route (the Camino Frances) is about 500 miles and takes about five weeks to... Feb 17, 2021 to Mar 17, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $65.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
"The Crucible" and "I, Tituba": Literary Renderings of the Salem Witch TrialsAlthough they occurred in 1692, the Salem witch trials have kept their hold on our country’s imagination; they continue to be debated by historians, theologians, physicians, sociologists, and readers. In "The Crucible" (1953),... Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 15, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Choosing a Retirement CommunityThis course is intended for those interested in learning about the options for retirement community living as they prepare for the next stage of their lives, sometimes referred to as the "Third Age." While the course will explore a... Apr 1, 2021 to Apr 15, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Drawing Perspective ChallengesThis course presents the student with various aspects of how "perspective" may be interpreted in their work. This program is intended for novice to experienced artists to develop and consider techniques, point of view, and rendering... Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Federal Budget and Debt: So What?The federal budget is $5-plus trillion, our debt is $27.1 trillion ($82,000 per person and growing), and critical needs remain unmet. The US and North Carolina economy, infrastructure, safety, and much more rely on the federal... Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Good Conversations: Adult ChildrenSuccessful communication is critical to developing satisfying relationships with our adult children. Yet we often feel as if we need to walk on eggshells in order to maintain those relationships. Perhaps our need to be "connected"... Feb 18, 2021 to Mar 25, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Harp Master Class IIThis master class will continue to provide harp students a platform to present previously studied music works from their personal libraries as well as encourage and challenge students to commit their works to memory. This will be... Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
If You Can Walk You Can DanceAs told in an African proverb, "If you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance," and in this course, we will dance to celebrate special occasions and just to have fun. Beginning with the ballet barre (a chair or counter... Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
La France 1958-1995: Histoire, arts et sociétéThis course is conducted at an advanced-intermediate or low-advanced competency in French. It covers France from 1958 to 1995. The Fourth Republic succumbed to the Algerian War. The Fifth Republic was born with a new constitution... Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Loesser, Lerner, and Loewe 101: Great Musicals of Broadway's "Golden Age"Composer/lyricist Frank Loesser and the team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe gave us several of the most popular and well-regarded musicals of Broadway’s "golden age," including "Guys and Dolls," "How to Succeed in Business... Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Memoir: Stories from the Heart“Write what should not be forgotten.”—Isabel Allende Write for yourself, for your friends and family, or for eventual publication. We will explore short-form writing such as personal essays, flash nonfiction, vignettes, and poems.... Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 1, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $85.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionT'ai chi (taijiquan or t’ai chi ch’uan) is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art, and health exercise. It arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes,... Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
The Zentangle® Art MethodLooking to discover your inner artist? If you haven't already tried the Zentangle art method, this course is a good place to start. Prior art experience is not needed. The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way... Feb 18, 2021 to Mar 18, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM $65.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
What Good Is Grand Strategy?In this discussion course, we will read and assess "What Good Is Grand Strategy?" by Hal Brands. After considering how to define grand strategy, we will closely examine the foreign policies of the Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Ronald... Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
What Good Is Grand Strategy? -ObserversIn this discussion course, we will read and assess "What Good Is Grand Strategy?" by Hal Brands. After considering how to define grand strategy, we will closely examine the foreign policies of the Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Ronald... Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
Exploring Art Styles and Mediums: Try This!Explore a variety of mediums as this local artist guides you through a series of projects that you will be proud to hang on your wall! Put on those art goggles and let’s play. Using your creative intuition with an encouraging... Mar 5, 2021 to Apr 23, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Watercolor Magnolia TreeIn this course, using your own supplies and being guided step by step, you will paint a watercolor of a leafy branch of magnolia blossoms against a cobalt blue sky. You will learn a variety of techniques, including crisp, realistic... Feb 19, 2021 to Mar 19, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $65.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Sunday
Course Time Tuition Status
Intergenerational EthicsThis course explores generational perspectives on today’s ethical issues through an interactive approach; 10 undergraduates partner with “overgrads” in OLLI to lead discussions to pursue and share perspectives on current issues. The... Jan 24, 2021 to Apr 18, 2021 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Status
Abstract Painting: Theory and PracticeIf asked to talk about abstract painting—even works we’ve encountered and found engaging—many of us struggle to put what we’d describe as feelings into words. How does an art form that owes part of its place in history to the... (Mondays) Mar 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Building Duke ChapelThis course will cover the history of the transformation of Trinity College into Duke University, with the participation of the Duke family, and the buildings that make up the West Campus. The focus will be on the 14th-century... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 16, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Inside the Artists StudioInspired by James Lipton’s "Inside the Actors Studio," this course will feature some of North Carolina’s best contemporary artists. The format will be an interview between the instructor and the artist, followed by an opportunity... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 23, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Mantegna to Manet: Legendary Artists and Their LegaciesMantegna to Manet considers the careers of six celebrated artists in the early modern era and explores the many ways in which the artists’ innovative styles were transmitted to and transformed by their friends, families, and... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 23, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
OLLI at the Nasher: Modern and Contemporary ArtIn this course, we will have the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the permanent collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Like many university art museums, Nasher’s collection is not encyclopedic. The collection... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 7, 2021 3:30PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Status
Better Photos thru CompositionThis course is for those who want to elevate their photography skills and learn how to turn an ordinary snapshot into a striking image worthy of framing. Students will explore the concepts of photographic composition, from basics,... (Mondays) Feb 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Computer Security & Privacy: Practical Steps to Stay SafeHow secure is your computer right now? Computers and the internet have revolutionized our world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are. While there are tons of resources on... (Wednesdays) Feb 24, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Intro to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you. Maybe that’s why the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and “iPhoneographers” take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today’s... (Mondays) Feb 15, 2021 to Mar 22, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Using Google Maps: Sharing Adventures and HistoryGetting directions or finding restaurants is the tip of the iceberg for Google Maps. Imagine adding geographic, visual, and audio components to a map to tell the story of your family history, or a travel adventure. We will start the... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 9, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Economics & Public Policy
Course Time Tuition Status
Choosing a Retirement CommunityThis course is intended for those interested in learning about the options for retirement community living as they prepare for the next stage of their lives, sometimes referred to as the "Third Age." While the course will explore a... (Thursdays) Apr 1, 2021 to Apr 15, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Federal Budget and Debt: So What?The federal budget is $5-plus trillion, our debt is $27.1 trillion ($82,000 per person and growing), and critical needs remain unmet. The US and North Carolina economy, infrastructure, safety, and much more rely on the federal... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Protecting Our Air and Water: Origins and Lessons for Today from EPA PractitionersAre claims that the US has the best air and water quality in the world correct? Do the recent rollbacks of air pollution and wetlands rules really produce net economic benefits? What does the US experience in addressing major air... (Tuesdays) Mar 23, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
Drawing Perspective ChallengesThis course presents the student with various aspects of how "perspective" may be interpreted in their work. This program is intended for novice to experienced artists to develop and consider techniques, point of view, and rendering... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Exploring Art Styles and Mediums: Try This!Explore a variety of mediums as this local artist guides you through a series of projects that you will be proud to hang on your wall! Put on those art goggles and let’s play. Using your creative intuition with an encouraging... (Fridays) Mar 5, 2021 to Apr 23, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Joyful Color and Light: Mixing Beautiful Color and Using It to Create the Look You WantMany painters have trouble mixing clear colors and are frustrated when they end up with muddy results. This course will teach students how to mix colors, how to use a limited palette and an expanded palette, and how to identify the... (Mondays) Feb 15, 2021 to Apr 5, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Learn to Knit: Knit a HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this six-week hands-on course. The course is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast on, knit, purl, decrease, and bind off stitches, or as a refresher for those who... (Mondays) Feb 15, 2021 to Mar 22, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM $75.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
The Zentangle® Art MethodLooking to discover your inner artist? If you haven't already tried the Zentangle art method, this course is a good place to start. Prior art experience is not needed. The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Mar 18, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM $65.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Watercolor Magnolia TreeIn this course, using your own supplies and being guided step by step, you will paint a watercolor of a leafy branch of magnolia blossoms against a cobalt blue sky. You will learn a variety of techniques, including crisp, realistic... (Fridays) Feb 19, 2021 to Mar 19, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $65.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
History: Past & Present
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American Government & PoliticsThe course presents an understanding of the principles and institutions of American government, focusing on the conceptual notions of federalism, separation of powers, representative democracy, civil rights, voting behavior, and... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Examining Racial Equality: Durham Public Schools over the Past 50 YearsThis course will examine racial equality in Durham Public Schools. Required reading for the class will be Osha Gray Davidson’s book "The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South," which provides an in-depth history of... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Apr 6, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
German Political Currents: 1648 to the PresentThis course will jump off from a consideration of the events of 1989-90 that led surprisingly quickly to German reunification. After establishing the chronology back to 1648, we will look at some powerful currents that have driven... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Global Leadership in the 21st C: Should the US Be the World's Moral and Military Police?Everywhere we look, patriotism is being replaced by nationalism, pluralism by tribalism, objective justice by the tyrannical whim of autocrats. In short, a world order that has produced greater peace, prosperity, and well-being than... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 14, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Ivan the Terrible: First Tsar of RussiaIvan IV (1530-1584), aka Ivan the Terrible, was the first Russian tsar. During his reign, Russia emerged from a medieval state to become a multiethnic empire and an emerging regional power. European trade started during his reign.... (Tuesdays) Mar 2, 2021 to Apr 6, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Shakespeare's England: A World Turned Upside DownShakespeare lived from 1564 to 1616, during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I. In popular imagination, this was an era bursting into the modern age, full of scientific and geographic discoveries, military victories, and literary... (Mondays) Feb 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
The Incredible Nansen Family#1: Fridtjof Nansen is considered the godfather of all modern polar explorers. In 1888, he became the first person to cross Greenland. At age 31, he organized and led an expedition to the North Pole that came closer than any humans... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Feb 23, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $30.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news/issues from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose additional... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
What Good Is Grand Strategy?In this discussion course, we will read and assess "What Good Is Grand Strategy?" by Hal Brands. After considering how to define grand strategy, we will closely examine the foreign policies of the Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Ronald... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
What Good Is Grand Strategy? -ObserversIn this discussion course, we will read and assess "What Good Is Grand Strategy?" by Hal Brands. After considering how to define grand strategy, we will closely examine the foreign policies of the Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Ronald... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Literature and Languages
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"The Crucible" and "I, Tituba": Literary Renderings of the Salem Witch TrialsAlthough they occurred in 1692, the Salem witch trials have kept their hold on our country’s imagination; they continue to be debated by historians, theologians, physicians, sociologists, and readers. In "The Crucible" (1953),... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 15, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
James Joyce: The Most Famous Writer Few Have Read but You ShouldJames Joyce once wrote, apparently seriously, “The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.” Few have actually read all, much less any, of his four major works. Why should we read... (Mondays) Mar 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
La France 1958-1995: Histoire, arts et sociétéThis course is conducted at an advanced-intermediate or low-advanced competency in French. It covers France from 1958 to 1995. The Fourth Republic succumbed to the Algerian War. The Fifth Republic was born with a new constitution... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Poems of Vitality: A Book of Luminous ThingsVitality is essentially the power to live and flourish. Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz's breathtaking anthology, "A Book of Luminous Things," brims with stellar poems. Poets include Tu Fu, Seamus Heaney, Denise Levertov,... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Performing Arts
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Harp Master Class IIThis master class will continue to provide harp students a platform to present previously studied music works from their personal libraries as well as encourage and challenge students to commit their works to memory. This will be... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Loesser, Lerner, and Loewe 101: Great Musicals of Broadway's "Golden Age"Composer/lyricist Frank Loesser and the team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe gave us several of the most popular and well-regarded musicals of Broadway’s "golden age," including "Guys and Dolls," "How to Succeed in Business... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
The Golden Age of Rock Music: May I Introduce to You the Act You’ve Known for All These YearsThe 10-year period from 1964 to 1973 was a time during which many things changed. In popular music, we experienced a surge of creativity and artistry that was unprecedented before and unequaled since. Join us as we explore the music... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 14, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Ukulele: Silver StrummersThe ukulele is a fun, affordable, and accessible instrument for all! This course is for beginners, and you will learn a little of the history of the ukulele and how to tune, hold, and play it. You will learn six to eight chords and... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 14, 2021 1:30PM - 2:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Status
Classical Political Theory: Classical Greek ThoughtIf politics is the study of how we organize and define ourselves as a community, fifth-century Athens fundamentally defined and grounded the conceptions of the moral basis of political action and judgment in Western political... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Intergenerational EthicsThis course explores generational perspectives on today’s ethical issues through an interactive approach; 10 undergraduates partner with “overgrads” in OLLI to lead discussions to pursue and share perspectives on current issues. The... (Sundays) Jan 24, 2021 to Apr 18, 2021 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Philosophies of Human NatureFrom the days of ancient India through modern European and American times, philosophers have developed ideas about what it is that makes humans distinct from other animals. This course will sample widely from their ideas. We’ll read... (Mondays) Feb 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Women in Early ChristianityIn this course, students will be given an in-depth look at some of the most influential women in Christianity during its first four centuries. We will begin with women in the Gospels (Mary, the mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; and... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 30, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Status
A Conservation Garden: An Introduction to the North Carolina Botanical GardenThis short course will provide an introduction to the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and its primary programs, demonstration gardens, and natural areas. The Garden’s research directors will provide an overview of the ongoing... (Tuesdays) Apr 6, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 12 Apr 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Becoming Spacefarers: Colonizing the Solar System"The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever."—Konstantin Tsiolkovsky "In order for us to have a future that's exciting and inspiring, it has to be one where we're a spacefaring civilization... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Behind the Scenes on New Meds: Drug Discovery, Development, and CommercializationThe course is designed to provide an overview of the activities and processes that go into discovering, developing, and commercializing a new medicine. First, we will cover a bit of the history and context that informs contemporary... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 6:30PM - 7:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
CryptographyCryptography, the art of writing or solving codes, has a long history in protecting private correspondence from unfriendly eyes. Indeed, our modern world (including the Internet) depends heavily on encryption of information. In this... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Our Invisible Connected WorldAs our scientific tools improve, we continually learn new information about our world that had previously been beyond our reach. Advances not only tell us more about who and what we are but also have practical applications that... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
You Are Where You Live: An Introduction to GeohealthTechnological and societal evolution have changed both our environment and the way we interact with our environment in important ways. The field of geohealth, which operates at the intersection of the earth and health sciences,... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 16, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Society and Culture
Course Time Tuition Status
Genealogy 201: Genealogy, DNA, and YouOnce you have a multigeneration family tree and have used the genealogy tools available from your DNA test company, what more can you do? This course is intended for individuals with some basic genealogy experience who feel they... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Good Conversations: Adult ChildrenSuccessful communication is critical to developing satisfying relationships with our adult children. Yet we often feel as if we need to walk on eggshells in order to maintain those relationships. Perhaps our need to be "connected"... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Mar 25, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Symposia: Excursions and DiversionsScientific Excursions and Diversions is a popular invited speaker program where we bring to you experts in the field to tell us about their work. This term the topics range from smallpox to solar power. Our lectures will be coming... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Apr 20, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Walking the Camino de SantiagoThe Camino de Santiago is a network of medieval Christian pilgrimage routes that run throughout Europe to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The most popular route (the Camino Frances) is about 500 miles and takes about five weeks to... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Mar 17, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $65.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Wellness Activities
Course Time Tuition Status
Functional Fitness at HomeThe goal of this course is for participants to develop several well-rounded workouts they can perform at home using fitness equipment they have accumulated over the years. Household objects like step stools and sacks of sugar can be... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
If You Can Walk You Can DanceAs told in an African proverb, "If you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance," and in this course, we will dance to celebrate special occasions and just to have fun. Beginning with the ballet barre (a chair or counter... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to Meditation: Cultivating Everyday MindfulnessDo you want to learn how to meditate, or expand upon your current meditation practice? Then this is the course for you. In our six sessions, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation and be supported in establishing a... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 23, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Personal Growth During COVIDWe know the effects of COVID: Isolated from family and friends, we miss their personal presence and hugs. Loneliness may set in. Activities that once structured our days and gave them meaning are gone. We feel those losses as... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Mar 31, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Rhythms of the Latin WorldThis course explores other cultures in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Each week students will experience a different Latin American region through music and dance. Examples of what will be explored include the Caribbean rhythms such... (Tuesdays) Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 16, 2021 3:30PM - 4:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionT'ai chi (taijiquan or t’ai chi ch’uan) is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art, and health exercise. It arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes,... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 22, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
What To Eat -- And Why!It stands to reason that our diet powerfully influences our health and longevity. Yet nutrition pundits make recommendations at odds with one another, leaving us confused about what we should be eating. This problem arose from the... (Mondays) Feb 15, 2021 to Apr 19, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 26 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Writing
Course Time Tuition Status
Memoir: Stories from the Heart“Write what should not be forgotten.”—Isabel Allende Write for yourself, for your friends and family, or for eventual publication. We will explore short-form writing such as personal essays, flash nonfiction, vignettes, and poems.... (Thursdays) Feb 18, 2021 to Apr 1, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $85.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Memoirish: Write Your Life StoryThis is a memoir-writing course for people at the beginning stages of writing their book. It is for those who: keep hearing from friends and family that they need to write a book, have the best stories to tell at parties, want to... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
Poetry Writing: Lifting Your Voice“No ideas but in things.”—William Carlos Williams Poets have used their art to represent their world for millennia, first by voice, then in written form. They express their observations, relationships, and emotions using voice,... (Wednesdays) Feb 17, 2021 to Apr 21, 2021 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 27 Jan 2021 09:00:00 AM)
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Membership

Becoming a member of OLLI is easy. Annual membership dues are $45 (payable when you first sign up for courses during the school year). Memberships are good for the academic year. You must be a member of OLLI to take classes and attend social activities. If you do not have a current membership or are a brand new member, our new 2020-2021 membership is available starting March 1, 2020 and is good through June 30, 2021. Please Note: If you purchased a membership during Spring 2020 registration, your membership is good until June 30, 2021. Membership dues are nonrefundable.

All courses are priced individually. The prices are listed in the course descriptions with the specific dollar amount (e.g., "Fee: $70").

There are two ways to purchase an OLLI at Duke Membership:

  • Automatically during registration: If you have been a member, but your membership has expired, our online registration system will automatically add a new membership to your cart when you enroll in courses.
  • From this website: Click on this link to add a 2020 - 2021 Membership to your cart. Current memberships are active July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Note: if you purchased a membership between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020, your membership will remain active through June 30, 2021.
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Registration

Dates

Online Learning Winter 2021 Term registration:

OLLI members registering for classes held on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday will register on day one of Registration – Tuesday, January 26 at 9:00 am.

OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will register on day two of Registration – Wednesday, January 27 at 9:00 am.

Note: Most Online Learning course capacities are very large and therefore we do not anticipate many waitlists. Course capacities can be found in the course listings in the catalog. It's not critical to log on exactly at 9 am to register, unless you are interested in registering for some of the classes with limited enrollment.

Members must register for courses using the Duke Continuing Studies’ website. There are three ways to find your course.

  • Search Courses Link: The most direct way to find your course is to go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on the link “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 course, click on the “Add to Cart” button, and follow steps to checkout. 
  • By Day of the Week or by Category: Go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on “Osher Lifelong Learning,” click the down-triangle labeled “Show” under “Courses,” and click on the tab “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.
  • Search Box: You may also enter the course number or part of the title into the search box that appears on every page at the top right, under the shopping cart symbol. (Do not include section numbers when searching). 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.

Payments

All courses are priced individually. The prices are listed in the course descriptions with the specific dollar amount (e.g., "Fee: $70").

All members who enroll in courses must register for classes/membership and pay online via credit card. Since all OLLI staff are working remotely, we are not able to register members by phone or accept paper registration forms.

Refund Policy

Requests for refunds for dropped courses must be received WITHIN FIVE BUSINESS DAYS following the first class for that course. 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, refunds will be made automatically and no charges will be incurred by members. Please note: membership dues, Special Events and Workshops are nonrefundable.

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Activities & Special Interest Groups

Activities are an integral part of the OLLI program, providing opportunities to learn and socialize outside the classroom. For questions regarding Special Events or Workshops please email olli@duke.edu.

Announcing Our Inaugural Community Read!

We invite you to read Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD, and then join a free online event with Dr. Tweedy on Thursday, January 21, at 1:30 PM.

Dr. Tweedy is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, where he is now an associate professor of psychiatry along with being a staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health System. His book is highly topical given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black Americans.

Eileen Watts Welch will interview Dr. Tweedy and moderate questions. Ms. Welch served as associate dean for External Affairs at the Duke School of Nursing for more than ten years. She is currently president of the Durham Colored Library. Her father, Charles Dewitt Watts, MD, was North Carolina’s first African American board-certified surgeon. Dr. Watts served the Durham community for many years and played a key role in founding the Lincoln Community Health Center.

The Regulator Bookshop, the Triangle's oldest independent bookstore, has 25 copies of this book available to OLLI at Duke Members. Go to the Regulator's website and complete the contact form to reserve your copy. www.regulatorbookshop.com/contact. You can purchase a copy and choose one of these easy delivery methods:1) Ship via USPS 2) Arrange for curbside pick up between 12-4, Monday -Saturday 3) Residential delivery is available in Durham, Chapel Hill & Carrboro.

Workshops

Special Interest Groups

Activities and Special Interest Groups SIGs) are an added bonus to membership with OLLI at Duke. These groups and clubs provide opportunities to connect outside the classroom. If you want to find out more about any of the listed groups, please contact the designated coordinator for that activity.

Attention: Because of COVID-19, many SIGs are currently meeting via Zoom. SIGs that are inactive are listed as on hiatus.
Please see notice. Some of our SIG's are still meeting via Zoom

SIGs Meeting via Zoom:

Book Club

This informal group reads contemporary literature and meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 3:15pm – 4:15pm. For more information, please contact Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com or Nancy Capaccio at nancycapaccio99@gmail.com.

  • Dec. 14 "The Library Book" by Olean

  • Jan. 11 "The Sentence Is Death" by Horowitz 

  • Feb. 8 "The Destiny of the Republic" by Millard

  • Mar. 8 "Alexander Hamilton" by Chernow

Craft Group

The Craft Group will meet via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 3:15-4:15. For more information, please contact Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com.

Justice: Faceless No More

Recent events have highlighted problems with the criminal justice system and our larger social fabric, both locally and across the country. The Justice: Faceless No More Special Interest Group (SIG) will discuss new insights and perspectives about the situation. We will meet former prisoners, activists and others who know the criminal justice system well. On occasion, expert speakers will join us to discuss the human and financial costs of our current system, the history of our laws and possible new approaches. We will look beyond the fence lines and gun towers and take a deep dive into “Prison World” in North Carolina, the United States and internationally. We will also examine our civil rights history, which is tied closely to the criminal justice system, and hear from people and organizations involved with historic and current civil rights events. This group may identify “call to action” recommendations to present to our local, state and national policymakers and legislators. This SIG builds on several recent OLLI classes on this topic that all received excellent reviews from OLLI members. Everyone is welcome. We will meet the first Friday of every month from 9-10:30 beginning February 5 - April 23. Please contact Mark Hall for more information cmarkhall81@gmail.com.

Mac Computer User Group

Coordinators: Mary Jo Fickle, fickle5@aol.com, and Susan Eure, asure@bellsouth.net. 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. If you are on our mailing list, watch for another Zoom meeting soon. If you want to be added to the list, please contact Mary Jo or Susan.

Mystery Book Club

The club is currently meeting via Zoom on the second Tuesday of the month from 2-3:00. For more information and details about the link/password please contact Madeline “Maddy” Kalstein, madkalstein@gmail.com.

OLLI Short Story Discussion Group

A well-written short story can make you feel the same thrill, experience the same attachment to the characters, as reading a full length novel, but typically takes less than an hour to read, rather than days (or weeks). We hope you will join us for our Short Story Discussion Groups on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays from 10:30am-11:30am. Contact Howard Goldberg, hgoldberg16@gmail.com for more details.

OLLI Singles

OLLI Singles supports social engagement for its members by its members. We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. to discuss topics of mutual interest and to share experiences, moderated by the meeting host. For more information and details about the Zoom link/password, please contact the Steering Committee at olliatdukesingles@gmail.com.

Retirement Transition Group

This informal drop-in group is for OLLI members who are going through transitions in retirement and perhaps experiencing some challenges. 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. People can drop in at any of the meetings. There is no charge. The group meets on the second Friday afternoon of the month at 1:00 p.m. currently by Zoom. To learn more and to be added to the email list, contact Corinne Schillin at cschillin@yahoo.com or 919-537-8450.

Science Book Club We read and discuss nonfiction science books on topics including biology, evolution, the physical sciences, medicine, the environment, economics, and biographies of famous scientists. The group is open to all regardless of background, and no registration is required. During the pandemic, the group meets the first Thursday of the month from 3:15pm to 4:45 via Zoom. Contact Daniel.Oldman@gmail.com for more information.
Spanish Language Table

Now meeting via Zoom on the second Friday of each month from 12:45-1:45. Coordinator: Margaret Riley (mrileync@gmail.com)

 

SIGs on Hiatus:

Foodie Field Trips

This is a ‘virtual’ SIG, organized by email and via the SIG website foodiefieldtrip.weebly.com, is now suspended until safe conditions return.

International Folk Dance

We will resume dancing when the pandemic allows us to. For more information please contact Judy Stafford at judy.stafford.nc@gmail.com.

French Table

Coordinators: Emily Lees (emilyjlees@gmail.com) ou à George Entenman (olli@entenman.net).

OLLI Public Policy

The OLLI Public Policy Group is one of the more recently established SIGs. We have enjoyed our frequent Friday meetings on the Duke campus and participation in relevant Sanford School discussions, but have postponed future meetings indefinitely. We occasionally share emails about OLLI, other Duke Stanford School zoom and on-line events that members can participate in. Coordinators: Larry Reed (lgreed3@gmail.com) or 919-452-3896 & Jim Hollowood (jhollowood@gmail.com).

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Calendar

Winter 2021 Catalog will be posted online mid-December.

Please remember to update your membership before registration to unsure quickest possible checkout.

Please read carefully as all dates are subject to change.

When Event

January events will be announced via OLLI Newsletters

Winter2021

Tuesday, January 26

Registration for Winter courses begin at 9:00 a.m. 

-For classes held on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday

Wednesday, January 27

Registration for Winter courses begins at 9:00 a.m. 

-For classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

Monday, February 15 Winter Online Learning Classes Start
Friday, April 23 Winter Online Classes End
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Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities during Covid-19:

Want to Interview OLLI members? Write Articles for Spotlight?

Some of you may find you have some extra time or discover you want to be part of OLLI’s learning community during this historic moment. The Zoom programs are very staff intensive and there are some additional opportunities to work with our fascinating instructors.

Here are some opportunities to get engaged:

  • Write articles for Spotlight (interview OLLI members, and other virtual offerings of interest to OLLI members) for posting on OLLI at Duke website.
  • Work with prospective instructors on course proposals and prepare for online learning.
  • Help OLLI members 1-on-1 with Zoom technology questions.

If interested, email VOLUNTEER@OLLIatDuke.org

For over 43 years, volunteers have built the reputation of OLLI at Duke. We rely heavily on hundreds of member volunteers 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 course moderators and volunteer for all the tasks that make us an exemplary organization. More volunteer opportunities can be found in the OLLI Newsletter, The Spotlight, and on the olliatduke.org website.

Board Service
We welcome both new and longtime members to become part of the leadership of OLLI at Duke. Serving on the Board of Advisors, either as an elected office or an at-large advisor, or a committee chair, offers you the opportunity to use your talents, and contribute to the success of the OLLI at Duke community.

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Members & Leadership

Who Belongs to OLLI at Duke?

All adults with a passion for learning are welcome. Our members include people from all walks of life, from educators to lawyers, from essential workers to doctors, and from native Durhamites to immigrants. We believe that such a rich and diverse mix of backgrounds and interests make the classroom discussion even more interesting. Our common goal is to deepen our understanding of the world around us through study and discussion.

We invite you to join our learning community. OLLI at Duke is a cooperative venture that relies on the contributions and participation, both in class and out, of every member. Our members teach classes, coordinate lecture series, lead small-group discussions, serve on the Board of Advisors and committees.

OLLI at Duke, 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 discover 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.

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 2,500 each year, with a curriculum of over 140 classes each term.

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, an Operations/Administrative Assistant, a Technical/Communications Assistant and several part-time staff, who are employees of Duke Continuing Studies.  

The Board of Advisors shall consist of the President, the Vice President, the Immediate Past President, the chairs of the standing committees, the At-Large Advisors, the Board’s Recording Secretary (ex-officio), the Director (ex-officio), and the OLLI Assistant (ex-officio).

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 the Director via email at olli@duke.edu.

2020-2021 Officers (one-year term, elected at annual meeting)

Acting President: Marion Jervay
Vice President: Alan Teasley
Past President: Ginny Knight

Recording Secretary: Virginia Lee

At-Large Advisors (two-year term)

Term Ending 2022: Sue Dennison, Vacant
Term Ending 2021: Abdul Waheed, Bobbi Hendrix

Committee Chairs (one-year term, appointed by President)

Community Engagement: Virginia Lee
Curriculum: Beth Anderson
Instructor Relations: Ginny Knight
Information Technology: Howard Koslow
Legacy: Lisa Gabriel
Member Engagement: Beth Timson
Social Activities & Hospitality: Chris Abrons
Space: Peter Blaufeux

Staff

Director: Chris McLeod
Operations/Administrative:  Kathy Parrish
Technical/Communication: Betina Huntwork
Staff Representatives: Beth Bowling, Jo Ann Dubberley, Vicki McMullin, Jay Starks

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Staying in Touch

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

OLLI at Duke's staff send out an OLLI Newsletter on a weekly basis to the membership to inform them of upcoming events, special workshops and course registration details. Please click here to sign up for Newsletters 

Spotlight

The Spotlight is an online newsletter issued monthly to members via email. If you are an OLLI member and currently do not receive the Spotlight, please click here to sign up.

Member Website

OLLI at Duke maintains a members website (olliatduke.org) designed to keep members up to date on available courses, scheduled events, activities, and items of interest. 

Online Learning Website

In response to Covid-19, OLLI at Duke has created a site to host information about Online Learning activities. This site provides Zoom how-to guides, requests for technical assistance, and information on the current Online Learning term. Please click here to vist the site.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request a catalog?

A viewable PDF of the OLLI catalog is posted on learnmore.duke.edu and a full listing of current OLLI courses can be found under the Course tab of this website. We are not distributing printed copies of the catalog at this time. Please see the member website for more information about OLLI at Duke and information on our Online Learning programming.

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

Please email Kathy Parrish at kathy.parrish@duke.edu to find out more about dropping, adding, and refunds. Details about refunds can be found under the Registration heading of this website.

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. Please see the membership section of this website for more information on membership.

Is my course recorded?

OLLI records selected Zoom courses each term, based on course size and other factors Recordings are made available just to students enrolled in that course. If a course is recorded, it is noted in the course description. By registering for the course and remaining in class after the disclosure has been read, you are agreeing to your participation to be recorded.

Can I register and enroll in a course and only watch the recordings?

Yes, you can. Recorded courses are listed in the catalog. By registering for the course you will receive all emails and communication from the instructor(s). Recordings are available in the learnmore student portal.

Is OLLI at Duke going to continue online courses after the pandemic is over?

Yes! We are working very hard to build an online learning program that is sustainable in the long term. As soon as Duke grants OLLI permission to hold in-person classes again, we will return and also continue selected online offerings.

I live far away from Duke and Durham. Can I take a course?

Yes! Currently, all of OLLI’s courses are online via Zoom. Because of the pandemic, we are able to reach Duke Alumni and others from across the country and even Europe. In Fall 2020, we had more than 50 members from outside of North Carolina, including Los Angeles and London. All course times listed are Eastern Standard Time.

I’m having tech issues. Are there helpful hints?

Please refer to our Online Learning website for more details and helpful hints, tips, and tricks for Zoom www.olliatduke.online.

I can’t get into my student portal. HELP!

Before you contact the office, please try reestablishing your password or user name. Here are the steps:

  1. Please go to student login: https://learnmore.duke.edu/portal/logon.do?method=load
  2. On the left side of the site click, in the “I have an account” section, enter your user name (e.g., Xnnnnn). If you forgot your user name, click on “Forgot User Name” to recover it.
  3. If you forgot your password, click on “Forgot Password”. This will open a page that prompts you to enter your user name and then click continue.
  4. In a minute, you will get an e-mail directing you to click on a link to a secure site to set your password.
  5. Visit that link and set the password.

Once you are done, you can go back to log in and use the new password to log-in.

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Locations

All courses are currently being taught online via Zoom. Links to classes can be found in the student Portal by logging in at the top of this website.

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