Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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

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

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

 

Curriculum

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

OLLI classes are all about the love of learning. There are no tests or grades. Participation is essential, ranging from keeping up with assigned readings, contributing to class discussion, and sharing the results of one’s own research. Currently, all OLLI classes are held online using Duke's Zoom account. Classes typically meet once per week for 75 minutes; class times are 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Fall and winter terms classes last 10 weeks; spring term 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
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, everyone played baseball. In addition to providing... May 17, 2021 to Jun 28, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Available
Documentary Photography: Story Through ImageThe goal of the course is to look at documentary photographers who use different techniques to tell a story or document a place or event. The emphasis will be on building vocabulary and appreciation of the many ways documentary... May 17, 2021 to Jun 28, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Peter Taylor, Master StorytellerThis course is devoted to a close reading and discussion of Peter Taylor's short story masterpiece "The Old Forest" and the novel for which he was awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, "A Summons to Memphis." Robert Penn... May 17, 2021 to Jun 14, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Available
The Black Experience: And Still I RiseThis course will focus on first-person accounts of how African Americans achieved their dreams in spite of the number of trials and tribulations they had to endure. Through a first-person storytelling format, the instructor and... May 17, 2021 to Jun 28, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Tuesday
Course Time Tuition Status
Computing COVID-19The year 2020 was a disaster in so many ways, but it was also a year of incredible achievements by the scientific community. In a very short period of time, the structure of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was determined and shared, old and... May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Introduction to BridgeJoin us to explore the most exciting card game in the world, meet new people, make new friends, and keep an agile mind. This course is suitable for people who are new to bridge but enjoy playing stimulating card games, or those who... May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 3:30PM - 5:30PM $75.00 Available
Learn to Knit a Summery ShawlShawls are popular fashion accessories that provide color and interest for any outfit. They also provide an extra layer on a chilly day. Learn to knit a shawl using one or two colors of yarn. The instructor will provide the pattern... May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM $75.00 Available
Navigating UncertaintyAs a pioneering health professional in integrated mind-body approaches and palliative care, the instructor spent 30 years listening to and speaking with people facing major life changes. He learned one of the biggest stressors in... May 18, 2021 to Jun 8, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
Smartphone FilmmakingWhat’s the best camera for developing your filmmaking skills? The one you already own. With the help of an inexpensive app, we can shoot and edit film-quality videos with our smartphones. The quality of work you can produce is... May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Available
Symposia: (Mostly) Scientific Excursions and DiversionsSymposia appeals to many OLLI members, and perhaps to you, for at least two reasons. Most importantly, some very interesting people agree to take time from their professional schedules to talk with our classmates. It also matters to... May 25, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
The Francophone ExperienceThere is a need for relevant, current materials and learning models written in English about "la francophonie," or the French-speaking world. We will examine francophone culture through selected written texts, writers, artists,... May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Topics in AstrophysicsThe course will consist of the following lectures: (1) Nicolaus Copernicus’s Famous Book: The Birth of Modern Astronomy; (2) When Einstein Changed the World: The Story of 1905, Einstein’s Incredible Year; (3) The Origin of the... May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Wait List
White Supremacy & Racial ControlThe course will explore race as a social construct in the United States from the first permanent English colonization at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 to 2021. We will examine the establishment of Whiteness as the normative standard... May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Women and Power: Breaking the Mold in Victorian EnglandThroughout the Victorian period in England, the "perfect lady" was the ideal of femininity, despite the fact that this did not aptly depict the actual lives of most women. Either because they had to work to support themselves or... May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Wednesday
Course Time Tuition Status
"Gatsby": The Great American Novel?Why do so many critics consider "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald one of the greatest—if not the greatest—American novel? We will attempt to answer this question through a close reading of the book, delving into no more than... May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Create Mosaic Garden ArtCreate wonderful garden art through the exploration of the art of mosaics during this six-week course. This hands-on course will begin with a brief history of mosaic art. It will explore ancient through modern mosaic installations... May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $75.00 Wait List
Fitness at Home or on the RoadThe goal of this course is to enhance your balance, agility, cardio endurance, and strength. You will use fitness equipment you have accumulated over the years, such as resistance tubes and bands, and household objects like step... May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Guide To Local JazzThe Guide to Local Jazz course has been facilitated for eight years now. In this online version, OLLI members will experience performances by six or more local jazz musicians, and will learn how to find local jazz venues and other... May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Available
Memoirish: Write Your Life StoryThis is a memoir-writing course for people at the beginning stages of writing their stories. It is for those who: keep hearing from friends and family that they need to write about their lives, have the best stories to tell at... May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Available
New at the Nasher: Recent AcquisitionsIn this discussion-based course, we will have the opportunity to enjoy and learn about recent acquisitions in the Duke University Nasher Museum of Art’s permanent collection. This course will allow for in-depth discussion of a small... May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Silver Strummers: Ukulele for Beginners, Part 2This course will build on the foundation laid in the first course, Ukulele: Silver Strummers. You will learn new chords, barre chords, movable chords, and new songs—"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is always a favorite. You will also be... May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 1:30PM - 2:30PM $70.00 Available
The Empowered Caregiver: Navigating Long-Term Care After COVID-19This two-session course considers both the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on caregiving and the growing awareness of the importance of family caregiving as part of our public health infrastructure, and it provides guidance to... May 19, 2021 to May 26, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $30.00 Available
The Faceless: A Global Immersion into the Prison ExperienceThe United States has more men and women incarcerated per capita than any nation in the world. Looking at just what happens in North Carolina provides a foundation for understanding the prison experience, but it is not nearly enough... May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Why the Jews?In the past year, we have seen protestors wear shirts emblazoned with "Camp Auschwitz" and "6MWE." What did that mean? Why do Jews continue to be targets for hate? Why did the Nazis specifically target Jews for elimination during... May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Writing a Legacy LetterThis four-session online course is designed to introduce the concept of legacy letters and to encourage participants to craft their own legacy document. A legacy letter (also called an ethical will) is a written document that allows... Jun 2, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Wait List
Writing Flash Memoir & FictionDo you have memories to share? Stories to tell? Do you want to write, but don't have much time? Writing Flash Memoir & Fiction will show you the skills you need to write your stories in fewer than 1,000 words. This six-week... May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 6:30PM - 8:30PM $75.00 Available
Writing Flash Memoir & FictionDo you have memories to share? Stories to tell? Do you want to write, but don't have much time? Writing Flash Memoir & Fiction will show you the skills you need to write your stories in fewer than 1,000 words. This six-week... May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 4:00PM - 6:00PM $75.00 Available
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
Basic Spanish Words & PhrasesThis course will teach students basic Spanish words, greetings, and conversation for use in common situations. With that as the course’s focus, some attention will be given to conjugation and grammar. Students will learn... May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 3:30PM - 5:00PM $75.00 Available
Blood Libels and Show TrialsThis course explores the origins of anti-Semitism and the history, from its origins to present times, of the use of the "blood libel" as an anti-Semitic trope. We will analyze the manner in which anti-Semitism was manifested in a... May 20, 2021 to Jun 17, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Canceled
Broadway's Pulitzer Musicals 101Ten works of American musical theater have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama since 1932—roughly one per decade—and they are quite an eclectic lot. We’ll begin with George and Ira Gershwin’s "Of Thee I Sing" and Rodgers and... May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Challenges of Race & CultureRacism and its ramifications have always been a challenge to living out the vision of America’s Founding Fathers. Recently, events in America have shown that racism is systemic and affects all American citizens in our cultural life... May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Canceled
Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of paying (too much!) for cable TV, but confused by the multitude of streaming services to choose from? This course guides students through the maze of technology and content available to create a plan to switch from... May 20, 2021 to Jun 17, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Diplomacy—Part 3: Active ParticipantsIn this seminar/discussion course, we will complete our analysis of Henry Kissinger's classic and provocative work "Diplomacy," reading chapters 20 to 25. Discussion topics will include negotiating with the Communists during the... May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Diplomacy—Part 3: ObserversIn this seminar/discussion course, we will complete our analysis of Henry Kissinger's classic and provocative work "Diplomacy," reading chapters 20 to 25. Discussion topics will include negotiating with the Communists during the... May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $50.00 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... May 20, 2021 to Jun 17, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
Jungian Depth PsychologyWhat makes Jungian depth psychology compelling today? C. G. Jung said, "What is not brought to consciousness comes to us as fate." In this course, an overview of Jung's life will show how his ideas evolved and how he described our... May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Le Corbusier: His Life & ArchitectureCharles-Edouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), the Swiss architect known as Le Corbusier, was an intriguing man who lived during a fascinating time. From his formative creation of a "Modulor" architecture at only age 27 to his work in... May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Enrollment Closed
Marshall and the Atomic BombThe course presents General George C. Marshall’s crucial role in the Manhattan Project, the effort that produced the first atomic bombs, and in the decision to use the bombs on Japan. It also describes his postwar involvement with... May 20, 2021 to May 27, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $30.00 Available
Music of Conflict and War"War and pieces." Throughout the history of classical and contemporary music, composers have reacted to war and conflict by crystalizing cultural reactions for their audiences through the language of music. This three-week lecture... Jun 3, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Pompeii: Roman Society in MicrocosmThe aim of this course is to use the archaeological evidence from the ancient city of Pompeii to explore Roman culture. Pompeii provides a unique opportunity to look at ancient Roman society because the city was buried by the... May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionT'ai chi (taijiquan or t’ai chi ch’uan) is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art, and health exercise. Slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus, enhances energy, well-being, and mental, emotional, and... May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Watercolor: Lionfish UnderwaterWhether you are an accomplished painter or a scaredy-cat beginner, this course will teach you clearly, one step at a time, to paint a beautiful ready-to-frame watercolor. The underwater scene features the spectacular lionfish, and... May 20, 2021 to Jun 17, 2021 3:30PM - 5:30PM $75.00 Available
Zentangle Greeting CardsZentangle Greeting Cards Session. Week 1: Birthday Card. What a way to celebrate someone’s birthday, with a hand-drawn, unique birthday card! Week 2: Thinking of You Card. There are many occasions when we want to send a note to tell... May 20, 2021 to Jul 1, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM $75.00 Available
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Status
Documentary Photography: Story Through ImageThe goal of the course is to look at documentary photographers who use different techniques to tell a story or document a place or event. The emphasis will be on building vocabulary and appreciation of the many ways documentary... (Mondays) May 17, 2021 to Jun 28, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Le Corbusier: His Life & ArchitectureCharles-Edouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), the Swiss architect known as Le Corbusier, was an intriguing man who lived during a fascinating time. From his formative creation of a "Modulor" architecture at only age 27 to his work in... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Enrollment Closed
New at the Nasher: Recent AcquisitionsIn this discussion-based course, we will have the opportunity to enjoy and learn about recent acquisitions in the Duke University Nasher Museum of Art’s permanent collection. This course will allow for in-depth discussion of a small... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Pompeii: Roman Society in MicrocosmThe aim of this course is to use the archaeological evidence from the ancient city of Pompeii to explore Roman culture. Pompeii provides a unique opportunity to look at ancient Roman society because the city was buried by the... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Status
Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of paying (too much!) for cable TV, but confused by the multitude of streaming services to choose from? This course guides students through the maze of technology and content available to create a plan to switch from... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 17, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Smartphone FilmmakingWhat’s the best camera for developing your filmmaking skills? The one you already own. With the help of an inexpensive app, we can shoot and edit film-quality videos with our smartphones. The quality of work you can produce is... (Tuesdays) May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Available
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
Create Mosaic Garden ArtCreate wonderful garden art through the exploration of the art of mosaics during this six-week course. This hands-on course will begin with a brief history of mosaic art. It will explore ancient through modern mosaic installations... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $75.00 Wait List
Learn to Knit a Summery ShawlShawls are popular fashion accessories that provide color and interest for any outfit. They also provide an extra layer on a chilly day. Learn to knit a shawl using one or two colors of yarn. The instructor will provide the pattern... (Tuesdays) May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM $75.00 Available
Watercolor: Lionfish UnderwaterWhether you are an accomplished painter or a scaredy-cat beginner, this course will teach you clearly, one step at a time, to paint a beautiful ready-to-frame watercolor. The underwater scene features the spectacular lionfish, and... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 17, 2021 3:30PM - 5:30PM $75.00 Available
Zentangle Greeting CardsZentangle Greeting Cards Session. Week 1: Birthday Card. What a way to celebrate someone’s birthday, with a hand-drawn, unique birthday card! Week 2: Thinking of You Card. There are many occasions when we want to send a note to tell... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jul 1, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM $75.00 Available
History: Past & Present
Course Time Tuition Status
Blood Libels and Show TrialsThis course explores the origins of anti-Semitism and the history, from its origins to present times, of the use of the "blood libel" as an anti-Semitic trope. We will analyze the manner in which anti-Semitism was manifested in a... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 17, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Canceled
Diplomacy—Part 3: Active ParticipantsIn this seminar/discussion course, we will complete our analysis of Henry Kissinger's classic and provocative work "Diplomacy," reading chapters 20 to 25. Discussion topics will include negotiating with the Communists during the... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Diplomacy—Part 3: ObserversIn this seminar/discussion course, we will complete our analysis of Henry Kissinger's classic and provocative work "Diplomacy," reading chapters 20 to 25. Discussion topics will include negotiating with the Communists during the... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $50.00 Available
Marshall and the Atomic BombThe course presents General George C. Marshall’s crucial role in the Manhattan Project, the effort that produced the first atomic bombs, and in the decision to use the bombs on Japan. It also describes his postwar involvement with... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to May 27, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $30.00 Available
The Francophone ExperienceThere is a need for relevant, current materials and learning models written in English about "la francophonie," or the French-speaking world. We will examine francophone culture through selected written texts, writers, artists,... (Tuesdays) May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
White Supremacy & Racial ControlThe course will explore race as a social construct in the United States from the first permanent English colonization at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 to 2021. We will examine the establishment of Whiteness as the normative standard... (Tuesdays) May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Why the Jews?In the past year, we have seen protestors wear shirts emblazoned with "Camp Auschwitz" and "6MWE." What did that mean? Why do Jews continue to be targets for hate? Why did the Nazis specifically target Jews for elimination during... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Women and Power: Breaking the Mold in Victorian EnglandThroughout the Victorian period in England, the "perfect lady" was the ideal of femininity, despite the fact that this did not aptly depict the actual lives of most women. Either because they had to work to support themselves or... (Tuesdays) May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Literature and Languages
Course Time Tuition Status
"Gatsby": The Great American Novel?Why do so many critics consider "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald one of the greatest—if not the greatest—American novel? We will attempt to answer this question through a close reading of the book, delving into no more than... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Basic Spanish Words & PhrasesThis course will teach students basic Spanish words, greetings, and conversation for use in common situations. With that as the course’s focus, some attention will be given to conjugation and grammar. Students will learn... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 3:30PM - 5:00PM $75.00 Available
Peter Taylor, Master StorytellerThis course is devoted to a close reading and discussion of Peter Taylor's short story masterpiece "The Old Forest" and the novel for which he was awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, "A Summons to Memphis." Robert Penn... (Mondays) May 17, 2021 to Jun 14, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Available
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Status
Broadway's Pulitzer Musicals 101Ten works of American musical theater have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama since 1932—roughly one per decade—and they are quite an eclectic lot. We’ll begin with George and Ira Gershwin’s "Of Thee I Sing" and Rodgers and... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Guide To Local JazzThe Guide to Local Jazz course has been facilitated for eight years now. In this online version, OLLI members will experience performances by six or more local jazz musicians, and will learn how to find local jazz venues and other... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Available
Music of Conflict and War"War and pieces." Throughout the history of classical and contemporary music, composers have reacted to war and conflict by crystalizing cultural reactions for their audiences through the language of music. This three-week lecture... (Thursdays) Jun 3, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Silver Strummers: Ukulele for Beginners, Part 2This course will build on the foundation laid in the first course, Ukulele: Silver Strummers. You will learn new chords, barre chords, movable chords, and new songs—"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is always a favorite. You will also be... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 1:30PM - 2:30PM $70.00 Available
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Status
Computing COVID-19The year 2020 was a disaster in so many ways, but it was also a year of incredible achievements by the scientific community. In a very short period of time, the structure of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was determined and shared, old and... (Tuesdays) May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Topics in AstrophysicsThe course will consist of the following lectures: (1) Nicolaus Copernicus’s Famous Book: The Birth of Modern Astronomy; (2) When Einstein Changed the World: The Story of 1905, Einstein’s Incredible Year; (3) The Origin of the... (Tuesdays) May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Wait List
Society and Culture
Course Time Tuition Status
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, everyone played baseball. In addition to providing... (Mondays) May 17, 2021 to Jun 28, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Available
Challenges of Race & CultureRacism and its ramifications have always been a challenge to living out the vision of America’s Founding Fathers. Recently, events in America have shown that racism is systemic and affects all American citizens in our cultural life... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Canceled
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... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 17, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
Jungian Depth PsychologyWhat makes Jungian depth psychology compelling today? C. G. Jung said, "What is not brought to consciousness comes to us as fate." In this course, an overview of Jung's life will show how his ideas evolved and how he described our... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Symposia: (Mostly) Scientific Excursions and DiversionsSymposia appeals to many OLLI members, and perhaps to you, for at least two reasons. Most importantly, some very interesting people agree to take time from their professional schedules to talk with our classmates. It also matters to... (Tuesdays) May 25, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
The Black Experience: And Still I RiseThis course will focus on first-person accounts of how African Americans achieved their dreams in spite of the number of trials and tribulations they had to endure. Through a first-person storytelling format, the instructor and... (Mondays) May 17, 2021 to Jun 28, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
The Faceless: A Global Immersion into the Prison ExperienceThe United States has more men and women incarcerated per capita than any nation in the world. Looking at just what happens in North Carolina provides a foundation for understanding the prison experience, but it is not nearly enough... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Wellness Activities
Course Time Tuition Status
Fitness at Home or on the RoadThe goal of this course is to enhance your balance, agility, cardio endurance, and strength. You will use fitness equipment you have accumulated over the years, such as resistance tubes and bands, and household objects like step... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Introduction to BridgeJoin us to explore the most exciting card game in the world, meet new people, make new friends, and keep an agile mind. This course is suitable for people who are new to bridge but enjoy playing stimulating card games, or those who... (Tuesdays) May 18, 2021 to Jun 22, 2021 3:30PM - 5:30PM $75.00 Available
Navigating UncertaintyAs a pioneering health professional in integrated mind-body approaches and palliative care, the instructor spent 30 years listening to and speaking with people facing major life changes. He learned one of the biggest stressors in... (Tuesdays) May 18, 2021 to Jun 8, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionT'ai chi (taijiquan or t’ai chi ch’uan) is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art, and health exercise. Slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus, enhances energy, well-being, and mental, emotional, and... (Thursdays) May 20, 2021 to Jun 24, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
The Empowered Caregiver: Navigating Long-Term Care After COVID-19This two-session course considers both the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on caregiving and the growing awareness of the importance of family caregiving as part of our public health infrastructure, and it provides guidance to... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to May 26, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $30.00 Available
Writing
Course Time Tuition Status
Memoirish: Write Your Life StoryThis is a memoir-writing course for people at the beginning stages of writing their stories. It is for those who: keep hearing from friends and family that they need to write about their lives, have the best stories to tell at... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Available
Writing a Legacy LetterThis four-session online course is designed to introduce the concept of legacy letters and to encourage participants to craft their own legacy document. A legacy letter (also called an ethical will) is a written document that allows... (Wednesdays) Jun 2, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Wait List
Writing Flash Memoir & FictionDo you have memories to share? Stories to tell? Do you want to write, but don't have much time? Writing Flash Memoir & Fiction will show you the skills you need to write your stories in fewer than 1,000 words. This six-week... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 6:30PM - 8:30PM $75.00 Available
Writing Flash Memoir & FictionDo you have memories to share? Stories to tell? Do you want to write, but don't have much time? Writing Flash Memoir & Fiction will show you the skills you need to write your stories in fewer than 1,000 words. This six-week... (Wednesdays) May 19, 2021 to Jun 23, 2021 4:00PM - 6:00PM $75.00 Available
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Membership

Becoming a member of OLLI is easy. Annual membership dues are $45 (payable when you first sign up for courses during the school year). Memberships are good for the academic year. You must be a member of OLLI to take classes and attend social activities. If you do not have a current membership or are a brand new member, our new 2021-2022 membership is available starting March 1, 2021 and is good through June 30, 2022. Please Note: If you purchased a membership during Spring 2020 registration, your membership is good until June 30, 2021. Membership dues are nonrefundable.

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

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

  • Automatically during registration: If you have been a member, but your membership has expired, our online registration system will automatically add a new membership to your cart when you enroll in courses.
  • From this website: Click on this link to add a 2021 - 2022 Membership to your cart. Current memberships are active March 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Note: if you purchased a membership between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020, your membership will remain active through June 30, 2021.
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Dates

Online Learning Spring 2021 Term registration:

OLLI members registering for classes held on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday will register on day one of Registration – Tuesday, August 24 at 9:00 am.

OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will register on day two of Registration – Wednesday, August 25 at 9:00 am.

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

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

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

Payments

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

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

Refund Policy

Requests for refunds for dropped courses must be received WITHIN FIVE BUSINESS DAYS following the first class for that course. After that time, no refunds will be issued except in the event of an emergency, at the discretion of OLLI at Duke Staff. There will be a $20 service charge per course dropped. If a course is cancelled by OLLI at Duke, refunds will be made automatically and no charges will be incurred by members. Please note: membership dues, Special Events and Workshops are nonrefundable.

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Activities & Special Interest Groups

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

Special Interest Groups

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. For general questions about SIGs, please contact Kathy.Parrish@duke.edu.

Many SIGs are currently meeting via Zoom. SIGs that are inactive are listed as on hiatus.
 

SIGs Meeting via Zoom:

Contemporary Literature Group (formerly Book Club):

This group enjoys reading and discussing the best contemporary literature. Our 2021 calendar includes The Buddha in the Attic, There There, The Other Family, Here We Are, Hamnet, The Soldier's Wife, What Are You Going Through, and The Rules of Civility. The group will Zoom every month throughout 2021 on the second Monday of each month from 3:00 to 4:15 pm. To be added to our mailing list, please contact Nancy Capaccio at nancycapaccio99@gmail.com.

Craft Group

The Craft Group will meet via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 3:00 - 4:15. For more information, please contact Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com.

Criminal and Social Justice Reform: Faceless No More:

There is no issue more prescient today than the issues of criminal and social justice. Every day we see and experience the ills of the system tearing at our social fabric. The Criminal and Social Justice Reform Special Interest Group (SIG) will facilitate discussion to bring new insights and perspectives to build a community of those that want to raise their hands and help. During each session, participants will meet expert speakers with a focus on the different local, national, and international aspects of reform. This SIG builds on several recent OLLI classes on this topic that all received excellent reviews from OLLI members. Everyone is welcome. We will meet the first Friday of every month from 9 to 10:30 am beginning May 7. Please contact Mark Hall for more information cmarkhall81@gmail.com

Mac Computer User Group

Mac users are currently meeting periodically via Zoom for Q&A and short presentations on topics of interest. To be added to our mailing list please contact Mary Jo Fickle, mjfickle@earthlink.net, or Susan Eure asure@bellsouth.net.

Mystery Book Club Our 2021 lineup includes An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, The Riddle of the Sands, The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, Birds of a Feather, A Royal Affair, and The Thursday Murder Club. We Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month from 2:00 to 3:15, throughout the year. Do you suspect you’ll be interested? Simply contact Nancy Capaccio at nancycapaccio99@gmail.com.

OLLI Public Policy Special Interest Group

The PPSIG will have an ongoing project: WORKSHOP: Repair & Renovation of the Constitution; 2038. It will meet, on zoom or via email, on the first Friday of each month. The time will be 11-12:30 pm, the OLLI second period. Those interested in participating should contact Jim Hollowood Jhollowood@gmail.com

OLLI Short Story Discussion Group

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

OLLI Singles

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

Retirement Transition Group

This informal drop-in group is for OLLI members who are going through transitions in retirement and perhaps experiencing some challenges. The group meetings will provide an opportunity to share concerns, offer ideas that have worked, share resources we are aware of, and connect with other OLLI members who are going through the same experiences. People can drop in at any of the meetings. There is no charge. The group meets on the second Friday afternoon of the month at 1:00 p.m. currently by Zoom. To learn more and to be put on a mailing list, contact Corinne Schillin at cschillin@yahoo.com or 919-537-8450.

Science Book Club

We read and discuss nonfiction science books on topics including biology, evolution, the physical sciences, medicine, the environment, economics, and biographies of famous scientists. The group is open to all regardless of background, and no registration is required. You DO NOT have to be an OLLI member to participate in this book club although OLLI is paying for the space we use. During the pandemic, the group meets the first Thursday of the month from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm via zoom. Contact Daniel.Oldman@gmail.com for more information.

 

SIGs on Hiatus:

Foodie Field Trips

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

International Folk Dance

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

French Language Table

Officially, the French Table SIG is still on hiatus due to COVID-19. With luck, it will not be too many more months before events will be possible and we can gather around the table again. Emily Lees (emilyjlees@gmail.com) ou à George Entenman (olli@entenman.net)

Spanish Language Table

The Spanish conversation group is now on hiatus until further notice. Coordinator: Margaret Riley (mrileync@gmail.com).

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Calendar

Link to Winter 2021 Catalog

All OLLI events are in Eastern Time (ET). Please read carefully as all dates are subject to change.

When Event
Fall 2021

Tuesday, August 24

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

-For classes held on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday

Wednesday, August 25

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

-For classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

Winter 2021
Tuesday, January 26

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

-For classes held on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday

Wednesday, January 27

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

-For classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

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

Volunteer opportunities can be found in the OLLI Newsletterand www.olliatduke.org/volunteer-opportunities

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

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Members & Leadership

Who Belongs to OLLI at Duke?

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

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

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

Founded in 1977 as a joint venture of Duke University Continuing Education and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, DILR/OLLI has grown from its 42 original members to over 2,500 each year, with a curriculum of over 140 classes each term.

Leadership

OLLI at Duke operates under the auspices of Duke Continuing Studies and Summer Session.  We are a member-led organization with our own Board of Advisors, bylaws and committees. OLLI at Duke is managed by a Director, an Operations/Administrative Assistant, a Technical/Communications Assistant and several part-time staff, who are employees of Duke Continuing Studies.  

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

We are always looking for people to help with events and committees.  If you would like to talk to someone about volunteering at OLLI, or if you have ideas for a new activity or improvements to an existing program, please contact the Director via email at olli@duke.edu.

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

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

Recording Secretary: Virginia Lee

At-Large Advisors (two-year term)

Term Ending 2022: Sue Dennison, Chris Abrons
Term Ending 2021: Abdul Waheed, Bobbie Hendrix

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

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

Staff

Director: Chris McLeod
Operations/Administrative:  Kathy Parrish
Technical/Communication: Betina Huntwork
Staff Representatives: Beth Bowling, Jo Ann Dubberley, Jay Starks, Beverly Thorpe, Mary Thompson, Annette Gooch

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Staying in Touch

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

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

Member Website

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

Online Learning Website

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Zoom link to my class?

Once you have registered for your course, you will be able to log into the student portal to see the information about your class. For detailed directions click here.

How do I request a catalog?

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

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

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

How long does my membership last?

Membership follows the academic calendar and runs from September through June. Those who join for the short spring term (beginning in April) will be enrolled for the entire following academic year. Please see the membership section of this website for more information on membership.

Is my course recorded?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Locations

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

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