Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

June 2, 2020 – OLLI at Duke is offering courses/activities online on the Zoom platform, through December 31, 2020. Announcements regarding Winter Term will be made mid- October. read more »

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.

 

Curriculum

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 the curriculum committee at curriculum@olliatduke.org.

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Courses

Monday
Course Time Tuition Status
Ascent of ManDrawing from the title and concept of the renowned classic J. Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man, we will discuss how Homo sapiens became the dominant animal species on the planet, has altered the land surface over most of the globe and... Sep 14, 2020 to Nov 23, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Frontiers in MedicineNew discoveries from the frontiers of science and medicine regularly divulge more of nature’s complex blueprint of life, providing us with insights and tools for maximizing our health and well-being. The rapid pace of the news cycle... Sep 14, 2020 to Nov 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Jane Austen's World: England in the Regency PeriodThe brief but significant Regency period, during which Jane Austen wrote her most important novels, saw radical changes in English society. Not only was there a new emphasis on equality and freedom, which led to mass radical... Sep 14, 2020 to Oct 26, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Learn to Knit a Chunky ScarfA soft, chunky scarf is the perfect cold weather accessory. This course will give you the skills to take super bulky yarn and transform it into an accessory you'll be delighted to wear or gift. This is a great course for beginners... Sep 14, 2020 to Nov 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
Newspapers in America: The First Two CenturiesIn 1690, the first newspaper in America closed after one edition. But was it a flop? What happened next? This course will examine news and news gathering over two-plus centuries of American history. Find out why the 1690 paper... Sep 14, 2020 to Nov 23, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The Black Experience in America: 1950 to the PresentSince the majority of us came of age in the 1950s, few have had the chance to study the history we were living during that time. And then there’s the history we were never taught, and many argue is still not being taught. This... Sep 14, 2020 to Oct 26, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Tuesday
Course Time Tuition Status
Abraham Lincoln: Abolition President, Master of Moral Certainty & Political SagacitySlavery in America lasted for 246 years (1619-1865), and it defined Abraham Lincoln's life and his legacy. Lectures in this course will focus on Lincoln's rise to political power and his opposition to slavery (1854 to 1860), and his... Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Baseball in North CarolinaOnce upon a time, long before college basketball and football became so popular, baseball was king in North Carolina. Black or White, rich college student or poor mill worker, it was the sport everyone played. In addition to... Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 3, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Diplomacy--Part 2 ActiveIn this discussion course, we will read chapters nine and 12-19 of Henry Kissinger's classic and controversial work "Diplomacy." Discussion topics will include Woodrow Wilson and the Paris Peace Conference; Adolf Hitler's... Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Wait List
Diplomacy--Part 2 ObserverIn this discussion course, we will read chapters nine and 12-19 of Henry Kissinger's classic and controversial work "Diplomacy." Discussion topics will include Woodrow Wilson and the Paris Peace Conference; Adolf Hitler's... Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $75.00 Available
Explorations in Black Culture: Durham's African American Contributors to a City's EvolutionExplorations in Black Culture draws on experts and scholars from early Durham families who lived, learned, and worked to build the foundation upon which the Bull City now thrives. Diverse voices of historians, theologians, activists... Sep 15, 2020 to Oct 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Functional Fitness at HomeSo you've probably been walking a lot and perhaps biking and, now, swimming—if you're like me. But as we know, there are other components of a well-rounded fitness program, and that's what this Zoom course will address. Time will be... Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Genealogy 101: Finding Your Past Using Today's TechnologyTraditional genealogy has for decades involved researching one’s family history and finding relatives by physically searching documents in libraries, archives, courthouses, and homes. Today's genealogists incorporate different... Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 3, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
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... Sep 15, 2020 to Oct 13, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Introduction to ZentangleThe Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use this method to create lovely images. You may also find that it increases your focus... Sep 15, 2020 to Oct 20, 2020 11:00AM - 1:00PM $75.00 Available
Met Opera's Live in HD 2020-2021Join us for an in-depth look at many of the operas that the Metropolitan Opera will present in its "Live in HD" program during the 2020-2021 season. Using PowerPoint, YouTube clips, and DVDs, we will learn about the composers and... Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $125.00 Available
OLLI at the NasherIn 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... Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 3:30PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Rhythms of the WorldRhythms of the World explores rhythms from different cultures in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Each week, students will experience a different culture through music and dance. Examples of this global exploration include the Bollywood... Sep 15, 2020 to Oct 13, 2020 3:30PM - 4:30PM $60.00 Available
Splendor Through the Ages: Extraordinary Dwellings of Luxury, Grandeur, and OstentationOnly in the twentieth century did our lifestyles come to include creature comforts and luxuries such as private jets, electric appliances, and sleek automobiles. But in every historical age, a few citizens of regal birth or wealth... Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Symposia: Excursions & DiversionsSymposia is an established OLLI favorite, and the fall term promises to live up to the tradition. Once again, we bring you a broad array of professionals from a variety of interesting fields. This is your opportunity to learn about... Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The Poetry of Presence: Living Awake!In "Wild Geese," Mary Oliver invites us into the world of the personal lyric poem. "Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. / Meanwhile the world goes on." Oliver then describes the geese flying in "clean blue air."... Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon": A Close ReadingToni Morrison's "Song of Solomon" vividly exemplifies Italo Calvino’s definition of a classic as “a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” Published in 1977, this novel continues to delight, educate, and challenge... Sep 22, 2020 to Nov 10, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
Vincent van Gogh: His Life and His ArtThis course will explore the remarkable life and artistic development of Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh's life moved between the worlds of religion and art, reflecting the ministerial world of his father and the artistic world of his... Sep 15, 2020 to Oct 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Wednesday
Course Time Tuition Status
A Hitchhiker's Guide to AI: Where We Are, and Where We're GoingOver the last few years, artificial intelligence has become a major player in many spheres—industry, commerce, social media, arts, and entertainment, among others. Its influence is certain to become both broader and deeper. Many of... Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Climate Change: The ChallengeThis course will present a comprehensive analysis of the global climate challenge and will substantiate and discuss the following: Global warming has accelerated in recent years, approaching 1.2 degrees Celsius warming from the... Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Available
Creative ProseDo you have stories from your life or the history of your family you want to share? Do you use your imagination to create stories? This course will cover all aspects of prose writing from short stories and novels to memoirs and... Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Criminal Justice, Social Justice: Faceless No MoreRecent events have highlighted problems with the criminal justice system and our larger social fabric, both locally and across the country. This 10-week online course will give you new insights and perspective about the situation.... Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of price increases from your cable provider, finding you watch fewer cable channels, or just hungry for new video content to watch while spending more time at home? This course will guide students through the maze of... Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 7, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Available
Cybersecurity 101: Practical Tips for Non-TechiesHow secure is your computer right now? You probably don’t know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are. It’s not... Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 11, 2020 6:30PM - 8:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Economic Development: Future Scenarios for Developing CountriesThis course will cover issues in economic development. Initial sessions will review basic concepts and models of economic development, different countries' experiences in achieving sustainable development, and the insertion of... Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Canceled
Finances for Fraught TimesGetting one's financial house in order has always been a challenge. The retiree of today faces added uncertainty brought on by rock-bottom interest rates and a socially distanced stock market. How to make sense of it all? This... Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
Golden Mummies of Egypt: A Blend of Ancient CulturesThis course will complement the North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition "Golden Mummies of Egypt," which examines art created for the burials of wealthy members of the multicultural society when Egypt was part of the Greek and Roman... Oct 21, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Good Conversations, Good RelationshipsEffective communication is essential in strong relationships. Yet, do you sometimes wonder how someone could possibly misunderstand what you know you said perfectly clearly? Do you ever feel that someone is not listening or just... Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 7, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
It Took a Village: How Greenwich Village Gave Birth to the Music of the 1960sThe 1960s was a time during which everything was questioned and many things changed. The music of that time reflected the dramatic changes in popular culture but was also a catalyst for change, and it was born, to a large extent, in... Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $75.00 Wait List
Learning Augmented Reality: Amaze Your Grandchildren and the Young at HeartAugmented reality (AR), where digital objects are overlaid on the perceived environment, is an exciting new field that was popularized by Pokemon Go. Even retirees were chasing these animated characters as a way to get exercise. It'... Oct 28, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $40.00 Available
Meditation and HealingEnjoy Tom’s Meditation and Healing course. It’s for everyone, even people who believe they could never meditate. Tom has over 40 years of teaching experience, and his teachings are crystal clear and easy to follow. They combine... Nov 4, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $35.00 Available
New Lens: New Ways of Looking at the Third AgeJoin us for four different perspectives on thriving in the Third Age. Finding Your Purpose: The Third Age is a unique phase, with new opportunities for growth and fulfillment. This session focuses on the transition into a new model... Oct 28, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
Pandemics and Plagues: Infectious Diseases in HumansInfectious diseases have had a major impact on human populations throughout history, as exemplified by the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently experiencing. Over the span of six classes, we will establish a baseline understanding of... Oct 14, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Political Philosophy & Governing: Part 3This course considers the political thinkers and doctrines from the 19th century to the present that have shaped government doctrine. They include: Leninism, nationalism, Fascism, National Socialism, and the teachings of Friedrich... Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Rumi and the Divine LoveThis 10-week course covers the life, work, and teachings of the great 13th-century spiritual master Rumi, whose universal message of love transcends time and culture. Rumi is being recognized in the West as one of the greatest... Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
The Holocaust: It Didn't Start with Gas ChambersWith the rise in hate groups, hate crimes, and anti-Semitic incidents, many believe our society is showing signs similar to those in 1930s Germany that led to the Holocaust. So what did happen then? Why were the Jews targeted, and... Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The New New New JournalismThe role of journalism is forever controversial. From muckraking exposes in the 19th century to current condemnation as “the enemy of the people,” the reporting and publication of news is praised and vilified. Technology amplifies... Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Canceled
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... Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
A Linguistic Look at English: Hidden Structures and Reexamined ConceptionsWhat do linguists say about how people actually use English? What do you know about structures that underlie much of your language usage? Examples of those structures include how our language sounds can be classified and the... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
A Purposeful Practice: The Freelon Group and Design for AllOur contemporary awakening around issues of racial injustice and systemic inequality in the US have shed light on many aspects of our society, including architecture. The architecture firm founded by Phil Freelon (lead architect of... Oct 22, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
American Art in the 1960sPropelled by the post-war optimism and artistic experimentation of the 1950s, American art started the 1960s with innovation and hope. By the end of the decade, though, the enthusiasm had waned as social and international conflicts... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Art & Memory: Examining the Repercussions of ConflictThere is a pivotal point immediately preceding times of conflict in which the creative possibilities seem unimaginably endless. Following destruction there is typically a resurgence of those potentialities. In the arts, that edge/... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Ethics & the Human Condition: Nietzsche & LevinasThis course focuses on foundational ethics and the task of moral thinking by considering two philosophers dynamically opposed in the history of Western moral discourse: Friedrich Nietzsche and Emmanuel Levinas. We will examine their... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
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... Sep 17, 2020 to Oct 29, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $85.00 Available
Harp Master ClassHarp lessons and more! Harp students will bring to the Zoom harp community, music that is in need of a performance venue or simply works in progress. Sharing their victories and challenges, participants will introduce their pieces,... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
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... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Kander & Ebb 101: "Cabaret," "Chicago," and All That JazzJohn Kander and Fred Ebb have the twin distinctions of being the longest-running composer-lyricist team in Broadway history (42 years) and of having written the longest-running American musical on Broadway ("Chicago"). Their shows... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
La France 1939-1958: Histoire, litterature, art, societeThis course, taught entirely in French, covers World War II, the Vichy regime, the Resistance and collaboration, and the birth and fall of the Fourth Republic. The horror of the Holocaust, massive casualties, deportations, and the... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
More Drawing ChallengesMore Drawing Challenges is an interactive hands-on art course where students can present challenges they have with their work and/or the instructor will present a drawing challenge for the class. Utilizing two or more cameras, the... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Available
Oy! A Play on Improv, VirtuallyWorking in teams, this experience will explore our visual literacy. We will engage the principles of improvisation, Foley, and Laban, by elaborating on the concepts of Laban movement and infusing our experience with the sound... Nov 5, 2020 to Nov 12, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $45.00 Available
Racism, Religion & Reconciliation: Tensions in AmericaOur country has labored for many years to make seemingly significant racial progress. However, we are currently faced with the challenge of defending against the threat that is attempting to unwind our enduring efforts of the past.... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionTaijiquan (t’ai chi ch’uan), a Chinese movement system, arose from the belief that slow, continuous motion combined with an internal focus on subtle changes enhances energy, well-being, and mental, emotional, and physical balance.... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Transportation in North Carolina: How Did We Get Here, and Where Are We Headed?We have learned that there is a cure for traffic jams—shut down the economy. Obviously, it’s not a cure we can afford. Isn't there another choice? National, state, and local decisions—public and private—have impacts. Some travel... Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
Wine, Bees, and Bones: How Isotopes Are Used to Solve Modern MysteriesOne hundred and one years after machines capable of detecting isotopes were first built, humans are continuing to find ways of using isotopes to solve modern mysteries. (Isotopes are simply different forms of the same chemical... Sep 17, 2020 to Oct 15, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
Writing Your Memoir: Experiences, Recollections, EventsPerhaps you have been reflecting on your childhood, or school days, or the beginning of your career. Maybe you have even thought you would like to collect these thoughts in writing. This course will facilitate this process and... Sep 17, 2020 to Oct 22, 2020 3:30PM - 5:00PM $75.00 Canceled
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
Art CompositionThe success of your own original art depends heavily on your compositional skills. In this course, we'll begin by learning the specific principles of composition. More importantly, though, this course will give you a bundle of hands... Sep 18, 2020 to Oct 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:30PM $75.00 Wait List
Books and BookbindingDuring this course, participants will take a virtual trip to the Orlando Museum of Art to see some highlights from their book collection; have guided learning experiences to explore a variety of bookmaking and bookbinding skills for... Sep 18, 2020 to Nov 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Eisenhower, 1890-1945In 1942, General Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower was a largely unknown staff officer with no combat experience. By May 1945, he’d led the 4 million strong Allied force that vanquished Nazi Germany. This course offers a life-and-times... Sep 18, 2020 to Oct 23, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
JusticeAll of us have opinions about what kinds of actions are just and what kinds are unjust, but it can be challenging to say what those opinions are grounded in. This course will explore what philosophers through the ages have written... Sep 18, 2020 to Nov 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Canceled
Meditate with the Voice & Sound. Meditate with the Voice and Sound is an experience in vocal toning, chant, meditative singing, and free, playful vocal sounds. This course encourages participants to develop voice, ear, and body connections. We learn about the... Sep 18, 2020 to Nov 6, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Canceled
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Status
A Purposeful Practice: The Freelon Group and Design for AllOur contemporary awakening around issues of racial injustice and systemic inequality in the US have shed light on many aspects of our society, including architecture. The architecture firm founded by Phil Freelon (lead architect of... (Thursdays) Oct 22, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
American Art in the 1960sPropelled by the post-war optimism and artistic experimentation of the 1950s, American art started the 1960s with innovation and hope. By the end of the decade, though, the enthusiasm had waned as social and international conflicts... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Art & Memory: Examining the Repercussions of ConflictThere is a pivotal point immediately preceding times of conflict in which the creative possibilities seem unimaginably endless. Following destruction there is typically a resurgence of those potentialities. In the arts, that edge/... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Golden Mummies of Egypt: A Blend of Ancient CulturesThis course will complement the North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition "Golden Mummies of Egypt," which examines art created for the burials of wealthy members of the multicultural society when Egypt was part of the Greek and Roman... (Wednesdays) Oct 21, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
OLLI at the NasherIn 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... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 3:30PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Splendor Through the Ages: Extraordinary Dwellings of Luxury, Grandeur, and OstentationOnly in the twentieth century did our lifestyles come to include creature comforts and luxuries such as private jets, electric appliances, and sleek automobiles. But in every historical age, a few citizens of regal birth or wealth... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Vincent van Gogh: His Life and His ArtThis course will explore the remarkable life and artistic development of Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh's life moved between the worlds of religion and art, reflecting the ministerial world of his father and the artistic world of his... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Oct 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Status
Cybersecurity 101: Practical Tips for Non-TechiesHow secure is your computer right now? You probably don’t know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are. It’s not... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 11, 2020 6:30PM - 8:00PM $100.00 Canceled
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... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Oct 13, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Learning Augmented Reality: Amaze Your Grandchildren and the Young at HeartAugmented reality (AR), where digital objects are overlaid on the perceived environment, is an exciting new field that was popularized by Pokemon Go. Even retirees were chasing these animated characters as a way to get exercise. It'... (Wednesdays) Oct 28, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $40.00 Available
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Status
Economic Development: Future Scenarios for Developing CountriesThis course will cover issues in economic development. Initial sessions will review basic concepts and models of economic development, different countries' experiences in achieving sustainable development, and the insertion of... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Canceled
Finances for Fraught TimesGetting one's financial house in order has always been a challenge. The retiree of today faces added uncertainty brought on by rock-bottom interest rates and a socially distanced stock market. How to make sense of it all? This... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
Transportation in North Carolina: How Did We Get Here, and Where Are We Headed?We have learned that there is a cure for traffic jams—shut down the economy. Obviously, it’s not a cure we can afford. Isn't there another choice? National, state, and local decisions—public and private—have impacts. Some travel... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
Art CompositionThe success of your own original art depends heavily on your compositional skills. In this course, we'll begin by learning the specific principles of composition. More importantly, though, this course will give you a bundle of hands... (Fridays) Sep 18, 2020 to Oct 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:30PM $75.00 Wait List
Books and BookbindingDuring this course, participants will take a virtual trip to the Orlando Museum of Art to see some highlights from their book collection; have guided learning experiences to explore a variety of bookmaking and bookbinding skills for... (Fridays) Sep 18, 2020 to Nov 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Introduction to ZentangleThe Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use this method to create lovely images. You may also find that it increases your focus... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Oct 20, 2020 11:00AM - 1:00PM $75.00 Available
Learn to Knit a Chunky ScarfA soft, chunky scarf is the perfect cold weather accessory. This course will give you the skills to take super bulky yarn and transform it into an accessory you'll be delighted to wear or gift. This is a great course for beginners... (Mondays) Sep 14, 2020 to Nov 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
More Drawing ChallengesMore Drawing Challenges is an interactive hands-on art course where students can present challenges they have with their work and/or the instructor will present a drawing challenge for the class. Utilizing two or more cameras, the... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Available
Health & Wellness
Course Time Tuition Status
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... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Meditation and HealingEnjoy Tom’s Meditation and Healing course. It’s for everyone, even people who believe they could never meditate. Tom has over 40 years of teaching experience, and his teachings are crystal clear and easy to follow. They combine... (Wednesdays) Nov 4, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $35.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionTaijiquan (t’ai chi ch’uan), a Chinese movement system, arose from the belief that slow, continuous motion combined with an internal focus on subtle changes enhances energy, well-being, and mental, emotional, and physical balance.... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
History & Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Status
Abraham Lincoln: Abolition President, Master of Moral Certainty & Political SagacitySlavery in America lasted for 246 years (1619-1865), and it defined Abraham Lincoln's life and his legacy. Lectures in this course will focus on Lincoln's rise to political power and his opposition to slavery (1854 to 1860), and his... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Diplomacy--Part 2 ActiveIn this discussion course, we will read chapters nine and 12-19 of Henry Kissinger's classic and controversial work "Diplomacy." Discussion topics will include Woodrow Wilson and the Paris Peace Conference; Adolf Hitler's... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Wait List
Diplomacy--Part 2 ObserverIn this discussion course, we will read chapters nine and 12-19 of Henry Kissinger's classic and controversial work "Diplomacy." Discussion topics will include Woodrow Wilson and the Paris Peace Conference; Adolf Hitler's... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $75.00 Available
Eisenhower, 1890-1945In 1942, General Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower was a largely unknown staff officer with no combat experience. By May 1945, he’d led the 4 million strong Allied force that vanquished Nazi Germany. This course offers a life-and-times... (Fridays) Sep 18, 2020 to Oct 23, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Explorations in Black Culture: Durham's African American Contributors to a City's EvolutionExplorations in Black Culture draws on experts and scholars from early Durham families who lived, learned, and worked to build the foundation upon which the Bull City now thrives. Diverse voices of historians, theologians, activists... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Oct 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
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... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Oct 29, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $85.00 Available
Jane Austen's World: England in the Regency PeriodThe brief but significant Regency period, during which Jane Austen wrote her most important novels, saw radical changes in English society. Not only was there a new emphasis on equality and freedom, which led to mass radical... (Mondays) Sep 14, 2020 to Oct 26, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Newspapers in America: The First Two CenturiesIn 1690, the first newspaper in America closed after one edition. But was it a flop? What happened next? This course will examine news and news gathering over two-plus centuries of American history. Find out why the 1690 paper... (Mondays) Sep 14, 2020 to Nov 23, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Political Philosophy & Governing: Part 3This course considers the political thinkers and doctrines from the 19th century to the present that have shaped government doctrine. They include: Leninism, nationalism, Fascism, National Socialism, and the teachings of Friedrich... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The Black Experience in America: 1950 to the PresentSince the majority of us came of age in the 1950s, few have had the chance to study the history we were living during that time. And then there’s the history we were never taught, and many argue is still not being taught. This... (Mondays) Sep 14, 2020 to Oct 26, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
The Holocaust: It Didn't Start with Gas ChambersWith the rise in hate groups, hate crimes, and anti-Semitic incidents, many believe our society is showing signs similar to those in 1930s Germany that led to the Holocaust. So what did happen then? Why were the Jews targeted, and... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
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) Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Language, Literature & Drama
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A Linguistic Look at English: Hidden Structures and Reexamined ConceptionsWhat do linguists say about how people actually use English? What do you know about structures that underlie much of your language usage? Examples of those structures include how our language sounds can be classified and the... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
La France 1939-1958: Histoire, litterature, art, societeThis course, taught entirely in French, covers World War II, the Vichy regime, the Resistance and collaboration, and the birth and fall of the Fourth Republic. The horror of the Holocaust, massive casualties, deportations, and the... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The Poetry of Presence: Living Awake!In "Wild Geese," Mary Oliver invites us into the world of the personal lyric poem. "Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. / Meanwhile the world goes on." Oliver then describes the geese flying in "clean blue air."... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon": A Close ReadingToni Morrison's "Song of Solomon" vividly exemplifies Italo Calvino’s definition of a classic as “a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” Published in 1977, this novel continues to delight, educate, and challenge... (Tuesdays) Sep 22, 2020 to Nov 10, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
Lifestyles
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Frontiers in MedicineNew discoveries from the frontiers of science and medicine regularly divulge more of nature’s complex blueprint of life, providing us with insights and tools for maximizing our health and well-being. The rapid pace of the news cycle... (Mondays) Sep 14, 2020 to Nov 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Functional Fitness at HomeSo you've probably been walking a lot and perhaps biking and, now, swimming—if you're like me. But as we know, there are other components of a well-rounded fitness program, and that's what this Zoom course will address. Time will be... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Meditate with the Voice & Sound. Meditate with the Voice and Sound is an experience in vocal toning, chant, meditative singing, and free, playful vocal sounds. This course encourages participants to develop voice, ear, and body connections. We learn about the... (Fridays) Sep 18, 2020 to Nov 6, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Canceled
Rhythms of the WorldRhythms of the World explores rhythms from different cultures in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Each week, students will experience a different culture through music and dance. Examples of this global exploration include the Bollywood... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Oct 13, 2020 3:30PM - 4:30PM $60.00 Available
Performing Arts
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Harp Master ClassHarp lessons and more! Harp students will bring to the Zoom harp community, music that is in need of a performance venue or simply works in progress. Sharing their victories and challenges, participants will introduce their pieces,... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
It Took a Village: How Greenwich Village Gave Birth to the Music of the 1960sThe 1960s was a time during which everything was questioned and many things changed. The music of that time reflected the dramatic changes in popular culture but was also a catalyst for change, and it was born, to a large extent, in... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $75.00 Wait List
Kander & Ebb 101: "Cabaret," "Chicago," and All That JazzJohn Kander and Fred Ebb have the twin distinctions of being the longest-running composer-lyricist team in Broadway history (42 years) and of having written the longest-running American musical on Broadway ("Chicago"). Their shows... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Met Opera's Live in HD 2020-2021Join us for an in-depth look at many of the operas that the Metropolitan Opera will present in its "Live in HD" program during the 2020-2021 season. Using PowerPoint, YouTube clips, and DVDs, we will learn about the composers and... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $125.00 Available
Oy! A Play on Improv, VirtuallyWorking in teams, this experience will explore our visual literacy. We will engage the principles of improvisation, Foley, and Laban, by elaborating on the concepts of Laban movement and infusing our experience with the sound... (Thursdays) Nov 5, 2020 to Nov 12, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $45.00 Available
Religion & Philosophy
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Ethics & the Human Condition: Nietzsche & LevinasThis course focuses on foundational ethics and the task of moral thinking by considering two philosophers dynamically opposed in the history of Western moral discourse: Friedrich Nietzsche and Emmanuel Levinas. We will examine their... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
JusticeAll of us have opinions about what kinds of actions are just and what kinds are unjust, but it can be challenging to say what those opinions are grounded in. This course will explore what philosophers through the ages have written... (Fridays) Sep 18, 2020 to Nov 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Canceled
Racism, Religion & Reconciliation: Tensions in AmericaOur country has labored for many years to make seemingly significant racial progress. However, we are currently faced with the challenge of defending against the threat that is attempting to unwind our enduring efforts of the past.... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Rumi and the Divine LoveThis 10-week course covers the life, work, and teachings of the great 13th-century spiritual master Rumi, whose universal message of love transcends time and culture. Rumi is being recognized in the West as one of the greatest... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Science & Technology
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A Hitchhiker's Guide to AI: Where We Are, and Where We're GoingOver the last few years, artificial intelligence has become a major player in many spheres—industry, commerce, social media, arts, and entertainment, among others. Its influence is certain to become both broader and deeper. Many of... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Ascent of ManDrawing from the title and concept of the renowned classic J. Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man, we will discuss how Homo sapiens became the dominant animal species on the planet, has altered the land surface over most of the globe and... (Mondays) Sep 14, 2020 to Nov 23, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Climate Change: The ChallengeThis course will present a comprehensive analysis of the global climate challenge and will substantiate and discuss the following: Global warming has accelerated in recent years, approaching 1.2 degrees Celsius warming from the... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Available
Frontiers in MedicineNew discoveries from the frontiers of science and medicine regularly divulge more of nature’s complex blueprint of life, providing us with insights and tools for maximizing our health and well-being. The rapid pace of the news cycle... (Mondays) Sep 14, 2020 to Nov 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Pandemics and Plagues: Infectious Diseases in HumansInfectious diseases have had a major impact on human populations throughout history, as exemplified by the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently experiencing. Over the span of six classes, we will establish a baseline understanding of... (Wednesdays) Oct 14, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Wine, Bees, and Bones: How Isotopes Are Used to Solve Modern MysteriesOne hundred and one years after machines capable of detecting isotopes were first built, humans are continuing to find ways of using isotopes to solve modern mysteries. (Isotopes are simply different forms of the same chemical... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Oct 15, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
Social Science & Culture
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Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of price increases from your cable provider, finding you watch fewer cable channels, or just hungry for new video content to watch while spending more time at home? This course will guide students through the maze of... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 7, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Available
Rhythms of the WorldRhythms of the World explores rhythms from different cultures in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Each week, students will experience a different culture through music and dance. Examples of this global exploration include the Bollywood... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Oct 13, 2020 3:30PM - 4:30PM $60.00 Available
Society and Culture
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Baseball in North CarolinaOnce upon a time, long before college basketball and football became so popular, baseball was king in North Carolina. Black or White, rich college student or poor mill worker, it was the sport everyone played. In addition to... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 3, 2020 3:30PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Criminal Justice, Social Justice: Faceless No MoreRecent events have highlighted problems with the criminal justice system and our larger social fabric, both locally and across the country. This 10-week online course will give you new insights and perspective about the situation.... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Genealogy 101: Finding Your Past Using Today's TechnologyTraditional genealogy has for decades involved researching one’s family history and finding relatives by physically searching documents in libraries, archives, courthouses, and homes. Today's genealogists incorporate different... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 3, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
Good Conversations, Good RelationshipsEffective communication is essential in strong relationships. Yet, do you sometimes wonder how someone could possibly misunderstand what you know you said perfectly clearly? Do you ever feel that someone is not listening or just... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 7, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
New Lens: New Ways of Looking at the Third AgeJoin us for four different perspectives on thriving in the Third Age. Finding Your Purpose: The Third Age is a unique phase, with new opportunities for growth and fulfillment. This session focuses on the transition into a new model... (Wednesdays) Oct 28, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
Symposia: Excursions & DiversionsSymposia is an established OLLI favorite, and the fall term promises to live up to the tradition. Once again, we bring you a broad array of professionals from a variety of interesting fields. This is your opportunity to learn about... (Tuesdays) Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The New New New JournalismThe role of journalism is forever controversial. From muckraking exposes in the 19th century to current condemnation as “the enemy of the people,” the reporting and publication of news is praised and vilified. Technology amplifies... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Canceled
Writing
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Creative ProseDo you have stories from your life or the history of your family you want to share? Do you use your imagination to create stories? This course will cover all aspects of prose writing from short stories and novels to memoirs and... (Wednesdays) Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Writing Your Memoir: Experiences, Recollections, EventsPerhaps you have been reflecting on your childhood, or school days, or the beginning of your career. Maybe you have even thought you would like to collect these thoughts in writing. This course will facilitate this process and... (Thursdays) Sep 17, 2020 to Oct 22, 2020 3:30PM - 5:00PM $75.00 Canceled
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Membership

You must be a member of OLLI to take classes and attend social activities. 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. 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 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: On March 1, 2020,  click on this link to be sent to the proper page: 2020 - 2021 Membership (active on July 1, 2020 and good through June 30, 2021).    Note:  if you have previously purchased a membership between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020, your membership is still active through June 30, 2021.  
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Registration

Dates

Online Learning Fall Term registration:

OLLI members registering for classes held on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will register on day one of Registration – Tuesday, September 1 at 9:00 am.

OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will register on day two of Registration – Wednesday, September 2 at 9:00 am.

Note: Online Learning class capacity is very large for many of our courses, so we do not anticipate a wait lists for these offerings. For that reason, 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.

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.

  • 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

Members who register online may pay with credit card at time of registration.  
 

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, no charge 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.

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: All OLLI classes and activities have been canceled due to Covid-19. 
Please see notice. Some of our SIG's are still meeting via Zoom

Currently Meeting via Zoom:

Mystery Book Club: The club is currently meeting via Zoom on the second Tuesday of the month from 3-4:00. For more information and details about the link/password please contact Madeline “Maddy” Kalstein, madkalstein@gmail.com.

OLLI Singles: OLLI Singles club is currently meeting via Zoom on Wednesdays from 1-2:00. For more information and details about the link/password please contact the Steering Committee at olliatdukesingles@gmail.com to join our SIG.

Science Book Club: The OLLI Science Book &uoClub is meeting on Zoom at our regular first Thursday of the month at 3:15 time. The coordinator sends out an invitation a week before our meetings to our mailing list. Contact daniel.oldman@gmail.com for more information.

Foodie Field Trips: This is a ‘virtual’ SIG, organized by email and via the SIG’s website. https://foodiefieldtrip.weebly.com

SIGs that are currently on hiatus: 

Book Group: Contact Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com or 919-416-0755. 

Craft Group: Contact Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com or 919-416-0755. 

International Folk Dance: Contact Judy Stafford at 919-383-7172 or judy.stafford@alumni.duke.edu

French Language Tables: Contact Emily Lees (emilyjlees@gmail.com) or George Entenman (olli@entenman.net). 

Spanish Language Tables: Contact Margaret Riley (mrileync@gmail.com

Mac Computer Users Group: Contact Mary Jo Fickle, fickle5@aol.com, or Susan Eure, asure@bellsouth.net

The OLLI Public Policy Special Interest Group: Contact Larry Reed (lgreed3@gmail.com) 919-452-3896, or Jim Hollowood (jhollowood@gmail.com).

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Calendar

Fall 2020 Catalog will be online mid August.

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
Fall 2020
Tuesday, September 1

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

-For classes held on Monday, or Tuesday

Wednesday, September 2

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

-For classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

Monday, September 14 Online Learning Classes Start
Monday, September 28 No Classes - Yom Kippur
Monday November 23 Online Learning Classes End
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Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities during Covid-19:

Want to Interview OLLI members? Write Articles for Spotlight? Research other online learning Opportunities we can share for OLLI members?

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 so we are finding that as a staff, we don’t have the bandwidth to do some of the things we’d like to do. Here are some opportunities to get engaged:

  • Volunteer reporters to write articles for Spotlight (interview OLLI members, and other virtual offerings of interest to OLLI members) for posting on OLLI at Duke website.
  • Volunteers to help Curriculum Committee cultivate/work with prospective instructors on course proposals and prepare for online learning.
  • Volunteers to help OLLI members 1-on-1 with Zoom technology questions and issues.

If interested, email VOLUNTEER@OLLIatDuke.org

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.

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 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 Committe. 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 convocationand 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 cmabrons@gmail.com.

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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.

Leadership

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

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

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

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

Acting President: Marion Jervay
Vice President: Nomination Pending
Past President: Ginny Knight

Recording Secretary: Virginia Lee

At-Large Advisors (two-year term)

Term Ending 2022: Alan Teasley, Sue Dennison
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
Assistant to the Director:  Kathy Parrish
Staff Assistant: Betina Huntwork
Location 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, instructors, class assistants and leaders send out occasional e-mails to the membership to inform them of breaking news.  Please email olli@duke.edu to make sure that we have your e-mail address if you want to receive these notices.

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 all the Online Learning sessions. This site provides Zoom how-to guides, Requests for assistance options, and informations on the current Online Learning term. Please click here for to vist the site.

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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 email olli@duke.edu 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?

Update 4/28/2020: During the covid-19 hiatus, no requests for catalogs will be processed. 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. 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.

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Locations

OLLI classes are held in a variety of locations throughout the area. Here are the addresses:

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