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.
We are a learning community of more than 2,570 members. Some of our members grew up in Durham, but many have moved here from all over the country. We have a wide range of interests and passions and enjoy attending lectures and performances on campus.
We offer more than 400 courses annually that conform to an arts and sciences curriculum in addition to a number of courses that include fitness, cooking and hands on arts.
Our courses conform to an arts and sciences curriculum and are scheduled by a thirty-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 postdoctoral 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 Chris McLeod at email@example.com.
|Symposia (Summer Term): Scientific Excursions and DiversionsSymposia is one of OLLI’s longest running invited speaker series. Among its not-so-secrets of success is that each lecture is presented by a different speaker, often one taking an afternoon off from a busy professional schedule to... Jun 9, 2020 to Jul 21, 2020||2:00PM - 3:15PM||$70.00||Future Offering (Opens 04 May 2020 09:00:00 AM)|
|The World Today (Summer Term)This course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose additional discussion... Jun 10, 2020 to Jul 22, 2020||11:30AM - 1:00PM||$70.00||Future Offering (Opens 04 May 2020 09:00:00 AM)|
|The World Today (Summer Term)This course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose additional discussion... (Wednesdays) Jun 10, 2020 to Jul 22, 2020||11:30AM - 1:00PM||$70.00||Future Offering (Opens 04 May 2020 09:00:00 AM)|
|Symposia (Summer Term): Scientific Excursions and DiversionsSymposia is one of OLLI’s longest running invited speaker series. Among its not-so-secrets of success is that each lecture is presented by a different speaker, often one taking an afternoon off from a busy professional schedule to... (Tuesdays) Jun 9, 2020 to Jul 21, 2020||2:00PM - 3:15PM||$70.00||Future Offering (Opens 04 May 2020 09:00:00 AM)|
You must be a member of OLLI to take classes and attend social activities. Becoming a member of OLLI is easy. You can join online or call 919-684-6259 to register by phone. Annual membership dues are $45 (payable when you first sign up for courses during the school year). Memberships are good for the academic year. If you purchased a membership during Spring 2020 registration, your membership is good until June 30, 2021. 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. 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: $90").
There are several 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.
- By phone: If you have never been an OLLI member, we encourage you to purchase your first membership by phone. Call our registration office Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, EST at 919-684-6259.
- From this website: On March 1, 2020, click on this link to be sent to the proper page: 2020 - 2021 Membership (active on March 1, 2020 and good through June 30, 2021). Note: if you have previously purchased a membership between March 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020, your membership is still active through June 30, 2020.
- By mail or in person: The OLLI catalog also contains a membership and registration form. You can deliver the membership form (found in the catalog) and a check for $45 made payable to Duke University to the Bishop's House or you can mail them to OLLI at Duke, Box 90700, Durham, NC 27708.
Attention: All OLLI classes and activities, including registration for Spring 2020, have been canceled due to Covid-19.
Please see notice.
OLLI members registering for classes held on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will register on day one of Registration – Tuesday, August 4 at 9:00 am.
OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will register on day two of Registration – Wednesday, August 5 at 9:00 am.
Please Note: If you would like to use a credit card to pay for membership and/or courses, you must register either online or by phone.
There are three ways to register.
1. Online Registration: Duke Continuing Studies’ website makes it easy for you to register! Registering online is the fastest and most efficient way to register for a course. There are now several ways to find your course. Please Note: We will no longer provide in-person online registration assistance.
- 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.
2. Paper Registrations: You still have the option of registering using the form in the catalog. Please deliver or send your form to the Bishop’s House and it will be processed on the appropriate Registration Day (s). There is no priority or preference given for early drop-offs. Please note: no checks will be accepted from persons using the paper form. You will be invoiced after registration. You must pay within (5) business days of receiving the invoice, or you will lose your course registration. We charge a fee of $35 for all returned checks for insufficient funds. If you wish to pay by credit card, you must register online or by phone.
3. 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 Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26. 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 specialist 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.
Members who register online may pay with credit card at time of registration.
Members who register by paper will be sent an invoice. Invoices must be paid within five days. Failure to do so will void course registration.
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, no charge will be incurred by members. Please note: membership dues, Special Events and Workshops are nonrefundable.
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 call Betina Huntwork at 919-660-8509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Interest Groups
Activities and Special Interest Groups are an integral part of the OLLI learning community and 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: All OLLI classes and activities have been canceled due to Covid-19.
Please see notice.
This informal group reads contemporary literature and meets on the second Monday of every month at 3:15pm. New Location: Blacknall Memorial Presyterian Church, 1902 Perry St, Durham NC 27705. For more information, please contact Judy Grauer at email@example.com or 919-416-0755.
Feb. 10 “Little Fires Everywhere" by C. Ng
Mar 9 “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead" by O. Tokatczuk
Apr. 13 “The Library Book” by S. Olean
May 11”The Handmaid’s Tale" by M. Atwood
June 8 “The Dutch House" by A. Patchett
It’s time to dig out that unfinished project from the back of the closet. Knitting, quilting, crocheting, sewing . . . whatever. All are welcome. The group meets year round, every Monday at 3:15pm at the Durham Senior Center. For more information, please contact Judy Grauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-416-0755.
Foodie Field Trips
Many of us fondly remember “School Field Trips" as the most vivid part of our early education. Outings give us immediate access to new worlds. On alternating Wednesdays, members meet for lunch at diverse food and beverage venues, suppliers and producers. Some venues will reflect our region’s expanding cultural diversity while others are more traditional offerings. All initial visits are in Durham, with the exception of one in Raleigh. Each outing will be a chance to learn, shop, and ‘break bread’ together at an inexpensive lunch spot. This is a ‘virtual’ SIG, organized by email and via the SIG website. https://foodiefieldtrip.weebly.com
These are the initial destinations. SIG members can suggest future destinations.
- Bullocks – Traditional Southern cooking.
- Li Ming's Global Mart – Asian produce, groceries, meats, fish.
- Marketplace/Duke’s East Campus – Dorm food? Not any more.
- La Superior Foods – Hispanic supermarket and restaurant
- Fullsteam Brewery – Brewery and Restaurant [late afternoon].
- NC Farmers Market – Piedmont spring agriculture.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Language Tables are a great way for OLLI at Duke Members to keep up their foreign language skills. These informal groups meet to discuss current events and build friendships using their love of the language.
La Table Française se réunit le mardi de midi à 13 heures dans l'atélier à "The Forest at Duke Retirement Center." En ce moment, le groupe est complet, et il y a une liste d'attente. Si vous parlez français couramment et vous voulez que nous y mettions votre nom, envoyez un mail à Emily Lees (firstname.lastname@example.org) ou à George Entenman (email@example.com). Les résidents de la "Forest" qui parlent français sont toujours bienvenus. Nous sommes heureux aussi de répondre à vos questions.
Spanish Table meets from 12:45-2:00 p.m. on the second Friday of each month (Sept.-April) at Mi Peru restaurant, 4015 University Drive, Durham (www.miperupci.com). We welcome Spanish speakers from all levels to join in practice of conversational Spanish. Please contact Margaret Riley (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in joining us.
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, email@example.com, and Susan Eure, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mystery Book Club
Whether you HAVE a clue, or not, this book club may be for you. We meet once a month to discuss mystery books our members have designated worthy and interesting to share with the group. We have read and discussed books by authors: Ann Cleeve, Arnaldur Indrioason, Ruth Rendell & Ausam Zehant to name a few. We are an adventurist group looking for new and exciting authors. For more information, please contact Madeline “Maddy” Kalstein, email@example.com.
The goal is to provide opportunities for OLLI members, who are single, to connect with one another beyond the classroom setting. Members are encouraged to organize activities that they enjoy—dinner on the town, performances, walk in the woods, etc. and invite other OLLI Singles members by utilizing our mailing list. The group is managed by a volunteer Steering Committee, which facilitates getting the word out about the activities that members choose to organize, as a way of meeting others with like-minded interests. If you would like to join the Steering Committee, receive invitations to member-hosted OLLI Singles events or would like to invite others to a favorite activity of yours, contact the Steering Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to join our SIG.
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. You DO NOT have to be an OLLI member to participate in this book club. The group usually meets the first Thursday of the month, 3:15–4:45pm, at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1902 Perry St, Durham. Coordinator: Dan Oldman, email@example.com or 919-544-2686.
The OLLI Public Policy Special Interest Group
The OLLI Public Policy Special Interest Group (Policy Group) is designed for those who have an interest in discussing and pursuing important international, national and local public policy issues. We attend lectures/events at the Sanford School for Public Policy, and meet monthly near Duke Campus. Coordinators: Larry Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 919-452-3896 & Jim Hollowood (email@example.com).
Semester Calendar for Current Members
Please read carefully as some dates have changed.
|Tuesday, December 3||Registration for Winter courses begins at 9:00 a.m|
|Wednesday, December 4||Registration for Winter courses begins at 9:00 a.m.|
|Monday, January 13||OLLI Winter classes begin|
|Monday, January 20||Martin Luther King JR Day - no classes|
|Saturday March 14||Last day of All classes and activities due to Covid-19
|Monday, March 23||Last day for most Winter classes|
|Tuesday, March 24||Make up dates for Winter classes (afternoon only)|
|Wednesday, March 25||Make up dates for Winter classes (afternoon only)|
|Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27||Make up dates for Winter classes|
|Due to Corvid-19, Spring 2020 term has been cancelled, see notice.|
|Wednesday, March 25||Registration for Spring courses begins at 9:00 a.m.
-For classes held on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday
|Thursday, March 26||Registration for Spring courses begins at 9:00 a.m.
-For classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday
|Monday, April 13||OLLI Spring classes begin|
|Friday, May 22||Last day for most Spring classes|
|Tuesday, August 4, 2020||Registration for Fall courses begin at 9:00 a.m.
-For classes held on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday
|Wednesday, August 5, 2020||Registration for Fall courses begin at 9:00 a.m.
-For classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday
|Monday, September 14, 2020||Most OLLI Fall classes begin|
|Monday, September 28, 2020||No Classes at JRC - Yom Kippur|
|Mon - Fri, October 19 - 23, 2020||Fall Break - No OLLI Classes*|
|Mon - Fri, November 23 -27, 2020||Thanksgiving Break - No OLLI Classes|
|Friday, December 4, 2020||Last day for most Fall classes|
|11/16/2020 - 11/20/2020||Make-up Week|
|*Some classes may meet during this break. Read course description for details|
|Tuesday, December 8||Registration for Fall courses begin at 9:00 a.m.
-For classes held on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday
|Wednesday, December 9||Registration for winter courses begins at 9:00 a.m.
-For classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday
|Sunday, December 6||OLLIday Luncheon|
|Monday, January 11||OLLI Winter classes begin|
|Monday, January 18||Martin Luther King JR Day - no classes|
|Monday, March 22||Last day for most Winter classes|
|March 24 - 27||Make up dates for Winter classes|
OLLI at Duke relies heavily on the volunteer efforts of members to keep the program running. Members teach classes, coordinate lecture series, lead small-group discussions, organize activities and volunteer projects, serve on the Board of Advisors and committees, act as class assistants, 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. Opportunities to volunteer are posted on the member website, in the Spotlight (our e-newsletter) and on bulletin boards.
Class members act as assistants to the instructors, helping to ensure that announcements are made, equipment is set up, and handouts are distributed. Class Assistants are essential to the smooth functioning of OLLI at Duke and enjoy the benefit of becoming better acquainted with both faculty and fellow class members. Training will be provided! If you would like to volunteer to be the class assistant in one or more of your classes, contact Kathy Parrish at 919-681-3476 to let her know which instructor you would like to host.
We welcome both new and longtime members to become part of the leadership of OLLI at Duke. Serving on the Board of Advisors, either in an elected office, as an at-large advisor, 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.
Are you new to OLLI at Duke? One of the best ways to meet new people is to volunteer for the Social Activities & Hospitality Committee. Consider organizing an activity or outing to learn more about a favorite North Carolina attraction; we are looking for members to coordinate trips to the Duke Lemur Center, the North Carolina Zoo, Cedar Creek Gallery or potteries of Seagrove, museums in Raleigh and wineries of the Yadkin Valley. Volunteers do everything from organizing outings to pouring wine. Extra hands are always needed to greet people at convocation and OLLI Socials. These activities are great ways to meet new people and learn more about OLLI at Duke and Durham. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members & Leadership
Who Belongs to OLLI at Duke?
All adults with a passion for learning are welcome. Our members include those who have never completed high school and retired school teachers, native North Carolinians and newcomers, professionals and homemakers. We believe that such a rich and diverse mix of backgrounds and interests make the classroom discussion even more interesting. Our common goal is deepening 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, 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 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.
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 call the director at 919-684-2703.
2019-2020 Officers (one-year term, elected at annual meeting)
President: Matt Epstein
Vice President: Marion Jervay
Past President: Ginny Knight
Recording Secretary: Mike Bahnaman
At-Large Advisors (two-year term)
Term Ending 2020: Staurt Kaplan, Alan Teasley
Term Ending 2021: Margaret Brill, Abdul Waheed
Committee Chairs (one-year term, appointed by President)
Community Engagement: Virginia Lee
Curriculum: Beth Anderson
Instructor Relations: Ginny Knight
Membership: Rosemary Dineen
Information Technology: Howard Koslow
Legacy: Lisa Gabriel
Member Relations: Beth Timson
Social Activities & Hospitality: Chris Abrons
Space: Peter Blaufeux
Director: Chris McLeod
Assistant to the Director: Kathy Parrish
Staff Assistant: Betina Huntwork
Location Representatives: Beth Bowling, Susanna Chabinak-Uhlig, Jo Ann Dubberley, Betina Huntwork, Britany Burch, Viki McMullin, Jay Starks
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 Betina Huntwork at 919-660-8509 or at email@example.com to make sure that we have your e-mail address if you want to receive these notices.
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. (http://www.olliatduke.org/extension-to-home.html#signupspotlight)
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to my class?
See the Locations 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. Each facility has individual parking passes available to pickup.
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 will be provided in each classroom on the first day of classes at the Bishop’s House and must be kept on your front dashboard when you park at The Bishop’s House. Failure to display the parking permit may result in $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 your class ends, please exit Bishop House promptly and carefully to allow those arriving for the next class to park and enter, eliminating congestion for both the students and instructors. BE CAREFUL backing into and out of spaces, helping to avoid accidents; if you do accidently hit another car in the parking lot PLEASE let the OLLI Office know of the incident in fairness to the persons vehicle you damaged.
To use the handicapped spots, you need an official North Carolina handicapped parking tag. Campus parking restrictions are strictly 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.
Smith Warehouse: Parking is available on both the north and south sides of the building. Registered members for the courses in the Computer Lab will receive a parking pass from their instructors that contain a bar code that is read by the scanner at each parking gate. The parking passes will be distributed either by email to print at the students home or handed out upon arrive to the class.
Westminster Presbyterian Church: Members should park in the lower of the two lots as you drive into the campus. Please do not park in the Nursery School parking lot that is behind the building.
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?
Inclement Weather Policy
OLLI at Duke follows the lead of Durham Public Schools regarding Severe Weather Schedule.
- If the Durham Public Schools are open, OLLI classes and activities will be held.
- If the Durham Public Schools are closed, all OLLI classes and activities are cancelled.
- If Durham Public Schools delay opening, OLLI classes and activities that start before 10:00 am are cancelled.
- If Durham Public Schools close early, OLLI classes and activities that begin at 3:00 pm and later are cancelled.
Please check your email before you leave for class. There may be instances where OLLI classes are in session and a particular instructor cannot travel due to weather conditions. In those cases, OLLI members can expect to receive an email from their Instructor and/or the OLLI office if their class is cancelled.
Regardless of the weather or road conditions, every OLLI member and instructor needs to make his/her own decision about whether or not it is safe to travel. Please use good judgement. Since OLLI hosts classes at sixteen different locations in the Triangle, road conditions can vary considerably.
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. Requests for refunds for dropped courses must be made within five business days following the first class meeting. 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. For more information and our refund policy, please see the registration section of this website. Please note: Membership dues are nonrefundable.
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.
OLLI classes are held in a variety of locations throughout the area. Here are the addresses:
- Barriskill Dance Theatre School, 3642 Shannon Rd, Durham, 27707
- The Bishop’s House, 8 East Campus Union Dr, Duke University, Durham, 27708
- The Bridge Academy, 2634 Durham-Chapel Hill Rd, Suite 102, Durham, 27707
- Caring House, 2625 Pickett Rd, Durham, 27705
- Carol Woods, 750 Weaver Diary Rd, Chapel Hill, 27705
- Carolina Arbors Retirement Community, 357 Carolina Arbors Dr, Durham, 27703
- Carolina Dance Academy, 3101 Guess Rd, #E, Durham, 27705
- Chelsea Theater, 1129 Weaver Diary rd, Chapel Hill, 27514
- Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham, 27705
- Duke Campus Farm, 4934 Friends School Rd, Durham, 27705
- Durham Academy Middle School, 3116 Academy Rd, Durham, 27707
- Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, 27701
- Emily K. Center, 904 W. Chapel Hill St, Durham, 27701
- Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham, 27707
- The Forest at Duke, 2701 Pickett Rd, Durham, 27705
- FRANK Gallery, University Place, 201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill, 27514
- Galloway Ridge Retirement Community, 3000 Galloway Ridge Rd, Pittsboro, 27312
- Judea Reform Congregation, Education Building, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham, 27705
- Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, 27705
- NC Botanical Gardens, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, 27517
- North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, 27607
- Passmore Center, 103 Meadowlands Dr, Hillsborough 27278
- St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St, Chapel Hill, 27514
- Smith Warehouse Computer Lab, Bay 6, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd, Durham, 27701
- United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 M.L.K Jr. BLVD, Chapel Hill, 27514
- Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St, Durham, 27701
- Westminister Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, 27707