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. OLLI’s efforts to move programming online received national recognition in The New York Times and Next Avenue.

We are a learning community of nearly 1600 members. Since moving to an online platform in 2020, OLLI members and Duke Alumni are tuning in from all over the globe.

This fall, OLLI at Duke will be offering online and in-person courses. Please review these guidelines before registering. The guidelines will be updated regularly. 

OLLI offers approximately 180 courses annually. 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. 

Areas of interest include:

  • Art and Architecture
  • Public Policy
  • Health and Wellness
  • History
  • Literature and Writing
  • Sciences and Technology
  • Writing, Photography, and Hands-on Art

OLLI instructors are a mix of peer teachers, professors from Duke and nearby universities, graduate and postdoctoral students, independent scholars, and community experts. If you have a topic for a class or know of someone who would make a great OLLI teacher, please contact the curriculum committee at curriculum@olliatduke.org.

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 personal experience. Classes typically meet once per week for 75-90 minutes; class times are 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Fall and winter terms are 10 weeks; spring term is 6 weeks. Please check the detailed course descriptions for exceptions.

Monday
Course Time Tuition Status
"The Waste Land" and "Ulysses": T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and the Modernist Monuments of 1922ONLINE: In literary history, 2022 marks the centenary of the two greatest landmarks of Anglo-Irish-American modernism, “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot and “Ulysses” by James Joyce. Arguably the most important poem and novel of the…
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9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Color and B & W CompositionONLINE: This online course is for those who want to elevate their photography skills and learn how to turn an ordinary snapshot into a striking image worthy of framing. Students will explore the concepts of photographic composition…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Creativity: Road to Your True LIfeONLINE: The latest scientific research proves that creativity is key to both a long life and a fulfilling one. We’ll learn how to tap into this source of increased joy and meaning. Find out how the brain changes when we write, paint…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $75.00 Available
Current Economic Policy IssuesONLINE: Economics plays a central role in the functioning of every aspect of society. This course will address a set of prominent policy issues that have economics at their core. We will explore their origins as policy matters, the…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $75.00 Available
Looking Back at the MoonONLINE: The major focus of this course is on what we learned about the moon from the Apollo program and its immediate aftermath, but it will also include discussion of what we believed about the moon before Apollo, and the results…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Mastering Camera Basics: SLR Camera Settings and LensesONLINE: In this course, we will go over the technical basics of your camera, the dials and settings that can really be helpful once you figure them out. Jump from “auto” to using those mysterious menu items: f-stop, shutter speed,…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
North Carolina Politics: A HistoryIN PERSON: Historically, North Carolina may accurately claim to be one of the more prominent swing states in America, from the Roosevelt Democrats of the 1930s through the 1970s to the Reagan Republicans of the 1980s, with lots of "…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Portrait PhotographyIN PERSON: This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to make better pictures of people. We will talk about how portraits differ from snapshots, genres of portrait photography and how to put subjects at ease — be they friends…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $75.00 Wait List
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the…
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9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Watercolor Painting: Frozen CreekONLINE: Whether you are a brand-new beginner or an experienced watercolor painter, this course is the opportunity to gain or further your skills. This active course offers clear step-by-step instruction. Every technique will be…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Tuesday
Course Time Tuition Status
A History of UkraineIN PERSON: At the time of writing this proposal, Ukraine is engaged in defending itself and its territorial integrity from Russia. This course will present the history of Ukraine from the development of the Kievan Rus’ to the start…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Art & Women IIIIN PERSON: For centuries, women have been depicted in art, yet it has only been in the last 50 years that feminist scholarship has begun to question the significance of how women are portrayed in our patriarchal society and why…
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3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Botanical Illustration DrawingONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, students will learn how to draw botanical images by identifying basic shapes. Each week a different flower will be taught. Students will have the following week to finish their image, giving…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $120.00 Available
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers & BirdsIN PERSON: Students will learn how to paint flowers and birds, such as the peony (the Chinese national flower) or seasonal flowers and birds, which are popular brush painting subjects. Each person will complete a beautiful painting…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
Communication Apps: What You Need To KnowONLINE: This course takes an in-depth look at various communication apps that are used for private and public conversations online. Through this course, students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of some commonly used apps,…
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3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Ethics Thought ExperimentsONLINE: In this interactive online discussion course, we will explore famous philosophical thought experiments and their practical applications. Students will see how even the most unrealistic thought experiments can help us analyze…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
Good Conversations: Talking With Adult ChildrenIN PERSON: Do you ever wonder how, why and when your relationship with your adult children changed? Developing and maintaining relationships with our adult children requires us to stop parenting and to listen and communicate…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Wait List
Handwork in the Digital AgeONLINE: Despite living in a digital era, the desire to create compelling and remarkable works of art from tangible materials is flourishing in a multitude of forms. This course, presented by a distinguished curator in this field of…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $80.00 Available
Introduction to BridgeIN PERSON: Join 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…
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1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Available
Literary Britain: The Places That Inspired Your Favorite AuthorsONLINE: This course will cover the history, landscape and culture of places in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) that have strong connections to certain authors. We will focus on writers with local links, and places that…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $80.00 Available
Literature of War in VietnamONLINE: How did the American war in Vietnam look when seen through non-American eyes? We will explore this question by discussing three literary portraits: "The Quiet American," a novel by British author and journalist Graham Greene…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Modern Biology in 10 QuestionsONLINE: This course consists of a series of interactive sessions dealing with the following questions: How do microscopes work? How do animals move? What is a gene? What do we know about the world? How does an egg become an organism…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
My Neighbor's Voice: A Model for Deep Listening in Our Divided CultureONLINE: Our goal for this course is to repair American goodwill and civic interaction by bringing people together to engage in civil dialogue. We do this within a timed, moderated format using My Neighbor’s Voice Listening Cards.…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
New Perspectives on Old Masters: Special Topics in Early Modern Art 1400-1900IN PERSON: Recent “first-time” exhibitions and pioneering scholarship present new perspectives on old masters. This special topics course centers on six major exhibitions — including "Donatello, The Renaissance," "Poussin and the…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $75.00 Available
Opening the Poet's Toolbox: An InvitationONLINE: This workshop invites all poets. We will use "The Essential Poet’s Glossary," by Edward Hirsch. It is the ultimate source for poetry craft tools. Each week we will consider a number of poetry tools, addressing music, form,…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $95.00 Wait List
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the…
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9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Secrets of the Knights TemplarONLINE: The Knights Templar was one of the most mysterious and powerful religious orders in history. Highly trained and adherents of a strict chivalric code, the Templars' successes on the battlefield brought them both extraordinary…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Available
Stay Put or Move On (SPOMO)IN PERSON: Through expert speakers and class lectures, we explore options for continued independence as aging progresses and life-care needs change. We explore the challenges and opportunities that come with aging, and survey the…
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9:00AM - 12:00PM $150.00 Wait List
Symposia: Mind-Expanding Excursions and DiversionsIN PERSON: Symposia returns with in-person presentations from people making a positive impact on contemporary life. Each week, a different speaker will introduce you to valuable new insights into an important subject that may not…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
The 10-Week Medical SchoolIN PERSON: This course will begin with a brief overview of medical history and then give an introduction to medical terminology. From that point, we will move on to the various body systems, discussing their anatomy and physiology.…
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9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
The Human Microbiome: The Invisible World That Makes Us Who We AreIN PERSON: Viruses and bacteria and fungi, oh my! This course will teach students about the trillions of microbes sharing our bodies and how they make us who we are. We will cover what they are, how they live, how they interact and…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
The Ups and Downs of Listening: Music and EmotionONLINE: Sometimes music inspires us to get up and dance. Other times it moves us to tears. How does this occur, and will a deeper knowledge of music benefit our inner life? This course will present music as a resource to help access…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
Two Novels in Conversation: "July's People" and "Leave the World Behind"ONLINE: In her 1981 novel "July’s People," Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer imagines a post-apartheid future where violent revolution has upended Johannesburg’s status quo. In a role reversal, the titular July saves his…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $80.00 Available
Union Soldiers: Civil War LettersONLINE: This course's purpose is to enrich students’ understanding of the Civil War and Northern soldiers through their letter writing. Students will discover how the soldiers' writing during a critical time in our history speaks to…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
When Astronomy Was Philosophy: Astronomy & Cosmology Before the Invention of Modern TelescopesIN PERSON: The heavens have held a fascination for humankind ever since we started walking upright and turned our gaze skyward. Primitive records of solar cycles go back over 10,000 years. Written records of celestial observations…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Writing a Legacy LetterONLINE: This 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…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Wednesday
Course Time Tuition Status
19th-Century France: From the Congress of Vienna to the Beginning of World War I, 1815-1914ONLINE: This set of lectures examines the history of France from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to 1914, with special emphasis on the fraught politics and cultural effervescence that so defined 19th-century France. Topics will…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $75.00 Available
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementONLINE: Each individual's retirement has many financial steps. The decisions you face can be overwhelming, but they are extremely important as you plan for 30 years without a paycheck. It starts when you leave your employer, and it…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
ExistentialismONLINE: For centuries, Westerners have assumed human nature determines how we act, much as an animal's nature determines its behavior. Beginning about 150 years ago, the idea took hold that it is the other way around: How we decide…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Exploring Painting Mediums: Try ThisIN PERSON: This is a multifaceted art course introducing a variety of projects that provide first-hand experience with multiple mediums. Throughout the course, we will explore many different art forms to unlock and reveal the…
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10:00AM - 12:00PM $120.00 Wait List
Federal Spending and Debt: What's Next?IN PERSON: The federal debt is $30.5 trillion ($92,000 per person), which is double what it was 10 years ago, and growing, with critical unmet needs. The U.S. and North Carolina economies rely heavily on money from the federal…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Canceled
Harry S. Truman: The World That Made Him and the World He MadeIN PERSON: How did Harry S. Truman, born in late 19th-century Missouri, where he spent his formative years as a seemingly ordinary person living a seemingly ordinary life, rise to become the leader of the postwar free world? This…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Icons of Architecture 2.0: World-Renowned Buildings and Their CreatorsONLINE: Join us as we explore six timeless icons of architecture from medieval days to the present. Who created them, and why? What engineering innovations shaped them and made them work? How has their impact spanned the centuries…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $75.00 Available
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection… 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Major Art Career in a Single DecadeIN PERSON: SAMO, an unknown teenager, emerged into the public's consciousness in 1979 through his graffiti on downtown Manhattan walls. Three years later, now known as Jean-Michel Basquiat, he painted a work that in 2016 sold for $…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Modern Gay America: How We Got HereONLINE: This course will focus on the emergence of the gay community in 20th-century American culture, examining the ways gay culture developed from a collection of men and women hiding their lives in fear to a post-Stonewall…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Narrative Photography: Using a Camera To Tell a StoryONLINE: This course will explore and experiment with different approaches to using visual images, i.e., photography, to tell a story. The instruction will focus on several approaches, including photo essays, photojournalism pieces…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Russia and Soviet Communist RuleONLINE: This lecture course will allow students to grasp the many historical elements of the Russian state. It covers the historical background from Kievan to tsarist Russia; the ideology and political foundations of Bolshevik rule…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Tease Out the StoryIN PERSON: This course provides a platform to help you write a personal narrative. Perhaps you have a family story that has yet to be recorded, or a personal story about something that happened to you. Maybe you have a topic you…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $95.00 Available
The Deeper Dimensions of YogaONLINE: Join us to explore the deeper dimensions of yoga that go beyond the physical into the emotional, cognitive and spiritual heart of the practice. During this online course, we will cover key aspects of the yoga tradition,…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The World TodayONLINE: This 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 prior to the class, and members of the class are…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Topics in AstrophysicsONLINE: This course will consist of four topics: 1) When Einstein changed the world: The story of 1905, Einstein’s incredible year; 2) The origin of the elements, and why we are, in fact, made of stardust; 3) Einstein’s biggest…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $50.00 Available
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
Becoming American: American Art Through the RevolutionIN PERSON: How does the history of American art reveal the changing character of the country? This course surveys the beginnings of art in what is now the United States. We will start with work that is almost 15,000 years old,…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Emily Dickinson: Selected PoemsONLINE: We will read and discuss one of American’s greatest poets, Emily Dickinson. At the first meeting, we will look at Dickinson’s life in Amherst, Massachusetts, and her poetic form, talk about the metaphysical characteristics…
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3:30PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
Introduction to Meditation: Cultivating Everyday MindfulnessONLINE: Do you want to learn how to meditate or expand upon your current meditation practice? Then this is the course for you. In our six sessions, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation and be supported in establishing…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $75.00 Wait List
Modern Dance History 1890-1950: Iconoclasts and VisionariesONLINE: This lecture course offers a historical background to modern dance, from 1890 to 1950. We will look at how modern dance developed in the United States and Germany as the art of individuals who created new dance styles that…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Musicals 101: Broadway's Silver Age (Part 1)ONLINE: Historians of American musical theater concur that the golden age of the Broadway musical began with "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel" in the 1940s. But what of the dazzling musical comedies of the 1920s and ’30s? In this course,…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
Playback Theatre: Using Improv to Share Our StoriesIN PERSON: Playback Theatre is known as "theater of compassion." It combines improvisation and storytelling. We will each be sharing moments or stories from our lives. For each student, your fellow actors will improvise a retelling…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the…
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9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Russia and Ukraine Since 1991ONLINE: This discussion format course will analyze Russo-Ukrainian relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It will focus on the efforts of Vladimir Putin to turn Ukraine into a Russian vassal state, first by influencing…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Wait List
Shift: Making Art From Life's TransitionsONLINE: Join us in bringing creativity and insight to the experience of your life’s transitions — past, present or ongoing. In a participatory format, students will be guided by an artist in the creative process as they make several…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionONLINE: T'ai chi (taijiquan or t’ai chi ch’uan) is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art and health exercise. The practice, based on slow, continuous, whole-body movement, results in increased energy, well-being and…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Taste of Technology: Making the Most of New ToolsIN PERSON: This course will be a lighthearted, hands-on dive into several new technologies. You've read about researchers printing new body parts with 3D printers. The basic technology for this and the other tools you will…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Canceled
The Air We BreatheONLINE: We breathe without thinking, and we move through the tides and rivers of air without noticing. In this course, we gain an appreciation of air as a biota-rich medium, while learning how to live better within closed and open…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $75.00 Canceled
The Evolution of America: 1607-1776IN PERSON: This U.S. history course will focus on the development of the American Colonies from their successful founding at Jamestown in 1607 to their Declaration of Independence in 1776. The main focus of the course will be…
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9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
The Holocaust: It Didn't Start With Gas ChambersIN PERSON: While 50% of adult Americans believe the Holocaust could happen again, 10% claim to have never heard of the Holocaust, and 40% could not name a concentration camp or ghetto. People are wearing "Not Vaccinated" yellow…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
The Legacy of Oliver SacksONLINE: In this series of lectures, we review several of the major works of the late Oliver Sacks, whom The New York Times dubbed the poet laureate of contemporary medicine. The books of this well-known neurologist covered in this…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $80.00 Available
Transforming Whiteness: Toward an Ethic of Justice, Liberation and SolidarityONLINE: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." In Raoul Peck's riveting documentary "I Am Not Your Negro," James Baldwin holds up an unflinching mirror to the words and actions…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Vie en France et mode de vie: Vive la différence!ONLINE: This course, taught in French, will explore many aspects of life in France. If accused of a crime, is it better to be tried in France? Why are there so many political parties there? What is it like to go to school, to the…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
What to Eat — and Why! An Evidence-Based Guide to Healthy NutritionIN PERSON: Confused about what to eat for health and longevity? That's understandable, because nutrition research was incomplete for a long time, and commentators frequently contradicted one another. Recently, several large-scale,…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Why Brian Wilson Is a GeniusONLINE: Brian Wilson’s genius transcends the surf and car songs identified with his Beach Boys. We will learn about his immersive and eclectic musical self-education as a growing boy; meteoric rise to stardom in the early 1960s;…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Wildflowers in WatercolorIN PERSON: In this watercolor course, students will create detailed illustrations of local wildflowers. We will use white watercolor paper and live specimens and photographs to create the floral illustrations. The technique we will…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $120.00 Wait List

In-Person Courses

Course Time Tuition Status
A History of UkraineIN PERSON: At the time of writing this proposal, Ukraine is engaged in defending itself and its territorial integrity from Russia. This course will present the history of Ukraine from the development of the Kievan Rus’ to the start…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Becoming American: American Art Through the RevolutionIN PERSON: How does the history of American art reveal the changing character of the country? This course surveys the beginnings of art in what is now the United States. We will start with work that is almost 15,000 years old,…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers & BirdsIN PERSON: Students will learn how to paint flowers and birds, such as the peony (the Chinese national flower) or seasonal flowers and birds, which are popular brush painting subjects. Each person will complete a beautiful painting…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
Federal Spending and Debt: What's Next?IN PERSON: The federal debt is $30.5 trillion ($92,000 per person), which is double what it was 10 years ago, and growing, with critical unmet needs. The U.S. and North Carolina economies rely heavily on money from the federal…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Canceled
Good Conversations: Talking With Adult ChildrenIN PERSON: Do you ever wonder how, why and when your relationship with your adult children changed? Developing and maintaining relationships with our adult children requires us to stop parenting and to listen and communicate…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Wait List
Harry S. Truman: The World That Made Him and the World He MadeIN PERSON: How did Harry S. Truman, born in late 19th-century Missouri, where he spent his formative years as a seemingly ordinary person living a seemingly ordinary life, rise to become the leader of the postwar free world? This…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Major Art Career in a Single DecadeIN PERSON: SAMO, an unknown teenager, emerged into the public's consciousness in 1979 through his graffiti on downtown Manhattan walls. Three years later, now known as Jean-Michel Basquiat, he painted a work that in 2016 sold for $…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
New Perspectives on Old Masters: Special Topics in Early Modern Art 1400-1900IN PERSON: Recent “first-time” exhibitions and pioneering scholarship present new perspectives on old masters. This special topics course centers on six major exhibitions — including "Donatello, The Renaissance," "Poussin and the…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $75.00 Available
North Carolina Politics: A HistoryIN PERSON: Historically, North Carolina may accurately claim to be one of the more prominent swing states in America, from the Roosevelt Democrats of the 1930s through the 1970s to the Reagan Republicans of the 1980s, with lots of "…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Playback Theatre: Using Improv to Share Our StoriesIN PERSON: Playback Theatre is known as "theater of compassion." It combines improvisation and storytelling. We will each be sharing moments or stories from our lives. For each student, your fellow actors will improvise a retelling…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Available
Portrait PhotographyIN PERSON: This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to make better pictures of people. We will talk about how portraits differ from snapshots, genres of portrait photography and how to put subjects at ease — be they friends…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $75.00 Wait List
Stay Put or Move On (SPOMO)IN PERSON: Through expert speakers and class lectures, we explore options for continued independence as aging progresses and life-care needs change. We explore the challenges and opportunities that come with aging, and survey the…
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9:00AM - 12:00PM $150.00 Wait List
Symposia: Mind-Expanding Excursions and DiversionsIN PERSON: Symposia returns with in-person presentations from people making a positive impact on contemporary life. Each week, a different speaker will introduce you to valuable new insights into an important subject that may not…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Taste of Technology: Making the Most of New ToolsIN PERSON: This course will be a lighthearted, hands-on dive into several new technologies. You've read about researchers printing new body parts with 3D printers. The basic technology for this and the other tools you will…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Canceled
Tease Out the StoryIN PERSON: This course provides a platform to help you write a personal narrative. Perhaps you have a family story that has yet to be recorded, or a personal story about something that happened to you. Maybe you have a topic you…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $95.00 Available
The 10-Week Medical SchoolIN PERSON: This course will begin with a brief overview of medical history and then give an introduction to medical terminology. From that point, we will move on to the various body systems, discussing their anatomy and physiology.…
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9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
The Evolution of America: 1607-1776IN PERSON: This U.S. history course will focus on the development of the American Colonies from their successful founding at Jamestown in 1607 to their Declaration of Independence in 1776. The main focus of the course will be…
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9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
The Holocaust: It Didn't Start With Gas ChambersIN PERSON: While 50% of adult Americans believe the Holocaust could happen again, 10% claim to have never heard of the Holocaust, and 40% could not name a concentration camp or ghetto. People are wearing "Not Vaccinated" yellow…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
The Human Microbiome: The Invisible World That Makes Us Who We AreIN PERSON: Viruses and bacteria and fungi, oh my! This course will teach students about the trillions of microbes sharing our bodies and how they make us who we are. We will cover what they are, how they live, how they interact and…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
What to Eat — and Why! An Evidence-Based Guide to Healthy NutritionIN PERSON: Confused about what to eat for health and longevity? That's understandable, because nutrition research was incomplete for a long time, and commentators frequently contradicted one another. Recently, several large-scale,…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
When Astronomy Was Philosophy: Astronomy & Cosmology Before the Invention of Modern TelescopesIN PERSON: The heavens have held a fascination for humankind ever since we started walking upright and turned our gaze skyward. Primitive records of solar cycles go back over 10,000 years. Written records of celestial observations…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Wildflowers in WatercolorIN PERSON: In this watercolor course, students will create detailed illustrations of local wildflowers. We will use white watercolor paper and live specimens and photographs to create the floral illustrations. The technique we will…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $120.00 Wait List

Online Courses

Course Time Tuition Status
"The Waste Land" and "Ulysses": T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and the Modernist Monuments of 1922ONLINE: In literary history, 2022 marks the centenary of the two greatest landmarks of Anglo-Irish-American modernism, “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot and “Ulysses” by James Joyce. Arguably the most important poem and novel of the…
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9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
19th-Century France: From the Congress of Vienna to the Beginning of World War I, 1815-1914ONLINE: This set of lectures examines the history of France from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to 1914, with special emphasis on the fraught politics and cultural effervescence that so defined 19th-century France. Topics will…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $75.00 Available
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementONLINE: Each individual's retirement has many financial steps. The decisions you face can be overwhelming, but they are extremely important as you plan for 30 years without a paycheck. It starts when you leave your employer, and it…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
Art & Women IIIIN PERSON: For centuries, women have been depicted in art, yet it has only been in the last 50 years that feminist scholarship has begun to question the significance of how women are portrayed in our patriarchal society and why…
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3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Botanical Illustration DrawingONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, students will learn how to draw botanical images by identifying basic shapes. Each week a different flower will be taught. Students will have the following week to finish their image, giving…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $120.00 Available
Color and B & W CompositionONLINE: This online course is for those who want to elevate their photography skills and learn how to turn an ordinary snapshot into a striking image worthy of framing. Students will explore the concepts of photographic composition…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Communication Apps: What You Need To KnowONLINE: This course takes an in-depth look at various communication apps that are used for private and public conversations online. Through this course, students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of some commonly used apps,…
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3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Creativity: Road to Your True LIfeONLINE: The latest scientific research proves that creativity is key to both a long life and a fulfilling one. We’ll learn how to tap into this source of increased joy and meaning. Find out how the brain changes when we write, paint…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $75.00 Available
Current Economic Policy IssuesONLINE: Economics plays a central role in the functioning of every aspect of society. This course will address a set of prominent policy issues that have economics at their core. We will explore their origins as policy matters, the…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $75.00 Available
Emily Dickinson: Selected PoemsONLINE: We will read and discuss one of American’s greatest poets, Emily Dickinson. At the first meeting, we will look at Dickinson’s life in Amherst, Massachusetts, and her poetic form, talk about the metaphysical characteristics…
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3:30PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Ethics Thought ExperimentsONLINE: In this interactive online discussion course, we will explore famous philosophical thought experiments and their practical applications. Students will see how even the most unrealistic thought experiments can help us analyze…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
ExistentialismONLINE: For centuries, Westerners have assumed human nature determines how we act, much as an animal's nature determines its behavior. Beginning about 150 years ago, the idea took hold that it is the other way around: How we decide…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Exploring Painting Mediums: Try ThisIN PERSON: This is a multifaceted art course introducing a variety of projects that provide first-hand experience with multiple mediums. Throughout the course, we will explore many different art forms to unlock and reveal the…
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10:00AM - 12:00PM $120.00 Wait List
Handwork in the Digital AgeONLINE: Despite living in a digital era, the desire to create compelling and remarkable works of art from tangible materials is flourishing in a multitude of forms. This course, presented by a distinguished curator in this field of…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $80.00 Available
Icons of Architecture 2.0: World-Renowned Buildings and Their CreatorsONLINE: Join us as we explore six timeless icons of architecture from medieval days to the present. Who created them, and why? What engineering innovations shaped them and made them work? How has their impact spanned the centuries…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $75.00 Available
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection… 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Introduction to BridgeIN PERSON: Join 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…
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1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Available
Introduction to Meditation: Cultivating Everyday MindfulnessONLINE: Do you want to learn how to meditate or expand upon your current meditation practice? Then this is the course for you. In our six sessions, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation and be supported in establishing…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $75.00 Wait List
Literary Britain: The Places That Inspired Your Favorite AuthorsONLINE: This course will cover the history, landscape and culture of places in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) that have strong connections to certain authors. We will focus on writers with local links, and places that…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $80.00 Available
Literature of War in VietnamONLINE: How did the American war in Vietnam look when seen through non-American eyes? We will explore this question by discussing three literary portraits: "The Quiet American," a novel by British author and journalist Graham Greene…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Looking Back at the MoonONLINE: The major focus of this course is on what we learned about the moon from the Apollo program and its immediate aftermath, but it will also include discussion of what we believed about the moon before Apollo, and the results…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Mastering Camera Basics: SLR Camera Settings and LensesONLINE: In this course, we will go over the technical basics of your camera, the dials and settings that can really be helpful once you figure them out. Jump from “auto” to using those mysterious menu items: f-stop, shutter speed,…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
Modern Biology in 10 QuestionsONLINE: This course consists of a series of interactive sessions dealing with the following questions: How do microscopes work? How do animals move? What is a gene? What do we know about the world? How does an egg become an organism…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
Modern Dance History 1890-1950: Iconoclasts and VisionariesONLINE: This lecture course offers a historical background to modern dance, from 1890 to 1950. We will look at how modern dance developed in the United States and Germany as the art of individuals who created new dance styles that…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Modern Gay America: How We Got HereONLINE: This course will focus on the emergence of the gay community in 20th-century American culture, examining the ways gay culture developed from a collection of men and women hiding their lives in fear to a post-Stonewall…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Musicals 101: Broadway's Silver Age (Part 1)ONLINE: Historians of American musical theater concur that the golden age of the Broadway musical began with "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel" in the 1940s. But what of the dazzling musical comedies of the 1920s and ’30s? In this course,…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
My Neighbor's Voice: A Model for Deep Listening in Our Divided CultureONLINE: Our goal for this course is to repair American goodwill and civic interaction by bringing people together to engage in civil dialogue. We do this within a timed, moderated format using My Neighbor’s Voice Listening Cards.…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Narrative Photography: Using a Camera To Tell a StoryONLINE: This course will explore and experiment with different approaches to using visual images, i.e., photography, to tell a story. The instruction will focus on several approaches, including photo essays, photojournalism pieces…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Opening the Poet's Toolbox: An InvitationONLINE: This workshop invites all poets. We will use "The Essential Poet’s Glossary," by Edward Hirsch. It is the ultimate source for poetry craft tools. Each week we will consider a number of poetry tools, addressing music, form,…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $95.00 Wait List
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the…
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9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the…
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9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the…
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9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Russia and Soviet Communist RuleONLINE: This lecture course will allow students to grasp the many historical elements of the Russian state. It covers the historical background from Kievan to tsarist Russia; the ideology and political foundations of Bolshevik rule…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Russia and Ukraine Since 1991ONLINE: This discussion format course will analyze Russo-Ukrainian relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It will focus on the efforts of Vladimir Putin to turn Ukraine into a Russian vassal state, first by influencing…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Wait List
Secrets of the Knights TemplarONLINE: The Knights Templar was one of the most mysterious and powerful religious orders in history. Highly trained and adherents of a strict chivalric code, the Templars' successes on the battlefield brought them both extraordinary…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Available
Shift: Making Art From Life's TransitionsONLINE: Join us in bringing creativity and insight to the experience of your life’s transitions — past, present or ongoing. In a participatory format, students will be guided by an artist in the creative process as they make several…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionONLINE: T'ai chi (taijiquan or t’ai chi ch’uan) is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art and health exercise. The practice, based on slow, continuous, whole-body movement, results in increased energy, well-being and…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
The Air We BreatheONLINE: We breathe without thinking, and we move through the tides and rivers of air without noticing. In this course, we gain an appreciation of air as a biota-rich medium, while learning how to live better within closed and open…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $75.00 Canceled
The Deeper Dimensions of YogaONLINE: Join us to explore the deeper dimensions of yoga that go beyond the physical into the emotional, cognitive and spiritual heart of the practice. During this online course, we will cover key aspects of the yoga tradition,…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Legacy of Oliver SacksONLINE: In this series of lectures, we review several of the major works of the late Oliver Sacks, whom The New York Times dubbed the poet laureate of contemporary medicine. The books of this well-known neurologist covered in this…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $80.00 Available
The Ups and Downs of Listening: Music and EmotionONLINE: Sometimes music inspires us to get up and dance. Other times it moves us to tears. How does this occur, and will a deeper knowledge of music benefit our inner life? This course will present music as a resource to help access…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
The World TodayONLINE: This 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 prior to the class, and members of the class are…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Topics in AstrophysicsONLINE: This course will consist of four topics: 1) When Einstein changed the world: The story of 1905, Einstein’s incredible year; 2) The origin of the elements, and why we are, in fact, made of stardust; 3) Einstein’s biggest…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $50.00 Available
Transforming Whiteness: Toward an Ethic of Justice, Liberation and SolidarityONLINE: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." In Raoul Peck's riveting documentary "I Am Not Your Negro," James Baldwin holds up an unflinching mirror to the words and actions…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Two Novels in Conversation: "July's People" and "Leave the World Behind"ONLINE: In her 1981 novel "July’s People," Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer imagines a post-apartheid future where violent revolution has upended Johannesburg’s status quo. In a role reversal, the titular July saves his…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $80.00 Available
Union Soldiers: Civil War LettersONLINE: This course's purpose is to enrich students’ understanding of the Civil War and Northern soldiers through their letter writing. Students will discover how the soldiers' writing during a critical time in our history speaks to…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
Vie en France et mode de vie: Vive la différence!ONLINE: This course, taught in French, will explore many aspects of life in France. If accused of a crime, is it better to be tried in France? Why are there so many political parties there? What is it like to go to school, to the…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Watercolor Painting: Frozen CreekONLINE: Whether you are a brand-new beginner or an experienced watercolor painter, this course is the opportunity to gain or further your skills. This active course offers clear step-by-step instruction. Every technique will be…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Why Brian Wilson Is a GeniusONLINE: Brian Wilson’s genius transcends the surf and car songs identified with his Beach Boys. We will learn about his immersive and eclectic musical self-education as a growing boy; meteoric rise to stardom in the early 1960s;…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Writing a Legacy LetterONLINE: This 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…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Status
Art & Women IIIIN PERSON: For centuries, women have been depicted in art, yet it has only been in the last 50 years that feminist scholarship has begun to question the significance of how women are portrayed in our patriarchal society and why…
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3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Becoming American: American Art Through the RevolutionIN PERSON: How does the history of American art reveal the changing character of the country? This course surveys the beginnings of art in what is now the United States. We will start with work that is almost 15,000 years old,…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Handwork in the Digital AgeONLINE: Despite living in a digital era, the desire to create compelling and remarkable works of art from tangible materials is flourishing in a multitude of forms. This course, presented by a distinguished curator in this field of…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $80.00 Available
Icons of Architecture 2.0: World-Renowned Buildings and Their CreatorsONLINE: Join us as we explore six timeless icons of architecture from medieval days to the present. Who created them, and why? What engineering innovations shaped them and made them work? How has their impact spanned the centuries…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $75.00 Available
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection… 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
In the Context of Modernism: Works From the Phillips Collection and the NCMA CollectionIN PERSON: The North Carolina Museum of Art will celebrate two grand openings in October 2022. The permanent collection will reopen after a complete reinstallation, and the museum will host an exhibition from the Phillips Collection…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Major Art Career in a Single DecadeIN PERSON: SAMO, an unknown teenager, emerged into the public's consciousness in 1979 through his graffiti on downtown Manhattan walls. Three years later, now known as Jean-Michel Basquiat, he painted a work that in 2016 sold for $…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
New Perspectives on Old Masters: Special Topics in Early Modern Art 1400-1900IN PERSON: Recent “first-time” exhibitions and pioneering scholarship present new perspectives on old masters. This special topics course centers on six major exhibitions — including "Donatello, The Renaissance," "Poussin and the…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $75.00 Available
Economics & Public Policy
Course Time Tuition Status
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementONLINE: Each individual's retirement has many financial steps. The decisions you face can be overwhelming, but they are extremely important as you plan for 30 years without a paycheck. It starts when you leave your employer, and it…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
Current Economic Policy IssuesONLINE: Economics plays a central role in the functioning of every aspect of society. This course will address a set of prominent policy issues that have economics at their core. We will explore their origins as policy matters, the…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $75.00 Available
Federal Spending and Debt: What's Next?IN PERSON: The federal debt is $30.5 trillion ($92,000 per person), which is double what it was 10 years ago, and growing, with critical unmet needs. The U.S. and North Carolina economies rely heavily on money from the federal…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Canceled
Stay Put or Move On (SPOMO)IN PERSON: Through expert speakers and class lectures, we explore options for continued independence as aging progresses and life-care needs change. We explore the challenges and opportunities that come with aging, and survey the…
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9:00AM - 12:00PM $150.00 Wait List
The World TodayONLINE: This 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 prior to the class, and members of the class are…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
Botanical Illustration DrawingONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, students will learn how to draw botanical images by identifying basic shapes. Each week a different flower will be taught. Students will have the following week to finish their image, giving…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $120.00 Available
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers & BirdsIN PERSON: Students will learn how to paint flowers and birds, such as the peony (the Chinese national flower) or seasonal flowers and birds, which are popular brush painting subjects. Each person will complete a beautiful painting…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Wait List
Exploring Painting Mediums: Try ThisIN PERSON: This is a multifaceted art course introducing a variety of projects that provide first-hand experience with multiple mediums. Throughout the course, we will explore many different art forms to unlock and reveal the…
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10:00AM - 12:00PM $120.00 Wait List
Shift: Making Art From Life's TransitionsONLINE: Join us in bringing creativity and insight to the experience of your life’s transitions — past, present or ongoing. In a participatory format, students will be guided by an artist in the creative process as they make several…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Available
Watercolor Painting: Frozen CreekONLINE: Whether you are a brand-new beginner or an experienced watercolor painter, this course is the opportunity to gain or further your skills. This active course offers clear step-by-step instruction. Every technique will be…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Wildflowers in WatercolorIN PERSON: In this watercolor course, students will create detailed illustrations of local wildflowers. We will use white watercolor paper and live specimens and photographs to create the floral illustrations. The technique we will…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $120.00 Wait List
History: Past & Present
Course Time Tuition Status
19th-Century France: From the Congress of Vienna to the Beginning of World War I, 1815-1914ONLINE: This set of lectures examines the history of France from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to 1914, with special emphasis on the fraught politics and cultural effervescence that so defined 19th-century France. Topics will…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $75.00 Available
A History of UkraineIN PERSON: At the time of writing this proposal, Ukraine is engaged in defending itself and its territorial integrity from Russia. This course will present the history of Ukraine from the development of the Kievan Rus’ to the start…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Harry S. Truman: The World That Made Him and the World He MadeIN PERSON: How did Harry S. Truman, born in late 19th-century Missouri, where he spent his formative years as a seemingly ordinary person living a seemingly ordinary life, rise to become the leader of the postwar free world? This…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Modern Gay America: How We Got HereONLINE: This course will focus on the emergence of the gay community in 20th-century American culture, examining the ways gay culture developed from a collection of men and women hiding their lives in fear to a post-Stonewall…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
North Carolina Politics: A HistoryIN PERSON: Historically, North Carolina may accurately claim to be one of the more prominent swing states in America, from the Roosevelt Democrats of the 1930s through the 1970s to the Reagan Republicans of the 1980s, with lots of "…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Russia and Soviet Communist RuleONLINE: This lecture course will allow students to grasp the many historical elements of the Russian state. It covers the historical background from Kievan to tsarist Russia; the ideology and political foundations of Bolshevik rule…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Russia and Ukraine Since 1991ONLINE: This discussion format course will analyze Russo-Ukrainian relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It will focus on the efforts of Vladimir Putin to turn Ukraine into a Russian vassal state, first by influencing…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Wait List
Secrets of the Knights TemplarONLINE: The Knights Templar was one of the most mysterious and powerful religious orders in history. Highly trained and adherents of a strict chivalric code, the Templars' successes on the battlefield brought them both extraordinary…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Available
The Evolution of America: 1607-1776IN PERSON: This U.S. history course will focus on the development of the American Colonies from their successful founding at Jamestown in 1607 to their Declaration of Independence in 1776. The main focus of the course will be…
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9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
The Holocaust: It Didn't Start With Gas ChambersIN PERSON: While 50% of adult Americans believe the Holocaust could happen again, 10% claim to have never heard of the Holocaust, and 40% could not name a concentration camp or ghetto. People are wearing "Not Vaccinated" yellow…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
Union Soldiers: Civil War LettersONLINE: This course's purpose is to enrich students’ understanding of the Civil War and Northern soldiers through their letter writing. Students will discover how the soldiers' writing during a critical time in our history speaks to…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
Literature and Languages
Course Time Tuition Status
"The Waste Land" and "Ulysses": T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and the Modernist Monuments of 1922ONLINE: In literary history, 2022 marks the centenary of the two greatest landmarks of Anglo-Irish-American modernism, “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot and “Ulysses” by James Joyce. Arguably the most important poem and novel of the…
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9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Emily Dickinson: Selected PoemsONLINE: We will read and discuss one of American’s greatest poets, Emily Dickinson. At the first meeting, we will look at Dickinson’s life in Amherst, Massachusetts, and her poetic form, talk about the metaphysical characteristics…
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3:30PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Literature of War in VietnamONLINE: How did the American war in Vietnam look when seen through non-American eyes? We will explore this question by discussing three literary portraits: "The Quiet American," a novel by British author and journalist Graham Greene…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Two Novels in Conversation: "July's People" and "Leave the World Behind"ONLINE: In her 1981 novel "July’s People," Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer imagines a post-apartheid future where violent revolution has upended Johannesburg’s status quo. In a role reversal, the titular July saves his…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $80.00 Available
Vie en France et mode de vie: Vive la différence!ONLINE: This course, taught in French, will explore many aspects of life in France. If accused of a crime, is it better to be tried in France? Why are there so many political parties there? What is it like to go to school, to the…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Status
Modern Dance History 1890-1950: Iconoclasts and VisionariesONLINE: This lecture course offers a historical background to modern dance, from 1890 to 1950. We will look at how modern dance developed in the United States and Germany as the art of individuals who created new dance styles that…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Musicals 101: Broadway's Silver Age (Part 1)ONLINE: Historians of American musical theater concur that the golden age of the Broadway musical began with "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel" in the 1940s. But what of the dazzling musical comedies of the 1920s and ’30s? In this course,…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
Playback Theatre: Using Improv to Share Our StoriesIN PERSON: Playback Theatre is known as "theater of compassion." It combines improvisation and storytelling. We will each be sharing moments or stories from our lives. For each student, your fellow actors will improvise a retelling…
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11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Available
The Ups and Downs of Listening: Music and EmotionONLINE: Sometimes music inspires us to get up and dance. Other times it moves us to tears. How does this occur, and will a deeper knowledge of music benefit our inner life? This course will present music as a resource to help access…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
Why Brian Wilson Is a GeniusONLINE: Brian Wilson’s genius transcends the surf and car songs identified with his Beach Boys. We will learn about his immersive and eclectic musical self-education as a growing boy; meteoric rise to stardom in the early 1960s;…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Status
Communication Apps: What You Need To KnowONLINE: This course takes an in-depth look at various communication apps that are used for private and public conversations online. Through this course, students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of some commonly used apps,…
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3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Looking Back at the MoonONLINE: The major focus of this course is on what we learned about the moon from the Apollo program and its immediate aftermath, but it will also include discussion of what we believed about the moon before Apollo, and the results…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Modern Biology in 10 QuestionsONLINE: This course consists of a series of interactive sessions dealing with the following questions: How do microscopes work? How do animals move? What is a gene? What do we know about the world? How does an egg become an organism…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
Taste of Technology: Making the Most of New ToolsIN PERSON: This course will be a lighthearted, hands-on dive into several new technologies. You've read about researchers printing new body parts with 3D printers. The basic technology for this and the other tools you will…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Canceled
The 10-Week Medical SchoolIN PERSON: This course will begin with a brief overview of medical history and then give an introduction to medical terminology. From that point, we will move on to the various body systems, discussing their anatomy and physiology.…
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9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
The Air We BreatheONLINE: We breathe without thinking, and we move through the tides and rivers of air without noticing. In this course, we gain an appreciation of air as a biota-rich medium, while learning how to live better within closed and open…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $75.00 Canceled
The Human Microbiome: The Invisible World That Makes Us Who We AreIN PERSON: Viruses and bacteria and fungi, oh my! This course will teach students about the trillions of microbes sharing our bodies and how they make us who we are. We will cover what they are, how they live, how they interact and…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
The Legacy of Oliver SacksONLINE: In this series of lectures, we review several of the major works of the late Oliver Sacks, whom The New York Times dubbed the poet laureate of contemporary medicine. The books of this well-known neurologist covered in this…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $80.00 Available
Topics in AstrophysicsONLINE: This course will consist of four topics: 1) When Einstein changed the world: The story of 1905, Einstein’s incredible year; 2) The origin of the elements, and why we are, in fact, made of stardust; 3) Einstein’s biggest…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $50.00 Available
Society and Culture
Course Time Tuition Status
Good Conversations: Talking With Adult ChildrenIN PERSON: Do you ever wonder how, why and when your relationship with your adult children changed? Developing and maintaining relationships with our adult children requires us to stop parenting and to listen and communicate…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Wait List
Literary Britain: The Places That Inspired Your Favorite AuthorsONLINE: This course will cover the history, landscape and culture of places in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) that have strong connections to certain authors. We will focus on writers with local links, and places that…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $80.00 Available
My Neighbor's Voice: A Model for Deep Listening in Our Divided CultureONLINE: Our goal for this course is to repair American goodwill and civic interaction by bringing people together to engage in civil dialogue. We do this within a timed, moderated format using My Neighbor’s Voice Listening Cards.…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the…
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9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the…
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9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the…
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9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Symposia: Mind-Expanding Excursions and DiversionsIN PERSON: Symposia returns with in-person presentations from people making a positive impact on contemporary life. Each week, a different speaker will introduce you to valuable new insights into an important subject that may not…
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1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Transforming Whiteness: Toward an Ethic of Justice, Liberation and SolidarityONLINE: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." In Raoul Peck's riveting documentary "I Am Not Your Negro," James Baldwin holds up an unflinching mirror to the words and actions…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Wellness Activities
Course Time Tuition Status
Creativity: Road to Your True LIfeONLINE: The latest scientific research proves that creativity is key to both a long life and a fulfilling one. We’ll learn how to tap into this source of increased joy and meaning. Find out how the brain changes when we write, paint…
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11:00AM - 12:15PM $75.00 Available
Introduction to BridgeIN PERSON: Join 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…
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1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Available
Introduction to Meditation: Cultivating Everyday MindfulnessONLINE: Do you want to learn how to meditate or expand upon your current meditation practice? Then this is the course for you. In our six sessions, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation and be supported in establishing…
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1:30PM - 2:45PM $75.00 Wait List
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionONLINE: T'ai chi (taijiquan or t’ai chi ch’uan) is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art and health exercise. The practice, based on slow, continuous, whole-body movement, results in increased energy, well-being and…
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9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
The Deeper Dimensions of YogaONLINE: Join us to explore the deeper dimensions of yoga that go beyond the physical into the emotional, cognitive and spiritual heart of the practice. During this online course, we will cover key aspects of the yoga tradition,…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
What to Eat — and Why! An Evidence-Based Guide to Healthy NutritionIN PERSON: Confused about what to eat for health and longevity? That's understandable, because nutrition research was incomplete for a long time, and commentators frequently contradicted one another. Recently, several large-scale,…
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11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List

Accessing Zoom links for Duke OLLI Courses in the Student and Instructor Portal

OLLI Registration

Becoming a member of OLLI is easy. Annual membership dues are $50 (payable when you first sign up for courses). Memberships are good for the academic year. Benefits of membership include taking classes and participating in social activities both in-person and online.

Our 2022-2023 membership is available starting March 1, 2022 and is good through June 30, 2023.

Please Note: If you purchased a membership during spring term registration, your membership is good until June 30, 2022. Membership dues are non-refundable.

All courses are priced individually and are listed in the course descriptions.

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 2022 - 2023 Membership to your cart.

Dates

Fall 2022 registration:

OLLI members registering for classes held on Monday, and Tuesday will register on day one of Registration – beginning Tuesday, August 23 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will register on day two of Registration – beginning Wednesday, August 24 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Since most Online Learning courses have the capacity for more than 100 participants, we do not expect many waitlists. It's not critical to log on exactly at 9 a.m. to register unless you plan to register for courses with limited enrollment. 

In-person courses are smaller than usual in order to comply with social distancing requirements. We expect in-person courses to fill fast.

Maximum enrollment limits can be found on the course’s profile page and in the catalog.

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

  • Search Courses Link: If you know the Course Name or Course ID click here Advanced Course Search. This is the most direct way to find your course. Click on the link to the course and “add to Cart”. Then follow the steps to check out.
  • By Day of the Week or by Category: Go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on “Osher Lifelong Learning,” expand the section labeled “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 the steps to checkout.

Payments

All courses are priced individually and listed in the course descriptions with the specific dollar amount.

Members who enroll in courses must register for classes/membership and pay online via credit card. OLLI staff are working remotely and are unable to register members by phone or accept paper registration forms.

Refund Policy

Membership dues, special events, and worksop fees are non-refundable.

  • To request a refund for an OLLI course, please email learnmore@duke.edu within five business days of the first class meeting. There is a $20 service charge per course dropped, $10 if the course fee is $50 or less. To avoid the service fee, you can request to transfer to a new course. If the new course costs more, you will be charged for the difference.
  • No refunds will be issued after five business days from the first class meeting, except in a medical emergency.
  • To request a refund due to a medical emergency, please email Kathy.Parrish@duke.edu.
  • If a course is canceled by OLLI at Duke, your course fees will be refunded automatically.

OLLI at Duke reserves the right to cancel a course or event due to inclement weather, insufficient enrollment, or circumstances beyond our control; refunds will be made automatically and no charges will be incurred by members.

Activities are an integral part of the OLLI program, providing opportunities to learn and socialize outside the classroom. For questions regarding activities such as 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(*).

Contemporary Literature Group 

This group enjoys reading and discussing the best contemporary literature, both fiction and nonfiction. They will meet via Zoom on the second Monday of each month from 3:00 to 4:15pm. For more details and to be added to our mailing list, please contact Barbara Amago (BarbaraAmago@gmail.com).

Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations About Race is a Special Interest Group (SIG) that meets monthly to discuss important social justice issues of racial equity and inclusion. Our past discussion topics informed by current events have included “Gerrymandering,” “Reproductive Rights,” “Gentrification” and  “Gun Violence.” Our website is frequently updated and includes recommended articles to enrich each discussion and a new “Take Action” page with a variety of resources to encourage individual engagement.  We also offer a Dialogue without an agenda every Thursday from 3 to 4 when the SIG is not meeting. We meet via Zoom on the second Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 4:30. Email us olliatduke.courageous@gmail.com to get on our list for meeting announcements. We look forward to welcoming new members!”

Craft Group

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

*Criminal and Social Justice Reform

This group is currently on hiatus until further notice. Coordinators are Mark Hall cmarkhall81@gmail.com and Bill Grizack billgrizack@facelessnomore.org.

International Folk Dance:

This group will meet at Croasdaile Village on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:00pm. For more information and details please contact Judy Stafford at judy.stafford.nc@gmail.com.

*Mac Computer User Group

This group is currently on hiatus until further notice.Coordinators are Mary Jo Fickle, mjfickle@earthlink.net, or Susan Eure, asure@bellsouth.net.

Mystery Mavens Book Group

This group’s 2022 lineup includes….Pietr the Latvian, A Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam, The Searcher, The Night Manager, Rosewood Casket plus The Bone Track–with our member and author Sara Johnson leading the discussion of her latest Alexa Glock Forensic Mystery. They will meet via Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month from 2:00 to 3:15 pm. Do you suspect you’ll be interested? Simply contact Judy Graham (JudyGraham1000@gmail.com) for more details and information.

*OLLI Public Policy Special Interest Group

This group is on hiatus until further notice. Coordinators are Jim Hollowood jhollowood@gmail.com or Larry Reed lgreed3@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). Come join our lively discussions on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Contact Howard Goldberg, hgoldberg16@gmail.com for more details.

OLLI Singles

The OLLI Singles Group plans engaging, fun, and interesting social activities for its members. Our past activities have included potluck dinners at members' homes, "Ragtime" at Playmakers with dinner afterwards, icebreakers and games via Zoom, virtual art tours, and (our first recent in-person event) lunch at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. We have some exciting up-coming events planned and also welcome suggestions. The OLLI Singles Group is a great way to get to know one another and to grow new friendships!

Contacts: Robbi Weinman and Mike Rychener
Location: Zoom or in-person
Date/Time: 1st Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and second week of each month (day/time varies)

Robbi's email: rsweinman@att.net; Mike's email: keyrick9@gmail.com

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. This group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 3:15 to 4:45 pm via zoom. Contact Daniel.Oldman@gmail.com for more information.

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

When Event
Fall 2022
Tuesday, August 23

Registration for Spring courses open at 9:00 a.m., ET

- For classes held on Monday and Tuesday

Wednesday, August 24

Registration for Fall courses open at 9:00 a.m., ET

- For classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

Monday, September 12 Fall classes start
Monday, September 26 Rosh Hashanah, no classes
Wednesday, October 5 Yom Kipper, no classes
Friday, November 18 Fall classes end
November 23-25 Thanksgiving, OLLI offices closed
Monday - Friday, November 28 - December 2

Make up days for classes including Monday classes for Rosh Hashanah and Wednesday classes for Yom Kippur

Board Service We welcome both new and longtime members to join the leadership of OLLI at Duke. Serving on the Board of Advisors as an elected officer, 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.

Teach for OLLI Would you like to teach a course, do you know an outstanding teacher, or do you have a topic you’d like to learn? Let us know! Contact Beth Anderson, chair of the Curriculum Committee, at curriculum@olliatduke.org.

Course Moderators are members who support online courses. The moderator’s primary role is to assist the instructor. They monitor the Zoom chat for the instructor or call on people who have virtual hands raised. They also assist in welcoming students and introduce the instructor on the first day of class. Given their important role, moderators do not pay for the course they are moderating. If you think you would enjoy this role, please email Chris Abrons at volunteer@olliatduke.org.

Class Assistants are members who support in-person courses. They make announcements, take attendance, and support instructors. Contact Kathy.parrish@duke.edu to sign up.

Other ways to help: We are always looking for people to help with events and committees. If you are interested in volunteering, or if you have ideas for a new activity or improvements to an existing program, please email Chris.McLeod@duke.edu.

Who is 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 new arrivals. We believe such a rich and diverse mix of backgrounds and interests makes the classroom discussion even more interesting. In this relaxed and congenial atmosphere, our goal is to deepen our understanding of the world around us through study and discussion, to rekindle former interests and discover new ones with no grades or tests. Our members share a passion for learning and all the benefits of keeping mind and body active and engaged.

OLLI at Duke is a learning community where you can enjoy daytime courses, good conversation, and the companionship of peers. In addition to outstanding instructors, being a member of this community offers you access to a broad range of intellectual and cultural activities.

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

Founded in 1977, the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement (DILR) was a joint venture of Duke University Continuing Education and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. In 2006, DILR became OLLI at Duke has since grown from its 42 original members to over 1500, and offers 40 to 60 courses 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 consist of the President, the Vice President, the Immediate Past President, the chairs of the standing committees, the At-Large Advisors, and the Board’s Recording Secretary (ex-officio). If you are interested in learning more about the positions on the Board please contact chris.mcleod@duke.edu.

2021-2022 Officers (one-year term, elected at annual meeting)
  • President: Marion Jervay
  • Vice President: Bobbie Hendrix
At-Large Advisors (two-year term)
  • Term Ending 2023: Ben Edwards, Vacant
  • Term Ending 2024: Kenneth Chestnut, Sr., Ted Segal
Committee Chairs (Appointed by President)
  • Community Engagement: Diane Hundley
  • Curriculum: Beth Anderson
  • Instructor Relations: Alan Teasley
  • Legacy: Lisa Gabriel
  • Leadership Development: Sue Dennison
  • Member Engagement: Vacant
  • Social Activities & Hospitality: Vacant
  • Space: Peter Blaufeux
Ex-Officio Board members:
  • Board Recording Secretary: Vacant
  • Director: Chris McLeod, JD
Staff
  • Director: Chris McLeod, JD
  • Operations/Administrative:  Kathy Parrish
  • Technical/Communication: Betina Huntwork
  • Staff Representatives: Natasha Arnold, Beth Bowling, Annette Gooch, Jay Starks, Mary Thompson, Beverly Thorpe

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

The OLLI Newsletter is produced by staff to inform membership of upcoming events, special workshops and course registration details. Please click here to sign up for Newsletters 

Online Learning Website

OLLI at Duke has created a website 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 visit: https://www.olliatduke.online.

Where is the Zoom link to my class?

Your course links are located in the Student Portal. 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. For more information, please visit 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 considered members through June 30 of the following academic year. Please see the membership section of this website for more information.

Is my course recorded?

OLLI records selected Zoom courses each term, based on course size, instructors' permission and other factors. Recordings are made available only 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 acknowledging that your participation will 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.

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

Yes! Currently, most of OLLI’s courses are online via Zoom. Because so many courses are online, we are able to reach Duke Alumni and others from across the country and internationally. Last year, we had several hundred members attend courses from outside of North Carolina, including Los Angeles, Paris, London, and New Zealand. All course times listed are Eastern Time.

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

Please refer to our Online Learning website for more details, helpful hints, and tips for tech troubleshooting, 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 the Student Portal login
  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 email 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 the student login page above and use the new password just created. Note: if you fail log in 3 times please email olli@duke.edu to have your account unlocked.

The majority of our courses are 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.

In Fall 2022, OLLI will be hosting several in-person courses at our classroom facility at the Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W Cornwallis Rd. Durham, NC, 27705. Please join our Newsletter Mailing list for more information on in-person events.