Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

December 13, 2018 – Due to a remodeling project in the Bishop's House, our offices are currently closed to anyone who is not staff. Please utilize the online catalogue or our courses section of the webpage for any of your current course questions. read more »

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke seeks to engage the minds, elevate the spirit and foster the wellbeing of our members through a wide range of educational programs and opportunities for volunteer service and social activities. We embrace Duke University’s commitment to community service and lifelong learning through our collaborative work with academic and professional groups, retirement communities, various research projects on aging and other institutes for learning in retirement.

We are a learning community of more than 2,300 members. Some of our members grew up in Durham, but many have moved here from all over the country. We have a wide range of interests and passions and enjoy attending lectures and performances on campus. 

We offer more than 400 courses annually that conform to an arts and sciences curriculum and in addition to a number of courses that include fitness, cooking and hands on arts.
 

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Curriculum

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

OLLI classes do not have tests, grades or educational requirements, and therefore exemplify “learning for the love of it.” Participation is essential, ranging from keeping up with assigned readings and contributing to class discussion, to sharing the results of one’s own research.  Most classes are held either in The Bishop’s House on Duke’s East Campus or in the Education Building at Judea Reform Congregation (JRC) on Cornwallis Road in Durham. Classes typically meet once per week for 1 ½ hours; class times are usually 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:15 pm. Fall and winter term classes generally last 10 weeks; spring term classes last 6 weeks.  Please check the detailed course descriptions for exceptions.

If you have an idea for a class or know of someone who would make a great OLLI teacher, please contact Chris McLeod at chris.mcleod@duke.edu.

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Courses

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Course Time Tuition Status
American Art After Abstract ExpressionismAbstract Expressionism, developed in New York City in the 1940’s, was the first American art movement to achieve global acclaim, but by the mid 1950’s many artists thought Abstract Expressionism had become too introspective and... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Brain Games: Exercising Your Mind Using Improvisational ComedyThis class provides the opportunity to train your brain while laughing and having fun. Like the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, you will use improvisational comedy games and techniques to practice divergent thinking, use the “... Jan 7, 2019 to Feb 11, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Building Duke ChapelThe course covers the history of the transition of Trinity College into Duke University. The focus is on the building of a fourteenth century Gothic Chapel in the center of the new campus. The stories of the designer, the builders,... Jan 7, 2019 to Feb 25, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Calligrapy, the art of Italic writingStudents will learn the basic strokes of lettering in the elegant Italic font. Each student will need to bring a broad tip felt calligraphy pen (size 2.5 available from ACMoore or Michaels), ruler, pencil, and unlined white copier... Jan 28, 2019 to Mar 18, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Available
Comparative Legal SystemsLegal systems, "religious", "professional", "customary" and "autocratic," differ and in many areas need to be accommodated by other legal systems. The course will exam the characteristics of various legal systems and the... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Contemporary Poetry from Allen Ginsberg to Richard Wilbur: Ten Poets.Each week we will discuss poems by one poet.  Like their poetry, the ten poets selected offer diversity--in gender, nationality, race and culture, poetry from America (primarily), England, and the Caribbean.  We will read formalist... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Development of American Politics -- 1776-1787This course will take a look at how the 13 colonies began to develop an "American politics" after the Declaration of Independence in 1776, through their relationship with England during the American Revolution and into the creation... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Frontiers in MedicineEach session, the scientific foundations of a different health-related topic will be presented.  This semester the topics will include: (1) exercise and the brain; (2) bone health; (3) how much exercise is needed to prevent... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Functional Fitness Training for 50+Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports.  While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30PM $90.00 Wait List
History of the Bull City (Durham)The course will take a "behind the scenes" look at the remarkable transformation in downtown Durham and the challenges ahead. The growth is the result of some remarkable leadership by people who had vision, persistence, and were... Jan 7, 2019 to Feb 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Homegrown: Durham's DukesResidents of the Research Triangle have a general sense of the history of Durham, Duke University and the Duke family. But myths, misinformation and confusion abounds. Let's run through a history of our homegrown Dukes. Do you know... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 11, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Immunology For BeginnersThe course will cover the basics of the human immune system, its development and components, as well as its function.  We will also consider allergy, autoimmune diseases, immunizations, viral and bacterial infections, organ... Jan 7, 2019 to Feb 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Introduction to CalligraphyThis is an introduction to calligraphy to allow you to become familiar with the art. This hands on session will help you look at letters in a new light and explore the possibilities in using a broad tip pen.  This is a 3 hr workshop... Mar 25, 2019 9:00AM - 12:30PM $10.00 Available
Introduction to Philosophy of ReligionPhilosophy of religion involves the explication and critical examination of basic religious beliefs and concepts, examining the reasons that have been given for and against them with a view to determining whether there is any... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
It Did Not Start With Gas ChambersAre you bothered by so much hate-filled rhetoric in our society? Are you concerned about the growth of white supremacist ideology & Neo-Nazi groups?  Do you worry this is 1930's Germany all over again?  Are the Pledge of... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Keeping Your Muscles and Bones Fit: How to Extend the Quality of Your LifeWhat do exercise, a good diet, relaxation and socialization have in common? They all help to extend the quality of life. Added together, there can be 16 years of more quality. You already know it's important to maintain strength,... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
Music in the Movies -- Modern Masters of the Film Score, 1960-2019In the 1960s, filmmakers began to go beyond the old-style symphonic "background" scores of earlier movies, encouraging composers to adopt new idioms -- jazz, rock, electronic, and other modernistic styles of music, as well as new... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Native North CaroliniansThis course will begin by covering Native North Carolinians before European contact. We will look at the Paleolithic, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian cultures. We will focus on their way of life and habits, beliefs, myths and... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Photographic CompositionComposition can make an interesting subject bland or make an ordinary subject appear beautiful. This course explores the concepts of composition, from basics such as the rule of thirds to more advanced topics such as the way the eye... Feb 25, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Physiology and Anatomy of Birds: Are Birds Really Living Dinosaurs?In this  course we will discuss the origin of birds from prehistoric dinosaurs. We will examine the physiological systems  of domestic (poultry) and wild bird and compare them to reptiles and mammals. Specifics systems will include... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Portugal: The Garden of Europe Planted By the SeaCome discover Portugal and its glory: from the brave discoveries of the XV century navigators , to the soul touching fado music, the mouth-watering culinary delicacies, to the innovative changes of today. Students will engage with... Jan 14, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it "chee-goong") refers to a vast body of traditional Chinese exercise designed to enhance one's personal life-force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, strength, emotional balance, and spiritual progress. "Qi" -... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
The Art of Cooking with David SoveroLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (seafood, pork, chicken, beef, or vegetarian);... Feb 25, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $50.00 Wait List
The History of SubmarinesThis course begins with the scientific principles that underlie the ability to become a submersible, and continues to the development of the modern day nuclear powered submarine. We will review the impact of submarines in warfare,... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
The Road To Full Frame: A "Behind the Screens" Journey to the 2019 Documentary Film FestivalThe 22nd annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 4-7, 2019, in downtown Durham. This course provides a “behind the screens” view of the festival: the sessions are designed to prepare you to attend the festival... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Women We Become - Growing in Wisdom while Growing in AgeTogether we will look at aging as a quest, an inner journey. Like everything else worth doing, aging well requires practice. It requires us to claim all the events of our lives, embracing the whole of who we are.  If our lives are... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Two Masterpieces by Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady  is probably the most popular of James's long novels, and some consider it his best. It tells the story of a young American woman who journeys to Europe in search of self-realization. When she is left a... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
UFOs - Encounter, Mystery, MythThis course rests on two premises: (1) UFOs are a myth; (2) myths are real.  UFOs became a feature of the cultural landscape 71 years ago.  They've been debunked innumerable times, yet remain firmly fixed in our shared consciousness... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Using English: Looking under the hood, for lifelong driversWhy is "It is I" not correct? Who decides on correctness? How and when is "I am cold" a request for action? We are all proficient users of English, but we have vague or downright wrong ideas about how the language works.  This... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Watercolor Painting for Absolute Beginners to Advanced PaintersIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had real success, this is the opportunity for you to learn.  This active, hands-on course offers highly individualized instruction.  Every... Feb 25, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $50.00 Wait List
What To Eat - And Why - Evidence Based Guide to NutritionRecommendations are abundant on what we should eat and drink in order to maximize our longevity and quality of life. Some are designed to sell us products that are not in our best interest. Others come from well-intentioned sources... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
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30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementThere are many financial stages to each individual's retirement. The decisions one faces can be overwhelming and confusing, they but are extremely important as one plans for 30 years without a paycheck. It all starts when you leave... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
A Jew and a Christian in Interfaith DialogueA Jewish Rabbi and a Christian minister will engage each other in interfaith dialogue in a context of respect and understanding to explore topics such as God, Jesus and other Jewish wisdom teachers, sacred texts, religious practices... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Auguste Rodin and Dante Alighieri: "Abandon All Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here"500 years after Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy began circulating, August Rodin chose this “literary sculptor” as his reference point for the design of a decorative door for a new Parisian museum in 1880, the massive Gates of Hell... Mar 5, 2019 to Apr 2, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Chinese Brush Painting: LandscapeLandscape is one of the three major categories of brush painting. Students will learn how to paint various landscapes, including mountains, rivers, trees and figures.  Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class,... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Conscious Aging: Embracing Challenges & Opportunities in the Third ChapterIn the last third of our lives, we face both challenges and opportunities.  Retirement, loss of  a job, a terminal diagnosis or the loss of our mate are major transitions that can create chaos in our lives and threaten our identity/... Jan 8, 2019 to Feb 12, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Creative Prose: Writing, Editing and Publishing WorkshopDo you have stories from your life or the history of your family you want to share? Do you use your imagination to create stories? This course will cover all aspects of prose writing from short stories, novels, memoirs, personal... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Drawing Basics for Beginners and BeyondThis class presents Drawing Basics from understanding your tools and surfaces to fundamentals of defining form and creating a sense of depth in one's drawing. Emphasis is placed upon understanding a student's natural talents or... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Drawing Basics for Beginners and BeyondThis class presents Drawing Basics from understanding your tools and surfaces to fundamentals of defining form and creating a sense of depth in one's drawing. Emphasis is placed upon understanding a student's natural talents or... Feb 12, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
Every Day Geology Topics; An Introduction to Geology and Applied GeologyThis  introductory class presents "big picture" geology topics and how geologic processes work.  Lectures will introduce geologic  processes that operate on Earth which affect and influence everyone.  Ten 1.5 hour lectures will be... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Genealogy I for the Novice and Beyond: Developing and Enhancing Basic Knowledge, Skills, and TechniquesIn this course, the new or experienced family historian will learn genealogical research skills and methods to gain or improve their working knowledge of the genealogical research process and the most frequently used American... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Genealogy VI DNA Testing for Genealogy: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeThis course will help the student analyze their ancestral DNA test results and apply them to their genealogical family tree. The topics covered will include the various ancestral DNA tests and their different results. The focus of... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Available
Great Steals: Generating PoemsIt's been said, great poet's steal. We will be generating new poems by taking cues from wonderful poems as inspiration. We will explore and discuss a selected poem,. Then we stretch our poetry muscles doing some in-class warm ups.... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Guide To Local JazzIf you like jazz but don't know where or when to find it locally--or if you're knowledgeable but want to know more about local performers and how jazz works, "Guide To Local Jazz" is for you. The local jazz scene has been... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Available
History of American Furniture, 17th to 20th CenturyThis course explores furniture history, covering the design, collecting, and selling of pieces which so wonderfully express the utilitarian needs, artistry, and culture of each era.  We’ll begin with a study of the European styles... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
How To Write It So They'll Want To Read ItAt its most basic, a good story/novel/memoir involves a sympathetic character, engaged in a dramatic struggle that results in transformation. How difficult can it be to write that? Damn difficult! This course will focus on the four... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Introduction to BridgeJoin us to explore the most exciting card game in the world, meet new people, make new friends, and keep an agile mind.  This class is designed for people who never played the game before and for players who dabbled with the game in... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Introduction to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you.  Maybe that's why, the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and "iPhoneographers" take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today's... Jan 8, 2019 to Feb 12, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Introduction to ZentangleThis course is an introduction to the Zentangle drawing method.  Students will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle, the applications and the steps of creating a Zentangle tile, and at least 9 'tangles' or patterns.  We... Jan 8, 2019 to Feb 5, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM $50.00 Wait List
Law and Order: Our U.S. Legal System in the Worldwide ContextAmericans live in a "legal world" but often have no understanding about how our legal world fits within the worldwide legal system or even the difference between our federal and state court systems. What are the differences between... Feb 5, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
MacOS: Beyond the BasicsThis course is not a beginner’s Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about using and navigating the Mac operating system. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the Dock, and icons; we... Jan 29, 2019 to Feb 14, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Magic Tricks for GrandparentsIn this course, you will learn tricks to impress the children in your life, including tricks with cards, ropes, coin, and even mind-reading. The skills are not technically difficult, and you will learn how to make some of the... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $50.00 Available
Pagan Origins of Monotheistic ReligionsMonotheistic Near Eastern religions have their origins in earlier polytheistic precursors. Although religious tradition claims either direct contact with god or revelation through supernatural messengers as their source,... Jan 8, 2019 to Feb 12, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Photoshop Elements Refresher for PC and MacReview and strengthen basic skills in working with digital images and learn more about using the editing tools available in Adobe Photoshop Elements software. This class will include practice with the use of layers, selections, and... Jan 22, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Picasso in Ten WorksPablo Picasso produced some of the most famous art of the twentieth century and he continues to fascinate us long after his death.  That art, though, is astoundingly varied, confusing and frustrating, and the man has been vilified... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry Odyssey - Traveling With CreativityLooking for an opportunity to find the poet within you for the first time, or to update your experience? This joyful course is lighthearted and designed for adults who want to tap into their creativity by experimenting with poetry... Feb 26, 2019 to Mar 26, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Canceled
Political Cartooning in America since 1750This course will look at print cartooning in America from its beginning in the 1750s to the present, with emphasis on political cartoons, single-panel gags, and comic strips, plus sidelong glances at comic books and animation. Where... Feb 5, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Random Weave Baskets Seemingly chaotic, the random weave actually embraces several fundamental structural components and allows for a range of forms to be built with highly textured surfaces. Learn the random weave process and create a basket tailored... Feb 5, 2019 to Feb 12, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM $20.00 Wait List
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityThis course is designed to serve as a guide to understanding how to provide for continued independence and the highest quality of life as aging progresses and life-care needs change. We explore the challenges and opportunities that... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 26, 2019 10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and DiversionsSymposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions is popular with OLLI members who have busy schedules since each week presents a different lecturer with a different topic. Missing a class does not mean you will lose course continuity... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 2:00PM - 3:15PM $90.00 Available
The Consumer's Guide to Healthcare AdvocacyDo you understand how to get the care you need and deserve, or how to keep someone safe in an acute care setting? Learn strategies to becoming a better consumer of a healthcare system that shows no signs of getting any easier.  ... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Labyrinth: Metaphor for LifeWalking the labyrinth is an activity from medieval times that has recently gained tremendous popularity around the world. This class will provide an opportunity to walk a 24 foot canvas labyrinth indoors. Finger labyrinths of... Jan 8, 2019 to Feb 5, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
The Russian Imperial Monarchy: Part II: The Fall of Imperial RussiaThis course is the second of a two part series, dealing with the decline and fall of the Russian imperial monarchy from the death of Peter the Great to the abdication of Nicholas II in 1917. The course will cover the rise of the... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Wonderful World of ButterfliesThis course addresses the basic nature of butterflies: origins; global survival tactics; the importance of migrations; enemies and defenses; anatomy; and continental variations. The last three sessions will focus on butterflies of... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 5, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Understanding Generational Differences"They just don't get it " is a common sentiment often echoed  by younger generations when describing their parents or older relatives.   Conversely older generations are apt to say this younger generation is too impatient, too... Jan 8, 2019 to Jan 29, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Available
Willpower: How it Works, Why it Matters and How to Strengthen YoursPsychologists have called willpower our greatest human strength.  Our ability to control our attention, emotions, appetites, and behavior greatly influences our health, happiness, financial security, relationships, and aging process... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Worldmaking (Part I)--A Roundtable DiscussionIn this discussion class/seminar we will read the first five chapters of David Milne, "Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy." It will focus on five significant shapers of U.S. foreign policy: Alfred Thayer Mahan,... Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
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About the Latin Language - What makes it a Classic?This course will continue to explore the interdisciplinary magic of the language of the Romans. Whether you are familiar with the Latin language or not, this course will reveal new ways of looking at Latin and its lasting effects.... Jan 9, 2019 to Feb 13, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
American Bohemians: Greenwich Village, 1900-1965We will meet and come to terms with the colorful men and women who formed a rebellious subculture in New York City's Greenwich Village during much of the 20th century. These include: writers e.e. cummings, James Baldwin and Allen... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Art & Women: An Examination of Women Artists in the 19th and 20th CenturiesThis discussion-based class will investigate European and American art featuring women from ancient times to the nineteenth  century, considering woman as subject and woman as artist. We will discuss interdisciplinary trends of... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Art and Photography Most everyone now agrees that photographs can be works of art. However, not everyone agrees on which photographs are works of art, much less on what art is or even what a photograph is. Not all famous or great photographs are art,... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 6, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Artificial Intelligence: The Good, the Bad & the UglyArtificial intelligence (AI) has become a noteworthy buzzword popular in news headlines, boardrooms, and college classrooms. What is artificial intelligence? How is it impacting the everyday lives of consumers? From app-based taxi... Jan 9, 2019 to Jan 23, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $30.00 Available
At Home in the Universe: The Search for Meaning and Purpose in the CosmosHumankind has struggled with existential questions for as long as there has been humankind.  Typically, the search for meaning and purpose has been inward, looking towards ourselves for answers. In this course, we look outward at... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
At Home in the Universe: The Search for Meaning and Purpose in the CosmosHumankind has struggled with existential questions for as long as there has been humankind.  Typically, the search for meaning and purpose has been inward, looking towards ourselves for answers. In this course, we look outward at... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Beyond Knit and Purl: Knit a Sock or Even TwoOne can never have too many socks. Hand-knit ones are the most comfy of them all.  If you can already knit and purl, this class will show you the techniques to create your own custom-fitting socks.  For this class, we'll use... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitFOR BABY BOOMERS:  Did you know that your movement habits at age 50 & 60 will impact how you feel at age 70 & beyond?  You can shed your physically limiting habits and learn new habits that make your body and mind more agile... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Deep Delight: Three Modern PoetsSerious poetry meets pleasure in three poets of our generation.  Edward Hirsch's poems are meticulously crafted. His poems run a gamut of subjects, from the everyday to contemplative. Fresh revelations and gentle self-effacing humor... Jan 9, 2019 to Feb 13, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Genealogy II, the Next Steps: Learning About and Using More Records than the Census and Vital RecordsThe course will expand the student's genealogical skills and knowledge beyond the basics; emphasis will be on broadening the scope of their research resources. Records at the county, state, and federal level will be discussed,... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 27, 2019 8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Genealogy III Surmounting Your Genealogical Roadblocks: Writing An Effective Research PlanThis interactive course will guide the student as they develop a research plan to overcome one of their genealogy problems. Sharing their plans with the class, is an integral part of this learning experience. The class lectures will... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 27, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Canceled
German Political Currents 1648 to PresentThis course is intended as a discussion of the main currents in German political history since 1648.  After a brief review of chronology, each session will cover one large topic, such as militarism, religion in politics, importance... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Introduction to 3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is a process to create three-dimensional objects by depositing layers of material under computer control. In this course we’ll use a consumer-level 3D printer to learn the basic workflow to... Jan 9, 2019 to Feb 13, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Learn to Knit a Warm Winter HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this four-week hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast-on, knit, purl, decrease and bind-off stitches or as a refresher for those who... Jan 9, 2019 to Feb 13, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
Let's Read in French! Maigret, France's Favorite Fictional DetectiveEncore Maigret! Maigret is a French fictional police detective of the Paris "Brigade Criminelle" created by Georges Simenon. Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche and yet he manages to maintain both compassion and a... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 6, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, three words that changed history!Explore 19th century European history from the French Revolution to the period just before the Russian Revolution. This course will follow movements that determined many of the 20th century developments still reverberating today.... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
More Watercolor: Opportunities for practice of and learning about watercolor painting techniquesThis course will expand your understanding of and abilities with watercolor painting. There will be demonstrations, handouts, and homework in addition to time for painting. Knowing basic techniques of watercolor painting is... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Available
New Horizons ChorusMen and Women: Lift Up Your Voices and Sing! While in the Fall and Winter terms the New Horizons Chorus works on preparing pieces for an end-of-semester concert, during the Spring term there is a focus on vocal technique and health... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
Nordic Serenades: Music of the Nordic and Baltic Lands and Iceland and GreenlandThis class will move somewhat like a travelogue. We will visit the people and enjoy the awesome scenery while we listen to  the magical and mystical music of the norther nations. We will attend the remarkable choral festival in... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Pairings of Selected Pieces of Literature and Art: Looking at America through Different Lenses Whether they use pens or paintbrushes, the best artists have the vision to see the times in which they live and to make their works meaningful for audiences beyond their contemporary ones.   The depictions of Theodore Dreiser's... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Shakespeare's Macbeth: Murder and Moral MayhemAs Shakespearean scholar David Bevington observes, Macbeth's "awareness of and sensitivity to moral issues, together with his conscious choice of evil, produce an unnerving account of human failure, all the more distressing because... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Tax Smart Investment StrategiesAre you making the most of your resources in retirement? Are taxes "cramping" your retirement lifestyle? Position your money wisely, structure an income flow, and minimize taxes to stretch your financial resources. In this course,... Jan 9, 2019 to Feb 13, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
The Decline of ViolenceViolence seems ubiquitous: terrorist attacks, atrocities of war, civil unrest, let alone the backdrop of "routine" homicide, violence against women, child abuse, and so on. It seems absurd to argue that violence is declining, that... Feb 27, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Available
The European Union: Government and PoliticsThe course analyzes the political background, and the organization and development of the European Union. Extensive emphasis is placed on the four major institutions of the European Union:  the Commission, the Council of Ministers,... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
This is Edward R. MurrowThe legend of Edward R. Murrow, probably the most brilliant and influential radio and television journalist ever, continues to intrigue millions of Americans several decades after his death. Renowned for his superb broadcasts from... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Truth, Opinion and Lies: Plato to your iPhoneDoes truth really matter? If so, why? What about lies — how should we understand them? And when you have an opinion, where does it come from — and what’s it worth? This course aims (1) to acquaint OLLI participants with some major... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
What You Do Matters: Modern Science's Affirmation of Ancient WisdomDo you ever wonder if what you do really matters one way or another? Why do material acquisitions and power not bring happiness? How is one to reconcile the teachings of ancient wisdom and religious traditions with modern science?... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Writing and Improv in the Curb Your EnthusiasmLarry David has invented a new improv form with his show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He develops a story outline for each show but no script is written. The show is then improvised by the actors. This class will use that style. We will... Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Thursday
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A Millennium of Sacred Music, from Plainsong to the 21st CenturyThis course will begin with a brief presentation of the development of Christian Liturgy and will trace the development of choral music from chant through the development of polyphony and harmony. Power Point presentations, videos,... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
African Art: Seeking Meaning Across CulturesLearn the intricacies and breadth of this fascinating and rich realm of art and the culture it resonates with from one of the foremost and passionate collectors of African Art in the region (30 pieces from her collection are... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Beginning Mah JonggThis class will teach you how to start playing the American version of this old Chinese game that swept the United States, England, France and Japan in the 1920s and is currently having a renewal of interest.  We will learn with the... Jan 24, 2019 to Feb 14, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM $40.00 Wait List
Complexité, richesse et diversité du 19e siècle en France - Part I    This course taught entirely in French is geared to students with an intermediate high or advanced low level of French proficiency.  Nineteenth century France sees seven different political regimes, the advent of the Industrial... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Five Classic Italian FilmsFrom the late 1940s through the 1970s, Italian cinema enjoyed a golden age. So many of these films from the post-World War II era remain a peculiarly Italian combination of a cinematic lyricism  and the harsher realities of life. ... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
From the Earth to the Moon: History of the Apollo Program 2019 is the 60th anniversary of the US astronaut program and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The story of what happened in the ten years between those two dates is one of the most significant in history. How we went from... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
If You Can Walk, You Can DanceAs told in an African proverb, "If you can talk, you can sing, if you can walk, you can dance" and in this class we WILL dance to celebrate special occasions and just to have fun. Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Introduction to ZentangleThis course is an introduction to the Zentangle drawing method.  Students will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle, the applications and the steps of creating a Zentangle tile, and at least 9 'tangles' or patterns.  We... Jan 10, 2019 to Feb 14, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Available
Introduction to ZentangleThis course is an introduction to the Zentangle drawing method.  Students will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle, the applications and the steps of creating a Zentangle tile, and at least 9 'tangles' or patterns.  We... Jan 10, 2019 to Feb 14, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
Living Vicariously: Japanese Woodblock PrintsParty with famous courtesans in the alluring surroundings of the "pleasure quarters," lustily cheer for your favorite Kabuki actor or sumo wrestler, marvel at the bravado of warriors of history or legend, cringe and gasp at the... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 7, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
MacOS: Beyond the BasicsThis course is not a beginner’s Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about using and navigating the Mac operating system. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the Dock, and icons; we... Jan 29, 2019 to Feb 14, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
MacOS: Beyond the BasicsThis course is not a beginner’s Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about using and navigating the Mac operating system. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the Dock, and icons; we... Jan 31, 2019 to Feb 7, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $20.00 Canceled
Mayberry ModernismWhat's North Carolina's greatest secret? We have the 3rd most Modernist houses in the country. George Smart's discovery of North Carolina's large number of "livable works of art" in 2007 led him to start North Carolina Modernist... Jan 10, 2019 7:00PM - 9:00PM $10.00 Wait List
Navigating the Internet:Learn practical tips and techniques to utilize your web browser to find information on the internet as well as use online applications and services. This hands-on course will show you how to: research various topics from trustworthy... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys? Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner. In true band fashion, a variety of... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Available
Nuclear Security and IntelligenceThis course is focused on the essential role of intelligence in defending against nuclear threats. This relates to the need to be clear as to the nuclear capabilities of existing nuclear powers, the threats associated with nuclear... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Paper Cutting: Panda and PlantsPapercutting is the art of cutting paper designs. The art has evolved uniquely all over the world to adapt to different cultural styles. Jianzhi is a traditional style of papercutting in China and has been practiced in China since... Jan 24, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $10.00 Wait List
Philosophies of Human NatureWe will sample philosophers from Ancient Indian through modern European and American traditions to survey the major ideas people have had about what makes humans distinctive. Readings will include Buddhist texts, Confucius, Plato,... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry Writing and Revision 2.0This workshop invites practicing poets to grow their poetry. Each workshop starts with opening the poetry toolbox. We will explore together different craft elements, and read a dazzling poem to illustrate the element and inspire you... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Practicing Free Will and Understanding Why: Ethics Based on ScienceIn his popular book, The Moral Landscape, neuroscientist Sam Harris makes a case for using science to determine human values. This course takes a different approach. The argument will start from human values?our internal longing for... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Read and Discuss: V.S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux — A Friendship Across Five Continents Theirs was among the most poisonous of literary feuds. V.S Naipaul, the recently deceased Nobel Prize-winning author, and his American protégé Paul Theroux fell out in a spectacularly bitter war of words after Naipaul sold some of... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Shakespeare’s Failed Kings: A Study of Three PlaysShakespeare's tragedies, histories, and problem plays often display a kingdom in disarray with problems generated by the choices and actions of its king. This course will deal with two history plays (Richard II and King John) and... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionT'ai Chi (Taijiquan or T’ai Chi Ch’üan), is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art, and health exercise. It arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes,... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Teachings of Don Juan - A Fiftieth Anniversary Reflection        In 1968, Carlos Castaneda, an anthropology student at UCLA, published an ethnography of his apprenticeship with an elder Indian sorcerer in the Sonora Desert. In his ground breaking book, The Teachings of Don Juan, Castaneda... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Wines of FranceJoin us for a five week journey, across the country of France. Each week, we will focus on a region or two that bring us the bounty of France's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learning the basics of production. We... Feb 28, 2019 to Mar 28, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
The Wines of FranceJoin us for a five week journey, across the country of France. Each week, we will focus on a region or two that bring us the bounty of France's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learning the basics of production. We... Feb 28, 2019 to Mar 28, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Wait List
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Vocal Meditation: Relaxation & Healing through SoundEverything in the universe is sound and vibration. We shall engage this notion and use the vibrations of our voices to engage our bodies and mind through breath and vocal sound. During this 6-week course, you will experience and... Jan 10, 2019 to Feb 7, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
Waterfowl in Graphite with ColorUsing photographs of waterfowl, students will draw the waterfowl of their choice with graphite, then complete the the drawing with a value study in graphite.  Using either watercolor or colored pencil the graphite drawing will be... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Wines of ItalyJoin us for a four week journey, across the country of Italy. Each week, we will focus on a region or two that bring us the bounty of Italy's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learning the basics of production. We will... Jan 10, 2019 to Jan 31, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Available
Wines of ItalyJoin us for a four week journey, across the country of Italy. Each week, we will focus on a region or two that bring us the bounty of Italy's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learning the basics of production. We will... Jan 10, 2019 to Jan 31, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Words into Music: English poems made into songPoetry and music have intertwined for centuries. Some poems in English were meant to be sung  - those in Shakespeare's comedies, for example -- but most were not.  From 1900 to 1940, a renaissance in English songwriting drew on... Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Friday
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America in the 1960s  During this day-long, one-day course, based on A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, we will explore the great social movements -- civil rights, the women's movement, the environmental movement that shaped the politics and the spirit... Jan 11, 2019 9:00AM - 3:30PM $30.00 Wait List
Easy WordPress Websites: Professional-looking Websites without Advanced Technical SkillsEven if you are a complete beginner you can learn to build, design and manage a high-performance Wordpress website. WordPress powers over 20% of the web because it is an easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full-blown... Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Galois TheoryOn the night before he died in a duel at age twenty, Galois wrote down the outlines of what would later become a major field of mathematics – group theory. In this work he demonstrated why no general equation exists for solving the... Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Religion in the American Civil WarAs religious Americans entered the vortex of the Civil War era, religion affected the course of the crisis and vice versa. Religious groups were blamed for contributing to the war. They were praised or denounced for supporting or... Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Robert E. Lee, The Marble ManA great deal of social interest is now being focused on Confederate statutes, which have publicly existed since after the Civil War (or the War Between The States). All too often, positions taken on this issue have been based on... Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Gilded Age In American History: All That Glitters Is Not GoldThe three decades following the Civil War (1870 to 1900) were labeled by Mark Twain as "The Gilded Age." This course will explore the accuracy of Twain's description.  In all three sections, North, South, and West, there were bright... Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Plays of August WilsonOver the course of his career as a dramatist, August Wilson (1945-2005) completed the most ambitious project in the history of American theater, a sequence of works--Jitney, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and... Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Winter WeaveExpect to have a tactile experience with textures, naturally dyed thread, yarn, reed, shells, recyclables, roving and embellishments from nature.  Bring the outdoors in this winter as you learn weaving terms and techniques for small... Jan 11, 2019 to Jan 12, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM $20.00 Wait List
Saturday
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Food for Life Diabetes InitiativeDiabetes is a major public health problem of epidemic proportions. Eleven percent of the United States adult population has diabetes, and nearly one-third of those 65 and older have the disease.  Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to... Jan 12, 2019 to Feb 16, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM $60.00 Open
Winter WeaveExpect to have a tactile experience with textures, naturally dyed thread, yarn, reed, shells, recyclables, roving and embellishments from nature.  Bring the outdoors in this winter as you learn weaving terms and techniques for small... Jan 11, 2019 to Jan 12, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM $20.00 Wait List
Sunday
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The Millennial Perspective: Ethics Across GenerationsThis class explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach; ten undergraduates from Duke partner with ten “overgrads” from OLLI to lead discussions and share perspectives on current... Jan 13, 2019 to Apr 21, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Art & Architecture
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African Art: Seeking Meaning Across CulturesLearn the intricacies and breadth of this fascinating and rich realm of art and the culture it resonates with from one of the foremost and passionate collectors of African Art in the region (30 pieces from her collection are... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Wait List
American Art After Abstract ExpressionismAbstract Expressionism, developed in New York City in the 1940’s, was the first American art movement to achieve global acclaim, but by the mid 1950’s many artists thought Abstract Expressionism had become too introspective and... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Art & Women: An Examination of Women Artists in the 19th and 20th CenturiesThis discussion-based class will investigate European and American art featuring women from ancient times to the nineteenth  century, considering woman as subject and woman as artist. We will discuss interdisciplinary trends of... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Art and Photography Most everyone now agrees that photographs can be works of art. However, not everyone agrees on which photographs are works of art, much less on what art is or even what a photograph is. Not all famous or great photographs are art,... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 6, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Auguste Rodin and Dante Alighieri: "Abandon All Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here"500 years after Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy began circulating, August Rodin chose this “literary sculptor” as his reference point for the design of a decorative door for a new Parisian museum in 1880, the massive Gates of Hell... (Tuesdays)Mar 5, 2019 to Apr 2, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Building Duke ChapelThe course covers the history of the transition of Trinity College into Duke University. The focus is on the building of a fourteenth century Gothic Chapel in the center of the new campus. The stories of the designer, the builders,... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Feb 25, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
History of American Furniture, 17th to 20th CenturyThis course explores furniture history, covering the design, collecting, and selling of pieces which so wonderfully express the utilitarian needs, artistry, and culture of each era.  We’ll begin with a study of the European styles... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Living Vicariously: Japanese Woodblock PrintsParty with famous courtesans in the alluring surroundings of the "pleasure quarters," lustily cheer for your favorite Kabuki actor or sumo wrestler, marvel at the bravado of warriors of history or legend, cringe and gasp at the... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 7, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Mayberry ModernismWhat's North Carolina's greatest secret? We have the 3rd most Modernist houses in the country. George Smart's discovery of North Carolina's large number of "livable works of art" in 2007 led him to start North Carolina Modernist... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 7:00PM - 9:00PM $10.00 Wait List
Pairings of Selected Pieces of Literature and Art: Looking at America through Different Lenses Whether they use pens or paintbrushes, the best artists have the vision to see the times in which they live and to make their works meaningful for audiences beyond their contemporary ones.   The depictions of Theodore Dreiser's... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Picasso in Ten WorksPablo Picasso produced some of the most famous art of the twentieth century and he continues to fascinate us long after his death.  That art, though, is astoundingly varied, confusing and frustrating, and the man has been vilified... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Political Cartooning in America since 1750This course will look at print cartooning in America from its beginning in the 1750s to the present, with emphasis on political cartoons, single-panel gags, and comic strips, plus sidelong glances at comic books and animation. Where... (Tuesdays)Feb 5, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Political Cartooning in America since 1750This course will look at print cartooning in America from its beginning in the 1750s to the present, with emphasis on political cartoons, single-panel gags, and comic strips, plus sidelong glances at comic books and animation. Where... (Tuesdays)Feb 5, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
History & Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Status
Political Cartooning in America since 1750This course will look at print cartooning in America from its beginning in the 1750s to the present, with emphasis on political cartoons, single-panel gags, and comic strips, plus sidelong glances at comic books and animation. Where... (Tuesdays)Feb 5, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
America in the 1960s  During this day-long, one-day course, based on A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, we will explore the great social movements -- civil rights, the women's movement, the environmental movement that shaped the politics and the spirit... (Fridays)Jan 11, 2019 9:00AM - 3:30PM $30.00 Wait List
American Bohemians: Greenwich Village, 1900-1965We will meet and come to terms with the colorful men and women who formed a rebellious subculture in New York City's Greenwich Village during much of the 20th century. These include: writers e.e. cummings, James Baldwin and Allen... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Development of American Politics -- 1776-1787This course will take a look at how the 13 colonies began to develop an "American politics" after the Declaration of Independence in 1776, through their relationship with England during the American Revolution and into the creation... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
From the Earth to the Moon: History of the Apollo Program 2019 is the 60th anniversary of the US astronaut program and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The story of what happened in the ten years between those two dates is one of the most significant in history. How we went from... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
German Political Currents 1648 to PresentThis course is intended as a discussion of the main currents in German political history since 1648.  After a brief review of chronology, each session will cover one large topic, such as militarism, religion in politics, importance... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
History of the Bull City (Durham)The course will take a "behind the scenes" look at the remarkable transformation in downtown Durham and the challenges ahead. The growth is the result of some remarkable leadership by people who had vision, persistence, and were... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Feb 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Homegrown: Durham's DukesResidents of the Research Triangle have a general sense of the history of Durham, Duke University and the Duke family. But myths, misinformation and confusion abounds. Let's run through a history of our homegrown Dukes. Do you know... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 11, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
It Did Not Start With Gas ChambersAre you bothered by so much hate-filled rhetoric in our society? Are you concerned about the growth of white supremacist ideology & Neo-Nazi groups?  Do you worry this is 1930's Germany all over again?  Are the Pledge of... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Law and Order: Our U.S. Legal System in the Worldwide ContextAmericans live in a "legal world" but often have no understanding about how our legal world fits within the worldwide legal system or even the difference between our federal and state court systems. What are the differences between... (Tuesdays)Feb 5, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, three words that changed history!Explore 19th century European history from the French Revolution to the period just before the Russian Revolution. This course will follow movements that determined many of the 20th century developments still reverberating today.... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Native North CaroliniansThis course will begin by covering Native North Carolinians before European contact. We will look at the Paleolithic, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian cultures. We will focus on their way of life and habits, beliefs, myths and... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Political Cartooning in America since 1750This course will look at print cartooning in America from its beginning in the 1750s to the present, with emphasis on political cartoons, single-panel gags, and comic strips, plus sidelong glances at comic books and animation. Where... (Tuesdays)Feb 5, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Religion in the American Civil WarAs religious Americans entered the vortex of the Civil War era, religion affected the course of the crisis and vice versa. Religious groups were blamed for contributing to the war. They were praised or denounced for supporting or... (Fridays)Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Robert E. Lee, The Marble ManA great deal of social interest is now being focused on Confederate statutes, which have publicly existed since after the Civil War (or the War Between The States). All too often, positions taken on this issue have been based on... (Fridays)Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Decline of ViolenceViolence seems ubiquitous: terrorist attacks, atrocities of war, civil unrest, let alone the backdrop of "routine" homicide, violence against women, child abuse, and so on. It seems absurd to argue that violence is declining, that... (Wednesdays)Feb 27, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Available
The European Union: Government and PoliticsThe course analyzes the political background, and the organization and development of the European Union. Extensive emphasis is placed on the four major institutions of the European Union:  the Commission, the Council of Ministers,... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
The Gilded Age In American History: All That Glitters Is Not GoldThe three decades following the Civil War (1870 to 1900) were labeled by Mark Twain as "The Gilded Age." This course will explore the accuracy of Twain's description.  In all three sections, North, South, and West, there were bright... (Fridays)Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The History of SubmarinesThis course begins with the scientific principles that underlie the ability to become a submersible, and continues to the development of the modern day nuclear powered submarine. We will review the impact of submarines in warfare,... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
The Russian Imperial Monarchy: Part II: The Fall of Imperial RussiaThis course is the second of a two part series, dealing with the decline and fall of the Russian imperial monarchy from the death of Peter the Great to the abdication of Nicholas II in 1917. The course will cover the rise of the... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
This is Edward R. MurrowThe legend of Edward R. Murrow, probably the most brilliant and influential radio and television journalist ever, continues to intrigue millions of Americans several decades after his death. Renowned for his superb broadcasts from... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The History of SubmarinesThis course begins with the scientific principles that underlie the ability to become a submersible, and continues to the development of the modern day nuclear powered submarine. We will review the impact of submarines in warfare,... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Law and Order: Our U.S. Legal System in the Worldwide ContextAmericans live in a "legal world" but often have no understanding about how our legal world fits within the worldwide legal system or even the difference between our federal and state court systems. What are the differences between... (Tuesdays)Feb 5, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
The Decline of ViolenceViolence seems ubiquitous: terrorist attacks, atrocities of war, civil unrest, let alone the backdrop of "routine" homicide, violence against women, child abuse, and so on. It seems absurd to argue that violence is declining, that... (Wednesdays)Feb 27, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Available
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Status
Easy WordPress Websites: Professional-looking Websites without Advanced Technical SkillsEven if you are a complete beginner you can learn to build, design and manage a high-performance Wordpress website. WordPress powers over 20% of the web because it is an easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full-blown... (Fridays)Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Introduction to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you.  Maybe that's why, the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and "iPhoneographers" take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today's... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Feb 12, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
MacOS: Beyond the BasicsThis course is not a beginner’s Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about using and navigating the Mac operating system. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the Dock, and icons; we... (Tuesdays), (Thursdays)Jan 29, 2019 to Feb 14, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
MacOS: Beyond the BasicsThis course is not a beginner’s Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about using and navigating the Mac operating system. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the Dock, and icons; we... (Thursdays)Jan 31, 2019 to Feb 7, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $20.00 Canceled
Navigating the Internet:Learn practical tips and techniques to utilize your web browser to find information on the internet as well as use online applications and services. This hands-on course will show you how to: research various topics from trustworthy... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Photographic CompositionComposition can make an interesting subject bland or make an ordinary subject appear beautiful. This course explores the concepts of composition, from basics such as the rule of thirds to more advanced topics such as the way the eye... (Mondays)Feb 25, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Photoshop Elements Refresher for PC and MacReview and strengthen basic skills in working with digital images and learn more about using the editing tools available in Adobe Photoshop Elements software. This class will include practice with the use of layers, selections, and... (Tuesdays)Jan 22, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Status
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementThere are many financial stages to each individual's retirement. The decisions one faces can be overwhelming and confusing, they but are extremely important as one plans for 30 years without a paycheck. It all starts when you leave... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityThis course is designed to serve as a guide to understanding how to provide for continued independence and the highest quality of life as aging progresses and life-care needs change. We explore the challenges and opportunities that... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 26, 2019 10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Tax Smart Investment StrategiesAre you making the most of your resources in retirement? Are taxes "cramping" your retirement lifestyle? Position your money wisely, structure an income flow, and minimize taxes to stretch your financial resources. In this course,... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Feb 13, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
The Consumer's Guide to Healthcare AdvocacyDo you understand how to get the care you need and deserve, or how to keep someone safe in an acute care setting? Learn strategies to becoming a better consumer of a healthcare system that shows no signs of getting any easier.  ... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
Beyond Knit and Purl: Knit a Sock or Even TwoOne can never have too many socks. Hand-knit ones are the most comfy of them all.  If you can already knit and purl, this class will show you the techniques to create your own custom-fitting socks.  For this class, we'll use... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Calligrapy, the art of Italic writingStudents will learn the basic strokes of lettering in the elegant Italic font. Each student will need to bring a broad tip felt calligraphy pen (size 2.5 available from ACMoore or Michaels), ruler, pencil, and unlined white copier... (Mondays)Jan 28, 2019 to Mar 18, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Available
Chinese Brush Painting: LandscapeLandscape is one of the three major categories of brush painting. Students will learn how to paint various landscapes, including mountains, rivers, trees and figures.  Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class,... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Drawing Basics for Beginners and BeyondThis class presents Drawing Basics from understanding your tools and surfaces to fundamentals of defining form and creating a sense of depth in one's drawing. Emphasis is placed upon understanding a student's natural talents or... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Drawing Basics for Beginners and BeyondThis class presents Drawing Basics from understanding your tools and surfaces to fundamentals of defining form and creating a sense of depth in one's drawing. Emphasis is placed upon understanding a student's natural talents or... (Tuesdays)Feb 12, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
Introduction to 3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is a process to create three-dimensional objects by depositing layers of material under computer control. In this course we’ll use a consumer-level 3D printer to learn the basic workflow to... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Feb 13, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Introduction to CalligraphyThis is an introduction to calligraphy to allow you to become familiar with the art. This hands on session will help you look at letters in a new light and explore the possibilities in using a broad tip pen.  This is a 3 hr workshop... (Mondays)Mar 25, 2019 9:00AM - 12:30PM $10.00 Available
Introduction to ZentangleThis course is an introduction to the Zentangle drawing method.  Students will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle, the applications and the steps of creating a Zentangle tile, and at least 9 'tangles' or patterns.  We... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Feb 14, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Available
Introduction to ZentangleThis course is an introduction to the Zentangle drawing method.  Students will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle, the applications and the steps of creating a Zentangle tile, and at least 9 'tangles' or patterns.  We... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Feb 5, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM $50.00 Wait List
Introduction to ZentangleThis course is an introduction to the Zentangle drawing method.  Students will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle, the applications and the steps of creating a Zentangle tile, and at least 9 'tangles' or patterns.  We... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Feb 14, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
Learn to Knit a Warm Winter HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this four-week hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast-on, knit, purl, decrease and bind-off stitches or as a refresher for those who... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Feb 13, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
More Watercolor: Opportunities for practice of and learning about watercolor painting techniquesThis course will expand your understanding of and abilities with watercolor painting. There will be demonstrations, handouts, and homework in addition to time for painting. Knowing basic techniques of watercolor painting is... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Paper Cutting: Panda and PlantsPapercutting is the art of cutting paper designs. The art has evolved uniquely all over the world to adapt to different cultural styles. Jianzhi is a traditional style of papercutting in China and has been practiced in China since... (Thursdays)Jan 24, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $10.00 Wait List
Random Weave Baskets Seemingly chaotic, the random weave actually embraces several fundamental structural components and allows for a range of forms to be built with highly textured surfaces. Learn the random weave process and create a basket tailored... (Tuesdays)Feb 5, 2019 to Feb 12, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM $20.00 Wait List
Watercolor Painting for Absolute Beginners to Advanced PaintersIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had real success, this is the opportunity for you to learn.  This active, hands-on course offers highly individualized instruction.  Every... (Mondays)Feb 25, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Waterfowl in Graphite with ColorUsing photographs of waterfowl, students will draw the waterfowl of their choice with graphite, then complete the the drawing with a value study in graphite.  Using either watercolor or colored pencil the graphite drawing will be... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Winter WeaveExpect to have a tactile experience with textures, naturally dyed thread, yarn, reed, shells, recyclables, roving and embellishments from nature.  Bring the outdoors in this winter as you learn weaving terms and techniques for small... (Fridays), (Saturdays)Jan 11, 2019 to Jan 12, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM $20.00 Wait List
Social Science & Culture
Course Time Tuition Status
Law and Order: Our U.S. Legal System in the Worldwide ContextAmericans live in a "legal world" but often have no understanding about how our legal world fits within the worldwide legal system or even the difference between our federal and state court systems. What are the differences between... (Tuesdays)Feb 5, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
The Decline of ViolenceViolence seems ubiquitous: terrorist attacks, atrocities of war, civil unrest, let alone the backdrop of "routine" homicide, violence against women, child abuse, and so on. It seems absurd to argue that violence is declining, that... (Wednesdays)Feb 27, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Available
The Millennial Perspective: Ethics Across GenerationsThis class explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach; ten undergraduates from Duke partner with ten “overgrads” from OLLI to lead discussions and share perspectives on current... (Sundays)Jan 13, 2019 to Apr 21, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Comparative Legal SystemsLegal systems, "religious", "professional", "customary" and "autocratic," differ and in many areas need to be accommodated by other legal systems. The course will exam the characteristics of various legal systems and the... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Genealogy I for the Novice and Beyond: Developing and Enhancing Basic Knowledge, Skills, and TechniquesIn this course, the new or experienced family historian will learn genealogical research skills and methods to gain or improve their working knowledge of the genealogical research process and the most frequently used American... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Genealogy II, the Next Steps: Learning About and Using More Records than the Census and Vital RecordsThe course will expand the student's genealogical skills and knowledge beyond the basics; emphasis will be on broadening the scope of their research resources. Records at the county, state, and federal level will be discussed,... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 27, 2019 8:30AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Genealogy III Surmounting Your Genealogical Roadblocks: Writing An Effective Research PlanThis interactive course will guide the student as they develop a research plan to overcome one of their genealogy problems. Sharing their plans with the class, is an integral part of this learning experience. The class lectures will... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 27, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Law and Order: Our U.S. Legal System in the Worldwide ContextAmericans live in a "legal world" but often have no understanding about how our legal world fits within the worldwide legal system or even the difference between our federal and state court systems. What are the differences between... (Tuesdays)Feb 5, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Portugal: The Garden of Europe Planted By the SeaCome discover Portugal and its glory: from the brave discoveries of the XV century navigators , to the soul touching fado music, the mouth-watering culinary delicacies, to the innovative changes of today. Students will engage with... (Mondays)Jan 14, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Decline of ViolenceViolence seems ubiquitous: terrorist attacks, atrocities of war, civil unrest, let alone the backdrop of "routine" homicide, violence against women, child abuse, and so on. It seems absurd to argue that violence is declining, that... (Wednesdays)Feb 27, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Available
The Millennial Perspective: Ethics Across GenerationsThis class explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach; ten undergraduates from Duke partner with ten “overgrads” from OLLI to lead discussions and share perspectives on current... (Sundays)Jan 13, 2019 to Apr 21, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
Truth, Opinion and Lies: Plato to your iPhoneDoes truth really matter? If so, why? What about lies — how should we understand them? And when you have an opinion, where does it come from — and what’s it worth? This course aims (1) to acquaint OLLI participants with some major... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
UFOs - Encounter, Mystery, MythThis course rests on two premises: (1) UFOs are a myth; (2) myths are real.  UFOs became a feature of the cultural landscape 71 years ago.  They've been debunked innumerable times, yet remain firmly fixed in our shared consciousness... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Status
The History of SubmarinesThis course begins with the scientific principles that underlie the ability to become a submersible, and continues to the development of the modern day nuclear powered submarine. We will review the impact of submarines in warfare,... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Frontiers in MedicineEach session, the scientific foundations of a different health-related topic will be presented.  This semester the topics will include: (1) exercise and the brain; (2) bone health; (3) how much exercise is needed to prevent... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Artificial Intelligence: The Good, the Bad & the UglyArtificial intelligence (AI) has become a noteworthy buzzword popular in news headlines, boardrooms, and college classrooms. What is artificial intelligence? How is it impacting the everyday lives of consumers? From app-based taxi... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Jan 23, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $30.00 Available
At Home in the Universe: The Search for Meaning and Purpose in the CosmosHumankind has struggled with existential questions for as long as there has been humankind.  Typically, the search for meaning and purpose has been inward, looking towards ourselves for answers. In this course, we look outward at... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
At Home in the Universe: The Search for Meaning and Purpose in the CosmosHumankind has struggled with existential questions for as long as there has been humankind.  Typically, the search for meaning and purpose has been inward, looking towards ourselves for answers. In this course, we look outward at... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Every Day Geology Topics; An Introduction to Geology and Applied GeologyThis  introductory class presents "big picture" geology topics and how geologic processes work.  Lectures will introduce geologic  processes that operate on Earth which affect and influence everyone.  Ten 1.5 hour lectures will be... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Frontiers in MedicineEach session, the scientific foundations of a different health-related topic will be presented.  This semester the topics will include: (1) exercise and the brain; (2) bone health; (3) how much exercise is needed to prevent... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Galois TheoryOn the night before he died in a duel at age twenty, Galois wrote down the outlines of what would later become a major field of mathematics – group theory. In this work he demonstrated why no general equation exists for solving the... (Fridays)Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Immunology For BeginnersThe course will cover the basics of the human immune system, its development and components, as well as its function.  We will also consider allergy, autoimmune diseases, immunizations, viral and bacterial infections, organ... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Feb 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Nuclear Security and IntelligenceThis course is focused on the essential role of intelligence in defending against nuclear threats. This relates to the need to be clear as to the nuclear capabilities of existing nuclear powers, the threats associated with nuclear... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Physiology and Anatomy of Birds: Are Birds Really Living Dinosaurs?In this  course we will discuss the origin of birds from prehistoric dinosaurs. We will examine the physiological systems  of domestic (poultry) and wild bird and compare them to reptiles and mammals. Specifics systems will include... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Canceled
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and DiversionsSymposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions is popular with OLLI members who have busy schedules since each week presents a different lecturer with a different topic. Missing a class does not mean you will lose course continuity... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 2:00PM - 3:15PM $90.00 Available
The History of SubmarinesThis course begins with the scientific principles that underlie the ability to become a submersible, and continues to the development of the modern day nuclear powered submarine. We will review the impact of submarines in warfare,... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
The Wonderful World of ButterfliesThis course addresses the basic nature of butterflies: origins; global survival tactics; the importance of migrations; enemies and defenses; anatomy; and continental variations. The last three sessions will focus on butterflies of... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 5, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Language, Literature & Drama
Course Time Tuition Status
About the Latin Language - What makes it a Classic?This course will continue to explore the interdisciplinary magic of the language of the Romans. Whether you are familiar with the Latin language or not, this course will reveal new ways of looking at Latin and its lasting effects.... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Feb 13, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Complexité, richesse et diversité du 19e siècle en France - Part I    This course taught entirely in French is geared to students with an intermediate high or advanced low level of French proficiency.  Nineteenth century France sees seven different political regimes, the advent of the Industrial... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Contemporary Poetry from Allen Ginsberg to Richard Wilbur: Ten Poets.Each week we will discuss poems by one poet.  Like their poetry, the ten poets selected offer diversity--in gender, nationality, race and culture, poetry from America (primarily), England, and the Caribbean.  We will read formalist... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Deep Delight: Three Modern PoetsSerious poetry meets pleasure in three poets of our generation.  Edward Hirsch's poems are meticulously crafted. His poems run a gamut of subjects, from the everyday to contemplative. Fresh revelations and gentle self-effacing humor... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Feb 13, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Five Classic Italian FilmsFrom the late 1940s through the 1970s, Italian cinema enjoyed a golden age. So many of these films from the post-World War II era remain a peculiarly Italian combination of a cinematic lyricism  and the harsher realities of life. ... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Let's Read in French! Maigret, France's Favorite Fictional DetectiveEncore Maigret! Maigret is a French fictional police detective of the Paris "Brigade Criminelle" created by Georges Simenon. Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche and yet he manages to maintain both compassion and a... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 6, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Music in the Movies -- Modern Masters of the Film Score, 1960-2019In the 1960s, filmmakers began to go beyond the old-style symphonic "background" scores of earlier movies, encouraging composers to adopt new idioms -- jazz, rock, electronic, and other modernistic styles of music, as well as new... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Read and Discuss: V.S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux — A Friendship Across Five Continents Theirs was among the most poisonous of literary feuds. V.S Naipaul, the recently deceased Nobel Prize-winning author, and his American protégé Paul Theroux fell out in a spectacularly bitter war of words after Naipaul sold some of... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Shakespeare's Macbeth: Murder and Moral MayhemAs Shakespearean scholar David Bevington observes, Macbeth's "awareness of and sensitivity to moral issues, together with his conscious choice of evil, produce an unnerving account of human failure, all the more distressing because... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Shakespeare’s Failed Kings: A Study of Three PlaysShakespeare's tragedies, histories, and problem plays often display a kingdom in disarray with problems generated by the choices and actions of its king. This course will deal with two history plays (Richard II and King John) and... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
The Plays of August WilsonOver the course of his career as a dramatist, August Wilson (1945-2005) completed the most ambitious project in the history of American theater, a sequence of works--Jitney, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and... (Fridays)Jan 11, 2019 to Mar 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Teachings of Don Juan - A Fiftieth Anniversary Reflection        In 1968, Carlos Castaneda, an anthropology student at UCLA, published an ethnography of his apprenticeship with an elder Indian sorcerer in the Sonora Desert. In his ground breaking book, The Teachings of Don Juan, Castaneda... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Two Masterpieces by Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady  is probably the most popular of James's long novels, and some consider it his best. It tells the story of a young American woman who journeys to Europe in search of self-realization. When she is left a... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
Using English: Looking under the hood, for lifelong driversWhy is "It is I" not correct? Who decides on correctness? How and when is "I am cold" a request for action? We are all proficient users of English, but we have vague or downright wrong ideas about how the language works.  This... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Words into Music: English poems made into songPoetry and music have intertwined for centuries. Some poems in English were meant to be sung  - those in Shakespeare's comedies, for example -- but most were not.  From 1900 to 1940, a renaissance in English songwriting drew on... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Worldmaking (Part I)--A Roundtable DiscussionIn this discussion class/seminar we will read the first five chapters of David Milne, "Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy." It will focus on five significant shapers of U.S. foreign policy: Alfred Thayer Mahan,... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Lifestyles
Course Time Tuition Status
Beginning Mah JonggThis class will teach you how to start playing the American version of this old Chinese game that swept the United States, England, France and Japan in the 1920s and is currently having a renewal of interest.  We will learn with the... (Thursdays)Jan 24, 2019 to Feb 14, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM $40.00 Wait List
Brain Games: Exercising Your Mind Using Improvisational ComedyThis class provides the opportunity to train your brain while laughing and having fun. Like the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, you will use improvisational comedy games and techniques to practice divergent thinking, use the “... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Feb 11, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitFOR BABY BOOMERS:  Did you know that your movement habits at age 50 & 60 will impact how you feel at age 70 & beyond?  You can shed your physically limiting habits and learn new habits that make your body and mind more agile... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Conscious Aging: Embracing Challenges & Opportunities in the Third ChapterIn the last third of our lives, we face both challenges and opportunities.  Retirement, loss of  a job, a terminal diagnosis or the loss of our mate are major transitions that can create chaos in our lives and threaten our identity/... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Feb 12, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Food for Life Diabetes InitiativeDiabetes is a major public health problem of epidemic proportions. Eleven percent of the United States adult population has diabetes, and nearly one-third of those 65 and older have the disease.  Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to... (Saturdays)Jan 12, 2019 to Feb 16, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM $60.00 Open
Frontiers in MedicineEach session, the scientific foundations of a different health-related topic will be presented.  This semester the topics will include: (1) exercise and the brain; (2) bone health; (3) how much exercise is needed to prevent... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Functional Fitness Training for 50+Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports.  While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Genealogy VI DNA Testing for Genealogy: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeThis course will help the student analyze their ancestral DNA test results and apply them to their genealogical family tree. The topics covered will include the various ancestral DNA tests and their different results. The focus of... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Available
If You Can Walk, You Can DanceAs told in an African proverb, "If you can talk, you can sing, if you can walk, you can dance" and in this class we WILL dance to celebrate special occasions and just to have fun. Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Introduction to BridgeJoin us to explore the most exciting card game in the world, meet new people, make new friends, and keep an agile mind.  This class is designed for people who never played the game before and for players who dabbled with the game in... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Keeping Your Muscles and Bones Fit: How to Extend the Quality of Your LifeWhat do exercise, a good diet, relaxation and socialization have in common? They all help to extend the quality of life. Added together, there can be 16 years of more quality. You already know it's important to maintain strength,... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
Magic Tricks for GrandparentsIn this course, you will learn tricks to impress the children in your life, including tricks with cards, ropes, coin, and even mind-reading. The skills are not technically difficult, and you will learn how to make some of the... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it "chee-goong") refers to a vast body of traditional Chinese exercise designed to enhance one's personal life-force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, strength, emotional balance, and spiritual progress. "Qi" -... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionT'ai Chi (Taijiquan or T’ai Chi Ch’üan), is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art, and health exercise. It arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes,... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Art of Cooking with David SoveroLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (seafood, pork, chicken, beef, or vegetarian);... (Mondays)Feb 25, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $50.00 Wait List
The Labyrinth: Metaphor for LifeWalking the labyrinth is an activity from medieval times that has recently gained tremendous popularity around the world. This class will provide an opportunity to walk a 24 foot canvas labyrinth indoors. Finger labyrinths of... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Feb 5, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
The Road To Full Frame: A "Behind the Screens" Journey to the 2019 Documentary Film FestivalThe 22nd annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 4-7, 2019, in downtown Durham. This course provides a “behind the screens” view of the festival: the sessions are designed to prepare you to attend the festival... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Wines of FranceJoin us for a five week journey, across the country of France. Each week, we will focus on a region or two that bring us the bounty of France's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learning the basics of production. We... (Thursdays)Feb 28, 2019 to Mar 28, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
The Wines of FranceJoin us for a five week journey, across the country of France. Each week, we will focus on a region or two that bring us the bounty of France's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learning the basics of production. We... (Thursdays)Feb 28, 2019 to Mar 28, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Wait List
The Women We Become - Growing in Wisdom while Growing in AgeTogether we will look at aging as a quest, an inner journey. Like everything else worth doing, aging well requires practice. It requires us to claim all the events of our lives, embracing the whole of who we are.  If our lives are... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Understanding Generational Differences"They just don't get it " is a common sentiment often echoed  by younger generations when describing their parents or older relatives.   Conversely older generations are apt to say this younger generation is too impatient, too... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Jan 29, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Available
Vocal Meditation: Relaxation & Healing through SoundEverything in the universe is sound and vibration. We shall engage this notion and use the vibrations of our voices to engage our bodies and mind through breath and vocal sound. During this 6-week course, you will experience and... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Feb 7, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
What To Eat - And Why - Evidence Based Guide to NutritionRecommendations are abundant on what we should eat and drink in order to maximize our longevity and quality of life. Some are designed to sell us products that are not in our best interest. Others come from well-intentioned sources... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Willpower: How it Works, Why it Matters and How to Strengthen YoursPsychologists have called willpower our greatest human strength.  Our ability to control our attention, emotions, appetites, and behavior greatly influences our health, happiness, financial security, relationships, and aging process... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Wines of ItalyJoin us for a four week journey, across the country of Italy. Each week, we will focus on a region or two that bring us the bounty of Italy's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learning the basics of production. We will... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Jan 31, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Available
Wines of ItalyJoin us for a four week journey, across the country of Italy. Each week, we will focus on a region or two that bring us the bounty of Italy's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learning the basics of production. We will... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Jan 31, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Frontiers in MedicineEach session, the scientific foundations of a different health-related topic will be presented.  This semester the topics will include: (1) exercise and the brain; (2) bone health; (3) how much exercise is needed to prevent... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Performing Arts
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A Millennium of Sacred Music, from Plainsong to the 21st CenturyThis course will begin with a brief presentation of the development of Christian Liturgy and will trace the development of choral music from chant through the development of polyphony and harmony. Power Point presentations, videos,... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Guide To Local JazzIf you like jazz but don't know where or when to find it locally--or if you're knowledgeable but want to know more about local performers and how jazz works, "Guide To Local Jazz" is for you. The local jazz scene has been... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys? Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner. In true band fashion, a variety of... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $50.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Available
New Horizons ChorusMen and Women: Lift Up Your Voices and Sing! While in the Fall and Winter terms the New Horizons Chorus works on preparing pieces for an end-of-semester concert, during the Spring term there is a focus on vocal technique and health... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
Nordic Serenades: Music of the Nordic and Baltic Lands and Iceland and GreenlandThis class will move somewhat like a travelogue. We will visit the people and enjoy the awesome scenery while we listen to  the magical and mystical music of the norther nations. We will attend the remarkable choral festival in... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Writing and Improv in the Curb Your EnthusiasmLarry David has invented a new improv form with his show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He develops a story outline for each show but no script is written. The show is then improvised by the actors. This class will use that style. We will... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Writing and Improv in the Curb Your EnthusiasmLarry David has invented a new improv form with his show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He develops a story outline for each show but no script is written. The show is then improvised by the actors. This class will use that style. We will... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Writing
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Writing and Improv in the Curb Your EnthusiasmLarry David has invented a new improv form with his show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He develops a story outline for each show but no script is written. The show is then improvised by the actors. This class will use that style. We will... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Creative Prose: Writing, Editing and Publishing WorkshopDo you have stories from your life or the history of your family you want to share? Do you use your imagination to create stories? This course will cover all aspects of prose writing from short stories, novels, memoirs, personal... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Great Steals: Generating PoemsIt's been said, great poet's steal. We will be generating new poems by taking cues from wonderful poems as inspiration. We will explore and discuss a selected poem,. Then we stretch our poetry muscles doing some in-class warm ups.... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Canceled
How To Write It So They'll Want To Read ItAt its most basic, a good story/novel/memoir involves a sympathetic character, engaged in a dramatic struggle that results in transformation. How difficult can it be to write that? Damn difficult! This course will focus on the four... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry Odyssey - Traveling With CreativityLooking for an opportunity to find the poet within you for the first time, or to update your experience? This joyful course is lighthearted and designed for adults who want to tap into their creativity by experimenting with poetry... (Tuesdays)Feb 26, 2019 to Mar 26, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Canceled
Poetry Writing and Revision 2.0This workshop invites practicing poets to grow their poetry. Each workshop starts with opening the poetry toolbox. We will explore together different craft elements, and read a dazzling poem to illustrate the element and inspire you... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Writing and Improv in the Curb Your EnthusiasmLarry David has invented a new improv form with his show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He develops a story outline for each show but no script is written. The show is then improvised by the actors. This class will use that style. We will... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Status
A Jew and a Christian in Interfaith DialogueA Jewish Rabbi and a Christian minister will engage each other in interfaith dialogue in a context of respect and understanding to explore topics such as God, Jesus and other Jewish wisdom teachers, sacred texts, religious practices... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Mar 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Introduction to Philosophy of ReligionPhilosophy of religion involves the explication and critical examination of basic religious beliefs and concepts, examining the reasons that have been given for and against them with a view to determining whether there is any... (Mondays)Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Pagan Origins of Monotheistic ReligionsMonotheistic Near Eastern religions have their origins in earlier polytheistic precursors. Although religious tradition claims either direct contact with god or revelation through supernatural messengers as their source,... (Tuesdays)Jan 8, 2019 to Feb 12, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Philosophies of Human NatureWe will sample philosophers from Ancient Indian through modern European and American traditions to survey the major ideas people have had about what makes humans distinctive. Readings will include Buddhist texts, Confucius, Plato,... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Practicing Free Will and Understanding Why: Ethics Based on ScienceIn his popular book, The Moral Landscape, neuroscientist Sam Harris makes a case for using science to determine human values. This course takes a different approach. The argument will start from human values?our internal longing for... (Thursdays)Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 21, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
The Millennial Perspective: Ethics Across GenerationsThis class explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach; ten undergraduates from Duke partner with ten “overgrads” from OLLI to lead discussions and share perspectives on current... (Sundays)Jan 13, 2019 to Apr 21, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
What You Do Matters: Modern Science's Affirmation of Ancient WisdomDo you ever wonder if what you do really matters one way or another? Why do material acquisitions and power not bring happiness? How is one to reconcile the teachings of ancient wisdom and religious traditions with modern science?... (Wednesdays)Jan 9, 2019 to Mar 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
The Millennial Perspective: Ethics Across GenerationsThis class explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach; ten undergraduates from Duke partner with ten “overgrads” from OLLI to lead discussions and share perspectives on current... (Sundays)Jan 13, 2019 to Apr 21, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Available
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Membership & Registration

You must be a member of OLLI to take classes and attend social activities. Becoming a member of OLLI is easy. You can join online - annual membership dues are $35 (payable when you first sign up for courses during the school year). Memberships are good for the academic year—September 2018 through June 30, 2019. If you purchased a membership during Spring 2018 registration, your membership is good until June 30, 2019. Membership dues are nonrefundable.

All courses are priced individually. The prices are listed in the course descriptions with the specific dollar amount (e.g., "Fee: $90").

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

Automatically during registration

If you have been a member, but your membership has expired, our online registration system will automatically add a new membership to your cart when you enroll in courses.

By phone 

If you have never been an OLLI member, we encourage you to purchase your first membership by phone.  Call our registration office Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, EST at 919-684-6259 or at 1-866-edu-Duke.

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By mail or in person

The OLLI catalog also contains a membership and registration form.

You can deliver the form and your $35 check made payable to Duke University to the Bishop's House or you can mail them to OLLI at Duke, Box 90700, Durham, NC 27708.

Registration

Registration opens at 9:00am on Tuesday, December 4 (for Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues classes) & Wednesday, December 5 (for Wed, Thurs, Fri classes).

1.    Online Registration: Duke Continuing Studies’ website makes it easy for you to register! Go to www.learnmore.duke.edu, click on “Student Login,” enter your registration user name and password, and then click “Continue.” Close to 90% of OLLI members register online because it is fastest way to register and it increases the likelihood that you will get your first choice classes.

2.    Call Continuing Education Registration Team at 919-684-6259 on or after December 4 & 5 to register for Winter Term Classes. 

3.    Drop off your paper registration form at The Bishop’s House on Monday, December 3. These forms will be processed throughout the day on December 4 & 5. No payment is required. You will be invoiced for the classes for which you register. Payment must be made within the first week to guarantee your seat in the class. 

4.    Show up in the lobby of the Education Building, Judea Reform Congregation at 9 am on December 4 and/or December 5, if you want personal help registering online. You need to bring your OLLI Student ID and password. It is also helpful if you bring your cell phone or know how to access your home email address remotely. 

To find your course:

Search Courses Link: The most direct way to find your course is to go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on the link “Search Courses” located on the second horizontal menu at the far right, and enter either the four-digit course number or a portion of the name. Click on the link to the course, click on the “Add to Cart” button, and follow steps to checkout. 

 By Day of the Week or by Category: Go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on “Osher Lifelong Learning,” click the down-triangle labelled “Show” under “Courses,” and click on the tab “View by day” or “View by category.” Click on the course title to get to the course page, click on “Add to Cart,” and follow steps to checkout.

Search Box: You may also enter the course number or part of the title into the search box that appears on every page at the top right, under the shopping cart symbol. This will search the entire site and may also retrieve results from the .pdf version of the course catalog. Click on the appropriate link for the course, click on “Add to Cart,” and follow steps to checkout. Please note: Since this is a Google search box refreshed by Google, it may not have the most up-to-date information.

Registration Opening

OLLI members registering for classes held on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will register on DAY 1 of Registration –Tuesday, December 4

OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will register on DAY 2 of Registration – Wednesday, December 5. 

Registration will open at 9 am both days.

Registration Event:

If you need assistance registering online, we will provide on-site registration support at JRC on Tuesday, December 4, from 9:00am to 12:00pm (for Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues classes) & Wednesday, December 5, from 9:00am to 12:00pm (for Wed, Thurs, Fri classes). 

We will have trained OLLI mentors with computers to assist you. You must bring your registration User Name and Password to register. If you have forgotten these, you must be able to access your home e-mail from your personal cell phone or the computers we will have onsite.  Please bring a credit card for payment.

Phone Registrations:

If you would like to register by phone, you may call the registration office (919-684-6259) any time after 9:00am on Tuesday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 5. Please do not ask to register for classes prior to this date. Members will be registered in the order calls are received. If your call goes to voicemail because of heavy call volume, leave a message; a registration member will contact you as soon as possible in the order calls are received. Please do not leave multiple messages, since these only slow down the registration team.

Paper Registrations:

You still have the option of registering using the form in the catalog (see reverse side). Please deliver or send your form to the Bishop’s House no sooner than Monday, December 3, and they will be processed on Registration Day (s) in the order received. Please note: no checks will be accepted from persons using the paper form as they will be invoiced after registration. If you prefer to use a credit card, you will need to register online or by phone.

REFUND POLICY

Requests for refunds for dropped courses must be received by the end of the first week of classes (January 11, 2019). After that time, no refunds will be issued except in the event of an emergency, at the discretion of OLLI at Duke staff. There will be a $20 service charge per course dropped. If a course is cancelled by OLLI at Duke, no charge will be incurred by members. Please note: Membership dues are nonrefundable.

 

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Activities & Calendar

Activities are an integral part of the OLLI program, providing opportunities to learn and socialize outside the classroom. If you have general questions or suggestions for activities, call Kathy Parrish at 919-681-3476. If you want to find out more about any of the listed groups, please contact the coordinator for that activity.

OLLIday Luncheon 

Annual holiday celebration for OLLI at Duke members, instructors and guests.  You do not need to be an OLLI member to attend.   Celebrate with your OLLI friends the season and the end of the Fall semester!  Any questions should be sent to OLLIatDuke@Aol.com with OLLIday in the subject line. 

Date : December 2  , 12:30 - 4PM
Location: Parizade , 2200 Main St . Durham, NC
Cost: $ 28 per person, includes tip, gratuity & non - alcoholic beverages; cash bar
Deadline to register: Thursday  November 29. Sorry, no refunds after deadline date.
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Book Group

This informal group reads contemporary literature and meets on Monday of every month (1/14; 2/11; 3/11) at 3:15pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 639 Old Chapel Hill Rd. For more information, please contact Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com or 919-416-0755.
January Book: “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen
February Book: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrick Backman

Craft Group
It’s time to dig out that unfinished project from the back of the closet. Knitting, quilting, crocheting, sewing . . . whatever. All are welcome. The group meets every Monday at 3:15pm at the Durham Senior Center.  For more information, please contact Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com or 919-416-0755.

International Folk Dance
Join us for a fun way to get exercise, both physical and mental, and improve your balance. The folk dances we practice are done in a line or circle (no partner is needed) and are low impact (not highly strenuous). Most of the dances originated in Eastern Europe. Our ongoing class meets on Tuesdays, 1:30–2:45pm, at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community. Newcomers are welcome at any time. There is no charge. Please contact coordinator Judy Stafford at 919-383-7172 or judy.stafford@alumni.duke.edu for more information.

Language Tables 
La Table Française se réunit le mardi de midi à 13 heures dans l’atélier à “The Forest at Duke Retirement Center.” En ce moment, le groupe est complet,et il y a une liste d’attente. Si vous parlez français couramment et vous voulez que nous y mettions votre nom, envoyez un mail à Emily Lees (emilylees@bellsouth.net) ou à George Entenman (olli@entenman.net). Les résidents de la “Forest” qui parlent français sont toujours bienvenus. Nous sommes heureux aussi de répondre à vos questions. Spanish Table meets 12:45–2:00 on the third Friday of each month (September-April) at local Hispanic-themed restaurants.We welcome Spanish speakers from all levels to join in practice of conversational Spanish. Meeting locations are published in the Spotlight each month. Please contact Margaret Riley (mrileync@gmail.com) if you are interested in joining the group.

Mac Computer Users Group
Mac users will gather for Q&A and short presentations on topics of interest. The group will meet periodically at a day, time, and place to be announced. Coordinators: Mary Jo Fickle, fickle5@aol.com, and Susan Eure, asure@bellsouth.net

Meet and Greet
New to OLLI at Duke? You are invited to join us for a morning Meet & Greet program hosted by our Membership Committee, Saturday, January 5, 10:30 am, at the Bishop's House. See page 3 in the Fall 2018 catalog for details.

Mystery Book Club
Whether you HAVE a clue, or not, this book club may be for you.  We meet once a month in Room 7 of the Care Building at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC, to discuss mystery books our members have designated worthy and interesting.  We have read and discussed books by authors Ann Cleeve, Arnaldur Indrioason, Ruth Rendell & Ausam Zehant to name a few.  We are an adventurist group looking for new and exciting authors. For more information, please contact Madeline “Maddy” Kalstein, madkalstein@gmail.com.

Science Book Club 
We read and discuss books of substance on topics ranging from biology, evolution, and the physical sciences to medicine, the environment, and biographies of famous scientists. You do not have to have a science degree to participate, and no registration is required. You must be an OLLI member to participate in this book club. The group usually meets the first Thursday of the month at 3:15pm at The Bishop’s House. Coordinator: Dan Oldman, daniel.oldman@gmail.com or 919-544-2686. 

Retirement Transition Group
This informal drop-in group is for OLLI members who are going through transitions in retirement and perhaps experiencing some challenges. The group meeting provides an opportunity to adjust our mindset to this new phase of life, raise awareness of shared concerns, offer ideas that have worked, recommend resources and connect with other OLLI members who are going through the same experiences. People can drop in at any of the meetings. There is no charge. The group meets on the second Friday afternoon of the month - time and location to be announced. To learn more and to be put on a mailing list for meeting reminders, contact Corinne Schillin at cschillin@yahoo.com or 919-537-8450.

Community Engagement Special Interest Group (CE SIG)
The Community Engagement Special Interest Group (CE SIG), launched in Fall 2017, creates vehicles for sustained and meaningful engagement in the Durham community for OLLI at Duke members. We address key needs and issues identified by the Durham community, while facilitating a sense of connection and shared purpose among OLLI members. A special focus is small cohorts of OLLI members working on projects identified by community partners.

We welcome new members who share our vision and have creative ideas, time and energy to devote to our efforts; those currently engaged in the Durham community; those who were involved but recently retired or seeking renewed engagement following a hiatus; those who were active in other places but are new to community engagement. For more information, contact Virginia Lee, CE SIG Coordinator, vlee31@yahoo, 919-314-7071.  
 

Calendar

Semester Calendar for Current Members
 
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Fall 2018
Tuesday, December 4
Wednesday, December 5
 
Registration for Winter courses begins at 9:00 am ( Sat, Sun, Mon & Tuesday classes) 
Registration for Winter courses begins at 9:00 am ( Wednesday, Thursday & Friday classes)
 
 
Monday, January 7 OLLI Winter Classes begin  
Monday, January 21 MLK Day; No OLLI classes  
Monday-Friday, February 18-22 OLLI Winter Break - No OLLI classes  
Monday, March 25 Last day for OLLI Winter classes  
Spring 2019
Thursday, March 28 Registration for Spring courses begins at 9:00 am  
Monday, April 15 OLLI Spring classes begin  
Friday, May 24 Last day for most OLLI Spring classes  
Fall 2019
Tuesday, August 7 Registration for Fall courses begins at 9:00 am  
Monday, September 9 Most OLLI Fall classes begin  
Tuesday, September 30 No classes at JRC - Rosh Hashanah  
Tuesday, October 8 No classes at JRC after 4 pm - Yom Kippur  
Wednesday, October 9 No classes at JRC - Yom Kippur  
Monday-Friday, October 21-26 OLLI Fall Break - No OLLI classes  
Friday, November 22 Last day of OLLI Classes  
Monday-Friday, November 25-29 Thanksgiving Break - No OLLI classes  
Monday-Friday, December 2-6 Possible Make-up Days  

 

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Volunteer Opportunities

OLLI at Duke relies heavily on the volunteer efforts of members to keep the program running.  Members teach classes, coordinate lecture series, lead small-group discussions, organize activities and volunteer projects, serve on the Board of Advisors and committees, act as class hosts, make coffee, and volunteer for all the tasks that make us an exemplary organization.  Please read the bulletin boards, e-mails, and newsletters to find out about opportunities to take advantage of one of the many opportunities listed or to suggest a new program or activities.  Opportunities to volunteer are posted on the member website, in the Spotlight (our e-newsletter) and on bulletin boards.

Class Assistants
Class members act as assistants to the instructors, helping to ensure that announcements are made, equipment is set up, and handouts are distributed.  Class Assistants are essential to the smooth functioning of OLLI at Duke and enjoy the benefit of becoming better acquainted with both faculty and fellow class members.  Training will be provided!  If you would like to volunteer to be the class host in one or more of your classes, contact Kathy Parrish at 919-681-3476 to let her know which instructor you would like to host. 

Board Service
We welcome both new and longtime members to become part of the leadership of OLLI at Duke.  Serving on the Board of Advisors, either in an elected office, as an at-large advisor, or as a committee chair, will allow you to use your talents, contribute to the success of this dynamic organization, and be part of many facets of the OLLI at Duke community.

Activities Coordination
Even if you are not ready to coordinate activities for an entire year, you may want to contribute by organizing a trip so that our members can learn more about a favorite North Carolina attraction; members have coordinated trips to the Duke Primate Center, the North Carolina Zoo, the potteries of Seagrove, North Carolina, and the wineries of the Yadkin Valley.  We need people to do everything from creating lecture series to pouring wine.  We always need help with convocations and picnics.  These activities are great ways to meet new people and learn more about the organization.

 

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Members & Leadership

Who Belongs to OLLI at Duke?

All adults with a passion for learning are welcome. Our members include those who have never completed high school and retired school teachers, native North Carolinians and newcomers, professionals and homemakers. We believe that such a rich and diverse mix of backgrounds and interests make the classroom discussion even more interesting. Our common goal is deepening our understanding of the world around us through study and discussion.

We invite you to join our learning community. OLLI at Duke is a cooperative venture that relies on the contributions and participation, both in class and out, of every member. Our members teach classes, coordinate lecture series, lead small-group discussions, serve on the Board of Advisors and committees, act as class assistants, help with record-keeping and administration, make coffee, and volunteer for many other tasks, both large and small.

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

Classes are held in a variety of locations throughout the area:

  • The Bishop’s House on Duke’s East Campus
  • The Judea Reform Congregation Education Building near the intersection of Highway 15-501 and Cornwallis Road in Durham
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church of Old Chapel Hill Road and Shannon Road in Durham,
  • Smith Warehouse Computer Lab near the intersection of Main and Buchanan in Durham
  • Carolina Arbors near the intersection of Hwy 70 and TW Alexander Drive, area retirement communities
  • And a variety of sites both on and off Duke’s campus.

Founded in 1977 as a joint venture of Duke University Continuing Education and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, DILR/OLLI has grown from its 42 original members to over 2,300 each year, with a curriculum of over 130 classes each semester.

Leadership

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

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

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

2017-2018 Officers

(one-year term, elected at annual meeting)

President: Alex Vaux
Vice President: Vacant
Past President: Ginny Knight

At-Large Advisors

(three-year term)

Term Ending 2019: Dick Chady, Jonathan House
Term Ending 2020: Marion Jervay, Stuart Kaplan

Committee Chairs

(one-year term, appointed by President)

Board Development: Greg McPherson
Communications: Open
Curriculum: Beth Anderson
Instructor Relations: Mike Bahnaman
Membership: Rosemary Dineen
IT: Howard Koslow
Recording Secretary: Mike Bahnaman
Space: Peter Blaufeux
 

Staff

Director: Chris McLeod
Assistant to the Director:  Kathy Parrish
Representatives at Judea Reform Education Building: Beth Bowling, Susanna Chabinak-Uhlig, Jo Ann Dubberley

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Staying in Touch

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

Members can always check out the latest news and find flyers and sign-up sheets for groups and activities on our bulletin boards, located at The Bishop’s House and the Judea Reform Education Building.

OLLI at Duke's staff, instructors, class assistants and leaders send out occasional e-mails to the membership to inform them of breaking news.  Please contact Chris McLeod at 919-684-2703 or at chris.mcleod@duke.edu  to make sure that we have your e-mail address if you want to receive these notices.

Spotlight

The Spotlight is an online newsletter issued monthly to members via email. If you are an OLLI member and currently do not receive the Spotlight, please click here to sign up. (http://www.olliatduke.org/extension-to-home.html#signupspotlight)

Member Website

OLLI at Duke maintains a members-only website (olliatduke.org) designed to keep members up to date on available courses, scheduled events, activities, and items of interest. Contact Kathy Parrish (919-681-3476) for the password.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to my class?

See the Directions section below for sites where we hold most OLLI classes.

Most classes are held at The Bishop’s House on the Duke East Campus or at the Education Building at the Judea Reform Congregation on Cornwallis Road. Our computer classes are held at the Smith Warehouse, Bay 6. Directions for classes held at other sites in the community are for the most part listed as part of the course description.

Where do I park for my OLLI classes?

All OLLI at Duke members are eligible to receive a parking pass that will permit them to park at the Bishop’s House, at Judea Reform Congregation (JRC), and certain other locations. Each facility has individual parking passes available to pickup.

The Bishop’s House: There are a limited number of parking spaces around The Bishop’s House, including three handicapped spaces. The OLLI parking permit will be provided in each classroom on the first day of classes at the Bishop’s House and must be kept on your front dashboard when you park at The Bishop’s House. Failure to display the parking permit may result in $40 ticket from Duke Parking and Transportation. Your parking permit also allows you to park in the EAE (East Commuter) lot on Epworth lane opposite Trinity Avenue.

When your class ends, please exit Bishop House promptly and carefully to allow those arriving for the next class to park and enter, eliminating congestion for both the students and instructors. BE CAREFUL backing into and out of spaces, helping to avoid accidents; if you do accidently hit another car in the parking lot PLEASE let the OLLI Office know of the incident in fairness to the persons vehicle you damaged.

To use the handicapped spots, you need an official North Carolina handicapped parking tag. Campus parking restrictions are strictly enforced with a $100 fine.

Your OLLI parking permit is also valid for the lot at Asbury United Methodist Church on Markham Avenue and Sedgefield Street. City parking restrictions limit us to two-hour parking on the side streets adjacent to East Campus.

Judea Reform Congregation Education Building: Parking is in the lot adjacent to the building. It is plentiful, well-marked and well-surfaced.  You will need an OLLI parking permit on your dashboard to park at JRC. To use the handicapped spaces, you will need an official North Carolina handicapped parking tag. Please do not park in spaces designated for members of the congregation, or in spots designated for JRC staff. The JRC buildings and grounds are a non-smoking campus.

Smith Warehouse: Parking is available on both the north and south sides of the building. Registered members for the courses in the Computer Lab will receive a parking pass from their instructors that contain a bar code that is read by the scanner at each parking gate. The parking passes will be distributed either by email to print at the students home or handed out upon arrive to the class.

Westminster Presbyterian Church: Members should park in the lower of the two lots as you drive into the campus. Please do not park in the Nursery School parking lot that is behind the building.

For classes held at sites in the community: Please check the course description in the online or print catalog for specific guidelines on parking.

Do you hold class if the weather is bad or there is a community emergency?

ADVERSE WEATHER POLICY

OLLI at Duke goes by the Durham Public Schools closing/delay/early release schedule for reasons related to weather:

  • If Durham Public Schools are closed then ALL OLLI Classes are CANCELLED!
  • If Durham Public Schools are delayed then ALL 9:00 & 10:00 classes are CANCELLED!
  • If Durham Public Schools close early then ALL 3:15 classes are CANCELLED!

Listen for details about the Durham schools on WTVD (Channel 11), WDNC (620 AM) or WCHL (1360 AM).  You can also check out the WRAL TV website.

Please check your email before you leave for class, since it is possible your instructor may have cancelled class, due to his/her inability to travel.

Where can I get lunch between OLLI classes?

Options at The Bishop’s House include bringing a brown-bag lunch, using facilities such as the Marketplace in the nearby Duke East Campus Union, and exploring nearby restaurants in the Ninth Street area.  At Judea Reform, you may bring a lunch and eat in the commons area.  Please note: We comply with the dietary guidelines at Judea—no pork, no shellfish, and no meat and dairy on the same plate. Staff at Judea also maintains a list of restaurants in the area.

Are OLLI facilities accessible?

Duke University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call the OLLI office at 919-681-3476 in advance of your participation or visit.  The first floor of The Bishop’s House (where we hold all OLLI classes and the OLLI administrative staff works) is accessible and includes one accessible rest room.  All facilities at Judea Reform Congregation Education Building are accessible. 

How do I request a catalog?

Click on this link: REQUEST A CATALOG, select the OLLI catalog you wish to order, and click on Submit.

(Note: If you already have a user account, we recommend that you first go to Student Login to retrieve your username and password before making the request.  If you are new to OLLI, make the request, and follow the prompts to create your user account.)

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

Please contact Kathy Parrish at 919-681-3476 to find out more about dropping, adding, and refunds. Requests for refunds for dropped courses must be received by the end of the first week of classes (January 11, 2019), or within the first week of your first class meeting. After that time, no refunds will be issued except in the event of an emergency, at the discretion of OLLI at Duke staff. There will be a $20 service charge per course dropped. If a course is cancelled by OLLI at Duke, no charge will be incurred by members. Please note: Membership dues are nonrefundable.

How long does my membership last? 

Membership follows the academic calendar and runs from September through June.  Those who join for the short spring term (beginning in April) will be enrolled for the entire following academic year.

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Directions

Maps


From I-85 Northbound

To West Campus:
Exit at Duke University/HWY 751. At the first light, turn right onto 751. You will drive several miles through Duke Forest. Pass through the light at Erwin Road and follow the West Campus map.

To East Campus:
Exit at Guess Road and Turn right. Follow Guess Road across W. Club Blvd, where Guess will change to Buchanan Blvd. Follow the East Campus map.

To Smith Warehouse Bldg.:
Exit at Guess Road and turn right. Follow Guess Road across W. Club Blvd., where Guess changes to Buchanan Blvd. Follow Buchanan Blvd along Duke’s East Campus. Cross Main Street. The Smith Warehouse is just past the railroad tracks on your right. See the Smith Warehouse Map. Continuing Studies is located in Bay 6.


From I-85 Southbound

To West Campus:
Exit onto 15/501 South toward Chapel Hill, then exit 15/501 at Duke University/Hwy 751 and turn left.  Follow the West Campus map.

To East Campus:
Exit at Guess Road and Turn left.  Follow Guess Road across W. Club Blvd, where Guess will change to Buchanan Blvd.  Follow the East Campus map.

To Smith Warehouse Bldg.:
Exit at Guess Road and turn left. Follow Guess Road across W. Club Blvd., where Guess changes to Buchanan Blvd. Follow Buchanan Blvd along Duke’s East Campus and cross Main Street. The Smith Warehouse is just past the railroad tracks on your right. See the Smith Warehouse Map. Continuing Studies is located in Bay 6.


From Raleigh

Take I-40 to 147N (Durham Freeway). Follow 147 past downtown Durham, exiting at Swift Avenue.

To West Campus:
Turn left and follow Swift to Duke University Road. Turn right, then right on 751, and follow the map of West Campus.

To East Campus:
Turn right on Swift, then right on Main St and follow the East Campus map.

To Smith Warehouse Bldg.:
Turn right onto Swift Ave. Cross the railroad tracks and make a right at the next light onto Main Street. Follow the Main street until you reach Buchanan Blvd. Turn right and cross the railroad tracks. Smith Warehouse will be on your right. See the Smith Warehouse Map. Continuing Studies is located in Bay 6.

To Judea Reform Congregation:
Take I-40 to 147N (Durham Freeway). Follow 147 past downtown Durham and the Swift Avenue exit. Take Exit 16-B / 15-501 South / Chapel Hill. Take 15-501 South to Cornwallis Road exit (Exit 106). Turn left onto Cornwallis Rd. Go under 15-501 and take the third driveway on the right after the Western Bypass service Road.


From Chapel Hill

Take 15/501 Bypass to Durham.

To West Campus:
Exit at 751 and turn right.  and then follow map of West campus.   OR Exit 15/501 at 147S. Follow to Swift Ave and turn right to Campus Drive.  Turn right on Campus Drive and follow the West Campus map.

To East Campus:
Exit 15/501 at 147S (Durham Freeway).  Follow 147S to Swift Avenue.  Exit and turn left on Swift.  Turn right at Main Street and follow the East Campus map.

To Smith Warehouse Bldg.:
Follow 15-501 North, marked to Duke Univ./Med Ctr. Do not take 15-501 Business. Continue on US 15-501 to exit #108 B (N.C. 147 S/Durham Freeway). Take Durham Freeway S. to Swift Ave. exit (#14), marked East Campus. Take exit and turn left onto Swift Ave. Go through your first light, cross the railroad tracks, and make a right at the next light onto Main Street. Follow Main Street until you reach Buchanan Blvd. Take a right on Buchanan Blvd. Cross the railroad tracks and the Smith Warehouse will be immediately to your right. See the Smith Warehouse map. Continuing Studies is located in Bay 6.

To Judea Reform Congregation:
Follow 15-501 North. Take the first exit (Exit 106 - Cornwallis Road); turn right onto Cornwallis Road. Take the third driveway on the right after Western Bypass service road.


To the Bishop's House on East Campus, Office of Continuing Studies

Take 147 Durham Freeway to Swift Avenue exit. From Chapel Hill, turn left onto Swift; from Raleigh turn right. At the traffic light just after the railroad tracks, turn right onto Main Street. At the second light, turn left onto Buchanan Boulevard. Turn left at the second entrance into campus, opposite Dacian Avenue on the right. Follow the road around to the right; it ends at a white house on a slight hill.

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